Illegal Friday Funsies – Make It Anime! (I Didn’t Get Tagged For This, But I’m Doing It Anyway)

Yes,you heard me right,I’m doing a tag without even being tagged, like the true mad man I am!

I can hear the WordPress SWAT team knocking on my door as we speak,so while they figure out how to get through seven doors of reinforced cardboard gunpla boxes, I’ll be doing the “tag”, so to speak, breaking the sanctity of the tag system.

Life has many Bandai Namco sponsored doors, swatty bois

I got the idea from reading Irina’s post here. Here are some “rules” that I have probably broken already:

1. Thank the person who nominated you and link back to their blog post.

Well,since I wasn’t tagged by anyone, I’ll just thank Average Joe for creating this tag. I’ll be sure to give you a show,man!

2. Choose 1 Book, Movie and TV show of your choice that you think could work as an anime. (A series of books or movies is allowed e.g. Lord of the Rings, Hunger Games)

2. Explain why you think your choices could work as an anime. Maybe the advent of animation would enhance it, maybe the different anime genres could help expand and improve the story. Just go crazy with it.
3. Link back to the original post so I can read people’s suggestions, I’d love to read everyone’s ideas.

4. Include Make it Anime in your tags so everyone including myself can find them all easily.
5. Nominate around 5-10 bloggers.

Now that’s out of the way, I’ll honor my breaking of the first rule by talking about how I would make an anime from each category,in my usual style.

Movie – The Last Samurai

Okay, sure, this might sound like a waste of my choice since it’s set already in Japan and the samurai genre is hardly wanting for shows,but think about it!

In many ways,you could argue that The Last Samurai was an Isekai.


Okay, hear me out here.

  • Protagonist who is unhappy with the current state of his life
  • Gets “killed” or otherwise incapacitated suddenly at the beginning of the story.
  • Ends up in a world that is entirely foreign to their own understanding.
  • They must learn how to live in this new world,and maybe even get a waifu along the way.

The only key difference here is that they do not make any illusions about Tom Cruise being overpowered,and we instead get a flawed character who finds a new way of looking at life by living in another world.

As great as that movie was in live action,imagine how much farther they could go with the power of animation and 12-24 episodes. Imagine, for a moment,the choreography of Samurai Champloo with the award-winning plot and historical accuracy that the original brought to the table. The fact that it’s also set during the Meiji Restoration,an often untalked about era of Japan in anime, means that we’ll get to see that era realized in glorious 2D.

My one complaint about the movie was that there wasn’t enough of it. How cool would it be to get multiple episodes developing all these characters in the village, these hardened samurai warriors who have no masters left to serve nor foes willing to fight them head-on like in the days of old.

Imagine giving Bob a character arc.

The bromance ya’ll know you wanted more of

It’s a fantastic movie that has so many avenues to explore and expand upon, and building on the foundations of these already compelling characters will only serve to make it even more fantastic.

Obviously, I pick Madhouse to animate such an epic series.

TV Show – Black Mirror

Specifically, I want just one episode to be fully animated by a Japanese studio with input from Japanese horror and drama mangaka such as Junji Ito and Inio Asano.

Junji Ito would obviously be in charge of all the horrible and sick imagery that I know and love.

Meanwhile, the weird and character-driven surrealism will be headed by Inio Asano,of Oyasumi Punpun fame. His knowledge on writing about loneliness will serve the story of my imagined episode well.

It is with deep sadness that I remember now that Satoshi Kon is no longer with us,because his contribution to this imaginary episode would have been stunning considering how his works have inspired Western thrillers such as Black Swan.

The plot would revolve around an otaku who volunteers himself to a shady “Isekai Project” through the use of extensive VR and thought simulations, and in true Black Mirror fashion,both the protagonist and the viewer would start questioning when reality stops and the fantasy starts. It’s gonna have a message about the dangers of waifu culture and the inherent wrongness of power fantasies in modern Isekai,but most importantly, All of this will be animated by SHAFT for maximum mindf*ckery.

Man, I just bummed myself out knowing that I can’t ever have this.

Book – Worm

Technically,this is a web serial,but I want an anime of this particular obscure web serial for one reason:

My Hero Academia but Rated R and with apocalyptic monsters appearing every 3 months that kill members of the cast every time, along with millions of civilians. Also, main character is the most anty of anti-heroes. That is not a typo.

That’s literally all I need to say.


Since I was not “technically” tagged and I’ve already broken all the rules, ALL of you who read are hereby nominated, just like I was!

Legal note: Lumi is a liar and a fiend, but this is a fun post so you get the tag pass.

11 thoughts on “Illegal Friday Funsies – Make It Anime! (I Didn’t Get Tagged For This, But I’m Doing It Anyway)

  1. This was awesome, you certainly did give me a show. These were some great choices, that book series seems really interesting, and a black mirror type show would be awesome. The Last Samurai sounds like a great movie too. These were some great choices, thanks for doing this.

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  2. The only one I have some familiarity with was The Last Samurai. That could work as an anime. I heard good things about Black Mirror and it’s a shame that Satoshi Kon isn’t still alive to collaborate on something like this. I could only imagine how terrifying and awesome it would be if he did some kind of short film or episode. There would be no Black Swan, Requiem for a Dream, and sure as heck no Inception if he didn’t exist. Okay, Aronovsky gave credit to Perfect Blue, but you get the point. Hahaha!

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      1. He does own the film rights to Perfect Blue because of the “girl screaming in a bathtub” scene in Requiem, but I see your point when it came to Black Swan.

        I know, right? That was a major loss for animation in general.

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