The Listless List: 5 Anime Adaptations that need to happen

With each new Anime season, the number of Anime series continues to grow ,with more and more sources being adapted to animation. From Manga to Light Novels and even Video Games, adaptations come from an incredibly varied pool of sources, in all shapes and sizes.

But despite the increasing amount of Anime Adaptations, there are still many stories that don’t get adapted.

So today on the Listless List, we’re going to take a look at some series that I feel deserve an Anime Adaptation.

As always, I’d love to hear your suggestions as well, so feel free to post yours in the comments.

5. Gekkou (Light Novel)

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Gekkou is a single volume Light Novel that holds the honour of being the first one I ever read, and ever since, it has continued to hold a special place in my heart as one of the most compelling stories I’ve ever had the pleasure of reading.

The novel focuses on the complicated relationship between a cynical teenage boy named Nonomiya, who is obsessed with observing the people around him and the drama that is their daily lives and Youko Tsukimori, the perfect girl with the perfect life that every girl wants to be and every guy wants to date. Their unlikely connection comes to fruition when Nonomiya accidentally comes across Tsukimori’s notebook, and whilst taking a peek inside due to his curious nature, he comes across a scrap piece of paper titled “Murder Recipe”, which contains a bunch of random scenarios in which someone might die. Nonomiya originally shrugs it off as a prank, until out of the blue, Tsukimori’s father dies in an accident, which just so happens to be one of the scenarios contained in the Murder Recipe. Stating that things have become “interesting” with an excited smile on his usually cynical face, Nonomiya decides to dive deeper into the mystery by getting to know Tsukimori personally to figure out what exactly is going on.

Gekkou is an incredibly compelling mystery story. The mystery itself is very unique, it keeps the audience intrigued from beginning to end, and unlike most mysteries we see from the medium, it never stumbles or falters and remains consistently interesting all the way through.

But what really makes Gekkou stand out are the characters of Nonomiya and Tsukimori and the relationship they form over the course of the story. Both of the characters are not motivated by morals and justice like most protagonists, rather, they are motivated by their own personal desires. Nonomiya is fed up with his mundane life and wants to feel some excitement, and the prospect of a potential murder committed by his “perfect” classmate and forming a relationship with her while investigating her has him excited to no end. It’s the perfect scenario for him to escape his boring every day life. His perspective is a unique one, and when tied into a murder mystery type series peppered with psychological elements into his relationship with Tsukimori,  makes Gekkou an incredible story.

That being said, I’m sceptical that an Anime Adaptation would be able to  do the story justice, since a lot of the novel is focused on Nonomiya’s personal thoughts and observations that work best in novel format, but I would love to see someone try to adapt this some day. It’s a very unknown novel and I’ve never seen anyone talk about it before, but perhaps one day my dream of a Gekkou Anime adaptation will become reality.

What I’d love to see:

Episode Count: 12 Episodes

Studio: P.A Works or Silver Link

Director: Mari Okada

4. Ubel Blatt (Manga)

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Ubel Blatt is a Manga that I’ve yet to catch up on, but from the few volumes I’ve read, I’m surprised this has yet to receive any kind of adaptation.

Full of blood, gore and intense action scenes, Ubel Blatt is a classic revenge story similar to Berserk in both themes and over the top violence.

The art is absolutely breathtaking and the storyline is incredibly character driven and well written, making it one of the finest Dark Fantasy stories out there.

Unfortunately, I can’t discuss an awful lot about Ubel Blatt without spoiling a large chunk of the story, so this brief summary will have to do. I pray this gets adapted when the Manga finally ends.

What I’d love to see:

Episode Count: Unknown – Long enough to adapt the entire Manga

Studio: Madhouse

Director: Unknown

3. Oyasumi Punpun (Manga)

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Oyasumi Punpun is a Seinen Manga series that follows a young boy named Punpun throughout his life as he deals with his dysfunctional family and friends, romance, typical adolescence and his overly hyperactive mind. The Manga follows Punpun throughout 4 stages of his life: Elementary School, Middle School, High School and his early 20’s and the issues he faces during each of these.

Oyasumi Punpun is an incredibly messed up series both in terms of its aesthetic and its storyline and themes. The art style is incredibly distorted blending what could be considered minimal sketches with hyper-realistic drawings that are terrifyingly similar to real life. To add to this aesthetic is the appearance of Punpun himself, who is drawn as an incredibly strange-looking bird-like figure, as a means to make him and his problems more relatable to the audience.

But beyond the aesthetic, which is incredible on its own, is the story itself. Oyasumi Punpun is a tragic tale filled with misery, death and misfortune. It presents a realistic look into those less fortunate than the average person as they grow up, and has a heavy focus on Punpun’s mental state and how his failures and traumatic upbringing affect him throughout his life.

The series takes its dark themes to the extreme, and as a result it is unlike anything else I’ve see before. It is terrifyingly realistic in the presentation of its themes, so much that it even gives Berserk a run for its money in terms of how unsettling it is.

And I would love to see something like this get adapted into an Anime series. It’s incredibly unlikely, given its inaccessible and challenging aesthetic and the dark nature of its messed up themes, but it’d be a breath of fresh air for Anime as a whole if something like this were to come out today. It would be difficult to pull off, but with the right studio and the right director, I think it would definitely be possible. Here’s hoping.

What I’d love to see:

Episode Count: 26

Studio: Shaft/Madhouse

Director: Satoshi Kon (and he passed away, so that’s not happening)

2. Psyren

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Anyone here remember Psyren? Of course you don’t.

