Basically a thread to voice your opinion about the various manga localization companies in North America? Who are your favorites, who do you dispise the most? so yeah you can do what you wan't a top 3 or top 5 list, just a brief summary about the various companies...whatever.
anyway, for me I'd say my top 5 manga companies would be...
#5 Seven Seas: I don't own many manga from them, but the quality is pretty good from what I can tell.
#4 VIZ: Why, well for fairly obvious reasons, VIZ has all the SJ & Shonen sunday titles, they have alot of classic & modern manga I like, and while they may mess things up from time to time, their a decent company overall (And they give me my Case Closed Manga. )
#3 Yen Press: why, Quality, I only buy about 5 or 6 series from yen, but they have done a good job with em all as far as I can tell, nice binding, nice lamination on the covers, and good translations. Yen may be hit n miss for me with acquistions, but when they do get somthing I like,I know its in good hands.
#2 Udon: Well as a Capcom Fanboy, its only logical I would have them on my list somehwere, lol. They have done a great job with all the video game artbooks, and the Megaman & Street Fighter mangas. Not to mention their slowly re-printing the classic sci-fi manga Silent Mobius..which I plan to get eventually (hopefully.)
#1 Kodansha Comics: I know what your thinking, why make the new kid in town #1 on my list..well like viz, its all about the TITLES. Almost all of the series KodaUSA has announced or saved I have some level of interst in (ecspecially Sailor Moon), I also think their the best bet for getting omnibus reprints of Rave Master, since they are Handling Mashima's other works (Fairy Tail Monster Hunter Orage.) Koda has just started, but man have they started out with a BANG! I just hope they can keep it up!
as for the others, I don't buy many Bandai manga, so I can't properly judge them, but the few I do have from them are of decent quality. DMP/Darkhorse have afew titles im intersted in, but I've heard mixed reactions about the quality of their products...deffinantly plan to Get Trigun Maximum & Hellsing eventually though, aside from that dont care for the company much they seem to be to obsessed with bringing over.."erotic manga" you know yaoi, hentai & what not.
and finally... as mean as it sounds still kind of glad Tokyopop isn't still around to mess up manga and release poorly laminated & bound books. And still Miss Broccoli (even if all I bought from them was Disgaea.)
so yeah, thats my rant..how about the rest of you, what are your thoughts on the various manga publishers in the U.S.