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Importance of Art in Manga
Topic Started: Dec 7 2008, 02:21 PM (348 Views)
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I was thinking of this earlier when discussing one of the most popular and long-running Manga of all time, JoJo's Bizarre Adventure, with a friend.

I mentioned that I wouldn't even touch the Manga simply because I find the art style atrocious, even though the story must have something good about it to keep it in such long standing.

So I was wondering.

Does the art style matter in your overall enjoyment of a Manga? Namely, if you'd otherwise be interested in the story, but don't like the art style, would you still pursue it?

Typically, I'd like to say I wouldn't be so shallow...after all, so long as the story to be told was still intriguing, I shouldn't be so hung up on the art. However, half the enjoyment I get from reading Manga is absorbing different art styles and I often get enjoyment from the art alone, even if the story is rather basic fair.

But somehow, it doesn't work the other way around for me - as in, the story could be enough to blow me away, but if the art style doesn't click with me, I just can't really get into it. Often times I'd be better off hoping they make an Anime adaptation, because typically the Anime's art direction won't closely match the Manga's original style (usually I dislike an Anime version's artwork compared to the Manga). I don't know why...but I just can't really grasp interest in a Manga if the art style bugs me.

Anyone else have thoughts on this?
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I have to say that I really don't like shojo manga for the mere reason that the art work, I think, is too soft. I like the really bold lines in shonen manga, like in Naruto, Fullmetal Alchemist, and Yu-Gi-Oh!. Soft lines make me think the art is unfinished or is missing something and that it's a rough draft.

Take the Ouran High School Host Club manga for example. I won't read it for the sole reason that I can't stand the art. Not only is the art too soft and such, but the characters don't even look the same in the manga as they do in the anime. The twins are MUCH cuter in the anime, as is Tamaki, and Huni is almost twice as tall in the manga than he is in the anime. I just prefer the way the anime handles their appearances.

This may be because the first anime that I REALLY was obsessed with was Yu-Gi-Oh!, an anime/manga that is notorious for really thick, bold lines, and I've loved it ever since.
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