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Posted on Nov 20 2012, 04:28 PM
Level 5 Metapod
Member No.: 1,936
Joined: 19-November 12
Both have perks that cant be passed by the other so I cant vote either one. Anime has nice animations and just feels overall smoother obviously. Manga you can go at your own pace and for the most part you don't have to worry about any censorship of blood or nudity (Mirai Nikki is a good recent example on blur-your-gore-vision anime yet the manga gives you the full deal.).
I also find that in the manga to anime adaptations, The anime tends to leave out so much. Things I would consider "Important" to said storylines are sometimes cut from animes just to meet the 13 episode season quota. =|
Posted on Jun 3 2013, 01:38 AM
Group: Chop Squad
Member No.: 797
Joined: 16-April 07
For me, what makes a good manga is good art, good storytelling, and good characters. I have some parameters that are extremely specific to me, however:
1. Good art means not the whispy WASP-y type seen in most shoujo/yaoi manga. If the mangaka draws worse than I do, I'm not interested even if the story is fantastic. Art is what pulls me through Bleach even though the filler flies thick and fast; I love monster designs and Tite Kubo can create a decently unsettling atmosphere if he puts his mind to it. Art is what turned me off PPMM for months and months because I absolutely abhor Sameface Syndrome.
2. Good storytelling for me is all about the reveal. The Record of A Fallen Vampire, though not having what I consider "good" art, absolutely blows my friggin' mind with all the twists and turns it takes. By the end, your entire opinion of the cast has been turned on its head six or seven times, and nobody ever loses their humanity. I loved every second of it. Shuumatsu no Laughter, by the same mangaka as Kekkaishi, not only functions as a mystery but a sharp commentary on the nature of fear and othering.
3. Good characters... Ah, this is a tricky one. Being feminist and PoC, I really enjoy reading about well-realized and sympathetic human characters who are a wide variety of shapes, sizes, races, sexualities, abilities, and motivations. FMA was absolutely brilliant about this, because while there were certain parameters that characters tended to stay in, you were never in doubt as to who anyone was, either visually or mentally.
Additional preferences include non-Japanese historical settings, psychological horror, realistic same-sex relationships, light-hearted irreverence without malicious intent, and a minimum of fanservice. Having boobs and butt in my face ALL THE TIME ticks me off. Come on [mangaka], I know you can draw more than that.
What will immediately turn me off manga: dehumanization of and pointless violence towards women, stereotyped gender roles (most yaoi I've seen; the seme and uke concept annoys me), 20%+ fanservice, giant walls of text, endless battle, unclear art direction, unclear action, and wasted space (think Korean manwha, where everything is laid out like tiny pieces of food on a giant black plate).
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