Kodansha Ends All Licensed Manga Contracts with Tokyopop

TPlogo-ffPress Release from Tokyopop

The Japanese publisher , from whom TOKYOPOP has licensed many terrific series over the years — Chobits, Love Hina, Samurai Deeper Kyo, Rave Master, Initial D, Kindaichi, Life, GetBackers, and Love Attack, to name a few — has decided to let all existing contracts with TOKYOPOP expire on all manga series that they have licensed to us. As a result, Kodansha will not renew any licenses with TOKYOPOP for any new manga volumes.

What does this mean? TOKYOPOP will not be allowed to complete the publication of any series that is currently in progress; in addition, TOKYOPOP will not be allowed to reprint titles after the current inventory has been sold out, so once these series are sold out at retail, they will not be available for consumers to purchase. The reasons for Kodansha’s decision were not communicated to TOKYOPOP.

We have received many emails and phone calls about titles related to this announcement, and given the nature of the negotiations, we could not definitely answer any of those questions until now. We love all of these series, and we are disappointed that we will not get to enjoy the outcome of some of our favorite manga. We hope to see these series completed some day…. However, if they are ever published again, they will not be published by TOKYOPOP.

There are quite a few titles that Tokyopop is losing.

In fact as of August 31, 2009 – here’s a list of all of Tokyopop’s out of print titles including several titles that aren’t from Kodansha. There is a grand total of 772 ISBNs. With Kodansha starting their own company here in North America, starting with reprinting Ghost In The Shell and Akira, it’s likely they might decide to start reprinting and continuing some of these titles themselves.

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One thought on “Kodansha Ends All Licensed Manga Contracts with Tokyopop

  1. There will be a lot of grumpy manga fans. A lot of these series have not yet been completed. Who knows how long it will be before new books in the series start appearing again either through Kodansha or another company.

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