Netflix has made plain their commitment to anime several times over the past few years. In 2017, they confirmed their intention to spend a good portion of their $8- billion-dollar investment into original content on a number of anime series. And while Netflix's 2017 series Neo Yokio might have offered the wrong impression for what Netflix had in mind for their contribution to the anime world, their 2018 content would change things considerably. Starting off last year with a remake of the classic Go Nagai manga Devilman, Netflix reintroduced themselves with a show many considered to be last year's Anime of the Year.
This year, they aren't letting up either, with 2019 kicking things into next gear with a CG remake of Masami Kurumada's Saint Seiya, and an anime sequel to the 1966 Tokusatsu classic, Ultraman. But, it sure seems like the biggest series they've been putting out lately are remakes, doesn't it? Not many people are talking about Fate/Apocrypha or Shoji Kawamori's Last Hope series. It seems like no matter the medium, whether it's big screen movies or anime, people still seem to love getting newer versions of series they've already seen before. In the case of anime, nearly every longtime fan has a series they wish had been done differently – whether it's a case of poor art direction, bad pacing, or worse, the series never got a chance to be fully adapted thanks to catching up to its source material. But, just like we don't reinvent the wheel, not every series needs a reboot, so this list will examine 20 Anime Series Netflix Should Reboot (5 They Shouldn’t Touch).
25 REBOOT: GANGSTA
Worick Arcangelo and Nicolas Brown are “handymen” working in the town of Ergastulum where they deal with everything from the mob to cops, performing jobs for the highest bidder. Originally airing in the summer of 2015, Gangsta had the character development and world design to be another Cowboy Bebop.
Although its manga hasn’t finished, it could’ve gone another season if the studio responsible for its creation, Manglobe, hadn’t lost its funds and wasn’t suddenly forced to shudder its doors. If nothing else, the series deserves another chance for that reason alone.
24 REBOOT: CLAYMORE
Set in a world where monsters known as Yoma plague humanity, Claymore is the story of Clare, a woman part of a group of half-human, half-Yoma hybrids responsible for protecting humanity. But, while the Claymore manga ran from 2001 to 2014, the anime started in 2007 and finished… in 2007, giving us less than half of the full series.
Considering the premise changes, and the unsatisfactory ending the anime was forced to cook up, it’s no wonder Claymore is one of the first series anime fans bring up for a remake.
23 REBOOT: RECORD OF LODOSS WAR
Though Record of Lodoss War was lauded in the 90s and early 2000s for its beautiful animation, and somehow perfectly channeling the feel of old-school Dungeons and Dragons, it’s hard not to think that the series hasn’t gotten at least a little long in the tooth.
Across novels and manga, creator Ryo Mizuno crafted an awesome high fantasy world that deserves to be brought to life in crystal-clear HD animation. With 2018 giving us a mostly complete adaptation of Mizuno’s Record of Grancrest War, now is as good a time as any to give this series a revival.
22 REBOOT: ZETTAI KAREN CHILDREN
Takashi Shiina’s sci-fi series about a group of girls with incredible ESP abilities and their powerless, but genius, overseer is popular enough in Japan that the series is still going strong, even 13 years later.
Essentially the anime version of the X-Men, the story features themes of discrimination between the humans and espers, and even has its own dark future where the espers finally go to war with humans. This series could easily have been a bigger hit worldwide if it had come out just a few years later.
21 DON'T REBOOT: G GUNDAM
It’s ironic that G Gundam is probably the most beloved alternate universe version of Gundam. The original Mobile Suit Gundam series was the genesis of the “Real Robot” genre, where mecha weren’t merely fantastical objects, but realistic tools of war. Well, as realistic as giant robots can be, anyway.
Despite this, it was when the franchise went Super Robot with Domon Kasshu and his war against the Devil Gundam that the series reached some of its greatest heights in America. Beloved as it is, this is a series that doesn’t need a reboot. A sequel? That’s another story.
20 REBOOT: BLEACH
While Naruto got a chance to finish its series, and One Piece continues on to this day, Bleach didn’t even get to reach its final arc. Not long after Sosuke Aizen got locked away for good, the series would go on to cover the manga’s Fullbring arc, allowing Ichigo to regain his abilities as a Shinigami and defeat Ginjou before the anime came to an end. But, the manga would continue for another four years, leaving anime viewers forever robbed of the final battles of the 1000-Year War arc.
19 REBOOT: SLAM DUNK
Before it was ever Kuroko no Basket, the premiere basketball manga from Weekly Shonen Jump was Takehiko Inoue’s Slam Dunk. Slam Dunk follows Hanamichi Sakuragi, a young teenager who’s got bad luck with girls, and only joins the basketball team to impress his latest crush, Haruko Akagi.
Though this sports manga classic wasn’t exactly mistreated in its adaptation, considering how legendary it is in Japan, it could certainly be given a newer version to present it to a new generation of fans and a worldwide audience.
