So rumour going around the Bride’s Story fandom is it is apparently getting an anime adaption. (Where this information is coming from I don’t know).
I’m not quite sure how I feel about this.
On the one hand, I’m glad it will be more accessible to people. There are many friends I’ve recommended the manga to but just haven’t read it for various reasons and I believe an anime adaptation will make them more inclined to give it a go.
On the other hand, part of the beauty of Bride’s Story is the artwork and sheer amount of delicate detail Kaoru Mori puts into each and every panel she produces. The stories and characterisations are simple and subtle, and though there are very exciting moments, there are also lovely chapters where very little happens ‘plot wise’ and things focus on daily tasks of the culture that the character’s live in.
I guess I’m just worried that everything that makes Bride’s Story so good will be severely watered down by an anime adaptation and people’s view on the series as a whole might be coloured by it.
I tried looking into the anime rumor a little more, and it seems that it’s just that— a rumor. Because I’ve searched online, and I have yet to come across a single article stating that Otoyomegatari is getting an anime. I suppose some people saw this manga trailer and thought it was for an anime? I dunno. But I’m pretty sure that it’s just a rumor.
I agree, though, that an anime would probably ruin the series. A large part of fans’ enjoyment comes the insane level of detail that Mori puts into her characters’ costumes as well as the backgrounds… and there’s just no way that a studio could ever replicate that and be consistent. Plus, compared to Emma, Otoyomegatari doesn’t have a strong plot structure (in the sense that the series often pauses so that it can showcase specific aspects of the culture or that the story sometimes meanders into vignettes that don’t contribute to the main plot). The story structure is very atypical as is the plot; it just wouldn’t work as an anime series without some serious changes (such as cutting out the “distracting” vignettes with Talas and the twins).
But, all that aside, when Emma was adapted, some of the accuracy with the costumes was lost, and the story turned into more of a melodramatic romance, since they changed quite a bit in the second season; overall, it was a lot weaker than the manga… and I just don’t want to think about all the changes that they would inevitably make to Otoyomegatari.
I was going to go on a long reply saying how much I absolutely agree with you, but then I saw you noticed my other post discussing pretty much the same things with someone else.
I suppose I’m curious now as to where this anime adaptation rumour originated from, but its nice to know most of the fans of the series seem to be on the same wavelength about it. Its so refreshing to be in such a generally unified fandom for once!