(First of all, apologies to gotpika for basically copying the thread he made a few months ago. Nobody's posted there for a while, so I figured it's alright to post a new one.)
So, Pocket Monsters SPECIAL's release schedule.
Basically...what the hell? Why in the world did anyone ever think it was a good idea to spread out a serialized manga series across two (used to be three!) publications, one of which doesn't even have a regular release schedule? I mean, CoroCoro Ichiban! I get because it's a monthly and all, but Pokemon Fan? A magazine that comes out whenever the hell Shougakukan feels like releasing it? The one that doesn't print the release date of their next issue in the current issue because they haven't decided yet? And the one that doesn't have an official website, or any other sort of web presence whatsoever? Why would you want to run your manga in a magazine that's so shitty at letting its readers know when new issues come out?
And then, if that's not bad enough, they release the series out of order? Oh look, Black's Protoga evolved into an Abagoura, sure was nice of them to spoil that for us!
And oh my God, the graphic novels. The Black and White chapters started in September 2010 and yet there's *still* no graphic novels in sight. What the fuck is the hold up?!? What possible justification could there be for this huge delay between magazine publication and graphic novel? At first I thought that maybe Kusaka Hidenori and Yamamoto Satoshi were just working as part-time mangaka and that they couldn't really commit to anything faster, but that still doesn't explain why their publishing company can't take manga chapters that they finished almost two fucking years ago and bound them together in a book.
The whole release scheme just seems unnecessarily complicated and designed to prevent any normal human being from being able to follow this series. Does anyone have any idea of the reasoning behind all the stupid decisions that make this series such a headache to keep up with?