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New Poll - Manga Availability
(33 posts, 2786 views) Posted: 322d 11h, 28m ago by lys in News
I don't know where you live, but if your bookstore is able to get the popular titles maybe they can also order copies of the titles you are interested in. I know bookstores in the US will accept special-orders of anything in print (and preorders), at no extra cost to ...
New Poll - Villains
(39 posts, 3365 views) Posted: 518d 4h, 18m ago by lys in News
There are no shoujo options for this poll. Where is the blonde "Ohoho~" rich young lady? That's what I want to be when I grow up smile ...
New Poll - Scanlation Anger
(138 posts, 15387 views) Posted: 977d 11h, 50m ago by lys in News
Itazura na Kiss is also published in English by DMP. They've released 9 volumes, but the volumes are either 1.5 or 2 volumes of the original (they're based on one of the Japanese bunko, I think, so total will be 14vol?), so they're way ahead of the ...
New Poll - Scanlation Anger
(138 posts, 15387 views) Posted: 977d 12h, 4m ago by lys in News
Suki tte Ii na yo is licensed by Kodansha Comics, you know? It'll be published in English soon (first volume next April). They're publishing a volume every two months, so it's a great chance to revisit the beginning of the series you love, and let the ...
New Poll - Visiting Japan
(58 posts, 12232 views) Posted: 1274d 3h, 27m ago by lys in News
Based on experience—I spent two weeks in Japan this fall!—my first destination would be BookOff for all the manga I could ever want(/fit into my bulging luggage) biggrin After that there would be time enough for delicious food and hot springs... ...
New Poll - Visiting Japan
(58 posts, 12232 views) Posted: 1274d 3h, 32m ago by lys in News
Comiket #83 (the one happening this weekend, I think?) ...
New Poll - Cheaper Paper
(57 posts, 6440 views) Posted: 1549d 9h, 45m ago by lys in News
Yay, glad to help biggrin I used to buy from Amazon too, but once I discovered RightStuf and its sales, Amazon's "Buy 3, get the 4th free" offers didn't seem that special anymore. (I still buy a few titles from my bookstore, because it's a co ...
New Poll - Cheaper Paper
(57 posts, 6440 views) Posted: 1552d 13h, 0m ago by lys in News
I had this sense of intimidation when I wanted to start Skip Beat! a couple years ago ago (I think it was up to v17 or 18 here at the time, and I knew it was still going in Japan). So I found the series at my library, and read a ton of it there, but I picked up a few volumes he ...
New Poll - Cheaper Paper
(57 posts, 6440 views) Posted: 1554d 2h, 35m ago by lys in News
All the professional translators, adapters, letterers, and editors I know in the manga industry are huge fans of the stuff (and that includes myself). That argument in your second paragraph comes across as pretty silly and ignorant. ...
Site Poll - Chat Box 133 - Spending on Anime/Manga
(44 posts, 4737 views) Posted: 1884d 11h, 15m ago by lys in Chatter Box
Maaaaaaan, all you "none" people!! I hit the $1000+ mark easily last year (and this year is already above $500—though it remains to be seen if I will maintain the same level of spending now that roughly half the series I followed just got cut with the end of ...
Are Manga Industry Dying in North America?
(29 posts, 4153 views) Posted: 2119d 12h, 12m ago by lys in Manga General
Quote from hanna145fancy
The release speeds are WAY TOO SLOW. I dont care about anything else as much as how fast it comes out. I get a Shakugan no Shana volume every 9 months. That is far far too long in my opinion. In that time, iv forgotten what happe ...
Are Manga Industry Dying in North America?
(29 posts, 4153 views) Posted: 2121d 1h, 58m ago by lys in Manga General
Quote from Kitteh_13
I'd have to disagree especially from a shoujo POV. All I read is shoujo, and I barely have any series that I am dedicated to from Tokyopop at the moment. While I can count the ongoing series from TP on one hand, I have a ridiculous am ...
Are Manga Industry Dying in North America?
(29 posts, 4153 views) Posted: 2122d 8h, 10m ago by lys in Manga General
Quote from silent killer
well, if you really want a breakdown.TP, euphistically speaking take the whole pot of spagetti, toss it onto the wall and see what sticks. If you have enough volume you can make up for everything that ends up on the floor if even one is a surpris ...
