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I never EVER read Manga before. I've watched over 1000 Anime and yet I have not read a Manga before. I would like to start reading Manga but I have some questions to ask first. I think I'm going to buy Attack on Titan Manga first. I use Attack on Titan as an example below

What are Volumes? Are volumes equivalent to episodes in Anime? So Volume 1 is Episode 1?
What are Chapters? Are chapters seasons? So for example if I bought Attack on Titan Volume 1 how many Anime episodes is covered in Volume 1? ( sorry if I'm confusing you)

Last question, how accurate are the Manga and episodes? Will the Manga have more talking?

Also whats the different between Visual novel and Light novel? I thought Manga is one thing?

If I'm missing anything please let me know thank you :p

Sorry my english is TERRIBLE I am not English sorry :(
Really appreciated if someone can help me.
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Chapters are sort of weekly releases. A volume is a combination of many chapters that go together.
In Attack on Titan's case, I've heard the anime stayed very true to the manga, so it should be pretty accurate.

Light novels are like short books, with a couple pictures in it. It is a different thing. A visual novel is a video game that has to do with choosing a choice and taking the path that leads to. It's an interactive sort of thing.
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A volume can contain mostly 3+ episodes. Attack on Titan volumes 1-8 is pretty much s1 of attack on titan with volume 8 going a little bit further. Attack on Titan volume 11 is being released on the 28th.
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In general it depends on the series. It's just like movies/tv and their novel versions, I'm sure you've heard someone say "oh the book was better". *Most* anime series are pretty short so some things get cut out for time constraint, but other times it's done specifically that the manga and anime have slightly different ending paths. But it's easy to think of it as the difference between a novel and a movie/tv Sometimes the manga has more dialogue, but sometimes it's just longer because of any fight scenes and the way they are drawn.


Attack on Titan though, the manga and anime are pretty true to each other. I noticed one or two things in the manga that I haven't seen represented the same way in the anime (unless I missed it), but I'm going to guess they maybe holding off to make it a *special* bonus episode or something. I still think the manga is a tiiiiiiiny bit better than the anime, but that's just my opinion.
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Also dont forget to read from right to left , as it follows the Japanese pricipals of reading. Also read from highest to lowest in a panel.
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Posted 1/25/14
Just pick up a Manga and start reading... it's pretty easy to get the hang of it...
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SrKR0N0S wrote:

Also dont forget to read from right to left , as it follows the Japanese pricipals of reading. Also read from highest to lowest in a panel.


Yup, this. Back of the book to front of the book, right side of the page to left side of the page, then top to bottom between rows. You'll get used to it.

But there may or may not be any correlation between manga chapters/volumes and episodes/seasons. It really depends on how much the anime directors think can be fit into 22 minutes. If one chapter has a bunch of long winded talking and the director sees it fit to put all of it in, then yeah that one chapter could be one episode. If there's a three chapter fight scene which moves pretty fast, he might be able to take all that action and put it in one episode.

Same goes for light novel chapters/volumes -> episodes/seasons. OreImo blew through what... 12 light novels in 31 or 32 episodes? Sakura-sou got like, what... five volumes? Or so? In 24 episodes?

As for the difference between visual and light novels, visual novels you play on your computer and many of them have branching points you can choose. I like to think of them as choose your own adventure novels on your computer with walls of text between decisions. There are pretty pictures in the background, though.

Light novels are paperback publications, but not as beefy as regular novels (thus they are light novels, and not heavy novels or something). There are magazines that serialize light novels like manga are serialized as well.
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minatothegreatjiraiya wrote:

Chapters are sort of weekly releases.


that of course would depend on the manga. Stuff like One Piece, Naruto, Magi, Beelzebub, Silver Spoon, Gintama, The World God Only Knows, Bleach, Fairy Tail, etc are weekly releases and generally have around 15-20 pages per chapter. Weekly release mangas, I think, tend to have more than one chapter for an anime episode, just because the chapters are shorter.

Monthly released mangas like Attack on Titan, Ao No Exorcist, Black Butler, Pandora Hearts, and most shoujo manga generally have 30-50 pages per chapter, and an anime episode may take an entire chapter. That's not true all the time of course, but in this case the animators have more to work for each episode. It depends on which magazine in which they are published.

I hope you find many great mangas to read, it's one of my favorite pasttimes -- and I'm one of those "manga is better than anime" people lol, because without the manga (or light novel), there wouldn't be the anime. And really once you get started into it, it's easy to follow. ^^
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that of course would depend on the manga. Stuff like One Piece, Naruto, Magi, Beelzebub, Silver Spoon, Gintama, The World God Only Knows, Bleach, Fairy Tail, etc are weekly releases and generally have around 15-20 pages per chapter. Weekly release mangas, I think, tend to have more than one chapter for an anime episode, just because the chapters are shorter.

Monthly released mangas like Attack on Titan, Ao No Exorcist, Black Butler, Pandora Hearts, and most shoujo manga generally have 30-50 pages per chapter, and an anime episode may take an entire chapter. That's not true all the time of course, but in this case the animators have more to work for each episode. It depends on which magazine in which they are published.


Yes, but there are so many different time release sort of things, I wasn't really sure how to phrase it other than my writing "sort of". Thanks for correcting that.
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I began reading manga a few years ago at my local bookstore, took a break for awhile and came back and have been reading tons since. Well, most manga are read from right to left, the opposite of how you would read in a normal book.

The amount of chapters in a volume actually depends on what series I believe. Most cases, it's 5-6 although it can be shorter or much longer. Most of the long running manga consists of chapters about 20-25 pages long while 4-koma are about 5-10 pages long. It really depends on the genre as well since Shoujo series can stretch more to 40-50 pages per chapter. As for releases, you'll have to check the serialization. Most Shounen Magazines publishes them on a weekly basis while others does it bi-weekly, monthly (in the case of Attack on Titan), or sometimes occasionally.

Light novels consists mostly of text with dialogues, narratives, some images, and generally consists about 40000-50000 words in total. As for adaptation, that also depends on the director and what studio decides to make the product. It's hard to say really how much material will be adapted on most cases before or as it airs.
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I think most everything has been covered by my (more experienced) fellow members, so I am just going to throw this out there.

Do not expect the Attack on Titan manga to look as good as the anime. It is fairly well-documented that the mangaka is pretty bad at drawing, and some of the fight scenes get straight up confusing.

I think it is great you are getting into manga, but keep in mind that the manga isn't always the best version of a series.
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Posted 1/28/14
Thank you guys. Also how do you read Manga I'm really confused. So you read back to front or what? Me confused -_-
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Posted 1/28/14 , edited 1/28/14
In book form, the pages turn from right to left or backwards if you are comparing them to a western book, On the page the frames and the bubbles within them are read from right to left as well. Don't worry, you'll get used to it. It isn't as bad as it sounds.
http://www.wikihow.com/Read-Manga
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Posted 1/28/14

Well_Spoken_Man wrote:

In book form, the pages turn from right to left or backwards if you are comparing them to a western book, On the page the frames and the bubbles within them are read from right to left as well. Don't worry, you'll get used to it. It isn't as bad as it sounds.
http://www.wikihow.com/Read-Manga

Let use Attack on Titan for example (ordered volume 1-9 today)
I bought the English version not the Japanese version. So I read back of the book and start from the right corner of the page?
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That is correct. Right to left, top to bottom.
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