Pokemon UnlimitedIt's funny how for so long you-anyone really, can have a wish that you hope can come true. Though realistically speaking it might not ever come true and you in your heart will accept that as reality and move on with your life.Pokemon Unlimited by ~FlyingLion76
However there have been several instances in life where those little wishes you thought were only possible in your wildest dreams can come true. This has ranged from equality to all man, higher minimum wage, the first African American President, Batman and Superman meeting for the first time in a movie, or Star Wars 7 finally happening.
Funny enough despite all those possibilities having happened already I never thought something like what happened today would ever happen.
A Pokemon MMORPG! It's here! It's here-it's finally here!
Let me elaborate: I, Jasmine, am a Pokemon fan. Something of a long time one at that. Ever since I was a little when the first games came out nearly twenty years ago (am I that old already?) I'd been a fan of these RPG's. But like many k
Everything Wrong with Sherlock's Day Ch 12Everything Wrong with Sherlock's Day Ch 12 by ~FlyingLion76
FlyingLion: I’ve returned. Kind of. So how bout that new Sherlock promo? Did you guys know that the bearded guy was Anderson the first time you saw it? I didn’t till someone pointed that out. Now I know why he looked so familiar.
1. Made eggs and toast.
2. Made tea.
3. Had breakfast.
4. Contemplated life while finishing tea.
5. Shaved-wait. I can’t grow a beard.
6. Didn’t shave.
7. Used Ferdinand to send letter to Lestrade.
8. Texted LEstrade about Ferdinand.
9. Realized John was absent from flat.
10. Went on John’s laptop.
11. Read John’s e-mail to his girlfriend.
12. Look at John’s blog only to look. I wasn’t that interested.
13. Discovered Anderson on John’s blog.
14. Replied snarkily to Anderson’s comments.
*U suck. PS: Donovan called. She wants her comb back*
15. Ate bread rolls.
16. Wrapped self in blanket.
17. Rolled around in blanket.
18. Got up to make tea again.
19. Found Jerry in Teapot.
As a lover of both anime and movies occasionally my mind will go into dream land wondering of future possibilities of either mediums of entertainment. Usually just what I think would be cool to watch or what I think might be a big hit if done right. And then I thought about one question on my mind at the moment: "What anime/manga could make good movies?"
Now one might say that anime to movie adaptations are always gonna suck, and I'd say you're just being a weeabo. But that's just me. However there is validity in that statement as not every single anime out there can be properly adapted. Case and point: Dragon Ball Evolution being an adaptation of Dragon Ball. It's nothing like the manga yes and did piss off a lot of fans but I just believe the execution was a bit wrong. You could have had an older Goku like you did in the movie but if you subtracted his crush on Chi-Chi, high school (actually there was never high school in the original anime and funny enough high school is plaguing most anime right now) and several other elements the movie could be at least okay.
Still Dragon Ball Evolution wasn't the only anime to be made into a movie. It's been done long before that and as more anime gain increasing popularity around the world there will be more people seeking to adapt them into box office successes. Now you're not always guaranteed to get a success as one has to balance story, casting, and other elements together to get a good final product. One prime example I believe was very good in adaptation was the recent 2012 Rurouni Kenshin live action film. It was truly fascinating watching characters I'd grown up with brought to life and the actors portraying them greatly with dignity. Some elements are also dropped like ridiculous super strength though it's kept in reasonably logical for the most part. And action isn't that bad either. However the movie isn't "Hollywood" in how scenes are shot or how it's presented which somewhat irks me. It's still an awesome movie but it doesn't have that make that could get it liked around the globe.
Now the anime that I did bring up which were adapted do have certain catches to them in that they were both popular shonen manga and anime. Being shonen with sort of ridiculous elements and the like obviously couldn't all be brought to live action and having it in their at all somewhat didn't work. While Kenshin kept it as realistically possible in it's tale DB Evolution couldn't. I would also point out how DB Evolution was done by a Hollywood Studio and not a Japanese studio which might have added to a few problems. Kenshin worked realistically though because it was set in our real world-specifically Japan's Eleventh Year of Meiji which could realistically be portrayed with bits of fiction in to suit their story's needs. And it worked out just fine.
This is why I believe that popular anime set in some sort of frame of realism-as close as possible anyways-are better suited to be adapted. Now I use the term realism loosely as movies are known for making things that we can't believe are possible look possible but in regards to anime I mean that if it's set in our real world or has a story that can be made easily it could work. I know of two popular anime which could theoretically be made into big movies if done right, those being Death Note and Durarara!!
Before you point out that Death Note was already adapted into films by Japanese Studios let me also point out there has been an interest in the west to adapt it to a Western film. This raises interesting notions as Death Note as far as I saw it was kind of an international story, though mainly set in Japan, it's presence crossed nations and affected the globe in such a magnificent way. But in the end Death Note was still a very Japanese story and for it to be made into a Western film it would need to either: A) Changed most of it's cast from Japanese to American or other Westerners or B) Create all new characters sans those international members of the manga. Honestly though Death Note could work as a great psychological thriller in the vein of a Kubrick film if done right by a studio that takes their work seriously, only thing is how one approaches casting characters and their nationalities. I wouldn't mind seeing an American Light Yagami if he was suave and smart like in the manga. L you might get away with having to be Asian but it's stated he's a mixture of Japanese, Italian or French, British, and Russian which in anime terms is kind of just fictionally cliché. I do have a fondness for his Japanese live action actor though so maybe casting him again could work, just saying.
I also want to address Durarara which also could work but probably can't. Thing is while it does have a very real setting being Ikebukuro, Tokyo it also has very fantasy elements which to audiences in the West they might not get. But let me be frank in that Durarara is something of a modern day fairy tale with such great characters in an ensemble that interact with each other and also the stranger elements that's done right. If one was to make this to film they would have to take it seriously how the story is presented on screen and how the movie ties in together. Honestly with the early twists I could maybe see Christopher Nolan doing this movie, kinda like how he did the Prestige but with going in order and some flashbacks that do have their place in parts of the story. Thing is that Durarara is kind of required to be a very Japanese story and I can only see it's cast being Japanese, save Simon and Celty who are respectively Black Russian and Irish but I think it'd be okay to hire international actors for their roles. If done right Durarara could also be a really good movie for a modern day audience.
That's all I had on my mind. There are other anime I think could potentially make great movies but I'm not really deep into them to talk more. Still if studios ever take these projects on I hope they can balance respect for their work they are adapting and also creating a good story to tell to present to the world. Though it was said you can't make a movie that the whole global audience can equally enjoy I'd like to think movies based on anime can changed that.