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Postby Henry88 » Sun Nov 16, 2014 11:32 pm

and right off the top of my head

Where on Earth is Carmen Sandiego

Mighty Max

Dino Riders
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Re: western properties that could be anime's

Postby EricDent » Mon Nov 17, 2014 1:29 am

The anime magazine Anime Insider had a one page deal every month about this sort of thing.
Basically "What if" the show was anime.

It included (IIRC):

Dr. Who
Scooby Doo
Harry Potter
X-Files
Toho's Godzilla Will Live Forever!
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Re: western properties that could be anime's

Postby Henry88 » Thu Nov 20, 2014 4:24 pm

The Spiderwick Chronicles

Percy Jackson

Jonny Quest ( i mean how long has it been sense we have seen Jonny Quest)
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Re: western properties that could be anime's

Postby Shin_Edda_Robo!!!!! » Thu Nov 20, 2014 10:54 pm

Ben 10 (Omniverse might as well have been one. IT HAD A HAREM EPISODE. FIVE OF THEM).

Pacific Rim (duh)

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Re: western properties that could be anime's

Postby Henry88 » Mon Nov 24, 2014 11:12 pm

Danny Phantom would be another fine choice.
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Re: western properties that could be anime's

Postby Rody » Fri Nov 28, 2014 1:07 pm

Percy Jackson would be great in animated form. The books already have an impressive balance of humor and darker themes, set in a rich mythological environment. In the hands of a studio like Trigger or Bones, I'm sure it would be terrific.

Artemis Fowl might make a good show as well.
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Re: western properties that could be anime's

Postby The Shadow » Sat Nov 29, 2014 4:10 am

Now that I think about it, many of the pulp heroes seem like they could translate well into an anime. If working from the pulp novels, either 4-5 part OVAs or dedicating a season to doing one or two stories (depending on length of the story) may be best.

So start with the most influential that really kicked off the era of hero pulps - the Shadow and Doc Savage. But there are more pulp heroes, many of which used the Shadow and Doc Savage as their archetypes. The Spider, secret identity Richard Wentworth, is one such pulp hero.

"Satan's Murder Machines" easily makes the short list of the Spider's stories to adapt. Here's a good quick summary of the story from http://www.blackgate.com/2008/12/02/the ... ur-deaths/

Satan’s Murder Machines comes from the December 1939 issue of The Spider. Wentworth investigates three grisly killings committed in the same night that seem to have a connection to Frank Drexler’s security agency. The sudden emergence of an army of giant killer robots who shoot flame jets from their fingers turns the situation from a murder mystery into a frantic struggle (as always) to save New York City from ruin. The mastermind behind the killer ‘bots has also framed Wentworth for the murders, and police commissioner Stanley Kirkpatrick must hound the vigilante hero for the crimes. The mayhem that follows peaks with an astonishing scene of the Spider commandeering a robot and then riding on top of a truck, batting away the other metal monsters with a telephone pole. Long before Robotech, there was the Spider!


"Satan's Murder Machines" was very influential, as it was "borrowed" heavily from for the Superman Fleischer cartoon "Superman vs The Mechanical Monsters" and I believe prior Superman comic strip (in the newspaper) by Siegel & Shuster prior to that. (Which resulted in a lawsuit)

Here's an excerpt from the beginning of the story where we first see one of the robots, lots more intrigue and action throughout the pulp novel...

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Wentworth reached in through the window of his car and flicked on the radio—and in the same instant, he heard a man scream!


Wentworth twisted about beside the car and stared toward the mouth of the street. The watchman had vanished around the corner into Sutton Place; he it must have been, who uttered that tearing scream.

As Wentworth stared, Jackson flung himself at the corner and then—Jackson seemed to go mad!

The whole scene was painfully clear in the bright pool of illumination beneath that corner street light. One instant, Jackson was hurling himself confidently forward in pursuit—the next, he was striving frantically to check his forward dash! He managed to grab the iron standard of the traffic light with his right hand, jerk to a standstill.

For that first, terrible instant, Wentworth thought that a bullet had found its billet in his comrade's body. Then he saw Jackson's head lift stiffly and stare down Sutton Place! His head was just beneath the green eye of the traffic light, and its ghastly glare fell across his drawn cheeks. Jackson's strong jaw was knotted, but there was no mistaking the rigidity that gripped his body. Jackson, who had dared death gladly a thousand times to serve his master; who had fought through a great war . . . Jackson was afraid!

