Maybe I Don’t Read Enough Manga

Given the fact that I dedicate an entire blog to anime and manga, it might be strange for me to think that one of my problems is that I don’t read enough manga. Many burned-out bloggers cite the activity of blogging itself ends up taking a chunk out of their actual enjoyment time with the stuff they love, but that’s not really what I’m feeling here. My posting rate is consistent but light enough for me that, while I do sometimes feel the pressure of thinking of something to say, I don’t treat it as a chore.

Part of it may have to do with the fact that, although I can read Japanese, I do have my limitations and one of them is speed. I just can’t read fast enough. That’s only a part of it, though. Instead, I have this strange sense that I don’t quite have a proper pulse on manga as it currently is, and by extension manga as it has been. When I’m reading a bunch of manga in the same genre or for the same demographic, I get this strange sensation that I’m continuously boxing myself in too much, that I need to keep expanding my horizons. And so I do, I keep reading more, I keep trying new things out, but it’s like I can’t try them fast enough. I want to feel everything manga has to offer, to understand it as well as I possibly can, but somehow it’s just not enough, like I’m losing my connection to it.

What I’m experiencing may be somewhat the opposite of burn-out, though not in the way that you feel when you initially dive head first into a new obsession, where you have to consume every little bit that you can possibly find, good or bad. Rather, it’s this unusual melancholy where instead of feeling like way too much, it feels like not enough.

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6 thoughts on “Maybe I Don’t Read Enough Manga

  1. My major problem with manga so far are the huge gaps in releases … I just can’t remember what the hell I was reading 4 months later. Then finding completed manga that’s actually good has been a chore. All the good manga while may be excellent I just can’t force myself knowing it’s only 3 volumes in and I’d have to wait

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    • I think that’s been a problem for me as well, just keeping up with releases. I don’t know if it’s my fault or the companies’ fault, but I feel like you have to go out of your way or be consistently diligent in checking release dates to see if something has come out. While that’s an achievable task, I don’t know how well I or anyone can handle it for so many titles, instead of just the one or two we maybe really enjoy.

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  2. I get this way too – there’s so much manga out there that are highly recommended that it’s overwhelming. I also really feel like I should try other types of manga (both within shojo itself and other types of manga). But there are so many reasons why expanding my horizons is easier said than done: spending money on series I’m not sure I’ll like when I could be spending that money on series/genres I know I would like is kind of hard for me to look past. But it’s actually when I’m waiting for the next volume of a series that I tend to feel most that I want to read more manga – that way, I always have manga to look forward to reading. I think my urge to read more manga may also be part of why I re-read series so much too.

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  3. So cheat and read it in English. I have the same problem with some German literature. I have near-native fluency in German, but I know I can read English faster than German.

    I like reading the English manga to Anime that doesn’t have an English dub and will probably never get one (Toradora, Strawberry Panic).

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    • I’ll read the English versions when i can but in some cases that’s simply not possible (often because no English version exists, legit or otherwise). Like I said though, I think that is actually only a small part of a greater problem at work, and even if all the manga ever were translated into English, it still wouldn’t solve everything.

      Thanks for the suggestion anyway though.

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