Site Poll - Chat Box 109 - Translation Quality
(34 posts, 4714 views) Posted: 2122d 9h, 2m ago by lys in Chatter Box
I base my judgement of translations on readability. Even knowing some Japanese, unless I have the original AND English versions side by side, I can't possibly know if something was "mistranslated." Occasionally there's an obvious erro ...
The Situation of Manga Hosting
(122 posts, 11206 views) Posted: 2155d 1h, 28m ago by lys in News
I heard DMP was considering something like this a few weeks (month?) back. I don't really know any details though—just that the comment threads I saw had a lot of discussion from scanlators who were upset that a legit company might want to use their wo ...
The Situation of Manga Hosting
(122 posts, 11206 views) Posted: 2156d 6h, 39m ago by lys in News
A big city in the US? I'm surprised that a big-city bookseller doesn't have a decent manga selection, but if you've been checking recently then I trust you know what you're talking about. I live in a decent-sized city with a couple B&N ...
Why are English licensed manga pricier?
(22 posts, 4093 views) Posted: 2160d 9h, 57m ago by lys in Manga General
I don't know anything about the Malaysian manga market, but at least when comparing Japan prices and US prices, I think, as some have already mentioned, the size in audience is a very important factor. Everyone in Japan knows what manga is, probably m ...
The Situation of Manga Hosting
(122 posts, 11206 views) Posted: 2161d 4h, 38m ago by lys in News
Oh hey, Genju no Seiza 8 is coming out next month actually! (august 3, according to amazon. like... in a week!!) One of Tokyopop's staff tweeted a picture of the cover (of the actual book, so it definitely exists!) just last night; you can see it here: http://twitpic.c ...
The Situation of Manga Hosting
(122 posts, 11206 views) Posted: 2163d 6h, 46m ago by lys in News
As a professional freelance artist (a US-based children's book illustrator—it's not manga or Japan, but it's similar enough), I think I can say with some authority that many artists don't have the time or resources to sell their own work direc ...
The Situation of Manga Hosting
(122 posts, 11206 views) Posted: 2163d 9h, 12m ago by lys in News
I order unlicensed stuff from CDJapan.co.jp, which doesn't directly stock the books but has a very convenient book-request form on their website and has great, prompt customer service (on the book request form, you enter the title/author/isbn of the japa ...
Site Poll - Chat Box 103 - Manga Accessibility
(66 posts, 8926 views) Posted: 2164d 0h, 32m ago by lys in Chatter Box
Quote from foreverfree123
And If I did order a series I liked. They eventually just got dropped. Good titles that I have actually been interested in have all been dropped. Whats the point of buying manga if the series is going to get dropped. Some titles I could mention ...
Site Poll - Chat Box 103 - Manga Accessibility
(66 posts, 8926 views) Posted: 2164d 11h, 15m ago by lys in Chatter Box
I think this question seems to be asking too many things. When I voted, I interpreted it as, "Can you access manga without the use of digital scans on the internet?" since this seems to be the popular topic these days. If you include using the internet to lea ...
The Situation of Manga Hosting
(122 posts, 11206 views) Posted: 2164d 15h, 1m ago by lys in News
First, I think it's worth pointing out that Japan can sell their manga for ~$4 USD because they have a HUGE audience for it; manga in the US is still not anywhere near as popular or widespread as in its homeland. Viz originally launched its Jump and Shojo Beat ...
Site Poll - Chat Box 68 - Crying
(54 posts, 5370 views) Posted: 2535d 2h, 47m ago by lys in Chatter Box
I chose... the first option. Haha! I cried while reading Gakuen Alice volume 8, just the other day...

For me also, it's not always that something "tragic" happens so much as something moving happens. Certain parts of Kaze Hikaru make me cry ev ...
Site Poll - Chat Box 67 - Chocolate!
(33 posts, 2956 views) Posted: 2542d 9h, 9m ago by lys in Chatter Box
Ooh... dark is good, but actually I really love bittersweet/semisweet. That's the kind we always use in chocolate chip cookies, and when they are fresh out of the oven and still warm they are sooooooooooooo amazing. And just eating a handful of bitterswe ...

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