>>2760>manga vs ln
I've never actually read the manga so I don't have too much opinion on it, but last time I checked the translation was still only up to the banquet at the beginning of s2. I'd definitely recommend skipping the SO anime and just doing the manga/ln instead depending on if you're reading it for the art or the story.>spinoffs
Sword Oratoria is basically a flipside story of the Loki familia's adventures going on at the same time as the main series, and is generally bloodier and more violent than the main series.
Episode Ryu is a oneshot with two fairly lighthearted short stories, one about how Ryu became a waitress, and another about her infiltrating a casino with some dumb poker scenes. (The second story takes place just after the War Games). The author is also working on a similar oneshot about the Freya familia.
There's also a non-canon OVA hotsprings episode and a non-canon movie. The OVA is good fanservice, and the movie is okay if you want more content.
There's also a few spinoff comedy mangos but I haven't read them either, and a p2w gachagame that you can pretty much ignore outside of youtubing the "Argonaut" side story.>where do I start
Season 1 covers volumes volumes 1-5, and I thought the adaptation was fine, but mostly you're just missing out on some backstory, worldbuilding, killing lots of killer ants, and a few minor scenes such as the introduction of Miach and Naaza. Wargames is Volume 6, Ishtar is Volume 7, and Rakia is Volume 8 (and more slice of life), but these are beefier novels. Up to you if you want to reread them or start at 8, but the Ishtar arc in particular skipped over a huge chunk of backstory for Mikoto and Haruhime, and the fight scenes in s2 felt like they basically had no weight to them compared to the ones in s1 or the novels. After that you get to LN-only territory, with Vol 13 ending on a big cliffhanger, and the English Translation of Vol 14 being delayed by 3 months till December.
The Sword Oratoria anime is volumes 1-4, but they basically ruined it by making the big dumb lesbian elf Lefiya the main character, taking the spotlight away from Ais, Riveria, Finn, and Loki. (the manga goes up to about volume 6, and the english LNs go up to volume 9). Ais is basically the main character of the series, with the exception of volume 6 being 90% of the Hyrute sisters, volume 7 being 50% Finn and Raul, and Volume 8 being 90% Bete.