Anime or Manga or Both?

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Armed Dealer

May 29, 2006
AFL Club
Other Teams
Arsenal, Melbourne Tigers
Im a big fan of both the Anime and Mangas of japanese animation.

Examples i read/watch/both:
-One Piece
-Darker Than Black

Places to go for these: for Bleach, Naruto, Darker than black and Claymore
Also excellent site for those Mangas in english and others. for One Piece for One Piece HQ for Bleach and Naruto.

Discussion centres:

Hope u enjoy.


Premiership Player
Oct 20, 2001
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Liverpool FC
Both for me.
But a lot of anime are based on manga, so the manga writers are more superior.


Club Legend
May 11, 2005
A Town Called Alice
AFL Club
West Coast
I cant remember which is which but theres a distinction between anime and manga, one is video the other are just comics or graphic novels.

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Norm Smith Medallist
Jul 25, 2005
Yunnan, China
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Celtic, Sunderland
Depends, really.
The majority of anime are adaptations from manga. So, if we're talking exclusively about these, the issue is generally that manga series are very long running as, unless they're wildly successful, manga writers need to keep a popular story going in order to live of what can be a very irregular and generally tiny income. If you choose to end a series that's making you money, who knows whether your next one will be a hit? As such, we get hugely long story arcs which sometimes take years and years to resolve.
Some of the longer running shows, like Bleach, One Piece etc do a reasonably good job of sticking with the manga (adding in their own filler, which is generally of a far lower standard in terms of writing and often animation too, when they begin to churn out episodes faster than the manga writer). With these shows, as long as they're well made, it's generally just as rewarding to watch through the anime and skip through the filler, although this isn't always the case.
Other shows are given a limited run of, say, 13 or 26 episodes. Given the length of the manga compared to the length allowed for the anime, there's a few ways this can be approached.
One way is to start out and follow the manga to a point, and then depart from the original story and create a conclusion. This generally doesn't work so well. Hellsing is a good example of this. The first episode in particular was perfect, but the last few felt tacked on and, quite frankly, made **** all sense. It's quite a common phenomenon for an anime series to go downhill as the end of its run approaches.
Another is to simply adapt a certain storyline of the manga faithfully, without giving it a resolution. This generally works better, but is best read in conjunction with the manga, so you know what's going on, or what happens afterwards. Beserk is a good example of this; the manga, so far (it's been going since 1988) has almost 300 volumes, and the anime covered just 13 of these.
Finally, there's shows that just get it right and create a good balance between staying faithful to the manga and departing just enough to work as a 26 or whatever episode anime. I'd say Trigun is a reasonably good example of this.
So yeah, I must say I'd prefer to watch a good anime to reading manga, but often it ends up being of a lower standard, or ruins a good story, or gives no conclusion.
I'm voting both I guess.


Norm Smith Medallist
Apr 30, 2006
AFL Club
West Coast
uhm Berserk manga? The one with Gatsu: the sword wielding dude?

more like around 300 chapters, 32 volumes and the anime covers the first 11 volumes iirc

I think the longest running manga has around 130 volumes ....too lazy to google >,>


Sep 22, 2007
AFL Club
Berserk is brilliant.
Anime adaption was leaving me hanging by the seat. Even though I've read it.
Manga is just pure brilliant. Though the release is really slow though.


Bigfooty Pessimist
Sep 16, 2006
AFL Club
West Coast
Anime, as long as its subbed (unless its DBZ or Death Note).

Manga is pretty good as someone has already suggested there is more suggestive leanings compared to anime, even in its uncut form.


Premiership Player
Jun 2, 2008
over Macho Grande?
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Manga all the way.

except for anime series that aren't based on manga. And they have to be subbed, not dubbed.

Annoys the hell out me that most people think anime = Naruto .. when in actual fact that's actually just a poorly animated version of a fairly substandard shounen manga.

And then they will see one episode of 4kids absoluted butchering a dub of the One Piece anime and dismiss all One Piece as badly drawn kiddy garbage, without realising that the OP manga is 550 chapters of the best storytelling and art (it grows on you) you will ever see.

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All Australian
Aug 2, 2009
Port Adelaide
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i like animes.

if they have more of a video game stlye, i enjoy them more something like .hack cool and sad at the same time


Aug 22, 2009
AFL Club
I always like to give first preference to watch anime rather than reading manga storyline of my favorite Japanese shows. As it's too hard for me to entertain myself with reading storyline, as much i can enjoy with moving and listenable video graphics of the anime episodes. My most favorite shows are Bleach and Naruto shippuden and i always looking excited to watch Bleach and Naruto Shippuden episodes, only go for both those anime manga spoiler chapter when i have nothing to watch in it's anime.

Jack Richards

Premiership Player
Apr 10, 2015
Dirty white van
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I do both. Many Anime miss vital elements and plots when they cram 40+ chapters into a 15 episode season.

Domestic Girlfriend was a classic example of this.

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