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10 Animes That Should Be Adapted for TV in the West

The Devil is a Part-Timer!

The Devil is a Part Timer

Plot:

Satan and one of his generals escape the world of Ente Isla through a gate to modern Tokyo, Japan after being confronted by the Hero Emilia and her companions. However, due to the lack of magic on Earth, both Satan and his servant change into forms representing what they would look like if they were human. In order to survive, Satan takes a part-time job in a fast food restaurant named MgRonald while his companion serves as his houseman. Satan, who now goes by a human name, soon meets a girl that not only challenges him, but also has a hand in Satan’s situation. The story then unfolds and explores the personalities of each of the characters as they face new world dilemmas, often comically.

Why?

I know this one is a strange choice, but I thought there needed to be a comedy of some sort. There’s no doubt that there are other comedies out there that could translate well besides The Devil is a Part-Timer!, but the idea of the Satan having to be reduced to working a part-time job makes me chuckle. This would probably be more aimed towards the MTV or CW crowd as it will probably attract teenagers that are not aware of the original series. Besides, if they can take Lucifer from the Sandman graphic novels and make a show on Fox where he is a detective of sorts, then I don’t see why this couldn’t work.

Full Metal Alchemist

Full Metal Alchemist

Plot:

Edward and Alphonse Elric live in the rural town of Resembool with their mother Trisha and their father Van Hohenheim, the latter having left home for an unknown reason. When Trisha dies of the plague, the brothers perform the forbidden alchemic technique of human transmutation in an attempt to resurrect her. Consequently, Edward’s left leg and Alphonse’s entire body are destroyed. Edward sacrifices his right arm to rescue Alphonse’s soul, binding it to a suit of armor with a blood seal.

Afterwards, Edward is invited to become a State Alchemist to research a way to restore Alphonse’s body. Edward succeeds in becoming the Fullmetal Alchemist, a title based on his prosthetic “automail” limbs and his use of alchemy involving metal materials. Three years on, the Elrics search for the mythical Philosopher’s Stone to achieve their goals. The brothers become targets by several individuals including a dangerous war criminal and others that have alchemist abilities that are based off the seven deadly sins.

Why?

I know they are making a Japanese film based on Full Metal Alchemist, which could be done well like Casshern, or very bad like Attack on Titan. Regardless, with many of the locations resembling European cities, this could be a hit in the West. I am not going to pretend that making a live action show won’t be expensive, but then again we have programs that cost upwards of ten million per episode. With two separate and successful anime shows already under the properties belt, the interest is there, and now it just needs to be introduced to the world in a new way.

Stuck in a perpetual state of daydreaming usually, I like to think about a TARDIS coming to get me, or handling a real lightsaber. Other than that, I am an old pop culture enthusiast that enjoys film, games, and anime...probably to an unhealthy degree.

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