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Sometimes in the Anime world orders [[ExecutiveMeddling come from on high]]:

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* ''Anime/AngelBeats'' was originally supposed to be a 26 episode anime. However, executives inexplicably cut down the number of episodes from 26 to 13, forcing a lot of subplots to either be rushed or cut off.
* ''Manga/ArataKangatari'''s creator Yuu Watase wrote in her personal blog (via [[http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/interest/2014-01-29/mangaka-yuu-watase-blogs-about-editorial-harassment ANN]]) about suffering this treatment. Her editor thought her readers were morons, would bulldoze her ideas in favor of his own, tell her to "draw it exactly the way I tell you," and was inconsistent with his demands. Fortunately, that editor was replaced starting with the Yataka Arc.
* ''Manga/AstroBoy'': The entirety of the "Blue Knight" saga and the subsequent story arc were added due to editor mandate. Apparently, Astro's willingness to work with the police and try to change the social order from within made him unpopular with the new generation of student radicals in the late '60s who believed that modern society was corrupt beyond all redemption, and called Astro Boy a hopelessly idealistic anachronism. Creator/OsamuTezuka's editors at ''Shōnen Kobunsha'' magazine noticed this and ordered him to make the series DarkerAndEdgier and have him fight against the forces of law and order.
* ''Manga/{{Bakuman}}'': Often comes up as an InUniverse plot point, as Mashiro tells Takagi about the differences between good and bad editors, and this is particularly relevant with regards to Miura, who becomes Mashiro and Takagi's editor when they get their first series. Miura is fairly new, and he feels pressured to get a series going, one that he launched himself (To him, their first series doesn't count because Hattori launched it, and [[spoiler:if anything, Miura [[ItsAllMyFault feels responsible for getting it cancelled]] by not noticing Mashiro's declining health]]). As such, he prefers to go what he believes is the relatively safe route of doing a gag manga, while the main characters don't see it as compatible with their styles. This leads to many arguments about their manga, including one in which Miura goes so far as to insist that Takagi find someone else to work with if Mashiro won't go along with Miura's suggestions, which Miura apologizes for later. However, when Takahama, another mangaka under Miura asks for a new editor due to feeling as though Miura won't let him write what he wants, only to get refused and told that if he feels that way, it's the same as admitting he doesn't have enough talent. Mashiro and Takagi then conclude that they've been blaming Miura too much and resolve to think up a good idea on their own.
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'':
** Creator/TiteKubo mentioned in an interview that he'd originally planned to continue the sequence of UrbanFantasy stories that the manga opens with and to further develop Ichigo's other classmates. However, Shueisha overruled this, ordering him to hurry up the schedule and introduce the Shinigami, so as to kickstart the MythArc.
** Kubo admitted that he had never planned for the Arrancar Arc to go on as long as it did. The Arrancars unexpectedly became popular with the fans, so the editors wanted more time devoted to them. Due to each character having to be given ADayInTheLimelight, the arc stretched on for ''years''.
** When the fourth film was released to DVD, it carried with it a message from Kubo explaining that crediting him with the film was inaccurate. His original script was heavily changed at the last minute by the film-makers, with the end product being almost nothing like the original.
* ''Manga/BoboboboBobobo'': The anime was CutShort because of complaints from a Japanese Parent-Teacher Association. The sequel manga, ''Shinsetsu Bobobo-bo Bo-bobo'', was also CutShort due to lukewarm fan reaction.
* ''Anime/CodeGeass'':
** Creator/{{Sunrise}} initially had little to no faith in the show because of director Goro Taniguchi,[[note]]Reports variously blaming his being relatively new and untested or his perfectionism[[/note]] giving him 25 episodes rather than the originally requested 50 and severely limiting the staff's resources, forcing them to piggyback off of other Sunrise shows being made at the same time. After it became a runaway success, Sunrise gave the staff more leeway, but still interfered in other ways.
