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* The 2122-page ''Manga/{{Akira}}'' manga was condensed into a 120-minute movie by ending it 3/5 of the way through (the manga itself was not completed at the time), eliminating subplots and fusing several scenes together.
** Similar ''Manga/NausicaaOfTheValleyOfTheWind'' animated movie ends at around volume two of the seven-volume manga.



* Creator/MamoruOshii turned 300-odd pages of the ''Manga/GhostInTheShell'' manga into an [[Anime/GhostInTheShell 80-minute movie]] by selectively picking out only a handful of chapters out of the entire story (not even covering them in the order that they appear), changing some scenes, removing many of the characters and changing the personality of the characters who were left in. A good 5 minutes of the movie is just spent showing SceneryPorn while children sing a mystic chanting song. It serves no purpose at all. The 2nd movie comes off even more confusing because it was created using the exact same manner as the first, including the mystic chanting SceneryPorn.



* The 2122-page ''Manga/{{Akira}}'' manga was condensed into a 120-minute movie by ending it 3/5 of the way through (the manga itself was not completed at the time), eliminating subplots and fusing several scenes together.
** Similar ''Manga/NausicaaOfTheValleyOfTheWind'' animated movie ends at around volume two of the seven-volume manga.
* Creator/MamoruOshii turned 300-odd pages of the ''Manga/GhostInTheShell'' manga into an [[Anime/GhostInTheShell 80-minute movie]] by selectively picking out only a handful of chapters out of the entire story (not even covering them in the order that they appear), changing some scenes, removing many of the characters and changing the personality of the characters who were left in. A good 5 minutes of the movie is just spent showing SceneryPorn while children sing a mystic chanting song. It serves no purpose at all. The 2nd movie comes off even more confusing because it was created using the exact same manner as the first, including the mystic chanting SceneryPorn.
22nd Nov '16 7:07:07 AM rafi
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* The 2122-page ''Manga/{{Akira}}'' manga was condensed into a 120-minute movie by ending it 3/5 of the way through (the manga itself was not completed at the time), eliminating subplots and fusing several scenes together.
* The ''Road to 2002'' animated adaptation of ''Manga/CaptainTsubasa'', the premise was to cover the first manga series up to the 3rd manga series (the titular Road to 2002), but in practice is merely a rushed retelling of the beginning of the manga series and altering the many sub-plots along the way to catch up with the later manga series; to wit: all romantic subplots from the manga were dropped, even the one involving ''the protagonist himself'' who would be married by the 2002 arc, some LoveInterests for the guys were introduced, only to provide support as they never went anywhere, while other girls weren’t lucky enough ''to even exist'' in this adaptation. Removing the romance wouldn’t be so bad if originally it wasn’t one of the main forces keeping and inspiring the guys to continue playing soccer, but is, and by removing it several events had to be altered or to be downright ignored.
* ''Manga/IkkiTousen'': the first season was in line with the early volumes of the manga. Subsequent seasons and specials, however, went its own way, only taking some of the source material as inspiration. Other times, it ignored the source material completely and even created an original character or two; the tone of the series was also subject of some changes, as the anime doesn’t take itself too seriously and greatly exaggerates some relations between girls into something that could be a [[CastFullOfGay cast full of lesbians]] [[EveryoneIsBi and bisexuals]]. In the manga, there is actually more women commenting and lusting after men than the inverse. Even Kan’u has expressed her idea on what a man of valor should be; the pacing of the manga is much slower as the setting takes itself more seriously and the violence is much more graphic.
* ''Anime/MazingerZ'': The anime removed many unnecessary characters (such as the Inspector Ankokuji, the Gamia and the twins Loru and Lori) and storylines and streamlined several stories (like the Lorelei story), trying to make the plot more cohesive and coherent.
* Similar to the above example, ''Manga/NausicaaOfTheValleyOfTheWind'' ends at around volume two of the seven volume manga.
* ''Anime/RebuildOfEvangelion'' seemed to be going this route for the first movie, but the second movie introduced a number of changes to the storyline and the third [[spoiler:goes completely OffTheRails and into brand-new territory.]] The manga also counts in this category, as it removes a lot of the anime's more superfluous scenes (as well as [[AdaptationExpansion adding some of its own]]), streamlines angel battles, and removes a high quotient of MindScrew scenes. However, some of the characters have their personalities and backgrounds altered, so there is some AdaptationDecay to it.
* Anime {{Compilation Movie}}s are like this. The ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam'' trilogy, especially the third installment, ''Encounters In Space'' is a particularly good example.
** One large example are the quartet of ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamSeedDestiny'' movies. ''Destiny'' had a number of flaws, and while the movies didn't alter the storyline, they did do some editing to mitigate the worst of it: flashbacks were greatly reduced, a couple new scenes were added to clarify certain plot points, and Athrun was made the viewpoint character, rather than Shinn or Kira, which improved the story's flow somewhat.
** Another example is ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamAGE Memory of Eden]]'', the AGE movie. It comes across as an AuthorsSavingThrow after the disastrous final run of AGE, and cuts out most of the story to focus exclusively on Asemu Asuno and Zeheart Gallette (which most fans thought was the best part of the show). This turns the story from a sprawling, shallow plot of a 75-year long war to a character-driven, personal story with the war as a backdrop, and goes a long way to justifying the actions Zeheart took at the end of the show, which seem to come out of nowhere in the series itself.

