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March 30th, 2011, 2:14 PM
So as the title says, which do you prefere, Anime or Manga and why?

Example of Manga
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/b/b4/Sazae-san_kamishibai.jpg/220px-Sazae-san_kamishibai.jpg (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Sazae-san_kamishibai.jpg)

Example of Anime
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/8/81/Modernanime.jpg/220px-Modernanime.jpg (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Modernanime.jpg)

Weeaboo Name
March 30th, 2011, 3:03 PM
Whichever has the better story.

If the material is exactly the same I'd prefer the anime if;
.Pacing's ok
.Music's good
.Decent voice acting
.Decent animation

March 30th, 2011, 3:19 PM

I just don't enjoy it as much if it's not in color, or has no sound.

Now, if I watch an anime adaptation of a manga, that I really like, and doesn't cover the entire story, I may go read the manga, just for the sake of the story... but in general, I don't really like it as much.

March 30th, 2011, 3:21 PM
I'm more into Anime than Manga. It's better to have good quality picture and music while the manga lacks those. It's pure pictures & words.

March 30th, 2011, 3:41 PM
Anime. Mostly because of its accessibility.

For anime , one can just pick almost any series at random and there will be a good chance that there's a readily available English translation somewhere. Also, most of it is short and has a definite ending while still having some sort of length. 11-13 episodes is still an investment of time. Also, airing anime is almost always on schedule, with a new episode every week to keep me satisfied until the ending.

Manga on the other hand is not as accessible. Most manga series don't have English translations readily available, and those that do are either for the big titles with over 100 chapters or incredibly slow, being a few/considerable amount of chapters behind Japan. Consequently, this can lead to some delays when following a serialized manga series that isn't a super popular mega hit (among English speakers) and sometimes the 3 month wait isn't worth that one chapter of new content. Most manga series do look interesting, but most lack attention until the anime adaptation airs, and when it does air, there's no real reason to read the manga unless it's an original story with only hints toward the source (FMA 1). Additionally, the format of manga lends itself to reading in a book; not on a computer screen. I have no cash for personal expenses and manga of what I want to read is usually not sold in stores, so that's another reason I can't enjoy manga.

tl;dr: I could read manga if I could, but as I can't, I'll settle for anime.

March 30th, 2011, 3:53 PM
I like both but I'd choose anime. But I HATE waiting for new episodes to come out!
So if i really love it and need to get my fix then I go read the manga. :P
I agree with -Lapras- though. If the manga has a better story then I'd rather read it then watch the anime.

March 31st, 2011, 3:02 AM
I like the anime more, due to its availabilty, but I read the manga sometimes.

March 31st, 2011, 3:10 AM
All things considered, anime. Anime is easy to get into and fairly readily available depending on what you're looking for. Netflix made this even more true by putting a large amount of anime into their Instant streaming cache.

Manga is expensive, which makes sense due to the fact it has to be imported, but this makes it much less accessible to the general public since buying the anime box set would be ultimately cheaper and you'd likely get a pretty close adaptation to the story. In some cases though, it is worth it to read the manga. A good example is Fruits Basket, whose anime deviates from the original manga almost entirely and leaves out oodles upon oodles of storyline.

March 31st, 2011, 6:37 AM
Anime, of course.

I tried reading a manga once, but I did not enjoy it as much as watching its animated version. There are countless series that I only found as manga and none were adapted into an anime version, so I just gave them up due to the 'displeasure' reading gives me. Nevertheless how strong, good, or unique the story is, I'd pick watching a mediocre anime over a highly coveted and rated manga, any day.

Elite Overlord LeSabre™
March 31st, 2011, 6:41 AM
Anime more or less because I have easier access to it, but I do have a decent collection of manga that I've enjoyed, so I'll happily choose one or the other as long as it holds my interest.

March 31st, 2011, 2:11 PM
Everything else being equal, I'd pick manga. You get more style in manga. That's really the only difference between them that matters enough to me.

