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Utsuro no Hako



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PostPosted: Sun Jan 24, 2016 12:58 pm Reply with quote
The article mentions most of my top choices, but one Mike doesn't bring up is The Voynich Hotel by Douman Seiman. It's set at a resort hotel in the South Pacific that's owned by a Mexican wrestler who once beat the crap out of Chuck Norris, and follows the adventures of various drug dealers, international assassins and yakuza who stay there.
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dm



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PostPosted: Sun Jan 24, 2016 1:11 pm Reply with quote
Yotsuba&! even has soundtrack CDs (image albums, I guess they really are).

I had heard a rumor on the Internets that Kiyohiko Azuma disliked something about the Azumanga Daioh such that he vetoed any anime adaptation of Yotsuba&!.

As to manga that I'd like to see adapted to anime... Well, up until a couple of months ago I would have said Dimension W, which I found by tracking down Yuuji Iwahara's works beyond King of Thorn, Darker than Black and Cat Paradise.

Maybe FLIPFLOPS Darwin's Game? You've already mentioned Matsumoto, so: Sunny.

Or Saitou Chiho's Torikae Baya, an adaptation of a Heian-era classic tale of a pair of transgendered siblings.
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 24, 2016 1:15 pm Reply with quote
I was always disappointed that Otomen was never animated. I think it would've looked amazing in anime form with the right director.
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Lemonchest



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PostPosted: Sun Jan 24, 2016 1:36 pm Reply with quote
If Yotsuba&! was about a 15-16 year old, it would have been adapted.
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Sakura Shinguji



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The primary reason there isn't an anime adaptation of Yotsuba&! is because Azuma, as he's publicly stated on more than one occasion, won't approve the making of one, because he doesn't believe it can be done properly so as to represent everything he's put into the manga (not just the plot and story beats, but the feel of the whole thing, as it exists in manga form). I don't truly begrudge him that prerogative, but I do selfishly wish he'd reconsider. I'm sure others agree.

The interesting thing is, is that I'd argue that Nishikiori's anime adaptation of Azumanga Daioh actually improves upon the manga in various ways (here I'll also mention that I think Nishikiori also accomplished the same thing with Angelica Layer). Most notably, as Mike mentions, in its manipulation of the scattershot 4koma vignettes into coherent narrative arcs, but perhaps more significantly in its presentation of the material as far as the wholesale creation of pacing and atmosphere that is hardly present in the original manga due to the 4koma format.

I think a big reason why some fans might hear Azuma refuse a Yotsuba&! anime version and cry "nonsense!" is because they know or at least sense that Nishikiori already showed in Azumanga Daioh, essentially on his own, that it's very possible to achieve the things that Azuma feels might go awry. Not that I'm saying a possible future anime version of Yotsuba&! would have to be helmed by Nishikiori, just that I feel he's shown already that he could pull it off, and I'm sure other directors and writers could do it too, if correctly chosen.

Now, one that that has never come out publicly is whether or not Azuma has any beef with the Azumanga Daioh anime, and that if he does, then that's where hos concern about Yotsuba&! comes from. It's unusual for us to ever hear anything but vaguely positive comments from manga authors about anime adaptations of their work, because that's the polite and correct PR thing to do, even if they're upset. But occasionally we do get an honest and irritation-tinged peek behind the curtain. So there's no way of knowing if that might be the case here or not, but it's a possibility.

Alternately, the most straightforward way for Azuma to assuage his own concerns would be to go full-on auteur and, despite having no such experience under his belt, direct and write and produce the thing himself. But that, of course, would be crazy and unrealistic. Though you never know.
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Themaster20000



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PostPosted: Sun Jan 24, 2016 1:42 pm Reply with quote
I could see Netflix producing an anime adaptation of Vinland Saga. That is a perfect series for that platform. I'd add Dorohedoro to list,though is a series that I can't see any producer touching for a number of reasons.
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Akamaru_Inu



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PostPosted: Sun Jan 24, 2016 1:44 pm Reply with quote
I would give a kidney to have an anime of 20th Century Boys. It's almost the perfect time for one since a lot of the story takes place in 2017.
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Marzan



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PostPosted: Sun Jan 24, 2016 1:45 pm Reply with quote
When I saw the name of the article, Eden and Vinland Saga were 2 of the titles I immediately thought of. While there still hope for Vinland Saga, I think Eden as well as most of Endo's work will go unadapted.