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* The 2122-page ''Manga/{{Akira}}'' manga was condensed into a 120-minute movie by ending it 3/5 of the way through (the manga itself was not completed at the time), eliminating subplots and fusing several scenes together.
* The ''Road to 2002'' animated adaptation of ''Manga/CaptainTsubasa'', the premise was to cover the first manga series up to the 3rd manga series (the titular Road to 2002), but in practice is merely a rushed retelling of the beginning of the manga series and altering the many sub-plots along the way to catch up with the later manga series; to wit: all romantic subplots from the manga were dropped, even the one involving ''the protagonist himself'' who would be married by the 2002 arc, some LoveInterests for the guys were introduced, only to provide support as they never went anywhere, while other girls weren’t lucky enough ''to even exist'' in this adaptation. Removing the romance wouldn’t be so bad if originally it wasn’t one of the main forces keeping and inspiring the guys to continue playing soccer, but is, and by removing it several events had to be altered or to be downright ignored.
* ''Manga/IkkiTousen'': the
first season was in line of the ''Manga/AhMyGoddess'' anime essentially cuts out everything that's not relevant to Keiichi and Belldandy's romance, with the early volumes exception of the manga. Subsequent seasons Lord of Terror arc, and specials, however, went its own way, only taking some of in so doing, manages to develop the source material as inspiration. Other times, it ignored the source material completely and even created an original character or two; the tone of the series was also subject of some changes, as the anime doesn’t take itself too seriously and greatly exaggerates some relations between girls into something that could be a [[CastFullOfGay cast full of lesbians]] [[EveryoneIsBi and bisexuals]]. In the manga, there is actually more women commenting and lusting after men romance farther than the inverse. Even Kan’u has expressed her idea on what a man of valor should be; the pacing of the manga is much slower as has ever gone in 24 episodes (with Urd and Skuld each getting a side story to round out the setting takes itself more seriously and the violence is much more graphic.
* ''Anime/MazingerZ'': The anime removed many unnecessary characters (such as the Inspector Ankokuji, the Gamia and the twins Loru and Lori) and
season). When it was picked up for a second season, by contrast, they simply did a CompressedAdaptation of several manga storylines and streamlined several stories (like the Lorelei story), trying to make the plot more cohesive and coherent.
* Similar to the above example, ''Manga/NausicaaOfTheValleyOfTheWind'' ends at around volume two of the seven volume manga.
* ''Anime/RebuildOfEvangelion'' seemed to be going this route for the first movie, but the second movie introduced a number of changes to the storyline and the third [[spoiler:goes completely OffTheRails and into brand-new territory.]] The manga also counts
put together in this category, as it removes a lot of the anime's more superfluous scenes (as well as [[AdaptationExpansion adding some of its own]]), streamlines angel battles, and removes a high quotient of MindScrew scenes. However, some of the characters have their personalities and backgrounds altered, so there is some AdaptationDecay to it.
* Anime {{Compilation Movie}}s are like this. The ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam'' trilogy, especially the third installment, ''Encounters In Space'' is a particularly good example.
** One large example are the quartet of ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamSeedDestiny'' movies. ''Destiny'' had a number of flaws, and while the movies didn't alter the storyline, they did do some editing to mitigate the worst of it: flashbacks were greatly reduced, a couple new scenes were added to clarify certain plot points, and Athrun was made the viewpoint character, rather than Shinn or Kira, which improved the story's flow somewhat.
** Another example is ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamAGE Memory of Eden]]'', the AGE movie. It comes across as an AuthorsSavingThrow after the disastrous final run of AGE, and cuts out most of the story to focus exclusively on Asemu Asuno and Zeheart Gallette (which most fans thought was the best part of the show). This turns the story from a sprawling, shallow plot of a 75-year long war to a character-driven, personal story with the war as a backdrop, and goes a long way to justifying the actions Zeheart took at the end of the show, which seem to come out of nowhere in the series itself.
no particular order.



* The film version of Creator/LeijiMatsumoto's ''Manga/GalaxyExpress999'' – not so much a compilation as a new adaptation of the original manga series – cuts out much of the unnecessary melodramatic elements of the original to focus on the core story-arc, while at the same time expanding on Tetsuro's quest to get revenge on Count Mecha.
* The live-action series of ''Manga/OuranHighSchoolHostClub'' was this to and the anime that came before it, given how it's only 13 episodes long. It cuts about half of the material from the anime.

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* The film version anime adaptation of Creator/LeijiMatsumoto's ''Manga/GalaxyExpress999'' – not so much a compilation as a new ''Manga/AoiHana'' concentrates mostly on the lead characters, with the relationship between Fumi and Yasuko taking central stage. This leads to it having more focus than the original manga, since Shimura loves to introduce loads of extraneous characters with their own back stories.
* The anime
adaptation of the original manga light novel series – cuts out much ''LightNovel/AriaTheScarletAmmo'' removes quite a bit of the unnecessary melodramatic elements of GunPorn as well as the original to focus on protagonist's FirstPersonSmartass tendencies; and his general inner thoughts. While the core story-arc, while at the same time expanding on Tetsuro's quest to get revenge on Count Mecha.
* The live-action series of ''Manga/OuranHighSchoolHostClub'' was this to and
gun info wasn't really necessary the anime that came before it, given how it's only 13 episodes long. It cuts about half of never gives a real reason why we should like the material from protagonist; it makes what was justifiable dislike for his situation seem like plain old angst. This is due to the anime.character being the type convey his reasons in his thoughts rather than explaining his circumstances to other people; which the Anime never really displays properly.



