For a while now, I’ve been trying to get into more recent manga and lately it’s been extremely hard. Why is that you ask? Well for starters, if you’re subscribed to Shonen Jump magazine (or any other magazine publisher), you might already know. It’s hard to get into new manga because of how fast various manga series get cancelled.
For starters, “Red Sprite”, written by Tomohiro Yagi: I thought that this particular series had a lot of promise and could have been pretty good if given the chance. However, due to the way the manga industry is currently structured, it was cancelled after only releasing a few chapters. The reason for this is as follows: the way manga is judged in Japan is all based on surveys. At the end of every issue there is a survey wherein the company asks the readers to rank the series, and as you expect some series don’t rank very high.
In an article from animenewsnetwork, Horie Nobuhiko, former editor and chief at Shonen Jump magazine, sheds some light that’s very troublesome to many readers. According to him, readers can decide a manga’s fate in the first three weeks of its release. Check out the quote for yourself below.
“Horie said that even if the work in question is by a major creator, if its popularity starts to fall, the magazine may decide to discontinue the series based on reader survey results. He said that editors can determine whether or not a work will become popular by about three weeks after it debuts. The magazine aims to operate closely in line with readers’ desires and tastes. Therefore, it places a lot of weight on the results of reader surveys, and readers can determine whether or or not manga will continue.
“He began by denying rumors that the manga was cancelled due to poor sales of the anime’s home video volumes.