New Series from Ken Akamatsu and Nakaba Suzuki Round Out Stellar 2014 List

New York, New York (October 11, 2013) – Kodansha Comics is proud to announce the following two new series starting next year. These will join the already announced Attack on Titan spinoffs, My Little Monster, Say I Love You, Monster Soul, xxxHolic Rei, xxxHolic Omnibus, and Tsubasa Omnibus to round out our expanded 2014 lineup.

The Seven Deadly Sins (Nanatsu no Taizai) – A new adventure series from the pages of Shonen Magazine, created by Nakaba Suzuki. The king is dead at the hands of the traitorous Holy Knights! It’s up to the Princess Elizabeth to unite seven legendary warriors – the Deadly Sins – to save the kingdom and secure her birthright, starting with Meliodas, the Sin of Wrath! Hailed as the next Dragon Ball Z, The Seven Deadly Sins make their debut in spring 2014!

UQ Holder – A brand new series from Ken Akamatsu (Negima!, Love Hina) set in the world of Negima! Years after the saga of Negi and his students, the little boy Touta dreams of leaving his quiet village and heading to the City. But first he must defeat his teacher… the immortal Evangeline! Coming spring 2014!

About Kodansha USA Publishing, LLC

Established in New York in 2008, Kodansha USA Publishing (KUP) is a subsidiary of Kodansha, Japan’slargest 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.


The Seven Deadly Sins

UQ Holder


New York, New York (October 11, 2013) – It’s no secret that Kodansha Comics’ newest hit manga series Attack on Titan has been a smash hit both at home and abroad. The original manga created by Hajime Isayama has sold over 25 million copies in Japan, and in the US the breakout success of this series has sent every single volume into multiple reprints. Attack on Titan has quickly climbed the ranks to become one of the most popular manga in America, along with other Kodansha Comics favorites such as Sailor Moon, Negima!, and Fairy Tail.

Attack on Titan fans are still hungry for more, and so Kodansha Comics is proud to announce the following Attack on Titan acquisitions for spring and summer 2014!

Kodansha Comics is Seeking a New Editor!

Job description:

Editor – 1-year temp position, in-house

Random House Publisher Services is seeking a talented manga editor to help us publish books on behalf of our client, Kodansha Comics. The candidate should have a strong familiarity with comics and/or manga, excellent written and oral communication skills, and the ability to work independently and with a team, to take initiative, and to multitask on a daily basis. The candidate must also be detail oriented, organized, and able to meet short- and long-term schedules. Experience with Illustrator, InDesign and Photoshop is helpful, but not required. You must be able to read Japanese. The contract is for one year and the position has the potential to become permanent.

Duties and responsibilities include:

  • Hire translators, adapters and freelance editors
  • Edit the manuscript
  • Deliver manuscript and page plan ready to go to production
  • Review proofs
  • Traffic materials to/from licensors and freelancers
  • Clear approvals with Kodansha
  • Set up freelancers in internal database, process invoices
  • Coordinate schedules with the editorial and production staff
  • Issue contracts to freelancers
  • Process invoices
  • Ensures that all deadlines are being met and maintained for 90 books per year
  • Handle queries from freelance/production
  • Assist in new title review and acquisition
  • Write cover copy

EDIT: This position has been filled.