Kazuki Akane, the director of the anime Noein, was quoted as calling the series “anime’s version of Stand By Me” in an ad I saw in the October 2006 issue of Newtype USA. Now I’ve seen the entire Rob Reiner movie but only the first episode of Noein; I suppose the analogy works because both have a group of young friends who find something strange together but the time traveling and sci-fi elements seem to offset those similarities for me between the two. Anyone who has seen most or all of Noein, please comment and say if Akane’s statement rings true at all. Anyway, his comparison of an anime to a western movie made me think of what other cross-Atlantic generalizations could be made.
Here’s what I came up with:
Tsubasa Chronicle: anime’s version of “Sliders” (except with more romance)
Detective Conan: anime’s version of “Monk”
Hajime no Ippo: anime’s version of Rocky
xxxHOLiC: anime’s version of “The Ghost Whisperer”
(although Yuuko is hotter/smarter than Jennifer Love Hewitt)
Noir: anime’s version of Leon the Professional
Lain: anime’s version of The Matrix
I Me My Strawberry Eggs: anime’s version of Tootsie
Feel free to correct my analogies because I know they are far from perfect. I’m kinda trying to make the point that Western media and anime can’t be easily compared in one-to-one relationships but my presentation seems a little lacking with just these examples. So if you can think of any fun comparisons, I’d love to hear them.