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I'm able to mentally separate the two, and to establish both separate and comparative critiques. I'll judge the manga and anime on their own merits as standalone works, then compare them as necessary. So it doesn't really matter to me if I haven't read the manga or seen the anime that a manga was based on. I can take them as standalone works.
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I generally find Anime more enjoyable if other people don't know the source material, or at least don't spoiler it or complain about it being different.
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I pretty much never know the source material and don't want to know... nothing is worse than enjoying a fun action/boob series only to discover it's based off some game. I haven't seen a comic book since middle school... I like anime, that's it, I don't look at comic books and prefer anime that is written as an anime directly and not based on games manga or visual novels. I suggest looking at anime that originated on TV or OV where this issue doesn't exist.
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For me, mostly yes. I don't really read manga or LN, unless I'm utterly hooked by the anime (Heaven's Lost Property. I purchased every single volume, 20 of them, in one spree). At that point, I'm fully aware there will be differences between the adaptations.

It's just the same argument about movies vs. books. I primarily read (Western) sci-fi and fantasy, and I smugly sneer at my friends who talk about who awesome The Hobbit movie was.
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I'm one of the, "If they are adapting the source material, they should stick as close to it as possible" people.

Examples where they didn't and it was still good:

Arpeggio of Blue Steel While they didn't follow it exactly, it still stayed true to the spirit of the manga and addressed the same questions that the manga does (What defines Existence?, Human intuition and Experience can surpass tactics etc)

The 1st Season of Rosario + Vampire while it didn't follow the manga exactly (Certain characters weren't introduced yet, that were in the Student Council Showdown they stayed fairly true to the manga. Season 2 was just bad, imo only 3-4 episodes that I liked, the others were not so good at least to me.

Where it didn't work for me:

Akame ga Kill's Original Anime Ending it was ok but they could have ended it a lot earlier and adapted the rest as as Season 2

Magical Warfare totally deviated from the source material and the show suffered for it.

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Posted 12/27/15
I don't read manga so I always go in with fresh eyes. it pains me to see people criticize a good show because its not page for page what they were expecting. I just wish they were more original anime
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Yes it is. Then you encounter that one person who has read the manga of the series and says they are missing something important
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Posted 12/27/15
The Answer is yes. It is the same for books/comic to movies. There will always be the "source material" is better then the anime or movie ALWAYS.

Since I was a anime fan way before manga I will always watch the anime before hand.
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Posted 12/27/15
Usually the manga is better as it maintains all the original source (obviously) and all. Anime adaptions usually cut off some moments or change when and where events and character interaction occurs. However, if you read the source material and then watch a mostly faithful adaption, for example Full Metal Alchemist: Brotherhood, you might overlook a few parts and appreciate it for how amazing it is.

Doesn't work well for a terrible adaptation like ISUCA, where the source material was average at best for starters. For me, I think Noragami S1 had an original anime ending that was done right and didn't hinder sales nor an awkward transition to S2.
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Posted 12/28/15
Personally it doesn't matter to me, they're usually both just as enjoyable. I started reading/buying Food Wars! months before the anime adaptation was announced, and even if I had read ahead and knew the source material, the anime was just as enjoyable and just as hilarious as the manga is. It doesn't have to be 1:1 to be a good anime.

However! There are exceptions.

Compared to the manga, neither of the two anime adaptations of Negima! really hold a candle to the source material. Not saying they weren't good, because I did enjoy them as standalone series, but when you look at the manga, there's just so much more in terms of story that I can't help looking at the anime as a huge waste of potential. The OVAs that came out were great though! Really wished they had tried again for a third series.
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Posted 12/28/15 , edited 12/28/15
Yes. Angel beats < --- right there no source material (unless you can read the creators mind)
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Posted 12/28/15
I read through opm webcomic, and it was a thrill, but now I just care to keep up with the webcomic.
Anime is fine, but the webcomic has its own style... I guess the thing what bugs me out in anime is that it tries to make saitama look like a big guy, while the webcomic is like this... He is just a regular guy, nothing to see here.
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