> i would have to say that the anime mai-hime and mai-otome are an
>improvement of the originall manga .
Apart from the fact that in those cases the animes came first, and the
mangas are the adaptions. Pretty poor ones too, unfortunately.
Superior adaptions are certainly few and far between, but then that makes
sense. After all, making something in a new format that is actually superior
to the original material is very difficult and certainly a thankless task.
I do like the way Bleach has gone from manga to anime. Yes, there is a large
amount of filler, but that's something that can't be helped given the
situation, and at least the scriptwriters managed to pull together new plots
and do some character development. On the whole when it comes to manga
content, they've stuck very close to the source, and everything they've
added has been for the better. The best example of this has been in the last
few episodes. There is additional material in there, but it's all for good
character motivation and development reasons, and I love it. Yes, I know the
whole Tatsuki / Orihime thing is never going to happen, as it's a one-way
attraction at best, and most likely is just a good old-fashioned close
friendship, but it's really nice to see the relationship treated with
respect. More screentime for Tatsuki has to be a good thing!
In general I like it when production teams are willing to make changes in
the original material. What works in one format isn't necessarily going to
work in another, and if changes need to be made for the sake of clarity,
pacing or whatever else, it's definitely a plus when the production is
prepared to face down the fanbase. What isn't so good is when unnecessary
changes are made. I know it's not in the least bit yuri (and therefore
off-topic - apologies), but recently Bokurano has been annoying me on this
level. I understand the need to edit for content, and to change the order of
events for added impact, but here they've changed things to make them
actually *less dramatic*. They've taken out things and added things that
manage to totally ruin character insights and personal journeys, and more or
less negates the whole point of the manga. Very very irritating.
However (to get back on topic), I do find that OVAs to anime adaptions tend
to be pretty good. I think that's probably down to the fact that OVAs give
you the pared down bones of the plot, and then series are free to add extra
material to build on characters and give audiences a great insight into
events. Given the choice between OVAs and series I would usually go for the
series every time. The art and animation may be inferior, but the stories
are often a lot more satisfying.
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