Paprika was originally a novel written by Yasutaka Tsutsui. Later, it was adapted as an animated film.

Is there any difference between the novel and its animated film adaptation?

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I googled around a bit, and there seems to be a lot of difference. This is not surprising - it is not possible to render a full-book novel into a two-hour movie faithfully.

The following is a quick translation of here.

  • In the original, Torataro Chiba is a director; in the movie, he is a chief. (*)
  • In the original, Inui is a vice-director; in the movie, director.
  • In the original, Atsuko Chiba and Paprika have the same character. (**)
  • In the original, Atsuko Chiba and Kosaku Tokita get a Nobel prize; they are in love with each other and get married.
  • More sexual scenes in the original.
  • In the original, Inui and Osanai have a relationship.
  • The distinction between dream and reality is fuzzier (less clearly described as such) in the original.
  • More grotesque scenes in the original.
  • More mythological references in the original. In particular, the Egyptian Amon plays a great role in the story.

(*) chief = 所長; director = 理事長

(**) I'm not sure what exactly this means.

I suspect there may be more substantial differences, but they would make the list too long.

  • Is the general plot still the same?
    – Hormoz
    Nov 17, 2021 at 18:45
  • I never read the novel and only vaguely remember the anime, but seems yes (psycho-therapy by going into dreams, technology for sneaking into others' dreams, etc).
    – sundowner
    Nov 18, 2021 at 0:06

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