Twists and turns

First, there’s a new Flipped up over at The Comics Reporter. I worked really hard on it, and even I don’t even care any more, because, wow, what’s the opposite of a slow news day? Monday, Aug. 31, 2009, that’s what the opposite is.

Since Marvel and Disney are so 10:18 a.m., I’ll point you towards Brigid Alverson’s scoop that Kodansha is letting its licenses with Tokyopop lapse. I popped over to Wikipedia to see if there was any handy chart or graph that would allow me to compare original publisher and U.S. licensing agent, and voila. It’s incomplete and should probably be taken with whatever quantity of salt you usually apply to that particular resource, but it’s a start, and here are the titles I culled (with an updated pointer to Deb Aoki’s breakdown of which titles are unfinished):

A.I. Love You
Baby Birth
Beck: Mongolian Chop Squad
Boys Be…
Cardcaptor Sakura
(due for omnibus treatment from Dark Horse, I think)
Cherry Juice
(due for omnibus treatment from Dark Horse)
(available in new omnibus from Dark Horse)
Confidential Confessions
Cyborg 009
Dead End
Deus Vitae
Dragon Head
Dragon Voice
Dream Saga
Et Cetera
Flower of Eden
(licensed but never published)
Girl Got Game
Great Teacher Onizuka
GTO: The Early Years
Harlem BeatRebound
Heat Guy J
Ice Blade
Initial D
Instant Teen: Just Add Nuts
Jing: King of Bandits
Kami Kaze
Kamichama Karin
Kedamono Damono
Kilala Princess
Kindaichi Case Files
Love Hina
Magic Knight Rayearth
Magical Shopping Arcade Abenobashi
Miracle Girls
Mobile Fighter G Gundam
Mobile Suit Gundam Side Story: The Blue Destiny
Mobile Suit Gundam Wing
(since published anew by Del Rey)
Peach Girl
and spin-offs
Pixie Pop
Le Portrait de Petite Cossette
Psychic Academy
Rave Master
RG Veda
Rose Hip Rose
Sailor Moon
Saint Tail
Sakura Taisen
Samurai Deeper Kyo
(picked up by Del Rey)
Telepathic Wanderers
Tokyo Mew Mew
and sequel
Tramps Like Us
Voices of a Distant Star
Warriors of Tao
Zodiac P.I.

Feel free to note any I missed in the comments, and I’ll update the list.

34 Responses to Twists and turns

  1. Chobits and Clover are both, of course, scheduled to be published anew by Dark Horse.

  2. […] David Welsh has a list of affected titles at Precocious […]

  3. davidpwelsh says:

    Yup, Clover is already in print, and Chobits is in the new Previews.

  4. davidpwelsh says:

    Oh, and they’re going to do Cardcaptor too, aren’t they?

  5. Danielle Leigh says:

    Samurai Deeper Kyo has been picked up by Del Rey (if I’m remembering correctly?), Flower of Eden was never published (plagiarism scandal)…and that is all I’ve got to add.

  6. Hisui says:

    I noticed that Shonan Junai Gumi aka GTO: The Early Years was not on the list. I suppose you could throw it in under GTO but I thought it might get a mention as it’s own title.

  7. davidpwelsh says:

    You’re quite right, Hisui, and thanks. And thanks for the info, Danielle!

  8. While I was working on Cel Shaded for tomorrow, I found a few more titles for ya, culled from Anime News Network’s encyclopedia listing for Kodansha: Heaven!!,
    Kedamono Damono, Mobile Fighter G Gundam, Mobile Suit Gundam Side Story: The Blue Destiny, RG Veda, Smuggler and Telepathic Wanderers. Cyborg 009 is also technically a Kodansha title (they published it from 1966-67, according to ANN’s entry), though the rights to that appear to have shifted over the years, so I’m not sure if that should be on the list.

  9. davidpwelsh says:

    Thanks, Jason! And congrats on the Rough Guide gig!

  10. lys says:

    Aww, so many titles!!

    Love Attack (originally Jun’ai Tokkou Taichou!) is a fun shoujo series I was collecting and will miss. (also, Heaven!! by the same author, though at least TP was able to print all 3 volumes before this happened.) I had my suspicions something was up when it didn’t make a return like other hiatused TP titles. It seems like this thing with Kodansha and Tokyopop was going on since at least a few months ago, but they probably couldn’t say anything official at that point. Whatever the reasons… I think Kodansha is being pretty lame.

  11. Lexie C. says:

    maybe my dream of a new, unflipped, better translated version of Sailor Moon won’t be for naught after all…(but I won’t hold my breath).

  12. […] and sequel Tramps Like Us Voices of a Distant Star Warriors of Tao Zodiac P.I. Sources: HERE and HERE めちゃめちゃメディア Mecha Mecha […]

  13. mystickeeper says:

    Hadn’t Tokyopop already let the Sailor Moon license lapse?

    I wish they would do a two-for-one volume re-release here like they did in Japan.

  14. Travis McGee says:

    “I think Kodansha is being pretty lame.”

