Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Tokyopop Tries Jedi Mind Trick On Manga Fans...

Tokyopop told the Publishers Weekly last week that 28 Summer releases and 11 January 2009 releases that were previously "cancelled" are only "postponed" (unfortunately this does not come close to addressing the approx 125 issues that actually got the axe). TokyoPop Marketing Director Marco Pavia said that the company's restructuring has forced them to lower its monthly output of books, and that now a few of their titles may only be released online. He did not rule out the possibility of eventually dropping some titles though.

On the other end many manga creators have said that TokyoPop has notified them of their works' outright cancellation. Though the issue has remained mostly transparent to our customers, we have been having a terrible time maintaining stock levels on most of TokyoPop's back catalog, and recently have noticed significant restocking delays in new releases which is most likely a symptom of very short print runs. TokyoPop is clearly a company still in big trouble, and I think Mr. Pavia is just trying to do damage control through the media. My experience is that these sorts of things reflect serious systemic problems with a company that almost never have a happy ending.

Around here the folks are already calling TokyoPop the ADV of the manga world, so for the record, here is the whole list of titles that have been, um, delayed - and remember - 'these aren't the books you're looking for... move along...'

TokyoPop Fall 2008 Issues Delayed or Canceled (or both?):

A FLAME INFERNO Volume 1 - Dal-Young Kim, Gwang-Hyun Kim
ADOMANT - Nam Kim
AFTERLIFE Volume 2 - Rob Steen, Stormcrow Hayes
AI YORI AOSHI: VOLUMES 1-3 COLLECTION - Kou Fumizuki
ARCANA Volume 10 - So-Young Lee
ASPIRIN Volume 2 - Eun-Jeong Kim
ATELIER MARIE AND ELIE -ZARLBURG ALCHEMIST- Volume 5 - Yoshihiko Ochi
BATTLE OF THE BANDS - Steve Buccellato
BECK:MONGOLIAN CHOP SQUAD Volume 13 - Harold Sakuishi
BECK:MONGOLIAN CHOP SQUAD Volume 14 - Harold Sakuishi
BEYOND THE BEYOND Volume 5 - Yoshitomo Watanabe
BLANK Volume 2 - Pop Mhan
BLAZIN BARRELS Volume 11 - Min-Seo Park
BLOOD SUCKER Volume 8 - Aki Shimizu, Saki Okuse
BOYS OF SUMMER THE COMPLETE SEASON - Chuck Austen, Hiroki Otsuka
BRAVE STORY Volume 6 - Miyuki Miyabe, Yoichiro Ono
CHIBI VAMPIRE: VOLUMES 1-3 COLLECTION - Yuna Kagesaki
CHRONICLES OF THE CURSED SWORD Volume 23 - Beop-Ryong Yeo, Hui-Jin Park
CIEL Volume 1 - Ju-Yeon Rhim
DARK MOON DIARY VOL 2 -
DEMON FLOWERS: KURUIZAKI NO HANA Volume 4 - Mizuki Hakase
DEMON FLOWERS: KURUIZAKI NO HANA Volume 5 - Mizuki Hakase
DISNEY'S FAIRIES: TINKERBELL -
DRAGON HUNTER Volume 19 - Hong Seock Seo
DRAGON SISTER! Volume 3 - Nini
DRAGON VOICE Volume 11 - Yuriko Nishiyama
EARTHLIGHT VOL 3 -
FEVER Volume 3 - Hee Jung Park
FORGET ABOUT LOVE Volume 2 - Sang-Eun Lee
FOXY LADY Volume 2 - Ayun Tachibana
FOXY LADY Volume 3 - Ayun Tachibana
FRUITS BASKET ULTIMATE EDITION Volume 4 - Natsuki Takaya
FULL METAL PANIC! (NOVEL) Volume 4: ENDING DAY BY DAY: PART 1 - Shikidouji, Shouji Gatou
GAKUEN HEAVEN-NAKAJIMA One Shot - Spray, You Higuri
GANKUTSUOU Volume 1 - Hidenori Matsubara , Hisashi Kagawa, Shuuichi Kouyama
GATCHA GACHA Volume 8 - Yutaka Tachibana
GENJU NO SEIZA Volume 8 - Matsuri Akino
GOOD WITCH OF THE WEST, THE (NOVEL) Volume 3 - Noriko Ogiwara
GOSICK Volume 2 - Hinata Takeda, Kazuki Sakuraba
GRAND THEFT GALAXY Volume 2 - Jim Jimenez, Tricia Riley Hale
GUARDIAN HEARTS Volume 2 - Sae Amatsu
HANNAH MONTANA Volume 10 - Disney
HANNAH MONTANA Volume 7 - Disney
HANNAH MONTANA Volume 8 - Disney
HANNAH MONTANA Volume 9 - Disney
HARUKAZE BITTER BOP Volume 3 - Court Betten
HOTEL AFRICA Volume 3 - Hee Jung Park
I WISH? Volume 3 - Hyun-Joo Seo
I-DOLL Volume 3 - Mi-Ae Choi
INITIAL D Volume 33 - Shuichi Shigeno
JADE OF BANGO Volume 2 - Ae-Ju Yim, Jin-Ju Yim
J-POP IDOL Volume 2 - Original Story By Millenni+M, Script & Art By Toko Yashiro
KARMA CLUB Volume 2 - D.J. Milky, Mark Seidenberg, Michael Dobrzycki
KAT & MOUSE Volume 4 - Alex De Campi, Federica Manfredi
KINDAICHI CASE FILES, THE BURIAL FRANCS - Kanari Yozaburo, Sato Fumiya
KING CITY VOL 2 -
KINGDOM HEARTS(?) - Shiro Amano
KINGDOM HEARTS II(?) - Shiro Amano
KOIHIME SOUSHI One Shot - Koge Dobo
LAGOON ENGINE Volume 6 - Yukiru Sugisaki
LAGOON ENGINE Volume 7 - Yukiru Sugisaki
LIFE Volume 10 - Keiko Suenobu
LIFE Volume 11 - Keiko Suenobu
LILING-PO Volume 9 - Ako Yutenji
LITTLE QUEEN Volume 8 - Yeon-Joo Kim
LOVE MODE Volume 11: (YAOI) - Yuki Shimizu
MAGIC MOON LEGACY OF MAGIC MOON - Wolfgang And Heike Hohlbein
MAIL ORDER NINJA - Erich Owen, Joshua Elder
MARTIN AND JOHN Volume 2 - Hee Jung Park
MISSING (NOVEL) Volume 3: THE HANGED MAN: PART 1 - Gakuto Coda
MISSING (NOVEL) Volume 4: THE HANGED MAN: CONCLUSION - Gakuto Coda
MOBILE SUIT GUNDAM ECOLE DU CIEL Volume 9 - Haruhiko Mikimoto
MY CAT LOKI Volume 3 - Bettina M. Kurkoski
NEVER GIVE UP Volume 9 - Hiromu Mutou
NOSATSU JUNKIE Volume 7 - Ryoko Fukuyama
OFF*BEAT Volume 3 - Jen Lee Quick
PANTHEON HIGH Volume 3 - Paul Benjamin, Steven Cummings
PICK OF THE LITTER Volume 5 - Yuriko Suda
PLANET BLOOD Volume 9 - Tae-Hyung Kim
POISON CANDY Volume 2 - David Hine, Hans Steinbach
PSY-COMM Volume 3 - Jason Henderson, Ramanda Kamarga, Tony Salvaggio
QUEEN'S KNIGHT, THE Volume 13 - Kim Kang Won
QUEEN'S KNIGHT, THE Volume 14 - Kim Kang Won
ROLLING Volume 2 - Geo, Ji-Sang Sin
RURE Volume 4 - Da-Mi Seomoon
SATISFACTION GUARANTEED Volume 8 - Ryo Saenagi
SAVER Volume 7 - Eun-Young Lee
SEDUCTION MORE BEAUTIFUL THAN LOVE Volume 3 - Hyun-Sook Lee
SESAME STREET Volume 4: ELMO AND ABBEY SEE A DINOSAUR - Sesame Workshop
SESAME STREET Volume 5: ELMO AND ABBEY IN WONDERLAND - Sesame Workshop
SHIN MEGAMI TENSEI (KAHN) Volume 3 - Kazuaki Yanagisawa
SHORT SUNZEN! Volume 3 - Susugi Sakurai
SILVER DIAMOND Volume 3 - Shiho Sugiura
SNOW Volume 2 - Morgan Luthi
SORCERER HUNTERS 100% AUTHENTIC FORMAT Volume 11 - Ray Omishi, Satoru Akahori
SPEED GRAPHER - NOVEL Volume 1 - Gonzo, Minoru Niki, Yuusuke Kozaki
STAND BY YOUTH Volume 4 - Juder, Young-Bin Kim
STAR TREK ULTIMATE EDITION - Various
STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION Volume 1 - Christine Boylan, David Gerrold, Diane Duane, Don Hudson, Fj Desanto
SUPPLI Volume 4 - Mari Okazaki
TEA FOR TWO Volume 3 - Yaya Sakuragi
THAT GUY WAS SPLENDID Volume 1 - Gwiyunni, Ji-Eun Kim
TOKYO TRIBES Volume 7 - Santa Inoue
TRINITY BLOOD - RAGE AGAINST THE MOONS Volume 4: JUDGMENT DAY - Sunao Yoshida, Thores Shibamoto
TRINITY BLOOD - REBORN ON THE MARS Volume 3 - Sunao Yoshida
UNDERTOWN VOL 2 -
V.B. ROSE Volume 5 - Banri Hidaka
WE SHADOWS Volume 2 - Sonny Strait
WHITE NIGHT MELODY Volume 2 - Selena Lin
YUBISAKI MILK TEA - Tomochika Miyano
ZIG*ZAG Volume 4 - Yuki Nakaji

