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Posted 10/27/16 , edited 10/27/16
My brother picks up all the mainstream series so I don't have much room to buy hahaha
But I'll usually go for something unique. It's either got to have a lot of re-reading value, something unusual that I would like to show to friends that they wouldn't read normally, or art or writing that I would like to study in depth. I don't usually buy a whole collection unless it's really short.
That said, I usually end up with more western comics than I do manga, like Cucumber Quest, or Blacksad, because they're so different.

But sometimes I'll just pick up a series because I love it so much.
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I learned a rough lesson: make sure you like the way the manga ends before you decide to purchase a giant story like Bleach. I'd been following the japanese manga/fanscans since the 'save rukia' arc, and have all the recent (60 something) volumes in US when the series ended and now I wish I had waited before purchasing them each release date as the volumes came out. Would have saved alot of war chest funds for comicons instead!

Purchasing shorter series is a nice way to have a good genre mix of content to read, and the investment isn't too bad for many of the titles. I find it much easier to do this and support the mangakas this way instead of getting bored with a long running series that drags on past its time and ends abrutly, but thats just my two cents.

Happy hunting!
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Posted 10/28/16
If I don't know the author then I judge it by the art, is it good or not.
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Reviews, to me. That's how i usually decide what i buy.
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I always read the first chapters or so of it online or at my local book store or library to see if it's anygood, then I but it.
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Even though I have access to a load of digital manga on crunchyroll anyway, I still buy physical copies of any manga I want to read (if it's published in English, I'll get on to what I do if it isn't licensed in a minute). This is mainly because of two things, firstly I just like owning stuff, idk if other people do this but I find probably at least 50% of why I buy manga is because it's so satisfying to see all the different volumes of a series lined up next to each other on a shelf (I know that sounded retarded, but I'm pretty sure other people do it as well). Secondly, which is more of the reason I still don't really read manga online or in e-book format is that I just don't like reading on a computer. It might be a bit different if I had a kindle or tablet (though I suspect I still wouldn't particularly like not having the 'physical' book), but on a computer, I find it so easy to get distracted and just end up watching a series of youtube documentaries, even in the middle of a manga I'm really enjoying.

Basically I buy any manga which I'm fairly positive I'll like. For example, even though I'm curious as to how the manga pans out for certain anime series I didn't particularly enjoy (e.g. Triage X, Taboo Tattoo), I wouldn't consider buying the manga with my current level of income because I don't know whether or not I'll actually like it. So generally speaking, I buy manga for series which I loved the anime of and want to reexperience the story / see where it goes after the anime ends. As for series of which there isn't an anime of or I haven't seen it yet if there is one, I can go off any range of factors, be it synopsis, cover art, recommendations, online ratings, author and even publisher (not so much any more, but Seven Seas used to be the only licensor that seemed to me to really just want to release series they thought fans would enjoy, rather than series they thought would earn them a lot of money). It's usually a combination of synopsis and ratings that'll make me buy though.

As for series not officially licensed, this might sound dumb but I kind of use them as incentives to encourage me to learn Japanese. I can't imagine I'm the only anime fan learning Japanese (ngl the main reason I started learning it is because not enough dating sims get translated lol). I've been studying for a while, but when I eventually finish all the textbooks currently in my plan, I plan on importing some series I really loved the anime of (Ace of the Diamond and Akagami no Shirayukihime are probably the main ones I'm setting my sights on at the moment, because they're Shounen / Shoujo, which means furigana) to help me study. This is a similar sentiment I have for most non-licensed series I want to read. I basically figure that if I'm going to be learning Japanese anyway, I might as well just wait and buy them in bulk when I can actually read Japanese adequately, because even if I read them online, I'd probably still want to buy the print versions eventually.
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I usally choose a manga if I like the art style and find the story appealing.

It also helps If i already read other manga by the mangaka. Then I know if I like the way they write and develop the storyline.

Besides these points I tend to buy just the first volume of a manga series (If it's a new series I start). If I'm not convinced by it I'm not going to buy/read the rest.
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most of the time, when i buy manga, i have already read it online and only want it for collecting purposes. though occasionally i'll buy a book or two solely for its art style lol......
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