Anime Expo 2017: Kodansha Comics exclusives, events

We're really excited to be at Anime Expo this year. We've got more exclusives, freebies, announcements, and things going on than we ever have. (And we're holding an Anime Expo-related digital sale too!)

Come see us at Booth #1006 in downtown Los Angeles's Convention Center July 1-4, and one of us will give you the AX lowdown! But if you want a quick preview and/or you can't be there but are dyin' to know what's happening anyway … psst, here's a lil' cheatsheet:

Where: Kodansha Comics/Vertical Booth #1006

Mini-shikishi Gift with Purchase
1 of 2 different shikishi with every purchase, while supplies last

Monogatari mini 5-poster set

Enamel Pin limited-edition sets: Attack on Titan, Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card, Chi's Sweet Home

Manga-art T-shirt: Attack on Titan, The Ghost in the Shell

Pre-street books from Kodansha Comics
Aho-Girl, volume 1
Waiting for Spring, volume 1
Welcome to Ballroom, volume 6
Descending Stories: Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinju, volume 2
Queen Emeralda, volume 2
Interview with Monster Girls, volume 5
Fairy Tail, volume 61
The Seven Deadly Sins, volume 21
Princess Jellyfish, volume 5
Tsubasa Omnibus, volume 5

Pre-street books from Vertical Comics
Gundam Wing, Volume 1
She and Her Cat

Where: Kodasha Comics/Vertical Booth #1006

Daily button giveaways
Saturday: Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card
Sunday: Welcome to the Ballroom
Monday: Sailor Moon
Tuesday: Attack on Titan

Manga Samplers

8×11 artcards

comiXology free download-code cards

Where: Kodasha Comics/Vertical Booth #1006

 The Attack on Titan Quest #AoTQuest
Starting prize: exclusive Attack on Titan bag

Finishing prize: exclusive Attack on Titan Quest medal
Join the Training Corps inside AX, kill Titans with your phone in Little Tokyo!
Sailor Moon Fan Club Membership Drive
Free gift for every Fan Club member (those who already renewed and those who sign up at the booth)
Display of special 2017 membership items

The Attack on Titan Manga to Anime Gallery
Gengas from the Season 2 anime
See how manga pages got turned into indelible images from the Season 2 anime

The Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card CLAMP Illustration Gallery
Color illustration reproductions from volume 1
Manga manuscripts from volume 1


Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card anime world-premiere screening
Saturday July 1 at 4 pm
Room: Main Events (Hall B)

The world-premiere showing of the OVA anime, followed by Q&A with producer Chiyo Kawazoe. Special prizes from Japan and free download-cards for advance digital editions of the Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card manga. 

Kodansha Comics Industry Panel with special guest Princess Jellyfish Editor Yuki Sukemune
Monday July 3 at 10 am
Room: Live Programming 5 

Joined by special guest Yumi Sukemune, editor of Princess Jellyfish, Kodansha Comics presents a peek behind the scenes of manga production in Japan and the United States. Also: new licenses for 2018, some very special announcements, a discussion with oureditorial team, and, as always, lots of exclusive giveaways!

…and check out these related events from our partners:

The Attack on Titan Food Truck brought to you by Funimation! 
Right across S. Figueroa Street at 601 W. Pico Blvd

·         Experience the once-in-a-lifetime Attack on Titan Food Truck from 10 am to 8 pm every day during Anime Expo! Funimation is partnering with Mad Dumplings, a food truck that has been taking the SoCal streets with a delicious, creative spin on dumplings, and offering an Attack on Titan-branded menu! Funimation is giving away a limited number of vouchers for the food truck at 10 am at the Funimation Booth #1800 each day, so don't miss out on your chance to get some free food!


 Funimation Presents: Attack on Titan Season 2 VA Panel
Saturday July 1 at 2:30 pm
Room: JW Marriott LP 

Welcome to the Ballroom screening — a Pony Canyon event
Sunday July 2 at 10 am
Room: Main Events (Hall B)

Sailor Moon Day panel — a VIZ Media event
Monday July 3 at 11 am
Room:  LP1/ Petree Hall


Attack on Titan Quest: Dedicate Your Heart

Kodansha Comics and Funimation are proud to present Attack on Titan Quest: Dedicate Your Heart #AoTQuest, a uniquely structured 2-part interactive quest set in downtown Los Angeles, based on the hit manga and anime series Attack on Titan during the week of Anime Expo 2017.

