There are so many animes out there nowadays that cosplayers and anime lovers couldn’t possibly keep up. It seems like every day new amazing animes are being released along with prequels and sequels to current animes. This is great and all but I personally would like to see more of these series become movies. I do not mean animated movies, I’m talking live-action. And not with crappy actors either. How about we get some award-winning world-class actors.
In my opinion, its time to finally get some new ideas into Hollywood. Don’t get me wrong I love Spiderman and all of the Disney Movies just as much as everyone else. But I’m kinda tired of watching Uncle Ben die. I could also do without them remaking all of my childhood classics and changing different aspects of it. There are so many animes and video games with stories that far surpass our current mainstream movies. I want to look at a few of these series today and possibly the idea of replacing mainstream movies with some brand new concepts.
First up we have Megalo Box. This was an absolutely amazing series that would make for a perfect live-action movie. These types of movies are proven to be box office hits with movies like Creed and the legendary Rocky captivating millions. The series Real Steel was a break from the traditional boxing scene and gave us something new. Let’s keep that trend going and turn Megalo Box into a live-action movie. With all of the CGI affects directors are capable of I’m sure it would be a hit and even get non-anime watchers into the series.
Similar to Megalo Box, I also loved this series as it was extremely violent. It took simple moves like the jab and hook and made them appear to be much more than they actually were. The series even explained the thought process behind why certain boxing types usually beat out others. Each character was extremely unique and developed there own fighting style through hard work. Another bright side to making this series into a movie is that the story is already completed for you. Don’t change a thing and simply act out the script that’s been placed in front of you and your golden.
Possibly the most violent series on the list, Baki is a martial arts lovers paradise. So many styles are introduced throughout the series with some being completely fictional. Never the less, their concepts are extremely riveting and make you wonder how these techniques would cope with actual fighting styles. One thing that separates this series apart from Megalo Box and Hajime No Ippo is that with Baki anything goes. You want to fight with knives, guns, bombs fine by me. The only thing that matters is winning and I’m sure if it was turned into a live-action film it would give Rambo a run for its money.
Last of the violent series we have the Netflix anime Kengan Ashura. First, let me say Netflix has been releasing some absolute bangers so shouts out to them. Second, if you haven’t seen Kengan Ashura then definitely give it a watch if you’re into martial arts and violent anime. Techniques such as submissions and boxing are used by several fighters along with MMA. Once again some of the techniques do not make sense but that’s what draws viewers in. Seeing individuals do the unknown and theoretical techniques makes you really wonder if such feats are possible.
Most of us have seen this series by now and have marveled at its storyline along with its phenomenal soundtrack. Simply take snippets from the song Counting Stars and clips from the brothel episode and bam, you have yourself a trailer. Unlike several western movies, the plot of this action movie would not revolve exclusively around the idea of good vs evil. The characters operate within there own sense of morality but in general, do what most consider the right thing. Upon conclusion, the two decide to actually end the feud that has persisted throughout the entire series leaving on a sorta truce. It would definitely be a breath of fresh air to a repetitive movie scene.
I have written about how amazing Your Name is before. This series left me in shambles as it was a love story that surpassed even the Notebook. I know this is a bold statement but I really felt this movie was that good. Love stories are very common but few are told in such a manner. A live-action version would surely rope in non-anime watchers and bring everyone in the theater to tears. The series was so well written that I believe many could get the gist even if they did not watch it with subtitles. And you can’t help but fall in love with the song Sparkle after watching this movie.
Since we are on the topic of love stories, you know I couldn’t leave out the best in my opinion, Final Fantasy X! Final Fantasy X is still cosplayed frequently at several conventions and for good reason. This series left gamers in awe with its break taking visuals and deep storyline. Its not until the very end that you finally view the scene that the series has been putting off. This is another romance story that would certainly rank amongst one of the greatest love stories ever created if turned into a live-action series.
A truly touching story that really needs to become a live-action film. It’s a story of starting again and restoring one’s faith in former passions. We can all relate to losing things in life. Loved ones, hobbies, passions, they all seem to come and go and sometimes we just need a bit of help getting back into the swing of things. Your Lie In April is far more complicated than this simplistic explanation so please don’t let this turn you off. I guarantee you that if they ever made a live-action version of this series, you would leave the theater in tears with a sense of restoration in humanity.
There are so many amazing series that deserve a shot on the big screen. Please stop recycling movies and give some new ideas a shot. I love some remakes just as much as the next person but some new series would be highly appreciated. If any startups want to get this rolling I would surely invest. But once again, only if you are going to stick to the original plot outlined by the game or series. None of this putting your own spin on it nonsense. If it ain’t broke don’t fix it. I hope you enjoyed this look at some series and games that should be turned into live-action films. Feel free to leave a comment below if you did and if you’re looking for more cosplay news feel free to click HERE! Also, check out my cosplay Podcast with a new episode released each week. That’s going to do it for today, until next time, stay BOUNDLESS!!!