Flavy wrote:You do not finish or underprint way too many of your titles!
All publishers have this issue - VIZ, Tokyopop, etc., etc. - have all stopped publishing series at one time or another. I know it's disappointing for the fans, but we can't continue publishing something that loses money. Nor can we overprint lots of copies of all our titles and warehouse them indefinitely so they never go out of print. Especially in the current economy, where so many returns are coming back our way as the book chains dump all their manga stock. If we did that, we would soon go out of business.
Ai No Kusabi is one of our better selling novels, but all the novels currently lag behind our manga in sales. For as beloved as Ai No Kusabi is, and as vocal as its fans are, you would think we'd see that reflected more strongly in the number of copies we sell. I can honestly say that if the numbers were spectacular for us, then we would probably make every possible effort to re-license with Tokuma and continue publishing the series. It would obviously and clearly be in our financial best interests to do so. The truth, though, is that it's questionable based on the numbers I've seen. So if we do renegotiate the license and continue publishing with vol. 7, it would be more for the fans' benefit than any financial benefit for DMP.
I am told that we still do plan to pursue re-licensing with Tokuma, but patience and understanding on the part of the fans would be appreciated. For one thing, vol. 7 still has yet to officially come out in Japan. So any production and release from this point forward, even if the license deal was already in-place, will take a while. Also, our license with Tokuma might not be successful, despite our efforts.