Even though it seems like common sense that a manga will always be superior in some way to its anime adaptation (or at least that’s what manga fans will tell you), sometimes the anime adds a new spin to the story that it was sorely lacking before. So today, we’ll be talking about some of our favorite funny moments from popular anime that were either expanded from the original manga or were created from the whole cloth for the adaptation. Let’s get started!
5. Gohan’s Further Antics as the Great Saiyaman from Dragon Ball Z
- Episodes: 291
- Aired: April 1989 – January 1996
Gohan’s Kamen Rider-esque superhero getup gets much more time to shine in Dragon Ball Z’s anime than it did in the original manga. With Bulma’s help, Gohan suits up as the “Great Saiyaman” so that he can save people without revealing his identity as an ordinary high school student. His classmate Videl is suspicious of the masked warrior and quickly figures out who he is in Toriyama’s manga, but in the anime, Gohan manages to elude her suspicions for a few episodes longer. He saves a pterodactyl from a circus, crashes the set of a movie being made about him, gets blackmailed into going on a date with a girl he doesn’t like... sure, it isn’t normal Dragon Ball Z fare, but we could watch Gohan be a dorky teenager forever!
4. Deku Practices His All Might Face from Boku no Hero Academia 4th Season (My Hero Academia)
- Episodes: 25
- Aired: October 2019 – currently airing
There’s nobody in the whole world who admires All Might as much as Deku does—he knows every factoid, has every piece of limited-edition merchandise, hangs onto the man’s every word, and can even imitate his distinctive smile! The manga version of the scene where Deku tries to make Sir Nighteye laugh just mentions that Deku has been working on replicating the smile since childhood, but the anime actually shows a side-splitting clip of him practicing in front of the mirror, slowly morphing his face into All Might’s heavily shaded Western superhero-style grin. We never knew we needed this in our lives, but now we can’t get enough of it.
3. Abbacchio Sips Wine Before a Beatdown from JoJo no Kimyou na Bouken: Ougon no Kaze (JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Golden Wind)
- Episodes: 39
- Aired: October 2018 – July 2019
That scene in Venice where Mista and Narancia beat the snot out of some random rude civilian because they think he’s a Stand user is an absurdist classic in its own right, but the anime version adds one tiny detail that makes it even better. Oldest member of the team and resident sourpuss Abbacchio wearily looks at his two teammates kicking a man in the street, takes a long sip of wine... and then immediately joins them in the next shot. That simple two-second-long gag makes an already funny moment simply sublime!
2. Osaka the Knife-Wielding Psycho from Azumanga Daioh (Azumanga Daioh: The Animation)
- Episodes: 26
- Aired: April 2002 – October 2002
Azumanga Daioh is based on a four-panel gag manga, which is a format that doesn’t really excel at long jokes that rely on buildup and suspense. So, while Osaka accidentally waking Yukari-sensei up with a knife instead of a frying pan is somewhat funny in the manga, it’s exponentially more hilarious in the anime because it’s given enough time to play out like a Hitchcockian scare. The slow reveal of the knife and the endless jump cuts between Osaka and the horrified Yukari-sensei are anime-only additions that cement this moment as one of the funniest we’ve ever seen!
1. The Story of the Amanojaku from Dororo
- Episodes: 24
- Aired: January 2019 – June 2019
This reimagined version of Osamu Tezuka’s 1969 manga is so different from the original that almost everything except for the basic plot structure and characters can be considered anime-only, but episode 19 is a completely original side-story that pays homage to the manga’s comedic roots without ruining the new dramatic plotline. Hyakkimaru accidentally gets engaged to a girl who lives in a town where everyone is cursed to say the opposite of what they mean, and Dororo desperately tries to fix the situation before it’s too late. Hyakkimaru’s social awkwardness and Dororo’s flustered bravado get played to their full comedic potential here, which is a nice reprieve before the final five episodes of suffering that come afterward.
What are your favorite anime-only moments that leave you rolling on the floor with laughter? Did we miss any that are near and dear to your heart? Have you seen any of the ones on this list? Let us know in the comments, and thanks so much for reading!