Manga Vacation Week #2: new 99-cent digital volume 1s this week Dec 27-Jan 3!

Have a Nice Manga Vacation!

This week, we're offering Fairy Tail, Parasyte, and other classic Kodansha Comics digital volume 1s for only 99 cents! But hurry! This offer lasts December 27 through January 3 at all of our digital retail partners: BookWalkercomiXology, iBooks, Kindle, Kobo, and nook. Where do you want to go for your manga vacation?

What's on Sale This Week (December 27-January 3) 
(free previews at the links!)

The Heroic Legend of Arslan volume 1
Ajin: Demi-Human volume 1
Fairy Tail volume 1
Noragami volume 1
LDK volume 1
Your Lie in April volume 1
Say I Love You. volume 1
My Little Monster volume 1
Parasyte volume 1
The Seven Deadly Sins volume 1
A SIlent Voice volume 1
Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches volume 1

The Manga Vacation sale list updates every Tuesday from December 20 to January 17.
Check back every Tuesday at KodanshaComics.com for more deals!

Man-machine interface: The Ghost in the Shell manga goes digital

Shirow Masamune's generation-defining cyberpunk masterpiece The Ghost in the Shell—presciently set in a networked world where the virtual and physical universes collide—is now finally available in a digital edition. Starting today

The Ghost in the Shell — Shirow Masamune's masterwork
The Ghost in the Shell 2: Man-Machine Interface — Shirow's long-awaited, digitally-rendered deep-dive sequel into A.I. and existence
The Ghost in the Shell 1.5: Human-Error Processor — Shirow's "lost" stories created between Volumes 1 and 2
Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex  — Yu Kinutani's 5-volume spinoff series

are all available at our digital-book outlets: BookWalker, comiXology, iBooks, Kindle, Kobo, and nook. Volumes 1, 2, and 1.5 are the classic Studio Proteus translations by Frederik Schodt, Toren Smith, Tom Orzechowski, and Suzie Lee.

An epic dystopian tale of politics, technology, and metaphysics, The Ghost in the Shell has been hailed worldwide as an unparalleled visionary work of graphic fiction.

And be on the lookout for The Ghost in the Shell Deluxe Editions, releasing January 31! In anticipation of the release of The Ghost in the Shell motion picture, these will be premium hardcover editions supervised by Shirow Masamune himself featuring the original, right-to-left format with Japanese sound effects and brand new-bonus content. 

Watch the Ghost in the Shell live-action-movie official trailer!

Here’s your Attack on Titan Season 2 trailer!

Season 2 of the Attack on Titan anime is soon upon us … So Merry Christmas! Here's the first Attack on Titan Season 2 trailer!

Need a manga refresher? Get the Starter Bundle of volumes 1-8, which covers Season 1 of the anime, in the Attack on Titan manga app. Then get ready for Season 2 with Volume 9!

You can read the Attack on Titan manga in print or digital.

About Attack on Titan
 
The dark, apocalyptic story of Attack on Titan unexpectedly became the best-selling new manga to come out of Japan in a decade. Published by Kodansha in Japan beginning in 2009, the manga series has grown into a global phenomenon, inspiring a wildly popular anime series, notorious live-action film, videogames, and cultural forces at large.

The ongoing manga series currently runs over 85 chapters, collected in 20 volumes to date in English and authoritatively published by Kodansha Comics. The heavily anticipated Season 2 of the anime debuts April 2017.

 

Kodansha Comics Gift Guide Part 5: Growing Up with Manga

Kodansha Comics Gift Guide

Are you looking for the perfect gift for your manga loving friends and family? It can be hard to choose in a sea of series, but this year we’ve got you covered with curated selections for everyone on your list!

 

Part V: Growing Up with Manga

There’s a certain type of manga craving we’ve come to notice from fans and friends alike. It’s not the desire for a tearjerker, per se, but it definitely involves wanting to connect deeply to feelings both positive and negative. It seems dismissive to call them “fans of the feels,” but that’s part of why people always return to moving and challenging stories about growing up. Here are some our best coming of age stories, from the painstakingly familiar to the paranormal.

