Digital Manga Inc. Blog

November 14, 2012

A Message from Our President:

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Today we would like to announce that effective January 1st 2013, the print editions for our DMP, June Manga, DokiDoki and 801Media imprints will be placed on a temporary hiatus. Please be advised that none of our licenses are cancelled, simply postponed. We will be resuming the distribution of our print editions in June, 2013. This hiatus will allow us to coordinate our production schedule for 2013 and temporarily shift our focus to our digital publications.

I am sure our fans are shocked by this announcement, but I would like to extend my gratitude for their continuing support and patience. In the mean time, if you have any questions, I can be reached at: contact (at) emanga dot com

Hikaru Sasahara

Our updated release schedule can be viewed below:



  1. I’m not shocked. It’s just too bad that you’ll be doing without my money until June 2013 while you concentrate on digital publications that I have no intention of purchasing.

    Comment by lore — November 14, 2012 @ 4:29 pm

  2. Wow, I kinda guess your resources were spread thin. But as long as you don’t go out of business, and are able to finish releasing the series that I’m committed to while I’m still interested in them I don’t mind the hiatus.

    Comment by lucu — November 14, 2012 @ 4:50 pm

  3. Sadness. I’m holding off on reading AnK v7 until I have v8. It was so close to being released too T_T

    Comment by Scryren — November 14, 2012 @ 5:35 pm

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  5. Well, this is sad news for me as no matter the popularity of digital publications I’m still all for print editions, especially when its yaoi. There’s no choice but to be patient, as lucu said I much prefer to wait than to know we won’t be able to get those titles at all. Good luck!

    Comment by Mary S. — November 14, 2012 @ 7:07 pm

  6. This is a big surprise but DMI does need to do something with their digital editions especially in the way that they are distributed (making them available across all the various distribution channels at once instead of only Barnes and Noble having a title and it not being available anywhere else) and improving the quality control of their digital editions (one title I purchased was filled with grammar errors, while another had pages out of order and dupes of pages throughout).

    Well good luck to getting things worked out, this will just leave me with more money to spend with the other yaoi publisher. And for those who are print only, you are missing out on some great titles by not doing digital releases.

    Comment by Litup — November 14, 2012 @ 7:39 pm

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  8. Buying Digital seems completely worthless to me. It’s more valuable to own a copy that you can have true memories with. But i guess DMP doesn’t want me to buy ItaKiss vol 10 until a year from now. It’s cool. Have fun not recieving my money, i’ll be busy buying from other companies for a whole year. (Though i do plan to buy vol 9 soon).

    Comment by rizumu — November 14, 2012 @ 8:29 pm

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  10. I have no choice but to be patient but I’m still disappointed. I have no interest in digital publications nor will I invest money into that. I prefer print editions and I have waited so long to finally buy the Ai No Kusabi Novel vol 08 that waiting longer seems almost cruel to me. I’ve put a lot of time and money into buying manga and novels and enduring the wait time between releases so I can’t say I’m not a little frustrated at this news.

    Anyway, I wish DMI the best of luck in whatever you all are attempting with this hiatus.

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  12. “continuing support and patience”?
    Don’t think so.

    Comment by angua — November 15, 2012 @ 6:03 am

  13. Well this royally sucks, but I understand somewhat. Although I have to wait HALF A YEAR for the 8th and final volume of ANK, it’ll be worth it.
    Good luck, June Manga.

    Comment by Gracelin — November 15, 2012 @ 9:04 am

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  16. You know, you could have handled this better. This is rather short notice in the scheme of things. And considering some of us have waited for years (no joke on that one) for you to obtain the ANK license this really shows no customer consideration at all.

    Would it have hurt to say this is happening in 6 months time and give us real advanced warning and not have any new releases in that period and finish off the print run as best you could on what is due?

    All you’ve done here is alienate customers.

    Comment by Barbara H — November 15, 2012 @ 3:04 pm

  17. I must say that I was surprised. I’m not exactally ‘up’ on everything that is happening in the world of manga, but this is a little shocking if not a bit frustrating.

    I don’t support digital manga. It’s not something I’m interested in or can afford. Oddly enough I don’t have to up grade anything every few years to be able to enjoy my printed books. They read fine now and will do so equially well 50+ years from now with nothing more spend on them.

