10 Fantasy Series that Need to be Animated

Author Thumbnail Jack Holder August 03, 2017 09:52 AM

1The Heir Series by Cinda Williams Chima

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Enchanters. Soothsayers. Sorcerers. Warriors. Wizards The magical Guilds have always existed in a hierarchy of power, the other four dominated by the Wizards. The White and Red Roses, two factions of wizards that vie for power over the world. To take control, but not risk their wizards or exposure, they take their warriors, children, and fight out their differences in tournaments. Jack Swift just found out he’s one of those warriors.

If you haven’t read Cinda Williams Chima’s Heir series, what makes it stand out is the seriousness of the young adult genre. The children intimately understand when they are trapped, and what sacrifices might have to be made for their lives to actually progress onwards. They try to keep their good humor as they struggle on against an elitist class that all too often seems to have all the power.

This seems to go against my criterion for animated series. But imagine five different Guilds, in the style of an anime such as Attack on Titan. Huge battles, the ghosts of the past, with a mysterious dragon slumbering in the background. Chima’s series could make one realize how to fight against oppression, and sometimes it just takes knowing when to reach out to new friends.

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Jack Holder is a longtime fan of fantasy in all its forms, Jack first started writing as a freshman in high school after reading Margaret Weiss and Tracy Hickman’s Dragonlance series. He is currently working on a Master’s degree at Boston University, as well as continuing his own fantasy prose. If you want to read it for free, check out www.arcaneinkdustries.com and thank you for reading.