What does Full Metal Alchemist, Dororo, and Fruits Basket all have in common? All three series had poorly done adaptations due to lack of source material, concerning narrative themes, and creative differences during its production. Following the successful anime reboots of the series, it has given fans a sense of closure. As they see their favorite series receive a proper retelling and ending of stories they loved. Here are five anime series that have the potential to be rebooted due to its fan base, cultural significance, and its overall criticism of the adaptation.  

1. Akame Ga Kill

The assassin group, Night Raid standing in front of the capital. Standing from left to right: Tatsumi, Mine, Leone, Najenda, Sheele, Lubbock, Akame, Bulat.
Anime Reboots — Akame Ga Kill | White Fox Studios

This manga series about a group of assassins trying to overthrow a corrupt empire earned many fans for its dark storytelling and well-paced character development. The original adaption back in 2014 was infamously known as the “Game of Thrones” of anime. It slowly killed off characters from the main and supporting cast going against typical storytelling tropes. Throughout the twenty-four episodes, the adaptation caught up with the manga. Due to this issue, the last five episodes featured an original ending to finish the adaptation.

This resulted in skipped story arcs, changes to the main story, and different character motivations. Three years later, on February 2017, the manga concluded and fans wished for a reboot similar to how Bones Studios created two Fullmetal Alchemist adaptations. A lengthy anime reboot that closely follows all seventy-eights chapters can bring back old fans and introduce new ones. If this anime reboot was to be made then fans will go through the emotional and action-packed rollercoaster that is the “Game of Thrones” of anime.

2. Gangsta

Standing from left to right: Nic, Alex, and Worick.
Anime Reboots — Gangsta | Manglobe Studios

The 2011 manga series revolved around two handymen in a crime-ridden city who took on jobs for the mafia, and the police force. The series portrayed great gritty action while telling a complex and interesting story about the underworld and the people who manage it. When this series received an adaptation in 2015, many fans were optimistic that this would become the next Black Lagoon. The series is known for its mature themes and interesting cast of characters, and it’s detailed over the top fight scenes.

However, in September 2015 Manglobe Studios filed for bankruptcy after the delayed theatrical release of Genocidal Organ and was forced to shut down. When the news broke, Gangsta became the last project for the studio. It also left the series on a cliff hanger with many unexplained plot holes that it built in previous episodes. If the series is rebooted by a studio with a strong track record, then it can continue exploring the story through a timely and action-packed manner.

3. Deadman Wonderland

Standing from left to right: Shiro, the red man, Ganta.
Anime Reboots — Deadman Wonderland | Manglobe Studios

This 2007 manga series about an amusement park holding secret gladiator deathmatches is known for its dark and violent fight scenes. This was another series that was adapted by Manglobe Studios and it reorganized the first twenty chapters into twelve episodes and an OVA (Original Video Animation). Instead of taking its time to adapt the source material, the adaptation compressed a lot of details, character development, and fight scenes within twelve episodes. This resulted in an incomplete adaptation of rushed storytelling that is riddled with narrative plot holes.

After the original manga concluded the series in August 2013. Many fans demanded a lengthier anime reboot or a second season to fix some of the plot-holes. Due to the bankruptcy, the studio never received an opportunity. A detailed anime reboot that covers its entirety would fit well for long-time fans. The series is known for its thrilling action-packed fight scenes and complex character development in a corrupt post-apocalyptic setting.

4. Berserk

Standing from left to right: Rickert, Griffith, Guts, Casca, Pippin, Corkus, and Judeau.
Anime Reboots — Berserk | Studio 4°C

The critically acclaimed dark fantasy manga series follows the story of the lone mercenary Guts and his travels. The manga was created by Kentaro Muira and it has been in publication since 1989. Making this one of the longest-running series to date. Berserk has had an unlucky history for its adaptions due to many fans who expressed a lot of criticism for the series. Many fans disapproved of the 2012 film Berserk: The Golden Age Arc because it was a retelling of the original 1997 series.

Berserk (2016) continued the story, but it was heavily criticized for its usage of CGI animation. In fact, many fans to this day will argue that the 1997 adaption is still the best adaption to date. Rebooting the series and adapting all forty volumes is a challenge. But we’ve seen how Studio Pierrot adapted Black Clover into a long-running series. The possibility of a studio creating another long-running series is likely due to the overabundance of shorter produced series.

An adapted anime reboot in its entirety and using detailed 2D animation will attract long-time Berserk fans instantly. It could also possibly mark a new long-running series that could go up against One Piece or Dragon Ball Z.

5. .Hack//Sign

Standing from left to right: Crim, Sora, Silver Knight, Subaru, B.T, Bear, Mimiru, and Tsukasa.
Anime Reboots — .Hack//Sign | Bee Train Production

This original 2002 series was created by the multimedia franchise .Hack tells the story of an amnesiac Tsukasa who is trapped in an MMORPG and tries to find his way to log out of the game. The twenty-four-episode series delved in-depth regarding psychological and sociological issues of anxiety and escapism. While showcasing the importance of developing strong interpersonal relationships. The show did receive positive reviews for its writing, but many disapproved of its slow-paced narrative and lack of action.

Some fans may argue about an anime reboot of this particular series, as the anime industry is currently over-filled with the isekai (trapped in another world) genre. However, .Hack//Sign is considered to be the series that started the concept of being trapped in a virtual world. An anime reboot of this original series would fit well today, because of the popularization of the isekai genre. The marketing potential of the series would also draw in many fans as the franchise has produced many games, novels, and manga. In addition, a reboot would also introduce a deep narrative-focused series into an oversaturated genre.

How Often Should Anime Reboots Happen?

Anime reboots of series that have unsuccessful adaptations are a rare occurrence in the anime industry. However, when a reboot is done properly the feedback, from critics and fans alike, is positive. Since there is a marketable aspect of rebooting a popular series, there is also a considerable amount of risk involved.

Animation studios must be cautious because there is an incredible amount of work that goes into the production of anime. It is also easy for studios to ignore the possibility of anime reboots. But these reboots only occur through a strong and dedicated fanbase. As seen through the production of Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood, if there is a strong enough demand for a reboot then studios will take a chance and make it for the fans.