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The Official "Metroid Prime: Episode of Aether" Updates

Postby CapCom » 02.14.11 9:12am

This thread is for discussions about Episode of Aether!

http://metroid-database.com/manga/listing.php?vid=22

First thing I want to note is the manga is only seven issues long. I've got physical copies of chapters 1, 3, 4, and 5, and we have chapter 2 in fairly high-res on the site (it's actually readable). I also managed to locate chapter 6, but am still waiting for this one in the mail (could be another month or two).

Anyway, I think the manga is a little over-the-top, but the art is good. There's some plot holes I pointed out. This is how Samus deals with hostage situations.

The other thing is the manga is chock-full of ads. You only see one 'cuz this is the premier issue, but later ones are FULL of them! Instead of keeping Bom Bom's old crappy ads, we're going to replace them all with custom ads based on Metroid! There's an example of this towards the end of the chapter. More details later, but I want our readers to participate too!

Now the bad news... Well, we don't know when Chapter 7 will show up for auction, that's the first bad news. The second, well, after reading through Chapters 1-5, it is immediately clear that the author probably never finished it. Episode of Aether seems planned as a long, detailed story with character development and adventure, but after Chapter 5... Well, they haven't even made it to the Agon Temple, so I don't see how the entire story could be wrapped up!

Still, it's an entertaining read, and was worth the trouble!

Oh yeah, Bom Bom is a weird manga-zine. They've got some interesting-looking manga in there like Gundams, chibi Gundams, fantasy, but also a LOT of fucked up shit. We're talking stuff that could get you:

:r-b:

And the weirdest part of it? This is sold to 6-year-olds.
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Re: The Official "Metroid Prime: Episode of Aether" Updates

Postby VGMStudios » 02.14.11 9:48am

different culture man..
it may be fucked up here but over there its common...

Your lucky to have these. Ive been looking for them but could never find them.
Good stuff!

Let me be the first to say thank you for all your hard work!

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Re: The Official "Metroid Prime: Episode of Aether" Updates

Postby Zeroº » 02.14.11 1:53pm

I just wanna nominate Samus for the title of "Badass of the Year" once more, considering as she is using a frikkin' gatling gun in tandem with her arm cannon:
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Re: The Official "Metroid Prime: Episode of Aether" Updates

Postby Will Keaton » 02.14.11 2:12pm

Instead of keeping Bom Bom's old crappy ads, we're going to replace them all with custom ads based on Metroid! There's an example of this towards the end of the chapter. More details later, but I want our readers to participate too!
Are you saying you want us to design our own metroid themed advertisements and plan to place them inside the comic?
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Re: The Official "Metroid Prime: Episode of Aether" Updates

Postby Beccathestrange » 02.14.11 3:16pm

Maybe it's "Remember real good you damn brat. Reality is no fairy tale." Which would make more sense.

But yeah, this comic is really good, thanks a lot for translating it! Samus is such a bad ass, the arm cannon along with a GATLING GUN. Awesome. Just awesome. :thumbsup:
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Re: The Official "Metroid Prime: Episode of Aether" Updates

Postby Infinity's End » 02.14.11 5:36pm

Instead of keeping Bom Bom's old crappy ads, we're going to replace them all with custom ads based on Metroid! There's an example of this towards the end of the chapter. More details later, but I want our readers to participate too!
Are you saying you want us to design our own metroid themed advertisements and plan to place them inside the comic?
Yes, that's exactly what we're saying. details will be coming later.
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Re: The Official "Metroid Prime: Episode of Aether" Updates

Postby Hawk's Eye » 02.14.11 6:02pm

GRRR MY SCHOOL STUPID INTERNET WONT LOAD THE PICTURES ALL BIG!!!!! I can only see them on the bottom and it wont make it all big so i can read it! Damn!
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Postby MaiAriSquee » 02.14.11 6:29pm

Awesome! Thanks a lot, guys! <3

Dual wielding Samus?! Awwww-riiiiight!
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Postby Emperor Ing » 02.14.11 7:31pm

I can't wait to get the time to read this. I gotta say, thanks guys, because this is a pretty cool thing you guys got for the site. <3
must be some sorta side effect of the hatchling or maybe she should stop going down on Miyamoto.
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Postby RoyboyX » 02.14.11 9:34pm

OMG YES! I got the vague hope you'd found something when ChozoBoy uploaded a pic of Dark Samus in the manga to Wikitroid, but he seems to be avoiding me when I ask him to elaborate. I assume you guys gave it to him? It was deleted because he can't name his pictures descriptively.