 

Straight Up – Coming of age stories that hit hard, realistically

 


A Silent Voice (Age 13+)

What it’s about: Shoya is a bully. When Shoko, a girl who can't hear, enters his elementary school class, she becomes their favorite target. But Shoya and his friends go so far that Shoko is forced to leave school, and Shoya carries the blame. Six years later, the two meet again. Can Shoya make up for his past mistakes, or is it too late?

Why is it good? It’s rare to find a manga that we can wholeheartedly say everyone should read, but A Silent Voice is one of them. This isn’t just a great coming of age story, it’s a masterwork on friendship, forgiveness, and the different paths people take to find genuine human connection. Yoshitoki Oima also handles the issues of disabilities and the effects of bullying – for both sides – with nuance and insight. A Silent Voice has won the hearts of readers, libraries, and was even nominated for an Eisner award, so rest assured that you’re giving the gift of a moving and unforgettable experience.

A Silent Voice is complete in 7 volumes, available from Kodansha Comics!

 


Say I Love You. (Age 16+)

What it’s about: High school loner Mei Tachibana doesn’t trust others, and thinks she doesn’t need friends after a childhood betrayal. Popular and handsome Yamato Kurosawa has more attention than he knows what to do with. When Yamato takes notice of the blunt and individualistic Mei, these two very different people realize they may be able to understand each other.

Why is it good? For the person on your list who’s an expert in the romance genre, Say I Love You. is the perfect choice to give them something fresh. “Outcast meets school prince” is a pretty common setup in shojo manga, but what sets Kanae Hazuki’s series apart is the rawness that makes the characters seem like people you could know. Mei is an endearing protagonist, aloof and biting but with an empathy for others than shines through. The journey she and her loved ones takes through high school and college is a treat for anyone looking for humor, compassion, and honesty in their romance manga.

Say I Love You. 1-16 are available from Kodansha Comics.

 

 


Your Lie in April (Age 13+)

What it’s about: Kosei Arima was a piano prodigy until his cruel taskmaster of a mother died suddenly, changing his life forever. Kosei’s lives in a monotonous, colorless world until he meets Kaori Miyazono, a violinist with an unorthodox style. Can she bring Kosei back to music, and back to life?

Why is it good? If you DO have someone who enjoys a good tearjerker (or just needs some catharsis), look no further. Perhaps you’ve heard of this series by its nickname, Your Cry in April. It can be heart-wrenching, but Kosei’s journey to rediscover his passion for music and life has plenty of uplifting moments. The universal appeal of love and loss also make Your Lie in April a great choice for newer manga readers. As a bonus, if you have a musician in your life, each volume includes information on the classical music referenced in the story!

Your Lie in April 1-10 are available from Kodansha Comics. The final volume is coming in January!

 

With a Twist – Coming of age stories that hit hard, realistically and metaphorically

 


Happiness (Age 16+)

What it’s about: First-year high schooler Makoto Ozaki’s life is a series of humiliations and disappointment. But one night, a pale, thin girl knocks him to the ground in an alley and offers him a choice. Afterwards, Ozaki is consumed by a terrible thirst. Now he must deal with two horrors: the truth of his awful craving and high school itself.

Why is it good? Happiness is a tour de force that fits a few specific manga needs: your vampire friend, your friend who devours anything Shuzo Oshimi writes, and your friend looking for “not just another high school manga.” This could very well be the same person all at once. Fans of Oshimi-sensei know to expect cringingly compelling portrayals of adolescence like in his earlier Flowers of Evil, and that’s out in full force here. But Happiness also stands as an excellent entry in the vampire canon. What’s most impressive is that the series seamlessly blends both together in a thrilling story that makes it hard to choose which is scariest: vampirism or being a teen.

Happiness 1-2  are available from Kodansha Comics, with volume 3 coming in January!

