A Flicker of Hope

October 12, 2008

Lissa of Kuriosity did some searching of Amazon for Tokyopop titles, and while she spotted some new licenses, I’m more concerned with the fates of older series.  Some of my favorites that show their staying power such as Chibi Vampire and Petshop of Horrors: Tokyo appear frequently on the list.  Manga based on properties such as TV, video games and Harper Collins YA novels also seem to be doing well for them as they alot as well.

But what really caught my eye was the relisting of Dragon Voice Volume 11!  The final volume was cancelled from it August 2008 listing, and I thought it was gone for good.  I don’t think it sold all that well, so to see it listed for a July 2009 release raises my hopes some what.  I won’t have to live the rest of my life not knowing how it ends! I was also surprised to see that Lupin III: Most Wanted also appeared on the list.  I didn’t think that one sold well either, but it’s got two volumes over a six month period, which appears to complete this series as well.

Perhaps then there is hope that Kindaichi Case Files might get it’s last volume?  Tokyopop never officially confirmed it’s end, other than to cancel the solicitation for January 2009, and internet rumors.  Perhaps the news of its death was premature?  I sure do hope so.  I’d rather wait a few years to get the end of my favorite titles than to see them vanish forever.

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6 Comments for this entry

  • julie says:

    I just want the rest of Nosatsu Junkie to come out. Please TP, publish the rest of the series!

  • I thought Dragon Voice was gone for good, and it came back. I’ll root for you and see if some good karma rubs off. :)

  • Heather says:

    It’s good to hear this news. So many of the titles that TP pulled back on were only one or two volumes away from completion. I too hope they finish Kindaichi, even if I only get one or two volumes a year.

  • It really makes no sense whatsoever for these companies to hold on to the last volume of a manga they’ve already paid the Japanese companies for. Sure, if you have 15 volumes of something that doesn’t sell, you might as well stop losing money, but one last volume of something you’ve almost completed? That’s just foolish.

  • Blue3lf says:

    I really hope that they go through with it and publish the last volume of Dragon Voice!
    I’m sick and tired of series I like not doing well and just being dropped. If you’re going to pick up a license at least have the decency to finish the series instead of tossing it aside.
    Also, instead of redoing a series from the beginning, if a new company is taking over for it just continue where things left off. Make a box set of your own versions. After all, it’s not how it’s packaged it’s what’s inside that people want, right?

  • Blue3lf says:

    I also want to read more of the Kindaichi Case files as well.

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