ByD'angelo Harlston, writer at
D'angelo Harlston

Okay, the title may be a bit wonky but if you just stick around for a while, you'll see what I mean.

Read this link and let it sink in a bit:

It says how Father of the Blockbuster thinks superhero movies will go the way of the Western (for those who have never even witness the disappearance of the Western genre, there was a time where cowboys were our rugged, dirty Captain America's or our funny, quick-witted Iron Man's and it took America by storm for a while before it quietly died off...for a while). If that's the case, maybe some mech suits, magical girls and samurais with a splash of political/social/religious commentary would do just fine for the next decade.

So it's a no brainer that anime has been cemented into America's foot: Attack on Titan merchandise are almost everywhere, Sword Art Online and Kill la Kill are almost part of everyday speech, and good ol' DBZ is coming back to remind us why we love anime in the first place. However, some people are still turned off by the genre. Maybe it's the fanbase that it attracts or the "impossible is possible"-like feel of it. Maybe it's the language barrier that sets them apart or the outlandish story/characters that makes the regular Western viewer question his viewing habits. We've all heard it before from a relative, a friend, or even a teacher. I'm not here to say that you are a terrible person for not liking it (I hate romance movies for the life of me, so we could have something in common) but what I am here to say is that, like the superhero genre, there's gonna be a time where an film based on an obscure or mainstream anime series will take the U.S. by storm. It's going to happen. It's just not there yet.

Unlike video game movies (which needs to die off for now until someone has the balls to make a good one), anime is one of those genres that you know you can't really mess up at. The ingredients is there and the recipe is almost literally spelled out for you yet some directors miss their mark completely (Remember, kids, Goku never went to high school and the chi powers do not look like light fart clouds). I understand that they have a vision that they want us to see and I understand they'll go to a way different direction with it. Unfortunately, the director's/writer's vision of said anime adaptation could get so far beyond the original material that it becomes a monstrous wreck. So far, two people have messed up completely (I'm gonna leave Mr. Shyamalan alone. We ribbed him enough for The Last Airbender) and they almost destroyed our love for the series. In contrast, only two people have successfully made films based on anime properties and it didn't suck. We're gonna look at and examine those films today while giving you the recipe to making an anime adaptation into a masterpiece (or a cult classic).

Let's look at our first film: Edge of Tomorrow. Based on the light novel, All You Need Is Kill by Hiroshi Sakurazaka, this film is an excellent example on how to localize without changing too much of the story. We all know about the "video game reset" premise of the film but I bet you that you may not know how similar it is to the original source minus a few changes. Yes, certain scenes were left out. Yes, the protagonist name is changed and yes, Sgt. Ferrell is an asshole in the film and not in the manga/light novel. Other than that, it's the same exact bit and tune. The PT scene is in the book as well as the movie but here's a change that actually worked fantastic.

See this?

To me, this is cute actually.
To me, this is cute actually.

I would feel scared and threatened by these alien invaders...if I was nine. But this?

Dear God...
Dear God...

This would scare the crap out of me. This makes ISIS look like The WIggles in comparison. These aliens are called Mimics and the film version of them is haunting and downright terrifying. The manga version look like pests that can off you in seconds but you're mildly annoyed with them still. If you're gonna make a threat look...well, threatening, take lessons from the director of Edge of Tomorrow (who knew the director of that Bradgelina movie did this? Go figure.)


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