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Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Anime Wishlist Updated:

My anime wishlist was a little out of date and could use some updating, so I changed quite a few things around.

Gone were the multitude of manga series that never received a proper ending, like RG Veda, Alien Nine, and Squid Girl.  Gone were the multitude of manga series that received an anime, but never lived up to the source and thus necessitated a new version, like Gokukoku no Brynhildr, Slow Step and Mujaki no Rakuen.  I'll be content with just a translated version of the manga in these cases, asking for a new anime just doesn't bring enough value added to be worthy of one of my precious 100 wishlist slots.

I've given up on all those as a lost cause and instead focused on some wishes that are closer to my heart, and may even have a chance of being fulfilled.

My new entries include Akame ga Kill! Zero, Sword Art Online: Progressive, Saki Biyori, more World of Witches, more Love Live! Sunshine, Tomoyo After Story, Harmonia and Osananajimi wa Daitouryou.  Instead of just asking for more manga, this encapsulates a wide range of original anime works, visual novels, manga and light novels.  It also includes more series that have never received an anime adaption before, which helps keep things a little fresher in our dusty, cobweb-ridden anime industry.

For reference's sake, here's the new version of the list in full:

Anime Wishlist:

There are 18 anime in my great anime rankings that have a solid start, who are sorely lacking a proper ending, and whose source material has already ended, giving the shows a perfect opportunity for a solid ending, whenever they see fit to continue their already halfway finished series.  The fact that studios haven't acted upon these golden opportunities is an inexcusable tragedy.  The series that qualify for this infamy are listed in the order of their severity.

Wanting an anime adaption can be about two different things, though.  In one case, it's just because the music, voice acting, animation and color would be preferable to the previous source.  But as a burning secondary issue, it's because anime is more likely to be translated than any other source material.  For shows with untranslated source material, the wish to have an anime doubles as a wish to finally have the product translated and be able to enjoy it in any way whatsoever.  As a result, the two categories must be broken down into two groups, the series I'd like to see animated most despite already being translated in other ways due to the added value nature of anime, and the series I'd like to see animated mostly just because I want a translation of the subject material to finally be forthcoming and there doesn't seem to be any other way than this wish being granted for such an event to happen.  The first group will be the anime for animation's sake, as the * next to the product means the source material is already fully available translated in non-anime form, and the second group will be for the translation's sake, as the lack of a * shows there's still no english version whatsoever of the product available anyone could enjoy:

1.  Bleach *
2.  The World God Only Knows *
3.  H2 *
4.  Da Capo III (main game storyline) *
5.  Ranma 1/2 *
6.  Baka to Test *
7.  History's Strongest Disciple Kenichi *
8.  Flame of Recca *
9.  Miyuki *
10.  Umineko no naku koro ni *
11.  Kodomo no Jikan *
12.  Ao Haru Ride *
13.  K-On! *

1.  PapaKiki
2.  Haganai
3.  Utawarerumono (game 3)
4.  Kokoro Toshokan
5.  Kitakubu Katsudou Kiroku

There are other groups of inexcusable tragedies, though.  One group is the shows that wandered off into filler (or super-abridged versions of the content) instead of reaching their proper endings, where you need to not only provide the ending for the show, but also cut out the filler/abridged-content that already infests the show like a malignant disease in order to correct the horribly skewed timeline.

1. Akame ga Kill! (starting from ep 19 till ending) *
2.  Claymore (starting from the war in the north) *
3.  Rurouni Kenshin (starting from the end of the Kyoto arc) *
4.  Sora no Otoshimono (starting from the end of Forte) *
5.  Soul Eater (starting from the death of that coffee loving guy) *

1.  Major (starting from the end of the tv series)   

To Love-ru is a special case, needing both a remake of its beginning which doesn't follow the manga, and a continuation of the story which now spans past the latest animated section.  There's no other anime that fits into such a unique situation as this one, so let's just call it the To Love-ru category:

1.  To Love-ru *

Some series are anime originals, but for some inscrutable reason still lack a satisfying ending, and thus need sequels despite having no source material to draw from:

1.  World of Witches
2.  Love Live! Sunshine

Some series are so screwed up by filler that, even though they've been animated before, require a complete and total remake which this time follows the source faithfully in order to be salvaged.  As a bonus, this remake should also extend to the duration of the newest released material, as opposed to wherever they ended previously in their fillericious snarls, which sometimes means all the way to the proper ending of the source material:

1.  Negima *
2.  Freezing/Freezing Zero/Freezing Pair Love Stories/Freezing First Chronicle *
3.  I"s *
4.  12 Kingdoms * 
5.  Sailor Moon (Arcs 4 and 5) *
6.  Full Moon o Sagashite *
7.  Rosario Vampire *

1.  Amagi Brilliant Park
2.  Prism Heart/Arc/Magical/Princess/etc 

Some series haven't even been animated yet despite the amazing quality of the source:

1.  SAO: Progressive *
2.  Shinohayu: Dawn of Age *
3.  Akame ga Kill! Zero *
4.  Strobe Edge *
5.  Nanoha Force *
6.  Vinland Saga *
7.  Omoi, Omoware, Furi, Furare *
8.  Ad Astra Per Aspera *
9.  Toki *
10.  Osananajimi wa Daitouryou *
11.  Tomoyo After Story *
12.  Harmonia *

1.  Da Capo I, II and III Untold Routes/Spinoffs
2.  Kono Oozora ni, Tsubasa wo Hirogete
3.  Kud Wafter
4.  Angel Beats (Knocking on Heaven's Door prequel)
5.  Junai Sensation
6.  Sakura Zensen
7.  MIX

In addition, there's a lot of series that technically aren't over yet, but do have so much material that whole additional story arcs could be animated, in which case the series would be much better than it currently is.  When a source has tons of material left to cover and the anime studio refuses to move, that's cause for concern, even if technically they could be waiting for the ending.  (Odds are they aren't, they're just refusing to animate the show.)

1.  Akatsuki no Yona *
2.  Index *
3.  Railgun *
4.  Hayate no Gotoku *
5.  Saki *
6.  Haruhi Suzumiya *
7.  Juuou Mujin no Fafnir *
8.  Bastard! *
9.  Chihayafuru *
10.  High School of the Dead *
11.  Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun *
12.  Break Blade *
13.  Spice/Parchment and Wolf  *
14.  Saki Biyori *

1.  Sword Art Online
2.  Seikai no Senki
3.  Maria-sama ga Miteru
4.  Nanoha Vivid
5.  Hai to Gensou no Grimgar
6.  Oreshura
7.  Outbreak Company
8.  Bake-(etc)-monogatari light novel volumes 18-22
9.  GATE
10.  Non non Biyori
11.  Baccano
12.  Guyver
13.  New Game
14.  Lucky Star
15.  No Game No Life
16.  Hataraku Maou-sama!
17.  Kimi ni Todoke
18.  Btooom!
19.  Yama no Susume
20.  Hyouka 
21.  Hanayamata
22.  Mikakunin de Shinkoukei
23.  Sakura Trick
24.  Futari Ecchi
25.  Kin-iro Mosaic
26.  Locodol
27.  Prince of Tennis
28.  Joukamachi no Dandelion
29.  Yuru Yuri
30.  Dimension W
31.  Sore ga Seiyuu!

These are the 100 Inexcusable Tragedies of Anime.  The anime industry has let us down not once, not twice, but 100 times.  Anime fans are in the most abusive relationship in history. . .

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