The Essential Evangelion Chronicle: Side A & Side B

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Postby Bagheera » Wed Mar 02, 2016 6:20 pm

Yeah, this looks really good. I'm gonna have to give this sucker a thorough once-over this weekend.
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Postby Literary Eagle » Tue Mar 08, 2016 11:50 pm

Well, I finished reading the English version of Side B, and it has a bunch of mistakes. Augh! These errors are not in the French version, so it seems that once again it's just the English edition that messed up. In fact, the English version is also missing a few little things here and there. I wrote a detailed review of the book, so if you want to know more about it, including what's missing from the English edition, I hope you enjoy the review! I made this new post for it on my book review thread. ^_^
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Postby Bagheera » Wed Mar 09, 2016 2:47 am

Those errors are really, really annoying. They're the result of pure laziness on the part of Udon, and to make matters worse I really doubt we'll get a second printing that corrects the errors. I feel like the damn book's useless now.
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Postby cody727kirby » Wed Mar 09, 2016 5:06 pm

I don't think I'd go that far. It's a beautiful book, a great visual recap of the series, and still a great resource tbh. I simply put post-it notes containing Literary Eagle's noted translation errors in my Side A/Side B, and I'll update them if any more come to light. I didn't expect this book to even be released stateside, since Chronicle's such a niche release, even among hardcore Eva fans. We didn't even have much information from the Chronicle releases before these came out.

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Postby Joy Evangelion » Thu Mar 10, 2016 11:28 pm

View Original PostBagheera wrote:Those errors are really, really annoying. They're the result of pure laziness on the part of Udon, and to make matters worse I really doubt we'll get a second printing that corrects the errors. I feel like the damn book's useless now.


I felt the exact same way about Side A when I first looked through it, but I flipped through it a bit the other day(for the first time since May) and it's still kinda fun. It's a real shame for sure, and there's no excuse at all for there still being problems with Side B, but I still really dig the illustrations and the screenshots. Whenever I'm looking for some information on Eva that isn't already in my brain(god forbid) I always just hit up the EvaWiki.
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Postby Neil-T » Tue Mar 22, 2016 7:52 am

Re: the missing text at the bottom left of page 15 of the English version of Evangelion Chronicle: Side A, has anyone already nailed down the exact wording yet?

I strongly believe the interrupted sentence would read:
Though she is generally quiet and rarely expresses emotions, Rei does smile freely in Gendoh's presence.


I base this on:
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Postby Reichu » Mon Jun 13, 2016 11:26 am

Finally got a hold of both books. I have the complete first printing of the full encyclopedia, so there doesn't seem to be anything new here, but it is nice to have at least some of Chronicle translated. The translation was of a surprising level of quality, as well. Some weird choices here and there, and the occasional mistakes, but on the whole smooth and professional.

Having browsed both volumes, I don't particularly understand why Side A and Side B exist in the first place. I suppose it's disappointing that a highly abridged form of Chronicle is the most available form of it. Goes to figure that most of the stuff that interests me the most was not deemed worthy of inclusion. Say no to so many intriguing tidbits you'll only find in Chronicle; say yes to space-hogging episode recaps you can find anywhere.

Another matter of disappointment is that, of course, with full translations of some parts, Chronicle's flaws become bare for all to see. For the most part, the text is on point, but on the other hand there are some incredibly weird, out of place, and at times outright false claims.* There are definitely enough to make Chronicle as worthy of scrutiny as any other 3rd tier source. I'm wondering if pointing out these instances would be worth its own thread.

* For example, A-18, "...Eva-02 burned a lot more energy than the other units and therefore couldn't remain active for as long". Um, hello, EoE? Speaking of which, lol at the text (B-17) trying to justify Eva-02's different appearance in EoE on the basis of the unit being "destroyed" (...a knife in the head justifies such a hyperbolic verb?; even if you go with "broken" or something, hakai seems a bit much) in episode 24 and, as a result, somehow getting completely revamped in a couple of days. Points for creativity, I suppose, but I can hear the writer fanwanking all the way from here. And before you start nitpicking -- this is just an example.

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Postby silvermoonlight » Sat Jul 02, 2016 4:45 am

I brought this some time ago, both the A side and the B side I thought it they were both really good, I loved that it showed layouts of the Evangelion's weapon sizes and information.
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Is there anything interesting in the English Eva Chronicles?

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Postby FallenTabris » Wed Jul 06, 2016 12:18 am

I heard that these two editions were somewhat boiled-down from another Japanese book, or something like that. Did anyone find anything interesting therein?

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Postby pwhodges » Wed Jul 06, 2016 2:17 am

You could start with the thread on it. The books are substantial extracts from the magazine-style publication. Those of us with no other access to them find them interesting to have, but Reichu keeps pointing out bits that are missing, or in some cases baffling (in the source as well).
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Postby FallenTabris » Wed Jul 06, 2016 9:42 pm

So it seems like the fact of Gendo wearing suspenders under his coat is the only thing thus far. I didn't know about the shoulder pylon batteries though.


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