Why does a manga series generally take longer to produce than the same anime series?

February 13, 2013 | By

Question by Minda: Why does a manga series generally take longer to produce than the same anime series?
When a manga series gets picked up as a anime, the anime invariably "catches up" to the manga, often forcing the anime to create original filler material to buy time for the manga artist to write more material. Often times, this filler material is inferior to the original story (see Bleach, Naruto, Dragonball Z, the list goes on). So why does it take a comic book longer to produce than an animated cartoon?

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Answer by lady poo poo
it takes longer to write manga

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  1. angelicsunshine25

    well, maybe its cause it takes the artist of the manga a little while to think of something exciting for the new books and stuff. great ideas dont grow on trees, ya know ^^ hm…yeah thats probably it. sometimes it takes a while to think of something good that the fans of the series will like.

  2. Rollo

    By the time something has been commissioned to be made into an anime, it has a whole production house behind it, whereas generally the manga was written by only one or two people for inclusion in a weekly or monthly magazine.

  3. Bella

    all of the above plus for the anime there is an entire team of people drawing and animating while the original author/illustrator has his or her own unique styles so has to do most of the characters and landscapes on there own (the assistants do things like speed lines and shadows etc)

    sometimes even if the manga is way ahead the anime still makes some filler arcs (i think some naruto shippuden fillers do this)

  4. Mat of The RSPSOA

    A manga might only have one artist and one writer working on it, and sometimes that’s the same person.

    In comparison, let’s look at Ghost in the Shell’s staff for the anime (and this isn’t even EVERYONE):

    Director: Kenji Kamiyama

    Series Composition: Kenji Kamiyama

    Dai Sato (ep9,10,20,21,26,29,31,34,35,48)
    Jun’ichi Fujisaku (ep 2, 5,6,7,18,22,23,30,32,33)
    Kenji Kamiyama (ep 1, 14, 31-35, 37-42, 44-52)
    Nobuhisa Terado (ep 16)
    Shôtarô Suga (ep 4, 13, 19, 28, 43)
    Yoshiki Sakurai (3,8,1112,15,17,2425,27,36,4041)

    Hiroshi Satô
    Jun’ichi Fujisaku
    Shôtarô Suga
    Yoshiki Sakurai

    Atsushi Matsumoto (ep 9, 20, 23, 37, 46, 51)
    Atsushi Wakabayashi (ep 7)
    Hideyo Yamamoto (ep 14)
    Itsuro Kawasaki (ep 8, 43, 48)
    Kazunobu Fusegi (ep 13, 25, 31, 34, 39, 41, 45)
    Kenichi Takeshita (ep 15)
    Kenji Kamiyama (ep 1, 4, 9, 16, 52)
    Masahiro Ando (ep 19, 28)
    Masaki Tachibana (ep 6, 22, 24, 27, 38, 42, 50)
    Masayuki Yoshihara (ep 3, 12, 18, 30, 40, 44, 47)
    Nobutoshi Ogura (ep 17)
    Ryutaro Nakamura (ep 5)
    Toshiyuki Kono (ep 2, 11, 21, 26, 36, 49)

    Episode Director:
    Atsushi Matsumoto (ep 9, 23, 37, 51)
    Atsushi Wakabayashi (ep 7)
    Hideyo Yamamoto (ep 4, 14)
    Kazunobu Fusegi (ep 8, 13, 25, 29, 34, 45)
    Kenichi Takeshita (ep 15, 21, 28, 31, 35, 41, 46)
    Masaki Tachibana (ep 6, 9, 16, 22, 27, 38, 42,50)
    Masayuki Yoshihara (ep 3, 12, 18, 30, 40, 47, 52)
    Minoru Ohara (ep 19)
    Ryutaro Nakamura (ep 5)
    Toshiyuki Kono (ep 1, 2, 11, 20,26,32,36,44,49)
    Yasuhiro Geshi (ep 17, 24)

