15 Anime Fans Think Are Better than the Original Manga

Most fans believe the source material will always beat out an adaptation, and anime is no exception. However, there are some anime that elevate past the original manga or novel, earning them a “must watch” spot from fans!

Goo Ranking asked the Japanese community to rank anime series that are better than the source material:


T-15. The Girl Who Leapt Through Time – 67 votes

The Girl Who Leapt Through Time


T-15. One Piece – 67 votes

One Piece


13. Nodame Cantabile – 74 votes

Nodame Cantabile


12. Wagnaria!! (Working!!) – 76 votes



T-11. Natsume’s Book of Friends (Natsume Yuujinchou) – 95 votes

Natsume's Book of Friends


T-11. Sazae-san – 95 votes

Sazae Fuguta (Sazae-san)


9. Sailor Moon – 101 votes

Dragon Ball Z


8. Crayon Shin-chan – 103 votes

Shinnosuke Nohara (Crayon Shin-chan)


7. K-On! – 105 votes



6. Nintama Rantarou – 118 votes

Nintama Rantarou


5. Detective Conan – 150 votes

Detective Conan


4. Attack on Titan – 189 votes

Attack on Titan


3. Lupin the Third

Lupin the Third


2. Tanaka-kun is Always Listless – 334 votes

Tanaka-kun is Always Listless


1. Gintama – 345 votes


What anime do you think is better than the source material?

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