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New Poll - Reading Age
This week's poll was suggested by Midlife_otaku. Pretty simple! How old were you when you started reading manga?

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Previous Poll Results:
Question: What should a scanlation group do if a series they're working on gets licensed?
Continuing working on the series - votes: 1976 (72.4%)
Stop - votes: 755 (27.6%)
There were 2731 total votes.
The poll ended: July 30th, 2022 1:15pm PDT

So at what point should a scanlation group stop?
Posted by lambchopsil on 
July 30th 1:17pm
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» YuriM on July 30th, 2022, 1:20pm

It was mostly related to unlimited internet connection + this website found. Not the age.


» kurotaito on July 30th, 2022, 1:47pm

My eldest sister read manga so between 8-12 was most likely when I got my first manga.


» ebisu on July 30th, 2022, 1:51pm

I hope it counts if manga was read to you because you were still learning to read... Dragonball, of course.


» deadphoenix on July 30th, 2022, 1:51pm

Under 7 😕

I'm imaging a baby reading some manga, you never know if the baby is isekaied?


» Trejon on July 30th, 2022, 2:06pm

THe main issue is that official translations take wAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAy to much time if they start to translate something from scratch and it will take them YEARs to catch up. What they should do in my opinion is take the already translated work. Pay the translator properly and then edit any mistakes in the translator and fast release chapters.


» Jessica_desu29 on July 30th, 2022, 2:20pm

Started reading manga after having watched a few anime in late 2020 during the pandemic, so 31. Not ashamed that the first stuff I read happened to be hentai out of pure curiosity -- I'd never seen anything like that in my life (I wasn't raised with the internet). Then switched to normal, wholesome BL.


» Midlife_otaku on July 30th, 2022, 3:27pm

Quote from Jessica_desu29
Started reading manga after having watched a few anime in late 2020 during the pandemic

Same. Pandemic boredom led to anime which led to manga. Opened up a whole new world. Something I never thought I would get into. Makes me wish I had taken Japanese when I was in school.


» VawX on July 30th, 2022, 8:39pm

The first manga I read was Doraemon vol 8 when I was 4 years old mmm...
Still kinda remember finding the manga in a drawer back in my old home mmm...


» mallika23 on July 30th, 2022, 10:44pm

7 or 8, I think?
My brother used to collect manga. I read his collection of Doraemon and Detective Conan around that time. And then there were Miiko and Cardcaptor Sakura too. Those were some of my earliest manga I read when I was little.


» residentgrigo on July 31st, 2022, 2:51am

8-12 but Under 7 when it comes to comics. Also Under 7 when it comes to watching anime.


» Trimutius on July 31st, 2022, 3:31am

I was in my 23 when i searched for original of Berserk because i didn't like how anime ended... And then i started looking up more and more... Now over 1000 mangas later i am like doing it less...


» Xunu on July 31st, 2022, 5:33am

I got to know anime and manga at the same time when I was 6-7 years old. I can't remember exactly knowing it's gone long way, maybe because my country was really active localizing many contents so I grew up with it as a kid. My father used to bought me Doraemon, Detective Conan, and many more.


» hkanz on July 31st, 2022, 1:22pm

Maybe 14? I first started watching anime when a mainstream channel got some good shows (I remember that Cowboy Bebop was airing on Adult Swim around that time, but I didn't get that channel). Then I made some friends who also liked anime and they got me into manga as well.


» HikaruYami on July 31st, 2022, 2:43pm

Well I know for a certain reason that I was reading manga cover to cover from the time Inuyasha Volume 15 released in the US which according to wikipedia was 2003 when I was 12. So I was either 11 or 12 when I started.

So at what point should a scanlation group stop?

Either when the series is done, or when a publisher is releasing high-quality simulpub chapters like mangaplus.


» The_Fox on July 31st, 2022, 7:24pm

Good poll!

I read Chobits at the age of 11, probably downloaded it off Mangatraders in 2005.
Scan quality (among other things) wasn't so great back then.
I was getting into subbed anime around the same time, and was already into western webcomics.

...I also ran across a directory of a full volume of untranslated
Spoiler (mouse over to view)
hentai on a very unrelated Google Image search (with safe search on); so I 'read' that as well. :I


» Katsono on August 4th, 2022, 10:42am

I started watching animes very young but I had no idea about online scanlation back then, I was one of these "read on paper" people (but I didn't have money for mangas, I could only read books).


» Alimeru on August 4th, 2022, 11:00am

I was around 8 when I started reading some of the manga my sister had on her shelf (Yu-Gi-Oh, Shaman King, Rave Master), although I was watching anime before that. I started reading manga online around age 12 and collecting physical volumes around age 16. I'm surprised how many people here started reading manga around the same age, I was not expecting that.


» KaoriNite on August 5th, 2022, 11:36am

I was around 22. I was a casual anime fan growing up, but didn't get really into it until after I graduated college. It was after a recession and I had trouble finding a job so I filled some of my free time with anime. And then I started reading manga to see how some of my favorite anime ended.


» Karonhioktha on August 5th, 2022, 8:03pm

11. I had a friend whose older sister read Ranma 1/2 and other series from shounen jump. I started physically collecting when I was about 12 or 13.


» docdesanta on August 6th, 2022, 5:54am

The early teenage years. One of the first times was when my then highschool gf recommended me some to read since she was a light otaku. Started off at onemanga (some of y'all probably remember that), and here I am.


» LazyReviewer on August 19th, 2022, 10:17pm

Oh, wow, I was just a bit late... I participated in the vote when this was asked nearly a decade ago... time flies far too quickly.