ByYaw Amanquah, writer at Creators.co
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With the recent trend of manga getting second anime adaptions after being cut short originally and old manga getting anime adaptions for the first time it got me thinking. What manga would I like to see get adapted into an anime? So I assembled a list of four manga that I believe deserve a first or second anime adaptation.

4. Blade Of The Immortal

What is it?

Blade of the Immortal is a chanbara (sword fighting) manga created by Hiroaki Samura that was serialized in Kodansha's Afternoon magazine. It follows the story of Manji, a samurai who is tasked with helping a young girl named Rin get revenge on the samurai school the Itto-ryu.

Why adapt it?

Blade of the Immortal was already adapted into animation by BeeTrain in 2008 but not only was this anime poorly animated it was cut short before it could adapt the entirety of the manga. This was extremely disappointing considering some of the best aspects of the manga were never animated.

Who should adapt it?

I originally wanted Manglobe the animation studio behind Samurai Champloo to adapt Blade of the Immortal but since they went bankrupt last year I've decided on the animation studio Bones. I mostly chose Bones because of their work on Sword of the Stranger that shows how good they are at animating sword fights.

3. Ichigo 100%

What is it?

Ichigo 100% is a romantic comedy manga created by Mizuki Kawashita that was serialized in Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine. It follows the story of Junpei Manaka an aspiring filmmaker that has a life-changing encounter when he meets a mysterious girl with strawberry patterned panties.

Why adapt it?

Ichigo 100% was adapted into a 13-episode anime by animation studio Madhouse but it didn't really capture the delicate nature of the original author's artwork. Ichigo 100% was also cut short leaving the anime with a very unsatisfying ending for fans of the original manga.

Who should adapt it?

I believe the animation studio Kyoto Animation would do a good job because they animate characters with the level of detail that is needed to adapt Ichigo 100% accurately. Kyoto Animation also has experience adapting romances and comedies that take place in high school so it wouldn't be challenging for the studio.

2. Eden: It's An Endless World!

What is it?

Eden: It's an Endless World! is a cyberpunk manga created by Hiroki Endo that was serialized in Kodansha's Afternoon magazine. It follows the story of Elijah Ballard a boy who strives to survive in a post-apocalyptic dystopian world and rescue his kidnapped sister from the Propater federation.

Why adapt it?

Eden: It's an Endless World! is actually one of the science fiction manga series that crossed the cultural boundary in the 1990s like Ghost in the Shell and Battle Angel Alita. It was even named Wizard magazine's best manga of 2007 but despite its critical acclaim it never received an animated adaptation.

Who should adapt it?

After thinking it over I decided that Production I.G. would be the best animation studio to adapt Eden: It's an Endless World! I chose Production I.G. because of their work on Ghost in the Shell and the more recent Psycho-Pass that show that they're capable of portraying a futuristic world realistically.

1. Vagabond

What is it?

Vagabond is a chanbara historical fiction manga created by Takehiko Inoue that is currently being serialized in Kodansha's Weekly Morning magazine. It is based on the fictional life of Japanese swordsman Miyamoto Musashi as depicted in Eiji Yoshikawa's novel Musashi.

Why adapt it?

Vagabond is a manga that has earned universal appeal winning the prestigious Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize in 2002 edging out Berserk and being nominated for an Eisner Award in 2003. With a combination of popularity and critical acclaim, I believe Vagabond would not only be a successful anime but an excellent one.

Who should adapt it?

If we were currently living in the 1990s I would choose Toei Animation to adapt Vagabond since they did an incredible job adapting Takehiko Inoue's other manga Slam Dunk. However, since they started making terrible anime adaptations lately I'd have to choose Bones instead for the same reasons as Blade of the Immortal.

What manga do you think deserves an anime adaptation?