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New Poll - Optimal Story Length
This week's poll is from our member jacob66. This poll is actually a mix of 2 polls back in 2008, and based on those results, I'm gonna predict that "Lots of volumes with long chapters" will win. But who knows? I could be wrong

You can submit poll ideas here (and try to keep them manga/anime-related)

Question: What font type do you prefer for reading scanlations?
Wild Words - votes: 744 (6.9%)
Manga Temple - votes: 164 (1.5%)
Anime Ace - votes: 440 (4.1%)
CC Meanwhile - votes: 19 (0.2%)
DigitalStrip - votes: 45 (0.4%)
CC Comiccrazy - votes: 26 (0.2%)
Blambot Casual - votes: 28 (0.3%)
Arial - votes: 226 (2.1%)
Arial Black - votes: 81 (0.8%)
Calibri - votes: 138 (1.3%)
Comic Sans MS - votes: 723 (6.7%)
Verdana - votes: 68 (0.6%)
Times New Roman - votes: 189 (1.8%)
Webdings - votes: 75 (0.7%)
Tahoma - votes: 64 (0.6%)
Helvetica - votes: 69 (0.6%)
I prefer a font not listed above - votes: 160 (1.5%)
Fonts matter, but I don't know their names - votes: 5693 (53%)
Fonts don't matter at all to me - votes: 1795 (16.7%)
There were 10747 total votes.
The poll ended: January 26th 2013

Of the results for the actual fonts, we have Wild Words, Comic Sans MS, and Anime Ace (in that order). I'm not sure if tons of people just voted for Comic Sans MS to troll, or perhaps that's the only font that common people feel they see in manga. I just can't believe that it's that good of a font...

PS: I believe this poll has caused the most people ever (so far) to demean me and treat me like trash
Posted by lambchopsil on January 26th 9:02am Comments ( 33 )  [ View ]  [ Add ]

» CatzCradle on January 26th, 2013, 2:12am

Aww, you know we love ya smile wink grin

(And I probably suspect the reason Comic Sans MS got so many votes was because most of the people confused it with Wild Words lol)


» strixflash on January 26th, 2013, 2:19am

lamb, everyone loves you here.... Seems like your prediction for this poll is gonna be correct, and well no one would be surprised if that's the case.

You just want your series to have enough chapters/volumes to cover all the details, no matter how small they are, and offer a complete and proper ending. While short stories (with less volumes) can be good, they often lack the space to offer enough character development. I have seen many seinen who suffered from this problem.

So I would go with "Lots of volumes with long chapters". No point in going with short chapters who always ends with cliffhangers. Of course, by lots of volumes, I don't mean 40+ where there is hardly any story development *cough* * shonen* roll Ah! no another Bleach,Naruto and Fairy tale please embarrassed


» Alwerien on January 26th, 2013, 2:40am

Aw, I'm sure they didn't really mean it.

I went with few volumes with long chapters since that's what I honestly prefer. Well, I actually prefer like 3-8 vols, so that would be somewhere of middle length. But still. Maybe it's because I feel intimidated to start new manga that I see has already 15+ volumes (what I imagine as lots of volumes). If the story doesn't uselessly drag just to keep it going longer, I do like long stories though. Either way, long chapters. I hate when I wait week or month for new chapter just to get <15 pages, no development and only cliffhangers.

It's scary how many people voted for Comic Sans. no


» BedrosBoost on January 26th, 2013, 3:06am

This poll is too easy. Obviously... we want MORE!


» barbapapa on January 26th, 2013, 4:02am

Just depends on the type of manga, so since I like shorter series but a good deal of exposition per chapter I'll go for "Just a few volumes with long chapters".


» Myuym on January 26th, 2013, 4:08am

I like webtoons like on Naver and Daum. They have often an optimal story length.


» deadphoenix on January 26th, 2013, 6:49am

A story needs to be long enough for exploiting the plot ( their are also very good short stories, but in general it only works out with a romantic or comedic plot, for example mystery and adventure it wouldn't be possible. Mystery needs a deep plot, and adventure, well you can't finish this type of story on your front door.)

I prefer long chapters, short chapters are too much forced and their is also a common issue with long series having fillers in it. Long series with short chapters tends to have a failing/forced ending too (Cage of Eden is a good example).

I also prefer longer chapters, as short chapters gives problems to get the plot back, and when you find it back with it's action it's finished. none


» Dionaea on January 26th, 2013, 7:20am

I voted few volumes with long chapters, because in my experience few long series manage to not become a total drag and unneccessarily stretch the story. And ofcourse longer chapters are better than super short ones, I mean, seriously, who PREFERS short chapters? roll eyes

EDIT: I consider anything up to about 5 volumes to be short.


