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Fairytail Manga vs. Anime
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Posted 4/18/14 , edited 6/6/15
I've been a fan of Fairytail since first stumbling upon volume 1 of the manga when it first hit the U.S. back in 08. That said, I was very excited when I found out an anime was being produced. I remember back when the first episodes came out, watching them excitedly, only to experience this feeling of disappointment. I stopped watching the anime shortly after, and stuck to the manga instead. As the years have passed, my friends have talked many times about how it's one of their favorite anime. I however just couldn't get into it.

Now the series is on Crunchyroll and last night i found myself trying yet again to appreciate the anime like I appreciate the manga, but I still can't.

In my opinion, the anime just seems more targeted towards children. The art style is far too colorful, and the characters look much more vibrant and smooth than their sharply drawn counterparts.

I guess I'm curious, is it just me who's experiencing these feelings with this anime?
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Posted 4/18/14
They're both just bad imo. I can sum it up in one word: Fanservice.
Posted 4/18/14
Targeted towards children? I think you may be blind.
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Posted 4/18/14
What I meant was not that the anime itself is intended for children, just the animation style seems...idk, too bright and colorful in comparison to the manga.
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Posted 4/18/14

cyborg150 wrote:

What I meant was not that the anime itself is intended for children, just the animation style seems...idk, too bright and colorful in comparison to the manga.


Seeing as how the manga is black and white...
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Posted 4/18/14
I came asking a legitimate question, and all I've gotten are trolls. Glad I don't come to these forums often.
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Posted 4/18/14

cyborg150 wrote:

I came asking a legitimate question, and all I've gotten are trolls. Glad I don't come to these forums often.


Lmfao! This made me me laugh more than i should have.

But i never really understood how someone could love a certain manga but not like the anime, unless there are different characters and themes... I don't know much about Fairy Tail due to dropping it on multiple occasions.
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Posted 4/18/14 , edited 4/18/14

GoldTStar wrote:



But i never really understood how someone could love a certain manga but not like the anime, unless there are different characters and themes... I don't know much about Fairy Tail due to dropping it on multiple occasions.



I think what does it for me is the art style of the anime. I just feel like it's not up to par with that of the manga.
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Posted 4/18/14
Are you talking about the first series or second series? The art in the first series was bad but the second series is great!
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Posted 4/18/14 , edited 4/18/14
I can see what you mean by the anime feeling a bit off compared to the manga. The first 175 episodes feel budgeted in animation quality and don't really give off Hiro Mashima's style.
As for episodes 176+, it seems the new characters designs feels much smoother and truer to manga which is good.
That's just my opinion.
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Posted 4/18/14
Is the art really killing it for you? There's so much more to be had with an adaptation. You get to see fluid motion, your favorite characters voiced, a score to go with the action scenes... I think you may be stuck on a certain issue that doesn't really have a solution.

Can you not enjoy the anime for what it is?

I haven't read the manga, but I ran into a similar problem with all the character designs in One Piece. It took me a while to get used to, along with the 1999-quality animation, but now it's one of my favorites.
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Posted 4/18/14 , edited 4/18/14

TrueGoober wrote:

Is the art really killing it for you? There's so much more to be had with an adaptation. You get to see fluid motion, your favorite characters voiced, a score to go with the action scenes... I think you may be stuck on a certain issue that doesn't really have a solution.

Can you not enjoy the anime for what it is?

I haven't read the manga, but I ran into a similar problem with all the character designs in One Piece. It took me a while to get used to, along with the 1999-quality animation, but now it's one of my favorites.


If it were an original anime I probably could enjoy it more for what it is, however having been exposed to the manga for a good year or so before the animation ever came out, I think I just expected the series to follow the manga's art style a bit more.

I guess a good example of this would be Happy's portrayal in the anime. I hate his design in the anime. In my opinion it looks too cartoon-ish. Yet in the manga he looks fine.

As far as the animation itself goes, it doesn't look bad, but perhaps i'm just holding it up to the standard that the manga has presented.
What's weird is that I've never really experienced this before with any other series.
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Posted 4/18/14
i got hooked on manga because of the anime a couple years ago, now i just read the manga... but from my understanding the anime stays pretty close, aside from some small fillers. imo if it stays close to the manga then it's okay
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Hiro Mashima's art is way too good, I don't see the anime team being capable of animating every shot or frame in such quality with the budget and time they may or may not have. Also, I do think the original anime was targetted towards children, it aired on Saturday mornings, after all. I cannot judge the new series yet as we're only two episodes in.

Though as far as I'm concerned, I'm enjoying both anime and manga. If anything, the former has awesome soundtracks and I get to see my favorite characters in color and voice. I may complain about the animation quality or the censorship here and there, but overall, I'm satisfied.
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Posted 4/18/14
I don't think I can really comment. I only have up to Volume 17 of FT in the Manga. From what I heard everything goes downhill or something around the 30's.
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