Sailor Moon Crystal. Lupin the 3rd. Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood. You might be wondering what these anime series have in common, but there are those of you who’ve already guessed. These three shows are examples of how good anime reboot and remakes can be if done right. The medium has plenty of popular shows from the early 1990s which deserve another go, and there are even more recent series who could use a swift reboot.
Here at ComicBook.com, we’re counting down five anime series which fans want a reboot of. If you’ve got ideas of how these remakes should go down, drop us a line in the comments below and tell us which of your favorite series needs a do-over ASAP.
Yoshiki Nakamura began publishing Skip Beat! back in 2002, and the on-going manga has become one of the best-known shojo series in Japan. Hal Film Maker adapted the series into an anime back in 2002, but the series dropped off with only 25 episodes to its name. It has been over a decade since Skip Beat! hit the small screen, and fans are wondering when the popular series will get its deserved reboot. Kyoko Mogami and her friends at L.M.E. are in dire need of updated art, clean pacing, and a slew of updated episodes.
When it comes to popular anime series, Soul Eater tends to be at the top of the list. The supernatural shonen was birthed by Atsushi Ōkubo back in 2004, and Bones adapted the series into an anime back in 2008. The series ran for 51 episodes, but its ending left a horribly sour taste. The finale was abrupt cheesy, and it gave very little resolution to the series’ overall plot. Sadly, the ending was partially due to the manga’s on-going status, but Ōkubo has since completed the manga. Now would be a great time to reboot the series a la Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood and keep the show as canon-compliant as possible.
Created in 2004, Bleach is considered to be one of the most popular anime series to ever be released. The show was created by Studio Pierrot and followed teenager Ichigo Kurosaki’s life after he became a substitue shinigami. The series ran for more than 350 episodes before it ended in 2012, but fans are not content with leaving the series be. While Bleach was applauded for its artwork and acting, the show itself often deviated from Titu Kubo’s manga. Fans would love to see a more streamlined version of Bleach be remade sometime in the future, and it’s hard to image Studio Pierrot saying no to the proposition given how much money it’d make.
Trigun is considered by many fans to be one of anime’s must-see classics. The series is a gritty, action-packed look into Vash the Stampede’s world as he evades bounty hunters and desperately tries to recollect his lost memories. The anime was first released in 1998, and it accumulated 26 episodes during its run. Fans would love to see a remade version of Trigun that updates its artwork while expanding its manga storylines a bit further than its predecessor could.
If you were to ask fans about their go-to shojo series, many would say it is Fruits Basket. The series was created by Natsuki Takaya back in 1998, and the popular manga was turned into an anime by Studio Deen. The series ran in 2001 for a solid season, but it left fans desperate for more. The show ended when there was plenty of more manga to adapt, and Fruits Basket did miff off some fans with its altered portrayals of the zodiac characters. It’s now been 15 years since the anime debuted, and legions of fans are still clamoring for Fruits Basket to get a much-wanted makeover.
Yu Yu Hakusho
When Yu Yu Hakusho was adapted into an anime, the series was one of the first to really hit it big with international fans. The manga was first published in 1990 by Yoshihiro Togashi before Studio Pierrot turned it into an anime in 1992. The show ran for two years and cranked out 100+ episodes before it wrapped. When the series was on air, many fans noted how different the projects were in tone. The anime became increasingly more violent to suit shonen fans while manga readers wanted to see more of Yu Yu Hakusho’s thrilling detective work. Nowadays, fans would love to see the classic series updated for contemporary anime fans who want to see the show’s artwork and storylines overhauled.