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  • [Fall 2015] TFP's Anime List Project #8: The Best Light Novel Adaptation Ever

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    Welcome to the eighth week of the The Fandom Post Anime List Project. Where TFP readers can suggest and vote on lists for a wide array of anime-related topics, often relating to the current anime season. Every week a new topic is offered, and the next week its nominees are voted on, while a new topic is opened. Weekly suggestions, and topic suggestions, are open to any registered forum user.

    The poll for last week's topic, "What I've Learned So Far This Season", is above. Please select up to but no more than five (5) options! Voting on this poll is open through Sunday, November 1st.

    And now the winners of our sixth Top 5 poll, for Best New Fall Character:

    #5: Weekly Anime De Training EX! Girl (Anime De Training EX!)
    #4: Kuon (Utawarerumono: The False Faces)
    #3: Stella Vermillion (Chivalry of a Failed Knight)
    #2: Saitama (One Punch Man)
    #1: Sakurako Kujou (Beautiful Bones: Sakurako’s Investigation)

    Congrats to the winners; thanks to the voters!

    And the topic for this week is: The Best Light Novel Adaptation Ever. (Cue dramatic music.) The first non-season-centric topic(!). But in yet another season chock full of them, it's worth pondering which from this seemingly...limitless...and...unyielding...source of anime plots came out the best. While recent decades dominate, anything in the history of "light novel"-based anime is eligible: that includes anything based on Japanese pulp-style novels back to the mid-70s. All those 90s fantasy shows and 80s space operas, you name it, we'll decide it (just verify the source; make sure it wasn't manga or a game or something else first). Please reply to this root post with up to five (5) nominations. Have fun. Nominations are open through Sunday, November 1st.

    (If you have a topic suggestion, please feel free to post that here, as well!)

    Thanks!
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    The poll is expired.

    Last edited by bctaris; 10-28-2015, 09:15 PM.
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    The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya
    The Pet Girl of Sakurasou
    Toradora
    Gosick
    My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU

    And a few close to being considered were Devil is a Part Timer and Sound! Euphonium. It's a bit nebulous which out of these come out on top as a few (both on and off the list of nominees) have not been given the trial by rewatch yet. So I may change my nominations depending on how my memory is jogged (may have even forgot a few that were novel-adapted). I think there's actually a lot more manga-based and original stuff among the absolute highest tier of shows for me.
    Last edited by EmperorBrandon; 10-28-2015, 01:06 AM.

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      Re: TFP's Anime List Project #8: The Best Light Novel Adaptation Ever

      another tough one

      in no order-

      Kara no Kyoukai
      Monogatari series
      The Twelve Kingdoms
      Welcome to the N.H.K.
      Maria-sama ga Miteru

      as for a topic suggestion fitting of the non-season-centric theme: most awkward/surprising/'uncharacteristic'/breathtaking animation/sequence that really stuck out for the particular show.
      Last edited by Sensuifu; 10-28-2015, 01:45 AM.

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        Log Horizon
        The Devil is a Part-Timer!
        Maria Watches Over Us (Maria-sama ga Miteru)
        Gosick
        My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU
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          Re: TFP's Anime List Project #8: The Best Light Novel Adaptation Ever

          All you kids with your recent LN-adaptations.

          Irresponsible Captain Tylor
          Kino's Journey
          Dirty Pair
          Slayers

          (I might have said Boogiepop Phantom, but that's in fact a sequel to the original novel in that multi-media franchise.)

          (EDIT: Regarding the poll, I also learned that my grammar deteriorates later at night, when I'm constantly rewriting pithy one-liners. )
          Last edited by bctaris; 10-28-2015, 11:43 AM.
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            Ooh, this is a question for me certainly.

