John Jakala writes up manga series that have stopped appealing to him. Like him, I also gave up on Yakitate!! Japan after book four, although he’s completely wrong about Hikaru no Go. And I’m sorry to hear about Death Note — I have most of the volumes but haven’t started them yet.
It’s a good question. Reading superhero comics out of habit at $3 a month is bad enough; buying manga series beyond the point you’re enjoying them at $10 a book is more of a pinch. And at this point, with so many good stories out there I’m having a hard time keeping up with, I’m looking for reasons to stop buying instead of starting.
It’s rare for me to keeping enjoying a title beyond about 12 volumes. (Sensual Phrase was a happy exception, at 18 books, and I’m still loving Tramps Like Us, which has just crossed the dozen mark.) I was beginning to find Aishiteruze Baby repetitive when it wrapped up at book seven. Five or six books is ideal for me, or even the Tokyopop OEL formula of two or three and leave them wanting more.
I’m only keeping up with Sgt. Frog at this point because it would be too much trouble to rewrite my series page. I feel similarly about Hana-Kimi, although I’m enjoying it more than Frog. I would have liked to have seen Fruits Basket end before now… although I suspect that if I had the time to read more volumes in a row, I might remember more of the details.
Strangely, I still like Case Closed, although I’ve stopped reviewing it. (Maybe that helps.) It’s got a good amount of variety in story lengths and approaches, which I appreciate. And I’d love to see more Kindaichi Case Files translated.