A Silent Voice The Movie returns to theaters January 28 and 31!

ICYMI: A Silent Voice The Movie Returns to theaters for a limited time!

Did you miss your chance to see the animated film adaption of Yoshitoki Oima’s beloved manga, A Silent Voice during the film’s run last year? Or maybe you did—and have been dying to see it again? Either way, you’re in luck! Eleven Arts and Fathom Events are bringing A Silent Voice back to theaters again for a limited time!

Subtitled screenings of the film will be held on January 28th, and dub screenings will be held on January 31st. Tickets are now on sale so follow the link to find a participating theater near you and to secure your ticket before they’re all gone!

Can’t wait to see the movie? Check out a preview of A Silent Voice below—or pick up the A Silent Voice Complete Series Box Set—which includes an exclusive double-sided poster and a replica of Shoko’s communication note! The A Silent Voice Complete Series Box Set is now available wherever books are sold!

 

 

 

Kodansha Comics holiday linewide sale! SAVE BIG on 1800+ digital manga thru Jan 2

Happy Holidays from Kodansha Comics and Vertical!


With gift cards, new devices, and/or back-to-back days off you know the holidays are the best time to stock up on manga! To give you that extra boost, Kodansha Comics and Vertical are putting (almost) every single digital book we publish up to 50% off at all of our digital-partner platforms: BookWalkercomiXology, Google Play, iBooks, Kindle, and nook. That’s 1800+ volumes of manga that you can save big on! (Sale ends January 2)

Do you know what’s up with this year’s fan favorites like Cells at Work! and That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime? How about new hits from our rapidly growing digital-first library like Defying Kurosaki-kun and Perfect World? This is a perfect opportunity to binge on those manga series that you’ve been hearing about!

 

Top recommendations! The best new manga of 2018!

Check out the FULL LIST of manga on sale here!

Fall 2018 Anime Season Finale Sale! Slime, Attack on Titan, Fairy Tail & MORE up to 50% off!

With the return of Attack on Titan Season 3, and the final season of Fairy Tail, as well as the rise of new hit series like Cells at Work! and That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slimeit’s been quite an exciting year for Kodansha Comics anime fans! To help recap the greatest moments from the best episodes of 2018, this week we’re hosting the Fall 2018 Anime Season Finale Sale featuring those manga-to-anime series with all digital volumes up to 50% off at all of our digital retail partners: BookWalkercomiXology, Google Play, iBooks, Kindle, MyAnimeList, and nook. (Sale ends December 17.) 

~ Fall 2018 Anime Season Finale Sale  ~
December 11 ~ December 17
Click on the cover to read Chapter 1 for FREE!

Attack on Titan
MANGA Volumes 1-26 on sale now! (ends 12/17) 
ANIME out now on Crunchyroll; Simuldub out on FunimationNOW

Boarding School Juliet
MANGA Volumes 1-6 (and print volumes 1-3) on sale now! (ends 12/17)
ANIME Simulcast on Thursdays on Amazon Prime

Cells at Work!
MANGA Volumes 1-5 on sale now! (ends 12/17)
ANIME out now on Crunchyroll


Devils’ Line
MANGA Volumes 1-11 on sale now! (ends 12/17)
ANIME out now on HiDive

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fairy Tail
MANGA Volumes 1-63 on sale now! (ends 12/17)
ANIME Final season simulcast on Sundays on Crunchyroll, and Simuldub on FunimationNOW

Forest of Piano
MANGA Digital volumes 1-9 on sale now! (ends 12/17)
ANIME out on Netflix

That Time I Got Reincarnated as A Slime
MANGA Volumes 1-8 on sale now! (ends 12/17)
ANIME Season 1 available on  Crunchyroll, and Simuldub on FunimationNOW

 

Wanna know more about these manga-to-anime series? 
Check out Fall 2018 KC Anime Club! 

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

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

One of the best things about manga is the community it creates: how it brings people together and allows you to bond with and make new friendships that last a lifetime, all the while giving you something to talk about that you’re incredible passionate about.

