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Tokyopop To Lose All the Kodansha Titles

by dtshyk
Aug 31, 2009 9:48 PM | 53 Comments
According to Mangablog, Tokyopop announced that Kodansha has decided to let all the licensed of manga granted to Tokyopop to expire. Tokyopop will not be allowed to complete the ongoing series nor reprint the sold-out titles.

Tokyopop's out of print list

Kodansha established a new corporation in US last year and started the international publication on their own.

Source: Mangablog
Related topics:
Kodansha to Publish, Sell Manga in U.S.
Tokyopop Germany Loses Kodansha's Manga

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chobits rules

Nov 19, 2009 1:24 PM by Salazar

I'm actually kind of glad about Initial D. If Kodansha decides to publish that in the US then we have a chance of them not horribly slaughtering the Japanese names like Tokyopop did.

I mean, "KT" for Keisuke Takahashi and "Tak" for Takumi? And they thought that sounded better?

Oct 8, 2009 8:48 AM by feder

...but what about Tokyo Tribes?! That's not Kodansha!

Oct 8, 2009 7:13 AM by Major_G

Hmm, Parasyte is being rereleased which is good since I want to read it, same with Chobits.

BLAME! and Le Portrait De Petit Cossette being OOP on the other hand is pure bullshit. Especially BLAME!.

Sep 6, 2009 4:14 PM by Seasonreaper

Torisunanohokori said:
...IN THE SPECIAL LEVEL OF HELL RESERVED FOR THOSE WHO LET OELs INTO THIS WORLD.


...On a side note, while they were releasing those OELs, they were also royally screwing over a lot of the artists involved. Google Tokyopop Contract Scandal if you are interested.

Ninja337 said:
dtshyk said:
Tokyopop will not be allowed to complete the ongoing series


Not like they would anyway...

Hopefully this spells the begining of the end for Tokyopoop.


I will forever refer to them as "Tokyopoop" now. Thank you. <3

Sep 2, 2009 9:08 PM by ScrumYummy

dtshyk said:
Tokyopop will not be allowed to complete the ongoing series


Not like they would anyway...

Hopefully this spells the begining of the end for Tokyopoop.

Sep 2, 2009 3:29 PM by Ninja337

Some of those titles were more or less OOP already. Like Dragon Voice - volume 10 has been out for about 16 months, and there was never any clear word on whether or not the final volume (11) will finally come out. With Rebound, it's been even longer. Maybe I'll finally be able to get it now. Don't care whether it's an online release or not, frankly.

Also, WTF: "Cyborg 009 Shotaro Ishinomori 36 Vol. 10 published in March 2005"

How was this not already in limbo?

Meanwhile, inside my head...

Sep 1, 2009 10:45 PM by Torisunanohokori

On a side note, does that mean all the ex-Tokyopop licensed titles on online manga reading sites that were asked to be taken down might come back up?

I mean I've noticed Dark Horse occasionally has issues with hosting scanlations of their licensed titles, but Del Rey seems to be generally tolerant of it (at least so far).

Sep 1, 2009 10:36 PM by seiyu

Smart move. I hope they'll eventually print the raws on this side as well so we can get them at a lower price. Raws are cheap but shipping is not.

Sep 1, 2009 10:24 PM by ShootTheBullet

Sad for Tokyo Pop, but if Kodansha is out on its own business I think the matter is to know when they will start publishing and selling those titles themselves.

Well, anyway from those titles, the ones that were of my interest I already have them all complete, as they were finished years ago, like Mahoromatic and Comic Party, so if anyone wants those it is a matter of buying the whole lot from TP while they have issues from those titles.

Sep 1, 2009 9:28 PM by VoidHawk

Hamel said:
Faust721 said:
Waffocopter said:
Is Samurai Deeper Kyo part of this too? I just want to get this series over with already...and I'm either going to have to stop at a random volume or get volumes from a different publisher later on? Same with Getbackers. Great.


SDK is gonna be published by another company. It was either Dark Horse or Del Ray iirc.

I just checked it it's DR
But they will continue from where TP left off so I just need to buy 2 volumes and I am on track


Ah, well that's a relief. Don't want such a long series left incomplete like that. Phew.

Sep 1, 2009 9:11 PM by Waffocopter

Faust721 said:
Waffocopter said:
Is Samurai Deeper Kyo part of this too? I just want to get this series over with already...and I'm either going to have to stop at a random volume or get volumes from a different publisher later on? Same with Getbackers. Great.


SDK is gonna be published by another company. It was either Dark Horse or Del Ray iirc.

I just checked it it's DR
But they will continue from where TP left off so I just need to buy 2 volumes and I am on track

Sep 1, 2009 7:52 PM by Hamel

I hate titles going out of print. Why do they happen so quickly???

Sep 1, 2009 4:42 PM by VelvetEris

NO EXPORT FOR YOU.

Sep 1, 2009 11:43 AM by ukonkivi

Antanaru said:
dtshyk said:
Kodansha established a new corporation in US last year and started the international publication on their own.
This actually sounds good. Now we need the same with anime.
I agree.

Sep 1, 2009 11:35 AM by Adamzo

dtshyk said:
Kodansha established a new corporation in US last year and started the international publication on their own.
This actually sounds good. Now we need the same with anime.

Sep 1, 2009 11:22 AM by Antanaru

Damn. That sucks. D:
I still have to buy some of those titles too.

Sep 1, 2009 10:48 AM by Penguin-chan

It looks like stuff that Kodansha publishes will be distributed here by Random House (http://www.icv2.com/articles/news/15748.html), so perhaps those old Tokyopop titles will turn up eventually as Random House books (except for some of the Clamp titles that Dark Horse is doing omnibus things for, such as MKR and CCS)

Sep 1, 2009 10:27 AM by MagicalEmi

There seems to be this misconception in this thread that these titles are going away permanently. If I had to guess, I would say that Kodansha is probably going to reprint a lot of them under their new American imprint. I wouldn't worry so much.

KyuuA4 said:
Kodansha says, "TokyoPop, you're fired."

Wow. Losing that many titles... that's crippling.


Especially since the only other titles that TP puts out are crappy manwha and OEL.

oh snap. :O

VIZARDichigo said:
Wow that is a lot only own like two on the list so not a big deal for me but still thats a harsh blow to the manga industry.


Not to the manga industry. Just to Tokyopop.

Serves them right. They have made a lot of mistakes in recent years. And when you run a company badly, that company is going to suffer.

Sep 1, 2009 9:52 AM by ScrumYummy

Crap I have to get the last 6 volumes of A I Love You and the last volume of Comic Party fast.

Sep 1, 2009 9:32 AM by mitamaking

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