Petit Comic October issue and summary updates

Hello! My Amazon Japan order arrived today with the October issue of Petit Comic magazine, yay! The magazine was just released on September 8th in Japan, so Amazon Japan shipping is very quick. 🙂 I posted a few pics of Totsuzen Desu ga, Ashita Kekkon Shimasu – Chapter 18 to go along with the summary that trans provided.

Petit Comic October 2015

Cute cover of Nana Ryuu and Asuka

I’ll work on the summaries for the other manga series soon, starting with Zettai Toudo. Please check the Recent Summary Updates section on the right side of the page to see the most current updates. I’m also going to start summarizing two manga from Ane Kei Petit Comic… Mephistopheles wa Dare? and Futsutsukamono Desu ga. Ane Kei Petit Comic is released every other month, so I won’t be posting summaries for them as frequently.

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Monthly summaries of Petit Comic magazine

It’s here! 🙂 My order that included the September issue of Petit Comic arrived today, yay! I placed the order last Friday on Amazon Japan and it arrived in three business days… that is so fast. 🙂 I love Petit Comic and follow a lot of the current series in the magazine.

Petit Comic magazine - September 2015

Petit Comic magazine – September 2015

Before Mangalator went down, I was translating five series from Petit Comic: Totsuzen Desu ga, Ashita Kekkon Shimasu; Zettai Toudo, Koi ni Tsuite Hanasou ka; Midara na Nettaigyo; and Onegai, Sore o Yamenai de. I decided to post monthly summaries of the five series, along with a few pictures, for anyone who is interested in keeping up with them.

Please go to the Summaries page to find information on the current list of manga summaries. The main Summaries page will be the launching point for all the individual series. Since I’ll be adding chapter summaries randomly throughout the month, I won’t post every time a new summary is loaded… so please stop by occasionally to check on any updates.

Edited: I added a section on the right to show recent summary updates at a glance with links to the appropriate summary page. 🙂

Are Monthly Manga Magazines Worth Buying?

I have a love-hate relationship with manga magazines, so I end up purchasing them off and on throughout the year. If I lived in Japan, the answer to my main question above would be an easy, “yes”, since the magazines are so cheap for the number of monthly serialized manga chapters you get (usually around $4 – $5 for 600+ pages). Even though I end up buying the tankoubon for a lot of mangas, I still enjoy reading them first in the monthly magazines. However, because most manga magazines are the size of a Yellow Pages phone book for a large city, the cost for shipping them outside of Japan is pricey, adding about $8 – $10 per magazine.

It would be ideal if all manga magazines were available in digital versions, but unfortunately, there are still many popular shoujo and josei magazines that are only available in paper copies, mainly the Shogakukan ones like Petit Comic, Cheese!, BetsuComi, and Sho-Comi… come on Shogakukan, please jump on the digital magazine bandwagon! Hopefully they will eventually follow other companies, like Kodansha, which began offering digital versions of their magazines earlier this year.

Fortunately, the recent chapters of most of the current serialized shoujo and josei manga can be found at Mangalator, and the chapters are translated into a variety of languages by plenty of hard-working translators, including me. 😉

So, I’m back to my dilemma about buying manga magazines that are not available digitally… there are two that are in my CD Japan shopping cart, both featuring my favorite mangaka, Yamada Komomo, on the cover!  I will probably end up buying just one (Petit Comic Zoukan issue), since a lot of the manga chapters from Petit Comic are eventually posted on Mangalator, yay!

Petit Comic magazines

Which magazine should I buy? Petit Comic Zoukan or Petit Comic?