    I will wait for them to start releasing things in print before I buy anything from them again. Of course I will be buying from others in the mean time. They will not lose me as a customer, but they will probably fall lower on my list of who I will be willing to spend my limited money with.

    Still I hope they use this time well to regroup and settle things as I do value them as a producer of many of the series that I enjoy. There are not enough quality manga producers out there, and over all I have been quite pleased with their products.

    Comment by Tayrin Roo — November 15, 2012 @ 5:01 pm

  18. Well… I have some things to catch up on anyway. But this is sad. I’d hate to see you go completely digital. Absolutely the worst… I shouldn’t have pre ordered Class president vol 4. My god… *sigh*

    Comment by seny — November 15, 2012 @ 6:41 pm

  19. I’m going to have to wait til July to read the next volume of Tyrant!?
    I thought the change was effective as of January. Why are the December releases being postponed?

    Comment by sevi — November 15, 2012 @ 9:45 pm

  20. i’m just glad that the rest of the Ze series will be published….although it will be much later :( But it gives me hope to still see it on your list. :)

    Comment by dianalicia — November 15, 2012 @ 9:49 pm

  21. Much like everyone here several of the titles I was looking forward to (Tyrant, Ze, Alice the 101, Itazura na Kiss, and Priceless Honey) have been pushed back further. It’s rather unfortunate because I purchase all 801, DokiDoki, and June titles that are released and I purchase them through Akadot. That means with me as a reader they make top dollar. Now with the digital only releases I’m very, very picky meaning I don’t buy titles from artists I’m not familiar with or localized by certain people. I’ve also been very disappointed by the quality of these releases. I hope that with focusing on just the digital maybe they can get their act together. But I’m still saddened to see this happen. Good luck.

    Comment by Kris — November 16, 2012 @ 5:30 am

  22. “shocked” is an understatement. I am very disappointed by this news as I am eagerly awaiting the release of the next Tyrant volume as well as the future volumes of Ze and Hey Class President, among other print releases. While I support DMP’s digital efforts and wish you luck in whatever you will be working on over the course of the next few months I really wish that you could have found a different way of going about this. I will wait for the titles I want to be released as patiently as I can but please know that I am a very disappointed customer.

    Comment by Allt — November 16, 2012 @ 6:33 am

  23. WTH??? i have to wait for more than a year to get my Hana wa Saku ka? by that time I will be able to read my japanese version entirely that i won’t be needing to purchase the english version! shaaame. i don’t get why more focus should be on digital versions when prints are sooo much better. even if digital copies were given out for free, i’d still want to buy a printed one. what a bummer. i wish there was another way to go about this as having to wait reaally really sucks. :(

    Comment by Mika Chan — November 16, 2012 @ 8:15 am

  24. Tyrant is pushed forward too? Oh man… That’s a quite sadistic cliff hanger.

    Comment by seny — November 16, 2012 @ 9:19 am

  25. Unlike most of the commenters here I would like to thank DMP for being proactive to save their company and being open about the process. Most publishers would have hid this decision from their readers and made excuses until they could return to print.
    To all the comments of “guess your not getting my money” I say grow up. Would you prefer DMP goes out of business and you don’t those titles at all? Get over you love of paper pulp, go hug your vinyl and get over it.

    Comment by Weltall — November 16, 2012 @ 1:27 pm

  26. I may be misremembering, but didn’t another yaoi publisher start off really strong with good licenses and quality releases, and suddenly they had to go on hiatus (due to money problems) which lasted several years only to drag their death further than should have been necessary? I know DMP does whatever they want (they’ve proved that time and time again) so this doesn’t come as any surprise.

    Comment by aoi_aka — November 16, 2012 @ 7:53 pm

  27. “Shocked” doesn’t even cover it. Disappointed that we’ll have to wait about 8 months for the new titles to be released. Critical in the timing part. How long was this planned out, and why announce it now and not months ago? And I was getting ready to complete my collecting of the “Tyrant…” series and continue buying the “Ze” series after getting vol. 6 from Amazon back in 2011.

    Just wanted to get that out of the way or I would have exploded. As long you’ll continue to release the titles in print, I’ll be most happy and gracious. In the meantime, I’ll do some inventory…

    Good luck and see y’all again.

