Most anime nowadays is adapted from an original source one way or another. Whether it be light novel, game, or manga, there always seems to be a heated debate of whether the anime or original is better. Sometimes, the anime adaptation is just so seemingly plain, or downright disastrous, that it becomes extremely tempting to read the manga. Below, I have compiled a list of 10 manga that is better than its anime adaptation. I hope you enjoy this list!

10. Domestic na Kanojo

Domestic na Kanojo - manga that are better than the anime
  • Status: Publishing
  • Author: Sasuga Kei
  • Released: April 23, 2014
  • Genre: Drama, Romance, School, Shounen

Manga Synopsis:

One night, Natsuo lost his virginity to a stranger who he met at a mixer. The next day, his dad announced that he will be living with his new stepmom and two stepsisters. To Natsuo’s surprise, one of them, Rui, was the girl from last night. Awkward tensions arise, and the two decided to forget what happened that night. Later on, as events lead to another, Natsuo somehow begins falling for the other stepsister, Hina. How will their relationship play out?

Why Is The Manga Better?

If you have watched Domestic na Kanojo and was somewhat disappointed, then it’s really not your fault. After all, trying to condense roughly 70 manga chapters into merely 12 anime episodes is simply disastrous. Consequently, the anime truly lacks the character development and world-building aspects of its Manga. So I advise you to go and read its manga. I promise you won’t regret it because there are simply many more details story-wise in the original than the cheap anime adaptation.

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9. Tokyo Ghoul

Tokyo Ghoul - manga that are better than the anime
  • Status: Completed
  • Author: Ishida Sui
  • Released: Sep 8, 2011
  • Genre: Action, Mystery, Drama, Horror, Supernatural, Psychological, Seinen

Manga Synopsis:

In the near future, “Ghouls” has overtaken Tokyo’s streets by night. These creatures, known for their carnivorous features, feed on the pitiful innocent human lives. One day, a boy named Kaneki was sitting in a peaceful coffee shop when he was approached by a gorgeous woman. Introducing herself as Rize, the two quickly become acquaintances. However, unknown to Kaneki, this encounter would soon introduce him to the fearsome and brutal world of Ghouls.

Why Is The Manga Better?

You get to be exposed to more background details of the different characters. There are also some minor differences in details between the original Manga adaptation and its anime. Other than that, reading the manga will allow you to see Kaneki’s in-depth connections with multiple different characters.

8. Fuuka

Fuuka - manga that are better than the anime
  • Status: Completed
  • Author: Seo Kouji
  • Released: Feb 12, 2014
  • Genre: Drama, Ecchi, Music, Romance, Shounen

Manga Synopsis:

Yuu Haruna is a typical teenage boy who deeply immerses himself in social media. One day, when returning home from school, he bumped into a hasty girl who quickly mistaken him as a pervert. In anger, she snapped his phone and smash it onto the floor. The next day, to Yuu’s surprise, he finds the same girl standing on the school building’s rooftop. After strings of embarrassing events, Yuu found out that her name was Fuuka. This is the beginning of Yuu’s journey to becoming the greatest musician ever!

Why Is The Manga Better?

If you have watched the Fuuka anime, then you might have been left with a sense of dissatisfaction. There are just too many potholes in the series. At such time, the manga ultimately comes into play. Let me tell you, the difference between the manga and the anime was like night and day. The manga will expose you to more character development, story-staging, and provide you additional details that actually make sense. So if you were dissatisfied with Fuuka’s anime, then I can guarantee you its manga is so much better than the anime.