Through the long instant, the tableau held, while the light still sprayed green across Jackson's face, while the scream of terror and despair sounded through the night. Then that scream broke, and Jackson wrenched himself free from the iron post. He began to claw for his gun. Jackson, whose draw was the swift strike of a snake, fumbled with a shaking hand for his gun! The traffic light changed to red, and the gun came free, began to spit its harsh thunder down the street. Beside Wentworth, the cop swore curiously and with his retrieved gun in his left hand, ran awkwardly along the dead-end. He had taken only three paces when a man whipped around the corner and charged into the street. The man ran wildly, with both arms flung high above his head, and the screams still came from his lips. It was the Drexler watchman.

"The Iron Man!" he shrieked. "God save me! The Iron Man!"

And abruptly, Jackson had abandoned his position beside the traffic light. He turned and ran swiftly toward Wentworth, and he was reloading his automatic. Twice he twisted his head about to stare back across his shoulder.

"What is it, Jackson?" Wentworth snapped.

He had his own gun in his hand and was striding to meet his comrade. The policeman already had passed him, was scrambling toward the corner. Wentworth knew the cold tightening of horror in his own heart, for he was remembering those looted homes and the distorted bodies of the four murdered men. They had been literally torn apart. And now Jackson fled, and a man screamed . . . "The iron Man!"

Jackson whirled, and at the street's mouth, the policeman shouted hoarsely and unintelligibly . . . and then Wentworth saw— and he knew why the watchman had screamed, and why Jackson had been stiff with fright; and how four living men had been torn apart!

The thing stood there for an instant beneath the swaying street light, a monster of steel, an iron man! Its head towered almost to that light, and the red glare from the traffic signal spilled like lucent blood across a gigantic torso. Arms swung from ponderous shoulders and the head—the head was a replica of the helmet tattooed upon the Drexler watchman's chest! Two blank eyes that were plates of glass glared emptily; the mouth had teeth like a steam-shovel—and the empty glare of those awful eyes was fixed upon Wentworth!

Even as the Spider ripped himself free from the paralysis which that sudden apparition had placed even upon the Master of Men, the giant in steel lifted a ponderous foot and set it upon the sidewalk. And under that colossal trend, the concrete crackled and broke like ice! A hand moved carelessly, and wrapped about the iron traffic signal standard . . . and that post snapped off with a sputter of electric sparks!

Once, twice, the robot whipped that heavy post about its head and then hurled it like a war-club at Wentworth's head!

Chapter Two
When Bullets Fail

DEATH WAS VERY CLOSE TO RICHARD WENTWORTH in that moment. There seemed a weight in limbs and brain, stupefaction over this thing his eyes saw, but his mind could not quite believe. It is certain that any other man would have been caught by that steel club and died miserably in his tracks. Wentworth managed somehow to wrench his frozen muscles into action. He shrank aside by a hair's breadth and the wind of the missile's passage whipped his silk hat from his head, fluttered the tails of his Chesterfield.

The policeman stood motionless, a paralyzed pigmy in the path of the steel monster. His gun was in his fist, his head wrenched back crazily to peer up at that travesty of a face. The watchman ducked behind Wentworth and crouched like a cowed dog and Jackson had his back flattened against the wall; automatic ready in his fist again.

"This way, officer!" Wentworth's voice cracked like a whip and, even in that paralysis of fear which gripped the man, the cop heard the accent of command and discipline stirred within him. He jerked up his revolver and fired at the monster.

"Retreat, man!" Wentworth shouted. "Come to me!"

Wentworth whipped up his own automatic and took careful aim. He knew without further trial that the steel body would be impervious to bullets. Jackson's shrewd lead already had searched that out. One shot, Wentworth squeezed off. He knew that his lead flew true, caught the monster in one of its glass eyes—and nothing happened! The monster stood within a few yards of the policeman and slowly bent his head to stare down at the puny thing at its feet. A steel hand lifted casually. . . .

With an oath, Wentworth leaped toward the Daimler. The policeman was fleeing in crazy, scrambling terror, and the monster was walking . . . slowly, ponderously. The tremor of that tread came through the pavement, seemed to vibrate in Wentworth's very bones.

"Keep away from it!" Wentworth shouted. "It can't move fast! Keep out of its way! Dodge!"

He flung himself behind the wheel of the Daimler, and wrenched it into gear, whipped it in a U-turn. The car was too long for that narrow street and he had to wrench it backward again while aching moments passed; while death moved with ponderous ease and on feet of steel. He glimpsed the giant, saw it lift a hand and point a finger like an accusation at the crouching watchman. The man's scream rose terribly, and then—fire spurted from that pointing finger! The scream cut off. The watchman was a twitching, dying huddle upon the ground!

