4 Reasons Anime Viewers Should Read The Manga (And 4 Reasons They Don’t)

One Piece anime watchers have passionate reasons why they do or don’t read the manga. Most of them will argue their point vigorously. This article dives into some of the arguments put forward by them.

Eiichiro Oda began as a manga series for Shonen Jump in 1997. Two years later, Toei Animation broadcast it in full color. 25 years later, One Piece fans have multiple ways to enjoy the series.

Unfortunately, Luffy’s adventures will be put on hold for the anime, at least for now. Toei Animation’s servers were recently hacked, so fans will have to wait a while.

One Piece anime watchers should read the manga because

4) Anime takes a long time to catch up

The pacing issues and filler arcs stretch the anime out more than they should. The video above is another example of why it can be frustrating to watch. Luffy’s fight scenes are regularly extended with random frames and crowd reaction shots.

By comparison, manga readers can quickly navigate through the panels. They can also read at their own pace. Anime viewers just have to go through multiple scenes without much happening.

3) Powerscaling can mess up sometimes

When Luffy fought Doflamingo in the Dressrosa arc, the anime differed a lot from the manga.

Luffy’s King Kong Gun completely outclassed Doflamingo’s God Thread in the manga. However, the anime turned it into a stalemate before Luffy prevailed through sheer willpower from him. For some reason, the anime makes Luffy appear weaker than his manga counterpart.

Powerscalers won’t appreciate these big differences.

2) The current manga events have a lot of publicity behind them.

This article won’t spoil anything for viewers who only watch anime. However, it must be said that the advertising levels are through the roof. The Onigashima attack is right up there with Marineford in sheer chaos and destruction.

Now is a good time to see what’s going on with the manga. These are very exciting times for readers.

1) It is very easy to be spoiled by manga readers

Without saying too much, the latest chapters have been trending around the world. It will be increasingly difficult for anime viewers not to be spoiled by social media. Even places like YouTube aren’t safe, especially with spoiler thumbnails in the sidebar.

The Reddit post above is the perfect example of why this is a problem. Someone got spoiled on a standardized testing subreddit.

Unfortunately, the harsh reality is that manga readers are very likely to ruin it for anime-only watchers. One Piece is a top-notch series, which means even a vocal minority can make their voices heard. Better to catch up on the manga now than be surprised later.

Why don’t One Piece anime viewers want to read the manga?

4) Anime is a more colorful experience.

One Piece has several beautiful places, but they are best appreciated in full color. The anime shows everything in incredible detail. From gradient skies to natural landscapes, One Piece is visually enchanting.

Something like Water 7 cannot be treasured without seeing it during sunset. Manga cannot replicate the same sentiments of anime.

3) Manga panels can have too much to do

The One Piece manga is highly regarded as a masterpiece in storytelling. However, there are times when many things can happen at once.

Eiichiro Oda is not a highly technical artist like Kentaro Miura or Yusuke Murata. Sometimes his art can blend into the background, especially if there are too many characters. Marineford and Wano Country are particularly guilty of this.

One Piece anime uses bright and vibrant colors, which makes it easier to watch.

2) Voice acting adds more expression

Manga is primarily a visual experience, which means readers have to make up the sounds in their head. Meanwhile, the Japanese voice acting fully captures the emotional intensity of particular scenes.

When Luffy first encountered Kaido in Wano Country, fans could feel the strength and conviction in Mayumi Tanaka’s voice. Anime watchers completely believed him when Luffy said that he would become the Pirate King.

A great voice acting can bring out the best in anime. One Piece is no different in that regard. At no point do any of the voice actors take it easy. They gave everything they had, from quiet conversations to shouting attack names.

1) Anime has the legendary soundtrack

Without a doubt, the One Piece soundtrack is one of the main reasons why fans love the anime. Whether it’s the memorable openings or the atmospheric music, it sets the tone for the series. These songs get fans excited right away. Recently, the flashy sound effect became a viral trend for TikTok.

In contrast, the manga does not have music to accompany the scenes. For viewers who only watch anime, it wouldn’t feel the same.

Note: This article reflects the personal views of the writer.

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