Continue to Publish "Slayers" Novels sign now

Throughout 2003 and into 2004, TOKYOPOP Inc. commissioned a survey on its website that asked manga fans to request titles for TOKYOPOP to license. A massive campaign culminated in fans of the "Slayers" anime, novel, and manga franchise to request the original "Slayers" novel series on which the anime and manga series were based.

On March 3, 2004, TOKYOPOP formally announced (LINK) its acquisition of and intent to publish "Slayers," a 15-book Japanese novel series written by Hajime Kanzaka and illustrated by Rui Araizumi.

TOKYOPOP established a website (LINK, SCREENSHOT), to promote the series. The site makes a distinct and explicit point of stating the series consists of 15 books, the first of which was released in the United States by TOKYOPOP on September 7, 2004. TOKYOPOP's summarizations of the novels went up to Book 6, the release date of which was December 13, 2005.

In November 2005, TOKYOPOP, when asked by a fan via e-mail when it would be releasing Book 7, TOKYOPOP responded with the statement that it would no longer be publishing the "Slayers" novel series.

In December 2005, TOKYOPOP announced in its official newsletter that "The novel series that sparked the anime-manga phenomenon comes to a rousing finale!" with Book 6. This is clearly not the case, as the series finale is contained in what should be Book 15.

The fans of "Slayers" are deeply disappointed in TOKYOPOP's decision to cancel the series. Before TOKYOPOP's acquisition of the series, several fan projects were working to translate the novels for English-speakers. When TOKYOPOP announced it had acquired the series, all fandom work voluntarily ceased. Even though TOKYOPOP is stopping its production and translation of the series, it still holds the license to the English-language version; fan projects will still be prohibited even though they will pose no competition to TOKYOPOP.

QP/Diana, a Japanese "Slayers" fan who runs QP's Slayers Page, previously provided rough translations of portions of the novels (LINK). When TOKYOPOP licensed the series in the United States, she removed her translations. However, summaries of each novel remain. By reading the summary of Book 6 (LINK), it is clear that it is not the end of the "Slayers" novel series.

As earlier stated, "Slayers" fans are deeply disappointed in TOKYOPOP's lack of commitment. What once were feelings of gratitude and deep respect for the company are now reduced to mistrust and resentment. "Slayers" fans feel misled and underrepresented, and many will voice their concerns by refusing to purchase TOKYOPOP's products.

We, the Undersigned, request that TOKYOPOP continue translation and production of the English-language "Slayers" novel series through its true finale, Book 15. TOKYOPOP should honor its commitments to manga and novel fans regardless of what series it licenses.

Sign The Petition

Sign with Facebook
OR

If you already have an account please sign in, otherwise register an account for free then sign the petition filling the fields below.
Email and the password will be your account data, you will be able to sign other petitions after logging in.

Privacy in the search engines? You can use a nickname:

Attention, the email address you supply must be valid in order to validate the signature, otherwise it will be deleted.

I confirm registration and I agree to Usage and Limitations of Services

I confirm that I have read the Privacy Policy

I agree to the Personal Data Processing

Shoutbox

Who signed this petition saw these petitions too:

Sign The Petition

Sign with Facebook
OR

If you already have an account please sign in

Comment

I confirm registration and I agree to Usage and Limitations of Services

I confirm that I have read the Privacy Policy

I agree to the Personal Data Processing

Goal
900 / 1000

Latest Signatures

  • 22 December 2015900. Filia R
    I support this petition
  • 22 December 2015899. Paula Callahan
    I support this petition
  • 22 December 2015898. Elizabeth M
    I support this petition
  • 19 December 2015897. Brittany K
    I've been a fan of the Slayers since its anime release when I was in Elementary School, and I've been waiting for a VERY long time to finally be able to read the manga. I'm very sad to hear that you've canceled publication of a manga series that I've wait
  • 14 December 2015896. Cori B
    I support this petition
  • 13 December 2015895. Olga B
    I support this petition
  • 09 December 2015894. Legendre Clark
    I support this petition
  • 08 December 2015893. Marsten Giles
    I support this petition
  • 06 December 2015892. Sophie M
    I support this petition
  • 05 December 2015891. Liam Gregory
    Come on guys, bring it all. or bring nothing
  • 26 November 2015890. Aurora Hansen
    I support this petition
  • 19 November 2015889. Ryan S
    I support this petition
  • 17 November 2015888. Tongman Y
    I support this petition
  • 15 November 2015887. Jordan L
    I support this petition
  • 11 November 2015886. Ashley W
    I support this petition
  • 07 November 2015885. Cynthia P
    I support this petition
  • 07 November 2015884. Kristina Km
    I support this petition
  • 27 October 2015883. Alex W
    They can't kill it it's all that I live for
  • 25 October 2015882. Daniel M
    I support this petition
  • 22 October 2015881. Zellas Ortega
    faq these arsehowle
  • 16 October 2015880. Holly O
    I support this petition
  • 13 October 2015879. Kontona Powers
    I support this petition
  • 09 October 2015878. Jamie S
    I support this petition
  • 08 October 2015877. Mark S
    I support this petition
  • 05 October 2015876. Stara M
    I support this petition
  • 29 September 2015875. Frsnc Hardy
    I support this petition
  • 19 September 2015874. Young Jaek
    I support this petition

browse all the signatures

Information

Petra BushBy:
Justice, rights and public orderIn:
Petition target:
TOKYOPOP Inc.

Tags

No tags

Share

Invite friends from your address book

Embed Codes

direct link

link for html

link for forum without title

link for forum with title

Widgets