When Tokyopop announced Slayers, Kino no Tabi and Scrapped Princess my interest was piqued: even more when I read about Seikai no Monsho. After getting what was available (three volumes of Scrapped Princess, the whole Seikai no Monsho trilogy and the single volume of Kino no Tabi) I waited for the rest.
Unfortunately, looking at the information that are going around in the net, looks like no one of these sagas will ever continue. Again, Tokyopop does the job of the average USA anime publisher (I’m looking at you too, Viz: where’s the rest of Corrector Yui?), that is starting series yet cancelling them at the first sign of trouble sales-wise.
Could it be that the novels were mis-targeted? As far as I could tell from reading Scrapped Princess, they were aimed at a different target than people who had watched the anime (great planning, indeed). Kino no Tabi was subject to a heinous treatment, with the chapter order rearranged for some unknown reason (this is not an anime, folks - it’s a book, for heaven’s sake). And what’s worse, from reading around it almost feels like it was the publisher’s intent to get away with a limited number of volumes out of the complete series (I also heard that translation quality was rather low, but I need confirmation).
I wish that publishers would stop treating such works as trash they can dispose of at will, especially if it is the only way to read them in a language different than Japanese: in my country there has been an attempt (Lodoss War from Kappa Edizioni) but frankly, I could not tell if I had forgotten Italian or if the books were filled with even elementary mistakes.
I guess that learning Japanese is the only way to get out from such misguided marketing and publishing efforts…