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Nov 27, 2014 9:21 AM

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Just out of curiosity to those who read both the manga and watch the anime adaptations, when you come across emotional scenes, do you feel like the anime is more impactful or do you immerse yourself better in the manga world?

Did you cry/feel hatred/jump for joy in a scene while reading the manga but didn't while watching the anime or vice versa? Bad anime adaptations aside, what would you say is the biggest factor in making one more emotionally absorbing than the other? In anime, the music, motion, voices? In manga the fact that you can dictate your own pace?
 
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anime because normally the music adds to the scene and makes the impact of the scene better.
 
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Nov 27, 2014 9:28 AM

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Yeah, anime makes me feel more, usually. The voice acting + music + better pacing work well. In manga, I'm usually in a rush to read more while anime forces me to slow down.

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Nov 27, 2014 9:43 AM

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There is a particular scene from the manga I like, and I saw that scene with a particular song playing in the background. Now, every time I hear that song, that scene from manga come across my mind.
That same scene from anime don't have the same impact on me.
 
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Nov 27, 2014 9:47 AM
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The audio level and music in particular heavily impacts my emotional responses, probably more than any other artform and since manga doesn't have that I find it much more easy to get emotional with anime series. Not that I didn't get teary-eyed on a manga before though, it happens from time to time.

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Nov 27, 2014 10:33 AM

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Whichever one I read or watched first. Anything I watch the second time is bound to be less emotional for me.

 
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Anything I watch the second time is bound to be less emotional for me.

Nah, not for me. First time reading Ao Haru Ride was fun, but watching it with the music and slower pacing made me emotional.

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Anime undoubtedly. Much greater emotional enhancement.
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Higashi_no_Kaze said:
The audio level and music in particular heavily impacts my emotional responses, probably more than any other artform and since manga doesn't have that I find it much more easy to get emotional with anime series. Not that I didn't get teary-eyed on a manga before though, it happens from time to time.


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Nov 27, 2014 1:48 PM

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Don't read manga, but the feels in anime are probably better because of the music.
 
Nov 27, 2014 1:49 PM

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Anime because of sound and animation, etc.

That slanted pole scene in the Toradora Manga came close though. First time a Manga made me shed a tear.
 
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Anime, that became clear to me after I watched Death Note's last episode, Miyano Mamoru's performance kills me everytime
 
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Anime, because of emotional soundtrack
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Nov 27, 2014 2:28 PM
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Is easier with anime, the sound has a huge impact on me. But it happens with manga too. You only have to find the right soundtrack and listen while reading (I cried reading Aria, Mushishi, Cross Game, Solanin, Koe no Katachi and Fruits Basket). Also, I haven't read too much mango, so probably would be unfair to compare this kind of stuff.
 
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Anime of course. I never felt any emotions in manga. You could say I read very little manga but by any I mean any. Sadness, joy, whatever. Inexistent in manga for me.
 
Nov 27, 2014 2:41 PM
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Im defiantly on the side of Anime showing emotion over Manga. Not only does the visuals and the music add to the emotion, but also voice acting in anime is allot of the time really over the top and extreme in emotional scenes, and I think it works really well most of the time.
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Im defiantly on the side of Anime showing emotion over Manga. Not only does the visuals and the music add to the emotion, but also voice acting in anime is allot of the time really over the top and extreme in emotional scenes, and I think it works really well most of the time.


Most of the time I think the voice acting is exaggerated, annoying and anticlimactic. And that's one of the reasons why sometimes I end up laughing instead of crying. In manga you won't find this kind of stuff, and you can just imagine the best voice.
 
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Just out of curiosity to those who read both the manga and watch the anime adaptations, when you come across emotional scenes, do you feel like the anime is more impactful or do you immerse yourself better in the manga world?

