Viz Media's Transformers: The Manga Volume 3 Out Now

Viz Media's Transformers: The Manga Volume 3 Out Now

Tuesday, October 13th, 2020 4:30pm CDT

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Greetings Seibertronians! Fellow Seibertron user, Sabrblade, has let us know that Volume 3 in Viz Media's Transformers: The Manga series is now available to purchase from Amazon!

Transformers News: Viz Media's Transformers: The Manga Volume 3 Out Now

Transformers News: Viz Media's Transformers: The Manga Volume 3 Out Now

This compilation contains manga stories from the Transformers: Victory, Transformers: Zone and Transformers The Battlestars: Return of Convoy, portions of Japanese Generation 1.

Here is the description from the Amazon listing

Viz Media wrote: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 final volume of Transformers: The Manga is here! This deluxe volume collects three classic stories and a beautiful art gallery. “Victory” is the tale of the legendary battle between Starsaber and Deszaras. In “Zone,” the Nine Great Generals run wild. And in “The Battle Stars,” Super Megatron attempts to feed on planet Earth, but Optimus Prime stands in his way!

About the Author

Masumi Kaneda: Born in Tokyo in 1958. Representative of KND Limited. He works as a writer, planner and organizer of publishing and broadcasting for licensed character media. The original writer for the G1 series Transformers comic, and writer of the Japanese Toei Transformers anime, and supervised production of the Japanese version of The Transformers: The Movie. Writer of Transformers TV Magazine specials and all related book media. From Super-God Masterforce to Transformers Zone, he and Ban Magami did the character designs. He created all non-toy creatures and original characters for Masterforce.

Ban Magami: Born in Kanagawa in 1957. As the apprentice of manga artist Leiji Matsumoto, he worked as an assistant on “Planetary Robot Danguard Ace,” “Galaxy Express 999” and other works. In 1985, he debuted “Fight! Super Robot Life-form Transformers” and he handled all of the serialization after that as well. He worked on the Kodansha Aoi Tori chapter book “The Secret of Tutankhamen,” the Studio DNA anthology based on the Playstation game “Space Battleship Yamato: The Far-Off Star of Iskandal,” the Heibonsha book “Engineer Story: The Power of Higher Education to Open the Door to the Future” and many other books.



Want the first two volumes? Check these links!

Volume 1.

Volume 2.

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Re: Viz Media's Transformers: The Manga Volume 3 Out Now (2083735)
Posted by o.supreme on October 13th, 2020 @ 4:52pm CDT
I purchased the first two, and #3 should hopefully be delivered tomorrow. The others were nice fillers to series I've already seen , but it is this 3rd volume I've been anticipating the most. I'm just a little disappointed Operation Combination was not included.
Re: Viz Media's Transformers: The Manga Volume 3 Out Now (2083736)
Posted by Sabrblade on October 13th, 2020 @ 4:59pm CDT
o.supreme wrote:I purchased the first two, and #3 should hopefully be delivered tomorrow. The others were nice fillers to series I've already seen , but it is this 3rd volume I've been anticipating the most. I'm just a little disappointed Operation Combination was not included.
Surprisingly, the story pages for Zone, Battlestars, and Operation Combination are all included in this volume, but only the artwork without any of the toy catalog parts.

Though, the inclusion of the story pages in this volume makes me wish that they had done the same with the previous volumes. FSRLTF, 2010, The Headmasters, and Masterforce all had story pages too, and some of which aren't even available to find online (particularly those for The Headmasters, Masterforce, and even Victory).
Re: Viz Media's Transformers: The Manga Volume 3 Out Now (2083737)
Posted by o.supreme on October 13th, 2020 @ 5:10pm CDT
ok cool, that's good to know, even though they are only story pages, I'm glad they were all included.

It would have been nice to get the story pages for the older series as well, not sure why they were left out, maybe Viz thought they were redundant since those series had actual Manga stories? How different are the content of the story pages for FSRLTF, 2010, The Headmasters, and Masterforce vs Their respective Manga ?

Anyway, this is my chance to, in my head cannon, finally see how the original series ends. It may be no more satisfying than Rebirth (it may n fact be less so...), but at least it went on longer ;) .

Also, does anyone ever wonder what sort of weird alternate reality would exist if DIC had picked up the animation license for Transformers as well as GI Joe? I mean, 1989 was pretty much just Micromasters, and 1990 was Action Masters, but one would think/hope that Hasbro would have come up with different/better concepts with animation to support it (even as bad as DIC was in the early 90's heh...) perhaps even just importing some of the Japanese characters.
Re: Viz Media's Transformers: The Manga Volume 3 Out Now (2083739)
Posted by Sabrblade on October 13th, 2020 @ 5:32pm CDT
o.supreme wrote:ok cool, that's good to know, even though they are only story pages, I'm glad they were all included.

It would have been nice to get the story pages for the older series as well, not sure why they were left out, maybe Viz thought they were redundant since those series had actual Manga stories? How different are the content of the story pages for FSRLTF, 2010, The Headmasters, and Masterforce vs Their respective Manga ?
The story pages for FSRLTF were individual small stories that did their own thing at first, but then eventually decided to build up to and tie into Scramble City by featuring small stories about Metroplex, Trypticon, Ultra Magnus, and toy-colors Galvatron.

The story pages for 2010 were likewise small stories, much of which devoted their time to retelling events from TFTM to get the Japanese kids up to speed on things since the movie didn't see release in Japan until 1989.

Not much is known here in the Western World about the story pages for The Headmasters, Masterforce, and Victory, but it is presumable that they too were small stories.

o.supreme wrote:Anyway, this is my chance to, in my head cannon, finally see how the original series ends. It may be no more satisfying than Rebirth (it may n fact be less so...), but at least it went on longer ;) .
Generation 2's story pages have a more finite conclusion, ending with a one-on-one fight between Optimus and Megatron.

But then of course, 2000s fiction produced by e-HOBBY, the Legends manga, and now the current Selects manga have all continued the Japanese G1 story into years as late as 2050.
Re: Viz Media's Transformers: The Manga Volume 3 Out Now (2083773)
Posted by xxaMaxx on October 13th, 2020 @ 11:27pm CDT
Sabrblade wrote:
o.supreme wrote:ok cool, that's good to know, even though they are only story pages, I'm glad they were all included.

It would have been nice to get the story pages for the older series as well, not sure why they were left out, maybe Viz thought they were redundant since those series had actual Manga stories? How different are the content of the story pages for FSRLTF, 2010, The Headmasters, and Masterforce vs Their respective Manga ?
The story pages for FSRLTF were individual small stories that did their own thing at first, but then eventually decided to build up to and tie into Scramble City by featuring small stories about Metroplex, Trypticon, Ultra Magnus, and toy-colors Galvatron.

The story pages for 2010 were likewise small stories, much of which devoted their time to retelling events from TFTM to get the Japanese kids up to speed on things since the movie didn't see release in Japan until 1989.

Not much is known here in the Western World about the story pages for The Headmasters, Masterforce, and Victory, but it is presumable that they too were small stories.

o.supreme wrote:Anyway, this is my chance to, in my head cannon, finally see how the original series ends. It may be no more satisfying than Rebirth (it may n fact be less so...), but at least it went on longer ;) .
Generation 2's story pages have a more finite conclusion, ending with a one-on-one fight between Optimus and Megatron.

But then of course, 2000s fiction produced by e-HOBBY, the Legends manga, and now the current Selects manga have all continued the Japanese G1 story into years as late as 2050.


Has there been any word on the e-Hobby, Legends manga, etc., being translated/collected and printed?

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