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Manga is basically the Japanese equivalent of what you might know as comic books. They have a very unique style which has developed over many years. We hope here you can learn to appreciate the art that is manga and become an avid manga fan!

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New Poll - Pirate Remorse
This week's poll suggestion is from residentgrigo. Well, scanlations are sort of like pirating, but with a bit more effort on the part of the providers since people have to translate, edit, proofread, etc. The people providing pirated movies, music, or games usually have to do less manual labor.

You can submit poll ideas here (and try to keep them manga/anime-related)

Previous Poll Results:
Question: What is your favorite demographic?
I'm male and I prefer Shoujo - votes: 473 (3.9%)
I'm male and I prefer Shounen - votes: 1742 (14.5%)
I'm male and I prefer Seinen - votes: 3519 (29.3%)
I'm male and I prefer Josei - votes: 169 (1.4%)
I'm female and I prefer Shoujo - votes: 1945 (16.2%)
I'm female and I prefer Shounen - votes: 1911 (15.9%)
I'm female and I prefer Seinen - votes: 1142 (9.5%)
I'm female and I prefer Josei - votes: 1119 (9.3%)
There were 12020 total votes.
The poll ended: July 25th 2015

It appears males tend to focus on the male-orientated series, while the ladies are split pretty evenly. Now I'm curious what happens if you are allowed you create a character in a video game. Do you create a male or female character? My guess is that the split may follow the above guidelines too
Posted by lambchopsil on July 25th 7:15am Comments ( 31 )  [ View ]  [ Add ]
New Poll - Genders and Demographics
Oddly enough, we never had a poll that broke down your gender and your preferred demographic, so good suggestion, jonytep!

You can submit poll ideas here (and try to keep them manga/anime-related)

Previous Poll Results:
Question: Should manga characters change their clothing, outfit, appearance?
Stick with the same appearance throughout the entire series - votes: 93 (1.1%)
Only change appearances to signify the passage of a lot of time - votes: 1518 (17.3%)
Maybe a change between every story arc is fine - votes: 1801 (20.6%)
I'm okay with several changes within the same arc, but let's not go crazy - votes: 3683 (42%)
Every day that passes should be a new look! Like real life! - votes: 1666 (19%)
There were 8761 total votes.
The poll ended: July 18th 2015

Seems like more prefer a change in appearance than not. I guess it's boring looking at the same old character every time
Posted by lambchopsil on July 18th 7:05am Comments ( 28 )  [ View ]  [ Add ]
New Poll - Appearances
This week's poll suggestion came from our member Doris Day, whose only post in the forums is with this suggestion! How often do you like the appearances and/or clothing of your characters to change? For many series, the character's uniform is very iconic. Then you have the slice of life series where his/her clothing changes basically every chapter. Kinda interesting to see a character's fashion sense...

You can submit poll ideas here (and try to keep them manga/anime-related)

Question: How do you feel when a mangaka makes different characters look/act the same between different, unrelated series?
Ruins it for me - votes: 571 (6.7%)
A little confusing - votes: 1837 (21.5%)
Annoying or boring - votes: 2478 (28.9%)
Perfectly fine about it - votes: 1228 (14.3%)
Don't care - votes: 2450 (28.6%)
There were 8564 total votes.
The poll ended: July 11th 2015

I'm actually surprised that more people found it annoying than not caring. Usually the "don't care" crowd gets a lot of votes
Posted by lambchopsil on July 11th 7:27am Comments ( 16 )  [ View ]  [ Add ]
New Poll - Character Clones
This week's poll was suggested by kitty1826x. The wording is a bit confusing, so let me explain. Let's says mangaka 1 has series 1, which ends. This series has character A. Then he starts making series 2, which contains character B. Characters A and B look or look the same. Maybe they're both protagonists, and they start off basically doing the same thing. How do you feel about this kind of situation? Does it get boring? Repetitive? Maybe a little spoiler-ish since you're pretty sure the main character will get romantically paired up with basically the same person again?

You can submit poll ideas here (and try to keep them manga/anime-related)

Previous Poll Results:
Question: You are sent to a fantasy world. Your priority is...
Food, water, and shelter - votes: 2858 (24.6%)
Look for a way back to the real world - votes: 753 (6.5%)
Obtain a harem - votes: 1781 (15.3%)
Beat the final boss (or best fighter) - votes: 253 (2.2%)
Take over the world - votes: 827 (7.1%)
Introduce technology - votes: 308 (2.7%)
Learn magic - votes: 3876 (33.4%)
Blend in with the locals and live a normal life - votes: 949 (8.2%)
There were 11605 total votes.
The poll ended: July 4th 2015

Magic first, basic survival second. You usually most want something you don't have right now...
Posted by lambchopsil on July 4th 3:21pm Comments ( 24 )  [ View ]  [ Add ]
New Poll - In a Fantasy World
This week's poll from drunkguy presupposes that you currently live in the real world, and then you're suddenly transported to a fantasy world (think magic, knights, fantasy creatures, etc). What's your end goal here? I'm purposely not adding an "other" option, but feel free to comment below with your most outlandish goals.

You can submit poll ideas here (and try to keep them manga/anime-related)

Previous Poll Results:
Question: "Worst" apocalyptic earth to live in
Ice age - votes: 391 (4.2%)
Earth on fire - votes: 763 (8.3%)
Rapture or hell on earth - votes: 816 (8.8%)
Robot / machine uprising - votes: 159 (1.7%)
Ape uprising - votes: 160 (1.7%)
Nuclear holocaust - votes: 1183 (12.8%)
Simultaneous global natural disasters - votes: 342 (3.7%)
Super volcano - votes: 129 (1.4%)
Disease or viral pandemic - votes: 1233 (13.3%)
Zombies - votes: 753 (8.1%)
Vampires - votes: 80 (0.9%)
Dragons - votes: 60 (0.6%)
Monster / alien invasion or takeover - votes: 290 (3.1%)
Asteroid /meteor catastrophe - votes: 241 (2.6%)
Global flood - votes: 149 (1.6%)
Overpopulation and/or loss of resources - votes: 1510 (16.3%)
Mass infertility - votes: 335 (3.6%)
Technology starts failing or global EMP - votes: 652 (7.1%)
There were 9246 total votes.
The poll ended: June 26th 2015

Overpopulation or loss of resources is the worst? Really?... Unfortunately, it's also one of the most likely to actually happen.
Posted by lambchopsil on June 27th 7:08am Comments ( 31 )  [ View ]  [ Add ]
Translating Manga Fandom: The Case of Manga Scanlation
All the way back in April 2013, we did a poll titled "Translation Accuracy vs Fluency."
Question: Which aspect of a translation is more important to you?
Accuracy: I like manga translation to retain characteristics of the language of the original, to show the linguistic and cultural differences between Japanese culture and my own. - votes: 9633 (73.6%)
Fluency: I like manga translation to read as if the author was native English speakers, so that linguistic and cultural differences are minimized. - votes: 3458 (26.4%)
There were 13091 total votes.

This was requested by a member named mattfabb in order to write a thesis. Well, he's done with the paper and graduated with a PhD in Translation Studies at Cardiff University, UK. He's still doing research in scanlation, so feel free to drop a comment below or email him at mattfabb[_at_]

A presentation he did can be found here:

A section of the thesis that was specifically written for the presentation can be found here: 20Kobe%20Article.pdf?dl=0
Posted by lambchopsil on June 25th 2:02pm Comments ( 18 )  [ View ]  [ Add ]
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