Note to anyone looking at the above list and thinking that the manga of VisionOfEscaflowne should be interesting: Read the preview (currently with MoonShadow and SunKitten) or at least flick through a few pages before buying it... Chances are, it's not what you were expecting! --Kazuhiko
To some, the RootOfAllEvil. To others, the only way to get to actually read those stories.
PeterTaylor guesses it's because they translate manga to a non-Japanese language.
Three reasons mainly:
Originally, the quality was somewhere below dire (the original release of Rayearth was printed on something close to newspaper and had each page rotated 90 degrees and scaled down so they could fit a two page spread on a single side), but this is no longer applicable and recent books have actually been quite high quality.
They apparently took some of their early translations from fan translations without giving credit (or money), but this (I would imagine) is also no longer applicable.
Finally, they would appear to have the same morals as MangaEntertainment? when it comes to some translations (i.e. if they think changing some aspect of the plot will make the series more palatable to the potential market, they will do so).
On this last point, I have been told they are altering significant aspects of 'Initial D', but if they have edited any of their manga which I have read then they have done a good job of it. Certainly 'Mars' doesn't seem edited, which is the main title I read (and which could easily have been toned down if they had wanted to) --Kazuhiko
Another possible reason for their evilness is the simple fact that they are going to bankrupt me :) Picked up 5 volumes today and was disappointed to have missed 2 others I wanted... --Kazuhiko