New York Times bestseller to join Fairy Tail in Kodansha’s acceleration program

NEW YORK, July 6, 2013 – Kodansha Comics is pleased to announce that Hajime Isayama’s wildly popular post-apocalyptic manga, Attack on Titan, will move to monthly releases starting in August of this year.

Kodansha started publishing Attack on Titan in Japan in 2010, where it quickly grew to become of the company’s hottest new manga in years. The highly-anticipated English version debuted in 2012 from Kodansha Comics, where it immediately hit the bestseller charts. In April 2013, the anime for the series made its debut simultaneously in Japan and in the U.S., and now demand for the series is through the roof. To meet this demand, Kodansha Comics will release a new volume of Attack on Titan every month for the rest of the year, starting in August. The title will release simultaneously in print and digital formats across all major platforms currently supporting manga.

Attack on Titan joins Fairy Tail, which is currently also releasing on an accelerated basis. Fairy Tail, however, is currently seeing two volumes release digitally every month, while the print version stays on a monthly schedule.

About Kodansha USA Publishing, LLC

Established in New York in 2008, Kodansha USA Publishing (KUP) is a subsidiary of Kodansha, Japan’s largest publisher. KUP’s first works under the Kodansha Comics imprint were Katsuhiro Otomo’s Akira and Masamune Shirow’s The Ghost in the Shell. KUP has expanded their catalog to include such titles as Fairy Tail by Hiro Mashima, Attack on Titan by Hajime Isayama, Shugo Chara by PEACH-PIT, and Sailor Moon by Naoko Takeuchi, the highest selling manga in the U.S. in 2012. Kodansha Comics is distributed by Random House Publisher Services.