Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card Exclusive Bookshelves on BookWalker!

Been enjoying Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card, the new chapter of Sakura’s adventure? Well, here’s some good news for you! 

We’re celebrating the debut of volume 2 (on sale Febuary 27), and if you buy a digital copy of Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card on BookWalker, you’ll get exclusive BookWalker bookshelf skins featuring beautiful and rare color illustrations by Cardcaptor Sakura creators CLAMP! 

  

  

Each volumes comes with a unique bookshelf skin as a bonus item, so it makes you want to keep going back to get some more Sakura!
Click here to find out more details on how to download the bookshelf skins on BookWalker. 

This is a limited time offer which ends May 29, 2018.
So HURRY! Head over to BookWalker NOW!

Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card, volumes 1-2 available now from Kodansha Comics!
Check out the free preview!

Dragon Head is BACK + new digital manga series every week in March

Remember (or not) back in the days when manga was fairly new to all of us outside of Japan and we had no idea what to expect? We here at Kodansha Comics like to think we’re bringing back some those days of giddy manga discovery with our digital-first releases!

And to really turn back the clock, we’re happy to announce today the release of all of Minetaro Mochizuki’s 90s cult classic Dragon Head as a digital release, with with the entire tightly wound ten-volume run dropping February 27 at all of our partner digital book platforms. In addition—for one week only—Volume 1 of Dragon Head will be available for 99-cents on  BookWalkercomiXology, Google Play, iBooks, Kindle, Kobo, and nook.

Dragon Head by Minetaro Mochizuki
The Complete Series (Volumes 1-10) available now on digital!

The end of everyone was just the beginning … Returning home by train after a class trip, Teru Aoki takes a most frightening ride inside a mountain tunnel. When the train derails, nearly everyone aboard is killed. Amidst the bloody carnage, Teru discovers two survivors—but salvation is far from their grasp. As they try to dig out from the wreck in order to come up with a plan to stay alive, the lack of light and food, combined with the stench of death and decay, will lead one member of the group down a dark and demented path. And with sudden, violent earthquakes shaking the tunnel, escaping to the outside world may lead them to an even greater danger …

Originally released in English by TokyoPop, Dragon Head shocked readers used to lighter fare from the manga boom of 2000s and went on to become an underground classic. Publishers Weekly in a Starred Review called it “an emotionally and psychologically compelling drama that promises to be an unforgettable journey into darkness.” A relentless tour de force of disaster and psychedelia, it’s been long out of print, until now. Chapter 1 can be read for free here.

Are you ready? A digital debut every week!

There’s more. Dragon Head’s release kicks off a renewed barrage of digital-first manga releases from Kodansha Comics. Starting March 13, Kodansha Comics will be debuting one new digital manga series every week for the forseeable future. Great news for you readers with an undying thirst and curiosity for new manga!  Here’s 3 new series starting up in March: 

Starving Anonymous (debuting March 13) an intense dystopian horror thriller in the apocalyptic vein of Dragon Head and Attack on Titan, from the team that brought you zombie actioner Fort of Apocalypse.

Perfect World (debuting March 20) Rie Aruga’s touching drama about the romance that develops between an abled interior designer and her first love, whom she reencounters one day only to find he is wheelchair-bound.

Liar x Liar (debuting March 27) Renjuro Kindaichi’s devious romantic comedy about an off-kilter affair that’s kicked off by a high-school uniform and a case of mistaken identity!

More information about Kodansha Comics’s “digital-first” manga can be found here.

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Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon: The Musical —Le Mouvement Final— to debut in Canada and Australia in April!

Sailor Moon Musical to Premiere in Canada and Australia!

Update March 20: It’s been announced that Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon: The Musical -Le Mouvement Final- will be premiering at the selected theatres in Canada on April 4, followed by the premiere in Australia on April 5

For venue and ticket info, visit: sailormoonlive.com

The U.S. Premiere of the Sailor Moon Musical! 

