Kodansha Comics Line-Wide Sale—biggest digital manga sale thru Jan 8

The biggest digital manga sale is here! 

Having post-Xmas withdrawal? No need for the blues, cuz the holiday season ain't quite over yet! Kodansha Comics and Vertical are still in a giving mood, and we're discounting every single digital book we publish (that's 1400+ volumes of manga!) up to 60% off at all of our digital-partner platforms: BookWalkercomiXology, Google Play, iBooks, Kindle, Kobo, and nook. Not only that, this offer will last for 2 weeks (ends January 8)!

Looking for the best way to use your gift cards? Use this sale as an excuse opportunity to check out that series you've always been curious about or start your digital manga library. We'll guarantee you'll get more bang for your buck! 

Check out the FULL LIST of manga on sale here!

 

Kodansha Comics Gift Guide 2017 Part 3: Manga from Me to You

Kodansha Comics Gift Guide 2017

Are  you  looking  for  the  perfect  gift  for  your  manga  loving  friends  and  family  this  holiday  season? Or perhaps you’re looking for the perfect series for someone who’s new to manga? With so many series to choose  from –from  shonen  to  shojo,  from  action-packed  series  to  drama-driven  ones,  from  series  for younger  readers  to  the  experienced fan –it  can  be hard to  choose  just  one  title  in  what  seems  like  an overwhelming sea of stories.

But never fear – Kodansha Comics’s got your back! Our Gift Guide is in full swing once again this year, and from classic tales to new fan favorites, we’ll help guide you to the perfect manga that’s sure to put a smile on someone’s –or your own –face!

 

Part 3: Manga from Me to You

There’s nothing quite like getting an amazing manga recommendation from someone – and then being able to bond with or make new friends when you discover you like the same series. But what could be better than getting a manga recommendation from the folks who help bring it to you? Our third, and final, part of our Gift Guide is a gift from us to you – our personal favorite staff picks! If you haven’t checked these series out already, we hope you come to love them as much as we do!

Aho-Girl (Ages 16+)

Emi Lotto, Assistant Production Manager

Life in 2017 is hard. We live in a world where none of us know what to believe, and you might think conscious engagement and critical thinking are for chumps. Well, you may be right. Let clueless high schooler Yoshiko Hanabatake offer you a master class in the life-changing magic of tidying up all those pesky thoughts that are stressing you out. You’ll learn to concern yourself with the important things, like where your next banana is coming from, or perfecting your sweet dance moves for the summer festival, or how to get your stick-in-the-mud crush to stop studying already and just come hit the beach with you. So grab a banana, turn on some Cutie Cure, and leave the rest to take care of itself. The unexamined life may be the only one worth living.

Aho-Girl Volumes 1 – 4 are available now!

 

Descending Stories: Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinju (Ages 16+)

Tiff Ferentini, Publishing Associate

I have manga to thank for cultivating a lifelong love and passion for many of my interests today – one of which is my love for Japanese history and culture. So naturally, with its dash of history, plot rooted in rakugo, and cast of incredibly compelling characters, I knew from the start that Descending Stories: Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinju would earn its place on my list of all-time favorite manga.

There’s so much going on in Descending Stories that it’s hard to pinpoint one single factor that draws me to the series. Haruko Kumota’s elegant art style and masterful story telling skills – which introduced me to an entertaining world engrained in Japanese culture like none I had discovered before – certainly were among the first things that caught my attention. But as the series progresses, I find myself more and more captivated by Rakugo’s diverse and deeply developed cast of characters – particularly Kikuhiko, and his complicated relationship with Sukeroku and Miyokichi.  Discovering your passion, your identity, who it is you exactly are, what it is that drives you, how you can live a life that is originally and uniquely your own – we see Kikuhiko grapple with and confront these challenges and more throughout the course of his life – a life which, thanks to Kumota, we get to see come full circle: starting from childhood, to his early days as a rakugo artist struggling with his craft, all the way to him being a well-established, seasoned veteran. It’s the kind of storytelling, character development, and relatability I’ve never quite seen before in a manga, and Kumota leaves me spellbound, constantly yearning for more – eager to turn the page, to grab the next volume, to dive deeper and deeper into Kiku’s story.   Take that, add some arguable, underlying commentary on gender and sexuality, and you have the ingredients to what kind of manga captivates me the most – an enchanting story driven by a real, complex protagonist; that tackles what it means to discover and drive oneself, and what it means to be human.

