Let's have a manga thread, /a/.
What are you reading?
What are you buying?Can this abominable port strike be over yet so that we can get imports on a consistent basis again? Discuss.
>decide to order shit from amazon since i got a gift card as a gift
>go to buy 2 books from the same seller
>around $7 new with $4 shipping each
>$20 in account
>amazon charges $22 instead of $18
how about you go fuck yourself amazon
Imports are fine too.
Are you buying directly from amazon, or from sellers? Because the sellers can increase/decrease prices whenever they feel like it.
Sellers. I was mad how for some fucking reason it charges $8 instead of 4 simply because it was 2 books and not one. If i'm buying from the same seller it shouldn't just multiply the shipping costs by the product number when they are from the same seller and the exact same size/weight. It doesn't cost $8 for 2 week shipping for 2 small ass books when we are both in the US
Currently reading Yokohama Kaidashi Kikou and re-reading Space Brothers.
Such is the fate of buying from shitty third-party sellers, anon. Best bet is pre-ordering stuff from Amazon months in advance, that way you are automatically locked in for the lowest price.
Other options are keeping your fingers crossed for it to appear on one of the Barnes & Noble 50% off promotions every Monday, or buying it for a slightly cheaper than everyone else price at RightStuf (or waiting for publisher sales).
3rd party sellers usually aren't the best choice, since they'll dick you over with shipping costs or inflating prices.
Just ordered the first 5 volumes of Vinland Saga, feels good man.
>and trying to gather some strenght and courage to finish Steel Ball Run.
Why? It's a fantastic manga and one of my favorites, why do you have fear of finishing it?
While the production values aren't the best, it's still nice to own. Plus, now that it's confirmed that they're not dropping Vinland Saga, and that they'll be sticking with hardcovers, I'm relieved.
Speaking of, I'm stoked that Dark Horse got Planetes and will be putting that out in omnibus at the end of the year. Their CLAMP releases were fucking stellar. Lots of color pages, and really nice paper stock too.
My fellow american africa-
Out of all fucking good Riders, why did you select fucking Decade? Why did select the one who always fuck everything? ONORE DICKEIDO.
I'm not from USA, in my country, Vinland Saga is currently being published, it's still on Volume 7.
Paper quality is the best out there. Better than shitty jap paper and cheap american manga paper. Translation is fine. No real localization issues outside of local slangs, which makes swearing pretty, well, Argentinian.
It's also the only REAL manga publisher in the country, with the "competition" releasing around 1 volume per 2 months of Naruto, One Piece, Monster and Trigun (80% of their licences).
Prices went up by a lot since last year, but that's just the country itself.
Well then, disregard my comments. Italian? French? Either way, fuck you guys.
No shit? Ah that is a shame about the lack of competition. Usually it gives someone to keep pace with. Prices have been on the rise here too, but not nearly as much.
Seki-kun is good but got old with it's antics fast but that's personal preference
AgK was good if only for reading it with /a/ since the beginning and funposting
Magus looks good from some art i saw, but haven't read it
Actually buying Fakku shit makes it instantly irredeemable
I'm reading Kokou No Hito, it's fucking amazing but I'm already so depressed halfway through.
I don't usually buy manga since I find my tablet extremely comfy to read on, but I'm considering getting all of HxH if I can. With the hiatus I'll just end up rereading it so may as well have a physical copy.
>Ah that is a shame about the lack of competition.
Honestly, their pace is pretty good. It's unfortunate that bad selling titles really do suffer a lot. Seriously, KareKano will probably finish in 2027. At least they don't cancel.
The only real problem with Argentinian manga is the lack of options. Kodansha and Square Enix refuse to sell their licenses here because well, they are afraid of economic instability.
And for a country as fucked up as this one, I'm surprised we get more than 1 new titles per year.
Pretty much this >>124548376 Altho I have to disagree on the localisation. The argie slang is really absurd at times. Old timey samurais and classy englishmen calling each other pelotudo is unintentionally hilariou to point they even put in swears where there originally wasn't any because that's just argentine speech patterns.
He was my first rider and I still thoroghly enjoy his clusterfuck of a story.
My tastes are wholly questionable, so no offense taken, anons.
Managed to get a copy of Henshin by Ken Niimura. I assume some expatriated Japanese guy who is pretty well known for doing the art of I KIll Giants which I haven't actually read. Regardless, he got a manga on Web Ikki-Para and it got published.
>good english releases
So practically never?
My mercosul brother. How is the manga market in your country?
