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Hey folks! I was at my nearby barns and noble browsing the manga section for a new manga series to read and well i noticed that theres a lot more light novels on the shelves these days.
And this concerned me a little because i dont like light novels at all i personally love manga so i can admire the artwork and get more of a visual while reading. Although it is true that you can write in detail for a better picture i however do not like that, i gotta admire the artist's artwork and enjoy the story that way. Its just how i prefer.

So does anyone know if light novels are more of a thing in Japan now? or is it just the United States trying to bring them more attention? Do people prefer light novels over manga? What do you guys prefer?
Posted 7/5/15
I have no clue for the first two questions. I doubt most people prefer light novels over manga since it's like reading a novel and it takes a bit more of your imagination and time to do so compared to manga.

As for me it depends on the story (since some stories do better written others with drawings), my mood and my ability to concentrate at the time (If I can't concentrate then I can't read for long). I do enjoy Light novels although I do like manga a lot can't say I have a definite preference.
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They have been really popular since the 00's, I like LN way more than manga but that's because I'm a huge scifi/fantasy book reader thus I prefer a good read.
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I love both
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I love manga but i cant lie the quality of light novels have given manga a run for its money. But manga are still the champions for the time being.
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Well first of all, I think light novels (and visual novels more so than light novels) are a superior medium to manga. As for if its becoming more popular than manga? Probably not. That being said, even if that was the case, why should you really care? You can still read manga regardless.
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Well, most manga are incredibly low quality, so i do wish Light novels got more attention. So many people are unaware of masterpieces like Hakomari because they don't want to read text...

LN's just have overall better quality of story telling than manga
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Ryuouka wrote:

Well, most manga are incredibly low quality, so i do wish Light novels got more attention. So many people are unaware of masterpieces like Hakomari because they don't want to read text...

LN's just have overall better quality of story telling than manga


well that can be true in some cases but manga can also have a great story as well, as long as the author is passionate enough. You have any suggestions on good light novels? maybe i just tested off with some crappy ones lol

And thanks for the comments everyone good stuff keep it up!
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They have been really popular since the 00's, I like LN way more than manga but that's because I'm a huge scifi/fantasy book reader thus I prefer a good read.


got any good suggestions? i too love scifi! i mean to me light novels are just weird to me, like for instance i read a little of no game no life in light novel form and was just too weird to me. same with is it wrong to pick up girls in a dungeon haha (since i read in manga form) story was the same and chapters just in text (with slightly more detail)
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Ryuouka wrote:

Well, most manga are incredibly low quality, so i do wish Light novels got more attention. So many people are unaware of masterpieces like Hakomari because they don't want to read text...

LN's just have overall better quality of story telling than manga


well that can be true in some cases but manga can also have a great story as well, as long as the author is passionate enough. You have any suggestions on good light novels? maybe i just tested off with some crappy ones lol

And thanks for the comments everyone good stuff keep it up!


I have to admit ive been through some good manga, but that's mostly classics and older ones. I haven't seen much promising of the new stuff nowadays.

And yeah, theres one light novel that completely changed how i view LN/manga, and entertainment in general. You could say it had a negative effect, since everything else i read and watch nowadays is pretty boring compared to it.

It's the one i mentioned, Hakomari (utsuro no hako to zero no maria) and currently has 6 volumes. 7 Is coming soon and is the last one.
Volume 1 can speak for the rest of the series, so if you decide to try it out but dislike volume 1, then it's okay to call it a quit (V1 is only a setup, but a damn good one)
If you decide to continue after volume 1, keep in mind that volume 2 is the worst for most people including me, and it peaks in volume 3-4.
Well, even the worst in this masterpiece beats the best in other works.
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Ryuouka wrote:

Well, most manga are incredibly low quality, so i do wish Light novels got more attention. So many people are unaware of masterpieces like Hakomari because they don't want to read text...

LN's just have overall better quality of story telling than manga


well that can be true in some cases but manga can also have a great story as well, as long as the author is passionate enough. You have any suggestions on good light novels? maybe i just tested off with some crappy ones lol

And thanks for the comments everyone good stuff keep it up!


I have to admit ive been through some good manga, but that's mostly classics and older ones. I haven't seen much promising of the new stuff nowadays.

And yeah, theres one light novel that completely changed how i view LN/manga, and entertainment in general. You could say it had a negative effect, since everything else i read and watch nowadays is pretty boring compared to it.

