For many fans, 2017 seems to be a year of rebirth for the anime industry. After years in a slump, hot franchises within the fandom have returned and shined a light back on anime. Series like Attack on Titan and Dragon Ball Super have reignited interest in anime shows, and the film Your Name has become a global phenomenon. With plenty of promise ahead of it, the anime industry will surely be looking for titles to adapt in the near future.
Luckily, there are plenty of in-demand manga titles out there just itching for an anime adaptation.
Here at ComicBook.com, we are counting down five unreal manga series which would only benefit from an anime makeover.
If you like supernatural thrillers, then you may be one of the many fans begging for Psyren to get an anime adaptation. The series was created by Iwashiro Toshiaki years ago, and it tells the story of Yoshina Ageha. The teenager is a quick-witted student who solves petty cases for cash, but his life is turned upside-down when a mysterious person introduces him to Psyren. Forced into a seedy supernatural world, Ageha must solve the chaotic world’s secrets and discover the true power of his people’s psychokinetic abilities.
Attack on Titan may have a corner on the apocalyptic anime market, but 7SEEDS could give it a run for its money. Created by Tamura Yumi, the manga is a must-read for any survivalist fan who enjoys a bit of drama. The series follows a group of characters from different countries who were cryogenically frozen before a massive meteor hit the Earth. The five survivors then wake up years later in Japan after humanity has all but perished, and each member tries to reconstruct society whilst discovering how the apocalypse’s fallout has affected them all.
Cage of Eden
Fans of Lord of the Flies will no doubt find this story’s plot similar. Cage of Eden was published back in 2008 thanks to Yoshinobu Yamada, and it follows a group of middle school students who are stranded on island after their plane crashes in the Pacific. The lead character Akira Sengoku wakes up to find him and his friends deserted on a pre-historic island filled with strange creatures, and the students band together to survive. And, along the way, the group learn whether or not their plane crash was an accident like they had believed.
First published in 1998, Vagabond remains one of Japan’s most respected historical manga series. The story was birthed by Takehiko Inoue and tells the complex story of Miyamoto Mushashi’s life. Having been born in 16th century Japan, the character is shunned as a child by his village and runs away at age 17. He and a friend quickly join the army but go AWOL after a trying battle. Vowing to do better with their lives, the two men part ways, but Musashi fails to keep his promise. The character becomes a wanted man, and the swordsman must fight back against the corrupt elitist who wish to see him dead.
20th Century Boys
When Naoki Urasawa published 20th Century Boys back in 1999, the creator could not have known how popular the series would become. The thrilling futuristic tale disguises itself as a slice-of-life masterpiece before it delves into a gritty supernatural drama. The manga follows a group of boys who wrote up a story as children which foretold the end of the world. However, as the boys grow up, a series of strange events occur which coincide with the friends’ tale. Desperate to stop their childhood story from becoming a reality, they band together to stop the events before they happen. And, along the way, the friends discover who exactly is behind the world’s impending apocalypse.