You’ve seen it. I’ve seen it. We’ve all seen it! Various lists of anime shows that deserve a reboot or a remake. I consider myself a huge fan of what is now considered “old school” anime. While some shows like Cowboy Bebop shouldn’t be touched or remade, there are some shows that deserve to be remade and I’m going to list why.
WARNING! Some spoilers ahead!
Yu Yu Hakusho
First on this list is what I consider a great anime. Yu Yu Hakusho is about Yusuke Urameshi, a middle school delinquent that has a bad reputation, who sacrifices himself to save a child from a car that almost runs over him. Doing this has…some complications to say the lease. See, Yusuke WASN’T supposed to die and he’s kind of thrown the Spirit World in for a loop. Eventually, he comes back to life and that’s when the real adventure begins.
So why does this anime deserve a reboot? I understand that everything from the manga can’t fit into the anime, especially if the creators have a limited amount of time, but a lot of things from the manga were cut that I think would’ve made the show a lot better.
First off, Yusuke’s journey to come back to life was cut short in the anime. In the manga, he has to do various tasks to come back to life whereas in the anime he only accomplishes two. I would’ve liked if they had stretched it out a bit so we could get to know Yusuke a bit more, but I can appreciate that it was kept short and sweet.
However! The one season I can NOT get over is that final season!
Season 4 of Yu Yu Hakusho was like the final season of Game of Thrones. Short. Rushed. Left you upset and possibly crying that such a great show was ruined/almost ruined by an almost horrible ending.
What made me mad about the final season was that Kuwabara was cut out. I understand that during this season, he wasn’t really needed and it wasn’t his fight. It was between Yusuke, Hiei, and Kurama and their respective “kings” of the Demon World. So yeah, Kuwabara, a human, didn’t need to be there, but I would’ve liked to have seen him pop up once in a while. There were new faces that we didn’t really get to know like Enki and Kokou.
So yes, I would like to see to see this anime get remade and I would like for them to get it right this time!
Best way to start describing this anime. This anime is about an all-female police force that protect Tokyo from demons known as Lucifer Hawks.
All strong female characters in their own ways, yes, even Lum Chang even though I considered her annoying for the most part.
Now, the story itself is pretty good. It does manage to focus on all ladies even though Katsumi Liqueur is the main character. This anime was one of my favorites to watch when the TechTV channel was up. With today’s female empowerment, this show could thrive. It has strong characters, a character that everyone could love or hate (I’m a Kiddy fan and not a Lum fan), and maybe even be able to relate to some of them.
Okay, hear me out. Snow White and the Seven Dwarves, but the Dwarves are good-looking men and cute kids, and Snow White has some Cinderella-esque problems.
This anime is good…but it almost doesn’t follow manga. The manga is only four volumes long and admittedly, the anime was little better. HOWEVER! The villain, Fenrir, the Princess of Darkness, was changed completely. In the manga, the stepmother is more villainous and becomes the host for Fenrir making it a lot more Cinderella vs. The Evil Stepmother. Whereas in the anime, it’s another woman who’s the maid and doesn’t even appear in the manga. Hell, one of the Knights (who also happens to be youngest at five years old) dies in the manga (don’t worry, he is revived later on), but that doesn’t make it into the anime.
My thoughts for this to be a reboot? Let’s keep the anime elements and add on the manga elements! I want to see Fenrir possess the stepmother and still see her as the maid hiding in plain sight. Let’s keeps Sasame as a sensitive guy as he was in the anime, but let’s add some of his flirtatious edge from the manga.
This choice might be a bit out there. However, I personally love a reverse harem as much as the next fan. This anime (to me at least) was not half bad! What book fan doesn’t imagine how it be to live inside the world of the fiction story they’re reading? Well, that’s exactly what happens!
Our heroine in this anime, Miaka Yuki, is sucked into a book along with her friend, Yui Hongo, and are thrust into a world similar to Ancient China. Early on, the girls are separated and the story revolves around Miaka and her Celestial Warriors journey to summon their god, Suzaku, and basically finish reading the story of the book.
This anime has plenty of characters for you to love and hate. Yes, there will be times where you will facepalm at Miaka’s antics and stupidity, but she’s honestly not a bad character. I know she tends to get a bit of hate because of her gluttony appearing at horrible times and overall airheadness. But no worries! There are plenty of other characters that will make up for it! Plus, the manga for this anime has prequel series that I would love to see come to life on screen and a few characters from these prequels made appearances in Fushigi Yuugi. It would be nice to see their stories before the series.
Descendants of Darkness AKA Yami No Matsuei
What could be considered the gateway to yaoi. This has thirteen volumes of manga and the anime only has thirteen episodes…let me repeat! THIRTEEN. EPISODES.
If you’re thinking the anime adapted all thirteen volumes: you are wrong.
The anime did a great job bringing the characters and most of the story to life, but there was so much left out. Like I said earlier, I understand that everything from the manga can’t make it into the anime, but like Yu Yu Hakusho, there were some side characters that we see, but never get to know. Like Hajime! In the manga, he’s Tsuzuki’s rival and we get to know about him and his life before he died. However in the anime, we don’t even get to see him except in the opening and in the first and last episodes, nor is he properly introduced. Then there’s Oriya, an old and the only friend of the antagonist of the series, Muraki. Though he’s more of a neutral figure overall, he’s helped Muraki cover up his murders, but we don’t really get to know him.
So yes! I would like this anime to get a reboot and get it done right!
Record of Lodoss War
Move over Sword Art Online! The OG of fantasy anime that looks like something out of video game is coming for your crown!
Not really, but hear me out!
This anime is AMAZING! It’s basically a MMORPG without the computer. Really a fantasy anime. Think Dungeons & Dragons making a baby with the Elder Scrolls series and that baby made a baby with anime, and you have Record of Lodoss War!
You have knights, elves, dwarves, wizards, witches, dragons, and last, but certainly not lease, BERSERKERS! A group with a mix of these classes traveling together to seeking answers connected to their pasts and their present situation, fighting for honor, and fighting evil. Classic fantasy medieval-esque anime just waiting for a reboot.
I would love for the original series to be extended instead of thirteen episodes of what felt like rushed character and story development. Give me twenty-six episodes at least! The sequel series, Record of Lodoss War: Chronicles of the Heroic Knight, had twenty-seven episodes. Certainly the first series can have that much, right? I know this has a manga series too, but I’ve never read it so I can say too much on that. But I remember spending my Saturday nights when I was younger watching the AZN channel’s anime block and waiting for this come on. Despite the short time it aired, it made an impression on me and wish it could’ve been longer.
That’s all the anime I think deserve a reboot. Are there more anime out there that deserve a reboot? Absolutely! But for now, these are personal favorites that I think deserve a reboot. I also do have several arguments why the original Yu-Gi-Oh! (yes, you read that right) deserves a reboot, but that’s for a different day!
What anime shows do you think deserve a reboot? Let me know in the comments!