Ajin: Demi-Human anime now on Netflix [trailer, manga preview]


Announcement! Starting April 12, Ajin: Demi-Human the anime starts streaming on Netflix as a Netflix Original series. The anime is based on the dark science-fiction manga by Gamon Sakurai, published by Vertical (digital edition available from Kodansha Comics).

The animation production is by Polygon Pictures, the same people who brought you Knights of Sidoniabased on the manga by Tsutomu Nihei, also published by Vertical and Kodansha Comics.

Official Japanese trailer for the Ajin: Demi-Human anime

Read the Manga


The Ajin: Demi-Human anime is based on the dark science-fiction manga by Gamon Sakurai, with the latest chapters being serialized at comiXology and CrunchryollFor a free preview, read all of Chapter 1 here:


Say you get hit by a truck and die. You come back to life. Good or bad?

For high schooler Kei—and for at least forty-six others—immortality comes as the nastiest surprise ever.

Sadly for Kei, but refreshingly for the reader, such a feat doesn’t make him a superhero. In the eyes of both the general public and governments, he’s a rare specimen who needs to be hunted down and handed over to scientists to be experimented on for life—a demi-human who must die a thousand deaths for the benefit of humanity.

Smart, fast-paced, and wrenching, Ajin: Demi-Human is a thriller that just keeps on getting better and deeper.

"The art is detailed and captivating. There is a real tangibility to the way characters are drawn and the world around them. The action panels are beautiful to look at, and most importantly, it’s all very clear and easy to follow. Some of the panels are incredibly violent—many showing the dismemberment of some of the characters—but it never comes across as exploitative or gratuitous … If you’re in search of a supernatural thriller, there’s a good chance that Ajin will leave you satisfied and hungry for more.” —Joseph Jammer Medina

"When I learned that the manga was at least in part about immortals in addition to being fairly dark in tone, I knew that I wanted to read it … Sakurai’s illustrations are what really give Ajin its effectively dark atmosphere.” —Experiments in Manga


Tokyo trip: A look at the Sailor Moon exhibit at Roppongi Hills

 Sailor Moon Exhibit_portrait

A special Sailor Moon exhibit opened at Roppongi Hills in Tokyo on April 16, running through June 19. If you're luck enough to make it there in time, here's sneak peek of what's to come. And if perhaps understandably you can't make it, here's an exclusive glimpse of what's happening!

Sailor Moonwhich first appeared in Nakayosi magazine from Kodansha in 1992—has been beloved by fans for over two decades. In the recent years, the new anime Sailor Moon Crystals reintroduced the property to both new and old fans alike. 


At the main entrance, done up in the theme of the Moon Castle, awaits the full cast of Sailor Guardians. Azabu Jyuban, where Roppongi Hills is located, was also where the story of Sailor Moon took place. It's a perfect place for a photo op with your favorite characters and the Tokyo Tower in the background. At nighttime, you can see a special light show from here. 



The illustrations and graphic novel artwork displayed were personally selected by Naoko Takeuchi herself, the creator of Sailor Moon.


Plus, there are several brand-new works drawn by Takeuchi-sensei, just for this exhibit. 

Very first Nakayosi magazine cover featuring Sailor Moon from 1992.

Fully colorized Sailor Moon manga, Chapter 1.

Timeline of Sailor Moon battles and storylines. 

In the museum section of the exhibit are 500+ rare toys and merchandise from 1990s and also reference materials that were used for the production of the animated series. 




This Sailor Moon-themed bicycle is super clean!


Storyboard sheets and animation cells are from the actual production of the Sailor Moon anime. 

Special edition figurines manufactured for the 20th anniversary of Sailor Moon

Costume of Prince Endymion used in the Sailor Moon musical.

Statues of Neo-Queen Serenity and King Endymion.


And don't forget to check out the gift shop for the Sailor Moon Exhibit for original merchandise!