In my country, they are kinda cheap... If you buy in dollar(3.6 to 7USD, the variables being the title, author, tanko volume'nd number of pages, etecetera). Most of the public are already graduated college workers or uni students, so unlike in my time, childs and teens can't afford to develop a hobby this expensive.
My shit taste can't be matched.
Blow your fucking brains out.
>learning an entire language just to read manga
You don't even need to know that much to read shit like >>124548916, it all has furigana.
I hope that shelf collapses soon and destroys all your shit.
Hey man, Wani Magazine gets a decent cut from their sales, so I'm down for buying their stuff. Plus, their releases look really damn nice. But I can totally understand why people wouldn't support them. I'm just giving them the benefit of the doubt for now.
Well shit, that blows but at least you're kind of getting KareKano still?
>Kodansha and Square Enix
Alright, that blows. The US seldom gets many seinen series these days since they sell like shit, so that crosses off a lot of good Kodansha titles. Thankfully we're at least getting some good stuff like Ajin and Witchcraft Works.
Yeah, localization can be rough. Sometimes you'll get good translations, where other times you can get horrific abominations where they scrapped the entire script. But that's why I both buy locally and import.
We can only do so much, anon.
That better not be your collection, jesus christ dude
>Alright, that blows.
It does, however, that doesn't mean we don't get any.
Comicbook stores still manage to import manga from Spain, and Spain has some good shit. The draw is, it's fucking expensive.
My collection is Argentinian, Spanish and American. The Spanish one is definetely the most expensive one. Fortunately I'm almost done with it.
It's mainly for collecting, considering it an old volume of OP and I already know what happens.
I already know 2 languages and so far Japanese hasn't been as hard as I though it was going to be.
>I feel like it has more "re-read value" since I learn and remind myself the kanji, when I go back and read.
>Instead of English where I only read once.
Not normally what I read, but pic related was good.
Also currently waiting months for chapters to come out for Instant Bullet, Abnormal Kei Joshi, and Ana Satsujin
>Baccano ever getting licensed
You know, I'd call you crazy, but they did license Index. And they just licensed Yowa-fucking-pedal, which is a death sentence in the US.
You have MonMusu and Knights of Sidonia, so you're okay in my book. But holy shit, man, you need a new shelf (and need to replace those shitty TP FLCL vols with the Dark Horse re-release).
Thanks, bro. I have 20th Century Boys, it's just packed away since I moved recently. Still need to buy more shelves. Eventually. Like at least 4 more shelves.
No, much worse,
i'm a huelord from South America
You will be suprised of how much good stuff we get here, some examples of manga that are being published/will be published:
High Quality reprint of Yu Yu Hakusho
High Quality reprint of Berserk
Eden: It's An Endless World
Ghost In The Shell
20th Century Boys
But we also get a lot of trash so it's an equivalent exchange, still waiting for One Punch Man to be published here.
Just finished reading ZERO by Matsumoto Taiyou 5 minutes ago, after putting it on hold for a long time, reading a couple of chapters and pausing for a while and what not, just breezed through the entire second half and it really surprised me because the first half was really slow and rather boring but the second half was really intense, totally blew me away for some reason, good stuff.
I grew up reading shit. I think I possibly read the most amount of shit during my active high school years on /a/. Now that I'm older, I still reads lots of shit, but it's less shit. I can only stomach so much, you know?
Haha, no. I'm not him.
Nah, just stuff I'm currently reading. My collection is split up between >>124548715 and >>124549422.
Thanks for reminding me to pick up the new GYO release too.
Ah yeah, that's true. I forget that lots of cross-language countries have that advantage. Same way in lots of Canadian provinces that get French releases.
I'm glad you guys still exist. I miss the days of our monthly releases and the massive dumps before the end.
It is legit, the only thing is we mexicans only get the popular stuff and/or shit.
Enjoy the mexican shit taste.
I have the first 3 manga volumes of Yuki-chan. I brought them to see how different the art style from the manga and anime are. I believe the manga is much better. Those $30 dollars were worth it
As a South American, I had no idea we even got worthy shit, half of your list doesn't interest me at all and I don't care for buying manga but shit at least we getting something I guess.
>High Quality reprint of Yu Yu Hakusho
>still waiting for One Punch Man to be published here.
So I've heard. Lots of countries want it, but there are obviously some holdups going on preventing it from getting a print release anywhere else yet.
Crossing my fingers for some awesome edition that includes the color inserts that aren't in the tanks.
I have a small stack of manga to read that I haven't started yet. House of Five Leaves, Go-Go Monster, Please Save My Earth, and the second half of Honey & Clover.
