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New Poll - Binge-Reading Manga
This poll was suggested by ForeignerChan. In case you don't know the concept of binge-reading, it's similar to binge-watching a TV series (or anime). You know how Netflix has every episode available to watch? Might as well watch the entire season in a single sitting! Do you do that for manga? Personally, I remember pulling an all-nighter to finish reading Death Note because I just couldn't put it down and wanted to see how it ended.

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Previous Poll Results:
Question: You find out that the manga you're reading is actually adapted from a novel. Do you go read the novel (assuming there is a translation)?
Choices:
Nah, no chance - votes: 745 (22.1%)
Definitely yes! - votes: 818 (24.3%)
Perhaps... - votes: 1806 (53.6%)
There were 3369 total votes.
The poll ended: February 8th 2020

The original source is always best, right?
Posted by lambchopsil on 
February 7th 11:20pm
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New Poll - Manga -> Novel
This week's poll was suggested by F_J. Assuming the novel came first, would you read the novel for a manga series you picked up?

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Previous Poll Results:
Question: What kinds of fights do you prefer to see in manga?
Choices:
I don't like fighting - votes: 361 (12.8%)
Unrealistic fights, i.e., fights that use magic, ki, ninjitsu, or other special abilities - votes: 1766 (62.8%)
Realistic fights, i.e., fights that could occur in real life - votes: 683 (24.3%)
There were 2810 total votes.
The poll ended: February 1st 2020

Some people argued that even the "realistic" fights aren't that realistic because a person would be incapacitated much more easily than shown in most manga, even ones that are just fighting with their fists.
Posted by lambchopsil on 
January 31st 11:41pm
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New Poll - Fights
This week's poll was suggested by jacob66. You prefer realistic fighting with fists, guns, swords, etc? Or something with a bit more flair or supernatural powers?

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Previous Poll Results:
Question: Do you prefer hard or soft magic systems?
Choices:
What? - votes: 2356 (64.1%)
Soft - votes: 352 (9.6%)
Hard - votes: 970 (26.4%)
There were 3678 total votes.
The poll ended: January 25th 2020

I'm glad some people looked at the explanation! Now you should look up hard vs. soft science fiction. Or maybe high vs. low fantasy.
Posted by lambchopsil on 
January 25th 9:07am
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New Poll - Hard vs. Soft Magic Systems
This week's poll was suggested by Sosseres, and it requires some explanation. The distinction between hard vs. soft magic systems was popularized by one of my favorite authors, Brandon Sanderson.

Soft: The rules and limitations of the magic isn't really explained. It's all just fantasy to the reader. Stuff happens, and it's powerful. Some examples are The Lord of the Rings and the kind of magic you see in Disney movies.

Hard: There is an explanation for how magic works with clear costs and limitations. To the reader, it's more technical than fantastical. For example, you have Fullmetal Alchemist and Mx0.

It's really a spectrum though, so series typically fall somewhere in between. Naruto started hard but got softer as the series progressed. In my opinion, many long-running series fall into this trap of continually introducing new antagonists that are somehow stronger than anyone before with very little explanation. If you want a more detailed explanation, go read the Wikipedia article.

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Question: Do you purchase fan art of manga/anime series?
Choices:
I just own free stuff - votes: 457 (16.3%)
I don't have any art - votes: 1489 (53.2%)
I have some - votes: 486 (17.4%)
I only buy official art pieces - votes: 216 (7.7%)
Yeah, I own a lot of fan art! - votes: 149 (5.3%)
There were 2797 total votes.
The poll ended: January 18th 2020

I used to have a poster hanging on my wall, but I moved, and now my walls are bare
Posted by lambchopsil on 
January 18th 12:21am
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New Poll - Fan Art
Last poll suggestion from this set of F_J's. Have you ever bought fan art? Maybe a cute poster of your favorite series from one of the artists at Anime Expo? Or perhaps you even commissioned a piece? Or perhaps you only own the officially things?

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Previous Poll Results:
Question: How do you feel about authors adding onto a story (with extra chapters, epilogues, etc) much later after the series had officially come to an end?
Choices:
Cool, but I won't be reading it - votes: 175 (5.9%)
No opinion - votes: 492 (16.6%)
I hate it as it adds nothing new to the story - votes: 146 (4.9%)
I enjoy them, only if the main characters are the same - votes: 820 (27.6%)
It's great! Will read it. - votes: 1337 (45%)
There were 2970 total votes.
The poll ended: January 11th 2020

Seems like many of you will just gobble up any new content that comes your way
Posted by lambchopsil on 
January 11th 12:22am
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New Poll - Late Extras
F_J gave a lot of poll suggestions in one shot that I liked, hence this is another one by F_J. The circumstances here are that a series has already been over for a year or more. You liked the series, but it's been out of your mind for a while now. Suddenly a special chapter is released that takes place after the ending of the series. Maybe it's just a trip to an onsen. Or maybe it's an actual epilogue! Or perhaps a time skip to 10 years into the future? Would you enjoy that?

