Tokyopop Shutting Down American Publishing of Manga

Topic started by Dream on April 15, 2011. Last post by EquitasInvictus 3 years, 3 months ago.
Post by Dream (7,215 posts) See mini bio Level 20
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To those of you that normally get their manga titles off Tokyopop, this will be quite troublesome to bear. Anime News Network just reported that Tokyopop is planning to seize all publication of their manga titles to America effective on May 31 and closing up their Los Angeles publishing branch. You can find more information on this news here.

Geez. I imagine this is gonna be a big blow on the American manga industry since Tokyopop was one of the major publishers here in the states.
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I pinned this post to the message boards.
Post by Sogeman (22 posts) See mini bio Level 6
Thank Enel it's not completely shutting down. I buy 3 manga series, all are from Tokyopop (Germany)
Post by DocHaus (925 posts) See mini bio Level 18
From what I hear, Stu Levy's made a ton of bad decisions during his stewardship of the company. Every time it looked like the company was turning things around, the guy would go chase a new shiny object somewhere else and leave the budding project to fester and rot. Now he's focusing on a very awful show called "World's Greatest Otaku" ( summarized here) and reportedly he's planning to do a documentary on the massive earthquake that hit Japan. He stopped giving a shit about the manga business long ago but of course rather than give the operation to someone who actually cared he decided to slowly let the thing die to pursue his pet projects.

Say what you want about translated manga and piracy and the brick-and-mortar bookstores and all that shit, but in the case of TP every time they had a chance to get back up Stu's ADD would kick in and he'd fire the editor or manager that was trying to keep it up.
Post by Destinyheroknight (10,171 posts) See mini bio Level 21
That really bum me out :(
Post by Godot (113 posts) See mini bio Level 14
Wow, this is pretty big news for American buyers, even if it was a long time coming. I suspect shoddy decisions like greenlighting crap like "America's Greatest Otaku" didn't help, mind. The way I read it, I think the UK branch is staying open, so I guess importing is still an option for US manga readers.

(I think you meant cease rather than seize though)
Post by The_Desert_Tiger (1,243 posts) See mini bio Level 13

that really sucks
Post by takashichea (10,919 posts) See mini bio Level 25
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Not good for Chibi Vampire fans.
Too many companies are closing down. Look at Borders.
I can only buy manga from Ebay or Amazon now since the two Borders store in my college's hometown is closed down. I probably search for a store that sells manga.
Post by damswedon (277 posts) See mini bio Level 16
It seems like their secondary forms of revenue were turds and Kodansha saying "fuck you we can do this better than you" hurt them bad.
Post by Sonata (35,161 posts) See mini bio Level 20
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Sad to hear, I blame the pirating age.
Post by ZombiePie (861 posts) See mini bio Level 15
@Sonata said:
" Sad to hear, I blame the pirating age. "
I would hedge my bets on the bankruptcy and liquidation of Borders Group as well as other major bookstores that sold manga as the main reason for this. To what extent can piracy be blamed on the complete collapse of the book industry? I doubt people are pirating Time magazine. The times they are a changing and paper based media is just struggling everywhere across all boards.
Post by Count_Zero (344 posts) See mini bio Level 20
@zombiepie said:
" @Sonata said:
" Sad to hear, I blame the pirating age. "
I would hedge my bets on the bankruptcy and liquidation of Borders Group as well as other major bookstores that sold manga as the main reason for this. To what extent can piracy be blamed on the complete collapse of the book industry? I doubt people are pirating Time magazine. The times they are a changing and paper based media is just struggling everywhere across all boards. "
I agree that the collapse of Borders definitely played a major role in this. Tokyopop and Borders have always had close ties - Borders took a chance on Tokyopop's publication of unflipped manga, at a time when conventional wisdom said that unflipped manga would never sell (so unflipped manga was never stocked... so it never sold, etc.) Borders would always stock a bunch of Tokyopop's stuff, even if it wasn't necessarily good (like some of their OEL fare). This probably had an effect of pushing Tokyopop along, even if perhaps they should have gone under earlier, which leads us to now.

While Tokyopop's demise is unfortunate for the manga industry - it's not too surprising. Tokyopop was doing for Manga what Geneon (and to a certain degree, ADV) did for anime - they'd license loads of Japanese and Korean stuff, and publish some OEL stuff even if the quality wasn't necessarily great. For example - Alice in the Country of Hearts is a series that is solidly mediocre. That said, before they shut down US operations they'd also licensed and published several volumes of Hanako and the Terror of Allegory, which is probably one of the best horror manga I've read in quite some time, and a series that I really hope gets license rescued by Vertical or Dark Horse.
Post by ShadowKnight508 (5,319 posts) See mini bio Level 19
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This really sucks to hear...oh well, I better go buy the rest of the Fate/stay Night volumes on Amazon (I own Vol. 1 thru 5, need 6 thru 10) before the deadline.
Post by Kelleth (7,777 posts) See mini bio Level 20
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@takashichea said:
" Not good for Chibi Vampire fans. Too many companies are closing down. Look at Borders.I can only buy manga from Ebay or Amazon now since the two Borders store in my college's hometown is closed down. I probably search for a store that sells manga. "
Yeah I hear ya. I have to buy 7 volumes of Chibi Vampire + an extra before it suddenly disappears of the charts :(
Post by JJOR64 (2,074 posts) See mini bio Level 16
Damn.
Post by MrDirector786 (4,497 posts) See mini bio Level 17
Crap. That sucks.
Post by EquitasInvictus (332 posts) See mini bio Level 15
@zombiepie said:
" @Sonata said:
" Sad to hear, I blame the pirating age. "
I would hedge my bets on the bankruptcy and liquidation of Borders Group as well as other major bookstores that sold manga as the main reason for this. To what extent can piracy be blamed on the complete collapse of the book industry? I doubt people are pirating Time magazine. The times they are a changing and paper based media is just struggling everywhere across all boards. "
I agree. To add, I'll say this issue with print-based media is why we have news outlets such as The New York Times beginning to charge people accessing it over the internet online to a certain extent - they can't sustain themselves from printed copies alone. While I'll clarify that they're not charging people for viewing anything from the Times at all, they're making it very difficult for an individual to read a complete paper on their site without a subscription.

While it's unfortunate Tokyopop is buckling, I'm sure some of the series they left unfinished translating entirely will end up picked up by someone else. Either way, I can't say I've been following much coming from Tokyopop as of late.
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