Did you cry/feel hatred/jump for joy in a scene while reading the manga but didn't while watching the anime or vice versa? Bad anime adaptations aside, what would you say is the biggest factor in making one more emotionally absorbing than the other? In anime, the music, motion, voices? In manga the fact that you can dictate your own pace?
why would you go through the same story twice? no matter which medium, the second time you go through it, it should be less emotional

also i bet no one who replied read your post :/
 
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slightly off topic but..

No anime will ever be able to reach the shock factor and emotion that the Oyasumi Punpun manga achieved imo...

I've seen a lot of the 'emotional' anime shows and movies, and even shed a few manly tears here and there, but Oyasumi Punpun literally destroyed me, i never imagined a manga would be able to put across such emotions, but damn... it hit harder than any anime i've seen.

moral of the story, don't underestimate manga just because it has no music or movement etc....
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why would you go through the same story twice? no matter which medium, the second time you go through it, it should be less emotional

also i bet no one who replied read your post :/

I've read a manga that I already watched the anime for, and vice versa just to immerse myself in the story again after a long period of time. For me, the more emotional one is the one that does it better (usually anime because OST/voice acting/pacing)

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Anime obviously wins here. It has an immense amount of pros because music, voice acting and beautifully directed/animated (depends).
 
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Anime if it's done right.
But if it's an adaptation from a manga that I've already read, usually it won't impact me as much as when I first read it in the manga.
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Obviously manga.
Both manga and visual novels accomplish bringing out emotions better than an anime ever could in my opinion.

There are manga out there that have genuinely pissed me off and greatly saddened me.

My theory as to why this is:
Perhaps it's because in manga, you are more focused on the story/dialogue rather than the art/music that often takes part of the focus in anime.
Because both manga and VNs are based on the idea of looking at still-images and reading text. How the characters move, behave, feel and react are based on your interpretation of the text you're reading.



In this section of the MAL forums, you're going to find the majority of people watch anime over reading manga.
The average watch-anime/read-manga ratio probably looks something like 70% anime-watch vs 30% manga-read.
This is why it's not a surprise that the majority will also say anime does it better.
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Nov 27, 2014 7:00 PM

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Manga gets it done for me. Some of the best manga for me are the ones that can depict epic scenes and draw out emotions without the need for music and repeated character close-up shots like there anime counterparts.

Most times, it can be a tad over dramatic and melodramatic in anime. There are some exceptions but generally, that excessive drama takes away from the actual scene and makes them chessy.
 
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Manga is more engaging emotionally but there's a lot more anime that bring an emotional response
 
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There is no clear winner for me in this case.
Anime, because of the soundtrack, gets me more emotional than the corresponding manga at times.
Then again, when I went through the final pages of Ashita no Joe, my heart was crushed. Also Furuba brought out more emotions than majority of the anime that I've watched.
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Whichever one I read or watched first. Anything I watch the second time is bound to be less emotional for me.


my experiences have been similar to this. usually whatever comes first gives me more impact and the second one is still emotional but not as strong as the first
 
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I've cried more times watching anime than reading manga but can't really say that anime is better. There were many scenes that made me cry in the manga but didn't in the anime because I didn't like how they were directed.
 
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Anime of course. Manga is pleb tier.
 
Nov 28, 2014 12:30 AM

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love reading a huge page/panel spread in a manga and just stopping to take it in

but when its done right in anime its also pretty amazing
 
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Both works for me. Anime if the director knows whats hes doing. Some scene can come exaggerated or can appear fake and manipulative. Manga when you understand the message or whatever is happening to the character(s).
 
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Manga is more engaging emotionally but there's a lot more anime that bring an emotional response


Isn't that kind of a contradictory statement? If you are emotionally engaged you should be more emotionally reactive.

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If anything, the worst emotional scenes ever depicted are those in light novels.

Unless it has a illustration showing what is happening, I generally don't feel anything for the characters if character X just suddenly dies and character Y freaks out.