 



Interviews with Monster Girls (Age 13+) 

What it’s about: In the not too distant future, humans live alongside demi-humans, and Biology teacher Tetsuo Takahashi has always wanted to meet and learn about them. He gets his chance when he ends up with four “demis” in his own school, including a vampire, a dullahan, and a succubus!

Why is it good? To oversimplify things, Interviews with Monster Girls is almost the lighthearted flipside of Happiness. Each “demi,” from lively vampire Hikari to shy dullahan Kyoko, has issues unique to their supernatural makeup, but they’re also going through the ups and downs of normal high school life. The series tackles both sides with humor and heart, making it a charming mix of slice of life and “everything you ever wanted to know about monster girls but were afraid to ask.” And if you know a lot of manga fans, trust me, you have at least one monster girl lover in your circle!

Interviews with Monster Girls 1 is available from Kodansha Comics. Look out for volume 2 in January!

 


That wraps it up for our gift guide series, and we hope you have plenty of ideas for what to wrap up for your loved ones. All of us at Kodansha Comics wish you a happy and safe holiday, and thank you for helping us make 2016 a great year to read manga!

 


Check out the whole lists of Kodansha Comics Gift Guide!

Manga Vacation Week #1: new 99-cent digital volume 1s every week through January 10

Have A Nice Manga Vacation!

Going anywhere special for winter break? Well, you don't have to! Starting this week, we're having a blowout 99¢ sale on Volume 1s of selected Digital Editions at all of our digital retail partners: BookWalkercomiXology, iBooks, Kindle, Kobo, and nook. Now you can be adventurous without going anywhere in particular. So pick your destination! Where do you want to go for your manga vacation?

What's on Sale This Week (December 20-27)
(free previews at the links!)

School Rumble Volume 1
Nodame Cantabile Volume 1
Princess Resurrection Volume 1
ALIVE Volume 1
Pumpkin Scissors Volume 1
Yozakura Quartet Volume 1
Gakuen Prince Volume 1
Suzuka Volume 1
Fuuka Volume 1
Space Brothers Volume 1
My Wife Is Wagatsuma-san Volume 1
Sayonara Football Volume 1

The Manga Vacation sale list updates every Tuesday from December 20 to January 17.
Check back every Tuesday at KodanshaComics.com for more deals!

VIDEO: Ronald Wimberly- Artist of “Bahamut” in Attack on Titan Anthology

Ronald Wimberly is a designer based in NY city. He works primarily in narrative. He's worked with The New Yorker, Dargaud, DC, Marvel, Image, Darkhorse, Nike, Benetton and others. Some notable works are the Eisner Award-nomated Sentences for Vertigo, Lighten Up for the Nib on Medium, and Prince of Cats. He's been twice selected for the Maison des Auteurs residency in Angouleme and is the 2016 Columbus Museum of Art/Thurber House 2016 Graphic Novelist Artist in residence. He's exhibited in New York, Tokyo, and Paris.

More about Ronald Wimberly: http://ronaldwimberly.com/
Follow on 8app:  https://the8app.com/user/RonaldWimberly
Follow on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ronaldwimberly/


 

Attack on Titan Anthology opens up the world of manga, with Attack on Titan providing a creative playground for comic-book writers and artists from around the world. Every one of these creators has offered their own unique take on original Attack on Titan creator Hajime Isayama's dark vision.

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With the Attack on Titan Anthology Creator Profiles—a new video series on Kodansha Comics YouTube Channel—we introduce some of the talents behind this project. 

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Stay tuned right here for more Attack on Titan Anthology Creator Profiles—coming soon!

 

Devour. The Attack on Titan manga app is here.

Introducing the new best way to consume the hit manga series, Attack on Titan.



Available only on the App Store.

ALL of Attack on Titan is available in one app.

