Episode 7, Page #1 - "Morning Interrogation"
Aoi Notes: 11/23/2007
Eagle-eyed readers may have noticed that a listing went up on Gomanga.com for an Aoi House Omnibus containing Aoi House Vol. 1-2. It's true. We are going an omnibus of the first two volumes. And it's currently scheduled to hit stores in April, which is just two months before Aoi House In Love! Vol. 2 - "Happy Endings" comes out. So if you haven't taken the plunge yet and picked up the first two print editions, or you are having a hard time finding those first two books, then be sure to put the new omnibus edition on your list of "must have" manga! Shiei and me'll be glad you did!
Speaking of Shiei, there's also going to be an omnibus collection of the first three volumes of Amazing Agent Luna Omnibus, which is the other series Shiei draws, so be sure to keep an eye out for that in May. (And Amazing Agent Luna Vol. 4 should be hitting stores around now as well, so lots of cool stuff on the horizon!)
There was even an omnibus-related question that came up on the forum, so let me go ahead and tackle that here...
Kirbyboy102 asks, "It says omnibus on the property page, and it also says it is 352 pages. If volume one and two are 200 pages each, shouldn't the omnibus be 400 pages? at least?"
In general, books have a number of pages that are added to pad them out. If you were to count up only the actual number of story pages found Aoi House Vol. 1, then you would find that you have 168 pages. The same is true for Aoi House Vol. 2, so you end up with about 336 pages of story.
To bring the book up to 352 pages, we'll be including some of the extras from Aoi House Vol. 1 & 2 and dropping others. Both sets of Aoi Notes, the chibi character art, and the fan art gallery are going to be left on the cutting room floor, BUT we will be including 3 of the print-only extras that are a must-read for a complete Aoi House experience. These are Volume 1's "Student Records" section of character bios, Volume 1's "Fun Zone" section that features the Aoi House membership car, and Volume 2's "The Lost Scene."
So, why do an omnibus?
Well, we know that it's getting harder to find the first volumes of Aoi House in stores now (at the first three volumes of Amazing Agent Luna). But rather than just reprint them, we wanted to do something we had been discussing for a while and that was to do some omnibus editions. We also have some big news that will be announcing in December, so that news is going to help us to get two of our biggest OEL titles out to a wider audience. Exciting time indeed.
Well, I'm heading out early to hit up the Black Friday sales, so enjoy today's new page and Shiei and I'll see you back here on Monday. See you then!
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