It feels like the chicken or the egg situation, well… yes, it's clear that manga came first, but in terms of entertainment experience, does one have more value than the other? I guess that is a vague question because there are so many different ways to perceive art, yet the question is still valid. Both forms of media may depict the same situation but the reader's/viewers' experience is completely different when engaging in either.
My Hero Academia (Deku 100% OFA)
Chainsaw Man (Aki vs Katana Man)
I get it, anime can stimulate more of your senses as the spectacular animations paired with a banging soundtrack all easily take the story to the next level; not to mention the brilliant voice acting that is hat-tipping worthy. However, what I would like to weigh against that view is the perspective that our imagination is unmatched when it comes to bringing a story to life. Of course, the production of anime from the writers to the animators is something extremely special, the way the readers can interpret a page, a panel, or even a facial expression can completely change the way you may interpret a story as a whole. One scene can often change the narrative of an entire series, yet if we all read it differently, we are all essentially reading something completely unique. The connection we make with a story holds roots so deep we may remember them forever.
Blue Lock (Game of Tag)
Attack On Titan (Beat Titan Appears)
Manga allows you the freedom to determine for yourself what the meanings behind the pages are. Understanding a scene in manga may be confusing, however, it is that same confusion that helps build a connection with you and the story. That urge you feel to understand another’s perspective leads you to a deeper level of comprehension. In doing so, you’ve now begun to read between the lines of the text and the 2D atmosphere, all in an attempt to interpret the story from the characters' perspective. Watching anime in a way boxes you into watching from a specific viewpoint as we are even supplied with a voice actor to hold our hand through the story.
The Promised Neverland (Demon Appears)
One Piece (Luffy vs Kaido)
Reading manga teaches you to trust your instincts, it helps teach you how to read the rooms of a story, which in turn helps you read the rooms in your life. You even become adept at understanding the subtle details in the panel art so well that the motion of still images becomes clear. If we only see things from one vantage without attempting to imagine the thoughts and actions of another, even if it is a fictional character, then how will we ever understand one another? We must take ourselves outside of our view to see things from another angle.
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