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
Daphne in the Brilliant Blue
Girl Got Game
King of Thorn
Magic Knight: Rayearth
Petshop of Horrors
PhD Phantasy Degree
Real Bout High School
Tokyo Mew Mew
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?