Battle Angel Alita x The Ghost in the Shell: classic manga in ONE bundle!

Battle Angel Alita and The Ghost in the Shell are some of the best know manga from Kodansha Comics. Maybe you recognize these titles from the the classic anime—or maybe from the hype around the new live-action movies. But maybe it’s time to go back to the source? If you haven’t got around to checking out the manga until now, consider yourself in luck, cos that means you’ve got some awesome reads ahead of you! Not only that, for this week only, comiXology is exclusively offering unique digital manga bundles and crazy discounts! Sale ends 4/9/2018. 

Ghost in the Shell Universe Bundle
The Ghost in the Shell, the originals series, volumes 1-3
Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex, volumes 1-5
Regular Price: $101.92
Bundle Price: $49.99

Click on the covers to read chapter 1 previews!

Battle Angel Alita Universe Bundle
Battle Angel Alita, the original series, volumes 1-9
Battle Angel Alita: Last Orderomnibus 1-5 (continues volumes 1-15)+ volumes 16-19
Battle Angel Alita: Mars Chronicle, volume 1
Regular Price: $242.82
Bundle Price: $149.99













Click on the covers to read chapter 1 previews!

Battle Angel Alita x The Ghost in the Shell Bundle
ALL of Battle Angel Alita and The Ghost in the Sell Universe in ONE bundle for super discount price!

Regular Bundle Price: $199.99
Discounted Bundle Price: $99.99
Sale ends 4/9/2018.

Not sure about deep-diving into all these books at once? Not to worry! You can start out with reading just one volume!
All of the manga mentioned above are individually on sale up to 50% off! Sale ends 4/9/2018. 

Upcoming Events: Anime Boston, Anime Matsuri, Sakura-Con, and C2E2!

Time for a good old-fashioned American otaku road trip! In the coming weeks of March and April, Kodansha Comics and Vertical will be criss-crossing the country and could come to an anime/comics convention near you! Check the list of events and activities below to see if we’ll see you there …

Can’t go? Not close enough? Don’t worry! You’ll be able to catch what’s happening at the shows—and all the new announcements we’ll make—right here at!

Anime Boston (Boston, MA) March 30-April 1

Vertical Comics Industry Panel
Friday, March 30, 4:30-5:30 p.m. in Constitution 2 (Sheraton)

From the publishers of BLAME!, Monogatari series, Devils’ Line, Ajin: Demi-Human, Pop Team Epic and more. Come join us as we talk about new and upcoming manga churning out of the Vertical factory. PLUS join us for the launch of a new series, CITY, from the creator of the hit manga series ‘nichijou’. There will be a special commemorative item for all that attend.

Celebrating the launch of CITY by Keiichi Arawi (creator of nichijou), Vertical Comics is giving away one of the CITY buttons at the Vertical Comics Industry Panel (Friday, March 30, 4:30-5:30 p.m.) The second buttons will be gift with purchase of CITY volume 1 at Comicopia Booth (#100) during Anime Boston!* 

*While supplies last. 

Again x Moteki Buttons Giveaway
From Mitsurou Kubo, one of the minds behind Yuri!!! on ICE, comes two brand new manga titles, Again!! (Kodansha Comics) and Moteki (Vertical Comics). For fans attending Anime Boston and Sakura-Con, we created special buttons which you can get FREE with purchase of Again!! or Moteki manga. Head over to Comicopia (booth #100) for Anime Boston and Kinokuniya (booth #905) for Sakura-Con to collect your buttons!!* 

*While supplies last. 

Sakura-Con (Seattle, WA) March 30-April 1

Celebrate Sakura’s Birthday! 

All weekend at Crunchyroll Booth (#635)

April 1 is the birthday of our favorite magical girl–– Sakura Kinomoto from Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card! Come and celebrate Sakura’s birthday with all the fans at Crunchyroll Booth (#635)!

Come and write your own special birthday message to Sakura on a giant 6-ft birthday card! You can also take a picture at the special photo op where you can become your own Clow Card!

Plus Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card newest volume 3 (in store April 10) will be available at the show as pre-street at Crunchyroll Booth (#635) and Kinokuniya Booth (#905)!

Again x Moteki Buttons Giveaway
Get your special buttons for FREE with purchase of Again!! or Moteki manga at Kinokuniya (booth #905) in Sakura-Con! 

