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!