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Ever since my cousin Jen first blew my mind by popping in a grainy old video tape of Sailor Moon on a lazy, sickly Sunday afternoon, I have had a deep and abiding love of anime. Sure, for every Fushigi Yûgi, Trigun, and Princess Mononoke, you get Mermaid Melody Pichi Pichi Pitch or 300 episodes of Naruto filler, but there are some damn good stories in there just waiting to be told. Obviously, many Hollywood producers agree, which is why time and time again, they’ve tried to stripmine Japan’s most notable cultural export and transform it into big budget blockbusters. At times, this strategy has blown up in their face, yielding bombs like Dragonball Evolution and Avatar: The Last Airbender, but it doesn’t have to be all doom and gloom. With adaptations of Death Note, Ghost in the Shell, and Space Battleship Yamato on the way, many fans are worried about how their beloved properties will be treated. And today on The Dan Cave, I’m going to try and answer that age-old question of whether or not anime adaptations can succeed in Hollywood.
What do you think? Is there a place for anime adaptations in Hollywood? What series would you most like to see on the big screen and/or which would be best suited for adaptation? Let me know in the comments below or tell me on Twitter (@osteoferocious) using the hashtag #TheDanCave. I may not be your senpai, but I’ll definitely notice you.