Psyren was a Manga series that used to run in Shounen Jump. That’s right folks, this series ran right alongside Naruto, One Piece, Hunter x Hunter and Bleach, and it was an incredible Shounen action series that blew most of its competitors out of the water in terms of quality.

Unfortunately Shounen Jump and its readers never quite agreed with that, so it was wrapped up fairly quickly with a rushed ending that didn’t quite satisfy.

But why hasn’t Psyren received an Anime adaptation? It’s an amazing series with an incredible amount of depth to its characters, a fantastically written story and entertaining Shounen battles with a well thought out and constructed power system.

The series takes place in a world known as Psyren where the characters are sent to participate in a death game using newfound powers and their own will to survive. Eventually, this turns into a much more complicated plot involving the future of humanity and Psyren’s connection to the real world eventually becoming one of the greatest Shounen stories ever told.

Psyren is one of Shounen Jumps greatest properties, and while it’s unlikely it’ll ever receive an Anime Adaptation, I’d love to see it happen. I mean hey, Parasyte got adapted 20 years after it ended, maybe Psyren will too.

What I’d love to see:

Episode Count: 26

Studio: Madhouse/Toei Animation

Director: Unknown

Utsuro no Hako to Zero no Maria (Light Novel)

utsuronohako_vol1Utsuro no Hako to Zero no Maria, also known as HakoMari, is probably one of the greatest novels I’ve ever read. It is unique, it stands out from all other stories and it is incredibly well written with relatable and well defined characters.

The story follows Kazuki Hoshino a teenage boy who values his everyday existence above all else. He spends his days attending school and hanging out with his friends, until his everyday life is shattered by the appearance of a beautiful new transfer student Aya Otonashi, who upon entering the class instantly approaches Hoshino and utters the strangest of things to him:

“I’m here to break you. This is my 13,118th school transfer, and even I can’t help but reach the end of my tether after so many iterations. So for a change of pace, I’ll declare war this time.”

With those words, the ordinary life that Hoshino desperately clings to begins to slip away, and Otonashi’s appearance unravels a series of unprecedented mysteries and secrets surrounding his world and the friends he thought he knew, all tied together with mysterious objects known simply as “boxes”.

It sounds very strange, I know, but the HakoMari’s storyline is incredible. The premise is unique, the plot is engaging and full of mystery and the series is packed to the brim with unexpected twists and developments that keep the excitement fresh with each and every chapter.

Containing elements of supernatural, mystery, suspense, drama and even romance, HakoMari has something for everyone. It’s a very accessible story that is incredibly thought-provoking and compelling from start to finish, and it improves with every volume until reaching its incredible climax.

However, part of HakoMari’s charm is in the way it presents its story though the authors style of writing and use of sentence structure, and as a result, I’m not entirely confident that the series’ greatness would transition well enough into Anime. Much like Punpun, for a HakoMari adaptation to be successful and really hit its mark, it would need to be done by the right studio and have a true visionary working behind the scenes as director to execute it perfectly.

Will it ever become a thing? I sure hope so, because if done right, HakoMari could easily wind up in my Top 10.

What I’d love to see:

Episode Count: 26

Studio: Shaft

Director: Akiyuki Shinbo

Thanks for reading everyone. I apologise for the lengthy post this time, I may have rambled far too much. I strongly recommend checking out these sources if you’re looking for something fresh.

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What Anime adaptations would you like to see?

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12 thoughts on “The Listless List: 5 Anime Adaptations that need to happen

  1. I’m not familiar with anything you’ve listed today-and so it seems I have more to add to my list of things to read now….Hmm I haven’t found any manga that hasn’t been adapted yet! If anything I’d like to see the High⭐️Speed adapted in its true form and not based on the free! Spin-off or the starting days movie. I’ve read some pieces and found that story much deeper than what we’ve seen.

    Speaking of light novels, how do you find translated versions? I’d love to read some if I could find them!

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    1. I don’t blame you, pretty much all of what I listed are relatively obscure Manga with passionate, but small fanbases. They’re pretty niche titles, especially Punpun due to how messed up it is.

      I’m honestly not that into Manga; but these are some of my favourites.

      I haven’t read High Speed, but as someone who really didn’t like Free!, I’d love to see it get a true adaptation if it’s a lot more story focused and tightly written.

      As for Light Novel translations, head over to Baka-Tsuki. They’re a website dedicated solely to fan translating Light Novels, and they do it for free. They put a lot of effort into their work and produce really accurate translations. They’ve got all of HakoMari on there, which I’ll recommend because it’s amazing!

      Thanks for reading!

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  2. Pun Pun is one of those manga where if they made an anime adaptation, they would have to adapt the full manga in order for it to have its full emotional effect, I think. But I agree, it would make a neat anime, especially with all of the silly and poorly detailed protagonists like One Punch Man and Mob Psycho, Pun Pun would be a good addition to them.

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  3. I’ll just join this club of Punpun fans – the manga just blew me away and instantly became one of my favorites.
    HakoMari has been on my radar for quite a while now and I’ve yet to find a reviewer who wouldn’t recommend it.
    I’d like to add manga Chikan Otoko to the list – probably more obscure than any of those you mentioned but I think it deserves more than it usually gets.

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    1. It’s good to know there are more Punpun fans. It’s a super relatable Manga in a lot of ways, only it takes things to the extreme of course.

      Yeah, HakoMari really is great. If you haven’t gotten round to it, I’d recommend giving it a read. It’s really something else.

      I’ve never heard of Chikan Otoko, but it actually sounds pretty interesting. I might check it out!

      Thanks for reading.

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