When working in manga, however, it’s not often that we get to speak face-to-face with our readers about our favorite series, so our third, and final, part of our Gift Guide is dedicated to all the amazing Kodansha Comics fans, and is a gift from us to you—our personal favorite staff picks! If you haven’t checked these series out already, we hope we can help you discover a new favorite series—and that you come to love them as much as we do!

Attack on Titan Season Manga Box Sets (Ages 16+)

Tiff Ferentini, Publishing Associate

It’s no secret in the Kodansha office (or to anyone I meet, really) that my favorite manga series of all time is Attack on Titan—so two of the things I was looking forward to the most this year was the premiere of Attack on Titan Season 3 and to the release of our Attack on Titan Season Manga Box Sets (and to rereading the manga before the new season premiere!).

One of the aspects that I love the most about Attack on Titan is that it never fails to surprise me, and that just when I think I have of an idea of what Isayama is planning, he throws another curve ball—to both his characters and his readers. Eren, especially, has faced some of the most difficult and interesting challenges and character developments as the story has progressed, and the arc covered in the Season 3 Manga Box Sets is one of my favorites of the series thus far. We not only get to see Eren get the same spark he had at the beginning of the series back, but we also get even more depth and development of Levi, Armin, Erwin, their relationships and interactions with one another, and more. This is also when we finally get a little closer to the truth about the Titans—and of the world Eren and his comrades live in—and were the chapters that had me most on the edge of my seat. Couple that with the Season 3 anime premiere this summer, and I couldn’t have been any more proud to be an Attack on Titan fan—it was not only great seeing the start of my favorite arc animated, but while the new season aired I couldn’t resist rereading the manga, which made me fall in love with the series all over again.

Not only did I think the timing couldn’t be any better for Titan fans, but the Attack on Titan Season Manga Box Sets were something I hoped both older and newer fans of Attack on Titan would come to enjoy. The design of the box sets themselves are not only super cool (and feature the Titan trio staring you down when you turn them on the side), making them great collector’s gifts for old and new fans alike, but they also feature exclusive bonus items—such as a wicked double-sided poster of Eren (in the Season 2 box set), and a bonus booklet of never-before-seen short stories (in the Season 3 Part 1 box set). If it’s one thing any Attack on Titan fan knows it’s that the Titans show no mercy when it comes to taking the lives of our favorite characters, so the short story collection is especially great because it allows us to see our favorite characters interacting in ways in which we haven’t had a chance to see in the manga—and gives even more depth to characters such as Eren, Levi, Armin, Jean, and more.

The Attack on Titan Season Manga Box Sets are something I loved both working on and enjoying as a fan, and are definitely sets I’ll keep coming back to as I wait for the return of Attack on Titan Season 3 Part 2.

 

 

Attack on Titan Season Manga Box Sets Season 1 Part 1 through Season 3 Part 1 are available now. Season 3 Part 2 box set coming Summer 2019! Need more Titan? The latest volume, Attack on Titan 26, is out now!

 

Want more recommendations? Tiff’s previous Attack on Titan-themed staff recommendations include Spoof on Titan—check out their review here!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Again!! (Ages 16+)

Tiff Ferentini, Publishing Associate

… ok, so it’s also no secret that another favorite Kodansha series of mine is Again!!, and between that and Attack on Titan, I couldn’t possibly choose between the two, and had to write about both of them.

While Again!!’s story couldn’t be any more different from Attack on Titan or Descending Stories: Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinju (one of my previous staff picks), one of the main reasons why I love Again!!is for the same reasons that draw me to Attack on Titan and Descending Stories—it has a compelling story that leaves me wanting to read more and not sure what to expect next, starring characters whose genuine experiences and emotions hit me at my core, and whom I can’t help but relate to.

Again!!is the story about Kinichiro Imamura, who, on the last day of high school, realizes he had gone three years without joining any clubs or making any friends. He’s not exactly bittersweet about graduation, and would now much rather leave it all behind him, But a tumble down a flight of stairs soon sends him three years in the past—back to the first day of high school. Now, Kinichiro not only has the chance to do high school all over again, but he also gets wrapped up in saving his school’s ouendan cheering club from the brink of disbandment.

