K-ON!! Manga Indonesian Version Review! [Elex]

Few weeks ago, I got a news from a friend that Elex (Indonesian Publishing Company) will release K-ON manga in Indonesia. Thus this week I got information that it got published and sold already in Jakarta. Thought I jut give it one or two days until today, I bought this cute little evil doppelganger from Moe Hell (Burning Hell lol)

Front View:
Side by side with the original from Japan.

Back View:
Again, side by side with the original from Japan.

As you can see, it's VERY SMALL. Compared to other manga released in Indonesia, it's smaller (and much more thinner than other.)

Side View:
On top the original from Japan. Look at the Azunyan sticker too =D

But again, there's HUGE difference in the price per book, so cut must be made here and there. The Indonesian version is about 15.000 IDR (About 145¥) compared to the original for 819¥ (About 92.000 IDR).

The translation however, keeps some interesting part behind. Like "doki doki" or "NEET".

Here's the comparison of the inside:
Left is Indonesian, right is Japanese

Too bad they leave out the colored page. It looks so beautiful. =( Other manga, such as The Bodyguard (Kage kara Mamoru) or Zero no Tsukaima retains their 3 colored pages. Why not K-ON? I sense conspiracy! Or perhaps budget cut.

To finish it off, it's good enough for K-ON fans (or perhaps the only way, other than importing the Japanese version. Not recommended though. Importing is serious business.) And for K-ON haters, you can buy a copy and burn it in your room, and I hope it'll burn your room too in the process. What's better than flaming a manga online looking like retards than getting REAL flame in your own room? (Literally speaking)

Bad joke and community splitting comments aside, Indonesian fans should go outside (yes you Hikki, go out!) and buy the manga preferably from Gramedia book store, considering more people got exposure from Animax airing and lots of fan-based groups or sites available online, I know there are fans out there. (And haters. The world is always balanced. Yin Yang, baby.)

Oh I also heard in USA it'll be released in August or September this year. I always wonder what American version of manga looks like.

Last picture for you Mio-lover:
Left is smaller Mio. Right is larger Mio. Both are beautiful, but I love my Azunyan.

けいおん だーい 好き!

No I do not get paid for advertising Elex Media Komputindo releases. All above picture are taken by my camera. The sticker image is taken from an almost-ero picture so I can't give a link.


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"Oh I also heard in USA it'll be released in August or September this year. I always wonder what American version of manga looks like."

... such pretty photographs... I am so jealous XD

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didn't know bout this till nao. Nice info, *beri cendol* XP

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Indonesia is quite fast in releasing manga today. Just look at Hayate no Gotoku. I'm sorry to hear the missing of colored page :D

Mio becomes smaller? Azunyan more lol

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I just finished reading the US version of volume 1, and it was really high-quality. All color pages are kept in color, and there are color pages for every single chapter (25 color pages total). It's the same trim size as the JP version, it has extensive translation notes in the back, and the translation is very good and natural. I was very impressed by it, right down to little things like spending more time on the logo (see, compare it to the Indonesian logo): http://www.yenpress.com/k-on/

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