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New Poll - Post-Hiatus
This week's poll was suggested by jacob66. Imagine that a series that you like has been on hiatus for a while. Suddenly a new chapter comes out! What do you do?

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Previous Poll Results:
Question: You read a series and feel neutral about it (don't love or hate it). What score would you rate it?
10 - votes: 587 (7.9%)
9 - votes: 80 (1.1%)
8 - votes: 227 (3%)
7 - votes: 1538 (20.6%)
6 - votes: 2232 (30%)
5 - votes: 2297 (30.8%)
4 - votes: 277 (3.7%)
3 - votes: 69 (0.9%)
2 - votes: 19 (0.3%)
1 - votes: 123 (1.7%)
There were 7449 total votes.
The poll ended: April 14th 2018

Who are the trolls who rate it a 10?
Posted by lambchopsil on 
April 14th 8:35am
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» F_J on April 14th, 2018, 1:49am

Was the inspiration for this post D Gray man? Cause that's one of the few that I know was on hiatus then got a continuation.

Anyway, I'd just reread about 5ish chapters before the newest chapter... I'm actually pprettygood at rememebring plot line/stories. If I like them.


» Suxinn on April 14th, 2018, 12:10pm

Quote from F_J
Was the inspiration for this post D Gray man? Cause that's one of the few that I know was on hiatus then got a continuation.

DN Angel is also apparently coming back from hiatus. But of course the first thing I thought of when I saw this poll was Hunter x Hunter.

Ultimately it depends on the manga for me. If it's something I feel ambivalent about, I just read the new chapter, even if I've forgotten plotlines/characters. If it's something I really like, I'll reread it (usually just a chunk, but sometimes from the beginning) even if I do remember everything. The only exception is probably HxH, which I really enjoy, but the hiatuses made me drop it post-Chimera Ant arc, though I'm planning on picking it up again when it (finally) finishes.


» VawX on April 14th, 2018, 2:55am

Hmm... it really depends between reread the previous few chapter and read new chapter right away mmm...
How long is the hiatus, how much do I like the manga, how complicated the manga is and how generic the manga is mmm...


» Senrosj on April 14th, 2018, 12:07pm

That's basically me as well. For a lot of manga I could read a new chapter right away, and I think that's my first course of action, but if I don't remember what is going on, I'll go read the previous 2-3 chapters to refresh my memory (could be more.)


» residentgrigo on April 14th, 2018, 5:30am

Read the new chapter right away. At least half a year? I can name albums i follow that run on a 2 year schedule. Or worse.


» tactics on April 14th, 2018, 5:36am

I gotta re-read the last few chapters cos I won't remember what's been happening in the story.

An example of when this happened recently is Black Lagoon. So many hiatuses


» RoxFlowz on April 14th, 2018, 6:09am

Totally depends on how much I remember and how complex the plot is. I'll usually skip through the last few chapters and then read the new one. In other cases I might just wait till the manga or the arc is done and then reread it, either from the start or from the start of the current arc.


» calstine on April 14th, 2018, 6:27am

None of these really work for me because, with the exception of strictly episodic and/or slice-of-life series, I never start to read a manga until it's completely scanlated. But I suppose I'll go with the 3rd option, since it's the closest to my preferred method.


» HikaruYami on April 14th, 2018, 7:25pm

I super don't understand the people here saying they don't start a manga until it's totally finished and scanlated. Like... are you trying to be totally ignorant to popular culture? The point at which a series finishes is the point at which it starts to slip out of the public consciousness and eventually become irrelevant. I hadn't thought about even a genre-defining manga like dragon ball very much for the 10 years or so before battle of gods came out.


» ForeignerChan on April 15th, 2018, 7:46am

I'm one of those people who usually start a manga only if it's completed and fully scanlated. I'll tell you my reasons for doing that (but keep in mind that other people might have other motives):
1. I'm a binge-reader and I like to read manga and novels in one go with the flood of emotions and suspance building up throughout the reading session (I can't get carried away that much if I only read one chapter at a time);
2. in general, I like focusing on one story at a time;
3. to avoid hiatuses, uncompleted or abandoned series and other similar unpleasant circumstances;
4. I don't mind about trends and popularity that much. I don't share my opinions on forums and such anyway (apart from some cases), so I don't find it a handicap. If anything, I think it's an advantage since by the time the series is completed, there will be a lot of reviews and I will know if a series is worth reading or not.

Well, these are my reasons for focusing on completed series. It's only natural to have different opinions and tastes. Me too, I don't understand people who read ongoing series and wait for months for every chapter, but I don't judge them because we are all different and that's okay. I hope you could understand my attitude a little more biggrin


» svines85 on April 15th, 2018, 9:15am

Quote from HikaruYami
I super don't understand the people here saying they don't start a manga until it's totally finished and scanlated. Like... are you trying to be totally ignorant to popular culture?

What in the world does "popular culture" have to do with reading a story? As the poll is quite obviously asking about actual in not some sort of gag manga where the chapters can stand alone, this is about something we might have to go back on to refresh our memory about where the story is would seem like a total no-brainer that, you know, anybody and everybody, would be concerned with if they were ever going to get to read the freaking ending of the story.

