One question has ragged on since the beginning of time: anime or the source manga?
Both sides have dedicated fans with convincing arguments. Anime fans argue that moving pictures and voice acting can enhance an experience while manga fans feel that the source material is the intended story and any changes are blasphemous. You could be boring and like both, but who does that?
However, Attack on Titan creator Hajime Isayama has made a convincing argument that both mediums go hand-in-hand.
An interview clip was released to hype up the Attack on Titan Season 2 home release and he talked about how the anime helped that manga’s development.
Isayama has gone on record saying that the anime has helped him develop the cast.
Isayama feels that Yuuki Kaji’s performance as Eren Yaeger helped him develop the character during the manga’s later chapters. He said, “With Kaji’s voice acting, there seemed like there was more bluster to him. Like, he said big things, but there was also a weakness to him.”
Isayama credits the anime’s nuances in aiding the manga’s development.
Isayama feels that the anime’s voice actors helped him understand the series’ cast better than what he originally had in mind. Not only that, but Isayama says that his involvement in the anime has allowed him to refine Attack on Titan and suggest story changes in the anime that he would do differently in the manga.
From the interview clip, it seems like Isayama views the Attack on Titan anime as the definitive way to enjoy the story and the manga is a type of rough-cut. Do you agree with his view?