Today, Alex Hoffman restarted his Rescue Me! series by talking about The Stellar Six of Gingacho.
I ordered the elusive Volume 3, one of the last books to make it out of Tokyopop during their shutdown, from one of the third-party Amazon sellers in the UK, since that’s apparently where it can be found. I haven’t read it yet, because there’s a particular poignant sadness to be savored when reading the last volume of a series that died too soon.
Alex’s choices are good ones — in addition to Stellar Six, he’s previously covered the adorable Stolen Hearts and my favorite of the three he’s written about so far, The Secret Notes of Lady Kanoko (which is only missing one volume to complete). In case you’d like to see my comments on these series, here they are: Stolen Hearts, Stellar Six, Lady Kanoko
So that leads me to the eternal question: Which manga titles would you most want to see rescued? Top of my list would be Aria, which has now killed two publishers (ADV, then Tokyopop). It’s such a lovely, relaxing manga — and that’s its downfall. It doesn’t cause a lot of excitement, so it’s easy to overlook how wonderful it is.
I was also very sad to see Inubaka: Crazy for Dogs put on indefinite hiatus, although its publisher (Viz) is still going strong, so maybe there’s hope yet. I’d love to read more of Suppli, too — and that one is planned to be upcoming in Alex’s series.
While we’re talking about hoping for new life for manga series, I hope Tokyopop eventually does the right thing and returns ownership of the OEL titles to their creators. Maybe then I could finally read the ending of Steady Beat.