Manga vs Anime
WRITTEN BY HUSAM ELGENIED
At one point in life we all must ask the great questions; “Ronaldo or Messi?”, “Cake or Pie?” and in this particular case; Manga VS Anime. I am a man who enjoys both, but there are people who aren’t so sure, so here are some points for you to make up your mind.
Now before we get into this and you’re confused about what an anime and manga is then I can’t help you. Just kidding, for me to put it in the most simplest terms think of a comic and a cartoon, now think of a manga being a Japanese comic and an anime as a Japanese cartoon.
Case for anime
Lets get the obvious out of the way first. You get to see your imagination translated onto TV (or wherever you watch anime on). Whether it’d be a manga or light novel that is being illustrated, seeing the characters and hearing them fills one with joy that is quite difficult to replicate in a manga or light novel. A great example of animation done right is Naruto; all the epic fights such as Rock Lee vs Gaara (arguably one of the best fights in anime) was done in such a way that it exceeded a lot of viewers expectations, seeing fights or just great animation really makes you doubt your own imagination and wonder how talented the artists must be.
Another reason would be colour. This goes with my earlier point, having colour really makes you connect with the characters and seeing them in a beautiful and vibrant coloured world really leaves you at a loss for words.
Last but not least are soundtracks. If you are an avid watcher of anime you know the importance of having a soundtrack. For those of you who don’t; the soundtrack sets the tone for the series that you are watching and in my opinion it is quite underrated. Having an amazing soundtrack that goes along with the anime really makes you look forward to what you’re going to watch, and singing along is never a terrible idea (if you know the words that is).
Case for manga
One very strong advantage for manga is the lack of censorship. Manga can take a lot more risks in drawing violent/explicit scenes or write a lot more explicit dialogue to describe a particular situation, whereas anime doesn’t have this sort of freedom, possibly due to the chance of minors watching it. But for manga, it is a different story as some have age restriction so that kind of lifts that burden of being PG or less extreme in my eyes.
Animes don’t always stick to the Mangas and therefore suffer if it isn’t delivered well. A lot of fans from a particular manga will have massive issues when the story isn’t carried out faithfully. An example would be Akame ga Kill. I especially had a problem with how it was delivered, because not all mangas turned anime follow the story, one could say that just sticking to the manga is the better option.
Continuity. This goes with my earlier point of mangas being ahead, most animes usually get 12 or 24 episodes depending on what the title is, because of that the story sometimes seems unfinished and leaves the viewers wanting more. I believe that a manga provides that by continuing the story and going in a lot more detail than the animes, such as character development or arcs. However, this can be a double-edged sword as there are mangas with a never-ending story and it just infuriates people because they wont get a conclusion any time soon.
These are most of the point I could come up with, I hope that helped you make a decision or even better realise that you can see the good in both. However, at the end of the day remember that you can love both and you don’t have to choose between the two, the world isn’t black and white.