Thursday, August 12, 2010
I've always been curious about our customers here at beNippon. For all the manga that we sell, they're not possibly all being read, are they? If they were, there'd be an incredible number of literate Japanese learners out there.
But, I regress. There's a phrase in Japanese that reflects the buying habits of adults, otona-gai (大人買い) is the phrase. It is particularly used when adults purchase manga, translating into buying all of the tankobon in a manga series. I see a lot of otonagai-ing going on at beNippon, people buying blocks of Ginga Densetsu Weed, Shaman King, and the like. It's great to be able to buy large blocks of manga, that way you don't get stuck when you finish the last one.
Which leads me to my question. For those of you that do read your manga (in Japanese or whatever language), do you read all of your purchases before you buy more? I've only got one more issue of Bamboo Blade, before I have to go out and buy the rest. On one hand I really want to finish the series, but on the other, I feel like jumping onto something else...