    Comment by ladyblackcat — November 16, 2012 @ 8:38 pm

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  29. Weltall, people have every right to express their discontent. Some of us enjoy actual BOOKS. I pray not, but if there ever does come a day when only digital content is available in English, I will be buying my titles in Japanese because thankfully, I had the foresight to start learning back when I saw just how slow and arduous a process it was for a title to be released in English, if at all (as will never be the case for some of my favorite titles).

    Comment by cheeky_monkey — November 17, 2012 @ 11:07 am

  30. This is a real shame, I’ll be disappointed that some soon to be released titles I was waiting for are delayed, but I’ll be patient. I understand this wouldn’t have been a decision taken lightly.

    Comment by Amy — November 17, 2012 @ 12:28 pm

  31. I really hope that you do print the books and not decide to make them all digital. I know I’m not alone saying that I like to read the printed versions of books. As long as they will still be printed I will wait and buy them later next year. I’ll be happy just being able to buy them. Please dont get rid of printed titles. Thats all i’m worried about. Hope these months will go by fast.

    Comment by sillysue87 — November 17, 2012 @ 3:39 pm

  32. I do find it interesting that the distribution of the hentai titles have not been delayed. As someone who’s been buying books from you since the beginning, I’m disappointed by that piece of information.

    Comment by despina — November 17, 2012 @ 7:12 pm

  33. I had run through a gamut of emotions after reading this a few days ago. At first, it was outrage: “WTH?! The economy isn’t going to do so bad you know… I talked to folks in various industries. The consumer spending will continue to recover. So is this really a good time to pull back?” And then self pity: “Why are my Ze, Tyrant & LAAGM affected? Why, oh, why can’t they just prioritize the status of those before pushing all others by 6 months?” But now I think I am resigning to the reality: “Sigh… there is nothing I can do anyway. Yes, I can imagine DMG’s resources being spread too think to ramp up their digital production as well. I do believe that is still the future too. DMG just needs to do a better analysis of the price elasticities and at all time…please be more discriminative in choosing good titles (on/offline)” So I want to wish DMP the best of luck in trying to re-organize their house in the next 6 months. I will continue to support this co that had brought so many of my fave mangas to the English world. I look fwd to these print releases come Jul 2012.

    Comment by 2old4yaoi — November 17, 2012 @ 9:20 pm

  34. Wow. That sucks. I think I’m done. As much as I love yaoi, it’s not worth it anymore. With all of the postponing and companies going under. My biggest pet peeve is having to read one volume in a multiple set and then having to wait, but I understood the reasons for having to wait with yaoi. No more. Maybe it’s time I get serious about learning Japanese.

    Comment by Coby — November 17, 2012 @ 9:48 pm

  35. I`ll keep supporting DMP, but wish there was some reprints in the meantime.

    Comment by Tanko — November 18, 2012 @ 7:13 am

  36. Seems silly not to print at least Tyrant for December. It’s so popular.

    I see more titles that I want from DMG, than the print ones… But almost 12 bucks for a digital book? Come on… Way too much. Digital books should not cost as much as a print books. At least make it 9.99 or something.

    I understand that BL books don’t sell as much as normal manga, but still. Make a fair price. ( Pst, I’m getting a reader soon. )

    Comment by seny — November 18, 2012 @ 10:54 am

  37. Sad to say, this happens, when a Yaoi Manga publisher do replace print editions by digital versions regardless that the most reader do not like digital versions and won’t buy them, and more worse does licens so many Hentai Titels which are in no way of any interest for the regular readers of that publisher.

    I am from Germany and I was buying each print Titel from June and 801. I was looking foreward to a lot of titles, and now I am not only dissapointed for myself but feel deeply sorry for all Englisch speaking Yaoi Fans. I do hope that Digital Manga will recover and start their print versions again from June 2013 but honestly, I am not very sure about that. This brings back sad Memories of publishers like DramaQueen, BLU, DEUX and Kitty.

    Personally I would never buy a Digital Version, the most Yaoi Fans in Germay and Austria would not, although it is easier to get then a printed US book, but as the most fans I do hate just digital and want to have a real book to read and keep.

    Comment by Martina — November 19, 2012 @ 8:14 am

  38. I can’t say I’m happy about this at all, but if it’s what needed to happen to keep the company going or for them to collect all their marbles then I’ll just be as patient as possible. I was so happy to see V4-5 of Hey Class President too. See you in 6+ months~

    Comment by Ahmy — November 19, 2012 @ 3:17 pm

  39. This is terrible, terrible news. It certainly lowers my view of DMG. I buy every June and 801 title, preordering as soon as I am able. With all the trouble I”ve had with the Tyrant series (seriously, waiting months on end for it to come in the mail, every volume?), to have to wait until July is absurd. Having a lack of better way to put it..this sucks, royally sucks!!! One of my greatest joys is getting yaoi in print.

