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The pickings are somewhat slim for me at the moment.

Oh Tokyopop! Oh Borders! Why, why, why?


xxxholic - vol. 17 - September 13, 2011
Bunny Drop - vol. 4 - September 20, 2011
Natsume's Book of Friends - vol. 9 - October 4, 2011  
20th Century Boys - vol. 17 - October 11, 2011
Black Butler - vol. 7 - October 25, 2011
Bride of the Water God - vol. 9 - October 25, 2011
Dogs- vol. 6 - November 8, 2011
Blade of the Immortal- vol. 24 - November 8, 2011
Bleach - vol. 37 - December 6, 2011
Ouran High School Host Club - vol. 17 - December 6, 2011
20th Century Boys - vol. 18 - December 13, 2011
xxxholic - vol. 18 - December 13, 2011
Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service - Vol. 12 - January 10, 2012

Seriously, has anyone heard anything about any of Tokyopop's series being picked up? And does anyone have any recs for me?

(And what's the deal with the titles starting with B, already? Even includes Black Lagoon, for which there are no dates to be found ... .)

ETA: Ouran release.

ETA2: Dogs release.


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Sep. 22nd, 2011 07:36 pm (UTC)
I keep a close eye on manga, although i dont usually post... no update on Tokyo Pop's series being taken. Which really shits me... i have a lot of in-completed Tokyo Pop manga series in storage. XD I can't complete them now! XD I'll never see the end.
Sep. 23rd, 2011 01:16 am (UTC)

I know. For me, in addition to the double tragedy that is Saiyuki's and Wild Adapter's English version status, there's Loveless and Vassalord.

Sep. 23rd, 2011 01:18 am (UTC)
I didnt read vassalord but i did read the others. I had a lot of incompleted Tokyo pop books too many to remember but one of my favorites was Immortal Rain. Siigh ♥
Sep. 24th, 2011 05:01 am (UTC)
Just sort of butting in here... Immortal Rain is one of my favorites too (if not my top favorite manga), and it really sucks that even long before Tokyopop went under, they'd seemingly abandoned it. >.< However, the reason I butted in was to say, if you're interested in reading it in scanlation form, they're linked from _immortalrain (I forget whether they're locked posts), and the series just recently finished up in Japan, so the scanlations should be complete or nearly so, by now. There are also scanlations of the prequel volume, which is pretty awesome and really fills in some gaps nicely. ^___^
Sep. 24th, 2011 05:24 am (UTC)



(I have a feeling I dropped the ball again, didn't I?)

Sep. 24th, 2011 11:45 am (UTC)
eeeeee hihi!!!

*huuuge glomp back*

(I need to draw awesome things for you! <3 Did you get the Jien and Gojyo [very]rough sketches a while back?)
Sep. 28th, 2011 01:44 am (UTC)

Yes, I did! (And much to my relief, it wasn't quite as long ago as I was remembering ... although it's bad enough.)

Working on reply right now!

Sep. 24th, 2011 08:04 am (UTC)
They have the scans on manga fox too :) the reason they dropped it was cause the series went on hiatus for a long time - i think and they only recently (within a yr or two) took it up again.

Thanks for the link thou ^_^
Sep. 24th, 2011 11:28 am (UTC)
Oh yay, you already know about the scanlations then, wonderful! I'm so glad! ^^

It wasn't so much a hiatus as a temporary change of direction: that (2007ish, because there's a chapter of Touhou in the issue of Wings I bought at the time) was around when Ozaki-sensei was working on the Touhou Shinigami (prequel) story, which comprised a whole tankouban and took at least a year to run in Wings before it was complete. After that, she went straight back to Meteor Methuselah and it's been running steady (albeit slowly: bimonthly or quarterly, I believe) ever since - she never missed a chapter that I've heard of. Tokyopop had plenty of material to work with, had they wanted it... they really did just drop the ball. -_____-
Sep. 24th, 2011 11:43 am (UTC)
Ah, forgive the essay-! I guess my obsession love was showing there a bit. Sorry for the know-it-all rudeness factor! OTL
Sep. 24th, 2011 12:48 pm (UTC)
Nah its alright, it was one i enjoyed but i am really only truely obsessed with Saiyuki :P so i am the same re that.

I will have to try and find the Touhou Shinigami story as i am not sure if i have or haven't read it now. :s i really do hope there is a happy ending either way!
Sep. 22nd, 2011 08:04 pm (UTC)
How about Kimi ni Todoke (it's very sweet)? or Oresama Teacher (wacky and very funny - a bit violent since it's about delinquent).
Sep. 23rd, 2011 01:24 am (UTC)

Errrr, shoujo romance and romantic comedy are really hit-and-miss for me. I liked Fruits Basket and am enjoying Ouran High School Host Club (and by golly, I forgot to include the next volume of that on my list!), but I really bounced off Nana, The Wallflower, and Absolute Boyfriend.

Heh, "a bit violent"? I'm reading a whole stack of very violent seinen and shounen series ... .


