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New Poll - Mediums
This week's poll is from our member psycho-shocker. I was struggling on how to word this one. Basically, take your favorite series. Now imagine there's an anime version, a manga version, a light novel version, and a live action movie version. They're all pretty good (so the anime doesn't have too many fillers, etc). Which medium do you think you'd enjoy the most for this series? Or maybe you like them all equally?

You can submit poll ideas here (and try to keep them manga/anime-related)
http://www.mangaupdates.com/showtopic.php?tid=3903

Previous Poll Results:
Question: Demographic you read the most?
Choices:
Shounen - votes: 3862 (27.4%)
Shoujo - votes: 2665 (18.9%)
Seinen - votes: 2395 (17%)
Josei - votes: 468 (3.3%)
Shoujo Ai - votes: 144 (1%)
Shounen Ai - votes: 231 (1.6%)
Hentai - votes: 563 (4%)
Lolicon - votes: 283 (2%)
Shotacon - votes: 78 (0.6%)
Yaoi - votes: 3012 (21.4%)
Yuri - votes: 385 (2.7%)
There were 14086 total votes.
The poll ended: April 25th 2014

Judging from the comments, this poll was quite divisive... I'm a bit surprised that josei is so much lower though (compared to the others of the first four choices).
Posted by lambchopsil on April 26th 5:35am Comments ( 27 )  [ View ]  [ Add ]
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» tsuto on April 25th, 2014, 11:07pm

Well, it varies, since I stick to the original instead of the adaptions. I might check the rest if they are good though.

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» Sorcha on April 25th, 2014, 11:20pm

I tend to prefer manga and light novel (reading) rather than live action & anime (watching). Watching a series takes too much time compared to reading. But if the series has gundam/mecha in it, I prefer anime since it's kinda hard to distinguish one mecha from another in blank and white panel. Another exception would be anime with fighting scene/ atmosphere that's hard to express in writing or drawing. For example Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica or Guilty Crown.

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» Knightzomegaz on April 25th, 2014, 11:33pm

The game...
But I think most are Eroges or somethin...

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» sekushikomando on April 25th, 2014, 11:34pm

Whatever the original format is.

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» Aremon on April 25th, 2014, 11:44pm

I mostly prefer the original format or whatever format that has the most complete story... But in some cases, like a really action-heavy story, I guess it's marginally better if the pictures/characters are moving biggrin.

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» Sapphiresky on April 25th, 2014, 11:45pm

In reality, I'd choose whichever came first since that's typically the best, but I guess theoretically, if they were all equal, I'd choose the manga.

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» mysstris on April 26th, 2014, 12:08am

I enjoy the original story and since this is assuming my favorite series (usually a manga), then yeah...manga. If original story is the anime, then it's anime and so on

Lol there needs to be an option "whatever the original format is"

But if it's a story that involves international presence eg. english is used or the setting is in the west, etc, then it's definitely manga (hands down) because it's weird watching an anime where these characters are speaking japanese when they're supposed to be in (say) England.

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» destroyer_ck on April 26th, 2014, 3:50am

second this.
the original one.
but, i prefer manga.

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» SinsI on April 26th, 2014, 12:39am

How the hell would I know? It'd obviously depend on which one is the best.

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» Assidus on April 26th, 2014, 1:15am

Usually the visual novel, but they're often the original medium, so it's hard to say. Still went with the ame option.
Light novel is pretty close though.

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» RoxFlowz on April 26th, 2014, 2:58am

Agree with both this

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How the hell would I know? It'd obviously depend on which one is the best.


and this

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I enjoy the original story and since this is assuming my favorite series (usually a manga), then yeah...manga. If original story is the anime, then it's anime and so on


But if the series had the same "quality" on all mediums, I'd probably go with the anime.

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» KaoriNite on April 26th, 2014, 5:00am

Long Answer: This is hard to choose, because its really on a case-by-case basis of which medium does a better job of telling the story. I have times when I like the novel more, because it has so much room to expand the story and give really good character development. Sometimes I like the manga more, because it's able to have plenty of time for development and still give me good visuals to base my imagination on. Other times I like the anime more for bringing the story alive, especially when it comes to fight sequences and music.

Short Answer:
Quote from SinsI
How the hell would I know? It'd obviously depend on which one is the best.


It's easier for me to choose my least favorite, the live action movie. If a series starts as a manga or novel, there is usually a lot of story to tell. A two-hour movie has the least amount of time to get the story right. Although you only have to spend two hours on a movie, it's usually the most convenient to watch.

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» kurotaito on April 26th, 2014, 6:12am

I enjoy the original and its the always the fist thing I try. So, I said manga due to a lot of series start out as manga.

