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Its been a while since I have done any tags or really anything in the blogging community. So, I thought I would change up my regularly scheduled program in favor of something new. Recently, Average Joe Reviews came up with an awesome idea for a tag, so I thought I would participate. Here are the rules:
- Thank the person who nominated you and link back to their blog post.
- Choose 1 Book, Movie and TV show of your choice that you think could work as an anime. (A series of books or movies is allowed e.g. Lord of the Rings, Hunger Games)
- If you want to pick more than 1 from each section that’s fine. Or if you can’t think of one for a specific category that’s fine also.
- Explain why you think your choices could work as an anime. Maybe the advent of animation would enhance it, maybe the different anime genres could help expand and improve the story. Just go crazy with it.
- Link back to the original post (this post) so I can read people’s suggestions, I’d love to read everyone’s ideas.
- Include Make it Anime in your tags so everyone including myself can find them all easily.
- Nominate around 5-10 bloggers.
With that out of the way, here are my choices for the tag:
Book: Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
If I were to ever to start doing book reviews on The Aniwriter in any series capacity, I would probably make a lot of comparisons to this book, because Never Let Me Go is by far and away one of my favorite books of all time. However, not only is it a great book, it would also make a great anime. Never Let Me Go’s story centers around an alternative version of Britain in which cloning has been discovered, and in order to keep everything going smoothly, cloned children are kept and taught at separate facilities. The story follows Kathy, who reminisces about her life growing up as a clone, and the many adventures that she went on with her friends Tommy and Ruth.
The main reason I see Never Let Me Go working as an anime is that of the love triangle aspect of the story. Much of Never Let Me Go focuses on Kathy’s experience with relationships, and how Tommy is the first boy that she feels like she has an actual connection with. Growing up in an environment that teaches kids that it is ok to have sex with anyone because clones have no way of reproducing leaves Kathy confused on how she should feel.
Movie: The Breakfast Club
I think one of the major things that Breakfast club would have going for it is its main cast. For those who do not know, Breakfast club is a movie about five teens from very different walks of social life when it comes to high school. There is Andrew, the jock, Claire, the popular girl princess, Allison, the weird one, Brian, the smart one, and John, the outcast. The five of them are forced to sit together in detention for a whole Saturday. Initially, they are all at each other’s throats, highlighting the differences between their social standings and using them as insults. However, the five of them are able to come together, smoke some weed, and realize that all of the differences between them are extremely artificial and pointless.
If there is one thing anime does right, its Slice of Life. the genre is incredibly diverse and knows how to make emotional moments between characters even more important than they really are. Breakfast Club seems like a great setup for a Slice of Life anime, especially considering subject matter. I can see it being relatively similar to something like Oregairu, the only difference being is that there is five of them, and they are all just as cynical as Hachiman.
TV Series: Riverdale
Riverdale works as an anime for the same reason that I feel like Breakfast Club would: the strength of its main cast. However, the strength of Riverdale’s main cast comes from a slightly different place. Because Riverdale has much more of an overarching story rather than just being an episodic series, the constant drama between characters is what makes the show that much more interesting.
In this way, Riverdale would absolutely work as an anime. In this case, I would compare the show to something like Orange, where the slice of life aspect is still very much there, but there is something of a thriller-Esq twist to make its core story much more appealing.
Well, I am required to nominate people, so here we go. Feel free to ignore this if you don’t have the time or just don’t want to.
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