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New Poll - Another Anime vs. Manga
Happy New Year!

This week's post comes from our member VawX. Let's assume you find a good completed series that has both an anime adaptation and a manga adaptation. With all other things being equal (such as quality, plot, etc), which media would you consume? I left out choices between which one was the original adaptation or which got farther in the plot, so this is just between the merits of still images vs. moving images.

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

Question: What's your favorite villainous laugh?
Choices:
Ohohohoho - votes: 939 (7.6%)
Fufufufu - votes: 1507 (12.2%)
Hahaha - votes: 191 (1.5%)
Heheh - votes: 154 (1.2%)
Ahahaha - votes: 206 (1.7%)
Muahahaha - votes: 972 (7.9%)
Mwahahaha - votes: 923 (7.5%)
Kekekeke - votes: 707 (5.7%)
Hyuk hyuk hyuk - votes: 187 (1.5%)
Woah oh oh - votes: 38 (0.3%)
A true villain instills fear with a mere smirk - votes: 6247 (50.7%)
Other - votes: 261 (2.1%)
There were 12332 total votes.
The poll ended: January 1st 2016

I guess the smirk option is a bit unfair... I'm wondering what would've won if I took out that choice. Although "Fufufufu" did win of the other choices!
Posted by lambchopsil on 
January 2nd 7:06am
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» MinatoAce on January 2nd, 2016, 12:13am

Depends.
But, if I'm short on time, I'll Watch anime first, read manga later.
Otherwise I'll go with what I get my hands on first, by that I mean, What(Anime or Manga) I've found first while hunting for something new to Read or Watch.

@lambchopsil - Unfair! Maybe. But, in norm, most people always love(and choose) the coolest way of doing things. And that doesn't go otherwise for Badass Masterminds(or random regular thugs on the streets maybe).

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» cmertb on January 2nd, 2016, 1:09am

The question is, is only the manga "reportedly good", or the anime as well? If the anime is good, I'll just watch it, and screw the manga. But if the anime has bad reviews, then I will never watch it, and just read the manga. I would never do both, unless the anime ended before the manga did. Then I'd just pick up the manga where the anime left off.

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» illya_ on January 2nd, 2016, 5:26am

Read manga first, then IF it seems like it could be a good anime and/or I've heard good things about the anime, I watch the anime later. Not directly after reading the manga, a few months to years later usually.

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» calstine on January 2nd, 2016, 6:32am

Lots of things factor into this one, for me, so I can't really vote on the poll.

1. Which is the original medium? I prefer the original.

2. The primary genre(s). If it's action/adventure, sports, supernatural/fantasy, horror, sci-fi, or mystery, I opt for the anime. If it's romance, slice-of-life, school-life or comedy, the manga.

3. If there are too many episodes in the anime (ie: more than 1-3 25-episode seasons or its equivalent), I'd go for the manga because my bandwidth usage has a monthly limit.

Though there are exceptions to all the above, they're the general points I go by when deciding between the manga and the anime, provided they both follow the same plot. If the plot differs, of course, it's a no-brainer: I go for the one with the better plot.

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» vivant on January 2nd, 2016, 8:56am

same with calstine, I prefer the original medium.
I find many titles have better story and more enjoyable in their original medium.
e.g. Fullmetal Alchemist.
The first anime adaption is good in its way but still cannot beat the completed story of the manga version. Thankfully they made FMAB, one of the best adaption.

Many anime titles nowadays adapted from ongoing manga series, and I don't really like it.
First, they tend to end the anime in one season with new storyline (mostly not a good one) which left a bad impression for me.
Second, sometimes they do really want to continue with the same plot as the manga, so I have to endure the pain of waiting until the chapters are enough to be made into another anime.
Third, they've already aired the first season but then it isn't well received so there would be no second season TwT

Ahh. the pain of wanting to watch and read at the same time TwT

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» drunkguy on January 2nd, 2016, 8:48am

It depends which was first. If it was a manga, I'd read it first and maybe watch the anime later. If it was an anime, I would probably skip the manga.

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» residentgrigo on January 2nd, 2016, 11:28am

Smirking isn´t as badass as some of you think as it is usually a trope underlings and half-strong characters engage in so i as you all the question Why So Serious?

Our overlord left out the option which is the originating source so i have to sustain this time. Manga is the superior medium of the 2 as imagination and skill are usually the only budgetary constrain with comics but that doesn´t relay help me so i can only repeat that the source wins in 98% of all cases in any medium.

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» Sosseres on January 2nd, 2016, 11:38am

I generally watch the anime and if it is good enough I also read the manga, light novel and visual novel...
It does happen that I stumble upon a great manga and read it without even knowing there is an anime, YKK is a good example. It isn't something I check for, I check for the medium I want at that time and don't really care about original version.

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» emilyslash on January 2nd, 2016, 12:27pm

Anime, since I enjoy hearing voice acting and music. I often find English subtitles more enjoyable to read than the manga translations.

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» SinsI on January 2nd, 2016, 12:40pm

No choices are suitable for me:

Read or watch adaptation (whichever it is) first, the original later.

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» lambchopsil on January 2nd, 2016, 12:50pm

Few of you realize what "all other things being equal" means or have read my initial news post

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» residentgrigo on January 2nd, 2016, 1:45pm

I have read the Ceteris paribus wiki and a few series as Monster fit the bill of being truly equal but i will still go for the source first which may vary so i still consider the poll to be flawed by design despite your note.

Edit: And we all forgot about novels! Half of the site is dedicated to them by now...

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» mah_lenneth on January 2nd, 2016, 12:56pm

I always watch the anime first, and then, if I like the anime I'll read the manga.
Some mangas don't have animes, most of them actually, so it depends... if it's a manga I like or a mangaka I like, I read the manga before watching the anime.

