Posted by: Cobrafire | September 30, 2009

Manga Monday/Cobrafire Five: 5 Best Manga Adaptations

Hiya. It’s been way too damn long.

So, to get back into the habit of posting, I decided to participate in Twitter’s Manga Monday event, Which is Exactly What It Says On The Tin(And yes, it also means I have a Twitter account as well, so follow me dammit!)  It also gives me an excuse to start a segment I like to call The Cobrafire 5, which is me giving 5 reasons for something each week(Why 5 and not 10 you ask? Cause I don’t feel like looking up 10 reasons for something) So this week,in no particular;ar order, it’s the 5 Best Manga Adaptations. So, In the words of one Leeroy Jenkins, “LET’S DO THIS!”

5) Dragonaut: The Resonance

Dragonaut : The Resonance was an incredibly shit Anime. I sat through 24 bloody episodes with a hero so riddled with angst he makes Shinji Ikari look Keet, His “Thong-patch” wearing best friend who’s mad at said hero for stealing his one-sided Gay lover, scantily-clad women with inhumanly possible bust sizes, cheap looking CG effects, and the most hideously corny use of The Power Of  Love this side of Fushigi Yugi. So when I was browsing through One Manga as I usually did and found out there was a Manga of this, I expected the worse.

Imagine my surprise when I found out it was actually good.

For starters, Jin apparently watched Sengoku Basara or Fist Of The North Star, cause whatever Angst he had was knocked the Fuck out and replaced with Badass with a side of Jerk with a Heart of Gold. I shit ye not. Actually, it’ll be just easier to say that any Wangst that existed in the Anime is greatly reduced and the characters are actually likable. The Females are still scantily-clad and have big tits, but who cares really? If I have one complaint, however, it’s the fact that it’s too short (It only 6 chapters long, but since it was in Jump SQ, that means it lasted as long as the Anime.)Sure it does ease the suffering I went through, but it’s a start.

Speaking of suffering, that leads us to…

4)Neon Genesis Evangelion

What can I say about Evangelion that you don’t already know? It’s just as depressing as the Anime, but not as confusing. That and Yoshiyuki Sadamoto has a very short attention span since the Anime came out over a decade ago and the Manga is ending this year. Of course that hasn’t stopped Gainax from releasing 3 Alternate Universe Manga one of which being based off of The Shinji Ikari Raising Project, a game that will never reach the U.S. In conclusion, I want a Girlfriend Of Steel Manga, and I want it NOW!

3) S-Cry-Ed

S-cry-ed the anime was sorta okay, even if it did unleash Hisashi Hirai upon the world. S-cry-ed the manga, however, took the same characters and settings and turned it into “X-Men meets Mad Max and Jojo’s Bizzare Adventure on various narcotics”. Both were written by Yousuke Kuroda, who tends to do the manga versions of the shows he writes differently (For example, the Onegai Teacher manga has Hyosuke falling for Ichigo, not Kaede). In the case of S-cry-ed, he made it so over the top that it manages to reach near-Gurren Lagann levels of absurdity….Six years before Gurren Lagann came out, mind you. While I’m not keen on the art style, it’s worth a look if you can find it.

2) School Days

To be perfectly honest, the only reason this is on the list is because, I could really think of anything else. I not even sure this counts an adaptation to the show or the game. The reason it’s on here  is because of the ending, which I think is far better than the Nice Boat the Anime version gives us.

Here’s the sort version, for those who can’t be arsed to read it: In the second to last chapter, Makoto realizes that he was being an ass and does the proper thing and breaks up Sekai and apologizes to Kotonoha. unfortunately, she’s already gone off the deep end and tries to act out The Bloody Conclusion, but ends up getting Makoto instead. While recovering in the hospital, Makoto receives a phone call and well, just read it.

That look on his face on the next to last page? I enjoyed that far more than I should’ve…

And finally…


Oh, I can hear the Fantards bitching right about now.

“Cobrafire,” they’re saying, “How DARE you say that piece of Adaptation Decay is worth the paper is printed on!”

To which I reply, “Just because your One True Pairing doesn’t exist don’t make it Adaptation Decay.”

In both cases of Mai-Hime and Mai-Otome, Sunrise gave each of the parties responsible for the Manga and Anime the characters and told them to go their own way with it. And in my opinion, the Mangas did a better job with the characters than the Anime.

Yeah, I said it.

Yes, both the Hime and O tome mangas ended up with a generic harem subplot with  fanservice, but so what? I can that unlike the anime, I wasn’t treated to a hefty serving of Mood Whiplash which ended up becoming worse and resolved in one massive Ass Pull(Mai HiME), nor did one of my favorite characters get killed off halfway through, or suffered Character Derailment, or introduced 20 new people at the second to last episode and expected me to care about them (Mai Otome).

Besides, In the manga version, Ers-Chan  can use her tits as weapons. How cool is that!?

Sexiest Weapon of Mass Destruction EVAR!

Sexiest Weapon of Mass Destruction EVAR!

Sadly, with the Otome manga being licensed, I can predict the massive amount of hate for it already.

Well, that’s it for my Manga Monday post for this week. Tune in next time when I actually post a Manga Monday post on a Monday.


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