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Manga = Comic book style. It's usually where the anime is first written instead of using a book or something. Also, most manga is made in black and white.Anime = Animated, digital version of the manga. Usually in full color (since there might be black and white anime out there that I don't know about).
Unless I missed the entire point of your question. XD
For the most part, the original manga (Japanese comics) is the source material by Akira Toriyama. The "canon" as it stands.The anime frequently injected filler events that could not fit into the canon, and oftentimes simply made no sense or were found to be contradictory at one point or another by the manga (usually at a later point).Dragon Ball / Dragon Ball Z are filler-filled anime adaptions of the 42 volume Dragon Ball manga. Dragon Ball Kai is the Dragon Ball Z anime with the majority of the filler removed (often to the point where it's missing aspects from the flow of time, making it flow poorly).Things get a little odd starting with the 2008 Jump Special. Akira Toriyama directly worked on this, Battle of Gods, Fukkatsu no F/ Resurrection 'F', and the Dragon Ball Super anime.The manga adaptions of those are done by an independent writer/artist that goes by the name of Toyataro, or something along those lines.In other words, for the flow of the canon, it goesDragon Ball manga (42 volumes) > 2008+ anime specials/movies and Super.Unless I missed the entire point of your question. XDThere's actually a full-color version of the manga now. And it looks glorious.
Pretty sure he asked the difference between manga and anime in general and not just Dragon Ball. Get your shit together Nia, I just called you a genius earlier in another thread.
Wow. thanks for all the information!!Is there DB/DBS english manga or its just Japanish?
Okie thanks everyone. You really helped me and solved my mystery. We do some searches to find the manga, thanks again!
Let me see if I can explain this more simply."Anime" is the Japanese term for animation. It's a shortened form of an English word, as many English loan words are. "Manga" is the Japanese word for a comic.Like Nia said, Dragon Ball (the series, on the whole) started out as a manga, more specifically, a black and white comic book (with some full color or four-color pages) serialized weekly in an anthology of comics targeted at the same demographic. The anime -- the cartoon -- is an animated adaptation of said comic. The anime takes slight liberties from the original comic, including adding plot lines and scenes, and some minor details are outright altered here and there. For instance, Tenshinhan never attempted to trap Piccolo Daimao in a rice cooker in the manga and it was a scene added for the anime.The series has also received several theatrical films and specials over the course of its run. These are considered anime as well, but the films are also, well, animated films. These films normally do not have manga adaptations, though the ones produced from 2008 onward -- the JUMP special, Battle of Gods, and Resurrection 'F' -- all had manga adaptations produced after the films were finished production. Of note, these manga adaptations were not drawn by Akira Toriyama, the original writer and artist of Dragon Ball. Instead, he provided the storyboards for them. For the record, the current Dragon Ball Super is in the same boat as those movies and specials.Dragon Ball GT and most of the films were produced as anime only, and with minimal involvement from Akira Toriyama, outside of some character designs.The Dragon Ball fandom is a bit of a stickler about canonicity, which is a bit of a headache to explain, but it basically means what's considered "a part" of the series. The easiest way to explain it is to use the Bible, from which the term "canon" is derived from. Genesis is considered canon to every version of the Bible I'm personally aware of, but the majority of Christian denominations consider the Book of Enoch (a holy text that clearly ties into Judeo-Christian tradition) "non-canon", and the contents of the book aren't taken into account by the religions on the whole. Material that's considered non-canon to the Bible is called "apocrypha".The fandom tends to treat anything that wasn't written by Akira Toriyama -- or produced with heavy involvement form him -- to basically be the series' equivalent of apocrypha. You might see GT and the movies mentioned to be "non-canon", and that's all it really means. The canonicity of things that Toriyama has been involved in before -- like Dragon Ball Online -- is occasionally debated, along with the JUMP tour. Battle of Gods and Resurrection 'F' are almost always considered canon, though Dragon Ball Super's story may be set to supersede them, and is bound to lead to many headache-inducing conversations about what "canon" even is.If you're interested in the manga, I wouldn't recommend pirating it because the series is subject to poor quality scanlations and the artwork is often mirrored, distorting it. The VIZ manga release is extremely affordable considering its length. I'd recommend stalking eBay for a full run of the series if you want to save money. Either that or try an online site that sells manga for a discount, or even purchase cheap versions of it like the VIZ Big editions from Amazon.
@Tofu which thread?!??!?!?!?!?!!? 0.0