And since things aren't equal there are lots of stories out there only in manga form because they aren't mainstream/popular/well known/marketable enough to be made into anime. There are styles of manga that just wouldn't be possible to animate faithfully without something like Studio Ghibli behind it. A lot of anime dumbs down adaptations of manga, and original anime is hit and miss - just like manga only there is a lot more manga out there than anime so there are simply more hits and therefore more variety.

March 31st, 2011, 7:59 PM
I'm going to have to go with Manga.

Manga is actually enjoyable, unlike England. I just never really took a liking to England, I don't see what's so great about it. If England was to disappear I really wouldn't mind. England's okay every once in a while, but most of the time... Bleh... If England was to disappear, it might actually benefit the world.

EDIT: April Fool's is awesome.

Pokemon Trainer Touko
April 1st, 2011, 7:45 PM
Anim e, because I dislike reading. XD

April 4th, 2011, 6:09 AM
anime... for sure. how could anyone choose manga over anime.

April 4th, 2011, 6:51 AM
Wow, so few manga supporters in this thread. There are a few animes that I much prefer to watch in anime form over manga, but in general I prefer manga strongly.

In anime, there are so many things that can go wrong to ruin the show. If everything is perfect except for the music, a few voice actors, or something else anime-specific, it could ruin the whole show. In the manga, your mind is what decides what's the best music for it, the best voices for the character. It's the most perfect it could possibly be, because you created it in your mind to be the best for you reading the manga. In addition, I've never been able to find a website that has as much free anime as the websites I know of with free manga scans. Some styles can only be shown in manga (yonkoma), and manga in general often comes before the anime, so the anime is just adapting the original and I'd rather have the original than the adaptation if I have a choice. There's also the matter of my attention span. I will never just watch a TV show; I'll watch a show and play Pokemon and chat with friends, etc. If I'm reading a manga, online or in my hand, it's easy to glance away from it and do other things. If I'm watching an anime, I'd have to pause it every single time, and it takes longer than a few seconds to watch the previous scene and remember where I was. Often the time it takes to get myself back into the anime is longer than the time I spent away from it. Finally, I can read manga anywhere. I don't need sound. If I don't have my headphones, that's fine. If where I am is crowded and I can't hear even with headphones, that's fine. I can still read manga. Anime needs a very specific place to be able to be watched, while manga is much more flexible.

tl;dr: manga manga manga

April 23rd, 2011, 3:04 AM
I prefer the anime, but the manga seems not to have fillers. So that's a benefit. I've got a Naruto/Pokemon tshirt up for sale on RIPT Apparel today. Seems it is quite controversial!

April 23rd, 2011, 4:30 AM
I prefer Anime because you can be able to hear, see and perceive what the creator or editor had actually intentioned for the audience to enjoy within each of their characters and events.

Some people with varying imaginations, attentions, intentions and personalities may see different things in a certain scene inside a Manga thus possibly changing what they see in which the creator has intended unless the reader takes time to refer back to the past pages.

Misheard Whisper
April 23rd, 2011, 5:10 AM
I like reading, always have, so manga is definitely best for me. There's no contest. I am very visual, so while there is a separate kind of magic when watching anime, I'll still take manga any day, especially if the manga is the original. Manga based off anime tend to be a bit rubbish sometime, but manga that are later adapted into anime are usually better than their counterparts. There's no twelve-episode constraint, no need to put in filler episodes while you wait for the other to finish a twenty-chapter arc that you covered in an episode or two.

Also, I just like taking my time with things, really.

April 23rd, 2011, 5:28 AM
Whichever has the better story.

If the material is exactly the same I'd prefer the anime if;
.Pacing's ok
.Music's good
.Decent voice acting
.Decent animation


But, sometimes I prefer manga over anime or the other way around. Like for right now, I'm content with reading manga, not watching anime at the moment.

