This entry is part of 12 Moments in Anime 2011.
#03 is TokyoPOP closing down at the end of May. Not a happy moment for me in 2011, but “a moment” nonetheless.
TokyoPOP published everything from Cardcaptor Sakura and Sailor Moon to Get Backers and Mobile Suit Gundam titles (including Gundam Wing) to Junjou Romantica (under their BLU Manga imprint). They moved manga from “a comic book thing” to “a book thing” by helping to create space on Borders (RIP) and Barnes & Noble shelves for manga and other comics.
I don’t know much about the drama with Stu Levy (TokyoPOP’s founder and CEO), but as a casual manga reader who was happy to see new manga on the shelves in bookstores, TokyoPOP’s demise was a terrible loss for me.
Rest in Manga Peace, TokyoPOP.