Right off the bat, there were so many things about this series that captivated me—the mystery regarding Kinichiro’s time travel (is this all a bad dream, or did he really go three years into the past?), his mixed feelings of preferring solitude but also feeling isolated and disregarding by his classmates, and the overarching thought—what would it be like to do things all over again? Again!! creator Mitsurou Kubo is nothing short of a storytelling genius, and crafts not only a gripping story, but also has a way of making Kinichiro’s experiences and feelings so incredibly sincere and candid. From his musings about what if he had done high school differently, regretting choices he did or did not make, or wondering if it even mattered if he was around or not, Kubo centers Kinichiro as not only an interesting, relatable protagonist, but also couples incredibly real, sometimes dark moments with natural humor, and an all-star cast of characters that are just as enjoyable to cheer on.

If you’re looking for a step up from your ordinary high school manga, or for a new series that blends excellent characters with both reality and humor, you’ll definitely want to give Again!! a read.

Again!! Volumes 1 through 5 are available now. Volume 6 coming December 13, 2018! Want to give it a read now? Read the first chapter here!

Want more recommendations? Tiff’s previous staff recommendations include Descending Stories: Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinju—check out their review here, and read a first chapter preview here!

 

 

EDENS ZERO (Ages 13+)

Haruko Hashimoto, Associate Editor

This sci-fi/fantasy series features two kids taking on the vast, mysterious cosmos: Rebecca, a social media girl (think avid Youtuber) piloting her spaceship to shoot her next viral video, along with Shiki, a clueless boy with ancient and rare robotic powers. And of course, there’s Happy, their cute cat companion … weapon? Yes, that’s right—our beloved Happy starts whirring and spinning and transforms mid-battle! This is what’s so exciting about EDENS ZERO. Mashima leans in to all the grand, science-y, mechanical ideas that couldn’t fit in to the lore and tone of his earlier series, Fairy Tail and Rave Master. Back when Fairy Tail was wrapping up its final story arc (and even during its origin story in Fairy Tail ZERO), it seemed as if Mashima wanted to go bigger and badder with each reveal. EDENS ZERO does just that, right from Chapter One.

He’s clearly built up EDENS ZERO as a masterful shonen adventure. I love to imagine new readers and younger readers experiencing Mashima’s world for the first time through EDENS ZERO. It showcases all the polished skills (both art and story-wise) that the author has gained over his two decades of making hit manga. How lucky you get to experience that from the beginning, at the height of his craft! Rave Master was the first series I ever bought with my own allowance, and I’ve worked on so many of Mashima’s English releases, so when I read EDENS ZERO, I read it from my heart, and in awe of how he just keeps improving. And for fellow returning Mashima readers, let yourself be swept off your feet too! From a holographic space goddess, to space pirates, to mechanic space dragons, EDENS ZERO hints at both fun and tragic back stories to come. But while we await Volume 2, you can catch me flipping through EDENS ZERO just to count every Plue and every Fairy Tail member sketched in the crowd scenes.

EDENS ZERO is a fresh new start for a creator who clearly has so many ideas churning in his mind at all times. If you’re feeling nostalgic, or want a good laugh, or are curious to look inside Mashima’s brain a bit more, you can also check out his short story compilation, Hiro Mashima’s Playground.

EDENS ZERO Volume 1 is available now. Volume 2 coming February 2019! Want to give it a read now? Read the first chapter here!

Want more recommendations? Haruko’s previous staff recommendations include Animal Land and Wake Up, Sleeping Beauty – check out her reviews for those series here and here!