18 REBOOT: TRIGUN
Trigun is a beautiful series, a sci-fi western classic with one of the best protagonists in anime that could never receive another adaptation and still maintain its legendary status. But, when Yasuhiro Nightow introduced the sequel to Trigun in Trigun Maximum, it went on for a full decade of stories.
As good as Trigun is, and as complete as its ending is, fans love to revisit the worlds of series they loved. There aren’t many better reasons to go back than to adapt an entire decade’s worth of missing stories and character development.
17 REBOOT: RANMA 1/2
Ranma ½ is the story of Ranma Saotome, a teenaged martial artist who falls into a cursed spring that forces him to transform into a girl whenever he’s splashed with cold water. The second major hit series for Rumiko Takahashi, Ranma ½ cemented the manga author’s legend.
However, while the anime series was successful, it was only retooled after experiencing an unsuccessful first season. Though the show followed most of the manga, it also created a lot of original characters, had numerous filler episodes, and ended about four years before Takahashi finished her series.
16 DON'T REBOOT: ROBOTECH
When Harmony Gold bought the rights to Super Dimensional Fortress Macross, Southern Cross, and Mospeada to create their own mecha universe in Robotech, it was groundbreaking. It was essentially Power Rangers almost a decade before Power Rangers came out, and it showed the storytelling depth anime was capable of to an audience of 80’s kids.
But, almost 35 years later, the only thing more Robotech will do is stop us from having more Macross brought stateside. This series doesn’t need a reboot — we need Harmony Gold to finally let go of the franchise. We’ve already lost Macross 7 and Frontier as it is.
15 REBOOT: FLAME OF RECCA
Recca Hanabishi is a young boy obsessed with ninjas, constantly researching them and practicing his own version of ninjutsu. After meeting Yanagi Sakoshita, a girl who can heal any injury, he pledges to become her ninja… but protecting a girl with such incredible powers proves to be more of a challenge than he could’ve imagined.
Something like a cross between Naruto and Yu Yu Hakusho, Flame of Recca saw an adaptation in the late 90s, but wound up having to cut roughly half of its story after the manga caught up to the anime, leaving viewers with an unsatisfying finale.
14 REBOOT: KENICHI: THE MIGHTIEST DISCIPLE
When fifteen-year-old Kenichi Shirahama decides he’s tired of being picked on, he seeks out ways to become stronger. After making friends with his new classmate Miu Furinji, Kenichi meets her friends at the Ryozanpaku Dojo and begins doing their impossible training methods to become stronger.
While Kenichi was a fun series, not only did the anime end seven years before the manga, but it had to take some rather obscene shortcuts just to achieve the 50 episodes it ended with. The second half of the anime required recaps often lasting eight to ten minutes, meaning viewers only got to see half an episode of new footage each episode. Presumably, a reboot could manage far better than that.
13 REBOOT: SOUL EATER
Soul Eater had everything it needed to be a smash hit: a unique gothic world brought to us by Atsushi Okubo, a likable cast of characters, and a strong storyline. The series followed three separate teams of Meisters and Death Weapons, each working towards the goal of absorbing the souls of 99 sinister humans and a single witch in order to transform the Death Weapons into proper “Death Scythes.” Brought to life by BONES, the series was forced to stop well before the manga finished, resulting in one of the weakest, most anti-climactic endings in anime history.
12 REBOOT: HITMAN REBORN
Akira Amano’s Hitman Reborn doesn’t get enough respect considering the run it enjoyed. Published in Shonen Jump for eight years and airing on television for four, Reborn’s lead was a young boy named Tsuna Sawada who’d been chosen to become the head of the Vongola organized crime family.
The biggest thing Reborn was known for was its surprising shift in direction, where after several volumes/episodes, it went from comedy to a classic action shonen series. In any case, Reborn could use a version that wasn’t packed with filler and could give fans a proper ending to the series.
11 DON'T REBOOT: SAMURAI CHAMPLOO
A ronin named Jin, a talented vagabond named Mugen, and a teenage girl known as Fuu travel in search of the samurai who smells of sunflowers in a story that fuses hip-hop and Edo-era culture.
Shinichiro Watanabe’s second major project, Samurai Champloo was a beautiful mess of anachronisms that formed one of the best anime of the 2000s. This isn’t a story that can be duplicated, so while we’re doubtlessly not far from a live-action adaptation, we should leave the anime alone.
10 REBOOT: YU-GI-OH!
The closest rival Yu-Gi-Oh! has in Japan right now is Cardfight!! Vanguard, a card game series with an anime counterpart that’s been running since 2011. After several series and even a change in protagonist, Vanguard finally decided to get back to basics, adapting the series’ manga.
