Kastel’s Seven Observations on Adaptation Arguments


Fans are disgusting. And when we get into adaptations, shit hits the fan faster than you say “No.”

I have observed many debates on adaptations, most of them bordering nonsense. From both sides of the spectrum (fans and non-fans), watchers often fall into hilarious-yet-obvious fallacies. I’ve noted seven observations and its fallacies when people argue on the merits of adaptations. This post is written in the hopes for a higher quality on these arguments.

The Seven Observations on Adaptation Arguments:

  1. “Wait till the good part comes” says the show does not know how to pace itself.
  2. “You haven’t learned about Character X’s past/backstory” makes me wonder if characterization even exists.
  3. “I can’t tell you why because of spoilers” shows that you cannot answer the question.
  4. “Character/Plot Device Y hasn’t appeared yet” is irrelevant.
  5. “Studio Z adapted it and that’s why it’s shit” makes you sound like an ignorant bigot and it’s a shallow, unquantifiable reason.
  6. “Filler is toxic” means you don’t understand how the process of adapting something into a show works.
  7. “It’s unfaithful” is just a bitchy response from a fan.

While most of the rules target fans of the original source, #5 can be applied to non-fans; this is used whenever someone wants to deliberately hate a work (ex. Little Busters threads focusing on JC Staff hate). Call out on them and ask, “Why? Just that? Seriously?”

Because people should have the evidence to back up the bullshit they’re spouting.


3 thoughts on “Kastel’s Seven Observations on Adaptation Arguments

  1. kevo May 7, 2013 / 5:32 am

    This is why I do not read manga or play VN’s. I find the adaptation debates inane. My medium of choice is anime. I watch anime. That’s it.

    • Kastel May 7, 2013 / 5:37 am

      For me, it’s the opposite. I’m interested in what the studio did differently and the logic behind these artistic decisions. That said, I draw a distinct line because adaptations are meant to be stand-alone.

      Really, both sides are to blame on how insufferable these adaptation arguments are.

  2. Terra September 20, 2013 / 10:35 pm

    Pretty much heard all of these arguments with Attack on Titan.

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