Ready to visit Japan? Let's go to Roppongi Hills and check out the Sailor Moon exhibit!

Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Exhibition
Hours: 10:00AM~10:00PM (Last Entry at 9:30PM)
Sky Gallery at Roppongi Hills Observation Deck: Tokyo City View 
Roppongi Hills Mori Tower 52F
Address: 6-10-1 Roppongi Minato-ku, Tokyo, JAPAN 

General Admission: 1800 yen
High school and College students: 1200 yen
Age 4 to Jr. High School students: 600 yen
Over age 65: 1500 yen

*Ticket includes admission to the observation deck and Mori Art Museum.

Sailor Moon Exhibit Official Website: http://roppongihills.com/tcv/jp/sailormoon/
Sailor Moon 20th Anniversaty Official Website: http://sailormoon-official.com/



Simulpub chapters for 17 series now on comiXology, Kindle


ComiXology and Amazon announced today the launch of new chapters from Kodansha Comics' best-selling manga series to be available in English the same day they are published in Japan ("simulpubs"), on both the comiXology platform as well as Amazon’s Kindle Store

Brand-new chapters of Attack on Titan Chapter 80 and The Heroic Legend of Arslan Chapter 34 go on sale today (April 8) on comiXology and Kindle, the same day they appear in Bessatsu Shonen magazine in Japan. All previous chapters from both series are also available. 

There are a total of 17 Kodansha Comics series debuting with simultaneous publication. Today also sees the launch of over 1,900 chapters, creating a vast library for fans that want to dive in for the first time or get caught up before new chapters digitally debut in English.

“English readers can now buy chapters of their favorite manga series the same day Japanese fans are picking up new issues in convenience stores,” said Alvin Lu, General Manager at Kodansha Advanced Media. “A simulpub initiative has never been done like this before—it’s effectively a new format and it’s made possible by digital publishing. Doing this through comiXology and Amazon connects the global readership for this broad range of series at a level we’ve never seen.”

“We’re so excited to completely cut the wait time for English-speaking manga fans to no wait at all to read same day as Japan releases of their favorite Kodansha titles” said comiXology’s Senior Director of Communication, Chip Mosher. “Immediate access to new popular Kodansha manga is something we know both comiXology and Kindle fans love and we’re thrilled to be able to provide that access to manga fans everywhere on the same day all around the world.”

The launch of this unprecedented program on comiXology and Kindle worldwide, makes same-day manga chapters more widely available to English-language readers than ever before. (These English translations will not be available in Japan.)

Included in today’s launch are the following series, to be released in English on comiXology and Kindle on a weekly as well as bi-weekly, monthly, and semi-regular basis:

As the Gods Will: The Second Series
Fairy Tail
GTO Paradise Lost
The Seven Deadly Sins
UQ Holder
Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches

Space Brothers

Ajin: Demi-Human
Attack on Titan
Kiss Him, Not Me
The Heroic Legend of Arslan
Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth Side: P4
Sweetness and Lightning

Princess Jellyfish


Your Lie in April’s Naoshi Arakawa to attend Anime Expo 2016


Yes, it's true: Naoshi Arakawa, creator of the critically acclaimed manga about the struggles of a teen piano prodigy, Your Lie in April, will be attending this year’s Anime Expo in Los Angeles on July 1-4 as an official Guest of Honor.

This marks the first time Arakawa, who lives in Japan, will be making a Stateside appearance in person. With more details to follow, Arakawa’s activities at Anime Expo so far are to include a Q&A panel, media interviews, and fan autograph sessions. A schedule will be announced shortly.

Arakawa’s visit comes on the strength of the growing popularity in North America of Your Lie in April, which recently made the list of “2016 Great Graphic Novels for Teens” announced by the Young Adult Library Services Association (a division of the American Library Association). In Japan, Your Lie in April won the Shonen Category of the 37th Kodansha Manga Awards and was singled out by global bestselling artist Eiichiro Oda (creator of One Piece) as “the manga I’m most jealous of.” Your Lie in April has been adapted into a hit anime series (available from Aniplex of America) that was voted 1st place for the SUGOI Japan Award 2016 by Japanese fans. A live-action film is forthcoming in Japan later this year.