>And they just licensed Yowa-fucking-pedal, which is a death sentence in the US.
It might do okay if enough fujoshit and cyclists buy it.
The cover always warded me off for whatever reason. The page is nice though.
It's already digital all over the place. And it was digital originally. It's already getting worldwide sales.
Reading in japanese is so much more satisfying. Translations change so much, and even though it's usually for the better it's just not the same.
The only problem is that I still prefer to read stuff on a screen, and not everything gets scans/ebooks.
Amazon. This is the manga. The LN is out next month, I think.
House of Five Leaves is pretty chill. At least better than the anime was.
Whoa, it was in an actual magazine? Crazy. I hope people buy into it. It'd be cool to see sports manga do decently in the US. Then maybe we could get Teppu or All Rounder Meguru
in my dreams.
Currently reading Dorohedoro, about 40 chapters in and I love it so far. Also reading Vagabond, but I'm reading the Vizbig editions so its a slow pace while I buy them when I can afford them. Art is 10/10 and can't believe I put off reading it for so long.
Yeah that page is nice, but I didn't save many pages from it if that gives you an idea. There are two things that can put you off from this manga, you either don't like the art, like a reason 80% of manga readers dismiss any series, or you don't like anything related to sports, which is also a pretty common reason to be put off by a series. But hey if by any chance you don't mind these 2 things maybe give it a try and try to get yourself past the first half.
Manga is great, if the spin-off is your kind of thing. Anyone expecting anything like Haruhi will be sorely disappointed. Still, it's not bad, and it's adorable as fuck. Watch out for volume 4, it's dangerous.
I need to catch up with Dorohedoro. I always put it off, then completely forget what the hell was going on. And yes, Vagabond is breathtaking. I'm bummed out that my old collection and original volumes of Vagabond were thrown away. The VIZBIGs aren't a bad replacement, though.
>Hunter x Hunter
>we got Abara but no Blame! but it's still ok
>half of your list doesn't interest me
Damn anon, i removed all trash and all this top-tier stuff doens't interest you?
Procure pro JBC, melhor publicadora do Brasil.
>>High Quality reprint of Yu Yu Hakusho
YYH isn't even that good (but i'm still buying it because i loved to watch the anime when i was a kid/nostalgia), why are you jealous?
>why are you jealous?
I'm a sucker for those kinds of things. Kind of like how I'm hoping someone over here is able to license those new BLAME! editions (I'm still importing them, but it'd be cool to also have them in non-shit English)
> i removed all trash
Some do, some others just haven't read, some others really dont either way. Oh Brasil, should've imagined since Japs loves Brasil, shame the rest of south america speaks spanish so I'm doubting that publisher also does spanish?
Yeah, but I'm just saying in general people completely dismiss any sports manga even if it has little to do with the sport or has a different take on it.
Matsumoto Taiyou's debut was the baseball manga Straight (2 volumes long), and I hear it was pretty run-of-the-mill until the 2nd volume, in which his editors let him do whatever he liked with the story. In any case, it was a showdown between a monster batter and a pitcher who only throws straight ball, and its refinement was what developed into the Travis vs. Goshima story of Zero.
This is probably why Straight has since never got a reprint edition, as Matsumoto sees Zero as the more polished version of the kind of sports story he wanted to tell with it.
I quite like it because it's purely about competition whereas so many of Matsumoto's other stories have friendship as a prominent theme.
My collection (novels and stuff behind it -- Eventually I'll actually build or buy a bookshelf)
I've been enjoying their LN stuff so far, and absolutely adore the quality of their Log Horizon release.
Also really looking forward to see what Vertical's Kizumonogatari release is going to be like. Already pre-ordered a few copies to help a little in making sure there is sufficient demand to continue the series.
That cliffhanger is brutal. I remember gnashing my teeth in anticipation over it. Volume 5 was sufficiently cute thankfully.
Reading: 36 series
Buying: I've really cut down on buying in the few years. I also sold several hundred volumes because I didn't care for them anymore and I bought them mostly in the first few years after I started buying in 2002.
It saddens me in a way, but I can't justify the expense for a lot of them anymore.
So, I'm only buying on 16 series right now.
Though, I'm going to start a few new ones soon.
I have bought way too many light novels, probably most that have been released, at least the first volume of, if not more. They are almost always entirely shitty, yet I persist. I guess simply another example of self-hate.
I'm with you, I've been loving the fakku releases so far
>friendship as a prominent theme
I wouldn't really call it friendship, but generally more about the relationships built around an area of focus. Very rarely he seems to tackle anything sort of head-on.
