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.