Anime Matsuri (Houston, TX) March 29-April 1

Moon Castle: Official Sailor Moon Formal Party
Thursday, March 29, 6:00-9:00 p.m. at Marriott Marquis Houston

Bond with fans from all over the world in this one of a kind, Official Sailor Moon Formal Party with Special Guests Fumio Osano and Chiaki Kon and many others. The Moon Castle awaits you in your most magical looks.

Dinner will be served. Formal attire or cosplay is required. See rules on the ticket page.


Official Sailor Moon Panel
Saturday, March 31, 2:00-3:00 p.m. at General Assembly (GRB Convention Center, 3F)

Join the Special Guests Fumio Osano (Japanese manga editor of Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon) and Chiaki Kon (Director of anime Sailor Moon Crystal) for the official Sailor Moon Panel!

UPDATE March 31, 2018: It’s been announced that Sailor Moon Eternal Edition is coming soon in September 2018, along with the reveal of  the details of the new features:
・All-new cover illustrations by creator Naoko Takeuchi
・All-new translation
・A glittering holographic coating
・Extra-large, premium paper
・French flaps

Behold! Check out the new trailer of Sailor Moon Eternal Edition

Click here to pre-order Sailor Moon Eternal Edition (coming September 2018) NOW! 


C2E2 (Chicago, IL) April 6-9

Attack on Titan Publishing Panel with Quirk Books and Kodansha Comics
Friday, April 6, 6:45-7:45 p.m. in Room S403

With Attack on Titan anime season 3 coming this July, it’s an exciting time to be a Titan fan! Join Quirk Books for an exclusive peek at the new upcoming Attack on Titan story Garrison Girl, while Kodansha Comics will reveal the designs for the upcoming Attack on Titan manga box sets and more! The author of Garrison Girl, Rachel Aaron, will be on the panel to answer your questions, along with the editor of the English-language AoT manga. Plus, win free books and promo items straight from Japan!

Kodansha Comics Panel featuring Ghost in the Shell, Sailor Moon, and Again!!
Saturday, April 7, 3:00-4:00 p.m. at Room S403

Join Japan’s biggest publisher for an exciting look at new manga for 2018 and 2019! Attendees will be the first to see completed art from the new comics anthology The Ghost in the Shell: Global Neural Network, featuring Brenden Fletcher (Motor Crush), Alex de Campi (Mayday), Giannis Milonogiannis (Prophet), and other talented creators. Plus, exciting announcements for fans awaiting the final volumes of Battle Angel Alita Deluxe Edition and Princess Jellyfish, and the chance to win free books and promo items from Japan!


Update April 7:  Kodansha Comics had made new licensing announcements at C2E2!

Garrison Girl cover revealed!

This August, Quirk Books will publish the first-ever English-language original Attack on Titan prose novel, Garrison Girl: An Attack on Titan Novel (Quirk Books; August 7, 2018) by Rachel Aaron, author of the Heartstrikers series.













For more info on Garrison Girl, visit Quirk Books’ website!


Attack on Titan Manga Box Sets with new designs and bonuses!

Attack on Titan Season 1 Part 1

Contains volumes 1-4, plus two exclusive sticker sheets! On sale April 24!


Attack on Titan Season 1 Part 2

Contains volumes 5-8, plus two exclusive sticker sheets! On sale June 12!

Attack on Titan Season 2

Contains volumes 9-12, plus a large-sized, exclusive poster! On sale July 31! 

Click here for more info on Attack on Titan Manga Box Sets! 


Battle Angel Alita: Holy Night and Other Stories

The book fans have been waiting for! The short stories in this collection were published in Japanese from 1997 to 2006, but have never been collected in English until now!

Nearly 300 pages of never-before-seen Alita stories, hardcover, plus exclusive extras!  On sale October 2018!

Battle Angel Alita Deluxe Complete Box Set

The entire original Battle Angel Alita series in beautiful hardcover, plus the Holy Night short story collection, AND a box design and exclusive premium art print featuring new, original art by creator Yukito Kishiro, to be revealed soon!  On sale November 2018!

The Akira 35th Anniversary Box Set returns this July!

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 Ghost in the Shell: Global Neural Network

Original stories based on the landmark manga by:

Max Gladstone & David López

Alex de Campi & Giannis Milonogiannis

Brenden Fletcher & LRNZ

Genevieve Valentine & Khoi Pham

pinup art by Becky Cloonan

covers by Dustin Nguyen & Stéphanie Hans

Get the early EXCLUSIVE PREMIERE COMIC—one full, 48-page story—at your local comic shop on Free Comic Book Day, May 5!