OUTSIDE THE WALL can be played by anyone with a mobile device who happens to be in Los Angeles's Little Tokyo neighborhood. OUTSIDE THE WALL starts today June 27.

INSIDE THE WALL takes place for Anime Expo attendees July 1-4 inside the Los Angeles Convention Center in downtown Los Angeles.

Both "outside" and "inside" are completely free to play. And all Quest players, whether “outside the wall” or “inside the wall,” will receive via email a unique download code to redeem a free digital edition of the latest volume of Attack on Titan (volume 21) from comiXology.

Attack on Titan Quest: OUTSIDE THE WALL June 27-July 4

Join the Survey Corps and defeat the Titans in Little Tokyo! Captain Levi awaits you for training to survive outside the wall. 


You don’t have to attend Anime Expo to play. Just bring your mobile device to Little Tokyo in Los Angeles. The Kinokuniya bookstore might be a good starting point! 

To join Attack on Titan Quest: OUTSIDE THE WALL,

visit to register.


Attack on Titan Quest: INSIDE THE WALL July 1-4

New cadets wanted: the Training Corps are now recruiting cadets to play an SMS-based* scavenger-hunt mission inside of Anime Expo! Your favorite characters from Attack on Titan may help you along the way!

New cadets must claim their exclusive gear:
• Start the quest and receive an exclusive Attack on Titan Quest bag** 
• Complete the quest and receive an exclusive Attack on Titan Quest honorary medal!*** 

To join Attack on Titan Quest: INSIDE THE WALL, visit the Kodansha Comics booth (#1006) at Anime ExpoParticipants can expect special messages from their favorite Attack on Titan characters!

*standard SMS rates apply
**while supplies last
***while supplies last

Check out the Attack on Titan Food Truck brought to you by Funimation! 

Right across S. Figueroa Street at 601 W. Pico Blvd

         Experience the once-in-a-lifetime Attack on Titan Food Truck from 10 am to 8 pm every day during Anime Expo! Funimation is partnering with Mad Dumplings, a food truck that has been taking the SoCal streets with a delicious, creative spin on dumplings, and offering an Attack on Titan branded menu! Funimation is giving away a limited number of vouchers for the food truck at 10 am at the Funimation Booth #1800 each day, so don't miss out on your chance to get some free food!

MEDIA: To download the official press release, click here

Anime Expo digital blowout sale—30+ series up to 50% off thru July 4

Can't make it to Anime Expo in Los Angeles this weekend? None of the booths selling that out-of-stock volume? 

To help fill the gap this week, we're running our Anime Expo 2017 Digital Blowout Sale June 27-July 4, in conjunction with Kodansha Comics's biggest Anime Expo ever: we've got more exclusives, freebies, announcements, and things going on than we ever have. 

You'll save money too. Over 30 digital manga series are up to 50% off at all of our digital retail partners: BookWalker, comiXology, Crunchyroll, Google Play, iBooks, Kindle, Kobo, and nook. Sale ends July 4 at 11 p.m. Eastern Time, or for select stores, in local time.

So binge-read away and you'll get at least a glimmer of what's going down at AX—these 30+ series (below) will be featured, on sale, or otherwise promoted at the Kodansha Comics booth (#1006)—and save yourself some serious bucks in the process!

Attack on Titan 
Attack on Titan Anthology 
Attack on Titan: Lost Girls 
Attack on Titan: Before the Fall 
Attack on Titan: Junior High
Attack on Titan: No Regrets  
Cells at Work!
Chi's Sweet Home 
Clockwork Planet 
Descending Stories 
Devils' Line 
Fairy Tail 
Fairy Tail: Rhodonite 
Fire Force 
Flying Witch
FukuFuku Kitten Tales 
The Ghost in the Shell 

Interview with Monster Girls 
Junji Ito's Cat Diary: Yon & Mu
Knights of Sidonia 
Nekogahara; Stray Cat Samurai 
Neo-Parasyte f 
Noragami: Stray God 
Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth Side: P3
Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth Side: P4
Princess Jellyfish 
Queen Emeraldas
The Seven Deadly Sins
A Silent Voice 

Spoof on Titan 
Sweetness and Lightning 
That Wolf Boy Is Mine! 
Welcome to the Ballroom 


Fairy Tail x Humble Bundle: Get $600+ of digital manga by paying what you want until July 5

Today we here at Kodansha Comics are proud to present the Humble Manga Bundle: Fairy Tail in partnership with our good pals at Humble Bundle. We are offering $600+ worth of digital manga, including the first freakin' 45 volumes of the hit shonen manga by Hiro Mashima and all the spin-off series from the world of Fairy Tail!

