The net is vast: Ghost in the Shell digital manga sale on comiXology and Kindle thru April 3

Shirow Masamune's generation-defining cyberpunk manga masterpiece The Ghost in the Shellpresciently set in a networked world where the virtual and physical universes collide—is now finally a major motion picture, in theaters March 31!

To celebrate, we've got all The Ghost in the Shell manga digital editions on sale up to 50% off on comiXology and KindleThe sale includes the whole GITS canon:

The Ghost in the Shell — Shirow Masamune's masterwork
The Ghost in the Shell 2: Man-Machine Interface — Shirow's 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
The Ghost in the Shell digital bundle — one-button purchase gets you all 3 above volumes digitally, for a very reasonable price
Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex  — Yu Kinutani's 5-volume spinoff series

Digital editions of Volumes 1, 2, and 1.5 are the classic Studio Proteus translations by Frederik Schodt, Toren Smith, Tom Orzechowski, and Suzie Lee.

And for those of you with more refined tastes, be on the lookout for The Ghost in the Shell Deluxe Editions.  Each of these premium hardcover editions represents a definitive new edition supervised by creator Shirow Masamune and features the original, right-to-left format with Japanese sound effects for the first time and brand-new bonus content. These editions are only available in these hardcover, print versions.

So whether you like your manga hardwired or virtual, it's the perfect time to interface with one of the true, all-time manga classics. The Ghost in the Shell is back for the 21st Century—more relevant than ever.

 

Also, check out the interview and concept sketches by Yu Kinutani, the creator behind Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex!

 

Yu Kinutani interview on Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex

The Ghost in the Shell all started as a manga by Shirow Masamune nearly two decades ago. It's since gone on to inspire the internationally acclaimed animated film, a spinoff TV series and manga, and now a major Hollywood motion picture, debuting on March 31.

Yu Kinutani, the artist behind the Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex manga, gave us his insights to working in the inner world of GITS and his thoughts on the GITS global phenomenon—and also shared some exciting concept sketches from behind the scenes of Stand Alone Complex (see below)!

About Yu Kinutani
Born in 1962 in Ehime Prefecture, Japan, Yu Kinutani debuted as a manga artist in 1986 with Hohaku no Shijou Shijin (Wandering Lyric Poet). In 2010, he started his serialization of Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex in Young Magazine (published by Kodansha). Currently he is serializing Elements Network in Young Gangan magazine from Square Enix.

 

Kodansha Comics: What was it like working on the Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex manga?

Yu Kinutani: Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex was one of the most monumental works in the history of TV animation in Japan. Each episode was a conclusive story, but there were several plot lines throughout the series, which made the overall story very dense. Also the concept of “Stand Alone Complex” advocated by the director, Kenji Kamiya, created a fresh and deep philosophical theme throughout the series.

I made the manga hoping to supplement the worldview of the Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex anime and to see it from another perspective.

KC: How do you feel about Ghost in the Shell becoming a Hollywood movie? 

YK: I’s wonderful the near-future science-fiction created by the great Japanese comics artist Shirow Masamune is getting adapted into a Hollywood movie and that it’ll be watched all over the world. I am quite happy about that.

KC: Any comments to the fans of Ghost in the Shell overseas?

YK: The world of Ghost in the Shell can be enjoyed in so many ways, whether through the original graphic novel by Shirow Masamune, the animation adaptations, the comics based on the animation series, videogames, and the upcoming Hollywood movie. If you can enjoy my manga as a part of that world, I would be very honored. Thanks.KC: Thank you!

Kinutani also shared us some rare concept sketches from when he was working on Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex:

 

Right now, The Ghost in the Shell and Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex digital manga are on 50% off sale! Check out the deal below. (Ends 4/3) 


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Ready for Season 2? Attack on Titan vols 1-8 digital bundle now on comiXology and BookWalker #12DaysofTitan

Ready for Attack on Titan's anime Season 2?!?

Volumes 1 through 8 of the Attack on Titan manga—which covers Season 1 of the anime—are now available as a deeply discounted digital bundle from our pals at comiXology and BookWalker—and on the one and only Attack on Titan manga app.

