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)
Question: What's your favorite villainous laugh?
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!
» MinatoAce on January 2nd, 2016, 12:13am
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).
» cmertb on January 2nd, 2016, 1:09am
» illya_ on January 2nd, 2016, 5:26am
» calstine on January 2nd, 2016, 6:32am
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.
» vivant on January 2nd, 2016, 8:56am
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
» drunkguy on January 2nd, 2016, 8:48am
» residentgrigo on January 2nd, 2016, 11:28am
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.
» Sosseres on January 2nd, 2016, 11:38am
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.
» emilyslash on January 2nd, 2016, 12:27pm
» SinsI on January 2nd, 2016, 12:40pm
Read or watch adaptation (whichever it is) first, the original later.
» lambchopsil on January 2nd, 2016, 12:50pm
» residentgrigo on January 2nd, 2016, 1:45pm
Edit: And we all forgot about novels! Half of the site is dedicated to them by now...
» mah_lenneth on January 2nd, 2016, 12:56pm
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.
» SSJR2 on January 2nd, 2016, 3:19pm
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".
» scarletrhodelia on January 2nd, 2016, 3:38pm
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.
» vigorousjammer on January 2nd, 2016, 11:41pm
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.
» itsugo09 on January 3rd, 2016, 8:12am
» itsugo09 on January 3rd, 2016, 8:13am
» mikako17 on January 3rd, 2016, 11:19am
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.
» quark1020 on January 4th, 2016, 9:18pm
» Chocolate Chip on January 5th, 2016, 1:40am
» BooXx on January 5th, 2016, 4:34am
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.
» mysstris on January 6th, 2016, 3:37pm
» gwkimmy on January 7th, 2016, 12:28am
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.
» Trimutius on January 8th, 2016, 5:16am
» poplar_brook on January 8th, 2016, 10:45am
» myopius on January 8th, 2016, 12:52pm
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.
» Azula on January 8th, 2016, 4:36pm
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.