Oddly enough, none of our writers get colds…
Happy April Fool’s to all our readers out there. You’ll have to forgive the lack of preamble this week, but I’m traveling (Kagoshima and Yakushima – look for writeups on LiA sometime late this week) so it’s down and dirty this time. Our final Top 5 of the season (about halfway, anyway) – yes, Dororo wins the season – and an “Ask the Writers” question suggested by Zaiden.
Here are this week’s results:
Weekly Staff Poll
Ask The Writers
“If (insert name of billionaire of choice here) offered to fully bankroll one anime series of your choice at any studio, what series and what studio would it be?”
- Choya: If I were to have the liberty of creating an anime, it’d be a toughie. Would I want a story that has never been adapted? Or a video game or story that exists outside of anime? Or a sequel that I’ve been meaning to see closure for? Most importantly, should I be a humanitarian and faithfully adapt a beloved, unfinished anime, or should I go for a troll option and adapt it in gaudy CGI? But I think I have just the right idea. I would want to help get Ufotable together (Enzo’s note: assuming they aren’t shut down for tax evasion) to finally create the behemoth that is the Tsukihime anime. Dedicating a cour or two on the Near Side routes (going with a full-on Ciel anime would be my preference, but ideally, it’d be dedicated to only one of the Near Side routes rather than mashing them together). If possible, dedicating three films or OVAs to the Far Side routes would be great too (a Hisui arc movie would be particularly awesome and intense). But it would give plenty of us closure for a Type-Moon property that hasn’t had too much time in the spotlight.
- Pancakes: Out of ever possible option the one I want to see most is a remake/reboot of Seikai no Monshou. If Legend of the Galactic Heroes can manage it in this day and age, then goddammit so can pointy eared imperialistic space elves and all the moral greys which go with them. Throw it to Production I.G (since they handled LotGH so well), lavish some serious coin on the animation, and darling we have ourselves a space opera. Oh and give it 24 episodes too because more time spent with Lafiel being embarrassed in a summer dress and straw hat can never go wrong.
- Passerby: If the magic of money can make anything possible then I would haul Miyazaki out of retirement (Enzo’s Note: he is, and he is making another feature) and revive Studio Ghibli to make one last film. And I would write it myself. Would it suck? Likely. Would it be because I’m not fluent in Japanese? Partially. Would it upset my billionaire investor? Absolutely. But the chance to make a film with Miyazaki is once in a hundred lifetimes and I’m not passing this up. Plus, I’ll have my name on the very last Miyazaki film! I’ll be immortalised in the anime world forever! Probably by being burnt in effigy biannually at Comiket, but I’ll take what I can get.
- Stilts-wan: The Firesign series, from any studio that will take me. Madhouse, Ufotable, Bones, Sunrise, J.C.Staff—hell, I’d take A-1 Pictures in a pinch. I’m taking the egotistical route by greenlighting an anime based on my own IP, so whatever flies. And once again, obvious answer.
- Enzo: There was a time, no doubt, when I would have said Production I.G. and a sequel to Seirei no Moribito. But, well – we’ve gotten a very good live-action drama so I know how it ends, and the only season was the best TV anime ever, so let’s not be greedy. In fact, tempting as sequels are, my gut is telling me to pick something I dearly love that’s never been adapted at all. A proper Yokohama Kaidashi Kikou series? Tempting. At long last Spirit Circle? Couldn’t go wrong there. But I’m going bold and picking Otoyomegatari, because even though I know it could be a huge letdown, if it clicked it could be among the best anime ever made. As for a studio I’m going with Kinema Citrus, because Made in Abyss convinced me that they’re capable of the kind of ungodly production values Mori Kaoru’s vision needs, and their visual aesthetic is the closest a proper TV anime studio gets to Ghibli (which I think fits this material better than any other). Make it happen, Davos!