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Any anime that anyone thinks is just better off/works better as a manga?

Haven't read Nichijou but watched the first episode, I could already tell that the jokes might have had a better effect reading them, not watching.
Despite AzuDai's charm, I feel the same with some of its jokes, too.
Lucky Star is also up there.

Is this the slice-of-life curse?


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Nichijou is better as a manga because much if not most of the jokes rely on timing. How long there is between action and reaction, buildup and punchline, etc. Because of this the reader gets to decide for themselves the pace of the atmosphere and can interpret it as per what they find funny. Naturally as a televised animation the timing will be cut short to fit more sponsors in. Despite this I enjoy the direction of Nichijou's anime adaption better. Nothing from the manga was excluded as common anime adaptions go, and instead the opposite happened as they added Helvetica Standard shorts and re-ordered Nano's chapters to give her maximum screentime. They covered as many chapters as they possibly could have with the episode count they were given and still ended on a high note. The manga does go on a little further though and wraps things up nice so I'd recommend reading it once you finish the anime.


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I can't watch Kaiji cause I read the manga and the anime is so slow. Pic is from Strongest Man Kurosawa.


I watched the pilot and the first episode of Nichijou, the succubi are cute, but holy shit is it corny.

Definitely could never see myself watching this again.


Record of Ragnarok manga > anime


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I think you will find that the case for the majority of manga adaptations, especially if you are valuing story over sound/animation. A far more interesting question is if there are any Anime that were better story wise than the manga or LN they are based on.

The first two that I can think of for that are Kino no Tabi and Akira, both of which cut out large sections of story I felt to be completely lacklustre when reading them. Akira the movie does get a bit rushed in explanation, but you can figure it out with the movie alone if you rewatch it a few times. Kino no tabi was just really awful in the Manga or LN, even devolving into having mascot waifu characters. Nakamura is a genius for turning that awful story into a masterpiece.


The anime takes everyday situations and overdramatizes them. Mundane events are animated in the most dynamic, exaggerated manner possible. Everything is set to an orchestral film score. Characters scream at the top of their lungs. It's hard to say if the anime is the realization of the creator's artistic vision for Nichijou or if it is just KyoAni's interpretation. A lot of jokes center around the intense reactions of characters to various situations and I think that intensity is better conveyed through the medium of animation.

Other more subtle aspects of the manga are kind of lost in the anime. The manga constructs scenes as if they are little dioramas filled with miniatures. Props and background elements recur across multiple scenes almost as if they are characters themselves. Scenes are presented from an isometric perspective at times. Care is put into the design of things like desks and pencil erasers. Everything is perfectly on model and precise. Nichijou really appeals to my inner designer. Panels and covers look like something you could hang in an art gallery.


Me personally, I would always prefer slice of life anime over manga but then, I am not one for manga anyway.


why not?

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