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Post #438259
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12:38 am, Jan 9 2011
Posts: 148

I usually pick them randomly but i only take manga already finished.

Post #438264

1:13 am, Jan 9 2011
Posts: 33

Unless the summary is especially interesting to me, I always go by the rating actually. In my experience, if there's already more than a chapter or three scanlated and the rating is hovering around 9.0, it usually isn't shit. Exceptions withstanding of course.

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Post #438321
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4:00 am, Jan 9 2011
Posts: 67

Not shame to admit, the first thing I look for is art~ If the cover looks good, I don't really care for what's the story if about, even if it's clicheness is screaming, I don't mind and will add it to my list (keeping in mind that the series is of the type of genre I usually read)
Sometimes, if the art just look average, then I look at the rating and comments but I usually skim comments because they will make me bias both in the positive and negative way. I don't want to be bias because it will effect my opinion on a series. But comments are still welcome just to make me have the gist of the series though useless comments are... everybody gets it =.=
If the manga has great art, then I shall stalk the mangaka!
Yay Art! 8D

Post #438347
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4:59 am, Jan 9 2011
Posts: 985

after 3 years reading manga I have come to the conclusion that art/cover can be deceptive. summary can be misleading. and comments of fanboys are not reliable.

also, I read series by favorite scanlator, not author. smile

it's cold down here fam ~
Post #438369
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5:47 am, Jan 9 2011
Posts: 123

I do the same thing as Mewman, I go by scanlators. They might not scanlate stuff of the same genre but there is usually some sort of link or theme. I also find it easier to read if I understand their translating style. I do employ some of the other methods, if only to find new scanlators but I don't employ them particularly well. Sometimes I put the manga in alphabetical order pick a letter and page at random, then look until I find something that looks intriguing. roll eyes

Sorry for being incoherent
Post #438378
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6:20 am, Jan 9 2011
Posts: 167

The summary then art then positive comment/review...but mostly i refer summary of the series, it get me right all the time smile

Post #438413
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10:02 am, Jan 9 2011
Posts: 13

A month ago I would have, without hesitation, answered that I read series based on summary. However, a while ago my sister (or mom, I don't remember) asked me what kinds of stories the manga I had just checked out from the library were -- after wracking my brain a bit I realized I didn't have a clue about the plots of most of them (and not from forgetfulness).

Anyways, so I just decided to think about how I started reading some of the series I am reading or have read recently.

Bunny Drop: Cover Art -> Demographic
Ayako: Cover Art (can you tell I like minimalist covers?) -> Mangaka
Sundome: Publisher Website -> Summary
Dragon Ball: Popularity
Twin Spica: Critical Acclaim -> Art Style
Karakuri Odette: Friend's Recommendation

Pretty disparate reasons... but I think that's mostly due to the fact that I haven't even been reading manga for a year and I really want to try out all kinds of different stuff. I feel like overall about 1/3 of the manga I've read was primarily because of popularity, 1/3 was primarily critical acclaim, and 1/3 was a mix of genres/tags and art style. I tend to not read too many summaries because I don't want ANY of the plot progression spoiled for me before reading unless it's something I'm really on the fence about.

TL;DR - I voted cover art but probably should have voted "picked it randomly".

Post #438443
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1:03 pm, Jan 9 2011
Posts: 1192

It must be because the summary looked interesting, the art looked gorgeous, and the cover looked good, sometimes someone recommended a manga to me which i've never known before then i read it.

I don't vote, it's difficult to pick one of them because i always do four of them...

Sometimes the mangaka also has big influence why i want to read a new series.

Post #438477
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still lurqing

4:23 pm, Jan 9 2011
Posts: 334

i'm judging type of person. everything i come into, shapes up my judgement. from this pool's question, i can come up with multiple answers. but if you ask what's the usual cause, i say the review. they are like verdicts, are they not?

grammar mistake is intentional, grammar nazis need their entertainment.
Post #438482
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a possessive lover

4:44 pm, Jan 9 2011
Posts: 439

#1 I read Summary first then Ratings. Then I judge to read it or not.
#2 If i'm not sure to read it or not, I'll take the art as consideration.
#3 When I read manga that recommended to me by a friend I still check it first back with #1

so, its the summary of the story that important to me. biggrin

Post #438526

9:02 pm, Jan 9 2011
Posts: 76

all the above isnt a good answer is it?

Post #438566
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12:29 am, Jan 10 2011
Posts: 4

The summary. Ratings and comments tend to be love/hate far too often to really trust them. "It's just so-so, but I want more people to give it a try so I'll give it a 10!" seems common. I do tend to skim through the comments though, looking for ones that explain themselves rather than the above stated love/hate-rant. I hardly ever care about the art though.

Post #438613
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3:49 am, Jan 10 2011
Posts: 6208

I usually find new titles reading through the "Looking For" threads.

Post #438654
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6:25 am, Jan 10 2011
Posts: 124

I usually read a series mainly because of the summary. But of course, I base it on other things, too.

This is the order I look at:

1) Summary. Almost everything depends on the summary. If I don't like what the story's about, then what's the point in reading it?

2) Genre tags, demographic, categories. I would never read anything that is smut, lolicon/shotacon, hentai, guro, ecchi, adult, yaoi/yuri, shoujo ai/shounen-ai, etc. But I don't really mind if the series is shoujo, shounen, josei, or seinen.

3) Art. I'm usually open to any type of art, but there are times when I can't stand it. For example, even though many people like the art in The Bride of the Water God, they all look so stiff to me. I couldn't get used to it.

4) Ratings. I would never not try a series because of ratings, but I'm just curious as to what people generally think of it.

5) Reviews, comments. This, I think, influences my decision almost as much as the summary does. There are times when the summary doesn't really give the series any justice, and I look at the comments (the ones that actually explain their opinions, giving examples from the story, etc.) to see what people say. I also take a look at the spoilers, just in case something happens in the manga that I know I won't like.

I never base my decision because of the title, but if it's something like Onani Master Kurosawa, I won't even bother to read the summary bigrazz .

Of course, there are also times when I just pick it for a random, or no reason at all. biggrin

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Post #438696
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12:25 pm, Jan 10 2011
Posts: 29

If it's in yaoi genre, I read it. biggrin
...And it has to be completely scanlated also.

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