8/26/2018 0 Comments
by Anime Geek
Hey guys, if you are reading this...you know the struggle. To read the manga or to watch the anime? Which one goes first? Ugh, I have had this terrible life choice moment so many times. I read about an amazing anime story and I feel conflicted to read the manga first or to simply stick to the anime. I have found that either one can make you happy or make you suffer.
From my personal point of view, if you are going to watch the anime, don't go back to manga for spoilers! You will either be terribly disappointed of the changes that were made or laughing in the inside of the spoilers you know will occur in the following season. As a fan, I have had this disappointment in one specific anime, Fairy Tail. I love the series and I am a big fan. However, I decided to begin watching the anime show prior to reading the manga material. The next thing I know, I have binged watch all the seasons and movies up until the last arc. However, I need to know more about the story and guess what? I turn to the manga. Not only do I know the ending of Fairy Tail, but I feel disappointed because the end was not what I wanted but also feel a bit disappointed because I know the next season will disappoint me again with the ending. So did I do wrong?
Fairy Tail Avatar Arc
stick to your guns
As a fan, I respect other fans, and I will give a word of advice: stick to your guns. Stick to what works best for you. There are so many arguments and disagreements on what is best and what is not. Let me tell you, it does not matter. Whether you strictly follow the manga or refuse to go with the story until season 2 comes out is up to you. There are some major or minor changes in the stories such as character dialogue ( for example, changing Levi's dialogue from Attack on Titan to a lesser offensive dialogue) or changing the storyline such as Seraph of the End manga versus season 2. Major a change in that one let me tell you! BUT it does not matter. Why? Because you dear viewer, decide which one you like best and stay true to either the manga or the anime.
Avoid the temptation
Thirdly, avoid spoilers. It is so hard, yes i know, it can be tough to avoid spoilers. But brace yourself and be patient with either the next manga volume or the next season. With the internet booming with spoilers and fanfic, is pretty tough not to know what will happen next. But avoid it at all cost, or embrace it if you are a spoiler addict. I know there are some in the fandom that adore spoilers and cannot wait to tell their buddies about it. However, if you can, avoid spoilers and do not google it! Remember, at some point you will know what happens to your favorite characters. If you do start following spoilers, you will soon find yourself struggling with either to watch the anime or read the manga.
Prior to beginning either one, is best to decide which one you will consider to be more reliable. In my mind, I prefer the manga. Why? Because usually the manga comes out prior to the anime and I consider it to be the 'original story'. If there is an amazing anime story I want to indulge myself in, I decide I will read the manga first and then watch the anime to decide if it is worth my time to watch it. If not, I drop the anime and continue to read my manga. However, there are times when a extremely popular new anime series comes out and I have no time to read the manga so I start watching the anime. If I do start watching the anime, I decide I will not read the manga to avoid contrast/comparison between the two. An example of this is Darling in the Franxx, I watched the entire season without reading the manga. I know, silly! But I rather stick to the anime version and continue to love this amazing storyline rather than critique the difference between the two. But then again, that is just me.
Also, don't let my opinion change your mind about manga vs anime. I think both are great and offer two different ways of enjoying the anime. Sometimes reading the material and watching it simultaneously is also a great way to continue to relive and enjoy the experience. There are some animes that are worth the read as well as worth watching. So continue on reading and watching anime because that is what makes us otakus!
By Anime Geek
As a fan of harem animes, I enjoy watching a man guy and several girls thrown into a adventure together. Not in the erotic kind of way, but rather in the drama of the story or simply the comedy that makes it worth the while to watch! Harem animes to me are one of my favorites, so I have the top 5 must-see harem animes (in my opinion). So here we go!
1. How NOT to Summon a Demon Lord
This is one is just a truly gem of all gems harem anime. It has been recently released and the first season is not completed yet. However, if you like to binge watch, do not let that discourage you. The anime begins with lots of humor, fantasy, and action. Diablo is a game otaku that is extremely socially awkward, and is magically summoned by two beautiful girls (Rem, a loli pantherian and Shera, a princess elf). Both girls meant to enslave Diablo but their magic backfired and resulted with both girls being enslaved to him instead. With both beautiful girls enslaved, Diablo decides to come to terms with them and sets to become an adventurer and set them free (because he is an otaku and does not know what to do with them). Long story short, both Rem and Shera bring upon home lots of secrets they hold and with them troubles, but Diable being the powerful Lord Demon has set his mind to help them both.
