Sporadic Sequential
Monday, April 06, 2009
Big But Backwards

Well, if accurate, this will bum Lori Henderson out. From Amazon's product listing for Inuyasha VIZBIG Edition Volume 1:
Product Description
L to R (Western Style).
Of course, that could just be a leftover description from old releases of Inuyasha, especially since the blurb is almost identical to the one that accompanied volume 37. Personally, I'd prefer an unflipped edition as well, but it wouldn't surprise me if Viz attempted to keep costs down by reusing the same material it had already prepared before. Guess we'll find out in November when the book comes out. (Now where's the announcement for a VIZBIG edition of an unflipped and remastered Ranma 1/2)?

UPDATE: In the comments, Greg McElhatton shares a rumor that would explain why all of Rumiko Takahashi's manga series have always appeared in flipped format, even when subsequent, smaller editions were released: Apparently Viz's licenses were too specific and only granted the rights to publish Takahashi's work in the flipped format. So to publish new, unflipped editions, Viz would have to renegotiate their contracts, which would add additional costs they probably don't want to incur for a reprint project. So it looks like the VIZBIG edition of Inuyasha may be flipped after all, which just seems... odd. (Although Tekkon Kinkreet was reissued in a flipped format, so maybe it's not such a big deal.)

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