** The initial series plan involved an idealistic rookie soldier and his ideological conflicts with his battle-hardened C.O. (which was recycled as the base for the idealistic Suzaku vs. the hardened Lelouch conflict); when Sunrise rejected this concept, the creators took it back to formula and after some retooling (introducing new elements like the Geass power and C.C. herself) made it the show it is today.
** According to WordOfGod, the show being moved to an earlier time slot screwed the staff up in two ways, firstly by forcing them to tone down the content and secondly by making them feel like they had to take time out of the plot to get new viewers acquainted with the premise, which is usually blamed for the first handful of episodes feeling like rehashes of parallel episodes from the first season. This also forced the staff to essentially throw out their original plans for the show's second half, adding in a one-year TimeSkip and starting from there.
** For the American airing, Creator/AdultSwim didn't give ''Geass'' much love either. [as] gave the show very little advertising and kept shifting its time slot around and eventually landed into a dead early-morning time slot where next to nobody would be awake. Since this was a time before [=DVRs=] became commonplace in cable and satellite hook-ups, the show suffered agonizingly in ratings, and was booted from the network after one rerun, which began at a reasonable time slot, but was pushed back to the same early-morning slot as its premiere run had suffered. This made viewers stop caring and CN ended up with their rights to the show expiring after only two runs.
* ''Manga/{{Cyborg 009}}'':
** When the manga was first adapted into an animated film in 1966, the film executives felt they needed a KidAppealCharacter. Thus, they took the {{Shapeshifting}} Cyborg 007/G.B. and transformed him from his mid-forties to a FormerChildStar and the second youngest of the cyborgs (with [[GooGooGodlike 001/Ivan]] remaining the youngest as an infant). Ishinomori disliked the change, but briefly incorporated it into a one-shot chapter released in the same year titled "The Man with the Expensive Castle", and in a special "Prologue" story (and rewrite of the team's origin) that he published in Weekly Shonen Magazine before the start of the ''Underground Empire of Yomi'' arc. The child form would briefly be referenced in the actual arc as a sort of SleepModeSize gag, but was otherwise phased out immediately. However, the child version of G.B. would persist in the the 1968 monochrome TV series.
** The '68 series ignored the teamwork aspect and had [[TheHero 009/Joe]] [[OvershadowedByAwesome completely overshadow]] most of the others. Aside from Joe, [[LoveInterest 003/Francoise]] and [[KidAppealCharacter 007/G.B.]], the others rarely got time to shine outside of [[ADayInTheLimelight Days in the Limelight]]... which often ended with Joe stealing the show anyway.
** The abrupt, anti-climactic ending of the "Mythos" arc in the manga was caused by then-recently hired editor-in-chief at Weekly Shonen King. He began to pressure Ishinomori with the threat of cancelling Cyborg 009 over the fact that the arc was "too confusing" for kids to understand and had too many characters, so Ishinomori wrapped the arc up in a haste that had KillEmAll implications. The meddling and dissatisfaction with the Shonen King staff lead to the arc being considered non-canon when the feature moved to Kodansha's "Weekly Shonen Magazine", with the ''Undergound Empire of Yomi'' arc not referencing its events at all and acting as if the Vietnam arc had been the team's previous adventure.
** "The Undersea Pyramid" was intended to be the second-to-last arc for the series, with Ishinomori intending to rewrite "Battle with the Gods" and continue it afterwards. However, due to the 1979 anime adaptation happening, Ishinomori's editors swayed him into continuing the series so that there would be a manga feature running at the same time as the anime.
** The movie ''The Legend of the Super Galaxy'' was to originally reference the manga a little more, with having the Neo Black Ghost organization involved (an organization with an identical name appeared in the 1979 series, but was entirely different). Ishinomori had also envisioned the team remaining within the solar system for their space trip, but Toei mandated that the team travel to another galaxy.
* ''Manga/DeathNote'': The editor confused Near and Mello's character designs, so Near became the [[OlderThanTheyLook deceptively young-looking]] man with ShonenHair and Mello the androgynous youth. In addition, due to this error, it lead to their personalities, as Ohba and Obata first envisioned, being rewritten for the plot with the design swap: The one who became "Near" was meant to be the darker and more vengeful one, and be the elder, while the one who became "Mello" was originally envisioned as being calmer, younger, and more effeminate.