    Well, presumably Kodansha has pulled the licenses with future intent to republish (for the most popular titles, at least – and those that wern’t, like Dragon Head, are never going to see reprinting subsequent to them going out of print, in any case)… given the generally sup-par level of Tokyopop’s translations, that might not be altogether a bad thing …

  15. lys says:

    Yes, that’s possible. Maybe Kodansha does have plans to publish/republish a large chunk of its library here one day in the future. I would definitely be happy if it happened. I just think that, aside from a few of the more popular titles, it wouldn’t have hurt Kodansha to let Tokyopop keep the licenses they had. For series that have been completed here, it may not be such a big deal, but there are a few of these series that haven’t finished and may not be popular enough to get picked up by someone else.

  16. […] su acuerdo con Tokyopop. Permitirá el agotamiento del stock pero no la reimpresión y cortará TODAS las series. Kodansha repite la jugada alemana de hace un año pero ahora en suelo norteamericano. […]

  17. […] Yikes. This means they won't own series like Love Hina, Chobits, Initial D, FLCL, GTO, & others, plus they can't reprint them or finish them & will out of print…. […]

  18. […] Tokyopop. Here’s reaction from Deb Aoki, Kate Dacey, Alex Hoffman Gia Manry, Brad Rice, and David Welsh (don’t forget to check the lengthy comment […]

  19. […] and Clover. She also examines which titles are being dropped mid-serialization in a separate post. David Welsh, meanwhile, has a full list of titles here, which include Beck: Mongolian Chop Squad, Love Hina and […]

  20. […] David Welsh has a list of affected titles, while Simon Jones has commentary. […]

  21. […] Welsh has the complete list of Kodansha licenses, including the manga blockbusters that put Tokyopop on the map, like Chobits and Love, Hina and […]

  22. […] Precocious Curmudgeon has a more complete list of affected titles. […]

  23. Veidt says:

    Actually if you look at this month’s new previews you can see Kodansha is already getting into the manga business with new editions of Ghost In The Shell and Akira Volume 1 solicited. Looks like they are getting into the manga publishing business in America on their own.

    I had hoped that this won’t affect my collection on a personal level but the cancelation of Shonen Junai Gumi (GTO: The Early Years) leaves me sad.


  24. […] a  list of titles, go here.  Be sure to read the comments because there’s more information piling in. […]

  25. […] The list of titles is long and exhaustively covered at Precocious Curmudgeon. That looks like seriously bad news for Tokyopop, one of the main Manga publishers in the US […]

  26. Aaron Thall says:


    Here’s hoping someone else gets the licence for these titles SOON. I want my Kindaichi Case Files back.

  27. Fai says:

    Nooooo Beck! Why do I get the feel that I will never be able to complete this series. ;_;

  28. SmallLady says:

    I am so happy! This is GREAT NEWS!
    Finally, a chance to actually see some manga series finished.

    To explain for those who screamed “NO” at this news, for most of these series listed above, Tokyopop stopped publishing in the middle – just dropped them off on its own! I mean have you seen ANY new volumes of ANY of these series since Late Fall 2008? I’d be very surprised if you actually did! And I don’t mean just see listed them on, I mean physically see an actual published volume! Because Tokyopop listed all these future manga volumes on and dates when they were “supposed” to be released but they never met their deadlines for 2009 except for maybe 2-3 books!! They fired most of their japanese translators and editors and “indefinately postponed” most of these series. It meant that it could’ve taken 2 or 3 YEARS for Tokyopop to pick itself up and hopefully restart publishing some of these series (but not most)! At the same time, Tokyopop wanted to keep those licenses for itself, which means that NOBODY ELSE would have published these series while Tokyopop “indefinately postponed”. Now that licenses are free – smaller firms, hopefully manga fan-driven ones, can pick up few licenses at a time, and continue publishing those manga. It actually means that we have an actual chance to see continuation or at least restart of these series in print under 1 year time! If tokyopop kept those licenses it would have been 2-3 years at least if ever!

  29. hima says:


    wait another

  30. […] a TOKYOPOP tem uma listagem dos títulos oficialmente esgotados à data de 31 de Agosto, e o blog Precocious Curmudgeon tem uma listagem mais condensada, baseado no post da Deb […]

  31. […] of the big Japanese publishing houses, is not renewing its licenses with Tokyopop.  David Welsh provides a quick, convenient, if possibly incomplete list of the titles affected at his own blog Precocious […]

  32. […] aside from their massive withdrawal of licenses from Tokyopop and smaller reclamation from Dark Horse, Kodansha has still been licensing material through other […]

  33. […] published in English by Tokyopop though effectively out of print as it was among the titles Kodansha retrieved from the publisher. I hope it doesn’t stay out of print long, as it’s still one of the best comics from Japan […]

  34. […] and Brigid Alverson have been actively following the story. For a list of affected titles, visit Precocious Curmudgeon, where David Welsh has been compiling a list of Tokyopop’s Kodansha licenses (with some […]

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