    Music: Yoko Kanno

    Original Manga: Masamune Shirow

    Character Design:
    Hajime Shimomura
    Makoto Shimomura

    Art director: Yusuke Takeda

    Animation director:
    Akitoshi Maeda (ep 10)
    Fumitomo Kizaki (ep 19)
    Jun Uemura (ep 3)
    Kenichi Yamaguchi (ep 4)
    Koichi Maruyama (ep 14, 18, 30)
    Kyoji Asano (ep 2, 9, 16, 20,24,32,35,43,49)
    Masahiro Sato (ep 7)
    Nobuhiko Genma (ep 2, 15, 21)
    Ryota Niino (ep 8, 15, 21, 29, 34, 39,45,50)
    Satoru Nakamura (ep 17, 23, 27, 37, 41, 46, 51)
    Shigeyuki Suga (ep 5)
    Takayuki Goto (ep 1, 6, 11, 13,25,31,38,42,48)
    Toshiharu Murata (ep 22, 26, 33, 36)
    Toshihisa Kaiya (ep 12)

    Mechanical design:
    Kenji Teraoka
    Shinobu Tsuneki

    3D Director: Makoto Endo

    Sound director: Kazuhiro Wakabayashi

    Director of Photography:
    Hiroshi Tanaka
    Koji Tanaka

    Charles McCarter
    Kaoru Mfaume
    Tsutomu Sugita
    Yuichiro Matsuka

    3D Animation:
    Chiori Satou
    Eiji Inomoto
    Hiroshi Souma
    Kei Yoshimizu (Tachikoma 3D Animation Unit)
    Makoto Endo
    Miki Yoshida
    Shinichi Renbutsu (Tachikoma 3D Animation Unit)
    Susumu Yokoyama
    Taiichi Kimura

    Animation producer: Kouji Takamori (TRILOGY FUTURE STUDIO – Tachik)

    Background Art: Hiroshi Kato

    Casting: Takako Hasegawa

    Casting Management: Jun Maki (Mouse Promotion)

    Chief Writer: Kenji Kamiyama

    Color Setup: Yumiko Katayama

    Editing: Junichi Uematsu

    Key Animation: Tadashi Hiramatsu

    Origa (OP 1-2)
    Shanti Snyder (OP 1/ED 2)
    Tim Jensen (ED 1/OP 2)

    Music Director: Yoshimoto Ishikawa

    Music producer: Toshiaki Ohta

    Mitsuhisa Ishikawa
    Shigeru Watanabe

    Production Design Model: Hiroshi Kato

    Sound Effects: Daisuke Jinbo

    Special Effects: Masahiro Murakami

    Theme Song Performance:
    Origa (OP 1-2)
    Scott Matthew (ED 1)
    Steve Conte (ED 2)

    Work Cooperation: Masamune Shirow

    So, as you can see. Each anime has tons of people working on it, whereas most manga only have a handful.

  5. Mariko~chu

    cuz manga is done by one person.. while anime episodes are done by groupes of peoples.. and they have computers and editting stuff while manga artists just have paper and pencils and stiff like that… and they have to do many chapters to make a full volume.. while anime does one episode at a time.. lol hopes this helps

  6. whatever

    I can’t agree with all these people saying anime catches up faster because it has more people working on it. That’s just stupid. Using that logic, shows like Naruto and Bleach will never catch up to the manga, because both the manga and anime release one chapter and episode per week, respectively.

    In anime, you need more people to work on it because there’s MORE that goes on. For one, there’s color. There’s voice acting. There’s the synchronization between the voices and illustrations. Yes, it helps to have more than three or four artists working on an episode (most mangakas usually draw by themselves or have a small team that draws backgrounds, etc.), but anime episodes also require a LOT more than ~20 pages of drawings.

    Anime catches up to manga because the anime isn’t doing one chapter of manga per anime episode. A ~20 minute episode will cover at least two chapters of the manga, usually more. If both the manga and anime release one chapter and episode per week respectively (which is the norm), then do the math. Of course the anime will catch up to the manga.

    Easiest example would be to have the manga’s chapters be y=x+100 (the manga is one hundred chapters in, and releases one chapter a week), and the anime’s episodes be y=3x (anime episode covers three episodes a week.) Set them equal to each other, and the anime catches up to the manga in 50 weeks.