5 Anime Series that Need a Reboot

Thousands of anime shows have come and gone throughout the years, each one delivering different experiences and forms of storytelling. They are often remembered for their humor, their wit or the heavy amount of drama and action involved.

Regardless of their critical and fan reception, there are various anime series that need a reboot in this modern age. Reasons tend to vary and are largely subjective; mainly, though, it would be nice to relive these beloved shows due to today’s animation style and visual improvements. Lastly, sneaking in a few extra, never-before-seen episodes wouldn’t be such a bad idea, either.

5. Rurouni Kenshin

Do you remember that great battle between Kenshin and Saito? Sadly, many fans were disappointed after the season that featured Shishio had ended, mainly due to the show not following the manga storyline particularly well. For this reason, Rurouni Kenshin deserves to be revisited to cover his journey appropriately, all while keeping everything that made it great in the first place. Although an anime film series was developed and ran from 2011 to 2012, the original television-based anime has been dearly missed since the late 1990s.

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4. Full Metal Panic!

Mecha-based anime has always been made for a very niche audience, as they are typically of a more serious and often political nature. Crucial examples include Gundam Wing and Code Geass. Needless to say, Full Metal Panic! is simply loved and widely missed by a very broad audience, thus making it an anime series that need a reboot or remake from scratch. One can always dream, as fans have eternally wondered if Kyoto Animation would continue Shoji Gatoh’s work in animated form after all these years.

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3. Death Note

Light Yagami was the highly intelligent, yet deeply disturbed protagonist that everyone either loved or hated. On one hand, it’s difficult not to play God when you have the power to end a criminal’s life simply by writing his name down on a notebook. On the other hand, however, where do we draw the line and think about basic human rights? This was the eternal question that made this anime so great, as Yagami apparently had no issues killing his own family if he had to – all for the greater good of humanity. Much like Cowboy Bebop, we would love to have this series retold with a longer list of episodes, as many fans just couldn’t get enough of it.

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2. Cowboy Bebop

Cowboy Bebop is an anime series that quite frankly does not need to be touched. After all, why fix something that isn’t broken? However, we can’t help but crave more Spike, Faye, Vicious and company for many different reasons. The show’s mature theme and its sad, dramatic episodes simply made it unforgettable. When we acknowledge the fact that Cowboy Bebop is only 26 episodes long, it’s simply too difficult to accept that everything was over so soon. With any luck, a reboot of the series would be expanded into a longer storyline as a result.

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1. Yu Yu Hakusho

This is an old fan favorite, and one that we would love to see with an updated plot, visuals, sound effects, and even a few new twists. In essence, a re-imaging of the series would play fantastically well today, similarly to the very successful retelling of sci-fi shows like BattleStar Galactica (proving that not every remake is necessarily a bad idea). Considering the show is constantly repackaged by FUNimation, the idea of a series revival does not sound too far fetched. We’ll be waiting patiently, Yusuke Urameshi.

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The list doesn’t stop there, of course. There are many more anime series that need a reboot or a second look, including honorable mentions like Berserk and Captain Tsubasa.

Which shows are you looking forward to seeing on the airwaves again? Let us know in the comments!

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