They're a mixed bag. Their Sasameki Koto (Whispered Words) release was pretty bad; lots of typos and QC issues, but they did better in the second release for it.
I'm kind of anxious to see what their Shieldbro LNs are going to look like, but dammit, I'm set to support them in the endeavor. Hopefully it isn't a trainwreck of a release.
I feel you, man. I've had to cut back my spending at times, and really wish I had more cashflow than I currently do (who doesn't). I probably should cut back on the amount of stuff I read.
16 is a reasonable number of series to concurrently purchase. More than that and you start to lose track of shit.
Now that I think about it, I got them in February
stuff I got in december
I started buying manga used instead of getting them new, I don't mind ones that have library markings (as long as they're still in decent condition) and they usually cost around $4 compared to $12.
Only weird one so far was a volume of Bokurano that was hardcover instead of paperback.
I sold entire series en-masse on ebay for $2-3 per volume. Didn't have any problems.
Otherwise, other places to sell, I guess.
Could try donating to a library, or selling at a used book shop.
Obviously not a good idea to sell on /a/, but could try other places.
I wish I was near one of those because I have some Japanese manga I'd like to get rid of, but the store I normally donate my books to isn't interested in taking non-english stuff anymore.
I enjoy paper tanks, but I have nothing against anons who enjoy digital.
True, or at least not anymore. After that whole Amazon dispute with distributors/publishers recently, prices for manga have been fairly high. I don't see much dip below $10 anymore, which is a damn shame.
I've been ordering a lot more from RightStuf and B&N nowadays, even though I have Amazon Prime.
I'm stuck in the past. I love the smell and feel of a book, and have always had a hard time reading anything longer than a few chapters on my computer. I used to do it a lot when I was younger, but it's hard to beat having the book in front of you.
Goodwill or any donation/charity place. Seriously, I did this when I just recently moved with a few boxes of old manga. You even get a tax write-off for the stuff you donate!
If that isn't a viable option, there's always donating to your local libraries, comic shops, or used bookstores. They're usually more than happy to take them off your hands.
If all else fails, sell it on ebay or craigslist for cheap.
Define "older"? I have some old VIZ releases of Grey from the late 90s.
>Reading: 36 series
I'm always amazed that you guys read so many. I can't find anything worth reading even after spending a couple of hours going through Manga Updates tags. I think I'm actively following less than 10 series at this point.
Might as well repost my fakku book as well. I only got the first one so far
Been looking for characters like pic related from instant bullet. The manga is pretty bad, but I found this character really interesting. Female who is arrogant and evil pretty much just because she thinks she is the best
Yeah, I was mostly ordering from Rightstuf until I got Amazon Prime student so it's a lot cheaper. I let my prime lapse a few days ago because I wasn't going to pay $99.
I worked a Waldenbooks seasonally, it was 2 or 3 months, one time just so I could get the 30% off everything. It was between college semesters.
It's really not that many. Relases for a lot are far and few between. Some people claim to be reading 100's. Sometimes I won't read scanlations for a month or two and there isn't much new. Monthlies do that. US releases take even longer. So, yeah, I used to read a lot more ,but for various reasons, I'm not.
My guess it's the high concentration of japaneses or niseis and sanseis that we have here. Most of them get high positions in these publishing houses... since they tend to keep themselves together in a quite conservative way and preserve the love for Nihon, they bring many types of obscure stuff. At least, it's the main theory of how stuff like Rayearth, Sakura Taizen and Shurato came to this wasteland.
>America in charge of not getting everything zombie
I'm truly ashamed. I thought for sure we would have had it by now, but NOPE.
Maybe try Jormungand or Shinazu no Ryouken. Both would probably be up your alley.
> I let my prime lapse a few days ago because I wasn't going to pay $99
I hear you on that. Haven't been a student for a few years, so I've been paying for it since. May very well ditch it once this subscription is up. $100 is too much.
Are you serious? 36 is fucking nothing, specially since everything that isn't WSJ takes forever to get scanlated.
I'm following over 100 series right now, waiting for ~140 to get scanlated, and have yet another 100 in my backlog.
I read seventies manga but not much of it has been published in the US lately. I've been able to get Swan, Eroica, Vertical's releases for Keiko Takemiya and some Tezuka manga.
Since this is a manga thread let's play a game, we post a manga page and people try to guess from what manga it's from.
No Google/IQDB image search, if you do this you're a fag.
>What are you buying?
