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Changed my mind
on December 5, 2003
Just after I posted my previous review (which I wrote before reading it in that format) I went through the book--and my god! they didn't change anything! While that may sound good, it isn't at all! The episodes that appeared in the original run still refer to Godai as a flunk-out instead of a ronin, which wouldn't be so bad if they had a least changed his situation--he still says that he's trying to pass mid-term exams, and not college entrance exams. To compound things, the four inserted episodes that appeared in Animerica Extra do say Ronin and entrance exams, and then it switches back again after them. I had to mark up my book to make the corrections that it would flow right. Horrible,lazy editing job, I must say. Shame on you Viz!
That said, the series is still very good, though there are certainly some quibbles with some other translation choices (the scene where young Kentaro should be saying "I know what it takes to make a woman happy. The most important thing a man can have is a big. . ." and gets stopped by Godai [only to find out that he was going to say "house"] isn't as funny or that sensical in its current form). Even in this form, Maison Ikkoku is a classic manga worth reading.