Descending Stories: Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinju Volumes 1 – 4 are available now!

 


Ichi-F: A Worker's Graphic Memoir of the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant (Ages 13+)

Stephen Pakula, Senior Production Manager

Out of all the manga we’ve had the pleasure of publishing in 2017, for me, personally, Ichi-F has been the most memorable project – as both a reader and a publisher. Kazuto Tatsuta’s humble, honest account of the clean-up efforts at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant following the 2011 Tohoku Earthquake is both fascinating and informative – offering truth and light on a topic often shrouded in fear and mystery. The English-language version of Ichi-F has also been adapted to read in a left-to-right reading format, allowing those who may be unfamiliar with manga, but who still want to read and learn more about the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, the accessibility to dive into Tatsuta’s story – of the challenging work, of the trials faced by the local citizens, and of the unique camaraderie that built up between the workers as they faced the invisible threat of radiation on a daily basis. 

Whether you’re looking to discover a new graphic memoir for yourself, long to read more nonfiction manga, or know someone who’s wanted to hear an authentic, candid, first-hand account of the aftermath at Fukushima, you’ll not want to miss checking out Ichi-F.

Ichi-F: A Worker's Graphic Memoir of the Fukushima Nuclear Power is available now in one single, complete volume!

 

Kigurumi Guardians (Ages 13+)

Lauren Scanlan. Editor 

My taste in manga has always been pretty divided — I love a good romance just as much as I enjoy a wacky adventure story. So when Kigurumi Guardians came into my life, I thought I’d died and gone to heaven. Fourteen-year-old Hakka is a fun, plucky protagonist, whose belief in her friends and in the goodness of all people makes me hope that she and her friends succeed against their evil adversaries. Her sassy kigurumi partner, Ginger, is a good foil to Hakka’s enthusiasm, protecting her from others and her own insecurities, when the need arises. The fact that he and the other kigurumi happen to turn into attractive men doesn’t hurt, either! Hoshino-sensei’s past as a BL-artist shines through in Kigurumi, with a host of good-looking men and women who straddle the line between sweet and sexy, though the plot keeps things fairly tame (so far!).

All in all, Kigurumi Guardians is a love letter to shojo manga, a goofy but earnest take on a adolescence, good vs. evil, and the magic of a kiss.

Kigurumi Guardians Volumes 1 – 3 are available now!

 

To Your Eternity (Ages 13+)

Ben Applegate, Publishing Director

There’s no other way to put it, so why beat around the bush: To Your Eternity is the best new manga of the year. It begins with a dying wolf pulling itself, bleeding and desperate, across a bleak Arctic landscape, but where it will end no one knows but Yoshitoki Oima, its creator. Only two volumes in, we’ve met and left behind characters, landscapes, entire villages. Oima is recognized as a brilliant artist and writer for her moving seven-volume series A Silent Voice, about a girl who can’t hear and the boy who bullied her. On its surface, To Your Eternity is as different from A Silent Voice as it could possibly be: With its spiritual (even theological) themes, unusual protagonist, and invented language, it is the very definition of “high concept.” But this is no dry treatise, nor is it some avant-garde experiment. This is a manga about things we all experience: survival, friendship, loneliness, loyalty, grief, growing up. And it’s on this level – the level of “feels” – that fans of A Silent Voice will love To Your Eternity. It is both epic and intimate in a way that’s highly reminiscent of the work of the God of Manga, Osamu Tezuka, who was also fond of reincarnation as a device to take the reader on a journey and show how humanity is united by our capacity for struggle and love. It’s a message we all need to hear.

To Your Eternity Volumes 1 – 2 are available now!

