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.Sy



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PostPosted: Wed Aug 03, 2005 10:07 am Reply with quote
At first, I thought the heading meant that Fruits Basket had reached the eleventh spot... Surprised
I'm hoping for more manga to reach the top 150 list as we go along. My local Barnes and Noble frequently doubled their manga section within the past year.
All of the Harry Potter books reach the list, what a surprise.
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kusanagi-sama



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PostPosted: Wed Aug 03, 2005 1:39 pm Reply with quote
I still have yet to buy the first volume or any volume of Fruits Basket
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odango



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PostPosted: Wed Aug 03, 2005 3:17 pm Reply with quote
The new Tsubasa (number 6) is also on that list, rank 105
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.Sy



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PostPosted: Wed Aug 03, 2005 7:46 pm Reply with quote
kusanagi-sama wrote:
I still have yet to buy the first volume or any volume of Fruits Basket
I've got my budget full collecting just a few series, so a genre that doesn't really appeal to me (romance) will have to wait. I highly doubt that this won't be a good manga, but in some ways, I still need to get over my fear of cute things.
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 03, 2005 8:21 pm Reply with quote
I'm happy for the success of Fruits Basket, although right now I'm just borrowing the series from the library (too many other manga to buy right now). Supposedly I'm #74 in the hold line to borrow Fruits Basket #10.
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LeSomeGuy



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PostPosted: Thu Aug 04, 2005 9:51 am Reply with quote
I would buy them too, but the manga in the U.S. cost too much. Back in mhy hometown, each volume of manga costs like $2.00 USD (but they recently raised the price to $2.50 USD).

And if you have a membership for a bookstore, you may rent three volumes of manga for meerly $1.00 USD. I understand the delicacy the companies had to put into translation, but tripling the price to $7.50 USD per volume (sometimes $10.00 USD) seem a little too much for my taste.

For that kind of price, I could have rented the whold series of Rurouni Kenshin in my hometown. Reading manga is about hobby and leisure, why should it cost so much?
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The Ramblin' Wreck



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PostPosted: Thu Aug 04, 2005 10:24 am Reply with quote
Some of us don't have the luxury of, I guessing here, living in Japan.
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poweranime



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PostPosted: Thu Aug 04, 2005 12:51 pm Reply with quote
hmmmm... did I miss something here? Tokyopop's release date for FB 11 is 8/9/05 according to the site, yet its already on the top 150 booksales with what looks like an early release date reported somewhere else? If the TP website is wrong, then where am I suppose to look for TP release dates? It sorta erks me because I own a shop and ordered a ton of these just to find out that all the major competition (B&N, Suncoast, BB) already had it for 2 weeks now...
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Necros Antiquor



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PostPosted: Thu Aug 04, 2005 1:42 pm Reply with quote
.Sy wrote:
I'm hoping for more manga to reach the top 150 list as we go along. My local Barnes and Noble frequently doubled their manga section within the past year.

Yeah, my local Barnes and Noble has nearly tripled what they had a year ago. It used to be only one section of the graphic novel section, but now it has expanded so much it had to be moved to a larger section of the store, and there's barely any American graphic novels, there's so much manga on the shelves. (The one problem is that they don't seem to realize that they need to frequently carry all the consecutive volumes of a manga, not just volumes 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 9, and 10. Anime hyper)
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KawaiiKitty



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PostPosted: Fri Aug 05, 2005 6:46 pm Reply with quote
RabbitRevolution wrote:
I'm happy for the success of Fruits Basket, although right now I'm just borrowing the series from the library (too many other manga to buy right now). Supposedly I'm #74 in the hold line to borrow Fruits Basket #10.


Ha! At least you HAVE manga at your local library. All we have here is a huge collection of Doremon in Chinese that no one ever really borrows (except those Chinese kids that can read Chinese really well-which doesn't include me). Apparently, our library is starting to "pick up" graphic novels because they're popular now, but the only manga on there list is Inuyasha v.1, and I havn't even seen it around in the library, even though I work there -_-.
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slickwataris



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PostPosted: Mon Aug 08, 2005 1:01 pm Reply with quote
I'm guilty of FMA vol. 1 and Rurouni Kenshin vol. 16.
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manafairy



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PostPosted: Mon Aug 08, 2005 1:07 pm Reply with quote
GTO volume 15? That's kind of random. Sure that's not supposed to be GTO volume 25?
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slickwataris



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PostPosted: Mon Aug 08, 2005 1:12 pm Reply with quote
manafairy wrote:
GTO volume 15? That's kind of random. Sure that's not supposed to be GTO volume 25?


haha. I was thinking that too. Boy do I have a long way till 25.
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ZODDGUTS



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PostPosted: Mon Aug 08, 2005 4:05 pm Reply with quote
It's good to see that GTO is still selling after all this years..

I need to buy the last volume soon. Confused
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 08, 2005 7:12 pm Reply with quote
LeSomeGuy wrote:
I would buy them too, but the manga in the U.S. cost too much. Back in mhy hometown, each volume of manga costs like $2.00 USD (but they recently raised the price to $2.50 USD).

And if you have a membership for a bookstore, you may rent three volumes of manga for meerly $1.00 USD. I understand the delicacy the companies had to put into translation, but tripling the price to $7.50 USD per volume (sometimes $10.00 USD) seem a little too much for my taste.

For that kind of price, I could have rented the whold series of Rurouni Kenshin in my hometown. Reading manga is about hobby and leisure, why should it cost so much?


Because of economics.

Manga is a mass-market commodity in Japan -- and most of East Asia for that matter -- and can be sold cheaply because of economies of scale. (If you make enough of something, it gets cheaper to make.)

It's a fringe market in the US, plus printing costs are higher in the US, so the books are expensive there.
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