Furiosa Could’ve Been An Anime – And We Now Know The Original Director


This would have been an incredible choice. Maeda has contributed to some legendary anime as a designer, including working on the designs of the Angels in “Neon Genesis Evangelion” (designs that later inspired the alien in Jordan Peele’s “Nope”), as well as Ghibli films like “Porco Rosso” and “Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind.”

But Maeda’s output as a director is quite impressive, too. He directed “Blue Submarine No. 6,” one of the earliest anime to combine 3D computer graphics with digital ink and paint animation. He also directed the stunning “Gankutsuou: The Count of Monte Cristo,” a phenomenal reimagining of the classic novel that also remains one of the most beautiful-looking anime ever thanks to its unique art style (which combined Western Impressionism with Japanese Ukiyo-e).

Maeda excels at using different techniques and employing CGI in interesting ways as a tool, rather than a shortcut. Having him make a 3D, R-rated “Mad Max” anime would have been incredible. It also would’ve made sense to move ahead with such a film. After all, “Mad Max” has had a big influence in anime, inspiring manga like “Trigun” and even Akira Yoriyama’s “Dr. Slump,” so this could have been a nice full circle moment.

For better or for worse, the movie eventually became a live-action project. Still, there’s always the possibility of Miller deciding to tell another story in the wasteland with that medium.

“Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga” rides into theaters on May 24, 2024.

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