Name your price. Together, the books in this bundle usually cost as much as $630. At Humble Bundle, though, you choose the price!

Read ’em anywhere. These comics are available in multiple formats including CBZ, PDF, and ePub, so they work on your computer, e-readers, iPads, cell phones, and a wide array of mobile devices! Instructions and a list of recommended reading programs can be found here

Support charity. Choose where the money goes—among Kodansha Comics and two preselected charities or if you'd like, a charity of your choice via the PayPal Giving Fund. For details on how this works, click here. If you like this bundle or like what Humble Bundle does, you can leave a Humble Tip too.

This special bundle ends WEDNESDAY, July 5, 10:59 A.M. PACIFIC TIME.

Media: click here for the official press release

PAY WHAT YOU WANT! Here’s what you’ll get with each tier:

Pay $1 or more
Unlock Fairy Tail volumes 1-5 + a discount code for 1-month subscription to FUNimation 

Pay $8 or more
Unlock Fairy Tail volumes 6-25  a
nd the spin-off series
Fairy Tail Ice Trail volume 1
Fairy Tail Zero
Fairy Tail Blue Mistral volume 1
Fairy Girls volumes 1-2

Pay $15 or more 
Unlock Fairy Tail volumes 26-45 and the spin-off series
Fairy Tail Rhodonite
Fairy Tail Ice Trail volume 2
Fairy Tail Twin Dragons of Sabertooth volume 1
Fairy Tail Blue Mistral volumes 2-3
Fairy Girls volumes 3-4

Pay $17 or more 
Unlock all of above + Humble Bundle exclusive contents:
Exclusive Artbook: Fairy Tail: Swimsuit Issue
Special one-shot manga: Fairy Tail: The Fairies’ Booby Prizes

About Hiro Mashima
Born in 1977 and debuted as a manga-ka (manga artist) in 1998. His first long-running series, Rave Master, ran in Weekly Shonen Magazine from 1999 to 2005. He serialized his current series, Fairy Tail, in the same magazine since 2006. When Fairy Tail was adapted as an anime series in 2009, it became a global hit. Other renowned works includes Monster Hunter OrageMonster Soul, and Mashima-en.

List of Awards
2009 Fairy Tail: Kodansha Manga Award/Shonen Genre (Japan)
2009 Fairy Tail: Japan Expo Best Manga Award/Shonen Genre (France)
2011 Fairy Tail: ANIMELAND Best Anime Award (France)
2011 Fairy Tail: ANIMELAND Best Dubbed Anime Award (France)
2011 Fairy Tail: Frankfurt Book Fair/International Comics Award (Germany)
2012 Fairy Tail: Salon del Manga Best Series Award (Spain)
2012 Fairy Tail: Salon del Manga Best Creator Award (Spain)
2012 Fairy Tail: Salon del Manga Best Guest of Honor Award (Spain

Check out this exclusive interview with Hiro Mashima (creator of Fairy Tail)


Support the artist! Watch this video of Hiro Mashima drawing characters from Fairy Tail on
Kodansha Comics' YouTube Channel

Thanks for supporting Humble Manga Bundle: Fairy Tail!

Attack on Titan universe digital sale!

This week only Attack on Titan and all of its spinoff series are on sale as part of our Attack on Titan Universe Sale—taking place on all digital retail storefronts: BookWalkercomiXology, Crunchyroll, Google Play, iBooks, Kindle, Kobo, and nookEach volume from the main series is only $4.99, and the spin-off series are up to 50% off. Sale runs through June 19th. 

Some facts about Attack on Titan

Been watching the new season of the Attack on Titan anime? As the plot intensifies and leaves you—and the characters—panting after each cliffhanger, you're probably asking the same question as everybody else: what happens next? The fear of not knowing can be as great as the threat itself—but it's about to be over: because today we're sharing with you some vital facts about Attack on Titan.