I'd love to see an adaption of 20th Century Boys.
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younglump



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PostPosted: Sun Jan 24, 2016 1:45 pm Reply with quote
No PunPun whaaaaa?
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Beatdigga



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PostPosted: Sun Jan 24, 2016 1:47 pm Reply with quote
Karate Shoukoushi Kohinata Minoru. It's one of those manga that has just about everything you want from a fighting manga, but never got a ton of notice. Damn thing even has a sequel.
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drifty1



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PostPosted: Sun Jan 24, 2016 2:09 pm Reply with quote
Mushoku Tensei - Isekai Ittara Honki Dasu is one I'd like to see done. It's not by any means an original plot, but I think it ranks high in it's genre (boy-gets-killed-and-finds-himself-reborn-in-a-magical-realm).
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xchampion



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PostPosted: Sun Jan 24, 2016 2:25 pm Reply with quote
Theres a little manga called Tuxedo Gin about a boy who gets reincarnated as a Penquin to be close to a girl he likes. Its a hilarious manga in my opinion. It lasted for 15 volumes and it has never been an anime either. I dont know if they finished releasing it all in america yet cause I only read a few of them. Did anyone read this manga or was it just me? Sad
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Angel'sArcanum



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PostPosted: Sun Jan 24, 2016 2:39 pm Reply with quote
Ooooooooooh. So Dark Horse is just taking a hiatus with Eden apparently. Hmm. I thought it was strange that I hadn't heard any news of cancellation anywhere, maybe I should start trying to pick up the volumes then.

Another big manga that should be adapted to an anime is Drops of God. I wish the manga was more popular over here too, I keep going on about it, but it is so good. The extraordinary art, the nicely paced and fascinating story telling and subdued, very adult writing and emotions, everything about it is just marvelous.
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FilthyCasual



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PostPosted: Sun Jan 24, 2016 2:40 pm Reply with quote
Psyren never ;__;
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justsomeaccount



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PostPosted: Sun Jan 24, 2016 2:41 pm Reply with quote
One big problem I personally have with these "why aren't these manga turned into an anime??" is that it automatically assumes that manga are a lesser form of medium in comparison to anime and all manga aspires to be that. When ironically it's more like the opposite, many anime are made to advertize the original manga. But many people don't seem to identify the traits of each medium.

Manga, as comics, while it has a sense of pacing or timing depending of the composition, mostly it's a pure visual medium of consecutive panels that represent moments and are not timed (a still shot in a manga could take more or less seconds for you to read, and interpret there were much more or less seconds in their world. The first part however is the most esential part, reading at your own pace). The way it establishes tone, mood or pacing is very different, and also the structure of the episodes, content per chapter, etc. While there are manga that have nice transition to anime form (many from Shonen Jump), others like Asano Inio, Jiro Taniguchi or works like A Bride Story are hiiiighly improbable, and honestly they shouldn't have to, those are mangas that take advantage of their medium and should be appreciated as such. Not that I'm against adaptations or that they can't capture or improve the original source, but it shouldn't be applied as a general rule.

P.S.: I read the first volume of Lucifer and the Biscuit Hammer and honestly the drawing while very flawed isn't the kind to damage an anime adaptation, that's not the problem. Honestly it's more its structure with sudden quick monologues and over analysis that in manga you tolerate better but in anime it's much more baffling (you get sometimes successful ones, but not very often). Again, not impossible at all to adapt, but there are difficulties. Either way it wasn't popular enough to probably interest to an studio, is it?


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