In recent years, it has become prominent that not just light novels but also regular novels are getting turned into anime. In April 2017, the anime movie adaptation of Tomihiko Morimi’s novel Yoru wa Mijikashi Arukeyo Otome (The Night is Short, Walk on Girl) was released and is a big hit. Also, one of Morimi’s other novels, The Eccentric Family 2 (Uchouten Kazoku 2) as well as Yuri Eda’s Kabukibu! are currently airing as TV anime. When we look back at 2016, there were also many anime adaptations of regular novels, such as
When we look back at 2016, there were also many anime adaptations of regular novels, such as Joker Game, Arslan Senki: Fuujin Ranbu (The Heroic Legend of Arslan: Blowing Sand Boisterous Dance), Sound! Euphonium 2, Haruchika ~Haruta to Chika wa Seishun suru~ (Haruchika ~Haruta and Chika Enjoys the Joys of Youth~), and more.Therefore, this time, our friends over at Anime!Anime! have conducted a survey asking ‘Which Novel Do You Want to Get Turned Into an Anime?’ The survey was divided into two parts: the light novel division and the regular novel division.
Therefore, this time, our friends over at Anime!Anime! have conducted a survey asking ‘Which Novel Do You Want to Get Turned Into an Anime?’ The survey was divided into two parts: the light novel division and the regular novel division.
You can see the light novel results here:
There were more than 20 nominees, which were all chosen beforehand according to opinions collected via Twitter.
The survey was held from 11-16 April, and 2,584 people cast their vote. The gender ratio was about fifty-fifty, with ever so slightly more males. 30% of the voters were in their 10’s, 40% in their 20’s, and 20% in their 30’s.
1st Place: Imperial Guards
Overall, the nominees fought a neck-and-neck race, and there were two pairs of novels which gained the same number of votes. Out of all the novels, first place was taken by Imperial Guards. It won over 50 votes more than the second-place winner. Although the novel has 9 titles out from publishing house Chuko Bunko, its author, Daisuke Sato (also known for Highschool of the Dead), passed away in March 2017, and the series remains uncompleted.Second place was taken by Natsuhiko Kyougoku’s
Second place was taken by Natsuhiko Kyougoku’s Jourougumo no Kotowari (The Reason of the Nephila Clavata). This is the fifth work of Kyougoku’s Hyakki-yakou series (pandemonium series) and was first published in 1996. The only novel in the series which has been adapted into an anime is Mouryou no Hako (The Box of Goblins).Third place was taken by two novels. One of them is the
Third place was taken by two novels. One of them is the Detective Galileo series written by Keigo Higashino. The series’ first novel Tantei Galileo (Detective Galileo) was released in 1998, followed by Yochimu (Foresight Dream), and Devotion of Suspect X (Yougisha X no Kenshin). The series now has eight volumes in total. In 2007, the novel series was adapted into a TV drama starring Masaharu Fukuyama, and also received a second season and a live-action film adaptation. The other third-place winner was Guardian of the Darkness, one of the novels in the Moribito: Guardian of Spirit series. The series was adapted into an anime directed by Kenji Kamiyama in 2007, but the story of Guardian of the Darkness was not illustrated in the anime. However, the series is currently being adapted into a TV drama as an NHK Taiga Fantasy (NHK’s historical fantasy program), and this drama will include the non-illustrated story in Part 3, which will start from November 2017.
From the results, we can see that the novels have various themes, such as modern life, fantasy, wartime, and more. Novels which have already gained wide fame via its TV drama adaptations, such as the Detective Galileo series and Moribito: Guardian of Spirit series, have also been chosen by fans.
Which Novel Do You Want to Get Turned Into an Anime?
1. Imperial Guards by Daisuke Satou
2. Jourougumo no Kotowari by Natsuhiko Kyougoku
3. Detective Galileo Series by Keigo Higashino
3. Guardian of the Darkness by Nahoko Uehashi
5. Delfinia Senki (The Heroic Legend of Delfinia) series by Sunako Kayata
6. Ainiku no Ame de (Unfortunately, It’s Raining) by Yutaka Maya
6.The Bartimaeus Trilogy by Jonathan Stroud
8. Onmyouji (Diviner) by Baku Yumemakura
9. Kiryuu Keisatsu (Police Dragoon) by Ryoue Tsukimura
10. Q Series by Keisuke Matsuoka
(Survey Term: Tuesday 11 April 2017 – Sunday 16 April 2017)