Kodansha and Tpop Break-Up Now Official

Topic started by gia on Aug. 31, 2009. Last post by Baku_Sensei 5 years, 7 months ago.
Post by gia (3,032 posts) See mini bio Level 13
Get Backers won't finish
Get Backers won't finish
Most people watching the US manga world kinda saw this coming, what with Kodansha refusing to renew TOKYOPOP Germany's licenses amidst rumors of Kodansha's own entry into the US manga market (which we still have no real word on). However, TOKYOPOP has officially announced that Kodansha is severing ties with them and refusing to renew a number of titles.
"TOKYOPOP will not be allowed to complete the publication of any series that is currently in progress; in addition, TOKYOPOP will not be allowed to reprint titles after the current inventory has been sold out, so once these series are sold out at retail, they will not be available for consumers to purchase. The reasons for Kodansha’s decision were not communicated to TOKYOPOP."
Dark Horse will publish Card Captor Sakura
Dark Horse will publish Card Captor Sakura
Unfortunately that means that if you've been collecting a series from Tpop that they haven't finished publishing yet, you will not be able to get any further volumes from TOKYOPOP. Over at Precocious Curmudgeon, David Welsh has a list of all (he thinks) of the titles affected by the announcement. A quick glance makes it look like most of the big names are complete, but there are plenty that aren't and won't be done in time-- Getbackers, for example, has 11 volumes left. Initial D only has a few volumes left before it's caught up with the Japanese version-- but it's still ongoing there, so there's no way TOKYOPOP can finish it.

Some of the titles have already been picked up elsewhere-- namely the CLAMP titles that are being released in omnibus form by Dark Horse.  Here's hoping for a quick pick-up for some...
Post by Kuro (559 posts) See mini bio Level 6
Fuck. Fuck fuck fuck fuck fuck.
Post by Myhnegon (12 posts) See mini bio Level 11
le sigh, guess im spending more money now... don't want to get burned with higher prices later for it being "rare"
Post by Sigue (860 posts) See mini bio Level 8
Douche move, Kodansha. Douche move. If I had been collecting those series, it would upset me to no end to have to either deal with an incomplete collection or have look of the books change mid-collection. Douche move.
Post by HeeroYuy (1,210 posts) See mini bio Level 12
Eh, it's not like they ever bothered to reprint Gundam Wing... the ONLY Gundam manga I DON'T have ironically... (I have all the Wing spinoffs, just not the main 3 volume series).
And Fate/Stay Night is still safe, so I really don't care Tokyopop.
Post by Void_Wizard (735 posts) See mini bio Level 9
Good thing I have all of Chobits already! :)
Post by Fabe (56 posts) See mini bio Level 6
Guess that kills any hope of seeing  the rest of Beck any time soon.
Post by sunflower (191 posts) See mini bio Level 1
So the theory is that they want to enter the market themselves, yet they're selling the titles to other companies?  Hmm.  
Post by Baku_Sensei (464 posts) See mini bio Level 10
@Fabe: Maybe someone else will grab it and it will FINALLY be released past vol. 12.
I gotta finish my Love Hina collection NOW!
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