As reported by Brigid at MangaBlog, Tokyopop has announced that its license to print titles from Kodansha has expired and will not be renewed. That means that they will not continue with new volumes or reprint previous volumes (after they have sold out) in the affected series. A full list of Kodansha Tokyopop books can be found at David Welsh’s blog.
The books I’ll miss most are these:
Several of those were featured on my list of good manga starting points, since they were approachable titles with wide appeal. If you’re interested in any of these titles, order them now.
Deb Aoki has further analysis, breaking out the list into titles that won’t complete in the US, complete with last publish dates. As she says,
You’ll also notice that many of the series left in limbo are quite long — several are 20 or more volumes in their entirety. If you’ve ever wondered why manga publishers aren’t picking up many epic series of this length anymore, this might give you a clue.
No reason was given for this decision. Earlier, rumors circulated that Kodansha wanted to start their own US publishing arm, but no definite news has been heard on that front.Similar Posts: Kodansha Comics Done Rescuing Del Rey Titles § Kodansha to Open U.S. Subsidiary; Manga Pricing to Change? § Kodansha Comics Announces Upcoming Titles for Summer 2011 § Tokyopop Returns With Hetalia 3 § Kodansha USA to Replace Del Rey Manga at Random House — Updated