Post Reply What is your opinion on read the manga endings?
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e.x No Game No Life

shows that just end with no warning, forcing you to either read the manga or walk away feeling unsatisfied.


I despise these endings and think they shouldn't exist as I can't stand reading manga.

I could be wrong though, does anyone actually like these types of endings?
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RandomPixl wrote:

e.x No Game No Life

shows that just end with no warning, forcing you to either read the manga or walk away feeling unsatisfied.


I despise these endings and think they shouldn't exist as I can't stand reading manga.

I could be wrong though, does anyone actually like these types of endings?


It's much more profitable to create anime as essentially a giant commercial for a manga, novel, or video game than it is to create anime as a stand alone product.

Personally, often times I even prefer reading manga to watching anime, unless the anime is really well made like Attack on Titan.
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NGNL isn't a manga, it's a novel.

But yes, nowadays, there are a lot of them around. Basically, before being an independent media, japanese animation is a tool used to advertise for the original material. Basically they adapt a part of a novel or a manga without finishing, with the purpose of rising the sales of the original material (and as long as they choose well what they're adapting to fit the anime watcher's taste, it's working fairly well ImO). This is a safe work for the animation studio, since they are paid to adapt rather than having to worry on depending only of the BR/DVD sales which are highly inconsistent. In other words, most studio NEEDS those to live because the amount of people buying DVD /BR is far too low.

On this, for the fact that anime BR/DVD are stuck with the rental pricing system which is highly inefficient to rise the number of sale(but is giving them more income than other pricing system due to several factors, including otaku buying anyway despite a price which is destined to rental shop, the fact that most japanese peoples don't have enough place at home to stock a collection and heavily favour rental over buying and collection, well, I could go on for a while, but the result is here: still rental pricing and still very low sales), as well as the piracy leading lots of peoples in japan and oversea to just download for free are both cause of struggle. As such, being paid to adapt a part of manga/novel is a god send that most studio cannot refuse. But obviously, with that system, the only goal of the company buying is to raise the number of sales on their end. And for this, there is NO LOGICAL REASONS to make several cours and adapt a whole series of novels/manga rather than doing one or two cours. As most of the time, supplementary seasons won't bring a substantial amount of new buyers of the manga/novel being adapted.

So well, it's an inevitable. At the very least, if the anime studio are still as prolific nowadays, it's thanks to that kind of things.

You could say that right now, anime as an independent media isn't able to survive on its own baring a few very successful studios. It's therefore more of a convenient tool than a media used to tell a whole story, and the result are lots of partial adaptation supporting the anime studios.


As for my own opinion, I personally don't mind because I'm more of a novel/manga reader than an anime watcher anyway. I often have already read the source material when an anime is adapted from one anyway. And if I haven't, it's either that I don't care enough about the source material so being cut halfway don't bother me, or that I'm actually watching the anime to decide if I'll buy the source material or not. So either way again, not a problem for me.
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I'm usually reading the manga ahead of the anime, so I really don't care about "read the manga endings"; it be nice to see more seasons, but I'm fine where I am at.

Plus, even if they caught up to the LN/manga there wouldn't be a conclusion anyways; unless the LN/manga had already finished.

Not every anime can be a long running series.

And "original" anime endings pretty much negate any chance for a second season. Will we ever get a second season of Blue Exorcist?
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Well, they aren't going anywhere and pretty much will have to exist. It's more from a marketing standpoint then a storytelling standpoint.

If an anime is set to air for a season, then it will, and then it'll end. Lots of these animes based on light novels or manga are there to get people to buy the light novels (like in the case of NGNL) or manga. The anime ends, cliffhanger, people are curious, it's done it's job.

If it has some abrupt, unsatisfying ending, people won't bother to look into whatever series it was and just ignore it = no sales, which is not always true (like in the case of AgK). However, animes with these endings (unlike NGNL, which was a cliffhanger rather than an actual ending) are basically confirming they will only be around for that one season. Like AgK doesn't have the money, nor enough backers and fans to have stuck to the manga and had another season. They made their season, made their money from it, and they're out.

However if the anime is successful, then it'll be renewed just like any other show. That is, if the creators were already open to the idea of having a second season and didn't end it in the first season.
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If there is at least some intent on producing more works in that universe if the first is successful, then I don't mind.

Anime reaches a much broader audience than manga or LNs--and if people become aware of a really good manga or LN because of an incomplete anime, then I think that's a win.

Also, as an American who doesn't read Japanese, I have to wait for translations before I can read a manga or LN. If having a popular anime makes that translation more likely to happen, then again, I'm all for it.

Sure, sometimes it annoys me that significant plot-holes remain (although good adaptations find ways of ending that are both faithful and at least moderately satisfactory). But there have also been some very good anime made out of incomplete manga or LNs (Spice and Wolf; Kimi ni Todoke; Mysterious Girlfriend X, just to name a few). So on the whole, I don't mind so much.
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I usually read the manga for any show I enjoy, but I still dislike when the shows end prematurely.
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