Top 10 Manga that Need a Better Adaptation

Let's say for fun that a studio wanted to remake an anime and make it more like the manga. Which anime do you think should have had a better manga adaptation? Keep in mind what I'm going to say below is my opinion and you're free to add in your own.

The Top Ten

1 Tokyo Ghoul Tokyo Ghoul Tokyo Ghoul is a Japanese dark fantasy manga series written and illustrated by Sui Ishida. It was serialized in Shueisha's seinen manga magazine Weekly Young Jump between September 2011 and September 2014, and it has been collected in fourteen tankōbon volumes as of August 2014.

The story started to differ from the manga at the end of the first season and the second season was totally different. If they just followed what happened in the manga then it could've been way better. - Undistinguished

Same problem with Black Butler. The first season was alright and then the second season seemed to be lacking with animation and the story. - RoseRedFlower

I have no outright hatred against Tokyo Ghoul nor have I actually gotten to watching it yet, but I can see that both fans and detractors alike were dismayed by Root A's drop in production value and story. Seeing as the Tokyo Ghoul manga came out after the Parasyte manga and the Tokyo Ghoul anime adaptation by Studio Pierrot came before Parasyte got an anime adaptation by Madhouse, my best suggestion is that upcoming anime seasons and content to come for Tokyo Ghoul should try to be more consistent with its animation and more faithful to its source material like Parasyte did. - ModernSpongeBobSucks

2 Bleach Bleach Bleach is a Japanese anime series based on Tite Kubo's manga of the same name. Bleach adapts the first 54 volumes of Tite Kubo's manga series of the same name. In addition, 4 anime-original arcs were broadcast in-between and during the adaptations of original arcs of the manga. more.

The manga is way better than the anime. The animation was nice but it wasn't nearly as uncut as the manga was. - RoseRedFlower

Could have been so much better.

3 Berserk Berserk Berserk, also known as Sword-Wind Chronicle Berserk, is a Japanese anime television series that aired from 1997 to 1998. An adaptation of the manga Berserk, it comprises 25 half-hour episodes produced by Oriental Light and Magic and first aired on Nippon TV.

Such an amazing story. Make it happen.

The ending to Berserk (anime) sucked but I really liked the ending that happened in the manga. I think the series could benefit from it. Not the really bad remake but a good one. - RoseRedFlower

The first anime and the three movies are good. The new berserk 2016 and 2017 are awful, The drawings are so ugly they don't do justice to Miura's sublime art

4 Black Butler Black Butler Black Butler is a Japanese anime television series produced by A-1 Pictures and premiered in October, 2008.

I agree with Black Butler fans that the manga is way better than the anime. The second season was just ridiculous and wasn't nearly as good as the first season. - RoseRedFlower

Season 2 sucks!

5 Naruto Naruto Naruto is an anime and manga franchise Naruto, created by Masashi Kishimoto. The manga was later adapted into a television anime, which was produced by Studio Pierrot and Aniplex. It premiered across Japan on the terrestrial TV Tokyo and other TX Network stations on October 3, 2002. The first series more.

I feel like this show would really benefit from the "DBZ Kai" treatment (a remake/reboot/remaster of it that's more faithful to the manga and removes all the filler). - PerfectImpulseX

Kishimoto was still writing this while the anime was coming out and Naruto was making so much money. So they added in unnecessary filler and flashbacks to drag the story down. The manga was better written and sometimes the animation in Naruto sucked. - RoseRedFlower

Needs a better adaption, needs to be less awkward - EliHbk

The manga was one of the best I ever read - though I was disappointed with the anime. And guess what: no annoying fillers and flashbacks

6 Soul Eater Soul Eater Soul Eater is an anime series directed by Takuya Igarashi and produced by Bones, Aniplex, Dentsu, Media Factory, and TV Tokyo, which adapts the Soul Eater manga written and illustrated by Atsushi Ohkubo.

The manga ending was a lot more satisfying than what the anime gave us. At least the former didn't cop out with Maka simply defeating Asura with a punch to the face (I can understand and praise that it was trying to send a message about bravery, but I kind of felt like they could have at least done it better). To quote a line from Angry Beavers, where in the name of deus ex machina did that one punch come from? Plus, I didn't really like Soul Eater Not! since it paled to the original Soul Eater and really came off as some cheap cash grab in my book. So a reboot would be something to look forward to, though it would have to spark high interest with fans again to become a reality. And please, NO LIVE-ACTION ADAPTATIONS. - ModernSpongeBobSucks

This anime ended way too early and gave us a bad ending. They should have not bothered with Soul Eater NOT and just made another Soul Eater. - RoseRedFlower

That ending made a great anime suffer horribly... - HoneyClover

7 One Piece One Piece One Piece is a manga franchise created by Eiichiro Oda. The manga has been adapted into an original video animation (OVA) produced by Production I.G in 1998, and an anime series produced by Toei Animation, which began broadcasting in Japan in 1999 and has aired 851 episodes to date.

