Anime vs. Manga. It’s an age-old question about as debated as the sub vs. dub argument. A lot of fans like to watch others like to read. Here we will pose the pros and cons of anime and manga. From the obvious to not so obvious, you are the judge – anime? Or manga?
Pick an anime, any anime. There are usually subs and dubs for it. Whether you are a fan of reading subtitles or want to understand the words spoken you typically have options. At least if you speak English, while there are subtitled anime in other languages you’ll be harder pressed for dubbing unless it’s a super popular anime. There are tons of dubbed anime out there, they might just be harder to find. Most of the justification being the amount of money to be made to dub something.
Take the anime Skip Beat for example. With 26 total episodes, it was a sweet run back in 2008 but did you know the manga is still ongoing?
Anime is typically made for TV with some movies thrown in there. Broken up into seasons with each season being anywhere from 8 to 13 episodes. Pretty sweet and neat little packages that come straight to your TV or favorite streaming site weekly. Plus with technology rising your phones can stream so you can watch on the go. All you need is a tablet, computer, or smartphone and you’re ready to go.
Manga is truly for the overachievers. Typically smaller anime will stop at 13, 26, or more episodes. The 13 and 26 are more common. If you’re lucky, demand is enough and you get more seasons. Slowly at least. With manga, it’s a whole new ball game.
Currently My Hero Academia is approaching its 4th season with 88 episodes but did you know as of March 23rd, 2020 there are 265 chapters?
Typically manga is in volumes, a comic book read from left to right. It takes getting used to for the flow of the panels but once you get it, it’s like riding a bike, you never forget. Manga can be weekly or monthly and often there are times manga is put on hiatus due to the creator’s health. Unless you go searching exclusively for manga you will have hundreds of chapters to read.
Why Not Both?
Anime and manga go hand in hand. They are more often than not the same story. Anime makes alterations to wrap up or condense chapter for TV consumption. Anime is great and holds wonderful stories for quick consumption and constant noise. Manga has a lot of details there might not be in anime.
Our method goes like this: watch anime, fall in love, search for the manga, binge it all, rinse and repeat. Either way, you get to experience a whole new world, new ideas, things to light your soul and find meaning in. In hard times, in happy times. We don’t recommend escapism but finding solace in characters and adventures.
So what do you choose? Anime? Manga? Or have you ascended to the graphic novel plain of existence? Either way, let us know what you think and tell us your favorites by commenting down below or tweeting us @TheHoneyPOP
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