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Post #415633
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2:41 pm, Oct 14 2010
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Substandard art or even just run-of-the-mill art is a real turn-off for me when it comes to animation. In manga, I can normally tolerate it better, if the story's good, but I see no point at all in watching an anime that isn't visually appealing! Especially if the manga was BETTER. You know what I mean? It feels so disappointing to have enjoyed a manga with lovely art, only to have the anime... sort of ruin it for me. Argh.

So please, recommend to me the BEST anime adaptations you've seen in terms of art and animation, in which the animation quality is as good or even better than the original manga's art quality. And the original manga's art had to be pretty stunning, too. The anime should have no clunkiness, roughness, 'cheating' (like, repeated scenes or pasted-on imagery) or deformation/variation of character designs, and should NEVER give you a feeling of, 'Huh, this could've been done slightly better.' You should be totally satisfied and even impressed by the standard of the anime's art.

I'm slowly beginning to discover that I can cover more 'volumes' in an anime (time-wise) than I can in a manga, because it just takes faster to watch. So I'd like to watch some great anime adaptations, where the art and animation is superb. Otherwise, I'll just stick with the manga format. smile


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Lone Wanderer

3:12 pm, Oct 14 2010
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Do you mind if the anime came out first? (As in, anime adapted to manga and not vice-versa?) If so, then Mononoke is an excellent choice. Both the anime and the manga are really unique and visually appealing, with the most incredible character designs, art and storyline.

Mushishi is another great anime; while slightly less appealing than the manga, it's brilliant nevertheless.

One Outs is also very good if you don't mind sports anime / manga.

Maria-sama ga Miteru - In this case, both the manga and the anime were adapted from a light novel. I think it's pretty good, but wouldn't exactly call it 'excellent'. Still, you should try it.

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insomniac Kagehime

3:19 pm, Oct 14 2010
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2nd Mononoke
Dance in the Vampire Bund
Death Note
Nurarihyon no Mago
Pandora Hearts
Kuroshitsuji the second season looks so awesome (the first one is also good, but not hd)
Hikaru no Go
(Code Geass) but the anime was there first
The World God only Knows it may be a little to colourfull, but the animations are great and Keima looks really moe

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Post #415639
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3:22 pm, Oct 14 2010
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Terra e... - The new TV series is simply mindblowing with art even better than the original manga (not a hard feat given it's datedness and all)

Hellsing Ultimate - Much, much nicer to look at than the TV series.

Death Note - The animation is gorgeous but be prepared to witness some idiotic changes made to the original ending.

I've also heard the X/1999 TV series is very pretty. Don't know how close it follows the original story though as I haven't seen it.

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4:14 pm, Oct 14 2010
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The majority of recent action animes got excellent animations.
Black Lagoon is the best one I can think of right now.
Soul Eater got good animations + the unusual artstyle from the manga, it's worth a try.

Others would be:
Spice and Wolf - originally a light novel though, not sure if it counts as anime adaption.
Seto no Hanayome - awesome anime, especially her chivalry mode. smile
Saki - more fun to watch than read the anime IMO...
...many more...

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4:16 pm, Oct 14 2010
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Ouran High School Host Club's so much better than the manga in terms of art and comedy!

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4:23 pm, Oct 14 2010
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Wow, keep it going, guys!

Yeah calstine, I'm okay if the anime came out first, so long as a manga version also exists!

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4:39 pm, Oct 14 2010
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Durarara!! and Baccano! *cough* though everyone knows they are based on famous light novels, but hey, at least the ratings are high laugh (110% you have seen both *cough*)

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Inactive Phantom

5:50 pm, Oct 14 2010
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King of Bandits Jing
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Normal Person

6:04 pm, Oct 14 2010
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I'd say Fairy Tail, Maid-sama! and Hunter X Hunter.

I really think that the anime versions of Fairy Tale and Maid-sama are kickbutt in terms of graphics (compared to their manga versions,that is).
And HxH manga art was a turn-off for me nevertheless I'm still a fan. Seriously though, the anime's art is waaaaaay better.

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6:30 pm, Oct 14 2010
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bakemonogatari (its from a light novel though)

eureka seven. the music alone is more than excellent enough to watch it, slightly different from the manga(not sure if the manga was 1st or the anime)

arakawa under the bridge. there season 2 now

and tsukihi*coughs blood*.. sorry

Post #415680
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6:52 pm, Oct 14 2010
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adapted form a manga I'm not quite sure, but here are some based on VN or LN:

Umineko no naku koro ni( visual novel)
Bakemonogatari (Novel)(light novel)
Tsukihime(visual novel) - the art is good but not a good adaptation
Phantom ~Requiem for the Phantom~ (visual novel)
Kara no Kyoukai (novel)(light novel)
Aoi Bungaku(six stories are adapted from classic Japanese tales)
Seitokai Yakuindomo(manga)-haven't read the manga, so can't compare

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Post #415683
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7:04 pm, Oct 14 2010
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I'd recommend Black & White (Tekkon Kinkreet). Although it's only a movie...

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7:21 pm, Oct 14 2010
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Ghibli studio movies
Legend of galactic heroes
Guin saga
Rune soldier
Outlaw star
Ghost Slayers Ayashi
Seirei no Moribito

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~Just a Dream~

7:45 pm, Oct 14 2010
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All Type-Moon Stuffs
Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann
Air Gear
Tenjou Tenge
Samurai Deeper Kyo
Hajime no Ippo
Initial D
Tales of the Abyss
Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle

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