Meet 10 animes that were inspired by classical literature

Classical literature has a wide variety of mesmerizing stories that have been adapted several times from film and TV series. But did you know that several well-known books under different generations also inspired some anime that you can’t miss?

In this list, A we’ll know a little more about these animes and also the books that served as the basis for creating their plots. Check it out below.

1. Gankutsuou and O Conde De Monte Cristo, by Alexandre Dumas

Published in 1844, in book form, O Conde De Monte Cristo is a story full of nuances, dubious characters and a trajectory of thrilling revenge. In Gankutsuou, we have a story that is directly inspired by this literature classic, but transports the story to space in the year 5053.

Although the characters have been completely reformulated, it is interesting to note how the essence of the work is preserved in various aspects.

2. Psycho-Pass and various works by Philip K. Dick

Philip K. Dick is considered one of the greatest writers of science fiction literature. In his works it is possible to find different personas who have influenced artists, other writers, plays and of course series and films. Psycho-Pass manages to bring several canonical references to the screens, in addition to paying tribute to this great writer.

One curiosity about this anime is that the villain meets another character reading the classic Flying Android Dreams or Electric Sheep? Suggested by the author. This book led to the 1982 film Blade Runner.

3. Akagami no Shirayukihime and Snow White, by the Brothers Grimm

Everyone knows the classic story of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, right? The series is directly inspired by the fairy tale to put together the story, featuring a lead actor with red hair. However, there are many novelties driven by the characters in the plot that connect everything in a magical and special way.

4. Banana Fish and An Ideal Day for Banana Fish, by J.D. Salinger

The works of J.D. Salinger especially attracted attention for his narrative style, immortalized, including in The Catcher in the Field of Rye. However, his short story “An Ideal Day for Banana Fish” inspired the creation of Banana Fish, written by Akimi Yoshida. The anime has two protagonists on either side who meet and get together one day.

5. Magi and One Thousand and One Nights

One of the oldest books in the world is the book about the infamous stories of One Thousand and One Nights. In this way, the fantasy anime Magi was directly inspired by some of the classic characters to create its engaging and conflict-filled story. We have the famous Ali Baba, Sinbad and Aladdin in history in beautiful environments and full of bright colors.

6. Aku No Hana and The Flowers of Evil, by Charles Baudelaire

Charles Baudelaire made history with his modernist books full of technical innovations and his work of erotic poems As Flores Do Mal inspired the creation of Aku No Hana, an anime very different from the conventional one. The plot features a protagonist who is in love with the author’s poems and who is also obsessed with a classmate.

7. Fate / Stay Night and the Stories of King Arthur, by Sir Thomas Malory

The Fate franchise consists of stories inspired by the classic Arthurian legends, some of which were written by Sir Thomas Malory, in which the characters go to war in search of the Holy Grail. In Fate / Stay Night we meet seven wizards who are looking for the legendary artifact to fulfill any wish they want.

8. Yuukoku no Moriarty and Sherlock Holmes, by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

One of the most famous detectives in literature, Sherlock Holmes has also inspired many films and series. The Yuukoku no Moriarty anime, also known as Moriarty, The Patriot, has James Moriarty as the protagonist, who, like Holmes, has a lot of skills. One of the recurring themes is related to social justice, which is quite remarkable.

9. Bungou Stray Dogs and many classic books

There are many literary influences to be found in Bungou Stray Dogs. A completely separate list has been written about literary influences. Each of the main characters was directly inspired by the well-known personalities of several real authors, mainly classic Japanese writers.

Somehow the anime does some kind of biography for each of them. A true tribute to the world of books.

10. Hellsing and Castlevania with Dracula, by Bram Stoker

To wrap up the list, we can’t help but mention two animations that bring the classic Transylvania vampire to the animated screens. In Hellsing we know Alucard, the name Dracula, written in reverse, in various macabre and gory stories. The same goes for Castlevania, who was also inspired by Bram Stoker’s work to compose his bloody story.

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