I wrote a post a few week back wondering if animation is even necessary and now that I’ve watched some of the Watamote anime (My example for this discussion) I’ve decided that yes animation can bring something to the table but even then I’ll still defend that the animation quality doesn’t matter so long as it surpasses a low bar that only terrible looking anime can’t reach.
The anime for Watamote (or should I say Watashi ga Motenai no wa Dou Kangaetemo Omaera ga Warui in case you are one of those crazy people that can remember that) doesn’t change the manga in any way but it extends upon the concepts and bring it into a whole new light revealing it’s true potential.
Don’t have a clue what I mean? The opening animation and song for example is the perfect example of extension. In the clip we are treated to some rather odd and out of place music coupled with animations of Tomoko trying to escape from chains. In the clip she does escape the chains at the end which I feel holds deeper meaning even if it wasn’t suppose to as this act is a blatant lie as Tomoko still hasn’t overcome her desperate situation and it doesn’t look like she will any time soon.
The song itself is also an extension of the manga seeing as manga can never use music to create an atmosphere or set a scene. Another thing the anime does well that the manga doesn’t is the dream sequences and that’s because unlike the manga the anime changes art style to some extent whenever Tomoko starts thinking. As the music changes the entire atmosphere changes with it and things become very clear we are now inside Tomoko’s head. In the manga there were times were it would take me a bit to catch on she was dreaming as there was no physical shift to indicate it in any way shape or form.
That’s just my two cents. I’d be interested to hear if anyone can think of a particular scene in any anime which you think wouldn’t work in manga form based on the mediums limitations.