Manga/Anime-Style Covers for Classic Stories
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I'm not sure if I am posting on the right section, or if I should be posting this at all, but please just edit and/or remove if it's not proper.

Here's an article that was published this morning by Brian Ashcraft of Kotaku:

http://kotaku.com/check-out-japans-ridiculous-anime-fied-fairy-tales-1502540700

Here's a quote from the article:


"Seeming to take advantage of its manga-publishing arm, Kadokawa has a line of fairy tales and other children's classics that have been given "contemporary covers" to appeal to younger readers. By "contemporary," it looks like they mean giving the books manga-style covers. The result is trippy and somewhat ridiculous. "


Ad hominem attacks to both Brian Ashcraft and Kotaku as a whole, I want to know what everyone thought of the anime/manga-style covers that Japanese publishers used for their prints for classic novels/stories such as Heidi, Alice in Wonderland, Genji Monogatari, and Anne from Green Gables.

My personal thoughts? Let's not forget the audience they are trying to cater to: Japanese elementary to high school students. These are the kids who grew up reading manga and light novels with a distinct art style. It's not necessarily a bad thing to have new cover/interesting cover art to entice a new generation of readers, as well as to add illustration a la light novel style to make the stories more appealing to said readers. If one can sell more copies with these covers versus the older covers, more power to them.

Plus, hey, Bias Steamroller aside, the only cover in there that was really bad was the Little Prince one. The rest all looked fairly nice.

For those who can't read the novel covers, here they are in order:

Alice in Wonderland
Heidi
Little House on the Prairie
The Secret Garden
The Three Musketeers
Genji Monogatari
The Little Prince
Anne of Green Gables
Daddy Long Legs
Greek Mythology
Botchan
Two Year's Vacation
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Seems like a weird thing to get agitated about. It's certainly a much less conservative artistic style than the Great Illustrated Classics I read as a kid, but it's the same concept: make a flashy cover and slip in some other extraneous art.

Speaking of which, some of those Great Illustrated Classics were fucking dark. I still remember Ivanhoe.
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The Three Musketeers as bishonen. Do not want.

Otherwise meh. It's fiction for the most part, so having an "anime-fied" art style isn't a big deal.
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I thought the Alice in Wonderland is adorable.

.and Anne of Green gables is huge over there!
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Comment from that article that I agree with the most:


Now I just want a new Three Musketeers anime.


Especially if it's like that.
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Some are good, some ok, some bad.

I agree that it is a silly thing to get mad about as it is something commonly done everywhere. Let's be honest here all of those original covers are old as hell. Some still look good, sure, but they all look dated. It makes sense to update for modern day audiences.
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those are really cool! I think it's great that classic stories can be used for any type of media. There's a lot of manga out there based on those stories too (i.e. Alice in Wonderland is a really popular theme).
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Insomnist wrote:

Seems like a weird thing to get agitated about. It's certainly a much less conservative artistic style than the Great Illustrated Classics I read as a kid, but it's the same concept: make a flashy cover and slip in some other extraneous art.


I thought the reason for the article was clear: Brian Ashcraft is a sensationalist extraordinaire, and he gets paid to increase hits on Kotaku.

Rather than look at his comments, I just wanted to show you guys how gorgeous some of the art was.

Also, I do think Japan needs to revive World Masterpiece Theater.

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xKeiyax wrote:

I thought the reason for the article was clear: Brian Ashcraft is a sensationalist extraordinaire, and he gets paid to increase hits on Kotaku.

Rather than look at his comments, I just wanted to show you guys how gorgeous some of the art was.

Also, I do think Japan needs to revive World Masterpiece Theater.



All (well, most) journalism is sensationalism these days. If Brian Ashcraft gets paid to increase hits on Kotaku, you're helping him!

... or maybe you are Brian Ashcraft? Aaaah...

Humor aside, some of it's good, some not. Like everything it varies.

Must now go find WMT on Netflix or something...
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For one or two it works. For most? NO.
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Genbu89 wrote:

Must now go find WMT on Netflix or something...


Sadly, you cannot find a lot of the WMT series on Netflix. In fact, I think one of the few ones that are licensed to the US is Remi: Nobody's Boy. The rest of the series, like Princess Sarah, Peter Pan no Bouken, and Heidi, all did are not licensed here.
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It's especially weird, considering the website he's working for...
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