Experience Sailor Moon like never before! Don’t miss your chance to see Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon: The Musical -Le Mouvement Final- on the big screen for the first time starting March 10

In Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon: The Musical-Le Mouvement Final, the filmed version of the Japanese musical, Usagi Tsukino says farewell to Mamoru Chiba as he is set to leave for school in America. As Usagi says goodbye, she faints, and a super idol group called the Three Lights appear to catch her fall. Meanwhile, new enemies—the “Shadow Galactica”—are calling themselves Sailor Guardians and are aiming to steal Sailor Crystals! A mysterious young girl named Chibi-Chibi and a new group of Sailor Guardians, called the Sailor Starlights, also appear, but are they friend or foe? Can Sailor Moon and the Sailor Guardians stop the Shadow Galactica before it’s too late?

Cosplay and singalong encouraged in theaters!

For venue and ticket info, visit: sailormoonlive.com

Don’t forget to follow @sailor_live  on Twitter!

Makoto Shinkai Bundle: read the manga by the creator of Your Name.

Kodansha Comics’ sibling publisher, Vertical Comics, has been publishing fine manga adaptations of the films of anime auteur Makoto Shinkai (of Your Name. fame) for some time now. And here’s a great way to enter that special world in one fell swoop: we’re launching the Makoto Shinkai Bundle, which includes 4 standalone manga based on Shinkai’s films, including the latest, Voices of a Distant Star!

The Makoto Shinkai Bundle is available on comiXology for $29.99 (a la carte price would be $47.88). But wait, that’s not all! To celebrate the bundle launch, we’re offerting a special promotion price of $19.99 for 1 week only! (Offer ends February 27) 

Makoto Shinkai Bundle
Check out which manga are in the bundle! 

 


Voices of a Distant Star 
By Makoto Shinkai, adapted by Mizu Sahara

You might remember this manga based on Shinkai’s first breakthrough film from 2003 from a previous edition published by TokyoPop. This new edition from Vertical comes with a new translation and lettering. 

Mikako Nagamine is recruited as a pilot to fight in an interstellar war against a force of alien invaders, leaving behind her one true love. Mikako’s only connection to Noboru Terao, who continues living the life of an ordinary student, is through cell phone text messages. As Mikako travels light years away, it takes longer and longer for Noboru to receive her messages, until finally one arrives eight years and seven months after she sent it …

Check out the free Chapter 1 preview…

By Makoto Shinkai, adapted by Tsubasa Yamaguchi

The manga adaptation of Makoto Shinkai’s early short film from 1999 about a woman who lives alone with her cat—now also an anime television series.

“It was the start of spring. It was raining. That was the day that she brought me home.”

This is the story of Miyu, a woman who lives alone with her cat, Chobi. As Miyu navigates the world of adulthood, she discovers both the freedom and loneliness that come with living independently, and Chobi learns of the outside world through her actions. Time drifts slowly for Miyu and her cat, but the harsh realities of the world soon catch up …

Check out the preview …


Garden of Words
By Makoto Shinkai, adapted by Midori Motohashi

The manga adaptation of Makoto Shinkai’s award winning film from 2013. 

Can a poem save your life?

Words are powerful. Insults and rumors can derail a career; a bit of encouragement can give someone the strength to pursue their dreams. When a high school boy skipping class to sketch shoe designs and a taciturn woman drinking a morning beer meet in a Tokyo park, they say little, but the woman bids farewell with an ancient tanka poem. Will the boy figure out the poem’s meaning—and its corresponding response—before it’s too late?

Read preview…

 


5 Centimeters Per Second
By Makoto Shinkai, adapted by Yukiko Seike

The manga adaptation of Makoto Shinkai’s award winning film from 2007. 

Takaki Tohno quickly befriends Akari Shinohara when she transfers to his school. They grow closer to each other due to similar interests and attitudes; for instance, they both prefer to stay inside during recess due to their constitutions. As a result, they form a strong bond. Upon ending their school year, Akari moves to Tochigi, due to her parents’ jobs. The two keep in contact by writing letters, but eventually begin to drift apart.

Read preview …

The Makoto Shinkai Bundle is available now on comiXology and BookWalker! 

