Western Literature that crossed over into anime
We have seen a lot of anime and wondered: ”Have I read that before in a book?” At the last Pretoria/Centurion Anime Meetup a few fanatiks had a discussion about Western literature and its presence in anime, and today AnimeFanatika explores four anime based on Western Literature, thanks to that informal chat.
Howl’s Moving Castle
Howl’s Moving Castle was originally a fantasy novel by British author Diana Wynne Jones, which was first published in 1986. It is the first book in the Howl series. Other books in the Howl series consist of Castle in the Air (1990) and House of Many Ways (2008). It is interesting to note that the book Howl’s Moving Castle were inspired by a little boy. Diana Wynne Jones visited a school and a boy asked her to write a book about a moving castle. She forgot the boy’s name but in a way just giving her the genius idea immortalized him. Howl’s Moving Castle was adapted into an anime movie in 2004 by Studio Ghibli.
Howl’s Moving Castle is the story about a hatter named Sophie cursed by the Witch of the Waste into a ninety-year-old woman. She seeks out the Wizard Howl in the hope that he can break the curse.
Here is an English Trailer of Howl’s Moving Castle. Please follow our link: http://bit.ly/howls_Moving_Castle_Trailer
Tales From Earthsea
Tales From Earthsea is based on four books by Ursula K. Le Guin: A Wizard of Earthsea (1968), The Tombs of Atuan (1971), The Farthest Shore (1972), and Tehanu (1990); however, the film’s title is named from the collection of short stories, Tales from Earthsea (2001). There was also a sixth book The Other Wind in 2001. Tales from Earthsea was released in 2006 as a Studio Ghibli Movie. Ursula K. Le Guin was very disappointed in the movie since the plot was very different from her books.
In Tales From Earthsea a wandering wizard named Ged to investigate strange rumours of dragons appearing in the human world. Humans are also acting strangely and only Ged can find the causes of these problems.
Here is an English trailer of Tales from Earthsea, please follow our link: http://bit.ly/Tales-from-Earthsea-trailer
Alps no Shoujo Heidi
Alps no Shoujo Heidi is based on Swiss-born Author Johanna Spyri’s book Heidi’s Years of Wandering and Learning written in 1880. The book was adapted into an anime series in 1974 by Zuiyo Enterprises. The series spans 52 episodes. The series have been translated into various languages including Afrikaans, German and Italian.
Alps no Shoujo Heidi tells the tale of an adorable orphan girl Heidi who is forced to go and live with her grandfather Öhi in the Alps. He is a bitter man, but not before long she changes his heart. The Shepard boy Peter joins her in her adventures.
Here is a nice Heidi Teaser with the End Theme in German, Please follow our link: http://bit.ly/Heidi-Teaser-with-German-End-Theme
Marvel Disk Wars – The Avengers
Some may debate that comics are not literature; others can go deeply into the philosophy of it. A great story, as many will muse, has a beginning, middle and an end, which makes most comic great stories. Anime adaptations of comics are have been done many times like with the X-men, Wolverine, and Iron Man. The weirdest adaptation of comic, however, lies in the anime Marvel Disk Wars – The Avengers.
The anime is about a group of kids that gains access to Tony Stark’s special technology called DISKs, with the power to trap super villains in them. The villainous Loki intervenes and the Avengers gets trapped in the disks, and the five kids – Akira, Hikaru, Edward, Chris, and Jessica – must now use the disks to summon the heroes to defeat a long list of Marvel villains. Think of it as Avengers the Pokémon version.
Here is the trailer for Marvel Disk Wars – The Avengers. Please follow our link: http://bit.ly/Marvel-Disk-Wars–The-Avengers
There are much more anime out there based on Western literature. Here are a few honorable mentions: Arrietty (Based on The Borrowers by Mary Norton), Gankutsuou (Based on The Count of Monte Christo by Alexander Dumas), Romeo x Juliet (based on the classic story by Shakespeare) and Nils no Fushigi no Tabi (Based on Selma Lagerlöf’s The Wonderful Adventures of Nils)
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