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Official Fan Book Vol. 1 Update!  [Site]

Posted: 2020-01-11 23:10:45

 Falcarius dropped an amazing Christmas gift around December 24 ~ 25th -- A full translation of the Official Fan Book Vol. 1! He's given permission for the Fan Book Vol. 1 book to be updated with these translations, so they should now be free of all the errors that crop up from automatic translation~ The whole book is already done.


DHM & HJM Section Revamps!  [Site]

Posted: 2020-01-11 23:10:26

 Our sections for Dengeki Hobby Magazine and Hobby Japan Magazine (found under articles) have received some much needed care. Both have been divided into pages organized by year, to cut down on the mass thumbnail loading spam. The main page now, instead, contains tables for the magazines throughout the years. This is a simple checklist, mostly for my own reference, to include what magazines I currently own (and will eventually post- as scans are cleaned up), what ones are known to (or not to) contain Zoids content, and what ones are currently unknown.

 With this update, Dengeki Hobby Magazine has also received some updates. You can now find scans for April, November, and September 2002. This contains some neat stuff, like the old Wild Liger statue used in the box art, a Gojulas Mariner custom (well, lots of Giggles content), and some concept art from the Smack Zoids series.

- Zoids Wild EX-ZERO!

 On the topic of HJM, the January 2020 issue launched a new series known as "Zoids Wild EX-ZERO". This featured a battle story esque plotline, using custom models in diorama settings to deliver the story. Custom examples were included following the story, and it was heavily implied that it would continue in later issues. However, the February issue contained no Zoids content at all. Here's hoping that more will be added in later issues!

 In the mean time, an automatic translation of the new story, Zoids Wild EX-ZERO has been posted! You can find this both under the HJM 2020 page (in the header for that month), and in the books section. As this relies on automatic translation it is bound to have a lot of mistakes, and is provided only as a convenient way to better read those automatic translations. The page includes all content published during that month.


Zoids Wild Crowdfunding Campaign!  [Official]

Posted: 2020-01-11 23:09:08

 Zoids has seen the start of its first crowdfunding campaign! Measuring at a massive 50 x 44 cm, ZOIDSWILD The ART of BATTLEFIELDS is a book that showcases tons of the beautiful Zoids works seen in CoroCoro Comic and other outlets. It's wonderful to see these beautiful photos without all of the text that clutters them in the accompanying magazine.

 In addition, if the project is funded, everyone who pledged the required 11,000 yen (roughly $110) will receive the Fang Tiger "White Tiger Form" armor parts set, a set that was currently one of CoroCoro's 100 limiteds. They will also receive a special poster of the cast from the Chaotic Century manga. The poster is printed in the same size as the book, so there will be no creases in it.

 The cover of the book features a 1/1 scale Wild Liger cap, which is fitting for the recent series. The book also has a double fold to see the panorama style diorama images.

 So, what do we need to know? First off, the crowdfounding is available to residents of Japan only. If you try to support from another country, your pledge will be cancelled. However, services like From Japan, Celga, and White Rabbit Express will be able to help you relay your support. The project is currently 15% funded with 27 days to go, ending on January 31st.

  End Date: January 31st
  Crowdfunding Rewards: * Pledge costs 11,000 Yen
   x1 "ZOIDSWILD The ART of BATTLEFIELDS" book (50 x 44 cm)
   x1 Fang Tiger "White Tiger Form" armor parts set
   x1 Large Poster by Michiro Ueyama
  Proposed Schedule: (In the event of successful funding
   Project Starts December 27th, 2019
   Project ends January 31st, 2020
   Book Delivery planned for mid April 2020
   Armor parts delivery planned for late May 2020
* Crowdfunding schedules are subject to change
* Price includes shipping and taxes

 The Zoids Crowfunding Twitter account has posted a lot of the interior art, at a nice, clear resolution. Definitely take a look, and expect even more beautiful pieces in the actual book, should it get funded~

Wild Liger, Fang Tiger White Tiger Form, Wild Liger, Death Rex, Gatling Fox, Kid Lineup, CoroCoro Weapons, Hangar Lineup, Empire Zoids, Beast Liger, Liger Poster, Battle Wars, Book size comparisons.

