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100 People Polled for 'What Novel Do You Want to See Turned Into Anime?'

posted on by Amanda Ellard

Since the dawn of anime, literary prize-winning novels have been turned into some of our favorite series, from the currently airing Joker Game to From the New World in 2012. A recent poll titled "I Want This Work Turned into an Anime- Novel Version!" asked 100 men and women company workers ages 25-35 to assign three points to their first choice of a novel they want to see turned into an anime, two points to their second choice, and one point to their third choice out of a list of novels that won the "Honya Taishō" (Bookstore Grand Prize) award.

This is the list of the top 10 winners of the poll:

  1. Nazotoki wa Dinner no Ato de (The After Dinner Mysteries) by Tokuya Higashigawa (138 points)
  2. Kokuhaku (Confessions) by Kanae Minato (121 points)
  3. Tokyo Tower ~Okan to Boku to, Tokidoki, Oton~ (Tokyo Tower: Mom and Me, and Sometimes Dad) by Lily Franky (113 points)
  4. Hakase no Aishita Sūshiki (The Professor's Beloved Equation) by Yōko Ogawa (77 points)
  5. Yoru wa Mijikashi Arukeyo Otome (Night is Short, Walk On Girl) by Tomihiko Morimi (70 points)
  6. Kaizoku to Yobareta Otoko (A Man Called Pirate) by Naoki Hyakuta (68 points)
  7. 64 (Six Four) by Hideo Yokoyama (66 points)
  8. Nobō no Shiro (The Floating Castle) by Ryō Wada (61 points)
  9. Golden Slumber (Remote Control) by Kōtarō Isaka (56 points)
  10. Yoru no Picnic (Night of the Picnic) by Riku Onda (52 points)

Surveyors also wanted to know what kind of adaptions viewers expected and how they want the animated version to interpret the original work. Here are some of those quotes for our top three.

Nazotoki wa Dinner no Ato de by Tokuya Higashigawa

"I want not just cute feelings, but also for the murder to be realistic." - 34 years old, woman
"I want a completely different product than the original and I want it to finish with the same enjoyment as the original's atmosphere." - 34 years old, woman

Kokuhaku by Kanae Minato

"I want to see a rapidly changing point of view and a detached atmosphere." - 31 years old, woman
"I want them to add in a little bit of a grotesque feeling that is not present in the live-ction movie." - 30 years old, woman

Tokyo Tower ~Okan to Boku to, Tokidoki, Oton~ by Lily Franky

"Because it's an anime, they will definitely be able to do a heartwarming parent-child story." - 29 years old, man
"Ghibli-specific feeling." - 30 years old, woman

Many of these novels have already been adapted to TV dramas, such as first-place Nazotoki wa Dinner no Ato de which premiered on Fuji TV in 2011, and live-action movies, such as second-place Kokuhaku in 2010 and fourth-place Hakase no Aishita Sūshiki in 2006.

Source: R25


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