Manga fans love to lord it over anime watchers that they’ve experienced the definitive version of every story, without any unnecessary cuts or changes. They’re not always right, but sometimes there’s a glimmer of truth to their words. Today, we’re taking a closer look at five of the best/most interesting moments from manga that their anime adaptations left out. Maybe we’ll get to see them fully realized someday!
5. Ryo and Most of the Other Demons from Devilman 1972
- Episodes: 39
- Air Date: July 1972 – April 1973
The first anime adaptation of Go Nagai’s 1972 manga Devilman was the anime of the same name that released that same year. Unfortunately, it hardly resembles its source material beyond using some of the same names and characters to tell an animated tokusatsu story instead of a dark tale of demons and the horrors of xenophobia. Akira’s best friend/adversary Ryo is entirely absent, as are most of the other demons that make up the Devilman franchise’s rogues’ gallery. One thing makes up for it, though – the classic theme song that got remixed into “Devilman no Uta” from 2018’s Devilman: Crybaby.
4. Maehara, Sousuke, and Meg’s Extra Characterization Moments from Ansatsu Kyoushitsu (Assassination Classroom)
- Episodes: 22
- Air Date: January 2015 – June 2015
Class 3-E is composed of 28 students so, naturally, we can’t get to know all of them on a deep and personal level in just 22 episodes. But the manga contains extra scenes for less important students like Maehara, Sousuke, and Meg, which had to be cut from the anime for time reasons. We still enjoy these moments, though, and it would’ve been interesting to see at least one or two of them in the show itself. Maehara’s casanova attitude and Sousuke’s artistry were entirely skipped, so they feel more or less like blank slates in the anime. Such a shame!
3. Ilulu from Kobayashi-san Chi no Maid Dragon (Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid)
- Episodes: 13
- Air Date: January 2017 – April 2017
Ilulu is a chaotic dragon who has a difficult time controlling her shapeshifting powers, which results in her having a petite frame with disproportionally large breasts and strange draconic features. She appears late enough in the manga that the 13-episode first season wasn’t able to work her in with the existing cast, so they left her out entirely. She’s just as sweet as the other dragons and has a memorable character arc, so we hope we get to see her when the new season comes around!
2. Donovan from Kenpuu Denki Berserk (Berserk)
- Episodes: 25
- Air Date: October 1997 – April 1998
Guts is a grizzled, musclebound titan of a man who has survived countless battles and unimaginable hardships throughout his travels, and yet he’s still a nuanced character instead of just a one-note antihero. One of his defining quirks—an extreme aversion to human touch—actually comes from a moment that has never been fully adapted in any version of Berserk. As a child, he was raped by a man named Donovan who bought him for a night from Guts’ father figure Gambino. We understand why this would be difficult to show on television, but it adds such an intriguing element to his personality that we wish it had been there regardless.
1. Adult Reborn’s Reveal from Katekyo Hitman Reborn!
- Episodes: 203
- Air Date: October 2006 – September 2010
Many fans agree that the anime’s choice to end after the Future arc instead of the actual manga ending was a good thing since the final two manga arcs are just okay and don’t contribute as much to Tsuna’s character development. But, because of this, one amazing moment got left out of the anime—the reveal of Adult Reborn in the flesh.
Reborn looks like a baby, but he’s actually a fully-grown adult who’s been affected by a curse. During the final manga arc, he gets one shining moment to swoop in and rescue Tsuna as his adult self. We wish we could’ve experienced this glorious scene in the anime!
We also would’ve liked to see the full version of Josuke’s Cee-lo match with Rohan from JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Diamond is Unbreakable, if only because his transparent attempts to distract Rohan are hilarious in a “stupid teenager” kind of way that we find endlessly endearing.
What did you think of our list? What are some of your favorite manga moments that were absent from the anime? Have you read any of these manga? Let us know in the comments, and thanks so much for reading!