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Anima Vs Manga May 3, 2016

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.

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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.

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Anime for Beginners: Where to Start if You’re New to Anime? April 15, 2016

If you’re unfamiliar with anime, it might seem quite hard to start watching – there are so many anime series and movies that it’s hard to wrap your mind around it. Of course, there are some classics that every aspiring anime enthusiast has to watch, but they might not be the best place to start. So what is the best anime to start your endeavour? We have prepared a list of our top 3 recommendations of anime titles for (adult) beginners, with short synopsis for each, and several alternatives for each of them.

1. “Dragon Ball Z” (and Kai)

Because it’s a Classic and Shame on You if You Skip It. Even though the animation style might be considered outdated by some, Dragon Ball Z remains very popular and on the list of some of the most influential anime of all time. Almost every anime enthusiast out there will tell you that this was the anime that got them “hooked”.

dragonball zThe story follows Goku on his adventures, and he, together with his companions, defends the Earth against all sorts of villains that wish to destroy it (and these are quite colourful – you have everything from space conquerors and androids to magical creatures). Dragon Ball Z is the continuation of Dragon Ball, which followed Goku through his childhood. What’s worth mentioning is that some fight scenes last over several episodes, but this was trimmed down in the revised version called Dragon Ball Z Kai, resulting in a more fluid story, so it’s best you start there.

    Genres: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy, Martial Arts, Super Power
    Episodes: 291 (Trimmed to 61 in Dragon Ball Z Kai)
    Duration: 24 minutes per episode
    Rating: PG-13

Want an Alternative?
Both Naruto: Shippuden and Bleach are often referred to as the Dragon Ball of our age, and you might also like Fairy Tail and One Piece.

2. Cowboy Bebop: See you, Space Cowboy!

cowboy bebopA true masterpiece, Cowboy Bebop follows Spike Spiegel, a former hitman and his partner Jet Black, former ISSP officer, on their bounty hunting missions. They are later joined by a femme fatale Faye Valentine, Edward Wong, a girl who lost her memories but is a PC genius and a devious trickster, as well as, Ein – a genetically engineered Welsh Corgi with human intelligence. Together they risk life and limb on their adventures, which also reveal their mysterious and somewhat dark pasts.

    Genres: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Sci-Fi, Space
    Episodes: 26
    Duration: 24 minutes per episode
    Rating: R-17

Want an alternative?
Samurai Champloo, Black Lagoon and Baccano! are your best alternatives.

3. Death Note: A Masterpiece

Probably one of the best thriller anime series out there, Death Note has received great reviews and its popularity didn’t waver up to this day, although it was released in 2006. Since the release, Death Note has been adapted to live action movies, video games, TV dramas and light novels.

death noteThe story follows a high school student Light Yagami, as he stumbles upon a curious notebook with the words “Death Note” written on it. After reading inside that it supposedly kills anyone who’s name is written in it, he decides to test it out by writing a criminal’s name. When the criminal dies instantly, Light realizes how powerful the notebook is. He is closely follow by Ryuk, a god of death who’s responsible for Light finding the Death Note. Light decides to eradicate the world from criminals by using the Death Note. The police quickly realize that they have a killer who’s targeting criminals but can’t figure out how he does it. They do their best to catch the killer, and employ the detective only known as “L”.

    Genres: Mystery, Police, Psychological, Supernatural, Thriller
    Episodes: 37
    Duration: 23 minutes per episode
    Rating: R-17

Want an Alternative?
Code Geass: Hangyaku no Lelouch, Monster and Zankyou no Terror are your best alternatives.

Do you have any recommendations for anime titles that are a good introduction to the world of anime? What was your gateway anime? Let us know!

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