July 18, 2017

Random Anime Pictures #130: From The Screen To The Page...

-Hibike! Euphonium the Movie
The good folks over at Yen Press recently released the original light novel for Hibike! Euphonium, translated of course.  Since that was probably my favorite anime series in years, of course I eagerly picked it up... I wanted to see how it differed and how it stayed the same from the material I knew.  And the result?

It's not as good as the anime.  And no, I'm sure there isn't any "first come first served" bias going on here... KyoAni just did a better job with the source material than the source material did.  For example, let's use what I think was the best sequence from the anime, the mountain scene with Kumiko and Reina.  Much of the dialogue is the same, and a lot of the details as well (Reina's white dress, or her ankles getting rubbed raw).  However, in the novel they don't take their instruments and thus the duet on the mountaintop doesn't occur.  That simply amazed me.  In another big difference, the "secondary leads," Hazuki and Sapphire, get almost no character development.  Also, and most painful to yours truly, Asuka's personality is more obviously a facade and her nasty side is more evident.  The wacky part of her that made her an instant fan favorite is almost totally missing. 

But the obvious difference is the music.  For a story about a concert band, there's a total lack of music involved with the book.  Which is natural of course... a book is words on paper, and the author isn't talented enough to overcome that handicap in comparison to the anime.  Please understand, the book is still quite entertaining and well worth the small amount of time it'll take you to read it. 

But you'll be hearing the music from the series in your head when you do.

Posted by: Wonderduck at 10:18 PM | Comments (4) | Add Comment
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1 Hmm. If nothing else, this proves that when the KyoAni writers are on their game, they're some of the best storytellers working in the animated medium today.

Posted by: GreyDuck at July 19, 2017 07:43 AM (rKFiU)

2 Reminds me of how disappointing the Angelic Layer manga was. All the best material was invented for the anime.

-j

Posted by: J Greely at July 19, 2017 11:06 AM (tgyIO)

3 One of the best anime series I've ever seen is Android Announcer Maico 2010, based on the manga Maico 2010.  The anime is about a robot ai that is procured by a radio station as a cheap alternative to hiring a live dj (just go with it).  Along the way, she learns about love, life, and death; along with dealing with some absurd comedy.

The manga is about Maico, a sex doll that her created wanted to be as human as possible rather than simply for sex.  Maico rescues her "sister" sex droid Rei from evil controllers, after which the two become a crime-fighting sex doll duo called "Cherry Bombs".  As Wikipedia puts it: "The anime version differs from the manga, with less sexual themes, and no crime fighting involved. Also, there is no mention of her being a sexdroid, and Rei is never introduced."

Posted by: Ben at July 19, 2017 08:53 PM (S4UJw)

4 Haven't thought about Android Ana Maico in years.  That was a fun little series.

Popotan is similar.  The anime was delightful, the game they took it from was garbage.

Posted by: Pixy Misa at July 20, 2017 12:17 AM (2yngH)

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