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I'm reading Koe no Katachi and have been hoping for it to be animated. It looks like it's getting more popular. However, it makes me wonder what requirements should be fulfilled before they decide to create an anime based on a certain manga in general.

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I might try and answer this later but I do know it needs to be popular and probably needs sponsors too and probably a good fan base maybe too. – Izumi-reiLuLu Jun 24 '14 at 11:03
As an aside, thanks for this question; I started reading Koe no Katachi last night because of it. I also got caught up to chapter 43 last night. Definitely a good read. I'd speculate it'll see an anime at some point. – Azrael Jun 25 '14 at 16:23
+1 was wondering this myself – user2716766 Jun 26 '14 at 2:33
Your wish for an adaptation has been heard. Kyoto Animation will be producing an anime film of Koe no Katachi.…… – user18460 Oct 11 '15 at 17:52
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There is no written path, but there are several factors and steps that must happen for that:

  1. Fanbase

    • The overall reaction to the manga, the volume of internet traffic it generates (fan-art, forums, discussions, fan pages, fan fiction, even porn of the main characters).
    • Are fans cosplaying as the characters even before anime?
  2. Connections and reputation

    • The reputation of the mangaka. For example, I doubt any new manga by Rumiko Takahashi (for example) is NOT going to become an anime.
    • Who the mangaka and the manga producers/managers know. Sometimes the hardest part is to put your work in front of the right eyes. It's all in the pitch.
  3. Possible merchandising and target audience

    • Can the manga become a toy line? Can you sell costumes of the main characters?
    • The target audience (gender, age, genre) spending power.
  4. Series health and controversy

    • Is the manga series long enough? Are the arcs and plots interesting? Are the characters well developed and of enough depth?
    • Is there any group that will get grossly offended if the manga becomes an anime? Remember that printed media is pulled by the reader (you have to actively persuse the media) while audiovisual media is PUSHED into the viewer.
  5. Competition and market mood

    • Is the manga a mecha manga, and it's on its peak during a new Gundam season and yet another Evangelion Retcon?
    • What was the reaction of fans to the animes of the same genre that aired in the previous seasons? Are they craving for more of the genre or had they have enough?
  6. Releases and versions

    • Is the series already compiled into tankobon? Is it on Crunchyroll? Was it already translated (by fans or officially)?
    • Also, check if the manga is being pirated. It is a sad fact, but popular manga that will become anime is widely pirated, translated, fansubbed, etc.
    • Do some specialized Google searches for the manga series, its main characters and villains. Check the result count, and compare to other popular manga that already became anime.

After all of those factors, there are some things you can look for in specialized media to see if your favorite manga is really going to become anime:

Option: Did some studio or media company purchase the option for the IP? Options are commonplace in the Western media world, but it's becoming very popular around the world. Check the media and news for the option signing.

Rumors: Check some blogs (mostly in Japanese) for the titles they think will make next season (Dear Reader: suggest some blogs in the comments).

Wikipedia: The folks at the WikiProject Anime and Manga work really hard to keep their corner of the wiki fresh. If your manga series already have a Wikipedia page, chances are high.

As for your particular manga, I would say it certainly will become anime.

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Thanks for that in-detail reply! And I hope it does become an anime:). – Peter Raeves Jun 24 '14 at 16:55
So this all seems logical, but how do you know that this is what actually happens? Are you involved in the industry and/or have you heard this from someone who is? As is, this sees awfully speculative. – senshin Jun 25 '14 at 2:59
Some of these are good points, but some of them are dubious to me, and you haven't provided any sources. In particular, the stuff about studios considering the status of the manga overseas seems rather strange considering that the profit model for a standard late-night anime is essentially entirely built on DVD sales. Given the number of manga Crunchyroll has (approximately 40 currently), I also can't see that being relevant. Can you provide some evidence that these are actually things production studios look at? (contd.) – Logan M Jun 25 '14 at 4:39
...As for objectionable content, this can affect what kind of anime is made (daytime vs late night vs OVA etc), but it's not at all clear to me how it affects the chances of an anime adaptation. If anything, given the number of late-night shows and hentai OVAs that come out these days, I might suspect it would be more likely that a well-recieved manga with some objectionable content would get an adaptation. Can you provide credible evidence supporting your claim that controversial series are less likely to get adapted? (contd.) – Logan M Jun 25 '14 at 4:39
...In addition, I've not heard of a case of anime adaptation rights options being bought/sold in public. It may happen in private, but there's no way for us to know. Do you have an example of this? Anyway, if you can add citations for some of these dubious claims, this will be a very good answer, but right now there's too much that I'm skeptical of to trust this answer without any sources. – Logan M Jun 25 '14 at 4:40

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