 

 

Toppu GP (Ages 16+)

Paul Starr, Editor

You might know Kosuke Fujishima as the creator of the long-running magical romantic comedy Ah My Goddess. What you might not know is that all of his manga—even Ah My Goddess!—tend to feature cars, motorcycles, and other motorized vehicles with a remarkable frequency. Fujishima-sensei is a major gear-head, and with his latest title, Toppu GP, he goes full-throttle on his love of motorcycles. Toppu GP follows the career of Toppu Uno. We learn in the first volume’s opening pages that he’s destined to make it to MotoGP, the highest level of motorcycle road racing—but then we’re immediately taken to his days as a tween racer in Japan, just starting out on his journey to the top. In typical Fujishima style, the motorcycles and racing action are depicted with meticulous precision, and the comedic interludes between races are a delight. The young Toppu has a crush on Myne, an older girl who also races, and getting to watch her outrace the boys in her class is just as thrilling as Toppu’s races. This is this a great gift for any Ah My Goddess fan, but thanks to its mechanical accuracy and dynamic racing art, it’s perfect for the motorsports maniac in your life. If they’re not a manga fan, they will be once they finish Toppu GP!

Want more recommendations? Paul’s previous staff recommendation was Welcome to the Ballroom —check out his review here, and read a first chapter preview here!

 

 

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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!

Did you check out the KC Gift Guide Part 1 & 2? Click here!

All of us at Kodansha Comics wish you a safe and happy holiday. Thank you for helping us make 2018 a great year to read manga—we can’t wait to give you more in the New Year!

Attack on Titan light novels now available for digital!

Calling all e-bookworms and Attack on Titan fanatics!
Breaking news! On December 4, four light novels based on Hajime Isayama’s hit manga series finally become available as ebooks on digital platforms BookWalker, Google Play, iBooks, Kindle, and nook.

So what are they about?
The Attack on Titan light novels officially take place in the same universe as the main manga series, except the timeline and characters are a bit different. Attack on Titan: Before the Fall is a prequel to the main manga series and the basis for the Attack on Titan: Before the Fall manga. It’s about the earlier days of mankind living in fear of the Titans, and how, to combat them, people created the Vertical Maneuvering Equipment.  Attack on Titan: The Harsh Mistress of the City is a 2-part novel series about a young commander (and one strong female protagonist!) Rita who is on a mission to reconnect a small district that was cut off from the rest of civilization when Wall Maria was destroyed by the Titans. 

Which means, the continuity between the light novels and manga stories is legit! Read both light-novel series to fully connect up with the Attack on Titan manga universe.


Attack on Titan: Before the Fall

The first prequel novel to Attack on Titan—and the basis of the Attack on Titan: Before the Fall manga series—detailing the origins of the devices that humanity developed to take on the mysterious Titans.

Before the fall, and before the trials of “the Titan’s son” Kuklo, a young smith by the name of Angel Aaltonen grappled with the giants as only a craftsman could … This story predates where the Attack on Titan: Before the Fall manga series begins.


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Attack on Titan: Kuklo Unbound

The second prequel novel to Attack on Titan—and the basis for the Attack on Titan: Before the Fall manga series!

In this novel we are introduced to Kuklo, who is found as a baby crying in a mass of Titan vomit, amidst dead Titan corpses. Called “a child of Titan” and essentially hated by the people inside the walls, Kuklo despite his horrible beginnings and a single-functioning eye, also seems to grow unnaturally fast. He parts himself from his past and gambles on the fate of humanity by enlisting in the Survey Corps. And here with his strength and determination Kuklo survives and thrives.

But to accomplish his goals he must get his hands on the Vertical Maneuvering Equipment. Although the gear is still imperfect and causes a troublesome incident for him, whether it is because it is his fate—or because of his past—he finds he is able to fight against the Titans.


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Attack on Titan: The Harsh Mistress of the City Part 1

An Attack on Titan side story in light-novel form—detailing in two volumes the fate of the Quinta District after Wall Maria is breached.

With Wall Maria breeched, communities within the Quinta district have been cut off from each other creating famine and chaos. A young field commander named Rita is tasked with a mission to reconnect transit across the massive district while putting her troops and residence right in the vanguard as Titans descend on her town.


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Attack on Titan: The Harsh Mistress of the City
Part 2

In the concluding half of this side story, Rita Iglehaut, acting commander of the local forces, struggles to turn her isolated hometown into something of a city of its own. Her draconian methods, however, shock the residents, not least Mathias Kramer, her childhood friend.


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