Ever since Tokyopop started the deluge of new manga releases years ago, fans have had trouble keeping up with everything. Now, even after the demise of several manga companies, there aren’t many fans who can buy all the manga they want on any given week.
But keeping up with the latest manga releases is still very popular, as proven by scanlations and how many people demand their next chapter of Naruto be released ASAP. Manga reviewers, by default, also have to keep up with new releases as much as they can.
Me? Well, I’ve just about given all that up in favor of hunting down series that aren’t easy to find anymore. There are now only a few current series that I buy close to the release date. Mostly, I blame this on the closing of my local Borders and the inadequacy of the manga selection at both my LCS (Meltdown Comics) and the closest Barnes & Noble. Not to mention, I don’t get review copies frequently.
Do you keep up with new manga releases as much as possible? If so, what’s your general buying strategy? If not, why? Is there anyone out there who wants so little manga that they only buy one or two copies at a time (and not because they’re broke)?