* ''Franchise/{{Digimon}}'':
** ''Anime/DigimonSavers'': There is an episode where a bomb-shaped Digimon called [=BomberNanimon=] attempts to blow up an amusement park by throwing bombs everywhere. When dubbed, its color was changed to orange, [[http://www.duckfeather.net/digimon/index.htm the bombs were turned into ''fruit juice'' and it was re-named "Citramon."]] English producer/writer Jeff Nimoy stated that he had to do this or Creator/{{Disney}} would cut the episode.
** ''[[Anime/DigimonAdventure Digimon: The Movie]]'' was created by combining three movies into one. Jeff Nimoy personally didn't care for the idea and would've preferred to only use the first two movies (he wanted the third movie to be shown as a TV special), however the runtime wasn't long enough.
** Rampant during production for ''Anime/DigimonAdventure02'', such meddling included:
*** The inclusion of Davis into the story and has lack of development as a character.
*** The loss of the Dark Ocean arc, and Dagomon as an antagonist. Both were introduced Creator/ChiakiKonaka, who later directed ''Anime/DigimonTamers'' (see below for Tamers-specific examples); he and several other writers threatened to break their contracts out of protest, but Toei was unwilling to allow so and gave them the rights to their own series in order to keep them on.
*** The entire season owes its existence to this, as the head writer of Adventure didn't want to create a sequel.
** Ryo Akiyama being included in ''Anime/DigimonTamers'' was the result of this, as Bandai insisted he be added to the story against Chiaki Konaka's wishes. Konaka [[WriterRevolt retaliated]] by intentionally minimizing the role Bandai wanted Ryo to play in the story. Konaka also originally wrote Juri's father as a Yakuza member, but Toei refused.
** In the series itself, he and Bob were instructed by Fox Kids to make the series "funnier" which annoyed a lot of fans, eventually Jeff and Bob left, Fox Kids must have backed off because the final 8 episodes of the season were noticably less GagDub.
* ''Manga/DoubleArts'': The manga was ended by ''Magazine/ShonenJump'' because it was hated by younger readers. A retool was attempted to make it into a more fighting-based series, but it didn't pan out.
* ''Manga/DragonBall'': The reason the Cell arc in ''Anime/DragonBallZ'' kept constantly changing villains was because Creator/AkiraToriyama's then current and previous editors kept telling him that the villains he chose weren't good enough. This caused Toriyama to shoehorn new villains in the arc. This also caused him to create new designs for Cell later on.
* ''Manga/ElfenLied'': Nozomi didn't make it to the anime version because the director hated her.
* ''Manga/FairyTail'': A popular rumor among the fandom is that Mashima brought Lisanna back from the (not quite) dead because his editor asked him to find a way to bring her back. The rumor is debunked [[http://thefairystales.tumblr.com/post/90045939320/ive-been-seeing-this-going-around-again-and-id here.]]
* ''Anime/GalileiDonna'': The anime was supposed to run for two-cours with the storyline already planned out, but was then asked by Aniplex to [[http://forums.animesuki.com/showpost.php?p=4952213&postcount=574 cut down to 11 episodes.]]
* ''Franchise/{{Gundam}}'':
** ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam'':
*** The series got poor ratings in its first run in Japan, so the sponsors tried to cut it down from 49 episodes to 39. Tomino and the staff begged for an extension to wrap things up, giving it the highly unusual 42-episode run it ended up with.
*** Tomino's intent was to create a serious war drama, but this was repeatedly hampered by the various demands of the toy company Clover, which acted as the show's sponsor.
*** Clover demanded that Tomino give the Gundam a bright paint job, since his intended design of white, gray, and red wasn't eye-catching; Tomino countered that the Gundam was supposed to be a weapon of war and not a parade float. Clover won this battle, resulting in the famous "parade colors" of white, blue, red, and yellow; in a case of TropesAreNotBad, these colors became so iconic that almost every ''Gundam'' protagonist's machine sports them. As for Tomino's white-and-gray version, it still exists as the "rollout color" version of the Gundam, with the more festive version being labeled the "demonstration version".
