Amazon Listing Found For Viz's Media Transformers Manga Collection

Amazon Listing Found For Viz's Media Transformers Manga Collection

Sunday, July 7th, 2019 5:54pm CDT

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Greetings Seibertronians! Following on from this news here about the forthcoming Transformers: The Manga adaption from Viz Media (originally published in Japan in TV Magazine then collected by Million Publishing, who renamed themselves Hero-X later), fellow user, Sabrblade, has found an amazon listing for the first part of the collection!

Transformers News: Amazon Listing Found For Viz's Media Transformers Manga Collection
Note that this image is from the Hero-X release of the first collected volume and may not be indicative of what the Viz Media version will look like.

Here is the information from Amazon:

Originally serialized in Japan’s TV Magazine, these classic stories from the Generation 1 era of Transformers are now available in English for the first time!

The Autobots and Decepticons have been locked in a brutal civil war for eons, and now their battle has come to Earth! The Autobots seek peace and coexistence, while the Decepticons seek power and control. Earth and its populace are caught between the two as these mighty factions go head-to-head. Transformers took the world by storm shortly after their debut, and these previously uncollected stories were a vital part of that takeover!

The Autobots and their young friend Kenji stand tall against the Decepticons in an interplanetary conflict! Packed with thrilling Transformers tales, this hardcover collector’s volume contains classic stories such as “The Great Transformer War” and “Fight! Super Robot Lifeform Transformers.”


Series: Transformers: The Manga
Hardcover: 272 pages
Publisher: VIZ Media LLC (February 11, 2020)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1974710564
ISBN-13: 978-1974710560



Sabrblade also mentioned the possibility that, judging by the description and page count, that this collection would include the first two volumes of the Hero-X collection.

Will you be checking this out? Let us know in the Energon Pub and stay tuned to Seibertron for all the latest news and reviews!

Credit(s): Sabrblade from Seibertron, Amazon.com


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Re: Amazon Listing Found For Viz's Media Transformers Manga Collection (2027647)
Posted by triKlops on July 7th, 2019 @ 6:35pm CDT
PreOrdered as soon as i saw the link!
Re: Amazon Listing Found For Viz's Media Transformers Manga Collection (2027840)
Posted by Coptur on July 9th, 2019 @ 10:34am CDT
With the IDW stuff being very below standard (except the Ghostbuster crossover) i'm happy to see this being release.
Re: Amazon Listing Found For Viz's Media Transformers Manga Collection (2031497)
Posted by serre prime on July 25th, 2019 @ 8:43am CDT
Take my money :)
Re: Amazon Listing Found For Viz's Media Transformers Manga Collection (2043358)
Posted by Sabrblade on October 30th, 2019 @ 2:02pm CDT
Amazon preorder for Volume 2 - https://www.amazon.com/dp/1974711773/

At 344 pages, this would be a complete collection of all the TV magazine manga chapters for The Headmasters and Super-God Masterforce.
Re: Amazon Listing Found For Viz's Media Transformers Manga Collection (2043371)
Posted by Seibertron on October 30th, 2019 @ 5:59pm CDT
Sabrblade wrote:Amazon preorder for Volume 2 - https://www.amazon.com/dp/1974711773/

At 344 pages, this would be a complete collection of The Headmasters and Super-God Masterforce.


When did part 1 come out?
Re: Amazon Listing Found For Viz's Media Transformers Manga Collection (2043372)
Posted by Sabrblade on October 30th, 2019 @ 6:01pm CDT
Seibertron wrote:When did part 1 come out?
It hasn't yet. It's set for release in February.
Re: Amazon Listing Found For Viz's Media Transformers Manga Collection (2043485)
Posted by Emerje on October 31st, 2019 @ 8:40pm CDT
After the exciting announcement back in July that Viz Media would be releasing a collection titled Transformers: The Manga from Japan in English we now have news of Transformers: The Manga, Vol. 2 listed on Amazon! Thanks to a tip from Sabrblade we now know we can expect the next collection from TV Magazine to come in May with a massive 344 page count (compared to the first volume's 288). He speculates that this volume will contain stories covering Headmasters and Super God Masterforce.

The listing contains the follow descriptions:

Originally serialized in Japan’s TV Magazine, these classic stories from the Generation 1 era of Transformers are now available in English for the first time!

