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New Poll - Flashbacks
This week's poll is from Hellsayer. Back in June, we had a similar poll about time skips. Now it's time for the flashbacks!

You can submit poll ideas here (and try to keep them manga/anime-related):
http://www.mangaupdates.com/showtopic.php?tid=3903

Previous Poll Results
Question: You wish most manga you like were adapted to a(n)
Choices:
Anime movie - votes: 750 (5.9%)
Anime TV show - votes: 6829 (54.1%)
Live-Action movie - votes: 184 (1.5%)
Live-Action TV show - votes: 249 (2%)
Musical - votes: 42 (0.3%)
Drama CD - votes: 114 (0.9%)
Game - votes: 468 (3.7%)
J-Drama/K-Drama - votes: 413 (3.3%)
Doujinshi - votes: 395 (3.1%)
Novel - votes: 274 (2.2%)
Real life situation - votes: 1284 (10.2%)
No adaptions! Manga only! - votes: 1617 (12.8%)
There were 12619 total votes.
The poll ended: November 3rd 2012

So anime wins. To be expected. Kinda sad that the runner-up is the ones who don't like adaptations at all
Posted by lambchopsil on November 3rd 8:35am Comments ( 18 )  [ View ]  [ Add ]
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» BlackOrion on November 3rd, 2012, 1:46am

Unless they are well placed and a real necessity to grasp the plot, i prefer manga to be flashback free... I just don't like feeling that things won't change in the manga with that ark.


Edit: I'm not only talking about shonen, this is in general.

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» TaoPaiPai on November 3rd, 2012, 1:54am

i do not see a problem

unless it is used to retcon the story it is legitime [and often good] way of telling a story

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» tactics on November 3rd, 2012, 4:34am

I usually dislike them, but that doesn't mean I don't want them there, because sometimes they're necessary to the plot and work really well.
I often find myself thinking "Oh god, flashback..." when they appear though, hence why I went for dislike.
The worst kind of flashbacks are the ones that relate to past chapters. Don't wanna see it again thanks. I can remember what happened. Get on with the story and stop wasting page space.

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» connerity on November 3rd, 2012, 5:16am

If it's naruto, I'm getting super angry about them.

If it's any other manga, they're fine.

And
"I've never encountered one"
That would be the option for people who've read like 1-3 series and those happened to not have any? biggrin

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» blake77 on November 3rd, 2012, 6:02am

I wish there was an option " Only if it is well done". In my opinion, examples of well done flashbacks can be found in One Piece. If done poorly, they break from the narrative flow and detracts from the story.

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» strixflash on November 3rd, 2012, 6:27am

Generally I dont like them. Maybe I am too tired of One Piece?
The only series I wont mind flashbacks in no matter what quantity is Noblesse as the events prior to the storyline is one of the major driving force behind this manga. Its a pity as author doesnt focus much on them.

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» That3rdGuy on November 3rd, 2012, 9:25am

Flashbacks suck. Unless you've never seen the material, but even then they usually suck.

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» darkraiders on November 3rd, 2012, 10:00am

It depend of what kind of flashback it's.
If it flashback of something that never happened in the manga i like them, but if it's flashback of earlier chapters in the manga i don't like them.
Oh! and i guess i hate flashback that last too long too.

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» sarah-eats-cupcakes on November 3rd, 2012, 10:21am

i tend to like them. its pretty obvious that all comments above mine are talking about flashbacks in shounen...but if you look at seinen manga plots, they almost always have some ambiguity to them, there is always something mysterious about the main character we're left in the dark about, and these are usually explained in the middle or towards the end in the form of flashbacks..i see no reason to hate them as they are always used to make unclear things or motives more clear

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» strixflash on November 3rd, 2012, 12:49pm

Quote from sarah-eats-cupcakes
i tend to like them. its pretty obvious that all comments above mine are talking about flashbacks in shounen...but if you look at seinen manga plots, they almost always have some ambiguity to them, there is always something mysterious about the main character we're left in the dark about, and these ...

Oops! I forgot about Seinen.....
Well if they are done well then I dont have a reason to dislike them even if its a shonen.

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» evilcleo on November 3rd, 2012, 11:35am

As long as they're well defined (that is you can tell it's a flashback) and not excessively used, I don't care. They usually add to the story and character depth if used well.

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» achyif on November 3rd, 2012, 12:18pm

the longer a series is, the more inevitable flashbacks become.
Eventually people want to see how exactly main characters have ended up where they are.

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» BlueHaro on November 3rd, 2012, 5:15pm

It depends on how they are used. Honestly, I usually love flashbacks when they are used for moving the plot or for character development.
Then again...there were times where it was just plainly abused. Kemono no Souja Erin...I swear...if they took out all those repeated flashbacks (on the same couple scenes) in pretty much every episode, the series would be at least 1/3 less. Not to mention there were recap episodes...the horror dead

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» Mizu_Chan on November 3rd, 2012, 6:57pm

they make me kind of confused because sometimes i can't tell when the flashback starts and when it ends.

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» Dionaea on November 4th, 2012, 11:33am

I voted "I don't care" but mainly because I don't dislike flashbacks when they are well executed and there's actually a point to them being there, badly executed and pointless flashbacks can be a pain in the ass though.

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» Yrr on November 5th, 2012, 2:33am

Quote
So anime wins. To be expected. Kinda sad that the runner-up is the ones who don't like adaptations at all

I don't think it's a sad thing that lot of us doesn't like adaptations. We already saw too many screw-ups - be it a movie, anime, novel, game or something else! It's virtually impossible to reconstruct the original ideas, artwork and thoughts of the mangaka on the big screen, so it's best to leave it as it is, IMO, since the money is the main reason the adaptation is made, after all.

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» mastaof on November 8th, 2012, 10:33am

Tenjou Tenge - worstESTESTEST flashback in the history of manga. I tried reading this manga 3 times and every time I got lost because of flashbacks continuing for many chapters, starting and ending without any apparent reason and sign.

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» TwEeD on November 8th, 2012, 1:10pm

Polls lately are really dwindling in quality, nowadays I rarely vote as the options are way too black/white

F.ex. the current poll, is it that far-fetched to have options like "only if done right" "only if they add to the story/are needed"

I care about them, I've encountered them many many times.... some I like, some I dislike
Some I dislike but I don't mind because they are needed to the story or actually add something to it

Same with last poll,

You wish most manga you like were adapted to a(n)

the way the question is asked demands for multiple answers, at least formulate it different so only 1 option could be choosen

I think it's interesting having polls with the manga-reading public, but this way it completely loses it purpose as it gives a wrong view/result

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