05th Nov 2010
I’m not going to re-hash reviews that we’ve already written. For the most part, the content of these releases are the same as when they first came out in the US.
No, I’m going to try and justify me purchasing a THIRD volume of each of these releases to have in my collection.
You see, I never thought these series would get released in the US. So, I went and imported the original Japanese versions. I couldn’t read them, but I could look at the purdy pictures. And, at least when it comes to the smut scenes, how much translation do you really need?
Then, Be-Beautiful brought the series over. YAY. Aside from the fact that the censored Kizuna, and I found some of the translations to be slightly stilted. I was still happy to have them in my collection.
After Be-Beautiful went under, I (like most of you) was hoping that another company would pick up the series and release them. Well, June has, and did a fantastic job with it. All of the problems that I had with the original US releases have been taken care of. THEY LEFT THE MASA AND KAI KISS IN.
The bit that we were all scratching our heads over when it first came out as to just why anyone would censor something so sweetly innocent. A childish peck does not shota make, my darlings, and I think we all realize that.
The other nice thing that June did, was to combine volumes one and two of Kizuna in the same release. So, if you haven’t picked up this series yet, here’s a great way of doing it and possibly saving yourself some space/money.
So, now I have three versions of the same series hanging out in my apartment. And, I’m finding it very hard to let go of any of them.
There’s got to be some kind of twelve step program for this. Anyone got the number for Dr. Drew?