Popular culture? Public consciousness? Those kinds of things are considerations for you when you're reading for pleasure in this context? O_o


» HikaruYami on April 24th, 2018, 9:49am

If no one is interested in discussing the cool things happening in the manga I'm reading right now, then yeah, that makes it a less interesting experience for me. Will I still sometimes go back and read classics I missed, like Hokuto no Ken and Black Jack? Sure. Am I going to go back and read Kochi Kame now? Hahahahahahahahahahahahahah no.


» ForeignerChan on April 14th, 2018, 9:46am

Either I start over from the beginning again or I reread the previous few chapters.

I usually read a series only if it's completed and fully scanlated because I'm more of a binge-reader, but there are a few manga/manhua I'm currently reading that are still ongoing. I reread at least the last two chapters every time a new episode is out - even if only 5 days have passed since the last one - because I like to have the impression of a "continuation", otherwise I can't get into the story.


» svines85 on April 14th, 2018, 10:06am

I've not made a secret about this topic, for me breaks in the availability to regularly read new chapters is a serious problem in this context......let's face it, these are serial works, part of the actual design is getting regular installments after some set amount of time. I'll drop most series in a heartbeat over this sort of thing, maybe putting it on hold until it's completed to then be assured of being able to read it in its entirety.

That said, as far as this poll goes, I'm going to go with ones I really like, and then yes, off the top of my head both Yotsubato! and Gin no Saji come to mind as this applying to (or at least roughly the same scenario, no clue/don't remember if those were affected by "official" hiatus, which I'm assuming is what the poll is asking about), those are ones I really like, no need to refresh my memory, I've read whatever new has come out on those the second I found out something had come out to read biggrin


» MangaGhost on April 14th, 2018, 11:26am

Depends on a few factors. How long is the series? When did the series go on hiatus--at the beginning of a new arc, in the middle or at the end? Is it a weekly or monthly? If the series stopped in the beginning or middle of an arc, I'm liable to wait for a few chapters to come out before starting up again. If its normally put out as a weekly with low page count I'm also likely to wait. If the series hasn't gotten too long and was consistently released prior to going on hiatus then I may start all over to refresh my mind. I always re-read at least a few chapters to get myself back into the feel of the series. There have been some series that were heading towards the end of an arc and I couldn't wait and immediately read the latest chapter. However, I'd say most of the time I hold off reading and wait for a decent chunk to be put out.


» MinatoAce on April 14th, 2018, 2:34pm

Read the new chapter right away.
My memory pretty good, but in the case of me forgetting some bit of it, which hardly ever happened, I may or may not depending on what I deem necessary, reread few previous chapter and that chapter or that arc or the whole thing.

I reread some of my favourite series sometimes because I find fun in doing so, not because I forgot the whole thing. If you forgot it, then subconsciously you don't like it that much, you think you do.


» kurotaito on April 14th, 2018, 4:57pm

I'll read the new chapter right away, and then wait for a chunk of chapters afterwards. I like to read at least one volume of chapters per sitting, but I make an exception when a series comes off hiatus.


» scsijon on April 14th, 2018, 8:30pm

I've tagged Reread the prev...... this time but usually it only takes a few pages of the last chapter for me to remember.
I would have also had find out why it was in hiatus (dropped, caught up with, scanlation team disbanded, etc) in there as that's usually what I do if it's over six months unless that's the normal for that series.


» Sugarshark on April 14th, 2018, 10:19pm

I selected 'read it right away'
given that it's already something that I like I wouldn't wait. fandom > everything else
I do generally prefer the series to be finished or be almost there before starting; for example I haven't seen an episode of game of thrones yet.


» SinsI on April 15th, 2018, 5:11am

Answered "decent chunk", but in effect it is "hold off until it is finished" - if I stop reading a story for any reason, I only come back much later, usually when I learn that it is completed.


» scarletrhodelia on April 15th, 2018, 11:31am

I've done all of these except "Drop". Most of the time I'll wait until a few more chapters come out (which is what I selected). I'll also usually read at least the last few chapters or last volume. If it's been a long time, and chances are there have been other chapters that came out in the meantime that I didn't read, and it's something I really liked, I'll start over.


» hkanz on April 15th, 2018, 3:44pm

Generally I don't start series until they're finished, but sometimes I'm interested enough to start an unfinished series. In that case I'd read the completed chapters and then probably wait to read the rest until the story is done, starting from the beginning.

Re: the pop culture comment... I can see the relevancy for someone living in Japan or someone who participates a lot in online discussions/is otherwise part of a community relating to discussion of anime/manga. Personally I read manga for my own entertainment and it doesn't matter to me whether I'm reading it at the same time as other people.


» kihi on April 17th, 2018, 7:46am

I'm either reread for refresher or drop the series. If it a series that I truly enjoy it's the former and if something I read casually (usually those that I don't even know they went on hiatus) it's the latter.


» ReyKaNeel on September 16th, 2018, 4:12am

I have read a lot of "Manga" which are on hiatus now. I canĀ“t really understand why they are, but if there would be an update, i would read it immediately. Mostly i remember them crystal clear, if i stuggle i reread the last chapter ?
I check them often x.x