I admit I haven't read Blue Sheep Reverie (the news about the editing doesn't exactly encourage me to pick it up either), and I apologize about possibly derailing the thread, but what I'm wondering is, why are graphic titles such as Maiden Rose and Tyrant Falls in Love licensed under the June imprint instead of 801 Media? (Kizuna as well, though that was already covered in another thread, and the June release can only be better than the overall awful one by BeBeautiful.)
I don't want to panic about edits that haven't happened yet, but these titles are considerably more explicit than most that have been published under the June imprint, and even some titles published under 801 Media (I haven't read all 801 releases, but out of the ones I own and love, the two Touko Kawai titles are fairly tame compared to volume 1 of Maiden Rose IMO). As a fan of the series, I'd like them to find new readers and sell as well as possible, but more than that, I'd like to see them published as close to the original versions as possible.
Tyrant is a long awaited fan favorite, that many of us have been waiting to buy in English ever since DramaQueen licensed it and failed to deliver years ago. Maiden Rose has a recent anime adaptation. And as amazing as the manga is, it's hardly a mainstream title that's suitable for everyone. Both series have an established fanbase, that would be very upset at any editing and censorship.
I prefer June releases over 801 Media personally, but being able to buy and read my translated manga unedited and uncensored is so much more important to me than the imprint.
sun22 wrote:For instance, my long-time favorites are Little Butterfly, Sweet Revolution, and Desire, and to a lesser degree Manic Love / Fake Fur, Hybrid Child, Hard Rock, Author's Pet, I'll be Your Slave, Il Gatto Sul G, Vampire Portrait, Clan of the Nakagamis, The Way to Heaven. Do those have 100% unaltered intimate scenes? Do I have to buy the original books just to make sure I have what the manga-kas there intended? I always just assumed that I have the original artwork for those books, but now I have my doubts.
I have a friend who mentioned noticing that either Fake Fur or Manic Love was similarly edited (bodily fluids removed from a sex scene), but I only have the June releases myself and can't actually confirm this. It'd be nice if a June representative could confirm or deny, or better yet, give us a list of all of the titles that have been edited.
I'd personally like to avoid buying any edited releases in the future.