Mugen Monday - 20th Edition

For Those Who Dare Dream.

Since a brief period of time that had its onset about a week prior to this, Spiel Anime has been sending you cues as to what this Christmas it wishes it to be for you. A partial answer lay therein our recently sent newsletter, Shinzou Saturday, calling it a 'Murim Christmas’. But what exactly do we mean?

In Spiel Anime we deal quite a lot in Anime. But that’s just an umbrella term - a term that incorporates a multiload of other things. For example, if you ask us if we don’t give two coins about the latest Chainsaw Man Manga hiatus, then we will tell you that such is not the case. Because we do give a damn, about Manga, about Anime, heck even about light novels originating from Japan.

This article of ours may interest you: Real Life Chainsaw Man found in Argentina 

But as of late, I, the editor-in-chief, have found myself more inclined towards the world of Korean webcomics - or now famously known as Manhwas. 

Do not worry, we still have plenty of Animanga experts in our department, and this venture of introducing Korean Manhwa to you is merely a reflection of the editor-in-chief’s inner personal transmutation.

With that established, it helps to give you an insight into what Murim exactly is. It is nothing other than, quite literally, the world of martial arts.

Most Murim Manhwas are based on cultivation techniques in which one channels the life force energy through one’s body and mind, to reach higher forms of enlightenment while simultaneously mastering one or multiple martial arts. Set in a medieval oriental setting, mostly China, Murim Manhwas (although they are Korean-made) delves into such themes.

The best way to explain the Manhwa field to one is to give them the example of Solo Leveling, which very well has its international premiere in multiple countries as of now. And as we speak, the Solo Leveling Anime is well on its way towards a streaming release by the beginning of January.

This particular Solo Leveling Anime is based on a Manhwa by Redice studio, drawn and led by the CEO himself of the studio known as Dubu, which again is based on the original Korean web novel by author Chugong. So as we see, there’s this hierarchy of adaptations that goes from source to animation.

Perhaps more of this is down below? Stay tuned, and as always, a big thanks for joining us up for Mugen Monday.

- From the Editor’s Desk

Rhytham Das, Editor-in-Chief, Spiel Anime

How do adaptations proceed in the Animanga/Manhwa world?

Since ancient history, the line of adaptation in Japan has always centred around mangas. Such Mangas (one could, at this precipice, debate whether to use the term Mangas for plural or simply use Manga for both its plural and singular implication, at which point I would like to state that it makes no difference, but for ease let me address them as Mangas, although manga is held more grammatically appropriate even for its plural meaning), are usually published in these hugely popular timely scheduled magazines.

Publishers such as Shueisha have their weekly magazines, such as Shonen Jump - this one has become really popular even among the non-Japanese (western) audience who enjoy the Animanga productions. Another huge magazine that’s relatively less known outside Japan is the one called Big Comic Original. Ever wonder where Seinen genre Mangas are published? Yes, this one is it.

How the adaptation circle/or line/ or rectangle proceeds

Now there are times when even such Mangas are actually inspired by Light Novels - these are simply novel iterations, but they contain some illustrations of the characters, settings, world, and its themes to better portray the imagery the author wishes to endow the world with. It’s simply a novel with pictures, lightening the ‘novel’ element into a more diverse experience than simple collections of words.

Now this adaptation circle is not always linear. It is not always that we go from Light Novels ———> Manga ————> Anime.

There are times when the progression can look like

  1. Anime ———————> Manga

  2. Manga ———————> Light Novel

  3. Light Novel —————> Manga but no Anime

  4. Light Novel —————> Anime —————> Manga

  5. Anime ——————> Light Novel

  6. And etc, etc, you get the point. Although we rarely see anyone adapting an Anime into a light novel, it is possible.

Now to mix an even more complicacy, sometimes the original source is not only a light novel, but a visual novel. A visual novel usually refers to something that is more digital - a sort of a game to be frank. School Days is one of the most prominent visual novels I have played that had one of the most surreal immersing capacities (I recommend it), but games like telltales’ The Walking Dead, Or The Wolf Among Us can also be considered as visual novels technically.

So now even a Visual Novel could be the origin source, but it could be a later adaptation as well.

What exactly is an adaptation to begin with?

That leads us to an even more vital question - what exactly is an adaptation to begin with? I had actually partially answered this in our last Mugen Monday.

Adaptations are nothing but a retelling of the same story. In Hollywood, novels are adapted into films. Sometimes even old films are adapted into new ones, usually called remakes. Adaptations have some degree of obligation to remain faithful to the source material, because if there is zero similarities then it is no ‘adaptation’, it could be an ‘inspired by’ at maximum.

Solo Leveling adaptations too will have multiple changes, while also incorporating multiple source-origin content as well.

Steins Gate which is again based on a visual novel, had a separate ending episode altogether (Episode 25) just to incorporate two endings of the visual novel out of multiple endings. Heck, they even created a spin-off series (Steins Gate Zero) circling around one of the endings.

What have your experience been with Anime adaptations so far? Have you ever read a Manga or a light novel that has been translated into a different medium? Or heck, even recreated in the same medium (remember Full Metal Alchemist and Full Metal Alchemist Brotherhood?) let us know via replying to us here.

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