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Zoids Wild Official Fan Book Vol.1!  [Official]

Posted: 2020-01-11 23:08:42

 The crowdfunding isn't the only momentus occasion! Zoids Wild released its first Fan Book on December 27th! You can purchase it here for 990 yen. So, what all is in it? The book contains profiles featuring images from earlier issues of CoroCoro, along with small fact files. Many of those profiles contain a tiny thumbnail of concept art for the Zoid as well. There are a couple custom examples.

 Aside from that, the book also contains a new chapter of Zoids Wild 2, featuring how Kai (as a child) first encountered the Beast Liger! It contains a second manga chapter, this time from Ueyama, telling the story of how Irvine met Tornado.

 The book also comes with a carrying case made out of thin plastic, which is large enough to fit a medium scale Zoid. This should be perfect for people who like to travel with a kit! A limited card of the Rising Liger is also included.

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Zoids CC Manga Digital E Book!  [Official]

Posted: 2020-01-11 23:02:59

 The recent reissue of the Chaotic Century manga is now for sale on Amazon JP as an Ebook. Unfortunately, it seems you need to be a resident of Japan mostly to easily obtain this book. The book contains a large chunk of concept art (scroll through thread) for various characters, including quite a few pieces that have never been published before. Ueyama also drew some art of Jo and Sally.


Zoids Wild 2 Book Release!  [Official]

Posted: 2020-01-11 23:02:58

 Zoids Wild 2 has released its first book! You can buy this on Amazon for 662 yen. There have also been a couple of teaser pages released on twitter.


Zoids Generations Update!   [Site]

Posted: 2019-10-17 06:00:00

    Chapter 3 of Zoids Generations is up! In this chapter Midori encounters a deadlier species of Bio Zoid, and is forced to reflect on the decisions shes made up until this point. I also went back and fixed the embarassing link issue of Chapter 2 linking to Chapter 1 instead, so if you missed out on that, you should be able to read it now!


Official Fan Book 1 Update!   [Site]

Posted: 2019-09-14 11:00:00

    A grand total of 6 new sections have been added to Official Fan Book 1. This includes Planet Zi's history, the Zoids Directory (Helic, Zenebas, and Guylos Zoids stats), and a brief section on Zoids goods that were scheduled to be released around the time of the book. With these additions, Official Fan Book 1 has officially been completed! There'll be a short break between now and the beginning of Official Fan Book 2.


Zoids Official Fan Book 1 Update!   [Site]

Posted: 2019-08-28 02:00:00

    Three sections have been added to the Official Fan Book page! This includes Neutral Zoids, The Scoop on the Zoids of the New Century!, the Zoids World Reference Room, and the What are the metal life forms from Planet Zi sections. It's interesting hearing about the development process of the NJR, and the latter sections go into detail about how Wild Zoids evolve, and how their natural biology affects the combat Zoids we know today.


Official Fan Book 1 Update!   [Official]

Posted: 2019-08-26 10:00:00

    Official Fan Book 1 (in the Books section) has been updated! While we've concluded the main story there's still a lot of interesting information to digest regarding the Zoids themselves. Two sections were added today: The Guylos Empire Battle Machine Beast Corps and the Imperial Corps Military Chart. This covers a wide variety of information on early Guylos Empire Zoids, including stat and equipment lists, basic overviews, and specialized purposes.


Zoids Generations Update!  [Site]

Posted: 2019-06-25 14:00:00

    We've uploaded Chapter 2 of Zoids Generations to the books section! Complete with images. This time we start to investigate a mysterious lake monster. Please be aware that these translations are done using google translate, so there are bound to be mistakes, but we hope it can still serve to get the gist of what's going on in the story!


Zoids Web Comic Cameo!  [Official]

Posted: 2019-06-25 04:00:00

    A web comic, I Want To Play Bandai, has posted a chapter prominently featuring Zoids! Not just any Zoids, but many of them, from all different model kit lines. Masterpiece, NJR, Wild, etc.! This chapter features Zoids interacting with Sylvanian Families toys (small anthro animal figures.)

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Official Fan Book 1 Update!  [Site]

Posted: 2019-04-29 13:00:00

    There's been a rescan of the entire first Zoids Official Fan Book volume. This features cleaned up images which no longer suffer as much from over exposure bleaching away the details. Double page spreads have been patched and no longer show page gutters. Before, we also had pages chopped up into various smaller panels. While we still have separate smaller panels to keep the reading placement consistent, the main header image of each story section now shows the entire page, so you can see what it looks like as it was printed in the book. There are a couple minor exceptions, where the page was oddly proportioned in the book.

