Awakening is the official anime adaptation based on the Noblesse Webtoon, produced by Japanese anime studio Production I.G. The story covers the first two arcs of Volume 1. It is heavily abridged, with minor changes in the storyline.
Differences Between The Webtoon And The Animation
|Noblesse (Webtoon)||Awakening (Animation)|
|In the webtoon, Rai awakens in broad daylight.||In the animation, Rai awakens at night during a full moon.|
|Mary kills the guys who found the coffin, searching for Frankenstein.||The infected kills the guys who found the coffin.|
|Shinwoo and a number of other students are late, Mr. Park makes them run laps, Shinwoo runs extra laps because he has a crush on Yuna.||Mr. Park locks the gate.|
|Rai is walking to school and Shinwoo tells him to hurry up, otherwise he'll be late.||Rai doesn't meet Shinwoo on the way to school, and instead meets him at the school gates.|
|Shinwoo takes Rai to the Principal after being told to, by Mr. Park (The Gatekeeper).||Shinwoo doesn't take Rai to the Principal.|
|M-21 and M-24 don't know why the coffin is important, and instead are looking for their names, and the names of their comrades.||M-21 and M-24 are looking for the Noblesse, who they believe is in the coffin they've been sent to find.|
|M-21 kills the infected after tranforming into a werewolf, with Rai's help.||Jake kills the infected.|
- This is a heavily condensed version of Season 1 (Chapters 1-78), omitting many important factors, which become relevant later on, in the process. So anyone who has not read the Webtoon may have trouble understanding the anime.
- In the main Webtoon, there is a much longer section about endings for M-21 and M-24. M-21 later becomes a major supporting character, while M-24 is shown to have died in a different way than in the ONA, leaving M-21 stricken with grief (which seems to affect his character development).
- In main Webtoon, Rai awakens in broad daylight while in this anime, he awakens at night on a full moon.
- Rai is not brought to Frankenstein by Shinwoo.
- In the main Webtoon, a certain event triggers M-21's power which leads to the death of the Infected created by M-24. This is important because of a certain play out of events much later in the Webtoon.
- Shinwoo has a crush on Yuna, and runs extra laps so she could escape punishment for arriving late at school.
- The Infected created by M-24 harboured a deep grudge against both Shinwoo and M-21 after Shinwoo threw a trashcan at his head, and M-21 acted authoritatively towards him. He attacks Shinwoo multiple times by using Yuna and Ik-Han as bait.
- In the main Webtoon, Shinwoo, Ik-Han and Yuna often visit Rai at Frankenstein's house, causing a ruckus when Rai does not know how to open the door for them.
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