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    Re: How Come Americans Don't Read Manga?

    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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    Re: How Come Americans Don't Read Manga?

    Quote Originally Posted by ketaro View Post
    There are many reasonable reasons why Americans don't read manga.

    1. The cultural differences between the two cultures.
    2. The way manga is formated to be read.
    3. Most Americans are too lazy to read.
    4. Americans don't read unless its is a magazine about worthless crap such as fashion.

    The list goes on. Right now manga isn't popular as anime is in some parts of the nation perhaps, because manga companies don't advertise manga as heavely as some American anime companies do.
    I think your right about this..but americans just don't uderstand it either.

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    Re: How Come Americans Don't Read Manga?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mechazawa View Post
    Aren't those two titles several years old?

    Osu!! Karate Bu - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    Yawara! A Fashionable Judo Girl - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    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.
    Those are the ones I'm talking about. The falling on your face part is true. Trigun and Outlaw star were popular in America but unpopular in Japan.

    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.


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    I haven't read the manga, but the anime is pretty sweet. I just caught the first episode not too long ago.
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    Re: How Come Americans Don't Read Manga?

    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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    Re: How Come Americans Don't Read Manga?

    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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    Re: How Come Americans Don't Read Manga?

    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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    Re: How Come Americans Don't Read Manga?

    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)

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    Re: How Come Americans Don't Read Manga?

    Quote Originally Posted by Shodokan View Post
    I was wondering how come Americans don't read manga? All the time you hear anime fans whining that the series should be continued when the manga has been running for the equivalent of 5 seasons or more. Hell alot of people don't realize manga is more popular than anime in Japan. What's the deal?
    They do. But in the US, they try to charge $10-20.00 per volume for something that can be read in a matter of hours and there are very few resale shops in which to purchase titles at a discount.

    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)

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