15 Anime Better Than the Manga According to Fans

#2 is definitely a staff favorite!

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Though in general the adaptation usually falls short compared to the original work, be it a book turned into a movie or a video game, and it is a similar case even with anime.

However, some rough diamonds can turn into real sparkling gems, and that is true for some anime as well. These adaptations earned the “must watch” status through the years and elevated past their source materials.

15. The Girl Who Leapt Through Time

Makoto Konno is on the doorstep of her high school graduation, but still, she has not decided what should she do with her life. Trying to avoid to make the tough decision and killing time with her friends instead of that, she tries not to face the inevitable. However, her life takes a 180 degrees turn when she discovers her supernatural power of actually leaping through time. Great powers come with great responsibilities as they say, and Makoto needs to learn soon that causing a ripple can result in large waves shaking the future and time is way more complicated than it seems.

14. One Piece

In the age of pirates of an alternative universe lies a hidden treasure beyond imagination. Gol D. Roger, the most famous pirate that the Grand Line has ever seen, gets captured and as his last words before his execution reveals that his secret treasure exists and whoever wants to exit his shadow and become the next “Pirate King” must find it. With this mysterious announcement the Grand Age of Pirates has begun and all who gave their heads to pirating rushed to climb the path, Roger set for them.

Monkey D. Luffy, a cheerful and ever-optimistic boy, has only one desire. Instead of looting villages and slaughtering innocents, his sole goal is to find the great treasure and become the new Pirate King. His big heart and a strong sense of justice pull together a strange, but dedicated team of oddballs and even turns foes into friends along their bumpy road towards their ultimate goal.

13. Nodame Cantabile

Shinichi Chiaki’s dream is to become a professional and well-acknowledged musician and to play among the top class in concert halls all around Europe. He has only one problem he can’t overcome, making his desire unreachable. His fear of flying.

Being a perfectionist and top performer, Shinichi studies in Japan’s top university and meets the kind of scattered Megumi Noda, aka Nodame. Though Shinichi keeps his direction first, when he hears Nodame playing the piano, he admits the skills of the girl. The story gets more complicated as Nodame falls for him and becomes his self-proclaimed girlfriend.