Age-Old Question: Anime or Manga?

fairy tail

Anime or manga? It seems like this question never escaped being asked in the life of a person who enjoys a certain Japanese subculture: he or she who watches anime or reads manga or does both. I’ve been asked, or rather dragged into the debate, many times: which is better? I don’t have an answer and I don’t think I ever will.

It’s a personal choice.

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Naruto Shippūden Episode 364: Silence Speaks Many Words

Naruto Shippuuden Episode 364

The rebirth of ten-tailed beast brought a catastrophic disaster upon the five great shinobi countries. Within minutes of its re-existence, the alien creature (alien, even by Naruto’s standard) has took many lives, including characters we’re so used to seeing after following Naruto series for so long. As Uchiha Madara and Uchiha Obito counter attack in the seemingly one-sided war, it’s as if all hopes are lost for Naruto and his alliances.

Despair. Hope. Death. Living. Silence….yes, silence is the most appropriate response in these times.

(Warning: Spoilers Ahead)

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Why I Like Sports Anime?

kuroko no basuke

As I found myself following quite a number of sports anime this season, I can’t help but to take a step back and wonder why I like sports and competitive game anime. Over the seven years of me watching anime, I’ve watched many sports anime such as Bamboo Blade, Slam Dunk, Chihayafuru, Kuroko no Basuke, Free! etc.

So why do I like sports anime that much? Here’s why.

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Hunter X Hunter: Gon and Killua

Hunter x Hunter

Since the beginning of human-eating bug crisis, it’s interesting to see how much Gon and Killua had grown, in terms of raw strength, emotional strength and their friendship. I remember saying (tweeted?) that I couldn’t imagine Gon and Killua apart. And much had happened since then.

For starters, since Chimera Ant arc started, I’ve almost forgotten about Hisoka and Phantom Troupe. And then, since the latest arc started for the anime 2011 version, my impression of Hunter X Hunter has changed quite dramatically. If you ask me now, I’ll say the show is giving me nightmares (not literally) with its gruesome, highly evolved ants that hardly look likes the ants I frequently stamp.

But we’re not here to talk about me. We’re here to talk about Gon and Killua.

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Isshuukan Friends: Hase’s An Idiot

One Week Friends

It started off really sweet, in my opinion. I thought Hase Yuuki was very kind and persevered in his quest to befriend the girl who no one talks to in his class: Fujimiya Kaori. I suppose in the real world, there is very little people who is willing to put up the effort to maintain a friendship, let alone a romantic relationship, with a person who will forget you when Monday arrives. So yes, I thought Hase was doing a good job trying to get inside Fujimiya’s closed, mysterious world.

Although it’s been very clear from the start (to us, anyway), Hase’s intention is more than just being friends with Fujimiya. He probably didn’t realize, or rather didn’t want to acknowledge, his actual feelings for Fujimiya. Despite having the knowledge, it still didn’t make it any easier for me to watch Hase’s constant jealous fit whenever she tried to make new friends. It’s way worse than watching Kazehaya trying to keep Sawako to himself in Kimi ni Todoke.

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Nisekoi: Fake Love Turned Stale


I don’t think anyone would be surprised that the two main characters in Nisekoi who were initially forced to date will eventually date towards the end of the series. But at this point, we don’t know that yet for sure. From the 20 episodes we’ve seen, however, many events have suggested that the ending we all know too well will happen.

Nevertheless, that is all my guesswork based on the anime. I’m not sure how things have progressed thus far in the manga and I’m not about to find out.


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Baby Steps: Slow And Steady Wins The Game

Baby Steps Anime

Except up until this point, Ei-chan still hasn’t win a game. Or has he? I’m on episode 7 during the time of writing this post.

I didn’t think I’d like Baby Steps. Firstly, the anime title doesn’t sound like something I’d watch. I mean, Baby Steps. What does it mean exactly? There’s no telling unless a person really sits down and watches the show. Or alternatively, read the summary. In my case, I find it odd, at first, to have a tennis anime titled as such.

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