The translation of the Kamen Rider Kuuga manga differs from the initial preview, according to a statement from StoneBot Comics

By Sonu | Jan 27, 2023 | 3 Min Read follow icon Follow Us

On Thursday, StoneBot Comics, the publisher of the Kamen Rider Kuuga manga by Shotaro Ishinomori, Toshiki Inoue, and Hitotsu Yokoshima, issued a statement on Twitter discussing the discrepancies between the preview pages from the first two volumes from April 2022 and the finished product. For the manga release, Titan Manga, a new imprint of Titan Comics, was a partner, according to StoneBot Comics. It created promotional pages for distributors and social media through its Argentinian sibling firm OVNI Press for preproduction in early 2022. By mimicking the Argentinian release’s aesthetic, OVNI translated the promotional pages from Japanese to English. In order to “make the book look more similar to contemporary manga localizations,” StoneBot Comics chose to use a different approach with the actual English release. In order to “provide an edition the fans can be delighted with,” the corporation and Titan Comics will cooperate, according to the statement. The translation of the Kamen Rider Kuuga manga differs from the initial preview, according to a statement from StoneBot Comics

ANN was made aware that the preview pages for Kamen Rider Kuuga provided by Titan Manga did not accurately represent the final product and were different from it. ANN contacted Titan Manga, which responded with the following statement:

We wanted to address a few issues brought up and provide clarification in response to online fan conversation surrounding the recent manga releases of Kamen Rider Kuuga Volumes 1 and 2. The fans’ alerting us to this is much appreciated.

We wanted to release the artwork for the audience as soon as possible, therefore we translated early draught pages (three pages for Volume 1 and four pages for Volume 2) in April 2022 for marketing purposes. On the internet, these might still be available. Two highly regarded translators in the field actually translated the books for the printed editions (which were approved by Titan and the licensors). The English-speaking public will soon be able to enjoy a beloved series known as Kamen Rider Kuuga, and we appreciate the feedback from the fans.

In April 2022, Titan Manga acquired the manga’s license and released a preview of Kamen Rider Kuuga and Osamu Tezuka’s, Tetsuro Kasahara’s, and Masami Yuuki’s ATOM: The Beginning manga.

The first volume of Kamen Rider Kuuga was released by Titan Manga on November 8 and the second volume on January 10. By announcing the director’s cut version of Takashi Okazaki’s 1999 seinen manga Afro Samurai would be released on July 26 in March 2022, Titan Comics officially debuted its new Titan Manga imprint.

Kamen Rider Kuuga is described by Penguin Random House as:

Known for focusing on the first Kamen Rider hero of the Heisei Era, Kamen Rider Kuuga is a manga adaptation of the well-known Japanese TV drama series of the same name (the beginning of the 21st century). Beyond the limitations of a typical adaptation, this manga redefines its hero for contemporary audiences, expanding its universe and tying it to previous iterations of the bug-eyed hero in a way that is totally accessible to new readers who have never read a Kamen Rider story before. If someone wants to understand why Kamen Rider is so adored by people all around the world, here is the ideal place to start.

In November 2014, the third manga by artist Hitotsu Yokoshima based on the live-action Kamen Rider Kuuga television series was published in Hero’s Inc.’s Monthly Hero’s magazine. The manga’s scripts are written by Toshiki Inoue, one of the authors of the live-action series, while the series is planned by producer Shinichiro Shirakura (Gekijban Kamen Rider 555: Paradise Lost).

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As of October 2020, when Monthly Hero ceased publication, the manga was transferred to the Comiplex website. On September 29, the 20th volume of the series’ compilation books arrived in Japan. StoneBot Studios would be releasing the manga in English, it was revealed during the “Kamen Rider 50th Anniversary and Beyond” panel at the Comic-Con Special Edition event in November.

From 2000 to 2001, Kamen Rider Kuuga aired on television. After Shotaro Ishinomori, the series’ originator, passed away, it was Toei’s first new Kamen Rider production. It also marked the start of the Kamen Rider franchise’s Heisei era. Shout! The show may be watched online on Factory TV.

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