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“What Will Befall Manga If One Piece, Naruto & Bleach End?”
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Posted 9/10/10

Top mangaka Ken Akamatsu has stated his misgivings about the reliance of the manga industry on the shonen holy trinity of One Piece, Naruto and Bleach, and what would befall publishers if these series were to conclude.

After describing some of the worsening financial results posted by top manga publishers, he describes his uneasiness about the situation:


It’s all pretty dire, although manga won’t drop dead just yet.

However, they are relying on the bubble-like sales of a few titles – we have to wonder what would happen if in 3 years this bubble were to pop.

For example, will Jump’s One Piece, Naruto and Bleach continue for 3 years? We can’t really predict what will happen to them (and even if the publisher wants to continue them, the authors aren’t always able to).


The recent conclusion of the hugely popular Full Metal Alchemist brings this issue sharply into focus – not all series can be expected to continue indefinitely (Naruto in particular appears to have an eventual ending planned), and blockbuster successors for those which conclude have so far been conspicuously absent.

Other mangaka have complained the industry is not developing new talent – a particularly precarious state of affairs when considered in conjunction with reliance on a few blockbuster titles which could end with no replacement in sight.
Posted 9/10/10
i get the idea that it'd be important n stuff.. but the thing is, however much some people may want it, everything comes to an end at sometime..
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Posted 9/10/10
Even if it does die in 2-3 years because of the financial issues, you gotta figure that things will get better and people will start spending money again. So yea it may die and then just later come back to be bigger and better.
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Posted 9/10/10
I doubt it is a dire as it seems. While I can see Naruto and Bleach ending within the next few years, One Piece is only at the half way mark after over a decade, so we'll have plenty of time for new hits to present themselves for we see a downward spiral like the time the Dragonball manga ended.
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Posted 9/10/10
More then likely something else will come out in the meantime that will be just as popular and fill in the gap when the other mangas end. For me, I look forward to a few weekly mangas, but then I just read others to fill in my week while I am waiting. It is always sad to see one end, but there is always another one to take its place.

As far as the economy affecting the manga sales, I suspect people will still buy what they want to buy...I don't have alot of money to spend (being that I was laid off) but here I am spending money on Crunchroll every month, among other things. So I don't think the economy stops manga sales as much as the availability in certain areas, or the inability to really know if you want to spend money on something new you don't know the content of (sort of like walking into Barnes & Noble and picking something randomly off the shelf).

I am hoping that some mangakas will be looking into just publishing their works online, instead of paper versions (and have them translated upon publishing). It is the wave of the future where people would rather shop from the comfort of home - the mangakas would be better served to put this into practice instead of having their works pirated. Anyways, I feel that whichever mangaka does this will probably make a killing in sales just because of ready availability of their works, even if the storyline isn't as interesting as others on the market.

Anyways, every industry has to adapt to changes and overcome hurdles; I am sure the manga industry is no different. I am sure they already have measures in place and I look forward to seeing them.
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Posted 9/10/10
the world will explode
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The world will be a better place, fanboys and girl's heads will explode and CR can finally stop shoving Naruto and Bleach down our throats with the "get a free trial to see what happens in Bleach/Naruto 100/200-something" ads. (It's more annoying if you don't like either of the series)

And note their use of the word "eventual" in this sentence: Naruto in particular appears to have an eventual ending planned Uh huh...eventual...
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LostButterflyUtau wrote:

The world will be a better place, fanboys and girl's heads will explode and CR can finally stop shoving Naruto and Bleach down our throats with the "get a free trial to see what happens in Bleach/Naruto 100/200-something" ads. (It's more annoying if you don't like either of the series)

And note their use of the word "eventual" in this sentence: Naruto in particular appears to have an eventual ending planned Uh huh...eventual...


^^ Truth, truth.
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I think it's an especially big problem outside of Japan. The problem isn't that these series are that good. It's more like the industry has made them into figureheads. So when people think of manga, they automatically think of the big three. We've seen ads for video games, movies and the dvds for them. Also those 3 manga are pretty much the same genre, targeting the same age group. It's too much of a focus on only one type of customer.
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Posted 9/11/10
Guess life will be meaningless lol.
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kvi wrote:

I think it's an especially big problem outside of Japan. The problem isn't that these series are that good. It's more like the industry has made them into figureheads. So when people think of manga, they automatically think of the big three. We've seen ads for video games, movies and the dvds for them. Also those 3 manga are pretty much the same genre, targeting the same age group. It's too much of a focus on only one type of customer.


If that's an issue, that has more to do with the license. It's not like there is a lack of shonen anime/manga to take the place of any of the big three titles if they ended. If anything, the lack of evolution in shonen manga needs to be address. I read all of the big three and a lot of times it feels like I'm reading the same stories and seeing the same tired cliches that go all the way back to DBZ and beyond. More so with Bleach & Naruto than OP, but that could be my favoritism showing.
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Posted 11/13/10
man, i honestly dont think bleach is ever going to end! i wonder if karin will become a shinigami..? also, the guy at the end of 424 reminds me of aizen, i wonder if he could somehow be a human now??
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Posted 11/13/10
a new company will arise and shell out their next set of sh*tbaskets
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Posted 11/13/10
maybe detective conan will follow suit......lmao!
But im guessing the next popular mangas like KHR will jux go to the top.
Naruto better not end or bleach!! :fury:
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Posted 11/13/10
I think Manga was doing good before Naruto, Bleach and One piece came to light and I think it'll be fine after these series end. If the company who produces these anime actually go out of business because these titles are ended then it means they did something seriously wrong.
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