Studio Manglobe was founded in 2002 but was sadly declared bankrupt in 2015. Manglobe was a studio that never played the rules. They didn’t get views of countless numbers of fanservice or cute moe lolis. Instead, Manglobe was well versed in a range of languages, and much of their series was targeted at adults. Even though Manglobe is no longer there, we still remember the great anime they made.
With this list, you will be introduced to the 12 best Manglobe animes. This is so that we can expose you to more of this legendary studio’s animation. With all that has been said, let’s get on the list
1. Samurai Champloo
Samurai Champloo is the second attempt made by its director, Shinichiro Watanabe, after the success of Cowboy Beebop, and he did a wonderful job producing this anime. The anime follows three characters: Mugen, an impudent and freedom-loving vagrant swordsman; Jin, a musician and stoic rōnin; and Fuu, a courageous girl who asks them to join her in her hunt for Japan to locate the “samurai who smells of sunflowers.” The show has drawn major influences from hip hop, dance, and lo-fi music, and the soundtrack of this is produced by none other than Nujabes, who is credited with f. It combined theme samurai with rap and hip hop music that made this one of its kind among the anime samurai.
Few series are more absurd than most, such as those of graffiti gangs or baseball samurai. But it’s the overall sound and anime theme that makes you come back for more. What other anime is going to have a breakdance samurai with lofi hip hop music played in the background?
2. Michiko & Hatchin
Shinichiro Watanabe has created two of the most amazing anime which has rendered such an impressive animation as Cowboy Beebop and Samurai Champloo. This Anime is a little different from the other traditional Anime, in respects that can only be noticed when you watch this fantastic Anime. It’s known as Paradise Finding in some nations, so you can use the same name on the Youtube channel. The series follows a free-spirited woman named Michiko, who had just escaped from a prison that was supposed to be inevitable, and Hatchin, a young girl who wants to be rescued from her abusive adoptive parent. They’re all joining hands to search for liberty.
Michiko to Hatchin is a fun, wild journey. With the anime taking place in Brazil, you have exposed yourself to a whole new world that no other anime has ever visited before. The soundtrack was written by a well-known Brazilian composer to send you the Brazilian sensations. Even though Michiko rescued Hatchin from her awful foster family, Michiko isn’t any better off being a mum.
Ergastalum is a town full of drugs, mafias, prostitutes, and Twilights. Twilights are recruited as assassins and bodyguards, using their improved supernatural powers to carry out their jobs. The Handymen and their representatives Worick and Nicolas lie inside this tumultuous city. They’re doing the work that the cops don’t want to mess with, and the work that the mob might use an extra helping hand to do. Suddenly, more and more Twilights are beginning to terrorize the very “peace” in Ergastalum. This may be a bigger work than the Handymen would do.
Here’s a hard cold bucket for the mafia fans out there. Gangsta, that’s the very definition of gritty. Gangsta also stands out for its mafia crime theme, as the Twilights bring a more supernatural aspect to the story. There’s action with both your blades and your weapons, getting you pumped up for the next fight.
4. Ergo Proxy
Ergo Proxy is a series of science fiction anime highly influenced by philosophy and Gnosticism. It’s a 2d and 3d animation hybrid. It has been lauded for its graphics and architecture by reviewers. In the future, the story is set up in a town named Rondeau, where humans and androids known as AutoRievs coexist, after a virus outbreak causes Androids to become self-conscious and tries to destroy humans, the question arises. See it as a dark cyberpunk-themed series for you; gothic vibes are a reward.
You need to give your undivided attention to every detail to watch Ergo Proxy. And the one apparently meaningless scene you’ve been zoned on will turn out to be quite relevant later on. Ergo Proxy doesn’t grab your side, either, as he wants you to find out and assume things by yourself. But don’t let that scare you! If you think you’re going to be able to take Ergo Proxy, go for it. It’s one of Manglobe ‘s finest, after all.
5. Deadman Wonderland
Upon witnessing all the grotesque murders of his classmates, Igarashi Ganta, a junior high-ranking boy, is identified as a killer. He is then moved to Deadman Wonderland, a privately run gaol and amusement park, where inmates compete in Ninja Warrior-Esque, a dangerous public entertainment challenge. Ganta finds himself thrown into another realm in a game exclusive to prisoners with a unique ability. He’s trying to find out what’s going on since losing the fight, and all this has to do with the deaths of his classmates. An underestimated gem full of action, provocation, and humor, you’re going to be blown away at how masterfully they’ve been able to juggle all these shifting feelings, and might even question if humanity has an inherent appetite for blood, or if it’s something we’re informed about.
Deadman Wonderland is quite gory, so if you’re into that kind of thing, make sure to watch the uncensored part of it. Unfortunately, Deadman Wonderland is notorious for its less than the acceptable end. But the manga is ended, so you can begin from there, too.
Nai’s not going to have the biggest night. Falling prisoner to a rich human-eating ghoul, Nai doesn’t seem to have many choices except to give up. To his ease, Gareki, a robber, it only happens that he robs the ghoul’s house. They decide to help each other and hide from the ghoul, only to find themselves in a mysterious organization called Circus. The circus may have the answers that Nai and Gareki need in order to find what they’re searching for. The two have to get over all the monsters and the crime syndicates first.
