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Friday, March 11, 2011

About Pokemon Special BW numbering

I'm getting sick of people not being able to do simple arithmetic, so let's end this once and for all.

The problem with Pokemon Special's magazine serialization is that it jumps around a lot. Not just between the magazines, but within the magazines too. The first two published chapters, which were in the same issue, weren't even continuous. Just because it's the third published chapter doesn't make it the third actual chapter.

To put it in simple terms, just because x > 2, doesn't make x = 3. Okay?

The point of me calling each chapter "chapter 1" or "chapter 2" is just for me, Manga-Updates and others to keep track of how many chapters I have released. It's pointless for me to use the order at which the chapters were published, because then more people would just ask me for the missing chapters, like what's happening with Mudazumo, and it's really a meaningless number. Even the numbers that I use are more consecutive than the publishing order.

No one really knows what the actual chapter numbers are, except for the authors, publisher, and maybe Viz. There's 10 or so chapters published so far, and it still isn't connecting. When we finally figure the numbers out, I'll post an exchange table and request changes with M-U. I'll also redo ch 1-4 with the official English names for the Pokemon species, locations, etc. (probably not names).

You want the other chapters? Donate at least US$40 for each issue (or shipment, if I buy them together), because international shipping with Amazon Japan, which is the only place that could possibly have the issues, costs at least 3000 JPY. Or get someone in Japan to scan the issues for me.

On a somewhat related note, I thought that the earthquake would make the yen fall (so I can import for less US dollars), but in the end, it reached a new peak: 81.89 JPY to US$1. Fucking speculators.

You can probably see why the shows that I'm looking most forward to next season are [C] and Moshidora, which airs in a few days.


  1. I've been trying to explain this to people for ages now...

  2. Try as much as possible to buy multiple items at once to mitigate the cost of the 3000 yen shipping from Int'l shipping.

  3. The thing is that I usually don't buy from there. I suppose I could buy all 5 issues every two month at the cost of about 8000 yen, but that's still expensive and creates a bottleneck.

  4. Hi,
    Just wondering if you know someone in New York City. There's a Japanese bookstore called Kinokuniya that sells all things Japanese, from magazines to manga magazines (I don't know what they're called and I can't read Japanese)
    From what I see the selection is really current and up to date.
    They don't sell online though.
    I buy Japanese fashion magazines from there and it's cheaper than buying from and faster than waiting for Amazon Japan ($15/issue instead of $30-40+ per issue).

  5. I do consider Kinokuniya, and physically go there once in a while to pick up some volumes. However, I know that at least the one I'm close to doesn't have the magazines.

    They do sell Young Ace and other magazines I want (Comic @Bunch for one) at a cheaper price, though. I'm considering switching to them or JList for Young Ace.