With the upcoming Ghost in the Shell, a recently announced Naruto movie, and James Cameron adapting Battle Angel Alita, it seems that anime is next go-to medium for Hollywood movies. Whether these movies will be successful remains to be seen, but personally I don't believe that Ghost in the Shell will be a great movie. At best a decent movie, and at worst something akin to Dragon Ball: Evolution. The original movie is already hugely iconic and has gone on to inspire other movies of its kind (The Matrix), which makes me believe that it will fail to live up even to the mildest of expectations.
However, there are other anime series, that have the potential of making great live-action movies.
4. 'Oh (Ah) My Goddess!'
Most of the live-action anime adaptations are from action-oriented anime. While this isn't a bad thing, it can be tough to translate over-the-top fighting and power moves to the silver screen. Just look at Dragon Ball: Evolution, which took the epic Kamehameha and turned it into an air cloud. So why not steer away from the action and just adapt a nice romance-oriented series with just a bit of supernatural thrown in for fun?
Keiichi Morisato is a lowly college student who accidentally calls the Goddess Help Line. The beautiful goddess Belldandy arrives and announces she is there to grant him a single wish. Thinking it's nothing but a prank, he "wishes" for Belldandy to be his girlfriend and to his surprise it's granted. Misunderstandings and hilarity ensue.
It's a simple concept that doesn't need too much explained. Goddesses exist, they grant wishes, Keichi now has one as a girlfriend. It's reminiscent Bewitched or I Dream of Jeannie where normal humans hook up with supernatural beings.
Giant robots are cool. Sure, in recent years, directors like Michael Bay have desensitized us by sucking the fun out of giant robots, but other movies such as Pacific Rim have shown us that the genre is not totally dead. I believe what we need is a way to make giant robots fun again by going back to our roots and make them campy again. What better way than Voltron? In this series, a group of intergalactic pilots try to find five legendary robots who can form #Voltron, the key to stopping an evil space conqueror.
To some, this would sound like a bad idea, but sometimes it's those ideas that work the best. Also, we don't have many movies that have combining robots. Like taking five smaller robots and creating a bigger, more badass robot. Power Rangers anyone?
A new Voltron anime has made its way to Netflix, check out the trailer below:
2. 'Mobile Suit Gundam'
While the Michael Bay Transformers movies have shown us the effects of war because of robots, we haven't seen a true gritty, giant robot war drama. This is where Mobile Suit Gundam could come in. While early giant robot series were of the "monster of the week" variety, Gundam changed the landscape by having giant robots act as machines of war.
While Avatar did something similar, it is hard to sympathize with an army that wants to kill the natives of a planet for some ridiculous named element. Gundam made us see both sides of interplanetary conflict, from many different points of view. We saw everyone from aristocrats to regular citizens and freedom fighters to soldiers. With many movies trying to show you the effects of war, a series like this helps shake the foundation by adding a new element to the mix.
1. Any Sports Anime
This might be cheating, but sports anime would be the easiest to adapt. We all get how sports work and even if you don't know how one is played, the rules are usually simple. There are also tons of anime based of almost every conceivable sport, from baseball to basketball, track and field to tennis, and even some less traditional sports like ping pong and ice skating. While the overall formula wouldn't change much, we would be able to see inspirational movies about more than just your run-of-the-mill sports. Here are just a few that would make great live-action adaptations.
Suzuka — A high school coming-of-age romance using track and field.
Yowamushi Pedal — A couple of nerds enter the world of competitive cycling.
Haikyuu!! — A student discovers a love for volleyball and decides to pursue his dream.
Princess Nine — A group of girls create their own baseball team to prove that they are just as good as men. The anime version of A League of Their Own.
What anime series would you like seen turned into a live-action movie?