So get all caught up in one fell swoop and you'll be all prepared for Season 2—which is just about upon us!

#12DaysofTitan Also helping us gear up for the premiere of Season 2 we have something special going on at our social media channels at Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Tumblr!

Every day, up to the April 1 premiere, we’ll pick ONE random winner across our social media sites, so be sure to follow our #12DaysofTitan hashtag and answer the daily trivia question within the hour of its posting for a chance to win! Each day’s winner will receive a special prize. (Quick note on prizes: US and Canada shipping addresses only please!)

Digital-firsts debuting 3/21: Hozuki’s Coolheadedness, Altair, Museum, BLAME! Academy

More March digital debuts

After announcing Ace of the Diamond, All-Rounder Meguru, and Giant Killing at Emerald City Comic Con earlier this month, we've got more series making their Volume 1 digital-first debuts, keeping up our 2017 ramp-up of digital titles: Natsumi Eguchi's hellfire comedy Hozuki's CoolheadednessKotono Kato's alternate-history medieval war-drama Altair: A Record of BattlesRyosuke Tomoe's disturbing serial-killer thriller Museumand a surprising parody-sidestory set in the BLAME! universe from science-fiction manga master Tsutomu Nihei, BLAME! Academy and So On.

Volume 1s of all 3 titles will go on sale Tuesday March 21 on all of Kodansha’s digital retail channels. Click on cover links for free Chapter 1 previews.

 

 

The manga that inspired the hit anime series from Sentai Filmworks. In the afterlife, there exists Heaven and Hell. Hell consists of the Eight Greater Hells and the Eight Cold Hells, which are further divided into 272 subdivisions. Spearheading the seemingly endless, multifarious affairs in this gargantuan Hell is but one Fierce God, King Enma's first aide, Hozuki. Between this cool-headed sadist and his colorful band of peers, every day is a riot in Hell! And though this book might make Hell seem like a happening place, please try to behave during life!

 

 

 

 

 

For generations the Turkiye Devleti and the Balt-Rhein Empire have stood in stern opposition to each other. Then one night, when an imperial minister is found assassinated, the two nations are plunged into a potentially explosive situation. As the generals of Turkiye's council cry for war, Mahmut comes to discover the devious truth behind the assassination. Thus the young pasha's battle for his country, peace, and trust in his fellow man begins!

 

 

 

 

 

The serial killer is laughing in the rain. Punishment: Dog Food—. Punishment: Know your mother’s pain—. Punishment: one split evenly—. Punishment: Forever beautiful—. The Frog Man from Hell executes his "punishments" …

 

 

 

 

 

 

Welcome to BLAME! Academy and So On, the spinoff set in the same "City" as Tsutomu Nihei's science-fiction manga classic BLAME! BLAME! Academy and So On is also a parody/comedy about various characters in the main BLAME! storyline set in a traditional Japanese school environment. Various elements of the main BLAME! story are parodied, including the relationship between Killy and Cibo, and Dhomochevsky and Iko. Originally irregularly published in Afternoon in Japanese, here's the first official English-language release in either digital or print!

 

 

 

Volume 1s of Hozuki’s Coolheadedness, Altair: A Record of Battles, Museum, and BLAME! Academy and So On are available for preorder across all Kodansha Comics digital book channels: BookWalker, comiXology, Google Play, iBooks, Kindle, Kobo, and nook.

Media: read our press release here.

 

Winter Anime Season Finale Sale—digital manga volumes up to 50% off!

The Winter 2017 anime season is reaching its exciting conclusion this month! Find out where to watch the anime versions of your favorite Kodansha Comics below and catch up on those series—or jump ahead—by reading the manga that inspired 'em all! With this week's Anime Season Finale Sale putting some digital manga volumes up to 50% off, you can't go wrong.

Look for volumes from these recently anime-ated series at all of our digital retail partners—BookWalker, comiXology, Google Play, iBooks, Kindle, Kobo, and nook. Sale ends March 20th!