Real Girl sale! Digital manga up to 50% off until March 26

When there’s an anime adaptation of our manga, it’s a big deal for us! Especially if it’s an anime of a good shojo manga! For the Spring 2018 anime season starting in April, look for Real Girl  (a.k.a. “3D Kanojo”), our hit digital-first series about a relationship between an otaku boy who’s stuck in the 2-dimensional world, and his IRL “3D girlfriend”!

Celebrating the upcoming anime, for one week only, we’re offering Real Girl volumes 1-12—which comprises the complete series—up to 50% off on all digital platforms: BookWalkercomiXology, Google Play, iBooks, Kindle, Kobo, and nook. As always, when you’re curious about what the story is about before the anime comes out, check out the manga first!

Real Girl by Mao Nanami
Hikari Tsutsui (a.k.a “Tsuttsun”) is a high school student who is content with his virtual life of anime and video games. One day, he gets stuck cleaning the pool with Iroha, a real live girl who is stylish, sassy and known to be easy with boys … and she aggressively approaches him! Tsuttsun, who has few friends and lives in his own world, finds himself smitten by the confident and wild Iroha … and his whole world is turned upside down!! It’s the awkward and pure love story of a boy who experiences relationship for the first time.

Read all of Chapter 1 right here:

Real Girl  the complete manga series (volumes 1-12) is available on all digital platforms! 
Real Girl anime first episode airing April 3! 

Attack on Titan Manga app users!

From the bottom of our hearts, thank you for using the Attack on Titan Manga app! It’s been a great ride—and we still love our little app!

Unfortunately, though, the app is being retired soon. That means it won’t be supported. If you delete the app from your device, you won’t be able to re-download it. If you keep the app on your device, you could continue to read content you’ve already downloaded, but you won’t be able to re-download it.

Our recommendation: create a login account, if you haven’t already. With a login account, you can save all your purchases and continue to access them on the Madefire app.

How do I create a login account?

• Open your Attack on Titan Manga app. Tap on the three horizontal lines in the upper-right-hand corner of your app and then tap to “Sign Up”. Create an account with a username, your email, and password.

• Once you’ve created an account (or if you already have an account), use your login/password to log into the Madefire app (download it here).

• Once you’re logged into Madefire, you’ll see all your purchases ready to download from the cloud.

We are looking to make present and future Attack on Titan volumes available for purchase on the Madefire app, so if you’ve started a collection, you can continue to do so with the same account.

Any questions or concerns? Just email us at, and we’ll definitely help you resolve them.

Thank you!!

Kodansha Comics

New digital-first series of the week: Starving Anonymous (+ Fort of Apocalypse sale!)

As we announced last month, 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 hunger (see below) and curiosity for new manga!

First up is 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.


Click on the cover (or scroll below) to read all of the vertiginously terrifying Chapter 1 for free!

Wait, there’s more! To celebrate this occasion, we’re also discounting Fort of Apocalypse in its entirety (volumes 1-10) up to 50% off on all digital platformsBookWalkercomiXology, Google Play, iBooks, Kindle, Kobo, and nook. But hurry! The deal ends on March 19! 

Announcing the Winners of the Kodansha Comics x Wacom UQ HOLDER! Drawing Contest!

To celebrate the release of the UQ HOLDER! anime, Kodansha Comics teamed with up Wacom in November for a special drawing giveaway contest! Contestants described what kind of original character they would create in the UQ HOLDER! universe, and the top entries were selected by UQ HOLDER! creator (and Wacom tablet user!) Ken Akamatsu himself.

Kodansha Comics and Wacom enjoyed all the great artwork submitted by the contestants, and offer our congratulations to the prize winners!

Grand Prize Danilo Baleva by Juno Lastimosa (Prize Awarded – Wacom Intuos Pro Paper Edition Tablet + Volumes 1 through 13 of UQ HOLDER! manga published by Kodansha Comics)

About the Character The newly-hired chef of the Senkyōkan, and the latest member of UQ HOLDER!

