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

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

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 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.

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

Naruto has so much potential, but Pierrot changes the manga so much and there's so much unecessary fillers. I'd love a somber version of Naruto portrayng the characters properly. - uoi

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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 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.

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

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 749 episodes to date.

The manga is awesome and the anime is okay.

8 Rosario + Vampire Rosario + Vampire

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 Deadman Wonderland Deadman Wonderland

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

The Contenders

11 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

12 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. - Kiyomi

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.

13 Zatch Bell Zatch Bell

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

14 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.

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

15 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.

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

16 Slam Dunk Slam Dunk
17 Negima! Magister Negi Magi Negima! Magister Negi Magi
18 Akame ga Kill Akame ga Kill

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

19 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


20 Fruits Basket Fruits Basket

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.

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