Seriously, this reprint drama has me cheesed off far more than it should, because it strikes me that everybody is acting astoundingly immature (myself included at times).
You know what? I don’t give a fuck if you think your translation is better. You’re free to do so but that doesn’t magically grant you licensure, and what you’re doing is illegal. Stop turning this re-release into a pissing contest, because your opinion doesn’t matter one single iota. Alex Glover had the best translations of the series hands down but he’s enough of an adult to remove them and support the release because it supports the creator, not the translator’s ego.
No one has said that we have no right to complain as consumers. There are problems in the book which are normal in the printing industry. You’ve never worked in it evidently because no first printing of a product is perfect, be it manga or scholarship or literature. We should tell them when we find these errors because they can improve their own product, and send older customers the correction slips if they request them. However, this does not make their product inferior to yours. If we’re going to get pedantic, the grammar in your release is sub-par, considering you omit end punctuation continually and your alignment within frames and bubbles is also completely asymmetrical. I can’t believe the expectations that the “Sailor Moon oldies” have, and I’m disgusted by them, and am really glad I bailed the fuck out of that fandom years ago instead of making Tuxedo Mirage into my own petty mouthpiece.
I would rather hold a flawed print product in my hand than read your photoshop-tastic ego-boosting self-masturbatory creation any day, and evidently I’m not alone in my thinking from looking at the sales, so get over yourselves. If you’re desperate to make a name for yourself in the world, go do something that actually matters. This is the problem—the grabs for attention and grandstanding—not the complaining itself. I know there are fans out there with level heads who still happily support the reprints and voice legitimate concerns rather than bleating out petulant whinings, but as usual, the loud voices drown out the reasonable ones.
That said, if you want to contact Kodansha, do it here:
Kodansha USA Publishing
451 Park Avenue South
New York, NY 10016-7390
Whatever you do, stop posturing and actually take action. And unless I’m provoked, this is the last I’m going to say about this mess.