fullmetalgeass What video game/ movie/ whatever franchise do you think REALLY needs to get adapted into an anime?
We did something about what movies should become anime a while back, so I’ll focus on the vidya games, here. Right off the bat, there should definitely be a GEARS OF WAR game, as it’ll finally broker a truce between the camps who want manly men or pretty boys as their heroes. It would be absolutely grin-inducing, gut-busting hilarious to see a thin, androgynous Marcus Fenix with highlights in his sole patch. Kidding, kidding… nobody freak out.I also ought to mention, again, how thoroughly I dislike ADVENT CHILDREN. Good lord...
Back on topic... this is kind of tough question. There’ve been so many adaptations already. Even just recently we got DEVIL MAY CRY and that HALO LEGENDS DTV project. I have strong memories of watching the STREET FIGHTER and FATAL FURY animes on VHS when I was a kid, and those might be examples games maybe not having enough story or context to make for an interesting toon. I think the issue a lot of times is... of how compelling is the story, in itself, and how much of it just works in the context of the game mileau? For instance, I love the BROTHERS IN ARMS games, but that’s because they’re interactive. An anime based on them wouldn’t be that special. It'd just be a BAND OF BROTHERS take-off.
Alright, alright, alright… enough beating around the bush. Here’s a quick list…
DEUS EX - - coincidentally my favorite video game of all-tiime. Its conspiracy-filled world is so complex that it’s just begging to be minned. And since the entries are so few-and-far-between (we’re only just now getting a third game) I really feel like the surface has only just been scratched. Plus, I'm pretty sure GHOST IN THE SHELL fans are going to dig this... a lot.
METAL GEAR SOLID - - with 40 minute long cut scenes, Konami obviously wants to make this an anime. They should just go ahead with it and make it official.
CAPTAIN COMMANDO - - an odd choice, perhaps, but the arcade beat ‘em up made a HUGE impression on me as kid. I think the MARVEL VS. CAPCOM games have shown everybody how fun CC and his posse are. I could easily see a toon with all the ridiculous set pieces and wild,manic, contradictory sci-fi and fantasy ideas colliding in one place. C'mon... you've got a baby piloting a mecha suit! That's an anime in itself.
MARVEL VS. CAPCOM - - this is kind of no-brainer. Both companies have had anime adaptations (or they’ve got ones in the works) so why not combine the two? It'd finally put my loves of comics, anime and video games together in one tidy place. And just look at the cinematics for game #3! They’re just begging for a full length feature in that style.
GOD OF WAR - - Another favorite of mine. It’d be great to see an anime getting a little more into the story of Kratos, now that he’s, you know, wiped out all the Olympians. As I said with GOW3, they totally need to do more adventures where he puts the hurt on all the other pantheons of the world. Easy choices are the Norse and the Egyptians'. This might a fun way for Kratos to take on the weirder or less well-known mytholgoies like the Maya’s while delving a little deeper into the psyche of this rage-embodying warrior.
This is fun! Let's keep going. Give me your picks, Anime Vice lunatics!