Zoids: Chaotic Century, anime or manga, which do you prefer, and why?
My vote is for the manga. Pros:
1. The characterization is a lot better. The core characters have a similar but more interesting dynamic than the anime IMO. There's better character development; both for Van, (because he retains his character flaws instead of developing offscreen into a Canon Sue), and for Raven, (who is a lot more sympathetic.) President Camford has more of a backbone. Rosso and Viola never turn lame, and the manga's original characters such as Melissa Sue, Kirsche, Hanna and Lulu were also compelling.
2. The Zoids were handled with a lot more nuance. I like that they're more deeply woven into the culture of Zi, and I like that they're treated more like animals. Also liked the original designs. Stealth Viper gets a chance to shine and is a far better fit for Irvine than the Command Wolf IMO. Liger Zero Caesar, Berserk Fury Shadow Edge and the Stealth Dragon are all awesome.
3. The Organoids are also more nuanced. Zeke is a lot more proactive and the Organoids' abilities are more consistant and better balanced, instead of being free range powerups that gain new abilities when it's convenient for the plot. Also there's only two of them.
4. Some of the worst characters from the anime are gone. No Metlinick, no Hiltz. Hooray!
1. It just suddenly ends with a ton of plot threads left unresolved. As many problems as I had with the anime at least it came to an actual conclusion.
2. I do miss some of the characters from the anime, mainly Dr. D, Rease, Thomas, Stinger and the Crossbow Bros.