*** Clover demanded that there be more {{Toyetic}} mecha, including the [[CombiningMecha G-Fighter]] and many Zeon MonsterOfTheWeek designs like the goofy Zakrello and knightly Gyan. When Tomino got the opportunity to turn ''Gundam'' into a movie trilogy, he excised almost all of these, even going back and replacing the G-Fighter with the Core Booster, a more realistic fighter plane.
*** For the dub, the iconic salute "Sieg Zeon" was changed to the more generic "Hail Zeon". All other references to the Nazis or Hitler were also covered with references to fascism instead. Averted with ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamUnicorn'', particularly episode 4, which used the former anyway.
** ''Film/MobileSuitGundamCharsCounterattack'': Tomino's original plan involved protagonist Amuro Ray being married to Beltorchika Irma (his LoveInterest in ''[[Anime/MobileSuitZetaGundam Zeta Gundam]]'') and expecting their first child. Bandai reportedly didn't like the idea of the franchise's main hero being married or a father, which resulted in Beltorchika being replaced by Chein Agi, a GirlOfTheWeek character who ends up getting killed late in the film.
** ''Anime/MobileSuitVictoryGundam'': Creator/YoshiyukiTomino wanted the show to start off slow and with CharacterDevelopment, not even introducing the titular Gundam until episode 4. Sunrise refused, and forced him to make the show action-packed from the start. As a result, the first four episodes are in AnachronicOrder; the first aired is Tomino's intended Episode 4, after which the original 1-3 are aired as a "flashback" to explain HowWeGotHere.
** ''Anime/MobileFighterGGundam'':
*** When asked to make the Japanese guy the hero (against original planning), they gave it to them - Domon Kasshu, colossal {{Jerkass}} for half of the series.
*** Director Yasuhiro Imagawa was practically in [[WriterRevolt open war]] with Sunrise over the series. Sunrise wanted a TournamentArc, so Imagawa introduced it and then quickly shoved it to the side to focus on the Devil Gundam plotline.
*** The {{Dub Name Change}}s were mandated by the bigwigs at Sunrise and had nothing to do with Bandai America. This has carried on for years, as any time Domon appears in a video game like ''VideoGame/DynastyWarriorsGundam'', it'll be called "Burning Gundam" instead of "God Gundam".
*** On the other side of the Pacific, the Bluewater voice actors wanted to go back and redub the first 20 episodes after they finished the series, saying that their performances weren't as good because they didn't have a feel for the characters yet. However, Bandai wouldn't let them.
** ''Anime/AfterWarGundamX'':
*** The show was chopped down to 39 episodes due to being tossed around the schedule.
** ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEED'': When the sales of the GAT-X103 Buster Gundam models were lagging behind the others, Bandai asked Sunrise to make Dearka pull off a HeelFaceTurn.
* ''Manga/{{Gunnm}}'': The author was working on a special celebration chapter -- chapter 100 -- which would be the headliner for the phonebook sized ''Ultra Jump'' magazine in Japan. It was around this time that his publisher's legal department approached him with censorship demands for the reprints, [[http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2010-06-28/battle-angel-alita/last-order-manga-put-on-hiatus demanding he change a line]] using the word "crazy" as it "may offend people with incurable mental disorders." The suggested changes were "mad" or "angry" instead. He caved in because they also cited a part of his contract stating that if he missed the deadline on chapter 100, they would prohibit all future reprints of ''Gunnm'', effectively ending his career. He later regretted it, especially when he discovered they had made similar changes without his knowledge. He approached them with an ultimatum -- either the legal team apologize to him for overstepping their bounds and [[http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2010-08-18/battle-angel-alita/gunnm/lo-manga-return-planned recall the edited versions]], or he'd switch to a different publisher. They didn't, so [[http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2011-02-08/battle-angel-alita/gunnm/lo-manga-to-resume-in-march he did.]]
