Good Sci-Fi Anime Better Manga- Captain Harlock Trigun Akira

6 Iconic Sci-Fi Anime With Better Manga Series | Pro Club Bd

science fiction & anime go together like pepperoni and cheese. Some of the most legendary anime were sci-fi or had sci-fi themes, such as AstroBoy or giant. Then, as the medium matured, the genre expanded. Mobile Suit Gundam and robotech made mecha anime a thing. While Cowboy Bebop and memories competed extraterrestrial and Bladerunner in storytelling and drama.

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Others even transcended their manga origins. One could argue that everyone ghost in the shell The film and television series owes more to the 1995 film’s director, Mamoru Oshii, than to its original creator, Shirow Masamune. Others weren’t so lucky. Whether it’s a few small steps or a big gulf, these sci-fi anime shows fell short of their manga one way or another.

6 Planetes fiddled with the story to fill 26 episodes

Makoto Yukimura planets was a hard hitting sci-fi series in the style of Arthur C. Clarke. An attempt was made to present a realistic version of space travel. No warp starships or alien monsters. Just a story about the DS-12 ‘Toy Box’ crew clearing space debris while dreaming of bigger things. Which usually included fighting an anti-space-terrorist organization, environmental issues, and a chance at a mission to Jupiter.

This down-to-earth sci-fi manga received an anime adaptation that really resonated with sci-fi fans. The 2003 anime series earned the show the 2005 Seiun Award for Best Sci-Fi Series, three years after its comic book predecessor won the same award. Despite this, the anime had to invent its own storylines, character interactions, and subplots in order to fill the required episode count. They weren’t bad, although not as polished as Yukimura’s writing.

5 Space Pirate Captain Harlock changes in all media

Along with Osamu Tezuka, Leiji Matsumoto is considered one of the most influential characters in sci-fi manga. That’s how he made a name for himself Battleship Yamato and Galaxy Express 999 with its pretty Bande Desinée inspired artwork. His style was even used for the space musical Daft Punk Interstellar 5555. One of his most famous characters was Captain Harlock, who debuted in his own manga in 1978. His Space Western setting paved the way for that Cowboy Bebop and trigun among other.

While Harlock has appeared in many films and series, including other franchises, they are all very different from one another. The first anime series doesn’t really follow the plot of the manga and the 1982 film Arcadia of my youth does not follow any of his ancestors. The 2013 CG film is the closest thing to an adaptation, but it adapts the anime series and it cost 3 billion yen to get mixed reviews. So try to get Captain Harlock watching can be an ordeal.

4 Trigun had too much down, not enough development

Vash the Stampede’s Wild West-esque escapades were a nice treat from creator Yasuhiro Nightow in 1995. It even got an anime by Madhouse, which shed some light on Adult Swim’s schedule in the early 2000s. The show has even been lauded for being closer to the manga than other adaptations, with the otherwise pacifist Vash fending off a horde of bounty hunters while trying to figure out why he offered such a hefty price tag.

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Still, it had to make some changes. The manga expanded on the lore of the series, particularly later in its run when the tone darkened. While the anime stayed lighter and added its own plots, characters and superpowers. It also stopped mid-story, ending before it could adjust Trigun Maximum. However, Orange is planning a new series for Crunchyroll. In 2023, Vash’s adventures may finally be complete.

3 Battle Angel was too short

That battle angel OVA adaptations were a fine piece of sci-fi drama as cyber-physicist Daisuke Ido recreated a female cyborg, named her Gally (or Alita, depending on the dub studio) and raised her as his daughter. Except that he also leads a double life as a bounty hunter. After showing an innate talent for fighting, Gally decides to become a slayer as well. It impressed director James Cameron enough to spend nearly 20 years making a live-action version before it was finally filmed to critical acclaim under Robert Rodriguez.

But the OVA only lasted 2 episodes: Rusty Angel and tears sign. Even then they are compressed versions of the gunm Manga’s first two volumes. According to creator Yukito Kishura, he was too committed to the manga to focus much on the anime. He finished it in 1995 and continued Gally’s story in two sequels and a spin-off series. But even 30 years later, there hasn’t been another animation project based onGally’s Adventures.

2 GANTZ just stopped

Hiroya Okus ALL is a product of its time. It offered some strong dramatic beats that even the most hideous characters could garner sympathy for, and the noble question itself. The gory alien-slaying action and after-life issues also drew many gamers. Still, people could easily write off his nihilistic perspective as 2000s-era edginess. Nonetheless, the story of two recently deceased high schoolers who were sucked into an alien-slaying blood sport by the titular GANTZ had its appeal.

Enough for Studio Gonzo to make a 26-episode anime out of it in 2004. It was a good enough adaptation. Until its end. One of the protagonists, Kei, is transported back to the train wreck that killed him. Given the choice of re-enacting his death or defying it, he faces the train, finger pistols it and… it fades to white and ends. It’s up to the audience to find out if Kei lived or not. Or they could just read the manga and get a much more conclusive ending. It could save time compared to catching the anime on Funimation or hoping for a Blu-ray release.

1 Akira is compressed and compromised

Without Akira, “anime” may not even exist as a term for Japanese cartoons. The 1988 film’s cyberpunk tones, mature themes, and excellent animation quality took the medium to a new level. It let the proverbial genie out of the bottle and resulted in the West receiving many more cult classics and must-see movies and shows. However, by the time Katsuhiro Otomo adapted his own manga for the screen, it had been in operation for 6 years and was still going strong. It would not end until 2 years later in 1990.

That Akira Manga had a whole host of minor characters with their own plots, twists, and intrigues. There have been cult leaders, world leaders, and psychic assassins. All were either cut from the film or greatly diminished in importance. It was a necessary evil as the finished film was already two and a half hours long. Yet its condensed storyline feels disjointed and reduced compared to the manga. Instead of waiting for the Hollywood version to get out of development hell, maybe there should be a TV series that gives these extra elements the attention they deserve.

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