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This week's poll was suggested by gambitdragon. In 2015 we had a poll about what genre your life would be. This week's poll is more about wish fulfillment and what genre you would like it to be.

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http://www.mangaupdates.com/showtopic.php?tid=3903

Previous Poll Results:
Question: Biggest problem with low quality scanlation?
Choices:
Bad English or grammar - votes: 1274 (36.6%)
Poor font choice and typesetting - votes: 173 (5%)
Bad cleaning of the raws - votes: 80 (2.3%)
No SFX translation - votes: 33 (0.9%)
Small or low quality images - votes: 355 (10.2%)
Misleading or incorrect translations - votes: 1568 (45%)
There were 3483 total votes.
The poll ended: December 3rd, 2022 4:49pm PST

You may not know it's a wrong translation though...
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December 3rd 4:54pm
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» dreamaway on December 3rd, 2022, 5:40pm

Action - Don't really want to live in constant battle.

Adventure - Sounds tiring. Maybe I'd want one big adventure, but eventually I'd want to settle down away from civilization as a hermit.

Comedy - Appealing, but I can live with my own sense of humor

Drama - lol

Ecchi - Why would I want to live in a world where the most H stuff I can do are lucky pervert situations?

Fantasy - One thing that fantasy stuff glosses over is how dangerous the world is outside of towns. Lots of creatures hostile to humanity, and I dunno if it's because the fantasy humans are too dumb to make them extinct (real humans, past and present, are pretty good at that), but I wouldn't wanna live in such a place if I wanna settle down as a hermit.

Gender Bender - Only on certain conditions and definitely not mixed with a historical setting.

Harem - Again, why would I want to live in a world where the most H stuff... Glances at the next option and immediately clicks

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» homogenized on December 3rd, 2022, 10:55pm

Slice of life. I want to live in a world of peace and good feels damn it.

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» Sosseres on December 4th, 2022, 1:15am

Fantasy is among the worst genres unless you have a cheat. You have 90%+ farmers in most settings and you are likely one of them.

Slice of life seems least likely to end up with you dying as an extra.

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» alidan on December 5th, 2022, 11:21pm

If you want to play it safe, ecchi/hentai/martial arts/alice of life/smut are the safest ones. but I am assuming I am the protagonist.

also most fantasy settings have the 'if you have the balls, adventurer' aspect and call me crazy but if i have the chance at making a name for myself with my own effort, i'm going to try to carve my name into history.

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» neofryboy on December 8th, 2022, 12:05pm

You never hear the story of those who failed, you just see their bones. That's 99.9% of them. The ones that succeed have more to them then just "I'm an adventurer". They're like the Ivy League Olympic athletes of our time -- all the natural talent + training since age 5 + parents with money.

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» LazyReviewer on December 8th, 2022, 9:07pm

You only hear the story of the .1% of exceptional adventurers, not because they're the only ones that survived, but because they're the ones that got caught up in the biggest or most dangerous adventures.

Do most people you never hear the stories of die early? No, they just didn't risk that much and probably lived out mediocre lives. Even the significantly better than mediocre lives might not have done enough to get their name recorded in the next kingdom over.

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» alidan on December 11th, 2022, 6:16am

nah, adventuring would be a bit different, at least irl melee combat it was not uncommon for a no name to take out someone famous, even someone who is good, if ganged up on will likely lose.

now you want to talk about a world with magic, yes and no, would someone who started early have the same ability as someone who started later? yes and no, realistically somewhere around 16~ is when you can really start developing your body, and even then, peak being able to train your body kind of starts in your 20's. for magic well who knows what system I would fall into if into a world with a magic system at all, but odds are I would see magic in a different way compared to everyone else, which may be a great advantage or a crippling curse, imagine healing being able to be used by everyone but because people are so ingrained with a core belief it's only something of the church that they never even try.

I don't really care if I die early in these worlds, I would either die young and in a horrible accident or I would die of old age alone anyway in a safe world, so I will take the chance.

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» svines85 on December 4th, 2022, 9:43am

Anybody that didn't vote for smut is lying (especially to themselves) ๐Ÿ™‚

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» LazyReviewer on December 5th, 2022, 1:28am

Yeah, no, just think about it. Really, really think about it. IRL one can already live that, and it never ends well. A world based on that? No thanks. To anyone who chooses that, I hope you eventually emerge from that illusion.

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» hkanz on December 4th, 2022, 10:19am

It depends so much on the setting, but sci-fi could be super interesting if there's interplanetary travel (think Cowboy Bebop!) and adventure or mystery could be fun too depending on your role. I agree with Sosseres that fantasy world would be one of the worst, but even if you're not a toiling peasant - too many wars and people getting ripped apart by mythical creatures and so on. They're often really sexist/dangerous to women as well.

