Are you one of those people who has eagerly awaited for your favorite anime show to return? Nothing is worse than the feeling of your series being put on a temporary (or permanent) hiatus. Sometimes, it’s even hard to wait for the next season. Let’s take a look at some of the anime below and hope for updates on their statuses…
Attack on Titan
This one is pretty obvious. It’s been about 3 years since the first season episodes were released and they have milked the series pretty heavily now. For some reason, it’s taking some OVAs, an awful (and glitchy) movie, a couple video games, and the spin off Attack on Titan: Junior High to fill the time. There is plenty of material for a couple seasons based off of the manga, so to be honest, I’m not quite sure why it has taken this long for anything new to be released. Unfortunate news has been rumored for the second season, fans may have to wait a little while longer because of a delay. At the very least, because it’s taking so long the anime series should be staying very true to the manga and original story. In the end the quality will be awesome and for the best. Seriously, we don’t need another Full Metal Alchemist situation!
This series is still pretty fresh, so the only reason why I’m putting it on this list is because of impatience. One-Punch Man was excellent and I’m constantly yearning for more. I’ve watched the twelve episode first season a couple of times through now, and I have even watched it with people who have never seen anime before. It has universal themes and humor that everyone can connect to and enjoy. It’s an anime version of The Incredibles, while at the same time being a parody for all other superhero movies and TV shows. For now, the creators of the show are releasing five OVAs to keep people like me satisfied and the episodes are pretty solid. At any rate, I can’t wait to see even more from this series that has the potential to be one of the best anime of all time.
I know, this anime isn’t too popular, but it has a pretty large and devoted internet following and was popular enough to be dubbed by Funimation. Unfortunately, the studio that made Gangsta has gone bankrupt. Manglobe used to be one of my favorite studios, releasing classics like Samurai Champloo and several other edgy anime. This series had so much potential. It had unique main characters and a very heavy, emotional storyline that seemed like it was just beginning to unfold. It’s a very big shame that the studio went under. However, if the series is lucky another studio could potentially pick it up. I think if this is handled responsibly, the next studio to take on this project could give the proper advertising and backing this anime deserved.
Hunter x Hunter
This series is my personal favorite on the list. Even after 148 episodes in the excellent rebooted 2011 version, I can’t get enough of this show. The positive thing about Hunter x Hunter, is that it settled with a pretty decent ending. Gon finds some closure with his father Ging, and Killua rectified some problems with his own family situation. Still, characters like Kurapika and Hisoka leave major questions open for the viewers from their last shots and scenarios in the series. Ging spends a good portion of the final episode talking about the lands unmapped and the foreign worlds beyond the borders of what they know. On one hand, the ending leaves viewers with this sense of wonder and lightheartedness, thinking about the potential of this gigantic world. On the other hand it also leaves the possibility for much more story. Considering the next manga arc goes into some chapters of preparation for an expedition into that world, the author clearly has more things in mind. The good news? Creator Yoshihiro Togashi is rumored to release more manga chapters at some point this year and is finally ending his long hiatus. (UPDATE: The hiatus has ended! Togashi has started releasing weekly updates of the manga! There is hope for this series). The anime won’t continue any time soon (other than Viz Studios creating a dubbed version), but the potential for completion is there.
For now I’m going to have to be patient and wait for more news about these shows. This is the opportunity to explore into other anime series for this year and hopefully be distracted on this incredible thirst for my favorite shows by others equally as good. Like Ging from Hunter x Hunter said, “You should enjoy the little detours. To the fullest. Because that’s where you’ll find the things more important than what you want.”
So what do you all think? Which anime are you itching to be renewed sometime soon? Let me know in the comments below!