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Goodbye, Tokyopop…

Posted by Kristi on April 17, 2011

Sad news for manga enthusiasts – after 14 years, Tokyopop is closing down its U.S. operations.  I haven’t kept up with too many Tokyopop titles in recent years, but the first manga I ever read was put out by them, so it feels very strange to me that they won’t be around any more.  They were pioneers in publishing Japanese manga in its original right-to-left format which helped lead to the huge explosion in its popularity in the U.S.

Currently, I’m only buying a few Tokyopop series for the library’s collection, but here’s our series that will be affected:
 

  Alice in the Country of Hearts by Hoshino Soumei and QuinRose

This is complete at six volumes in Japan, but since the sixth volume here wasn’t scheduled until July, it’s doubtful that we’ll see the end of this one.

Chibi Vampire by Yuna Kagesaki

This one has been complete for a while, but I’ve been behind in getting this one in, so I’ll be ordering the final volumes right away.

  Deadman Wonderland by Jinsei Kataoka and Kazuma Kondou

Volume 5 is due out at the beginning of May, but it looks like we won’t be seeing any more of this series unless someone else picks up the license.

  Shinobi Life by Shoko Conami

Volume 7 was just released and I have it on order, but volume 8 is due out in July so we probably won’t see it.  There are 9 volumes in Japan and the series is still continuing as far as I know.

  Silver Diamond by Shiho Sugiura

Again, the latest U.S. volume of this one (vol. 9) just came out and I’ve ordered it, but it doesn’t look like we’ll see any future volumes.  The series is up to 21 volumes in Japan.

 
And of course, we have quite a few older Tokyopop series that are complete but will likely go out of print, so we won’t be able to fill in gaps if volumes go missing anymore. Here’s a full list of complete or partial Tokyopop series that we have here at NPL:

Alice in the Country of Hearts
Alichino
Aria
Chibi Vampire
Clover
Daphne in the Brilliant Blue
Deadman Wonderland
DearS
Fruits Basket
Girl Got Game
Guardian Hearts
Harlem Beat
Kare Kano
King of Thorn
Kodocha
Love Hina
Magic Knight: Rayearth
Mars
Pantheon High
Peach Girl
Petshop of Horrors
PhD Phantasy Degree
Qwan
Real Bout High School
Rebound
Shinobi Life
Silver Diamond
Tokyo Babylon
Tokyo Mew Mew
Ultra Cute

Whew! That’s a lot of titles – obviously, Tokyopop will be missed. What will you guys miss most out of everything that they’ve put out over the last 14 years?
 

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