    I have been extremely disappointed in every digital title I have ever bought from DMG to the point I will not buy any more.

    Guess I have time to save money for the flood of print that will be coming next summer :-/

    Comment by ygirlxox — November 19, 2012 @ 4:36 pm

  40. That’s a bit disappointing. Things happen and I can’t say much since I don’t exactly know what’s going on, but I hope you don’t decide to neglect print editions. Like most commenting here, I have no intention of buying any digital versions.

    The series I was waiting for from DMP were the ones by Karakara, of which aren’t licensed yet (like Replica vol. 4 and Countdown 7 Days vol. 4). I’ll check up on this site again next June.

    Best of luck.

    Comment by Graphite — November 19, 2012 @ 5:35 pm

  41. Sigh, it already takes month between manga copies of my favorite yaoi manga, not have to wait even longer! I won’t buy digital. They wonder why people go to the internet to find online versions, because we can’t wait 6 months for the next chapters in our series. Look at Viewfinder, already have 8 books in Japan, only 6 here. They don’t even have it on their release schedule. I guess I just won’t be buying any manga till next Christmas. Can buy other stuff instead.

    Comment by Erika — November 19, 2012 @ 6:25 pm

  42. This is freaken retarded because you obviously don’t have the same digital licenses for digital and in print .. you people just license series and put them on hold! especially all the good series are licensed for print!! So damn annoying! For example Ze has been on hold FOREVER!

    so disappointed in your company .. again I wish I just knew japanese and don’t have to waste my time and money with your company and these ridiculously unpredictable schedules!

    Comment by milkydue — November 19, 2012 @ 8:44 pm

  43. Kinda wondering if the fact that Viz has started their own BL print line has anything to do with this? I noticed that they’ve bought some huge licenses and they actually have the books out when they’re scheduled to come out. If so this really isn’t going to help anything.

    Comment by sevi — November 19, 2012 @ 10:17 pm

  44. It is so frustrating to be deeply involved with a series and have it suspended like this. I understand the need/desire for publishers to go digital, but I hope that any series that was started in print will be finished in print. Series don’t work with split availability print/digital.

    Comment by C M Conley — November 19, 2012 @ 10:42 pm


    Comment by Scarlet Legarda — November 20, 2012 @ 2:45 am

  46. Actually Viewfinder still only had 6 books in Japan as well…

    And Viz’s BL imprint was announced last year.

    Comment by seny — November 20, 2012 @ 9:12 am

  47. I’m hugely conflicted hearing this news. The quality of the digital editions have been awful so far, so I understand the need to focus your efforts on those issues. I might actually be interested in buying digital editions if there were good titles with quality translations in a convenient format available. SuBLime has been excellent with both their print and digital offerings so far, so yes: Juné needs to step it up!

    That said, I still think this was extremely badly handled. Why postpone Tyrant Falls in Love and Ai no Kusabi when both books are the final volumes of the series? They were set to be released in December and the hiatus starts January 1st, so what gives? That just makes no sense at all and is most unconsiderate to the fans! And it most certainly does not inspire any sympathy or desire to support the company.

    I hope Juné stays afloat, but until you offer me something I actually want again, I’ll be very careful about what I invest my money in…

    Comment by Streetwalker — November 20, 2012 @ 9:42 am

  48. This is certainly disappointing news, as I do prefer print editions to digital. But I would trust that there’s a substantial demand for digital manga if that’s the direction the company is going for, so I won’t question the decision. I’ll be anticipating next July though, it seems like a rather long time away. I’m wishing for you guys a large success in the digital manga realm, best wishes from a fan.

    Comment by Jolene — November 20, 2012 @ 9:39 pm

  49. I’m just glad to see Hey Class Presdent volume 4 and 5 being released in the same year. I was looking forward to some of the other titles too, but at least for the next 6 months, I can look for the OOP manga, so it’s not that bad, I guess~
    Well, good luck!

