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06 June 2006 @ 03:11 pm
anime VS manga  
What's the difference between the manga and the anime??? Sorry if I sound stupid or something..

I thought the Fullmetal manga is just like Gakuen Alice.. the stories in the manga are the same (or almost) with the anime..

Is the manga nicer than the show??
Mari: Beloved - angiechowkaitou_marina on June 6th, 2006 07:20 am (UTC)
The anime branches off from the manga at about the 26 episode mark and goes off on its own story. The manga is certainly just as good as the anime. I wouldn't say the manga is better. Each media, anime and manga, has it's own strengths and weaknesses. So I would say they're both good AND different from each other. I highly recommend getting ahold of both to get the full experience ^.^
Captain Chrismyuutsuuman on June 6th, 2006 07:23 am (UTC)
The anime started off following the manga (though not 100% completely). When they started running out of backstory to go on from the manga, they had to go and finish the series with their own original story.

The manga, however, is still going strong and has progressed completely differently from the anime. From the point where Greed's been cornered by the military is where the anime drifts away from the manga.

The anime went into an overly serious tone starting at the halfway point (aside from one crack-filled episode), though the manga continues to balance the comedy and serious tones.
Mari: Blazing Hope - hehehefunnykaitou_marina on June 6th, 2006 07:32 am (UTC)
They'd decided the anime story was going to be different and that there was going to be a movie before episode 13 even rolled around, and it wasn't because they ran out of manga story. It was because Arakawa herself asked that the show be different from the anime because the two media are different and so she could preserve her own twists for her story.
Captain Chrismyuutsuuman on June 6th, 2006 07:46 am (UTC)
That's not what I've heard. o_o From my understanding, they've even stated they didn't have a whole lot to work with considering how many chapters were currently available by the time the show was in production.

I do know that Arakawa has stated though that the manga will end differently than the anime did.
Mari: Not God Drunk! - kebiconskaitou_marina on June 6th, 2006 08:56 am (UTC)
The animation staff already knows how the manga is going to end, so they weren't really going to run out of manga material. Arakawa told them about it. It's mentioned in a set of comics that she did describing her interaction with the anime staff. I can get ahold of those for you if you want. As for the info about the ending and the movie, I heard it in an interview with Mizushima, the director, (I think) something else I can hunt down for you (either that or I'm on crack and mixing up two interviews, but I'm pretty sure it was one of the Mizushima ones).
No One Can Stop the Cricket Pimps: FMA Riza/Barry OTP! made by medomlandbubbles on June 6th, 2006 08:16 am (UTC)
There are some fundamental differences between the anime and the manga that are set up pretty early in the anime, as well as differences in the personalities and relationships of main characters. There are also a number of anime-only and manga-only characters. I like both, but I prefer the manga (hey, it's still going! Gotta love that.)
chun_e_ru on June 6th, 2006 09:50 am (UTC)
In my opinion they are absolutely different two stories.
I'd recommend watching the anime first, because it is easier to approach the characters and the story. Then when you finish the anime you might feel discontented with the ending or you might be craving for more FMA, so buy the whole manga series and read them twice in one day. You will be amazed by the similiar yet entirely different storyline, characters and the point of view; and fall madly in love with FMA(100% my experience :))
I prefer the manga because of the more balanced storyline and some manga-only characters(Yay, Xing XD)I suppose the largest differences are the truth behind the Homunculi, the gate and the possibility of human alchemy. They based on different theories.
Kat: owninja_demongirl on June 6th, 2006 11:58 am (UTC)
:( the anime has no Ling thus it falls

J/k i like both stories but wish some of the later events in fullmetal alchemist would get animated
bomb dot com: fma : al : contentglass_houses on June 6th, 2006 12:42 pm (UTC)
I consider them completely different stories.
Sailor Mac: Ed Mirror -- by sakuraksailormac on June 6th, 2006 01:04 pm (UTC)
Up until the point where Viz has released commercially translated manga to date (volume 7), they're similar. With volume 8, they diverge completely. Characters show up in the manga (the Xing group) that were never in the anime. The identity of Wrath is different -- the Wrath of the anime isn't in the managa at all. The method of creating homunculi and the Gate are also not the same.

Other characters who are in the anime who never show up in the manga include Dante, Psiren, Juliet Douglas/Sloth and the Tringham brothers (although the Tringhams are featured in a novel that can be said to take place in the manga universe).
Sister Rail Gun of Compassionstormbringer986 on June 6th, 2006 03:40 pm (UTC)
While I wouldn't say they're entirely separate stories, they are a lot different.

I like them both, but I do have to say I like the manga a lot more. I find it a lot more interesting, and you get a lot of backstory that just couldn't fit in the anime. (Partly because it wouldn't have made sense with the way the anime plot went) If you're interested in reading it, there are some sites online where you can read all of the chapters that are out.
eurogabbyeurogabby on June 6th, 2006 04:01 pm (UTC)
I love the manga, and it is totally different from the anime in several places before vol. 8, though that is the total break off point despite the Lab 5 massacre events that take place in the anime. In my opinion, you have to see them as totally different series, because the anime just doesn't compare to the manga, too many plot holes.

I envy the anime staff, I wanna know how it ends!! T-T
waruikittycat on June 7th, 2006 07:22 am (UTC)
You're definately missing out on something if you ignore either of them.

Some things that I like about the manga are:
*Hughes was in Ishbal, which makes him even cooler.
*Roy's not as emo.
*Ling is in it.
*stuff about the Homunculi *loves chapter 54*
*The way the Gate works
*Breda is a more important character. (He's sorta betrayed as stupid in the anime. grrr)