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Posted 9/6/13 , edited 9/6/13

jakal56 wrote:

Check out your local library! Most of them have manga, obviously not ALL of it but a lot of the popular ones. I work for a library so I feel I must promote it. haha


I work for a library too. We do have Manga but most times they're inconsistent ((Like missing volume two or six)). Much worst then that, its kids who usually borrow them. I can't explain the amount of GERMS that where on some of the checked in books. Boogies and bite marks & what I assume was juice.
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Posted 9/6/13

Mico171 wrote:


jakal56 wrote:

Check out your local library! Most of them have manga, obviously not ALL of it but a lot of the popular ones. I work for a library so I feel I must promote it. haha


I work for a library too. We do have Manga but most times they're inconsistent ((Like missing volume two or six)). Much worst then that, its kids who usually borrow them. I can't explain the amount of GERMS that where on some of the checked in books. Boogies and bite marks & what I assume was juice.


Yeah they can be kinda gross haha. As for the missing volumes, you can usually put holds on them and just pick them up when they're all in. Can you do that at your library?
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Posted 9/6/13
I mostly just read mine online.
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Posted 9/7/13
I don't read manga online, reading manga online (in my opinion) is basically giving (using this company as an example) Viz media/Shonen Jump a big F You, I'm not buying your product, I'm going to read illegal scans online, who cares about supporting the industry, I couldn't care less if we get more manga released in the US.

For that same reason, I only watch anime on Crunchyroll, Funimations YouTube, or other official streaming sites.
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Posted 9/8/13
read them online! i used to do both but buying them was expensive and i ran out of room. i do go for a good anime though if i see em. ussaly has to be a short anime though as im not gona start collecting a seris that goes on for ever. the only exception is one piece i still buy the funimation dvds. im a long time fan.
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Posted 9/8/13
I read them online also...saved lots of money. The only thing that sucked was when I've encountered a few manga with missing translations or when the translation just didn't make sense.
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Posted 9/8/13 , edited 9/12/13

Anima_kun wrote:

I don't read manga online, reading manga online (in my opinion) is basically giving (using this company as an example) Viz media/Shonen Jump a big F You, I'm not buying your product, I'm going to read illegal scans online, who cares about supporting the industry, I couldn't care less if we get more manga released in the US.

For that same reason, I only watch anime on Crunchyroll, Funimations YouTube, or other official streaming sites.


If they don't supply you with the manga you want to buy (I don't read much outside of seinen), would that be ok? Or you buy that much hyped manga only to find out it only had a few volumes translated and no sign of them ever completing it, would that be ok? Should I learn to speak Japanese/Korean/Chinese just to finish it? To me that is a big F You to me and all the people who collect their beloved series at the price of an arm and a leg to collect something that's going to be incomplete or dropped. Another big F You would be waiting years to buy something that has been out for years (I tend to lose interest in incomplete stories) that gets released little by little over the years (after completion).

If they get off their a**** and start respecting their customers, maybe sites like [site that shall not be named] (I hate companies that make money off of other people without paying) would cease to exist.

I pay Funimation for anime (subbed and dubbed, I get more bang for my buck as to only having one option), yet I still get a big F You from time to time (Higurashi). I use CR for news and forums only, so I don't know how they handle their licenses.
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Posted 9/13/13
I read it for free and if i like it enough I go out and buy it.
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Posted 9/13/13
i read everyday for free but if it's a series i really like/have gotten really attached to/has a lot of re-reading value, i buy the whole series. supporting pirate, basically.. xD
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Posted 9/14/13
I buy my manga on an occasion, though i also download an read on mangarock app on my ipad.
Though if i like the first couple of chapters an the story sounds really immersing i will buy it, because there is nothing
like the feel, the smell an the look of a real manga to snuggle upto reading on a freezing night, or on a beach in the summer or even
after a crazy training session.
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Posted 9/14/13
I would love to buy manga but since there is absolutely 0 shops that sell them I just read it online.
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Posted 9/14/13
Most of the time, I do jobs around my house intill I have 200 dollars or so and ask my parents to take me to the bookstore.
I'm not to found of Scanilation websites, but it there's like some oneshot that will never have a chance of ever being translated officially, I might cave in a little~

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Posted 9/14/13
I only read manga for free if I know that it will most likely never be licensed in the states. For example most of those popular Shonen Jump. I read a lot yuri and shoujo ai manga. So I relay on translation groups for all those.
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Posted 9/14/13
Since in my country there are not many options to buy manga (libraries have very limited content and not always "popular" titles) and anime and manga stores only sell old manga that I already have, I admit that I read them online or via apps on my devices but at the same time if there is a title I like (in a 99.9% of the cases) I import the current title, but I have to import and if I buy from No. 1 to last or the one that is ongoing and is expensive or even 1 by 1 as they are released is expensive in the end,but I do import, it is easier when I found digital versions like Fairy Tail from amazon, but I only found few I like and mostly from Kodansha. In the end since in Mexico there are not digital services as far as I know like Viz or Shonen Jump I go for the online ones, sadly my money is not that important for manga industry since content is LIMITED and POOR in my country
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Posted 9/15/13
for free but also buy...used to get shonen jump before it went shitty digital.
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