What makes you Hesitate on Reading Manga?

@ratyz5 (7829)
Philippines
August 13, 2008 6:40am CST
Hello to everyone I guess this inquiry would apply to everyone who has manga among their interests in this site to discuss about.. I have experienced replies wherein some members in this site would post that they don't know anything about the topic that has been initiated which makes me think why they participated in it in the first place.. Anyway, I have just a number of mangas that I have completely read and more which I am still currently reading. Mostly a combination of shoujo/shojo and shonen mangas and a few seinen and I think I watched an anime series based from a josie manga series.. Well, since we can't read everything that we can get our hands on (or basically avail in either actually published books or view them on online manga sites) we often just read what interest us most. Then again, even if the genre goes along with our interests or the artwork isn't really bad, I sometimes hesitate on reading a particular series. What makes you hesitate on reading manga? Would it be due to the reviews that you have read or heard about the manga which influences you on not reading them? Or even if it got a good review yet, the art-work and/or story just didn't get you to read on and on? Perhaps that there are other reasons why you hesitate on reading manga? Please feel free to share ^__^
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8 responses
• Philippines
23 Aug 08
For me, I often read reviews of a manga before I go into it, especially for those really long ones. As such, a well-written review that details the way a mangaka handled the story always makes an impression on me. If there is something in the way a mangaka handled the story that I disagree with, I am often reluctant to get into the manga, but will try it out first just to see whether I can be interested enough in it to disregard my initial impression. Basically, I spoil myself often than not, haha, but I do still get to enjoy a lot of manga. Another factor that makes me hesitate on reading manga is the art style. I have serious issues with the really shoujo-ish style, and it'll take a really good plot to make it make for me. I have no problems with stiff lines or unprofessional-seeming artwork, but the combination of BIG HUGE eyes, triangular face and shoujo sparkles makes me hesitate to continue reading. I think I have an aversion to shoujo cliches, after having imbibed it for so long.
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@ratyz5 (7829)
• Philippines
23 Aug 08
Reviews also influence me if I would read a particular series or not or, be curious enough to see.. I have only read a few though and most of them online and scanlations. I haven't been too much on such art-works that you have mentioned but, I think I would also sway away from it.. though, if the story is really good to take my attention away from the art-work, I guess I'll continue on reading then. Thank you for sharing (^_' ) b
• Philippines
23 Aug 08
Let me revise my original post a bit (retcon! :p). It's not that I read reviews of ALL the manga I read. I read some random reviews about new manga and see if I'll like them, and I also read reviews from those really interesting ones, see if they'll continue to jive with me. If, in that review, I read about a future plot point/occurrence that makes me lose my interest, I'll still continue if only because the plot/characters/pretty has gripped me too hard, or stop altogether when it fails to overcome whatever I disagreed with the mangaka with. I'm mostly an easy-going reader, though. Manga is, for me, mostly all about entertainment, after all. I don't go in thinking I'd come out with all these philosophical epiphanies. :p I've had my fair share of manga binges, so I have had the time to pick what type of art-style looks best to my eyes. Art-style isn't really the priority, though. Fruits Basket is a VERY shoujo-looking manga and it started with the typical shoujo cliches, as well (seemingly love triangle included) but. Well. Later on, it starts to grow into its own, and when I reread, I realize that the mangaka's been layering it from the start, I was just too, "OMG, too shoujo!" to notice. Anyway! Post too long, heh. I wish the manga section of mylot becomes bigger. I really would like more discussions about them, considering there are so many titles to choose from. ;)
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@ratyz5 (7829)
• Philippines
23 Aug 08
A revision indeed (^_^ ), makes me wonder why myLot doesn't want an edit feature for their members in case changes on their posts are desired.. hmmm, might as well get notifications for everyone involved in the thread/discussion informed though.. tedious too.. Reviews are subjective after all, makes me think that I could read up someone's review who actually shares my point of view yet, I assume others would say that it would be better off if I did my own reviews after all.. of course, that's too distant from happening.. oh yeah, I'm straying off, sorry.. your reply just jolted me with ideas.. ('_' ) Where do you read reviews about manga by the way? Philosophical epiphanies can come from anything unexpected I guess.For this one, depends on how readers would interpret what's presented to them even if the writer/artist didn't intend to from the beginning. Art is always a visual compliment as others would say. Also would like the manga interest to become active but, for my part, all I could do is add the manga titles that I have read on the Books that I have read section within my interests.. but still initiate a discussion, like this one, on manga.
@magojordan (3254)
• Philippines
27 Aug 08
Since I read Manga online the only time I hesitate reading it is when my eyes get too tired from staring at the computer. Also sometimes I don't read manga anymore that has too many back stories that are really uninteresting. Another is if I lack resources to buy it on paperback.
