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Why doesn't Anime do adaptations of actually good literature?

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Why doesn't Anime do adaptations of actually good literature?

Because let's be honest, Japan can't compare to high tier western literature.

>No Dune anime
>No Foundation anime
>No Moon is a harsh mistress anime
>No X-Com anime
Why don't they just hire American/European writers?
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>>110541251
Speaking of Heinlein.
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Things cost money.
/thread
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Wouldn't Murakami be perfectly suited to anime? It makes so much sense aesthetically.

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>X-com anime
10/10 would watch
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>>110541332
Heinlein is the best of the big 3.

Starship Troopers was a xeno removing paradise.
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>>110541251
>High tier western lit
>Those
If decently animated an anime War and Peace would be quite good I think.
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>>110541251
Because it costs money.
Pride.
You are not the target market.
Nobody want to adapt literature into anime outside of Japan, you'd make a movie instead for the west.
OP is retarded as always.
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>>110541251
Picture unrelated?
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_Masterpiece_Theater
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>>110541335
Japan is the third richest country in the world.
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>>110541251
>No Foundation anime

Well, that'd be quite a huge investiment - the Foundation cyle alone is composed of 7 books, and to do things "right" you'd have to adapt Robots and Empire cycles (another 7 books toghether) beforehand.
As "single standalone movie" though...give End of Eternity.
Please.
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Japan has great literature. They mostly just adapt shitty light novels because anime are commercials meant to advertise the source material. Most decent books won't get improved sales by advertising to otaku.
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>>110541251
>>No Dune anime
Thank god
>>No Foundation anime
Thank god
>>No Moon is a harsh mistress anime
THANK GOD
>>No X-Com anime
This is unfortunate.
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>>110541251
>High tier
>Dune
>Foundation
I love me some classic SF, but don't delude yourself.
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Because animation studios need to get paid. And the current way things are done is comic book publishers selling comic books, or lately, record companies selling music pay them to make a show. They would have to a)either get paid by western book publishers to make an animation or b) license the copyright and not get paid for animating a show and crossing their fingers that they can either sell it to TV channel or sell DVDs/BDs.
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Shit man, I just want a Flashman anime. That would be dope as fuck. It's like 19th century British Rance.
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Yukikaze was really great, though.
The OVA didn't reach the same heights, but it was pretty good.

Also, pic related.
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>>110541251

>Because let's be honest, Japan can't compare to high tier western literature.

If I compared the Screenplay/Teleplay writing I've seen from anime in the last 20 years and compared it to the Screenplay/Teleplay writing from the west, I'd say Japan is just as good if not better than the west.

Also, you're trying to compare 75 years worth of literature to an entire countries literature you probably haven't even read.
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But they already do anon.
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Keep western shit on the west, keep eastern shit on the east.
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>>110541493
War and Peace would be surprisingly appropriate as an anime series. If would be like LotGH, except instead of being dry as fuck it has the biggest cast of actually interesting, well written characters in anything excellent slice of life stuff. Fuck the idea that Russian authors are supposedly depressing, it's bullshit.
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>>110541251
I don't want to sound butthurt here or anything, but why do people male these threads again?
I'd like to think people are not so stupid as to not being able to figure out the answer themselves.

After a while, it seems like the only purpose of threads like these is circlejerking over the books you're read and how superior they're to anime and whatnot.
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>>110541251
Sex crave doesn't allow them to think clearly.
Even if the artist doesn't suffer from that no one will buy his works because everyone else does suffer from it.
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>>110541571
Doesn't mean anime production companies will start throwing money out the windows to fulfill OP's request.
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>>110541251
>No Dune anime
>No Foundation anime
>No Moon is a harsh mistress anime
>No X-Com
If you think these are high tier western literature then you sure have shit taste. Get better books fag.
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>>110541777
Just think of all of the shipping the people who haven't read the books would do
Sonya best girl. Maria a shit
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>>110541792
Yes, OP is either beyond stupid or trolling.
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>>110541251
Fushigi no Kuni no Alice
Gankutsuou

Some of Japan's local talent is pretty good, I wouldn't mind more adaptations along the line of LoGH, NHK, Tatami Galaxy, SSY, etc

Just stop with that light novel shit
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>>110541251
No one in Japan cares about these books. Hey, lets spend a lot of money to buy the rights and then spend even more to adapt something no one here cares about.

None of this ever remotely good literature also.
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>>110541978
Otaku don't... Don't confuse nerds with normal people. It wasn't that long ago Dawson's Creek was the number 1 TV show in Japan.
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Novel and Anime.
The manga doesn't exist.
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>>110541251

>No Hyperion anime

they even kept dropping references to it in haruhi, if I recall.
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>>110541251
>Why don't they just hire American/European writers?
Here's some food for thought: maybe, just maybe, you haven't read many good books by Eastern authors... because they're not translated? I like Western authors as much as you do and perhaps more, but there's no need to categorically dismiss half of the world like that.