* ''Anime/TheIdolmaster'': InUniverse. The show ''[[ShowWithinAShow Are We Live?]]'' is cancelled despite good ratings to free the timeslot for other shows.
* ''Manga/InitialD'': The translators originally wanted a straight translation, but Creator/{{Tokyopop}} executives demanded various changes such as hip-hop dialogue and cheesy nicknames. This resulted in the translators writing an [[http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2002-07-13/tokyopop-open-letter-regarding-initial-d open letter to the fans]] in which they joked about releasing the manga shrink-wrapped with White-Out and a felt-tip pen.
* ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'':
** Creator/KenAkamatsu wanted to try something new and do a {{Shounen}} series, but the executives wanted to capitalize on the success of ''Manga/LoveHina'' with another UnwantedHarem series. As a result, ''Mahou Sensei Negima!'' starts out like an UnwantedHarem, but starts adding {{Shounen}} elements around volume 3, which [[GenreShift increase in frequency]] until it becomes a {{Shounen}} series with some UnwantedHarem and FanService elements still hanging around.
** Akamatsu rushed the ending due to the threat of losing the rights to the series.
* Parodied in-universe in the second episode of ''Mangirl!''. Hana proposes lots of ridiculous and clichéd modifications to the author's manga...but only after the author asks if she wants to change the story. The others draw the line at Hana's suggestion to name the heroine after her.
* ''Manga/MedakaBox'': The manga was forced to make a GenreShift from SliceOfLife into action, lest it risk being cancelled by ''Magazine/ShonenJump'' for being unpopular with the younger demographic. Once it reached a point where it was popular enough to avoid the cancellation, it switched back.
* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'': Sasuke was created because Masashi Kishimoto's editor told him that Naruto needed a [[TheRival rival]].
* ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'': Originally, Creator/HideakiAnno intended to use a piece of the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Polovtsian_Dances Polovtsian Dances]] for the opening, but the studio came to the conclusion that it would be too confusing for the viewers and thus had "Cruel Angel's Thesis" made to replace it with modern J-pop.
* ''Manga/OnePiece'': [[Creator/ToeiAnimation Toei]] forced Creator/FourKidsEntertainment and Creator/{{FUNimation}} to have Monkey D. Luffy be voiced by a woman when did their respective dubs of the anime.
* ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'':
** Clefairy was meant to be the mascot, but Pikachu was chosen because of its popularity.
** After "Electric Soldier Porygon" caused a bunch of children to experience seizures caused by the high amount of flashing lights, it was permanently pulled from the air and never given VHS/DVD releases. The writing team was also forced to make "Pikachu's Goodbye" due to the incident.
** Throughout the first 22 episodes of ''Pokémon: Black and White'', a StoryArc develops concerning the [[TookALevelInBadass new and improved Team Rocket]] seeking out a meteorite with special powers. It was all set to conclude with episodes 23 and 24, a two-part event where Team Rocket obtained the meteorite but became engaged in a fight with Team Plasma over it, causing earthquakes and destruction to Castelia City. Episode 22 aired, the two-parter was all set to air... and the Tohou earthquake and tsunami happened. The two-parter was pulled due to being considered TooSoon by the TV executives, the arc was never given any resolution, and Team Plasma had to be introduced much later on under different circumstances.
** Creator/TakeshiShudo's original intention for the series was one that could be [[DoingItForTheArt enjoyed by both children and adults]]. However, CreativeDifferences with the show's staff saw him forced to include to implement the StrictlyFormula elements which have largely characterized the show. Shudo's blogs reveal the direction he originally had in mind for the series, namely that Ash and Gary's rivalry would be an ongoing StoryArc, and the finale would involve a conflict between humans and Pokémon - but that meddling from the staff meant the show ended up going on far longer than he'd intended.
*** On a lesser note, [[http://dogasu.bulbagarden.net/movies/pm_lord_unknown_tower_entei/lord_unknown_tower_entei_mythical_third_movie.html his original idea]] for the third movie was rejected by the staff because they thought it lacked success potential.
