My Fantasy for Kodansha Comic’s Release of Genshiken Nidaime

My Fantasy for Kodansha Comic’s Release of Genshiken Nidaime

Genshiken Nidaime TankoubonI had been told well in advance of the news officially breaking that Kodansha Comics had licensed Genshiken Nidaime (which they are calling “Genshiken: Second Season” and then resetting the volume numbering system to “1” rather than calling it as it is; “Genshiken Volume 10.”  I just didn’t get around to saying anything, mainly because about the time I was going to write something, the news about Negima! coming to an end hit the street and that flushed everything else. ^_^;

Regardless, I recently reviewed the tankoubon version of volume 10 of Genshiken, where I applauded the inclusion of color pages in the tankoubon release. This is where my fantasy comes in — I want the color pages included IN COLOR in the U.S. release!

Yeah, yeah, I know.  The odds of this are nearly nill.  However, they shouldn’t be.

While I bust Dark Horse’s chops over putting out release dates for a manga, then continually delaying the release of said manga for as much as two years or more, they do have something I have fully approved of — color page inclusion.  For those who’ve been collecting the CLAMP omnibus collections from Dark Horse (Magic Knight Rayearth, Cardcaptor Sakura, Chobits, etc.), Dark Horse has included a lot of color pages and art. Even in their early re-release of Oh My Goddess (Ah! My Goddess), they included the original color manga pages where applicable.

So, it isn’t as if Kodansha Comics couldn’t include this.  I know it adds to the costs, but I’d shell out a little extra to get them, even if it were as a “limited edition” version.  Its a value-add to me, and I suspect that it would be for most fans.  I could be wrong though (I’d love to hear opinions on the subject).

Either way, I do plan to buy the American version, though I do worry about quality control issues. Here’s hoping that the U.S. release is a good one.

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2 Responses to “My Fantasy for Kodansha Comic’s Release of Genshiken Nidaime”

  1. Anonymous says:

    As much as I’d like for Kodansha to work on the quality side of things, I can’t really picture it. Hits like Fairytail didn’t receive any color pages or “limited editions”( though that would’ve been awesome) Sailor Moon’s release was okay to me, but I feel Kodansha cheaped out when it came to being” 100% faithful to the original”

    I must say that I envy France because they include dust jackets( like the original Japanese releases) and most of the time have color pages in their releases!):

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