Anime influence in Western entertainment
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Posted 11/24/14
I find myself more and more frequently noticing things in Western entertainment that seem like they are inspired by (or taken from) anime/manga, but I always wonder if it's just in my head and I'm seeing what I want to see.

I feel like Kill Bill is too obvious an example, and I seem to remember hearing that Kaiju was based on a manga... Edge of Tomorrow was also based on a manga, was it not? I can't pull any specific moments to mind right now, it's just a general feeling I've been getting more often.

Anyways, thoughts anyone?
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The Legend of Korra and Avatar: The Last Airbender draw heavily from Japanese anime style. I know the creative team are fans of anime and have stated it it has influenced their work.
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Posted 11/24/14
a certain movie comes to mind.
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No doubt, they realize that their stuff can be real deep, I wish more would do it,
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It goes back and forth. There's a long history of Hollywood borrowing ideas from other countries. The classic "Magnificent Seven" was just a western remake of "Seven Samurai"; "Three Men and a Baby" was based on the French film "Trois hommes et un couffin".

In the other direction, recently, there was a Japanese remake of "Unforgiven" called 許されざる者 (Yurusarezaru Mono) staring Ken Watanebe. You can even say that the anime "Psycho-Pass" is clearly inspired by PK Dick's "Minority Report".
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Edge of Tomorrow was based on a light novel named "All you need is kill" im pretty sure.

Hunger games is basically a direct copy of "Battle Royal" but with a more fantasy setting.

Pacific rim was inspired by just about every mech series ever.

Matrix was inspired by Ghost In The Shell


Alot of movies and shows in the west are inspired by Japanese media.
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The Ring and Grudge are remakes of the Japanese horror movies by Takashi Miike... can't remember what the name for Grudge is... Ju-on?

I think Kill Bill was inspired in part by Japanese martial arts movies.
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Japan itself is amazing, it's why so many of us have become fans of their culture. They already had a rather interestingly developed culture from a period of prolonged isolationism, the blend of Shinto and Buddhism, and the late adoption of Christianity within that while still maintaining traditions. But with the influx of American and western entertainment and the values it influenced, Japan probably did the best job of absorbing foreign influences, re working them and making something distinctly theirs.

Harajuku fashion for example, which often reworked Gothic, Punk, Brit Pop, and other western trending fashions and even more retired fashion trends, mixing them, regenerating them, blending in some Japanese influence, that now sees it's influence in young western fashion today.

In the last 15 or so years, vibrantly coloured Japanese "cute" character arts have influenced graphics in the west, especially in places where Pop Art used to be dominant, having them themselves been influenced by pop art and Disney movies and similar in the past.

Japan itself became a creative melting pot of foreign cultural influences as it was reinventing its image of itself following the Wars, all while maintaining their own unique identity. What they've produced as a result has both been to the rest of the world confusing, irrational, incredible, weird, horrifying, liberating, and fun. But no matter how people in other surrounding cultures feel about Japan, Japan's cultural influences are slowly but clearly seeping back into the cultures that originally influenced them.
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Posted 11/24/14

AzazelOfNexium wrote:

Hunger games is basically a direct copy of "Battle Royal" but with a more fantasy setting.


You mean the 1987's "The Running Man" right?
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I forgot all about that movie lol. I haven't seen that movie since I was around 6 lol
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Posted 11/24/14
Requiem for a Dream director actually BOUGHT the rights to a certain scene from Perfect Blue so that he could put it in his movie
Black Swan (Which I believe is from the same director) is also very similar to Paprika (which is also by Satoshi Kon, coincidentally)

And I heard recently that Edgar Wright instructed the actors in Scott Pilgrim vs The World NOT to blink during shots in order to make the film more anime-like.
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