It's the one i mentioned, Hakomari (utsuro no hako to zero no maria) and currently has 6 volumes. 7 Is coming soon and is the last one.
Volume 1 can speak for the rest of the series, so if you decide to try it out but dislike volume 1, then it's okay to call it a quit (V1 is only a setup, but a damn good one)
If you decide to continue after volume 1, keep in mind that volume 2 is the worst for most people including me, and it peaks in volume 3-4.
Well, even the worst in this masterpiece beats the best in other works.


Thanks for the suggestion ill try it out, i usually give mangas one or two books before i decide to not continue. Thanks for the warning on volume two keep that in mind! Because the light novels i read i also read as mangas first. such as no game no life so when i read the light novel was just too weird and awkward for me i saw the light novel for is it wrong to pick up girls in a dungeon might read that since i loved that anime. since i didnt see the manga around.
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I think I can answer one of your questions. It seems like the US/ North American publishers are starting to release more light novels now. Only a few years ago, you'd pretty much read all your LNs through baka-tsuki, but nowadays a lot more are getting English releases. I've especially noticed Yenpress getting a lot of the distribution rights for them. (I may or may not own all the Sword Art Online and Accel World books....)

You know, I'll answer your second question too. I think people generally lean towards manga than light novels, and the probable reasoning behind this is the translation times. A manga chapter can be released in Japan, and within a few hours it's been translated into various other languages. Not so much for LNs, which can have anywhere from 30-80 thousand words, I'd figure that'd take weeks. Because of this, manga can be released to an English fanbase much, much faster.

Anyway, I'd say I prefer light novels, because, whereas awesome visuals are nice, there's so much more storytelling that a novel can give you. Anime and manga can show you a person who's emotionally distraught and you feel yourself dying inside, but then you read the light novel of it and you have those feels all over again, two fold, because now the author is explaining to you exactly what the character is doing and feeling, down to the last detail. On top of that, I like having the ability to create the world in my head when reading a book, because then I can watch the anime and see how far off I was. (I was REEALLY far off with Takasu's house in Toradora.)

This reply got much longer than I intended it to be....
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Ryuouka wrote:


Ninja_Pro92 wrote:


Ryuouka wrote:

Well, most manga are incredibly low quality, so i do wish Light novels got more attention. So many people are unaware of masterpieces like Hakomari because they don't want to read text...

LN's just have overall better quality of story telling than manga


well that can be true in some cases but manga can also have a great story as well, as long as the author is passionate enough. You have any suggestions on good light novels? maybe i just tested off with some crappy ones lol

And thanks for the comments everyone good stuff keep it up!


I have to admit ive been through some good manga, but that's mostly classics and older ones. I haven't seen much promising of the new stuff nowadays.

And yeah, theres one light novel that completely changed how i view LN/manga, and entertainment in general. You could say it had a negative effect, since everything else i read and watch nowadays is pretty boring compared to it.

It's the one i mentioned, Hakomari (utsuro no hako to zero no maria) and currently has 6 volumes. 7 Is coming soon and is the last one.
Volume 1 can speak for the rest of the series, so if you decide to try it out but dislike volume 1, then it's okay to call it a quit (V1 is only a setup, but a damn good one)
If you decide to continue after volume 1, keep in mind that volume 2 is the worst for most people including me, and it peaks in volume 3-4.
Well, even the worst in this masterpiece beats the best in other works.


Ah man I love Zero no Maria. Its so unique and delicously dark. Its probably not gonna be adapted into an anime, given the nature of its story.

Also, while light novels are nice, I think the best medium is visual novels. It combines the best of both worlds- the narrative details of a novel and the visual aspects of manga/anime. Plus there's alot of unique things you can do since they are interactive and have branching story lines
Posted 7/6/15

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So does anyone know if light novels are more of a thing in Japan now? or is it just the United States trying to bring them more attention? Do people prefer light novels over manga? What do you guys prefer?


Light novels are rather large in Japan, but the sales per volume of even the top selling LNs don't really compare to per volume sales for the most popular manga. It may have to do with differences in pricing, but I'm not sure how expensive LNs are compared to manga. (Manga in Japan are incredibly cheap though.) If you want some data on top selling manga/LN here is a link to Oricon's yearly ranking of the top sellers.

Certain people may, but not everyone. It depends on the cultural context as well. Manga is usually placed in reference to 'nerd' subculture, so the general population may be more accepting to something like a light novel since it's more like a book than a comic book. It depends though!

For my personal preference, I actually enjoy light novels more. I've always loved reading, and while manga are easy to flip through and see, there's always just been something for me about reading text that can create such powerful and interesting worlds.
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Light novels are frequently the original source material for anime and manga. I wish I could find more of them.
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