Most anime is based on manga. Sometimes, this results in long, meandering series with endless filler arcs, like One Piece, Naruto, and Bleach. Sometimes, the series are shorter, lacking filler but still shackled to the pacing and plot lines of the original manga. Are you seeing a problem yet? Not all anime is based on manga, though - some series are totally original to the studio, and others are based on video games, light novels, and literature.
Most of the time, original anime is way, way better than anime that’s tied down to a manga. Death Note fans, put away your notebooks, Naruto fans, stow your kunai - your favorite anime might be good, but it has a whole host of problems it wouldn’t have had if it weren’t based on a manga. So why is original anime better? Well, for one thing you’ll never have to argue with anybody about which version of Victor Nikiforov is canon, because there’s only one version. For many other things, read on.
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