– by Joseph Jammer Medina

Adi Shankar is an interesting filmmaker out there. In addition to his involvement in actual sanctioned adaptations like Castlevania, he’s also made a name for himself in the fan communities with his dark and gritty takes on childhood-favorite properties. Perhaps most famously, he did a dark take on the Power Rangers with his “Power/Rangers” short. More recently, he took on Pokémon in a similar fashion.

He’s also an avid fan of anime — I mean, of course, the dude has to be. After all, his Castlevania series is heavily inspired by the animated shows from Japan. So what would he do with a manga and anime series like My Hero Academia, if given the chance to adapt? Well, it has to do with that balance of the young, fun stuff and the heavy themes.

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“It’s that tone that Pixar really nails,” Shankar told IGN. Adult themes not watered down.”

It’s a solid approach, and one that served Toy Story 4 in weeks past. Though it’s also one that’s much easier said than done, that’s for sure. When it comes to marketing something, most studios tend to overthink what they think kids are capable of understanding and appreciating, and I think that results in a lot of toothless content.

That being said, this is something that filmmakers and animators have seemingly been getting better with over the years. Do you think this is the right approach for My Hero Academia? Let us know your thoughts down below!

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Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.