The Autobots and the Decepticons have been locked in a brutal civil war for eons, and now their battle has come to Earth! The Autobots seek peace and coexistence, while the Decepticons seek power and control. Earth and its populace are caught in the middle as these mighty factions go head-to-head. Transformers took the world by storm shortly after their debut, and these previously uncollected stories were a vital part of that takeover!

The interstellar conflict between the Autobots and the Decepticons has taken over Earth! The Autobots and their allies are desperate to protect their newfound home from the predations of the Decepticons, but will the bravery of the Autobots be enough to stem the tide?


Volume 1 will be out in February 2020, both volumes have hardcovers and an MSRP of $24.99.

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Re: Amazon Listing Found For Viz's Media Transformers Manga Collection (2043647)
Posted by Ryrynz on November 3rd, 2019 @ 12:33am CDT
Megatron with teeth.
Re: Amazon Listing Found For Viz's Media Transformers Manga Collection (2051658)
Posted by BW Megatron on February 8th, 2020 @ 10:55am CST
I just remembered this was coming out. Just pre-ordered the first volume, now due out in a month.
Re: Amazon Listing Found For Viz's Media Transformers Manga Collection (2051984)
Posted by Sabrblade on February 10th, 2020 @ 7:40pm CST
Two new updates.

First, Volume 2's listing now has cover art - https://www.amazon.com/dp/1974711773/

Second, there is now a new listing for Volume 3 that is said to contain the Victory manga, the single manga chapter of Zone, and the single manga chapter of The Battlestars. It is due for release on October 13, 2020 - https://www.amazon.com/dp/1974711781
Re: Amazon Listing Found For Viz's Media Transformers Manga Collection (2052093)
Posted by triKlops on February 12th, 2020 @ 9:09am CST
Just preordered Vol. 3; thanks for the link!
Re: Amazon Listing Found For Viz's Media Transformers Manga Collection (2052993)
Posted by Pepsimus Prime on February 20th, 2020 @ 10:36am CST
I Can't here about Transformers manga without thinking of Kiss Players.
Re: Amazon Listing Found For Viz's Media Transformers Manga Collection (2056266)
Posted by Seibertron on March 10th, 2020 @ 1:13pm CDT
Amazon.com has updated their listing of the upcoming Transformers: The Manga Volume 2 from Viz Media to include front and back covers. The new artwork is done in a comparable style to the artwork on Volume 1 (which also graced the full Japanese version from Million Publishing which came out in 2002). The featured characters include Black Zarak, Galvatron, Six Shot, Fortress (Cerebros), Overlord, Super Ginrai (Powermaster Optimus Prime ... well, not technically ...), and Chromedome. The artist is currently unknown. The book features English translations so now you can know what the Transformers are saying in all of those pretty pictures.

You can pre-order your copy of Viz Media's Transformers: The Manga Volume 2 now for $22.49 from Amazon.com. The book is currently scheduled to be released on May 12th, 2000. Transformers: The Manga Volume 1 is scheduled to be released tomorrow and can also be ordered through Amazon.com for $16.99 (which is a steal).




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Transformers: The Manga Volume 2

Product details

Series: Transformers: The Manga (Book 2)
Hardcover: 344 pages
Publisher: VIZ Media LLC (May 12, 2020)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1974711773
ISBN-13: 978-1974711772
UNSPSC Code: 55101500
Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 7.9 inches
Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds

Originally serialized in Japan’s TV Magazine, these classic stories from the Generation 1 era of Transformers are now available in English for the first time!

The Autobots and the Decepticons have been locked in a brutal civil war for eons, and now their battle has come to Earth! The Autobots seek peace and coexistence, while the Decepticons seek power and control. Earth and its populace are caught in the middle as these mighty factions go head-to-head. Transformers took the world by storm shortly after their debut, and these previously uncollected stories were a vital part of that takeover!

The interstellar conflict between the Autobots and the Decepticons has taken over Earth! The Autobots and their allies are desperate to protect their newfound home from the predations of the Decepticons, but will the bravery of the Autobots be enough to stem the tide?
Re: Amazon Listing Found For Viz's Media Transformers Manga Collection (2056334)
Posted by Seibertron on March 10th, 2020 @ 9:45pm CDT
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For many years, the Transformers G1 Manga from Japan eluded Transformers fans. It was once the stuff of much desire and wild speculation. Around October 2002, Million Publishing (currently known as Hero-X), publishers of the popular Transformers Generations series of books, released the first ever compilation of the Generation One manga alongside a Lucky Draw Black Tracks. The manga compilation was titled "Fight! Super Robot Lifeform Transformers: The Comics".

