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Posted 10/15/12
I searched the forum and didn't see anything like this so i wanted to ask everyone here since this is the manga section hah, but if it's a repeat lock it and delete it or something and i'm sorry hah anyways

Plus i didn't feel like looking it up on the internet cause it takes me forever to find something

Anywayy i recently wanted to try and read manga, it looks interesting and i loved reading and i love anime so it couldn't be a more perfect solution hah. However i get the basic concept of reading it right to left. But then sometimes it's like all in a funky shape and idk what to read first. Can anybody help me with this, it'd be greatly appreciated
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Posted 10/16/12
right to left, top to bottom usually. if something is on the left, but is significantly higher than a speech bubble on the right, read the higher one first.

OR foreground speech bubbles first, then background speech bubbles. hopefully the body language of the characters will better guide you?

HOWEVER, should you be reading a shoujo manga, good luck on trying to figure that out (doesn't apply to all ofcourse). been reading manga in japanese for a while and i STILL can't figure it out when reading shoujo manga sometimes. ... i may have flipped a table or two. maybe some kind soul here can enlighten us confuzzled saps.
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Posted 10/16/12 , edited 10/16/12
You know, I thought I had it figured out but there is always a curveball of a "normal" read manga.

But ones like Skip Beat!, and Id read: right to left, uppermost to lowest speech bubble, and if the boxes are stacked, then you read them together.

Stacked (read whole right then down),


Stacked (read stacked boxes -all- to the right then whole left side),


I hoped this helped. These are some safe assumptions I made from reading about 20 or more mangas and for the norm. Japanese manga it works. (Not fail safe tho!)
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Ha, ya thank that helped a lot actually i'll have to keep that in mind, just kinda confused sometimes when i read it tho.

I'll be reading and then i'll be like wtf did i just read, or i'll not remember the name and stuff like that, so i guess i just have to read the manga slow untill i get used to it. Cause it'll jump around sometimes and then go back to a scene that was like 4 our 5 pages ago, and i don't remember so it confused me sometimes hah. Any help with this then?
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Posted 10/22/12
There's also differences between different authors and styles. You kind of have to jump in and experience it, and if you think you read it the wrong way, it's easy to go back and re-read something. It might be good to start off with titles that have very defined frames before moving on to something more crazy (something simple like this):



Personally, I love the non-linear format of manga. Like how you have have 4 or 5 things going on simultaneously. But it does take some practice before you can fully understand what's going on.

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Posted 10/23/12
Even before I read manga I knew for a fact that it's read right-to-left and Top-left to bottom-right.

Thought it was common knowledge.
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Posted 10/24/12

LOSazimuth wrote:

Even before I read manga I knew for a fact that it's read right-to-left and Top-left to bottom-right.

Thought it was common knowledge.


Perhaps you mis wrote but it is right to left and top to bottom which means it has to be top right to bottom left. If there is vertical stacking you start at the top and if there is horizontal stacking you read right to left. E.g.

3 2 1
6 5 4
9 8 7

You read a page like that as 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9. Most pages are not that regular of course but you get the idea.

In the bad old days they flipped manga so it read left to right but it mirror imaged the pictures so everyone became left handed. The first translated manga which was right to left had instructions on how to read it and the last/first page said "Start at the other end!!!"

I read the original books in Japanese, hate scanlations and dislike official translations too. They are not literal enough for me so I read them the way they were originally written.
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Posted 10/24/12
Oh my bad, yeah mis-typed that. Well damn.
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Posted 10/24/12

Simplistic enough.
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Quick question, does anyone else have trouble switching back and forth from manga and comics. Recently finished the School Rumble Manga and wanted to get back into reading the latest Walking Dead issues but man am i having a hard time adjusting back, so i kinda just gave up for now. Hopefully some time in between will make readjusting easier.
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j226109 wrote:

Quick question, does anyone else have trouble switching back and forth from manga and comics. Recently finished the School Rumble Manga and wanted to get back into reading the latest Walking Dead issues but man am i having a hard time adjusting back, so i kinda just gave up for now. Hopefully some time in between will make readjusting easier.


Kind of, I don't read comics as much as Manga so I guess at times its confusing.
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Posted 10/25/12

j226109 wrote:

Quick question, does anyone else have trouble switching back and forth from manga and comics. Recently finished the School Rumble Manga and wanted to get back into reading the latest Walking Dead issues but man am i having a hard time adjusting back, so i kinda just gave up for now. Hopefully some time in between will make readjusting easier.


Yeah! Cuz I also read a few manhwa as well so It is hard to adjust having to read it the opposite way when I am used to reading manga. Glad i am not the only who has issues switching back
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