Anime is an industry full of ideas, topics and themes. If you can think of an idea (to a degree) its probably been done.
That’s the reason anime is so entertaining, and why there’s an anime show for everyone’s tastes and interests.
But not all ideas have been explored yet. The abuse of clichés is slowing that potential down.
Here’s some themes the anime industry should consider.
1. Anime shows about selling weed
There are anime shows about drugs, or at least relating to drugs in one way or another. But how many about selling weed?
I’ve watched 100’s of anime, and know of many more that I haven’t watched. Weed is a theme I’ve never heard of.
It could be a universe built loosely around the topic, or it could be a “Spice And Wolf” version of it. From a business or underworld perspective.
2. Anime about drug addicts
Anime about drug addicts might sound extreme but it’s supposed to be.
The theme is simple: the lives (or life) of a drug addict who’s trying to recover and overcome his addiction.
Maybe he (or she) even overcomes their addiction in the end, and it could serve as a LESSON to educate the audience. Similar to A Silent Voice.
This is an idea I’d love to bring to fruition.
3. Anime about the lives of inmates
Prison is a place many don’t even think about, or have to think about. And yet it’s such a common thing.
Prison life isn’t always fair. Many go to jail for crimes they themselves never committed (wrongly convicted). There’s a lot of nuance to it.
An anime about inmates, their mindset, what they’re going through, or some other angle would work flawlessly.
It could be the “inmates” version of Black Lagoon or the equivalent.
4. Anime about building an online business
Online business is considered “cool” now, especially after the coronavirus pandemic hit. Beforehand it wasn’t that fawned over.
That aside, an anime about the digital world we live in, and some young protagonists with goals to build a type of online business. And the journey of that (in a slice of life format, maybe).
I can see an anime like this having some appeal, and it would relate to a lot of fans. Though I can’t say how many.
5. Anime about human trafficking
I know I’m getting deep but that’s just who I am. I can’t help it. Anime has so much potential and I’d love to see it explored.
Human trafficking is a thing most don’t even think about day to day, either because they don’t want to or they have the privilege of ignoring it.
But it’s real.
Anime along the lines of this topic could work. It doesn’t even have to be literal, it could be a part of some bigger story
Either way, it would work pretty well.
6. Anime about life after prison
Anime about life after prison, and adapting to the real world after so many years would be an interesting one to see.
This type of anime has the potential to educate, inform, teach and even inspire many people in a similar situation.
When your out of jail, getting a job and other “normal” things become a nightmare. Society rejects you and is unwilling to give you a chance in a lot of cases.
These are some of the themes and facts that could be pushed and moulded into a realistic anime series.
7. Anime from the perspective of Africans
Anime has explored a lot of different aspects, mainly from Europe, the UK, America, Japan (obviously), and a few other countries at most.
Some anime have done it from the perspectives of different cultures and races as well. But….
None have explored the continent of Africa, or from the perspective of Africans living there.
Africa is absolutely humongous, and there’s really no reason a few anime at the least could be modelled off it.
8. Anime about Cancer or Aid patients
The only anime close to this? Sword Art Online. Yuuki Konno in season 2 has aids, and we see how this effects her livelihood.
In the anime she has the power of Virtual Reality to give “meaning” to her hospital bed-ridden existence.
No anime has been done relating to Cancer patients, or the gravity of what they have to go through (regardless of survival).
It doesn’t have to be an anime literally about this, but it could be part of the picture. And there’s room for relatability and inspiration here.
9. Anime from the perspectives of grandparents
If you’re like 13, this will sound boring as f*ck and I get it. But there’s a bigger picture to all of this.
Alice To Zouroku is an anime with a 60+ something year old man and a little girl. An anime from the perspective of grandparents could have this pair up.
It’ll definitely be a Seinen style of show, and depending on who writes the script and what not, this could be an insightful series.
10. Anime about traveling around planet Earth
And I don’t mean in the way Kino’s Travels or similar anime did. After all – those anime have no concept of “Earth”.
Wit over 190+ countries, an anime where the characters are traveling to a quarter of these countries (for whatever reason) could be interesting.
Depending on how they spin it, write it, and connect the dots, it could make for an interesting adventure series.
11. Anime about prostitution
There’s a lot of angles for this one. Prostitution is a real thing and it affects real people everyday.
How it feels to live this way, and the reasons for living this way, on top of other elements gives this theme a lot of depth.
If it was done in a slice of life format, that would give the most insight and the most value as far as I see it.
12. Anime about celebrities who “lose it all”
An anime series about celebrities who lose it all, go bankrupt, and either recover that money (to a degree) or never recover…. That would make for a good topic.
This theme is basically the opposite of Shonen (which is about succeeding from nothing). But if done right, it could still be made into something positive.
It has the potential for anime life lessons, inspiration, perspective, and food for thought.
It all comes down to how they spin it.
Other anime themes:Anime about gambling addicts. Anime about managing a zoo (slice of life style). Anime about Virtual Anime YouTubers. Anime from the perspective of deep-sea creatures.
Can you think of anymore?