View Poll Results: which is better?

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  • manga

    15 88.24%
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  1. #1
    pepero is offline Junior Member Newbie
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    Default question about shamnking manga and anime

    i saw the anime and a read a few ch of the manga but i was wondering if i should spend time reading the manga.
    so im asking if te manga is as good if not better than anime

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    japochoboi is offline Senior Member Respected Member
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    in my opinion manga is almost always better then the anime because the manga is usually the original as the author intended it to be.

    nami is the greatest

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    MeeLee is offline Junior Member Newbie
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    The anime is definitely tailored more for kids, but I generally find it funnier than the manga. The manga's storyline has more appeal to me though. ^^
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    pepero is offline Junior Member Newbie
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    thanks for voting im gonna start reading the manga again
    but do any of u know a place to get shaman king? besides here because for me it takes about 5 min for 1 ch

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    Kratos is offline Senior Member Well Known
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    The manga is better overall, but it goes deeper than that. There are several parts of the anime that I prefer over the manga, mostly involving the characterisation of Lyserg, the travels throughout America, the encounter with Lilirara, and the fight against Boris (somewhat; I'm still split on that one).

    The manga takes almost full advantage of Shaman King's inherant potentials. It attempts to deal with the mountain of things that such a storyline leaves itself open to (religion, world spiritualism, etc.), in which it both fails and succeeds. Also, there is much more to the manga; the anime was a mere 64 episodes, while the manga spanned over 280 chapters.

    Which is better depends largely on what you prefer in a series. The anime, rather than being geared "for kids" as mentioned above, is geared more for comic relief. It has a more lighthearted nature to it. The manga is certainly darker, and more brutal; Chocolove's manga past is a perfect example of this.

    The great thing about the manga is the sheer detail. A lot of background is described, and characterisation is done with surprising detail (there are a few notable exceptions; the characters in each instance either had more time to develop in the anime, or the background description just worked better animated). Outside the manga, there are stories like RELAX and Mappa Douji, giving even more information. Takei often said that Shaman King was never planned out, that he wrote it as he went; that may have been so, but he sure as hell knew about his characters. Also, as mentioned above, religion and spiritualism are heavily covered in the manga, and Takei goes to great lengths to merge and mingle ancient legends, world religions, and his own creative gift to create a world in which every religion has a base in fact, but are each just short of the mark in terms of their beliefs. It's all fascinating, really, and shows off the manga-ka's true genius.

    However, genius has a tendency to be unappreciated, and after a while, the manga's storyline became boring to the average reader. While it probably would have evened out by the end--it had had slow bits before, after all--nobody knew where the hell Takei was going with his story, Shaman King suffered a major drop in reader popularity, and Takei was forced into creating the ambiguous ending that the manga recieved. Such is the price of delving too deep into your own works; maybe Shaman King would have worked better as a series of written novels, which exist in a medium that allows for great description and detail. But whatever the case, the manga ended, and it ended suddenly, surprisingly, and apparently left the kind of aftertaste that the finale of the series Evangelion left, with only a 25-page epilogue to compensate. Now, some fans really like the ending, however strange it may be; they feel that it lets the minds of the readers run wild, allows them to create their own scenarios and theories, and allows for almost unlimited future debate and discussion. Many also dislike the ending, however; they feel that the rather abrupt end of the main storyline was too sudden, and that the epilogue known as "Funbari no Uta" was too vague, and in fact created more questions than it answered (thereby being somewhat anti-climactic).

    The anime didn't fare much better in its ending. It saw the storyline through to the end, but didn't make entire sense...and, on top of that, it was lame. REALLY lame. Sure, Hao was defeated, but in a very cliched and (to be honest) stupid way. It then attempted to leave things ambiguous, with that Oracle Bell scene, but that ultimately came off rather weak, and resulted in a completely butchered ending to the dub.

    The differences between the two are obvious, even at a quick glance. When broken down to their most very basic level, the anime and the manga are somewhat the same. By this, I mean that the same basic things happen to the characters (to a point; again, the manga has more, because it's longer), but the events happen and are brought about in different ways, some of which deviate radically from their counterpart. There are too many to list here--or anywhere, really--but it's safe to say that the Shaman King manga and anime are as different as, say, the Escaflowne manga and anime (or, if you prefer, anime and movie).

    If I were you, I'd go with both. Watch, and read. It's a very unique series, and I for one would love to see finished scanslations for so that I can give a proper analysis.

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    I choose the manga. Manga is more comlpex and interesting than the anime. The anime didn't explain a few important things in the manga. But I like both of it. The manga explain more. I like the anime (undubbed) cause it made me know the character's voices. Its really interest me. Also the character design is not really different from the manga. You'll think that the mangaka is the character designer of the anime. Also the soundtrack is the best!!
    But still I love the manga. Although both of the ending was so lame and disappointing. Why its have to be ended that way?
    I recommend you to watch and read both of it (manga&anime). But don't compare each other because it will disappoint you.

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    I personally like the manga, but I think the anime starts out better, but the manga has waaaaay more stuff...

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    hey can u guys post a site for undubbed translated shaman king anime?
    r-side balla\'

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    There's no site. HTTP downloads would cost too much. The only way to really get all 64 episodes without hassle is to use BitTorrent.

 

 

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