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@ratyz5 (7829)
• Philippines
27 Aug 08
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Your reply implies that you have already been reading a particular title and your hesitation was due to looking at the screen too long 'cause you read manga online. Must've have been very interesting for you to stay that long in front of the computer and reading it until you realize that your eyes are already hurting.. what title was it? (^_^ ) I see, so you prefer the story mainly focusing on the main story and not making arcs or as you have mentioned, back stories.. Back stories can help on elaborating some characters among the cast in a particular series.. I really can't purchase mangas so often.. the last one I bought but suddenly got stopped being distributed was Ragnarok: Into the Abyss
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• Philippines
27 Aug 08
I read Naruto and Bleach online since it is very exciting. What made my eyes hurt was New Grappler Baki. It is interesting but morbid. I still haven't finish it yet. I'm also reading Rosario+Vampire because the story is interesting.
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@ratyz5 (7829)
• Philippines
27 Aug 08
I'll look at that title you mentioned. Thanks! (^_^ )
@punkincat (216)
• United States
8 Jul 09
Length is a factor for me, I like the series that has an end that I know I will be able to get ( I like 10 or less in a series ). However I do make an exception for certain title. Esp if I have a hard time finding the anime ( Case Closed the manga is was ahead on what I can easly find ).
@ratyz5 (7829)
• Philippines
8 Jul 09
Sometimes, when the manga is really that interesting, I don't get to think if its really taking too long or when will it end. The mangaka surely should be very well in captivating his/her readers for a long time. I really fnid the manga better than the anime counter parts that come out or have come before the manga. Authors can fully express details in manga while in anime, they are often mentioned in passing only so emphasis isn't implied. Thanks for posting, punkincat
• Singapore
2 Oct 08
i personally think the storyline is a very important feature in a manga. mostly if i start a manga series, i will search for a sypnosis of what the manga is trying to say. if it does not interest me, most likely i wont read it thou.
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@ratyz5 (7829)
• Philippines
3 Oct 08
I could also agree on that, a manga series that I could give as an example would be Lovely Complex. I would certainly have not read that series if it weren't for a discussion of a fellow myLot member that considered that situation of the protagonists from the series. It was very interesting which encouraged me to read it. The art work of the manga was also nice too. (^_^ )
• Philippines
26 Aug 08
well I'm one of the readers of manga but my source are only through online since it cost so much here in my country to buy a book . Anyway, the plot is one of the things that will let me decide whether to read it or not and second is the artwork.. most of my favorite genre are the comedy, romance, seinen and thouse supernatural and horror one... a bit of a wide range of genre but most of them has an interesting theme.
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@ratyz5 (7829)
• Philippines
27 Aug 08
Me too, I also get to read and finish most of the mangas online than actually being able to purchase books of it though, I would really like being able to buy and build a library with just manga in the shelves (*_*) I see that you consider on plot and later on with the artwork.. For me, sometimes, if the story is good, even if the art work seems not to my liking, I'd still read on.. other times, the art work just took my attention and the story compliments it very well.. Thanks for sharing (^_^ )
• Philippines
24 Aug 08
if i read a manga, i usually check on the genre and the plot of the story. i am more into the shoujo ones so i barely read shounens (but i like watching them in anime series)..the mangaka doesn't really matters but if a well-known mangaka is the author, i would probably take a peek at the first few chapters.. artwork really matters to me.. i am more into good drawn ones.. and i also consider the revies...
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@ratyz5 (7829)
• Philippines
24 Aug 08
More on Shojo.. I think I am still reading some mangas in that category and the art, well for me, is nice enough and the story as well.. (^_^ ) and I think I like some to be turned into anime, though I do have hesitations if it'll be loyal to the manga or some alterations just have to be done to maximize air-time, story narrative or if the voice actors would be appropriate, even though I still depend on subtitles to understand the dialogue (^0^ ) Reviews indeed can be a consideration in whether we would venture on reading a particular series or perhaps consider it another time when we end up getting interested or some other reason.. Thank you for sharing (^_' )
@poohgal (6848)
• Singapore
14 Aug 08
I usually start with anime first. I prefer movements, sounds and music. If the story line interests me, then I'll start reading the manga. Reviews are important to me too. If most reviews are bad, I wouldn't read it even if it's my favorite genre. I am currently reading Bleach, Tsubasa Chronicles, xxxholic, Ouran high school host club, Vampire Knight and etc. I read the manga because I've watched the anime.
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@ratyz5 (7829)
• Philippines
14 Aug 08
Thank you for a more better response I also like movement and accompaniment of music, especially on action genres.. I also do that before and also still do.. in case I get introduced with the manga or anime first before its counter part...
• India
14 Aug 08
well i am not interested in reading manga now but was interested before well i have a reason which i dont want to share