  • All chapters and graphic novels of the manga including every spinoff series

  • News feeds with interviews and video about Attack on Titan and the creators behind it and breaking announcements leading up to the Season 2 of the anime

  • Comics that come alive in Motion Books only available on the app

  • One-button bundle purchases to get caught up quickly

  • Latest manga chapters updated, just as they come out from Japan 

  


And to celebrate the release, we’re offering users that create a NEW app account 3 FREE VOLUME 1s

Attack on Titan
Attack on Titan: Before the Fall
Attack on Titan: Junior High.

But hurry, this offer lasts for one week only—expires on December 20, 2016!

 

 

Experience the first Attack on Titan Motion Book, Bergheim, written by Kate Leth and Jeremy Lambert with art by Afua Richardson—as seen in the Attack on Titan Anthology. Available for free exclusively on the app, Bergheim can be previewed right here (above)! 

About Attack on Titan
 
The dark, apocalyptic story of Attack on Titan unexpectedly became the best-selling new manga to come out of Japan in a decade. Published by Kodansha in Japan beginning in 2009, the manga series has grown into a global phenomenon, inspiring a wildly popular anime series, notorious live-action film, videogames, and cultural forces at large.

The ongoing manga series currently runs over 85 chapters, collected in 20 volumes to date in English and authoritatively published by Kodansha Comics. The heavily anticipated Season 2 of the anime debuts in Spring 2017.

Click here for the official press release.

VIDEO SERIES: Attack on Titan Anthology Creator Profiles

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Attack on Titan Anthology opens up the world of manga, with Attack on Titan providing a creative playground for comic-book writers and artists from around the world. Every one of these creators has offered their own unique take on original Attack on Titan creator Hajime Isayama's dark vision.

With the Attack on Titan Anthology Creator Profiles—a new video series on Kodansha Comics YouTube Channel—we introduce some of the talents behind this project. 

 

LATEST VIDEO

 

Ronald Wimberly: Artist of “Bahamut” in Attack on Titan Anthology

Ronald Wimberly is a designer based in NY city. He works primarily in narrative. He's worked with The New Yorker, Dargaud, DC, Marvel, Image, Darkhorse, Nike, Benetton and others. Some notable works are the Eisner Award-nomated Sentences for Vertigo, Lighten Up for the Nib on Medium, and Prince of Cats. He's been twice selected for the Maison des Auteurs residency in Angouleme and is the 2016 Columbus Museum of Art/Thurber House 2016 Graphic Novelist Artist in residence. He's exhibited in New York, Tokyo, and Paris.
More about Ronald Wimberly: http://ronaldwimberly.com/
Follow on 8app:  https://the8app.com/user/RonaldWimberly
Follow on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ronaldwimberly/

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Genevieve Valentine & Jeanine Shaefer – Writer and Editor of the Attack on Titan Anthology

Genevieve Valentine is the author of novels MechaniqueThe Girls at the Kingfisher ClubPersona, and Icon. Her essay and reviews have appeared at The New York Times, The AV Club, and The Atlantic. She’s written Catwoman and Batman and Robin Eternal for DC Comics and Xena: Warrior Princess for Dynamite. She has worked on “An Illustrated Guide to the Glorious Walles Cities” in the Attack on Titan Anthology. More about Genevieve Valentine: genevievevalentine.com

Jeanine Shaefer is a freelance comics editor and project manager for The Attack on Titan AnthologyWATCH THIS VIDEO

 

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Tomer Hanuka: Artist of "Memory Maze" in Attack on Titan Anthology
NY Times best selling artist Tomer Hanuka has been illustrating for magazines, film studios, ad agencies and book publishers. He illustrated covers for The New Yorker, The New York Times, Newsweek and many others. Hanuka won multiple industry awards, including Gold medals from The Society of Illustrators and The Society of Publication Designers. A monograph of his work titled Overkill was published in 2012. The Divine, a Hugo nominated graphic novel he co-created was published in 2015, made The New York Times best seller list and won the International Manga Award. More about Tomer Hanuka: www.thanuka.com
WATCH THIS VIDEO

