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Post #602470
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7:24 pm, Jun 7 2013
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I think manhwa are pretty awesome too i.e, The Breaker, Immortal Regis. They're usually funnier and have better artwork than a lot of manga, but it depends what you're reading. I know a lot of manga that are better than some manhwas and vice-versa.

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I've often thought about why I prefer manwha to manga in many cases,and I think it's mostly because of the change of pace, but it's also the looser regulations and restrictions, especially regarding webcomics.

In a similar vein, Jump might discontinue a series cause its not getting the "necessary" popularity, but webcomics have much more free reign. More unorthodox ideas are allowed to play out and become successful.


I definitely agree with what you've said about webcomics. And I think because of this we'll most likely be seeing more interesting webcomics in the future.

Both manga and webtoons look for profit, but how they get profit is very different. Profit for manga is about making sales that is mostly magazines and tankouban. Profit for webtoons on the other hand is about how many people visit the site since they profit through advertisements. These different systems of profit mean that it's a lot easier for webtoons to try something new and different since the investment is a lot less than it is for manga.

So yeah I'd say that Korean comics are better than Japaenese in this way. Innovation in comics is so much easier with the Korean system.

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1, Neither manhwa nor manga is inherently better. When you consider their definitions it's ridiculous to imply otherwise.

2, A handful of good series does not an argument make.

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4, If we're talking about quantity of great materials then obviously manga has a much more richly textured history.


I completely agree with this, it's a matter of taste. I can list both bad and good manga and manhwa. And there is definitely more quantity of quality manga about environmentalism, alternate histories (Ooku is one of the most beautiful things I've read), the sci-fi genre, and so many others.

So yeah, those are my thoughts.

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It's the same reason why UK television and Bollywood movies seem so much more "unique" to North American audiences until you've actually watched a good number of them.

You read tons of manga, therefore you're aware of all the standard manga tropes, and everything feels "typical" to you. You pick up Manwha, think it's so much better because they avoid all the trappings of manga, and then you think it's just like manga except better.

Every single Manwha is just as cliche as western comics or Japanese manga. They're just a slightly different set of cliches, so you won't see them until you've consumed a lot more Korean media.

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I hate every manhwa from Hwang mi-ri and the other
author whose crappy art style is similiar to Mi-ri.

Seriously I can't stand the art and the plot sucks too.
There's always this girl and the abusive boy with his
badass gang and the girl chooses the strongest guy
if not in the end then at some point at least.

...Wait, sorry I do like hot blooded woman and
boarding house of hunks even if I hate the guys
in it.

The only manhwas I like are Zippy Ziggy and H20.
They are hilarious and cute! If Korea had more
manhwas like these... H2O is really cliche but
in a good way I think. Sure some characters are
annoying but it's still 100 times better than for
example Mi-ri's works.

Oh, and the Breaker was readable but the art is
great!

AND YES I have read many manhwa (even korean yaoi)
and hundreds of mangas so I'm not a noob in this area.

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This pointless thread has been buried for a month and you just had to dig it up, huh?

Leave the graves unmolested, thanks.

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Actually it is just you, just like there are both good and bad manhwas out there, there are also lots and lots of great mangas with interesting plots. I read lots of both mangas and manhwas,

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Mangas and Manhwas are both really good, it just depends on the author and his/her skill at art and writing. I sort of find that a lot of the art in Mangas are pretty much the same although there are some outliers and that art from shounen/Seinen is different then the art from Shoujo mangas. I guess the art from Manhwas such as in The Breaker is a bit more unique then the art from a lot of the mangas we see today.

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I like both manga and manhwa but I have to say that manhwa drawing is much more clear and smooth.

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I flinched at this title honestly. Firstly cause Manhwa was spelled incorrectly annnnnnddddd....
It's not that manhwa or manga are better than one another, it's just some series you might have enjoyed more. If you enjoyed a lot more manhwa than you did of manga, then good for you, but it doesn't make it better vice versa as well.

Personally I do find manhwa to be a lot more unique than manga because there aren't as many set genres and cliches. A good example for me are webtoons. A lot of webtoons have a lot of fresh and original stories compared to a lot of mangas because the manga industry is very much setup in a way where unique things are more difficult to bring out because they're combed through so carefully and calculated on whether or not it'd be a success.

These days though there aren't as many manhwa series that you can look and and distinguish that it is a manhwa from the art style alone. Think of it like this- if you look at older mangas, you will see they had a particular art style of the time, that's just how it was for manhwas, times have changed and that is no longer really the case. I'm not saying they ALL changed but for the most parts, yes things are different now.

Some examples:
Ilya
Void's Enigmatic Mansion
Palace of Sodom
Field Trip

Post #628517 - Reply to (#602514) by wolfinthesheep
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It's just you.

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It's the same reason why UK television and Bollywood movies seem so much more "unique" to North American audiences until you've actually watched a good number of them.

You read tons of manga, therefore you're aware of all the standard manga tropes, and everything feels "typical" to you. You pick up Manwha, think it's so much better because they avoid all the trappings of manga, and then you think it's just like manga except better.

Every single Manwha is just as cliche as western comics or Japanese manga. They're just a slightly different set of cliches, so you won't see them until you've consumed a lot more Korean media.


I still like manga WAY better. I enjoy manwha, don't get me wrong, but I crave the original feel that manga has. I don't like comic books - wouldn't even go near that section if it weren't for that. But manga and me just click. Replace all the manga with manwha and I feel like it wouldn't really be a fan.

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3:27 pm, Jan 15 2014
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I disagree, I like mangas more,
sure there are good manhwas, but not all, try ID-I don‘t like the art..

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