With the fantastic news that Fruits Basket is in fact getting a reboot in 2019, I decided to revamp this list.
So many anime have great ideas or start well but just can’t stick the landing or don’t have the resources they need behind them. This is my wish list of 5 anime I feel could be really amazing if redone (and by that I don’t mean following the manga or other source material more closely, but I mean they actually think about the story they want to tell and just tell it without all the clutter or distractions and with a clear purpose and end point).
I’d love to know what is on your wish list for anime reboots so please leave a comment below.
Please Note – There will be spoilers below.
Honourable mentions this week go to Higurashi, Sword Art Online, and Gilgamesh.
Fruits Basket was taken off the list because it is getting a reboot.
Number 5: Record of Grancrest War
This one comes from this year. I really liked aspects of Record of Grancrest War and a desire for a fantasy anime (not an isekai one) kept me watching it, as did some great characters – not necessarily Theo. Unfortunately as this anime rushed through huge amounts of story, crossed vast realms geographically, introduced multiple threats and political as well as supernatural problems, and had a huge cast, it just never managed to find a pace that worked and didn’t execute its narrative well enough (though there were some unintentionally hilarious moments with the animation). All and all, I’d actually like to see this idea and these characters get the time and attention they deserve with a narrative that was straightened out, maybe simplified a bit, and given sufficient thought as to the pacing.
Number 4: Vampire Knight
As much as I have mocked vampire knight when talking about it (the anime version of Twilight) there is actually something quite interesting about the idea of a vampire hunter starting a school where humans and vampires co-exist. And the pure blooded vampire with his own agenda living at the school is kind of interesting. As is the child of the hunter family who has been bitten by a vampire and is slowly turning into one. I’d love to see this story redone with a little more focus on the darker aspects and a little less on Yuki’s indecisive love triangle (okay, every Vampire Knight fan now hates me).
Number 3: Claymore
I really loved Claymore. Until we got to the end which was rushed and inconclusive. Seriously. This is a great concept for a story and the characters are interesting. The world building was well done. Why did we get that ending? I’d love this anime to be redone with a clear focus on where it is going and an actual ending.
Number 2: Soul Eater
Soul Eater has been showing up a lot lately. As much as I love this anime, that ending was bad. Inexcusably bad. That and there’s probably a lot of padding that the series could afford to lose. I’d love to see a much tighter focus on the main villain rather than all the other villains they face off against and actually just watch the students and teachers prepare for and fight that battle. It would be different but I think the show could really benefit from a much stronger focus and a conclusion that doesn’t leave people stunned by how lame it is.
Number 1: Bleach
It had to be. As much as I am in love with Bleach as a series and as much as Bleach is a big part of the reason I became an anime fan as an adult, there are some real issues with Bleach as a story because of its excessive length, scope, and endless rounds of filler. Now that the manga is finished can we decide what the main point of the story is and just tell that story. 50 episodes. Bleach in 50 episodes. Really trim everything unnecessary from the mix and just tell the core story with the characters you actually need. I would absolutely love to see this. Either that or give Hitsugaya his own show. I’d be pretty happy with that (joking – kind of).
Okay, so over to you. What would you like to see rebooted?
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