Fact: There's more story beyond the anime! To give you the scoop, there are 21 volumes of the Attack on Titan manga currently available. To tell you the least without any spoilers, they're all filled with secrets not yet revealed in the anime. The latest anime episode (Episode #36 as of June 10) covers the story from manga volume 12. That means there are 9 more volumes worth of story waiting for you in the ongoing manga series by Hajime Isayama. But the story doesn't end there. 

Fact: It's on simulpub! On the 8th of every month, the newest chapter of Attack on Titan becomes available on the same day as Japan on comiXology and Kindle. The newest chapter #94 was just released on June 8. Which means there are 8 chapters (chapter 87 through 94) beyond the latest volume 21. All the chapters are on sale for only $0.99 during the Attack on Titan Universe Sale, so you can catch up to it.

Fact: There's more to the Attack on Titan universe! You may be thinking "But I've read all the manga." But have you really? Because there are 6 spinoff series of Attack on Titan. Some go into the history of the AoT world, some go into the lives of your favorite characters. Might as well try 'em out while they're 50% off!

List of Attack on Titan spinoffs
Attack on Titan: Before the Fall
Attack on Titan: No Regrets
Attack on Titan: Lost Girls
Attack on Titan Anthology
Spoof on Titan
Attack on Titan: Junior High

Fact: There's a footnote!  If you've read this far, it's hard to imagine you don't know anything about Attack on Titan. But sometimes a refresher is needed—and sometimes a crash course. Attack on Titan Guidebook: INSIDE & OUTSIDE is an easy way to cut to the chase. It goes over what has happened so far in the Attack on Titan manga and anime. It's not a bad reference to add to your digital library!

Hope these facts about Attack on Titan helped you out a bit. 
For more news, updates, and deals on Attack on Titan, stay tuned to!

Creator Spotlight Sale: Tsutomu Nihei thru 6/12

Did you know Killy, the protagonist in Nihei's breakout science-fiction manga series BLAME!, makes a cameo appearance in his later masterwork, Knights of Sidonia? Or that APOSIMZ, Nihei's latest series (simulpubbing on comiXology and Kindle), is briefly mentioned as a name of a spaceship in Knights of Sidonia? Well, here's a good chance to dig deeper into the weirdly connected universe of this generation's representative science-fiction manga artist.

And if you're new to worlds of Nihei—maybe having recently encountered the BLAME! or Knights of Sidonia anime on Netflix—here's a great way to get in.

This week only, we're showcasing all the works of Tsutomu Nihei, with every digital volume up to 50% off at all our digital retail partners: BookWalker, comiXology, Crunchyroll, Google Play, iBooks, Kindle, Kobo, and nook. Sale runs through June 12. 

Works of Tsutomu Nihei digital sale — all volumes and chapters up to 50% off through June 12

Knights of Sidonia volumes 1-15
NOiSE — short-story collection set in the universe of BLAME!
BLAME! volumes 1-3
BLAME! Academy and So On —a standalone volume spinoff of BLAME!
APOSIMZ chapters 1-5 — Nihei's latest work currently simulpubbing on comiXology and Kindle

The stories behind the Netflix anime. The Knights of Sidonia manga, with print editions available from Vertical Comics, was adapted into a groundbreaking full-CG anime by Polygon Pictures, which became  one of the first Netflix Original anime series. And little did we know that this would lead to the return of Nihei's classic BLAME! as a 100+ minute theatrical feature, which debuted May 20 on Netflix. Here's the trailer:


Watch this video of Tsutomu Nihei talking about BLAME! and Knights of Sidonia becoming CG anime:

Watch this interview shot during Tsutomu Nihei's rare appearance at San Diego Comic Con 2016, previously only seen as exclusive content from last year's Tsutomu Nihei Humble Bundle offering:


About Tsutomu Nihei
Born in 1971 in Japan's Fukushima Prefecture, Tsutomu Nihei has been drawing comics professionally since the mid 1990s. In 1995 he was awarded the Jiro Taniguchi Special Prize in that year's Afternoon Magazine Four Seasons Awards for his submission, Blame. After working as an assistant to veteran comic artist Tsutomu Takahashi, Nihei went on to launch his debut series BLAME! in Afternoon Magazine in 1998. Following the success of BLAME! he next penned BioMega (published in English by Viz Media) and Wolverine SNIKT (Marvel). In 2009 Nihei returned to Afternoon to launch his most recent series, Knights of Sidonia. In 2015 he won the Kodansha Manga Award in the General Comics category for his work on Knights of Sidonia. Nihei has revealed that he is currently working on a new series, to be called APOSIMZ


Also, Creator Spotlight Sale for Akiko Higashimura is happening this week (6/6-6/12)!

