It’s unfortunate that some of the best fantasy manga has yet to be adapted for the movie. What we’d like to see are the following:
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It’s not uncommon to find manga that fits the “Fantasy” description yet does not use the genre name. One Piece and Cowboy Bebop, for example, are fantasy series, but the term “fantasy” is rarely used to describe them. It is true, though, that there are fantastical elements prominent in some of the best manga stories.
Classical elements like monsters, magic, and so on predominate in these stories. They may not be famous to many anime fans, though, because they have yet to be adapted into an anime. The fantasy manga featured below is deserving of a film adaptation, and it would be a joy to watch.
1. Solo Leveling
The anime adaptation of this series is in the works, but it won’t be released until “sometime in 2022,” which means it could still fall through. Solo Leveling is undoubtedly the most popular webtoon/manhwa series in recent memory, if not the most popular.
It’s impossible to imagine a finer series for an adaptation than this one, thanks to everything from Jang-Sung-stunning Rak’s artwork to Chugong’s gripping storyline. Fortunately, the release date has yet to be determined, but fans may look forward to one in the near future.
2. Kaiju No. 8
Kaiju Number 8 was published in Shounen Jump only a few months ago, and it has a number of notable differences from other shonen stories. Shounen protagonists are typically much younger than the protagonist in Kafka Hibino (32 years old). Instead of embarking on a quest, he and the Defense Force are frequently confronted by monstrous foes. Finally, the protagonist is weaker than the other characters in most situations, which drastically alters the power scale.
Adapting it now, given its relatively short length, would inevitably necessitate major storyline modifications. The series is still worthy of an episode at some point in the future.
3. Dungeon Meshi
“Gourmet fantasy” is a subgenre that has become ridiculously popular in recent years. Those unfamiliar with this subgenre should know that it includes stories about fantasy worlds in which the focus is as much on the food as it is on the isekai, or fantastical, aspects.
In terms of manga, Dungeon Meshi is one of the most popular and longest-running instances. The show has a captivating storyline that belies the show’s outlandish premise.
4. Spirit Circle
Isekai or “second life” manga and anime were a big thing before Spirit Circle came around, and it’s still one of the best. Even though it only aired from 2012 to 2016, it managed to amass a sizable fan base throughout that time period. Without becoming overly convoluted, it tells an intriguing tale that alternates between multiple time periods and the reincarnations of the same two protagonists.
In essence, Spirit Circle is a high school romance series with a healthy dose of fantasy thrown in, and it pulls it off flawlessly on both ends. With the exception of its basic visual style, which would be difficult to transfer into current anime artistic trends, this is a very strong title for fans of manga and anime. Shaman King can do it, but Spirit Circle is capable of doing the same.
Psyren is a fantasy story that falls into the “battle royale” category. Psyren shares a lot of similarities with the anime Battle Game in 5 Seconds, which aired recently, however Psyren was released much earlier. Psi powers are used instead of martial arts to travel to an alternate universe where they can use superpowers and are constantly in danger, much like The Matrix.
As a thriller mystery series, Psyren is a great advantage because it’s hard to tell where the tale is going at any one time. As other fantastic modern-day psychic-based anime adaptations like Mob Psycho 100 have demonstrated, it’s clear that if given the attention it deserves, Psyren will do well.
In a way, it’s a My Hero Academia spin-off, so it’s a strange one. It has long been shown that Vigilantes (which is also published in Shonen Jump) is on par with My Hero Academia in terms of storytelling. For starters, it’s a lot more intimate, following the exploits of a tight-knit group of characters as they battle low-level street crime.
Vigilantes, on the other hand, takes a closer look at the “Heroes” and “Quirks” that MHA fans have long wondered about. It would be a great idea for the MHA anime to adapt Vigilantes if it ever catches up with the manga.
7. Fire Punch
In light of the impending release of the Chainsaw Man anime in early 2021, now seems like a good moment to discuss Fire Punch, Tatsuki Fujimoto’s debut manga. Although the plot is a touch disjointed, this amazing tale is perhaps as deserved of a film adaptation.
When someone with the “blessing” of unquenchable flames accidentally sets fire to Agni, the main character loses his “blessing” of limitless regeneration. This resulted in an eternal loop in which Agni was constantly blazing, yet could never die. The anguish eventually subsides sufficiently for him to control his body again and embark on some of the most epic manga journeys ever depicted. It’s hard to imagine anyone not wanting to see a narrative like that brought to life through animation.
To sum it up, “He-Man tries to become the next Demon King to fight back against humankind and make everyone happy.” Helck is an incredibly breathtakingly beautiful anime.
When it comes to this scenario, Helck is the “He-Man,” and he’s just as ridiculously beefy and righteous as you’d imagine. I see a more cerebral version of Saitama from One Punch Man in this guy. An excellent series with a lot of action, twists and heartfelt moments that would be perfect for an anime adaptation is out there.
9. Frieren: Beyond Journey’s End
The adventure is already over when Frieren: Beyond Journey’s End begins, thus the title. A new era of “peace” has dawned in the world thanks to the heroics of the Hero’s party. It’s no coincidence that Himmel, the story’s “hero,” goes dead from old age not long after the story opens up. Initially, it may seem like a step backwards, but that’s actually the point.
Frieren, an elven wizard in the Hero’s party, is the focus of this chapter. Compared to other races, Elves in this scenario are extremely long-lived and nearly immortal in terms of longevity. It was a mere drop in the bucket of her entire life for Frieren to spend ten years traveling with the Hero Himmel, Dwarven Warrior Eisen, and human Priest Heiter. Many things are discussed in Frieren, but the primary focus is on how a person’s legacy shapes how they’re remembered and how that impact can have a domino effect of kindness on so many other people.
10. The Legend of the Northern Blade
There are additional manhwa series in which the setting or concept of the Murim is employed to create an imaginary world where martial arts are commonplace. They can manipulate energy, crush mountains with a single punch, or even fly in this world. Jin Mu-Won, the son of Jin Kwan-Ho, the fourth-generation sect head of the Northern Heavenly Sect, is the protagonist of The Legend of the Northern Blade.
Jin’s journey from being a prisoner in his own crumbling home to becoming something greater is depicted in this manhwa. It’s a roller coaster ride from beginning to end, with non-stop action at every turn, as well as excellent character moments. In order to do it right, an adaptation must be extremely well-done; even the slightest disappointment would be a travesty. For example, a God of High School anime adaption treatment would be the best possible outcome for this film.