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June 21, 2005

Tokyopop Lets Sailor Moon Rights Lapse

imageTokyopop's Sailor Moon books have been out of print long enough for manga rights to revert back to their Japanese owner, several Anime-related web sites are reporting. The most interesting thing -- maybe the only iteresting thing -- about such news is that the Sailor Moon books were at one time (if not still) the company's all-time best-seller and their success certainly set the company on the road to publishing properties designed to appeal to a female readership, a move that distinguished the company and helped it grow.

I swear I recently saw something in passing that Tokyopop wanted to renew as of late last year, but that some deadline had passed even then. Can't find it now, though.
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