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Liars!

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This title has not been solicited in Previews!  I’ve been watching!  Waiting!!  It’s the last volume!!!  Aw, come on Tokyopop!  You got my hopes up by putting up this late last year, and now…what?  Will it come out, or won’t it?  Why do you enjoy torturing me like this?! I don’t care what kind of paper it’s printed on.  I don’t care if it’s only available to read online.  Just tell me the truth!  Can you or can’t you?  Will you or won’t you?  Why do you continue with these teasings?  Why are you so cruel?!?!??!   WWWWHHHHHHYYYYYYY?????!!!!!!!

The Twelve Manga of Christmas: Eleventh Day

“On the Eleventh Day of Christmas, my true love gave to me, Eleven Band Member Battle,”


Rin Amami has a dream of becoming a singer like his mother, but it’s an impossible dream.  He has the voice of a frog.  He has all but given up on his dream until a chance meeting with a new boyband, the Beatmen and their manager rekindles his hopes.  He may possess the legendary Dragon Voice.  He begins training with the Beatmen, his abrasive personality causing problems, but some how they keep on climbing up the charts.

Dragon Voice is a series I was late coming to, but I’m really glad I did!  A “male version of Jem and the Holograms” doesn’t even come close to doing it justice.  The characters have great personalities that don’t always mesh well, which only increases the fun.  The situations are a little outrageous, but with some of the Tokusatsu shows that have been seen recently, could a Voice Rangers really be that far out?  Dragon Voice also has one of the best volumes I’ve ever read.  In volume 7, there is a big battle of the bands between three groups; The Beatmen, Privee, and Baby Naked.  They are competing for the right to play at Koshien, the big High School Baseball Tournament.  All three bands perform at once, with the audience deciding who’s the best throughout the show.  There are twists and turns as the bands struggle to keep a lead, increasing the tension with every chapter.  I was just WOW’ed by the end.

Dragon Voice has been greatly underrated by both Tokyopop and the fans.  It’s a fun music based title that doesn’t take itself too seriously, so the reader can have fun with the characters.  If you’re a fan of music or Tokusatsu then definitely pick this up.

Ten Inukami,
Nine-tailed Fox Spirit,
Eight Dragon Priestess Guardians,
Seven Dragon Balls,
Six Girl Volleyball Team,
Five Bronze Saints!
Four Friends in Winter,
Three Siblings Cards,
Two Girls named Nana,
And a One Piece for the Pirate King.”

A Flicker of Hope

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.