Anime sequels are in vogue and 2018 looks to be a monster year with the return of fan-favorites A Certain Magical Index and Sound! Euphonium.
The recent string of sequels has us hoping that these modern series will get to tell more of their stories! In a perfect world, these would totally happen.
One of the more creative harems in recent memory, Is This a Zombie? is known for humor and a well-written cast. It is unfortunate that the second season is nearly all filler, but we can dream of a do-over, right?
Studio: Studio Deen
Genre: Comedy / Ecchi / Harem / Romance / Supernatural
Episodes: 22 + 3 OVAs
Quick Pitch: The Story: Ayumu is a victim of a serial killer, but is resurrected by a necromancer who has taken a vow of silence. He tries to find his killer while dealing with a vampire ninja clan and accidental stolen magical powers. You may or may not want to watch season 2 since it’s filler.
The anime was a flop in Japan, but it scored a loyal international following. This death-game anime doesn’t pull punches and get travel down dark paths. With 24 manga volumes out, there is plenty of material for new seasons.
Genre: Action / Romance
Quick Pitch: Ryouta is a 22-year-old NEET who leeches off his mom. Instead of looking for a job or pursuing education, he spends his time playing ‘Btooom!’ and has become one of the elite players. One day, he awakens in a tropical island with a bag filled with real-life versions of ‘Btooom!’ bombs.
After the initial shock and meeting up with fellow ‘Btooom!’ player Himiko, they discover that they have been “nominated” to play a real version of the popular video game.
3Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic
An inventive spin on the classic One Thousand and One Nights stories that bring shounen action to an ancient Arabic setting. It’s a sprawling saga that we hope will get a third season as the manga enters its finale.
Studio: A-1 Pictures
Genre: Action / Adventure / Fantasy
Quick Pitch: During his travels, Alladin meets Alibaba, a young man who plans on exploring a dungeon and claim its treasure. Despite looking like a child, Alibaba learns that Alladin is a magician who chooses kings that will follow a righteous path. However, there are those who wish to manipulate Alladin’s power.
The split-cour anime adaptation barely scratched the surface of the sprawling 21 volume light novel series. Horizon in the Middle of Nowhere has always been popular in Japan, and it’s a shame the anime hasn’t received a sequel.
Genre: Action / Fantasy
Quick Pitch: In 1648 of the Testament Era, refugees of Japan live in a city ship called Musashi. Toori Aoi is head of the Musashi Ariadust Academy’s Supreme Federation and tries to lead his classmates to retake their homeland. Rumors of apocalypse and war have weakened the grasp of the Testament Union, and Aoi is looking to take advantage of the situation.
Chihayafuru is a great josei series that focuses on competitive karuta, which is a type of card game that involves poetry. Chihaya’s growth as a karuta and a person is touching, but the love-triangle involving her, Arata, and Tachi remain unresolved!
Genre: Drama / Romance / Sports
Episodes: 50 + 1 OVA
Quick Pitch: Chihaya has spent most of her young life supporting her sister’s modeling career, but she finds new purpose after meeting a karuta player named Arata. After becoming friends, Chihaya learns she has the potential to become a great competitive karuta player and she strives to make the dream a reality.
The hilarious “reverse-isekai” series received a warm global reception, but a second season hasn’t been green-lit. Even the series’ creator is confused by it, and tells fans to never give up hope!
Studio: White Fox
Genre: Action / Comedy / Fantasy
Quick Pitch: Demon Lord Satan Jacob seeks to conquer the world of Ente Isla, but is thwarted by the Emilia Justina. Satan and his general Alciel escape through a portal, which takes them to modern-day Japan. The world’s lack of magical energy depowers the duo, who must adapt to survive day-to-day life. While Alciel looks for a way to return home, Satan takes up a part-time job at a fast-food restaurant.
Nisekoi is an insanely popular rom-com known for fueling waifu wars. The manga ended last year, and anime-only fans have been eagerly waiting to learn if the conclusion will be adapted.
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Episodes: 32 +4 OVAs
Quick Pitch: Raku is the sole heir to a yakuza family who is forced into a false relationship with Chitoge, who is the heiress to the Beehive Gangsters, to prevent a turf war. This fake love complicates his feeling for Kosaki, a girl he’s had a crush on since middle school. Even worse is that he’s trying to find the “promise girl” that possesses the key that opens his pendant.
Studio: Doga Kobo
Genre: Comedy / Parody / Romance
Episodes: 12 + 6 OVAs
Quick pitch: The story follows Sakura Chiyo as she tries to confess her feelings to Nozaki-kun, a student who is a renowned shoujo mangaka. Thinking Sakura is a fangirl, Nozaki gives her an autograph and allows her to work as his assistant.
What recent anime do you think deserves a sequel?