How do people get into Manga?
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Posted 12/22/13 , edited 12/22/13
I've tried reading Manga (I.E Naruto Shippuden, Attack on Titan, etc.) and I just can't "get into it". It's extremely boring and it puts me half asleep, lol. How do you people do it?
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Posted 12/22/13
Well I read the Elfen Lied manga because I was very disappointed in the anime ending and thought it was very abrupt. I also read the Higurashi manga because the anime sucks. If you are looking for a medical explanation as to why you think manga is "boring" I think it is that you don't have an imagination. Sorry if that seems like a slam, but it's equally as bad as asking a community of manga readers why we could possibly enjoy doing what we do.

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Posted 12/22/13 , edited 12/22/13
I'm asking how not why. I enjoy a good book when it comes to reading. But I just can't read Manga for some reason. I think imagination is more fluid when reading a book than actually reading Manga (since a lot of regular books aren't provided with artwork so you are more prone to imagining stuff in your head of what's going on instead of Manga which already provides artwork of what's going on) if you want to compare those two. So, no. I don't think it's because I lack imagination, but okay! XD
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Posted 12/22/13
I honestly don't really know. I've read mostly one-shots and some I have read in less then 5 minutes and some time it takes me like a hour by just loosing interest. I think the manga just has to reel you in and click with you. I don't really know.
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Posted 12/22/13

globenstuff wrote:

I honestly don't really know. I've read mostly one-shots and some I have read in less then 5 minutes and some time it takes me like a hour by just loosing interest. I think the manga just has to reel you in and click with you. I don't really know.


Thanks for the feedback! Just trying to gain a little insight on this, that's all :p.
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Posted 12/22/13
Hmm... well everyone is different. I have two friends who watch Anime, we more or less like all the same stuff, with a few exceptions like one friends likes more action while the others do not, another likes more romance while the others dont, you get the idea. Well between the three of us, only I enjoy reading Manga, neither of them can get into it, they have tried with the books I have, they have tried even reading series of shows they have watched before and they just couldn't get into it.

But just like my example with Anime, different people like different Manga. Try many different series, not just ones you THINK you will like. I didn't think I would like Romance series until I read one. If you have exhausted every genre, then it just chalks up to it's not for you. Everyone has their own tastes after all.
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Posted 12/22/13
I have a cousin who pretty much only reads manga and ignores anime. I'm the same. We both can't explain it. You just have to find the right series I guess. Try reading Kingdom.
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Posted 12/23/13

Lemontitties wrote:

I've tried reading Manga (I.E Naruto Shippuden, Attack on Titan, etc.) and I just can't "get into it". It's extremely boring and it puts me half asleep, lol. How do you people do it?


Although this is likely an unpopular opinion, I tend to find the most popular manga (and in turn anime) to be extremely unappealing e.g. Naruto, Bleach, Fairy tail or generally any over hyped, 10+ volume manga/24+ episode anime, however that is just my opinion. I simply feel it starts off great, gains a major reception, is then milked for money and turns into a boring repetitive 830298592 episode series that would've been great had it stopped after a season or two. They spoil it for money yet it's still popular regardless but each to their own.

I'd suggest starting off with your interests - do you like crime/mystery? Supernatural? Romance? and taking it from there - you can even be more specific e.g. Romance + School Life + Comedy. I like using http://www.mangareader.net/search for this because you can select any number of genres you like to create a more refined search (you can also exclude certain genres). If you find you're not able to commit to a longer manga, start with one shots. The most popular come up first, so don't discredit those that aren't as popular as you may find a diamond in the rough and you can definitely find ones that aren't too long and tedious.