 

Wake Up, Sleeping Beauty (Ages 16+)

Haruko Hashimoto, Editor

A love story isn't complete without a ghost. I stand by that. But first, this manga immediately drew me in with its impeccable, polished art. Morino captures the character’s emotions so well in their expressions and eyes, whether it’s fear, ambivalence, compassion, or anger. It's my favorite take on shojo art styles right now. Her covers and color pages just stopped me in my tracks—they look like high-quality movie stills.

 

What I stayed for, is the earnestness of the characters, particularly our protagonist: a teenager named Tetsu. The story opens with him working really hard as a part-time housekeeper at a huge estate, taking care of his two little sisters, and quitting his beloved soccer team to focus on making ends meet. When he meets Shizu, the daughter of his wealthy employers, she is secreted away in a secluded building, and he realizes something isn’t right. Shizu doesn’t remember much, and never feels like she’s all there.

This story is about two kids trying their best to be honest with their fears and shortcomings. They grow on their own terms, and while it can be brutal, there are truly heartwarming moments. At times, it is also heartbreaking to see how much emotional labor Tetsu takes on and processes. Though, it is refreshing to see a male protagonist in a shojo manga finally do that, while also balancing loads of domestic labor. Of course, this story’s also about ghosts. And honestly, some of the ghosts are doing the best they can.

 

While there’s a good sprinkling of hijinks and light-hearted humor, this story is still grounded well in reality, which is why I got so invested. For one, Morino takes the difficult question of Shizu’s mental health status and adds a filter of the supernatural around it. While Morino writes a seemingly hollow character in Shizu (who comes in and out of consciousness as separate personalities), the author is explicit about how wrong it is to exploit someone who may often be very uncertain of themselves—a relatable trait which Tetsu shares. Throughout the series, Shizu grows immensely, maintaining her own agency in powerful moments. Tetsu is an encourager and a witness to that, while also confronting his own inner demons. Morino’s ability to write intimate, interior moments so genuinely is my favorite part of this story. It’s the reason why I read manga at all.

If you checked out last year’s staff picks, you probably already know how I describe my favorites. And it’s true for Wake Up, Sleeping Beauty as well: This got some real certified emotional tears from me. I’ve cried at several key scenes. Read it and guess which parts!!! It’s short and sweet at only 6-volumes (like my other ugly cry faves: A Silent Voice and That Wolf-Boy is Mine!).

Wake Up, Sleeping Beauty Volume 1 is available now!

 

This wraps it up for our Gift Guide series this year! We hope we’ve given you plenty of ideas for what to wrap up for your loved ones – and put on your own wish list!

All of us at Kodansha Comics wish you a safe and happy holiday. Thank you for helping us make 2017 a great year to read manga – we can’t wait to give you more in the New Year!

Japan Crate x Attack on Titan: Get your snacks on for the new year!

Mission: Get your Attack on Titan-themed snack crate available from Japan Crate in January! 

It ain’t easy being a foot soldier in the world of Attack on Titan. You’re constantly on reckless missions in the open field where man-eating giants roam, while worrying about losing your friends, or worse, that they turn against you! Under such extreme conditions, ya gotta eat!

Luckily, Japan Crate is here to deliver delicious and (sometimes) unexpected snacks straight from Japan! Like a field ration, a box full of goodies should come in handy when you’re in a tight spot against hunger during lookout duty … or while manga binge-reading. And don’t forget the favorite snacks of your favorite characters from Attack on Titan—they’re all included in the “Attack on January” Japan Crate.

Attack on Titan themed Premium Crate include: 
・Limited Edition Attack on Titan skinned crate
・Attack on Titan x Japan Crate collaboration booklet
・Collectible Card with download code for the Attack on Titan Anthology

HURRY! Time is running out! 
To get the Attack on Titan x Japan Crate, you have to subscribe to Japan Crate by December 31, 2017*! For more info on the subscription, check out their website
*While supplies last. 

When you complete your mission…
When you get your Attack on Titan x Japan Crate in January 2018, post your loot (and happy face!) on social media to share your experience with your friends! Also, be sure to keep your eyes on Japan Crate's Twitter and Facebook  for special giveaways! 

