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Welcome to Baka-Updates - Manga Division

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!

New Poll - Optimist vs Pessimist
This week's poll was sparked by something the user marchRy suggested, but I didn't like the question he posed, so I came up with something myself.

You can submit poll ideas here
http://www.mangaupdates.com/showtopic.php?tid=3903

Previous Poll Results:
Question: How do you feel about racist content in manga?
Choices:
I feel indifferent - votes: 1165 (29.1%)
It's kind of funny/interesting, because Japan seems to come up with very unique stereotypes - votes: 653 (16.3%)
It's a little shocking, but I understand that Japanese racial humor tends to be different from the rest of the world - votes: 748 (18.7%)
It's as offensive as racist content found anywhere else - votes: 1440 (35.9%)
There were 4006 total votes.
The poll ended: September 14th 2019

Sparked about as much debate as I expected it would
Posted by lambchopsil on 
September 14th 7:45am
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New Poll - Racism in Manga
This week's poll was suggested by 8-3. I'll just copy/paste what he stated
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Some manga do get banned/censored/altered in certain countries due to racist imagery. What's seen as light-hearted humor in Japan could be regarded as offensive in other countries. For instance, the Viz Media version of Dragon Ball actually removed Mr. Popo's lips, due to the resemblance to "Blackface."

And compared to other countries, namely western ones, racial stereotypes actually are vastly different in Japan. Two very common stereotypes that I see in manga are that Chinese people supposedly end their sentences with "-aru," and that every black man is named "Bob."


You can submit poll ideas here
http://www.mangaupdates.com/showtopic.php?tid=3903

Previous Poll Results:
Question: What is the best implementation of beast ears (kemonomimi) in manga without counting the hair?
Choices:
Beast ears on top and no human ears - votes: 1861 (66.4%)
Beast ears on side and no human ears - votes: 593 (21.2%)
Beast ears on top and human ears on the side - votes: 349 (12.5%)
There were 2803 total votes.
The poll ended: September 7th 2019

I'm very confused about having beast ears and human ears... So they just have 4 ears? Why?...
Posted by lambchopsil on 
September 7th 7:52am
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New Poll - Beast Ears
This week's unusual poll was proposed by VawX. He supplied this example image:
https://i.pinimg.com/originals/2e/ad/92/2ead92e65a906c07b 1eb2a90abf61584.png
It's pretty weird... Not expecting this to be a popular poll.

You can submit poll ideas here
http://www.mangaupdates.com/showtopic.php?tid=3903

Previous Poll Results:
Question: When should amnesia be used as a plot line or characterization?
Choices:
As the finale - votes: 84 (2.8%)
Toward the end - votes: 53 (1.8%)
Sometime in the middle - votes: 307 (10.2%)
At the very beginning - votes: 1530 (50.7%)
Right when the confession or key love moment happens - votes: 97 (3.2%)
Never - votes: 944 (31.3%)
There were 3015 total votes.
The poll ended: August 31st 2019

The most popular choice is to have amnesia be the inciting incident at the very beginning of a series. So the reader will discover how the world works at the same time as the main character.
Posted by lambchopsil on 
August 31st 7:52am
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New Poll - Amnesia
This week's poll was suggested by kurotaito. Do you like amnesia as a plot point? When in a story should it be used?

You can submit poll ideas here
http://www.mangaupdates.com/showtopic.php?tid=3903

Previous Poll Results:
Question: Of the following, which do you hate the most?
Choices:
Snail - votes: 7 (0.2%)
Leech - votes: 95 (2.1%)
Raccoon - votes: 5 (0.1%)
Hyena - votes: 6 (0.1%)
Bat - votes: 6 (0.1%)
Pig - votes: 20 (0.4%)
Monkey - votes: 16 (0.4%)
Skunk - votes: 9 (0.2%)
Lizard - votes: 30 (0.7%)
Shark - votes: 5 (0.1%)
Pigeon - votes: 19 (0.4%)
Bee - votes: 42 (0.9%)
Cat - votes: 15 (0.3%)
Dog - votes: 37 (0.8%)
Rat - votes: 83 (1.9%)
Mouse - votes: 16 (0.4%)
Spider - votes: 437 (9.8%)
Snake - votes: 89 (2%)
Wasp - votes: 337 (7.5%)
Cockroach - votes: 878 (19.6%)
Fly - votes: 234 (5.2%)
Mosquito - votes: 1307 (29.2%)
Slug - votes: 34 (0.8%)
Rabbit - votes: 4 (0.1%)
Bed bug - votes: 285 (6.4%)
Worm - votes: 54 (1.2%)
Seagull - votes: 19 (0.4%)
Ant - votes: 29 (0.6%)
Tick - votes: 349 (7.8%)
Squirrel - votes: 10 (0.2%)
There were 4477 total votes.
The poll ended: August 24th 2019

More people hate dogs than cats
Posted by lambchopsil on 
August 24th 8:17am
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New Poll - Hated Animals
This week's poll about the animals you hate was suggested by VawX. Non-exhaustive list, but it should cover the most common ones.

You can submit poll ideas here
http://www.mangaupdates.com/showtopic.php?tid=3903

Previous Poll Results:
Question: How should translators deal with author self-censored curse words?
Choices:
Replace word for a less harsh one (i.e., crap) - votes: 69 (1.7%)
Use the actual curse word (i.e., shit) - votes: 720 (18.3%)
Match how the author censored it (partly or fully censored) - votes: 2653 (67.3%)
Censor entire word (i.e., *bleep* or ****) - votes: 28 (0.7%)
Only censor part of the word (i.e., sh*t) - votes: 474 (12%)
There were 3944 total votes.
The poll ended: August 17th 2019

I didn't even think about copyright censoring...
Posted by lambchopsil on 
August 17th 7:19am
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New Poll - Censoring Curses
This week's poll was suggested by Nekomikoto, and it deals with how to translate censored curses or expletives. It's interesting to think about, even though I don't think it comes up that often.

You can submit poll ideas here
http://www.mangaupdates.com/showtopic.php?tid=3903

Previous Poll Results:
Question: How many hours per week do you work on average? (Including unpaid internships, not including volunteer work)
Choices:
81+ hours - votes: 89 (1.7%)
71-80 hours - votes: 47 (0.9%)
61-70 hours - votes: 61 (1.2%)
51-60 hours - votes: 184 (3.5%)
41-50 hours - votes: 747 (14.2%)
40 hours - votes: 971 (18.5%)
31-39 hours - votes: 592 (11.3%)
21-30 hours - votes: 338 (6.4%)
11-20 hours - votes: 230 (4.4%)
1-10 hours - votes: 183 (3.5%)
No job and not looking for one - votes: 782 (14.9%)
I'm retired - votes: 40 (0.8%)
I don't have a job, but I'm looking! - votes: 768 (14.6%)
I can't work due to some disability - votes: 216 (4.1%)
There were 5248 total votes.
The poll ended: August 6th 2019

If you're working more than 80 hours a week, I'm sorry for you.
Posted by lambchopsil on 
August 10th 7:14am
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