Sorry for the silence (and the dead web site!) for a week, but I was away on business. However, I’m back with a fine survey from goo Ranking looking at what makes people think their long-running manga comic series is coming to an end.


Over the 19th and 20th of April 2012 1,092 members of the goo Research monitor group completed a private internet-based questionnaire. 60.5% of the sample were female, 11.3% in their teens, 17.0% in their twenties, 28.4% in their thirties, 25.5% in their forties, 10.2% in their fifties, and 7.7% aged sixty or older. Note that the score in the results refers to the relative number of votes for each option, not a percentage of the total sample.

As I don’t read manga, I don’t really know how true these all are, but I’d like to see a similar list for when variety shows appear to be running out of steam. I’ve noticed in these cases they usually have a format change that focuses even more on celebrities than they normally do, but whether this is because they are wanting to just see how much of a budget they can blow, or if they genuinely believe that more celebs equals more viewers, I do not know!

Oh, and here’s people talking about their worst manga endings.

Ranking results

Q: What makes you think a long-running manga series is coming to an end? (Sample size=1,092)

Rank   Score
1 …when the number of times it misses an issue increases 100
2 …when the story exposition speeds up unnaturally 90.0
3 …when the strips get published with sketching lines, in original draft form 41.4
4 …when the dialogue starts becoming incoherent 37.6
5 …when the author makes an announcement that there will be some important information released in a few weeks 32.2
6 …when a character make an unnatural appearance for no other apparent purpose other than shoring up the story 28.5
7 …when the frequency of publication totally runs out of steam 27.9
8 …when a popular character dies, is marked for death 26.8
9 …when the series title stops appearing on the cover 26.6
10 …when the lead character is marked for death 26.0
11 …when topics like “hasn’t it been a bit odd recently?” start popping up on SNS 22.9
12 …when the lead character finally engages his/her rival in battle 20.2
13 …when the lead character hooks up with the love interest 20.0
14= …when the author’s afterwords start becoming incoherent 19.5
14= …when the lead character obtains the final objective 19.5
16 …when everyone else dies 18.9
17= …when even a newbie would feel the story was blowing its own trumpet too much 18.5
17= …when it is confirmed that someone who has always been a supporter of the lead character becomes without notice the Last Boss 18.5
19 …when the conversation suddenly warps to the last day at school 17.1
20 …when one story arc gets wrapped up the story suddenly jumps forward in time 16.0
21 …when a lead character in the opposing side gets defeated easily 15.8
22 …when the author starts moaning on Twitter about the series 14.8
23 …when the story suddenly takes a new twist without tying up the previous loose ends 14.5
24 …when a popular character runs away from battle 13.5
25 …when a story set in the present suddenly leaps into another world 12.7
26 …when a heroine who has always appeared disappears 11.4
27 …when the lead character has a nervous breakdown 11.2
28 ..when every character starts having their own mini story 8.3
29 …when hints of criticism of the series casually appears in the story 7.3
30 …when the story starts poking fun at a different manga in the same magazine 3.5

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