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NEWS: Lain's ABe Self-Publishes Manga on iTunes in 20 Nations


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melonbread



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PostPosted: Fri Aug 15, 2008 2:42 pm Reply with quote
Yoshitoshi ABe = GENIUS
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kokuryu



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PostPosted: Fri Aug 15, 2008 3:25 pm Reply with quote
Can you view it without an iPod touch or iPhone? I only have a 3rd gen Nano...
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Grico



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PostPosted: Fri Aug 15, 2008 4:40 pm Reply with quote
I hope I can just view this in itunes, cause its must-buy if aBe wrote it.
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Grico



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PostPosted: Fri Aug 15, 2008 4:51 pm Reply with quote
Well i bought it... and have no idea how to view it. With no iphone i will be sad if there is no way to actually see this.
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 15, 2008 4:52 pm Reply with quote
anybody know if this will be published in the US?
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Hannish Lightning



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PostPosted: Fri Aug 15, 2008 5:08 pm Reply with quote
jg00neg wrote:
anybody know if this will be published in the US?


Read the article. And man I wish I had an Ipod I love ABe's work.
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kokuryu



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PostPosted: Fri Aug 15, 2008 5:29 pm Reply with quote
Grrr, actually need an iPhone or iPod Touch to view it... That bites...

I would like to see something that can be used with either the Sony eBook Reader or the Kindle...
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jg00neg



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PostPosted: Fri Aug 15, 2008 6:06 pm Reply with quote
Hannish Lightning wrote:
jg00neg wrote:
anybody know if this will be published in the US?


Read the article. And man I wish I had an Ipod I love ABe's work.


From the article: has self-published his own dōjinshi manga this week in Apple's iTunes App Store in 20 countries, including the United States and Canada

That's all that is mentioned, I just took that as it would only be published online via itunes. The artilce doesn't state it will be PUBLISHED in the states only that it will be available on the itunes site. I read the article.
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Mevious



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PostPosted: Fri Aug 15, 2008 6:58 pm Reply with quote
jg00neg wrote:
The artilce doesn't state it will be PUBLISHED in the states only that it will be available on the itunes site. I read the article.


It's a doujinshi - a self-published work, which is very rarely (if ever?) published outside of Japan. Most major companies don't license them.

If there's a way to view this in the iTunes software, or as a picture file, I'll certainly purchase this. I admire the creativity that ABe puts into his works.
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Kyogissun



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PostPosted: Fri Aug 15, 2008 8:13 pm Reply with quote
Sorry people, it's an apps store program. =/

Strictly iPhone and Touch as far as I know...

But, you regular iPod users have Song Summoner, can't be THAT bad that you're missing out...

But seriously, it's a little bit of a below average translation job. Regardless, I'll probably get it, being it's only 5 bucks.
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musashi1600



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PostPosted: Fri Aug 15, 2008 8:39 pm Reply with quote
Considering how much ABe loves Apple, I have to admit this is probably him killing two birds with one stone: Satisfying the hunger of his fans abroad while simultaneously forcing them to support his favorite electronics company. Laughing
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halo



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PostPosted: Fri Aug 15, 2008 8:49 pm Reply with quote
Hmmm... iPod exclusive manga, PS3 exclusive anime. So what happens when fans run out of money buying devices and don't have money to buy content?
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Kyogissun



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PostPosted: Fri Aug 15, 2008 8:57 pm Reply with quote
halo wrote:
Hmmm... iPod exclusive manga, PS3 exclusive anime. So what happens when fans run out of money buying devices and don't have money to buy content?


They get a new hobby? ._.;;

I mean anime is KINDA on par with golf... I mean, some of you must think that, right?
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Grico



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PostPosted: Fri Aug 15, 2008 10:30 pm Reply with quote
Well with no iphone or ipod i guess my 5 bucks was just a straight donation to aBe. Sigh, i wanted to read that.
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Neko-sensei



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PostPosted: Fri Aug 15, 2008 11:14 pm Reply with quote
I'm a huge ABe fan and I really enjoyed this piece (even though I'm not big on the official translation, which is rather leaden). It's more in the "NieA_7" vein than anything else, although there's a bit of nicely whimsical magical realism. If you've got the equipment, buy it.

This is, by the way, a brilliant use of modern technology. It's great to see ABe in the news again; hopefully we'll get more of him in the near future, and more independent artists trying this sort of thing.
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