* Creator/MamoruOshii turned 300-odd pages of the ''Manga/GhostInTheShell'' manga into an [[Anime/GhostInTheShell 80-minute movie]] by selectively picking out only a handful of chapters out of the entire story (not even covering them in the order that they appear), changing some scenes, removing many of the characters and changing the personality of the characters who were left in. A good 5 minutes of the movie is just spent showing SceneryPorn while children sing a mystic chanting song. It serves no purpose at all. The 2nd movie comes off even more confusing because it was created using the exact same manner as the first, including the mystic chanting SceneryPorn.

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* Creator/MamoruOshii turned 300-odd pages ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'': In the manga, Annie became Eren's mentor, to which the two grew a mutual respect and admiration for each other. This is removed from the anime and causes Eren's hesitation to [[spoiler:accept Annie as an enemy]] to come a little out of nowhere. An upcoming ''Attack on Titan'' compilation film titled "Wings of Freedom" will include more of Eren and Annie's interactions from the manga however.
** Forgone in the anime is Mikasa's inner monologue explaining Levi's ankle injury, so the seriousness
of the ''Manga/GhostInTheShell'' injury is left a bit more vague.
* The anime version of ''Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia'', while having a number of differences from the source material, does try to stay close to the manga.
* ''Manga/AyashiNoCeres'' was compressed from a 14 volume
manga into an [[Anime/GhostInTheShell 80-minute movie]] by selectively picking to a 24 episode anime, leaving out only a handful of chapters out several chunks of the original manga. To make up for this, [[LawOfConservationOfDetail either entire story (not even covering them expeditions of Aya's group to find the hagoromo in various cities and prefectures were left out]], or if the details were a bit more important, they were fused together with other details.
* The original anime of ''Manga/{{Berserk}}''. It mostly focuses on the Golden Age arc (with some of the Black Swordsman arc
in the order that they appear), changing some scenes, removing beginning) and for the most part, it follows the story fairly well despite being LighterAndSofter than its source. However, many of the characters important to the story are strangely absent in the anime version. Most notable are [[OurFairiesAreDifferent Puck]] and changing the personality of [[DemBones Skull]] [[AnimatedArmor Knight]].
* In
the characters who were left in. A good 5 minutes of same vein as ''Manga/BlackButler'' was ''Anime/SteelAngelKurumi'', whose story went a completely different direction in the movie is just spent showing SceneryPorn while children sing a mystic chanting song. It serves no purpose at all. anime than the manga. Its direct continuation ''Encore'' and its sequels ''2'' and ''Zero'' stay with that same vein and the only thing brought over from the manga by that point where the main Angel trio's outfits used in ''2''.
*
The 2nd movie comes off ''Manga/BlackLagoon'' OVA "Roberta's Blood Trail" had the tough task of adapting a manga story arc ("El Baile De La Muerte") that most fans agree went on too long and suffered from poor pacing. For reference, the OVA lasts about as long as the Japan arc from the second season, but has to adapt twice as many chapters. The OVA compresses the narrative without cutting information, changes the order of scenes for dramatic emphasis. Significantly, the action scenes that took up so many manga volumes are shorter, more comprehensible, and more exciting when animated.
* The manga adaptation of ''VideoGame/BreathOfFireIV''. This is a condensation of a 40- to 80-hour video game with a ''very'' large number of {{Fetch Quest}}s, two largely separate plotlines that don't interweave until close to the end, and MultipleEndings into a five-volume (and around 175 pages per volume) manga series. Just getting things sorted into a linear storyline was impressive in and of itself;
even more confusing impressive, they managed to incorporate both the Good Ending ''and'' the DownerEnding into a linear plot.
* The ''Road to 2002'' animated adaptation of ''Manga/CaptainTsubasa'', the premise was to cover the first manga series up to the 3rd manga series (the titular Road to 2002), but in practice is merely a rushed retelling of the beginning of the manga series and altering the many sub-plots along the way to catch up with the later manga series; to wit: all romantic subplots from the manga were dropped, even the one involving ''the protagonist himself'' who would be married by the 2002 arc, some LoveInterests for the guys were introduced, only to provide support as they never went anywhere, while other girls weren’t lucky enough ''to even exist'' in this adaptation. Removing the romance wouldn’t be so bad if originally it wasn’t one of the main forces keeping and inspiring the guys to continue playing soccer, but is, and by removing it several events had to be altered or to be downright ignored.
* The manga adaptation of ''Anime/CodeGeass'' ''Lelouch Of The Rebellion'' simplifies and compresses the series' main storyline in eight volumes and removes most of the less meaningful subplots or characters. It also removes the giant mechas and the action sequences that accompany them entirely, which was probably done
because that works ''much'' better in animated format than it was created using the exact same manner as the first, including the mystic chanting SceneryPorn.would on page.



* ''Manga/YuYuHakusho'' condenses the events of the first two volumes, in which Yusuke helps out spirits in stories completely unrelated to the battles of the later manga, into five episodes, all centered around the essential events; 1)Yusuke dies, 2)Yusuke finds out what he has to do to come back to life, 3)Yusuke helps his old rival Kuwabara, 4)Yusuke sacrifices his work toward resurrection to save Keiko and as a result 5)comes back to life. It also condensed the ending into a single episode (cutting out a lot of pointless stuff including an out-of-nowhere fight with human terrorists), and actually showed Yusuke's fight with Yomi to its conclusion (when in the manga, it abruptly stops at the end of Chapter 169). Also, the original manga ending had a lengthy explanation about how evil demons were a VocalMinority, humans had made them what they were, and Spirit World authorities had been brainwashing a lot of demons into committing crimes so that Spirit World could look good. This soiled the point of peace between humans and demons being established, as it made the demons look much too blameless. The anime cuts all this out, and both sides (humans and demons) are left much more even in terms of fault.

