Nymphet (Rare English Printing of Kodomo no Jikan; 2007)
Kodomo no Jikan (こどものじかん, lit. A Child's Time) is a seinen (adult-oriented) manga by Kaworu Watashiya detailing an elementary school teacher plagued by the fact that one of his students has a crush on him; the manga was serialized between May of 2005 and April of 2013. Despite receiving a 12-episode anime adaptation in late 2007, four OVAs in late 2009, and a fifth in 2011, the manga has attracted large amounts of criticism and controversy for its content, which many outside of Japan have decried as pedophilic.
In July 2006, Seven Seas Entertainment officially announced their licensing of the manga with an originally planned release of the first volume in December 2006. The release was delayed for unknown reasons until 2007.
Finally, on May 29, 2007, Seven Seas Entertainment had an official press release come out exclusively to Anime News Network, claiming they were dealing with backlash over the series' controversial nature and were stuck on what to do, and delayed the release of the series until they could have "an open dialogue with the large book chains and other vendors".
Just one day later, the release of the manga was canceled, with the president of Seven Seas known as Jason DeAngelis stating that "it's not appropriate for Seven Seas to publish Nymphet."
He stated later that the primary reason for canceling the publication was "due to [his] recent realization that later volumes in the series can not be considered appropriate for the US market by any reasonable standard."
In a way, the president of Seven Seas ended up turning against the title he was so hellbent on releasing in the end, discussing his disgust on his blog over a scene where the male protagonist gets an erection after his student rubs up against him.
However, it has been confirmed a limited number of copies of the first volume were printed before the cancelation, and an Amazon listing is up to this day stating "Out of Print--Limited Availability."
- Announcement of Seven Seas' licensing of the series.
- "Seven Seas Entertainment Talks about Nymphet"
- Seven Seas Cancels Nymphet Release in North America
- "I don't see how anyone can possibly defend this scene. 'Nuff said."
- Canceled Amazon listing for Nymphet
- A quoted "Aoi Notes" is on this forum page, in which someone who worked heavily on the release of the first volume is disappointed it'll never make it to the public eye.