Post Reply Will the manga "To Love-Ru" find a North American Distributor?
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Posted 8/14/16
For a while I've been looking into Kentaro Yabuki and Saki Hasemi's manga and anime "To Love-Ru" and its sequel "To Love-Ru Darkness". I notice how popular it has become among fans but I can't understand why the anime hasn't had an English dub as of yet. I believe it's largely due to the fact that the manga itself hasn't been officially licensed in North America. If there was a distributor willing to buy the rights to the manga automatically translating this story for English-speaking fans, then will that be a step towards us seeing the anime finally getting a dub (if sales go well that is)?
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The answer is no.

1. To Love Ru original is in Weekly Shounen Jump, so Viz has first dip. There are NO CASES of SJ titles go into any other publisher. Viz won't do it for several reasons:

a. The type of series it is. You can argue about Food War: Shokugeki no Souma but at least it is an action series, and there are no nipples showing (even though the character is nude).
b. It has a total of 34 volumes currently, but it IS a niche series. Western audiences only like battle shounen stuff or action manga in general. Haikyuu topped the chart these few weeks because of the anime influence.

2. The manga will not have "free advertisement". The anime has 4 seasons already. You can't get new fan.

3. Majority of western audiences do NOT like ecchi series. It is "popular" on scan site. When E-robot got a Jump Start, so many people complain.

4. Because it has 4 seasons, the dub likely won't happen from Sentai. Again, it is a niche series.
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TyVip wrote:

The answer is no.

1. To Love Ru original is in Weekly Shounen Jump, so Viz has first dip. There are NO CASES of SJ titles go into any other publisher. Viz won't do it for several reasons:

a. The type of series it is. You can argue about Food War: Shokugeki no Souma but at least it is an action series, and there are no nipples showing (even though the character is nude).
b. It has a total of 34 volumes currently, but it IS a niche series. Western audiences only like battle shounen stuff or action manga in general. Haikyuu topped the chart these few weeks because of the anime influence.

2. The manga will not have "free advertisement". The anime has 4 seasons already. You can't get new fan.

3. Majority of western audiences do NOT like ecchi series. It is "popular" on scan site. When E-robot got a Jump Start, so many people complain.

4. Because it has 4 seasons, the dub likely won't happen from Sentai. Again, it is a niche series.


While TyVip is almost certainly right, I do think there is one slim possibility: if Nisekoi (another Viz manga) does amazingly well in the North American market. Nisekoi is lot tamer than TLR, but at least it's a very similar manga: both harem-comedy shounen manga, about nice guys forced to date one girl, while they secretly pine after another, and while a large number of other girls fall for him.

That being said, I haven't seen any evidence that Nisekoi is blowing away the North American market, so you're probably out of luck.
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Posted 8/15/16
Wow, I really thought the north american market already had TLR!
If you want that bad to buy it, try to find in another language, like the german version..
or buy the portuguese one like I did here in Brazil! it's close to spanish, so it should be easier to understand than japanese ^_^
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Maybe so, but still, I'm surprised to see to see that it is an ongoing series in Japan. Someday I might like to create a story of my own in the form of an animated feature or series. It might take me a while to figure out how to reach out towards my audience and learn how to appeal to them. This was very helpful. Thank you!
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Posted 8/15/16

mnmike wrote:


TyVip wrote:

The answer is no.

1. To Love Ru original is in Weekly Shounen Jump, so Viz has first dip. There are NO CASES of SJ titles go into any other publisher. Viz won't do it for several reasons:

a. The type of series it is. You can argue about Food War: Shokugeki no Souma but at least it is an action series, and there are no nipples showing (even though the character is nude).
b. It has a total of 34 volumes currently, but it IS a niche series. Western audiences only like battle shounen stuff or action manga in general. Haikyuu topped the chart these few weeks because of the anime influence.

2. The manga will not have "free advertisement". The anime has 4 seasons already. You can't get new fan.

3. Majority of western audiences do NOT like ecchi series. It is "popular" on scan site. When E-robot got a Jump Start, so many people complain.

4. Because it has 4 seasons, the dub likely won't happen from Sentai. Again, it is a niche series.


While TyVip is almost certainly right, I do think there is one slim possibility: if Nisekoi (another Viz manga) does amazingly well in the North American market. Nisekoi is lot tamer than TLR, but at least it's a very similar manga: both harem-comedy shounen manga, about nice guys forced to date one girl, while they secretly pine after another, and while a large number of other girls fall for him.

That being said, I haven't seen any evidence that Nisekoi is blowing away the North American market, so you're probably out of luck.


in TLR, there are a few cases where Mikan and Yami are sexualized (nudity). I don't think put a plastic wrap and slap 18+ tag will help. There may be some parents who will sue them.

If they censor it, people will complain about censorship. Better yet, don't license it.
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Posted 2/8/17
I was really hoping to find that this series was serialized.... I guess I'll have to start a petition on change.org to get it serialized because I really want to own this series. I'm sure tons of people in north america would support it!
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Posted 2/16/17
If you do please post link here for change.org. I want it in English bad. Also the original series to love ru is getting re release bunko books with some re drawn scenes. Would be perfect for release here in America.
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Posted 2/19/17
I really hope it does because the anime is so good.
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Posted 2/19/17
I honestly wish it wouldn't because as much as I would like to buy it legally, it would take forever for them to catch up to where they are in Japan.
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