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Anybody that didn't vote for smut is lying (especially to themselves) ๐Ÿ™‚


I would never choose a genre like smut or hentai as a woman, way too much rape/SA in these genres. Even tragedy would be better!

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» Joese on December 9th, 2022, 4:06pm

I agree sci-fi would be one of the most interesting. Most of the premises are usually built over a simple scientific discovery and how it's exploited. One of my favourite tropes like time travel is sometimes associated with it, though I'd be fine with the typical new energy or material premises. I also recently read Seikai no Monshou so it might have influenced my decisiรณn.

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often really sexist/dangerous to women

It's a pitty its a recurring theme, but most manga tropes are like that even in shojo ...

I was also thinking about slice of life/Romance, but that would be basically not changing anything and many charters are usually dull or have depressing back stories (not so different from real life).

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» svines85 on December 4th, 2022, 11:56am

Heh... I was just kiddin' around.........but I'm really serious, Bring On The Sex Robots!! \o/\o/ ๐Ÿ˜€

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» mah_lenneth on December 4th, 2022, 4:28pm

Drama hahaha
My life is Slice of Life + Drama ๐Ÿคฃ

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» Suxinn on December 5th, 2022, 1:44am

Slice of life, definitely. Probably something like Yurucamp for maximum warm and fuzzy feelings.

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» mallika23 on December 5th, 2022, 3:59pm

I choose fantasy.. But only if I have magical powers and such. Otherwise, I think I might die if I was attacked by orcs or such.

If don't have it, I choose slice of life.

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» alidan on December 5th, 2022, 11:08pm

specificly

Hentai, action, adventure, comedy, fantasy, gender bender, harem, martial arts, slice of life, supernatural.

hentai - just very obvious choice, especially with the porno logic/physics, because when you want to cum like a hentai character not even a genie can give you that ability
action - got to make sure its a fun hentai world
adventure - because whats the point of going to a hentai world if everything is already know
comedy - because I want the world to be a bit softer on me
gender bender - i'm in a hentai world, I want to experience EVERYTHING it has to offer
harem - because if i'm in a hentai world, unless I want to bring cumflation into definaltey need to spread the 'load'
martial arts - because if we don't have styles of fighting, the world will kind of get boring
slice of life - because I want this world to be even softer
supernatural - if we going to fantasy world, let's make it weird even for the fantasy world.

When I am in a dungeon and activate a trap, I don't want to get impaled by swords, I want to get impaled by a phallic object, I loose a bit of dignity but I don't die.
When we have a battle that starts with lives on the line, it never ends in a the life being on the line, just someone has a better time.
The world is largely unmapped, or unknown, so there is never a point where everything is a question away and a definite answer.
When we tpk at the boss room, its not our body's blood painting the wall but that demon painting us.
When I find the bracelet of the other its now just more ways to have fun
When I cant make my mind up between the dark elf, the high elf, the borderline furry, the imp, and that horney goblin its not everyone getting pissed at each other and me for being indecisive, its now they agree that sharing is better.
because when I find a new land, I find a new way of thinking, their fighting styles, all of them, are just a bit odd, you never go more than 50 miles without a new experience in the fights.
because not every day has to be me laying the dragon, sometimes we want to go to that pristine lake and just eat some sammiches
and because whatever a fantasy world would consider supernatural sounds like a hell of a lot of fun.

But if I have to choose one, hentai, just because I have never seen a hentai character with a small dick, and if we are going by modern logic and what I look like irl, I may get a bit uglier but I will have the dick of a god.

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» VawX on December 6th, 2022, 4:21am

Since it doesn't say that I will become the protagonist, slice of life seems to be the safest option to choose mmm...
Even in hentai or smut, there are some weird stuffs going on mmm...

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» ebisu on December 6th, 2022, 11:37am

Gender bender to get to the yuri route.

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» neofryboy on December 8th, 2022, 11:58am

It's odd that people are choosing Fantasy. I'm guessing most would think they are going to be the elite wizards and not just a barman or a random soldier that dies to an orc/goblin gang.๐Ÿ™„

Also surprised Sci-Fi isn't more common --10,000 years in the future with advanced technology? That's not appealing to people?

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» LazyReviewer on December 8th, 2022, 9:01pm

Even with the assumption we won't be an elite wizard, it's still an awesome genre. And the chances of being cursed to a horrible life are about as good as the chances of being the chosen one. Even below average is still a happy enough life.

Sci-Fi? You mean where not only do you not have magic, but there's an AI likely trying to kill you at some point? Or your life is decided for you by a socialist robot (so maybe you aren't allowed to marry the girl of your dreams).

I mean, for all the faults fantasy has, Sci-Fi has just as many, if not more, and far less of a chance to change your fate with your own abilities.

