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Which Is Better: Manga or Anime?

Every day we indulge ourselves in watching or reading about our favorite Japanese fictional characters. There are a lot of mediums giving us access when digesting this addicting entertaining goodie. After wasting spending a lot of time – burning away the rest of your day – or even to the point where we call ourselves trash for having so much time for anime. Then comes the question, do I like watching anime or do I like reading them?


So what’s better then? Let’s dissect them to see what are the pros and cons compared against each other.



漫画 are Japanese comics – they usually have more content than their anime counterpart. The reason for this is, of course, it’s easier to draw single panel scenes rather than animating a whole animation.


For avid readers, it’s more fun reading rather than watching. But for those who want more action, moving pictures, and intense scenes matched with emotionally moving dialogues, which in that case anime is better; though that does not mean manga doesn’t have those, it’s just matters within your imagination.

Time wise manga is faster to intake compared to anime,  simply because the voice in your head’s reading those dialogues faster and there are no long transitions between each scene.

The big downside is having to wait for a month or even a year per chapter, an example would be Zetman where it took 22 YEARS finishing the first arc! – which ended at chapter 226 btw.



アニメ are Japanese cartoons – they’re beautiful, entertaining, and fun. It’s the next step for a manga or a light novel’s creator, in which their written work receives the silver screen treatment.

Sakuga (作画) (lit., “drawing pictures”) is a term used in anime to describe moments in a show or movie when the quality of the animation improves drastically

Aside from having voices, music, and animation. The main key difference between them is the storyline. In which an anime usually have a shorter storyline compared to its manga counterpart – there are of course exceptions, like Naruto – which has tons of filler episodes.

Anime OST’s are great! Enhancing the quality of the emotions you experience while you watch your favorite anime.

Watching anime takes about 20 to 25 minutes, the delay between episodes are usually weekly; although if it’s between seasons it usually takes 2 years before it airs again.


To close this all up let’s do a direct comparison:

Manga Anime
+ Usually, has a better storyline + Having to use less imagination and just enjoy the scenes
+ You can control the pace of the reactions, speech, and actions + It can have a great soundtrack
– No music or voices + New episode every week
– Some chapters take a month or even a year – You need to allot 20 to 25 minutes per episode
* For scene transition, reactions, and voices, it all depends on your imagination * There are larger factors that can affect it (Voice actors, Studio Producer, etc.)
* There are people who only watch anime when it’s dubbed in their language

So, is it manga or is it anime? Click on the poll below to cast your vote.

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Freelance writer and game developer writing for Anime Athena

2 thoughts on “Which Is Better: Manga or Anime? Leave a comment

  1. Anime for me; it might be a loyalty of a lifetime. I have never touched manga except for some rare occasions. It’s just that, anime is an all-in-one entertainment that is filled with animations, soundtracks, effects, and all-so talented voice casts. I will never get enough of it.

    Manga Lover out there, bring it on! 🙂

    P.S. I am well aware that some anime are adapted from manga and visual novels and I grew up loving the last two.


    • Yeah, I agree that anime provides an all-in-one entertainment. I noticed though that one of the most common tropes amongst anime fans is the almighty “The manga was better than this crap”; although clearly, the manga is losing the poll haha.

      As for me, I too enjoy anime because of all the graphics, voice actors, and music. Though I spend more time reading a manga, simply because it doesn’t take me 25 minutes for a couple of equivalent chapters. However, there are some cases like BLAME! In which I don’t understand what’s happening between panels, I can’t imagine how the action scenes pan out – good thing Netflix decided to make an adaptation.


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