Every manga fan likely has at least one long-running series that they've given up on and stopped purchasing in the middle, and a recent online poll by My Navi Student wanted to give fans the opportunity to unburden themselves. Of the 500 working adult manga fans polled, 325 admitted that there was at least one series which they stopped collecting.
Readership drop-off is inevitable with long-running series, and there were certain commonalities that emerged within the polling data. The "Top 10 Too-Long Manga Series That I Stopped Buying in the Middle" results are as follows:
10.) Kindaichi Case Files by Yōzaburō Kanari, Seimaru Amagi, and Fumiya Satō. (71 volumes currently, 3 votes, 0.9%)
09.) Gintama by Hideaki Sorachi. (60 volumes currently, 4 votes, 1.2%)
The spots for 8 and 7 were a two-way tie with Kimi ni Todoke: From Me to You by Karuho Shiina (24 volumes currently) and Glass Mask by Suzue Miuchi (49 volumes currently). Both series received 5 votes and 1.5% of the poll.
06.) Naruto by Masashi Kishimoto. (72 volumes, 6 votes, 1.8%)
05.) Oishinbo by Tetsu Kariya and Akira Hanasaki. (111 volumes currently, 8 votes, 2.5%)
04.) Hunter x Hunter by Yoshihiro Togashi. (32 volumes currently, 13 votes, 4%)
03.) Kochikame by Osamu Akimoto. (196 volumes currently, 22 votes, 6.8%)
02.) One Piece by Eiichiro Oda. (79 volumes currently, 41 votes, 12.6%)
01.) Detective Conan / Case Closed by Gosho Aoyama. (87 volumes currently, 43 votes, 13.2%)
Other honorable mentions include Attack on Titan (17 volumes currently), Golgo 13 (177 volumes currently), Hajime no Ippo (111 volumes currently), and Yu-Gi-Oh! (38 volumes).
It's not surprising to see a lot of long-running Weekly Shōnen Jump comics represented, but length wasn't the only reason that fans eventually gave up in the middle. Other reasons cited include switching to the anime version instead (Case Closed), long hiatuses between publications (Hunter x Hunter, Glass Mask), and not feeling the need to read every chapter in the case of an episodic storyline (Kochikame).
What do you think? Can you hang in there despite dozens of volumes and delays that can span decades? Which manga have you caused you to despair and give up in the middle?
Paul Chapman is the host of The Greatest Movie EVER! Podcast and GME! Anime Fun Time.