Hollywood vs Anime

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WHAT I FEEL

I have seen Hollywood stuff my entire life and its been three years since I got into watching Anime. I am a fan of both, but I’m going to take a side and write this post.

I prefer 2D animated characters more than actors or anything in real life. The reason for this is because I am a big fan of art. I love to see beautiful visuals, animation and I think this is what makes anime so special.

YOUR NAME (KIMI NO NA WA)

In Anime, you can show complicated action scenes and science fiction easily as compared to Hollywood.

Hollywood has science fiction but just compare them with Anime, you will find story, scenes, dialogues much more interesting. Talking about stories Anime presents and the concept they show is really different from any of those Hollywood movies.

Even the superheroes are way more different and their perception, sense of judgement and dialogues, all are different than those usual boring ones. Lately we’ve been buried in sequels of sequels to the point where it seems as if Hollywood doesn’t have original ideas anymore. Too many Marvel, DC movies alone. I like them but don’t they have anything better to offer? Just mixing up their movies and creating the same old content to earn money worldwide. Look at how many times Batman has been rebooted. Most Anime never sees a reboot unless they have something better than the old content. Take Full Metal Alchemist : Brotherhood and Hellsing Ultimate for example.

Anime series too end after a certain number of episodes, even if the number happens to be in 500s. When the story ends, it ends.

 

SOURCE

Hollywood may be tapping into comic books for stories, but American comic books lacks the diversity Manga enjoys. Anime is mostly derived from Manga, its comic book counterpart. Both Anime and Manga have a huge following in US, Europe and Asian countries and have influenced mainstream comic book artists in DC & Marvel. Not to mention that Manga is much more detailed than any comic book.

A page from BERSERK Manga
A page from Comic

 

ADAPTATIONS

Hollywood does have legendary movies like Inception, Interstellar, Shawshank Redemption, Matrix etc but all these movies have better and beautiful counterparts in the Anime world. Christopher Nolan drew his inspiration from a surreal anime called Paprika for Inception.

There is one thing though. What I’ve observed is that Anime doesn’t tap onto Hollywood for any content or inspiration. Even if an Anime adapts a Hollywood movie with an interesting plot, it will be great to watch. Take Resident Evil for example, though its inspired from video games but compare Anime version with Hollywood ones. The animated versions are so much better. This is because live action has limitations that only CGI can get around. Animation on the other hand, doesn’t have any real world limitations. You can draw and animate anything you want.

If Hollywood tries to adapt an Anime, no matter how epic the plot is, it can turn out to be pretty bad. Dragon Ball Evolution, The Last Airbender, Netflix’s Death Note, Ghost in the Shell are some examples. The supernatural fight scenes don’t look as good in a Hollywood movie as in an Anime, that’s where Anime has the upper hand, THE VISUALS!

 

FINAL THOUGHTS

Sadly, most of the audiences still equate animation with children or with comedy. In my opinion Anime is at par with Hollywood in every genre. Try watching SEINEN anime to know how deep Anime can really be (for mature audience only).

If you think nothing can make you laugh as much as FRIENDS, give a shot to GINTAMA.

Watch CLANNAD or GRAVE OF THE FIREFLIES to know how much emotionally broken a person can be. To be honest, my dad shifted my PC to the last room just because I used to cry like a little girl watching these shows.

Watch YOUR NAME (KIMI NO NA WA) if you are into love stories or slight romance genre. It is a Masterpiece!

Support what you like. I have seen both, horrible Anime and horrible live action movies. Best way to change this trend is to vote with our wallets. Tired of watching same superhero movies, stop going to see them in theaters. Tired of watching same high school Anime, stop buying their DVDs.

Use your money wisely and spend only on the ones which deserve your attention.

 

 

 

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