Wow - unbeliveable! I took 2 months break from all these yaoi forums to catch up on reading the best reviewed M/M novels out there on my kindle & then come back to such earth shattering announcements! Congratulations are in order to the DMP companies for winning the bid for the much coveted ViewFinder series. I definitely feel a little trepidation on how June would treat it. I will likely use the upcoming "Maiden Rose" as a proxy on how I think June will handle "ViewFinder" and yes, I am hoping for the artwork to be untouched.
Does anyone else feel that the survey of the publishers the Ayane Yamano's community on LiveJournal has done might have been a big influence on sensei's & Libre's decisions? I took that survey & if I remember correctly, the users overhelmingly voted June as the publisher they would opt for to publish VF. However, the results are mainly based on the quality of the translation, print & dust jacket availability. Too bad censorship wasn't one of the questions called out there.
As much as I see the point of view that a little censorship might gain more distribution channel etc, etc ... I am just don't think it is valid - after all, nobody can argue that "Crimson Spells" has been a big winner for Kitty Media. It is pretty much uncensored & almost all retailers out there carry it (including Barnes & Nobles stores, Books
A Mill, Wal Mart etc ...) Maybe at their online divisions & not at the bricks & mortars stores - but that had not stopped the CS to be in the 4th or 5th print run now. Besides, I really want to know if anyone actually ever has their id checked when trying to buy 18+ M June manga at any US retailer? The only times I had bought my yaoi mangas at the smaller stores, they were stored behind locked glass cases & since I so obviously look over 21+, it is never a problem. Maybe locked glass cases are what the big retailers need in their stores as well
It would be interesting if any of the DMP mod will reveal how DMP actually wins over the VF license but I think the fact that they promise to direct more other bizs Libre's way (i.e. the Kizuna lincense) has more weight than the censorship issue.