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Post #546903
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2:43 am, Apr 22 2012
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I've been wondering for a while but how many people here go through the trouble of looking through raws when they can't find a scanlation for a series even if they know little to no Japanese, Korean, Chinese, etc?

I've done it quite a few times after a series hasn't had a release in months or after finding an old series at Bookoff or no one ever bothered with. I even find myself doing horribly bad translations using google translate once in a blue moon.

Post #546928
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El Psy Congroo.

6:32 am, Apr 22 2012
Posts: 859

I tried once, but it felt like I was just spoiling it since I would be able to notice the obvious scenes but I wont know how it happened since I wont have any english text.
Now I just wait for new chapters and read them as they come out if the manga is really interesting. Otherwise I wait until a bunch of chapters come out and then read them at once...

Post #546934
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his and her sonnet

6:53 am, Apr 22 2012
Posts: 1127

i dont do that because i rarely read ongoing serieses anyway....

Post #546937
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Sam the Eagle

7:05 am, Apr 22 2012
Posts: 351

I only do it for fighting or sport themed manga where there isn't much dialogue. I don't need to know the special names for each move that some guy uses and if there is some kind of flashback to discuss why two people are fighting, there are always pictures that fully explain it.

On the other hand, I have looked at the last few chapters of a finished manga before, just to see what happens. But afterwards, I am less motivated to read the translated chapters, just because I know what happened. I don't really recommend it to anyone unless it's for a manga with very little dialogue...that is, if you can find raws out there these days.

Post #546945
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8:13 am, Apr 22 2012
Posts: 348

I look at a couple scans but not often. When I do I tend to get depressed about the fact that I can't read it. I love reading so much but then there comes this foreign language I can't read well. It's depressing.

Post #546949
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8:42 am, Apr 22 2012
Posts: 124

I do, but I don't read korean raws anymore. Not cause I can't read but I don't wanna see the korean language. (Do ignore that... it's personal)

But otherwise, I'm Chinese to start and I can read Japanese to a certain extend. o.o So I suppose it no longer applies to me? I mean, it's still the same that I can't read Japanese as fast as English or Chinese, so I do get lazy and give up reading...

I've tried translating too, turns out Japanese is easier to translate than Chinese despite being my mother language... probably cause of all the animes and subs lol. But it's a pain in the ass with all the katakana and kanji (yes, kanji too, cause I gotta read them in Japanese instead of Chinese = =;; ).

In the end I suppose that whole thing equals I don't?

Post #546953
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9:13 am, Apr 22 2012
Posts: 135

I will go through raws only for certain mangas/manhwas I'm obsessed with or little releases. I use go through D.gray-man raws when I don't see a release out. Tower of God raws come out on Sunday 8am PST on the dot (usually) I just go and take a look~plus there are nice people that give me a summary which keeps me happy until the actual release biggrin

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Post #546954
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10:09 am, Apr 22 2012
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I only do it when a manga I like very, very much is no longer scanlated and I'm really desperate to find out what happens next. It's frustrating not to know what the characters say, but the pictures are usually quite informative.

Post #546959
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Is a female

10:48 am, Apr 22 2012
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Yeah I've done that a couple of times, back when I was too impatient and curious. I wanted to know what happens next XD

I haven't looked at raws for a while now though. Not so impatient anymore.

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Post #546969
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2:07 pm, Apr 22 2012
Posts: 57

I've done this with a couple of manga. One was Slam Dunk; I bought the Chinese raws and proceeded to look at the pictures because I wanted to know what events would happen after the anime. It wasn't so bad, as the drawings pretty much gave me an idea of how the story went. Also, the action was excellent and I didn't mind shelling out money for the Chinese version that I cannot read.

I also have five volumes of Aozora Yell in Japanese (the actual tanks). I really liked this series but the scans were a bit slow and I was impatient to know more. Lol. Right now I'm two volumes behind as I haven't done any online/Kinokuniya shopping of late and I haven't found the raws online.

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Post #546979
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Shoujo Queen

3:45 pm, Apr 22 2012
Posts: 419

Yes!! mangas with inactive or no scanlation groups do drive me crazy but I try as much as possible to read completed mangas instead. But it's hard to avoid because most of them are soo good.. dead

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Screams from the haters, got a nice ring to it. I guess every superhero need her theme music...
Post #546982
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4:12 pm, Apr 22 2012
Posts: 243

I browse raws all the time. And I have quite a few stashed on my hard drive. I can't understand any of it though. XD But I like looking at the art and just enjoying what I can. ^^ I own a couple raws myself, but those are mostly used for my scan group so they will most likely get translated anywho. =p

Post #547180
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Snarkiness Lvl.500

1:15 pm, Apr 23 2012
Posts: 97

Sometimes I look through the raws, even if I don't understand a word of it.

I've been following this manga for some time. However, what I'm reading, is actually a J>C scanlation group release. Since they take some time to update it (3 chapters at the moment), I went off to download the Japanese raws.

Now, I can't read the Japanese raws at all. So I assume and guess what it means. I don't understand a word of it (and I probably never will) but it makes me feel 'yay! The next chapter seems interesting! I can't wait to read it!'

Like others, I also find pictures informative. That's what I like about manga. Unlike novels, one can also find pictures...I suppose if I had a book, full of Japanese text, I wouldn't be able to understand a word!! At lease pictures help me guess...

So, if I ever search for raws (that I can't read), I must be really interested in the manga. But then, I don't do it often - just manga that has never been scanlated before. Though sometimes I follow other ongoing scanlated manga. =.=

Hey relax, I'm just kiddin'.
Post #547502
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Sam the Eagle

7:01 am, Apr 25 2012
Posts: 351

I already posted that I don't really do this all that often. Just for one or two manga. But, just a minute ago, I noticed that I check the webtoons every day. I can't remember if I'm allowed to use the name of another site, but I go on there to read the new chapters of the webtoons that I read every day of the week. Some are action, but several are just school life stories.

It doesn't really bother me...probably because I can read the translation a couple of days after the original comes out.

Post #547503
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Riddle THA Twinkle

7:04 am, Apr 25 2012
Posts: 109

Usually when I find raws I try to at least find summaries for the raws before taking the "leap of faith" & looking through the guess work.

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