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* ''Manga/YuYuHakusho'' condenses the events of the first two volumes, in which Yusuke helps out spirits in stories completely unrelated to the battles of the later manga, into five episodes, all centered around the essential events; 1)Yusuke dies, 2)Yusuke finds out what he has to do to come back to life, 3)Yusuke helps his old rival Kuwabara, 4)Yusuke sacrifices his work toward resurrection to save Keiko and as a result 5)comes back to life. It also condensed the ending into a single episode (cutting ''Anime/DragonBallKai'' cut out a lot of pointless stuff including an out-of-nowhere fight with human terrorists), the {{Filler}} and actually showed Yusuke's fight with Yomi to its conclusion (when [[InactionSequence Inaction Sequences]] in the manga, it abruptly stops at original ''Anime/DragonBallZ''. Not only did this reduce the end of Chapter 169). Also, story from 291 episodes down to 159, but it was also far more faithful to the original manga ending had than the 1989 TV series.
* ''Dragon Ball SD'' is
a lengthy explanation about how evil demons were a VocalMinority, humans had made them what they were, heavily abridged retelling of the original ''Manga/DragonBall''. For example, Goku learns the Kamehameha the first time he meets Master Roshi (he uses it to blast Pilaf's mecha rather than Ox-King's mountain) and Spirit World authorities had been brainwashing a lot of demons into committing crimes so that Spirit World could look good. This soiled Chi-Chi joins the point of peace between humans and demons group when they're in the desert being established, as it made the demons look much too blameless. The anime cuts all this out, and both sides (humans and demons) are left much more even in terms of fault.chased by Yamcha.



* The manga adaptation of ''VideoGame/BreathOfFireIV''. This is a condensation of a 40- to 80-hour video game with a ''very'' large number of {{Fetch Quest}}s, two largely separate plotlines that don't interweave until close to the end, and MultipleEndings into a five-volume (and around 175 pages per volume) manga series. Just getting things sorted into a linear storyline was impressive in and of itself; even more impressive, they managed to incorporate both the Good Ending ''and'' the DownerEnding into a linear plot.

to:

* The manga film version of Creator/LeijiMatsumoto's ''Manga/GalaxyExpress999'' – not so much a compilation as a new adaptation of ''VideoGame/BreathOfFireIV''. This is a condensation of a 40- to 80-hour video game with a ''very'' large number of {{Fetch Quest}}s, two largely separate plotlines that don't interweave until close to the end, and MultipleEndings into a five-volume (and around 175 pages per volume) original manga series. Just getting things sorted into a linear storyline was impressive in and series – cuts out much of itself; even more impressive, they managed to incorporate both the Good Ending ''and'' unnecessary melodramatic elements of the DownerEnding into a linear plot.original to focus on the core story-arc, while at the same time expanding on Tetsuro's quest to get revenge on Count Mecha.



* ''[[Anime/TheIdolmaster The Idolm@ster]]'' anime combines story elements from all of the game routes, and Miki, Takane, and Hibiki are already part of 765 Pro from the start instead of eventually defecting from 961 Pro.
* ''Manga/IkkiTousen'': the first season was in line with the early volumes of the manga. Subsequent seasons and specials, however, went its own way, only taking some of the source material as inspiration. Other times, it ignored the source material completely and even created an original character or two; the tone of the series was also subject of some changes, as the anime doesn’t take itself too seriously and greatly exaggerates some relations between girls into something that could be a [[CastFullOfGay cast full of lesbians]] [[EveryoneIsBi and bisexuals]]. In the manga, there is actually more women commenting and lusting after men than the inverse. Even Kan’u has expressed her idea on what a man of valor should be; the pacing of the manga is much slower as the setting takes itself more seriously and the violence is much more graphic.
* In anime version of Manga/KindaichiCaseFiles this happens almost every time when the animators pick up a case from the ''Short Files'' series and try to fit it into one episode.
* The manga of ''LightNovel/TheMageWillMasterMagicEfficientlyInHisSecondLife'' notably changes or leaves out certain events of the web-novel, such as Zeff dealing with the bandits attacking a caravan, skipping straight into the formation of their guild. Likewise, the web-novel is much darker (such as Zeff killing bandits without a second thought), whereas in the manga it centers around the shounen elements.



