Hello wonderful people! I’m back with another post for you!
I had a thought a few days ago and I’ve been mulling it over in my head wondering if it would be a good idea to write said thought. Today, though, I said fuck it I’m just going to do it, so here we are.
What was this idea? Well, we all know that anime are adaptations of manga and light novels, right? But, and here’s where my thought comes in… I really want to see some of my favorite novel series transferred to television! So, with that, here’s a small list of some novel series that I would enjoy seeing as anime!
- The Danilov Quintet–Jasper Kent
- The Danilov Quintet is a historical fantasy series based in Russia between the years 1812 (Napoleon’s Invasion) and 1917 (October/Bolshevik Revolution) So, we could essentially get five seasons of anime just within this series! The series revolves around the Danilov family, with a family tree written into the novels at some point to make following characters and the timeline easier, but it’s also fantasy–the awesome fantasy: vampires. And no, these vampires don’t sparkle or anything. These novels have true, wondrous vampires! I think that would be awesome. Plus, the novels were actually quite interesting.
- BZRK series–Michael Grant
- Sci-fi awesomeness. Four novels, a trilogy following one timeline and then a prequel novel added to it somehow (I didn’t read the fourth). Imagine this: two factions: one, a gift’s corporation front with the president bent on domination of specific worldly enterprises; and two, a rag-tag group of teenage hackers and misfits using nano-technology, fighting on minuscule portions of the body (on the surface of the eyes, under layers of skin, in the ears, across single strands of hair)… And the kicker? Your sanity is linked to the nanobots you control. Lose a nanobot. Lose your mind. How awesome would a sci-fi anime like that be?
- The Lightbringer series–Brent Weeks
- The final installment of the Lightbringer series is coming to shelves in October of this year. I’m more pumped for this than anything else right now to be honest. It’s fantasy based in a 16th century Mediterranean setting. There’s flintlock-esque guns, there’s swords, there’s ninja type characters, secret societies, familial betrayal, subterfuge, and best of all a magic system that’s metaphysical. Yep, metaphysical magic using the color spectrum. Sub-red, red, orange, yellow, green, blue, super-violet(?), and some others. Each color does something different, but can only be used by “drafters” who have those color eyes. So, your iris, right? In this world it’s usually blue, green, brown, or a mix of those three. Well, in this, it can be all the colors I listed in the color spectrum above. Usually a character only has one color they can “draft,” but there’s some others who can draft more. You take in sunlight based on the color you’re able to use, and you can do what your color does. There’s a lot to it, and it’s kind of difficult for me to explain, but yeah. Honestly, if you enjoy fantasy novels I highly recommend The Lightbringer series. It’s glorious. Brent Weeks was nominated and won a David Gemmell award in 2011 and 2013 respectively for Lightbringer #1 and Lightbringer #3…so, yeah, they’re top-notch fantasy. Swords, pirates, magic, and so much more. This would make an amazing anime with an insanely rich world. I could see it going for at least 100 episodes. Okay all jokes aside, I don’t know how many episodes I could see this series going…it’s so massive and so complex I can’t put a number on it.
And that’s my list. There’s other novel series that I quite enjoy, but I doubt they’d transfer well into anime. I figured I would be able to get two fantasy anime and a sci-fi anime into my list, though, with these three entries. The one I’d be most interested in from what I listed is Lightbringer. That world is culturally rich, deeply character driven, and fleshed out beyond anything I have read in a long time. Oh, and just because I can tell you, the final installment of that series is over 300,000 words.
Anyway, that’s enough rambling from me…I may have gone on too long about Lightbringer and what not, so I’ll stop here.
What about you? Do you have any book series that you wish could be turned into an anime? If so, I’d love to know your wishes and thoughts and ideas!
Thanks for reading!