The Best Japanese Manga Series Based on Anime (Part 4)
- FLCL Omnibus
It’s hard to imagine that FLCL exist outside the anime because of the series’s hyperactive use of animation. This may be the reason why the manga adaption by Hajime Ueda takes a completely different route than the anime. The manga interprets the surreal adolescent story in a more emotional way while the key story beats are present. However, thanks to Ueda’s cute yet weird minimalist art style, the series’s quirky atmosphere remains.
- The Big O
Although The Big O manga adaptation doesn’t provide answers to the mysteries surrounding Paradigm City, it offers brand new original stories for Big O devotees to immerse themselves. It is a loose adaptation of the 1999 anime and geared towards a Japanese audience. While The Big O anime drew inspiration from Western shows, there’s more of a Japanese influence in the manga’s art themes.
- Neon Genesis Evangelion: Angelic Days
Refusing to take action when the world needed him most, Shinji Ikari may have doomed humanity, but he provided great material for an upbeat spin-off. The manga Neon Genesis Evangelion: Angelic Days is the continuation of Shinji’s ideal vision of the world, where Misato Katsuragi is his homeroom teacher, Asuka Langley Sohryu is his childhood friend, and Rei Ayanami is a new transfer student. Anyone who has wondered how a non-depressing version of Neon Genesis Evangelion would be should give the manga a look.
- Coyote Ragtime Show
Following the same pattern of most anime-to-manga adaptations, the Coyote Ragtime Show manga version expands on the 2006 series without contradicting any event from the anime. Its storyline about “coyote” space pirates fighting for a legendary treasure, that was inspired by the Mad Max, is bolstered by the illustrations of Tartan Check. Unluckily, the manga series’ third and final volume never saw the light of day in North America, due to Broccoli Books, its publisher, ceasing operations.