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» Kemm on April 26th, 2014, 6:20am

It took me a while to understand the question, since I thought "mediums" meant "people able to contact spirits", while the one that should be used there would be "media". As I'm not a native speaker of English, I don't know if that use is correct (since many uses taught as "incorrect" to non-natives seem to be "correct" by native standards).

My answer: the original medium. I sometimes follow several of them to enjoy the differences and sometimes reach the original one through an adaption (or the original remains unreachable to me), but since more often than not the needed changes to adapt something to another medium tend to sacrifice some of the "flavor", I prefer the original.

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» autumnsgrace on May 1st, 2014, 2:10pm

The word medium is used correctly here. It means the method of which a story is told. So you have books and television which are different kinds of mediums that tell a story, and the "people able to contact spirits" are mediums as well, since the spirits are speaking through them as their medium.

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» xxmichellexx27f on April 26th, 2014, 7:09am

it would go like this for me I suppose
manga > game > movie > anime > light novel
I don't enjoy watching anime most of the time. And I've never read a single light novel (just a few chapters), I get disinterested soon on light novels.

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» Nekore on April 26th, 2014, 9:24am

Needs the option of the original media, as in Drrr!! I prefer the novel, in most that I love I prefer the manga, and in original animes that then make other media adaptation I prefer the anime.

Also for someones it may be the one they see first maybe.

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» zarlan on April 26th, 2014, 1:20pm

I think the original is best.
The original is superior to any and all adaptions.
There are exceptions to this, of course. Strictly speaking the answer should be "it depends", as it is different on a case-by-case basis.
Still, the general rule is that the original is best.

...but as there is no "the original" option (which I'd have thought would be a very obvious option, that no one would forget to include)...
I can't vote.

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» chrum on April 26th, 2014, 2:56pm

It really depends.. Usually it's the manga, but at the same time I liked Hana Yori Dango's drama adaptation more, No.6 was best as a novel, Code:Breaker was ok as an anime and completely unreadable as a manga..
I wouldn't even vote "the original" as the best option .. it usually is, but from the ones I mentioned above two of the "better" ones were adaptations.
So no idea here wink

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» Sogno on April 26th, 2014, 6:46pm

manga, unless it is originally something else first.

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» Trimutius on April 26th, 2014, 9:46pm

I prefer the original, no matter what medium it is. By original I mean medium on which it appeared first. But overall I enjoy Novels the most, they are the most detailed, and I like details.

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» Zacharias on April 27th, 2014, 8:17am

I voted manga but light novel would come in as a relativly close second.
All are enjoyable but manga and light novels can have some truly addictive moments.
Animes and movies you have to follow at its pace. You can't just skip ahead because doing that once, even just a few seconds, totaly ruins the feeling.

But if you're at a really exciting part of a manga.. that speed-reading through the pages. Good music on the background if you're into that. You keep telling your eyes to pay more attention to each page but you just can't stop them from looking ahead the second you've understood what you just saw. Ahh I just love that part ^^
And I have that with novels too.

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» Cainam on April 29th, 2014, 2:45am

Quote from Zacharias
But if you're at a really exciting part of a manga.. that speed-reading through the pages. Good music on the background if you're into that. You keep telling your eyes to pay more attention to each page but you just can't stop them from looking ahead the second you've understood what you just saw. Ahh I just love that part ^^
And I have that with novels too.


I couldn't agree more smile

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» crazyboutcute on April 27th, 2014, 6:27pm

I have to agree with a lot of you here. I usually prefer the series in its original incarnation because I feel like that's the closest to what the author intended. Of course, that's not a hard and fast rule. bigrazz If the original author had a good idea but was a lousy writer and a subsequent adaptation handled the content better, then I'd most definitely prefer the adaptation. For example, I enjoyed the anime adaptation of Death Note far more than the manga and the live action movies even more than the anime. The original manga author catered to producing cheap thrills through a cast of plastic characters and an overly convoluted plot, whereas the director of the live action films focused on creating a much more human story that actually made me care about the characters and their conflicts.

So yeah, if there were an option for "whatever's the best," then I'd vote that. eyes

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» caozhi on April 28th, 2014, 9:20pm

Tie between manga and an anime done right.

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» 狂気 on April 29th, 2014, 9:53am

I wish there was option for "original", because that's what usually enjoy the most. I have to agree though, there are some exceptions. An adaption can be way better than the original. Very rare though.

But as this is basically about which medium I prefer if the story isn't the deciding factor, well... manga or light novel I guess. Hard to decide as I read different things for different reasons as them.

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» autumnsgrace on May 1st, 2014, 2:04pm

Game > Manga > Anime > Light Novel > Poking dead animals with a stick > Live action

I find light novels annoying to read because the translators rarely reformat them into normal readable english paragraphs and instead just have translated lines of text so I'd rather watch an anime adaptation. I don't think visual novels ever get made after some other original form is out, but if the anime is original then I'll watch that over reading a bad manga adaptation.

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