7. Bokutachi wa Benkyou ga Dekinai

Bokutachi wa Benkyou ga Dekinai - manga that are better than its original anime
  • Status: Publishing
  • Author: Tsutsui Taishi
  • Released: Feb 6, 2017
  • Genre: Comedy, Romance, School, Shounen, Harem

Manga Synopsis:

Yuiga Nariyuki is a self-acclaimed genius in math and Japanese literature. Unfortunately, both of his seat neighbors, Ogata Rizu and Furuhashi Fumino, are real-life geniuses who consistently place first in their respective subjects. Disregarding the two, Yuiga’s true goal is to obtain the VIP Nomination – a certificate that agrees to pay for all future university education. Fortunately, the school’s headmaster agreed to give Yuiga the VIP Nomination, but under one condition: tutor the two geniuses. Surprised by the request, Yuiga gladly agrees, only to realize he made a massive mistake.

Why Is The Manga Better?

Though the anime adaptation of the Bokuben manga was somewhat decent in terms of plot and character development, it really could have been better. There are many details in the manga that have been glossed over, or outrageously skipped. Overall, those minor frames allow Bokuben’s characters to be much more multi-dimensional and funny. So if you want more insights on the quirks of these hilarious characters, then I seriously advise you to go read the manga.

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6. Kono Oto Tomare!

Kono oto tomare - manga vs anime
  • Status: Publishing
  • Author: Sakura Amyuu
  • Released: Aug 4, 2012
  • Genre: Romance, School, Shoujo

Manga Synopsis:

Takezou Kurata is optimistic about his new school year. His goal? To recruit as many new members into the Koto Club as possible. However, contrary to his expectations, Kurata was left disappointed with a dusty club room – or so he thought. Kudou Chika, a rumored delinquent, surprisingly wishes to join the Koto Club. Though Kurata was hesitant at first, Chika’s determination and feelings towards the Koto club was enough to convince him. Ultimately, this marks the beginning of their magnificent journey of music and friendship.

Why The Manga Is Better?

Sure, the anime Kono Oto Tomare might have colorful animation, great soundtrack, and an amazing cast. However, in terms of characters and plot development, its manga will definitely provide you with much more details and insights. In addition, for those who love shipping the characters within Kono Oto Tomare, I suggest you read the Manga. These scenes were mostly skipped in the anime.

5. Sora no Otoshimono

sora no otoshimono - manga vs anime
  • Status: Completed
  • Author: Minazuki Suu
  • Released: March 26, 2007
  • Genre: Comedy, Drama, Ecchi, Romance, School, Sci-Fi, Shounen

Manga Synopsis:

Tomoki Sakurai always had a dream about a mysterious angel. One of his friends, Sohara Mitsuki, a sky maniac, proposes that perhaps Tomoki had some connections with the residents of the New World. This world, as described by Sohara, is a floating realm that exceeds the expectations and knowledge of science. One day, to Tomoki’s surprise, an angel-like girl actually fell from the sky. Who is she? And where does she actually come from?

Why The Manga Is Better?

The anime of Sora no Otoshimono focused more on the Manga’s comedic and ecchi’s aspect. However, if you are looking for something beyond that, then I suggest you to read the manga. The overall character development is much more detailed. And the plot pacing is also much more reasonable than its anime counterpart. I am especially talking about the last season of the anime since the production was thoroughly rushed.

4. Aku no Hana

aku no hana - manga
  • Status: Completed
  • Author: Oshimi Shuuzou
  • Released: Sep 9, 2009
  • Genre: Drama, Romance, School, Shounen, Psychological

Manga Synopsis:

Kasuga Tako is a teenage boy who loves reading classic Japanese literature. At school, he has a crush on Saeki Nanako, the idol of all the boys. One day, Kasuga was returning home when he forgets his favorite literature book in the classroom. Upon returning to the classroom, Kasuga sees Saeki’s gym uniform lying on the ground. Nervous and excited, he stole it. Soon after, Kasgua realized it was the worse decision he has ever made.

Why The Manga Is Better?

For this anime, I would say that the manga is much much better by a huge margin. This is not an overstatement. You see, Aku no Hana anime turned a fantastic manga – with great story and art – into a jumbled mess of story pacing and unsightly animation. Sorry, I just had to be harsh, because Aku no Hana was truly one of my favorites manga. So if you had no idea what the Aku no Hana anime was all about, then I really suggest you read its manga. You won’t regret it, I promise!