* The anime adaptation of ''Manga/AoiHana'' concentrates mostly on the lead characters, with the relationship between Fumi and Yasuko taking central stage. This leads to it having more focus than the original manga, since Shimura loves to introduce loads of extraneous characters with their own back stories.
* The ''Manga/BlackLagoon'' OVA "Roberta's Blood Trail" had the tough task of adapting a manga story arc ("El Baile De La Muerte") that most fans agree went on too long and suffered from poor pacing. For reference, the OVA lasts about as long as the Japan arc from the second season, but has to adapt twice as many chapters. The OVA compresses the narrative without cutting information, changes the order of scenes for dramatic emphasis. Significantly, the action scenes that took up so many manga volumes are shorter, more comprehensible, and more exciting when animated.
* ''Manga/AyashiNoCeres'' was compressed from a 14 volume manga to a 24 episode anime, leaving out several chunks of the original manga. To make up for this, [[LawOfConservationOfDetail either entire expeditions of Aya's group to find the hagoromo in various cities and prefectures were left out]], or if the details were a bit more important, they were fused together with other details.
* The first season of the ''Manga/AhMyGoddess'' anime essentially cuts out everything that's not relevant to Keiichi and Belldandy's romance, with the exception of the Lord of Terror arc, and in so doing, manages to develop the romance farther than the manga has ever gone in 24 episodes (with Urd and Skuld each getting a side story to round out the season). When it was picked up for a second season, by contrast, they simply did a CompressedAdaptation of several manga storylines put together in no particular order.
* ''Anime/DragonBallKai'' cut out a lot of the {{Filler}} and [[InactionSequence Inaction Sequences]] in the original ''Anime/DragonBallZ''. Not only did this reduce the story from 291 episodes down to 159, but it was also far more faithful to the original manga than the 1989 TV series.
* ''Dragon Ball SD'' is a heavily abridged retelling of the original ''Manga/DragonBall''. For example, Goku learns the Kamehameha the first time he meets Master Roshi (he uses it to blast Pilaf's mecha rather than Ox-King's mountain) and Chi-Chi joins the group when they're in the desert being chased by Yamcha.
* ''[[Anime/TheIdolmaster The Idolm@ster]]'' anime combines story elements from all of the game routes, and Miki, Takane, and Hibiki are already part of 765 Pro from the start instead of eventually defecting from 961 Pro.
* The manga adaptation of ''Anime/CodeGeass'' ''Lelouch Of The Rebellion'' simplifies and compresses the series' main storyline in eight volumes and removes most of the less meaningful subplots or characters. It also removes the giant mechas and the action sequences that accompany them entirely, which was probably done because that works ''much'' better in animated format than it would on page.
* The ''Manga/TriGun'' anime is significantly distilled from the original manga. For instance, the anime doesn't even feature Livio as a character, and many of the Gung Ho Guns only get a few minutes of screentime, or are replaced entirely. To be fair, though, the production of the anime began partway through the manga's lifetime, and since about three print issues can be squeezed into a single aired episode, it quickly [[OvertookTheManga outpaced the source material]].
** In addition to the distillation, the anime is in many regards just ''different'' from the source manga. Some of the bonus gaiden stories appeared as filler material for the first few episodes, probably to give the manga a month or two to go on with storyline before beginning with the story itself. One can fairly easily see exactly where the divergence begins; most of the early story arcs are nearly identical in both media, even down to having the exact same lines, but around where Monev the Gale first appears, the two stores take somewhat different directions.
* The anime version of ''Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia'', while having a number of differences from the source material, does try to stay close to the manga.

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* ''Anime/MazingerZ'': The anime adaptation of ''Manga/AoiHana'' concentrates mostly on the lead characters, with the relationship between Fumi and Yasuko taking central stage. This leads to it having more focus than the original manga, since Shimura loves to introduce loads of extraneous removed many unnecessary characters with their own back stories.
* The ''Manga/BlackLagoon'' OVA "Roberta's Blood Trail" had the tough task of adapting a manga story arc ("El Baile De La Muerte") that most fans agree went on too long and suffered from poor pacing. For reference, the OVA lasts about as long
(such as the Japan arc from Inspector Ankokuji, the second season, but has to adapt twice as many chapters. The OVA compresses Gamia and the narrative without cutting information, changes the order of scenes for dramatic emphasis. Significantly, the action scenes that took up so many manga volumes are shorter, more comprehensible, twins Loru and more exciting when animated.
* ''Manga/AyashiNoCeres'' was compressed from a 14 volume manga to a 24 episode anime, leaving out several chunks of the original manga. To make up for this, [[LawOfConservationOfDetail either entire expeditions of Aya's group to find the hagoromo in various cities
Lori) and prefectures were left out]], or if the details were a bit more important, they were fused together with other details.
* The first season of the ''Manga/AhMyGoddess'' anime essentially cuts out everything that's not relevant to Keiichi and Belldandy's romance, with the exception of the Lord of Terror arc, and in so doing, manages to develop the romance farther than the manga has ever gone in 24 episodes (with Urd and Skuld each getting a side story to round out the season). When it was picked up for a second season, by contrast, they simply did a CompressedAdaptation of several manga
storylines put together in no particular order.
and streamlined several stories (like the Lorelei story), trying to make the plot more cohesive and coherent.
* ''Anime/DragonBallKai'' cut Anime {{Compilation Movie}}s are like this. The ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam'' trilogy, especially the third installment, ''Encounters In Space'' is a particularly good example.
** One large example are the quartet of ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamSeedDestiny'' movies. ''Destiny'' had a number of flaws, and while the movies didn't alter the storyline, they did do some editing to mitigate the worst of it: flashbacks were greatly reduced, a couple new scenes were added to clarify certain plot points, and Athrun was made the viewpoint character, rather than Shinn or Kira, which improved the story's flow somewhat.
** Another example is ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamAGE Memory of Eden]]'', the AGE movie. It comes across as an AuthorsSavingThrow after the disastrous final run of AGE, and cuts
out a lot most of the {{Filler}} story to focus exclusively on Asemu Asuno and [[InactionSequence Inaction Sequences]] in Zeheart Gallette (which most fans thought was the original ''Anime/DragonBallZ''. Not only did this reduce best part of the show). This turns the story from 291 episodes down a sprawling, shallow plot of a 75-year long war to 159, but it was also far more faithful to a character-driven, personal story with the original manga than war as a backdrop, and goes a long way to justifying the 1989 TV series.
* ''Dragon Ball SD'' is a heavily abridged retelling
actions Zeheart took at the end of the original ''Manga/DragonBall''. For example, Goku learns the Kamehameha the first time he meets Master Roshi (he uses it show, which seem to blast Pilaf's mecha rather than Ox-King's mountain) and Chi-Chi joins the group when they're come out of nowhere in the desert being chased by Yamcha.
* ''[[Anime/TheIdolmaster The Idolm@ster]]'' anime combines story elements from all of the game routes, and Miki, Takane, and Hibiki are already part of 765 Pro from the start instead of eventually defecting from 961 Pro.
series itself.
* The manga adaptation live-action series of ''Anime/CodeGeass'' ''Lelouch Of The Rebellion'' simplifies ''Manga/OuranHighSchoolHostClub'' was this to and compresses the series' main storyline in eight volumes and removes most of the less meaningful subplots or characters. It also removes the giant mechas and the action sequences that accompany them entirely, which was probably done because that works ''much'' better in animated format than it would on page.
* The ''Manga/TriGun'' anime is significantly distilled from the original manga. For instance,
the anime doesn't even feature Livio as a character, and many that came before it, given how it's only 13 episodes long. It cuts about half of the Gung Ho Guns only get a few minutes of screentime, or are replaced entirely. To be fair, though, the production of the anime began partway through the manga's lifetime, and since about three print issues can be squeezed into a single aired episode, it quickly [[OvertookTheManga outpaced the source material]].
** In addition to the distillation, the anime is in many regards just ''different''
material from the source manga. Some of the bonus gaiden stories appeared as filler material anime.
* ''Anime/RebuildOfEvangelion'' seemed to be going this route
for the first few episodes, probably to give movie, but the manga a month or two to go on with storyline before beginning with the story itself. One can fairly easily see exactly where the divergence begins; most of the early story arcs are nearly identical in both media, even down to having the exact same lines, but around where Monev the Gale first appears, the two stores take somewhat different directions.
* The anime version of ''Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia'', while having
second movie introduced a number of differences from the source material, does try to stay close changes to the manga.storyline and the third [[spoiler:goes completely OffTheRails and into brand-new territory.]] The manga also counts in this category, as it removes a lot of the anime's more superfluous scenes (as well as [[AdaptationExpansion adding some of its own]]), streamlines angel battles, and removes a high quotient of MindScrew scenes. However, some of the characters have their personalities and backgrounds altered, so there is some AdaptationDecay to it.



