Tokyopop announced at its Anime Expo Lite panel that it has licensed The God and the Flightless Messenger, BL Fans LOVE My Brother?!, and The Cat Proposed manga for its new Love x Love romance imprint.
Unfortunately, the company did not announce any expected release dates for these titles.
Tokyopop has announced the release dates for several manga titles that had been delayed due to the effects of COVID-19. The company had announced in April 2020 that it was delaying the release of 14 titles.
The following titles are now set to debut between June 2020 and November 2020:
- Don’t Call Me Daddy [scheduled to be released on June 23, 2020]
- No Vampire, No Happy Ending Volume 1 [scheduled to be released on June 23, 2020]
- Konohana Kitan Volume 8 [scheduled to be released on June 30, 2020]
- Koimonogatari: Love Stories Volume 1 [scheduled to be released on June 30, 2020]
- Disney Manga: The Nightmare Before Christmas – Zero’s Journey Book 4 [scheduled to be released on July 28, 2020]
- Aria: The Masterpiece Volume 6 [scheduled to be released on September 8, 2020]
- Undead Messiah Volume 3 [scheduled to be released on September 22, 2020]
- Ocean of Secrets Volume 3 [scheduled to be released on October 20, 2020]
- Futaribeya: A Room for Two Volume 7 [scheduled to be released on November 24, 2020]
The company stated, “As the industry begins to adapt and resume business, we have worked closely with our industry partners to create an adjusted release schedule for the remainder of 2020. In April, Tokyopop had said its “printer, lettering team, distributor and other vitally important parts of the publishing process” are closed because they are deemed “non-essential businesses.”
TOKYOPOP®, a POP Media Holdings company and global manga leader, previously announced their adjusted release schedule during the COVID-19 pandemic and have revealed an adjusted schedule for their 2020 titles.
The outbreak of novel coronavirus around the world has resulted in non-essential businesses closing down temporarily, including our printer, lettering team, distributor and other vitally important parts of the publishing process. As the industry begins to adapt and resume business, we have worked closely with our industry partners to create an adjusted release schedule for the remainder of 2020.
“We are grateful as always for the patience and consideration of our fans, who’ve been incredibly supportive over the last few weeks,” says Kae Winters, Marketing Associate. “This is such a strange time for everyone, and we hope to be able to support our retailer and librarian friends, along with bringing new, exciting content to fans once more.”
TOKYOPOP will also be revealing more community projects to engage and support fans through the rest of the year, with details to follow in a future press release.
TITLE SCHEDULE UPDATES:
Tokyopop has announced that it is delaying the releases of its upcoming titles slated for April 2020 and May 2020 due to the effects of COVID-19. The publisher currently does not anticipate delays of its releases scheduled for June 2020 or later.
The delayed manga print titles are:
- Aria: The Masterpiece Volume 6
- Futaribeya: A Room for Two Volume 7
- Koimonogatari: Love Stories Volume 1
- Konohana Kitan Volume 8
- No Vampire, No Happy Ending Volume 1
- Ocean of Secrets Volume 3
- Undead Messiah Volume 3
Tokyopop said that its “printer, lettering team, distributor and other vitally important parts of the publishing process” are closed because they are deemed “non-essential businesses.” The publisher said that it is aiming for accelerated e-book releases and considering outsourcing work to freelancers. The company is discussing the situation with its partners to decide when it can resume printing and releasing titles.
The company recently announced that it is offering chapters or entire volumes of some of its works for free as digital downloads until the end of April 2020.
Tokyopop has announced that it has licensed Dr. Pepperco, Craft Egg, and Bushiroad’s BanG Dream! Girls Band Party! Roselia Stage manga and Ichika Kino’s Ossan Idol?! manga for release in North America in 2020.
BanG Dream! Girls Band Party! Roselia Stage launched as part of the BanG Dream! franchise in Overlap’s web manga magazine Comic Gardo in February 2017. The manga ended in September 2017.
