Anime fans who have checked out the original work their favourite anime were adapted from share some of the most interesting.

The ranking:

1. A Certain Magical Index

2. Steins;Gate

3. Bakemonogatari

4. Natsume’s Book of Friends

5. Baka to Test

6. Haruhi

7. Gintama

8. A Certain Scientific Railgun

9. Kamisama Dolls

10. Working!!

11.  Durarara!!

12. Usagi Drop

13. Highschool of the Dead

14. Infinite Stratos

15. Clannad

Since popular anime adaptations generally stem from originals which are already popular (such as the Index series, a huge best-seller in its own right), the effect of an adaptation on the sales of the original work generally seems to be moderate – although in some cases, notably K-ON!, the huge success of the anime can propel a formerly obscure title into a becoming best-seller itself.

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    Avatar of Actar
    Comment by Actar
    14:06 10/10/2011 # ! Quality (+0.8)

    Hm. A decent list, I find.

    I'm not usually one to go back to the originals, but I have indeed checked out the originals of Haruhi, Railgun and Clannad. Other than that, I've read the Negima, Lucky Star and K-On! manga and played the Fate/Stay Night game.

    Interestingly enough, I feel that the kind of Anime that will compel one to check out the original the most is if it has a reputation for being a horrible adaptation...

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    Comment by Yoshii-kun
    14:28 10/10/2011 # ! Quality (+0.8)

    Wow, this is of animes that I've actually checked out the originals...

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    Comment by Megidola
    01:12 11/10/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    A lot of anime adaptations follow the original very closely, so there's usually not much point in checking out the original unless it's superior to the anime.

    On that note, I'm glad I checked out the Fate/Stay Night VN as it's simply magnificent.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:54 11/10/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    i find most originals to be superior to anime but maybe it's just me.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:03 11/10/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    The original will always be more detailed, only very rarely do the adaptations really follow word for word.... Haruhi and Toradora just an example.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:10 12/10/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    >Word for word

    You mean like that time where they crammed an entire light novel into one episode?

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    Comment by Raven
    14:35 10/10/2011 # ! Good (+0.4)

    Tsubasa Chronicles anime drew me into the Clamp manga multiverse. Not only did I have to see how the story ended, but I wanted to see how all of the cross-over work tied-in.

    That led to CCS, Chobits, xxxHolic, etc. The Clamp world is amazing to explore!

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:56 11/10/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    i agree clamp mangas are pretty gd. i liked the earlier titles like rayearth, rg veda and X but tsubasa chronicles, xxxHolic are awesome too. didn read ccs or chobits though, only watched the anime.

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    Comment by Echo
    14:32 10/10/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    My personal list:

    2-Azumanga Daioh
    3-Kare Kano (to finish the damn story)
    4-Fruits Basket (likewise)
    5-Nausicaa (I'm not sure if I read the manga before seeing the movie)

    I'm also interested in Nodame Cantabile and Nichijou, but I can hold off for a while.

    Oh, forgot about Rurouni Kenshin, but I dropped that one, too much of an investment.

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:13 10/10/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    I can't be the only one who first got into Pokémon because of the anime, and then played the games because of it...

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    Comment by VillainousHanacha
    16:29 10/10/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    That's pretty common for non-Japanese pokefans to get into the games through the Anime first, expecially in America where the Anime and Red/Blue came out almost simultaneously.

    I know that's what happened to me. I have long since stopped following the Pokemon Anime, but I have been playing since I got Pokemon Blue as a little kid, and I have kept playing up till now with White. I enjoyed it back then, and I still enjoy it now.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:33 10/10/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Actually the opposite happened with me. I checked out the anime early on and found it was so crappy that I stayed as far away from Pokemon as possible. Years later while looking on Gamefaqs I found out the Pokemon games were rpgs and since I play all rpgs in existence I decided to try some out. I don't like the older ones that much but I do like some of the newer ones.

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    Comment by Keeper
    14:11 10/10/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Claymore is where?

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:36 11/10/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    the anime was fine until the last 2 episodes which obviously rushed seeing how the manga updates one chapter a month.

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:14 10/10/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    not on the list because the anime was alright but kind of boring :D

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:57 11/10/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Anyone who actually liked HOTD for reasons other then master baiting to it needs to get their head checked or shot.

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    Comment by GuroFX
    04:32 11/10/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Berserk cliffhanger ending hands down.
    Recently - Mardock Scramble.

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    Comment by Senjou
    02:47 11/10/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Steins;Gate in list.

    Because that is the choice of STEINS GATE.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:13 11/10/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Calling BS on the VN ones... unless these were japanese otaku voting then yes I suppose. I can't believe the average person would easily pick up a VN after watching the anime.

    If so... where the fuck is F/SN.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:53 10/10/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    so..To aru majutsu no index made me watch....To aru majutsu no index? the fuck?

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    Comment by flood
    02:05 11/10/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    I actually nodded my head in agreement while reading the list. How unusual.

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    Comment by divinusvento
    23:33 10/10/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    I think the Steins;Gate's visual novel is going to be epic~

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:27 11/10/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    I don't go out of my way to check out source material. The only time I do is if it strikes me as intriguing or is related to something I'm already interested in. That's how I found out the .hack//Legend of the Twilight manga was SO much better than the anime, though the anime did have some changes I liked.

