A Message from Our President:

A MESSAGE FROM PRESIDENT, HIKARU SASAHARA:

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

Sincerely,
Hikaru Sasahara

Our updated release schedule can be viewed below:

TITLES PREVIOUS SCHEDULE REVISED SCHEDULE
AI NO KUSABI V8 2012 DECEMBER 2013 JULY
TYRANT FALLS IN LOVE V8 2012 DECEMBER 2013 JULY
ALICE THE 101ST V3 2012 DECEMBER 2013 JULY
ZE V7 2012 DECEMBER 2013 JULY
MOON & BLOOD V4 2012 DECEMBER 2013 JULY
PRESIDENT MOMOI KUN 2013 JANUARY 2013 AUGUST
WILD HONEY 2013 JANUARY 2013 AUGUST
TAKASUGI SAN’S OBENTO V1 2013 JANUARY 2013 AUGUST
PRICELESS HONEY 2013 FEBRUARY 2013 AUGUST
JUICY CIDER 2013 FEBRUARY 2013 AUGUST
MR MINI MART 2013 FEBRUARY 2013 SEPTEMBER
HEY CLASS PRESIDENT V4 2013 FEBRUARY 2013 SEPTEMBER
LIES ARE A GENTLEMAN’S MANNERS 2013 FEBRUARY 2013 SEPTEMBER
DEFLOWER THE BOSS 2013 MARCH 2013 SEPTEMBER
A CENTURY OF TEMPTATION 2013 MARCH 2013 SEPTEMBER
THE INCREDIBLE KINTARO 2013 MARCH 2013 OCTOBER
OTODAMA V2 2013 MARCH 2013 OCTOBER
UNICO 2013 MARCH 2013 MARCH
VAMPIRE HUNTER D V7 2013 APRIL 2013 APRIL
ALICE THE 101ST V4 2013 APRIL 2013 OCTOBER
ZE V8 2013 APRIL 2013 OCTOBER
TAKASUGI SAN’S~ V2 2013 APRIL 2013 NOVEMBER
ATOMCAT 2013 APRIL 2013 APRIL
ITAZURA NA KISS V10 2013 MAY 2013 NOVEMBER
BLUE SHEEP REVERIE V6 2013 MAY 2013 NOVEMBER
KINOKOINU V1 2013 MAY 2013 NOVEMBER
HEY CLASS PREZ V5 2013 JUNE 2013 NOVEMBER
LOVEPHOVIA V3 2013 JUNE 2013 DECEMBER
A NEW SEASON OF YOUNG LEAVES 2013 JUNE 2013 DECEMBER
TRITON V1 2013 JULY 2013 JULY
DOES THE FLOWER BLOSSOM V1 2013 JULY 2013 DECEMBER
AS MANY AS THERE ARE STARS 2013 JULY 2013 DECEMBER
ZE V9 2013 AUGUST 2013 DECEMBER
ITAZURA NA KISS V11 2013 SEPTEMBER 2014 JANUARY
TRITON V2 2013 SEPTEMBER 2013 SEPTEMBER
KINOKOINU V2 2013 SEPTEMBER 2014 JANUARY
DOES THE FLOWER BLOSSOM V2 2013 NOVEMBER 2014 JANUARY
ZE V10 2013 DECEMBER 2014 JANUARY

75 Responses to “A Message from Our President:”

  1. Becky says:

    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.

  2. sys says:

    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??

  3. Nah says:

    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.

  4. gupita says:

    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.

  5. Nothing says:

    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

  6. B.Anna says:

    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.

  7. Aitch says:

    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.

  8. Nana says:

    Time to learn Japanese.

  9. Jen says:

    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. :(

  10. graz71 says:

    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*

  11. It's okay says:

    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 :)

  12. Osse says:

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

  13. Lint says:

    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].

  14. ralassad says:

    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.

  15. Andrea says:

    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.

  16. voraciouszest says:

    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.

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  18. Mar says:

    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.

  19. nanase12 says:

    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.

  20. subaru-camui says:

    OMG MORE HEY CLASS PRESIDENT!!!! :D

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  22. Dororthey says:

    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.

  23. Ashen says:

    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!

  24. Shana says:

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

  25. Park says:

    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.

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