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Do you think reading LN helps or hurts you when watching anime?
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I think the title says it all, but I am curious. Have you found that the adaptions of the LNs you have read into anime has helped or hurt more in terms of what you expected from the series? I only started to read two: Maison Ikkoku and Ranma 1/2 when I discovered the sheer number of LNs in each and also a rapidly declining income curtailed that very fast. So I think I am lucky when I go into an anime series and have nothing but a quick CR preview or trailer to go by. I have no preconceived notions on how the series or characters should be. So do you think reading the LNs have helped or hurt your viewing experience?
Posted 8/21/14 , edited 8/21/14
Okay let me stop you for just a second. Do you Light Novels (which is written text with a few illustrations) or Manga (Japanese Comics [Don't hurt me please])? I just wanted to ask because as far as I'm aware, Maison Ikkoku and Ranma ½ only had manga released.

As for your question, I don't think it does hurt my viewing experience when I'm watching a series such as Sword Art Online/Accel World/No Game, No Life because it just helps, for me, as an add-on to look at the series as a whole if that makes any sense.
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Okay I guess I meant both LNs and Manga. Since both are what the shows are based off. Please pardon my ignorance. (Gee now my status becomes even more applicable to me.)
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It depends but for LN, usually on the hurt side based on what I've seen. I never expect a perfect adaptation anyways. Reading the source material beforehand helps a lot though if an anime fails to explain something..

Oh and I still need to watch Ranma 1/2 someday. I've been holding that off.
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Well it depends. For example Maburaho and So I cant play H mangas are far different than the anime. However some follow the manga while removing characters like Manga artist and assistant, or some anime add a character that wasnt in the manga. If you keep an open mind about it then it wouldnt matter if you read the LN or Manga before watching the anime as long as its something you enjoy.
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Reading the Manga or Light Novel usually does hurt watching the Anime. Because 9 times out of 10 the Manga / LN is far superior to the anime. (That 10th time is Attack on Titan) If you experience the better version first, you just can't help but think, 'Damn they cut that out.' or 'Why the hell did they censor that.'

So yeah on average being ignorant of the fact that the anime is inferior actually allows you to enjoy the anime more.
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Posted 8/21/14
Don't think of it as "reading the LN (or other source) helps/hurts when watching anime",
but instead "does watching the anime help/hurt after reading LN (or other source)".

If you watch the anime first then, while many things will be explained easier, it kind of throws you into an unknown world where everything you thought you knew ends up shattering.
On the other hand, it does eliminate some of the "this adaption was unfaithful" bias one would have if the LN (or other source) was read first.


Then again, the gap between source and adaption, and the mixed feelings that result, are also a part of the anime experience.
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Both, so far mostly on the hurt side in my experience. It probably varies by series. The LNs I've read so far had made me a little disappointed at their anime adaptations because of what gets lost when converted into a different medium, mostly due to the missing content from the source material. On the plus side going into anime blind of the source material makes for a pretty enjoyable experience that when done right makes you want to further explore the world/series. When going over the source material this way you sometimes get to enjoy the same things twice without it feeling repetitive since the minor details make for subtly different experiences.
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Posted 8/21/14

stark700 wrote:

It depends but for LN, usually on the hurt side based on what I've seen. I never expect a perfect adaptation anyways. Reading the source material beforehand helps a lot though if an anime fails to explain something..


Do you only read translated versions?
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Posted 8/21/14
Light Novels improves the experience, Manga detracts. In my opinion.
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Posted 8/21/14
Helps.
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Posted 8/21/14

RolexKid wrote:


stark700 wrote:

It depends but for LN, usually on the hurt side based on what I've seen. I never expect a perfect adaptation anyways. Reading the source material beforehand helps a lot though if an anime fails to explain something..


Do you only read translated versions?


Mostly since I don't even know where the raws are.
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It makes everything a hell of a lot easier if you read the source material. Although sometimes it makes you mad if they exclude important parts...
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Posted 8/22/14 , edited 8/22/14
It probably depends on the show. I read the Skip Beat manga before watching the anime and enjoyed both. I often watch an anime first and read the manga afterwards if I think I'd enjoy it, that seems to work okay for me. I did read and watch Azumanga Daioh at kind of the same time, being ahead with one or the other at different times, and they are both favourites of mine. I had a similar experience with Hidamari Sketch, which is also a favourite. I suppose 4-koma and "sketch" types of stories have an easier time since they can add or remove parts without affecting the overall experience as much.

I guess it also helps if you can assess each version of the story on an individual basis. Even if one version isn't as good it might not actually be bad. Also, differences aren't necessarily bad even if you liked the original.

I find that I'm more likely to enjoy a show if it has good characters and I'm less concerned about complex storylines so it's maybe easier to get that right in an anime (while a complex story can quickly run out of time).
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Posted 8/22/14
I think Manga would be less a problem about expectations than a LN, but I have never read a novel and then thought the movie/show was better. One weird thing was reading the Garfield comic/books and having him have a John Wayne type voice and then the animated show cast Carlton the Doorman from the Rhoda series.
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