Created By: MichaelKatsuroAugust 11, 2012 Last Edited By: MichaelKatsuroAugust 15, 2012
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You're reading the wrong way-page

A page at the end of a manga book explaining how you read manga.

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Īn Japan, comics are read differently from in the West. You start from the right and read right-to-left, which not everybody knows. For that reason, most manga publishers in the west make sure to include instructions on how to read manga in their manga books, so that the reader will know what to do. These instructions are always placed on the last page of the manga book, so that readers who don't know anything about manga-reading and open the book from the wrong direction will get an explanation on how they should read the book and not be confused. Often, these instructions include a picture of a comics page with word balloons, with a number in each word balloon to show in which order you're supposed to read them.
Community Feedback Replies: 12
  • August 12, 2012
    Arivne

  • August 12, 2012
    rodneyAnonymous
  • August 12, 2012
    NoirGrimoir
    Yeah, this isn't a trope, it's not part of a narrative.
  • August 13, 2012
    animeg3282
    this would be parodies only or lampshades, although I have seen a parody only in Scott Pilgrim
  • August 13, 2012
    SeptimusHeap
    It's a convention of mangas for English-speaking people, akin to Paratext. I am sure it's a trope.

    Name is too long, though.
  • August 13, 2012
    Koveras
    It is a convention but not a plot convention but a publishing format convention. It can be a useful note but I don't think there is enough to say on the topic that warrants a separate page. IMO it should be noted under the Manga page or, if we have such page, under the description of how manga is licensed and translated in the West.
  • August 13, 2012
    SeptimusHeap
    ^That goes into Trivia, then.
  • August 13, 2012
    Stratadrake
    I think it's a valid formatting trope. It allows the publisher to preserve the manga's original right-to-left formatting (because attempting to reconfigure the pages for Western, left-to-right reading is an editorial nightmare). It provides a page to warn the left-to-right viewer that this volume is intended to be read in a right-to-left manner, otherwise the user might stumble upon a spoiler (and the work just won't make sense since they're reading it backwards).

    Definitely needs a better name though....
  • August 13, 2012
    rodneyAnonymous
    Trivia are not tropes.
  • August 14, 2012
    SeptimusHeap
    It seems to be a trope, then.
  • August 14, 2012
    nmp303
    How about Reading Order Page as an alternative title?

    As for the tropeworthiness debate; I think the definition found on the Trope page is wide enough to allow this to be a trope, but Trivia or Useful Notes would fit better. My vote goes for Trivia. Also have a look at the Not A Trope page.
  • August 15, 2012
    TheNinth
    This is already (briefly) mentioned on Anime And Manga, a Useful Notes page.

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