Before the grand opening, unemployed Danilo Baleva won the chance to be one of the first few people to climb the Orbital Station. Upon arriving at the top, an incident occurred, shattering the barrier between them and space. This had caused a nearly fatal open injury on the upper right side of Danilo’s body, and a parasite entered his body.

The parasite is the only one of its kind, and its powers include a healing/regeneration ability, defense mechanism (it produces spikes when Danilo’s heart rate increases), and adaptability to the cold. The parasite likes Yukihime because of her ice magic, but also hates her because she’s a blood-sucking vampire.

Comment from Ken Akamatsu:

He became immortal when microorganisms entered his body through injuries after an accident. That concept is outstanding and awesome. Plus, the parasite doesn’t like high temperatures and is attracted to the ice-wielding Yukihime, so high points for the romantic comedy setup. And the character design is good, too.

Second Prize Crimson Freyer by Kagetsu-13 (Prize Awarded – Wacom Intuos Pro Medium Tablet + Volumes 1 through 6 of UQ HOLDER! manga published by Kodansha Comics)

About the Character Known as the “Corpse Collector” in the underworld, Crimson is a zombie who roams the ruins of battles in search of “fresh corpses” to replace rotting body parts. As a zombie, he has the ability to control any severed body part through a thread linking to his main body.

Crimson couldn’t care less about human lives or emotions, and all he needs is to satisfy his eternal longing for fresh body parts. But what if he found a body that could never rot? An immortal body that would last forever and and wouldn’t have to be replaced, like Tōta’s… what would happen if these two ever met?

Comment from Ken Akamatsu:

The “zombie” thing makes him sound more like an enemy character, but with his ability to control his body parts using string and trade out rotten parts, it’s just begging to be made into a manga, which is fantastic. Story ideas are coming to me just from looking at your character illustration.

Third Prize Hoshimiya Yumeko by Neida Cabrera (Prize Awarded – Wacom Intuos Comic Pen & Touch Tablet + Volume 1 of UQ HOLDER! manga published by Kodansha Comics)

About the Character UQ HOLDER #77. She is born from an American mother and Japanese father (previously a member of the Magic Association). Yumeko is currently living in Kyoto as a part time magician for children, but is tasked to be a spy for Yukihime. She is not the strongest member of UQ HOLDER, but her immortality, combined with her clairvoyant abilities and quick healing abilities (Dream Restore) keep her in the Top 100 UQ HOLDERs. She is strong enough to defeat Tōta, but has a long way to go to beat Negi.

Comment from Ken Akamatsu:

Yumeko-chan gets third place because she’s adorable (ha ha). Characters that take supportive roles because they aren’t the strongest fighters are in high demand in manga, and are often more popular than those power players. Smart approach.

Here’s the full gallery of entries, from grand prize to runners up!

Please visit for the latest information on Wacom creative pen displays and pen tablets.  The advanced technology of Wacom’s intuitive digital input devices provide professional and enthusiast designers and artists with the ability to explore digital content creation in a comfortable and natural way.

We would once again like to congratulate all the winners, and thank you to everyone who submitted to our # #UQHOLDERContest. To see all the winning entries, and a special, exclusive interview with Ken Akamatsu, be sure to pick up UQ HOLDER volume 13 – out March 13!

Devils’ Line sale! Digital manga up to 50% off until March 19

When we hear there’s a new anime adaptation of the manga we love, we get just as excited as you do! This is no exception for those cutting-edge manga from our sister company, Vertical Comics. For the Spring 2018 anime season in April, we have our eyes on Ryo Hanada’s vampire-romance series, Devils’ Line!

Celebrating the upcoming anime, for one week only, we’re offering Devils’ Line, volume 1 at a special discount price of 99 cents, and volumes 2-9 up to 50% off on all digital platforms: BookWalkercomiXology, Google Play, iBooks, Kindle, Kobo, and nook. If you haven’t got a chance to check out this series, this is the perfect opportunity! 

Devils’ Line by Ryo Hanada
Tsukasa, a college student, is rescued from an attack by a devil, one of many vampires that can blend in among the human population. Anzai, her savior, is a half-devil who exploits his supernatural gifts as a member of a shadowy police task force that specializes in devil-related crime in Tokyo. As Anzai continues to keep guard over Tsukasa, the two quickly forge a tentative bond—one that Anzai fears will test his iron-clad rule of never drinking human blood …Read Preview

Check out the trailer of the anime Devils’ Line, starting April 7 on HIDIVE!