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Re: IDW Transformers Comics in Japanese Translation - All Hail Megatron

Postby Marcdachamp » Fri Apr 14, 2017 7:18 am

SG Roadbuster wrote:wait, why did the japanese begin with all hail Megatron? why not start with a better story, like Spotlight Shockwave or Infiltration?


My assumption? Much as I've been a fan of IDW's TF comics from the start, the early stuff got a bit messy to follow for casual readers. You had a bunch of different minis and the Spotlights and the focus shifted all over the place. Starting with AHM, the central narrative got a lot more focused, and that's something we're still seeing now. Granted there are three books with three main storylines now, but there isn't much overlap. These kinds of series are probably a lot easier to translate for foreign audiences. I know if I was picking up a manga (which I rarely do) and the art and storylines were jumping around every to every other issue, I would have a hard time staying interested.

Love that cover. The artist did a nice job following IDW's style. ;)^
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Re: IDW Transformers Comics in Japanese Translation - All Hail Megatron

Postby Randomhero » Fri Apr 14, 2017 7:41 am

Marcdachamp wrote:
SG Roadbuster wrote:wait, why did the japanese begin with all hail Megatron? why not start with a better story, like Spotlight Shockwave or Infiltration?


My assumption? Much as I've been a fan of IDW's TF comics from the start, the early stuff got a bit messy to follow for casual readers. You had a bunch of different minis and the Spotlights and the focus shifted all over the place. Starting with AHM, the central narrative got a lot more focused, and that's something we're still seeing now. Granted there are three books with three main storylines now, but there isn't much overlap. These kinds of series are probably a lot easier to translate for foreign audiences. I know if I was picking up a manga (which I rarely do) and the art and storylines were jumping around every to every other issue, I would have a hard time staying interested.

Love that cover. The artist did a nice job following IDW's style. ;)^



I agree with ya, it's not an awful starting point however once you get past the first part of AHM the second half is such an continuity dump that would raise questions if you didn't read the -ations, spotlights and stormbringer
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Re: IDW Transformers Comics in Japanese Translation - All Hail Megatron

Postby Sabrblade » Fri Apr 14, 2017 7:51 am

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AHM also presented a more familiar setup that was closer to the cartoon than Furman's run was, enabling the Japanese to ease more into the story.

But, yeah, with the entire Furman era having been skipped, it does make one wonder if and/or how that run will be released in Japan, especially with "Infiltration" having been practically written as the definitive entry point of that era.

Also, if this new release contains just "...For All Mankind" and the "Things Fall Apart" 4-parter, some Japanese readers are gonna be confused when Bumblebee suddenly changes from his first Earth body in issue #4 to his Autobot Leader body in issue #5 without explanation, as that all happened in the "Bumblebee" mini-series.

Which raises another point. If Japan only gets the main ongoing without any of the mini-series or spotlights that either were released during it or were released after but took place during it, then there's gonna be a lot of missing pieces the Japanese version of the story.

EDIT: Just checked and saw that this volume contains 168 pages. How many issues' worth might that be?
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Re: IDW Transformers Comics in Japanese Translation - All Hail Megatron

Postby Va'al » Fri Apr 14, 2017 8:49 am

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Sabrblade wrote:AHM also presented a more familiar setup that was closer to the cartoon than Furman's run was, enabling the Japanese to ease more into the story.

But, yeah, with the entire Furman era having been skipped, it does make one wonder if and/or how that run will be released in Japan, especially with "Infiltration" having been practically written as the definitive entry point of that era.

Also, if this new release contains just "...For All Mankind" and the "Things Fall Apart" 4-parter, some Japanese readers are gonna be confused when Bumblebee suddenly changes from his first Earth body in issue #4 to his Autobot Leader body in issue #5 without explanation, as that all happened in the "Bumblebee" mini-series.

Which raises another point. If Japan only gets the main ongoing without any of the mini-series or spotlights that either were released during it or were released after but took place during it, then there's gonna be a lot of missing pieces the Japanese version of the story.

EDIT: Just checked and saw that this volume contains 168 pages. How many issues' worth might that be?


The listing also says it has 1-6 of the ongoing. I wonder if the rest are extras, covers, or something else entirely (or if the listing is incorrect).
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Re: IDW Transformers Comics in Japanese Translation - All Hail Megatron

Postby Sabrblade » Fri Apr 14, 2017 8:58 am

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Va'al wrote:The listing also says it has 1-6 of the ongoing. I wonder if the rest are extras, covers, or something else entirely (or if the listing is incorrect).
Google "translating" the product description reveals something Google calls "All 42 Characters Commentary", so the extras might be descriptions/bios for...

Wait, 42 characters?! There were really that many in just these six issues?! :shock:
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Re: IDW Transformers Comics in Japanese Translation - All Hail Megatron

Postby Kurona » Fri Apr 14, 2017 9:02 am

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Va'al wrote:The listing also says it has 1-6 of the ongoing. I wonder if the rest are extras, covers, or something else entirely (or if the listing is incorrect).
Google "translating" the product description reveals something Google calls "All 42 Characters Commentary", so the extras might be descriptions/bios for...

Wait, 42 characters?! There were really that many in just these six issues?! :shock:

There's a lotta dudes that hang out in the background doing nothing - tons of Autobot Cars, then there's Swindle's little crew, not to mention everyone in Skywatch...
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IDW Transformers Comics in Japanese Translation - International Incident, with New Hayato Sakamoto C

Postby Va'al » Sat Sep 09, 2017 1:38 am

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Also thanks to the official Transformers Twitter account for Takara Tomy, we have a listing for the next volume in Japanese translation of the IDW ongoing comic book series - as reported last here - reaching the second volume in the post-All Hail Megatron story: International Incident. The cover seen below is a new piece of art by Hayato Sakamoto - check it out!

The second book in the series!

Autobots finally won the trust of mankind, though some remain hostile.
However, the incompetent Decepticons remnants have been plotting a new kind of fire.
A Transformer that appeared in an unexpected place brings further shocks to the world, which was recovering from the pain of Megatron's invasion.
An Autobot decided to intervene in an unavoidable conflict, but there was a further enemy waiting for them!


The Japanese version cover is by Mr. Hayato Sakamoto!

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Re: IDW Transformers Comics in Japanese Translation - All Hail Megatron

Postby Kurona » Sat Sep 09, 2017 5:19 am

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I always love seeing Thundercracker stand with the Autobots. It's so perfect :x
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Re: IDW Transformers Comics in Japanese Translation - All Hail Megatron

Postby Mr.MicroMaster » Sat Sep 09, 2017 9:44 am

I really like that cover art it's beautiful.
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Re: IDW Transformers Comics in Japanese Translation - All Hail Megatron

Postby WreckerJack » Sat Sep 09, 2017 3:52 pm

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Re: IDW Transformers Comics in Japanese Translation - All Hail Megatron

Postby Sabrblade » Sat Sep 09, 2017 3:56 pm

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WreckerJack wrote:I want it because the art looks so cheery.
In such stark contrast to the bleak and serious story itself, even. :P
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IDW Transformers Comics in Japanese Translation - Revenge of the Decepticons

Postby Va'al » Thu Oct 26, 2017 5:50 am

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The next volume of translated comics, from English to Japanese, to be released in Japan from IDW Publishing is the Revenge of the Decepticons TPB from the Mike Costa ongoing series as notified by Amazon.co.jp! The volume due in November also includes a new Megatron-centric, and slightly horrorific cover. Check out more information below.

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