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That is correct. Right to left, top to bottom.

I;ll let you know when the book arrive I show you what i mean I think im still confused in a way lol.
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Most manga I own (if not all) have a little page on the first page that a Westerner would read it (left to right)

Taken from my Vol. 1 of Nisekoi.



So essentially compared to a western book you will start reading from what would be the end of a book normally, and read to the front.

After one or two volumes you will be used to it, and by the time you've read probably half of a series, you will accidentally read this way with even western books (or at least I do...).


To answer your other questions (even though they have been answered plenty of times):

It depends on the series how Chapter/Volume to Episode count work when comparing a Manga to its Anime. I have seen some do 2-3 chapters to one Episode, others I see them use the first 2-3 volumes and take bits and pieces from each to combine into an episode. Also not all Manga get Animes, and this makes us sad.

Chapters are released weekly to monthly at about 20 to 50 pages a chapter.

A volume will be anywhere from about 4 to 8 chapters.

Adaptations are also questionable. Some studios I have seen will be true to the Manga nearly 100%, others will use a couple of lines and completely blow off the rest. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't.

A Visual Novel is, essentially, a game. But instead of playing it like some RPG or Shooter or whatever, you are there reading and clicking, and for some games making choices to have different endings.

A Light Novel is pretty much all text, sometimes with art, but it is just reading, it isn't manga style that has the art all the time. They are also slightly smaller than books you would read here like Harry Potter and such, from what I have seen.


I think that pretty much covers it. Though I am new to the Manga world, I have only been playing VN's for about a year, and reading Manga and LN's for about 6 months.
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Most manga I own (if not all) have a little page on the first page that a Westerner would read it (left to right)

Taken from my Vol. 1 of Nisekoi.



So essentially compared to a western book you will start reading from what would be the end of a book normally, and read to the front.

After one or two volumes you will be used to it, and by the time you've read probably half of a series, you will accidentally read this way with even western books (or at least I do...).


To answer your other questions (even though they have been answered plenty of times):

It depends on the series how Chapter/Volume to Episode count work when comparing a Manga to its Anime. I have seen some do 2-3 chapters to one Episode, others I see them use the first 2-3 volumes and take bits and pieces from each to combine into an episode. Also not all Manga get Animes, and this makes us sad.

Chapters are released weekly to monthly at about 20 to 50 pages a chapter.

A volume will be anywhere from about 4 to 8 chapters.

Adaptations are also questionable. Some studios I have seen will be true to the Manga nearly 100%, others will use a couple of lines and completely blow off the rest. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't.

A Visual Novel is, essentially, a game. But instead of playing it like some RPG or Shooter or whatever, you are there reading and clicking, and for some games making choices to have different endings.

A Light Novel is pretty much all text, sometimes with art, but it is just reading, it isn't manga style that has the art all the time. They are also slightly smaller than books you would read here like Harry Potter and such, from what I have seen.


I think that pretty much covers it. Though I am new to the Manga world, I have only been playing VN's for about a year, and reading Manga and LN's for about 6 months.

Thank you so much! I think I'll be getting my death book volume 1 this weekend and I will take a picture for you :)
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Stonewolfe wrote:

Most manga I own (if not all) have a little page on the first page that a Westerner would read it (left to right)

Taken from my Vol. 1 of Nisekoi.



So essentially compared to a western book you will start reading from what would be the end of a book normally, and read to the front.

After one or two volumes you will be used to it, and by the time you've read probably half of a series, you will accidentally read this way with even western books (or at least I do...).


To answer your other questions (even though they have been answered plenty of times):

It depends on the series how Chapter/Volume to Episode count work when comparing a Manga to its Anime. I have seen some do 2-3 chapters to one Episode, others I see them use the first 2-3 volumes and take bits and pieces from each to combine into an episode. Also not all Manga get Animes, and this makes us sad.

Chapters are released weekly to monthly at about 20 to 50 pages a chapter.