Good luck, soldiers! 

 

 

Fall Anime Season Finale Sale—digital manga volumes up to 50% off! (ends 12/25)

Kodansha Comics brought some serious heat to the Fall 2017 anime season—in particular Welcome to the Ballroom, Inuyashiki, and Land of the Lustrous raised the bar of CGI anime, for one thing, and actualized the imaginative world of manga. 

This week's Fall Anime Season Finale Sale features those most recently anime-ated series and puts them at a 50% discount at all of our digital retail channelsBookWalkercomiXology, Google Play, iBooks, Kindle, Kobo, and nook. Sale ends December 25! 

2017 Summer Anime Season Finale Sale 
— Read free full Chapter 1s at the links —

Altair: A Record of Battle — watch the anime on Anime Strike 
Elegant Yokai Apartment Life — watch the anime on Crunchyroll
Hozuki's Coolheadedness — watch the anime on HIDIVE
Inuyashiki — watch the anime on Anime Strike 
Land of Lustrous — watch the anime on Anime Strike 
UQ Holder — watch the anime on Anime Strike 
Welcome to the Ballroom — watch the anime on Anime Strike 

Did you find your favorite anime here? Check out the manga to find out what happens next in the series! 

Check out #KCAnimeClub Manga to Anime Guide for more info ! 


 

Kodansha Comics Gift Guide 2017 Part 2: Coming Soon to a Bookshelf Near You

Kodansha Comics Gift Guide 2017

Are  you  looking  for  the  perfect  gift  for  your  manga  loving  friends  and  family  this  holiday  season? Or perhaps you’re looking for the perfect series for someone who’s new to manga? With so many series to choose  from –from  shonen  to  shojo,  from  action-packed  series  to  drama-driven  ones,  from  series  for younger  readers  to  the  experienced fan –it  can  be hard to  choose  just  one  title  in  what  seems  like  an overwhelming sea of stories.

But never fear – Kodansha Comics’s got your back! Our Gift Guide is in full swing once again this year, and from classic tales to new fan favorites, we’ll help guide you to the perfect manga that’s sure to put a smile on someone’s –or your own –face!

Part 2: Coming Soon to a Bookshelf Near You

There’s no better time than the holidays to give someone the gift of manga – especially if you can find a favorite series in a brand-new edition or complete box set. This season, Kodansha Comics has an epic line-up of boxsets and deluxe releases – perfect for holiday gift giving now, or a belated present for yourself later if you hit the preorder button! Check out Part 2 of our Holiday Gift Guide: Coming Soon to a Bookshelf Near You for boxsets and deluxe editions that you can cuddle up with and read all winter long.

A Silent Voice Box Set (Ages 13+)

What’s it About? Shoya is a bully. When Shoko, a girl who can’t hear, enters his elementary school class, she becomes their favorite target, and Shoya and his friends goad each other into devising new tortures for her. But the children’s cruelty goes too far. Shoko is forced to leave the school, and Shoya ends up shouldering all the blame. Six years later, the two meet again. Can Shoya make up for his past mistakes, or is it too late?

Why’s it Good? Since its release, A Silent Voice has become one of the most critically-acclaimed manga of the decade, earning an Eisner nomination, accolades from teachers and the American Library Association, and even making The New York Times manga bestsellers list. Now rereleased in a premium, collectible box set, the A Silent Voice Box Set not only includes all seven volumes of this beloved manga, but also an exclusive, double-sided 10-by-15-inch poster and a replica of Shoko's communication notebook. It makes the perfect gift for veteran fans of the series or new manga fans who are just starting their manga journey!

A Silent Voice Box Set is out December 19 – preorder yours today!