If you’re a fan of beautiful men battling, this anime is for you! There are not that many circus-themed animes, but Karneval really stands out in the Style Department. The dashing men each have a special talent or weapon of their own. This makes the fight pop, and you can’t look away from it. What’s really odd, too, is that this anime is a josei, aka directed at older ladies. Most josei and even shoujo are romance, but Carnival is unusual in being a suspense dream without romance.
7. House of Five Leaves
Akitsu Masanosuke is a highly skilled samurai, but he was let go by his former samurai party. Homeless and suffering from social anxiety, Akitsu was employed as a bodyguard for Yachi, the chief of the “Five Leaves” gang. Although a professional samurai, can Akitsu, with the aid of a gang, repair his social anxiety? Will he even be considered a faithful samurai by a gang? Or even Akitsu should try not to judge a book by its cover, but instead, read its chapters.
Saraiya Goyou is not the anime of your regular samurai. There’s no violence at all or mad scary villains. Instead, we’ve got a really mature story about a guy who wants support. Someone who is seeking to understand others, but is still curious about himself. Five Leaves is a gang that steals from everyone but not necessarily with evil intentions. With Akitsu’s character creation on its own, you can see depression and tension. Akitsu ‘s hair is out of place, his eyes are drooping, and he’s never seen without a frown.
8. Mashiroiro Symphony
There are two private academies. One of the all-girls school, and the other all-boys. The decision is taken to merge the two schools into one large co-ed academy. But instead of merging the two schools straight away, a test run is set up so that the girls can be relaxed with a drastic transition. Join the guinea pig males, explore what it’s like to be with the ladies for the first time.
It sounds like your average graphic novel situation, right? Well, it’s not about the idea, it’s about the execution of the plot. The main character, Shingo, and his harem are more than just the usual anime stereotyping. The characters have ample screen time for you to appreciate who they are. This makes life tougher in the best girl’s store when you grow up to love them all. At the end of the day, you’re left with a satisfactory conclusion, and you’re going to wish that all the harem anime were like Mashiro-iro.
9. Unlimited Psychic Squad
P.A.N.D.R.A is a group of rebel ESPers who are protecting fellow ESPers from being oppressed by humans. As a rebel organization, P.A.N.D.R.A. uses aggression to accomplish its goal. Some may argue that their tactics are so barbaric that they should be treated as villains. But, see the world from P.A.N.D.R.A.’s, and decide whether or not the rebel party actually is a villain. Their chief, Hyoubu Kyousuke, in particular.
The Unlimited is a sequel to the children of Zettai Karen. And in the parent’s tale, Hyoubu was the main antagonist. You don’t have to see the main story to watch this spin-off, however. Zettai Karen Children was a lovely comedy of little girls attempting to save Hyoubu from breaking unity. The Infinite, though still funny, is a more serious anime for Hyoubu as an adult. And if he’s a vicious villain, you end up cheering for Hyoubu to succeed. You get to see more of the human side of Hyoubu as he steadily becomes more of an anti-hero than a villain.
10. The World God Only Knows
Keima Katsuragi is known to all as the “God of Conquest” for winning the hearts of all women. And it is only when he enjoys dating sims and graphic novels. Keima prefers the anime waifus over the real-life waifus. Someday, someone invites Keima to prove his God-tier abilities. Accepting this dumb challenge, Keima was fooled into winning the hearts of evil spirits walking across the world.
But wait, this means he’s going to have to talk to the real girls!
One of the most famous anime in Manglobe ever! It’s so famous that it has three seasons. The Planet God Only Knows sounds very close to Date A Live, but note that the anime arrived first. Keima’s otaku tendencies and “godly” powers to swoon women are humorous. And believe it or not, there are serious moments in the whole series. This is one of the best ecchi harems out there, making you chuckle, swoon, and hold you at the edge of your seat.
11. The Sacred Blacksmith
It has become a traditional place to see female characters as warriors who are more or less pitiful in combat and dependent on their powerful “prince” character to rescue them. It’s more or less the same case. By the way, with surprisingly fewer nudity and sexual references than I expected. Although the plot is short-lived, it makes up for it with some very high-quality graphics and songs, and a voice acting cast that’s still pretty good.
This story takes place in a land where people can sign over their lives to make a demon bond, granting them near-limitless amounts of control to wreak the havoc they want and have been used in a variety of conflicts and disputes over the years.
With the army struggling to do a thing, they’re doing the best they can, even if other people have different ideas. Incomes Cecily, a young warrior who has chosen to pursue her fathers’ direction in the knighthood and witnesses a man in black holding a sword that effortlessly cuts through her family’s blade.
12. Samurai Flamenco
Masayoshi Hazama has always dreamt about being a hero. But this is the true world of Tokyo, where only anime superheroes exist. Undeterred, Masayoshi is engaged in his successful modeling career in the war against violence under the moniker Samurai Flamenco. Armed with no special abilities and costumes from his grandpa – another superhero enthusiast – he quickly caught the interest of police officer Hidenori Goto. At first, Hidenori despises a random man in a cape who keeps interrupting his day.
But after he unmasks Masayoshi, the two of them team up and encourage other heroes to join their crew. Besides being a cool, funky subversion of the superhero genre, “Samurai Flamenco” presents intriguing ideas about altruism, strength, and obligation.