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  • Kaori in AKIRA dies differently in the anime adaptation than in the manga. In the anime adaptation, she's crushed to death by the mutating body of Tetsuo, who lost control of his powers. In the manga, she's shot In the Back by Tetsuo's treacherous lieutenant and dies in Tetsuo's arms.
  • Tsutomo in Attack No. 1 is run over by a train in the manga, in the anime he falls with his van to his death in the mountains and in the drama series he is run over by a car.
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  • Adon Coborlwitz from Berserk is killed by the same person — Casca — in all of the adaptations of the Golden Age Arc, but the methods on how Casca kills him are different. In the manga, she vaults over him and cuts him a Glasgow Grin with a single sweep of her rapier, cutting into his skull. In the 1997 anime, Casca does the same thing, only she cuts a little higher, bisecting Adon's entire head horizontally. In the second Golden Age movie, she takes one of his swords and stabs him right in his bragging mouth with it.
  • In the manga adaptation of Big Hero 6, Tadashi Hamada doesn't die in a fire, he gets sucked into a portal while trying to help Robert Callaghan bring his daughter Abigail back after she disappeared in a Teleporter Accident. His brother Hiro believes that he could be alive in Another Dimension but Baymax confirmed that he wasn't in the Acid-Trip Dimension where they found Abigail.
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    • In the manga, Kako dies when Chizu stabs him in the neck to stop him from beating up Kirie. In the anime, she pushes him down some stairs when he tries to rape her, and he's killed when the building collapses as a result of a stray missile from a Self-Defense Force fighter.
    • In the manga, Tanaka commits a Heroic Suicide with her sidearm when the enemy robot takes her hostage, so that Kana won't hesitate against it. In the anime, she dies of a gunshot wound inflicted by the men who killed Komo's father.
    • In the manga, Machi dies when an assassin shoots her and leaves her in a vegetative state, forcing Koyemshi to Mercy Kill her. In the anime, she actually gets to pilot, and dies from Zearth taking her life force after winning her battle.
    • In the manga, Koyemshi serves as the tutorial pilot for another universe in the final chapter, and is assumed to die after his figtht. In the anime, Machi kills him in order to save Kana from being forced into the contract.
  • Dragon Ball: A lot of the Red Ribbon Army's deaths are different in the movie Dragon Ball: The Path to Power.
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    • In the original manga and anime, General Blue is given the chance to redeem himself by fighting and defeating Mercenary Tao which is also meant for Tao to prove what he is capable of. Tao kills General Blue with his tongue. In Path To Power, since Tao doesn't even appear, General Blue is executed for his failure right away by low-level privates.
    • Although Commander Red is still shot by Staff Officer Black, it plays out differently. In the manga and anime, he is shot in the head. In Path To Power, Black shoots him in the side causing him to fall off a ledge.
    • When Staff Officer Black fights Goku in the manga and anime, Goku kills him by punching a hole in the machine he is piloting, causing it to explode. In Path To Power, Goku kills him using a Kamehameha in retaliation over Black killing Android 8.
  • In Dragon Ball Z: Broly – The Legendary Super Saiyan, Paragus is crushed inside his Saiyan space pod by his own son Broly when he tries to abandon him to death by comet impact. In Dragon Ball Super: Broly, Frieza blasts Paragus with a Death Beam in order to give Broly the rage trigger he needs to transform into a Super Saiyan.
  • The anime of Fairy Tail is a largely faithful adaptation of the manga, but makes a distinct deviation with how Gray kills Tempester with his Devil Slayer ice. In the manga, Gray freezes him solid with little fanfare; in the anime, Tempester goes down fighting Laxus and disintegrates into toxic mist to take Fairy Tail with him, which Gray turns into harmless snow.
  • Fullmetal Alchemist: Due to the 2003 anime's split off from the manga, a majority of deaths that occur are played out differently from the manga and Brotherhood.
    • While the elder Slicer brother dies the same method (helmet split in half by Lust), he dies after his younger brother in the 2003 anime, who commits suicide by destroying his blood seal rather than Envy stabbing through it numerous times with the brother's own sword.
    • Greed's a complicated case in the manga and Brotherhood, as he technically has two deaths: his original body is destroyed and his soul returned to Father, only for him to be reborn much later in Ling Yao's body. His final death happens in the climax, where Father completely severs and destroys his soul. Since Father and Ling don't exist in the 2003 anime, he simply dies being stabbed through the chest in a battle with Edward.
    • Lust is burned to death by Roy Mustang in the manga/Brotherhood, but due to Adaptational Heroism in the 2003 anime, she is instead killed by the 2003 version of Wrath.
    • Barry the Chopper is killed off by Scar in the 2003 anime, while the manga/Brotherhood has his death happen at the hands of his old body erasing the blood seal from the armor his soul is bound to.
