So I’m watching an anime based off a visual novel. The latest episode ends and I find myself thinking “holy moley, what the hell just happened there?”. So I head off to read some forums and maybe some anime blogs to see other peoples opinions on what just happened. And what do I find? A bunch of fucking whiny VN readers.
Did you guys know that we don’t want to hear about what the VN version was? We don’t want to hear about what was different, what they left out, what should have been put in. I don’t care that the story is ruined because they didn’t include a certain thing. This is not the VN, is it? It’s the anime version. Of course it’s not going to be a replicate of your precious source material. In fact, several times you’ve bitched that something was left out only for it to be included in a later episode as the director decided to take a different approach.
Here’s another thing: the VN is not the ultimate untouchable perfection you think it is. If something is done differently from the VN, that does not mean that it is instantly inferior. If the story takes a turn that was not in the VN, that does not instantly ruin the anime adaptation. Neither does that mean that if the anime copies the VN word-for-word that the scene is therefore perfect. I can’t believe it when someone declares they felt a scene wasn’t done well only for a VN reader to defend it with the retort “that’s how it was done in the VN”, as if their VN is the absolute pinnacle of perfection and if a scene is copied exactly then it is therefore without flaws.
Take a lesson from the manga readers why don’t you. Oh no, I’m not saying that manga readers are saints or anything, but their reaction runs more along the lines of ‘oh ho ho, we’ll soon see what happens with that!’. Manga readers are like a girl who taunts you by not telling you some juicy gossip she has. VN readers are like a girl who, upon you hearing about the latest gossip, then gives out about how you haven’t heard the full story of what goes on in their heads and how it didn’t compare to when her parents got together and were heavily into bondage. Basically what this long winded and slightly disturbing simile means is this: We don’t want to know.