One of the Japan’s most advanced industries, manga, it’s not what it used to be.
Recently, have been stated infos about a significant drop in manga sales, which, for the artists and the publishers, is a very uncomfortable thing to hear. They realised that the public doesn’t react at their work [as they should] and this comes with the need of change.
For example Weekly Shonen Jump used to be sold in 6 millions copies each week back in ’95. This year, only about 2, 8 millions copies, sankakucomplex.com informs us.
It seems that the public is going now on the characters profile, when buying a manga volume or magazine. Kadokawa entered this “character business” and they created characters to keep the audience up. But even with this, you cannot enjoy all the characters from the upcoming mangas, right?
Right! Because in a manga, you can have well-profiled characters, maybe exceptional ones, but in the end, it’s not important how a character is described but what he is capable to do. I say this because when I’m choosing a manga to read, it’s not because there’s a lovely teenage girl who likes to wear short skirts, but for the things she does, for her life-story. [but not everybody thinks like me]
And of course, because it’s a big industry, change is needed. I’m, personally, with the traditional manga, but because the world is moving so fast, manga is moving as well to a new evolution era. Manga will not dissapear, that’s for sure, but the public enjoying it is…
Maybe it’s because the artists creativity is getting low, maybe they prefer to watch anime instead, maybe because the “ero” and “moe” phenomenons are assaulting the industry, we don’t know for sure why people stopped reading manga.
Elfen Lied-one of the best manga ever created
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And to end this article, I must say that if you are renouncing to manga for the sake of anime, you’re the dumbest motherfucker ever conceived…and for those who enjoy reading manga, make yourself a present, grab a volume!