Social rights are always the focus of attention in the western world, particularly in the United States of America, where they are particularly defended or opposed, creating a climate of conflict on many issues. And that also affected a Seven Seas manga, I think I turned my childhood friend into a girl.
Originally Osananajimi (♂) or Onnanoko ni Shiteshimatta Hanashi was a web novel later adapted into a manga and known in Japan as Koisuru (Otome) no Tsukurikata. Seven Seas titled it announced and released in May 2022 I think I made a girl out of my childhood friend. The series is a romantic comedy that winks at lovers of boys' love stories.
The plot of I Think I Turned My Childhood Friend Into a Girl revolves around Kenshiro, a boy who is passionate about makeup and asks his best friend Hiura Mihate to become his model. As the makeup sessions progress, Kenshiro begins to fall for the more feminine version of Hiura, while the latter begins to like looking like a girl and begins to practice crossdressing.
What was the controversy? Fans noted that the translator of the Seven Seas publishing house decided to do it saying that Hiura Mihate is a trans character and no femboy. This has caused various controversies on the internet, with the publisher claiming to take public opinion into account. Other colleagues of the translator also got involved in the matter, some supporting the translator and others not appreciating the choice.
Fans believe that Seven Seas cannot limit the spectrum of sexuality in this way and that the character is not considered trans, also citing a "political agenda" to be followed. have you read the manga What do you think of the situation in the US?
This is not a happy time for Seven Seas. The controversy is similar to that of ONE PIECE's Yamato as the manga sector continues to grow.