Back in March of this year, Tokyopop sent out a lengthy remove list to scanlators and download sites through it’s German branch, Tokyopop Germany, (or atleast that’s where I picked up on it first). On that list were 230 manga titles, many of which had been licensed at the time, both by TP and other publishers, while a number of them had not. Well, I kept my hands on that list (due mostly to me being a computer packrat) and I periodically went and checked off titles that were licensed over the past year since then, just for kicks I guess. In these last seven months I’ve crossed off quite a few new titles, the majority of which were picked up by Tokyopop.
I went back this morning to add the newest slew of Tokyopop pick-ups as posted on Amazon over the month, and noticed that my remove list had dwindled down to a mere 23 yet-to-be-licensed titles. While the list in no way guarantees that these titles will be licensed, it’s sure been a good little fortuneteller in its own right thus far, showing a good array of titles Tokyopop, in particular, has had (or still has) on the bargaining table.
I know I’m keeping my fingers crossed for Amatsuki, Harlem Beat and Rose of Versailles (alongside my wishes for a big Sailor Moon manga revival thanks to the yet-to-make-any-announcements English branch of Kodansha. … please, Kodansha?).
Under the cut, I’ve provided the list for any other curious, with titles crossed off indicating they’ve been licensed (feel free to correct me on any mistakes!). What purpose does it serve? Maybe very little, but for those keeping their fingers crossed for some of the remaining titles, may it offer some light at the end of the hopeful tunnel :)
Tokyopop ‘To Remove’ List: (( TITLES CROSSED OUT HAVE BEEN LICENSED AS OF MARCH 2010! ))
+Anima .hack//Alcor .hack//Dusk .hack//GU+ .hack//XXXX 07-Ghost A.I. Love you
Ai Yori Aoshi
Akuma to Dolce
Angel Diary Angelic Layer Aqua Arcana Arcana Soul Aria Ashita no Yoichi! Aspirin Bakuretsu Tenshi
Battle Club Battle Royale Battle Vixens (Ikkitousen) Beautiful People Beck Beyond the Beyond Bird Kiss Blame! Blood Sucker Bloody Kiss Boys Be Brave Story Broken Angels Bus Gamer Carat! Cardcaptor Sakura Cherry Juice Chobits Chronicles of the Cursed Sword CLAMP School Detectives Clover (CLAMP) Confidential Confessions Cowboy Bebop Cyber 7 Dazzle DearS Demon Diary Demon Sacred Deus Vitae Diabolo DNAngel Dolls Dragon Head Dragon Knights Dragon Voice Duklyon: CLAMP School Defenders Eden no Hana Eensy Weensy Monster Eerie Queerie Erementar Gerad Et Cetera Faeries Landing FAKE
Fate Stay Night Fever FLCL Fool’s Gold Fruits Basket Full Metal Panic Futari Ecchi
Futari Ecchi for Ladies
Gacha Gacha Gakuen Alice Gakuen Heaven (yaoi)
Genjuu no Seiza Gerard & Jaques Get Backers Gravitation Great Techer Onizuka (GTO) Grenadier Gundam SEED x Astray
Hana to Akuma
Hands Off! Harlem Beat wa Toaki made HaruHana Heaven! High School of the Dead His and Her Circumstances Hitsuji no Namida Ichigo Mashimaro Ikinari Full Metal Panic Initial D Innocent Bird Innocent W Judas Junai Tokkou Taichou Kaichou wa Maid Sama Kamichama Karin Kamikaze Kamiyadori Karakuri Odette Kimi ga Koi ni Ochiru Kimi wa Pet KimiKiss King of Hell King of Thorns Kingdom Hearts Kingdom Hearts – Chain of Memories Kingdom Hearts II Kirara
Kiss and Never Cry
Kobato Koi Cha no Osahou Kono Minikuku mo Utsukushii Sekai
Koori no Mamono no Monogatari
Kyou Kara Maoh Lagoon Engine Lament of the Lamb Love Hina Love Mode Love Pistols Loveless Lucky Star Magic Knight Rayearth Magical x Miracle Mai Otome Arashi Mai-HiME Mai-Otome Mai-Otome Zwei Mamotte! Lollipop Marmalade Boy Mars Meine Liebe Menkui Metal Heart Metamo Kiss Mirai Nikki Missile Happy
Mobile Suit Crossbone Gundam
Mobile Suit Gundam Seed Moon Phase MPD Psycho Mugen Spiral Nabari no Ou Neck and Neck Never Give UP New Petshop of Horrors Nouryokusha Nanaki Onii-chan to Issho Peace Maker Peach Girl Petshop of Horrors Pita-Ten Pixie Pop PlanetES Priest Princess Ai Psychic Academy Queen Qwan Ragnarok, Rave Master Rebirth RG Veda Rose Hip Rose Rose Hip Zero Sailor Moon Sailor V Saiunkoku Monogatari Saiyuki
Saiyuki Reload Sakura Taisen Samurai Deeper Kyo Sapuri Seikai Trilogy Seikon no Qwaser Senki Senki Momotama Shiawase Kissa San Choume Shin Megamitensei Shonan Jun’ai Gumi Shrine of the Morning Mist Shugo Chara Silver Diamond Slayers Soul Rescue Speed Grapher Star Wars Suki Suppli Tactics Tarot Café The Devil Ororon The Embalmer The Good Witch of the West The Missing
The Rose of Versailles
Togainu no Chi Togari Tokko Tokyo Babylon Tokyo Mew Mew Tokyo Mew Mew a la Mode
Trinity Blood Tsubasa wo Motsu Mono Urukyu Vampire Doll Vampire Game Vampire Kisses Velvet Blue Rose Venus Capriccio Warcraft the Sunwell Trilogy Welcome to the NHK Wild Adapter Wish World Embryo X X-Day
Yamada Taro Monogatari Yasashii Ryuu no Koroshikata
Yorozuya Toukaido Honpo Yubisaki Milk Tea Zig x Zag Zodiac P.I.