7 comments:

Aaron H. Bynum said...

No Hannah Montana volumes seven through ten? The world is coming to an end. (hey, that rhymes)

Robert said...

No Hannah Montana volumes seven through ten? The world is coming to an end. (hey, that rhymes)

HEH. :-)

t said...

Bah. Their Kindachi Case Files books were glacialy slow as it was. And their back issues of that series is a joke.

Robert said...

Bah. Their Kindachi Case Files books were glacialy slow as it was. And their back issues of that series is a joke.

Well, it's always nice to hear what people DON'T like...

t said...

Eh, it's the only book I buy that Tokyopop publish in any event. Hopefully if they do an ADV, it's popular enough for someone else to pick up. Preferably with somewhat faster releases.

Taryn said...

I didn't think it was possible to hate Tokyopop anymore than I already did, but this list proves me wrong. Beck, Queen's Knight and Life were all up there in volume count and now I'll probably never know what happens with any of them. That's a lot of money squandered on useless, unfinished stories!

Do you think it's possible another company will license them? Even so, it would take ages to get back up to speed. I'm just waiting now for TP to announce Aria is delayed.

On another note, do you know if CMX has canceled "From Eroica With Love"? I noticed that book 14 got delayed and it's making me nervous!

Oroshirai said...

Utter bull. THey canceled Pantheon High, Now ill never know whats happens, same with queens knight.

I truly despise TP.