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NEWS: Dengeki Bunko Magazine Listed as Ending in Issue Out on Friday




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Kougeru



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PostPosted: Thu Apr 09, 2020 1:04 am Reply with quote
Is it being replaced by anything...? I heard there was a digital version - I assume that will continue?
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Engineering Nerd



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PostPosted: Thu Apr 09, 2020 1:40 am Reply with quote
Oh no....Even Dengeki Bunko Magazine is ending the print run? Are we truly reaching the point that Is the beginning of print manga/LN magazine’s slow demise?
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BlueAlf



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PostPosted: Thu Apr 09, 2020 2:00 am Reply with quote
It really is the end of an era.
Looks like the future really does lie in Syosetsu and digital publishing.
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Puniyo



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PostPosted: Thu Apr 09, 2020 6:35 am Reply with quote
Given how beautifully designed and printed Japanese magazines are and all the extras they come with, really can't understand the buyer shift to digital. But maybe that's because English magazines are so plain and overpriced.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 09, 2020 6:42 am Reply with quote
Yes, it is really end of an era.
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R. Kasahara



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PostPosted: Thu Apr 09, 2020 9:24 am Reply with quote
Not to echo the "end of an era" observations too much, but... it really is. So many major series have run in its pages. I hope they continue digitally at least.
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Hoppy800



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PostPosted: Thu Apr 09, 2020 9:57 am Reply with quote
As someone who likes Dengeki Bunko, I hope they go digital, same with G's eventually.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 09, 2020 12:14 pm Reply with quote
Hoppy800 wrote:
As someone who likes Dengeki Bunko, I hope they go digital, same with G's eventually.

I hope so, too.
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Kisuke525



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PostPosted: Thu Apr 09, 2020 12:40 pm Reply with quote
Puniyo wrote:
Given how beautifully designed and printed Japanese magazines are and all the extras they come with, really can't understand the buyer shift to digital. But maybe that's because English magazines are so plain and overpriced.


I know right? Japanese magazines are fantastic! Really sad to see another one go, maybe I should try to get more of my friends to start picking some up.
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El Hermano



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PostPosted: Thu Apr 09, 2020 3:10 pm Reply with quote
Engineering Nerd wrote:
Oh no....Even Dengeki Bunko Magazine is ending the print run? Are we truly reaching the point that Is the beginning of print manga/LN magazine’s slow demise?


It makes sense though. Manga magazines were always meant to be cheap and disposable for people to have their weekly fix. In the digital era it's much more convenient to do something like that online. There's still going to be physical tankobon volumes for people to buy for the actual series that succeed, but as far as the actual magazine which is just meant to expose people to a series and be a mass market digest, digital is perfectly fine.
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Kisuke525



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PostPosted: Thu Apr 09, 2020 3:28 pm Reply with quote
El Hermano wrote:
Engineering Nerd wrote:
Oh no....Even Dengeki Bunko Magazine is ending the print run? Are we truly reaching the point that Is the beginning of print manga/LN magazine’s slow demise?


It makes sense though. Manga magazines were always meant to be cheap and disposable for people to have their weekly fix. In the digital era it's much more convenient to do something like that online. There's still going to be physical tankobon volumes for people to buy for the actual series that succeed, but as far as the actual magazine which is just meant to expose people to a series and be a mass market digest, digital is perfectly fine.


To be fair the magazine did do more than just run series that were eventually published in volumes, it also ran short stories from new and old authors and gave information about things relating to light novels under the Dengeki Bunko label.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 10, 2020 9:08 am Reply with quote
I am reminded of a time some years back when a used book store in a prominent location near where I was living at the time went out of business. The reason? The rising popularity of e-format books was drastically reducing the used books market. The elderly couple that ran the shop also owned the building, so they got a one-time profit off of that.

Around the same time, Barnes & Noble shut down a store in a different part of the same town. B&N could not be persuaded to stay; the company that owned the building that B&N was leasing had even offered to lower the lease ─ but B&N wasn't interested.
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