YAOI NEWS: Farewell BLUMANGA

It's a sad, sad day. I don't know who broke the news first as I saw it all over Twitter when I jumped on today so I'll just point you to this article by Anime News Networks that confirms TOKYOPOP will be shutting down it's North American operations effective May 31st and the personal message from TOKYOPOP founder and CEO, Stu Levy. What does this have to do with BLUMANGA? BLUMANGA is the boys' love imprint for TOKYOPOP so if the parent company shuts down, then the imprint will as well if it has no new financial backing. I shot off an email to TOKYOPOP's PR person to confirm but as of yet I have received no answer. I don't expect to hear any good news but I will update this post if I do receive a response. 

What does this all means for us? It means we will no longer see new volumes of Junjo Romantica, Love Pistols, You Will Drown in Love or new releases like Sekai-ichi Hatsukoi. There are also TOKYOPOP favorites like Hetalia, Togainu no Chi, Silver Diamond and Vassalord (although there is hope Hetalia V3 will still be released in May). It's too early to know what they will be doing with their licenses or if another company will pick them up but for us boys' love fans, there's really only one company left that could possible step in. That would be Digital Manga and their two boys' love imprints, June and 801 Media. I highly doubt they'd pick up long running series like Junjo or Love Pistols this late in the game though, and they may not pick up any at all. Clearly if a powerhouse like TOKYOPOP can fall, so can smaller boys' love publishers so they need to watch their own bottom line.

EDIT: Here's is another longer message from Stu Levy and more interestingly the very 'direct' comments left by some not-so-happy fans. Ouch.

EDIT #2: I received an email today from Mike Kiley, Senior Vice President of TOKYOPOP that BLUMANGA will indeed close. 

EDIT #3: Rightstuf has confirmed that titles releasing after May 4th are being canceled.

EDIT #4: Both the TOKYOPOP and BLUMANGA sites are now closed down.

Feel free to comment, say your goodbye's or just cry over another loss in our very small boys' love publishing world… If there's a certain title you hope gets picked up, say it hear. You'd be surprised who may be listening. 

~Jennifer LeBlanc

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  • Hearing all of this has caused me to be as heartbroken as you could probably get. 90% of my manga collectiong is from TokyoPop! Not that I ever payed attention to it to closely but hearing all this news about them going under. . . . That’s not cool. . . .

    They can’t just drop the production of the manga, they shouldn’t be able to do that. People have spent months or yeas following certian series. To get so far into one and then just have it dropped is not fair at all. . . . Not that life is fair, but still.

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  • I never even realized that BLUMANGA was a part of TOKYOPOP. All I know now is that I’m so pissed over all this. I LOVED Junjo, and I just finished the anime for Sekai-Ichi Hatsukoi. I have been searching all over to find the English translated manga for Hatsukoi, but no matter where I looked it either wasn’t there or there was some rumor about it being canceled. I didn’t believe it at first, but then I read this post. My problem is I am visually impared and cannot read the subtitles on the anime. I was hoping to get the manga, or at least find it online, so I could better understand it. If I could get my hands on it I could use my CCTV (closed circut tellevision) to inlarge the print and read it. As I said before, I LOVED Junjo Romantica, and I think I loved the anime for Hatsukoi even more. If someone would just pick up this title I would deffinately buy every volume so I could better understand the stories. Please, any boys’ love inprint that may be reading this, PLEASE continue this series. I can promise you will get mine and many others’ bisiness for this series.

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  • *sobs*
    Black Knight–don’t leave us now!

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  • SO not fair.
    Almost all the series of my manga collection’s from Tokyopop/Blu.
    Where will we yaoi lovers go now?
    *cries*

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