>>110541578
No you wouldn't, that doesn't even make any sense - the "core" books are Foundation, Foundation and Empire, and Second Foundation.

>>110542076
Consider the following:

loli Shrike
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Do those books have cute girls I can waifu?
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I like Foundation. But even I know it would work better as a live action adaptation. For fuck sake, it influenced Star Wars and Star Trek. There's no reason to turn it into an anime when the audience would be expecting a science fiction design similar to those.

And anime has done tons of adaptations of literature. Half the Miyazaki/Ghibli works have been adaptations of western literature such as Masterpiece Works, Lupin, Kiki, Ponyo, Arrietty, etc. And tons of other anime designers have taken inspiration from or directly adapted western works as well.
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>>110542108
>loli shrike

Also rachel weintraub, and moneta
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ender's game and snowcrash would both make excellent anime.

I think the main reason is that there's not a large fanbase of american sci fi in Japan - so there's no initial jumpstarting fanbase that can be used to counteract the costs of royalties.
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>>110541872
I was thinking along the same lines. Tolstoy has so many great girls and scenes focusing on them doing girl stuff. Since it would animated, you could easily follow everything without having to keep track of names alone.
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>>110542261
>the costs of royalties.
Even if there was no royalties, there's no consumer base to cover the cost of production.
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>>110542322
well...I mean origional sci-fi anime DO sometimes get made
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>>110541945
>Gankutsuou
Watching Gankutsuou after having read the Count of Monte Cristo, I have to say the adaptation is pretty faithful, albeit obviously quite short.
It's simply not possible to do a perfect adaptation of such a massive amount of storytelling and internal feelings/monologues in 24 episodes.
Also, the art was amazing.
This anime needs more love.
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>>110542348
Like Aldnoah, right?

Why did Dennou Coil have to bomb so bad?
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>>110542348
They may be original stories, but they still go by usual sci-fi anime tropes and all that jazz.
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>>110541251
>Japan can't compare to high tier western literature
Fuck you, you obviously know nothing about Japan's literary output if you think anything Heinlein wrote is better than Kokoro. Try reading Yukio Mishima, Kobo Abe, Ryunosuke Akutagawa, Natsume Soseki, Osamu Dazai, Shiga Naoya, Junichiro Tanizaki, Yasunari Kawabata and Shusaku Endo before you pass judgement you cretin.
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>>110542535

>implying OP has or ever will read any Japanese literature
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>>110542535
The only person on that list that isn't complete garbage is Akutagawa. You've still a long way to go.
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>>110542067
>series that will never be completed
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>>110541251
>X-Com
>literature
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>>110541251
But there have been. There's adapatations of Les Miserables, and the Japanese love Kafka too.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zbOLSY3sX9g
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>>110542535
You know I'm surprised that no one has made an adaptation of Ryunosuke's Kappa. It's a hilarious and bizarre story that would work perfectly as a comedy SoL with a definite conclusion at the end.
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they tried it with "the lensmen"... it sucked ass
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>>110541251
>No X-Com anime
It could work. It'd be like an anime version of Gerry Anderson's UFO
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>>110542535
>tips fedora
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Because it would be expensive and wouldn't sell.
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>>110542535
>Reading gook garbage
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>there will never be a Sprawl Trilogy anime by Production IG
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>>110541600
this

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>>110541544
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>>110541571
Too busy spending money on the military. Gotta prepare for invading China.
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>high tier western literature
>dune
>foundation
>moon is harsh
>x-com

good joke
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>>110541549
>http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_Masterpiece_Theater
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I just hate it when /a/ discusses literature, please stop talking about things that don't belong here and you obviously have no idea of.
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>>110541251
Are you implying that genre fiction, the sole purpose of which is entertainment, is good literature?
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>>110541693
If I'm interested in this, do I read it, watch the movie, or watch the show?
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>>110541251
>tfw no mike husbando

>;_;
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>>110541473
And Dick is better than them all.
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>>110541251
No Roadside Picnic adaptation, ever. ;_;
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I want a Ringworld anime.
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>>110542535
>9 japs
>compared to the tens of thousands of english literature translated to japanese
delusional you are
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>>110541251
>Heinlein
>The Forever War.jpg
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>>110541708
>Also, you're trying to compare 75 years worth of literature to an entire countries literature you probably haven't even read.

If something is not worth translating to English, the language 57% of the world speaks in some form or another, it's shit. You don't leave money on the table.
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>>110548293

No, wait, that was Haldeman. Shit.
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>>110547376
Finished it there's one month maybe. A good read but I don't think it would fit well as an anime.

still want an anime adaptation, just to see how look like Redrick daughter.
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>>110541251
Except that's been adapted already.

It's called ????????? and was aired in 1977.

See: http://www.nicovideo.jp/watch/sm22239389
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So how does western fantasy/sci-fi compare to LNs?
I don't read much western lit.
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