    Comment by Miyu — November 20, 2012 @ 10:52 pm

  50. Everyone needs to relax, I absolutely love my printed editions and couldn’t even see not having them but if this is the only way of saving there company, then so be it. People need to have patience, sure its annoying having to wait months if not years for a series to finish but life goes on. I’m sure there is a lot that goes on behind scenes that the public doesn’t know about. I work in the service industry and customers can be cruel and rude without understanding the back story, let me just say this, there is more then meets the eye.

    Comment by missy — November 20, 2012 @ 11:42 pm

  51. Not so disappointed. I have a lot of titles from here I want to buy but new ones keep coming out so sometimes I end up buying the news ones before the older ones and then by the time I buy the old ones the price has risen because they are no longer in print. Then after spending time buying the old ones the ones that were new when I bought the old ones are now out of print so the price for them starts going up. It’s and unending process. Wish that they would keep more in stock because some titles that were only out for a year are already really expensive which is annoying. Anyway this gives me a chance to catch up. Good luck guys are getting things together and can’t wait till you are back.

    ..personally I don’t buy digital much because I prefer paper.

    Comment by Becky — November 21, 2012 @ 3:15 pm

  52. I’m so disappointed….I hope the printed book will not become only digital because I will not buy digital manga, I want my printed copy in my hands.
    I only bought two of your digital manga and the quality is really bad, I don’t want buy them anymore. I’m so angry for the tyrant n.8, it was supposed to be released in december and not in january. Why pospone it??

    Comment by sys — November 21, 2012 @ 4:46 pm

  53. I guess my guts instinct was right all along. Shouldn’t keep any hope on any June new release until it really is released.

    I have been contemplating about pre-ordering AnK months back, but have been putting it off doing so for this exact reason. I would have regretted it if I had went through the ordering process just a few days back without checking that release date. Save me some trouble and anguish.

    AnK v8 will be my goodbye to June. That’ll be the last thing I’ll pay June.

    Comment by Nah — November 21, 2012 @ 5:10 pm

  54. I can´t believe it, i was waiting for december to buy ank8 and tyrant 8.
    I have already pass for the close of a editorial in my country and can´t stand another, especially one this big :/ I hope that´s not the case.
    btw i would never purchase a digital edition.

    Comment by gupita — November 21, 2012 @ 8:53 pm

  55. So you mean to tell me that its much better to go find the websites that have ppl who translate it and we can read it for free is more liable then you? Im actually pissed. I have no problem buying but now you tell me that all the sites you have gone after to stop for copyrighting the work you do, making us we for the vol to come out by you….now we have to wait longer? I hate to say it im gonna hope people start scantion again since your not doing the best job. For us fans who want to have our collection complete and kept up this just a slap in the face. Hope you guys do come back full force and able to bring us the consumer back. Cause supply and demand seems to be winning for the free sites fyi

    Comment by Nothing — November 22, 2012 @ 1:22 am

  56. I can understand postponing most of these titles for financial reasons – but since AnK 8, Tyrant 8, and Ze 7 were scheduled for December, and this hiatus begins in JANUARY, why postpone them?

    Having worked in publishing, I know that the December titles have most likely already been printed and are waiting for distribution in a warehouse somewhere. Why store them for eight months when they could be sold now? Makes no sense to me.

    Even so, I sincerely hope that DMP doesn’t go out of business like other yaoi publishers which went on ‘hiatus,’ never to return. That would make me very sad.

    Although I have purchased a few digital manga titles, I MUCH prefer paper copies.

    Comment by B.Anna — November 22, 2012 @ 11:28 pm

  57. I’ve got Alice 101st vol 3 on pre-order & was looking forward to seeing it in January. It’s disappointing to have to wait so long for what’s warming up to be a good series. I only hope that having released a revised schedule you keep to it. Tokyopop is still too recent a memory.

    Comment by Aitch — November 25, 2012 @ 10:10 am

  58. Time to learn Japanese.

    Comment by Nana — November 30, 2012 @ 7:45 am

  59. I hope that DMI will find their footing and continue to produce manga both digitally and in print form.

    I don’t understand why the December publications are being affected when it says as of January 1st. It’s more than a little disappointing to see two titles that end two different series being pushed off.

    People saying they won’t give June/DMP any more of their money are simply ensuring the company will fold and we will no longer be able to purchase translated manga. I’d rather see the company so what it needs to do in order to keep existing and translating/publishing works. Let’s not be childish here.

