Whilst it hasn’t been greenlit yet, a Scott Pilgrim anime series seems like a superb idea.
We’ve already been given a glimpse at what the Scott Pilgrim comic series would like as an animated production. To coincide with the film’s release in summer 2010, Ubisoft released a side-scrolling beat ’em up video game that was similarly based on O’Malley’s works.
The initial Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 title, which was acclaimed by fans and critics alike, did a wonderful job of capturing the graphic novel likeness of the series’ characters. Should Netflix and UCP move forward with their Scott Pilgrim anime plans, Ubisoft’s game – as well as O’Malley’s source material – would be a good place to start regarding the show’s aesthetic, style and tone.
As much as Wright’s movie provided tons of fan service throughout its near two-hour runtime, a Scott Pilgrim anime would allow O’Malley, Grabinski and company to really dig into the comic series’ weird and offbeat sensibilities.
O’Malley has often spoken about how Japanese manga largely inspired the design of Scott Pilgrim’s story, characters, facial expressions, themes and art style. Chief influences for the comic series, O’Malley has revealed, include Rumiko Takahasi’s Ranma 1/2, the works of Osamu Tezuka (aka the ‘Godfather of manga’), and even manga-inspired Japanese role-playing games (JRPGs) such as Yuji Iwahara’s Koudelka.