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New Poll - 10 Year Challenge
Karonhioktha suggested that we do this poll. It's the exact same poll that we did slightly over 10 years ago (off by a week). It's our version of the 10 year challenge. Although now we get like half the number of votes in our polls... That's what happens when you don't offer download links or even links to the group's site anymore.

You can submit poll ideas here

Previous Poll Results:
Question: Favorite weather?
Windy - votes: 404 (7.6%)
Foggy - votes: 309 (5.8%)
Stormy - votes: 462 (8.7%)
Snowy - votes: 646 (12.2%)
Cloudy - votes: 1033 (19.5%)
Sunny - votes: 1325 (25%)
Rainy - votes: 1119 (21.1%)
There were 5298 total votes.
The poll ended: January 19th 2019

I dislike rain. And it rained for most of the week here in Los Angeles.
Posted by lambchopsil on 
January 19th 7:48am
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» VawX on January 19th, 2019, 2:18am

Yes but might be not as many as now mmm...


» tactics on January 19th, 2019, 3:15am

Well 10 years ago I would have been like yes! But here we are, and I barely read anything anymore.

Honestly all I care to read now is Yuri series. If it's gay, I'll read it. Otherwise I usually can't be bothered.

I put maybe because while I don't read anywhere near as much as before I still enjoy it when I do. I think I always will enjoy reading manga.


» Sugarshark on January 19th, 2019, 4:30am

you can have many loves in your life


» residentgrigo on January 19th, 2019, 4:31am

Yes, not the love of my life though. I´ll be 40 then. I ain´t so sure that the average 30-year-old manga reader would say that, even in Japan. I am at the high at of the intended age spectrum right now. Good books don´t have a specific age to be enjoyed on some level but even US books barely have content targeting 40+ readers directly. Some EU books do that though, the real obscure political and biographical ones. Other media though, well.

How old are Hercule Poirot and especially Miss Marple again? The Alzheimer romance film Amour (2012) won an Oscar. Fox News exists. So does PBS. Etc.
Teen protagonists and school settings as the default, in even horror or porn, are undeniably a problem with manga/anime.


» VawX on January 19th, 2019, 4:37am

Well that's why they're Shounen/Shoujo and Seinen/Josei, none of them really target people above 30, but even now there are manga I can suggest to people above 40 mmm...


» tactics on January 19th, 2019, 4:48am

Quote from residentgrigo
Teen protagonists and school settings as the default, in even horror or porn, are undeniably a problem with manga/anime.

Actually a really good point. I mean, as we get older, they're not supposed to appeal to us as we're not the target market but at the same time, the kind of manga we are interested in reading becomes an incredibly smaller pool to choose from.

At least within the Yuri field, I'm actually seeing a lot more releases with adult, working women as the protagonists and they're always pretty popular with the readers, probably more so than the ones based in schools.

The kind of shit I used to read 10 years ago doesn't appeal to me in the slightest anymore. I honestly think the only one that stays close to my heart and I would re-read again is Ai Kora. It was one of the first I had ever read so it's a special one.
All the other harem shit I used to read? Trash. What was I thinking, honestly.


» residentgrigo on January 19th, 2019, 7:46am

Not that I am crazy about the stories in these games but look at Resident Evil 6 or Yakuza 6. Chris Redfield and Kazuma Kiryu are middle-aged in those. Meaning that Japanese games can have grizzly leads. Even Ada was in her mid-40s in RE6 and remained playable. These characters also aged with the franchise. Japanese films, tv dramas or books don´t default to 10th graders either.
Disney´s Punisher S02 has an 42-year-old lead, Iron-man is in his early 50s, and so on. Yet even teens will absolutely eat that stuff up. The current comic Batman has a 13-year-old biological son and Bat-boi has his own comic(s). Asterix and Obelix look about 40. Micky Maus and Bugs Bunny are grown adults. Etc.

Dragon Ball Z/S and especially the manga/LN version of Boruto have a fairly wide cast, with the grown adults either leading the things or being in the spotlight. Not that any of these are good... Kenshin was 29 in the pilot chapter. Kenshiro in his mid-20s and in his early 30s after the time-jump. Space Cobra is 28. All hugely successful Jump releases, so it can be done even with young adult fiction.
Long story short. The only kids I want in my hard-boiled police or military fiction are proper child soldiers. No 14-year-old platoon leaders who participated in half a dozen campaigns but would never touch alcohol cuz that ain´t legal in Japan under 20. Great morals industry.

It´s not even the kids who kill the basic logic of the so-called "grown-up" manga/anime that star kids. It´s the school settings and how seriously that part is treated. Death Note did it right. Light used the school and university as a cover and those barely showed up. Good. Code Geass though. 😐 Not that Geass did anything else right overall.

That´s the real 10-year challenge! Look at was hot about 10 years ago in the industry and bring a bucket of bleach. Oh, I made a Bleach joke. Or is Bleach itself the joke? Hm.


