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'''Tokyopop''', formerly Mixx, is a translator and distributor of {{manga}}, aka [[CaptainObvious Japanese comics]]. It was one of the most prolific manga publishers in the US, along with Creator/VizMedia and [=DelRey=], and was one of the first publishers to print their manga "back to front", i.e. in the original Japanese format. They promoted titles printed under this format as "100% Authentic Manga!", although it may have been done for economic as much as artistic reasons.

In translating, Tokyopop has a habit of leaving word bubbles blank, not translating sound effects, and excluding honorifics in their translations. This makes them targets of [[UnpleasableFanbase fannish rage]], because Japanese honorifics are SeriousBusiness.

They tried to expand their line by sponsoring "[[{{Animesque}} Original English Manga]]," including manga-styled ''Franchise/StarTrek'' stories, a [[ReturnToLabyrinth sequel]] to ''Film/{{Labyrinth}}'', and CEO Stu Levy's Ugly Baby Project, PrincessAi. It also included genuinely original work, like Brandon Graham's ''King City'' and Becky Cloonan's ''East Coast Rising''. Some of these titles were more successful than others.

Tokyopop formerly published {{anime}} [=DVDs=], but no longer. Some of their back catalog was acquired by {{Funimation}}. They have also expanded into translating Korean {{Manhwa}}. Their output was recently slashed by nearly 50%, possibly due to [[YouFailEconomicsForever cannibalization at retail]]. The competition from other publishers might have also had something to do with it.

Also, they used to have the most User-Unfriendly website in all the interwebs. They must've taken this criticism to heart, since [[http://www.tokyopop.com the new website]] is much easier to understand.

For a few years, they ran a ''Rising Stars Of Manga'' competition, inviting people to send in short one-shot mangas (though some people would send in prologues to larger stories...TokyoPop figured that as long as it stood on its own as a story, it was fine) and publishing ten winners each year. Many of those winners were offered to do full series: examples are PeachFuzz, AtomicKingDaidogan, DogbyWalksAlone, and even the famed [[Webcomic/EverAfter Endling]] won the second competition! Unfortunately, after seven contests, the entire competition seems to have ceased, and [[ScrewedByTheNetwork most of the artists who were offered deals have had their series pulled.]]

As of 4/15/11, the company has [[http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2011-04-15/tokyopop-to-close-north-american-publishing-division closed down all American operations, leaving only their international office in Germany open]]; however, they have recently confirmed that [[http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2011-10-12/tokyopop-confirms-intent-to-publish-manga-again they intend to return to the American industry.]] However (again), they entered the realms of TrollingCreator as this wasn't the case and [[http://www.crunchyroll.com/anime-news/2011/10/11-1/tokyopop-returns-kind-of they were merely creating a newsletter on Asian pop-culture]].

Not to be confused with the otherwise-forgettable 80s movie ''Tokyo Pop'' that featured the first film appearance of a VisualKei [[XJapan band]].

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!!Notable Manga and Comic Series:

