Make it Anime: Virgins, Bookworms, and Football Heads

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Hey Guys, got another tagging post here. Thanks to Average Joe Reviews for this great idea!

Irina from I drink and watch anime was tagged in a new post series that I think is quite ingenious: taking movies and books and seeing if they would make good animes. I couldn’t wait to get tagged. Here are the rules!

  • 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)
    • If you want to pick more than 1 from each section that’s fine. Or if you can’t think of one for a specific category that’s fine also.
  • 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.
  • Link back to the original post so I can read people’s suggestions, I’d love to read everyone’s ideas.
  • Include Make it Anime in your tags so everyone including myself can find them all easily.
  • Nominate around 5-10 bloggers.

Alright, my own suggestions are after the cut!


The 40-Year-Old Virgin

Now, this premise is not unfamiliar to anime, but that fact is what would make an anime version of this work so well. Harem and Ecchi animes are chock-full of lovable losers and the medium is well versed in it. I think to take a crack at a Judd Apatow style comedy but with all the trappings of a gag slice of life/harem series would work wonders. You could even reverse the genders of the cast and it would still work!



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Japan already has a morbid fascination with the story of Anne of Green Gables and something like this English classic seems to an almost too perfect fit for an anime. It’s got a young girl, magical powers, a loving onee-san figure, and more than enough whimsy. Reading this made me think of the old Miyazaki pictures like Kiki’s Delivery Service. I’m honestly shocked Japan hasn’t tried to “anime” this story already, it just works too well!

TV Show (Cartoon)

Hey Arnold

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Hey Arnold! is one of the best American cartoons of its generation and a personal favorite of my own. It’s funny, endearing and has moments of incredible depth and heart. It would be easy to swap out the characters and keep the episodic format while setting it in Japan. Also having anime about Japanese children that DOESN’T take place in a school would be a nice change. I’d love to see some of Hey Arnold!’s best episodes in the lens of a Japanese cast and Japanese culture.

Those are my picks. I’ll tag some others and see what they got!

Lynn Sheridan

Cactus Matt


Pete Davison

4 thoughts on “Make it Anime: Virgins, Bookworms, and Football Heads

  1. Woah, these were absolutly awesome picks. That 40 year old virgin one sounds absolutly golden, so does that Matilda one. Hey Arnold, wow thats a blast from the past, I think thats a great choice too. These were awesome, I love them, thanks for doing the tag.


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