Entries Tagged 'anime' ↓

Guilty Pleasure

Look what I found. The first episode of Milla Jovovich's 2006 sci-fi/actioner, Ultraviolet, spun-off as an anime. I'm still not sure why anyone would want to adapt a box-office underperformer such as this. Ultraviolet did have an in-your-face comic book flair, so I guess it makes sense on some level. Maybe the series went into production before the film was released -- I hear anime can take a while to complete. I haven't watched the whole thing, but it appears to be a prequel.

I'm surprised the folks behind Underworld still haven't tried this. I mean, the Hellboy direct to DVD animated movies appear to be successful. They even have the original cast doing the voice work. It would probably be easier (and cheaper) getting Kate Beckinsale to voice Selene in an animated feature, than suiting up in latex at this point. Even Legion dipped its toe in the water, going the motion comic route with a trailer for a graphic novel.

I'm not totally sold on motion comics, but I thought that looked pretty decent -- the actual film was another story.

Wolverine Anime Trailer

Well, this is certainly an "interesting" interpretation of the iconic Marvel hero. Kind of girly in my opinion, but that's the way of anime protagonists. Don't know if it will go over well with hardcore Wolverine fans. I sat through the Gotham Knight anime, which was okay, so I'd probably give this a shot.

Afro Samurai: Resurrection

I wasn’t a big fan of the series, but this feature length anime was pretty entertaining. The storytelling was much better this time around. Really makes me want to experiment with animation -- I don’t have the skill to do anything on that level, but you can do wonders with Flash these days. A short motion comic, like they did for “Watchmen” wouldn’t be incredibly demanding... something to put on the back burner for later this year.

Ultraviolet: Code 044

Looks like our prayers have been answered. That sexy hemophage rebel with the change-color-at-will-wig-and-outfit is coming back in a twelve episode anime! Seriously, who saw that one coming? Even though Kurt Wimmer’s vampire/sci-fi/action flick tanked in the States, it had a pretty decent run in Japan -- grossing around 2.8 million, more than “Underworld” (1.6 mil), “Underworld: Evolution” (1.9 mil), or “Hellboy” (586k). I’m guessing that life on DVD eventually put the 30 million dollar production in the black. What if the series drums up enough interest for a sequel? Hey, stranger things have happened.