The rating here is for the TRANSLATION as I read a fan translation of the novel before.
For that review go here.
However ViZ/Haikasoru decided to treat us all like we are kids and give it the “Let’s modernize old sci-fi and make it modern cuz people r dum!” or something.
I’m sure the people reading this book all know that it was written in the 80s and that the anime is from the 80s, so changing the fact that Julian was reading republished books to “e-copies” is kind of a slap in the face to our intelligence. They don’t even stay consistent with the changes as 3D television was changed to… something else, however later in the book we are back to 3D displays.
Also suddenly we have to VERY SPECIFICALLY point out that the gunners are using touch screens? That was not in the original and I can only think the “e-gram”toward the end of the book is another ‘vizlation’. (My fan version cuts off after chapter 7)
Let me also get it out of the way that the UC (Universal Calendar) was changed to SE (Space Era). There is no explanation to why ViZ did it that way. I can only think because of Gundam. However I think I will just go with. “Because ViZ like to change and censor things and this is REALLY apparent in their manga.” I am hoping the wiki sites out there will keep the “UC” as that is used in the original novels, the anime and the gaidens and make some note how ViZ is being silly.
Still to modernize a book written in the 80s reeks of treating us like children in how Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys are rewritten for then to all have cell phones and such.
Also they seem to like to use big words for no reason other than Sci-Fi likes to use big words for no reason.
Also++ they seem hooked on the word “countenance” when talking about people’s face like DMP does in their Vampire Hunter D
Overall though the translation doesn’t seem to meander from what is written. Nor does it seem to add flavor text like I hear some of TokyoPops stuff does. So I’ll give them credit for not horribly mucking it up. Just if you are going to read it. Realize that it has been modernized “for the kids, yo”.