I've read plenty novels as well, and so far I can feel excitement or intensity when I want to find out what is happening, but I've never, ever cried to a book, and I am very emotional when it comes to anime. Maybe I have a bad imagination or I just don't feel very emotionally absorbed when I'm just reading words.
 
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Anime. I've cried for many scenes in anime. The closest manga got to was a little tears welling up in my eye.

Curiously thing, if I read the manga and watched the anime of a series. When i think back to specific scenes (even if that part is cut out of the anime or if the endings diverge), I picture it with colour and voice acting from the VAs in the anime.
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Nov 28, 2014 4:59 AM

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Anime. Music, motion and voice acting cause a greater emotional responce than anything manga can provide most of the time.
 
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It depends on the execution and how well did the manga/anime successfully made a connection to the viewer. therefore there isn't any legit answer. some manga have better emotional scenes then anime and vice versa.
 
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It depends. One one hand anime has several more tools that it can use to enhance feels, like good voice acting, animation, and most importantly music. Manga on the other hand doen't have that, but sometimes it's not even necessary if the writing is stellar. I've read manga that has been more emotionally engaging than its anime counterpart. It's all about execution in the end, and whether you ingest manga or anime better.
 
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For me, it depends whichever I'm exposed to first. If I watch the anime before I read the manga, then the anime usually has a bigger impact on me and vice versa. I feel knowing what's going to happen beforehand significantly diminishes the pay-off. Though, there are sometimes exceptions, particularly when the manga is more in-depth and developed than its anime counterpart. I watched the Genshiken anime before I read the Genshiken manga, but overall the manga was far superior and had a larger affect on me due to the volume of content and development; the anime only adapted sections and disregarded the climatic arc. So, it's not really a question of 'anime or manga', for me it depends entirely on the content, how and what material is adapted and whichever version I happen to read/watch first.

Also, contrary to what most are saying, I don't believe anime has any sort of upper-hand due to the inclusion of animation, music or vocal talent - sometimes those elements can be fairly restrictive; the music might at times even completely miss the mark. Manga leaves a lot more to the imagination, particularly in regards to action. If you have the mind for it, reading a manga can be just as thrilling as watching an anime, if not more so. For example, the action in Matsumoto's Ping Pong reads incredibly smoothly, with phenomenal intensity and excitement, whereas the anime has fairly stiff animation and lackluster action. Anime is tied down by a budget; manga can just about portray anything.
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anime because normally the music adds to the scene and makes the impact of the scene better.

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It's amazing how a sad music can invoke your tears, even when you are not too fond of the characters.

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Visual Novels.

On topic though, Anime wins most of the time, but there is of course exceptions. Rave Master for example (but the "Anime" never got to that scene anyway).

Music is a big factor, but I use suitable ones here and there while reading myself as well.
 
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anime because normally the music adds to the scene and makes the impact of the scene better.


And sometimes the music ruins it.

It really depends on how well the scene is done, but I find anime to have the potential to be more emotional.
 
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anime because normally the music adds to the scene and makes the impact of the scene better.


And sometimes the music ruins it.

It really depends on how well the scene is done, but I find anime to have the potential to be more emotional.
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Whichever one I read or watched first. Anything I watch the second time is bound to be less emotional for me.

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Anime for sure, if done right.
A lot of times emotional stuff can come off as cheesy to me, and then I'll definitely prefer the manga version.
 
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JD2411 said:
anime because normally the music adds to the scene and makes the impact of the scene better.


This.

For me, this is clearly represented in Clannad & Clannad: AS, where the music is so friggin awesome.
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anime because normally the music adds to the scene and makes the impact of the scene better.

Like in Clannad
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anime because normally the music adds to the scene and makes the impact of the scene better.

Yep, I agree. The music is the biggest differentiating factor. The right music and the scene hits like a titan to the chest.
 
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I don't have a problem with not getting emotional over sad moments in manga, because I'm always listening to the fitting soundtracks //genius.

Also I tend to cry more when I'm right before me period, damn it being female :D
 
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