The manga is awesome and the anime is okay.

8 Rosario + Vampire Rosario + Vampire

Everything about the manga is amazing, the storytelling, the character development, the progression to the final battle, the main character going from the weak frail human to the badass full blood Shinzo vampire, the anime lacked anything, that held a candle to what the manga had going for it, it’s not an adaptation, it’s a nameMake at best, and that is being friendly.

I really didn't like this anime but the manga had more effort put into it. I think it deserves a second chance. - RoseRedFlower

Rosario Vampire's second manga was really awesome. - Undistinguished

9 Yu-Gi-Oh! Yu-Gi-Oh! Yu-Gi-Oh! was aired from 2000 to 2004 in Japan, and 2002 to 2006 in the US. It continues where the Toei Anime Left off. When 10th grader Yugi Muto solves the Millenium Puzzle, Yami Yugi emerges, taking control of him to help his friends. In Duel Monsters, they mostly played children's card games because more.

Manga was much more dark and mature. The anime tried to go the more kid friendly route and it didn't always work out great. - RoseRedFlower

Eh, there was really one thing that butchered how people perceived this anime. And it starts with the number 4 and ends with the demographic that it was cheaply trying to appeal to. - ModernSpongeBobSucks

I can't say that I've ever seen anything from this aside from the 4kids anime. I honestly thought that it was good as a standalone, but as far as what it did that differed from the Japanese anime, let alone the manga itself, I can't say. - HeavyDonkeyKong

The manga and anime differ somewhat, but each is superior in some aspects of story and characters. - Crwth

10 Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha ViVid Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha ViVid

The anime would've actually been good if it adapted more of the manga, had less fanservice, and had more fight scenes. - PerfectImpulseX

The Contenders

11 Zatch Bell Zatch Bell

I agree with what you said.

This anime was just mediocre and really didn't end. I read the manga and I have to say it didn't hold up at all to its predecessor. - RoseRedFlower

12 Deadman Wonderland Deadman Wonderland Deadman Wonderland is a Japanese manga series written by Jinsei Kataoka and illustrated by Kazuma Kondou, who also wrote and illustrated the Eureka Seven manga, and published in Shōnen Ace since 2008.

Yeah. While I don't hate the anime adaptation, a lot of executive issues and other factors brought down its series duration. The anime only went so far to adapt only a few arcs up to the Scar Chain arc. The anime could have very well continued off from there and progress into the Forgeries arc and finish it off with the Return to Deadman Wonderland arc like how the manga ended. Unfortunately, what with the anime adaptation doing poorly in its native country in terms of ratings and only gaining momentum in the West especially when it premiered on Toonami during its revival, only 12 episodes were produced and the story would end on a cliffhanger. To make matters worse, Manglobe, the studio that animated Deadman Wonderland and also Samurai Champloo, filed for bankruptcy years ago and shut down. Hopefully, if it ever does spark interest with fans again, it can gain a much better adaptation that either continues where it left off or reboots the entire plot to be more faithful to its ...more - ModernSpongeBobSucks

Sadly, it didn't do so well in Japan so the anime was okay at best. While I personally really like the manga. - RoseRedFlower

13 Pandora Hearts Pandora Hearts

Pandora hearts is beautiful and I'd love to see a T.V. show based on this manga with a better pacing. - uoi

14 Squid Girl Squid Girl Ika Musume is the main character from 'Shinryaku! Ika Musume' an anime about a Squid Girl that wants to punish humanity for polluting the oceans, but ends up breaking a wall and is forced to work at a restaurant to pay off the damages.

Yeah, I prefer the manga.

The manga is so much better!
The anime has some stretched moments at times, and can be pretty boring.
Not only that, the characters are much better in the manga.
In the anime, most characters are unlikeable, while in the manga, they actually show more of their good side.
The only thing I dislike about the manga are the early chapters, which is just ika musume getting punished.
But at least, they are shorter than in the anime..
Thank god.

15 Medaka Box Medaka Box

The anime was great but I wish there was a third season to it which adapted the rest of the manga. - PerfectImpulseX

16 Yona of the Dawn Yona of the Dawn Yona of the Dawn is a Japanese manga series by Mizuho Kusanagi, serialized in Hakusensha's shōjo manga magazine Hana to Yume from August 2009. It has been collected in twenty tankōbon volumes.