Upcoming event: Emerald City Comic Con March 1-4!

Spring is the beginning—of con season! And Kodansha Comics is hittin’ the road to deliver good news and geek out on some new manga with the fans. Our first stop: Emerald City Comic Con. Going to be in Seattle, Washington March 1-4? If so, come on down and see us at our panel, because this one is going to be an interesting one … (And if not … check our coverage and announcements here at kodanshacomics.com!)

Panel title Kodansha Comics Got Weird Manga!
Panel time & place Saturday, March 3 3:00-4:00 p.m., TCC L3—Room 3
Description Didja know Kodansha Comics has launched dozens of new digital-first manga series like Tokyo Tarareba GirlsTo Your Eternity, Grand Blue Dreaming, and Toppu GP, offering an even more diverse and robust library of manga officially in English before it becomes available in print? This panel is your perfect chance to find out what’s going on and also add your two cents to our acquisition strategy. Ready to talk about far-fetched manga? Come to our panel and participate in the Q&A for a chance to win special prizes!

Update March 3 We made a few new licensing announcements at our Emerald City Comic Con panel!

Wotakoi: Love Is Hard for Otaku by Fujita

The awkward, romantic comedy manga about geeks in love that inspired the new anime! Can a professional man who’s secretly a hardcore gamer and a woman who’s secretly a fujoshi date without their hobbies getting in the way, or revealing each other’s secrets?

Narumi and Hirotaka are, by all appearances, a power couple. They’re young, good-looking professionals. But they have secrets from everyone but each other: They’re serious geeks! Narumi is a fujoshi, and Hirotaka’s a hardcore gamer. Their sweet, awkward love story started life as a webcomic before becoming a full-blown manga series by popular demand, and is about to become a major anime series!

• Volume 1 on sale April 17
• Extra-long book includes 2 Japanese volumes at $17.99!
​• New Anime from A-1 Pictures premiering in April 2018!

Attack on Titan Character Encyclopedia

From the brave warriors of the Survey Corps to the nameless villagers who end up as Titan chow, this detailed guide contains more than 200 entries on humans and others inside and outside the Walls.

Ever wondered about Eren Yeager’s birthday? Or wanted a collection of Connie’s dumbest word-salad moments? Are you taller than humanity’s strongest soldier Captain Levi? All those answers are within the pages of this collector’s dream guide, as well as a new interview with creator Hajime Isayama, all about the real-life inspiration for your favorite Attack on Titan characters. The book also includes the latest answers to the mysteries of the nine Titans in a brand-new section on the Titans with schematics and details.

• Birthdays, personal information, and other favorite moments of your favorite characters.
• Latest answers to the mysteries of the nine Titans.
• New interview with Hajime Isayama
• Anime Season 3 is coming soon in July 2018
• $10.99

Devils’ Line

Simulpub update! Devils’ Line from Vertical Comics will be joining the Kodansha Comics simpulpub lineup in April—with the newest chapter releasing on Crunchyroll Manga, comiXology, and Kindle on April 21, the same day it appears in Japan.

 

Romance is in the air: digital manga up to 50% off thru Feb 19!

What kind of love are you looking for? 
Romance season is ON! Looking for that special someone? Trying to plan a surprise for your sweetie? Or maybe you’re just looking for something more than plain ol’ “romance” per se … Hey, why don’t you get a clue from some manga 😉 

Starting February 6, Kodansha Comics is offering a whopping 67 romantic manga from all genres for up to 50% off at all of our digital-partner platforms: BookWalker, comiXology, Google Play, iBooks, Kindle, Kobo, and nook. This offer will last for 2 weeks (ends February 19)!

Been away from romance … or romance manga? We’ve picked up some of our recent favorites by powerhouse creators like Akiko Higashimura, Ema Toyama and Mari Yoshino. Check out the Chapter 1 previews and see if there’s something you like! 