Mamotte! Lollipop was licensed by Del Rey. Might want to cross that one off your list too.
I'll second the vote for Amatsuki. I'd love to see that one come out. I'm rooting for Saiunkoku, Saiyuki Gaiden, as well as more Gundam (not that I'll get that).
Love the theme, BTW. :)
[…] Source: Kuriousity […]
Rose of Versailles?
Rose of Versailles??!
If that gets licensed, I think there will be explosions of joy across the internet!
The Rose of Versailles was licensed and partially released as well. The license is still in place, though the company releasing it went bust i think
I'm pretty sure the only official releases of Rose of Versailles in english were the two 1983 volumes you can find reference to on Schodt's page (and the excerpt in Manga Manga! I guess). Those two books might have gotten a brief release in America, but they weren't released for America.
I would very much doubt that the license is still in place though. At the least, I recall reading something years ago about the cost of obtaining a (new) english license for the series being too high (I can't find that claim anywhere online, but the comments in this discussion at least have people who've heard the same claim: http://slightlybiasedmanga.com/most-wanted-licens… )
[…] does the future hold? Lissa Pattillo posts a cease-and-desist list that Tokyopop sent to scanlators a while ago. Tokyopop subsequently licensed many of the titles on […]
I think Harlem Beat is an older Tokyopop license. Waaaay old, pre-flop, out around the same time as their version of Parasyte. On the other hand, everything I can think of that would be comparably old like their first couple Gundam titles and something called Blue Ice or Ice Blue aren't on the list, only the old high profile things like Sailor Moon and MKR.
Also, I think the Rose of Versailles rumor comes from a Jason Thompson interview on ask.com, but I can't dig it up right now.
@Connie: I believe you're thinking of a different Harlem Beat. Tokyopop does have a series called Harlem Beat that's about basketball (?), but I'm hoping for the shoujo/BL release by Kazusa Takashima. The translation of the full name escapes me so I usually just shorten 'Harlem Beat wa Toaki made' down to Harlem Beat ;p
As for Rose of Versailles, a few different sources do have it listed as having an expired license, originally licensed quite a while ago I think (as Tiamat pointed out) but I haven't seen or heard of any releases myself.
I just want to ask…Karakuri Odette is crossed from the list, but I didn't see any confirmation or amazon listing, so I wonder if it's really a license that is sure… ?
@Nadja: I have it marked down as being licensed by Tokyopop but, as you said, I too can't find any confirmation of this. I'll remove the line through it until I can find confirmation of it being licensed (if it was at all).
Rose of Versailles was released in English in Japan in the 80's with a translation by Fred Schodt- I believe this was by it's Japanese publisher, and it was mostly done for english-teaching purposes. Jason Thompson has a review of it in his Manga Guide [which all should have- it's handy].
There was also a segement included in Schodt's Manga Manga! though other segments in that book were subsequently licensed by others, such as Barefoot Gen [multiple publishers, now Last Gasp] and VIZ's edition of Phoenix.
There was a 3 oversize volume french edition not too long ago [though I think it's OOP], so Ikeda is open to international licensing.
Rose of Versailles would severely kick ass- I have the french canadian DVD's, and it's one of the more compelling shojo franchises out there.
PS- Checking WorldCat.org , some libraries do have it, though it'd be one heck of an interlibrary loan….. I imagine the license is quite available.
Thanks for clearing that up, Andre! Appreciated ^^
I gotta say, I'm excited for Yamada Taro Monogatari. Old Ai Morinaga, anyone? XD
So as a European (Belgian, so Germany is like a 1 hour drive for me), if I go to germany I can find all those mangas english translated there? Cause if it's in germans it won't help me much.
@Mugi: All german manga releases are in German.
BTW: I regularly make the opposite trip (Germany to Belgium) to buy French manga in Belgium. There are just so many good series licensed in French, but not in German.
wow thats a large list to be removed :(
Isn't Suppli one of the titles Tokyopop cancelled? What's the big idea here, they won't release the rest of it in English and German themselves and they don't want anyone else to either?
Yorozuya Toukaido Honpo = Yorozuya Tokaidou Honpo = Satisfaction Guaranteed!
I don't know about the German version, but several volumes have been released in English by Tokyopop.
"Harlem Beat wa Toaki made" is licensed in German by Carlsen manga.
[…] anyone remember my post back in October 2008, License Fortune Telling… But Not Really? Well as of today that list of crossed out licenses has gotten six titles shorter. Only a few left […]