I also enjoy literature, so I'm always reading and I definitely feel like literature draws you in more because the imagery is fed to you through words whereas manga offers you the visuals with dialogue - pretty much a slow moving anime if you ask me. During one of my holiday breaks a few years ago, I read more than 200 manga series because a) I couldn't be bothered going out and socializing and b) my internet was screwed at the time and I couldn't stream anime therefore manga was my last resort. I found a tonne of little ones and also long ones, I was surprised to find some that provoked more emotion in me than some anime I had watched that year. I also feel that as I matured and grew up more, manga became less appealing to me. I assume it'd be more riveting to read for an individual with a child-like mind.

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Posted 12/23/13
There are a lot of mangas that are just boring ( I do enjoy Attack on Titan but there are some slow points in there, I will admit that!). I never read Naruto, I had no interest in it so I would find it boring. I tried to read Bleach to and same thing, after 4 volumes, I was too bored with it to continue. Maybe another day, maybe never. I agree with another poster, that the more famous (and therefore, super long ones) can be boring because they get weird filler, and drag events out for chapters and volumes.

Higurashi When They Cry is REALLY good, it's a thriller, mystery, horror, type of series and I never found it boring. It keeps you on your toes because of the way the story is plotted out.

My first mangas were a bunch of girly, shoujo type manga, so I doubt that they would appeal to you lol, but when I started, I didn't start with the big famous series.
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Posted 12/23/13
In my case (though there are exceptions), I tend to enjoy different genres in anime and manga. For anime, I tend to like Action, Adventure, and Fantasy sort of shows.. (This leans toward shounen). When I read manga, however, I tend to like romance/shoujo works. For whatever reason, I usually can't get into action if it's not moving like in manga, or I can't get into a romance in an anime. Some mystery is also always welcome while I read manga, but I usually don't like it in an anime. I guess what I'm trying to say is that maybe you'll like certain genres in different kinds of media, so instead of just trying the genres you like in anime, maybe try something different in manga.

Also, look for the obscure! There are some good ones out there, and just because you've heard that everyone is reading it doesn't mean it's a masterpiece. Maybe you'll like something that isn't as popular.
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Posted 12/23/13 , edited 12/23/13

IcedPeachTea wrote:

In my case (though there are exceptions), I tend to enjoy different genres in anime and manga. For anime, I tend to like Action, Adventure, and Fantasy sort of shows.. (This leans toward shounen). When I read manga, however, I tend to like romance/shoujo works. For whatever reason, I usually can't get into action if it's not moving like in manga, or I can't get into a romance in an anime. Some mystery is also always welcome while I read manga, but I usually don't like it in an anime. I guess what I'm trying to say is that maybe you'll like certain genres in different kinds of media, so instead of just trying the genres you like in anime, maybe try something different in manga.

Also, look for the obscure! There are some good ones out there, and just because you've heard that everyone is reading it doesn't mean it's a masterpiece. Maybe you'll like something that isn't as popular.


Thanks for that! I've noticed that Shonen/action anime in Manga versions just isn't as appealing to me. Don't get me wrong, I love action anime (i.e Hunter x Hunter, Naruto, Attack on Titan, etc.), but it's just terribly boring when you read it. You just may be right that it may be different for different genres. I can definitely see myself getting into a Death Note type setting manga just because it's so mysterious. I've always loved mystery books, so maybe that would still persist for mystery Manga's..?
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Posted 12/24/13
An anime sends me to manga and I have to real interested.Very simple plan for myself!
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Posted 12/25/13
Some people can't stand to read, but you apparently love it. Couldn't other people be able to better appreciate different forms of media?

Personally, while I love reading, I'm also a huge art person. Comics mesh together two things I love. Like mixing chocolate and cake and coming up with chocolate cake.
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Posted 12/25/13
I'm more different because I got into anime then manga and light novel.

I have a really weak imagination when I was kid because I couldn't image a lot of things with my mind. Anime was the only visual things which I can image in my mind. I got into anime because I was lack of imagination. I had to keep watching until I can finally go on to read manga and later light novel. How I got into manga and light novel because ANIME. Thanks for anime or movies, I would never read manga nor read novels.
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