* DotHack (manga, 4koma, Alcor, G.U.+, Legend of the Twilight, XXXX; and for novels, AI Buster and Another Birth.)
* [[Manga/PlusAnima +Anima]] (manga)
* Manga/AiYoriAoshi (manga)
* AngelicLayer (manga)
* Manga/{{Aria}} (manga)
* Manga/BattleRoyale
* Anime/BtX (manga)
* BrigadoonMarinAndMelan (both anime and manga)
* Manga/CardcaptorSakura (Manga)
* Manga/CherryJuice
* Manga/{{Chobits}} (though it seems Creator/DarkHorseComics has the rights now)
* Manhwa/CielTheLastAutumnStory (manhwa)
* Anime/CowboyBebop (manga adaptations)
* DNAngel (manga)
* {{Dramacon}}
* Manhwa/FaeriesLanding (manhwa)
* FateStayNight (manga)
* Manga/FruitsBasket (manga; one of its best-sellers)
* FutariEcchi (manga, as ''Manga Sutra Futari H''; on hiatus since volume 4)
* GakuenAlice (manga)
* VisualNovel/GakuenHeaven (three out of four volumes)
* GetBackers
* LightNovel/TheGoodWitchOfTheWest (first two novels and six manga volumes)
* Manga/{{Goth}} (manga, plus the original novel by Otsuichi)
* Manga/GreatTeacherOnizuka
* {{Gundam}} titles
* Manga/HekikaiNoAiON
* Manga/AxisPowersHetalia
* IkkiTousen (Manga, as ''Battle Vixens''. {{Macekre}}d.)
* InitialD (Manga and anime. Blatantly [[CulturalTranslation Americanized]] and {{Bowdlerize}}d. To compound this, the manga has a prominent [[BlatantLies "100% Authentic Manga"]] on the cover.)
* {{Jiraishin}} (Americanized under the title of ''Ice Blade'')
* JunjouRomantica (manga)
* KaitouSaintTail (both anime and manga)
* {{Karin}} (manga and novels, as ''Chibi Vampire'')
* KedamonoDamono (manga)
* KeroroGunsou (The manga, as ''Sgt. Frog''.)
* Manga/KingOfThorn (manga)
* KyouKaraMaou
* Manga/{{Life}}
* LizzieMcGuire (laughable manga adaptation)
* Manga/LoveHina (Manga)
* LupinIII (The original 1967 Manga as well as the 1977 sequel)
* MaidSama!(Manga)
* MagicKnightRayearth (Manga)
* {{Mai-HiME}} (manga)
* MamotteShugogetten
* Manga/MiraiNikki (translated as ''Future Diary'')
* {{Parasyte}} (Later retranslated and re-released by DelRey.)
* PeacemakerKurogane
* PetShopOfHorrors (with a translation that's often only 'loosely based' on the original text)
* {{Planetes}} (Manga)
* RaveMaster (manga and anime. They however dropped the series just as they were nearing the end of the manga. It has since been picked up by Del Ray, who publishes ''Manga/FairyTail'' in the U.S.)
* RealityCheck
* ReignTheConqueror (a.k.a. ''Alexander Senki'')
* RozenMaiden (original manga)
* Manhwa/{{Rure}} (Manhwa)
* Manhwa/Redrum327
* Anime/SaberMarionetteJ (The manga adaptation. {{Macekre}}d.)
* SailorMoon (Manga, {{Macekre}}d in an effort to match the {{Macekre}}d dub. Until it overtook the anime and some stuff was the same as the original leading to an odd mix of dub and original terms and names.)
* ScrappedPrincess (manga and some of the novels)
* {{Slayers}} (Translations of the {{Light Novel}}s.)
* {{Tactics}}
* Manhwa/TheTarotCafe
* TokyoMewMew (one of their most popular shoujo titles, but their decidedly revisionist translation has drawn a lot of Canon Dorf rage -- even more than the usual Tokyopop fare does)
* TrinityBlood
* TheTwelveKingdoms (novels; four of seven have been released, with one new release every year)
* VanVonHunter (the print companion to the {{webcomic}}.)
* {{Vassalord}}
* ''Literature/WarriorCats'' (manga adaptations)
* Manga/YourAndMySecret (the last volume, volume 8, remains unpublished)
* Zone-00 (written by Kiyo Kyujyo[[hottip:*:it actually says Kiyo QJO on the covers, but the art style is pretty obvious]], the author of the TrinityBlood manga. Currently at nine volumes. Unfortunately, TokyoPop only published the first four volumes before they shut down...)
...and many, many, many more
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18th Dec '12 9:40:53 PM berenike
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* TheTwelveKingdoms (novels; three of seven have been released, with one new release every year)

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* TheTwelveKingdoms (novels; three four of seven have been released, with one new release every year)
11th Nov '12 9:36:59 AM Sterok
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* RaveMaster (manga and anime. They however dropped the series just as they were nearing the end of the manga. It has since been picked up by Del Ray, who publishes ''FairyTail'' in the U.S.)