 

Attack on Titan: No Regrets Complete Color Edition (Age 16+)

What’s it About? In Attack on Titan, Erwin Smith and Captain Levi are an inseparable duo, the calculating brain and pumping heart of the Survey Corps. But years earlier, the young Erwin was an ambitious military ladder-climber and political prodigy, while Levi lived in another world under the elite’s feet, the Underground. In this place, humans are born and die surrounded by the garbage the Capital throws away, and only the lucky or the ruthless have a chance to emerge onto the surface and see the sun. Under a fierce exterior, Levi longs for a life of dignity for himself and his friends, while Erwin’s lifelong obsession with the Titans drives him to depths of moral ambiguity. The two men’s collision course will lead to tension, tragedy, and the greatest team of Titan-fighters humanity will ever know.

Why’s it Good? When it was first released, Attack on Titan: No Regrets gave fans the long-awaited origin story of Levi and Erwin, two of Attack on Titan’s most beloved characters. Attack on Titan: No Regrets Complete Color Edition not only bounds the two-volume prequel into a single, 400-page deluxe hardcover in glorious full color, but also includes never-before-published bonus stories and brand-new illustrations. Even if you’ve read No Regrets before, getting to experience the story of Captain Levi is gorgeous full color, along with brand-new bonus content from No Regrets artist Hikaru Suruga, is something no die-hard Attack on Titan fan is going to want to miss.

Attack on Titan: No Regrets Complete Color Edition is available now!

 

Fairy Tail Day Planner (Ages 13+)

What’s it About? A day planner for Fairy Tail guild members: students, grown-ups, and S-class wizards alike!

Why’s it Good? If it’s one thing that Fairy Tail has taught us, it’s that nothing lives longer than the powerful bond of friendship! The Fairy Tail manga may be coming to a close, but you can still rep your Fairy Tail pride with this epic day planner, full of color Fairy Tail illustrations, cute chibi drawings, and a bonus manga by creator Hiro Mashima that you can’t read anywhere else! Individual day sheets allow you to add your own dates, so you can start and use this planner whenever you’d like – perfect for students throughout the academic year and older Fairy Tail fans alike!

 

Fairy Tail Day Planner is out January 23 – preorder yours today!

 

 

 

The Ghost in the Shell Deluxe Complete Box Set (Ages M)

What’s it About? Deep into the twenty-first century, the line between man and machine has been blurred as humans rely on the enhancement of mechanical implants and robots are upgraded with human tissue. In this rapidly converging landscape, cyborg superagent Major Motoko Kusanagi is charged to track down the craftiest and most dangerous terrorists and cybercriminals, including “ghost hackers” who are capable of exploiting the human/machine interface and reprogramming humans to become puppets to carry out the hackers’ criminal ends.

Why’s it Good? The Ghost in the Shell Deluxe Editions gave international The Ghost in the Shell fans the opportunity to read the series in its original, right-to-left format with Japanese sound effects for the first time ever, and now those beautiful hardcover, definitive editions are available in one complete set. If you missed out on getting your Deluxe Editions before, don’t miss your chance to get this complete collector’s box set – which includes a collectible lithograph by creator Shirow Masamune.

The Ghost in the Shell Deluxe Complete Box Set is out December 19 – preorder yours today!

 

Sailor Moon Eternal Edition (Ages 13+)

What’s it About? Teenager Usagi is not the best athlete, she’s never gotten good grades, and, well, she’s a bit of a crybaby. But when she meets a talking cat, she begins a journey that will teach her she has a well of great strength just beneath the surface and the heart to inspire and stand up for her friends as Sailor Moon! As Sailor Moon, Usagi must fight evil and enforce justice, in the name of the Moon and the mysterious Moon Princess

Why’s it Good? There’s no better way to enjoy the greatest magical girl manga of all time that in a definitive, premium edition – fit for a moon princess! Featuring all-new cover illustrations by creator Naoko Takeuchi, a glittering holographic coating, an extra-large trim size, premium paper, French flaps, and a newly-revised translation, Sailor Moon Eternal Edition makes the perfect gift for Sailor Moon fans young and old.

Sailor Moon Eternal Edition 1 is out January 30 – preorder your copy today!

 

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

Kodansha Comics to the Rescue Sale! Digital manga 50% off (ends 12/18)

“Rescues”—formerly out-of-print titles 
It happens, but sometimes printed titles are no longer available: they go “out of print.” As part of our digital-first lineup, Kodansha Comics is starting to bring those title back—as digital “rescues” so they can be discovered by new generations of manga fans.

