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Question: Your optimal manga chapter length?
About 18 pages (standard weekly series) - votes: 225 (6.7%)
Maybe 25 pages~ - votes: 700 (20.8%)
Around 35 pages. - votes: 703 (20.9%)
Circa 45 pages? - votes: 279 (8.3%)
Whooping 55+ pages! - votes: 344 (10.2%)
I really don't care... - votes: 1109 (33%)
There were 3360 total votes.
The poll ended: February 29th 2020
Compared to 12 years ago, looks like more people prefer between 25-35 pages rather than something longer.
» carcar435867 on February 29th, 2020, 1:38am
» calstine on February 29th, 2020, 3:30am
» VawX on February 29th, 2020, 3:35am
» RoxFlowz on February 29th, 2020, 4:16am
» Trimutius on February 29th, 2020, 5:16am
» vigorousjammer on February 29th, 2020, 10:41am
Gag manga typically don't have a running plot so it doesn't make too much of a difference, but even with those, there could potentially be character development that you'd miss out on... or new characters introduced in certain chapters that may get skipped over (I'm lookin' at you, Kochikame).
» residentgrigo on February 29th, 2020, 10:50am
There is only one way a gap, exactly one gap, can work: Scanlating from the point the anime stopped but the anime would need to have been a direct adaptation and I would still scanlate at least the first chapter to entice people who weren´t exposed to the anime to watch it and then come back after the "jump".
Jumping through anthologies (with many authors) makes sense though. The one exception to the rule.
» YeyiTanemon on February 29th, 2020, 4:51pm
» HoshiRyo on March 1st, 2020, 10:14am
I do think it'd be best to eventually do the skipped chapters later, and leave a guide listing what to skip if you can't slog through those stretches, but...abridged is better than dropped, when the story's interesting when the manga gets around to it.
It might also work out well with some of the long AF gag continuity-free series to have a scanlator-assembled anthology. Notes about selection and what might be relevant if anything when skipping around would definitely be appreciated, even when the it's a blissfully continuity-free story from end to end. (And I would not consider Sayonara Zetsubou-Sensei an example of a blissfully continuity-free story.)
» zarlan on March 1st, 2020, 10:27am
Including, and just as seriously, when it's done when there is an anime adaptation, to skip to where the anime ends.
I don't really think that anthologies (with no connection, whatsoever, between the stories) are an exception, so much as the issue not being applicable to them.
» HoshiRyo on March 1st, 2020, 11:27am
Some of the anthologies I've read have been homages to a series, and others have had couple-chapter series included as well as one-shots. But yeah, I wouldn't really say order applies as long as the connected stories are in order.
And, honestly, I mostly hate it because usually the skipping around isn't done well--it takes skill to abridge something well, and you have to pick something that will benefit. I've only once in decades of reading manga come across a scanlation group that succeeded at both.
» zarlan on March 1st, 2020, 2:24pm
If there is some connection, however, then any translation has to be in its proper order.
» mallika23 on March 2nd, 2020, 10:23am
So, I choose the "Oh, Well.."
Of course, I'm more satisfied if this doesn't happent though.. 😅
» zarlan on March 3rd, 2020, 2:59pm
That doesn't make it okay.
Publishing a scanlation of a random chapter in the middle of a manga doesn't, in any way, contribute anything, and only serves to annoy/anger people
...so, in essence, it is just trolling.
» UpToFourPlayers on March 2nd, 2020, 1:58pm
» HikaruYami on March 3rd, 2020, 10:27am
The only time it's remotely acceptable is when there's an outright sequel series. Scanlating the original and sequel in parallel is sometimes okay because the sequel series is designed in the first place to be amenable to new readers. It's generally a rebranding with the explicit purpose of attracting a new audience.
Even then I prefer for them to catch up on the original first. Still waiting on Daiya no A 😛
» zarlan on March 3rd, 2020, 3:01pm
...though I imagine I may be in the minority, in having that opinion.
» dreamer00013 on March 3rd, 2020, 4:24pm
But otherwise I've never been fond of skipping. I ignore it, because people have their reasons, so it's "oh well"
» Otakuch on March 21st, 2020, 7:52am