Sep. 23rd, 2011 01:53 am (UTC)
I wonder if you'd maybe like High School Debut or the other one whose name escapes me now, O-something, I always forget. The guy likes to make cakes and the color pink....

I bounced hard off Nana, the Wallflower, and Absolute Boyfriend but loved Fruits Basket and Ouran.
Sep. 23rd, 2011 01:57 am (UTC)
Otomen -- which funnily enough is the only het shojo romance that has clicked for me in the slightest this year (tho' I'm much more into the friendships and the screwball comedy and the gender non-conformity than the actual romance...)
Sep. 23rd, 2011 01:58 am (UTC)
Yes! That's the one. I was trying to Google it and Google insisted I wanted Ottomen. No, Google, I am looking for manga, not an empire. Ahem.
Sep. 23rd, 2011 02:33 am (UTC)
It's about as deep as paint, but between the one dude who secretly writes RPF genderswapped het shojo manga about his friends under a female pen name, the ridiculously intense boy who is all MAKEUP IS SRS BIZNESS, and the tokusatsu costumed makeover-consultant team, I giggle madly through every volume. XD
Sep. 23rd, 2011 02:41 am (UTC)
I like Nana but I didn't like The Wallflower nor Absolute Boyfriend

""a bit violent"? I'm reading a whole stack of very violent seinen and shounen series"
In that case, I'd borrow Oresama Teacher and give it a try :)
Arisa is also interesting, I find.
ES Eternal Sabbath - thriller, very interesting, published by Del Rey.
I'm not sure if you've read Jiro Taniguchi's A distant neighborhood. Another book of his is out in English called A Zoo in Winter. The stories are generally slice-of-life.
Are you looking for on-going or complete series?
Sep. 23rd, 2011 02:55 am (UTC)

Hmm ... I started Eternal Sabbath on rachelmanija's rec a couple of years ago, but it didn't quite grab me. Maybe I should give it another try.

Thanks for the other recs ... I'll see what I can find. Honestly, I have no good place to browse manga IRL anymore. The little Barnes & Noble near my office has pretty much given up on manga, and the nearest one to my home is still a 20-min. drive away (and I don't go shopping in that area much, otherwise).

Edited at 2011-09-23 02:55 am (UTC)
Sep. 23rd, 2011 03:25 am (UTC)
ES: I'd say it gets better after volume 4.
"Honestly, I have no good place to browse manga IRL anymore."
I don't browse really, mostly I get the series either because I've read the author before or reading reviews on line! Another series you might like is "Firefigher Daigo of Company M" which is mostly out of print. It's intense page turner.

"The little Barnes & Noble near my office has pretty much given up on manga"
That's really sad!

I also second Yotsuba&, Bunny Drop, and Chi's sweet home. They are really fun.
Sep. 23rd, 2011 03:32 am (UTC)
A note about Bunny Drop - I heard the end of the manga was extremely disappointing/brain-bleach inducing to most fans.
Sep. 23rd, 2011 11:35 am (UTC)
Trying to avoid spoilers
Hmm, I actually thought the end was totally in character for the characters at that point, it had been carefully set up all through the story and the point of new return came somewhere in volume 6, even if Daikichi didn't see it coming (that's just how he is).

BUT I do think that the mangaka could have made the story into a meaningful, totally family-centered slice of life with her command of her art had she wanted to, even by volume 6 (there would have simply been a somewhat different interpretation of Rin's previous behaviour). So I do think this was not just a naive decision.

I do wonder if we shall get volume 9 - or rather the volumes where the new drift becomes clear. And whether that part would be animated if the anime was successful enough to get another season. Hmm.
Sep. 23rd, 2011 02:53 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I read the spoiler on ANN. I was disappointed at first but later I changed my mind. I agree with what estara wrote below since I've been following the French release.
Sep. 22nd, 2011 08:29 pm (UTC)
Black Lagoon is at least not the fault of the US publishers -- Hiroe went on hiatus last year after the fifth chapter of "Wired Red Card", and the US tanks are all caught up with the Japanese ones. I think he sort of burned out after "El Baile de la Muerte". ;_; (ETA: whoops, double-checked the chaptering and the Japanese tankoubon went slightly different from the US -- our volume 9 is extra long so it wraps up EBDLM in one volume, Japanese Vol. 9 is shorter and the final chapters of EBDLM went into their Vol. 10, along with the five chapters of WRC that haven't seen print in the US.)

Have you read Yotsuba&! yet? Or Chii's Sweet Home?

Edited at 2011-09-22 08:58 pm (UTC)
Sep. 22nd, 2011 10:55 pm (UTC)
Chi's sweet home i haven't read but watched... OOOMMMMGGG cuuuuuute ♥ I periodically read that manga when its online! The books are really expensive here ($30AUD each.) Yotsuba&! is awesome isn't it, i hope they have an anime for it one day :)
Sep. 23rd, 2011 01:29 am (UTC)

I did a bit of tachiyomi with Yotsuba&! I guess that and Chii's Sweet Home would hit about the same spot as Bunny Drop, so I probably ought to give them a shot.