Nothing, because pretty much everything I want to read is available for free download. There's a few things not available, but since time is limited, waiting for someone to upload those is not a problem. If no one uploads, I won't cry over that since there is lots of new stuff always being uploaded at the
I don't know, anyway, here is a not-so-hard one.
I really want these and the Hisasi one, but I can't support Fakku, otherwise I would be buying a lot of their books. I buy a lot of anime and manga stuff, figs, even orginal art from the animes I like, but will not be buying from Fakku.
I was already ready to rate it average at best before reading the second half but it really stepped itself up and hooks you into the entire fight. And yeah the showdown and the whole monster idea was really interesting, idk what was it about but the way they hyped Goshima and they referred to him as not human was goddamn awesome.
>What are you buying?
I translate several manga for this one raw provider who scans cool series all the time and shares them with me before anyone else!
A light novel shelf. Sold a lot of them.
Opinions on light novels I've purchased, all the time of publication:
.Hack Another Birth: I was playing the games. Terrible.
.Hack Cell: See above.
.Hack//AI Buster: Not good, but not terrible.
Book Girl: Didn't care at all.
Death Note: Tolerable
Devil May Cry: Terrible
Fullmetal Alchemist: Decent, nothing special.
Guin Saga: Okay
Haruhi: The more Haruhi media I consumed, the less I liked it. Stopped reading after the 4th volume. Watched the anime and bought some of the manga then sold it. Probably won't continue reading.
Kino no Tabi: Overrated, but decent.
Rurouni Kenshin: Awful
Spice and Wolf: I enjoy it.
Trinity Blood: Rage against Mars: Not worthwhile
Trinity Blood: Reborn on Mars: Not worthwhile
Welcome to the NHK: Novel~Anime>Manga. Good.
Blade of the Immortal: Why was this shit allowed? Just as bad as the anime, if not more so.
Attack on Titan: Before the Fall: Worse than expected, which wasn't much.
Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?: Enjoyable
Read some as fan translated:
Sword Art Online: Terrible translation and worse as it goes along.
The Isolator, Vol. 1
Durarara!!, Vol. 1 (novel) (Durarara!! (novel))
The Irregular at Magic High School, Vol. 1
I thought about ordering others, but I can only hate myself and my finances so much.
I have 5 6' book cases mostly filled. Books, manga, artbooks, light novels, etc.
Still need to sell a lot that I'm not happy with again. Possibly en-masse on ebay as I did before. Probably won't have a problem again, aside from the cost buying them discounted. Such is life.
Does it count if you can't actually read it? I started attempting to clean Psychometrer in the hopes that someone might pick it up if they all they had to do was translate. But it's unlikely, seeing as how the translators didn't even finish original series. Maybe I'll do it myself when I can actually read enough moon. Whenever that will be.
Because I felt like it.
Read the novel then. I haven't read the new translation yet. Battle Royale 2 manga was shit. Pic related was ok.
I may not have the best taste but i got the best dust collection.
>mfw the ending of Oshii and Kon's Seraphim
I even knew it wasn't a complete manga going in and the ending still blue balled me
Wtf kind of world do we live in where one of the top best selling manga in the entire world doesn't even get a full translation, 130 chapters my ass.
Been reading Liar Game as well, at an extremely slow pace, gets rather borings at times, One Outs is undoubtly better IMO.
That's cool, I guess? I feel like it'd kind of lose some of the enjoyment of reading the material when you're simply strong-armed into translating whatever is handed to you. But hey, if you enjoy it, that's fine.
>Haruhi: The more Haruhi media I consumed, the less I liked it. Stopped reading after the 4th volume. Watched the anime and bought some of the manga then sold it. Probably won't continue reading.
Huh, really? They were kind of a chore to read at times, but the diction was pretty great and I couldn't help but get wrapped up during its many "oh shit, it's happening! Kyon is in serious-mode!" moments. Then again, I can totally understand why people wouldn't care for it.
>The Isolator, Vol. 1
>Durarara!!, Vol. 1 (novel) (Durarara!! (novel))
>The Irregular at Magic High School, Vol. 1
You're a true M, anon. I'll be joining you.
Sure, why not. Sometimes just looking at the pictures is gratifying enough.
>I may not have the best taste
Could be worse! And at least it's only One Piece and not also Bleach and Naruto?
all of these are old series that aired in south america
In Mexico we got Dai no Daiboken (Fly's Adventure) fully released. And the new editorial just picked up One Piece and other shonen/seinen shits.
I like how I got this new bookshelf a month ago because my old was full and then some.
Now this one is full and then some, and that's not even counting all the shit I want to buy.
These were my first imports.