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Previous Poll Results
Question: Have you ever gotten interested in a new hobby because of how it was portrayed in manga? (e.g., sports, games, cooking, acting, etc)
Choices:
I usually only read about stuff I'm already interested in - votes: 204 (6.6%)
Never - votes: 728 (23.6%)
Many times! - votes: 644 (20.9%)
Once or twice - votes: 1508 (48.9%)
There were 3084 total votes.
The poll ended: January 4th 2020

Easier to read about things than to actually do them
Posted by lambchopsil on 
January 4th 9:07am
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New Poll - Hobbies
F_J, again, suggested this poll. Has manga ever inspired you to take up new hobbies? Maybe Hikaru no Go taught you Go? Or Saki mahjong? Or Haikyu!! volleyball? Or Nodame Cantabile classical music and/or conducting? Comment below with your story!

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Previous Poll Results:
Question: Do you regularly listen to anime songs?
Choices:
Not at all - votes: 506 (16%)
Maybe every once in a while - votes: 1488 (47.2%)
Yes, all the time! - votes: 1161 (36.8%)
There were 3155 total votes.
The poll ended: December 28th 2019

I was at a party and someone had to do a punishment over a bet. She had to dance to one of the Naruto songs.
Posted by lambchopsil on 
December 28th 12:16am
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New Poll - Anime Songs
This week's poll is again from F_J. Do you listen to songs from anime? It could be the instrumental stuff, or the regular OP/ED that you're probably thinking of. Or maybe it's the songs from Kimi no Na wa.? That one's hugely popular with my friends. Personally, every once in a while I'll listen to the symphonic suites for Gundam Seed and Gundam Seed Destiny that were done by the London Symphony Orchestra.

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Previous Poll Results:
Question: You hate a series' ending but loved everything before that. How do you rate the series?
Choices:
10 (best) - votes: 292 (7.8%)
9 - votes: 521 (13.9%)
8 - votes: 1245 (33.2%)
7 - votes: 952 (25.4%)
6 - votes: 297 (7.9%)
5 - votes: 200 (5.3%)
4 - votes: 70 (1.9%)
3 - votes: 46 (1.2%)
2 - votes: 16 (0.4%)
1 (terrible) - votes: 112 (3%)
There were 3751 total votes.
The poll ended: December 21st 2019
Posted by lambchopsil on 
December 21st 11:34am
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New Poll - Bad Ending Effects
This week's poll was suggested by F_J. Does a bad ending affect how you rate a series? Did the last season of Game of Thrones taint your perception of it?

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Previous Poll Results:
Question: When a group scanlates a series that was previously worked on by another group, how should they handle the spelling consistencies of names?
Choices:
Spell their own way and leave a note explaining the change - votes: 1986 (77.3%)
Spell their own way without explaining any differences - votes: 114 (4.4%)
No preference - votes: 273 (10.6%)
Spell the same as the previous group, even if incorrect - votes: 196 (7.6%)
There were 2569 total votes.
The poll ended: December 14th 2019

Translating sure is a tough job!
Posted by lambchopsil on 
December 14th 1:02am
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New Poll - Name Translation Differences
This week's poll was suggested by Nekomikoto. This one hits close to home actually, as many years ago I helped scanlate Mahou Sensei Negima! with AquaStar Fansubs. There's a character that we called "Colonel Sanders," although the official translation came out to be "Ku:nel Sanders."

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Previous Poll Results:
Question: If you're growing bored of a series, and/or not enjoying it anymore, what do you do?
Choices:
Take a break and return to it later - votes: 1439 (47.3%)
Drop the series altogether - votes: 720 (23.7%)
Skip to the end, skim the conclusion, and then make a decision - votes: 515 (16.9%)
Push on through all the way to the end - votes: 367 (12.1%)
There were 3041 total votes.
The poll ended: December 7th 2019

What if you just take a break with every intention of picking it back up, but you just forget...
Posted by lambchopsil on 
December 6th 11:54pm
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