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    Comment by Angel Xtreme
    16:30 11/10/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    I did exactly this for Love Hina.
    I saw the opening in one convention and then forgot about it, until one day I found the manga in a magazine store.
    The name sounded in my mind, so I decided to bought it, without even knowing anything, just the vague memory of the opening.
    I'm glad for that impulsive shopping personality that I have in myself!!! :)

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:01 11/10/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Bump :) finding hidden gems are always good :p
    Although the anime and manga are different yet the same p

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:12 12/10/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Disappointed no mention of Shakugan no Shana, given how badly JC Staff butchered it (And anything else they've gotten their hands on since Azumanga Daioh)

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:14 16/10/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Says you and three other people in the world? I'd like to see some of you faggots actually try to adapt a LN or manga to anime. See how well you could do it. Learn to appreciate some shit before you run your mouth.

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    Comment by Emanon Suomynona
    06:33 13/10/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Nice pic of Misaka Mikoto my favorite character in index and railgun

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:30 11/10/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    I would add Demon King Daimao to the list too, also Guin Saga.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:18 11/10/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Index was the only one I actually checked out

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:34 10/10/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    First list i haven't seen K-ON! in.... Then you had to go ruin it by at least mentioning it...

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:29 11/10/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Where the hell is Negima?

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:31 11/10/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    I read the Read or Die manga because I didn't want to die

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:58 11/10/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    My list (from the first manga I check up to the present.)
    01. Slam Dunk 1999 (finished, still hoping the Inter High Tournament to be animated someday.)
    02. Love Hina 2002 (finished)
    03. Hunter x Hunter 2003 (out of these ten, this one makes me wait for a long time.)
    04. Naruto 2005 (the huge filler from season 1 that continues up to 2007 makes me check it out.)
    05. Death Note 2006 (ironically I finished the manga first before even reaching episode 8 of that said year, the anime ended in 2007, then watch every live version available.)
    06. Negima 2007 (I completely discarded the series, then became a fan of the manga instead, later on Ken Akamatsu started the project of those decent OVA, which I watch. Negima!? isn't included its a crap.)
    07. Fairy Tail 2009 (This is the best manga part to part with the anime, up to this present.)
    08. Aki Sora 2010 (not satisfied with the OVAs, ended up finishing the series.)
    09. Usagi Drop 2011 (I love Koi-kaze like relationship ending.)
    10. To Love-Ru Darkness 2011 (no brainer.)

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    Comment by SonicYouth
    19:52 10/10/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    In the view of anime, Durarara is great, but Baccano! is much better.(hmm, they share same director and same original writer)
    But these ranklists often merely include recent anime.

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    Comment by miawmix
    16:22 10/10/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    12. Usagi Drop

    Believe me, don't check the original work!!

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    Comment by solopy567
    17:47 10/10/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    I have mentally denied that ending and substituted my own.

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    Comment by Actar

    Come on, the ending isn't that bad. In a sense, it's quite idealistic.

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:20 10/10/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    eeeeh? steins gate was so boring tho >.> well w/e to each his own i guess

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    Comment by alternative kyon
    11:33 11/10/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Boring only because you are incapable of thinking anything beyond harem ecchi loli.

    It was a best selling series in japan and VERY popular in Americas as well. Due to the way it was handled.

    Jk on first line.

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:22 10/10/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    sadly all the light novel translators apart from the ones for A Certain Magical Index are %$^%&^&% lazy and they seem to progress few lines every month.

    I wish I could find a way to motivate them

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:39 11/10/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    unfortunately most americans prefer pictures rather than complete text, so light novel translations would obviously be slower.

    Comment by Anonymous

    motivate yourself to learn the %$^%&^&% language

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:27 10/10/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    where's Baccano?

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:31 10/10/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    "Bungaku shojo" and "Spice & Wolf". It would be nice if those release were a little bit faster and not only every 6 months :-(

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    Comment by Liusiwei
    15:54 10/10/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    I`m not usually check out the original,because the first impressions are strongest.Maybe the original is a good article,but after i watched anime which adapt a lot of origin work,it`s hard to accept them to chance my impressions,even make chaos.

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:50 10/10/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    I've only ever really done it is when the anime only covers like the first 3 novels then you have to read the shit to get the rest of the story

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    Comment by Raven
    14:30 10/10/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Clamp's manga are always so long running, that I have to read them after each anime is over so that I can see how the story really ends.

    Plus the Clamp multiverse has so much overlap, it is fun to see who shows up in any given manga and issue.

    The one in particular that really hooked me was Tsubasa Chronicles. That in turn sucked me into CCS, and then xxxHolic, and Chobits, and their web continues :)

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    Comment by Louis
    14:32 10/10/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Actually i only checked the Usagi Drops out.
    Daiji Sang character connected so close to the reality. and the father-daughter marrage is quite ...hard to make a comment...

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    Comment by MadScientist
    14:37 10/10/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Waiting on Steins;Gates official visual novel translation to finish up. these dudes http://vn.shourai.net/

    atlas and agth can only go so far for my visual novel experiences.




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