The announcement from the April 6 issue of Monthly Shonen Magazine (click to enlarge image)

Arakawa’s appearance at Anime Expo was first announced in Japanese, in the print issue of Monthly Shonen Magazine released on April 6 (above). In that issue, it was also announced that Arakawa would be debuting a brand-new series, titled Sayonara Watashi no Cramer (see preview image, below), in the June issue of Monthly Shonen Magazine, on May 6.

Image from Naoshi Arakawa's forthcoming new series, Sayonara Watashi no Cramer (click to enlarge image)

About Naoshi Arakawa 
Naoshi Arakawa made his debut as a manga artist in 2007 with
Tsumetai Kousha no Toki wa Tomaru (The Time Stops on a Frozen Campus), a manga adaptation of the mystery novel by Mizuki Tsujimura. After his original soccer series, Sayonara Football, he started his most renowned work, Your Lie in April in 2011. The series about the lives of young and talented classical musicians won the Kodansha Manga Award in 2013. It was adapted into an anime series in 2014 and will be a live-action movie in 2016. He is currently preparing to launch a brand new series in Monthly Shonen Magazine.

Media Contact:
Misaki Kido
For a PDF of the press release, click here

Attack on Titan 18 + Special Edition with DVD on sale now


Yes, Attack on Titan Volume 18 is in stores now—both print and digital editions.


And fans of collector editions and the Attack on Titan anime will want to check out the Volume 18 Special Edition that comes with an exclusive brand-new anime episode on DVD: “Attack on Titan: No Regrets”—the backstory of Captain Levi. This Special Edition also includes a special variant dust jacket by comics artist Cameron Stewart (artist of Batgirl and Catwoman)!


Get started—this week digital Volume 1s are more than 50% off


We know there's that manga series you've been meaning to get into. Well, for one weekly only, we're putting 23 digital volume 1s on sale—some priced as low as 3 bucks and up to 57% off.

Visit any of our digital retail partners—at comiXology, iBooks, Kindle, Kobo, and nook—from March 29 through April 4 to get started!

Here's a heckuva lot of Volume 1s now on sale:

Ajin: Demi Human
Attack on Titan
Attack on Titan: Before the Fall
Chi's Sweet Home
Die Wergelder
The Drops of God
Fairy Tail
The Flowers of Evil
The Heroic Legend of Arslan
Knights of Sidonia
Love Hina Omnibus
Missions of Love
My Little Monster
Negima! Omnibus
Noragami: Stray God
The Seven Deadly Sins
A Silent Voice
UQ Holder
Vinland Saga
Witchcraft Works
Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches

Attack on Titan Anthology Reveals at Emerald City Comicon April 7-10!

Missed us at WonderCon? Spring is here and that means the Kodansha Comics Roadshow continues this week … at Emerald City Comicon in Seattle! Make sure to come see us at the Kodansha Comics booth (#409, maps and info below)—we've also got exciting creator events lined up around our forthcoming Attack on Titan Anthology (announced at last year's New York Comic Con). 

mikasa full

Kevin Wada Signing!

Kodansha Booth (#409)
Saturday April 9
3:30 to 4:00 p.m.

Kevin Wada will be signing his beautiful illustration of Mikasa (above) at the Kodansha Comics booth. Signing tickets will be given away at the Kodansha Comics panel on Friday, April 8 (below), with some tickets to be held and given away at the Kodansha Comics booth starting at 10 a.m. on Saturday (until we run out).


Attack on Titan Anthology Trading Cards and More Giveaways! 

