Quote from: DeCarlo Rules on June 17, 2019, 07:32:14 amThat is a LOT of manga. On average, how many volumes of a brand-new tankobon series do you give a trial before deciding (assuming no prior commitment to the particular mangaka or characters from previous familiarity) to continue or not? I've always tried to force myself to decide within one volume or two. I just can't keep it on the list if I'm not particularly enthused from the get-go.
I order Viz titles 4-7 months in advance so sometimes I will have 4 or 5 volumes on order before I've read the first one. For non-Viz titles, it depends on how frequently they come out. I'll usually give a series one or two volumes at least.
Quote from: DeCarlo Rules on June 17, 2019, 07:32:14 amWas that MARS CHRONICLE Vol. 6 the final tankobon of that cycle or is there more to it? I peeked at the end to get an idea whether it seemed "to be continued..." and it does seem to end on kind of a lull in activity... whether that's just a pause before a new phase or that's the end of the "flashback" series I couldn't determine (I still haven't finished reading LAST ORDER). Haven't seen a new solicit for BAAMC since, though. I think I do remember reading somewhere it said that Mars Chronicle is the finale (even if it is a prequel) of the entire Alita series as a whole.Mars Chronicle is still ongoing, though I don't know for how much longer. It is supposed to be the last Battle Angel Alita series.
Quote from: DeCarlo Rules on June 17, 2019, 07:32:14 amOther times my timing just stinks. I didn't get on board and read JOJO'S BIZARRE ADVENTURE from the start, and now there's already dozens of volumes out there, and it's beginning to look more and more daunting (and with the continuing success of it, no end in sight, either).
I tried JoJo's, but didn't like it so I stopped after one volume. There have been other series where I've checked a volume out of the library before buying the series.
Quote from: DeCarlo Rules on June 17, 2019, 07:32:14 amBTOOOM! was another series that looked really good when I finally got a look at it, but again... that was when it was already 18 or 20 volumes down the road, so now the prospect of going back and getting them all is a little off-putting, because where am I going to find the time (assuming I can even find them all) while keeping up on all my other manga series?Btooom has been a lot of fun. The last volume is #26 which should probably come out sometime this fall. I'd guess September or October. I started this series when it first came out.
But now I'm just starting on GANTZ, too, and from what I've heard that's quite long as well -- don't know the exact number of original volumes (30+?), but since I missed it in its first run, I'll just continue getting the Omnibuses (Omnibi?) which I think reprint 3 (or is it 4) of the original tankobon each. Enjoying it so far, but need to catch up to the current omni before diving into Gantz G.
I was also on board Gantz from the beginning and it was a lot of fun. The original series lasted 37 volumes with Gantz G adding 3 more. Each volume reads pretty quickly.
Quote from: DeCarlo Rules on June 17, 2019, 07:32:14 amThat's nothing compared to One Piece's 90 volumes, but I wonder just how long any creator can maintain the interest level on something that extensive. A popular series may go for years, but doesn't there have to be some drop-off point in readership?
I read Hajime no Ippo and it is over 120 volumes and I am still enjoying it a lot. One Piece is a series that I loved in the beginning, but started to lose interest in after 50-60 volumes. I still buy it because a friend of mine buys it from me when I'm done with it. I mainly just skim through it now. The same thing happened with Bleach, but I lost interest much earlier, around volume 21.
Quote from: DeCarlo Rules on June 17, 2019, 07:32:14 amThere does seem to be a much more finite number of manga series I can follow while they're still ongoing, so I can't keep adding new ones willy-nilly even if they seem trial-worthy; I'd have to drop other things to make room for time to read them all.
I usually buy whatever series interest me. The friend that I buy for has requested that I pick up a few series for him that I have then become interested in such as My Hero Academia. I have occasionally gotten into a series late, such as Black Butler and XXXholic. In those cases, I try to pick up a run on ebay that contains the entire series up to that point at a reasonable price or at least close to the entire series.