Does anyone understand the real reason manga's get turned into animes?
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So I was told that the reason manga's are turned into an anime is to bring the series to light and to make it popular... Ok, that's good, but what the heck is the point of pulling the series after one or two seasons and making so many fans disappointed?

Right now the top selling Manga and the most popular one to boot is Naruto and Bleach. Both of which have a pretty long running anime series and even movie adaptions. And then you look at less popular manga's according to the rank and the series don't run nearly as long and can't seem to catch up in popularity to these two.

For example, Skip Beat is hilarious, but ended way too soon and the manga is only getting better, yet the only thing I'm hearing in regards to the series is a possible Korean Drama, I don't want to see no drama!!! I want an anime!!!

No person can meet up to an anime's standard (looks and comedy wise) and the art is going to be totally ignored, that's why manga is so popular.

Doing the impossible in an anime that can't be done in real life.....

Anyways, can someone please help me to understand the logic behind all this? It just isn't making any sense to me.
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I think One Piece is the most popular manga.
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Well it has to be popular as a manga. If the mangas are selling fast, then most likely the producers would also want a share of that income. If you think about it, it's mostly shounen that gets adapted into animes. They all have interesting plot which appeal to both male and female audiences. Romance can be easily incorporated with the shounen adventure theme. This causes more female audience to watch. Aside from that, those type of animes are easier to form fillers out of.

Skip Beat and other shoujo all pretty much all the same except the art, details in plot, and type of romance. All they can do in a shoujo manga is start romance, date, ups and downs, and a happy ending. It's how people might call cliche and not creative enough.

Skip Beat and Lovely Complex getting an anime is a huge breakthrough in shoujo category. Why? Because they are actually unique. Chihayafuru is also that case. It may be shoujo but most of the plot focuses on karuta which is unique to audiences.

Shoujo mangas getting an OVA or 1~3 episode specials is big enough considering their plot.

In Skip Beat case, which you seem very disappointed about, it is old and different from what many girls and boys want. Now it's all about "kawaii" girls and hot guys. Skip Beat, unfortunately, does have old fashioned art.
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Ratings. Simply they weren't doing good in the ratings. You have shonen series like One Piece, Toriko and Detective Conan that are always in the top 10 rankings, thus they are long running.
One Piece is the most popular and successful manga in Japan.
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viva_cmpunker wrote:

Ratings. Simply they weren't doing good in the ratings.


Exactly.
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There are 3 reasons why manga get turned into anime.

1. $
2. Popularity and fame for those who work on it (voice actors who also happen to be pop idols, etc)
3. Giving Nico Nico Douga material to work with
4. $

Same concept with books being turned into movies. It also helps bring a different perspective to view on a manga's art, storyline, characters, etc.
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18 / M / Tiphares
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Posted 3/17/13
To promote the source material and to earn a profit.
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32 / M / The IshVille
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Posted 3/18/13
Money.
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viva_cmpunker wrote:

Ratings. Simply they weren't doing good in the ratings. You have shonen series like One Piece, Toriko and Detective Conan that are always in the top 10 rankings, thus they are long running.
One Piece is the most popular and successful manga in Japan.

Ratings don't matter much for late night anime (which Skip Beat was, for example), but for those you cited, they certainly do. That also means, however, that those shows are supported by ad revenue. As long as the ratings are there, how the DVD/BD sales fare or whether the manga sales increase during the airing are not going to be the determining factor in whether the shows continue to air (unlike late night anime).

Assuming it doesn't have a lot of merchandise tie-ins (which could also be a factor), a late night anime will typically get another series if either:

1. DVD/BD sales were very good.

2. Manga sales rose throughout the run, but then slowed or leveled off when the series ended (vs. rising at first and then leveling off).

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Have you read/watched Bakuman?


If you haven't, I highly recommend you read it. Or watch the anime. The series was created by the same people who wrote Death Note. And it basically gives you a peek into how the process of making manga, specifically shonen manga for Shonen Jump. I'm not entirely sure if everything in the manga is accurate, but still, its interesting to read, and its fun.

But yes, ratings do have a lot to do with it.
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Some people, like me, would rather watch an anime rather than read the manga. It's just really awesome.

and that's why I also love Crunchyroll!
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Pretty much like the others have said, it comes down to factors such as: money/profit, demand, and popularity.

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