Five underrated manga series that deserve an anime

Manga, or comics made in Japan, are a popular source of entertainment enjoyed by people young and old from all over the world; and when a series manages to gain enough of a following, it is awarded with its own anime. Unfortunately, not all manga series get the recognition they deserve. Here are five manga series I believe deserve their own anime. The criteria include the manga having more than five volumes printed and running for a total of one year.

Article by Brian Lee

The first volume of 20th Century Boys by Naoki Urasawa. Courtest of nikkeivoice.ca.

The first volume of 20th Century Boys by Naoki Urasawa. Courtest of nikkeivoice.ca.

“20th Century Boys”

Considered an old cult classic among manga readers everywhere, “20th Century Boys” follows the story of Kenji Endo and his friends as they discover a cult leader named Friend who is out for world domination. Now, it is up to Kenji and a slew of other characters to stop Friend and his schemes as they battle robots, monsters, and ancient prophecies!

The plot would make this manga a great anime.  At first, the story seems simple, but then fans are treated to what I’d consider the most twisted and convoluted garble of a linear story I’ve ever had the pleasure of reading! I’m just amazed at how such an old and popular series like this has yet to receive an anime, when a sequel already spawned eight years ago!

“Dogs: Bullets and Carnage”

You know what they say, right? The more characters there are, the better the plot! Or was it the more guns there are, the better the plot? Either way, “Dogs: Bullets and Carnage” is full of both of them and boy does it make for some great action scenes!

The first volume of Dogs: Bullets and Carnage by Shirow Miwa. Courtesy of Manga-News.com.

The first volume of Dogs: Bullets and Carnage by Shirow Miwa. Courtesy of Manga-News.com.

Set in the future of a European city, Mihai is a retired assassin starting a new life in the city as a restaurant owner. Eventually he runs into Haine, Badou, and Naoto whose shady and mysterious pasts are all intertwined not only with each other’s, but with the city’s dark past as well. Now forced to team up, they must do whatever it takes to not only unveil the truth of their pasts, but to survive. If you love action, you’d be sure to love this as an anime!

 

“Shaman King Flowers”

The first volume of Shaman King Flowers by Hiroyuki Takei.  Courtesy of Animevice.com.

The first volume of Shaman King Flowers by Hiroyuki Takei. Courtesy of Animevice.com.

After many long awaited years, fans are finally given a sequel to the famous anime and manga series, “Shaman King.” Set many years in the future, “Shaman King Flowers” follows the story of Hana, the son of Yoh—the main protagonist in the prequel series. Now given with the task to represent his uncle Hao among the gods—yes, Hana’s uncle is a god—Hana must form a team of his own shaman warriors to participate in a tournament that will decide the fate of the world, much like Hana’s father did years ago. It makes for an entertaining plot that would do well as an anime. I’m sure fans of the old “Shaman King” would love to have an anime of the sequel to what people dub as one of the most popular anime of all time.

“The Ancient Magus Bride”

“The Ancient Magus Bride” is a romance manga like any other, except, instead of the lead male being a high school boy, it is an ancient magus who has a cow’s skull for

The first volume of The Ancient Magus Bride by Kore Yamazaki. Courtesy of pbs.twimg.com.

The first volume of The Ancient Magus Bride by Kore Yamazaki. Courtesy of pbs.twimg.com.

a head. Actually, remember when I said this series was like any other romance? I take that all back! The story follows Chise, a slave at an auction house who was freed by an ancient magus with the intention to not only make Chise his apprentice, but also his bride!

Full of mystery and supernatural elements, I’m sure this would be an immediate hit as an anime, just as long as you don’t mind a man with a skull for a head, and hey! Who knows, maybe people are into that stuff, I’m not one to judge.

Uzumaki

The first volume of Uzumaki by Junji Ito. Courtesy of Popimage.com.

The first volume of Uzumaki by Junji Ito. Courtesy of Popimage.com.

If you have heard of the word uzumaki before, it is probably because of the world famous series “Naruto” whose protagonist just happens to be named Uzumaki Naruto. But, be assured this series has nothing to do with the happy-go-lucky ninja we all know and love.

Uzumaki translates to the English word “spiral,” and the manga “Uzumaki” is a horror story that follows Kirie, a high school teenager who inhabits the fictional city of Kurozu-Cho as supernatural forces plague her city with the “spirals.”  I know the plot may sound weird, but trust me, this would be a wonderful adventure on the TV screen!

These are just a few well-known, high-quality mangas that deserve to be made into anime. Please tell us some other series that you think are worthy of making the transition to the screen.

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