Announcing: September 2018 digital-first debuts!

The campaign continues as we launch at least one new “digital-first”manga series every week, and in September we kick off 3 new manga series, with an exciting new update on a classic shojo manga, a fresh new romantic comedy about old childhood neighbors, and the tale of one girl’s disastrous travails to get some studying done!

Kodansha Comics’s digital-first manga releases are part of an exciting new initiative begun last year to put a greater diversity of manga series into the market. This month’s series debuts will be available at all of Kodansha Comics’s partner digital platforms, including Amazon Kindle, BookWalker, comiXology, Google Play, Kobo, MyAnimeList, and nook:

Debuts September 4th! Peach Girl NEXT By Miwa Ueda
It’s been ten long years since their legendary love swept the field like a hurricane. At 27 years old, Momo, Kairi, Toji, and Sae are back! Momo and Kairi are at the peak of their relationship, but still not married?! The pressure is on! Sae can’t stand to see this couple happy, and she won’t stand for it! Touji also seems to already have a shadow hanging in his past after becoming an adult … What happened? Get ready for this love train to move full-steam ahead once again!

All of the rest of Peach Girl comes out September 11th! Peach Girl volumes 9-18 By Miwa Ueda 
The Peach Girl revival continues—now with the complete original run of Volumes 1-18 (including the volumes that were originally released as Peach Girl: Change of Heart) readily available once again, bringing to a conclusion Miwa Ueda’s sasstastic shojo manga megahit from the 90s!     

Debuts September 18th! The Walls between Us by Haru Tsukishima  
“If you want a boyfriend that bad, I’ll go out with you.” Growing up next-door neighbors, Reita Kikuchi and Makoto Sakurai’s parents are friends, and the two of them have known each other forever. But one day Makoto is suddenly thrown into a relationship with that narcissistic and self-absorbed playboy, Reita—her old childhood friend! Follow Makoto’s adventures as she navigates the ups and downs of dating the egotistical boy-next-door in the first installment of this romantic comedy!  (original Japanese title: Watashitachi ni wa kabe ga aru)

Debuts September 25th! Ao-chan Can’t Study! by Ren Kawahara 
Ren Kawahara’s irreverent jokefest about the conflict between academic and more corporeal pressures, captured in one girl’s struggle to just get some studying done (original Japanese title: Midarana Ao-chan wa benkyou ga dekinai)!

Back to School Bad Girls Sale: Peach Girl + 13 series up to 50% off on digital! (ends 9/3)

Time for back to school. Yeah, may not be the most exciting idea at first, but think of all the next-level adventures and shenanigans you’ll be having in the new school year!

And to help rev you up for the madness, this week we’ve handpicked 14 manga series featuring, uh, girls dealing with problematic reps, and put them on sale discounted up to 50% off for our Back to School: Bad Girls Sale at all of our digital retail partners: BookWalker, comiXology, Google Play, iBooks, Kindle, Kobo, MyAnimeList, and nook! (Sale ends September 3.)

Just like in your new classroom, you might see some new faces and some familiar faces in the roster—like Peach Girl, the sasstastic shojo classic that is back with a vengeance and debuting on digital today! Not only will Peach Girl be a part of this sale, but there’s also a special comiXology bundle deal (volumes 1-8) for only $44.99, so you can catch right up!

Peach Girl
By Miwa Ueda

Miwa Ueda’s ‘90s shojo megahit Peach Girl is back! Suntans and bleached hair were never quite so problematic, and high school drama was never quite so …. dramatic! This digital reissued edition combines the original English-language run of Peach Girl and Peach Girl: Change of Heart.

It’s not easy being beautiful. The envy, the jealousy, the vicious rumors spread by your best friend. That’s life for young Momo. While everyone thinks that Momo is a wild party girl, the reality is that she is shy and honest. Can Momo confess her love to her classmate Toji, or will her best friend Sae steal him away? It’s a bittersweet drama of growing up and fitting in that will charm girls everywhere.


~ Back to School! Bad Girls Sale  ~
August 28~September 3

Peach Girl
(individual volumes at 50% off, volume 1-8 bundle @ $44.99)
BLAME! Academy and So On
Boarding School Juliet
Kigurumi Guardians
Liar x Liar
Magical Sempai
Mysterious Girlfriend X
The Quintessential Quintuplets
Tsuredure Children
Real Girl
Shojo Fight!

Next week … it’s Back to School Sale Part 2: Bad Boys! 
See ya then!

Manga-to-Anime Sale featuring Back Street Girls: digital volumes up to 50% off

Have you been enjoying your summer … by watching anime?! YES, we here at Kodansha Comics do understand that there’s no better time than during the summer vacation to binge-watch the latest anime. In fact, we’d like to recommend a few hidden gems  based on manga from Kodansha Comics. (Yes, we are very subtle.)

That’s why, for this week only, we’re hosting the Manga to Anime Sale where all digital volumes of selected must-readmanga-to-anime titles are up to 50% off at all of our digital retail partners: BookWalker, comiXology, Google Play, iBooks, Kindle, Kobo, and nook. (Sale ends August 20.) 

Not only that, we’re debuting not one, not two, but three volumes of this year’s hottest yakuza-to-idol manga, Back Street Girls by Jasmin Gyuh at the sale price too! 


~ Summer 2018 Manga to Anime Sale  ~
August 14~20
Click on the cover to read Chapter 1 for FREE!


Back Street Girls 
By Jasmine Gyuh

Tough gangland retribution takes a disturbingly bright, shiny turn in this insanely guilty pleasure about 3 yakuzas who, as repayment for their failures, must undergo major surgery and become … a female idol trio! So what happens when they become the next big pop sensation!?

