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10 Anime Adaptations That Will Completely Change Manga History

Adapting a manga for an anime series or movie is difficult. Most of the challenges of an adaptation stem from the reality that translating a serialized story into an entirely different medium with a fixed runtime is, quite simply, tedious. Some anime solve this by making necessary creative changes, while others just throw away the source material.

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Unlike polarizing animes berserk (2016) or Tokyo Ghoul √A that can still (hardly) pass as bad or questionable adaptations, some anime have been altered or omitted so much that they could be considered original works with tenuous connections to a pre-existing manga. In the end, only a few names and concepts remained from the original manga.

10/10 Gantz ended where the actual story of the manga only began


Gantz is notorious for being one of the bloodiest ultra violent anime of the 2000s, but if it were a full adaptation of Hiroya Oku’s tech-filled Gantz, it would have been darker and bloodier. The anime ended with the Buddhist Temple Alien Mission where most of the characters died and Kei was the only survivor who may or may not have been run over by a train.

Not only does the manga not have the anime’s notoriously confusing ending, but it has exploded in scope and gore. The Buddhist Temple was the first of increasingly deadly missions that were actually preparations for the alien invasion that Gantz players were secretly trained on. If the anime was just a game of death, the manga was a cosmic epic.

9/10 Shadow Star stopped at the beginning of the manga’s darkness

shadow star

To most anime fans, shadow star (or Naruto) is nothing more than this gritty deconstruction of monster anime Pokemon. The anime started out with Shiina adopting a cute creature she named Hoshimaru and things got even worse after that. As a matter of fact, shadow star ended up with Shiina killing her friend to prevent a monster-led massacre.

Believe it or not, the anime only covered the first act of the manga, and later it got worse and more surreal. As Mohiro Kitoh’s deconstruction of monster tales continued, it evolved into a cosmic horror, culminating in Shiina ending the world. The anime may seem like an edgy takedown of pokemon, but the manga is on another surreal level.

8/10 Akira omitted the manga’s post-apocalyptic epic


Akira is not only one of the most critically acclaimed works of animation ever brought to the big screen, but also one of the most stunning and detailed manga forms ever to be printed. Katsuhiro Otomos Akira is an epic in the truest sense of the word and spans six volumes with over 2000 pages of characters, stories and worlds.

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Because of practical reasons AkiraScope and scope of have been reduced for the big screen. The film adapted the first half of the manga and completely eliminated the post-apocalyptic society that arose after Tetsuo burned Neo-Tokyo. if Akira ended with the destruction of Neo-Tokyo, this was only the beginning of the manga.

7/10 Eat-Man eliminated the manga’s fantasy trappings

eat man

To most old school anime fans, eat man was just another dark sci-fi dystopia traversed by a badass. in the Eat Man’s In this case, Bolt Crank was an immobile mercenary best known for his ability to eat anything and later summon it. But if the anime was a generic sci-fi story, Akihito Yoshitomi’s manga was actually a dark fantasy.

eat man was a mix of sci-fi and fantasy, but Studio Deen’s anime focused on sci-fi since that was the big trend in the 90’s. As a result, most Eat Man’s Secrets made no sense and there were too many dangling threads to tie. After intense fan backlash, a more faithful and fantastical adaptation has come out Eat Man ’98 was published.

6/10 Rosario+Vampire Capu2 abandoned the manga’s subtext for ecchi shenanigans


The 2000s were simultaneously some of anime’s best and most controversial years, as the medium experienced a surge in popularity while also facing an ongoing backlash for the wave of ecchi shows it spawned. One of those ecchi series was Rosario+vampire, a raunchy, supernatural-themed romp that was a far cry from manga.

Rosario+vampire‘sThe first season was a lighter-hearted but still largely faithful adaptation of mangaka Akihisa Ikeda’s mix of fanservice and racism between humans and yokai. The second season (or Capu2) evolved into a full-fledged ecchi show. As a result, Season 1’s attempts to dig deep became futile.

5/10 The Promised Neverland season 2 replaced 100 chapters with new material

The Promised Neverland

One of the most confusing things about The Promised Neverland was that it started out as one of the best anime adaptations of the 2010s, only to ignore the critically acclaimed manga by writer Kaiu Shirai and illustrator Posuka Demizu. For whatever reason, CloverWorks has created a new, more sinister story for the Grace Field kids.

Despite some deviations from the manga, The Promised Neverland Season 2 began faithfully enough before veering into CloverWorks’ retelling of the conflict between human and demon. To make matters worse, Season 2’s notoriously simple story and morale replaced nearly 100 chapters with complicated characterization and world-building.

4/10 Fullmetal Alchemist gave Amestris a new conspiracy and story

Full Metal Alchemist (2003)

In both incarnations of Fullmetal Alchemist, The land of Amestris was the epicenter and victim of a centuries-long conspiracy instigated by a mysterious power-hungry alchemist. However, the central antagonist varied between anime. The first anime featured the all-anime villain Dante, during the reboot brotherhood had the textual father.

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Since Fullmetal Alchemist‘sThe first anime was made when the manga was far from finished, mangaka Hiromu Arakawa allowed Bones to tell her own story. Up until the nightmarish Chimera incident, Bones’ anime stayed true, but due to Dante’s machinations, even the adapted characters and stories were given new context.

3/10 Hellsing had no choice but to create an entirely new conflict

Hellsing (2001)

The 10 part Hellsing Ultimate maybe one of the best OVA series of all time and the Hellsing fans know and love, but it wasn’t the first time that Kouta Hirano’s manga was adapted. in 2001, Hellsing was brought to life in an anime that is arguably more of a workplace horror than the gothic war story of the manga and OVAs.

Hellsing was adapted when the manga was not even half done, forcing Studio Gonzo to write his own story. Gonzo’s continuity focused on the inner workings and staff of the Hellsing Organization, and also conveyed the vampiric immortality of some characters. The OVAs did this too, but they focused more on the epic bloodshed.

2/10 Metropolis is an amalgamation of Osamu Tezuka’s ideas, not a manga adaptation

Metropolis (2001)

In 1949, Osamu made Tezuka Metropolis, A sci-fi manga about the life and tragic death of the android Mitchi. The manga was technically adapted into a movie in 2001, as only the title and a few key concepts remained intact. Instead of this, metropolis was more of a mix of Tezuka’s stories and signature themes.

Unlike Tezuka’s manga, the metropolis Anime focused on dystopian social unrest, and Tima (Mitchi’s second-in-command) was more of a plot device. Shortly, metropolis was rather dirty AstroBoy Update as a manga adaptation. to be fair metropolis itself was a loose adaptation of Fritz Lang’s film of the same name, and the anime film kept that tradition alive.

1/10 Yu-Gi-Oh! Turned a side story into an anime and gaming franchise


In the manga by Kazuki Takahashi Yu-Gi-Oh!, The spirit of ancient Pharaoh’s Atem (or Yami) challenged opponents to dark and deadly shadow games. The games changed with each arc, although the Duel Monsters card game proved so popular that it served as the basis for a highly successful anime and real-life trading card game.

Yu-Gi-Oh! dueling monster focused solely on the Duel Monsters card game, using the manga’s events as a guide for storylines rather than adapting them. A text-accurate adaptation of the manga exists in what is colloquially called “Season 0”, though it has been supplanted by the infinitely more popular and influential ones dueling monster.

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