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    Lightbulb The problems of serial manga's length volumes

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    With so much recent controversy over manga endings (Bleach is in its “final chapter,” Negima! ends in 3 chapters, and generic Jump love comedy Kagami no Kuni no Harisugawa just received one of “those” endings), manga fans have been debating the perfect length for a manga – with many coming to the conclusion that “about 30″ volumes is about right.

    The various forms of protracted torture offered by such long-running titles as Bleach, Naruto and Berserk seem to have persuaded many that even the most epic of manga need to have properly paced endings :

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    “Anyone would lose interest with some of these longer titles…”
    “25 volumes is a bit much.”
    “12 volumes is good.”
    “The beautiful ideal is 28-32 volumes!”
    “If you’re unlucky and start reading one of those shonen titles midway you’ll be an adult by the time it finishes.”
    “16 is a good time to leave off.”
    Slam Dunk is a good example of a 30 volume series.”
    Slam Dunk could have gone on a bit more.”
    “If you start in your first year of elementary school you really want it to end about the time of your final exams in high school.”
    “Where was One Piece even at when it hit 30…”
    “Like anyone can be bothered to collect them all when they have 50+ volumes.”
    “Recent manga tend to have huge panels, I really think that makes a difference.”
    “Certainly, Fist of the North Star and Saint Seiya were better off not going over 30.”
    “Any boy who started reading KochiKame is middle-aged now…”
    “The biggest issue probably is readers of 30+ manga ending up as adults during its run.”
    “20 or perhaps 10 is about right!”
    “It was amazing how Full Metal Alchemist had the perfect length with no superfluous parts.”
    “I read it all in 5 hours straight at a friend’s place.”
    “Monthly series really get tedious at about volume 15. If you can save them up and read them all in one sitting, 30 volumes is great though.”
    Zatch Bell! in 33, that was good.”
    Completion in 4 volumes is the best.”
    “If it ends in the early twenties, you can at least hope to finish it in one sitting. I want to see an elegant ending but it does feel sad when they are over.”
    “The college volumes of K-ON! and Lucky Star are just totally superfluous.”
    “If only he could have finished Berserk at 28…”

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    Re: The problems of serial manga's length volumes

    I say that we should also consider the producers' point of view : if a title is extremely popular and its author is willing to continue it, why stop it ? Cash cows won't be allowed to get an ending just like that.

    Apart from that, how long a manga should be depends on its content, so it's a bit irrelevant to seek an ideal that should be applied to all titles. For example, Death Note would have become boring and less interesting if it went over 12 volumes and applied this formula of 28~32 volumes. it's because it had a fast pace, a small number of characters and the plot couldn't last for too long. Even with those 12 volumes, some people felt it was a bit stretched. The same thing can be said for Bakuman, many fans won't like the idea of it going beyond 25 volumes.
    On the other hand, wouldn't it be a waste if One Piece or Naruto ended at about 30 volumes ? Each of them has a very large setting with a wide universe and many many characters with their own stories and subplots. What I mean is that some series have an enormous potential and it is a good thing when the author is willing to explore and exploit this potential. Some few titles can drag on for too long without having their quality drop.
    So the length of a title should depend on how much its content can be extanded without having the quality lower.
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    Re: The problems of serial manga's length volumes

    It also seems that manga became less defined these days. For exemple, many shounen manga who were created nowadays are drawed by women, feature a full-fledged bishounen cast and a deconstruted view of shounen elements (not to mention withe the volume length reduced compared to a usual shounen action title).

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