Everything these days seems to end up becoming an anime. Take Devil May Cry for example, an anime based off the popular Capcom video game franchise. Or Samurai 7, a loose retelling of Akira Kurosawa’s famous film the Seven Samurai. It seems nothing is safe from the grasp of anime lately. So with that in mind, I decided to come up with five films that should be made into an anime series. Here’s what I got:
1. Blade Runner
An anime adaptation of Blade Runner would see the story expanded and further developed as well as adding new characters and relationships, along with new cases for Deckard (and the occasional flying car chase). Some will argue that an anime is unnecessary and that the movie is perfect on its own but like Samurai 7 proved, an anime adaptation to an all-time great movie can also lead to a good anime. Finally, by fleshing out the Blade Runner universe more, the anime could serve to finally silence the debate as to whether Deckard is a replicant or not. Which would save me from many long debates over the phone with friends.
2. 12 Monkeys
Like Blade Runner, an anime adaptation of 12 monkeys would see a fleshed out universe based off of the popular 1995 film and could provide us more of an opportunity to see the post apocalyptic earth that James Cole hails from. Besides that though, an expanded back story for Cole’s scientific imprisoners as well as any fellow cellmates of Cole’s would be very welcomed and perhaps add some layers to the already rich story. I’d also like to see the bear Cole encounters in the film return for a good old fashion bear fight. Just because. Lastly, it would be interesting to see Cole accidently end up in other time periods like he did in the film and have time to explore them more, such as an episode or two, rather then be confined to a paltry two hours movie runtime.
This has all the markings of a good anime. A dash of horror, a sprinkle of the macabre and suspense, and a gross-out cast of monstrous villains that’ll turn this animated outing from an early teen affair, to a more late teen/adults only fare. While I still argue that Kentaro Miura copied the idea of the Cenobytes for his manga Berserk (tell me Femto and the rest of the God Hand DON’T resemble Cenobytes?), a Hellraiser anime would be just the thing for an older audience clamoring for mature material. Hellraiser and its sequel Hellbound: Hellraiser II, effectively established the lore and mythos of the world of Hellraiser and it would be interesting to see an anime continue that. Of course, we’d throw out the subsequent sequels and start from scratch as to how the box was created and those lame Cenobytes from part three would have no place in the anime.
4. The Neverending Story
Ok, hear me out on this one. To anyone who has read the book like myself, this will be a no-brainer. The Neverending Story is an epic tale so ripe for exploration that it’s almost criminal that we haven’t returned to Fantasia sooner. For those who haven’t read the book, besides covering the first film, the book also covers the second film culminating in a grand epic story. What sets the book apart from the movie the most is there is just so much cut out of the movie, from the book, that couldn’t be done at the time due to limited special effects technology. Did you know for example, that originally Atreyu didn’t meet Falcore in the Swamps of Sadness but rather in a vast canyon, caught in a giant web as he’s attacked by a great monster? Alas, a remake isn’t on the horizon but an anime would work all the same, maybe even more so. Much in the vein of a Miyazaki film, The Neverending Story anime would be whimsical, fantastical, and full of charm. In fact, seeing as how they’ve never made an anime series, this would be the perfect anime for Studio Ghibli to get their feet wet with. Quick, someone get Miyazaki on the phone.
Laugh all you want but I’m certain that this 80’s classic would work as an anime. A much lighter romp than the first three movies on this list, Mannequin could make a charming and cute 13 episode series full of shopping mall hi-jinx and love-torn angst. Of course, Starship’s Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now would have to be the opening theme and Hollywood as well as Rambo would have to make an appearance every episode.