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Hi friends,
Although I've been reading manga online for years, recently I've been getting more and more into buying manga. I bought the two omnibus volumes of Orange and vol. 1 of Akatsuki no Yona. Considering the huge number of manga titles out there, as well as the delay between the number of manga volumes available in Japan vs. in English (for example, Akatsuki no Yona just finished its 22nd volume while the 1st volume just came out in North America), how do people decide what manga to buy?

What are criteria you use when buying manga? Are there manga that are 'more' or 'less' worth it to buy vs. just reading it online?
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I personally read online to see what i'd like to buy. I don't look at the japan vs english thing even if the series im buying is way behind in japan idc much since it's actually finally here XD. I go with the series im most attached to! That gets me excited to see my favorite characters doing something awesome! That gets me sad when maybe they are dead or something tragic happens! I'm a battle shounen lover so as example i loved reading world trigger so i started buying it last year XD. Oh i also somewhat look out for how popular a series is you don't want to buy volumes for a book just for it to be axed and incomplete not that has happened to me yet....
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for me, i buy my manga if it is worth it. If i have seen the anime and liked it (like Fullmetal alchemist) or if ive read it online or borrowed it from a friend (like One piece or Berserk), i usually buy the volumes. As for the Japan vs English (or French in my case), i usually catch up the japan publication online and buy my mangas when they are released in French (Because i live in the only French Talking part of North America: Quebec).As for my criteria for buying a manga is simple:

1. If i like the story and Characters
2.I like the art style
3.if its not too long (only exception would be One piece)

and there are sometimes when i just buy a random manga when i have nothing else to buy, like when i bought the first 3 volumes of Akame ga kill just because they were there.
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If I'm not blind buying lots off Ebay just to sample several different titles at once, I look at the cover art first, head to wiki for a synopsis second, and then read samples (if they are available.) If I enjoy the sample or think I might like where the story is heading, then I will invest in collecting the series. I have pretty much the same qualifications as willego.:

1. Is the artwork nice? (I never got into Naruto for this reason, the artwork has always seemed too congested and a bit sloppy, IMO)
2. Is the story good?
3. Is the series of a reasonable length? (The longest running series I have are Negima, Shaman King, Rurouni Kenshin, Neon Genesis Evangelion + the spinoffs, and Attack on Titan + the spinoffs. Bleach, Naruto, One Piece, and Gintama are too long for my taste.)
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I don't buy manga series with too many volumes
Well, usually I buy my really favorites series (Cardcaptor Sakura, Berserk, Love Hina.. )
If not that, I buy if the art style is really too good (Vagabond, One Punch Man) or if the cover are really beautiful (To Love Ru)
I mean, I like TLR's story and art style, but the cover is really nice! xD

I don't have space enough to collect a lot of manga collection (Tiny space and lots of college books), so I can't afford to buy manga I don't know very well or I just like it a little.. I'm even thinking of selling my Mirai Nikki and Blue exorcist collection because I'm not that into these series..
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The number of volumes available is a big factor for me. Looking at all the One Piece, Naruto and Bleach volumes available to buy, you're looking at well over 500 dollars for each series if you weren't there from the beginning. That's just way too much money, considering how fast you can blow through each volume. I recently bought My Hero Academia because I really enjoyed the anime. Definitely didn't regret getting all the available volumes for that. I also took a gamble and bought the first two available volumes for Black Clover. Shonen will probably always be my favorite genre, and judging from the first two volumes so far, it's pretty decent. I also bought all the available Tokyo Ghoul volumes since I also enjoyed that anime. With so many fans saying how the second half was utter garbage compared to the manga, I just had to start reading it from the beginning. Art style is a big one for me too. If the art is crappy like Naruto or Hunter x Hunter, I'm not sure if I can tolerate it. One day, I will own the entire Berserk collection though. I don't think any art can top Kentaro's.
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Lemontitties wrote:

The number of volumes available is a big factor for me. Looking at all the One Piece, Naruto and Bleach volumes available to buy, you're looking at well over 500 dollars for each series if you weren't there from the beginning. That's just way too much money, considering how fast you can blow through each volume. I recently bought My Hero Academia because I really enjoyed the anime. Definitely didn't regret getting all the available volumes for that. I also took a gamble and bought the first two available volumes for Black Clover. Shonen will probably always be my favorite genre, and judging from the first two volumes so far, it's pretty decent. I also bought all the available Tokyo Ghoul volumes since I also enjoyed that anime. With so many fans saying how the second half was utter garbage compared to the manga, I just had to start reading it from the beginning. Art style is a big one for me too. If the art is crappy like Naruto or Hunter x Hunter, I'm not sure if I can tolerate it. One day, I will own the entire Berserk collection though. I don't think any art can top Kentaro's.