Winter Anime Season Finale Sale
— Read free full Chapter 1s at the links —

Chi's Sweet Home — watch the anime on Anime Strike
Descending Stories: Showa genroku Rakugo Shinju — watch the anime on Crunchyroll
Fuuka — watch the anime on Crunchyroll
Interviews with Monster Girls watch the anime on Crunchyroll
The Seven Deadly Sins — watch the anime on Netflix
Suzuka read the backstory to Fuuka, also by creator Kouji Seo

The Ghost in the Shell: Mondo x Kodansha Comics Collaboration Project

In collaboration with high-end collectibles brand Mondo, Kodansha Comics is proud to present The Ghost in the Shell exclusive poster, illustrated by the extremely talented Becky Cloonan. Limited to 275 standard and 150 glow-in-dark variant editions, these screen-printed posters will be available on March 14. Check out the preview of the poster design on mondotees.com

Follow @MondoNews and @KodanshaUSA for on sale announcement. These posters will be available online at random time on Tuesday, March 14. 

Update: Thanks to all the fans! The Ghost in the Shell exclusive poster are now sold out! 

 

Also are you going to be in Austin, TX on March 14? As a part of SXSW, there's a free screening of the original Ghost in the Shell animated movie based on the graphic novel by Shirow Masamune, directed by Mamoru Oshii. 

Ghost in the Shell (1995) Screening Event

Place: The Long Center For the Performing Arts
Date: March 14, 2017
Time: Door at 6PM / Film begins at 8PM
More info: SXSW film schedule

Update: Here are some pictures to recap the event!

 

 

  


Thanks for attending the event!

Live from Emerald City Comicon! Ghost in the Shell poster + anthology, Ace of Diamond, Giant Killing &more

Live from Seattle—lots of exciting announcements from our Emerald City Comicon panel today! Here's the recap:

First off,  a couple major announcements for The Ghost in the Shell in anticipation of the motion picture release on March 31:

The Ghost in the Shell: Global Neural Network

A new anthology project from Kodansha Comics in the vein of the groundbreaking Attack on Titan Anthology. The international collaboration between The Ghost in the Shell creator Shirow Masamune and an all-star cast of Western comics creators will be available as a single volume, hardcover, full-color edition Spring 2018
 

The Mondo X Kodansha Comics The Ghost in the Shell exclusive poster

High-end collectibles maker Mondo and Kodansha Comics are proud to present The Ghost in the Shell exclusive poster, illustrated by none other than the great Becky Cloonan. 250 standard and 125 variant editions of these posters will be available on March 14, starting at the free Ghost in the Shell screening event of the original animated classic in Austin, TX and on mondotees.com

UPDATE: The Ghost in the Shell exclusive posters will be available on March 14 on mondotees.com. It will not be available at the Ghost in the Shell screening event in Austin, TX. 

March digital debuts

Keeping up our 2017 ramp-up of digital titles, we've got more series making their Volume 1 digital debuts in March.  Next up is the holy trinity of fan-requested sports manga: Ace of the Diamond, All-Rounder Meguru, and Giant Killing. Volume 1s of all 3 titles will go on sale March 7 on all of Kodansha’s digital retail channels. Click on covers/links for free Chapter 1 previews.

Yuji Terajima’s Ace of the Diamond, a hot-blooded, epic-length bestseller in Japan about the travails of a gifted left-handed pitcher who comes to the big city to play premier-level high-school baseball, was the basis of the hit anime series that streamed on Crunchyroll.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

All-Rounder Meguru, a stirring drama about a determined young man looking to escape the bleak prospects of home by making it in the brutal world of Shooto MMA (mixed martial arts), is  the latest work from acclaimed creator Hiroki Endo (Eden: It’s an Endless World!).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Masaya Tsunamoto and Tsujitomo’s Giant Killing, about an eccentric-genius soccer coach who returns from abroad to bring success to an underdog team, is one of the all-time-favorite and long-running (still ongoing in Japan) manga about the beautiful game. It was also adapted into a hit anime series.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There's more! The ECCC panel also announced Natsumi Eguchi’s Hozuki’s Coolheadedness (adapted into the anime available from Sentai Filmworks), Kotono Kato’s Altair: A Record of Battles, and Ryosuke Tomoe’s Museum, which will see digital publication on March 21.

