Here we are again! Another version of Answerman! Answerman, to those of you who have never seen my previous posts, is a guy over at Anime News Network that answers a bunch of anime and manga questions. Today, I’m going to go over several of his Q&A’s from different postings that I think you guys would be interested in hearing. Let’s begin!
Question: I’ve been waiting for the Naruto series to end but it’s been over 10 years now! When should a series end?!
Answerman’s Answer in Short: As long as it’s making money, has fans, or it’s creator is still alive, it’ll never end.
Rio’s Take: It’s like Final Fantasy. It’ll always be there. …Forever!
(Originally posted 1/8/2011)
Question: Why do companies suddenly drop titles without telling the fans?!
Answerman’s Answer in Short: Companies make a risk on a title and if it’s not making back the investment put into it, companies have a right to drop it… and they don’t have to tell anyone if they don’t want to.
Rio’s Take: It sucks but that’s life. Hopefully, another publisher will pick the title up.
(Originally posted 12/31/2010)
Question: What’s the difference between publishing weekly vs monthly in Japan? Who decides to publish weekly or monthly – artists or publishers? Which is more hectic?
Answerman’s Answer in Short: Artists decide to work with; either a weekly or monthly magazine. Weekly manga’s are of course more hectic but artists doing those tend to have lots of assistants helping out versus artists going at it alone for monthly installments. Weekly manga tends to reach the broadest audiences and younger age group and it’s the path to riches and fame. Monthly manga though allows more avant-garde art, genre’s and of course, better schedule.
Rio’s Take: Weekly = lots of hard work, path to riches, and young audiences. Monthly = easier workload, more freedom to create what you want, and older audiences.
(Originally posted 1/14/2011)