Keep Your Hands Off Eizouken! was one of the few new anime series in 2020 that managed to capture the attention of almost every anime enthusiast. The story about a trio of high school girls who decide to form a new club in order to produce their own anime is interesting, imaginative, and definitely a feast for the eyes.
But some of you might not know that Eizouken is an adaptation of an original manga by Oowara Sumito. It was nominated for the 2018 Manga Taishou Award, so the source material is definitely super solid.
The English publication of Eizouken is handled by Dark Horse, and December 2021 marks the release of its third volume. So now the time has come to compare the anime and its source material. This is Keep Your Hands Off Eizouken!: Anime vs Manga.
The most obvious difference between the manga and the anime is the scene placement. For most anime adaptations of an established manga series, the animators have a wealth of scenes at their disposal. So it is a common practice for them to rearrange the placement of certain scenes if it could help telling the story in a better way. The same thing happened with Keep Your Hands Off Eizouken.
This practice of scene rearrangement happens right at the very beginning of the anime, with the scene where young Asakusa spent her time exploring her housing complex and then falling in love with anime for the first time.
This opening scene for the anime was taken from chapter six of the manga. Since there are no other flashbacks for the rest of the volume and the first episode is mainly for introducing the characters, it makes sense to put the scene at the beginning of the anime. And of course, there are other instances like this happening throughout the anime from time to time.
Scene Length And Intensity
Other than the aforementioned scene at the beginning, the first episode is a rather faithful adaptation of the first chapter. So how could an entire episode be based on one chapter alone while the whole first volume only translates into four episodes in total?
The answer is that the scenes are lengthened and intensified, particularly the last scene of the first episode where the girls enter Asakusa's fictional world. The scene where they work on the aircraft is lengthened considerably.
The original idea of the scene in the manga is simply Asakusa and Mizusaki working on their first concept art together while delving straight into the fantasy world. In the anime, however, that scene evolves into an intense aircraft chase sequence.
This practice of lengthening and intensifying often happens during their time in the imagined world, but it occasionally happens when the trio is in the real world as well.
Presenting Ideas And Concepts
As an anime that tells the story of amateur anime production, there are lots of animation concepts being explained by the characters. Not only that, we also often dive into the imaginative worlds as a way for the characters to brainstorm ideas. And those are the two things that the anime does way better than the manga.
When Mizusaki talks about animators using a fake sword to find out the best way to show the movements in the anime, it is easier to understand what she means when we can see the character actually moving, rather than simply looking at a small panel of a character holding a sword in the manga.
The same thing happens when they brainstorm ideas for the settings of their first anime. In the manga, all we see are panels where they talk about the setting selections, while in the anime, we get to see them actually moving and interacting with the imaginary environment while talking about the pros and cons of each setting. That makes it way easier to understand and more interesting to see as well.
Keep Your Hands Off Eizouken! is a story about creating original anime, from crafting the basic concept, to the grueling work needed to finish it, and to every other element that is related to the production of anime. Not to mention all of the other imagined worlds in between. As such, an anime is simply a better medium for it.
The manga on its own could tell a brilliant story of the Eizouken trio. But just like Asakusa's incredible background illustrations are elevated even further when the girls animate them, the anime of Eizouken does the same thing to the manga. The exceptional story and art of the original material is enhanced even further by the stellar animation of its adaptation.
So what do you think? Do you agree with this article? Or maybe there are other differences that you noticed that don’t appear in this piece? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.