Until recently I would have absolutely said yes to this question. There are so many manga’s that take a huge amount of time to read. It’s often that the worry of “will a show get bad” stops becoming a possibility and an inevitability since the mangaka’s get so overworked that it becomes near impossible to make a good story or draw well.
It’s more of the idea that whether a manga will end or not has nothing to do with the story coming to a close but it getting less popular. If a show is really popular it will always continue. It’s why I say if you want you’re favourite characters to finally get together the best thing you can do is stop supporting it and voting it so that the manga comes to an end and the characters finally get together. It’s scummy and it sucks but if everyone likes it and keeps buying it the manga will never end!
So to get back to the question “is manga too long?” is probably but it depends.
The classic example is death note. The manga was coming to the end with the conclusion but then because it was popular they were forced to add an extra 1/3 on top for no reason except to sell more copies. The final part of death note was really bad and it would have worked so much better to just have it end. So when I see manga like that I think it’s too long.
A fair opposition to this manga being too long thing is that some manga’s are just designed to go on forever, which I think is fine. It makes a lot of sense and you can hardly call a manga that aims to go on with constant repeating arcs too long since that’s the point. The only thing that I will say is that length can often kill the manga due to power creep. There is a trend with these never ending shows that the power gets out of hand and nobody cares anymore because they realise it’s just a pointless power gain, none of the villains matter, theirs no character development and they’ll do the exact same thing over again for no reason.That’s what I don’t like about those kinds of manga.
The main reason why I bring this up is because I’ve often found myself wanting to get into manga but can’t really because everything is over 100 chapters long! As much as I might like this having short self contained stories of 20-50 chapters would make manga a lot easier to get into and would probably make me return to reading it more since I know it won’t be a burden to read. It will also be the mangaka’s artistic vision (most of the time) and it won’t have any extra parts added on to the end that drag it down and make it suffer later.
It’s a thought really. It’s great if you find a manga that you like but having everything be really long is a high barrier to entry unless you’re manga’s Gantz (which is great) and each chapter takes about a minute to read since most of it is brilliant action.
So the answer is, it depends? I basically don’t want any story to be dragged out to be longer than it should be just to sell more because it will make it worse.
What do you think?