This week, we're putting those rescued manga up for adoption … or better yet, up to 50% off at all our digital retail partners: BookWalkercomiXology, Google Play, iBooks, Kindle, Kobo, and nook. Sale runs through December 18! 

— Kodansha Comics to the Rescue Sale! — 
all volumes up to 50% off through December 18

Air Gear
Air Gear Omnibus
Gakuen Prince
Mushishi
Nodame Cantabile
NOiSE
Parasyte
Neo-Parasyte f

Neo-Parasyte m
Princess Resurrection
Pumpkin Scissors

Rave Master
Sayonara Zetsubou-Sensei
School Rumble
Suzuka
Yagyu Ninja Scrolls
Yozakura Quartet

Feeling nostalgia for a rescue title? Give one a try as a refresher! 

 

 

 

 

Kodansha Comics Gift Guide 2017 Part 1: Classic Crusaders

Kodansha Comics Gift Guide 2017

Are  you  looking  for  the  perfect  gift  for  your  manga  loving  friends  and  family  this  holiday  season? Or perhaps you’re looking for the perfect series for someone who’s new to manga? With so many series to choose  from –from  shonen  to  shojo,  from  action-packed  series  to  drama-driven  ones,  from  series  for younger  readers  to  the  experienced fan –it  can  be hard to  choose  just  one  title  in  what  seems  like  an overwhelming sea of stories.

But never fear – Kodansha Comics’s got your back! Our Gift Guide is in full swing once again this year, and from classic tales to new fan favorites, we’ll help guide you to the perfect manga that’s sure to put a smile on someone’s –or your own –face!

Part 1: Classic Crusaders
The first part of our Gift Guide is: Classic Crusaders! Wherever your favorite manga genre or series may lie, it’s hard to go wrong with a good classic. Complete your classic manga collection or find a great gift for a friend who’s a first time manga reader with these five definitive series!

 

Akira 35th Anniversary Box Set

What’s it About? In a not-so distant future, Tokyo has been annihilated by a blast of unknown origin that triggered World War III, and the city has been rebuilt as Neo-Tokyo. The lives of two streetwise teenage friends, Tetsuo and Kaneda, change forever when paranormal abilities begin to waken in Tetsuo, making him a target for a shadowy agency that will stop at nothing to prevent another catastrophe like the one that leveled Tokyo. At the core of the agency’s motivation is a raw, all-consuming fear of an unthinkable, monstrous power known only as Akira.

Why’s it Good? Akira has become a definitive, cult manga classic for readers in both Japan and abroad – and for good reason. When the series was first released in English, the pages were presented in a flipped, left-to-right reading format and fully colored to appeal to an American, comics-reading audience – introducing manga to the foreign reader in ways in which no one had seen before. The stunning science fiction masterpiece has since become to be considered the finest work of graphic fiction ever produced, and the animated film version is regarded worldwide as a classic.

The Akira 35th Anniversary Box Set gives English-language readers, for the first-time, the opportunity to experience Akira as the author originally intended. With the original Japanese art and right-to-left reading format preserved, along with Otomo’s hand-drawn sound effects, this limited edition boxset houses all six-volumes of Akira, plus the Akira Club artbook, in beautifully bound hardcover editions. Whether you’ve been a longtime fan of Akira, or have just been waiting for the right time to delve into this classic series, this is one boxset you don’t want to miss.

The Akira 35th Anniversary Box Set is available now!

 

 

Battle Angel Alita Deluxe Edition

What’s it About? Far beneath the shimmering space-city of Zalem lie the trash-heaps of The Scrapyard. Here, cyber-doctor and bounty hunter Daisuke Ido finds the head and torso of an amnesiac cyborg girl. He names her Alita and vows to fill her life with beauty, but in a moment of desperation, a fragment of Alita’s mysterious past awakens in her. She discovers that she possesses uncanny prowess in the legendary martial art known as panzerkunst. With her newfound skills, Alita decides to become a hunter-warrior – tracking down and taking out those who prey on the weak. But can she hold onto her humanity in the dark and gritty world of The Scrapyard?

