Each year, hundreds of anime series make their way to the small screen thanks to dedicated fans and artists. Be them big shows like One Piece or indie projects like Yuri on Ice!, there are shows out there to satisfy anyone who is willing to give anime a try.
However, there are those few and unfortunate series who fail to get another series for one reason or another. Despite fans’ wishes, there are dozens of franchises which have simply stalled due to funding or source material. Here at ComicBook.com, we are ranking five anime series fans desperately want to see another season of. So, if you’re ready, click through the following slides and get ready to sign a petition or twelve in hopes that someone may give fans their shows back.
Ouran High School Host Club
Released in 2006, Ouran High School Host club burst onto the anime scene with immense fanfare. The popular shojo series was adapted into 26-episode anime between April and September 2006. The series, which parodies parts of otaku culture like cross-dressing and boy-love, was a hit with fans thanks to its relatable heroine and eye-catching flower boys. However, the series was never granted another season despite its on-going manga, leaving fans upset and wondering whether Haruhi ended up with Tamaki, Kyoya, or anyone at all.
Despite its disjointed timelines, Claymore is known as a go-to fantasy anime for older audiences. The dark, gritty story reached television in 2007 thanks to Madhouse and brought to life fierce characters such as Clare and Raki. The anime takes place in an alternate, medieval world where humans are under attack by shape-shifting Yoma. A mysterious organization has created human/Yoman hybrids to cull the threats, and the all-female warriors are known as Claymores. The anime picks up after a warrior named Clare saved a village boy called Raki from a rogue Yoma. The 20+ episodes did a commendable job distilling the epic story into episodic nuggets, but its sudden finale still has fans wanting more.
Chihayafuru is one of the rare josei anime series which have appealed to audiences outside of its demographic. The sport-romance story focuses on a high school girl named Chihaya Ayase, a tomboyish figure who discovers her interest in the game karuta after meeting Arata Wataya as a child. The two, along with their friend Taichi Mashima, being to play the game and develop professional interests in it before Arata moves. Years later, the former friends reunite under tense circumstances as they challenged one another for the national karuta title - and Chihaya realizes she may have been in love with one of the boys all along. Madhouse gifted fans two seasons of the exceptional show before going radio silent in 2013, but fans still hope the series will make a comeback one day soon.
If you have heard of Baccano!, then you already know the complex series cannot be condensed into a few short episodes. However, that is what fans got when Brain’s Base whipped out a 16-episode run of the series. Baccano! tells the intertwined story of a group of strangers who are all seeking the same thing: an immortality elixer concocted by a demon. Set in the United States during the 1930s, the fantastical story follows the various protagonists as they cross paths, steal gladly, and ultimately set off a chain of events teach them all about the trials of immortality.
Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress
In 2016, Wit Studio did what many fans felt were impossible: they made an anime which rivaled the popularity of Attack on Titan. Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress has been called ‘AOT + Zombies,” and it is a remarkably apt description. The praised series takes place in a post-industrial world where a virus has turned millions of humans into living corpses. The steampunk-esque world struggles to fight back against the undead monsters, so humans have isolated themselves into fortressed stations. However, when on such locations is invaded by the deadly creatures, it’s up to a young engineer to test out his anti-Kabane artillery, and he learns they’re more than capable of taking down zombies. The series ended back in June, and fans feel confident that another series is on its way.
Still, the official announcement would do wonders for their shot nerves; After all, the series is a pretty intense one.