Following up on the closing of Tokyopop as an American manga publisher …
Instead of updating their website, as previously announced, they have declared their intentions to shutter it on April 26.
As stated in our previous newsletter, on Tuesday April 26th, TOKYOPOP.com will go offline. We know that you probably have kept copies of everything you’ve uploaded (photos, videos, drawings etc.), but we just wanted to be extra-sure and give you this notice so that you could pull anything down from TOKYOPOP.com that you still need … Because, after Tuesday, April 26th, that site and all its associated user content will no longer be accessible.
Time to remove any links you might have, before the site squatters move in.
RightStuf.com, online manga/anime retailer, has found that most of the planned May releases won’t come out. They posted, “We have since confirmed that titles scheduled for release after May 4 have been canceled, and we are removing them from pre-order on RightStuf.com.”
Meanwhile, fan reactions are becoming more skewed. On the positive side, Katherine Dacey remembers her favorite Tokyopop titles, while Matt Blind, on the negative, rants about how he hates Stu Levy. Then he offers to buy the publisher. I don’t think that’s how a sales pitch is supposed to work.