* The anime adaptation of the light novel series ''LightNovel/AriaTheScarletAmmo'' removes quite a bit of the GunPorn as well as the protagonist's FirstPersonSmartass tendencies; and his general inner thoughts. While the gun info wasn't really necessary the anime never gives a real reason why we should like the protagonist; it makes what was justifiable dislike for his situation seem like plain old angst. This is due to the character being the type convey his reasons in his thoughts rather than explaining his circumstances to other people; which the Anime never really displays properly.
* In the same vein as ''Manga/BlackButler'' was ''Anime/SteelAngelKurumi'', whose story went a completely different direction in the anime than the manga. Its direct continuation ''Encore'' and its sequels ''2'' and ''Zero'' stay with that same vein and the only thing brought over from the manga by that point where the main Angel trio's outfits used in ''2''.

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* The anime adaptation ''Manga/SgtFrog'':
** In the beginning
of the light novel series ''LightNovel/AriaTheScarletAmmo'' removes quite manga, Fuyuki is a bit of grade schooler in the GunPorn as well as the protagonist's FirstPersonSmartass tendencies; 6th grade and his general inner thoughts. While the gun info wasn't really necessary the anime never gives Natsumi is a real reason why we should like the protagonist; it makes what was justifiable dislike 8th grader. Shortly afterwards, he graduates and moves to another school for his situation seem like plain old angst. This is due to 7th grade. In the character anime, Fuyuki is already in 7th grade from the start.
** In the manga, Fuyuki has an occult club in grade school and has a lot of members. When he enters middle school, he joins a manga club to follow his mom, Aki's steps. Eventually, however, Fuyuki leaves the manga club and creates a new Occult Club alongside Momoka. However in the anime, Fuyuki already starts with an occult club, initially by himself before
being the type convey his reasons in his thoughts rather than explaining his circumstances to other people; which the Anime never really displays properly.quickly joined by Momoka.
* In The anime of ''Manga/StrawberryOneHundredPercent'', OVA included, only adapted part of the same vein as ''Manga/BlackButler'' was ''Anime/SteelAngelKurumi'', whose story went manga and changed some elements.
* The first ''Manga/ToLoveRu'' anime follows
a completely different direction in story line than the manga.
* The ''Manga/TriGun'' anime is significantly distilled from the original manga. For instance,
the anime than doesn't even feature Livio as a character, and many of the Gung Ho Guns only get a few minutes of screentime, or are replaced entirely. To be fair, though, the production of the anime began partway through the manga's lifetime, and since about three print issues can be squeezed into a single aired episode, it quickly [[OvertookTheManga outpaced the source material]].
** In addition to the distillation, the anime is in many regards just ''different'' from the source
manga. Its direct continuation ''Encore'' and its sequels ''2'' and ''Zero'' stay with that same vein and Some of the only thing brought over from bonus gaiden stories appeared as filler material for the first few episodes, probably to give the manga by that point a month or two to go on with storyline before beginning with the story itself. One can fairly easily see exactly where the main Angel trio's outfits used divergence begins; most of the early story arcs are nearly identical in ''2''. both media, even down to having the exact same lines, but around where Monev the Gale first appears, the two stores take somewhat different directions.