3. Gokukoku no Brynhildr

gokukoku no brynhildr manga
  • Status: Completed
  • Author: Okamoto Lynn
  • Released: Jan 26, 2012
  • Genre: Mystery, Drama, Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Seinen

Manga Synopsis:

Murakami Ryouta had a rough childhood. He used to befriend a girl named Kuroneko, and they hang out quite often. One day, while on the adventure of finding aliens, Kuroneko fell down a cliff and vanished. Years after, a girl who looked incredibly similar to Kuroneko suddenly transferred to Murakami’s school. Different from the Kuroneko he once knew, the transfer student, Kuroha Neko, possesses a mysterious power in which she called science. Intrigued, Murakami wanted to know more about her only to find himself involved with a dangerous organization.

Why The Manga Is Better?

Gokukoku no Brynhildr is a typical anime adaptation that skipped a lot of its original manga materials. As a Mature-rated manga, wouldn’t you want to see all the gory graphics and perhaps some nudity? Yep, not gonna happen in the anime. You see, though the anime might have piqued your interest in this series, it simply wouldn’t be enough. And so, to get full-on experience on Gokukoku no Brynhildr story, I really suggest you read its manga. There are lots and lots of materials to cover. And I promise you won’t get bored.

2. Akame ga Kill

akame ga kill manga that are different from the anime
  • Status: Completed
  • Author: Tashiro Tetsuya (Art), Takahiro (Story)
  • Released: April 22, 2010
  • Genre: Action, Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Shounen

Manga Synopsis:

Tatsumi embarks on a journey to the Empire in seek of power and fame. At the time, he was naive and gullible, and his only gold coins were stolen by a sexy thief. Luckily for Tatsumi, a noble family decided to pity his souls and take him in. However, as night arrived, a group of mysterious assassins called Night Raid came to massacre the Noble’s family. Unaware of their true intentions, Tatsumi resisted only to accidentally discover the ugly truth lurking below the vast Empire.

Why The Manga Is Better?

Akame ga Kill was truly a unique case within the anime industry. When compared to its original manga adaptation, the anime story is vastly different. Naturally, I wouldn’t provide any spoilers to the show. But do be prepared for some big surprises. The upsides to the manga are that the story continues way beyond the anime. Meaning, you will learn so much more about Akame ga Kill characters’ relationships, as well as its massive plot.

1. Citrus

citrus - manga
  • Status: Completed
  • Author: Saburouta
  • Released: Nov 17, 2012
  • Genre: Drama, School, Yuri

Manga Synopsis:

Yuzu Aihara vowed to get a boyfriend upon her enrollment in high school. To achieve that goal, she dressed up as the ultimate sexy girl upon the first day of school. Contrary to her initial impression, however, Yuzu was stopped by the student council president, Mei. She even got her phone confiscated. It was truly a terrible day at school. However, upon returning home, Yuzu quickly learns that Mei would soon be her stepsister. The question remained. How will their relationship develop from now on?

Why The Manga Is Better?

Citrus is one of that anime/manga that you either love or hate. Obviously, if you are a fan of the niche Yuri category, then I really recommend this series. To be honest, the Citrus anime adapted the original manga as best as possible within merely 12 episodes. Realistically, however, there are still many missing details. Again, the manga will provide you with more in-depth details of the two main characters. So if the anime has somehow piqued your interest, then I really suggest you dive straight into the manga.

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And that concludes my list of the top 10 manga that is better than its anime adaptation. If you had the same experience as me and were disappointed in any of these anime adaptation listed above, then I really recommend you to read the manga. It does not matter if you have watched the anime or not. You can always read the manga. Am I right?

And for those who have indeed watched and read both versions of these series, let me know what you think. Was the manga actually better than the anime adaptation? Or did you actually prefer the anime adaptation over its over-glorified manga?

An anime enthusiast who writes about things he likes