 

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Jorge Corona: Artist of "Skies Above" in Attack on Titan Anthology
Jorge Corona is the Russ Manning Award winner artist behind Feathers, Goners and We are Robin. He worked on the illustration of "Skies Above," story by Rhianna Pratchett in the Attack on Titan Anthology. Originally from Venezuela he currently lives in his hometown Maracaibo. 
More about Jorge Corona: http://jorgecor.daportfolio.com/
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Joe Rivera: Ink artist for Attack on Titan Anthology
Joe Rivera is an inker, custom-motorcycle artist, and the father of Paolo Rivera. He often collaborates with his son, including Mark Waid's Daredevil series, for which they won two Eisner Awards. Most recently, he inked Paolo's pinups for the Attack on Titan Anthology. He lives in Daytona Beach, Florida.
WATCH THIS VIDEO

 

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Paolo Rivera: Cover and Pinup Artist for Attack on Titan Anthology
Paolo Rivera is an Eisner Award-winning comic-book artist from Daytona Beach, Florida. A graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design, he started working for Marvel before his senior year. He is best known for his run on Daredevil, as well as his many painted covers and posters. Most recently he worked on the cover and pinups for Attack on Titan Anthology. He currently lives with his wife and daughter in San Francisco, California. More about Paolo Rivera: paolorivera.com
WATCH THIS VIDEO

 

 

 

Stay tuned right here for more Attack on Titan Anthology Creator Profiles—coming soon!

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Kodansha Comics Gift Guide Part 4: Your New Favorite Shonen

Kodansha Comics Gift Guide

Are you looking for the perfect gift for your manga loving friends and family? It can be hard to choose in a sea of series, but this year we’ve got you covered with curated selections for everyone on your list!

 

Part IV: Your New Favorite Shonen

Shonen – action filled, fist-pumping adventures full of friendship, fighting, and fun – are almost the daily bread of manga. Even strangers to the otaku world probably have some familiarity with powerhouses like Dragonball. These series can go on…and on, which is amazing for fans, but can leave a huge hole when they do end! Do you have a friend mourning the end of Naruto or Bleach? Do you have a reader in your life who yearns to go on an epic journey? Look no further!

 


Fire Force (Age 13+)

What’s it about: In an alternate Tokyo, the population lives in fear of a horrifying and seemingly arbitrary phenomenon: spontaneous combustion! When people become “infernals,” the hope of combating the outbreak are firefighters with supernatural gifts, including one rookie, Shinra, with a mysterious power.

Why is it good? If you know a fan of author Atsushi Ohkubo’s breakout hit, Souleater, then Fire Force is a no-brainer. It has the mix of charm, humor, and dark fantasy that made his prior work a new shonen classic. But beyond that, Fire Force is one of the most exciting new shonen titles on the market. Its steampunk-infused world is drawn in stunning detail, and there’s a lot to love, from the quirky dynamics of the firefighting team to learning the secrets of the (very creepy) infernals.

Fire Force volume 1 is available from Kodansha Comics!

 


Nekogahara: Stray Cat Samurai (Age 13+)

What’s it about: In medieval Japan, a bell hanging on the collar is a sign that a cat has a master. Norachiyo's bell hangs from his katana sheath, but he is nonetheless a stray – a ronin. This one-eyed cat samurai travels across a dishonest world, cutting through pretense and deception with his blade.

Why is it good? Nekogahara is a fresh take on the classic samurai action genre from Shaman King’s Hiroyuki Takei. Fans of Rurouni Kenshin and wandering warrior stories will feel right at home with Norachiyo…he just happens to be a cat! The feline world of the series adds flair and humor to the story, but it never takes away from the gritty action rendered in a beautiful, brushwork style (including some gorgeous color pages). Nekogahara is perfect for your favorite samurai lover.

Nekogahara volume 1 is available from Kodansha Comics!

