After learning Joss Whedon's Dollhouse
was canceled, which I did enjoy despite my previous blog
, I started wondering how the show could have been more of a success. My first answer: naked Eliza Dushku. Realizing that probably won't happen any time soon (or will it?
), I came up with a second solution: Making it into an Anime.
Then I thought up 4 other geeky outlets I've come across that I believe would make good animes as well. Here we go.
: As I said, the show was very enjoyable. It had a solid premise, a great amount of potential and, most importantly, a cult following. With all of those ingredients, there is no reason the show wouldn't work as anime. I mean it already has a Ghost in the Shell
vibe, so half of its work is cut out. And I feel like with an anime the writers would have an easier time transforming the characters into whatever role their supposed to play. Not to hark on Dushku's acting abilities...but I mean...
2. Stephen King's IT
: I'm currently reading this book for the first time and all I can think as I read it is anime. Originally I thought it would be good as a miniseries, but the amount of time spent in characters heads and pasts would make it challenging to get all the best parts of the book across. An anime would work so well because it could really bring out the terror of IT
. There was one part in particular with a bird, which I won't spoil it here, that continually made me think "anime." With all the kids in the story, an anime could do well to make their interactions and fear more genuine than any child actors could. Whenever I'm reading IT
, I just imagine something along the lines of 20th Century Boys
, which is very similar in design. And with Stephen King already breaking into the comic book world
, there's no reason it wouldn't work as a cartoon.
3. Marvel's Spider Man
: OK, while this may not seem obvious or plausible at first, let's look at the contents of the comic. Geeky protagonist that's lovable as well as a genius? Check. A sexy female love interest that's slutty but doesn't know it
? Check. Fast-pace, kung-fu-esque fighting that involves swinging around rooftops? Check. A costume that slightly resembles established anime heroes? Check. From what I see, there is no reason this comic couldn't be made into a successful anime. And with an Iron Man anime and a Wolverine anime
on the way, I'm pretty sure Spidey deserves one too. I mean we already lost an awesome CG version
of the comic starring Neil Patrick Harris thanks to MTV, so how about we let another country handle this one? But if you're still unconvinced, watch this
and tell me it doesn't look remotely cool.
4. Ender's Game
: I read this book a little over a year ago, and it's fantastic. It's also perfect fodder for anime. Again we have children being badass, which always works well in anime. Think about it: Dragonball, Naruto, Pokemon, Full Metal Alchemist, One Piece, Gurren Lagann, Evangelion and so many others have young kids playing the leads, and it works. I think Ender's Game would work so well mainly because it's such a visual book that would transition well into a cartoon form. I mean, author Orson Scott Card has already written comics and is currently making one for Ender's Game, so it only makes sense to take the next step into the anime realm. I mean...seriously
: This one is mainly because I want this game to be redone, but I don't think it would work with today's graphics. I think this game would work better as an anime because it's story is so convoluted and rich, it would help alleviate some of the heaviness if it was spaced out over 50 or so episodes. This game needs to be redone in some way, shape or form. It deserves it. It is a cult classic which means it's a gold mine for an anime company. I guarantee if Aniplex or Funimation or someone announced this game was being made into a show, it would annihilate any other competition out there. The only other game I can think of that also deserves this treatment is you sir
, but I suspect you're second wind is still in development...or was