Anime Talk: Manga vs Anime

It has been a couple weeks since I last wrote an Anime Talk post, and I wanted to thank you all for your patience. So now that I have managed to pull myself together and set down to write I have decided to take a look how Manga heavily inspires Anime. Here in the west we do see many tv shows and cartoons that have been inspired by comics, but Anime seems to be  much MUCH more influenced by the Japanese version of comics, “Manga”.

Myself I am not a huge fan of Manga as I have mentioned before on the blog but I have to admit that a great deal of my favorite Anime shows were originally Manga titles though often times the show has only a passing resemblance to the source material. So all this being said, our topic of discussion is simply, do you prefer reading Manga, or watching Anime ? A simple question, but one I do not think will be easily answered by most but I could be wrong. Myself as I said I don’t care for manga and much prefer Anime which is odd as I tend to prefer reading any a book then watching the movie based on that book ( or book based on the movie ) as the written format usually is more detailed and thus more enjoyable for me, just not in this case.

So what are your thoughts on the subject ? Let us know in the comments below and hopefully we can get a good discussion going.

3 Responses to Anime Talk: Manga vs Anime

  1. While not particularly a fan of anime, I do not care for manga. Maybe it’s just something that’s lost in translation or cultural divide (I only studied Japanese for a year). For the most part, manga seems to go on weird random tangents. While not necessarily a bad thing, but Japanese comics and cartoons abuse it to keep an audience. Admittedly, that’s what hooked me on Bleach and One Piece. Originally it was insomnia, but now it’s “where are they taking this?” / morbid fascination with train wrecks.

    My preference is for anime features not series. Story begins, story ends. No convoluted plot devices that drag a story down. Manga is rife with that.

    Like any comic or animation, it really boils down writing and character development. This can be done successfully with manga and anime. I have yet to see it. Then again, my exposure to the genres is maybe 1 percent. I’m sure someone can recommend a few titles.

  2. Agree with AP.

    As far as I can tell, this is linked to the need for the more popular manga to produce quickly and regularly a new chapter for Shonen Jump, so even a great concept can become lost, especially if the author must go on past the point where he’d have ended the story otherwise.

    I usually prefer anime for dumb reasons:
    1) It’s in color and moves, making it more vivid
    2) I can watch anime while doing something else.

  3. Manga…… Hands down……