            Gosick - did someone mention that already??
            Spice and Wolf
            Allison & Lillia
            Shakugan no Shana - because, well, how couldn't I?!
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              01. Suzumiya Haruhi no Shoushitsu
              02. Fate/Zero 2nd Season
              03. Monogatari Series: Second Season
              04. Kara no Kyoukai 5: Mujun Rasen
              05. Maria-sama ga Miteru 3rd
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                Originally posted by Sensuifu View Post
                Maria-sama ga Miteru
                Originally posted by Hitsugi Amachi View Post
                Maria Watches Over Us (Maria-sama ga Miteru)
                Originally posted by GingaDaiuchuu View Post
                05. Maria-sama ga Miteru 3rd
                よい作をお撰びですこと。 (You have chosen a good work. [In the upper-class Japanese girls' sociolect.]) *applauding*

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                  Re: TFP's Anime List Project #8: The Best Light Novel Adaptation Ever

                  listing series that havent been lmentioned yet that I enjoyed

                  Baccano!
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                    Originally posted by bctaris View Post
                    All you kids with your recent LN-adaptations.

                    Dirty Pair
                    Your having mentioned Dirty Pair is interesting, because there could be some question about 'Dirty Pair is a light novel series?' and it gives us an opportunity to think about the history of light novels a bit.
                    According to Nagayama Yasuo, a Japanese writer on science fiction, the term 'light novel' was coined by the system operator for the Science Fiction and Fantasy Forum of NIFTY-Serve (Think of a Japanese version of CompuServe) in 1990. But, before the term's being coined, there were books which are now often regarded as predecessors of light novels.
                    Dirty Pair stories were carried in S-F Magazine (pub. by Hayakawa Shobō), and also the Dirty Pair bunkobon (small paperbacks) were published by Hayakawa Shobō, a well-known Japanese publishing firm which specialises in mysteries and science fiction. But Dirty Pair stories were actioner/pulp/space opera-ish (i.e., they were 'light'), in comparison with 'heavy'/'hard'/serious/literary science fiction, and moreover animator Yasuhiko Yoshikazu illustrated Dirty Pair (both in the magazine and in the paperbacks), i.e., its illustrations were so-called otaku-é (otaku-ish pictures). So Dirty Pair can be considered to be a predecessor of light novels.

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                      Originally posted by kijakusai View Post
                      Originally posted by bctaris View Post
                      All you kids with your recent LN-adaptations.

                      Dirty Pair
                      Your having mentioned Dirty Pair is interesting, because there could be some question about 'Dirty Pair is a light novel series?' and it gives us an opportunity to think about the history of light novels a bit.
                      According to Nagayama Yasuo, a Japanese writer on science fiction, the term 'light novel' was coined by the system operator for the Science Fiction and Fantasy Forum of NIFTY-Serve (Think of a Japanese version of CompuServe) in 1990. But, before the term's being coined, there were books which are now often regarded as predecessors of light novels.
                      Dirty Pair stories were carried in S-F Magazine (pub. by Hayakawa Shobō), and also the Dirty Pair bunkobon (small paperbacks) were published by Hayakawa Shobō, a well-known Japanese publishing firm which specialises in mysteries and science fiction. But Dirty Pair stories were actioner/pulp/space opera-ish (i.e., they were 'light'), in comparison with 'heavy'/'hard'/serious/literary science fiction, and moreover animator Yasuhiko Yoshikazu illustrated Dirty Pair (both in the magazine and in the paperbacks), i.e., its illustrations were so-called otaku-é (otaku-ish pictures). So Dirty Pair can be considered to be a predecessor of light novels.
                      Indeed, that's the loose definition of light novel I'm using for this. I'd had the impression that its earliest progenitors dated from the mid-1970s. But, interesting, thanks, I didn't really know the origin of the "light novel" term exactly, or when it was first used.

                      For Dirty Pair itself, it was one of the first "light novels" I read, in fact, when Dark Horse released the first one years ago, and it certainly seemed to qualify given the way it was written. Dirty Pair was also, in a round about way, an early introduction to manga and anime for me back in the early 90s--as it was for a number of people--with Adam Warren's Dirty Pair comics that he licensed and adapted from Yasuhiko's novels. (On the anime, side, while I enjoy pieces of Dirty Pair here and there, I'm usually more disposed to the 90s classic anime-only Dirty Pair Flash...)
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                        Re: TFP's Anime List Project #8: The Best Light Novel Adaptation Ever

                        Originally posted by bctaris View Post
                        But, interesting, thanks, I didn't really know the origin of the "light novel" term exactly, or when it was first used.
                        It's a pleasure.


