The Causes and Effects of Closely-Released English Manga?

While looking in the bookstore the other day, I saw that the English version of Mousou Shoujo Otakukei (otherwise known in the US as “Fujoshi Rumi”) had its second volume out.

Then I noticed that the Japanese release of Mousou Shoujo Otaku-kei is only up to Volume 3, though obviously the story has progressed further at this point in the actual Comic High.

I wonder then, just how often is this happening nowadays? How often is the English release of a manga only 1-2 volumes off from the Japanese release? It seems like a really weird position to be in, though in many ways beneficial.

This also brings up another question: How many manga these days are being licensed within only 1-2 years of the original Japanese release? Doesn’t it seem a little too soon? Not to knock Mousou Shoujo, but it never seemed like the HOTTEST NEW THING straight from Japan, though I have to admit that it’s gotten better.

This also makes me wonder if part of the reason manga does well where anime DVDs don’t is that, in some cases, the releases aren’t that far off so people don’t miss out on too much?

Actually, it’s probably because you can immediately look at a manga in the store to gauge whether or not it’s worth buying on a per volume basis, while DVDs have no such luxury, as even netflix has to be an active decision rather than just “browsing for anime.”

2 thoughts on “The Causes and Effects of Closely-Released English Manga?

  1. Also note that another advantage of manga is that you can read it anywhere e.g. on the train. Where as watching the DVD is much more limited as you need a computer or a DVD player to watch them. So manga is more portable (unless you bring a laptop with you)

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  2. Maybe it’s because they are combating against free english translated mangas on the internet because popular manga series such as naruto and bleach updates are really fast ._. maybe like a few days after the chapter was officially released in japan.

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