Why’s it Good? Renowned as a cyberpunk classic, Battle Angel Alita made waves when it was first released in English over ten years ago (Brendan Fletcher, creator of Motor Crush, writes the introduction for Volume 1, and even discusses the pivotal role Alita and Yukito Kishiro played in influencing his career).  After more than a decade out of print, this action classic returns in glorious 400-page, 2-in-1 hardcover deluxe editions, featuring an all-new translation, color pages, an extended trim size, and new cover designs. Whether you want to revisit or complete your collection for the first time, or if you’re looking for an epic sci-fi series for a friend, Battle Angel Alita will give you a unique science fiction world you’ll want to explore.

Battle Angel Alita Deluxe 1 is available now! Be sure to collect all volumes before the theatrical movie release next summer!

 

 

 

Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card

What’s it About? Sakura Kinomoto’s about to start middle school, and everything’s coming up cherry blossoms. Not only has she managed to recapture the scattered Clow Cards and make them her own Sakura Cards, but her sweetheart Syaoran Li has moved from Hong Kong to Tokyo and is going to be in her class! But her joy is interrupted by a troubling dream in which the cards turn transparent, and when Sakura awakens to discover her dream has become reality, it’s clear that her magical adventures are far from over…

Why’s it Good? If you got into manga reading in the 90s, chances are you read CLAMP’s classic Cardcaptor Sakura. The series had a little bit of everything – fantasy, action, adventure, romance, and was praised by Anime News Network for “taking what had become an incredibly stale and repetitive genre and turned it on its ear, providing something fun, clever, beautifully animated, touching and exciting all at once.” Clear Card picks up exactly where Cardcaptor Sakura left off, and naturally reintroduces us back into the series and its beloved characters. If you’re looking for some nostalgia this holiday season, you’ll definitely want to revisit this sweet, magical classic.

Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card 1 is out December 19 – preorder your copy today!

 

 

 

Ghost in the Shell READ ME: 1995 –2017

What’s it About? The definitive history of the most influential cyberpunk anime of all time! This beautiful, color hardcover guide begins with the seminal feature that inspired The Matrix and many other films, comics, and novels, and ends with the live-action Hollywood adaptation starring Scarlett Johansson. Follow the franchise that made manga master Shirow Masamune, legendary director Mamoru Oshii, and the studio Production I.G the legends they are today.

Why’s it Good? If you’re looking for the perfect gift for a Ghost in the Shell fan, then look no further than Ghost in the Shell READ ME. Featuring In-depth interviews, stunning concept art, and tales of behind-the-scenes triumphs and near-tragedies from the 22-year history of The Ghost in the Shell, README covers everything from the original anime through the award-winning sequel Innocence and the global smash hit TV adaptation Stand Alone Complex, all the way up to 2017, with the release of the new live-action film from Paramount Pictures.

Ghost in the Shell READ ME: 1995 –2017 is available now!

 

 

 

 

 

Neo Parasyte m

What’s it About? They look like us. They feed on us. They’re parasites – alien creatures with one directive: take human form via a host and destroy the human race from within. First seen in Hiroshi Iwaaki’s classic science fiction horror manga Parasyte, these terrifying creatures are revisited and reinvented in 12 brand-new stories drawn by some of today’s greatest shonen and seinen manga artists. But no matter who they choose as their hosts—from militia men to the seemingly sweet elderly—one thing is for certain: no one is safe from the parasites …

Why’s it Good? Whether you’re a veteran fan of Hiroshi Iwaaki’s original manga, or you’re just looking for an exciting, new manga anthology to dive into, Neo Parasyte m is the perfect fit. The collection starts out strong with a piece by classic manga artist Moto Hagio, and features Kodansha Comics fan favorite artists such as Hiro Mashima, PEACH-PIT, Hiroki Endo, and more. Neo Parasyte m provides a fantastic introduction to the world of the parasites, even for first time fans, and is a collection you won’t be able to help sinking your teeth into.

