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Oct 8, 2008 7:54 PM

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Like the title says. I'm thinking of some manga to buy, and I was wondering if its worth buying the manga for animes I've already seen?
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Oct 8, 2008 8:23 PM

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only if you really liked the series, or if its different from the anime.
 
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Oct 8, 2008 9:18 PM

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I read the manga anyways.

you can notice a few differences.
 
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Oct 8, 2008 9:20 PM

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It really depends on the series. Sometimes the manga is so amazingly different from the anime that you can hardly believe it's the same series, and sometimes they're so close that you feel like you're just reading the anime script with pictures. Just do a little research on the series that you're thinking about buying, and see if it's worth it or not. Usually if the anime and manga are different, the manga is better.
 
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Oct 9, 2008 1:13 AM
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More often than not, I'd say it's worth reading the manga even if you've seen (and liked) the anime. Another option would be to check the manga's recommendations on this site and pick another, similar title.
 
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Oct 9, 2008 1:16 AM

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Oct 9, 2008 2:56 AM

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If you like the anime then it really is worth it to read the manga. It's also fun to spot the differences that occur between the two. Also some anime's finish while the manga's continue so if you want to read more of the series then reading the manga is the way to go.

 
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Oct 9, 2008 3:26 AM

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Depends on the series. FMA, Berserk, Battle Angel Alita and Yokohama Kaidashi Kikou for example must absolutely be read as they are either much better, longer or different in the original manga.
Then there are those like Code Geass and Darker than Black, in which the manga is nothing more than spinoff stories.
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Just do a little research on the series

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Oct 9, 2008 4:28 AM

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Yeah, if you really liked the series. Also, a lot of anime series tend to be weighted down with censorship issues and nonsense endings. However, it really depends so I'll second the recommendation to do some research on the series.
 
Oct 9, 2008 4:29 AM

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9/10 times the manga is better then the anime. Sadly the really good anime are rarely ever adaptations of manga.
 
Oct 9, 2008 5:28 AM

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Lots of the time the anime is made from the manga to begin with and goes into far deeper detail.
 
Oct 9, 2008 5:28 AM

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I do if I really liked the anime. I've started plenty of new mangas from really good animes I've seen.
 
Oct 9, 2008 6:57 AM

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As it was said it depends on what manga it will be x] There are three possible situations:
- manga and anime would be nearly the same
- they would be totally different (look at "Meine Liebe" >.> anime is a historical drama or so, and manga is a simple shojo x])
- one of them would be more expanded. (examples: Amatsuki - anime is like some advert of manga in my opinion... and an opposite situation "Wolf´s rain"... sorry, but what was the point of creating manga here when there is hardly any plot in it - in my opinion)

In first case buying manga may be pointless, but if you really love the series, then why not ^_^ In second and the third one it may be a good idea to buy manga...
Well, finally it´s looks like you have to do some research to get the knowledge to which group a title you want to buy will belong...

...or you can always take a risk and just buy it xD

I don´t think there is any universal replay for your question. :)
 
Oct 9, 2008 7:00 AM

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Of course, if it's a serie you really like you should definatly buy the manga.
 
Oct 9, 2008 8:05 AM

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yes , but strangely i dont like watching the anime if i read the manga^^


 
Oct 9, 2008 8:57 AM

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To kinda sum up some of the other opinions, if the manga came first, it's probably worth reading. If the manga came after the anime, it's usually best to ignore it.
 
Oct 9, 2008 9:47 AM

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I agree with some posts here, if the manga the "original story", so it's mostly the better story

(often the anime team overtake the mangaka, and so they must create their own story and often the mangaka isn't, or only a bit, involved in this process)
 
Oct 9, 2008 9:55 AM

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If you're likely to rewatch anime then buy the manga. In most cases they're normally better anyway (death note, negima, naruto and love hina are all better than the anime imo).
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Oct 9, 2008 12:47 PM

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Ok. Guess I'll check out the Elfen Lied, Higurashi, and maybe Azumanga daioh mangas then.
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Oct 9, 2008 1:54 PM

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For me I think so, because most of the time, the manga and anime differ a whole lot.
 
Oct 9, 2008 2:12 PM

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Always always. Usually the manga is ten times better than the anime, unless the anime is just horrible, then I would recommend not getting the manga.
 
Oct 10, 2008 4:03 AM

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that's like asking if it's worth reading the book if you've seen the movie. Of course it's worth it, but it really depends on how much you liked the anime/like to read.

 
Oct 11, 2008 5:53 PM

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I think it is actually. Sometimes the story differs a little from the anime. And sometimes the manga is even better than the anime like Full metal alchemst.
 
Oct 11, 2008 8:40 PM

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The manga can always have some nice changes and make you appreicate the story or a character even more than the anime could have shown.
 
Oct 12, 2008 3:42 AM

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Destro1021 said:
only if you really liked the series, or if its different from the anime.

