(This is referring to the anime versions of all three series, not the manga)
After evaluating the sales potential of Full Moon wo Sagashite, Hikaru no Go, and Prince of Tennis, Viz has decided to hold off releasing any further volumes of these three series.
Well it’s not like they ever gave Prince of Tennis much of a chance anyway. Were they really expecting it to sell well with basically NO advertising except for maybe a blurb in Shounen Jump for each box set? I mean, SERIOUSLY. It was advertised on Cartoon Network for a bit when it first started on Toonami Jetstream, but that stopped really soon after. It had a TV run for a REALLY SHORT amount of time, but they skipped like half of the episodes! And then of course, they canceled it. FAIL!
And, and, they only released box sets of the anime. Nope, no separate DVDs. You know, I think MAYBE it would work for a popular anime that aired on TV, because people will have had the chance to see it and see if they like it without having to buy the $40 box set. But no! For Prince of Tennis, if you want to see what it’s like and try out an episode, you have to buy the entire fucking thing! I can’t imagine that draws in anybody at ALL. If you’re not a fan before, you’re not going to buy a box set just to try a new series!
Dammit Viz! What the hell. If you’re going to cancel series that don’t sell well, then don’t just fucking half-ass a series and not even advertise it! How could you POSSIBLY expect it to sell well like that??
I’m just soo pissed off at Viz right now. I hated the dub, but I bought the series to support it anyway because it’s my favorite series. And then this happens!
I hear this means they’re just “taking a break”. Honestly? With the way Viz has handled Prince of Tennis in the past (even the manga has lots of its own issues: typos, mis-romanizations (“Oshitori”), idiotic naming policies (NO ONE SHOULD CALL TEZUKA “Kunimitsu” EXCEPT HIS FAMILY DAMMIT), stupid dialogue (“Did I make a boo-boo?”)…but I’ll save THAT rant for another time) I’ll be really surprised if they ever continue the DVD release.
If we’re lucky, maybe Viz will give up the license and then another company will get the rights. Then maybe we’ll actually have a good dub!
However, even though I am really angry about this, I’m glad they finally said something. It was taken down from Toonami Jetstream a couple months ago, and the most recent DVD set feels like it was forever ago. I’d been anxiously waiting for a release date for volume 5, but nothing came up…at least now I don’t have to wonder. D: