I was first introduced to the world of anime from an old high school friend who told me I had to watch this movie called Ninja Scroll. When I asked him what it was about and he told me it was an anime which he explained was a cartoon, I was highly skeptical of what I was going to witness. To say my eyes were opened to a new world of storytelling would be an understatement. I was hooked on anime and started borrowing as many movies from him as I could.
Anime back when I was in high school wasn’t easy for me to get a hold of, you had to know a guy who knew a guy. Now though, we have streaming services that will deliver nearly any and every anime ever made straight to your home without having to figure out someone to borrow a VHS copy from.
With the proliferation of anime and how readily it is available to a world wide audience, Hollywood has taken notice of this explosion in popularity and now are working on actively developing many of these properties into live adaptations for the big screen and North American audiences. While this can be a good thing as it exposes a wider audience to these amazing stories, it can also be a not so good thing as we witnessed with the big budget Ghost In The Shell adaptation that bombed at the box office and was generally received poorly by critics and audiences alike.
That’s not going to stop the Hollywood money train from trying to capitalize on the global success of some of these properties and in fact some anime favorites are already heading our way. Of course Death Note hit Netflix in August and in December Full Metal Alchemist will hit the big screen. These are just two beloved franchises getting ready to make the leap to the live adaptation and as you can see in the video above from Looper, there are plenty more adaptations coming our way over the next several years.
So, which anime do you want to see a live adaptation the most? Which anime properties should never be adapted? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.