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Suggestion For a New Age of Anime Movies


Could computers save anime/manga movies from Hollywood?

 

  Even Shenlong couldn't of made this movie good.
  Even Shenlong couldn't of made this movie good.
It's no great surprise to some that I am certainly not a supporter of the live action movies that have been made based on animes. More often they are no better then a movie based on a book. For whatever reason, producers and directors of Hollywood more often decide to alter the story to the point where it's no longer the same thing, such as the Jurassic Park: Lost World novel. One of the worst offenders to date was that horrendous Dragon Ball Evolution movie. They took the impossibly happy, easy going character Goku and changed him into a whiny emo kid in high school. Don't even get me started on the Cowboy Bebop movie that is in production. I do not think it could of been possible to of selected a worst actor to play Spike then Keanue Reeves. 

 
  Luffy on the Wii
 Luffy on the Wii
You make these into live action movies because the property is popular, correct? So if it's popular as it is, why do they always feel the need to change everything about it? It's akin to hearing about a marvelous recipe that people love. You get the recipe and bring it to your local establishment. Though, you don't like parts of the recipe and you change it, then sitting around and wondering why no one likes it when it's so popular elsewhere. Change the ingredients, and it's no longer the same recipe. The same applies to stories.
 
In the age we now live in. I don't see why Live Action is always mandatory for films. One of the largest challenges is that the characters never seem to look right. The anime based live action movies produced out of Hollywood have been consistently horrible and just encourage the worst stereotypes of anime and manga. Still, they are making more. When we get news about some anime or manga being made into a Hollywood live action movie. What follows is the normal discussion of who will play whatever role.
Here's something though that always gets under my skin. All I ever hear is discussion about who LOOKS like the character. There are many actors that may look the role, but could never play it. It is a valid statement to worry some about appearances. What's the point of making a movie based on a character if they don't resemble their original origin to some degree? On a few rare occasions we have gotten lucky with actors like Robert Downey Jr. in the role of Tony Stark. Hugh Jackman as Wolverine. For balance, there were fans who were utterly against Daniel Graig, a blond, taking on the role of James Bond. What we got there is a man who plays the role very well.
 
  Steve Blum as Spike Spiegel
 Steve Blum as Spike Spiegel
I say it's about time we give the most modern in computer technology a bite at the apple. If computer graphics and technology were to be engaged into making computer animated movies for anime and mangas. We would no longer need to fret about what someone looks like. The age, race, or body type wouldn't mean anything. It would just be about sounding right and being able to act the part. Anyone who watched the dub work of Cowboy Bebop knows quite well that the voice actor of Steve Blum did superb work as Spike Spiegel, but could never play him as a live action version. No disrespect in the slightest. Steve Blum doesn't look anything like Spike. The face. The build. None of it. Yet, that doesn't matter. He did excellent work as the voice.
 
  Naruto: Rise of the Ninja
 Naruto: Rise of the Ninja
There have been a few series of computer games based on One Piece. The Unlimited Adventure/Cruise series have done a rather surprising job of mimicking the style and even the expressions from Eiichiro Oda's One Piece in 3-D models. This was using the graphical power of the Nintendo Wii. There was also a XBox game, Naruto: Rise of the Ninja, that created a beautiful and detailed Konoha Village. Even the cell shading brought the manga to life in a game.
 
Some of you may think that a wider audience wouldn't be interested in seeing a series like One Piece or Naruto that looks so cartoonish. You bring up a good point. Still, computers have been making near realistic series in video games for some time. I point you toward the series Batman: Arkham Asylum, Uncharted 2: Among Thieves, God of War III, and Resident Evil 5. All of these games made incredibly near realistic versions of humans and environments. Uncharted 2 felt like you were playing a blockbuster action movie and it looked like it as well. The level of detail in the Arkahm Asylum game was just staggering. I don't know about you all, but I sure as hell would go see a Batman movie that looked like that.
  Batman: Arkham Asylum
 Batman: Arkham Asylum

  Uncharted 2
 Uncharted 2
I even suggest that if the movies were made in computers. The movies could get away with some details that might never pass in live action. The topic of such transitions was brought up in the Comic Vine Podcast(01/22/2010) when discussing the coming Thor movie. It is very good reasoning, and one that I strongly agree with, that part of the success of Iron Man and the more recent Batman films are because most of the action is played out in rather realistic settings. When it comes to animation, computer or otherwise. I think you get a little more wiggle room. They could be a bit more fantastical.
 
 Resident Evil 5
 Resident Evil 5
Some may still think that the larger audience wont be interested in movies that are so animated. Even by computers. Well, try and remember that about 90% of James Cameron's Avatar was computer generated. That was even one of the selling points for the film. Often times the special effect scenes are always shown for movie trailers are completely computer generated anyways.
 
My personal choice would be to just bring some of the animated anime movies to the big screen for the US, i.e. One Piece Strong World. At the very least I hope I can get a conversation going on the prospects of having computer generated movies bringing our favorite animes to the big screen in a 3-D depth. The films could look realistic or even mimic the art style of the creators. The best part. The arguments about an actors look would be behind us. 
 
-Kristoffer Remmell ( FoxxFireArt) is a freelance graphic artist, writer, and over all mystery geek.-
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