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Post Reply Seven Seas is licensing TOO MANY series. The next Tokyo Pop?
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Posted 9/13/17 , edited 9/14/17
So this year I've seen Seven Seas license license many series, in fact too many series ranging from well known to obscure lesser known.

This kind of concerns a bit because I saw this same pattern with Tokyo Pop long time ago. Tokyo Pop licensed too many series, they didn't make much profit because of the overwhelming amount licenses they had, and they went bust. From what I personally saw and understood at the time this was one of the reasons why Tokyo Pop went out of business leaving couple popular and well known series in an unfinished limbo.

Maybe I'm just being paranoid but what do y'all think? Feel free to correct me if I'm wrong.
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Posted 9/13/17 , edited 9/14/17
I haven't heard too much about their licensing? What have they got recently?
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Posted 9/13/17 , edited 2/6/18
I think there's a couple of things going on. First, that the manga industry has picked up a lot in the last couple of years. Almost every publisher is picking up more series than before. Then secondly, Seven Seas has a partnership with J-Novel club to publish their web novels in physical form. Seven Seas still has the paperback licensing costs but the translation work, etc is already done so they've been able to pick up quite a few of those.

bobland - Seven Seas is having a 5-day licensing announcement this week: https://twitter.com/gomanga
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Posted 9/13/17 , edited 9/14/17
I'm not sure about the newer stuff but a lot of stuff they've picked-up in the past is short. Like most the stuff I know of is less than 10 volumes. If that bombs it probably doesn't hurt them too much.
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Posted 9/13/17 , edited 9/14/17
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Posted 9/14/17 , edited 9/14/17
idk Kodansha have been going insane lately. Literally every Kodansha series you would have heard of is licensed, whether you'd think it would be popular in the west or not. I can't see any other publisher beating them in numbers currently.
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Posted 9/14/17 , edited 9/16/17
They added a couple more on THUR / MORE ON FRIDAY
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Posted 9/15/17 , edited 10/12/17
None of the ones that they announced interest me. I want them to get sakura trick.
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Posted 9/15/17 , edited 9/15/17
It still took all week for them to announce one title that's of interest to me. Not there best annoucement week. I usually have ~3 title that are up my alley.
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Posted 9/15/17 , edited 9/16/17
I sure hope not! It's like a license race right between Seven Seas and Yen Press! Yen has the light novel edge but Seven seas got yuri and monster girls!
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Posted 9/15/17 , edited 9/16/17
Seven Seas now has Umaru. Seven Seas be praised *bows head*
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Posted 9/16/17 , edited 9/16/17
I noticed Yen Press has been picking up a lot of Tokyo Pop's old stuff too.
I'm just glad Seven Seas finished off the Gunslinger Girl series
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Posted 9/16/17 , edited 9/17/17
I'm just glad they're publishing material that either went out of print or has never been translated for a wider release. How long have people been trying to get the original Devilman manga published for an English release?
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Posted 9/17/17 , edited 9/17/17
i doubt it since its a different environment nowadays
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Posted 9/17/17 , edited 9/17/17
Yeah as someone said earlier Seven Seas often license shorter things with only 3-5 volumes (alongside bigger titles). That's one reason why it was so surprising when they licensed the entirety of To Love-Ru.
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