Weekly Query: Manga vs. Anime

Topic started by Guest_Author on March 25, 2011. Last post by zero3 3 years, 5 months ago.
Post by Guest_Author (0 posts) See mini bio Level 7
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There are two incarnations of the common denominator here on the site:  Manga and Anime.   

En Garde!
En Garde!
Usually an anime will be brought to life (or as lively as 2D animation can get) based off the manga books previously made with the same plot. Manga is written, drawn, then published in magazines and volumes for the reader's appreciation. Since some are less literate-aficionados than others, most people prefer to sit and watch the same printed stories translated into animation.   

If you are like me, then you might favor manga. Not only because it has "pretty pictures" and it is fun to read, but because it's portable. I can take the books with me on any trip. You might contradict me by saying that with today's technology you are also able to take a portable version of the anime anywhere.  Yes. This is true, but let's face it, anime is a lot more fun to watch in the comfort of your HD television with some snacks next to you.  

 One Piece
 One Piece
Then again, that is my opinion. There are some who are more versatile by accepting to read/watch one or the other, and some who prefer to do both. Read the manga and watch the anime. 
Now it  is the moment for this discussion to be passed on to you. Which do you prefer anime or manga? (and tell us why)

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Post by ninjadude853 (464 posts) See mini bio Level 12
For me it depends on the genre, i like Shonen in manga format and Seinen as anime.  Theres just something about holding the story in you hands and looking at the hard work people put into the art that i love.
 
I HATE most manga based shonen anime because it inevitable leads to filler, padding, and pointless flashbacks.
 
The best example i can think of for my feelings on this is the Whitebeard War arc of One Piece. In the manga it's fast paced and has a constant sense of danger, while the episodes i saw of the same thing in the anime were boring, brief moments of awesomenss, followed by half an episode of people just standing around talking... it annoyed me.
Post by sickVisionz (4,289 posts) See mini bio Level 24
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All things being equal, I prefer the anime by far.  The transition would have to be pretty terrible for color, voice acting, music, "camera" movement, sound effects and animation to somehow make the product worse. 
 
Manga compared to anime to me is like watching a movie vs reading storyboards for the movie.
Post by sora_thekey (1,097 posts) See mini bio Level 16
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I am reading the first volume of Bamboo Blade right now and I just realized that most of the kendo battles don't translate well on page and would probably be better in animated form.
 
Mystery, romantic and informative might be better suited for the pages while epic battle scenes need to be animated.
Post by ShadowKnight508 (5,319 posts) See mini bio Level 19
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This depends on the series. Some anime shows (compared to the manga that they are based on) are awful, and this annoys me when I enjoy the manga so much that I give the anime a shot, with the hopes that it would be more epic in motion and in color. 
 
For example, the Kampfer manga (which is still ongoing) was a good read, but when it was made into the anime show that I watched and later reviewed, most of the story and things that made the manga good had been replaced with more fan-service and less focus on characters. Natsuru, the main male character is much better character-wise in regards to the plot and his overall development in the manga than the anime, where he comes across as a one-dimensional airhead who bumbles though situations and only seeks the love of a girl that he will never have.  
 
Hopefully, in the upcoming 2nd season of Kampfer, the studio will put more effort into the characters and the story, not just getting carried away with fan-service and ecchi moments.

 Natsuru comes across as a airhead and an emotionless shell in the anime compared to the manga.
 Natsuru comes across as a airhead and an emotionless shell in the anime compared to the manga.
In the end, I still perfer anime to manga, but only by a slim margin. Most anime series get it right in one way or another in regards to the change from manga to anime, but sometimes it just never works out.
Post by Daniel_Newton (3,226 posts) See mini bio Level 20
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I mostly watch anime, but I read some manga too, I haven't read much though really. I read Bleach because a couple of my friends wanted me to catch up to them, watching the anime I was miles behind. 
 
The only other manga I've read a lot of is Naruto, simply because there's so much of it now that it would take a long time to catch up with the anime. I haven't read any of that in a good long while though.
Post by Destinyheroknight (10,278 posts) See mini bio Level 21
I like both Anime & Manga, both have there good sides and there bad sides  
Post by metalsnakezero (673 posts) See mini bio Level 16
I mostly go for the anime version since by giving a voice for a characters helps with their development and story-telling. 
Post by Count_Zero (344 posts) See mini bio Level 20
It's really a case-by-case thing. Some series are censored when adapted to anime, like X/1999, and so some of the impact of, for example... 
is lost in the change.
Post by Lurkero (409 posts) See mini bio Level 7
I have to watch anime. The black and white of manga sometimes gets muddled during action scenes and I can't comprehend some of the movements.
 