Volume 1s of Ace of the Diamond, All-Rounder Meguru, Giant Killing, Hozuki’s Coolheadedness, Altair: A Record of Battles, and Museum will be available for sale or preorder across all Kodansha Comics digital book channels: BookWalker, comiXology, Google Play, iBooks, Kindle, Kobo, and nook.

Media: read our press release here.

New digital manga: Nihei’s APOSIMZ, House of the Sun, Peach Heaven, and The Full-Time Wife Escapist

Kodansha Comics is proud to announce the debut of science-fiction manga master Tsutomu Nihei’s newest manga serial, the highly anticipated follow-up to his cult-hit Knights of SidoniaAPOSIMZYou can read the opening prologue to APOSIMZ (previously only available as part of last January's Tsutomu Nihei’s Humble Bundle offering) for free, below!

The first chapter of APOSIMZ will be available on February 24th as a digital edition only on comiXology and Kindle. New chapters will follow on the 24th of every month thereafter—the same day they appear in Japan. Chapters will be priced at $1.99 each. 

With APOSIMZ, Nihei takes us into at-once familiar and disorienting territory: a towering “City” built upon the ruins of a mysterious device from the distant past, a “Country of Dolls” of people afflicted with a disease that slowly turns them into machines. 

More digital shojo manga debuts for February! Adding to our aggressive digital manga ramp-up for 2017, we've also a trio of highly anticipated shojo manga making their debuts on February 28thCheck out Chapter 1 previews at the cover links below.

 

 

House of the Sun (aka Taiyo no ie) is Taamo’s moving account of a young woman who reconnects with a childhood friend as she puts together the pieces of her life following her parents’ broken marriage. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Peach Heaven is a fun and racy tale from Mari Hoshino, detailing the life of an ordinary high-school teenager with a secret identity as … an erotic novelist! What happens when the new transfer student/male supermodel discovers her secret? 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Finally, The Full-Time Wife Escapist (aka Nigeru wa haji da ga yaku ni tatsu) brings us Tsunami Umino’s romantic comedy that was recently adapted into a hit Japanese television drama. Mikuri is a recent grad without a whole lot of job prospects, so out of desperation when her housekeeping gig is about to come to an end, she comes up with the idea of becoming the wife of her single salaryman boss—as a job!

 

 

 

 

 

Volume 1s of House of the Sun, Peach Heaven, and The Full-Time Wife Escapist are available for preorder across all Kodansha Comics digital book channels: BookWalker, comiXology, Google Play, iBooks, Kindle, Kobo, and nook.

Plus more announcements at Emerald City Comic Con! We've been steadily bringing out new manga series in digital format since the start of 2017, and we've got more digital announcements for the spring at the Kodansha Comics panel at Emerald City Comic Con in Seattle on March 4. The announcements will be made the same day here on kodanshacomics.com. Stay tuned!

Media: read our press release here.

Kodansha Comics at Emerald City Comicon 2017

Going to be in Seattle this weekend? Come and join us at the Kodansha Comics panel at Emerald City Comicon on Saturday, March 4!

We'll have some exciting announcements regarding The Ghost in the Shell, this month's exciting digital-first manga releases, and more! 

Event   Emerald City Comicon 2017 at Washington State Convention Center
Panel   Kodansha Comics Presents Ghost in the Shell (And More Manga)
When   Saturday, March 4 at 4:15-5:15PM
Where  TCC 304
Description The publisher of Sailor Moon, Attack on Titan, Akira, and more presents exciting new additions to our publishing slate for the coming year, plus free art prints, comics, and other exclusive items—and a chance to chat with the people behind some of your favorite manga!

Bummed that you won't make it to the con? Keep your eyes on kodanshacomics.com for more updates!

See you then!