I'm glad to hear that Black Lagoon hasn't yet actually joined the list of dead-in-the-water but incomplete series. Thanks for the details.

Sep. 23rd, 2011 02:10 am (UTC)
I haven't read Bunny Drop, but those both hit a similar sort of warm-fuzzy-feelgood quiet-slice-of-life note for me as something like Flower of Life or Inubaka -- no real suspense, nothing especially deep, but a sweet and pleasantly amusing read all the same. (And I'm in the same boat as you because aside from all the titles we have in common, Divine Melody's publisher seems to have folded, Viz seems to have quietly backburnered or dropped Inubaka, CMX went under with Eroica and Apothecarius Argentum still incomplete, Kitty seems to have dropped Crimson Spell...at this point of all my incomplete series, only Otomen, Natsume's Book of Friends, Black Butler and Sayonara Zetsubou-Sensei are still coming out regularly (and SZS is the only one that made a successful publisher swap, but that was one of the ones where Kodansha pulled their licenses so they could start bringing out their own books, not one where the English publisher imploded.)

/me has a sad ;_;

Sep. 23rd, 2011 03:00 am (UTC)

Me too!

(Aren't the costume designs in Black Butler great? I really like the circus ones in the most recent volume.)

(And I forgot Dogs! Viz absolutely sucks at updating their site. Amazon has November 8 for the next release date, but they have no cover, which makes me uneasy ... .)

Sep. 23rd, 2011 03:13 am (UTC)
BWAH! Did we post at the exact same time?

The most amusing bit of Black Butler news I've come across recently: the Korean Pullip doll line has come out with a Grell, Sebastian, and Ciel set. (There's also a miniature version with the best ad copy ever: "The dubious charm of Grell is fully recreated in smaller size")

I'm not too too bothered about the lack of cover image for Dogs 6 because I have seen a lot of screwy things where they don't have the right covers -- either "PRELIMINARY DESIGN" watermarked stuff or the original Japanese covers -- for things that have already been out in print for months, and other cases where they've shown cover art for things that never came out; lack of a publication date gets me much more worried.
Sep. 23rd, 2011 11:13 pm (UTC)

... !

Y'know, it's a really good thing that the face of the Grell doll doesn't really look all that much like Grell, or I'd be tempted to buy one.

Sep. 24th, 2011 12:47 am (UTC)
Jun Planning is doing the same thing there that you sometimes see with Barbie-and-Ken movie dolls, where they use the regular doll face and body sculpts and just dress them up as the theme characters rather than doing a brand new custom sculpt to look like the character or actor. In this case, Sebastian's got the usual Taeyang face/body, Ciel is the usual pouty Dal, and Grell is the default Pullip.

...which is particularly charming because Pullip is a girl doll. She's finally got the body she really wants! ;) (But Ciel is probably ticked off that he's become a girl doll too...)
Sep. 23rd, 2011 03:02 am (UTC)
...and I just remembered to check on DOGS...V. 6 is supposed to be out in November, so at least that's still OK, too. Whew!
Sep. 23rd, 2011 03:07 am (UTC)

LOL - jinx!

I have wronged Viz - the site is updated at last.

(I should give up and go to bed ... spelling/typing is deteriorating.)

Edited at 2011-09-23 03:08 am (UTC)
Sep. 22nd, 2011 10:06 pm (UTC)
I miss GoComi, too. *long sigh*

On the other hand, I hear the first book from Tu Publishing is really good (I haven't read it yet and don't know if you would like it, I'm just, y'know, reaching for straws of joy in the current dross of sad that is publishing right now.)
Sep. 23rd, 2011 01:35 am (UTC)

Yeah ... I realized last night what a double-whammy the demises of Tokyopop and Borders were. We went out for Vietnamese food in downtown Silver Spring, and there used to be a Borders at the other end of the little commercial district there. We used to have supper and walk over there and come away with new manga, pretty much every time. They had a good selection for what was basically a rather small Borders: if they were still there, I would have had the xxxHolic and Bunny Drop in hand by now. It was such a nice little low-key, dependable outing!

Sep. 23rd, 2011 01:40 am (UTC)
Yeah, my favorite bad-week outing was like that. Over my work dinner break I'd get a burrito and then hit Borders for a manga or an art magazine. It was so soothing.
Sep. 24th, 2011 12:49 pm (UTC)
I've been meaning to ask you, have you read Code:Breaker? Its by the same artist as Samurai Deeper Kyo.
Sep. 28th, 2011 01:52 am (UTC)

I have indeed read the 2 English volumes of Code:Breaker that were published, but something weird has happened with Del Rey as a manga pubisher also, so I'm not sure what's going on with the series.

I wish Kamijyo would come up with something else that had SDK's scope and older cast. I'm not sure we needed another "strange high school students" series. But she had just started introducing a larger cast in vol. 2, and I was looking forward to seeing her do more of that. (I see that it's on MangaFox but I really do like to have actual books ... at least I know it's still being published in Japan.)

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