Neo Parasyte m is available now!

 

 

 

 

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

Kodansha Comics Gift Guide for 2017 Holiday Season!

The Kodansha Comics Gift Guide for 2017 Holiday Season!

Are  you  looking  for  the  perfect  gift  for  your  manga  loving  friends  and  family  this  holiday  season? Or perhaps you’re looking for the perfect series for someone who’s new to manga? With so many series to choose  from –from  shonen  to  shojo,  from  action-packed  series  to  drama-driven  ones,  from  series  for younger  readers  to  the  experienced fan –it  can  be hard to  choose  just  one  title  in  what  seems  like  an overwhelming sea of stories.

But never fear – Kodansha Comics’s got your back! Our Gift Guide is in full swing once again this year, and from classic tales to new fan favorites, we’ll help guide you to the perfect manga that’s sure to put a smile on someone’s –or your own –face!

 

Part 1: Classic Crusaders

The first part of our Gift Guide is: Classic Crusaders! Wherever your favorite manga genre or series may lie, it’s hard to go wrong with a good classic. Complete your classic manga collection or find a great gift for a friend who’s a first time manga reader with these five definitive series! Read More…


 

 


Part 2: Coming Soon to a Bookshelf Near You

There’s no better time than the holidays to give someone the gift of manga – especially if you can find a favorite series in a brand-new edition or complete box set. This season, Kodansha Comics has an epic line-up of boxsets and deluxe releases – perfect for holiday gift giving now, or a belated present for yourself later if you hit the preorder button! Check out Part 2 of our Holiday Gift Guide: Coming Soon to a Bookshelf Near You for boxsets and deluxe editions that you can cuddle up with and read all winter long. Read More…

 

Part 3: Manga from Me to You

There’s nothing quite like getting an amazing manga recommendation from someone – and then being able to bond with or make new friends when you discover you like the same series. But what could be better than getting a manga recommendation from the folks who help bring it to you? Our third, and final, part of our Gift Guide is a gift from us to you – our personal favorite staff picks! If you haven’t checked these series out already, we hope you come to love them as much as we do!

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

Fantasy Manga Sale! + 2 digital debuts: Ayanashi and Drifting Dragons

We love Fantasy Manga!
An awesome supernatural power? Check. Steampunk technology? Check. Mythological creatures that tries to eat you? Check! Yes, we all love the world of fantasy where anything and everything goes!

This week, as a part of Kodansha Comics' holiday surprise, we are launching two brand-new fantasy manga: Ayanashi and Drifting Dragons! 

 
Click on the cover to read Chapter 1!

And to celebrate further, we're opening up the vault and unleashing a host of Kodansha Comics' best fantasy series with our I Love Fantasy digital manga sale—where you get up to 50% offf at all our digital retail partners: BookWalker, comiXology, Google Play, iBooks, Kindle, Kobo, and nook. Sale runs through December 11!

— I Love Fantasy Sale — 
all volumes up to 50% off through December 11

Drifting Dragons 
Ayanashi 
Fairy Tail
Fairy Girls
Fairy Tail Blue Mistral
Fairy Tail Ice Trail
Fairy Tail Rhodonite
Fairy Tail Twin Dragons of Saber Tooth
Fairy Tail Zero
Fairy Tail S
Monster Soul
Rave Master
UQ Holder!
Negima! Omnibus
Negmia!
Negiho
Altair: A Record of Battles
Amefurashi
Animal Land
Cage of Eden
Clockwork Planet
Frau Faust
Fire Force
The Ghost and the Lady
The Heroic Legend of Arslan
Hozuki’s Coolheadedness
Kigurumi Guardians
Land of the Lustrous
Livingstone
Magatsuki
Shugo Chara!
Shugo Chara Chan!
That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime
To The Abandoned Sacred Beasts
To Your Eternity
Tokyo Mewmew Omnibus
Tokyo Mewmew A La Mode
Unlimited Fafnir
Vinland Saga
Witchcraft Works
Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches

Did you find the fantasy manga that interests you? Try it out on digital first, and see if you like it!