What's Happening at AX2018? Con exclusives, panels, activities & MORE!

Jun 19, 2018
What's Happening at AX2018? Con exclusives, panels, activities & MORE!

July 7 update: all of our major licensing announcements from our Saturday industry panel!

Time for the biggest otaku party of the year—and we’re going bigger than ever before! Come visit Kodansha Comics and Vertical at this year’s Anime Expo, July 5-8 at the Los Angeles Convention Center, and meet the stars and people behind your favorite manga and anime, get exclusive convention merchandise and free stuff, pick up pre-release books, and be the first in the world to hear about our massive plans for 2019 and beyond! We’re hosting and participating in five panels this year, our most ever: our regular industry panel, as well as a little BIG something extra for fans of Sailor Moon,  Devils' Line, and The Seven Deadly Sins!


The Seven Deadly Sins Manga & Anime Panel When? Friday, July 6, 10:30 am-11:30 am Where? LP2 (JW Platinum Ballroom)

Meet Yuki Kaji and Bryce Papenbrook, the Japanese and American stars of the hit anime The Seven Deadly Sins, based on the manga published by Kodansha Comics. Join us for an exciting panel with new announcements and a peek behind the scenes. Plus Q&A and free books and promo items!

Come early to The Seven Deadly Sins panel and make sure to get the panel commemorative item featuring a special illustration by Nakaba Suzuki (manga creator of The Seven Deadly Sins)! 

Devils’ Line Dubcast Edition + Q&A When? Friday, July 6, 10:00 pm-11:00pm Where? LP5 / 404 AB Join HIDIVE as we explore the Devils' Line supernatural underworld with Anzai’s English voice actor, Adam Gibbs, and director Kyle Colby Jones.

Come early to Devils' Line panel and make sure to get the panel commemorative item featuring a special illustration by Ryo Hanada (manga creator of Devils' Line)! 


  Kodansha Comics/Vertical Comics Manga AX-travaganza When? Saturday, July 7, 3:30 pm-4:30 pm Where? LP3 (408AB) Meet the people behind two of America's top manga publishers: Kodansha Comics (Sailor Moon, Attack on Titan, The Ghost in the Shell) and Vertical Comics (Chi's Sweet Home, Gundam: The Origin, the Monogatari Series). Stop by for the latest new manga announcements, free exclusives straight from Japan, and stories from pros all about your favorite manga and anime! Sailor Moon Official Behind the Scenes Panel When? Saturday, July 7, 7:00 pm-8:00 pm Where? LP2 (JW Platinum Ballroom) Meet Fumio Osano, the original Japanese editor of the Sailor Moon manga, plus Sailor Moon Crystal producer Junichiro Tsuchiya and Sailor Moon Eternal Edition editor Lauren Scanlan for the ultimate peek behind the scenes at how the Pretty Guardians were born and where they're headed next! Plus Q&A and cool stuff! (If you can’t make it to this panel, check out the Sailor Moon panel the same day from 10 am to 12 pm from our friends at Viz Media—you’ll be able to get a free Kodansha Comics sampler there, too!) Sentai Presents Devils’ Line: Inside the Producer's Mind When? Saturday, July 7, 11:00 am-12:00 pm Where? Room 411 Join us as we jump into the minds of part of the creative team from King Records, the producers of Devils' Line, with questions straight from the fans. Got a question you want to us to ask? Make sure to send it to us via social media or e-mail before July 1st using the hashtag #SentaiAsksDEVILSLine! Come early to the Devils' Line panel and make sure to get the panel commemorative item featuring a special illustration by Ryo Hanada (manga creator of Devils Line)! 

Buy it @ Booth #1100!

This year’s Kodansha Comics/Vertical Comics booth, #1100, is a whopping 40 feet by 30 feet—those are some Titan proportions, right there!—and it’ll be bursting with free swag, activities, shopping, and events. You’ll be able to check out Kodansha and Vertical manga, including the latest from Attack on Titan, Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card, Devils’ Line, Pop Team Epic and more! Grab free manga samplers, door hangers, and character masks and buy convention-exclusive enamel pins, posters, manuscript replicas ,and acrylic key chains. At the other end of the booth, a big screen will show fresh manga and anime trailers the whole weekend long, and our live stage will host chats with anime talent and fan meet-ups! For all the Pretty Guardians out there, our Sailor Moon Art Gallery will feature a 16-foot wall with the five Inner Guardians and framed replicas of illustrations by Naoko Takeuchi—perfect for photos—plus an exclusive chance to sign up for the Sailor Moon Fan Club and get Fan Club member only items from Japan. And for the first time, we’ll be selling a range of exclusive Sailor Moon items direct from Tokyo’s pop-up store in our booth! Finally, our Art Gallery will give everyone a peek at the craft behind the comics, featuring framed art from Attack on Titan, Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card, The Seven Deadly Sins, Devils’ Line, and Monogatari series! Don’t miss the chance to see the whole process of Japan’s top manga artists.


Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card Staff Enamel Pin Set Cells At Work! Red Blood Cell and White Blood Cell Acrylic Keyholder Set Attack on Titan Poster Set The Seven Deadly Sins Manuscript Replica Monogatari Poster Set NEKOMONOGATARI Large Poster Devils’ Line Manuscript Replica K: Seven Stories Tapestry K: Seven Stories Character Acrylics Pop Team Epic Chara Dice Pop Team Epic Selfie Sticks Pop Team Epic Acrylic Stamps



The Seven Deadly Sins Mini-shikishi by Nakaba Suzuki (Gift with purchase of any product) Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card Mini-shikishi by CLAMP (Gift with purchase of any CLAMP related products) Kodansha Comics and Vertical Comics AX2018 Original Tote Bag (Gift with purchase over $50) Land of the Lustrous Pin Button (gift with purchase of any volume of Land of the Lustrous) Attack on Titan Anthology T-shirt (Gift with purchase over $20 on Attack on Titan manga or merchandise) Devils' Line Mini-shikishi by Ryo Hanada (gift with purchase of any product) Devils’ Line pin button with purchase of Devils’ Line manga CITY Pin Button Moteki Pin Button Kodansha Comics and Vertical Comics AX2018 Original Tote Bag (Gift with purchase over $50)

PLUS! Chance to win Chi merchandise such as cups, posters and pillow. A winner every time with purchase of Chi’s Sweet Adventures. *while supplies last

Newsletter subscriber exclusive! Sign up to our newsletter at the Kodansha Comics Booth (#1100) merchandise register or show us that you're already subscribed to our newsletter and get an exclusive poster featuring Edens Zero and BECK!

Pre-street titles to be sold at AX

Golosseum Volume 2 Grand Blue Dreaming Volume 1 Attack on Titan Season 2 Manga Box Set Tokyo Tarareba Girls Volume 2 Land of the Lustrous Volume 6 Garrison Girl: Attack on Titan novel from Quirk Books

From Vertical Gundam Wing Volume 7 Cardfight! Vanguard Volume 12 My Boy Volume 2


Monogatari Boxsets Preorders for Monogatari Series Box set (season 1) can be made at the RightStuf/COSPA booth (#4729 & #4730). With every preorder at Anime Expo, you will receive a Shinobu acrylic as a gift!

Pop Team Epic Preorder the Pop Team Epic manga set (volume 1 and Second Season) at the RightStuf/COSPA booth (#4729&4730) during AX,  and you will receive a Popuko and Pipmi acrylic keychain as a gift!

Check back here soon for more information, including a complete list of books for sale, convention exclusives, and a schedule of the exciting events at our live stage!

Events @ BOOTH #1100!


K PHOTO SESSION with KANAME☆ 1:00-2:00 pm There are cosplayers, and then there are stars who just happen to be cosplayers. It’s right there in the name for KANAME☆, who’s been a fixture on the Japanese cosplay scene for more than a decade, will be attending AX as a special guest this year! Come see KANAME☆ take on the new film K: Seven Stories and get the chance to take your own photos! POP TEAM EPIC Q&A and AUTOGRAPH SESSION with Producer KOTARO SUDO and YouTuber JOEY 3:00-4:30 pm  We reveal the secrets behind Pop Team Epic, with producer Kotaro Sudo and YouTube’s The Anime Man (and Pop Team Epic voice actor) Joey! Be you fan or hater, don’t miss this insider look at one of the most baffling anime of all time! To be followed by an hour-long signing session. K PHOTO SESSION with KANAME☆ 5:00-6:00 pm


SAILOR MOON FAN MEETUP 10:30-11:30 am Calling all sailor guardians! Head to our Sailor Moon Art Gallery, featuring a 16-foot wall depicting the five Inner Guardians, for a very special photo opportunity and fan meetup. While you’re here, why not sign up for the Japan-based Sailor Moon Fan Club or check out some of our EXCLUSIVE, DIRECT-FROM-TOKYO Sailor Moon merch? K AUTOGRAPH SESSION with Voice Actor SHIMBA TSUCHIYA 12:30-1:30 pm Hey, K fans! This is your unique opportunity to meet the Japanese voice actor behind Takeru in the brand new K: Seven Stories movie, Shimba Tsuchiya (Haikyu!!, Welcome to the Ballroom). DEVILS’ LINE AUTOGRAPH SESSION with Producer KISARA TAKAHASHI 2:00-3:30 pm Can’t get enough of DEVILS’ LINE? Neither can we! Sentai Filmworks will be at Kodansha Comics booth for an autograph session with Kisara Takahashi, producer of DEVILS’ LINE! Get there early to make sure you can snag a ticket. K PHOTO SESSION with KANAME☆ 3:30-4:30 pm SATURDAY, JULY 7th DEVILS’ LINE AUTOGRAPH SESSION with Producer KISARA TAKAHASHI 1:00-2:30 pm


LAND OF THE LUSTROUS TRIVIA AND FAN MEETUP 11:00 am-12:00 pm It’s a Lunarian trivia attack! The editor of the English edition of Land of the Lustrous flings questions at lucky audience members for cool prizes. Can you hit back or will you shatter? Plus, meet fans and cosplayers for a special photo opportunity! MONOGATARI SERIES FAN MEETUP 12:30-1:30 pm Come celebrate NISIOISIN’s MONOGATARI SERIES First U.S. Exhibition and show us who’s the most hardcore fan! We will be having a raffle and giving away some cool prizes. ATTACK ON TITAN FAN MEETUP 2:00-3:00 pm Meet the translator and editor of the English edition of Attack on Titan, ask questions, and win prizes! Then meet up at our Attack on Titan Art Gallery for a special opportunity to take photos with fellow fans and Attack on Titan art!