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Anime that are better than their original manga

Most people agree that most of the time, manga are far better than their anime adaptations. But sometimes, anime adaptations improve upon their source material and are even better. Here's anime I've seen that fit the bill - please reply in the comments if you have other ideas!
1 Toward the Terra TV

Toward the Terra TV

The original manga is short and leaves out much-needed character development and detail that the anime adds to the mix. Consider that it's a 3 volume source manga converted to a 26 episode TV series. In this case, it works, and the additions are nothing but positive.

2 Attack on Titan

Attack on Titan

i was an Attack on Titan manga fangirl since chapter 1, but the anime improves on the original thanks to the action sequences, as well as the color/character designs. The manga's artwork is rather sketchy and crude, and it's nearly impossible to tell most of the characters apart... so even having hair color in the anime was a big step up. 

3 Bunny Drop

Bunny Drop

Anyone who's read the Usagi Drop manga will know what I'm talking about. The anime chooses to not adapt the last part of the manga, which is universally considered to be disturbing and gross. 

4 Deadman Wonderland

Deadman Wonderland

I'm not sure if others agree with me on this, but I preferred the Deadman Wonderland manga because it focused almost entirely on the gory death game aspect of the prison (which imo was the best part of the manga too). Whereas the manga goes full-on boring shounen after some of the initial vols, with multi-chapter, drawn-out and boring fights and other uninteresting crap.

5 Made in Abyss

Made in Abyss

The anime is far superior to the manga in this case - the cinematography, music, and overall appearance help make the source material far more desolate, unnerving, and stunning.


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