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Tokyopop and Kodansha break up
Posted by LadyPSerenity in Industry News August 31, 2009 at 06:18:01 PM

Kodansha refused to renew TOKYOPOP's Germany licenses, rumors floated that Kodansha has made it's own entry into the US manga market (no confirmation) and now the official announcement has come from TOKYOPOP that Kodansha has severed ties with them and refuses to renew a number of titles.

"The Japanese publisher Kodansha, from whom TOKYOPOP has licensed many terrific series over the years — Chobits, Love Hina, Samurai Deeper Kyo, Rave Master, Initial D, Kindaichi, Life, GetBackers, and Love Attack, to name a few — has decided to let all existing contracts with TOKYOPOP expire on all manga series that they have licensed to us. As a result, Kodansha will not renew any licenses with TOKYOPOP for any new manga volumes. What does this mean? TOKYOPOP will not be allowed to complete the publication of any series that is currently in progress; in addition, TOKYOPOP will not be allowed to reprint titles after the current inventory has been sold out, so once these series are sold out at retail, they will not be available for consumers to purchase. The reasons for Kodansha’s decision were not communicated to TOKYOPOP.

We have received many emails and phone calls about titles related to this announcement, and given the nature of the negotiations, we could not definitely answer any of those questions until now. We love all of these series, and we are disappointed that we will not get to enjoy the outcome of some of our favorite manga. We hope to see these series completed some day…. However, if they are ever published again, they will not be published by TOKYOPOP." Quoted from MangaBlog.Net

Card Captor Sakura will be published by Dark Horse; however, for other series you may be collecting from Tokyopop - that haven't finished publishing yet - you may not be able to get any further volumes from them. Series like Getbackers, which has 11 volumes left is not likely to finish. Initial D may be in the same boat as the series is ongoing in Japan. If you're not already collecting the series you may want to hold off till you know if it can be finished, or rather will be finished.

Some of the titles have been picked up elsewhere. CLAMP titles are being released in omnibus form by Dark Horse.

Source: Anime Vice . Com (News Feed), MangaBlog.Net
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Posted by on September 29, 2010 at 07:14:15 PM
is that why chobits omnibus 2 isn't out yet?
Posted by Kaitou Ace on September 01, 2009 at 02:56:57 PM
This isn't good news at all for TokyoPop, lets hope they can turn things around though.

It's really bad for fans of the series that aren't getting picked up by anyone else though, as those shows are unlikely to be released stateside.
Posted by OminousCloud on September 01, 2009 at 12:32:50 AM
Clover, Chobits and Magic Knight Rayearth will also be published by Dark Horse in omnibus editions and Del Ray is picking up Samurai Deeper Kyo
Posted by Gjallarhorn on August 31, 2009 at 07:20:21 PM
...seriously bad news. I know TokyoPop has had some bad dealings in the past, but Kodansha MUST have something in mind. The revenue they receive as a result of TokyoPop's licenses is substantial, and not something they'd be willing to lose.

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