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* RaveMaster (manga and anime. They however dropped the series just as they were nearing the end of the manga. It has since been picked up by Del Ray, who publishes ''FairyTail'' ''Manga/FairyTail'' in the U.S.)
22nd Oct '12 10:25:26 PM Aiguille
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* BattleRoyale

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* BattleRoyaleManga/BattleRoyale
21st Oct '12 3:17:14 PM GGGG
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* LightNovel/GoodWitchOfTheNorth (first two novels and six manga volumes)

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* LightNovel/GoodWitchOfTheNorth LightNovel/TheGoodWitchOfTheWest (first two novels and six manga volumes)
21st Oct '12 3:15:54 PM GGGG
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* VisualNovel/GakuenHeaven (three out of four volumes)



* LightNovel/GoodWitchOfTheNorth (first two novels and six manga volumes)




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8th Oct '12 12:28:10 PM GGGG
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'''Tokyopop''', formerly Mixx, is a translator and distributor of {{manga}}, aka [[CaptainObvious Japanese comics]]. It was one of the most prolific manga publishers in the US, along with Creator/VizMedia and DelRey, and was one of the first publishers to print their manga "back to front", i.e. in the original Japanese format. They promoted titles printed under this format as "100% Authentic Manga!", although it may have been done for economic as much as artistic reasons.

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'''Tokyopop''', formerly Mixx, is a translator and distributor of {{manga}}, aka [[CaptainObvious Japanese comics]]. It was one of the most prolific manga publishers in the US, along with Creator/VizMedia and DelRey, [=DelRey=], and was one of the first publishers to print their manga "back to front", i.e. in the original Japanese format. They promoted titles printed under this format as "100% Authentic Manga!", although it may have been done for economic as much as artistic reasons.



* CielTheLastAutumnStory (manhwa)

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* CielTheLastAutumnStory Manhwa/CielTheLastAutumnStory (manhwa)



* FaeriesLanding (manhwa)

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* FaeriesLanding Manhwa/FaeriesLanding (manhwa)



* FruitsBasket (manga; one of its best-sellers)

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* FruitsBasket Manga/FruitsBasket (manga; one of its best-sellers)



* GreatTeacherOnizuka

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* GreatTeacherOnizukaManga/GreatTeacherOnizuka



* LoveHina (Manga)

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* LoveHina Manga/LoveHina (Manga)



* MiraiNikki (translated as ''Future Diary'')

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* MiraiNikki Manga/MiraiNikki (translated as ''Future Diary'')



* {{Rure}} (Manhwa)

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* {{Rure}} (Manhwa)Manhwa/{{Rure}} (Manhwa)
* Manhwa/Redrum327
4th Sep '12 4:10:41 AM Razander
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Also, they used to have the most User-Unfriendly website in all the interwebs. They must've taken this criticism to heart, since [[http://www.tokyopop.com the new website]] it much easier to understand.

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Also, they used to have the most User-Unfriendly website in all the interwebs. They must've taken this criticism to heart, since [[http://www.tokyopop.com the new website]] it is much easier to understand.
7th Aug '12 8:45:15 PM EmmaWoodhouse18
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As of 4/15/11, the company has [[http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2011-04-15/tokyopop-to-close-north-american-publishing-division closed down all American operations, leaving only their international office in Germany open]]; however, they have recently confirmed that [[http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2011-10-12/tokyopop-confirms-intent-to-publish-manga-again they intend to return to the American industry.]] However (again), they entered the realms of TrollingCreator as this wasn't the cause and [[http://www.crunchyroll.com/anime-news/2011/10/11-1/tokyopop-returns-kind-of they were merely creating a newsletter on Asian pop-culture]].

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As of 4/15/11, the company has [[http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2011-04-15/tokyopop-to-close-north-american-publishing-division closed down all American operations, leaving only their international office in Germany open]]; however, they have recently confirmed that [[http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2011-10-12/tokyopop-confirms-intent-to-publish-manga-again they intend to return to the American industry.]] However (again), they entered the realms of TrollingCreator as this wasn't the cause case and [[http://www.crunchyroll.com/anime-news/2011/10/11-1/tokyopop-returns-kind-of they were merely creating a newsletter on Asian pop-culture]].
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