This amazing book came into my personal collection courtesy of a purchase I made at OTFCC 2003. Within its many pages were some of the most incredible artwork of the Autobots and Decepticons drawn in such a unique style for someone used to the styles of the Marvel Transformers comic books and the original Sunbow Transformers cartoons. I have enjoyed looking at the beautiful renditions of the Transformers characters who were drawn in a familiar manga or anime style by the very talented Ban Magami, yet very distinct from other popular artistic renderings to which most Hasbro-market Transformers fans are accustomed. 

However, as sensational as the images of our favorite "robots in disguise" were to my eyes and my imagination, I had no damn idea what the heck was happening in the book. Well, other than what was actually shown, and even then it was sometimes challenging to understand what I was looking at due to the small black and white artwork. Needless to say, as much as I enjoyed looking at the back initially, it has spent the better part of the last 16 or so years in storage alongside my original Marvel Transformers comics and my prized (embarrassingly) KISS Players Manga collection. 

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Fast forward to March 11th, 2020. This is the day that Transformers: The Manga Volume 1 from Viz Media will be released at book and comic book stores nationwide. Special thanks to Viz Media for providing a sample copy of this book to Seibertron.com for review purposes. What makes this version unique, is that Masumi Kaneda's stories would finally be translated to English at very long last. After so much time, the stories of the Transformers G1 manga would at last be known to Transformers fans outside of Japan. 

The book's presentation is top notch. It is a great addition to the collections of those who appreciate Transformers Generation 1 fiction in all of its forms, as well as the collections of those who collect Manga. As exhilarating as Magami's artwork can be to those of us who can't get enough of this style, the stories were slightly more juvenile than for which I was hoping (though highly suspected) after years of looking over these manga pages from the previous compilation. 

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However, I understand that this manga was intended for kids, as were the Marvel Transformers comics that have such a special place in my heart despite their many flaws. Despite the story's simplicity, I enjoyed the desired nostalgic rush as I plowed effortlessly through this book. Page after page, I sucked in as much eye candy as possible, which seemed to hit so many of the right spots, while finally being able to understand what was happening in the artwork which had been the stuff of wonder for so long.

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Surprisingly, Abby Lark's translations were pretty spot on. To be honest, I was expecting various flaws, misspellings, incorrect character names or factions or other problems that are unfortunately common with Transformers translations. However, that wasn't to be the case with this book. Lark seemed to know her Transformers very well. The subgroups and characters were all appropriately named and the translations were all sensical. There were few, if any, errors. I was pleasantly surprised by this and truly appreciated the amount of time and effort it took to get all of these things right. The translations used in this book for Convoy, Bumble, Metroflex, Cybertrons, Destrons, etc, are the more well-known American names such as Optimus Prime, Bumblebee, Metroplex, Autobots and Decepticons respectively. This might bother some fans but is perfectly acceptable to most. It will be interesting to see how the translations are handled in Volume 2's Masterforce manga for various characters like Super Ginrai versus Powermaster Optimus Prime. 

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The last 74 pages of the page are dedicated to bringing some additional artwork into an "Illustration Works" gallery for your viewing pleasure. Many images within this gallery include promotional images for various episodes of the Fight Super Robot Lifeform Transformers cartoon through 2010 and the Headmasters series. In addition to this promotional artwork, there are some very detailed drawings of the alt modes for some characters like Jazz, Starscream, Wheelie, Springer, Arcee, Blurr, Scourge, and others. It is a very nice addition that I don't think was available in the original Japanese compilation (at least, not at this printed size) if I recall correctly.

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While not as large as the original Japanese version from Million Publishing, it is only volume 1 out of 3 volumes. Volume 2 will be released later in May 2020 and should contain the remaining Headmasters stories along with the Masterforce. Volume 3 will be released later this year which will contain Victory, Zone, and Battle Star stories (Sidenote: who wants a Super Megatron toy after all of these years???). With a $24.99 cover price per book, it still costs less for all 3 volumes from Viz Media than the $80 I spent for the original Japanese compilation at OTFCC 2003 (not to mention inflation), which makes these books from Viz an absolute steal in my opinion, especially with the nice hard covers. 