For more deals, stay tuned on!

Creator Spotlight Sale: Akiko Higashimura thru 6/12

To celebrate the nomination of Princess Jellyfish for the prestigious Eisner Award we're holding a sale on all digital editions by Princess Jellyfish's brilliant creator, Akiko Higashimura

Starting today all volumes of Princess Jellyfish and her hilarious followup Tokyo Tarareba Girls are on sale up to 50% off at all our digital retail partners: BookWalker, comiXology, Crunchyroll, Google Play, iBooks, Kindle, Kobo, and nook. Sale runs through June 12. 

That's not all! Voracious readers of Higashimura-sensei's rollicking tale of fangirls taking on Tokyo can now get synchronized with her readers in Japan—at a nice price. Starting today we're also releasing and discounting 50% off every chapter of Princess Jellyfish published so far in preparation for the simulpub publication of Chapter 81 going on sale June 24—the same day the chapter appears in Japan. New simulpub chapters will appear monthly thereafter—find 'em on comiXology and Kindle. 

Click on the covers for free Chapter 1 previews and purchase info:

Hey, are you a comics industry pro? Please go vote for Princess Jellyfish on the Eisner Award voting siteIt's been nominated for Best U.S. Edition of International Material—Asia. The voting deadline is June 16. We and Higashimura-sensei thank you!

Photo credit: © Weekly Bunshun

Read our exclusive interview with Akiko Higashimura, which ran on this site last year.

About Akiko Higashimura
Born in Kushima, Miyagi Prefecture, she made her debut as a mangaka with Fruits Koumori from Shueisha. In 2001, she started her first series,Kisekai Yuka-chan in Cookie (shojo manga anthology magazine published from Shueisha.) Her most famous work includes Mama wa Temparist,Himawari: Kenichi Legend, and Kakukaku Shikajika. In 2015, Kakukaku Shikajika won the 8th Annual Manga Award and also 19th Annual Japan Cultural Affair Media Art Festival Manga Award. Higashimura is known for working simultaneously on multiple manga series including Yukibana no Tora (published from Shogakukan), Princess Jellyfish, and Tokyo Tarareba-Musume (both published from Kodansha.)


Also, Creator Spotlight Sale for Tsutomu Nihei is happening this week (6/6-6/12)!

For more deals, stay tuned on!

Kodansha Comics presents Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card anime world premiere at Anime Expo 2017

At Anime Expo 2017 this July 1 in Los Angeles, Kodansha Comics will present the world premiere of the Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card Prologue OVA, based on the newest work from manga supergroup CLAMP! Plus there will be a Q&A with the anime's producer Chiyo Kawazoe and special giveaways, exclusive to the screening.

Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card Prologue: Sakura and the Two Bears

After the conflict with Eriol at the Tokyo Tower, Sakura attained the final Clow Cards: The Dark and The Light. Since then, everything’s gone back to normal––but only briefly. 

While Eriol has decided to move back to England, Syaoran suddenly confesses his true feeling for Sakura and tells her he is moving back to Hong Kong. What will Sakura do? Although she’s unsure of her own feelings, her best friend Tomoyo tells Sakura that the true answer already lies within her. That is when Sakura decides to make something for her dear friend. 

World Premire Anime Expo 2017

Be the first people on Earth to witness this prologue episode of the next generation of the Cardcaptor Sakura anime—coming soon as an OVA from Madhouse, the same studio who created the original TV series! The OVA doesn't make its debut until September 2017—but we are bringing this first glimpse of the anime to Anime Expo!

Be seated early to get exclusive giveaways and a chance to win special prizes! 

o    Date: Saturday, July 1

o    Time: 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

o    Room: Main Events (Hall B)


— Stay tuned to for more details of what we've got coming for Anime Expo 2017 —