Fantasy geeks need a little television love too. Granted, RPGs are typically forty-hour-plus hauls, so those particular gamers are likely to spend less time watching TV. But let's at least try.
To break away from the Japanime saturation, I thought a Western title would be better. It was between Dragon Age and The Elder Scrolls, but I gave the nod to the folks of Ferelden simply because the characters of Origins (and a few from Dragon Age 2) are more exciting. It'd be nice to make the show gritty, something like Game of Thrones, but I'd hate to lose the dimwitted charm of Alistair or the schmoozing Zevran.
Anyone who poured over the compendium of knowledge when playing knows that only a fraction of history has been revealed in the two games. Think about watching adventures that lead into the grand city of Val Royeaux in Orlais, or the trading hub of Antiva. You could even take the series back to the Tevinter Imperium and reveal how the Blights first came about. Heck, give me an interested producer and I'll start writing screenplays right now.
I've never heard the term "epic cartoon", but if there's one series that could pull it off, it's Gears of War. Breaking down all the parts, you'd think it was made for the big screen—a planetary struggle with minimal chance for survival, a tenuous military hierarchy with a lot of hotheads, and a cast of characters who can wield heavy weapons, talk smack, brood, and still throw in a few comical jabs in the face of death. Oh, and let's not forget the weapons. Mk 2 Lancer Assault Rifle anyone?
I don't know how far chainsawing Locust in half would go with the censor board, but it's nice to dream anyway. Who wouldn't want to ride the Cole Train and ogle Anya every week?
I am absolutely shocked that we have not seen a Castlevania cartoon yet. It's a perfect blend of Bram Stoker, Anne Rice, and Stephenie Meyer. The genealogy of the Belmonts makes for some great timeline shifts in the story, though I personally would like to see Simon as the main protagonist.
Also, with a few notable exceptions, we don't really get much alone time with Dracula, so it would be nice to bring his character out some more. I would completely expect an anime art style for Castlevania, as this is Konami's baby, but traditional animation would be more than adequate as well, as long as there was a plausible parallel between action and drama. We need that emotional struggle in Castelvania.
Considering the series has been around since 1986 with dozens of games to its name, and with how successful vampires are in pop culture right now, I am truly baffled why we are not seeing Castlevania in more entertainment mediums.
Borderlands is the must-have cartoon experience, practically an animated masterpiece of style already with its cel-shaded visuals. And those would have to stay, period. But the crass attitudes, guilty-pleasure punk style, and, oh my, the guns; these are elements that would just congeal beautifully together.
Mind you, this is not your Nickelodeon fodder, nor should it be, and I would hope that an 18+ rating would be happily accepted by any producer. Heck, put it on after 11PM; we adults will still watch it.
The characters are colorful, and the world of Pandora is full of delights despite its wasteland exterior; you can just imagine how far the scriptwriters could take this. If you haven't already seen the Borderlands 2 trailer, take a peek. If they can put such blatant gaming insanity to the track of "The Lion Sleeps Tonight," then anything's possible with Borderlands.
Date: July 31, 2012
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