Ever since it first premiered on Netflix a few years back, Stranger Things has been the perfect candidate for pop culture fodder. Not only does it feature a high-concept storyline that revolves around other-worldly events, but with its young cast and pop culture-centric sensibility, it’s just the kind of thing that geeks like us love to cross over with other genres and mediums.
Case-in-point: animation. What if we were to experience Stranger Things, not as a live-action series, but as an anime — an ’80s anime? YouTube channel Octopie are on it, and went about creating a montage of the series up to Season 3 that captures the essence of what an ’80s anime is…sorta.
Take a look at the video for yourself down below:
Okay, so I’ll admit it. I don’t see this as an ’80s anime. More than anything else, it resembles a cartoon from the early ’90s, only with updated computer-centric drawings. Sure, occasionally, we get glimpses of the hyper-detailed look of ’80s anime, but I just don’t see it as a whole being a real take on an ’80s anime.
But what do you think? Does this actually feel like something that works as a proper homage to ’80s anime, or do you agree with me that it feels too American and too ’90s? Let me know your thoughts in the comments down below!
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