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» SSJR2 on January 2nd, 2016, 3:19pm

For a new series that has both id usually "Watch anime first, read manga later". I would do this cause reading the manga first is always more of a gamble. This is cause the manga version is usually done better them the anime (cause they arent always faithful to the manga). Some time the anime does the light novel adaptation better than the manga though. Over all this means that if i read a great manga than go to the anime, if it doesnt do things right or undercuts the manga, than i usually get mad or disappointed. Its easier to watch the anime then read a better manga than vise versa.

A few recent examples of why it sucks to do the opposite is the mangas of Tokyo Ghoul, Akame Ga Kill and Gate Jietai Tatakeri. These are 3 that i read right before the anime came out and was amazed by how great is was. This mad my expectations for the anime really high. All for it to come crashing down once i watched the anime. Tokyo ghouls first series skipped a bunch of stuff and its second series completely butchered it. Akame ga kill strayed from the manga for a lesser outcome and Gate completely remade the series into a cookie cutter, moe harem manga when it was way more. These are examples of how reading the manga first might ruin an anime. The opposite usually wouldnt affect me that much. Id just be like "oh this would have been better".

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» scarletrhodelia on January 2nd, 2016, 3:38pm

If it's shoujo, I read the manga first, then decide if I need / want to watch the anime.

If it's shounen, I might sample the manga, but usually just end up watching the anime.

In my opinion, shoujo often loses something in the translation to anime; shounen gains, especially action shounen.

If the manga came after the anime, I usually don't bother with it at all.

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» vigorousjammer on January 2nd, 2016, 11:41pm

ugh, "fufufu" is the worst. I hate that it won.

As for this week's poll... I prefer the anime if the art is on-par with the manga, but often times it's not.
However, if all things were equal, I suppose the art would be equal... so I choose anime, even though in a real-life situation, I'll usually choose the manga first.

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» itsugo09 on January 3rd, 2016, 8:12am

if the manga and anime are the same i usually just watch the anime if a didn't start reading tha manga before. Sometimes i read the manga and then watch the anime (Onepunch Man, Shokugeki no Soma)

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» itsugo09 on January 3rd, 2016, 8:13am

as residentgrigo there are no mentions of LN, and more recently they are the original.

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» mikako17 on January 3rd, 2016, 11:19am

Personally the choice is fairly genre dependent and which I saw/read first.

Though all things being equal there is definitely one thing anime has that manga doesn't (not including movement) and that is sound, music in particular. Something like Mushishi can really leverage music to create an atmosphere that can't really be found in the manga.

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» quark1020 on January 4th, 2016, 9:18pm

Assuming there is no change in plot, no censorship of any kind, and no removal of scenes (a little filler is fine in moderation) then the anime is good enough. There is little reason to see/read it again, unless its that good, so I'd rather have the version that also includes (hopefully) good music and animated action scenes. Granted, this is coming from the guy who will likely watch the fansub version of it regardless. Price aside, all of the above have been a pet peeve of mine when it comes to anime/manga, and its only less likely for a fan translator to do that.

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» Chocolate Chip on January 5th, 2016, 1:40am

I used to say "watch the anime," but thanks to crunchyroll, watching anime outside the U.S. is nearly impossible these days.

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» BooXx on January 5th, 2016, 4:34am

For me it really depends.

In all cases, I will read the manga first. Based on this, if i enjoyed it then I will watch the anime, but if I feel the manga was meh, I won't bother seeking out the anime.

Being a shoujo/josei fan, i find anime in this area lacking to begin with, so I would watch it for entertainment purposes rather than to enhance my opinion on the original manga.

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» mysstris on January 6th, 2016, 3:37pm

I can read more chapters and get more story in one sitting of 30 minutes not to mention anime is the adaptation of the manga so if it's going to be equal, I'd rather get more story in 30 minutes to see if I like it. Unfortunately adaptations are always tricky and will never be "equal." I'm trying to maximize on my time spent.

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» gwkimmy on January 7th, 2016, 12:28am

it depends. most of the time, the few times i watch an anime, it's an action shounen that benefits from being animated. and i usually skip out on the manga, especially if the manga has like 23982948 chapters. i also skip out on animes that have 80+ episodes as well. i guess i have a commitment problem.

as for shoujo or slice-of-life genres, i will usually read the manga first and likely skip out on the anime unless it has rave reviews or has some factor that will benefit from animation. BL is my top manga genre and barely any of those get animated anyways and those that do are not very good.

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» Trimutius on January 8th, 2016, 5:16am

I generally don't like adaptations. That is why I only read manga in such cases. For example I never watched One Piece or Fairy Tail anime, even though I like mangas...

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» poplar_brook on January 8th, 2016, 10:45am

Well no choice of "I just choose randomly"? bigrazz

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» myopius on January 8th, 2016, 12:52pm

If it was originally a manga, then I investigate whether the anime was considered a well-done and faithful adaptation that didn't have a filler end. If so, I start with the anime, then move onto the manga if there is still material left. Otherwise, I read only the manga.

If it was originally an anime, then I watch the anime and don't bother with the manga unless I REALLY love the series, to the point that I also look for fan art.

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» Azula on January 8th, 2016, 4:36pm

Happy New Years!

I would read the manga first before watching the anime. If the art for the manga is terrible, then I'd just watch the anime first, then read the manga to see the minor differences.

Attach on Titan is a good example. The manga's art is terrible, but the anime's artistic sense is on Godly level.

As for Claymore/Berserk, I read the manga, and then when I caught up with the slow release schedule, I watched what the anime adaptations had to offer.

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