Tokyopop: Hetalia Manga #4 Could Also Be Published
posted on by Egan Loo
The North American company Tokyopop reported on its Facebook page on Saturday evening that "Hetalia #4 would be published as well" as the third manga volume, under the possible release plan that company founder Stu Levy discussed on Friday. Levy had asked on Facebook if there was interest in a "limited" release of the third volume (pictured right).
Tokyopo clarified that "'limited' does not mean limited copies — all fans will be able to access the title." The company added that "other titles are different rights owners — this project is a partnership with the Hetalia rights owner, but titles owned by different rights owners are unrelated. That means even if Tokyopop wants to publish other titles, it can't. But if the model can be proven, perhaps other rights owners will let other titles be released as well."
Gentosha published the fourth manga volume from creator Hidekaz Himaruya in Japan this past June. Tokyopop had planned on publishing the third volume of Hetalia this past May, but it shut down its North American publishing operations that same month.
Thank you to Garnet Jello for the news tip.