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Old 08-31-2012, 12:02 AM   #24
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Originally Posted by JAcheson View Post
Even if the overall story arc continues from volume to volume, you usually get an end to an individual storyline at the end of a volume, or at least some kind of coda.
That's not quite true. While some story arcs can end at the end of a volume, there's no guarantee that each volume will have some sort of resolution. In fact, the ending point can, at times, be arbitrary, especially when it comes to longer serials.

Which is just to say, it depends on the manga you're reading. Uzumaki by Junji Ito? Has some resolution at the end of the volume. One Piece by Eichiiro Oda? Not so much, unless it is the closing volume to an arc.

There's probably more structure in the US trades you mention below.

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That's starting to be more common in the US as well, with 12-issue arcs being designed for publication as one or two trades.
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