Aren't those two titles several years old?
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Are those what your talking about?
If so I can see why they weren't brought over. Tokyopop wasn't Tokyopop until 97 those two ended their runs a few years before that.
They may eventually be brought over you never know, but with those manga being several years old. And running for several years its very unlikely, if those were the ones your talking about?
Anyway whats popular in Japan may fall on its face here, or something that fell on its face there may be loved here.
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Another thing is that people in America don't ask what manga you saw. They ask what anime you've seen. Americans have over 50 channels and watching television shows is more prevalent here than reading comic books. I think Japan only has like 10 channels. Like what people in this thread have been saying.
It's not uncommon for people to say stuff like this.
I mean i can't speak for all but as for me i read manga when i can get may hands on it.Its the one thing i like to read books or other stuff i just don't bother with.But if i compare it with me watching anime i watch anime more but thats due to its just easier to get new eps the new manga some times.
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I can't disagree with you on that. I enjoy manga though, If I like the manga I check out the anime and if I like the anime I end up checking out the manga. I do admit that I watch more anime than read manga, but thats more of a demand issue.
If you're watching a brand new anime series buying the disc one at a time it could take six months to a year to finish the show, but for the manga if it was say 10 volumes that could take up to two years to finish.
If there was some way companies like Tokyopop and Viz could pump out manga faster with out half-*ssing it, I think it noticeably increase the number of manga readers in the states. (Actually Viz is doing that right now, with the Naruto manga putting out two or three issues each month until the new year.)
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I think here are some reasons why Americans don't read manga.
1) The wait time for anime vs. manga (in general)
2) The cost of unlicensed anime (free) vs. manga ($10-20)
3) Americans have short attention span, so for you to ask them to read that's like torture.
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We do.Just not as much cause its harded to find in america.I read what i can find.
And legend i dont we dont have short attention spans.Our lives are just very occupied and sometimes we dont have the time to sit down and read(Not me but other americans)
In Japan, manga is $3-8 brand new and can be purchased for $1 a piece at any of thousands of used-book shops throughout the country.
People can't AFFORD to read manga in the US the way they do in Japan.
Anime, on the other hand, is far cheaper (and more popular with adults) in America than in Japan...
If we're speaking comparatively: Japan is also a public-transportation culture, where in the US we all use private transportation. Most Japanese (reguardless of age) have a 30min-2 hour commute to school or work on a train or bus... this is a perfect time for reading. By comparison, the Japanese spend very little time at home (where they would be watching anime)