Fucking rsal takes so long it makes me nervous
I'd say 90%+ of the series, let alone volumes, ever published in US are out of print now. Good luck for anyone who wants to buy anything besides the newest stuff now. Probably higher really.
90% of the stuff that is OOP was pretty terrible anyway. But yeah, that's the fate of US publications. It's true for not just manga, but also most novels too. The US market and distribution channels for books is a vicious one.
This shit right here is pretty much the greatest love story that you've never read.
The only really big out of print manga I would be interested in owning is Phoenix. Off the top of my head nothing else really comes to mind. A lot of out of print manga isn't finished since they're from the days of Tokyopop or they died with Del Rey
Possibly the strangest thing to come out of Kodansha ever. Then again, it's the best love story ever told.
There's some old CMX stuff I'd love to own, but damn is it hard to track down for any kind of decent or reasonable price.
Del Rey didn't die, they simply lost their license to publish manga because Kodansha wanted publish them directly. Manga was ever only a small part of Del Rey.
ADV did die though, as did several others.
Yen Press is only going to die if they want it to, regardless of how much money it loses since it's part of Hachette, 2nd biggest publisher in the world.
Bought a few more Spice and Wolf LN volumes, up to volume 11 there. Got all of A Bride's Story that's currently out and added Anything And Something because I need my Mori fix. Also bought Solanin even though I already read it online. I just loved it to death so much I needed a physical copy. Also got the All You Need is Kill manga at the recommendation of a friend, it was okay. Outside of that I have all of 20th/21st Century Boys, 11 omnibus volumes of Vagabond, and all of Black Lagoon. And randomly, I have volume 1 of Akira which I haven't read. Berserk and Vinland Saga are high priorities to collect next and I recently found out Prison School is getting released here so that could be neat.
CMX was shit though.
They censored and edit a lot.
Not much right before they died, but yeah.
I think the only thing I bought from them was "Sword of the Dark Ones" (original title: Ragnarok). I sold it though.
Not gonna take a pic of them
but I made a pretty big purchase on Amazon of manga (some other western GN stuff too)
Gangsta volume 1, 2
Witchcraft Works vol 4
Monster Nurse Hitomi Vol 1 (looks like 7seas didn't fuck it up as bad as 12beast, yay)
Dog vol 1 (bought this one on an impulse, haven't read it yet, don't know if it was a tupid buy)
I also bough Preacher vol 3 and vol 1 of Snowpiercer (not manga but whatever)
English Language Manga Publishers
According to wikipedia
Dark Horse Manga
Digital Manga Publishing
Drawn and Quarterly
Fallen Manga Studios
Gen Manga Entertainment
Last Gasp Publishing
No Starch Press
One Peace Books
Seven Seas Entertainment
Stone Bridge Press
The Right Stuf International
Top Shelf Productions
Active (digital content only)
P2 Manga Publishing
Central Park Media
Del Rey Manga
>What are you buying?
I just ordered 124 manga tankoubon to fill in holes in my collection.
Stuff I've read years ago but haven't ever bothered to complete the shelf.
Like rest of: Yotsubato, Mugen no Juunin, Hellsing, Blackjack ni Yoroshiku, Trigun Maximum, ARMS, Zettai Karen Children, One PIece, Tenshi na konamaiki, etc.
They published lots of garbage, no doubt, but they had some gems. Like you mentioned, Sword of the Dark Ones wasn't bad. Also adored Dorothea, which was a halfway decent fantasy series from Cuvie.
Good choices, man. Are you talking about DOGS: Bullets & Carnage? Or that other series from Kodansha?
Yeah, that Wiki needs some cleaning.
I don't buy translated crap, so yes.
Need to make another batch of hundred or so to fill random holes in rest of my collection this year before moving on.
Sitting at approximately 1020~1050 books before the batch.
Oh man, I completely forgot about Renta. They're still around, huh? I'm personally still trying to get the last few volumes of Dorothea, but haven't had much luck.
Nah, that's fine. Looking forward to picking this one up too. I didn't care for his previous SJ series, but I'm really interested in this especially with all the attention its gotten from lots of big name mangaka.
I just picked Birdmen up. I thought this was going to be muh crawling in my skin but it's surprisingly decent, I'm waiting for more.
Shoukoku no Altair needs more love. The art is gorgeous and the whole plot is filled of politics and "Aha!" moments.
Oh wow, the only thing better memes in my translations are ancient memes in my translations.