    What I would really like though is an explanation about why the statement says “As of January 1st” and yet December titles are being pushed to July 2013. That is a contradiction and I really wish someone from DMP would clarify why it’s happening and help us understand why you are seemingly contradicting your own statement. Or should the statement have read as of December 2012?

    As for the people who have said their digital copies were terrible quality that is truly unfortunate. I have purchased many and have not had any issues with quality. Not in a single one.

    I feel like DMP needs to take a serious look at what people WANT to buy and try to secure those licenses. Maybe I’m totally off the mark but I’ve found a lot of recent releases have been things I’ve never heard of, don’t have very nice artwork and are just not that interesting. I know that a lot is involved in securing licenses but if sales are down then perhaps it’s time to find out what the fans who are spending their money with DMP want to see/buy and try to secure those licenses. Likewise, don’t try to spread yourselves too thin. I want to see DMP (June and 801) stick around and continue to put out more and more.

    Here’s hoping we’ll see more exciting titles (and books, please bring us yaoi books) in the future. And if someone could clarify why December titles are being affected by this announcement that would be great too. So sad I won’t get to read the ending to AnK or Tyrant until next year. :(

    Comment by Jen — December 2, 2012 @ 3:44 pm

  60. Sys has a point, why not print the last volumes instead of making us wait? I buy your books from France on a regular basis, I think you do a pretty good and serious job, bu seriously, it’s like we are taken hostages especially we’ve been waiting for ages… I know we have no say in it but gosh, please save us the cryptic comment *head down*

    Comment by graz71 — December 3, 2012 @ 8:31 am

  61. ALL i care about is that you’ll be BACK with print manga, especially yaoi. Life is life.

    You have your reasons, all we can do is speculate, speak our minds and wait

    Just don’t quit please :)

    Comment by It's okay — December 3, 2012 @ 3:49 pm

  62. Aww, this is some sad news indeed, I do always prefer printed books…

    Comment by Osse — December 9, 2012 @ 2:53 am

  63. I sincerely hope your company keeps to your word. Not only is it disappointing to hear that you’ll be postponing distribution for ZE (volume 7) and other works a mere month away from its release date, it’s worse knowing that readers and fans alike will have to wait another six months while the focus is given to digital media. I’m not one to be picky about print or digital, but when it comes to manga, I prefer a hard copy. Also, I hope that volume 6 of ZE will see the reprint that was set for this month, but seemingly pushed back to a later [unknown] date.

    As a professional business, I doubt you need to hear it to know this, but trust is a key component to keeping consumers happy and spending. Like many others, I am unhappy about this setback, but as long as we are still getting publications for these works, I won’t complain [too much].

    Comment by Lint — December 12, 2012 @ 7:21 pm

  64. I was shocked to hear about the haitus, I’ve been waiting for the ending for Tyrent for a while now, but 6 more monthes is ok I guess. I just hate not having the complete seirse in book form it looks incomplete to me. I learned my mistake when I purchased the 12 volumes of Junjo Romantica before the company went bankrupt, so I don’t want the same thing to happen here as well.

    One thing for sure is that I’m glad that I know now when is the rest of Ze is coming out. Its been over a year since the last volume, so to see that its still ongoing is a relief.

    I’m in somewhat of a panic that Finder is not in the schedule for next year. I already have all the released volumes, so please don’t cut this amazing manga out.

    The last thing I want to say is PLEASE read your own blogs, and do something about the suggested licenings. I want to see the novel DeadLock in English, I’m sure that it won’t be as hard to do that, after all you do have some of the auther’s work like S.

    Comment by ralassad — December 13, 2012 @ 9:22 am

  65. I’m a patient girl and I’ve got plenty of your previously printed yaoi to keep me warm at night. Do what you’ve got to do. I’ll be waiting.

    Comment by Andrea — December 14, 2012 @ 5:16 pm

  66. Missy – “I work in the service industry and customers can be cruel and rude without understanding the back story, let me just say this, there is more then meets the eye.”

    I work in the service industry as well, and I’d just like to say, as both an employee and customer in that industry, that I expect to be given the back story. No one should ever be expected to be both patient and forgiving when they are offered so little explanation.

    I’m really annoyed with DMP. Not only for the ludicrous delay, but also for the fact that you’re quite obviously contemplating scrapping print enditions altogether. Despite the fact that I have to pay nearly double the price of a book to import it to Australia, I still do and will because I appreciate and prefer printed editions.