The one expression I had when I saw Samus shoot with two guns:
O_O z8O
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Re: The Official "Metroid Prime: Episode of Aether" Updates

Postby CapCom » 02.15.11 10:06am

Reality is no fairy tale.
Yeah, that should be correct! I just checked the originals. The trouble with informal Japanese is it's hard to tell sometimes what that sentence end particle is. There were a couple places too where I changed the text a little so it would fit in the speech bubble (and make more sense). The biggest of these was Page 2 where the side panel says 'Red Alert!!' it originally said 'An Emergency Aboard Ship!'. Which is, you know, awkward.

Unfortunately, the footnotes I placed seem to get deleted whenever the thumbnails are refreshed on the viewer. I'll just post these comments here:
There are 8 people on the bridge!
You know, I looked through this manga several times. Originally, I was going to change it to 7 because if you look, there really doesn't seem to be more than 7 people aboard. Let's count them:
  • Communications Officer
    Old Man/Captain
    White Geordi Laforge
    Disposable Black-haired Guy
    Boy
    His Sister
    Fat Boy
That's just seven guys. This is only the beginning of the weirdness.

First off, White Geordi Laforge disappears behind a sound effect on page 3. It's not very easy to see.

Second, what's Fat Boy doing during the middle of the fight? The hostages were on the bridge. Pirate Boss brings two into the cargo hold. But it looks like he took Fat Boy with him, as he just mysteriously reappears behind a text bubble at the end.

Speaking of, flip to page 32. Here, you see Fat Boy behind the text bubble. There's another head in the corner. This may supposed to be the little girl, but I decided it was Crewman Not Appearing in this Manga and left the number as 8. But I can change it to 7 if everybody agrees that this is the girl :)
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Re: The Official "Metroid Prime: Episode of Aether" Updates

Postby Varia » 02.15.11 11:45am

Instead of keeping Bom Bom's old crappy ads, we're going to replace them all with custom ads based on Metroid! There's an example of this towards the end of the chapter. More details later, but I want our readers to participate too!
Are you saying you want us to design our own metroid themed advertisements and plan to place them inside the comic?
Yes, that's exactly what we're saying. details will be coming later.
I know I'm pushing it because you said 'details will be coming later'... but I just have to ask.

Are these ads going to be for for MDb, like advertising the site or features on the site? Or are they going to be fictional ads like showing Admiral Dane and the words "Join the Galactic Federation" behind him? I'm really curious about this idea now.

Aslo-- wonderful job translating the comic, I thought it was well-done.
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Re: The Official "Metroid Prime: Episode of Aether" Updates

Postby CapCom » 02.15.11 10:55pm

Ok, new big news is I got the new volume of the comic! Check it out!

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PLOOOOT HOOOOOOOLE!!! :kraid:

So yeah, I guess the author got the message that he wasn't going to be allowed to write the whole thing and just decided 'aw, what the hell!' and started us at the end of the story. So... :AH:

Anyway, I'll get a translation over the next couple of days to see what happens. Now we just need to track down the final issue...
Are these ads going to be for for MDb, like advertising the site or features on the site? Or are they going to be fictional ads like showing Admiral Dane and the words "Join the Galactic Federation" behind him? I'm really curious about this idea now.
Actually, all of the above :)

-Ads for Metroid Products (real or fictional)
-Ads for the MDb and MDb services (translations, media, forum, etc)
-Ads for products and services in the Metroid universe (real or fan-made)

So yes, you can advertise for Metroid 64, Super Missiles, Join the Galactic Federation with Admiral Dane or sell Phazon Flakes :P It's wide open!

The details of HOW this is done though... Well, I just need to upload the finalized pages with the ads on them so people interested in making ads will have templates to work off of! The only trouble is the width or height of the ads will be NARROW so it's a constraint to work within. Check the example on page 32.
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Re: The Official "Metroid Prime: Episode of Aether" Updates

Postby Groundhammer » 02.16.11 2:40am

LOL she's got the Light Suit all of a sudden.

This is just like the Dark Horse MP1 comic, where they spend a huge chunk just getting past the intro, then suddenly skip to the Thardus boss battle (in the Chozo Ruins! WTF) and then suddenly Samus is at the temple fighting Ridley and Metroid Prime. Fun times...

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Re: The Official "Metroid Prime: Episode of Aether" Updates

Postby CapCom » 02.16.11 11:59pm

This I think had more to do with the author being told his manga was cancelled in two months than something intentional. The way the manga plays out, it feels as if he was expecting at least 12-24 issues.
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