of manga and light novels
With the coming of the Fall 10 season and the large amount of titles being animated I was reminded once again of the abysmal percentage of non-manga and light novel readers out there. You can ask a couple of fans you know whether they read manga or not and they’ll likely say they don’t and say or they “only watch anime”. Actually, there really isn’t much talk about manga from bloggers or fans either which I found relatively understandable, albeit it didn’t click that right why of the “manga disinterest” is THAT great and why the medium doesn’t attract a bigger audience.
With an overall of 19.5 days, currently reading status of 24 series, 60 plan to read and overall 142 entries I’m not about to completely removed myself from those groups. I should really read more manga is what i think. The thing is that reading AND following manga or light novels (if you have the chance) isn’t as easy as watching anime for several reasons.
was stuck at chapter 80/82 for over a year (recently translated)
Manga gets dropped – You know it was going to happen.. eventually.
Terrible, isn’t it? For every manga I’ve come across I don’t know how many times another group has to step in and pick it up. You go online and see that “A” group is no longer because they lost interest on the project or a member suddenly quit on them followed by “looking for more help”, which it doesn’t happen as usual. A similar process repeats again then again because manga is still ongoing.
Not always the case but the project might be put on hold until they regroup. Worst case scenario the project is ultimately dropped and forgotten. Well the same thing happens with anime, right? Right. However, another fansub group usually picks it up since a lot of people are interested in watching these new shows though we have to wait a couple of weeks or a few months for them to finish it. Better late than never I usually say. In this case, yeah, better than never. Even there is a huge chance this manga will never be animated like the one above.
Anime has a greater advantage over manga when it comes to this sort of thing.
No particular reason. I just loved the manga
Anime =/= Manga – Clearly, it can’t be the same as anime. Anime has all these flashy animation, cool effects, and the most famous VA all over the place. Anime is too difficult to pass up.
The non-moving and just ink on a paper appeal aren’t for everyone and they appeal to some fans as much as an avocado ice-cream would if there was ever one. Manga uses drawings in addition to dialogues to keep the story going. Light novels are text after text and they can be tiring to some. After a dozen of pages the reader might had the enough and never got the more exciting parts. I personally like to believe that novels are better written and in a greatly engaging way. Manga, on the other hand, is very easy to read and the images help a lot to make the reading easier. That’s all nice but the fact that there might be an animated version in the future usually makes fans to wait for them and not pick up the manga versions. Example below.
Rare updates – Not as bad as rare blog updates.
All of these are ongoing projects. The author is working on them as he or she goes (I assume they already had a good idea of where they’re going) and plans out what will come next on top of coming up with new material for the next issues. Not everyone works at the same pace, some authors get their stuff out monthly, others once everything three months, and others twice a year.
For most part this is understandable. They’re people and not machines they need time to get their ideas and also to rest up so they don’t burn out. They’re constantly working and are given a schedule which either they make it or the companies they work for make them keep them. I remember Hellsing’s author not getting another book for another 6 long months IRCC back in the day. Those were some long months.
Not that greatest online – Manga wasn’t originally intended to be enjoyed this way.
I don’t often hear this one but not all fans enjoy reading manga online, do you? Personally, I don’t find it a painful task. When I started I was slightly put off by having to click next every time but you get used to many things. In general, reading manga on a computer monitor is something I can do but don’t find it very comfortable. The eyes get tired. Your back may hurt too. Possibly it’s the fact that I’m still looking at a screen and I’m looking at white and black. Having said that it’s usually worth it.
To me, nothing beats having the book and simply sit down and read it. I can read twice and much more that way. Probably I could finish a couple of volumes when I have the manga on my hands than compare to the online version where I usually do an hour or 2 max.
Problem with the setup – Iseeaproblemwiththis
Beside the fact that everyone has different tastes in anime and manga. I find a very common problem in manga. They simply aren’t that well made. I don’t mean the story but the set up, how the panels and dialogue (and boxes) aren’t made to be read easily sometimes like a cluster of things happening all at once. Everything on the page is so packed that we don’t know where to look making it look like the author really wanted to put everything in it no matter what. Some manga are slightly difficult to follow while others can be excruciating to no end. The problem with this is that I probably won’t read the manga because of it. I’m sure some of these stories are great but they can be drawn in a veery unnecessary messy way that may turned off new readers.
An engaging story and interesting characters are highly important but if I can’t get past the first chapters because the manga is unreadable (exaggerating a bit there) There’s not much that can be done. This is a huge problem for ANY manga. I think all authors should always keep that in mind that everything on the pages should flow well.
