The summer season is still in full swing but there’s some great anime to stream. One anime series that fans are anticipating the most is Tatsuki Fujimoto’s ultra-violent, dark fantasy, comedy-horror manga, Chainsaw Man. The upcoming adaptation is set to be done by MAPPA the studio behind such hits as Jujutsu Kaisen, Zombie Land Saga, and Attack on Titan: The Final Season. While Chainsaw Man is so deserving to get the official go for a show, we can’t help but wonder what other titles could be worthy of getting an adaptation. So today, we’re sharing with you our top 5 picks on what manga needs the anime treatment ASAP!
Top 5 Manga Titles That Need an Anime
5. My Hero Academia: Vigilantes
In the superhero worlds of Marvel and DC, heroes like Daredevil or Batman take justice into their own hands. Though in the world of My Hero Academia, 80% of the human population are born with unique super powers or “Quirks” for short. Heroes that have an official license are celebrated and authorized to use their gifts to serve society, but not everyone can earn or be given the title of Hero. Those who use their powers without society’s approval to fight evil are known by another name – Vigilantes!
My Hero Academia: Vigilantes is the prequel title that takes place years before Izuku Midoriya’s tale in My Hero Academia. Season 6 is confirmed to premiere this fall and for those that have read the manga around what S6 is focused on, things are about to take a hard left turn. Though, Vigilantes takes on a much darker tone. The story follows the prequel’s three main characters: Koichi Haimawari (aka The Crawler), Kazuho Haneyama (aka Pop☆Step), and Iwao Oguro (aka Knuckleduster). Fan-favorite characters such as Eraserhead, All Might, and Fat Gum do make appearances but the prequel does give more depth to the hero/vigilante world. Vigilantes has concluded 126 chapters and with My Hero Academia already halfway into the final arc of the manga, we feel like an anime could help fill in the gaps.
4. Undead Unluck
What happens when a young, suicidal girl who causes misfortune everywhere she goes and a reckless man who can’t die meet? Well, chaos and hilarity ensue. This is what you should expect with Undead Unluck. The manga follows the main protagonist: Fuuko Izumo who has been living in seclusion for 10 years since an incident that left more than 200 people dead, including her parents, when she was 8 years old. Following the completion of her favorite long-running girls’ manga series, Fuuko decides to commit suicide. She is tormented by the fact that she cannot be touched by anyone due to her “unluck” ability, which brings bad luck to anyone she comes into contact with in the flesh. Then there’s Andy, a “Deadpool” esque-like character with an “undead” ability who lived almost 100 years and desires to die the best death possible. Together, both Fuuko and Andy realize that their deepest wishes could finally come true.
Now you may be asking yourself why does Undead Unluck deserve an anime adaptation? Well, its simple, Undead Unluck is one of the most oddly, unique ongoing manga titles in Weekly Shonen Jump. The power system of “Negators” and “Uniques” is enough for someone to find something very obscure yet still have that shonen feel to it.
3. Mashle: Magic and Muscles
Magic in anime is a concept we’ve seen plenty of times throughout the years. Fairy Tail, My Little Witch Academia, Black Clover, etc. you name it. But a title like Mashle: Magic and Muscles comes around and takes a complete 180 that turns the genre on its head. The story is set in a magical world in which an individual’s position within society is defined by the power of and skill with magic. Enter the leading character, Mash Burnedead. Mash is a young man who was born without so much as an ounce of magic in his blood. Now that sounds awfully familiar don’t you think? What follows is a hilarious and unexpected journey of Mash showing off that muscles can beat magic.
Basically think of this title as The Wizarding World of Harry Potter meets One Punch Man sprinkled with a dash of Mob Psycho 100. This manga alone deserves a top-notch anime adaptation and a studio like Bones would do it justice. Trust me when I say that Mashle: Magic and Muscles will not let up the laughs! The facial expressions alone will certainly have you busting a gut.
2. Zom 100: Bucket List of the Dead
Ok, picture this scenario: you’re stuck living out a dead-end office job working for a company that really doesn’t care about you. Feeling like nothing you do or achieve really matters. Then, out of the blue, a freaking zombie apocalypse happens! Normally in most zombie apocalypse situations, how would you react? Well, you start by live your life to the fullest and making a to-do list before kicking the bucket. This is Zom 100: Bucket List of the Dead.
The manga is a breath of fresh air on the overly played, stretched-out zombie genre. Netflix is developing a live-action movie but knowing most adaptations, they never quite seem to do justice to their counterpoints like the aforementioned and early-canceled Cowboy Bebop. 6 volumes in, and we’re honestly surprised that no word on an anime treatment hasn’t been given a go just yet. Fingers crossed that changes soon.
1. Sakamoto Days
This title has everyone talking and is one of the best mangas to date! Meet Taro Sakamoto, the world’s most dangerous assassin. All the bad guys feared him and all the hit men revered him. But one day, he fell in love. He started dating, went into early retirement, got married, started a family, and grew overweight as a result. Though now working as a humble convenience store owner, the world of hit men and assassins still follows him. Sakamoto, along with Shin, a young man with telepathy and employee at his small store, will protect his humble life and family, or die trying.
Sakamoto is the manga equivalent of John Wick and it deservingly needs the anime treatment! Packed with awesome action, great character dynamics, and so many flat-out hilarious moments, Sakamoto Days has all these qualities to becoming the next big thing within the anime community!
Are there any manga titles we missed that should’ve made it on the list? Let us know in the comments below!