One-Punch Man Shows Why Manga Will Always Matter 

One-Punch Man Shows Why Manga Will Always Matter

There's a One-Punch Man anime, so why even read the manga, right? Right? Um, no. Just no.

Anime has a slew of strong points! It brings editing, voice acting, and moving pictures to manga adaptations. Anime is good. We like it.

One-Punch Man started out as a webcomic and then was adapted into a brilliantly illustrated manga. Many viewers are enjoying the anime, which is terrific, so this isn't to slag off the animated versions. Rather, this is to compare the visual impact of both and underscore the everlasting importance of manga.

Of course, manga will always be an important source for anime, because to make a manga all you really need is paper and pen. This allows a wide variety of new talent to emerge. But there are also intrinsic elements in manga that will keep the medium going into the end of time.

Twitter user Myuutasu pointed out that the manga version actually "moves" more than the anime. This GIF comparison shows how dynamic the framing is in the manga compared to the anime. Thank illustrator Yusuke Murata for that!

One-Punch Man Shows Why Manga Will Always Matter

[GIF: Myuutasu]

Murata pulled this off with a series of static drawings. Via Kinisoku, here are more comparisons:

One-Punch Man Shows Why Manga Will Always Matter

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One-Punch Man Shows Why Manga Will Always Matter

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Manga has certain obvious advantages, such as using double page spreads.

One-Punch Man Shows Why Manga Will Always Matter

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One-Punch Man Shows Why Manga Will Always Matter

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Multiple images on the page cause your brain to fill in the in-between anime, creating an engaging interaction between reader and artist.

One-Punch Man Shows Why Manga Will Always Matter

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One-Punch Man Shows Why Manga Will Always Matter

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Stark black-and-white images pack a punch that's hard to match.

One-Punch Man Shows Why Manga Will Always Matter

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One-Punch Man Shows Why Manga Will Always Matter

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One-Punch Man Shows Why Manga Will Always Matter

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The anime is being well-received by fans, and for good reason. It's a lot of fun.

You can watch it on AnimeLab. Or, you know, read the manga.

Top image: Jump


Comments

    I actually stopped watching Naruto, I read the Manga, never went back. I don't think I ever will.

      i did the same. i wtached about 75 to 80% of the anime before shippuden.
      then started reading the manga from the beginning and didnt go back, bar a few big moments like Pein vs Jiraya fight, Pein VS Naruto FIght, Sakura and Chiyo vs Sasori.
      basically i wanted to see how well they animated some big fights - i wasnt disappointed.
      ive done the same with bleach and one piece too. dont really watch the anime unless i want to see a fight.

      the anime ive just started watching without touching the manga is Fairy Tail. even as a 30 year old male, it find myself laughing oput loud and just chilling out watching Fairy Tail.
      but i have started watching OnePunch Man anime too, i think theyve done an awesome job with it.

        You're doing yourself a huge disservice if you haven't watched the Luffy vs Lucci fight. Start to finish, it's easily one of the best fight scenes I've ever seen in an anime

          yeah, ive watched the full fight, its pretty intense.
          for me nothing beats Battle of Marineford - so much damn emotion.....

    is an absolute amazing Anime visually though, and the way it's been written. I've not enjoyed something this random and humorous since FLCL.

      Have you heard of Gintama? (actual question, not being facetious).

      FLCL - ha ha ha, i remember watching that 10 years ago and just going WTF!?

      OnePunch Man is amazing.

    It's been a great show so far, i brings me the feels from when i used to watch DBZ as a kid but with a (generally speaking) more mature approach =)

    I never realised that the death of manga was a conversation people were having. Is it really a thing or is this just Bashcraft trying to unnecessarily spice up an interesting comparison of two visual mediums?

      I don't see him claiming that manga is dying anywhere in this?

      I'm sure that's an argument being had though. Just like the same thing with anime. The era where you could become astoundingly wealthy writing hit manga is long past. Print magazines (where most manga is serialized) are dropping off in sales.

      There's probably a strong 'moe is ruining manga' argument just like there is for anime at the moment. Plus a lot of their traditional turf is being eroded by formulaic light novels. Also there's a lot of issues with stuff getting anime adaptions far too early in their life, before there's enough material to really justify it. That's more of a result of the fact that TV anime is produced to promote the manga, the magazines it runs in and the publisher's brand.

    I LOVE this series! And the artist is PHENOMENAL. I'm blown away by the detail that Yusuke Murata puts into every scene.

    But for me, the best parts are when Saitama emotionlessly smacks out a villain and then suddenly freaks out over mundane things like missing the discounts at the supermarket or forgetting it's garbage pickup day.

    i do prefer Manga to anime most of the time from a time consumption point of view.
    i dont have the time to watch 20-30 minute episodes a few hundred times over to be up to date with a series. where as i can spare 5 minutes reading a manga chapter and get a succinct enjoyable story line.

    Nah, the anime animation and art blows the manga away.

    Caped baldy is best. Anime or manga doesn't matter.

    Till what point the manga is covered in anime season 1?

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