They go on Hiatus – That word that no one likes.
After that 4-6 months that we have stopped reading their manga and in a few more we forget in what chapters we were in and what happened before those. With new anime airing and others manga coming out we tend to forget about *that* manga that was put on hold months ago and in some cases eventually lose interest.
Mangakas are people so they take breaks (I believe mandatory) and in a few months (hopefully not years) they’ll be back to resume with their projects coming back fresh and with their batteries recharged. By that time hopefully, we’ll still be interested on what we were reading.
Manga takes too long to finish – I think the biggest reason why I don’t pick up certain manga or end up dropping some even though they can be simply awesome.
Patience is a virtue, manga sometimes really pushes it like is going out of style. Plenty of fans really like the manga but they only stick to it for a few months or a couple of years. There’s manga that has been going for years and still no end is at hand. This can be great for fans who wish to see more and more of their favorite mangakas and always have something to “look forward to each month”. However, times goes on and on and the manga still goes on and so do the years. Berserk and One Piece can be one of the most known examples of manga that has been going for years and no one knows when they’ll ever end. Plenty of fans follow them but also another number of them put them on hold for the same reason.
Manga can take its toll. Speaking generally I usually read a few volumes of titles that interest me but because the manga continues on and on I eventually am forced to give it up and rather choose to pick it up once it ends. For example, I recall picking up a seinen manga back in 2004 and it still hasn’t ended though the end it is certainly close. No idea when the author would finish it but I follow it whenever I find some a new updates after a couple of long months.
Just too daaamn long – They’re supposed to be that way I reckon.
This sounds like a really bad excuse to not pick up light novels. I’m in no way an avid reader but once something engages me I see it to the end when the quality of the product is consistently top-notch. A 200 pages for one volume isn’t scary. I think that in light novels you can appreciate even greater how well-organized the author’s thoughts are, the clarity of it, and his or her ability to keep you engage on the reading for the next couple of days until you finish it. I really don’t mind how lengthy something is as long as the produces is great. If the book is interesting without a doubt I’d finish it.
Prefer to read the manga/other medium – Those who have the chance to do so.
Light novels hardly had any pictures because it focuses on the writing rather than on the visuals effects of the manga with its great drawings. Plenty of fans rather pick up the manga or anime instead. Reasonable for most part since novels hardly get translated and is not every day we get a volumes fully translated. Personally, if I was given the chance (and the original source was a light novel) I’d pick up the novels because they show what neither the anime nor the manga had. These subtle themes and read between the lines stuff that can only be found in original final works.
Light Novels don’t usually get translated – And for the biggest reason.
Who hasn’t heard of Baka-tsuki? Also who hasn’t heard of (same as with manga) that “A” series was a lot better in the novels! I don’t disagree. Not being able to have the chance of reading a novel because they aren’t translated is something that all of us non-(or hardly)speaking Japanese will have to deal with. Fans have a dependency on fansubbers/translators to put these amazing projects together and give us a fully translated version of these stories. A very few novels get translated and I say it with disappointed look, a lot of novels don’t get translated EVER.
Popular titles such as The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya are a few that have gotten translated. Bless them for that. It’ll be a lot easier if more of these novels would get licensed and reach the rest of the world rather than waiting on groups to pick them up. Manga eventually reach us but novels not as much.
Mixed with why we don’t get the chance to do so there’s the many reasons we don’t read as much of them. Following them can be interesting and seeing them what new they bring to our hobbies. Manga requires a large amount of patience and dedication from the reader to stick them with for many years until they reach a definite conclusion.
To me manga and light novel readers are like a small circle next to or outside of the regular anime fandom. Like to one side, the side of the side to the point that I happen to be surprised whenever I found fans to be avid manga readers. Simply strolling around MAL and other places you can tell only few people actually read manga and when they do the amount they read is usually extremely low. I’ve seen from 20% to .05% to non-existing manga titles compared to the overall anime watched.
The popularity of anime, the great animation, music, among many things make anime still to be the most appealing medium to fans. Taking in consideration the many obstacles both of these medium can come across instead of a well-prepared just ready to go anime project is clear to see why fans prefer anime over everything else and prefer to wait for them to be animated. Though, it’s always important to remind everyone that anime versions take their own liberties in the adaption and there are wonders only the original versions can provide. It’s not like they burn on contact, y’know.