If you're like most Filipinos, you've probably seen the anime first, before having read the manga. Of course, if you're part of the younger generation, you may have likely seen the films first before either the anime or the manga. In any case, I found the anime more toned down than the manga in terms of the harsh reality of life. Having said this, this manga set should still offer good reading material, especially for nihongo learners. As to my favorite character in the series, that's another story for another time.