Which is better? Anime or manga? To clarify, anime refers to animated stories while manga refers to drawn and written stories and Japan is the origin of both – there are several differences between them.
There is usually only one author behind a manga, while a whole team is needed to make a single anime series: directors, writers, producers, studio heads, artists, voice actors and others. The manga author (called mangaka) has much more control over his/her work, while anime series creators have to deal with more interested parties. This isn’t always a bad thing, as anime series storylines tend to be more polished and conservative as opposed to manga storylines that may completely lose its focus because of the mangakas creative freedom. This also means that anime series usually have safer storylines, while the mangaka enjoys more freedom – he can kill off main characters and let the bad guys win. This isn’t that easily achieved in anime because there are many interested parties that will call veto on such plot twists.
The vast majority of manga stories are original works (there are also exceptions, like the X-men or Star Wars manga) while anime series tend to be adaptations of existing stories. The reason behind this is that adaptations are a safer investment. Even original anime series tend to stick to safer storylines. Late night shows are the exception here – they can safely push the usual boundaries of what’s acceptable.
The majority of stories are short, so only a few manga issues are enough to finish them, while the anime adaptations tend to finish such stories in 13 to 26 episodes. There are also stories that may last for years, the most prominent being One Piece, Bleach and Naruto, where both anime episodes and manga chapters have gotten well into three-digit numbers.
Which one is better? Well, this depends on your preferences – anime series are usually more polished, while manga series are more diverse.Comments Off on Anima Vs Manga