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Posted 8/16/16
The first thing I tend to look at is the cover art. They say never to judge a book by it's cover and I don't follow that for manga lol. If the art is cute or vibrant I tend to move towards those.

Another big factor for me is I tend to pick up manga that also has an anime adaptation so I can compare the two. There have been times when I would read the manga first and then I'd watch the anime. Most of the time it's anime and then manga. There is a few exceptions that I bought manga without an anime adaptation.

Last but not least I read the back of the manga to see what the story is about and if I like the themes, I may end up buying it.
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Posted 8/17/16
Most of the manga I buy are new and physical. They are also purchased from either my local comic shop or amazon, and I have a specific mindset for each.

Comic shop:
I start many of my series at the shop. When I buy I think two things what can I buy? and what am I reading? From there I think about price and if I will be able to finish the series i.e. are there 80 volumes currently released. I then look at how broad the selection before me is and I make sure to do a quick scan of the art. I also make sure to flip to a random page and read some dialogue to see what the characters are like.

Amazon:
Amazon is almost solely price driven and it gives me a better timetable of what to expect in the future. On amazon I usually strengthen series because the prices are better. I do however on the occasion buy my first volumes from the site.

Essentially I buy on impulse from the shop and I stalk my books for months online.
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Posted 8/20/16 , edited 8/20/16
If an anime series came from a manga that I liked, then I'll consider getting the manga. To me, this is the biggest win. Why? Well...

Even if a series was not originally a manga, the anime might give it a shot of popularity and a manga will be made afterwards. However, these tend to get axed prematurely once that popularity starts fading, before it can even catch up to the original material. Sometimes, they don't even make it past the anime... not too surprising when you consider it takes about a half year for enough chapters to come out to make one volume of manga. It kinda makes me sad. Unless I really like the anime, and want to support the entire series any way I can, I tend to stay away from these.

'Course, if the series started off as a manga series, odds are 100% that you can buy the manga and get everything else in the series. Everyone's happy!

Also, if you've got some Japanese under your belt, many comic magazines have an online publication they do too. They usually will only publish the latest chapter (meaning they pull the previous chapter when they publish a new one), so you can't forget to check them out every month, though.

Sometimes I'll impulse buy something too, if I like the art and/or the synopsis sounds vaguely interesting. I've gotten a few good ones this way, some pretty obscure. However, I've also had my share of misses, and that kinda hurts the wallet. Normally, I'll give a manga two volumes to prove itself, but when it doesn't... that's me spending money on two volumes for something I don't end up liking. Yuck. Best to do this if you can buy used on the cheap.
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Posted 8/21/16
this is a very subjective matter
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Posted 8/21/16
If I liked the anime enough then I'd also try the manga and go from there. Usually I'd buy a first volume and if it got me hooked or I see enough promise in it then I'd continue buying the later volumes.
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Posted 8/22/16
I think is one of the easiest things to decide on doing lol. I mean, I've been reading online for years as well but there's mangas you know they are your favorite ones and you know you will read over and over again, also comes helping the series out. This is how I see it for me that's why I buy Attack On Titan, Tokyo Ghoul and TerraFormars
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Posted 8/26/16
I usually try everything out online first and then buy everything that's officially licensed that I like (or get it from the library, a friend who owns it, etc). I mostly go for ebooks when they are available to save space and so I can read on the train (and at school <_<). But if I really love the art, it's not too long a series (25 volumes is about my limit) or e-books aren't out I go for physical volumes. I guess I take apartment space into consideration too (or at least, I know I should...)
Posted 8/26/16
If I seen the anime and liked it, I'd probably buy the manga too
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Posted 8/26/16
I usually only buy manga that I know I already like. Sometimes i'll just sit down and read a volume in the store before I decide to buy it it. But then again, sometimes I just think the cover art is nice looking and buy it.
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I buy the Volume when it contains the chapters that I liked the most. When I was watching Bleach, I liked the battle between Zaraki and Nnoitra, so I went and bought the V.34 and V.35 which contains the whole battle. Also they contain the battles Kurotsuchi VS Szayel Apollo and Byakuya VS Zommari. Another example is the Fairy Tail Volumes 36-39, where it was the conclusion of the Grand Magic Games Arc and I wanted to know what happens. So yeah! Many people buy the volumes, because they contain their favorite chapters. But also, I like reading the paper version, more than the digital. When you read the manga chapter touching the paper pages, and having them always, not fearing about your tablet or smartphone breaking, and losing your data. So yeah, I buy Tankobon because they are more convenient for me
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Posted 8/31/16
i look at the cover & pick out what looks good
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Posted 8/31/16
I just treat it like buying a book. Do you want to collect a lot of physical media or not? If I've found an author interesting, i might look at other works or similar ones. It's a lot easier for me to buy light novels in a series because of the time it takes to read verse a manga. Bought the gods lie,solanin, and a girl on the shore just recently, anything longer I'd rather read online.
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Posted 8/31/16
I have to buy a psychical copy of it, I can't do online.
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Posted 8/31/16
How I Decide to Buy What Manga To Buy

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Posted 9/7/16
I've only been reading manga for a few months, I had only been watching anime up to this point. But I want to start buying the Boku no Hero Academia manga, I've been super interested since I discovered it and this is the first time I've liked something so much that I want to spend money on it to show my love and support for it.
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