* In anime version of Manga/KindaichiCaseFiles this happens almost every time when the animators pick up a case from the ''Short Files'' series and try to fit it into one episode.
* The original anime of ''Manga/{{Berserk}}''. It mostly focuses on the Golden Age arc (with some of the Black Swordsman arc in the beginning) and for the most part, it follows the story fairly well despite being LighterAndSofter than its source. However, many characters important to the story are strangely absent in the anime version. Most notable are [[OurFairiesAreDifferent Puck]] and the [[DemBones Skull]] [[AnimatedArmor Knight]].
* The first ''Manga/ToLoveRu'' anime follows a completely different story line than the manga.
* ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'': In the manga, Annie became Eren's mentor, to which the two grew a mutual respect and admiration for each other. This is removed from the anime and causes Eren's hesitation to [[spoiler:accept Annie as an enemy]] to come a little out of nowhere. An upcoming ''Attack on Titan'' compilation film titled "Wings of Freedom" will include more of Eren and Annie's interactions from the manga however.
** Forgone in the anime is Mikasa's inner monologue explaining Levi's ankle injury, so the seriousness of the injury is left a bit more vague.
* The manga of ''LightNovel/TheMageWillMasterMagicEfficientlyInHisSecondLife'' notably changes or leaves out certain events of the web-novel, such as Zeff dealing with the bandits attacking a caravan, skipping straight into the formation of their guild. Likewise, the web-novel is much darker (such as Zeff killing bandits without a second thought), whereas in the manga it centers around the shounen elements.
* ''Manga/SgtFrog'':
** In the beginning of the manga, Fuyuki is a grade schooler in the 6th grade and Natsumi is a 8th grader. Shortly afterwards, he graduates and moves to another school for his 7th grade. In the anime, Fuyuki is already in 7th grade from the start.
** In the manga, Fuyuki has an occult club in grade school and has a lot of members. When he enters middle school, he joins a manga club to follow his mom, Aki's steps. Eventually, however, Fuyuki leaves the manga club and creates a new Occult Club alongside Momoka. However in the anime, Fuyuki already starts with an occult club, initially by himself before being quickly joined by Momoka.

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* In anime version of Manga/KindaichiCaseFiles this happens almost every time when ''Manga/YuYuHakusho'' condenses the animators pick up a case from the ''Short Files'' series and try to fit it into one episode.
* The original anime of ''Manga/{{Berserk}}''. It mostly focuses on the Golden Age arc (with some of the Black Swordsman arc in the beginning) and for the most part, it follows the story fairly well despite being LighterAndSofter than its source. However, many characters important to the story are strangely absent in the anime version. Most notable are [[OurFairiesAreDifferent Puck]] and the [[DemBones Skull]] [[AnimatedArmor Knight]].
* The first ''Manga/ToLoveRu'' anime follows a completely different story line than the manga.
* ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'': In the manga, Annie became Eren's mentor, to which the two grew a mutual respect and admiration for each other. This is removed from the anime and causes Eren's hesitation to [[spoiler:accept Annie as an enemy]] to come a little out of nowhere. An upcoming ''Attack on Titan'' compilation film titled "Wings of Freedom" will include more of Eren and Annie's interactions from the manga however.
** Forgone in the anime is Mikasa's inner monologue explaining Levi's ankle injury, so the seriousness of the injury is left a bit more vague.
* The manga of ''LightNovel/TheMageWillMasterMagicEfficientlyInHisSecondLife'' notably changes or leaves out certain
events of the web-novel, such as Zeff dealing with first two volumes, in which Yusuke helps out spirits in stories completely unrelated to the bandits attacking a caravan, skipping straight battles of the later manga, into the formation of their guild. Likewise, the web-novel is much darker (such as Zeff killing bandits without a second thought), whereas in the manga it centers five episodes, all centered around the shounen elements.
* ''Manga/SgtFrog'':
** In
essential events; 1)Yusuke dies, 2)Yusuke finds out what he has to do to come back to life, 3)Yusuke helps his old rival Kuwabara, 4)Yusuke sacrifices his work toward resurrection to save Keiko and as a result 5)comes back to life. It also condensed the beginning ending into a single episode (cutting out a lot of pointless stuff including an out-of-nowhere fight with human terrorists), and actually showed Yusuke's fight with Yomi to its conclusion (when in the manga, Fuyuki is a grade schooler in it abruptly stops at the 6th grade end of Chapter 169). Also, the original manga ending had a lengthy explanation about how evil demons were a VocalMinority, humans had made them what they were, and Natsumi is a 8th grader. Shortly afterwards, he graduates and moves to another school for his 7th grade. In the anime, Fuyuki is already in 7th grade from the start.
** In the manga, Fuyuki has an occult club in grade school and has
Spirit World authorities had been brainwashing a lot of members. When he enters middle school, he joins a manga club to follow his mom, Aki's steps. Eventually, however, Fuyuki leaves demons into committing crimes so that Spirit World could look good. This soiled the manga club point of peace between humans and creates a new Occult Club alongside Momoka. However in the anime, Fuyuki already starts with an occult club, initially by himself before demons being quickly joined by Momoka. established, as it made the demons look much too blameless. The anime cuts all this out, and both sides (humans and demons) are left much more even in terms of fault.


