What is License Line? Put simply, it's a bi-weekly feature on Nagareboshi Reviews in which yours truly posts about a certain anime/manga series that truly, desperately needs to be licensed and put on my shelves ASAP - from the obscure but well-deserving manga to the stream worthy but not yet DVD licensed anime. (It is also desperately late this week, and for this I apologize. Yes, aren't these usually published every other Tuesday? Bear with me, for this week is a little bit more interactive!)
Unless you habituate underneath a large boulder, you are keenly aware of the absence of a certain manga publishing giant this fall: Tokyopop, which closed its doors and ceased publication of all of its licenses as of May of this year. I'm not looking to make a bitter rant about Tokyopop's business practices and how it feels like Stu Levy failed manga readers, especially since they've now dangled the possible carrot of Axis Powers Hetalia's third volume availability in front of fans' noses; that can be another post all together (and what a post it will be, I'm sure). No, today I'd like to talk about something that has been running through the manga blogosphere since Tokyopop's closure of its publishing center was first introduced: what about the manga?