Although manga and anime have an enormous following worldwide, there are still people out there who refuse to try out these two special mediums. For those who do not know, manga is a particular style of Japanese cartoon while anime is the animation of the same cartoon art style.
There are many different manga series that usually follow up their creation with the release of an anime adaptation. If you are hesitant about becoming a fan of either, or perhaps you would like to convert a friend into a fan and change their mind about the subject, here are five great adaptations from manga to anime.
1. Dragon Ball Series by Akira Toriyama
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Let’s start with the basics. Akira Toriyama’s masterpiece is quite simple to follow. The main premise revolves around our hero, Son Goku, and his friends collecting the mystical and titular Dragon Balls scattered around Earth. The manga chronicles Goku’s childhood adventures and exploits. However, Goku does indeed grow up before our eyes. As he has a family and realizes his true origins, the manga gets progressively more serious as Earth is put in turmoil time and time again by more villainous alien invaders, demons, and even gods.
The anime adaptations split between Goku’s childhood and through the different phases of his life and eventually leave him with the simple end goal to become the strongest being to exist. You COULD watch and read the manga and anime adaptations for the point of enjoying the riveting story. Or you could enjoy all the big fights and explosions and stuff. It’s really your call here.
2. Naruto and Naruto Shippuden by Masashi Kishimoto
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Naruto takes us on another long journey with another lovable hero. Kishimoto’s manga is placed in a world filled with clandestine, warring nations using and training ninja’s as primary soldiers. The children of each nation are trained from childhood to learn the arts of assassination, subjugation, as well as various weapons training. Each ninja is able to use their own magical abilities, so expect to see lots of epic fights like Dragon Ball.
The main character is the village outcast, yet Naruto dreams of becoming the villages leader and being loved by all of his people in an age of peace. Kishimoto’s anime adaptation is loved by so many across the globe because of how accurate it is in telling the story from the manga, and because the animation allows for beautiful portrayals of key fights and scenes. Naruto and Naruto Shippuden are both very layered stories with plenty twists and conspiracies within. Kishimoto gives us amazing character development with each individual in the huge cast of primary characters. It’s hard not to fall in love with this series. You better believe it!
3. Fullmetal Alchemist by Hiromu Arakawa
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Hiromu Arakawa’s work has its own unique taste. Her story’s setting is similar Europe during the Industrial Revolution. The plot revolves around a pair of brothers known as the Elric brothers. In this world, society is governed by a general-like Fuhrer. The country is once again a constantly warring state. Although guns, tanks, and other weapons are employed, Arakawa uses magic in the form of alchemy in her manga. The Elric brothers actually lose their mother when she dies from an unknown sickness and try to bring her back using the magical science of alchemy. Their plan backfires and they lose parts of their bodies as a consequence of breaking the moral taboo of never using alchemy on the dead.
Arakawa’s manga is equal parts dramatic and symbolic. In her world, there are various forces that the Elric brothers get entangled with on their quest to get the rest of their bodies back. The author adapted her work into two separate anime series. The first, however, is loosely based on Arakawa’s manga and contains a plethora of differences since she let the development team take over the anime project. The second, Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, is held in high regard as a paragon of what the manga was about and follows the manga strictly.
4. Attack On Titan by Hajime Isayama
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Get ready to cry. A LOT. Hajime Isayama’s work is incredibly dramatic and after each page, you’ll be dying to know more. Attack On Titan takes us to similar world as Fullmetal Alchemist in terms of technology and atmosphere. However it varies greatly. This world is not only home to regular humans, but to gargantuan human lookalike beasts known simply as titans. Titans are ravenous and only demand ill will and death to humans, yet they do not appear to be sentient in any way. In fact, most of them have stupid looking faces, which is creepy given how much destruction they cause.
The anime is just as thrilling and stays true to the manga. There are incredible moments in Attack On Titan that sum up its theme of mankind on the brink. You better be ready to not get close to certain characters from the start. They’re probably going to get eaten, stomped on, ripped apart, burned alive, or thrown at something and pop like a flimsy water balloon. This one isn’t for the faint of heart.
5. One Punch Man by ONE
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If you still hate anime and manga after going through the other entries, then One Punch Man may be your saving grace. ONE started his series as a web-comic before creating it into a digital manga and anime. This particular entry is different from all the others in that ONE made his series as a parody of all other manga and anime that revolve around a huge journey for power by the main character and extensive use of huge fights. The main character, Saitama, and the plot, could definitely be called as Goku’s direct antithesis.
Whereas many manga and anime characters must go through intensive training to become powerful, Saitama does so relatively fast compared to other heroes. In fact, the title relates to Saitama’s strength. In many issues and episodes, huge hulking villains give threatening speeches in order to intimidate the puny Saitama. However, he shuts them up quick with one, simple punch. ONE’s series is amazing because it is full of laughs. One Punch Man is literally anime and manga laughing at itself, and that is why it’s perfect for the skeptic.
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