When an anime is canceled, viewers are left hanging with an unfinished plot and unanswered questions. Thankfully, when many canceled anime are based on manga that can sometimes provide a conclusion. Reading the manga attached to your favorite series makes for a great experience; the differences between the Akira manga and anime are enough for you to practically enjoy an entirely different story twice. But sometimes when your favorite anime is canceled, you just want to know what happened.
If you really need to know how Fruits Basket or Slam Dunk ended, read on to discover what happened in the final arcs or chapters manga -if the manga even finished itself. As you probably guessed, this article is SPOILER HEAVY, so proceed with caution.
The anime version of Btooom! was released in 2012, six years before the manga reached its conclusion. Instead of bloating the anime with endless filler, the creators of Btooom! elected to end their series early... without ever really ending it at all.
In the anime, the main characters continue fighting on an island, with no indication as to who will survive and who won't - or what the purpose of the fighting truly is. The manga reveals that the fights are being filmed for the enjoyment of rich viewers, ala The Hunger Games.
The manga features two separate conclusions, one light and one dark. This rare move allows readers to experience a canon ending that conforms to their personal preferences. In the light version, the MC lives with his girlfriend and proposes soon after they win the game. The Dark version has the MC take his own life, along with his rival.
Princess Jellyfish is an 11-episode anime following a group of women who, for various reasons, are unable or unwilling to conform to mainstream Japanese society. These women, known as the "Amars" provide community and support for each other, but also hold each other back from other experiences. When Tsukimi Kurashita meets Kuranosuke Koibuchi, a sophisticated and fashionable cross dresser, she begins to question her reclusive lifestyle. The anime, which covers 28 out of the 81 manga chapters, never quite answers any of those questions.
The manga includes multiple plot lines which never appear in the anime, including Tsukimi becoming a fashion designer, and receiving a marriage proposal from Kuranosuke's brother, which she turns down in favor of pursuing her career.
When the Deadman Wonderland anime ended, it left viewers with with an infuriating number of unanswered questions. Covering only five of the 13 volumes of manga content, the anime fails to deliver. Fans of the series' experimental prison premise should read the manga, which grows increasingly better.
Ganta actually finds out about Shiro's violent alter ego, the Wretched Egg. He's understandably devastated to learn of his friend's violent deeds, but he eventually resolves to try and help rather than blame her. He fights for her to be released from the tyranny of her alternate personality, and to escape the prison itself. In the end, the titular prison shuts down, and Ganta returns to his normal life as a student.
Sadly for viewers of the classic anime Ranma ½, the manga doesn't end on a particularly satisfying note either. After building up to the marriage between Akane and Ranma for the entire series, the final chapter does feature a wedding - but that wedding is interrupted by the rest of the cast showing up to brawl. Ranma receives a container of Spring-of-drowned-man water, which is supposed to cure the curse that makes him transform into a woman, but Happosai steals it and drinks the whole thing before it can be of any use. So, nothing is really resolved.