Longtime manga publishers Viz
are moving to complete first-ever North American release of the Japanese G1 manga with Transformers: The Manga Volume 3
, which is now up for preorder on Amazon
for an SRP of $24.99. As with the previous two volumes the contents are by Ban Magami and Masumi Kaneda,
and this final volume will bring us from Transformers: Victory
, all the way to the endpoint of Japanese G1, Battlestars.
Pictured is the Japanese release of Volume 1, which has been the stock photo used for this series up to now. The description from Amazon:
The final volume of Transformers: The Manga is here! This deluxe volume collects three classic story arcs from Masumi Kaneda and Ban Magami along with a beautiful art gallery of rare illustrations. "Victory" is the tale of the legendary battle between Star Saber and Deathsaurus. In "Zone," the Nine Great Generals go into battle against the Autobots and Star Saber. And in "The Battlestars," Super Megatron attempts to feed on planet Earth, but a certain transformed Autobot hero rises to protect us all. These stories cannot be missed!
From Amazon, the author bios:
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 Megami: 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.
As we may have said before, this is one of those things that we honestly never thought we'd see released in English. This volume in particular will become the only official English representation of Battlestars,
the very short-lived final installment in the original Japanese Transformers storyline. Whether the TV Magazine
story pages where the majority of Zone
actually happened remains to be seen. It would've seemed unreasonable to even ask years ago, but here we are on the verge of getting all the manga! So who knows?