Digital volumes 1-3 debuts today + on sale now! 

Read Chapter 1 preview… 






Cells at Work! 
By Akane Shimizu

Strep throat! Hay fever! Influenza! The world is a dangerous place for a red blood cell just trying to get her deliveries finished. Fortunately, she’s not alone … She’s got a whole human body’s worth of cells ready to help out! The mysterious white blood cell, the buff and brash killer T cell, the nerdy neuron, even the cute little platelets—everyone’s got to come together if they want to keep you healthy

Digital volumes 1-5 is on sale now! 

Read Chapter 1 preview…







Grand Blue Dreaming
By Kenji Inoue and Kimitake Yoshioka

After moving out on his own to a seaside town, Iori Kitahara makes a college debut he never anticipated. A new chapter of his life unfolds, full of diving with beautiful girls and shenanigans with a gaggle of lovable bastards! Idiot-expert Kenji Inoue and au naturel authority Kimitake Yoshioka bring you a glorious college tale filled with booze-fueled antics!

Digital volumes 1-9 is on sale now! 

Read Chapter 1 preview…








Exclusive Bonus on BookWalker: Digital Autograph
If you buy Back Street Girls volume 1 on BookWalker, you will get an digital autograph by Jasmine Gyuh as a bonus!

Battle Angel Alita Digital Debut + Sale: volumes 1s for 99¢

20th Century Fox just revealed a new trailer of Alita: Battle Angel at San Diego Comic Con 2018!
Looking at the trailer, we see a lots of traces of Yukito Kishiro’s original manga,
Battle Angel Alita. Will the entire movie hold up to its source material?
The motion picture starring Rosa Salazar, directed by Robert Rodriguez, and produced by James Cameron, is set to be released December 2018. 

On August 7 Kodansha Comics will be releasing the digital edition of Battle Angel Alita for the first time to all digital platforms. And to celebrate the occasion, we’re hosting a special Battle Angel Alita Sale on  BookWalkercomiXology, Google Play, iBooks, Kindle, Kobo, and nook!

Here’s the deal

First of all: Digital volumes 1s  of all three Battle Angel Alita  series are only 99¢!
Next: if you like what you’re reading, keep going—because all other volumes are up to 50% off!

Pretty sweet deal huh? But you gotta hurry, because the sale will end on August 13!

How to read Battle Angel Alita: a guide to the 3-part epic saga

Battle Angel Alita The original series

Originally published in Japan in 1990 under the title “Gunmu” (銃夢 literal translation “gun dream”), it took Kishiro 5 years to establish the worldview and overarching stories in this 9-volume original series. 

Synopsis: In a dump in the lawless settlement of Scrapyard, far beneath the mysterious space city of Zalem, disgraced cyber-doctor Daisuke Ido makes a strange find: the detached head of a cyborg woman who has lost all her memories. He names her Alita and equips her with a powerful new body, the Berserker. While Alita remembers no details of her former life, a moment of desperation reawakens in her nerves the legendary school of martial arts known as Panzer Kunst. In a place where there is no justice but what people make for themselves, Alita decides to become a hunter-killer, tracking down and taking out those who prey on the weak. But can she hold onto her humanity as she begins to revel in her own bloodlust?

The entire series (volumes 1-9) is now available on all digital platforms.
2-in-1 deluxe print edition volumes 1-4 are available now. Volume 5 is coming soon in October 2018. Also, the complete series box set is coming soon in November 2018




Battle Angel Alita: Last Order 
You thought you said “goodbye” to Alita by the end of the original series. Think again. This sequel series tells you how Alita and other characters survived even further into the future!

Synopsis: Alita wakes up alone in the sky city of Tiphares, her brain and body reconstructed by the mad scientist Desty Nova. There’s no time to wonder why Alita’s greatest enemy would resurrect her, though—the royal city has been thrown into chaos by Nova’s revelation that the Tiphareans have had their brains replaced by bio-chips! Everyone needs answers—and Alita will fight to get them!

Battle Angel Alita: Last Order is available as omnibus volumes 1-5, plus latest volumes 16-19 in print & digital editions! 








Battle Angel Alita: Mars Chronicle

The latest story arc of the Battle Angel saga goes back into what Alita was looking for all along–– her childhood memories on Mars. 

Synopsis: For centuries, war has raged on the dusty, red surface of Mars. This apocalyptic crucible will produce the solar system’s most fearsome warrior, Alita. But for now that warrior is just a little girl named Yoko. The future and past of the battle angel fan out across the reaches of space in the final chapter of one of the greatest sci-fi epics of all time!

Battle Angel Alita: Mars Chronicle volume 1-3 is now avaiable as a digital & print edition! Newest volume 4 is coming soon on August 28!







About Yukito Kishiro (creator of the Battle Angel Alita series) 
Regarded as one of the finest action illustrators in global comics, Yukito Kishiro is best known for creating the cyberpunk manga Battle Angel Alita. When he was only 17, Kishiro was nominated for Japanese publisher Shogakukan’s Best New Comic award. Creator of other popular manga titles, Kishiro is known for his strong characters, original settings, and intricate, lifelike artwork.

Watch Yukito Kishiro working on Battle Angel Alita: Mars Chronicle on Kodansha Comics YouTube


Exclusive Bonus on BookWalker: Bookshelf Skin
If you buy Battle Angel Alita (original series) volume 1 on BookWalker between now and November 7, you will get an exclusive bookshelf skin as a bonus!