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The 15 Best Anime Based on Webcomics You Should Check Out

The best anime on TV don’t always originate from print. Webcomics have become a growing source of inspiration for the anime entertainment industry. Popular webcomics from Japan or South Korea have spawned numerous franchises, such as The God of High School or the Hetalia anime series. Even cute and comedic comics published on art community websites such as Ojisan and Marshmallow have gathered a large following of readers that successfully persuaded anime studios to bring the property to TV. Just take a look at these great webcomics and the amazing anime TV series they inspired.

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  • Photo: One Punch Man / Madhouse

    Before the One-Punch Man anime took the world by storm in 2015, the original story was serialized online in early 2009. The webcomic was written and illustrated by ONE, a pseudonym of the Japanese manga artist. Just like the webcomic, the anime is all about an all-powerful superhero named Saitama, who has become bored by the lack of challenge in his superheroic life. The One-Punch Man webcomic by ONE is still ongoing, while a digital remake for  Shueisha's Tonari no Young Jump website is illustrated by Yusuke Murata (Eyeshield 21).

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    Tower Of God

    Photo: Tower of God / Telecom Animation Film

    Tower of God is a South Korean webtoon that premiered on the Naver Webtoon website in 2010 and has expanded to manga releases, a mobile game, and an anime TV series in 2020. The story, written and illustrated by S.I.U, centers on a boy named the Twenty-Fifth Bam. Bam has lived most of his life underneath an ominous tower that many have tried (and failed) to climb atop, for its alluring promise of granting the winner whatever their heart’s desire. When Rachel, Bam’s one and only friend, is summoned to the Tower, he decides to risk his life by going after her. While the Tower only accepts those who were chosen, Bam was able to open the Tower's gates all by himself.

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  • Photo: Mob Psycho 100 / Bones

    From the same creator of One-Punch Man, Mob Psycho 100 by ONE is about an eighth-grade esper named Shigeo "Mob" Kageyama. Mob possesses incredible psychic powers, but suppresses it out of fear of the devastation it could cause if left unchecked. In the hopes of controlling his psychic abilities, Mob becomes an apprentice to a con man named Reigen Arataka, a self-proclaimed psychic. Mob's emotional stranglehold over his powers, however, start to break as he encounters other dangerous espers like the Claws. Mob Psycho 100 was serialized on Shogakukan's Ura Sunday website, as well as the Shogakukan's mobile app MangaONE. The anime series from studio Bones ran for 25 episodes from 2016 to 2019.

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  • Photo: ReLIFE / TMS Entertainment

    ReLIFE follows the unremarkable life of 27-year-old Arata Kaizaki, a down on his luck "loser" working part-time as a convenience store clerk. Arata is given the opportunity to turn his life around by a mysterious man named Ryou Yoake, who wants Arata to test out a miracle drug from the ReLife Research Institute. The drug de-ages Arata, turning him back into a 17-year-old teenager. As part of the experiment, Arata attends high school all over again for one year, attempting to fix what went wrong in his previous life with his newfound youth. The Comico website released individual chapters of the series from October 12, 2013, to March 16, 2018. A 13-episode anime TV series premiered in 2016.

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