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Top Young Adult Movie Adaptions
Mockingjay part 2 has just come out with the last Divergent movie in the line up for release. Write about the top movies that are adapted from young adult novels. How do they stand up in time? Is their target audience broader than young adults? What similarities or differences are there between them? Movies of interest may be the Hunger Games, Divergent, The Maze Runner, Enders Game, The Fault in Our Stars, Twilight…etc.Of course, there are more out now than ever and the list does not need to be confined to trilogies, so long as it is adapted from young adult books.
Anime for Children that Didn't Make it to Television
There are many anime aimed toward children, although only a small number of those are aired on televisions in the West. What are some of these series? Why might they not have been aired on television and instead released on DVD only? There is an Answerman on Anime News Network on "Why are anime still censored?" which could be useful to refer to. Fancy Lala, Creamy Mami, Kaleido Star other magical girl series, and maybe even Tamako Market are some examples that could be considered appropriate for that audience.
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When Does the Anime Harem Genre Thrive?
The harem genre is a term used for anime that have one guy surrounded by a bunch of girls (usually they have a romantic interest in the main character). Sometimes there are ‘reverse harems’ where it’s 1 girl surrounded by a bunch of guys. Take a look at the history of the harem genre in anime, which series have been popular, why the harem genre is popular/interesting and some of the most entertaining, high quality, maybe even odd harem anime. Are love triangles a more effective system?
Anime that Deserve a Reboot
Take a look at anime that either were adapted so poorly from the manga or are left incomplete that deserve to be remade from scratch. Kanon 2006 or Space Battleship Yamato are examples of anime that have done this.
Anime That Fit into US and European TV Genres
Write a list of anime television series which may not have been big cross-over hits like Attack on Titan and Full Metal Alchemist, but probably could work as popular series in this market. Series that come to my mind are Eden of the East, Paranoia Agent, Terror in Resonance (mystery series), High School of the Dead (zombies), Maison Ikkoku, Nana, Usagi Drop, Kaleido Star and other sports anime (soaps), Dance with Devils (fantasy), Sound Euphonium (music)… any others that come to mind may be added, but try to avoid anime-only genres such as mecha, ecchi (too much of it anyway) and magical girls.
Anime Production Companies and How They Differ from Western Studios
Compare the Japanese and Western animation industries. In particular, look at some of the major studios in Japan today and in the West, and compare how they function. How is the work load divided? Is the software used to animate the same? How many series will be created at once? Is the pre or post production sequences done differently? Interviews with anime staff on Anime News Network, Youtube documentaries on Animation production, or information from the Hey, Answerman column may be useful to refer to.
Significant Mecha Franchises in Anime and How They Stand Today
Compare, contrast, give history, information on influence and possibly rank famous mecha anime franchises. Ones of interest may be Voltron, Gundam, Patlabor, Macross, Neon Genesis Evangelion and Fullmetal Panic.
The Portrayal of High School Life in Anime
The majority of anime are aimed toward teenagers to young adults, so high schools appear time and time again as a setting. How is the experience of high school portrayed in anime? Is it optimistic, pessimistic or somewhere in between? Does it depend on the genre? Are there any particular titles that break the mold or explore aspects of Japanese high school life in a different way? As a background, some mention of how Japanese schools differ from the West would be useful. A title of interest might be Flowers of Evil.
Thanks a lot for your thoughts! I hope you can find a show that you like out of the ones I suggested.
It might be entertaining, sure, but there were other mecha/action shows that I think might be better to watch than that one in terms of aesthetics. That being said, you’re still allowed to like it. Thanks for your comment. 🙂
Hurry up and publish some articles so I can actually get this feedback before articles are published. 😛
I don’t see what you mean about how having shows ‘shortened’ isn’t ‘evidenced enough’. That sort of deduction is always going to be an opinion. It’s not like television making is science where you can figure out what parts need to be kept and cut with a formula.
To me, filler is something which doesn’t add anything to the characters or the story. Large portions of Chunibyo is just the characters hanging out and having fun…. which didn’t seem like the point of the story. To me, it was about the main relationship between the two characters, and Rikka’s issues with 8 grader syndrome.
K-ON’s story is even thinner with Chunibyo… I don’t see why you are comparing the two when I didn’t even try to do this in the article. Their goals are different. Haruhi has more in common with Chunibyo than K-ON does with Chunibyo.
The eyes are gigantic, but I think the KyoAni designs are far better than the ones from their respective video games.
Thanks Foss. 🙂
Thank you for sharing your thoughts! I agree. 🙂 sounds like you’d enjoy Haruki Murakami’s novels. You should try find one if you can!
I’ll try to! I am very busy but I do what I can. Thanks.
For his short films I think this is understandable since there is only a limited amount of time to express a particular idea or explore characters, although I agree that the pacing of his stories can have problems. For example, The Place Promised in Our Early Days frustrates me to no end because of the pacing, even though the story itself was interesting.