 


UQ Holder! (Age 16+)

What’s it about: Tota Konoe, a normal teenager, is turned into an immortal vampire by his guardian after he is wounding saving her life. She introduces him to UQ Holder, a team of powerful immortals who aim to save the world from a dangerous power.

Why is it good? UQ Holder!, set in the same universe of Ken Akamatsu’s previous hit, Negima!, brings back many of the universe’s lovable characters, and cranks up the action! Akamatsu’s clean design and attention to detail is there, but UQ Holder! pulls out all the stops of a shonen battle manga. It’s a sure bet for fans of Akamatsu and supernatural action, and your lucky giftee will want to devour this series before the anime adaption hits!

UQ Holder! volumes 1-9 are available from Kodansha Comics!

 


The Seven Deadly Sins (Age 13+)

What’s it about: In the medieval world of Britannia, there is a legend about a group of powerful knights named the Seven Deadly Sins who were defeated years ago. Following rumors that they may be alive, the princess Elizabeth sets out to find these warriors and enlist their help in taking back her kingdom from the corrupt Holy Knights.

Why is it good? The Seven Deadly Sins is one of the best options for someone looking for a new, long-running adventure to sink into. The series puts a spin on Arthurian fantasy with its group of rowdy, smart talking knights who don’t act like your average hero. The camaraderie between protagonist Meliodas and his gang provides plenty of humor on top an epic story full of drama, betrayal, romance, and magic.

Seven Deadly Sins volumes 1-17 are available from Kodansha Comics!

 


Fairy Tail Master’s Editions (Age 13+)

What’s it about: Teenage wizard Lucy wants to join the most famous (or infamous) guild in the Kingdom of Fiore: Fairy Tail. But this rambunctious and unconventional group may be more than she bargained for! Join Lucy, hot-headed fire wizard Natsu, stoic knight Erza, and a huge cast of eccentric characters as they deal with magical problems their own way.

Why is it good? Fairy Tail has held its place in the shonen pantheon for 10 years now, racking up almost 60 volumes, a hit anime, and plenty of spin-offs. It’s a wildly fun and satisfying series for any adventure and fantasy lover, but it can be intimidating to jump into such a big pool! That’s why we have a big book that makes the perfect starting point and gift: the Fairy Tail Master’s Edition contains five volumes in one large omnibus – at a small price.

Fairy Tail Master’s Edition volumes 1-3 are available now. Individual volumes 1-57 also available from Kodansha Comics!

 

 

Now that you have plenty of magical ideas to send your friends and family on new adventures, what do get for the reader who prefers a little more real-life drama? Next week, we’ll share titles about love, life, and coming-of-age that will satisfy anyone in need of some feels. You might want to give a tissue box alongside some of these!
 



Next week will be the last installment of Kodansha Comics Gift Guide for this year!

Kodansha Comics Gift Guide Part 3: Classics Crusaders

 

The Kodansha Comics Gift Guide

Are you looking for the perfect gift for your manga loving friends and family? It can be hard to choose in a sea of series, but this year we’ve got you covered with curated selections for everyone on your list!

Part III: Classics Crusaders

Whatever the tastes of your favorite manga fans, it’s hard to go wrong with classic series. It works on so many levels! Do you have a sci-fi and graphic novel fan who is looking to read manga and doesn’t know where to start? Someone who’s trying to build the perfect manga collection? Here are series they won’t want to miss.

 

Akira (Ages 16+)

What’s it about: In Neo-Tokyo, a city built on the ashes of an annihilated Tokyo, the lives of friends Tetsuo and Kaneda are changed and threatened when supernatural powers awaken in Tetsuo. Someone is targeting him, and they’ll stop at nothing to prevent another global catastrophe.

Why is it good? More than any other manga classic, Akira needs little introduction. Katsuhiro Otomo’s epic series is not only considered one of the finest works of graphic fiction ever, but the manga and its ensuing film adaption have become cultural touchstones in sci-fi fandom worldwide. With a gripping cyberpunk story that tackles themes from individuality to post-nuclear society, Akira is a worthy cornerstone to any manga collection.

