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Post Reply Do you read Manga then watch the TV series?
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21 / M / United Kingdom
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I never read a Manga before, but I don't understand why people read the whole thing then straight to the series? Doesn't that spoiler the whole show?

Why would you read the manga first? Then you will know the start, middle and the end of the story?
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I do, or rather I watch an anime series, if it exists read the manga, and continue watching the series. Mostly because I like to see how they animate it and if they change anything.
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To avoid disappointment. But there's also a sense of anticipation if you really liked the manga to see it brought to life.
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42 / M / Canada
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Yes! Because they often skip a ton of stuff so it is easier to understand if you read the manga first. Or you can read it later but I find it better to read it first. Does it spoil it? Not for me.

Also they often only do the first few volumes of the manga or novels and you have to read them to find out what happens anyway. Very annoying!
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46 / M / KC
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You could make the same argument about reading a book before seeing the movie. I tend to read a lot, so I usually read the source material long before it becomes a movie, series, whatever. But, I don't go out of my way to do that. I also try and treat the series and the source as different things, that way I won't be disappointed by changes.

But as for why I'd see a series when I've already read the original manga, book, etc? Like Insomnist said, mostly to see it brought to life; to see if their vision matches my imagination.
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23 / M / This Dying World
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I've done it.

Aot has been the latest.
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It depends, but I frequently do. If something strikes my fancy based on the description and I can get my hands, or digits/pixels, on the source material, I will usually try at least a sampling of the manga/light novel prior to watching the show. For instance, this season I was intrigued by the description of Kimi no Iru Machi (A Town Where You Live) and decided to check it out. A little research told me that it was in the same world, and by the same mangaka, as Suzuka, so I started reading that first and then watched the old series on the Funimation site. Then I started in on the Kimi Machi series. It just happened that my reading of the manga coincided with a particularly bad period of time for my arthritis in my back which was making me unable to sleep, so I finished all 234 chapters that were available at the time in 4 days. I can't say for certain if I would have been able to sleep those nights if my back wasn't bothering me, though, because I really, really, really got into the manga! Then I watched the 2012 2 part OVA series and was ready to start watching the anime.

I think I am enjoying the anime a lot more than most people, since I see a lot of negative comments around the web about it, but I really love the story and so far, given how they are going about telling it, they are doing a good job. The art has issues, but not bad enough to hurt my appreciation of it. (and the backgrounds are pretty amazing, with some very creative choices, such as soft focus, almost impressionistic/watercolor style art in some cases.)
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I've done it tons of times for series like Railgun, Attack on Titan, Aku no Hana, Kimi no Iru Machi, etc. Then there are times when I do watch TV series and read manga same time. (good example is Hunter x Hunter for me right now)

I read the manga sometimes to see comparisons or what's missing/added between its adaptations.
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I do both at the same time
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Wouldn't you want to hear how the characters sound in the anime and if it compares to the voices you were probably giving them when you read it?
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I sometimes watch the anime first then if it's based off a manga, chances are that I would read it. Other times, if the manga interests me before I watch the anime I would read it.I don't get spoiled since I would have already read the series a couple of months to 6 months before I watch the anime and I won't forget what happens (I have a habit of rereading manga every like 2 to 3 weeks after I finished it).
Posted 7/24/13
always read the manga then the anime. or the opposite.
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I don't really understand the point. When you compare it, the manga is basically a slideshow of the anime. I'm guessing it's just me, since I hardly ever like to re-watch (read?) a whole series.
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Only in rare cases. Manga is too expensive for my income level, and there are no longer any book stores where I live, in any case. (No, I do not read manga online.)
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i do the opposite. i watch the anime then read the manga. unless im reading a manga that doesn't have an anime adaptation
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