April 23rd, 2011, 1:39 PM
More than often not, I would choose the Manga of a series. For the most part, the story in the Manga is much more pleasant than the story in the anime, and it wouldn't take me as long to read anime than it would for me to read the manga. If the story happen to be the same though, or the story happens to be better in the anime, I'll choose the anime. That, or if I really enjoyed a series, I might watch the anime if the story is the same, or I might pick episodes that have what were my favorite parts so I could see them in action.

So really, it depends on what series it is. Some series I much prefer the manga, while some I like the anime for better. Then in some cases it can be both, but the manga usually gets read before the anime because reading manga doesn't take as long.

April 23rd, 2011, 1:43 PM
I'll usually choose manga over anime, simply because I don't have the time for anime. I can read anywhere, and I read fast. Anime has a set amount of time that it is, and I can only watch it at home. So for convenience I choose manga.

The Nightmare
April 23rd, 2011, 1:46 PM
Anime is better than manga because it is annoying to keep on collecting series and looking for the volumes but with anime you don't have to collect hundreds of books (well some anime does have hundreds of volume like naruto which is very popular), You also see the story more detail than manga books.

April 25th, 2011, 4:39 AM
I enjoy both manga and anime, but, if I had to choose, anime; because of it's accessibiltiy.

April 25th, 2011, 4:45 AM
It depends on the show. Some Anime shows don't finish the series but you could figure out what happens later on in the Manga while there are some that are totally different from the Manga. I like watching the Anime to see how it actually looks like with color and animation while I also like to read the Manga to see what parts I missed but I can get pretty lazy when it comes to reading Manga.

April 25th, 2011, 8:20 PM
It all just depends on the series. Example is Naruto, which I like the manga more than the anime because of length, and well.. it's pretty easy to catch up (not to mention that I hate the Tagalog dubs here!). :3 Another example is Fairy Tail, which I like the anime instead of the manga for many reasons. Personally, I didn't understand the manga version of that series.

If I do have to choose overall.. It would have to be anime. Anime cds are really cheap, and they already have voices! Plus, in online manga, it takes long to load images sometimes.. and in rl manga.. It is too expensive! 1 chapter < 1 cd series :P

See what I mean? xD

April 26th, 2011, 5:26 PM
To me it depends on the anime/manga title themselves. Some series I enjoy rather more in manga form, while others I'd prefer to view them in anime form. So, I don't really have one preference, of either anime or manga, over the other. My preference is on whether I prefer a series in anime or manga format.

April 27th, 2011, 3:14 PM
Manga. Way less filler, way less time-consuming, more concise and usually a lot better than the anime adaptations which often censor things.

Shiroi Alucard
May 3rd, 2011, 4:29 PM
I can't choose either because I like them both equally, but if I have to choose. I would choose Manga, besides that's what usually gets turned into an anime so I get to see it twice! ^_^

May 4th, 2011, 2:29 AM
It truly depends, but for the most part, I prefer manga, because of it typically being the original media and its convenience. It's much easier to download/read manga online than anime. I enjoy anime too, as I like watching my favourite manga come to life, though some changes and fillers frickin' irritate me.

May 4th, 2011, 5:19 AM
Anime, because anime 100% have color and audio. But it was no problem if I only have the manga version, I also enjoy reading manga.

May 4th, 2011, 12:50 PM
I much prefer animé over manga, maybe 'cause I don't have the exact patience to be reading a lot these days. Animé is quite enjoyable otherwise and I've always preffered watching something live instead of reading manga/books.

July 31st, 2011, 2:21 PM
I like both but usually I like manga better.

July 31st, 2011, 2:55 PM
We'll i seen series from each 1, and i gotta say it has to be Anime.
It has epic songs when something exiciting is about to happen, which i really like.
and yea it has color and audio.

July 31st, 2011, 5:19 PM
Note: Beginning of May to End of July is NOT 1 month.

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