Akira is complete in 6 volumes, available from Kodansha Comics!
 

 

 

 


Battle Angel Alita: Last Order  (Ages 16+)

What’s it about: Last Order continues the adventures of Alita, the beautiful and deadly cyborg who fights to discover the secrets of her past in a futuristic, post-apocalyptic world that spans the solar system.

Why is it good? Last Order is an obvious choice for any Battle Angel Alita fan. It’s a long series, and I’m sure your favorite Alita lover would appreciate some help fleshing out their collection! The series is an addictive mix of badass characters, martial arts mysticism, and beautifully drawn cyberpunk worldbuilding. Plus, if you know someone looking to get into this series or pick it back up again, now is the perfect time, considering talks of a film adaption!

Battle Angel Alita: Last Order is available in 5, 3-in-1 omnibuses, and individual volumes 16-19!

 

 


The Ghost in the Shell  (Ages M)

What’s it about: In a future, globalized society, the line between human and machine has blurred as people rely on mechanical enhancements and robots are upgraded with human tissue. One cyborg superagent, Motoko Kusanagi, solves crimes and hunts terrorists in a world that pushes technology to its brink

Why is it good? Together with Akira, Masamune Shirow’s The Ghost in the Shell is one of the all-time standards of cyberpunk fiction. It’s a must-have in any manga library, and sci-fi fans new to manga will fall in love with its deep, dystopian world and peerlessly cool protagonist, Major Motoko Kusanagi. From meditations on the soul to geopolitical issues in the age of technology, there’s so much to chew on in this classic series. And you have to make sure your friends read the series before the movie premiers in 2017!

The Ghost in the Shell 1, 1.5, and 2 are available from Kodansha Comics, and check out Stand Alone Complex volumes 1-5. Definite, deluxe editions also available for preorder!
 

 



Parasyte  (Ages 16+)

What it’s about: Parasites. These terrifying, shape-shifting aliens arrive in droves and aim to assimilate with and consume the human race, and you don’t notice them until it’s too late. Can an ordinary high school student living with a parasite in his right hand save himself and warn humanity?

Why is it good? Parasyte is a cult classic of horror for a reason! It’s gripping, violent, and its disturbing central enemies will haunt you long after you finish the books. Hitoshi Iwaaki’s landmark series pairs a horrifying premise with a very human story about a teenager grappling with his own identity in the face of a catastrophe. Love, action, death, mystery – it’s all here. This is a series any horror lover, manga fan or not, needs to read, and fans of the anime adaption will love to own the thrilling source material.

Parasyte volumes 1-8 are available from Kodansha Comics!

 


Queen Emeraldas (Ages 13+)

What it’s about: In a vast and unforgiving cosmos, legendary bounty hunter Emeraldas searches for something. Reckless wannabe-pilot Hiroshi Umeno dreams of flying his own spaceship. This is the story of the unlikely travelers’ paths, both alone and together.

Why is it good? For starters, it’s one of a precious few works available in English by space opera master Leiji Matsumoto. Fans of anime classics like Galaxy Express 999 and Captain Harlock will know his name, and Queen Emeraldas is a must-have for any Matsumoto lover. It’s also a creative gift for music fans! Matsumoto collaborated with Daft Punk for their groundbreaking full album music video Interstella 5555. Even if your giftee isn’t familiar with the veteran author, Queen Emeraldas is an evocative, atmospheric treat for any sci-fi fan and manga completionist.

Queen Emeraldas 1 is available from Kodansha Comics!

 

 

With these timeless picks, you’ll be well on your way to helping your loved ones build a manga collection they’ll be proud to show off (and you’ll earn some cred with said loved ones!). Next week, we’ve got series for readers who want to go on grand adventures full of action, friendship, and fighting spirit!
 


Kodansha Comics Gift Guide will update every Friday until the end of holiday season!