A volume will be anywhere from about 4 to 8 chapters.

Adaptations are also questionable. Some studios I have seen will be true to the Manga nearly 100%, others will use a couple of lines and completely blow off the rest. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't.

A Visual Novel is, essentially, a game. But instead of playing it like some RPG or Shooter or whatever, you are there reading and clicking, and for some games making choices to have different endings.

A Light Novel is pretty much all text, sometimes with art, but it is just reading, it isn't manga style that has the art all the time. They are also slightly smaller than books you would read here like Harry Potter and such, from what I have seen.


I think that pretty much covers it. Though I am new to the Manga world, I have only been playing VN's for about a year, and reading Manga and LN's for about 6 months.

Hey, my Death Note manga arrived today. I cant take any pics right now but do I read like this? ?
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Hey, my Death Note manga arrived today. I cant take any pics right now but do I read like this? ?


Yup, that is correct. As I said, after a while, chances are you will get used to it, and if you read Manga as much as I do, it will pretty much be the norm for you.
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Kappuccino wrote:


Hey, my Death Note manga arrived today. I cant take any pics right now but do I read like this? ?


Yup, that is correct. As I said, after a while, chances are you will get used to it, and if you read Manga as much as I do, it will pretty much be the norm for you.

yipeeeeee! Thank you so much! Btw, I purchased Full metal alchemist full box set for 60pounds. Is that a good deal?
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Stonewolfe wrote:


Kappuccino wrote:


Hey, my Death Note manga arrived today. I cant take any pics right now but do I read like this? ?


Yup, that is correct. As I said, after a while, chances are you will get used to it, and if you read Manga as much as I do, it will pretty much be the norm for you.

yipeeeeee! Thank you so much! Btw, I purchased Full metal alchemist full box set for 60pounds. Is that a good deal?


Assuming the conversion is right and 60 pounds is roughly 100 us dollars, and assuming it is the full set, that is a steal. The Fullmetal Alchemist Box Set from B&N is $220, or (again if conversion is correct) 134 pounds.

So assuming you got the Full box set and in good condition, you got it for less than half the price.
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Stonewolfe wrote:


Kappuccino wrote:


Stonewolfe wrote:


Kappuccino wrote:


Hey, my Death Note manga arrived today. I cant take any pics right now but do I read like this? ?


Yup, that is correct. As I said, after a while, chances are you will get used to it, and if you read Manga as much as I do, it will pretty much be the norm for you.

yipeeeeee! Thank you so much! Btw, I purchased Full metal alchemist full box set for 60pounds. Is that a good deal?


Assuming the conversion is right and 60 pounds is roughly 100 us dollars, and assuming it is the full set, that is a steal. The Fullmetal Alchemist Box Set from B&N is $220, or (again if conversion is correct) 134 pounds.

So assuming you got the Full box set and in good condition, you got it for less than half the price.

Yep it's the full box set. The seller said it's used and read once so I guess it's in good condition. :)

Also I'm quite confused atm. I'm reading Death note and im on a page where it says 'Read this way' on the top left of the page with arrows pointing <<read this way << some pages have that but what does it mean? I can't take pic right now because I'm on my crappy phone. I try take pic though :(

EDIT - PIC http://imgur.com/lAo8gH4
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Also I'm quite confused atm. I'm reading Death note and im on a page where it says 'Read this way' on the top left of the page with arrows pointing <<read this way << some pages have that but what does it mean? I can't take pic right now because I'm on my crappy phone. I try take pic though :(

EDIT - PIC http://imgur.com/lAo8gH4


I've never seen that in any of my manga, but to me it just seems like a reminder to read right to left.
Death Note was first translated and published in the US by Viz Media in 2005, so I can only guess that they put those reminders in there back then. As long as you flip the book to wear you're looking at the cover, and then open it and read from right to left, top to bottom, you'll be fine.
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