Why I Prefer Anime & Manga to the Western Alternative

There are many things about western media that I do like. The BBC is one of the biggest things. News service is good. Doctor Who and Sherlock are excellent shows too, but are only on every so often. The reading material here is good to. However, I have never enjoyed comic books and their related cartoons, yet have always liked Manga and Anime.

Comic books in the west generally tend to be about superheros. Very boring superheros. How are they boring? Superheros for some, inexplicable reason are fighting crime in one particular city or part of the world. This makes them a bit like potatoes. Once you’ve seen one, you’ve pretty much seen them all. As all superheros seem to fight crime, it gets rather boring after the first few chapters. Manga, and by extent anime, have crazy amounts of depth when it comes to subjects. The genres include, but are not limited to:

  • Action
  • Fantasy
  • Drama
  • Romance
  • Supernatural/Magic
  • Military
  • Many, many, MANY more… I got too lazy to type them out

I can almost guarantee that somewhere in amongst that list there is a manga about a superhero fighting crime in a city (probably Tokyo), however that’s not my point. Of the various amounts of manga I have read, I have read about girls doing tank warfare as a sport, a group of friends making a video game and large Goliath type things attacking humans. I think that’s a bit more diverse than just city + crime = story.

Another reason is the animations that come of this. The anime’s that find their roots in manga generally tend to be well done, interesting and generally more true to the original books. A good example is the seriesĀ Saekano: How to Raise a Boring Girlfriend. Each episode of this anime roughly equates to a chapter in the books (by the way, get them. They are good books). Western media has this nasty tendency to drop bits of the story deemed ‘insignificant’. It bugs me. Show me the whole thing even if it means I have to watch 12 episodes!

Finally, I prefer the artwork. Not sure why, I just do.


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