IGPX or formally known as Immortal grand prix was a Japanese anime the was shown on the Toonami panel of cartoon network. the show had a fairly small cult following in the U.S. and while it isn't the best anime out there it still has something that everyone can enjoy.IGPX follows a story that takes place in the future and revolves around a tournament in which giant mech like robots piloted by humans race on insanely designed tracks in the most grueling tech based sport ever seen. the main protagonists of the series are team satomi pliots Takeshi jin, Elizabeth Ricarro, and Amy Stapleton who compete against other elite teams in the IG1 racing circuit.
Emphasis on the sports aspect since IGPX has the potential to become a very special kind of sports film if it was given a live action adaptation. sports films have been stories of team work and inspiration and IGPX takes that and transfers it into a science fiction/ futuristic like environment. while this movie would be a sports movie it would still have tension among the team as well as outlining each members personal problems with friends ,family,and all the rest in between. we have already seen what was possible in 2011's real steel movie which featured boxing robots controlled be humans with some kind of signal device.Real steel proves the sci-fi and sports make a very stunning combination in film that can appeal to both sci-fi and sports movie fans.
here are the basic rules of IGPX:
An IGPX race consists of two teams of three pilots: a forward (usually places first or second), a midfielder (usually places third or fourth), and a defender (usually places fifth or sixth). They compete on a 60-mile (97 km) track, going at speeds upwards of 400 mph (640 km/h). The overall objective is to make it to the finish line and accumulate more points than the opponent. 1st place receives 15 points; 2nd receives 7 points; 3rd gets 5 points; 4th gets 3 points; 5th gets 2 points and 6th gets 1 point. No points are awarded to pilots who are unable to finish the race.
Lap one is basically a "setup" lap. Teams set up their positions on the track and troubleshoot any problems that the mechs may be having. In the second lap, also known as the "battle round", the teams now fight their way to the finish line. The pit machines, also known as the "running skeletons", are only employed during this lap. Each skeleton is designed to hold two people, one being the mechanic that fixes the mech, and has an open center that allows the mech to be held between the two cockpits while the parts for each mech are stored along the sides for quick replacement. However, the running skeleton can only be called on once for each team throughout the race. In the third lap, pilots are allowed to set their mechs into speed mode. Speed mode allows the mech to achieve maximum speed, and make a quick sprint to the finish line.
If IGPX was marketed correctly it could be very commercially successful and the movie would practically sell itself when talked about in comparison to real steel. IGPX also kind of celebrates diversity which is kind of a big deal in the 21st century and has been for some time, alot of the teams have diverse cultural and national backgrounds and the way that plays out in the show could work well in a live action film.Hollywood is already in the process of adapting anime such the upcoming Ghost in the shell, Astro boy,and Robotech. the time is now to adapt this property when we now have made so many advancements in film making such as better effects and CGI .IGPX definitely looks like it could be the next sci-fi sports movie to follow the same path as real steel did