'''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 addition, they also had their manga sold in bookstores as well as comic book stores - this actually really helped increase their audience, since bookstores are more common in the americas and are usually easier for younger people to get to. (You would often find a bookstore in a mall... not a comic book shop.)

In translating, Tokyopop had bad habits such as leaving word bubbles blank, not translating sound effects, providing no (or hardly any) explanatory notes, and sometimes excluding honorifics. This last in particular made them targets of [[UnpleasableFanbase fannish rage]], because Japanese honorifics are SeriousBusiness. In general, if you like your translations to be in very smooth, natural-sounding English, you'll like Tokyopop -- but you'll probably also wonder what you're missing from the original.

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 ''ComicBook/KingCity'' and Becky Cloonan's ''ComicBook/EastCoastRising''. 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, Manga/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]]. Recent twitter posts have suggested that there is a serious effort to be in the publishing industry and as such, partnered with Right Stuf to release some of their licensed manga via digital means.

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:

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* ''Franchise/DotHack'' (manga, 4koma, Alcor, G.U.+, Legend of the Twilight, XXXX; and for novels, AI Buster and Another Birth.)
* ''Manga/PlusAnima'' (manga)
* ''Manga/AILoveYou'' (manga)
* ''Manga/AiYoriAoshi'' (manga)
* ''Manga/AngelicLayer'' (manga)
* ''Manga/{{Aria}}'' (manga)
* ''Manga/BattleRoyale''
* ''Anime/BtX'' (manga)
* ''Anime/BrigadoonMarinAndMelan'' (both anime and manga)
* ''Manga/CardcaptorSakura'' (manga; rights currently held by Creator/DarkHorseComics)
* ''Manga/CherryJuice''
* ''Manga/{{Chobits}}'' (manga; rights currently held by Creator/DarkHorseComics)
* ''Manhwa/CielTheLastAutumnStory'' (manhwa)
* ''Anime/CowboyBebop'' (manga adaptations)
* ''Manga/DNAngel'' (manga)
* ''{{Dramacon}}''
* ''Manhwa/FaeriesLanding'' (manhwa)
* ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'' (manga)
* ''Anime/{{FLCL}}'' (manga; rights currently held by Creator/DarkHorseComics)
* ''Manga/FruitsBasket'' (manga; one of its best-sellers)
* ''Manga/FutariEcchi'' (manga, as ''Manga Sutra Futari H''; on hiatus since volume 4)
* ''Manga/GakuenAlice'' (manga)
* ''VisualNovel/GakuenHeaven'' (three out of four volumes)
* ''Manga/GetBackers''
* ''LightNovel/TheGoodWitchOfTheWest'' (first two novels and six manga volumes)
* ''Manga/{{Goth}}'' (manga, plus the original novel by Otsuichi)
* ''Manga/GreatTeacherOnizuka''
* ''Franchise/{{Gundam}}'' titles
* ''Manga/HekikaiNoAiON''
* ''Manga/AxisPowersHetalia'' (rights currently held by Right Stuf)
* ''Manga/IkkiTousen'' (manga, as ''Battle Vixens''. {{Macekre}}d.)
* ''Manga/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.)
* ''Manga/{{Jiraishin}}'' (Americanized under the title of ''Ice Blade'')
* ''Manga/JunjouRomantica'' (manga)
* ''Manga/KaitouSaintTail'' (both anime and manga)
* ''Manga/{{Karin}}'' (manga and novels, as ''Chibi Vampire'')
* ''Manga/KedamonoDamono'' (manga)
* ''Manga/KeroroGunsou'' (The manga, as ''Sgt. Frog''.)
* ''Manga/KingdomHearts'' (original translations; 2013 releases done by [[{{Creator/YenPress}} Yen Press]])
** ''Manga/KingdomHeartsI''
** ''Manga/KingdomHeartsChainOfMemories''
** ''Manga/KingdomHeartsII'' (first two volumes only)
* ''Manga/KingOfThorn'' (manga)
* ''LightNovel/KyouKaraMaou''
* ''Manga/{{Life}}''
* ''Series/LizzieMcGuire'' (laughable manga adaptation)
* ''Manga/LoveHina'' (manga; rights currently held by Kodansha Comics USA)
* ''Manga/LupinIII'' (The original 1967 Manga as well as the 1977 sequel)
* ''Manga/MaidSama''(manga)
* ''Manga/MagicKnightRayearth'' (,anga)
* ''Franchise/MaiHiME'' (manga)
* ''Manga/MamotteShugogetten''
* ''Manga/MiraiNikki'' (translated as ''Future Diary'')
* ''Manga/{{Parasyte}}'' (later retranslated and re-released by DelRey.)
* ''Manga/PeacemakerKurogane''
* ''Manga/PetShopOfHorrors'' (with a translation that's often only 'loosely based' on the original text)
* ''Anime/{{Planetes}}'' (manga)
* ''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''
* ''Anime/ReignTheConqueror'' (a.k.a. ''Alexander Senki'')
* ''Manga/RozenMaiden'' (original manga)
* ''Manhwa/{{Rure}}'' (manhwa)
* ''Manhwa/{{Redrum327}}''
* ''Anime/SaberMarionetteJ'' (the manga adaptation, {{Macekre}}d.)
* ''Manga/SailorMoon'' (Manga, {{Macekre}}d in an effort to match the {{Macekre}}d Creator/DiC dub of the first [[Anime/SailorMoon anime]]. 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. Rights currently held by Kodansha Comics USA, distributed through Random House)
* ''LightNovel/ScrappedPrincess'' (manga and some of the novels)
* ''LightNovel/{{Slayers}}'' (translations of the {{Light Novel}}s.)
* ''Manga/{{Tactics}}''
* ''Manhwa/TheTarotCafe''
* ''Manga/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. Rights currently held by Kodansha Comics USA)
* ''LightNovel/TrinityBlood''
* ''LightNovel/TheTwelveKingdoms'' (novels; four of seven have been released, with one new release every year)
* VanVonHunter (the print companion to the {{webcomic}}.)
* ''Manga/{{Vassalord}}''
* ''Literature/WarriorCats'' (manga adaptations)
* ''Manga/YourAndMySecret'' (the last volume, volume 8, remains unpublished)
* ''Zone-00'' (written by Kiyo Kyujyo[[note]]it actually says Kiyo QJO on the covers, but the art style is pretty obvious[[/note]], the author of the ''Trinity Blood'' manga. Currently at nine volumes. Unfortunately, TokyoPop only published the first four volumes before they shut down...)
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...and many, many, many more
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