* ''Manga/SailorMoon'':
** When creator Creator/NaokoTakeuchi was trying to think of a new series, it was her editor who suggested the heroines wear sailor suits (he had a thing for them) and thus began ''Manga/CodenameSailorV''. However, they had a fight over the length of the skirts -- her editor wanted longer skirts, but Takeuchi fought for the short length they have today.
** ''Codename: Sailor V'' was meant to be a one-shot comic that became popular and was continued. When Toei got wind of it and wanted to make it into an OVA, Takeuchi was asked to expand it into a team format. Sailor Moon was soon created and V was made into a member of her team under the name Sailor Venus. Due to Moon's quick popularity, the OVA starring Sailor V was never made and her series was wrapped up after Sailor Moon's despite being much shorter.
** Takeuchi originally only planned the manga to last one year, and the anime was also intended to only be a 46 episode series, ending with the deaths of the main characters at the end of the Dark Kingdom arc. The popularity of the franchise led to the anime getting more series and naturally, Takeuchi being required to keep stretching out her storyline from series to series.
** When Creator/DiCEntertainment got the rights to ''Sailor Moon'''s Western release, they decided to jumble up the episode sequence a bit, by airing the original season, then jumping to second half of ''Sailor Moon R'' before heading back to the first as a mini-series called "The Doom Tree Saga". This created problems because "The Doom Tree Saga", despite being filler, ''explained how everyone returned to normal after the end of the first season''. This only lasted one run before the "The Doom Tree Saga" was restored to its rightful position.
** In the [=DiC=] and Clowerway dub, the lesbian couple Haruka and Michiru was changed into cousins to remove the homosexuality references, though the original dubbers kept the romantic implications the two had for each other.
** In the anime adaptation of ''Sailor Stars'', Toei changed the Sailor Starlights from [[WholesomeCrossdresser women who dress in drag]] to full-out [[GenderBender gender benders]] who are men in their civilian forms and become women when they transform. They also get ascended to main character status, while they stayed supporting characters in the manga. The ending was also changed rather drastically, with Chibichibi's role being completely re-written and Sailor Cosmos never appearing at all. Takeuchi was not pleased with the changes.
** In the later prints of the manga, Takeuchi added some {{Yonkoma}} at the end of every volume, explaining how she came with some of the ideas that made it into the final version, some of them are about how [[WhatCouldHaveBeen she originally intended things to be drastically different]] until her editor, Osa-P, told her to do some changes. For example, the manga was going to be even DarkerAndEdgier than it is, compared to the [[LighterAndSofter anime adaptation]], as she planed to [[KillEmAll get the Sailor Senshi killed]] [[KilledOffForReal permanently]] at the end of the first act, including an early and graphic death for Sailor Mercury. Also, Sailor Mercury was going to be an android or a cyborg, something that was later used for Hotaru/Sailor Saturn.
** Takeuchi herself invoked executive meddling when it came to the creation of the all new English dub from Creator/VizMedia. Due to her dislike on how the previous dubs were handled, she had to personally approve the new voice cast in order for the project to be given the final greenlight.
* ''Manga/SaintSeiya'' ended prematurely because of this. It was planned to have two more big story arcs which would focus more on the Gold Saints, but the series was canceled and it took the anime more than ten years to finish afterward.
* ''Manga/ShamanKing'': Hiroyuki Takei was told to rush the ending because the series' popularity was declining, leading to some questionable narrative choices and a {{Cliffhanger}} ending. Fan outcry on how it was handled led to Takei going back and fixing the rushed chapters.
* ''Manga/SkipBeat'': The author wanted a minor character to be a middle-aged man, since the character was a successful director and therefore logically should be of a respectable age. The editor said no, and the character ended up being about 30.
* ''LightNovel/{{Slayers}}'':
** A fourth anime season, reportedly titled "''Slayers AGAIN''", was supposed to follow up the third season, ''Slayers TRY''. However, it was rumored to be cancelled when Music/MegumiHayashibara, the Japanese voice actress for the female lead, was bogged down with work, making everyone else virtually lose all interest. It wasn't until [[UnCancelled 11 years later]] that a new television series was actually released.
