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End of TokyoPop - Let Crunchyroll Take Over!!
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Posted 5/3/11
There is a NA company called DMP, trying to get digital manga going although I believe they're mostly focusing on yaoi titles currently. I agree that digital property is the way to go. I think the failure of Tokyopop was that the CEO just wasn't fluid enough to adapt to a changing industry. This is always a huge problem with established companies, they beocme entrenched in "safe" business methods and are too afraid to take the risks that change requires and Japanese businessmen tend to be even more conservative than their American counterparts.

I think Funimation could stand to branch out into this area and hope they consider a merger with a digital manga startup.
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Tokyopop closed down due to bad business choices and the CEO just wanted out.. several people have come forth saying that he was putting the companies money into movies and other projects that they didn't think they were ready for at the expense level.. or even wanted to do -- they were more for the books and he didn't want to publishing anymore.
They basically scooped up any series they could get their hands to keep others from getting them.. then didn't make good on the ones they had.. stop and go time line for releases which hurt them. Their printing later in the game was blurry, smudged, or pixelated.. because he didn't have any choice but to let go of his editors that weren't "free-lance" which is what he had in the end.
I don't think borders going under helped, but it sure wasn't the main issue.. and everyone can blame scanlation groups all they want.. but if it wasn't for some of the groups that did those scans you would have never even know of the manga series to begin with.. and you would be surprised how these publishing find out about these scans.. its not the native language people who can read the originals calling the companies and saying to scan it in english.. its all the little people reading the scanlations emailing the company to pick it up or the company keeps an eye out on the scanlation groups to see what is so popular and go from their.. And most scanlation groups will stop scanning the series and ask that you buy the original when it's picked up -- but you can't help it, if an individual picks it up and starts to scanlate it..
The "free" manga readers would not be such an issue if they would hold to the policy if it becomes licensed by a company that they take it down and not allow it to be uploaded to their site.. but they don't always hold to this policy.. but I have seen several trying to take this step so that it doesn't hurt the industry or them..
And yes going digital helps... but some people just don't like to go this way -- most like to feel a book in their hands and not flipping through their phone, kindle, nook and so on.. If I had too I might, but there is a thing about being to plugged in... and if the day came that books were no longer in hard form I think that would be a sad day..
But I think the big thing is -- everyone is wondering which series will be taken in or have found new homes.. and which ones we may never see again.. so that they can spend the money trying to get those series.. personally I have too many in the tokyopop collection and may never get all them found and bought.. and I had several I wanted to get started but may never get too now.. I know samurai deeper kyo which was of TP is now being picked up by Del Ray so this might be a good sign for other series..
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Posted 8/7/11

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TokyoPop first introduced me to manga... and ultimately the raving lunatic I am now in regards to anime and manga. To say I was 'upset' the lost the rights to my favorite series EVER, 'GetBackers' is a gross understatement. With still at least 10 more volumes left of the series, I'm saddened it will never be complete. However, I do agree with the demise of TokyoPop doesn't bode well for the industry in the U.S.


Yeah I know what you mean....I liked the series Life a lot but they lost the rights to it after only getting half way through the series.....Tokyopop played a big part in the sales of US manga so it won't be good at all :/
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Shinobi life was AMAZING D:
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A Crunchyroll Admin should read this and get ideas lol
but dam i know for a fact in years time my Manga on my shelf will become some value on ebay
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Posted 8/7/11
RAGNAROK WE WILL MISS YOU
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Posted 8/7/11
Well, JManga is still in closed beta, but I think it's launching on August 17th.
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