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Have you seen a Shakespeare-inspired anime?

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Postby TheAyanamiOtaku » Sun May 31, 2009 1:26 am

Any of you guys heard of any anime based off a Shakespeare play? If so, list here and discuss!

If not then I suppose we can all talk about which one's we'll want to see anime-ized.

I have no heard of any anime inspired by a Shakespeare play, but I do want to see

The Tempest, Othello, and Antony & Cleopatra

anime-ized. I know, people'll shout "WHAT ABOUT ()" but I haven't read a lot of Shakespeare (I'm also making this thread to try and lure out the Shakespeare otakus out in the open). Sue me.
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Postby Mr. Tines » Sun May 31, 2009 1:43 am

Gonzo did something they called Romeo and Juliet a couple of years back. I didn't watch it, but just read what people were saying about it.

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Postby ZapX » Sun May 31, 2009 1:44 am

I just got this vision of Norio Wakamoto doing Shakespeare. Now THAT would be awesome.

I think plenty of the comedies would make good anime given their bawdy humor and easily adapted stories. Measure for Measure, All's Well That Ends Well, &c.

There have to be some anime based on his plays somewhere though. Someone like Ornette or Tines may know of some.
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Postby Shiro » Sun May 31, 2009 1:47 am

Yeah, there's an anime called Romeo x Juliet, but apparently it wasn't very good or something, and didn't follow the Shakespeare plot at all. Never saw it myself.

...and why is R&J the play that gets the most attention of his? It's not my favourite Shakespeare story by any means, and Romeo and Juliet are far from a functional couple...it's ridiculous when people call their lovers their "Romeo" or their "Juliet." THEY KNEW EACH OTHER FOR A FEW WEEKS AT MOST.

Anyway.

Yeah. I can't think of any other anime based on his plays.
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Postby Mr. Tines » Sun May 31, 2009 1:56 am

Shiro wrote:it's ridiculous when people call their lovers their "Romeo" or their "Juliet."
Which would be appropriate for an older guy going after a 14 year old, then both going an hero shortly thereafter.
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Postby SaltyJoe » Sun May 31, 2009 6:01 am

I, myself have never heard of an anime directly inspired by a Shakespeare play.

The only Shakespeare inspired thing to come out of Japan was Kurosawa's Ran, a loose adaptation of King Lear, to the best of my knowledge.

I have a few ideas though:
A Midsummer Night's Dream could be made into a visually compelling, fantasy sprinkled anime without changing the original story too much.

Macbeth would be a good candidate for a darker, more sinister anime about lust for power, consequences of actions and insanity. Swap the setting from Scotland to feudal Japan (or a sci-fi setting), and voila.


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Postby Sailor Star Dust » Sun May 31, 2009 7:10 am

This is so fitting considering I took a Shakespeare class last quarter. :smirk:

My personal choices for Shakespeare-based anime (If any of these exist, somebody drop a line in here):

Othello

A Midsummer Night's Dream

12th Night or: What you will

And something like the whole Henreids (sp) of Henry the IV/V and such would be interesting. (I forget the kings before and after Henry IV seeing as I only read Henry IV part one.)

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Postby Mr. Tines » Sun May 31, 2009 7:47 am

SaltyJoe wrote:The only Shakespeare inspired thing to come out of Japan was Kurosawa's Ran, a loose adaptation of King Lear, to the best of my knowledge.
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Macbeth would be a good candidate


Kurosawa's film Throne of Blood was an adaptation of the Scottish Play
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Postby Ornette » Sun May 31, 2009 9:29 am

The thing about Romeo x Juliet is that Shakespeare was in the show, he was a playwright and put on plays and such. He was inspired by Romeo and Juliet's plight and decided to write a play about them (shockingly, named "Romeo and Juliet"). If you can get past that part of it, the show isn't really that bad, except for the ending, and maybe the whole life giving tree thing. When it first started airing, it was probably the show I most looked forward to see the next episode, until it started getting a little too hokey toward the end.

And apparently, there's a Tempest manga.

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Postby TheAyanamiOtaku » Sun May 31, 2009 12:06 pm

Shiro wrote:...it's ridiculous when people call their lovers their "Romeo" or their "Juliet."


seconded:

Romeo had his eyes on teh sex (remember his speec on the hand on glove lmao)
In the catacombs (I think) Juliet hears a sound and becomes an hero.
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SaltyJoe wrote:The only Shakespeare inspired thing to come out of Japan was Kurosawa's Ran, a loose adaptation of King Lear, to the best of my knowledge.
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Macbeth would be a good candidate


Kurosawa's film Throne of Blood was an adaptation of the Scottish Play


Wikipedia wrote:The American literary critic Harold Bloom judged it "the most successful film version of Macbeth.

sounds cool, I'll look for it.

Ornette: I checked out some pages of the manga Tempest, and I like the style...
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Postby SaltyJoe » Sun May 31, 2009 2:49 pm

Mr. Tines wrote:Kurosawa's film Throne of Blood was an adaptation of the Scottish Play


Thanks! Now i know! And knowing keeps the doctor away or something.

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Postby NemZ » Sun May 31, 2009 7:26 pm

I want to see an anime version of Titus Andronicus.
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Postby TheAyanamiOtaku » Sun May 31, 2009 11:20 pm

was that the really bloody early one?
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Postby NemZ » Mon Jun 01, 2009 1:12 am

A classic 'everybody dies' affair, but the whole play can be summed up as: conquest, treachery, murder, treachery, rape, torture, mutilation, treachery, mutilation, madness, murder, treachery, cannibalism, and finally a whole bunch of murder all at once.
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Postby TheAyanamiOtaku » Mon Jun 01, 2009 7:05 pm

oh man add that one to my list too!
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Postby PuppetChaos » Tue Jun 02, 2009 3:18 pm

I think Hamlet would make a good anime. Death, family angst, revenge, more angst, death, yet more angst and a lot of death at the end.
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Postby SaltyJoe » Wed Jun 03, 2009 10:29 am

How 'bout anime/Shakespeare crossovers?

Lupin III vs. Richard III. You can throw in Rei III to if you want.

I don't know what kind of a plot would be suitable for that, but it might turn out awesome.


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Postby Eva Yojimbo » Mon Jun 08, 2009 10:18 pm

TheAyanamiOtaku wrote:(I'm also making this thread to try and lure out the Shakespeare otakus out in the open).
:mwahaha: Count me in.

Never seen a Shakespeare anime, but there are a couple that I think would fit in perfectly. The comedies, especially, are often so off the wall that it would fit right in with the exaggerated, expressionistic, abstract style of anime. I really don't want to see Bill's darker, more serious and poetic works done with anime. But Midsummer, Tempest, Twelfth Night, Marry Wives? Hells yes. I would also really like to see an anime Falstaff.
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Postby BrikHaus » Tue Jun 09, 2009 1:12 pm

TheAyanamiOtaku wrote:(I'm also making this thread to try and lure out the Shakespeare otakus out in the open).

I didn't know such a thing existed.
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Postby Sailor Star Dust » Tue Jun 09, 2009 4:14 pm

Eva Yojimbo wrote:I would also really like to see an anime Falstaff.


YES. That would be great.

For that matter, seeing an anime Iago would be very interesting. (Him being one of THE most evil characters in Shakespeare and such.)
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