AnyaOtaku said:
It really depends on the series. Sometimes the manga is so amazingly different from the anime that you can hardly believe it's the same series, and sometimes they're so close that you feel like you're just reading the anime script with pictures. Just do a little research on the series that you're thinking about buying, and see if it's worth it or not. Usually if the anime and manga are different, the manga is better.

what they said..... except the manga isnt usually better necessarily, whats better is usually what the original version was a lot of the time, but thats a matter of opinion
 
Oct 12, 2008 4:29 AM

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Reading the manga as well will almost certainly give you a different perspective on the anime, that much I can say.
Then there's still airing stories, where reading the manga removes most of the fillers and normally proceeds way past the anime story-wise. There's the obvious examples Bleach and Naruto, if you will.
You'll also commonly see anime that were ended pre-emptively due to low ratings or whatnot and therefore modified a large part of the original manga to allow for that ending. Examples would be FMA, Kekkaishi, Air Gear, Claymore, xxxHolic. I could probably go on.
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Oct 12, 2008 5:58 AM

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Definitely yes! if you have seen anime's like Shaman King or Full metal Alchemist you didnt even seen half of the real story. Both series have an almost dissapointing plot in the anime but reading the manga makes it 10 times better and bigger.
 
Oct 12, 2008 6:01 AM

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Most of the time the anime drifts away from the manga, so yes. Most of my experience has been where the manga is usually better than the anime and givies it a lot more depth and meanin than the anime. Some animes just cut out things from the manga.
 
Oct 12, 2008 1:27 PM

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If the manga is different, if not, I just can't.
It's like watching a movie and then reading the book.
The opposite works for me though.
 
Oct 12, 2008 2:51 PM

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^ I agree... Its definitely easier to watch the anime adaptation after reading the manga. But, its still worth it if you really liked the anime. If the anime has finished airing & the manga is still publishing, I tend to pick up the manga from where the anime left off (provided the anime is fairly faithful to the manga).

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Oct 13, 2008 3:46 AM

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Yes, since most of the time, the manga tends to continue from where the anime left off, or is slightly different from the anime.
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Oct 13, 2008 2:41 PM

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Well it depends. The manga is ofen the "true story". Anime ofen change some thing inte the series and somtimes not even finishing it.
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Oct 13, 2008 3:09 PM

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Yes. Especially if the anime finishes before the manga(stupid DGM). Though i'll rarely go as far as saying the manga is better than the anime. To me 95% of the time the anime version is better.
 
Oct 13, 2008 3:32 PM

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The only manga I read after watching the series, was Full Moon wo Sagashite and I wasn't dissapointed! It depends...since that manga was very different from the anime, I definately preffered it over the already watched anime.

I'm sure that isn't the only case though, alot of Anime take different routes and adapt to different things, some for the better or they end for the worse D: I don't read alot of manga though, but if you loved the anime it wouldn't hurt to read the original manga, because chances are you're going to loooveee it even more :D
 
Oct 13, 2008 3:43 PM

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I try to read the manga first BEFORE watching the anime series....but when I am in the same situation as you, I check out the first volume from my public library.
 
Oct 13, 2008 3:45 PM

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Virtually required order: Anime before Manga.

If you read the manga first, most of the time you will be dissapointed with the anime. manga's usually have better storylines and more detail. If you do it the otherway its a nice suprise ;)

 
Oct 13, 2008 6:01 PM

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Personally, I like to read the manga AND watch the anime and then compare the two.
But only if I like the series, of course.
 
Oct 13, 2008 11:56 PM

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If given a choice (i.e. I get both at the same time) I like to watch the anime before reading the manga, and that's because the manga I can skim through without missing anything while fast forwarding in an anime ruins it.

Even if I didn't like an anime I could still read the manga since it might be good. But if the manga is bad I won't bother with the anime unless it gets high praise from people I trust and/or there are comments that the anime version is very different.

 
Oct 14, 2008 12:52 AM

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It's worth it definitely.
Normally mangas will have extra scenes that are not shown in the animes.
Also, the endings of the anime and the manga would be different.

 
Oct 14, 2008 9:19 AM

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Only if the anime has lots of fillers liike Naruto and Bleach, I can't help but reading the manga >.<
and yeah, sometimes, anime & manga has different storyline to surprise their fans. So some will be worth to see.
 
Oct 14, 2008 2:22 PM

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Depends on what the anime is.

For instance, if you saw Fruits Basket I highly recommend the manga.
But if it's something like Wolf's Rain, stick with the anime.

But yeah, for the most part, read the manga. :)
 
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You dont lose anything if you already watched the series you can buy the manga just to collect it

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Oct 22, 2008 8:45 AM

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It depends.. If it's anime like Naruto or Bleach.. The manga is highly recommended.. Especially for anti-fillers fan..
 
Oct 22, 2008 9:53 AM

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Usually the Manga is slightly different from the Anime.
So I highly recommend reading the Manga as well if you've got the time.
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Oct 22, 2008 9:56 AM

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It depends on the series really. Some anime based on manga don't cover the entire manga, or go off in a different direction from the original work, so you can get something different, or perhaps more of the original story if you read the manga.
 
Oct 22, 2008 4:45 PM

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Yes, for the most part. Like most people here have said, it depends on the story. Most of the time, the manga is better. But it's not always the case.

Reading reviews and recommendations will give you some idea of what to expect.

If you can, borrow the first volume of the manga from the library or someone else, and then decide if you want to continue it.
 
Oct 22, 2008 7:45 PM
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I always find things that might not be mentioned in either one which might fill in a blank or two about something I was wondering so in truth for me both is always better than one or the other, which one you want to go for first is personal choice of course.
 
Oct 23, 2008 4:37 AM

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Yes since sometimes the manga has things that wasn't in the anime
 
Oct 23, 2008 1:00 PM

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Guess I will go down to the library this weekend and rent some manga (if they have it).
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Oct 27, 2008 12:45 AM

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Yup cause some anime are cut short and the manga can carry on the story!!!
 
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