» trunks84 on January 26th, 2013, 7:23am

Lot of volumes with short chapters. Cause those short chapters give us a lot more monthly than long chapters. Weekly releases give us at least 70+ pages a month where as monthly releases only give us 25-40 pages a month.


» MangaGhost on January 26th, 2013, 8:02am

I wish the choices were more like short, medium or long number of volumes. The choices "just a few volumes" makes me think like 1-5 and "lots of volumes" sounds like 20+. I don't like most short stories, so the poll automatically makes me choose "lots of volumes". Its just not accurate to what I like and it won't surprise me if "lots of volumes with long chapters" wins.

I don't care for stuff with really long volumes because usually its overstayed its visit and there's a lot of filler. Series like Bleach (57 vol), History's Strongest disciple Kenichi (49 vol), City Hunter (39 vol), etc, start to grate after awhile. If its comedy the same gag volume after volume goes from funny to being a real drag. Hell, even with stuff I really like such as Berserk (37 vol) starts to frustrate me. While long series tend to drag or have too much filler with the short series that's maybe 1-3 volumes it often, but not always, feels like there wasn't enough to it. Usually I feel that character development suffers in really short series or there isn't enough to the background. There are exceptions and those tend to have a very tight focus on its subject, but its not often the norm. Personally, I tend to prefer things of about medium length (10-15 vol). Stuff like Parasyte (10 vol), Blame! (10 vol), Bokurano (11 vol), Freesia (12 vol), Bamboo Blade (14 vol), Gunslinger Girl (15 vol), etc. It doesn't mean that I'm always happy with how it ends, but 10-15 volumes tends to be my sweet spot.


» Dionaea on January 28th, 2013, 2:31am

While I'm really a short story type of person, I agree there should be a middle option here (or a "My fave manga should last forever" option, to differentiate between regular long and neverending). Some stories need more than just a few volumes to be told and that's fine, but no story *needs* 30+ volumes. Your preferred length is what I find long but doable, I usually end up dropping longer stuff or simply don't read based on the number of volumes. Reading 20+ volumes is a big time investment...


» imercenary on January 26th, 2013, 8:08am

Ideally lots of volumes with long chapters, but since long chapters usually mean long wait times between releases/publications, lots of volumes with short chapters are nice too.


» FormX on January 26th, 2013, 8:30am

Idk really but lots of volumes are somewhat discouraging when starting a new manga, especially if you feel so so about it... even if they are short chapters.


» sagesmith on January 26th, 2013, 8:31am

That's really the shounen/shoujo genres in a nutshell. Shounen typically has many volumes with short chapters, and shoujo typically has few volumes with long chapters!


» CuthienSilmeriel on January 26th, 2013, 9:23am

It's not the length that matters, but the quality of the story. Having said that, I tend to favour long mangas, but not ones which never end.


» NightSwan on January 26th, 2013, 10:19am

I can say that in printed novels, I like it when the chapters are short.
It gives me a sense of accomplishment because I sometimes feel like I have ADD with them long chapters...............

So anyways, unless it's a oneshot collection,
I prefer three to seven volumes with twenty to thirty pages per chapter (more or less, depending how interesting the manga is).
Single volume works (like many BL manga) tend to be too rushed or just end too quickly.
Many shoujo and shounen manga seem to be too infinite and inconclusive.

But as long as the story's good, who cares, right?


» greydrak on January 26th, 2013, 11:58am

This poll is kinda confusing for me...
It sort of makes me think more in terms of weekly(18~20 pages) vs monthly manga (~30 pages) instead of story arcs.
Chapter length isn't really a good comparison parameter, since it's more restricted by the publication than story arcs.

If this was just about the way things are printed, then I'd still vote for lots of volumes with short chapters. It's much easier to progress through the story by having it controlled in a shorter page span than have it drag on over longer pages where the author may end up filling pages with whole page spreads (though some weekly series does this often as well coughbleachcough).

If this was about story arc lengths, then I'd prefer a mix of story length, but overall lots of volumes, somewhere around 15~25 is usually good enough length for most series whether they have enough to go further.

I don't want to go through several volumes to still be stuck in the same situation, kinda reminds of Skip Beat in recent arcs, it's just taking forever for them to move on...


» Sapphiresky on January 26th, 2013, 2:28pm

This is a hard one. I like both long and short stories. What's key is having the right length for the individual story. If the story calls for 4 volumes then fine but if it takes 45 volumes to do the story justice then so be it.

If I had to choose, I'd say between 12 and 50 volumes, but what I think is really important is the pacing. Don't drag it out and don't rush it.

As far as chapter length, I got nothing. The length of the chapter typically only signifies how often it's released (ie ~20 page is typically weekly, while 30-40 is typically bi-weekly or monthly). I do prefer getting weekly chapters so it doesn't take forever for the story to unfold but long monthly chapters are sometimes better thought out and drawn.