If I watch anime with subtitles I get the best of both worlds.
Post by Nightwolf (113 posts) See mini bio Level 13
@Destinyheroknight said:
" I like both Anime & Manga, both have there good sides and there bad sides   "
             This is the best answer to the question.  
Post by sotyfan16 (1,341 posts) See mini bio Level 20
I was all anime up until this year. With now owning 43 volumes of manga (some of which have an anime and most of which do not) I can say that both have their merits. I love manga because it's cheaper, portable, and tells the story (among other things) in a slightly different way. Anime is still my baby when it comes to mediums though. I love being able to hear the voices and see the action.
 
However, I've hit a bit of a snag. For some series I love the anime but don't want to read the manga due to differences that I liked in the anime that are not present in the manga or just don't want to read the manga period. Also, there are a couple manga I've checked out before the anime even though the anime has been available for a while. For those I end up preferring the manga because I just don't feel like watching it in anime form.
 
Another key point to understand is that a vast majority of the anime that is based on manga is incomplete. There are numerous series I want answers to their endings but only the manga can do so. To get the best of both worlds anime should wait just a while longer than normal so the manga can end and the anime can be complete.
Post by AgentJ (1,545 posts) See mini bio Level 13
I suppose all things the same I'd prefer to watch an anime, but with anime adaptations of manga, it seems rare that the anime lives up to the source material (the same is true for manga adaptations of anime). There's not a chance in hell I'd pick the Bleach anime over the manga. Series like High School of the Dead, which are actually fantastic adaptations, seem to be rare.
Post by Kuma_From_Argentina (6,755 posts) See mini bio Level 13
I like both formats, each one haves it advantages... 
 
In One Piece, for example, the funny moments looks funnier to me in Manga, and the sad moments, like : 
 
are gold on Anime, in the manga I was heavily affected by te first, and almost untouched in the second, but once I heard Luffy voice it kick me in the nuts like a sledgehammer of drama
Post by djsquelch (44 posts) See mini bio Level 19
"Usually an anime will be brought to life (or as lively as 2D animation can get) based off the manga books previously made with the same plot."
 
Yes, "usually," but sometimes the manga happens after the anime is complete or in some cases, the anime is complete before a manga that started before the anime. Sometimes you might even have situations of conclusive anime or conclusive manga for where its counterpart fell short.
 
I have tried to follow manga as much as anime, but for a long time what I wanted had a very limited availability. It has been interesting to compare the two, specifically title for title, but it isn't always a retelling, for various reasons determined by the creators of said works.  Sometimes one doesn't have much to do with the other at all; I have found myself disappointed when one wasn't more like the other- more so than being bored that one would be a retelling or alternate telling of the other.
 
I think portability is a bad argument for either format (manga or anime), because one may wish to enjoy either on the road or in the comfort of his/her home. I think it boils down to a more basic argument based less on technology and more on the viewer's preferred method of experience: Do you wish to read pages of still-framed art and imagine the action and voices or do you wish to view a fluid motion presentation, complete with voices? Under such comparative terms, I prefer anime over manga. Portability has nothing to do with it because I prefer to enjoy both at home even though I do have portable manga (including digital media manga) and anime. You may say that makes me less literate, but I do enjoy reading quite a bit- not just manga, but digital and hard-copy media as well.
Post by zero3 (3 posts) See mini bio Level 12
I like both, but the manga takes the first place, just because it doesn't have filler episodes (I'm talking about you Naruto). That being the case, I also watch the anime just to see how they re-recreate the fights and such.  
Post by secretzfan (238 posts) See mini bio Level 18
For me it sepans on the manga for instnce I prefer watching Rosaio Vampire manga than the anime cause the censors a be little even in Season 2.
Post by Lambwisegamgee (23 posts) See mini bio Level 10
I love them both but i gotta say that manga come out on top for me because, well it just feels more... official i suppose.
Post by dvorak (7 posts) See mini bio Level 4
@Nightwolf said:
" @Destinyheroknight said:
" I like both Anime & Manga, both have there good sides and there bad sides   "
             This is the best answer to the question.   "
Unless you don't like either, yeah this is pretty much it. I'd probably read more if I didn't have a big queue of anime to watch first.
Post by FLStyle (423 posts) See mini bio Level 12
@zero3 said:
" I like both, but the manga takes the first place, just because it doesn't have filler episodes (I'm talking about you Naruto). That being the case, I also watch the anime just to see how they re-recreate the fights and such.   "
+1
 
Naruto fillers are awful and the manga is miles ahead but at the same time I could never see myself reading Ghost in the Shell over watching it (if in the case that the different versions as depicted became one).
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