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In addition to traditional brick-and-mortar stores, you'll be able to find Viz Media's Transformers: The Manga Volume 1 at various online outlets such as Amazon.com and the Seibertron Store. Transformers: The Manga Volume 2 through is currently available for pre-order through Amazon.com.

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Transformers: The Manga's long sought after story is written by Masumi Kaneda, brought to life with artwork by the very talented Ban Magami, and made readable for those of us who can't read Japanese courtesy of Abby Lark, whose translations were seamlessly lettered and retouched into the original artwork by Brandon Bovia.

I would recommend this book for those of you who enjoy a nostalgic tug from the past and for those of you who enjoy Transformers Generation 1 fiction. If you're a die-hard Michael Bay Transformers Movie buff or only like comics with "deeper" meaning like some of the Transformers comics from IDW, than this might not be for you. If you can enjoy some of the lighter Transformers content intended for kids or just like awesome pics of cool lookin' Japanese styled robots, than this book is absolutely for you.

As for my rating? Well, by Primus, I am extremely biased and enjoy every page. It was a lot of fun to read through this book. I give it a loud and proud 4.5 Rodimus stars out of 5!

:bigrodimusstar: :bigrodimusstar: :bigrodimusstar: :bigrodimusstar: :bigrodimusstarhalf:


So what are you waiting for? Go get your copy today! In the meantime, join our discussion on our forums to further discuss Transformers: The Manga Volume 1!

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Re: Amazon Listing Found For Viz's Media Transformers Manga Collection (2056340)
Posted by Sabrblade on March 10th, 2020 @ 10:17pm CDT
Gotta admit, from the looks of those pages, the official translation sure does look more refined than the old fan translation on TFArchive.

Looking forward to picking this up as well as Volume 2 and Volume 3.
Re: Amazon Listing Found For Viz's Media Transformers Manga Collection (2056343)
Posted by Seibertron on March 10th, 2020 @ 10:33pm CDT
Sabrblade wrote:Gotta admit, from the looks of those pages, the official translation sure does look more refined than the old fan translation on TFArchive.

Looking forward to picking this up as well as Volume 2 and Volume 3.


Do we know if there will be a volume 3? I had presumed that the remaining G1 content would be in book 2 but it's been a while since I looked at my original compilation so I can't be certain how much content remains.
Re: Amazon Listing Found For Viz's Media Transformers Manga Collection (2056345)
Posted by Sabrblade on March 10th, 2020 @ 10:37pm CDT
Seibertron wrote:
Sabrblade wrote:Gotta admit, from the looks of those pages, the official translation sure does look more refined than the old fan translation on TFArchive.

Looking forward to picking this up as well as Volume 2 and Volume 3.


Do we know if there will be a volume 3? I had presumed that the remaining G1 content would be in book 2 but it's been a while since I looked at my original compilation so I can't be certain how much content remains.
Yes. I posted an Amazon link to it previously. Volume 2 contains The Headmasters, the Headmasters one-shot, and Masterforce, while Volume 3 has Victory, the Zone one-shot, and the Battlestars one-shot.
Re: Amazon Listing Found For Viz's Media Transformers Manga Collection (2056353)
Posted by Seibertron on March 10th, 2020 @ 11:24pm CDT
Sabrblade wrote:Yes. I posted an Amazon link to it previously. Volume 2 contains The Headmasters, the Headmasters one-shot, and Masterforce, while Volume 3 has Victory, the Zone one-shot, and the Battlestars one-shot.


Thanks for the info, Sabrblade. I updated the news story to have the correct info about Volume 2 and 3. :)
Re: Amazon Listing Found For Viz's Media Transformers Manga Collection (2056360)
Posted by BW Megatron on March 11th, 2020 @ 7:32am CDT
Now will this book work in traditional manga form, where you read back to front?
Re: Amazon Listing Found For Viz's Media Transformers Manga Collection (2056362)
Posted by It Is Him on March 11th, 2020 @ 7:59am CDT
Great review. These stories definitely spark joy, and remind me why I’m such a big Transformers fan in the first place. I read a few chapters last night, and I’m looking forward to reading more tonight. Highly recommended.

BW Megatron wrote:Now will this book work in traditional manga form, where you read back to front?


Yes

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