Tokyopop gets some of ADV’s ‘Doomed 54’
One of the more intriguing news tidbits to come out of Anime Expo in Anaheim, Calif., earlier this month was Tokyopop's announcement that it had licensed the manga series "Tactics," "Aria" and "Peacemaker Kurogane."
That those titles once were held by ADV Manga before becoming members of the "Doomed 54" -- 54 series either canceled or put on "indefinite hiatus" -- raised many virtual eyebrows on the Internet.
It has been a while, after all, since new volumes of these three series were released. "Aria" disappeared in December 2004 after three volumes; "Peacemaker Kurogane," in March 2005 after three volumes; and "Tactics," in May 2005 after two volumes.
There was some initial confusion about which properties Tokyopop had picked up; "Aqua" and "Shinsengumi Ifun Peacemaker," prequels to "Aria and "Peacemaker Kurogane," respectively, also were licensed, leading some to speculate that ADV still held rights to the original series. But Tokyopop's Susan Hale confirmed to MangaBlog last week that the original series were now theirs.
It won't be until 2008 until the new translations are complete. But at least manga fans have new hope. Now, can we get more "Noodle Fighter Miki" and "Gunslinger Girl"? Please?
More anime love
Time now for another winning entry from the Anniversary Giveaway, in which I asked readers to tell me why they love anime and manga. Jocelyn Quon, 25, of Honolulu wrote, " I love anime/manga because it lets you suspend reality and escape to a world where giant mechas and cute talking animals are normal."
In Sunday's 'D&Q'
Super-sleuths are once again the order of the day, as Wilma J. looks at the manga series "Ghost Hunt" and "Remote" in the Sunday Today section.
Cel Shaded, a look at the world of Japanese anime and manga, appears every Monday. Reach Jason S. Yadao