    If printing is no longer financially feesable, I will respect your decision. However, if you plan on transferring the print licenses to your DMG teams, I will refuse to purchase anything from your company ever again. If you plan on giving the projects to your DMG teams to cut the cost of paying professionals to do the work for you, I will refuse to purchase anything from your company ever again – and I will tell everyone who will listen to do the same.

    The quality of your digital releases range from quite good to a downright waste of my money. Once every month or so, DMG releases a decent title translated and edited by a decent team, but in between are a dozen or so mediocre titles done by a pretty mediocre team.

    I prefer print but I will buy digital, if the series is done professionally and is reasonably priced. I’ve purchased many titles from DMG that are edited extremely poorly, leaving me to question your company’s standards in allowing these projects to be released in such a condition. Of course, not all of them are bad, but I think you need to respect your customers, and the publishing industry, by having professionals work on your licenses.

    You’re seriously doing your company damage, here.

    Comment by voraciouszest — December 17, 2012 @ 2:21 am

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  68. I just want to throw in my own comment about preferring print editions over digital ones. I’ve always enjoyed reading, and while I do find digital copies very handy, printed books always felt “right” to hold and read. Digital copies may take up less room overall, but that in itself is sort of damning. I like filling up my bookshelf with my collection so that I can see what I do have and what I would like to buy.

    In all honesty, I have never purchased a digital copy of manga, so I cannot comment on their quality. However, I do know that a lot of releases by the DMG teams have a very poor reputation amongst readers. It’s hard to spend my money on something that I would like to read but won’t fully enjoy due to poor grammar or editing. If this hiatus is used to crack down on the teams so that quality improves, then I’m all for it. However, if the hiatus is used to revamp the business model so that printed editions are given less priority than digital ones (or possibly even gotten rid of all together), then I will be really sad. In that case, I would just ask that you price digital editions more appropriately. I’m positive that it doesn’t cost the same amount to publish a printed book as to release a digital one. I understand a business’s focus is on profit, but if it comes at the cost of your customers’ loyalty, then I think you need to re-think a few things.

    Comment by Mar — December 23, 2012 @ 7:01 pm

  69. I don’t care that you pushed back the dates. I’m grateful that this company publishes the manga I love. But please, please, please. continue ti sell print copies. Like several have commented here, I am not a fan of digital manga, so I’d appreciate if you all would continue to cater to the print people.

    Comment by nanase12 — January 2, 2013 @ 11:09 pm


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  72. You are making a LOT of bad decisions. Please also use the hiatus to review the company as a whole. The main way to alienate your customers is to disappoint them by extending dates by 6 months and also to NOT FINISH YOUR SERIES. If you license a series, stick with the whole thing. There is a series you’re starting that I really really want to own, but I’m hesitant since I have yet to have the rest of the books for a strange and mystifying story or Kurashina sensei’s passion, to name a few. I don’t want you to go under, but if you’re going to take another one of my favorite series and leave it half finished in limbo, then my only hope IS for you to go under so that Sublime can take your license and actually get it done.

    Seriously, I want to give you my money so please print the rest of your series, at least finish A Strange and Mystifying Story and please please please don’t half-ass Does the Flower Blossom. I beg you.

    Comment by Dororthey — March 19, 2013 @ 6:23 pm

  73. I’m sad to hear this but infinitely thankful the licenses aren’t dropped for good; when that happens it just breaks my heart.

    I’ll be waiting for more Replica, Alice the 101st, Otodama, Tyrant, Ai no Kusabi, and Moon & Blood.

    Please keep up the great work, DMP! And don’t ever go away!

    Comment by Ashen — September 22, 2013 @ 7:25 pm

  74. Will will they reprint Viewfinder? I need vol 3 =/ and I’m not spending 400$ for it -_-!!!!!

    Comment by Shana — December 2, 2014 @ 8:57 pm

  75. Very disappointed in the continued poor decisions of manga publishing companies. I only purchase paperbacks and do not, nor will I ever, buy digital manga. I buy digital novels but I find reading manga in a digital format so extremely displeasing that I cannot and will not subject myself to it. If I want to read manga digitally – I will just read free webcomics.

    Comment by Park — February 12, 2015 @ 5:50 pm

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