Have you ever wondered what would happen if you mashed up The Simpsons and Akira? Well, the folks at Bartkira Roadshow have done just that! The video above is a recreation of the Akira trailer using the world and characters of the Simpsons.
In case you've forgotten, Warner Bros has been trying to make a Westernized, live-action version of the 1988 anime Akira for years. Widely regarded as one of the most groundbreaking and well-loved animes of all time, most fans don't see the need for an American Akira, especially not with big Hollywood names like Chris Pine, James Franco, Andrew Garfield, and Robert Pattinson rumored to be attached to the project. Things have been pretty quiet on the Akira front for a while, but a new name has cropped up, and one that isn't so bad.
Netflix's Daredevil showrunner Marco Ramirez has apparently been hired to write a screenplay for the film. In addition to the new Daredevil series, Ramirez has also written for Orange is the New Black and Sons of Anarchy. There's no questioning his talent; Ramirez can certainly pen a good script, but the question remains of whether or not this film should even be made.
Does Ramirez's involvement affect how you feel about an American Akira? Would you watch it?
Obama clearly had his priorities in place when honoring Japan's Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe. And I quote: "Today is a chance for Americans, especially our young people, to say thank you for all the things we love from Japan. Like karate and karaoke. Manga and anime. And, of course, emojis."
Way to go, chief.
Artist Bruce Yan created these amazing "Brand New" mashups of iconic brands and pop culture symbols which are on display in Gallery 1988 in California. You can buy a print here if one of them happens to catch your fancy. If you can't make it to the gallery, check out his work below!