You know when a series that I’m really into goes mysteriously into hiatus and then comes back years later, I no longer give a shit. It doesn’t matter how much into the series I was, if you aren’t going to constantly produce continuous updates for me, don’t expect me to stick around and care.
I freaking LOVED this show. I cosplayed Haruhi, I drew a HaruKyon doujinshi. Hell it was one of the first shows that I “completed” when I first began blogging in 2006. I read all the currently released novels but now what? Cockteasing us with stupid newtype pictures with no continuation in sight. Does KyoAni think that putting “teasers” in magazines is gonna make me give a damn months later? The fact that I already read the novels and I know the story and I know that the next series isn’t going to cover the whole story, am I supposed to still give a damn?
And oh the novel. Where is the novel btw? Where’s Book 10? I’m sorry but at this point I don’t care what happens to the story. I mean I may check it out if it’s ever released but the same passion I had back in 2006-2007 is just no longer there. I don’t care what teasers or trollings the anime studio does, it’s meaningless because the “hype” is gone. Considering that “hype” was a major part of the Haruhi series, this is a big blow to them in my opinion. They may have their hard core cult followers, but I know I’m not the only one who’s stopped giving a damn.
Neon Genesis Evangelion manga by Yoshiyuki Sadamoto. Ummmmmmmm how about not releasing 1 volume every 2 years? Let’s look at the manga release schedule shall we?
Volume 1 – September 1995
Volume 2 – March 1996 – 6 months later
Volume 3 – October 1996 – 7 months later
Volume 4 – October 1997 – 1 year later
Volume 5 – December 1999 – 2 years and 2 months later
Volume 6 – December 2000 – 1 year later
Volume 7 – November 2001 – 11 months later
Volume 8 – December 2002 – 1 year 1 month later
Volume 9 – April 2004 – 1 year 4 months later
Volume 10 – March 2006 – 1 year 11 months later
Volume 11 – June 2007 – 9 months later
Volume 12 – ?????????????????
So volume 12 is supposed to be the last one but…….umm where is it? I’ve actually been purchasing these books as they came out since 2002 but at this point I’m having 2nd thoughts and thinking of selling my whole set to Book Off because frankly my dear I no longer give a damn. In addition, re-releasing “better animated” versions of the TV series in movie form isn’t doing anything for me either. Sorry Gainax, your milking cow is as far as it goes.
In addition, I’ve read all the Eva spinoff mangas such as Angelic Days and Ikari Shinji Ikusei Keikaku as well as the new Gakuen Datenroku. Spinoffs are great and all (oh who am I kidding they’re awful ) but I really wanted to see the “spinoff” in the original manga since quite a few things in it differ from the anime.
D.N.Angel – So after dropping half her works, Sugisaki Yukiru decided to actually *gasp* finish them! She had dropped my favorite series, D.N.Angel and went off to draw shota comics until she realized she probably let a really GOOD series rot on her backlog. Unfortunately, the time length was so great that it really did rot, and when she decided to come back and re-release it, after 1-2 new chapters my excitement died and well frankly I don’t care much of what will happen in the story. Similar to Evangelion, she had the procrastination syndrome and/or the “I’m sick of this manga so I’ll just draw another one” syndrome. Let’s take a look at the release dates:
Volume 1 – November 1997
Volume 2 – December 1998 – 1 year 1 month later
Volume 3 – August 1999 – 8 months later
Volume 4 – July 2000 – 11 months later
Volume 5 – February 2001 – 7 months later
Volume 6 – January 2002 – 11 months later
Volume 7 – October 2002 – 9 months later
Volume 8 – March 2003 – 5 months later (holy cow!)
Volume 9 – July 2003 – 4 months later (DAMN!)
Volume 10 – February 2004 – 8 months later
Volume 11 – August 2005 – 1 year 6 months later
Volume 12 – June 2008 – 2 years and 10 months later
Volume 13 – October 2008 – 4 months later (heeeyy!)
So as you can see, if she wants to do it, book releases can be pretty steady. Unfortunately I no longer care. Volume 11 left off on a REALLY NASTY cliffhanger. You just can’t do that and then expect people to come back and welcome you with open arms and forgiveness. You go collecting your tankoubon money and then screwing over your fans. While I have been keeping up with reading the recent chapters, thanks to Turtle Paradise, I’ve since sold my volumes to Book Off and discontinued purchasing any new ones. The story is no longer “captivating” or interesting to me. I’m more reading it just to see what happens and make all my stupid long waits worth it (I think).
So in conclusion, when a mangaka abandons the passion and the effort in their work, they shouldn’t expect their fans to stick around. Some hard core ones will but a casual fan (or one who has turned casual due to this ignorant phenomena) will not. I mean I know shit happens and that’s okay, but none of the examples above give a GOOD reason for not continuously working on the manga, other than being horrible procrastinators.