Einherjar wrote:People hate Shingetsutan Tsukihime for a reason.
I don't really hate Shingetsutan, I still do like it. The first time I saw it (around... 4 or 5 years ago) I thought it had some awesome stuff, but that "awesomeness" wasn't really that great either, since the product in itself felt it lacked something in it's background to support it, but it was still enjoyable (I watched all 12 eps in a single sitting ). The characters felt exaggerated in some ways that made them look kind of flat, but also believable in some other ways, that's why it didn't suck the first time through. I watched it again for a second time like a year ago after the first time I saw it and it didn't feel that good the second time through, and the things I didn't like seemed more evident and annoying (Shiki's emo-ness is the prime example to me). When reading the VN I watched it again, and the same result, but now multiplied, occurred. Sadly it doesn't seem to be an anime that you can watch time and time again and still enjoy it in varying degrees. The "affection" I have towards the anime is now mildly mixed with the "affection" I now have for the VN, and most likely that's one of the reasons I don't dislike it.
Yes it is true that multi-routed VNs are almost impossible to adapt correctly, or even satisfactory, mainly to the eyes of the fans of the original product, but as it has been said in NUMEROUS occasions, the manga is following a well known route, but is still developing the other heroines enough for them to not feel flat, how? tinkering with the storyline, adding scenes that weren't originally there but that make sense in the story of the manga based in original scenes from the pre-existing VN or new altogether to represent info that was imparted in a different manner in the VN. I think it's a wise choice the guys behind the manga did, as far as I've read it makes sense and it's likable to a wide audience, not only fans.