During the 1980s, Japanese manga became popular in the West, and with it, we realized that some of the stories had Deaf characters and Sign Language, as well. Some of them are included here in chronological sequence, from the oldest to the most recent.
1. X (エックス)
Originally aired in the year of 1992.
An animated series based on the manga series:X (years 2001-2002, 25 episodes)
X is an anime movie (year 1996)
A young guy named Kamui is Hinoto’s only hope for a world destroyed by the end of the world, according to his prophetic dreams. As a result of this, Hinoto summons the Seven Seals, a group of seven people who must locate Kamui and persuade him to join their side in the Final Battle.
2. Vagabond (バガボンド)
When it first aired:
Brief Synopsis: The story starts out in the year 1600, during a battle in which two teens from the losing side, Takezo Shinmen and Matahachi Hon’iden, lie wounded on the battlefield and are being chased by survivors hunters. In the end, they are able to escape and declare themselves to be “Invincibles under the sky” (Tenka Mus). While wandering the globe, Takezo encounters a monk who convinces him to change his path and rename him Musashi Miyamoto. He becomes a legend as a swordsman.
3. Psychic Detective Yakumo (心霊探侦八 Shinrei Tantei Yakumo)
2009 was the initial year of publication
This is a Japanese anime series based on the manga series Shinrei tantei Yakumo. Episodes aired in 2010 (14 total)
A shy college student named Saitou Yakumo was born with the ability to see ghosts and spirits because of his red left eye. His belief that ghosts and spirits are tethered to the ground for some “reason,” and that he may liberate them by conversing with them, does not scare him.
run that began in 2011
There are eight volumes in total:
Netflix has the anime series “Gangsta,” which debuted in 2015 and has 13 installments.
Worick Arcangelo and Nicolas Brown, two nice neighborhood gangsters, are the subjects of Gangsta, a film about their life. They’re known as “Benriya,” and they work as hired thugs on the streets of Ergastulum.
Nicolas Brown (), a swordsman who is deaf and uses sign language, is one of the characters. A talented swordsman, Nicolas also possesses extraordinary powers, such as the ability to leap great distances, rapid reflexes, and enhanced endurance.
5. Koe no Katachi (聲の形)
Originally aired: 2013
A Silent Voice, a 2016 anime film, is currently streaming on Netflix.
Shko Nishimiya, an elementary school kid who has been Deaf from birth and is tormented by her classmates, is at the center of the story. As one of the major perpetrator’s, Shya Ishiba is ultimately responsible for driving Nishimiya into a new educational setting. Ishida tries to get back at Nishimiya years later.
6. Hidamari ga Kikoeru (ひだまりが聴こえる)
Originally aired: 2013
Watch the movie Hidamari ga Kikoeru (year 2017)
Khei Sugihara was deaf in high school and has had a hard time relating to others ever since. Things haven’t gotten much better for him now that he’s a college student, and he’s having difficulties fitting in on school. When he meets Taichi Sagawa by chance, he accepts his offer of bentos in exchange for taking notes in class for him (prepared takeout ration).
For most of the story, we follow Khei Sugihara, an introvert who resents being treated well. He fears that he may lose his hearing totally and no longer be able to hear Taichi.
7. Ōsama Ranking (王様ランキング Ōsama Rankingu)
Originally aired: 2017
Ranking of the anime series: sama (release in October 2021)
This tale is about a prince who can’t even wield a child’s sword. Nobody wants to accept Boji and his firstborn as king, despite their sincere wish to be the world’s most powerful couple.
Due to the deafness of the manga’s lead character, Bojji, the plot revolves around the characters’ facial expressions and visual cues. Because he has not had any training in either speech or sign language, he communicates by moving his body and gesturing.
The first trailer for an upcoming anime series, which will premiere in October 2021, has already been released:
8. A Sign of Affection (ゆびさきと恋々 Yubisaki to Renren)
Among Yuki’s many obsessions are her pals, social media, and the hottest deals. A fortunate encounter on a train, however, brings her into contact with Itsuomi-san, the friend of a friend and a fellow student. Sign Language is not one of Itsuomi-three kun’s languages. Can the two of them work out their nascent feelings for one another?