After much procrastination, I have finally got around to writing the last post for the Twelve Days of Anime (2010). Its been pretty fun and tiring writing the past 11 posts, since I’m not that used to writing so much per day. While I did have a blueprint of what to write for everyday before I stared writing my first day, I didn’t really plan the details for each until I start writing, so the result might not be the best, my apologies for them first. Since this is the last post for 12 Days, it means that I can only talk one thing in detail, but since I still have several possible things that I wanted to talk about, so I was kinda stuck on what to write for the past ~4 days. First I planned to just talk about Negima, but as time passed with me watching/reading other manga and anime for the past month, there were more things that I wanted to talk about but didn’t know where to put it. In the end, rejected ideas like “Magic” (Umineko, Negima etc…It was too broad, and had too much to cover for just one post), the redundant “Twelve Tweets of Anime” (Similar to the post that I did for 2009, but I felt it won’t be focused enough)……..
I tend to focus most of my attention to anime, neglecting manga and light novels, despite the fact that more and more anime are just adaptions from them. While I did read manga, most of the time it is because I watched the anime adaption and liked it before reading the manga (this is true for series like Great Teacher Onizuka, Hikaru no Go and Kimi ni Todoke) or it directly related to an anime series that I likes (ie Nanoha mangas). I would rarely pick up an manga series without much affected by an anime medium (my decision to read Yotsuba&!, which I have been following for a long time and does not have any anime adaptations of it yet, was still directly affected the anime series Azumanga Daioh). Hence Anime -> Manga. However for 2010, I decided to read and follow two or more manga series out of the blue, something that was not directly related to an anime. Two of them are Mahou Sensei Negima! and Kami nomi zo Shiru Sekai (aka The World God Only Know). It was not after that I have read up on those two manga that I decided to watch the anime adaptations of them (watched the OVA’s for Mahou Sensei Negima! and the anime adaption of Kaminomi did not arrive until months after I started reading Kaminomi). Hence, Manga -> Anime.
Mahou Sensei Negima!
To be fair, I did start Negima more than 1 or 2 years ago, but I recall that I stopped at around chapter 75 and haven’t read it since my pause. Therefore, when I went back to Negima, I had to start from the very beginning since I (thought I) had forgotten everything. The result of following the manga till the most recent chapters was a rewarding one, since even though the manga started of with a light hearted fan-servicey manga that lightly touches on magic to a deep, action manga that puts magic in center stage. While there would still be some (less than the start) fan-services, most of the attention is focused on the battle scenes and the interactions between the characters. To say that I’m reading the recent chapters of Negima for fan-service is similar to say that I watched Nanoha MOVIE 1st for Nanoha’s transformation sequence ALONE (to neglect the high amount of power unleashed in the battles and the relationships between the main characters).
So how does the anime fair against the manga? To be honest, I would still have preferred the manga, since basically since the parts of the anime that I watched would not be complete without the manga. Both the Haru and Natsu was based on the earlier chapters of the manga, so it was still more carefree, and so it ended being quite fan-servicey and blah, was if it was just a treat for the manga fans. Still, it was good to see Yue (don’t like her voice) and Nodoka (voiced by same VN as Kotomi from Clannad, not bad) being animated with voice (since I places them higher than most other characters). Then we have Shiroki Tsubasa Ala Alba and Mō Hitotsu no Sekai, both of which follow the recent chapters, where the OAV show the preparation and the beginning of the battle invasive parts of the manga. While there was nothing new on the table, it was still good to see some really intense parts of the manga being animated.
Kami nomi zo Shiru Sekai
I don’t remember why I actually started reading this manga. Maybe I found this manga after I finished Onani Master Kurosawa (which I really liked) and found this because it was similar, or maybe I read about this manga somewhere about it being it heavily related to dating sims. Whatever the reason was, I decided to stay a while and listen to what this manga had to show. And boy, while the earlier episodes were ok, the recent ones were pretty funny and good. While in the earlier episodes, you can still easily remember that the main character is an otaku who is forced to capture the girls because if he doesn’t he would be dead, yet because of the more active and thoughtful actions that he took recently, it is hard to see him as an otaku anymore. Maybe it is the growth that he had gone through during the manga series, but it might also be he never need to show his ‘zenryoku zenkai’ (full power) before. Either way, it made the manga more interesting to read because of the more serious situations that he is in in the latter chapters.
The anime, while only showing the capture of the first 4 girls, adapting to only around 16 chapters of the manga, was able to not anime those chapter correctly, but was able to provide a lot more across the table. In the first two captures, Ayumu and Mio, the anime was closely related to the manga, so there wasn’t much there. Yet, when it was Kanon’s arc, a lot was inserted, consisting of scenes of Kanon’s daily activities, usually ones where she not interact with Keima (the main protagonist). The animators also gave more chance for Kanon to sing, giving the voice actress more chance to sing. This made Kanon’s arc more memorable, since she had more time and more impact (with SONGS) in the anime than in the manga, and is a welcome change. Lastly, we have Shiori, the quiet library girl that rarely talks. While the anime went closely with the manga, they had Kana Hanazawa, best known for her Renai Circulation song, to voice Shiori. The result was that whenever Shiori was talking, including ones where she spoke within her mind, Shiori sounded REALLY CUTE. That alone made me really like Shiori, an arc with in itself was a good one nonetheless. Talking about voice actress, they also had Itou Kanae (VA of Saten Ruiko) to voice Elsee. So I guess while the animation was nice, it was the voice actresses that made the anime adaption of Kami nomi zo Shiru Sekai.
I still really enjoy reading both series (Kaminomi > Negima), but does this mean that I will read more manga’s, and maybe go into light novels (going against Konata’s ideology) later? I doubt it.
Thank you for arranging Twelve Days of Anime, Canon-chan, and I’m so tired from all these blogging. ＿|￣|○