** The LightNovel writer deemed season 3 CanonDiscontinuity because he disliked how it came out.
** The prequel light novels are ongoing because of obligations from the magazine they're published in. They're on hold, but the writer made it clear that he has absolutely no intention to continue the regular series.
* Creator/StreamlinePictures suffered from this under distributor Creator/OrionPictures in [[CreatorKiller what turned out to be its waning years]]. Numerous cases of NoExportForYou and CutShort, most infamously involving ''Anime/NadiaTheSecretOfBlueWater'', ''Anime/MegaZone23'', and ''Anime/PrincessKnight'', ensued.
* ''Anime/SuperDimensionFortressMacross'': Originally to be titled ''Megaroad'' (or, to give the sponsor-imposed tag, ''Super Dimension Fortress Megaroad''), one of the producers from Big West suggested changing the title to Theatre/{{Macbeth}}, as he was a huge Shakespeare fan. Kawamori and the rest of the staff weren't keen on the name, but didn't feel they could really outright oppose the man who authorized the checks for production money. So, instead, they suggested a compromise name -- ''Macross''.
* ''Manga/TokyoMewMew'':
** Ikumi Mia wanted to do a horror series focusing on a much darker {{catgirl}}, without a [[{{Sentai}} colourful cast]] of [[PettingZooPeople Kemonomimi]] friends, but the executives wouldn't allow it.
** Ikumi Mia blames part of the failure of ''Tokyo Mew Mew a la mode'' on her Nakayoshi director limiting her to two volumes and telling her not to focus on the previous series's characters.
* ''Anime/TransformersArmada'': The show was rushed through all stages of development due to Cartoon Network wanting to sign off on a certain amount of episodes before airing.
* ''Manga/TsubasaReservoirChronicle'': NHK Network decided to make the anime more oriented towards a younger audience to compliment their earlier work on CLAMP's ''Manga/CardCaptorSakura'', thus toning down the violence and not going into the darker chapters in the manga.
* ''Literature/WarriorCats'': ''Graystripe's Adventure'' was originally meant to be a single volume manga called ''The Lost Warrior''. Then somebody had the idea to release it on the same day as ''The Sight''. The artist was only a third of the way done, so it ended up being split into three volumes, and further manga in the series have followed suit.
* ''Manga/YoureUnderArrest'': The manga had an extremely short and rare Western license because creator Kosuke Fujishima only wanted a select amount of stories (sixteen in total) released correspondingly with the anime. The chapters in question were all made towards the end of the run.
* ''Franchise/YuGiOh'':
** [[Manga/YuGiOh The original manga]] started out about various games of all types, not just Duel Monsters. When it became unexpectedly popular (and conveniently marketable), Kazuki Takahashi had to retool the series to revolve around it.
** ''Anime/YuGiOhGX'':
*** It's rumored that the show was cut short because Yuki Judai's voice actor was fired and the show's developers didn't want to spend the extra cash to replace him in the middle of a season; as a result, the show was forced to wrap up half-way through its run, and its successor, ''[[Anime/YuGiOh5Ds Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's]]'' was rushed to air to make up the difference.
*** The manga had to rush its ending to make room for ''Anime/YuGiOhZEXAL'''s manga.
** ''Anime/YuGiOh5Ds'':
*** Crow was supposed to be the BigBad of the final arc, but the Blackwings cards he used started selling like crazy. Konami demanded a protagonist to represent its newest cash cow, so the show was rewritten to allow him to become a good guy.
*** Kiryu was PutOnABus at the end of the Dark Signer arc, but he was abruptly brought back for a six-episode mini-arc that absolved him of all the stuff he did in the series because Konami was releasing a new set of the Infernity cards he used.
*** The anime was supposed to end with the Dark Signers arc, but executives demanded another season due to how well-received the show had been.
* ''Manga/YuYuHakusho'': The manga was supposed to end with the climactic Chapter Black arc, but one last arc was created due to editorial request, and later ended prematurely by the author himself.

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