My 2 Cents on Newtype USA —————————————-
Upon reading this Septermber issue of Newtype Japan I bought from my local Japanese Bookstore Kinokuniya I’ve noticed the price differences compared to the soon to be released USA version. First of all this might sound stupid, but the Japanese version is 550 yen which is $7.80 (I think) in U.S. The U.S. version is $9.95, I guess the only things why anybody would prefer the USA version is, because it’s in English and is available for subscription, other than that I think all the inserts and stuff are the same.
Note: I do know it costs ADV a lot of money to bring Newtype to the states so I can understand why they charge a little more than the Japanese price. I’m just happy it isn’t $12.95 but $9.95 after the price drop.
Now comes to the decision, should I buy the Japanese version? or buy the USA version? or maybe even subscribe to it. Well that’s your decision, to clear it up for you, really I think the Japanese version is good enough for me. I read it, although not every word, but most likely I hope I won’t miss much hehe. Newtype has a lot of pictures too so it isn’t all about reading, the only times you might want to read is the new titles that will be coming out such as “Kiddy Grade” in the September issue which is my cup of tea, because its a GONZO work :P (Gotta love em) and “Gundam SEED”, the newest Gundam and probably the best looking Gundam yet (Strike Gundam all the way!!). Of course there are a lot more news inside this 250+ pages of Anime goods. Such as postcards, posters, in my issue, it came with a Newtype Heroines 161 booklet. Guess what that’s about. The heroines of the latest anime of course. Aoi-chan and the “Ai Yori Aoshi” gang is on the cover. A lot of details are included in that little booklet, such as another poster of Mahoro and Mizawa of “Mahoromatic.” I even found out Sister Princess is having second run (that’s cool). I can go on and on about the benefits of having a Newtype magazine, but I’ll stop now.
Main Idea of this Rant?! - Uh…, the main idea of this rant is to compare and contrast between the two versions of Newtype. The main comparisons of the two versions are, Language, Price and the ability to subscribe to the USA version. Not saying subscription is not available for the Japanese version, but that’s for Japan only I think.
Closing Statement(s) - I love GONZO, I love Newtype, both USA and Japan versions, and I’m looking forward to all the titles I’ve listed above. I’d also like to say how fun it is to just type out what I feel in this anime world for you (the readers) to read. I won’t say this Rant-ON has helped out much, but it kind of gives you an idea of what I think. And who cares what I think. *Laughs* Good luck in making your own decision on whether to buy the USA version or Japan version.