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Post #580627
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6:14 pm, Dec 15 2012
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This week's poll focuses on specific relationships, as suggested by Kitsu-pon. Not what kind of relationship you're in, but what do you prefer reading? In case you don't know what "platonic" means, a dictionary says "intimate and affectionate but not sexual."

You can submit poll ideas here (and try to keep them manga/anime-related). We also welcome holiday-related poll ideas!

Previous Poll Results:
Question: Do you get annoyed by bad grammar / spelling in scanlations?
Definitely annoyed! - votes: 5149 (36%)
It's just a little distracting - votes: 6936 (48.5%)
I'm okay with it - votes: 1819 (12.7%)
I don't notice any mistakes - votes: 338 (2.4%)
I don't read scanlations - votes: 64 (0.4%)
There were 14306 total votes.
The poll ended: December 15th 2012

One of our more popular polls in recent times. Since most people find it at least a little distracting, I think this poll is sending a message to all the scanlators out there that proofreading the script is a must!

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An F to judge M!

7:00 pm, Dec 15 2012
Posts: 382

Hilariously narrow-minded poll.

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7:17 pm, Dec 15 2012
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How is it narrow-minded in the slightest?

Post #580640 - Reply to (#580631) by Badkarma
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8:03 pm, Dec 15 2012
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Agreed. So many different factors would impact the choice - character, setting, plot, genre, the particular type of romantic relationship, the gender of the characters...

For me, it's a mixture of all factors, but mostly has to do with the type of romantic relationship, how heavily the story focuses on it and the quality of the work. For instance, I really detest shoujo/shounen manga with a storyline centred around romantic relationships. I'd rather tear my eyes out than read 20 volumes of vacuous will-they-won't-they horse crap.

If we're talking about romantic relationships as a major storyline, my answer would be "No relationships at all" unless we're talking about yaoi... >.>

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Lone Wanderer

8:17 pm, Dec 15 2012
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I don't think the poll is so much narrow-minded as it is unnecessary. The conclusion is foregone: romantic wins. I voted for platonic, but, eh...I know a losing battle when I see one. It's becoming more difficult by the day to find anything, in any medium, that doesn't place tremendous importance on sex.

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Post #580642
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8:29 pm, Dec 15 2012
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Well... I guess you could say I'm one of the minority who doesn't really like romance in my stories

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Just an Old Timer

8:55 pm, Dec 15 2012
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Well, in this poll clearly romance will win. But i wonder what's in the mind of people that choose no relationships? I know that at least there will be a relationship in manga, and it's either platonic or romantic or both. FYI i'm not insulting those that don't like platonic or romantic relationships in a manga, just wondering. That's all

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9:16 pm, Dec 15 2012
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Romance. As it is, many of the "platonic" relationships border on romance from my point of view. All this crap about "precious" people gets annoying. I'd never call a friend precious because that sounds like I'm in love with them. I only love myself. It's a trait that my friends put up with biggrin
Anywho, romance is much more interesting. Unless it's innocent. Boring! If I'm going to get all invested in a romance, I want some meat to it. Not some childish love story based around awkwardness and misunderstandings. I ain't 8. And no jealousy elements. That shit doesn't sit well with me.
I'm not too interested in all the super great friendship crap. It's overrated. And in manga, it seems like these boys have many repressed sexual feelings for each other. Washing eachother's backs and shit. Gross. none
No relationships would be odd. I can't really think of any manga where there weren't any relationships made or already existing. confused

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Post #580675 - Reply to (#580648) by That3rdGuy
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1:21 am, Dec 16 2012
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"Anywho, romance is much more interesting."

You think so, huh? You must not have read many good non-romance mangas, then.

I voted platonic, although really, I'm down with any kind of relationship in manga as long as it doesn't become a plot tumor. Since romantic relationships have the highest chance of this, I tend to avoid series where romance is a big focus. Aside from that, platonic relationships, I think, are really beautiful and seriously underrated, and sex and sexual relationships tend to be way hyped up, in my opinion. Of course, sexual and romantic relationships can be really strong and beautiful; by no means am I denying that. But isn't the ability to love someone without any physical attraction also beautiful?

These are some of my favorite non-romance mangas that have great examples of nonsexual relationships:

Pandora Hearts: There are so many different types of relationships in this series, but the master-servant (though more like best friends) relationship between Gil and Oz is really beautiful. Their devotion to each other is extremely touching and has allowed them to overcome countless obstacles.

Fullmetal Alchemist: The bond between brothers Ed and Al is a great example of familial love. These two have been through hell and back together, yet their relationship always remains strongly intact. A benefit of their familial bond is that they can fight with each other or disagree, and yet they always remain connected.

Natsume Yuujinchou: This manga is deliberately non-romantic but is all about forming relationships. There's so much here that it would take ages to examine all of the relationships presented in this manga, but there's a good many of them, all of which are significant in some way.

Anyway, there are loads of other examples in manga, but you get the idea. Personally, I'd like to see more portrayals of different types of relationships, but I suppose that's why I'm a picky reader! bigrazz For me, my strongest relationships are with my family and my best friends. Heterosexual Life Partners FTW!! laugh

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Post #580677
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1:45 am, Dec 16 2012
Posts: 133

Though I prefer romantic manga, I enjoy reading about platonic relationships too.

Post #580678
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1:50 am, Dec 16 2012
Posts: 217

I prefer manga to have at least a little romance since it normally helps better the story.But, I would have to say that it depends on story plot and all.

Post #580682
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3:01 am, Dec 16 2012
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Ambiguous relationships.

Post #580719

10:08 am, Dec 16 2012
Posts: 354

Platonic. I like reading shoujos but there's just something about friendship that's more amazing. sometimes love just ruin things.....It's like those couples you think "cutest couple that never was" but if you actually think about it, it's best not to be a couple =)

I have read platonic mangas but there are some border romance in it. But mangas where platonic relationships shine through, it just feels more precious =)

But in terms of romantic relationships....i prefer more platonic romance mangas where sex is less of a plot is an overrated motif b/c it's so common and makes mangas more superficial imo....then again it depends on what kind of manga you read.

But in general for sex being overrated plot thickener for romance mangas...
For shoujos...yeah...overrated
For seinen, it feels different...idk why but it just is.
For josei, as long as its not harlequin, it'll have a different and less petty touch (the more slice of life kind of joseis that is)

Post #580771 - Reply to (#580719) by mysstris
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Scarlet Sorceress

9:13 pm, Dec 16 2012
Posts: 67

Narrow-minded. Agreed.

Both. As long as it is not stupidly dramatic, interesting and has well-developed characters any kind of relationship goes.

EDIT: Woops miss-clicked, I wanted to reply to the thread in general laugh

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Post #580842

1:03 pm, Dec 17 2012
Posts: 13

I've had nothing but platonic love all me life.
Do you know what I say? F*ck Plato

Christy Brown in the movie "My Left Foot"

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