TOKYOPOP Comes To An End Comments - Mania.com



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formerroadie 4/15/2011 11:57:16 AM

HOLY CRAP

insaneben 4/15/2011 1:45:19 PM

I'm shocked and saddened, yet somehow, after hearing this past February that they had laid off long-time stalwarts like Lillian Diaz-Pryzbyl (sp?), and that their publishing staff had been reduced to all of six people, I had a feeling it was only a matter of time before their manga division went belly-up.

And yet, they said their European manga division will remain operational. Will this mean they'll continue to publish books and get a third-party to distribute them? Or will this simply be the last domino to fall before Tokyopop devotes its remaining resources to film (and padding Stu Levy's bank account)? Only time will tell...

(On a personal note, I'm glad I got the remaining volumes of every other Tokyopop series I wanted... all except for Aria, which, depending on the days and months ahead, may either continue to be published, dropped and rescued by another publisher, or join "Harukaze Bitter Bop" and countless others in licensing limbo. Stay tuned...)

METR0lD 4/16/2011 7:59:00 AM

This comes as absolutely no surprise. It was clear for a long time that Tokyopop didn't know what they were doing as a business. If anything, I'm surprised that they lasted this long. It's a shame to see them go, but not surprising.

On a personal side though, I've never been a big manga reader. I've always been an anime guy, so them leaving the market will really have minimal to no effect on me personally. I just wish their employees the best of luck, as I know first hand how hard it is to lose a job.

Hectotane 4/16/2011 1:41:34 PM

"Not knowing what to do?"  More like "T-Pop couldn't tap into the true power that's the manga audience outside of Asia like Viz did."

It's sad.  But I'd rather just write it off as the "sign of the times."  Hopefully when the economy gets better, T-Pop will find a way to come back stronger and such.  That's usually how the story goes.

thrasher1986 4/25/2011 12:16:09 PM

 not shocked but i rfeally feel this one. tokyopop really oened everything up for american audiences and they were the ones that got me into manga when i bought my first manga. truly this will be a huge lose to the community. farewell good friends.

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