Kino’s manga adaptation of the Ossan Idol?! light novel series launched on Shufu to Seikatsu Sha’s Comic PASH! manga website in July 2018.
Comics industry news source ICv2 has reported that North American manga and graphic novel publisher Tokyopop is launching the new romance imprint Love x Love. The imprint will have new and existing works that include shojo, josei, yaoi, and yuri works with “an age range of 13+ to 18+.” The imprint will focus on short works, including one-shots, short stories, and series of up to several volumes in length.
The imprint will feature Japanese manga, as well as manga-inspired graphic novels from countries such as Korea and China. Love x Love will not differentiate its titles between those by Japanese and non-Japanese creators. The imprint will classify all its titles under the Japanese terms for stories aimed at teenage girls (shojo), more mature works for young women (josei), boys-love (yaoi), and girls-love (yuri).
Tokyopop editor Lena Atanassova explains:
“Rather than separating girls’ love and boys’ love into distinct genres traditionally considered more niche in the manga market, we want to elevate all romance. By including all of these different romances under one umbrella, we hope to encourage new readers and those familiar with manga alike to check out stories they might not have otherwise found because they were separated into a supposedly niche genre.”
The imprint will have print releases of manga and graphic novels, as well as a digital magazine. The first issue of the magazine will debut on March 14, 2020 (White Day), and it will be available for the publisher’s newsletter subscribers to download for free. The issue will include the first chapters of the Love x Love imprint titles Scarlet Soul, Dekoboko Sugar Days, RePlay, Still Sick, and Breath of Flowers. Additionally, the magazine will include a code to purchase the featured titles in a “very attractively priced limited-time bundle.”
Following the first issue, the magazine will launch with new content in Fall 2020, and each issue will have about 100 to 150 pages. The magazine will debut quarterly, but the publisher aims to increase frequency “depending on fans’ reactions.”
Tokyopop has announced during its New York Comic Panel that it has licensed The Gentle Noble’s Vacation Recommendation; The Fox and the Little Tanuki; Love Stories; and The Apple, the Rose, and the Vampire manga.
The company also begin offering new collector’s editions for the Aria: The Masterpiece, Tarot Cafe, Bizenghast, Dark Metro, and Grimms Manga Tales manga.
Tokyopop announced four new manga licenses, including three boys-love manga licenses, at its panel at Comic-Con International:
- Parham Itan: Tales From Beyond by Kaili Sorano [debut date: February 2020 (for Volume 1)]
- Dirty Darling by Gorō Kanbe [debut date: January 2020]
- Dekoboko Sugar Days by Atsuko Yusen [debut date: February 2020]
- RePlay by Saki Tsukahara [debut date: February 2020]
Anime News Network is reporting that Tokyopop has licenses Akashi’s Still Sick manga. According to the report, the first volume is scheduled to ship on November 5, 2019 and retail at US$12.99.
Tokyopop describes the story as:
Makoto Shimizu is just an ordinary office worker, blending in seamlessly with her colleagues going about her day to day life… that is, until her coworker Akane Maekawa discovers her well-hidden secret: she draws and sells girls’ love comics! Maekawa is the last person Shimizu would accuse of being an otaku, but as her interest in Shimizu’s art blossoms, the two grow closer, and it seems like Maekawa may have a secret of her own…
Akashi launched the series on the pixiv Comic website in April 2018. Mag Garden released the first compiled book volume on December 10, 2018.
Tokyopop announced at San Diego Comic-Con that it will release a special collector’s edition of Kozue Amano’s Aria manga. The volumes will be two-in-one omnibus volumes with color pages and gold-foil cover embellishment. The first volume, which will actually be the two-volume prequel manga Aqua, is scheduled to be released in February 2019.
ADV Manga released the first three of 12 total volumes of the manga series in North America, then Tokyopop released the first six volumes. Tokyopop also released the two-volume Aqua prequel manga in North America.