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Thread: Why do Americans change the format of Manga books?

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    I have read some mangas that were translated by independent people(not going to say who), but they make it so that the word bubbles/text parts read left to right. But the order they are set in is like that of the japaneese way. (which is upper right, DOWN, left, etc...)

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    (my name is guts) (why?) (What is your name?)


    (then my name is trunks.) (because.) (you tell me yours first.)

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    I think that is how it goes... but it is better than all left to right, or vice versa.

    I haven't read that many mangas actually, so if this is how most are done, well, shame on me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FinalFantasyFan
    I have been wondering why the Untited States and Canada change the format of manga books. Instead of reading it from right to left (the way it is supose to be read) they change it to left to right. Can you figure out why they do that?

    The English language is read from left to right. Thus, the flow of the language also goes from left to right. This means that written material proceeds from left to right.

    Japanese characters are read from right to left, dictating the flow of language on a page and thus the direction of a book.

    Publishers change the "direction" of a manga in order for the flow of the book to make sense to people who have been taught from the first days of school to read from left to right. It provides less of a shock for the casual bookstore patron.

    The current trend for North American publishers to start printing manga in the "Japanese" format has two sources:
    1) It's cheaper to print the book since they can eliminate the step of having to transpose all the pictures to their mirror image.
    2) Marketing research has shown that manga printed in the "American" style is instanstly reviled by the japan-centric consumers for not being "correct" and sales start to lag.
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    Another major minus to the direction switching is the mirroring of the images, some manga try to minimize it as much as possible but I still find it very irritating when I see Manji's cross scar on the left side of his face for example.

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    Oh, Zui Quan already touched the subject...
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    Well, I think everyone probably has to admit that the first time they tried reading the other way around, they had a few problems. I certainly did ^^;

    I guess that Arrainna got it in that it's just the work of marketing and publishers, trying to increase their sales by making manga less difficult for western audiances.

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    I never really had a problem with the flipping of manga (though I must say that most domestic manga I've seen lately have been un-flipped). I do remember one change that I guess could annoy people who like things to be authentic : In Parasyte, the flipping of the manga caused the right hand parasite to be changed to the left hand, thus changing his name to "Lefty". Personally, I didn't care, but there were some people who were upset.
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    Because they are dumb...

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    This thead should be closed... I mean REALLY this is like arguing about which is better, left hand or right hand drive cars..... It doesn't make ANY difference. Think about it.

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    I just don't understand how changing the format makes them dumb. Seriously, isn't it the content that matters?
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