Re: City Hunter
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Jim Lazar said:
Yes, sicne he didn't change it when he initially creasted the orignal work in Japan. An edit made for the US release is still an edit reguardles sof who did it/okayed it.
He's free to do it (although I don't particularlly respect him for doing so), but I'm free to call it an edit and not support it with my purchases.
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There were many edits and changes made to the City Hunter collections released in Japan over the years. I don't even think his "original version" is even in print anymore over there. And like EChavez was saying, he's not sure the edit was made specifically for the U.S. version or not (and frankly, neither am I, I just know it's an edit made at some point). I had heard he'd be making some edits for the U.S. version to clarify things or change some scenes he didn't like, but I don't know if any of those edits really even saw print before Gutsoon/Raijin U.S. went out of the manga business to pursue film.
Bottom line for me is City Hunter was published over 20 years ago. I can see any creator wishing to go back and change things because they didn't like the way they portrayed something and wished they could change it. This is basically what Hojo did in his Japanese re-releases of City Hunter (whether all the changes were only made by him or by others, I couldn't say, bottom line is Hojo made them and he was ok with making them). If he wanted to make any changes to City Hunter when releasing it in the U.S. for the first time, that's his perrogative and as the creator, if he feels it presents his story better, I'm not about to complain.
The only reason I bought the novels is because I heard he was making the changes of his own volition, otherwise I would've boycotted them as well (like I am with Ten-ten).
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