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Old 2011-01-08, 07:29   Link #1
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Best and Worst Light Novel Adaptation

Since every season for the past decades, there had been many light novel adaptation. However, some deliver the story very well and some are a huge dissappointment. Despite there is a saying by Kurimu in Setokai no Ichizon that thre is a difference in media. However, some jump the shark too much and spoil a good story.

So forum, what do you think is the best and the worst?

For me, the best would be:
Suzumiya Haruhi

The worst:
To aru majutsu no index II
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Old 2011-01-08, 09:01   Link #2
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Best: Suzumiya Haruhi

Worst: Zero no Tsukaima (Season 2 and 3 that is)
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Old 2011-01-13, 11:11   Link #3
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If the quality and class of all four of Maria Watches Over Us' seasons is any indication, the best adaptation would be from its light novel original source. I suppose that's kinda natural, though. As for the worst, probably Shangri-la. It was actually a nice breathe of fresh air, the setting was imaginative, and no two characters felt the same. Unfortunately, it pretty much collapsed under the weight of its own ambition, as trying to narrate two not-so-light novels in 20-something episodes or so is quite the tall order.
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Old 2011-01-13, 11:51   Link #5
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Best would be a tie between Suzumiya Haruhi and Marimite.

Worst? Zero no Tsukaima hands down.
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Old 2011-01-13, 12:33   Link #6
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Old 2011-01-14, 09:16   Link #7
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Twelve Kingdoms
Seirei no Moribito
Kemono no Sou-ja Erin


are my favorites in the light novel adaptation category. You do know that there are light novels that don't feature moe, right?
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Old 2011-01-15, 12:32   Link #8
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I would love to create a list sadly enough I haven't read enough light novels (note: nearly none of them) to make a fair judgement whether or not a series is a good (or bad) Light Novel Adaptation.
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Old 2011-01-15, 23:50   Link #9
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Best would be a tie between Suzumiya Haruhi and Marimite.

Worst? Zero no Tsukaima hands down.
Hafta agree with this.... Although I personally would give the Marimite series an edge, but that's just me. Both Suzumiya and Marimite are amazingly well done adaptations.
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Old 2011-01-16, 12:58   Link #10
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The worst I've *seen* (and not too many) is ZnT. The anime adaptation destroyed any complexity in personality.

The Endless Eight portion of SH was artistically brilliant... but a heavy chore to watch. The rest of the series was been competent but I'm wary anymore of heavy reliance on referencing other anime to boost popularity.

The best series I've seen adapted were Spice&Wolf and Toradora.
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Old 2011-01-16, 14:40   Link #11
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Another vote for Maria sama ga miteru (Marimite). The adaptation was just brilliant. Which doesn't mean it's my favorite, but as an adaptation the anime team did an excellent work.
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Old 2014-06-24, 06:23   Link #12
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Wow, it's been three years since this thread been active. There have been soo many adapt since then. ahhh Kore wa Zombie Desu ka? season 2 was awful. Strike the blood adaptation was also cringe worthy at times. hmm
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Old 2014-06-24, 10:20   Link #13
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Um, since we're discussing the best and worst light novel adaptation, would it be nice if we could just come up an idea on how to make these worst adaptations better, other than giving a reason why it sucked in the first place.
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Old 2014-06-24, 10:50   Link #14
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Um, since we're discussing the best and worst light novel adaptation, would it be nice if we could just come up an idea on how to make these worst adaptations better, other than giving a reason why it sucked in the first place.
Following the source is a good idea. Studios tend to cut out certain scenes that may not be important to the overall plot, but leave out characterization or flags being risen. But Than again that is to save time.

Also they need to stop shoving 5 to 6 volumes into 12 episodes.

Once last thing is anime original material.
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Old 2014-06-24, 20:20   Link #15
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Also they need to stop shoving 5 to 6 volumes into 12 episodes.
But sometimes they really need specially if the material is only up to that point.
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Old 2014-06-24, 20:44   Link #16
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But sometimes they really need specially if the material is only up to that point.
What I was saying was that since their trying put 5 volumes in 12 episodes, their trying to shove as much plot as possible. Which will make the show feel rush. Since scenes are cut out.

But it really depends I find slice of life light novels tend work out better with several volumes compared to action and fantasy novels.

For example the anime Gj-bu a slice of life, animated all 10 vol. it work out well, without being confusing.

Compared to Mahou Sensou a fantasy/action, it overall felt rushed and at times random.

PS: This only applies to animes with 12 episodes, Log Horizon a fantasy/action animated 5 volumes, but was 24 episodes. it was a great adaptation.
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Old 2014-06-24, 21:10   Link #17
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What I was saying was that since their trying put 5 volumes in 12 episodes, their trying to shove as much plot as possible. Which will make the show feel rush. Since scenes are cut out.

But it really depends I find slice of life light novels tend work out better with several volumes compared to action and fantasy novels.

For example the anime Gj-bu a slice of life, animated all 10 vol. it work out well, without being confusing.

Compared to Mahou Sensou a fantasy/action, it overall felt rushed and at times random.

PS: This only applies to animes with 12 episodes, Log Horizon a fantasy/action animated 5 volumes, but was 24 episodes. it was a great adaptation.
I see what you're trying to point out, but tbh being a 1 cour series can either be good or bad if several aspect can be made properly, and in my opinion I think the biggest aspect there is the budget, secondary would be the staff, if a 5-6 volume can be compressed in a 1 cour series but directed properly I think being a 1 cour series isn't bad at all.

And agree where you stated that Slice of life shows can be adapted more easily compared to some complex storyline which mainly are action, which required more explanation and more scenes to show.
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Old 2014-06-24, 21:50   Link #18
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Compared to Mahou Sensou a fantasy/action, it overall felt rushed and at times random.

PS: This only applies to animes with 12 episodes, Log Horizon a fantasy/action animated 5 volumes, but was 24 episodes. it was a great adaptation.
I humbly agreed. I think Madhouse should have done is delaying the adaptation so that Mahou Sensou would have a good reception right after Mahouka.

Speaking of adaptations, I think Kadokawa needs to stop being jerks regarding favoritism and over-hypeness. Honestly, the fact that Kadokawa likes to milk Dengeki Bunko titles is too much, compared to Fujimi Fantasia Bunko and MF Bunko J.
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Old 2014-06-25, 12:37   Link #19
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Twelve Kingdoms
Seirei no Moribito
Kemono no Sou-ja Erin


are my favorites in the light novel adaptation category. You do know that there are light novels that don't feature moe, right?
Those are all real novels you mentionned. If you want a good example of light novel (novels with manga-style illustrations) that doesn't have moe designs, Baccano! and Durarara! are your best bet (it's funny they both share the same author lol).
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Old 2014-06-25, 20:13   Link #20
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Well, I guess you can add No Game No Life to the "best" list now.
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