                        Originally posted by bctaris View Post
                        I'd had the impression that its earliest progenitors dated from the mid-1970s.
                        Some publishing firms published popular fiction/light reading aimed at teenagers in the bunko-size (approx. 14.8 by 10.6 centimetres) paperback format in the 70s. (Present light novels, too, are usually published in this bunko-size format.) Their cover art/illustrations, too, were drawn in styles which appealed to teenagers. Many people think that those bunkobon aimed at young people in the 70s are important precursors of light novels. So your impression is not an irrelvant one and belongs to this cogent theory.
                        On 2ch, you can occasionally see people argue about 'In search of ancestors of light novels, how far can we go back to the past?', though. Some lower-middlebrow extremists yell things like 'The Tale of Genji is a light novel!' and 'Works by Natsume Sōseki are light novels!' w


                        Originally posted by bctaris View Post
                        For Dirty Pair itself, it was one of the first "light novels" I read, in fact, when Dark Horse released the first one years ago, and it certainly seemed to qualify given the way it was written. Dirty Pair was also, in a round about way, an early introduction to manga and anime for me back in the early 90s--as it was for a number of people--with Adam Warren's Dirty Pair comics that he licensed and adapted from Yasuhiko's novels. (On the anime, side, while I enjoy pieces of Dirty Pair here and there, I'm usually more disposed to the 90s classic anime-only Dirty Pair Flash...)
                        I have read a few Dirty Pair Amerimanga by Adam Warren, and when I read them, I thought, 'ぅわ、バタくせえ (West-ish)。'
                        The first Dirty Pair story was carried in S-F Magazine in 1979. The first bunkobon of Dirty Pair was published in 1980. Kei and Yuri's speaking in a slangy style in the books reinforces its being related to present light novels.
                        Science fiction author Takachiho Haruka, who wrote Dirty Pair, also started Crusher Joe (The cover art was done by Yasuhiko Yoshikazu) in the 70s, and Crusher Joe, too, is often regarded as a precursor of light novels.
                        Last edited by kijakusai; 11-04-2015, 07:14 AM.

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                          Originally posted by kijakusai View Post
                          Some lower-middlebrow extremists yell things like 'The Tale of Genji is a light novels!' and 'Works by Natsume Sōseki are light novels!' w
                          Ha, I'm not sure I'd go that far. But I get their intent.

                          I have read a few Dirty Pair Amerimanga by Adam Warren, and when I read them, I thought, 'ぅわ、バタくせえ (West-ish)。'
                          His early series were a little rough. By the mid-90s, when he really had his art style and writing down, it was a lot better. His latest original work, Empowered, a superhero farce, is brilliant.
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                            Re: TFP's Anime List Project #8: The Best Light Novel Adaptation Ever

                            Originally posted by bctaris View Post
                            Originally posted by kijakusai View Post
                            Some lower-middlebrow extremists yell things like 'The Tale of Genji is a light novels!' and 'Works by Natsume Sōseki are light novels!' w
                            Ha, I'm not sure I'd go that far. But I get their intent.
                            Probably those lower-middlebrow extremists identify themselves with light novels and they believe that to label high-cultural stuff as light novels and drag down the high-cultural stuff can become their subjugating the high-cultural stuff.


                            Originally posted by bctaris View Post
                            I have read a few Dirty Pair Amerimanga by Adam Warren, and when I read them, I thought, 'ぅわ、バタくせえ (West-ish)。'
                            His early series were a little rough. By the mid-90s, when he really had his art style and writing down, it was a lot better. His latest original work, Empowered, a superhero farce, is brilliant.
                            One of the reasons why I thought the Dirty Pair Amerimanga by Adam Warren had a 'Western' feel is probably that I was accustomed to Dirty Pair drawings by Yasuhiko Yoshikazu in the magazine and the paperbacks.

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