There are various factors that contribute to a manga series being adapted into an anime, such as its popularity, a captivating storyline, potential profitability, availability for licensing, and perhaps most importantly, the willingness of the author. The existence of a compelling story is one reason why a 40-year-old anime will be receiving a new adaptation. However, not all manga series are adapted into anime, and to address this, Japan conducts polls to guide the anime industry on which manga to prioritize.
In Japan, there is a poll called “The Manga We Want To See Animated” which reveals the manga series that Japanese fans are most eager to see adapted into anime. The latest results from the “6th Manga We Want To See Animated Ranking” have recently been released.
Please note that since these rankings are specific to Japan, the manga series featured on the list may not have English publications. Therefore, if you reside outside of Japan, you may not be familiar with any of these manga series.
In the latest poll, 92 manga series were included, and fans enthusiastically voted for their favorites. The poll was active from January 20 to February 3, 2023. Furthermore, the authors of each winning manga expressed their gratitude to the readers through the polling website, underscoring the significance of these rankings.
Here are the winners of the 6th The Manga We Want To See Animated Ranking:
|The Ramparts of Ice
|Nito to Tazuka no Nichijo
|A Hidden Side to my Crush
|Be my worst Nightmare!
|Who Made Me a Princess
|Spoon / Plutus
|Falling High School Girl and Irresponsible Teacher
|Ninja vs Gokudo
The author of Hyperinflation, the manga series which won this ranking, had a critical message to share with his fans. He told the fans he had not received any offer for an anime adaptation. He added that maybe the anime adaptation of his manga would be challenging, so everyone who wants to support him, for now, can do so by buying his manga series.
Past Winners of This Ranking
Solo Leveling took 6th place in 2022 and 2nd place in the 2021 poll of The Manga We Want To See Animated Rankings. Its anime adaptation has already been announced, and it will start airing in January 2024. However, the anime will not follow the original story of the manhwa.
Komi Can’t Communicate won in 2020 and took 8th place in the 2021 poll of The Manga We Want To See Animated Rankings. It has so far received two 12-episode seasons. The manga is currently in its final phase.
Onimai: I’m Now Your Sister took 3rd place in 2022 and 7th place in the 2021 poll of The Manga We Want To See Animated Rankings. It has so far received a 12-episode season. This anime was involved in a controversy even before it aired.
The Dangers in My Heart took 4th place in 2020 and won in the 2021 poll of The Manga We Want To See Animated Rankings. Its anime adaptation has already been announced, and it will start airing on 2 April 2023.
The past winners signify the importance of these polls as the chances of receiving an anime adaptation increase significantly after the name of a manga series comes on this list.
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