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» dreamaway on December 9th, 2022, 7:46pm

Sure, both have things that can kill you, but sci-fi has more conveniences than fantasy.

I don't wanna replace the piss bucket every day.

I don't wanna walk on crappy streets. And by 'crappy', I don't mean the street being filled with potholes. I mean horse crap and other feces. Fantasy likes to ignore the logistics of having horses in the streets, but realistically, it's pretty bad.

I don't wanna find out my long-distance lover is cheating on me and wants to break up three months after she sent the letter. That is, assuming I managed to learn to read or find someone among my community who can.

It's late at night, I can't sleep and I just downed my last bottle of whiskey after reading that letter. I can't pop in to a convenience store to buy more because they don't exist so I guess I'll just cry myself to sleep.

I don't wanna die of an unknown disease. Sci-fi may not cure me immediately, but it can probably freeze me until a cure is found.

I get mutilated? I'd be lucky if some miracle healer passes by. In sci-fi, I could go to nearby clinic and get it reattached.

Downtime? Travel long distances? "Oh look, there's a sheep. Oh, there's another sheep. And, there's a big sheep. Haha look at that small sheep trying to mount it!"

I'm not saying fantasy isn't an awesome genre, but going to one would be more like a theme park. Fun to visit, but you really wouldn't wanna live there.

Inb4 "I'll invent those conveniences then" ...I hope you have some comprehensive background in engineering, physics, woodworking, metallurgy, chemistry or any other discipline that can be useful for that unlike accountancy or computer science. Not to mention, you'll very likely won't have the time to dab into inventing stuff because you're too busy working for your daily needs, whatever it is, since everything lacks mechanization and automation.

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» hkanz on December 10th, 2022, 8:53am

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Sure, both have things that can kill you, but sci-fi has more conveniences than fantasy.

I don't wanna replace the piss bucket every day.

I don't wanna walk on crappy streets. And by 'crappy', I don't mean the street being filled with potholes. I mean horse crap and other feces. Fantasy likes to ignore the logistics of having horses in the streets, but realistically, it's pretty bad.

I don't wanna find out my long-distance lover is cheating on me and wants to break up three months after she sent the letter. That is, assuming I managed to learn to read or find someone among my community who can.

It's late at night, I can't sleep and I just downed my last bottle of whiskey after reading that letter. I can't pop in to a convenience store to buy more because they don't exist so I guess I'll just cry myself to sleep.

I don't wanna die of an unknown disease. Sci-fi may not cure me immediately, but it can probably freeze me until a cure is found.

I get mutilated? I'd be lucky if some miracle healer passes by. In sci-fi, I could go to nearby clinic and get it reattached.

Downtime? Travel long distances? "Oh look, there's a sheep. Oh, there's another sheep. And, there's a big sheep. Haha look at that small sheep trying to mount it!"

I'm not saying fantasy isn't an awesome genre, but going to one would be more like a theme park. Fun to visit, but you really wouldn't wanna live there.

Inb4 "I'll invent those conveniences then" ...I hope you have some comprehensive background in engineering, physics, woodworking, metallurgy, chemistry or any other discipline that can be useful for that unlike accountancy or computer science. Not to mention, you'll very likely won't have the time to dab into inventing stuff because you're too busy working for your daily needs, whatever it is, since everything lacks mechanization and automation.


Oh man, some very good points here. Animal and human waste and garbage too. And having painfully rudimentary medical care/a terrible life expectancy unless some kind of mage lives nearby who can heal anything.

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It's a pitty its a recurring theme, but most manga tropes are like that even in shojo ...


True enough...

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» LazyReviewer on December 11th, 2022, 4:36am

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I don't wanna replace the piss bucket every day.


Good thing fantasy worlds usually have some form of plumbing/sewer/septic system. Cleaned by slimes in some worlds.

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I don't wanna walk on crappy streets. And by 'crappy', I don't mean the street being filled with potholes. I mean horse crap and other feces. Fantasy likes to ignore the logistics of having horses in the streets, but realistically, it's pretty bad.


Quite frankly, that's a small issue at worst. No one IRL who had to deal with horses literally had poop go uncleaned so much that one couldn't avoid it. Guild quests could be offered to kids without parents to take care of it.

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I don't wanna find out my long-distance lover is cheating on me and wants to break up three months after she sent the letter. That is, assuming I managed to learn to read or find someone among my community who can.


First of all, the love interest usually comes with you. They also didn't cheat as often in less modern settings due to higher moral standards and less exposure to adult material. Second of all, if she's going to cheat you're going to find out one way or another. Probably also in 3 months because she was too scared to tell you right away.

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It's late at night, I can't sleep and I just downed my last bottle of whiskey after reading that letter. I can't pop in to a convenience store to buy more because they don't exist so I guess I'll just cry myself to sleep.