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* The 2122-page ''Manga/{{Akira}}'' manga was condensed into a 120-minute movie by ending it 3/5 of the way through (the manga itself was not completed at the time), eliminating subplots and fusing several scenes together.
** Similar ''Manga/NausicaaOfTheValleyOfTheWind'' animated movie ends at around volume two of the seven-volume manga.
* Creator/MamoruOshii turned 300-odd pages of the ''Manga/GhostInTheShell'' manga into an [[Anime/GhostInTheShell 80-minute movie]] by selectively picking out only a handful of chapters out of the entire story (not even covering them in the order that they appear), changing some scenes, removing many of the characters and changing the personality of the characters who were left in. A good 5 minutes of the movie is just spent showing SceneryPorn while children sing a mystic chanting song. It serves no purpose at all. The 2nd movie comes off even more confusing because it was created using the exact same manner as the first, including the mystic chanting SceneryPorn.
7th Nov '16 7:34:29 AM erforce
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* The film adaptation of PeterBenchley's novel ''Film/{{Jaws}}'' stripped away most of the book's land-bound subplots and condensed the climactic shark-hunt to a single voyage.

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* The [[Film/{{Jaws}} film adaptation adaptation]] of PeterBenchley's Creator/PeterBenchley's novel ''Film/{{Jaws}}'' ''Literature/{{Jaws}}'' stripped away most of the book's land-bound subplots and condensed the climactic shark-hunt to a single voyage.
31st Oct '16 12:07:32 PM MiinU
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* ''Manga/MakenKi'': The anime's first season only adapts [[Analysis/MakenKi parts of the manga]] and omits several major plot arcs and character developments.
** Himegami is the manga's [[{{deuteragonist}} most plot significant character]], since much of it has to do with unravelling the secrets of her past, and uncovering the reason [[NebulousEvilOrganization Kamigari]] [[http://readpanda.net/Maken-ki/12/33/ is after her.]] All of which is left completely unexplored by the anime, where she's simply a part of Takeru's harem.
** During the Venus Arc (chapters 14–25), Akaya had the Twins capture Himegami and used her as leverage, to coerce the Tenbi students into a 4-on-4 battle against his students. The anime replaced it with a 2-part finale, in which, Haruko is abducted by Otohime Yamato and her twin brother, Gouken. Instead of fighting the Venus Unit, they rescue her and create a portal leading directly back to Tenbi, so she could save the school from [[spoiler:Takeru]], who'd [[IKnowYoureInThereSomewhereFight become possessed]] by his [[spoiler:Blood Pointer]] ability.
30th Oct '16 9:32:55 PM Manny20444
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* All of the [[Franchise/XMenFilmSeries film]] and [[WesternAnimation/XMen animated]] [[WesternAnimation/XMenEvolution versions]] [[WesternAnimation/WolverineAndTheXMen of]] the ''ComicBook/XMen'' comic book series have involved considerable amounts of this.

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* All of the [[Franchise/XMenFilmSeries [[Film/XMen film]] and [[WesternAnimation/XMen animated]] [[WesternAnimation/XMenEvolution versions]] [[WesternAnimation/WolverineAndTheXMen of]] the ''ComicBook/XMen'' comic book series have involved considerable amounts of this.
12th Oct '16 8:54:44 PM Ambaryerno
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* All of the [[Film/XMen film]] and [[WesternAnimation/XMen animated]] [[WesternAnimation/XMenEvolution versions]] [[WesternAnimation/WolverineAndTheXMen of]] the ''ComicBook/XMen'' comic book series have involved considerable amounts of this.

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* All of the [[Film/XMen [[Franchise/XMenFilmSeries film]] and [[WesternAnimation/XMen animated]] [[WesternAnimation/XMenEvolution versions]] [[WesternAnimation/WolverineAndTheXMen of]] the ''ComicBook/XMen'' comic book series have involved considerable amounts of this.
7th Oct '16 5:30:43 AM Anddrix
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* In ''ComicBook/MaxRideFirstFlight'', the plot of ''Literature/TheAngelExperiment'' is greatly simplified, with many of the New York scenes (such as one where the Flock visits a fancy restaurant) excised completely.
2nd Oct '16 8:57:14 PM MyFinalEdits
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* [[Film/HarryPotter The film versions]] of ''Literature/HarryPotterAndThePhilosophersStone'' and ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheChamberOfSecrets'' retain the dialogue almost word for word (though not all of it spoken by the same character or characters – Hermione stole quite a few of Ron's lines and at least one of Seamus's for example) and every important scene from the books is left in, with a few merged with other scenes or removed from the story.
** One of the larger changes was removing Hermione's challenge from the finale, since solving a logic puzzle probably isn't very exciting to watch. Because of this, her moment to shine became the Devil's Snare. Which has the effect of reversing her and Ron's characterizations from how they were in the book (in the book, Hermione panicked and Ron had to tell her to get a grip.)

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* [[Film/HarryPotter The film versions]] of ''Literature/HarryPotterAndThePhilosophersStone'' and ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheChamberOfSecrets'' retain the dialogue almost word for word (though not all of it spoken by the same character or characters – Hermione stole quite a few of Ron's lines and at least one of Seamus's for example) and every important scene from the books is left in, with a few merged with other scenes or removed from the story.
**
story. One of the larger changes was removing Hermione's challenge from the finale, since solving a logic puzzle probably isn't very exciting to watch. Because of this, her moment to shine became the Devil's Snare. Which has the effect of reversing her and Ron's characterizations from how they were in the book (in the book, Hermione panicked and Ron had to tell her to get a grip.)grip).
2nd Oct '16 2:44:26 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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*** ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsZ'' deserves special mention because the less important plot points and events were put back in the Special Disk expansion. The main game was so crowded not everything would fit.

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*** ** ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsZ'' deserves special mention because the less important plot points and events were put back in the Special Disk expansion. The main game was so crowded not everything would fit.
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