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How do you like to read your manga?
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Posted 4/29/14
Besides shounen, I was much more of an anime person than a manga person. Recently, I've been trying to get into manga more but I'm stumped as to how to make it more interesting since I'm addicted to hearing voices.

Do you guys play background music while reading? Make up the character voices? Use voices from one of the dubs? Do you just wing it and read it however?
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I listen to Jazz when I am reading personally.

As for the other points:

1) I don't see how people DON'T put voices to the characters while reading, it's part of the experience of reading anything, whether its all text or like manga and is pictures and text.

But I have been told a lot of people don't do this, and it is the only reason I can see as to not liking to read.

2) I don't watch dubs so I don't use those voices, but if I am reading a series that has been animated already I will generally put their tone of voice from the subs in, that way I get an idea of what they would sound like. Even then though if I was reading a series before it was animated I would generally keep the voice I had in my head as their voice when reading it even after it was animated. Mostly because thats how I "see" their voice being.

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I read my manga like I read my books: paper products held in both hands.

There is enough stimuli to not need to incorporate outside elements. There are plot, prose, composition and dialogue from a literary prospective, as well as artistic elements and decisions. If you look closely enough, it can be truly captivating, especially if you broaden your set of titles and artists that you follow. I love the pencil work of Hiroaki Samura; the ink wash elements of older titles like Touch, Hokuto no Ken, and Dokaben; the specialty/print tone layouts of Bishoujo manga; the nib-work and shading tone use and application of Hentai artists like Boshi and Hisasi; the almost-intentially poor drawings of comedy titles like Tentai Senshi Sunred and Sugoiyo Masaru-san.
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i just read it like a read a book -- sit down and go through a few chapters (in case of manga, a few volumes). Occasionally I listen to music.

Although with a book I have a blurred version of what I think the characters might look like, in manga they're already drawn for me. So I guess it's a little different as far as visualization.
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Posted 4/29/14
I don't listen to music, I find that it distracts me when reading manga.
I always put voices on the characters, usually a voice that fits the situation and a voice I would imagine a character to have, or if I've seen the anime I will remember the voice and would use that voice but make it talk in English instead of Japanese.
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I just read it. If it's not interesting enough to keep me amused by itself, it's not worth reading.
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Posted 4/29/14 , edited 5/8/14
I make up voices and use dub/sub voices when available. I also imagine everything in anime form, albeit often in black and white, grey tones, etc. I do something similar when I read books. Since non-picture books were my main form of entertainment during a significant portion of my childhood, manga/comics/manhua are a piece of cake.

EDIT:

I'm alright with reading manga just about anywhere, too. Once again, it derives from my novel past. I read books in noisy cafeterias and buses, during long road trips with the radio playing, while walking through busy crowds (an "art form"), etc... I do the same with manga. I tune out ambiance well, but I keep myself half-alert and rely on my peripheral vision when necessary (especially during the walking-thing). I don't turn on music or anything, though.

As for your other question... I start from the beginning and keep a sharp eye out for inconsistencies between the mediums.
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With my five senses. First, I stare at it. Second, I pick it up. Third, I sniff the cover. Fourth, I listen to it when I smack it on the table. Fifth, I lick it.

When all's said and done I burn it so no one else gets any weird ideas.
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for me manga is kinda hard to read. i love books, but i missed any comicbooks. at 30 year old, im reading visual media for the first time, and its a little hard. mostly i read online, on a giant moniter, and blow up the page to fill it up.
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Aight, decent input but

when you reach a "read the manga" ending on an anime, do y'all start the manga from scratch or pick up from where the anime left off? I find that I have no patience for starting a manga from this beginning in this case.
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RedExodus wrote:

Aight, decent input but

when you reach a "read the manga" ending on an anime, do y'all start the manga from scratch or pick up from where the anime left off? I find that I have no patience for starting a manga from this beginning in this case.


Usually if the anime doesn't have the proper ending it means a significant portion of the content was cut or changed between the manga and anime to I read it over. If I reach something I recognize sometimes I'll skip ahead a bit.
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RedExodus wrote:

When you reach a "read the manga" ending on an anime, do y'all start the manga from scratch or pick up from where the anime left off? I find that I have no patience for starting a manga from this beginning in this case.

I always start at the beginning cuz I don't wanna miss out on something lol.
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I don't really like to read my manga online, since I feel I get more into it when it's in my hands. If I'm reading the manga, it's usually the case that I haven't watched the anime, so I make up voices. If I have seen the anime first, then yeah, that voice comes to mind. I don't normally like to listen to music or do anything else while I read, because I find it distracting. I can't stop when I start. I have to go from the first page to the last. However many I get at a time, I read them all right away. I've been told that I read through manga pretty quickly, but for me the action goes so fast, how can I not?

Also, if I go from the anime to the manga, I start at the beginning. It's not just that I don't want to miss anything, but also because I've forgotten most of what's already happened, like with Fairy Tail.
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Posted 5/1/14

RedExodus wrote:

Aight, decent input but

when you reach a "read the manga" ending on an anime, do y'all start the manga from scratch or pick up from where the anime left off? I find that I have no patience for starting a manga from this beginning in this case.


I always start from the beginning of a Manga series, generally an Anime has to cut chapters out in order to fit it all in, sometimes they make their own ending because the Manga isn't done, other assorted things happen as well.
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I like having the actual book in my hands and read it in dead silence.
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