Who doesn’t love a spin off? It’s a good way to branch off a series into something new while still catering to its captivating audience. Not that it guarantees success. For each Frasier or Mork & MindyThere is a Joey or After MASH. For each personaThere is a Bomberman act zero.
It happens with anime to. The difference was that some didn’t draw as many looks Thus spoke Kishibe Rohan or Boruto. They were set up as manga, then either stayed that way or didn’t catch on when they escaped the printed page. Here are some examples of anime getting manga spin-offs that have stayed under the radar.
7 Kazumi Magica and Suzune Magica
These offshoots of Puella Magi Madoka Magica were so short and similar that they can be glued together in one entry. Her original series was a gritty deconstruction of the magical girl genre, quite similar to what Neon Genesis Evangelion did it to mecha adventure series like Mobile Suit Gundam.
So it’s perhaps no surprise that its spin-offs are just as heavy. The 5-volume long Kazumi Magica has his amnesiac guide trying to remember her life as one of the Pleiadian Saints as she slowly succumbs to a dark transformation. During the 3-volume long Suzune Magica has its titular character taking out both Magical Girls and their witch enemies before targeting the 4 girls investigating them.
6 Jaco, the galactic patrolman
Created by Akira Toriyama himself, Jako is technically a prequel too dragon ball. However, his events contrast with those of Goku and his friends. It follows Jaco Teirimentenpibosshi, a member of the Galactic Patrol who crash-lands on Earth to prevent an alien invasion. To repair his ship, he meets retired scientist Dr. Ōmori, a nosy police officer named Katayude, and Tights, a young woman who helps Jaco in exchange for a few favors.
A couple more dragon ball Characters appear for some cameos. For example, Tights is Bulma’s big sister, and her family is trying to fix Jaco’s spaceship. Likewise, the alien invasion that Jaco was trying to avert would come from the Saiyans. To Jaco’s relief, they don’t come in the end. Except for a capsule that drops a certain monkey boy at the house of an old man named Son Gohan. Maybe it’s good that Jaco was distracted.
5 BURN THE WITCH
This split from bleaching actually got an animated film, which was released to mild acclaim. Too bad, because the premise sounds interesting enough. Instead of moving on bleaching‘s neo-samurai look, Tite Kubo opted for a horror-fantasy setting in Soul Society’s western department. It follows two women, Noel Niihashi and Ninny Spangcole, who work for Wing Bird in Reverse London.
They are an organization that protects the city from dragon attacks while taking care of the fire breathers and keeping them out of trouble. Their job sounds easy enough until they stumble upon Balgo Parks, a man from ordinary London who has the uncanny ability to attract dragons. Perhaps the upcoming “2. Season” to help flesh it out more. Or at least it will spawn funnier interpretations of Western names like Bruno Bangnyfe, Macy Baljure, and Wolfgang Slashhaut.
4 Food Wars: Shokugeki No Sanji
Food War: Shokugeki no Soma is a fun combination of fanservice and catering service, with some inventive approaches to cooking with some shonen trappings. Does it still have to be about Soma and his friends? Wouldn’t it be more interesting if it suddenly featured characters from a completely different franchise, such as One piece?
wink aside, food wars Creators Yūto Tsukuda and Shun Saeki worked on this series of One piece-based one-shots since 2018. They mostly follow Sanji’s cooking and how it evolved over the course of his journey from his time on the Baratie to the Straw Hat Pirates. This year, the final chapter was released just in time One piece25th anniversary.
3 Death Note: The A-Kira Story
The return of Takeshi Obata and Tsugumi Oba death notice gained some notoriety upon its original release. Ryuk returns to Earth to offer another child, Minoru ‘a-Kira’ Tanaka, a chance with his Death Note. Instead, Tanaka tells Ryuk to wait two years and then make the same offer. He does so, thinking that Tanaka will follow in Light Yagami’s footsteps. Instead, Tanaka offers to sell it online, which piques Ryuk’s interest. He helps Tanaka auction the book online, complete with TV ads and a Twitter hashtag of his own.
The winner is the US President, who buys it for such a large sum that it single-handedly pulls Japan out of its recession. Unfortunately, the King of Death issues a new rule that would punish both Tanaka and the President for selling them. If Tanaka touches the money he made from it, he will die. While the President dies touching what he bought. Though history doesn’t name him directly, it is clearly Donald Trump. No wonder the king enforced this new rule.
2 Neon Genesis Evangelion: The Detective Diary of Shinji Ikari
Hideaki Anno’s teenage mecha introspective analysis has inspired a number of spin-offs. There was a visual novel for the Sega Saturn, a self-aware parody CD drama, and a virtual pet simulator for the Bandai Wonderswan. There was even a Japan-only PS2 game along the lines of Ace Attorney where Shinji investigated crimes and tracked down their culprits. If only this was a manga.
Yes, it was, otherwise this section would have a different title. Written and drawn by Takumi Yoshimura, Shinji Ikari’s Detective Diary takes place in an alternate universe where Shinji is trying to help his friend Toji against some gangsters. Luckily, private detective Ryoji Kaji and his striking assistant Kaworu Nagisa are there to help. Only, rather than tackle the case themselves, they instead help Shinji conduct the investigation. It seems that they, and especially Kaworu, have an agenda of their own.
1 Hokuto No Ken: Seikimatsu Drama Satsuei-Den
Fist of the North Star has been around for almost 40 years and it’s received a slew of manga prequels, sequels, and alternate takes. SOkoku no GarO followed the popular supporting character Rei on the search for his parents’ killer. heart of the encounter the big fat meme character Heart imagined as a handsome Bishonen boy in his childhood. Taisen Amiba no Isekai HaO Densetsu sent the egomaniacal villain Amiba to another world to get a second chance at life.
However, the most interesting spin-off might be the latest one. Hiroshi Kurao Seikimatsu drama Satsuei-Den (“Post-Apocalypse Filming Arc”) reimagines the original events of the manga as a TV drama. Kenshiro, his friends, and his foes are now actors, wrestling with their lyrics and clues as their intrepid crew tries to piece together the show’s stunts. The manga was released in February 2021 and is still ongoing Funny Zeno Website.
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