Winter 2019 Anime: Official Twitter Hashtags & Pages
2018 is almost out, guys and girls, and that means that another anime year is ready to take its place.
It’s almost December and the winter anime season is just around the corner. With the changeover coming, it got me thinking about how anime adaptations are selected. Each season features over thirty new and continuing anime series with some rising to the top and others fading into obscurity. Most anime produced are adapted from popular manga series with a solid fanbase, but this can sometimes leave some obscure yet deserving series overlooked.
Today I want to bring these series into the limelight! Let’s look at five manga that I believe not only deserve but will flourish with an anime adaptation.
Story: Machida Kazuya
Art: Osada Yu-ko
Japanese Title: SHIORI EXPERIENCE ～ジミなわたしとヘンなおじさん～
Serialization: Big Gangan
Twenty-seven-year-old English teacher Shiori lives an uneventful life. Ηer students mock her and she struggles to be recognized by her co-workers. Everything changes when she’s possessed by the ghost of Jimi Hendrix who tells her she must become a music legend before the age of twenty-eight otherwise she will die. The premise of the series is a little crazy, but the story has a lot of heart. Shiori becomes a source of inspiration for a group of misfit students and gains a whole new sense of self.
The most iconic aspect of the manga is its references to famous songs during moments of character development or emotional scenes. The lyrics will be splashed across the stage, relating to the character’s struggle and triumph. Characters also sing and cover famous songs like Smells like Teen Spirit and Purple Haze. I’d really love to see how an anime adaptation would put a unique spin on these scenes. Watching the dynamic music playing scenes come to life would be such a joy! It would also save me YouTubing every song to listen along with the manga!
Since Anitwitter is distracted I'll recommend some lesser know series I've enjoyed recently :
Shiori experience : a plain teacher gets possessed by jimi Hendrix and has to become a legend in a year , or else she dies. It's monthly so chapters are kinda long pic.twitter.com/MwTCjEN5Bf
— Breonte' (@BreonteW) September 2, 2018
Art & Story: Mizuguchi Naoki
High school boxing champion Saotome Yae is a school celebrity with her cool persona and strength. But she has only one thing on her mind – a chance to date her polar opposite, the short and brain-over-brawns Tsukishima Satoru. The series follows the development of their relationship along with Saotome’s professional boxing career.
I was immediately drawn to the series for its diverse presentation of muscular girls. Not to throw too much shade, but many manga and anime series have a one size fits all type for ‘strong girls’. In Saotome Girl there are muscular girls in every shape and size.
But it deserves an anime adaptation for another reason: The fight scenes in the manga are so fluid and fast-paced, it’d be incredible to see Saotome’s fighting in action! The series has over eighty chapters released, so there’s a lot of content ready for adaptation.
Reasons to check out Saotome girl pic.twitter.com/0tV0bjBIVR
— T H E E N D O F C A K E (@trashywaifu) April 23, 2018
Art & Story: Yamamoto Kotetsuko
It would not be an article by me without at least one yaoi title in it! I’ve been following Honto Yajuu since it first came out and it remains one of my favorite manga ever. The series focuses on the relationship between straight-lace policeman Ueda Tomoharu and Yakuza heir, Gotouda Aki. Like any pair of ‘star-crossed lovers’, Tomoharu and Aki face numerous obstacles and get into crazy messes – but always triumph!
The series has a lot of great laughs and real heartwarming moments. The characters are so endearing, especially Aki! He puts on a real ‘bad boy’ persona but he’s ridiculously cute and his awful fashion sense never fails to put a smile on my face. This dynamic duo is sure to win the hearts of many more fans if they made their debut animated!
theyre so in love im crying everybody read honto yajuu y'all wont regret it pic.twitter.com/3lN7QSyfnZ
— gogo (@quirkzero) August 9, 2018
Art & Story: Kashima Ui
I only discovered this rom-com manga a couple of weeks ago and am already obsessed! Unoki has had a real bad run in life. Bullied since elementary school, he’s known as the go-to errand boy. He believes his luck has taken a true turn for the worse when top delinquent, Toramaru tells him ‘be mine’. Toramaru, on the other-hand, thinks she’s just delivered the perfect confession and that she and Unoki are now a couple.
The story is essentially a series of sketches of their misunderstandings, like Unoki assuming Toramaru wanted to kill him when she just wanted a date. But there’s also some really sweet moments as Unoki slowly begins to open himself up and sees the softer side of Toramaru. I wouldn’t say the story is unique but the characters are really standing out, and I’d love to see them developed and brought to life with an anime.
— Nnarhhin (@nnarhhin) June 4, 2018
Story: Yamaguchi Mikoto
Art: Satou Yuuki
It’s no secret that anime adaptations of horror stories are really really bad. But, anime adaptations of its sister genre, psychological thrillers, tend to be pretty incredible. Tomodachi Game introduces us to Katagiri Yuichi, a high schooler who lives paycheck-to-paycheck and values his four best friends above all else. When class funds for a school trip go missing, suspicion is placed on two of his friends. If things couldn’t get any worse, they’re all kidnapped and thrown into a game that tests their friendship with wit, deceit, and money.
I’ll be the first to put my hand up and say that reading psychological thrillers can get darn confusing. As great as the story is, it’s tedious reading essay-length monologues squeezed into speech bubbles, and remembering the faces of each and every trickster character, without vocal cues or even colored designs. Watching a psychological anime is a completely different experience. The character’s innermost thoughts can be revealed more effectively and you can actually begin recognizing everyone! Tomodachi Game is a tense, fast-paced series which would actually be more enjoyable watching rather than reading.
— Animanga (@AnimangaUSA) October 24, 2017
When a manga is adapted into an anime, it’s an incredible accomplishment. The series has the opportunity to reach a new audience, and original fans get to see their favorite characters in all their animated glory. In this list I tried to curate not only series that I thought would be fantastic as anime series but also ones that could potentially be turned into one. With their great stories and striking characters, who knows? Maybe this time next year we’ll have Saotome Girl or Honto Yajuu gracing our screens.
Let us know in the comments what manga series you’d love to see adapted in an anime!