» KaoriNite on January 26th, 2013, 6:20pm

Quote from Sapphiresky
What's key is having the right length for the individual story.

Totally agree.

I typically prefer longer stories, but what really matters is pacing. I hate longer series that feel like they are being dragged out and I hate short stories that feel rushed and unfinished. If the pacing is right, the length doesn't matter too much.


» Shardnax on January 26th, 2013, 3:07pm

It really depends on the manga for me. There are a lot of <4 volume manga I wish would've reached 8 - 10 volumes but I think any manga (with plot) that goes beyond 20 volumes is pushing it.


» BlackOrion on January 26th, 2013, 3:10pm

Depends on the type of manga, there is not an specific margin i prefer, sorry.


» FutariWaPrettyAnon on January 26th, 2013, 3:45pm

Can we get a "don't care" option?


» licorice on January 26th, 2013, 3:57pm

Why should that option always be available in polls? These are supposed to be fun. Always checking "don't care" defeats the purpose. If you don't like the polls, don't vote in them.


» mirahsan2 on January 26th, 2013, 7:03pm

Don't let it get to you lamb, I know it's hard and frustrating but it's the internet. Meh.


» lambchopsil on January 26th, 2013, 11:24pm

Quote from mirahsan2
Don't let it get to you lamb, I know it's hard and frustrating but it's the internet. Meh.

Haha, I know what you mean. I've been around MU for 7 years now, so I know what it means to be disappointed by the Internet


» That3rdGuy on January 27th, 2013, 12:20am

Well, the font poll was, by far, the stupidest poll I've ever seen here. And I've seen some strange ones.

Anyways, I find a few volumes with longs chapters better than the other choices. Sometimes a series will go on forever, even though it should have ended **cough** Bleach **cough**
A lot of times if a series gets too long, people start to dislike the series as a whole even though the first half was great **cough** Gantz **cough**
I think series with around 40-60 chapters usually end up being the ones I remember and would read a 2nd time over (that doesn't happen often since I remember everything that happens and the entertainment value sinks). Basically, less than 100 but more than 50 chapters. That's my ideal manga.
Now, there are some that continue to entertain even though it's really long, like One Piece. Naruto is kind of ruined IMO since Tobi was Obito (the obvious, uncreative choice).
I usually don't like series with 10-20 chapters since it seems rushed most of the time.


» KJacket on January 27th, 2013, 5:34am

I find a few volumes with long chapters better than the other choices

Agreed, most of the series I enjoyed reading have long chapters. When a chapter is too short - 15 pages or less - it breaks the flow so I can't immerse into the story and am left feeling unsatisfied, either rushed or nothing really happened. (Reading them in complied volumes helps.)

Ofc not agreeing about there being an 'optimal' story length but just that the ones I've read and liked are usually not over 30 volumes.

'A few volumes with long chapters' might be the easiest length to make a satisfying story.


» Mamsmilk on January 27th, 2013, 6:36am

Lots of volumes with long chapters so when I see a new release, it is more than 10 pages. The more volumes, the more I have to read. I think that is good, unless there are volumes just to make more money after running out of plot. Should stop while the joke still is fun, you know.


» doki-doki-kimochi on January 27th, 2013, 8:02pm

Haha, I dunno if I have a case of schadenfreude or whatever but your last line made me crack up. No worries, though, I voted for Webdings and was by no means part of the Font War x).
As for this poll, I'd like to pick long chapters with lots of volumes (my computer won't let me vote anymore; it skips directly to the results :c) on the condition that the release time in between isn't significantly longer...which is probably impossible because no mangaka wants to be subject to that horror no


» GuttedGnome on January 28th, 2013, 3:20am

A story should require the amount of chapters and volumes it needs to be enjoyable while still being about the main point. When a manga is filled with more side stories or stories about the supporting characters than there are chapters for the main story the manga should end relatively quickly. Ending it prematurely is also a nono for it leaves the reader unsatisfied and in worst case, enraged.
I prefer 5-15 volumes with 4-5 chapters for every volume with each chapter being 30-100 pages long. 10 Volumes, 5 chapters/volume, 60 pages/chapter is my exact preferred length, however, if the story require it, it can end before or after my preference. smile
It's different for 4-koma manga. For those I don't mind the length as long as it is still fun after 1 volume or a 100 volumes. eyes


» En Do on January 29th, 2013, 4:37am

sorry can't vote because as long as it is a good manga and have the right ending i don't mind any of those choices


» mysstris on January 29th, 2013, 6:53pm

It really depends on the content of the story, how well written it is, and the style of the manga.

If it's cliche or a story that has been told before generally, short with a few volumes (or just one) is enough.

other than that, the other three options can do just fine as long as the story ends satisfactory.


» telepop on February 1st, 2013, 7:49pm

So don't let people demean you and treat you like trash.


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