Will anime ever be able to translate into a decent live-action movie? | The Tylt
Will anime ever be able to translate into a decent live-action movie?
It was recently announced that the beloved anime series, “Cowboy Bebop,” is getting a live action adaptation á la Netflix. Fans promptly lost it, especially since the it was announced that a certain Corgi was going to be adapted into a German shepherd (although luckily Netflix fixed that right up). Nevertheless, audiences are nervously twiddling their thumbs. A decent live-action adaptation has yet to be release, let alone be good.
Apart from its style just being so out there, filmmakers have a habit of completely miscasting (cough, whitewashing, cough) an overtly Japanese art. “Death Note,” “Ghost in the Shell,” “Dragonball Evolution” are all examples, and don’t you dare even bring up that “Last Airbender” nonsense. “Cowboy Bebop” is already known for its eclectic style and crazy hybrid genre; how can anyone effectively translate that into 3D? It’s impossible!
To their credit, Netflix did release the live-action adaptation of “Fullmetal Alchemist,” which no one hated viciously, anyway. Maybe it was because it (finally) was an all-Japanese cast or maybe because the characters’ distinctly anime mannerisms didn’t appear hokey or cheap on actual people. If Netflix was able to produce an almost okay anime live-action, maybe “Bebop” is in the right hands, after all.
Anything can be made into a great movie if it’s done right. Someone has yet to nail anime’s quirks in a movie with people, but just as The Weeknd said, we feel it coming. Maybe it’s “Bebop,” although, honestly, as long as they get the opening right, we’ll be aight.