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As we all know, there are many shoujo series which have been adapted to anime, in addition to several josei titles too. Shoujo series, such as Cardcaptor Sakura by CLAMP or Kimi ni Todoke by Shiina Karuho, have quite successful anime. Recent josei anime show amazing promises as well, say like Chihayafuru and Sakamichi no Apollon.
What do you think of these adaptations? Do you like them better as anime or manga? What are your favorite adaptations? Any anime you wish to be or not to be done?
Shoujo anime are mostly not that good because they make the anime before the manga are completed, so the story sometimes changes. Sometimes, the art is not as good as the manga's art too. I'm a bit disappointed in Kaichou wa Maid-sama adaptation because of the ending. While Kimi ni Todoke is good because it follows the manga closely. Chihayafuru is also good though with that ending, I'm hoping for a continuation. I'm someone who likes the anime story to follow the manga closely (except if I don't like the plot in the manga), so this is only my opinion.
And there are so many shoujo that I hope will be made into anime for example, seiyuu-ka.
It already has drama cd, so I hope that this means it's possible to be made into anime.
Agreed on Kaichou wa Maid-sama, Kimi ni Todoke, and Chihayafuru.
I think the fact that shoujo and josei series are rather slow is one of the reason why sometimes the anime adaptations didn't succeed. They put fillers, and since they couldn't put too many fillers they ended up crafting a new plot. Still, Chihayafuru can still be considered an on-going series as well so it is not completely sure, right? XD Whereas it's rather different with La Corda D'Oro which ended rather abruptly. Even the bonus short season didn't leave a good impression at all. As far as I know La Corda is still on-going too.
I personally don't mind if the anime gives something different than the manga or any other original form, as long as the story plot stays the same. As in, fillers are okay as long as they are not too much.
Some people I met mentioned about how they like Special A. Hmmmm~ I watched it but wasn't too captivated by it. In fact it was rather strange and a bit too annoying for me; Hikari is too dense to a point which made my blood boil and Kei isn't as aggressive as he should have been. :PP I didn't know how it goes with the manga as I didn't read the manga, but looks like the manga is better and has further plot twists after both finally confessed?
I only watch Special A coz Kei is voiced by JunJun. But yeah, the anime is a bit disappointing, and even until now, I and my friends still facepalm over Hikari's stupidity. She's like, the most dense girl in the realm of anime/manga. As for Kei, he isn't aggressive for a good reason, really. I mean, no matter how aggressive he is, Hikari will only take it the wrong way.
I don't read the manga, but my friends who read it said that it's better, and they like the mangaka's work which is why Seiyuu-ka is quite popular right now. (Seiyuu-ka and Special A are by the same mangaka... so my friends said.)
What about other anime adaptations? Say, Cardcaptor Sakura or Kamikaze Kaitou Jeanne. Cardcaptor Sakura anime has so many episodes, with the addition of two bigger/longer movies as the conclusion. The anime has many differences with the manga, lots of additional cards and characters. Not that it is not fun, but I actually think the length and the direction of the manga is just the perfect size for the series; the anime feels a bit too long and only to make fans happier. As for Kamikaze Kaitou Jeanne, I didn't really watch it but I've seen the screencaps. Looks like the graphic is not very good. Too bad since the manga is so awesome. <3
I'm a real fan of the Natsume series. I have not read the manga that closely but I think they were quite respectful and if there are fillers you don't notice them.
Lately, I've watched Apollon which seems to be quite successful if we look at the anime thread post. The anime makes some ellipse and some minor changes but in the end the adaptation is good and the jazz music scenes are definitively more enjoyable under that format. In fact the adaptation is quite to good and in the end you don't retrieve the simple and minimalist art of Yuki Kodama but it's not really a problem.
I can't say for Cardcaptor Sakura since I don't read the manga, but for Natsume... .
There are eps that follow the manga quite closely, but there are, of course, fillers. In my opinion, they don't feel like fillers because every eps is independent story (still in Midorikawa-sensei's style of story, of course) and does not in any way disrupt the main story. I even think that the fillers have great stories (and some made me cry). The only thing that is different and disturb me a bit is that Natsume's hair and eye color are changed from silver to gold. Natsume is still handsome, of course, but that change is quite major.