It's not the same thing, though. The MBRs were sold like magazines, not books, and they were cheaper as well. It was also a temporary deal, and I don't think you can find them at retail anymore. That's why the covers were drowned in text and ads, just like YA's covers always are (not that I can complain about those iPod ads myself anyway ). If Berserk were to get a real "premium edition" I'd expect something a lot classier.Walter said:It could be a LOT worse, dude. You should see the Berserk supersized covers. My god, it even has an iPod ad on it.
Prices might be higher than what Amazon.com lists.San Francisco, CA, January 3, 2008 — VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), one of the entertainment industry's most innovative and comprehensive publishing, animation and licensing companies, brings a new perspective to the manga marketplace with the launch of a new imprint called VIZBIG Edition. The new imprint will release omnibus editions of top-selling manga series in a larger 5-3/4 x 8-5/8 size (larger than the standard 5 x 7-1/2 manga) with special premium presentations including new cover art.
RUROUNI KENSHIN will be the first series to receive the VIZBIG Edition treatment this month, with DRAGON BALL and DRAGON BALL Z set for May release and Takehiko Inoue's VAGABOND will follow in Fall of 2008. These VIZBIG Edition titles have an anticipated initial cover price of $17.99 and will be released quarterly. Several other titles are also presently being considered for future VIZBIG Edition publication.
Each debut VIZBIG Edition will contain the first three volumes of the original graphic novel series presented with larger trim size, bonus color pages and added content such as author interviews, updated text and character art. The new editions serve as ideal comprehensive introductions for new readers to some of manga’s best-known titles, and a great way for seasoned fans to see their favorite titles in a new perspective.
It's only a matter of time until it does. Maybe they're waiting for the series to be closer to its end.Mushi said:Now that's what I'm talking about, those kinds of upgrades definitely make it worth checking out... and makes me wish for Berserk to receive this kind of treatment all the more.
That's true, though I think a bit much to worry about (he also planned it to be in Japanese =). You can always stop after finishing a volume's worth, or mentally note, "I'm switching volumes now, just as Inoue intended." ^_^Walter said:My issue with the VIZBIG editions are that Inoue planned his volumes out so that on most occasions, the story reaches some kind of climax by the end of each volume. This is evident even up to the current releases. So it seems that Inoue was very conscious of the way his volumes would be read and digested by the readers. Cramming three into one issue just seems to be violating that planning, to me.
That's true, 13, 14, and 15 would be packed together at this rate, and even more awkward for those in the know, 19, 20, and 21. I totally share that sentiment, it was great as originally presented, though there is that one mitigating factor, the Kohei min-arc. If you can disregard that, and really, it's not easy considering some it's own haunting allusions, I think you can get past the Kojiro arc starting in the same book. Still, there's no arguing the way to go is the volumes. My biggest complaint with Vagabig is similar, but simpler... it's just too big. The size of the regular volumes is most comfortable for reading.Walter said:Just an example to prove illustrate my perspective: At the end of vol 13 (disregarding the flashback stuff with Tsujikaze Kohei), there's a really brilliant and haunting allusion to Kojiro, and for me that suspense was only built further because of the distance between the releases of volumes 13-14. Had Viz planned the VIZBIG editions to span that far, wouldn't they put these two volumes within pages of each other?