Kodansha Comics Romance Manga Sale (February 6-February 19)
Click on links below for free Chapter 1 previews!

manga by Akiko Higashimura
Princess Jellyfish
Tokyo Tarareba Girls

manga by Ema Toyama
Aoba-kun’s Confessions
I Am Here!
Missions of Love

manga by Mari Yoshino
Beauty Bunny
Peach Heaven

manga by Taamo
House of the Sun
I’m in Love and It’s the End of the World

manga by Robico
My Little Monster
Our Precious Conversations

manga by Rin Mikimoto
Kiss Me at the Stroke of Midnight
Love’s Reach

manga by Jun Yuzuki 
Gakuen Prince
The Prince’s Black Poison

As seen as Anime
Aho-Girl
Appleseed Alpha
Clockwork Planet
5 Centimeters per Second
From the New World
Fuuka
The Garden of Words
Love and Lies
Love Hina
Negima!
Nemiga! Omnibus
Nodame Cantabille
School Rumble
A Silent Voice
Suzuka
The Gods Lie.
Tsuredure Children
Unlimited Fafnir
Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches
Your Lie in April

Shojo / Josei Romance
A Springtime with Ninjas
Black Panther and Sweet 16
Cosplay Animal
Drowning Love
The Full-Time Wife Escapist
Hotaru’s Way
Kigurumi Guardians
Kiss Him, Not Me!
LDK
Let’s Dance a Waltz
Living-Room Matsunaga-san
Lovesick Ellie
My Boyfriend in Orange
My Brother The Shut-In
The Prince in His Dark Days
Real Girl
Say I Love You.
Wake Up, Sleeping Beauty
That Wolf-Boy is Mine!

Shonen / Seinen Romance
Cage of Eden
Devils’ Line
Domestic Girlfriend
The Flowers of Evil
Forget Me Not
Happiness
I Want to Hold Aono-kun So Badly, I Could Die
Imperfect Girl
Magatsuki
My Wife is Wagatsuma-san
Mysterious Girlfriend X

Mitsurou Kubo’s manga are here at last!

Superstar creator Mitsurou Kubo (original concept and character designs for Yuri!!! on ICE) has two new manga from Kodansha Comics and Vertical!—a dramatic, funny, time-traveling high school story about what it means to cheer on a friend and a romantic comedy about love, coming of age, and hope … at age 30! Scroll down, or click on the cover, to read Chapter 1 of Moteki for free! 

Again!! volume 1 comes out February 27. Preorder your copy now!

Kinichiro Imamura isn’t a bad guy, really, but on the first day of high school his narrow eyes and bleached blonde hair made him look so shifty that his classmates assumed the worst. Three years later, without any friends or fond memories, he isn’t exactly feeling bittersweet about graduation. But after an accidental fall down a flight of stairs, Kinichiro wakes up three years in the past … on the first day of high school! Has he really gone back in time, or is this just a crazy dream? An encounter with an awkwardly eccentric fellow student might give Kinichiro the chance to live a different version of his dull high school life—if he can just bring himself to seize the chance …

 

 

Moteki volume 1 comes out April 3. Preorder your copy now!

Yukiyo Fujimoto’s life has been in a rut. He is about to turn thirty and has never held a steady job or had a girlfriend. And at a time when the prospects for hope seem at their lowest, suddenly his phone blows up! Out of the blue he is contacted by several women from his past! Yukiyo may seem to have many options now, but is he ready for love? And are any of these women? The stage for love might be set, but the time might only be right for him to finally grow up!

 

 

 

About Mitsurou Kubo
Mitsurou Kubo is a manga artist born in Nagasaki prefecture. Her series 3.3.7 Byoshi!! (2001-2003), Tokkyu!! (2004-2008), and Again!! (2011-2014) were published in Weekly Shonen Magazine, and Moteki (2008-2010) was published in the seinen comics magazine Evening. After the publication of Again!! concluded, she met Sayo Yamamoto, director of the global smash-hit anime Yuri!!! on ICE. Working with Yamamoto, Kubo contributed the original concept, original character designs, and initial script for Yuri!!! on ICE. Again!! is her first manga to be published in English.


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