- Which do you prefer, Viz or Tokyopop? Why? (Is it because of the titles, translation, packaging or anything else?)
- Which is the better publisher, in your opinion? Why? (Again, is it because of the titles, translation, packaging or anything else?)
- Why do you think other people prefer Viz/Tokyopop over the other?
I was surprised to see that the answers to 1 and 2, which I expected to be the same, often varied. (Although the answers were most often “Viz” and “both/neither”, with the second often expanding into a list of gripes and complaints.) Here’s my answers:
- Viz. I’m currently following all of these series from them:
- Absolute Boyfriend
- Aishiteruze Baby
- Baby & Me
- Case Closed
- Crimson Hero
- Hikaru no Go
- Kare First Love
- Sensual Phrase
but as time goes on, the more I come to believe that those shouldn’t be included in a discussion of manga. Tokyopop also has a history of releasing unfinished titles (Alichino, INVU, Legal Drug), which I find very frustrating.
I am much more likely to sample a Viz title within their shôjo imprint, because that brand has been a good indicator of success for me in the past. (The cheaper cost, $9 vs. $10, doesn’t hurt.) I also began reading manga avidly because of a Viz title, Hot Gimmick, so I have a certain fondness for them to start.
- Again, Viz. Their imprints are helpful in guiding readers, and they seem more reliable (releasing series volumes on predictable schedules and reducing reader fear that a beloved title will simply stop coming out). Tokyopop gives off too much of an impression that they’re chasing trends and willing to do anything for a buck (such as ruining their website’s usability in order to become a myspace-like “community”).
- I think a lot of people have preferences based on which titles they enjoy reading, which makes sense. Where once they started the shôjo boom, Tokyopop now seems aimed at the boys who want fan service, which turns me off.