When Dark Horse Comics
imported Blade of the Immortal
, there were some issues with the art
. The main character's name is Manji
, and he wears a cape with the manji character imprinted on the back. There were two problems with this. 1) Mirroring
of the images would not work, as the denotation
of the character would be entirely changed (the counter-clockwise swastika
does not exist as a kanji
), and 2) some people in the US
may jump to conclusions about it's being there.
As such, Dark Horse did two things to fix the problems. First, they did a cut and paste restructuring
of the pages for most of the book, mirroring only where they had to. Personally, I'd have been fine if they had just kept them in the same order as the original
books, but at least they put effort into it, unlike, say, VIZ
with Battle Angel Alita
To deal with the anti-anti-semitism
people possibly jumping on their backs, they added a disclamer to tell people that the story takes place well before WWII, when the swastika did not have the disgraceful connotation
that it has now, and that as such, it could not have the anti-semitic ideas in intention, rather it's meaning was derived from it's original definition, that of luck
, or fertility
All bow before the greatness of Manji!
Too bad I can't inverse the color diagonally...