>"pwned" and Leeroy Jenkins
Jesus 7seas those two are collecting social security and living in a old folks home, why don't you dig up ceiling cat and dancing baby while you're at it we can have a reunion.
the PR dude said he would bring it up to the proper department
I asked him what the rational was behind putting in so many puns and refferences that weren't in the original Japanese text, and he never responded. lel
>yeah bullets and carnage
Ah, good choice then. It's not the best thing you'll ever read, but damn is it entertaining. Plus, Miwa Shirow's artwork is very pretty to look at. Plot can be all over the place, but again, it's entertaining. Kind of like a Hollywood blockbuster in a sense.
Though we're stuck with the waiting game, since VIZ more or less caught up with the JP releases a while back, so we usually get one vol/year now.
Found this and been loving it, can't wait for more.
Just what was in arms reach, I haven't bought a physical manga since high school.
I remember looking in various Tokyopop volumes for who the translator was. A lot of them didn't have a name, but rather a business. Those online business that say they will translate stuff for you for cheap.
A year ago in GTO thread dude who worked for them said that they were taking literally anyone who know Japanese to some degree. Which are students without any proper knowledge.
Yeah, sometimes they wouldn't even translate even. A few times they hired English writers for basically rewrites. That's why Battle Royale had so many plot inconsistencies in the US version. Two come to mind are Keith Giffen and Richard Knaak.
Oldfag pls go.
I jest. Arale a best.
>Non Non Biyori
Good taste, anon.
TP was notorious for that kind of stuff, especially towards the end. No matter what people say about translations nowadays, they really took the cake.
I import what I can, but it can be pretty expensive, or at least no cheaper than buying localized stuff in the meantime. While I am learning Japanese, I realize it'll be at least 5 years of study before I'm able to read anything with a degree of confidence in comprehension.
Donate them to a Goodwill for a tax write-off (seriously). If not that, donate to your local library, comic shop, used bookstore or a thrift store.
If all else fails, craigslist and ebay them for cheap.
I sold mine at a community garage sale. Barring Craigslist, it's really the best place you're going to get a deal on these things, since you'd have to factor in shipping everywhere else.
You can also donate them to libraries, or Goodwill. Make sure you get a receipt so you can include the donation on your taxes.
n the Summer of 2010, TOKYOPOP toured America and filmed an original reality series for the World Wide Web in the process. We took six college students on summer break and put them on a riotously-painted tour bus with show host Stu Levy and videographer Daisuke “Dice” Kinouchi. Their mission: to scour the United States for the one individual who exemplifies Asian pop culture fandom in America.
We visited 20 cities over 7 weeks stopping by in each city to visit “Otaku Spots”, which ranged from eclectic stores to fascinating museums and tasty restaurants.
It was a wild experiment, and along the way we learn about the “Otaku 6,” meet some incredible people, and find out why American Otaku are different from their Japanese counterparts.
In Episode 8, the season finale, not only is America’s Greatest Otaku revealed, but we join the winner in Japan to tour incredible otaku spots there. Judges include voice actress Tara Platt and anime director Hiroshi Nagahama, with a few awesome cameos along the way.
Join us on our 大冒険! (“daiboken” – great adventure!)
>>I'm stoked that Dark Horse got Planetes and will be putting that out in omnibus at the end of the year. Their CLAMP releases were fucking stellar. Lots of color pages, and really nice paper stock too.
Hopefully, the Planetes omnibuses will have the similar print quality as the Clamp re-releases - the glossy paper stock, color pages, larger trim size, etc.
I just hope that Carl Horn isn't the editor for the Planetes re-release, as much as I like his editorial notes at the end of the Oh My Goddess, he has a tendency to do rewrite some dialogue in order to insert a joke or give characters weird accents.
Hey man, every dollar counts. I donated a few hundred dollars worth of manga, and it added a nice dent to the amount I owed.
>Speaking about the release, editor Brendan Wright says
>"Planetes is one of the series that made me a manga fan, at once startlingly realistic in its scientific detail, moving in its relateable human drama, and hilarious in the personailities of its diverse cast of astronauts. I was saddened to think it might fade from American comics shops after TokyoPop’s demise, so it’s a joy and an honor to reintroduce it at Dark Horse in the edition I’d want as a fan, with superior source materials and all the color pages included.”
Sounds like it should be of the same high-quality calibur of previous omnibus editions they've done recently.
Just reading that was painful. Watching it will probably make me cry.
Why don't you read them on batoto or download from the scanlators directly and buy the raws from amazon.jp if you want to collect?
Older titles are normally pretty cheap and if you import in large batches it's even cheaper.
