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An Impressive Anime Fan Production

By this point, you’re looking at the image above and saying “that’s not anime,” and I suppose you’re right, but this incredible short film is inspired by both the style and content of My Hero Academia, so it’s definitely a production by an anime fan at least.

UA:LA imagines what if MHA’s famous Tokyo setting was in Los Angeles. It’s the brain child of Hollywood action directory Christopher Clark Cowan (whose credits include Kingsman: The Golden Circle and Solo: A Star Wars Story), and Hollywood stuntman Gui DaSilva-Green (whose credits include Captain America: Civil War and Deadpool). I have seen live action anime fan films before, but this one blew my mind to the point that I can’t stop thinking about it a whole day after I saw it. My words can’t do it justice, so please just watch it.

If you’d like to know some of the behind the scenes details, check out Stuntmen React To Bad & Great Hollywood Stunts 7 from Corridor Digital. They also cover some of the other films that Cowan has worked on.

I hope you enjoyed all of that as much as I did! ūüôā

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Star Wars Anime

Have you ever wanted to see a Star Wars anime? We’ll probably never see an official one now that Disney owns the franchise, but this short film fills the void quite well, and all I want now is more. For more info, see the coverage at The Verge and the short film’s companion PDF.

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RWBY: Not Anime Fairy Tales

I have been speculating that RWBY would be an anime-style treatment of popular fairy tales¬†ever since I saw the first trailer.¬†It looks like I’m a bit wrong, but I’m not disappointed at all.

It had seemed that Red would be¬†Red Riding Hood, White would be¬†Snow White,¬†Black would be¬†Belle, and Yellow would be¬†Goldilocks, but there isn’t much connection between the characters and their assumed fairy tale connections, besides obvious inspiration. However, it’s worth noting that the first episode introduces Glynda Goodwitch, who is obviously named after Glinda the Good Witch, and that White’s name is Weiss Schnee, which is German for Snow White.

RWBY premiered last week with a new episode arriving each week. Lack of fairy tale connections aside, RWBY is shaping up to be an awesome series.

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RWBY: Anime Goldilocks?

The fourth trailer for RWBY is out, this time focussing on the character Yellow.

The rumor of RWBY being an anime-style treatment of popular fairy tales is now carrying even less weight. Red seemed like Red Riding Hood, given the red hood and the fact that she was fighting wolves. White had a significant nod towards Snow White,¬†given the fixation on mirrors in the trailer’s lyrics. Black was a stretch, but it seemed like she could be Belle from Beauty and the Beast, given that scattered mentions refer to her as Blake Belladonna and that she refers to her companion as Adam, which is the name of the Beast in Disney’s adaptation.

The connection between Yellow and Goldilocks is slim and verging on nonexistent. She’s a young and adventurous blonde girl, the word “gold” appears in her lyrics, she fights a DJ in a bear mask, and that’s really all I have.

Though the fairy tale connections have decreased significantly since the premier of Red’s trailer, I’m still looking forward to this, as I’m sure that it will be a great independent animated series regardless.

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RWBY: Anime Beauty and the Beast?

The third trailer for RWBY is out, this time focussing on the character Black.

The rumor of RWBY being an anime-style treatment of popular fairy tales doesn’t seem to carry as much weight with Black as it did with Red,¬†who really seemed like¬†Red Riding Hood¬†given the red hood and the fact that she was fighting wolves.¬†Even¬†White¬†had a significant nod towards¬†Snow White¬†with the fixation on mirrors in the trailer’s lyrics. With Black, I’m really reaching with my assumption that Black is Belle from Beauty and the Beast. While we don’t know Black’s name for sure, scattered mentions refer to her as Blake Belladonna, which certainly seems to come close to Belle. She also refers to her companion as Adam, which is the name of the Beast in Disney’s adaptation.

Though the fairy tale connection has been declining rapidly since Red’s trailer, I’m still looking forward to this.