“I hate the manga.”, says Bokurano anime director

It is common knowledge amongst fans that many anime adapted from other media often have a 90% failure rate as the production team might change the story, insert new characters, put in anime-only story arcs or screw up the general “feel” of the series. In fact, it truly takes an exceptional team, working hand in hand closely, to actually make these anime a real success. Case in point, Kyoto Animation and the Full Metal Panic series, which they took over from Gonzo, well known as wreckers of many other adaptations.

However, this is probably the first time an anime director has publicly acknowledged hate for the original work his project is based on and I find it pretty discomforting while admirable at the same time.

While I have been avoiding the Bokurano series for a while due to feeling it as being overhyped, especially due some of my peers who have been praising it on and on, but recently, I gave it a try and read the manga and I was truly blown away by the story and the connection I felt to the individual characters. However, at the same time, I thought…”Wow. Unless the production team is truly dedicated, no way they can bring this to anime w/o screwing it up.”

Looks like my concerns have been true, with the public admission of director Hiroyuki Morita’s hate for it. Bokurano definitely has many disturbing moments but those are what truly makes it an outstanding series in the first place. Hatred for the original work will no doubt screw up the final product. Sad, but the fact is that Gonzo will continue on their “anime adaptation” rape reputation.

Still. I will try the anime out and see how it compares to the manga. While I can’t deny the director wants a “happy ending”, but what made me truly love the Bokurano series was the deaths of the kids, who died for a cause they believed in, knowing 100% of the outcome. I wonder how Hiroyuki plans to “save the children” becasue that will either make of break the anime series as a whole, in my opinion.

Source: Canned Dogs, Anime News Network.


  1. omo Said,

    June 15, 2007 @ 11:37 am

    I’m pretty much in the same boat as the director. It makes you wonder why they, so far, stick by the manga.

    A creative spin on the original material are better than a poorly-adhered-to adaptation. When you hear people hating the original material maybe you will hope that they dare to at least depart in a way that makes it worth watching on its own, not because the original material is this way or that.

  2. Xellos-_^ Said,

    June 15, 2007 @ 11:59 am

    despite some good shows where it diverge form the manga i still prefer a show to stick to the original as much as possible. If someone wants to change the original storyline why not just come up with a original story yourself?

  3. Totali Said,

    June 15, 2007 @ 12:01 pm

    Yea I think that is ridiculous. Something like the kids living or dying in this series is a major part of the plot. I’ll probably keep with the anime though, just because I’m not a big manga reader. If I don’t like the ending, I’ll just read those chapters of the manga ^.

  4. Avisch Said,

    June 15, 2007 @ 7:23 pm

    ”Wow. Unless the production team is truly dedicated, no way they can bring this to anime w/o screwing it up.”


    Well I haven’t been keeping up with the anime. But from what I hear they’ve changed some of the character backgrounds.

    And yes the death of the children is a major part of the plot and I don’t see how it’s possible to save those children without drastically altering the story.

  5. DrmChsr0 Said,

    June 15, 2007 @ 8:01 pm


  6. nooneofconsequence Said,

    June 15, 2007 @ 9:14 pm

    I’m for reasonable changes in an anime adaptation of a manga. More often than not the adaptation doesn’t even have enough episodes alloted to remain absolutely faithful to its source material, and, in the extreme, Shounen Jump adaptations tend to need to put in filler to remain on pace with the source material. It’s inevitable changes have to be made, and if they can do it successfully, more power to the adaptation.

  7. Ivy Said,

    June 15, 2007 @ 10:41 pm

    I’m at around episode 09 in Bokurano. I find it extremely good. I haven’t read the manga so thats why I’m enjoying so much. Plus I’ve learned to lower my expectations around each season so that helps A LOT. Given Gonzo’s reputation, I think they’ve done a good job with art and animation, its not gonna win any awards but its very servicable. Plus people have been saying that the eerie and sad atmosphere with the music have been adapted nicely.

  8. shineyshiney Said,

    June 15, 2007 @ 10:58 pm

    Hmmm…. so that’s why the show had some of it’s elements altered/removed (i.e. Kako’s death, Chizuru’s blackmail/murder revenge, and the removal of a BIG foreshadowing scene.).

    I really appreciate the how the show focuses a bit more on the characters, but if the director is going to try to bring the kids back (without the use of magic), how can he do it?

    Last I remember, Waku was pulled out of a cremation oven. :/

    Anyway, if it’s actually done well then… that’s all that matters I guess.

  9. quickbrownfox Said,

    June 16, 2007 @ 11:28 pm

    I just hope they don’t pull out a reset button. Not a good end for an emotional roller coaster ride. It felt a bit lacking with the watered-down scenes, but still acceptable. But I hope he doesn’t try to “put things right”, or we’ll end in failure.

  10. lanie-emon Said,

    June 17, 2007 @ 6:58 am

    I agree that the anime will be like or dislike by its adaptation of the manga. Can’t blame the director though. Maybe he has a soft spot for the kids?

  11. T_I Said,

    June 17, 2007 @ 7:47 am

    save the kids…

    hah, that’s like saying he wants to save the dodos

    how many will be left when this salvation comes?

  12. Yuhi Said,

    June 21, 2007 @ 9:02 pm

    Everyone dies in Bokurano.

    Well..soon enough, at any rate..

  13. Anca Said,

    June 29, 2007 @ 10:27 pm

    They don’t NEED a reset button or magic – they can just end the show with all the kids alive and healthy, albeit terrified, by pulling a ‘You’ve been owned! it was all a dream/game/illusion, guys! Hahaha!’


    If you don’t like the original story, why make an anime of it? Logic fails me.

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