All of the volumes of Planetes are currently browning away in my closet. I probably won't buy the rerelease, though, since I don't really buy localized anymore. Also, I dislike omnibus versions: the huge amount of pages make it too difficult to spread the book open, in my opinion.
The manga industry in the US is doing quite well, and most of the US industry people seem to agree. Shame that Dark Horse doesn't give their manga department more love (or money).
not everything... just what I got on the shelf right now
Digital manga lacks character.
>>Planetes was already released by Tokoyopop though!
Yeah, and Tokyopop was notorious for their shitty releases.
Leafing through my copy of Planetes vol.1 that I have lying around, a lot of the Tokyopop marks of quality are there: bad font choices (check pg. 56 of Vol.1 for some real shit fonts), no sound effects translation, over-contrasting.
Tokyopop was well-known for taking the Japanese tanks and scanning them instead of getting higher quality materials from the Japanese publishers for their releases, so a lot of Tokyopop books are too dark and have a some loss of detail.
I just finished reading it. It felt conclusive but not happy. I know it wasn't meant to be a manga with a happy ending but that alternate world vision made me sad about what could have been.
It's selling the best it has since the collapse, so there is that. I never said that it sold well, especially in comparison to graphic novels like The Walking Dead or Saga.
Most manga sells a few thousand units per volume, and many sell less than that. It's pitiful, but publishers don't take as big a hit due to smaller print runs and smaller overhead costs from staff reduction, less advertising/promotion and less spending money on frivolous things. The industry has adapted to the market and is doing quite well, all in all.
>not supporting good english releases when they happen
I personally give more of a shit about supporting what the mangaka intended, instead of some shitty butchered translation, thanks.
They wanted to corner the market before anyone else got the impulse. They're also backed by the second largest publisher in the world, Hachette (since they're a division of them technically). It's true that they're not selling terribly well, but some are doing okay. I'll be very curious to see what kind of shape their LN imprint is in by next year though.
It's not as farfetched as you think. Light novels are basically YA novels but for boys instead of girls.
Liking novels meant for teenagers and liking nerd stuff became hip and trendy a while ago, so there's that too. I'm sure they have a consumer base beyond the dedicated fans who shitpost all day on MAL or /a/
Good job being fooled as >>124558183
And other similar
>Several Yen titles have sold over 100,000 copies.
90%+ of manga is sold in the book channel which that doesn't measure.
Not really sure what point you're trying to make, since your post is sending mixed signals. The manga industry in the US is recovering from the collapse, and has seen positive growth in the last two years. A lot has happened since 2013.
I like Carl Horn. I like hearing his opinions on manga and anime. I saw a livestream of a panel that he gave at Anime Expo about the history of Dark Horse manga and it was interesting as hell.
I just wish he wasn't so rewrite-happy on the books he edited.
>>What were your top sellers last year?
>>In terms of sales success, Evangelion and Gantz continue to be good sellers.
Of course, he doesn't mention that it's the Shinji Ikari Raising Project manga, and not Sadamoto's Eva manga (that he used to edit, when he worked at Viz).
C'mon Carl Horn, what are you doing?
Damn suddenly I feel like not finishing it, I just finished reading Tokyo ghoul and I know there is re: but the suffering was just too much and I don't know if I am ready for more yet
What's a must-read manga that not a whole lot of people know about?
He's so cute.
My favorite one is google.com.
Use Baka Updates rec function for similar series you enjoy? Not always accurate, but it's better than nothing.
ebay, if you actually want to make the most you can out of it. Craigslist and donations if you don't give a shit and just want it gone.
Scroll down to the bottom for the mass recommendation images.
Also, anything outside of the most popular would qualify for that distinction.
Can barely make that shit out, but it's Kadokawa and I think that says ひろやまひろし, so it's Fate Illya, right? Cool buy. I've always wanted to check out the manga.
And damn, another MnR importer here? Seriously ロリコン in this thread.
LNs aren't just for boys, anon. There are plenty of genres within the medium just like manga. Let me guess: you entire experience with light novels in a handful of localised titles?
I'm a NEET so that's my shitty old cellphone camera
Yeah its Illya 3rei and here 2wei and the first part >>124557668, for some reason HLJ didnt have the volume 5 and 2 in stock
LNs aren't as diverse as manga, though. I can't recall any recent LN series being aimed at women, and when they're popular with fujoshi (like Durarara or Maou-sama) it's because they're periphery demographic.
Yes, that manga needs more love.
I like your setup, anon. It's very classy and minimalist.
Exactly. You understand.
Your cellphone. What I've watched of Prisma, it was cute.
Because supporting creators and collecting.