And there is also a follow-up quote from Stu on the subject, just posted a few minutes ago on Facebook:
Quite honestly, I do find the whole thing to be stupid. I love Tokyopop and hated it when they shut down, and I love Hetalia and would love to get the third volume and beyond on my shelf, but the way that they are going about it to give us the third volume really isn't fair.
Tokyopop KNOWS Hetalia is their biggest seller, and limited copies of the third volume will sell dreadfully fast. Once they're gone, fans who missed out and still want in are going to be forced to pay ridiculous prices on eBay or Amazon (if you check the price on Amazon for Vol. 1 recently, it's almost at $100 new or used) due to the limited amount of copies. That's not a fair way for Tokyopop to treat their fans, and I'm sure they know that. Also, another thing that frustrates me is in Stu's newest post about possibly applying the same tactic (for lack of a better word) to their other series. The same thing comes into effect again with fans unable to complete their favorite series due to lack of copies available, and this would actually seem downright cruel, in my opinion, to those who are collecting series with only one volume left to go (i.e. Alice in the Country of Hearts).
Also, it leaves me with another question: if they are start applying this to their other series, why doesn't Tokyopop reopen their NA branch, or reopen their print-on-demand store? Both ways would be sufficient, I believe, and in this way there is no worries about limited copies. The fans are there, and very likely always will be, so I don't see why either option won't work. It's slightly obvious to me that, despite original reports staying they reverted the rights back to the Japanese owners, that it's not the case, so why only place out one volume of a series, especially one that is still ongoing, then leave the rest to still rot, up in the air, or might place out a "limited release"?
Or, as the third option, let someone like Yen Press, Viz, Kodansha/Del Ray, etc. take over the rights to their popular series and let them finish them in English, since it's also obvious there may never be an English release for the rest of the TP titles unless by the slim chance of a "limited run"?
What's your thoughts and opinions on this? Even quote yourself from the Facebook post if you'd like.