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Anime Revival: When is it Good or Bad?

A retrospective of anime that has been revived with new iterations (examples: Hunter x Hunter, the Young Black Jack, Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure) and if they were effective or necessary. Are there some that have failed trying to bring back an anime? What determines if an anime should be revived?

  • What determines any revival or reboot is it's former popularity, the recognizably of it's name and franchise, the engaging and timeless qualities of its characters and setting, perhaps whether or not the concept can be updated and altered (like with "Dirty Pair FLASH), or if it can survive looking and sounding as it always did, just with a slick new digital paint job (like the "Evangelion" Re-Build movies). "Lupin the 3rd" just got it's Part IV TV series, and it seems to be doing as well as it ever did. The Lupin franchise has lasted in countless iterations and interpretations since 1971. Same thing with "Cutey Honey." "Fooly Cooly" may even get a reboot from it's new owners, Mad House I think. – Jonathan Leiter 6 years ago
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  • Branching off of Jonathan's note, you need to review aspects such as sales statistics and manga content. Did the older anime have budget restrictions? Perhaps it didn't show everything possible from the manga (ex. JoJo's initial release was a summarized version of Stardust Crusaders if I remember correctly). I'm not sure about Hunter x Hunter since I never followed it, but Young Black Jack is a manga so it wasn't an anime solely made to branch off of Black Jack's success. Most anime are remade I think more to follow more closely to the original content and others are more to give the animation style a face-lift. One example you don't mention is the Berserk movies, you could look into those along with Evangelion. My only issue with the Rebuilds are that there is a popular fan theory of the movies being based after the events in the End of Evangelion and may need the fourth release to verify or deny this. – Connor 6 years ago
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  • A plus for revival is an opportunity for improvement. In HunterXHunter for example I felt the newest iteration handled pacing a lot better – MattyMayham 5 years ago
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