Anime adaptations of manga often face the challenge of catching up to the ongoing source material, resulting in fillers, divergences, or awkward endings.
Examples like Elfen Lied and Black Butler show how studios had to condense or change the original storyline due to budget constraints or creative decisions.
Fans are often divided between the anime and manga versions, with some preferring the faithful adaptations while others find enjoyment in the unique perspectives offered by the anime.
Producers often start the production of an anime adaptation well before the manga reaches its midway point, leading to the need for fillers, padding, or diverging from the original storyline.
The issue of catching up to the source material is becoming less of a problem with newer anime adopting the Western 'seasons' model.
Elfen Lied had to condense the 113-chapter manga into just 13 episodes, resulting in a different ending and leaving some plot points ambiguous.
Black Butler's first season closely followed the manga, but the rest of the first season and the entirety of the second season were completely original, leading to mixed reception.
Trigun caught up with the manga quickly, leading to a different ending in the anime. The manga continued for 9 years after the anime ended, offering more in-depth lore and character development.
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