What are your reasons for reading a certain title of manga?

Indonesia
December 14, 2010 5:42am CST
There are many reasons why you read manga. Maybe you're the kind of person who gets sleepy when facing too many letters in a page (meaning, well, a whole page full of words and no illustration gets you bored pretty soon, right?). Maybe you're the artistic kind and enjoy reading manga for its artistry (i.e. drawing). But what are the reasons for you to select a certain manga? The art? The story? Do you read mangas that have a good storyline but not so pretty artwork? Or does the artwork not mean so much for you as long as you enjoy the plot? Which one of the reasons is your number one priority?
8 responses
@Bionicman (3967)
• Czech Republic
14 Dec 10
The story is the reason why I read manga and if it has great artwork, that's only a plus. I don't read much manga tho. Only Berserk, Akira and Junji Ito's horror stuff.
• Indonesia
15 Dec 10
I guess it's different for guys and girls. Most girls like romance manga; and I am one. Keke.
@Bionicman (3967)
• Czech Republic
15 Dec 10
I totally forgot about my Love Hina manga collection. So guys can like romance too...
• Indonesia
16 Dec 10
I see. Not a lot of guys, I suppose. Guys often mock affinity to romantic things.
• United States
15 Dec 10
The most important thing for me in a manga is characters. A manga is most interesting to me if the characters are memorable. The overall story is also mildly important to me, but characters are still more important. I don't really care about the art that much as long as it doesn't look bad. Lastly, although this has little to do with the manga's content in itself, whether or not a manga has Furigana (Hiragana reading shown alongside Kanji) is an important deciding factor. I only read manga in Japanese however I can't read very many kanji, thus I need furigana in order to make it possible for me to read.
• Indonesia
15 Dec 10
Hmmm. I don't speak, let alone read, Japanese, so I only read translated manga so far. Learning Japanese is hard because of the amount of letters I would have to memorize, so I'm not thinking about learning it, kekekeke. I guess artwork is very important to me because of how my brain works. I dunno how it exactly works (nobody does), but I find it hard to read manga of which artwork doesn't suit my taste. I'm a little obsessive-compulsive that way. What manga do you read?
• United States
8 Jan 11
Sorry for taking very long to respond. What do I read? My favorites are Dragonball, Love Hina, Shugo Chara and Ninin ga Shinobuden.
@poohgal (6848)
• Singapore
3 Mar 11
I'll look at the art style first. If it's pleasant to my eyes, I'll read the synopsis to see if it's interesting. Personally, I don't really like the flowery (shoujo) art style even though it's supposed to be pretty. I like Inoue sensei (Slam Dunk, Real, Vagabond) and Oda sensei (One Piece) art style.
20 Feb 11
isn't that simple i just simply enjoy it unlike novel they don't have pics but i don't mind since i could always imagine my own. For me what is really important is the storyline. if it isn't good than no matter how good the art is, it won't get the reader attention, but don't get me wrong since art is also quite important.
@Ichiru101 (285)
• United States
17 Feb 11
I do not read specifics mangas. I read shonen manga mainly because I am not that big of a fan of drama. I prefer comedy and action over romance any day.
@Vizarde (58)
• United States
18 Jan 11
im not into art so im reading manga that has good story for me, and a plus if they have a very funny humor.
• Philippines
1 Jan 11
I get interested in a manga when I hear positive feedback from friends who have already read it. When it does seem amusing from the start, I continue reading it. The artwork doesn't matter much to me but the storyline does matter big time. Like the "SkipBeat" manga which I've finished until the latest chapter - to me, the art was a bit chaotic but nonetheless, I recommend as a great read since the story is really engaging.
@saizo6 (2211)
• United States
15 Dec 10
The thing that attracts me to a title is the storyline. Having great art is a bonus but it isn't really required for me to read something. I've actually read manga that many people overlook due to the art. I don't care how pretty a manga looks, if the story is stupid or lame there's no way I'll continue reading it. I mean, if I wanted to look at pretty art, I could just go to some image gallery somewhere and do that.