Yes, friends, Scott Pilgrim is getting an anime adaptation. Titled Scott Pilgrim Takes Off, Science SARU will animate the series. This is a studio known for working on a few Western properties. Fans of the original book series might be surprised, and perhaps excited, to learn that this anime version will deviate from the source material. A new story in an anime aesthetic will unfold around Scott, Ramona, and the rest of this colorful cast.
Scott’s new bout against Ramona’s evil exes will begin on November 17, 2023. Until then, let’s rock out to the Sex Bob-Omb!
Boy Meets Girl, Science SARU Tries to Prove It
Scott Pilgrim Takes Off is not a word-for-word adaptation of the original book series. This is confirmed in an Instagram story by O’Malley himself. He promises “many fun surprises to come,” so fans and newcomers alike can enjoy the series on the same footing.
The original Scott Pilgrim novel series saw the unassuming titular character rock out with his band, the Sex Bob-Omb. Scott was dating Knives Chau but saw it as just hanging out. Scott had dreams about a mysterious girl wearing rollerblades and later met her, Ramona Flowers, in real life. Ramona informs him that she uses subspace portals to cross long distances as part of her job. One such route passes through Scott’s brain, explaining his dreams.
The two start a relationship in earnest. However, things don’t go so smoothly. Not only does Scott have to deal with Ramona’s evil exes, but Knives is also not too happy.
Bryan Lee O’Malley brought this tale of boy-meets-girl and then proceeding to have duels to the death with her exes to comical life. The initial run from Oni Press saw all six volumes published between August 2004 and July 2010.
The Voices of Scott Pilgrim Takes Off
Netflix and O’Malley tasked Science SARU to animate this series, so there is no Japanese dub of Scott Pilgrim Takes Off. The cast of the 2010 film adaptation will reprise their roles, as they are on good terms with O’Malley.
Besides voicing Scott Pilgrim, Michael Cera has provided the voices of Robin in The Lego Batman Movie, Josh Spitz in Braceface, and Brother Bear in The Berenstain Bears.
Alison Pill doesn’t always rock out with characters like Kim Pine. She has previously voiced characters like Alessia in Archer, Victoria in Anne of Green Gables: The Animated Series, and Cornflower in Redwall.
This isn’t the first time Brandon Routh voiced an animated character like Todd Ingram, whom he physically portrayed in the 2010 movie. He was notably The Atom in Vixen, Everywhere Man in The Batman, and Gideon Jura in an upcoming Magic: The Gathering series.
Science SARU Animates for the West Again
Science SARU is no stranger to applying its considerable talents to Western productions. It previously worked on the Adventure Time episode “Food Chain,” where Finn and Jake learn about the food chain by being transformed into different animals. On a grimmer note, they worked on two episodes of Star Wars: Visions, “Akakiri,” an episode where a Jedi fights against a vision of the future, and “T0-B1,” which portrays a droid who upholds his creator’s vision.
For a change of pace, they have also animated promotional videos for OK K.O.!: Let’s Be Heroes, where a bodega employee dreams of becoming the greatest superhero in the world. Though Shinichiro Watanabe’s Space Dandy wasn’t made for a Western company, the series did find a lot of success in the West.
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Are you looking forward to this new Scott Pilgrim adaptation? Did you read the books, or are you planning to before this series premieres? What changes do you think O’Malley and the other writers have made to this version? Let us know in the comments below.