» Transdude1996 on January 19th, 2019, 11:53am

Quote from residentgrigo
Teen protagonists and school settings as the default, in even horror or porn, are undeniably a problem with manga/anime.



» AMMYjar on January 19th, 2019, 6:01am

I don't actually remember what I answered 10 years ago (I think it was the "maybe" answer) but here I am at 31 still regularly reading manga and trying to keep up with the anime seasons...
I also notice that I myself read more of those Josei releases with adult, working women as the protagonists (who try to get married before it's too late haha), but I also still enjoy manga with teenage protagonists as long as the story is interesting. I think you can enjoy a good story even if you're not within the target age group, but those don't come by very often...


» kurotaito on January 19th, 2019, 7:03am

I might read less or take a break, but I will never stop!


» calstine on January 19th, 2019, 11:51am

Yes! Love of my life!

I think that's all that needs to be said. I'm close to my own 10th anniversary as a manga fan, and I don't have any plans to stop before reaching the 20th.


» vivant on January 19th, 2019, 12:00pm

Not the love of my whole life, but yes.

I've been reading manga for 17-18 years now, I feel like I will still read it even in my 30s or later.
Maybe the only reason I will stop reading them not because I have other things to do, but because I can't find another good manga that pique my interest.

On the other side though, it's a little bit funny comparing my old favorite genre to my current favorite one.
I used to read many fantasy and supernatural manga for "what's the point of reading SOL manga, I can experience SOL in real life already", dislike romance for the too shoujo-ish style and "I don't get it why is it always weak heroine and always that cliché story", and wondering why people read comedy genre for "you can always laugh in the real world".

Now growing up to adult, what I need is a good laughter.
Real world kills me slowly I need to keep my sanity by laughing at myself or laughing at something else.
The current me will like to read a good comedy SOL story like Barakamon. I don't dislike shoujo anymore, sometimes cliché story is needed for a light reading. And don't forget I start to read yaoi haha, I can't stop reading this one I'm gonna be fujoshi forever lol.


» Karonhioktha on January 19th, 2019, 12:07pm

Huh, it's actually my 9 year "anniversary" for the site today. I lurked here for much longer though. Back when I was 17, I would have never thought my 20-year old self would be interested in anime/manga. But yet I'm still here.
I'm gonna vote maybe though, since in the next 10 years I'll be getting a grad degree and hopefully a full-time job.


» Oniluap on January 19th, 2019, 2:26pm

Love of my life may be too strong, but I will probably still be reading manga. It's just another medium, and just as I can't imagine stopping reading books or watching films, I don't see why I would stop reading manga. My specific tastes will definitely change, but there's enough stuff to cater to any interests, even if some are over-represented.


» hkanz on January 19th, 2019, 4:44pm

I chose ‘Maybe (I'm not sure)... Depends on a lot of things’. It’s a time/priorities issue, I can’t imagine that I would stop liking manga. A character doesn’t need to share my age, problems, traits, values, etc. for the story to be interesting or well-done.


» HikaruYami on January 19th, 2019, 8:30pm

I read more manga now at age 27 than I did at age 17 (when I had already been reading One Piece, among a few others, for 3 years).

Yeah I'm definitely never quitting manga. Manga and video games are by FAR my two favorite pastimes


» blackkittycat15 on January 19th, 2019, 8:34pm

I'll be reading it on my deathbed. Sure it's the love of my life but it's also so simple. This site has a great search to find whatever you're in the mood for and I frequently read on my lunch break at work. I'd probably read/watch more western media if I had a way to sort through them.

My taste is also still childish escapism so I like imaginative worlds and fantasies like where people get rewarded for hard work. Most mature books is all interpersonal drama and I avoid that in real life.


» RoxFlowz on January 20th, 2019, 3:54am

I've been reading for more than 10 years and I doubt I'll ever stop.


» Eloriel on January 20th, 2019, 3:34pm

I've already read it for more than ten years as it is, so can't see why I would stop reading manga during the next decade.


» scarletrhodelia on January 20th, 2019, 6:07pm

I answered "Maybe" because I've had other interests that I'm not involved with anymore. Sometimes I think that I'm ready to move on to something else now. Then I pick up a wonderful manga that reignites my love for it. I hope that I'll always be able to find manga that I love, just like any other interest.


» MinatoAce on January 21st, 2019, 10:55am

No reason not to. The amount may differ. But, just like gaming, watching movies, TV Series, Animes etc. these things are stay with me till death.


» dreamer00013 on January 22nd, 2019, 4:14pm

I'll probably always find something I like to read to continue reading manga. It's just a handful of series , but I like to follow them. It used to be Tokyo Ghoul, now it's Beastars, maybe someday it'll be Tomo-chan again, who knows.
But yeah, I don't read much manga these days. Overall I read maybe half an hour in a week? It's not really part of my life anymore.