According to Wikipedia, Manga are ?comics created in Japan, or by Japanese creators in the Japanese language, conforming to a style developed in Japan in the late 19th century? and Anime is ?a term used to refer to Japanese animated productions featuring hand-drawn or computer animation.? So basically, in simple terms, Manga is a comic and Anime is a cartoon.
The two entities have created a society with avid followers and participants. Each of the groups is loyal to the chosen format due to the connection with characters. However, in case a typical Manga character is picked up for Anime series, there may be a mixed crossover audience. There are fans who prefer Manga drawings? subtleties to the brashness of Anime illustrations. When viewing a character portrayed in each medium, there is an explicit difference in appearance.
Despite the fact that the medium is different, Manga and Anime share similarities connected with the way the facial features of the characters are exaggerated. Another similarity concerns the stories which are told in serial form, while in American cartoons, these are episodically told. Anime series carry one story line for a 26-episode run. Manga features story lines that may last for years or even decades.
The pros of following Manga stories is that they are cost effective as a single volume offers several months of issues and may cost as little as US$10. This fact allows new readers to return and read older volumes in order to be caught up. To catch up with Anime series may be a little more difficult. Buying DVDs of preceding episodes is a little more expensive but many fans still think that it?s worth it enough to boost Anime as a fast growing business.
Since Anime is a modern industry bringing in lots of money, it has a larger budget, production team composed of decision makers and is more creatively controlled. On the other hand, Manga is usually driven by a single author who only deals with a publisher. The important thing for Manga creators (Mangaka) is that they develop and keep their audience. Due to the larger number of parties involved with Anime production, it may take months to produce an episode, while a single Manga issue may be written and illustrated within a week by its author. However, Anime fans think that it?s absolutely worth the wait to see the new episodes of their preferred show.
Manga works are often turned into Anime shows and there has been dissension of fans over whether they?re glad to see the conversion or not. There are fans who dislike changes in the storyline or in the way their beloved character is visually portrayed. But there are also fans who find the conversion an enhancement or an improvement of Manga series.
Despite all of the differences or the similarities and the like or dislike of each, what is certain is that Manga and Anime have made their way from Japanese into Western culture and it doesn?t look like things are going to change soon.