While Yu-Gi-Oh! saw its manga adapted already, it wouldn’t be the worst thing to see the series updated for modern audiences. Taking the classic cast and remaking such classic arcs like Duelist Kingdom and Battle City with the current game’s rules would be a blast.
9 REBOOT: LEGEND OF THE LEGENDARY HEROES
Though this is far from the first light novel series to be adapted into an anime, the series is one of the first in the 2000s to establish what we know now as the norm of doing a single season of an anime to alert people to check out the novels.
Yet another fantasy universe featuring a “lazy, but gifted protagonist,” what made Legendary Heroes stand out was the complexity of its world, with different countries and hidden organizations and factions all having their own designs to shape the future of their world.
8 REBOOT: SHAMAN KING
If you were a kid or a teenager in the 2000s, there’s a good chance you remember Shaman King. It told the story of Yoh Asakura, a young shaman who gained the ability to channel spirits from beyond and use their powers and abilities as his own, all to try and win the Shaman Fight and become… well, Shaman King.
This series almost got a reboot once already, but the series creator turned it down because they weren’t willing to use the original music and voice acting cast. Hopefully, something Netflix could make happen.
7 REBOOT: ONE PIECE
Yes, One Piece is still airing and it’s just as popular as ever. Another film, One Piece: Stampede, is actually due out in August 2019 to celebrate the anime’s 20th anniversary. Though that’s great and all, there’s no denying the One Piece anime is poorly paced. It’s the side effect of running alongside a manga for 20 years.
This could play out like Dragon Ball Z Kai, where everything was re-edited to cover each arc faster, or it could be more along the lines of Hunter x Hunter — a full on reboot offering updated animation and drastically faster pacing.
6 DON'T REBOOT: TENCHI MUYO!
Though it’s true Tenchi Muyo! didn’t create the harem genre, it definitely created the template for what harem anime is today. It gave us the giant casts of women chasing a clueless male, exciting episodes, and more.
However, Tenchi Muyo! is already a mess of different reboots with the OVA series Tenchi Universe and Tenchi in Tokyo — and that’s before getting to all the spin-offs like Tenchi Muyo! GXP and Tenchi Muyo! War on Geminar. While it is recognized as an iconic anime, the last thing this series needs is a reboot — it’s already one of the most concentrated franchises in anime.
5 REBOOT: NEGIMA! MAGISTER NEGI MAGI
After finishing up Love Hina, Ken Akamatsu went into his next effort wanting to make something outside of the romantic comedy/harem genre. His editors wanted more of the same, so the beginning of his next series had all the set up necessary to give us the misunderstandings and harem hijinx everyone expected.
But after a few volumes into the series, it experienced a genre shift into an epic battle manga with a largely female cast! Unfortunately, the anime didn’t get to cover the majority of that, and we were robbed of some of the great worldbuilding and epic battles the manga had later.
4 REBOOT: YU YU HAKUSHO
It would be easy to make the argument that Yu Yu Hakusho shouldn’t ever be remade, just off the catchiness of the original theme song alone. But, there’s a ton of potential to be had in recreating this battle shonen classic.
It was pretty faithful to the manga and ended strongly, but the manga was brought to a close early due to Togashi deciding to move on to bigger pastures with what would eventually become Hunter x Hunter, which is why the last few arcs are introduced and resolved through dialogue in the last few chapters.
3 REBOOT: POKÉMON
This one’s a bit sketchy. Pokémon has been running successfully for the better part of two decades now and we don’t think the main series should come to an end. Instead, Netflix should create their own series in an adaptation of the long-running manga, Pokémon Adventures/Pokémon Special.
Rather than constantly recycle Ash and Pikachu, Pokémon Adventures should introduce new protagonists with each generation. It would be much darker than the actual Pokémon, so it wouldn’t quite fit as a replacement for the original series, but it would work for teenagers and adults who still feel the need to try and catch ‘em all.
2 REBOOT: AIR GEAR
In 2006, Toei brought us an adaptation of Oh! Great’s manga Air Gear. Air Gear was the story of Itsuki Minami, a young street hooligan who discovers the joy of being a Storm Rider (skaters taking advantage of new rocket-powered inline skates known as Air Treks).
From this, we are given the basis of Air Gear, a story that’s ostensibly about skater groups competing against one another in combat. Unfortunately, the Air Gear anime didn’t even get to cover half of the manga, leaving out the more extraordinary bits in the second half, making the series ripe for a proper reboot.
1 DON'T REBOOT: DIGIMON ADVENTURE
A while back, we were given Digimon Adventure tri., a sequel to Digimon Adventure and Adventure 02 that saw the kids from the first season aged up and dealing with another threat to the real world and their world as well.
This series saw the DigiDestined handle the changes that come with time, and while the series wasn’t necessarily bad, it also wasn’t so great. Ultimately, it’d be better to simply create a new one rather than trying to lean too heavy in the direction of 2000s nostalgia.