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#1 User is offline   dorkatlarge 

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Posted 08 April 2011 - 04:33 AM

Recently, there's been a "Hollywood Adaptations of Anime/Manga" thread, and a specific discussion of the anime adaptation of the TV series Supernatural. This thread is for western intellectual properties that get official anime and manga versions and spinoffs. It's focusing on professional-level adaptations... but if you know a lot about fan-made anime/manga based on western IPs, then go ahead.

In the last day or two, there was an announcement that an anime feature film based on Mass Effect is in the works. Not too long ago, there were also plans made for an anime movie based on Dragon Age.

West-to-East anime that already exists:
* three of the four Marvel anime series (Blade is the fourth, hasn't started yet)
* Halo Legends
* Dante's Inferno
* Batman Gotham Knight
* The Animatrix (mostly from Eastern creators, IIRC)
* Powerpuff Girls Z
* Deltora Quest
* Tales from Earthsea
* Gankutsuou - Count of Monte Cristo
* Les Misrables - Shoujo Cosette
* Romeo x Juliet
* Sin: The Movie
* The Boondocks TV series (though this one may not count...)
* The Japanese dialogue version of Peepo Choo (this may not count either)
* ...a whole bunch of classic shows I haven't seen -- see this blog entry and this ANN column.

At times, these adaptations can work. But I suspect they're effective only when there's an audience. If the show doesn't appeal to more than a few people, then it will be forgotten. And if the adaptation is a disaster that makes a mockery of the original material, then only people who enjoy bile fascination will watch it. (It's no secret that most movies based on video games are terrible, and most video games based on existing properties are low quality.)

So... what do you think of west-to-east anime/manga?

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Posted 08 April 2011 - 11:00 AM

You also have to consider that the Japanese are influenced a lot from this country as well.

Read Fake, Slam Dunk, etc. most mainstream manga. It usually has something American or an attempt at american culture or race. Chainsaw girl violent manga she was the child of a cowboy or a rich american grandfather/father and an Asian mother. Also SZS hints at American books/Euro books/mainstream culture for dark humor.

Also the whole manga type now is adopted from European styles; most of the girls look American/Euro than Japanese.

Blame Japan for being our allies as well as the fact that we influence each other on a whole.

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Posted 08 April 2011 - 01:14 PM

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Posted 08 April 2011 - 07:15 PM

View PostThe Fujoshi, on 08 April 2011 - 11:00 AM, said:

You also have to consider that the Japanese are influenced a lot from this country as well.

Read Fake, Slam Dunk, etc. most mainstream manga. It usually has something American or an attempt at american culture or race. Chainsaw girl violent manga she was the child of a cowboy or a rich american grandfather/father and an Asian mother. Also SZS hints at American books/Euro books/mainstream culture for dark humor.

Also the whole manga type now is adopted from European styles; most of the girls look American/Euro than Japanese.

Blame Japan for being our allies as well as the fact that we influence each other on a whole.



Which is hardly a new thing, either. Even early anime was highly influenced by what the French and American animation pioneers were doing. Actually, when it comes to "Animation" Japan jumped on board pretty late in the game....

At any rate, Osamu Tezuka, known for being the "Godfather of Anime" was highly influenced by Mickey Mouse and Betty Boop....




Though, on the subject, many of those I would not consider "Anime", as they were still produced by those in the Western World. Batman: Gotham Knight, or The Animatrix were fully produced by American entities, hoping to make a bunch of money off of the anime fad. Sure, they were animated in Japan, but that's like calling the Simpsons Korean. Regardless, even in cases like "Powerpuff Girls Z" it's because, well, they liked the american cartoons, and wanted to do their own cartoons.

My Girlfriend got me into "Panty and Stocking" which is mildly amusing, in a dumb way, which is an original Japanese show that is true in every way to some of the obnoxious trends in Adult animation in America. It's not a good show, but it's worth watching a couple episodes of on occasion. While a completely Japanese production, I do think that fits more in the category than half your list....
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