Ohayou! I’m Stínolez and you found my very first article of Anime vs. Manga. I wanted to do this type of articles for a long time, but I haven’t found any good starting point. Recently I have read manga of Orange, which I saw in the Summer 2016 season and I thought - yes, this might do. I will try to make this spoiler free, but consider yourself warned.
Disclaimer: From both media I’m almost exclusively anime consumer and thus I do not consider myself to be expert or even proficient in manga, but I will try to do it just. As well you can probably see that English is not my native language so there might be some mistakes - if you have already read my other articles, you are probably already used to it, otherwise thanks for overlooking that.
One day, Naho Takamiya receives a letter written to herself from ten years in the future. As Naho reads on, the letter recites the exact events of the day, including the transfer of a new student into her class named Kakeru Naruse.
The Naho from ten years later repeatedly states that she has many regrets, and she wants to fix these by making sure the Naho from the past can make the right decisions—especially regarding Kakeru. What’s more shocking is that she discovers that ten years later, Kakeru will no longer be with them. Future Naho asks her to watch over him closely. [Source: Day of the River]
Anime [13 ep. / 24 min]
After last season (Summer 2016) I wrote an article which summarized all anime I have been watching and my opinion on those. Below is extract of that article about Orange:
This show - together with Sweetness and Lightning is the highlight for this season for me. I have been in the situation where I have regret some decisions in my life thus I can relate to the main cast of characters. This anime is resonating with me on so many levels that sometimes it was little bit scary. I like the person, who I am now and I know, that even those decisions I regret made me who I am now, but still there is somewhere the what if? ...
As you can probably guess - I really loved the anime. It was well made, colourful enough and the animation was nice. Speaking about the story without giving to much spoilers would be probably nearly impossible, but it’s well summarized in the synopsis above. Whole time travel stuff - about how the letter got to present from future - was explained rather hazily and there were few other illogical things but overall it fit within the premise.
Manga [5 vol. / 27 chap.]
Just to disclose I have read this manga after I have seen the anime. For that reason I didn’t need to heavily focus on the overall plot since I already knew it, but I was focusing more on the character design, drawing and overall atmosphere. Of course I wanted to find if there are any differences or addition on top of anime as it’s so usual with manga adaptations.
My general opinion on the manga is that I enjoyed it. Even from the static images I could feel the atmosphere and despair of characters to change future, different styles (sizes, shapes and shading fill) of speech bubbles made the windows easy to read and follow, not to get lost in who is saying what. Everything together resulted in me having great time reading it.
Anime vs. Manga
With basics for anime and manga laid out I can start comparing them. Usually the biggest comparison between anime and manga and the huge gap is in story. Mostly it’s great ambition to try fit manga of several dozens (or hundreds) chapters within 12 - 26 episodes of anime and you have to strike quite a lot stuff. Luckily this is not the case of Orange. Manga itself is quite short and for that reason the story is basically equivalent in both media. There might be here and there in one or the other some conversation or line more, but nothing which will majory effect the story and leaving it out in the other would make you lose some key point. (Anime 1 : Manga 1)
Another drawing line between these two is usually atmosphere, characters, drawing and overall the art style of the piece. Here I think Telecom Animation Film studio did great job. They took the art style of manga and refined it. Well - refine might be strong word for somebody, but I’m sucker for colours and only for that reason just by adding colours they made the art look way better. I know that making the whole manga in colour as are western comics or graphic novels would up the prices for production, print and everything but then - when I see manga style such as in Orange in colours my heart starts racing. Even in manga Ichigo Takano was able to offer you great atmosphere and character development. (Anime 2 : Manga 1)
Sound and music. Yes, this category is not fair, but this category for anime is double edge sword. You have to animate and do lip-sync correctly otherwise you can throw the anime out of the window and choosing the right music for each situation and where to put it is equally important. So even though this category is basically one-sided it can put anime into lead or bury it 10-feet into the ground. I’m happy that in case of Orange it’s the first. It gives another edge to the anime which is winning then for me. (Anime 3 : Manga 1)
In the end if you would ask me - as first time viewer / reader, what I would recommend to you it’s clear as blue sky, that I would go for anime version. That being said I personally don’t think that the manga is bad. It’s great manga and definitely if you prefer that media more I would say it will serve you the same anime.
If you have seen anime and asking yourself a question if reading of the manga will give you something, which was missing in anime, I would say no and it’s only wasted time, which you could enjoy by reading or watching something else. And opposite to that - if you have read manga and are you wondering if watching anime will give you something, then I would have to say yes. It will give you the same plot / story in full colours with pretty music and that’s at least something, am I right?
Before I will sign off I would appreciate any feedback and I will see if I will read more manga in future so I can do this article type a reoccurring thing. Peace out!