    We've also added the first wave of Zoid profiles, starting with the Side of the Republic. As normal, these profiles are approximated using Google Translate, so expect some errors, and take everything with a grain of salt. On that note, however, we've gone back and changed some details to what we feel are more accurate translations.


Zoids CC Manga Reprint!  [Official]

Posted: 2019-04-29 10:00:00

    Ueyama & CoroCoro have recently announced that the Chaotic Century manga will be reprinted in 3 large volumes! These volumes will include the original manga (not the EX doujins). There will also be extras including character sketches, additional stories, and some color images that were originally printed in CoroCoro during its original serialization. English fans may have seen quite a few of these color images in the form of cover art for the Viz release. The first of the three volumes will be released on July 12th. The other two release dates remain to be announced.

    Out of respect for the manga artist, who is my favorite Zoids manga artist, I've made the decision to remove the Chaotic Century manga from the website for the time being. I want comic sales to thrive as much as possible, and having the manga hosted here could be a detriment to that. I hope everyone will understand, and I apologize for any inconvenience it may cause. While yes, we do have other manga up, almost all of it is out of print, from magazines difficult to obtain overseas, or already provided by free (in the case of Zoids Wild.) Stores like CDJapan will likely carry the new Chaotic Century reprint, so I strongly encourage fans of the manga to pick up a copy!


ZW Book of Adventure Updates!  [Official]

Posted: 2019-04-29 02:00:00

    TakaraTomy has uploaded digital versions of the Book of Adventure, Volumes 1 ~ 3. You can now read them online! The Book of Adventure(s) are supplementary booklets that were given out as purchase benefits at certain stores, usually detailing current and upcoming Zoids with customization examples inside.


Zoids Generations Update!  [Official]

Posted: 2019-03-10 19:00:00

    Zoids Generations has received a very rough update, completing Chapter 1. These translations are rewritten from Google Translate, so expect some errors. The general gist should come across in most cases, and I hope it will still benefit some fans who aren't able to read the original book.

    In addition, the tense of Zoids Generations is a little unclear. While some parts are written in past tense, some parts make more sense from the active perspective of the character. This was difficult to pin down, but for the sake of consistency we've opted to just stick to the present tense. There may be cases where I accidentally switched back to past tense. Feel free to point out those (and any other) mistakes. The few scenes that intentionally use past tense are those describing what happened between scenes.

    Finally, there were some notable issues in the original translation we had posted. So everything in Chapter 1 that we had up before has been corrected to present tense and the mistakes hopefully fixed (for example, neglecting to say that Souga raises his head when he roars, which made the reprimand not make any sense.)


Zoids Wild Book of Adventure Vol. 3!  [Official]

Posted: 2019-03-10 16:00:00

    The third volume of Zoid Wild's "Book of Adventure" was distributed in Japanese stores recently. This covers the current and upcoming model kits. Though we don't have more information on it at this time, you can probably find it on sites like Yahoo Japan and Mercari.


Zoids Book Section Revamp!  [Site]

Posted: 2018-10-08 09:00:00

    The Zoids Books section has received a facelift. All thumbnails now use a unified template. The page also now shows books that we don't have extensive information on just yet. If we have no relevant information, the image will be faded. If we don't own the book at all, it'll be barely visible, but you can hover over these thumbnails to see the full opacity image. Though this section is vastly incomplete just yet, I plan to expand it to include a thumbnail gallery/list of all known Zoids books. We'll try to include at least a rudimentary page that includes page count, ISBN, original price, and Japanese name for easier searching.

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Fan Book EX 7 & 8!  [Site]

Posted: 2018-10-08 03:00:00

    The Zoids Official Fan Book EX volumes 7 and 8 are finally posted! These are the final chapters of the battle story published in Zoids Official Fan Book EX. Its been a while since this was last updated, but hopefully the wait was worth it!

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Zoids Bible: Parts 7~8 Added!  [Site]

Posted: 2018-09-05 04:00:00

    Parts 7 and 8 have been added to the Zoids Bible book section. We're finally getting into the evolutionary history that bridges Wild Zoids and today's giant mechanical beasts. It also explains the first war between Helic and Guylos, which has some interesting twists.
    Both the translations and the page scans are courtesy of Falcarius!

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