You know, I grew up in an area where most stores were closed on Sundays and at night... not an issue. Knock on a friends door or go to the tavern. Fantasy worlds have taverns that are open. Heck, you'll have someone to listen to your woes.

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I don't wanna die of an unknown disease. Sci-fi may not cure me immediately, but it can probably freeze me until a cure is found.


Fantasy... magic... do I really need to say more? Question: Do you not understand magic comes with fantasy?

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I get mutilated? I'd be lucky if some miracle healer passes by. In sci-fi, I could go to nearby clinic and get it reattached.


Uh, no, the weapon is more effective in the future, so it will likely kill you before you get to the clinic. I mean, same difference. Though with magic, revival is possible in some worlds. Limb regrowth. Etc.

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Downtime? Travel long distances? "Oh look, there's a sheep. Oh, there's another sheep. And, there's a big sheep. Haha look at that small sheep trying to mount it!"


It's called having a conversation. You almost never travel alone and it's not as bad as you think. Travel games and hobbies like writing also exist. I couldn't afford a gameboy so family trips in the car or van were just as boring... with less sheep.

Look, I'm not saying there aren't drawbacks, but you seem to be confusing fantasy with historical medieval as if that's all the fantasy represents. There's also fantasy worlds that take place in modern or futuristic settings, which I haven't even mentioned.

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» dreamaway on December 11th, 2022, 5:19pm

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Good thing fantasy worlds usually have some form of plumbing/sewer/septic system. Cleaned by slimes in some worlds.


Eh, lots of fantasy worlds are based on somewhere between medieval and age of discovery. The flush toilet isn't invented until mid-19th century. So you'd be really lucky if you drop into a fantasy world with a flush toilet.

Slimes are iffy. Most I've seen that's used it have some sort of tamer. So if there's not a tamer in the village, nobody's gonna use a wild monster.

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Quite frankly, that's a small issue at worst. No one IRL who had to deal with horses literally had poop go uncleaned so much that one couldn't avoid it. Guild quests could be offered to kids without parents to take care of it.


That's a modern concept tho. Again, since fantasies tend to base on medieval era~age of discovery, that wouldn't be the case. Also, having those adventurer guilds isn't really a viable function in the economic system. First and foremost, where's the money that's gonna pay the orphans gonna come from? Guilds are private ventures and not obligated to do public service, that's why public services come from taxes, and you know how most nobility are uncaring about the common populace.

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First of all, the love interest usually comes with you. They also didn't cheat as often in less modern settings due to higher moral standards and less exposure to adult material. Second of all, if she's going to cheat you're going to find out one way or another. Probably also in 3 months because she was too scared to tell you right away.


Guinevere and Lancelot. People are people no matter where or when and there isn't a lack of promiscuity. Also, lots of bastards and illegitimate children IRL and in fantasy.

Also, the point I'm trying to make there is that communication is slow. Most people would want to be informed when something big happens as soon as it happens.

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You know, I grew up in an area where most stores were closed on Sundays and at night... not an issue. Knock on a friends door or go to the tavern. Fantasy worlds have taverns that are open. Heck, you'll have someone to listen to your woes.


Fair about taverns, but the point I'm trying to make there is, well, basically, the convenience store.

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Fantasy... magic... do I really need to say more? Question: Do you not understand magic comes with fantasy?


I understand enough that you need some mage for it lol. If you don't know healing magic or there isn't one nearby, you're screwed.

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Uh, no, the weapon is more effective in the future, so it will likely kill you before you get to the clinic. I mean, same difference. Though with magic, revival is possible in some worlds. Limb regrowth. Etc.


Revival is possible too in sci-fi. Upload your consciousness to a server, then download it to a new body. The difference in fantasy is, again, it's not readily available.

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It's called having a conversation. You almost never travel alone and it's not as bad as you think. Travel games and hobbies like writing also exist. I couldn't afford a gameboy so family trips in the car or van were just as boring... with less sheep.


Conversations run out. If you're traveling in a fantasy world, you're not going to do hobbies until you make camp. Boring is the point I'm trying to make since, in a futuristic world, you'd have enough entertainment to not notice traveling a thousand light years.

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Look, I'm not saying there aren't drawbacks, but you seem to be confusing fantasy with historical medieval as if that's all the fantasy represents. There's also fantasy worlds that take place in modern or futuristic settings, which I haven't even mentioned.


That's fair. If it's a mix of modern/sci-fi and fantasy then that's probably the most ideal livable fictional world. But, when most people think about fantasy, it's the high fantasy with swords and sorcery variety that tends to be medieval-ish.

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» flowinmyboat on December 9th, 2022, 5:59pm

More people would rather live in a tragedy than a drama? Lololol.

I wimped out and just picked Slice of Life. To me it implies chill.

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