airisu7425 (airisu7425) wrote,

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ZE volume 7 - Japanese vs English Edition

Last week, after years of waiting, I got my copy of ZE's 7th volume. Although we were warned by the publisher (DMP/801Media) if they ever released this volume, the only way it would be to censor some parts of it, but knowing and seeing is different. I was quite shocked to see the ways they used to hide some parts: be it grey blurry parts, simple erasing or use of text bubble. And to my biggest surprise, they not only censored scenes of Kotoha...

I found 14 censored images, I listed them below. (Sorry about the crappy quality, I used my phone.)

                      original                     vs                   censored

2013-11-30 10.03.13    2013-11-30 10.03.04
(Kissing a grey mass)

2013-11-30 10.04.14    2013-11-30 10.04.03
(Why is a nipple offensive?!? See the tricky hiding - use of petals.)

2013-11-30 10.04.58    2013-11-30 10.04.42
(Bottomless Kotoha x2 - see the bubbles in both cases.)

2013-11-30 10.05.32    2013-11-30 10.05.25
(Top left corner, again, no buttcheeks for shameless women who dare to read an 18+ FANTASY story)

2013-11-30 10.06.03    2013-11-30 10.05.53
(Wow, what's this - a ghost?)

2013-11-30 10.06.45    2013-11-30 10.06.39
(Again, kissing the fog...)

2013-11-30 10.07.59    2013-11-30 10.07.51
(Wait, I've seen this type of bubble somewhere... Right! In Kizuna when young Kai kissed Masa. T_T I thought BeBeautiful-type of censorship is over since that company is non-existing anymore. Guess I was wrong...)

2013-11-30 10.09.15    2013-11-30 10.09.06
(Those shameless little nipples deserve to be hidden by a huge bubble with a lot of dots...)

2013-11-30 10.10.35    2013-11-30 10.10.26
(Yay! It's white and not grey anymore!)

2013-11-30 10.11.32    2013-11-30 10.11.25
(No need for 'disgusting' body fluids... But then why do they bother to keep the wet sound effects?)

2013-11-30 10.12.03    2013-11-30 10.11.57
(Gosh, 2D characters don't need body fluids, let's get rid of them!)

2013-11-30 10.12.36    2013-11-30 10.12.24
(Great! On this page 2 different types are used: bubbles and eraser)

2013-11-30 10.14.29    2013-11-30 10.14.24
(Yuck, still too much fluid......)

2013-11-30 10.16.21    2013-11-30 10.16.16
(Guess the cleaner/editor got too excited about the erasing - forgot that these characters are 18+........ T_T)

That's all! It was totally worth waiting for, right? *siiiiigh*

I'm just sad. Sensei's work deserves more than this treatment. Come on! It's a work for adults, it's a fantasy. Anyone who relates it to real life is the one at fault here. I'm happy I bought the original, this way I both supported the mangaka and got the original version. Call me a masochist but I plan to buy the next volume, too.
Tags: manga, shimizu yuki, ze
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