I am preparing for a trip to Panama and Nicaragua later this week and, to prep, I decided to stock up on some digital manga.
…Which leads me to a small conundrum. All the manga apps on my iPad have become somewhat stagnant. To begin with, there aren’t too many titles I want to buy. I’ve already bought all the volumes of series I’m collecting digitally and there don’t seem to be too many new additions to any of the apps. There are, however, a lot of manga that I’m already collecting.
These fall into two categories: manga where I’ve bought volume 1, but haven’t bought more if because I’ve been saving my money for other titles; and manga I’ve been collecting for quite a number of volumes.
It seems to me that if I’m having trouble keeping up with these titles, perhaps getting them digitally would help. That way I could get two for the price of one print volume, not to mention, not have to worry so much about space in my apartment. This seems particularly plausible for series like Story of Saiunkoku, Saturn Apartments and Cross Game, where I just keep forgetting to pick up volume 2. But what about series like Otomen, Natsume’s Book of Friends, Oishinbo and Grand Guignol Orchestra? (Yeah, so far this only applies to Viz series.) Am I just supposed to have half of a completed series on my shelves? Do I really care that much about having every print volume of a series I’ve already started in print?
BAH! SO CONFUSING!
Which leads me to ask: What would you do in this situation?
I think I might go ahead and start digital collections of manga where I only have one volume, it’s less of a issue there. But I’m still hung up over series where I’ve bought more than one print volume.