2. Yuuna and the Haunted Hot Springs
If you enjoy sexy girls, paranormal, and humor this is one you must not miss. Kogarashi is a psychic who has been troubled by spirits since he was a child, but as a young adult he has learn to exorcist these pesky entities that have made his life miserable. In search of a new home and a new start, he decides to rent a dirt cheap room at a boarding house, where it once was a flourishing hot spring inn. It matters not because he is an expert exorcist and he can get rid of the ghost that haunts the room. However, things turns spicy as he realizes the ghost is an attractive young girl that has not gone to heaven yet. However, she is harmless and both Kogarashi and Yuuna (the ghost) decide to be roomates and live life as normal as possible. But what is normal when the boarding house consist of women that are not your-average-ladies? This harem comedy is surely to make you laugh and enjoy fan services at the same time
3. High School DxD
High School DxD is your typical man fantasy, and that is just about as good as it gets. Issei is just your average perverted high school boy, and he does not have much luck with the ladies. That is until he gets his first girlfriend! A total knockout girl becomes his first girlfriend, what a lucky fellow! Unfortunately that relationship ended shortly after she kills him and leaves him to his last breath at a park. Poor guy. His luck turns around when a beautiful red-hair demoness, Rias, turns him into a demon. Shortly afterwards Issei belongs to Rias's demon household and becomes her 'pawn' (the battles within the anime assimilate that of a chess game). From here on out he finds himself in comical and perverted situations that results many of the other surrounding females to fall for him. What can I say, the fellow is quite the nice guy, once you get past his 'Oppai' obsession. His only goal in life is only to become the best Harem King there is, so check it out and you will surely be laughing your tail off with this super funny and action anime.
4. Konosuba: God's Blessing in This Wonderful World
This anime is bound to have you cracking up from episode one, season one until the last episode of season two. Within the first ten minutes of the anime, I was hooked, it was literally hilarious. The story follows a young boy, Kazuma, that is a hardcore retroverted otaku. While out getting the lastest game edition, he ends up getting himself killed. Soon he finds himself in what I would call life after death, and meets the goddess Aqua. She gives him the choice to go to heaven or to be sent a kingdom in another space/time where he has the opportunity to become an adventurer and kill the evil Demon King. Like a good otaku fellow that he is, he chooses to be sent to another world to make himself a legend and takes Aqua with him (he had the choice to have superpowers, extremely powerful weapons, or talent so he chose Aqua). Aqua is reluctant to go but is sent with him to the other world. Little did Kazume know that Aqua is actually a bit of blonde and not a very useful goddess. As they struggle to live life as a daily adventurers, they form a guild party with two other members. The story line follows the four friends that make incredibly hilarious mistakes and attempting to find themselves in this wonderful world.
5. Akashic Records of Bastard Magic Instructor
Also like the previously mentioned animes, Akashic Records does contain humor and fan servicing. The story follows a young high school girl, Sistine, that is a devoted student wanting to be the best at using magic. She wants to follow into her grandfather's dying wish and to do so she must become the best of the best. However, that all goes down the hill when the students must be taught by a temporary teacher that is unfit to teach magic. At the beginning of the story, Sistine dislikes and feels the temp teacher is simply not competent enough for the job and threatens to get him fired. This is surprisingly good news for the teacher, Glenn, and wishes not to hold and the job. His laziness gets the best of him but he has fooled his students into believing that he is incompetent. That all changes when the school is under attack and Glenn must step in to protect the students and keep himself alive as well. This show will have you laughing. rooting, and enthrall you with government conspiracy (if that is your thing).
So there it is. The top 5 must see harem animes! Hopefully you will go and check out some of these shows and share the same appreciation for them as I did. As always, I will continue to watch and write more reviews for you guys.