    • King Bradley/Wrath dies of what is presumably extreme loss of blood in the manga/Brotherhood after a battle with Scar leaves him severely wounded and with his arms blown off. In the 2003 anime, Bradley (here Pride) is burned to death by Roy Mustang, akin to Lust's defeat in the manga.
    • Envy and Gluttony are sacrificed in Fullmetal Alchemist: The Conqueror of Shamballa. In the manga and Brotherhood, Gluttony is devoured by Pride while Envy is Driven to Suicide.
  • In the manga version of Future Diary, Yuno decapitates John Bacchus with a katana. In the anime adaptation, she gives him a Boom, Headshot! with a pistol.
  • The original Gunslinger Girl anime ended before the manga did. As a result, Angelica's death is different between versions: in the manga she was shot while in the anime she degenerated and died at the end of the series. Gunslinger Girl Teatrino retconned this into Angelica just falling asleep, but it's inconsistent if it's a sequel to the original anime or a Soft Reboot (most obviously, Angelica has a completely different design).
  • Katerea Leviathan in High School Dx D is Impaled with Extreme Prejudice by Azazel, but the methods he used to kill her are different. In the original light novels, Azazel uses the light spear to run her through the stomach. In the anime, he give her a Boom, Headshot! with the spear.
  • Higurashi: When They Cry: Shion's death at the end of Meakashi-hen differs between the anime and visual novel/manga. In the former, she ripped her shirt while climbing up a building and accidentally fell the entire way down. In the original, her death was intentional; she hit a platform beneath her and, realizing all the atrocities she'd committed, decided to let herself fall to the ground.
  • The OVA of Jo Jos Bizarre Adventure Stardust Crusaders changes a few deaths from the manga and later TV anime. Sometimes, the killer is the same but their methods are not:
  • Larxene's death in Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories was changed in the manga adaptation from fading away like most Nobodies, to self-destructing from contact with water.
  • In Kinnikuman, Brockenman is killed in the ring by Ramenman's Camel Clutch, but the specifics are different in the manga and anime. In the manga, Brockenman is torn in half, while in the anime, his back is broken and he's turned into Ramen Noodles. Which Ramenman eats.
  • Macross: Do You Remember Love? gives us a two-fer in the same scene: Roy Focker and Kamujin both die in the climactic escape from Britai's flagship, locked in combat. Roy pulls a Taking You with Me by shooting Kamujin in the back while Kamujin is grappling with him, causing them both to die in the explosion of Roy's Valkyrie. In Super Dimension Fortress Macross, the two never even meet, let alone kill each other. Roy was killed by a lucky shot from Millia. Kamujin, on the other hand, didn't die until the last episode, where he perished during a final futile kamikaze run against the Macross.
  • Alcyone in Magic Knight Rayearth dies differently in the manga and anime versions. In the manga, she is mortally wounded after her second encounter with the Magic Knights, and Zagato lets her die. In the second season of the anime, Debonair erases her from existence after Alcyone spills the beans on her.
  • While the underlying cause is the same (performing a Heroic Sacrifice to stop the Book of Darkness), the exact details for how Clyde Harlaown was killed in the backstory of Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha A's are different between the series and the movie. In the series he has Gil Graham blow up his ship once the rest of the crew has been evacuated, while in the movie (where Gil Graham was Adapted Out) he flew the book away on an escape pod which then blew up when the book went haywire.
  • In the 4Kids dub of One Piece tries to censor Bellemere's death by changing it to where Arlong has her thrown in a dungeon for life rather than shooting her in the head. She is still established to have died.
  • In the original Akira Kurasawa movie The Seven Samurai had Kyuuzo, Gorobei, Heihachi, and Kikuchou die from gunshots. In the later anime Samurai 7, however, while Kyuuzo still died of gunfire, Gorobei, Heihachi, and Kikuchou's deaths were portrayed more as Heroic Sacrifices.
  • In the anime of School-Live! Taromaru the dog is bitten by the zombified Megumi and later dies after he is given the cure but his body gives out from the stress. In the manga Taromaru only shows up in a single flashback and becomes a zombie a page later with his ultimate fate left unsaid (though there are implications that Kurumi killed him), existing largely just as part of an explanation about the behaviour of the zombies and that the virus can infect any mammal.
  • Space Runaway Ideon: In the TV series, Kitty was shot by Daram Zuba while trying to protect one of the orphans. In the movie, she died in an explosion and Cosmo sees her head flying off.
  • In Trigun, Wolfwood is fatally wounded and dies alone in a church in the anime and dies from an overdose of regenerative drugs with Vash by his side during his final moments in the manga. Note that Wolfwood hadn't died yet in the manga when the anime was made.
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