The Speakeasy #017: Viking Funeral, The Life and Death of Tokyopop

Anime 3000 presents The Speakeasy Podcast:
Drink #017:
Viking Funeral,
The Life and Death of Tokyopop

By both listener request and our own desire we discuss the influential, good or bad, life of Tokyopop. From the beginning it seemed like they had new ideas and were setting out to do something different. They rode high for a while, but things started to slip in the mid-2000s at the heart of the manga boom. It is undeniable that they changed the U.S. industry so we reminisce and discuss all that came with it.

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And now your helpful bartenders at The Speakeasy present your drink:

Viking Funeral

  • 1/3 oz. Rumple Minze
  • 1/3 oz. Jagermeister
  • 1/3 oz. Goldschlager

Mix in a shooter glass.

The Manga Counter-Revolution

hisuiconIf you have attended a number of industry panels at the major anime conventions in the last few years you will remember an insistence on there not being a manga bubble. The rapid growth of the U.S. manga industry was the natural pace of a maturing market and that while there might be a slowing of growth there would not be a crash. And here in 2010 we see the end of Go! Comi and CMX, layoffs at VIZ, and uncertain futures for Del Rey, Tokyo-Pop, and Aurora. It seems there has been a manga crash after all.

Over the last few years there have been major changes in both the anime and manga industries of the U.S. While the anime industry was (is) unstable, the manga industry had been on a steep incline with more and more companies entering the market and a huge library of titles gracing shelves. But maybe manga was just playing catch up to its older brother.

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