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I am amazingly upset about this. What about Saiyuki Reload 10 and Saiyuki Reload Blast, dammit????

(From badtzphoto, who also reminds us of the job losses that this implies.)



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Apr. 15th, 2011 07:33 pm (UTC)
ARGH!!! Now I'm even more glad I bought the Japanese edition of Reload 10. I might as well buy the rest of Gaiden as well. (I have volume 1.)

I might buy the Chuang Yi (Singaporean) English edition of Reload even though the translation isn't as good. At this point, there's not enough time for them to issue Reload 10 before they close.

I was alread pessimistic that Reload Blast would be picked up, so I'm not as bummed about that. Looks like saiyuki_manga is going to be the only way to get that without pirated scanlations, but now the scanlations won't be eating into a licensee's profits.

Edited at 2011-04-15 07:34 pm (UTC)
Apr. 17th, 2011 01:07 am (UTC)

It amazes me how upset I still am about this. Saiyuki is where my brain goes to hide when other things are going wrong.

Apr. 17th, 2011 01:36 am (UTC)

ETA: I just bought Chuang Yi's Reload 10 from a Singaporean eBay seller. The shipping costs as much as the book. Sigh. Some of the manga they licensed only have one more volume available for publication anyway, either because the series is over, like Saiyuki, or the artist hasn't produced any more, like Gravitation EX. (I'm not sure about Loveless.) I can't see those being hot items even if the licenses do revert to the licensors.

I suspect the scanlators and aggregation sites will soon be back in business to pick up the slack.

Edited at 2011-04-17 02:21 am (UTC)
Apr. 17th, 2011 09:07 am (UTC)
Loveless is pretty much the same situation as Saiyuki Reload; Vol. 9 came out in Japan two years ago, but TokyoPop somehow never got around to it. :/

As for the scan aggregators, other than OneManga they never really went *out* of business -- MangaFox took down a handful of big series last summer, but pretty much had them all back online by the end of the year; and there are plenty of lower-profile clones as well. One of the newer sites I've seen spring up recently is even an aggregator of the aggregators -- for any listed chapter, it has links to all of the individual aggregator sites that carry it.
Apr. 17th, 2011 11:17 am (UTC)
I was thinking mostly of MangaFox; I knew it took down a number of licensed series over the summer, but not that they were all back online by the end of the year. I expected them to police the site more rigorously than that.

I did find out in the meantime, though, that licenses only apply to existing manga; new volumes are only licensed once they come out. Thus, TokyoPop didn't have a license that covered the entire series. I don't know if Ichijinsha wanted more money or didn't like TokyoPop's financials and didn't want to take the risk, but it looks to me like Ichijinsha shares responsibility for our not having v10 of Reload and v9 of Loveless.

I forget if I PM'd you about it, but volume 2 of Yellow 2 is out. It showed up on DMP's Akadot website about a month ago; it usually takes a month for it be available anywhere else.
Apr. 18th, 2011 01:58 am (UTC)
Blame Borders. Apparently they owe them a ton and are holding on to most of their backstock.
Apr. 15th, 2011 07:40 pm (UTC)
ARRRRGH! I hope that doesn't mean everything just goes out of print and stays that way.
Apr. 17th, 2011 01:10 am (UTC)

I'm really glad that I have complete sets for Furuba and SDK, but other people should read them too. And of course, this takes out almost all of the current series that hit that really special spot for me: Saiyuki, Wild Adapter, Vassalord, and Loveless.

Apr. 15th, 2011 08:01 pm (UTC)
Apr. 17th, 2011 01:12 am (UTC)

Sadly, yes. T-T

Apr. 15th, 2011 08:14 pm (UTC)
Awful. For the employees, for all the readers who were collecting series, too. For the manga industry as readers get ever more careful about buying manga at all - who knows who'll dissappear next?

Selfishly I am glad that the German Tokyopop seems to be untroubled, they have some nice releases, which I shall now finish in German - they had the advantage of never having VIZ entering that market and the guy who got the job of leading there had previously single-handedly built up manga at comics publisher Ehapa (for manga we only have Ehapa-Egmont, Carlsen and Tokyopop over here).

For example the current series of the Fruits Basket creator has just started to run in Germany. Aria the slice-of-life manga has gotten almost all its volumes released by now. We had the Sailor Moon manga in its entirety in the 90s - it was the start of the shoujo boom over here, because the German publishers seem to have worked to the standards the mangaka wanted.

Of course, if I was able to read French there would be so many more manga I could read... the French started 10 to 15 years earlier than the rest of the west...
Apr. 17th, 2011 01:13 am (UTC)

Well, as my husband pointed out, this should give me more incentive to learn Japanese.

Apr. 17th, 2011 09:58 pm (UTC)
^^ I doubt it will make me learn it in any reasonable amount of time..

But good luck in your efforts!
Apr. 15th, 2011 08:30 pm (UTC)
Well that just blows.

*cries forever*
Apr. 17th, 2011 01:28 am (UTC)


I am so miserable over this.

Apr. 15th, 2011 08:58 pm (UTC)
Well drat.
Apr. 17th, 2011 01:42 am (UTC)

Double damn drat.


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Apr. 17th, 2011 01:56 am (UTC)

Honestly, I am quite the bird of ill-omen lately.


Apr. 15th, 2011 10:18 pm (UTC)
This is horrible!
Apr. 17th, 2011 01:58 am (UTC)

It really sucks - not just Saiyuki but also Wild Adapter, Vassalord, and Loveless.

Apr. 17th, 2011 01:04 am (UTC)
Siiiiiiiiiiiiigh. Not the slightest bit surprising, after all their previous rounds of layoffs and publication-schedule changes, but it's still depressing to see it finally happen. :/
Apr. 17th, 2011 02:00 am (UTC)

... and Wild Adapter, Vassalord, and Loveless. Almost all my scratch-that-special-itch series ... .

Apr. 18th, 2011 01:59 am (UTC)
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