So, I was doing something thinking lately…and realized I really wished some movies or shows (particularly original anime series) has been based off available books (more on that later) or had proper novelizations.
I will not be including anime based off a manga, but I will include anime based off light novels that have not been translated.
Movies: Spirited Away:
This is a movie filled with metaphors and symbolism….one could argue too much. As much as I think the movie would remain better, if not for the visuals, I feel as though a novelization could go deeper into the storyline and answer some very important questions that went unanswered. (Most notably, why did No-Face go insane in the bathhouse? I know it’s popular belief that it was because the greed inside corrupted him, but I’d like to know for sure. And why did he get so attached to Chihiro?)
I mentioned this in my review, but the main reason I want a book is because of this: world building. Don’t get me wrong, I liked what they had in the movie. But I was also left with many questions about the world the characters lived in, particularly about the dream sharing technology; where did it come from? How else did it play into the world? I was also curious as to what Cobb’s job involved before the movie’s events.
I love a good thriller. Unlike the other entries I’ve included so far, I don’t want a book based off this because of questions I have; it’s because I love thrillers, and this one was incredibly well written. Plus, it would have to be in a unique format. It would be incredibly hard to pull off in a book format, but I would love to read an attempt.
TV and anime (mainly anything written by Gen Urobuchi)
This is an incredibly internal series. Of course, since it has a lot to do with mental health, it has to be. And that’s why I wish there could be a light novel out there. This has such fascinating characters and concepts, and it’s my cup of tea, genre wise. I mean, a science fiction mystery thriller? Those are hard to find on bookshelves nowadays, although they’re everywhere on TV and movies. Plus, who wouldn’t want to read the thought processes of characters like Kogami, Akane, Makishima, and even Ginoza?
This is an odd case, as there are actually light novels out there. But none have been officially translated, which is bizarre to me; the Fate franchise is incredibly popular, so why not translate them? Similar to the above, it comes down to thought processes and honestly, I want a book that is like The Hunger Games, but with more of a thriller vibe and more philosophy. And from what I’ve heard, there’s more to the light novel than the anime, and the series even has plot holes that the novels filled! C’mon, officially translate this already! The scanlations are fine, but have weird tense changes that mean I can’t get into them.
I have even more of these, but I am crunched for time right now. Would you guys be interested in a part two?