Wentworth fought to hammer sane thoughts through his own brain. This thing of steel could be no living monster, of course. It must be a robot, though marvelously under control. A robot that could point a finger made into a gun barrel and kill with perfect aim! Wentworth jerked his head, struggling against the daze of incredulity that still gripped him. A robot was only a machine, an intricate and necessarily delicate machine. A profound blow, such an impact as would knock the thing to the ground, undoubtedly would disarrange its mechanism. It was simple, really. Whoever was master of this monster of steel had calculated on the terror its mere appearance would generate to prevent rational attack. He had not counted on meeting the Spider face-to-face!

Wentworth had whipped the heavy limousine about now, so that its nose was toward the robot. He swiftly flung it backward until its rear bumper nudged the wall at the street's end. He would need all the momentum he could generate in this short dead-end street to upset that creature! He jerked loose the half-cushion beside him, and wedged it between his chest and the steering wheel, jerked the gear into second. . . .
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Re: western properties that could be anime's

Postby Henry88 » Thu Oct 29, 2015 11:14 am

Shockwave Assault would be a good one
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shock_Wav ... eo_game%29
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Re: western properties that could be anime's

Postby O.Supreme » Thu Oct 29, 2015 12:45 pm

Henry88 wrote:Jonny Quest ( i mean how long has it been sense we have seen Jonny Quest)


This came out not quite 5 months ago

http://www.amazon.com/Tom-Jerry-Quest-R ... 2651255011

:wink:


But seriously... an Agents of Shield anime would be pretty cool (There have been other marvel animes). Robotix, Inhumanoids, basically any 80's animated series would be awesome in anime form.
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Postby The Great MM » Fri Oct 30, 2015 10:59 pm

Army of Darkness...
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Re: western properties that could be anime's

Postby lhb412 » Sun Nov 01, 2015 12:25 am

Usagi Yojimbo, naturally. It's set in feudal Japan, it riffs on Japanese stories and themes. The funny thing is that it's never been published in Japan! It does have Japanese fans, but they have to read it in English (or in the myriad non-Japanese foreign translations). It could make a fantastic TV series (or movies, for that matter).
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Re: western properties that could be anime's

Postby Henry88 » Sun Nov 08, 2015 8:44 pm

oh dear lord this would be great,also gave me many headaches.

Descent
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Postby The Shadow » Mon Nov 09, 2015 2:19 am

I remember Descent, never owned a copy but for a long while you could count on it or solitaire up and running on the display computers at stores so I got to play bits and pieces of the game.
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Re: western properties that could be anime's

Postby Rody » Tue Mar 22, 2016 1:08 pm

This seems relevant; I just stumbled across this: Mike Toole of Anime News Network discusses Thunderbirds's history with anime. It's an interesting read.

Mike Toole wrote:SF anime's emphasis on awesome vehicles can be traced right back to the influence of Thunderbirds.
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Re: western properties that could be anime's

Postby Mexigojira » Fri Apr 22, 2016 11:32 pm

"I dream of Jeannie" would make a funny shoujo/magical girl anime.

"Knight Rider", K.I.T.T. could transform at one point into a robot.
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Re: western properties that could be anime's

Postby O.Supreme » Sun Apr 24, 2016 11:32 am

words cannot do justice how beautiful this is

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PN_CP4SuoTU
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Postby The Shadow » Sun May 15, 2016 1:18 am

Wow! That's incredible!

After seeing who knows how many anime that borrowed from Star Wars visual aesthetic (particularly from the late 70s to the mid to late 80s) there's just something so very right to see Star Wars proper presented this way.
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Re: western properties that could be anime's

Postby mr.negativity » Sun May 22, 2016 3:19 am

O.Supreme wrote:words cannot do justice how beautiful this is

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Re: western properties that could be anime's

Postby Henry88 » Mon Jul 25, 2016 12:45 pm

add another one to the list.
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Re: western properties that could be anime's

Postby mr.negativity » Mon Sep 24, 2018 11:51 am

O.Supreme wrote:words cannot do justice how beautiful this is

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PN_CP4SuoTU



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Re: western properties that could be anime's

Postby Gojira-2000 » Fri Mar 29, 2019 7:01 pm

EricDent wrote:The anime magazine Anime Insider had a one page deal every month about this sort of thing.
Basically "What if" the show was anime.

It included (IIRC):

Dr. Who


I'd say Blake's 7 could be interesting as an anime, but most definitely Sapphire & Steel:

https://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Series/SapphireAndSteel
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Re: western properties that could be anime's

Postby Gojira-2000 » Thu Apr 11, 2019 2:32 pm

^ In addition, I'd love to see an anime based on a very short lived vampire TV series called Ultraviolet:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ultraviolet_(TV_serial)

With the overall tone being along the lines of Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex.
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