The anime was good but manga was much better. - FadedSkye

Don't get me wrong, I loved the anime when I was first watching it, but then I read the manga shortly after and oh my gosh the manga is so good. Better than the anime, which now that I've read nearly all of the content that happens after where the anime stopped (which is a lot) I find the anime to be very underwhelming (although I thought that its ending was underwhelming long before I started reading the manga). - Anonymousxcxc

17 Akame ga Kill Akame ga Kill Akame ga Kill! (アカメが斬る!, Akame ga Kiru! is a manga published in Gangan Joker authored by Takahiro and Tashiro Tetsuya. It received an anime adaptation that premiered on July 6, 2014 and ended on December 14, 2014.

They should have waited for the manga to catch up rather than rush in and give the anime a rushed original ending. - ModernSpongeBobSucks

The manga was way better and this anime also ended terribly. - HoneyClover

18 Slam Dunk Slam Dunk
19 Negima! Magister Negi Magi Negima! Magister Negi Magi
20 Pokemon Pokemon Pokémon, abbreviated from the Japanese title of Pocket Monsters and currently advertised in English as Pokémon: The Series, is a Japanese anime television series, which has been adapted for the international television markets.

An anime based on the manga - uoi


21 Boku No Pico Boku No Pico Boku no Pico is an anime series of three OVA episodes created by Katsuhiko Takayama. It was released to DVD on September 17, 2006.

Seriously, THIS was based on a manga?! - PerfectImpulseX

Do an adaptation where they kill Pico - TwilightKitsune

... There's no way this will ever receive a better adaptation, let alone a good adaptation. - ModernSpongeBobSucks

22 Fairy Tail Fairy Tail Fairy Tail is a manga franchise created by Hiro Mashima. The manga has been adapted into an anime series produced by A-1 Pictures and Satelight, which began broadcasting in Japan on October 12, 2009. Additionally, A-1 Pictures and Satelight have developed seven original video animations and an animated more.

Let’s be honest; after the Tartaros arc, the manga became absolute garbage. I’m pretty sure the anime is gonna be just as bad, if not worse.

23 Fruits Basket Fruits Basket After the accident in which she lost her mother, 16-year-old Tooru moves in with her grandfather, but due to his home being renovated, is unable to continue living with him. Claiming she will find someone to stay with but also fearing the criticism of her family and not wanting to burden any of her more.

Like Soul Eater, the anime barely scratched the surface and ended way too early. They left out 3 characters from the Sohma family and left a lot of unanswered questions. Even Natsuki Takaya hated the anime and refused to have it remade into a second season.

24 Kimagure Orange Road Kimagure Orange Road
25 Twin Star Exorcists Twin Star Exorcists
26 Aku No Hana Aku No Hana

The animation for this anime was so unappealing...

The "rotoscoping" art for the anime is an absolute atrocity, and it got cut off before getting to the best part of the story. Please read the manga instead. - WholeGrainNeko

27 Claymore Claymore Claymore is a dark fantasy manga series written and illustrated by Norihiro Yagi. The series initially premiered in the now defunct Monthly Shōnen Jump in the May 2001 issue, but was moved to one of their sister magazines as the content was deemed too adult for Shōnen Jump’s target demographic.
28 The World God Only Knows The World God Only Knows The World God Only Knows, abbreviated as Kaminomi, is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Tamiki Wakaki. It has been adapted into three anime series produced by Manglobe.
29 Orange Orange
30 Great Teacher Onizuka Great Teacher Onizuka
31 Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches
32 Blue Exorcist Blue Exorcist Blue Exorcist is an anime series directed by Tensai Okamura and produced by A-1 Pictures, which adapts the Blue Exorcist manga written and illustrated by Kazue Kato.

I like the first season and Kyoto Saga. However, Kyoto Saga was an improvement over the first season since the latter involved A-1 Pictures having to come up with an anime-original ending, whereas Kyoto Saga more closely followed the original manga source material. - ModernSpongeBobSucks

33 Gigant-Big Shot Tsukasa Gigant-Big Shot Tsukasa

Look at the anime characters.

34 Dragon Half Dragon Half

The OVA adaptation of this manga is amazing, but the biggest problem with it is it's only 2 episodes, it needs more than just that!

35 Angel Sanctuary Angel Sanctuary

An adaptation in which the darker stuffs are not censured nor changed, Nowadays it's possible making a good T.V. adaptation - uoi

36 Dragon Ball Super Dragon Ball Super Dragon Ball Super is a Japanese anime television series produced by Toei Animation that began airing on July 5, 2015. It is a sequel show to the Dragon Ball manga and the first Dragon Ball television series featuring a new storyline in 18 years.

The manga is much more detailed and makes much more sense - Goku02

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38 Sailor Moon Sailor Moon
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Updated 13 Oct 2019

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