Booth #409
April 7 through 10

We will be selling books at our booth (#409, map below). With purchase at the booth, you will receive your choice of 1 of 4 Attack on Titan Anthology trading cards (above, plus the Mikasa card) while supplies last. Take our reader survey at the booth, and you’ll receive a complete set of trading cards, along with a chance to win a free iPad Mini 2!

Absolutely free at the booth, we’ll also have limited supplies of posters and art cards from Noragami: Stray God, The Seven Deadly Sins, Attack on Titan, Inuyashiki, and Ninja Slayer Kills, so be sure to stop by early and often!

Booth location

Attack on Titan Anthology Panel with Faith Erin Hicks, Kate Leth, Simon “Si” Spurrier, and Kevin Wada!

Room T303
Friday April 8
6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Meet some of the creative team behind the Attack on Titan Anthology, the ambitious collaboration between the biggest manga hit of the decade and an all-star roster of comics creators! New art from the anthology will be revealed, along with a look at new manga from Kodansha Comics—and lots of free books and exclusive promo items.

Hosts: Editors Ben Applegate & Jeanine Schaefer
Special Guests:


Faith Erin Hicks is a Canadian writer and artist. She worked in the animation industry for several years before transitioning into writing and drawing comics full time in 2008. She started making comics “for fun” and putting them on the web when she was in college. Her first published work was Zombies Calling (SLG Publishing) in 2007. Since then, she has published a number of other graphic novels, including The War at Ellsmere (SLG), Brain Camp (with Susan Kim and Laurence Klavan, First Second Books), Friends with Boys (First Second Books), Nothing Can Possibly Go Wrong (with Prudence Shen, First Second Books), The Adventures of Superhero Girl (Dark Horse Comics), The Last of Us: American Dreams (with Neil Druckmann, Dark Horse Comics), and the Bigfoot Boy series (with J. Torres, Kids Can Press). She won an Eisner Award in 2014 for The Adventures of Superhero Girl. Faith currently lives in Vancouver, BC with her partner, Tim, and their helpful cat. Her current project is The Nameless City, a three-book series with First Second Books. The first Nameless City book will be out in April 2016. Faith is writing and drawing a story for the Attack on Titan Anthology.


Kate Leth is a comic writer and artist living in Halifax, Nova Scotia. She is the series writer of the Bravest Warriors comic, as well as the NYT Bestselling Adventure Time: Seeing Red and Adventure Time: Bitter Sweets. She wrote a Fraggle Rock miniseries and is currently writing Edward Scissorhands. She collaborates with the podcast Welcome to Night Vale. She runs a group online for girls who work in comic shops and does a biweekly podcast called Less Than Live with Kate or Die. Jeremy Lambert is a writer of Syfy’s Haven: Origins and of comics. He is collaborating with Kate Leth on their story for the Attack on Titan Anthology


Kevin Wada is a prolific artist whose work includes fashion illustrations and comics covers. Born in the Los Angeles area and raised in the San Gabriel Valley, he attended the California College of the Arts in San Francisco. Since then, he has broken into comics, creating dozens of covers for series as diverse as She-Hulk and Adventure Time. He contributed pencils along with covers to The Wicked + The Divine. A fan of Japanese comics, he often posts manga-influenced art online. He is contributing a pinup illustration to the Attack on Titan Anthology.

Simon “Si” Spurrier writes novels and comics. His work in the latter field stretches from award-winning creator-owned books such as Numbercruncher, Six-Gun Gorilla, and The Spire to projects in the U.S. mainstream like X-Men, Silver Surfer, and Crossed. It all began with a series of twist-in-the-tail stories for the UK’s beloved 2000AD, which ignited an enduring love for genre fiction. His latest book, Cry Havoc, is being published by Image Comics at present. His prose works range from the beatnik neurosis-noir of Contract to the occult whodunnit A Serpent Uncoiled via various franchise and genre-transgressing titles. In 2016 he took a foray into experimental fiction with the e-novella Unusual Concentrations: a tale of coffee, crime and overhead conversations

We may have more special guests to announce, so watch this space!