I want to buy the Berserk collection but it's one of those that's sort of cost prohibitive to collect anything but a little at a time. On pricing, though, Code Geass likes to validate the cost of buying the full Naruto, Bleach, or One Piece collection--the last book is more valuable than any of those series....

T>Code Geass v. 8 for Naruto and Bleach complete (not really; you'd have to pry it from my cold, dead, hands!)
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willego wrote:
3.if its not too long (only exception would be One piece)



PandAndy wrote:
3. Is the series of a reasonable length? (The longest running series I have are Negima, Shaman King, Rurouni Kenshin, Neon Genesis Evangelion + the spinoffs, and Attack on Titan + the spinoffs. Bleach, Naruto, One Piece, and Gintama are too long for my taste.)



abelpinheiro wrote:

I don't buy manga series with too many volumes



Lemontitties wrote:

The number of volumes available is a big factor for me.


I agree with all who are saying that the length of the series is a factor, but what's the cut-off mark for you guys? How many volumes is too much? For me, I get iffy once it hits the 20-25 volume mark (Akatsuki no Yona is an exception because I love what is written in the margins which is why I bought it).
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for me too long would be any series that goes beyond 40-50 volumes, like Bleach, Naruto and One piece. Unless i really like the series, i dont go out of my way to buy series that are that long, but like i said, the only exception is One piece, Because One Piece is really good
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Drewkun88 wrote:


willego wrote:
3.if its not too long (only exception would be One piece)



PandAndy wrote:
3. Is the series of a reasonable length? (The longest running series I have are Negima, Shaman King, Rurouni Kenshin, Neon Genesis Evangelion + the spinoffs, and Attack on Titan + the spinoffs. Bleach, Naruto, One Piece, and Gintama are too long for my taste.)



abelpinheiro wrote:

I don't buy manga series with too many volumes



Lemontitties wrote:

The number of volumes available is a big factor for me.


I agree with all who are saying that the length of the series is a factor, but what's the cut-off mark for you guys? How many volumes is too much? For me, I get iffy once it hits the 20-25 volume mark (Akatsuki no Yona is an exception because I love what is written in the margins which is why I bought it).


I think 30 is creeping up on "too long," so I would say 40+.
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Drewkun88 wrote:


I agree with all who are saying that the length of the series is a factor, but what's the cut-off mark for you guys? How many volumes is too much? For me, I get iffy once it hits the 20-25 volume mark (Akatsuki no Yona is an exception because I love what is written in the margins which is why I bought it).


Probably 40+ for me as well. I really want to start collecting Berserk and The Seven Deadly Sins, those are my two most wanted series so far.
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I buy manga based on what kind of series it is.
I usually first read it online to see if its worth the cash and if it is i buy it.
Though some series i might keep reading online couse i don't have eneugh space at home for all the volumes(Berserk comes to mind).
One other criteria is rereadability, since i usually bring them to work to read in breaks or if i travel somewhere so action, comedy and story driven series is what i go for mainly, since crime series are usually not interesting anymore after a read or two.

Aside from that i read and buy whatever if find fun, regardless of art style or genre.
Some examples are Shomin Sample(hilarious serie!),Arpeggio of Blue Steel(great action and setting) and Negima and its sequel UQ Holder(very deep setting and cool story and characters)

As a tip, try to stay away from Psycological series that have reader abuse(Gunsmith Cats comes to mind) in them since they can really make u stop reading them and make u feel bad.

Hope this helps!
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Most of manga that I buy are either stuff that I've already read or from in line with my interests, or works that just catch my interest.
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I don't read a lot of manga but I can give a decent example on how I found my favorite manga of all time One Punch-man

I was on a manga reading website and I saw OPM. Never heard of it before so I clicked on the description because it sounded really, really dumb. I look at the synopsis and thought 'how the hell can this be enjoyable, this is just a more overpowered version of Superman.' So, I backed out from it and didn't give it a chance at the time.

A month later I saw it again, and decided to just read it to read it.

Ended up LOVING IT.

Sometimes you just have to look at the manga's that get your interest and give it a chance. I was interested in OPM because it sounded stupid, but ended up being my favorite thing ever once I delve in.
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I only buy my favorite series that I've already read online. I usually start by purchasing volumes that cover my favorite arcs of certain series. As an example, I currently own volumes 19-21 of Rurouni Kenshin. These volumes cover the Remembrance flashback, which is my favorite part of the entire series. I want to own the entire series eventually, but I decided to prioritize those volumes.


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