Creator Spotlight Sale! Ema Toyama & Taamo titles up to 50% off on digital!

This week we’re celebrating our “new shojo manga every week” digital-firsts and the debut of our two newest series, Vampire Dormitory (whose Volume 1 debuted last week) and Atsumori-kun’s Bride-to-Be (which debuts TODAY), with a dual Creator Spotlight Sale! That’s right, we’re putting all the other series created by the awesome Ema Toyama and Taamo on sale! The promo is happening at our digital retail partners: BookWalker, comiXology, Google Play, Kindle, MyAnimeList, and nook! Sale ends on September 2.


Two great new shojo manga, Vampire Dormitory and Atsumori-kun’s Bride-to-Be, just debuted as digital-firsts! Click on the covers and read Chapter 1 free!

Kodansha Comics Creator Spotlight Sale! 
August 27~September 2

Ema Toyama works featured in this sale:

 

Taamo titles featured in this sale:

Ema Toyama is an award-winning manga creator whose works are full of attractive girls and boys, bounded by the power of secrets! In her first long-running breakthrough series, Missions of Love, the high school girl with the heart of an “ice queen” appoints the popular, yet black-hearted student body president to be her sim-boyfriend … all for the sake of research for her novel! If you are into complicated love stories check out more of her works!

Taamo is just one of the many “hidden gem” creators. Her first work, House of the Sun, is the moving account of a young woman who reconnects with a childhood friend as she puts together the pieces of her life following her parents’ broken marriage. Her follow up work, I’m in Love and It’s the End of the World, is about a girl who’s always seen herself as the negative to her twin sister’s beautiful photograph, and the handsome boy who just won’t give up on her. Not too many creators tackles the subtle yet complex relationships around a family like Taamo does. If you’ve liked one of her works, you’ll probably like the other one too!

Kodansha Comics at Crunchyroll Expo 2019! August 30-September 1

Going to Crunchyroll Expo this weekend? It’s happenin’ August 30 to September 1 at New Crunchy City a.k.a. San Jose Convention Center! and you can find us there at our “Kodansha Comics Got Weird Manga!” panel at 4:30 p.m. on August 30 (more deets, below)!

Plus there’s a whole plethora of Kodansha-related events! Junji Ito, of his own Junji Ito’s Cat Diary fame, will be there, in the flesh, so to speak, as the headliner of the show. But there’s also other related panels and screenings, including the world premiere of the new In/Spectre anime and Chihayafuru Season 3! Here’s a rundown of all things Kodansha Comics-related while you’re there!

PANELS!

Miho Okasaki: The Voice behind That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime‘s Rimuru Tempest
11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m., August 30 (Friday)
Grand Station (Upper Level), San Jose McEnery Convention Center
Meet the voice of Rimuru Tempest, Miho Okasaki, from That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime! Come learn about her work in the anime industry and behind the scenes of one of the most recent popular shows.

Junji Ito: The Man Behind the Horror
3:15 p.m.-4:15 p.m., August 30 (Friday)
Grand Station (Upper Level), San Jose McEnery Convention Center
Come join one of horror’s most celebrated manga creators, Junji Ito, as we take a look at some of the most memorable works throughout his career, from Uzumaki to Tomie, as well as a look ahead to what’s coming next!

Kodansha Comics Got Weird Manga!
4:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m., August 30 (Friday)
Classroom 2 (Lower Level), San Jose McEnery Convention
Do you consider yourself a savvy manga fan who’s no longer satisfied by certain formulaic, neverending manga? We got you covered! Kodansha Comics has been launching dozens of new digital-first manga like Are You Lost?, Magical Sempai, and Domestic Girlfriend, offering an even more diverse and robust library of manga officially in English to blow your mind! This panel is the perfect chance to find out what’s up and also add your two cents to what goes into our digital-first lineup. Ready to talk far-fetched manga? Come to our panel and participate in the Q&A for a chance to win special prizes!

Anime’s Best Cats with Junji Itoh
1:45 p.m.- 2:45 p.m.,
August 31 (Saturday)

Cinema 2 (Upper Level), San Jose McEnery Convention Center
Proud cat dad and Master of Horror Junji Ito joins us to discuss the best cats featured anime and manga throughout history! We hear why Ito-sensei is so fond of felines, learn how his own pet inspired many of his chilling tales and share loads of cat memes!

WIT Studio Creative Perspective with President/CEO George Wada
3:30 p.m.- 4:30 p.m., August 31 (Saturday)

Classroom 1 (Lower Level), San Jose McEnery Convention Center
WIT Studio is behind many anime hits including Attack on Titan, Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress, The Ancient Magus Bride and more. Come learn about the creative perspective behind an anime studio with president and CEO George Wada.

WIT Studio CEO, President George Wada Career Perspective
12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m., September 1 (Sunday)
Classroom 1 (Lower Level), San Jose McEnery Convention Center

Ever wondered what it’s like to work on popular series like Attack on Titan, The Ancient Magus Bride, Psycho Pass and more? Come join president and CEO George Wada as he shares his experience in the industry.

Find your Phobia with Junji Ito!
4:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m.,
September 1 (Sunday)
Cinema 2 (Upper Level), San Jose McEnery Convention Center

Ichthyophobia, gyrephobia, somniphobia and much much more! We review Ito-sensei’s most phobia-inducing manga panels, review the history behind them and dig into how he’s creepiest creations came to his pen!

SCREENINGS!

Cells at Work! English Dub Screening
2:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m., August 30 (Friday)
Episode Room (Upper Level), San Jose McEnery Convention Center
Enter the fascinating world inside your body with the brand new Cells at Work! English dub starring Cherami Leigh (Sword Art Online, Fairy Tail), Billy Kametz (Fate/EXTRA Last Encore, Katsugeki TOUKEN RANBU), Robbie Daymond (I want to eat your pancreas, Charlotte), and Laura Post (The Promised Neverland, March comes in like a lion) under the direction of English voice director Christian La Monte and adaptation by Blair Rowan of FULLMETAL ALCHEMIST: BROTHERHOOD.

That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime Episodes 1-5
4:15 p.m.-5:15 p.m., August 30 (Friday)
Episode Room (Upper Level), San Jose McEnery Convention Center
Corporate worker Mikami Satoru is stabbed by a random killer, and is reborn to an alternate world. But he turns out to be reborn a slime! Thrown into this new world with the name Rimuru, he begins his quest to create a world that’s welcoming to all races.

Chihayafuru Season 3 Premiere
3:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m., August 31 (Saturday)Cinema 1 (Upper Level), San Jose McEnery Convention Center
Join the producer of Chihayafuru Season 3, Toshio Nakatani, for an exclusive look at the upcoming new season. Be one of the first to watch the return of this series, coming to Crunchyroll this Fall!

In/Spectre: Episode 1-2 World Premiere & A Talk with Producer Tatsuya Ishiguro
5:00 p.m.-6:30 p.m., August 31 (Saturday)
Cinema 1 (Upper Level), San Jose McEnery Convention Center
What do you get when you cross romance and mystery with the supernatural? You get In/Spectre! Join special guest Tatsuya Ishiguro as he brings you the latest behind Crunchyroll’s upcoming anime co-production, In/Spectre! Be one of the first to get an exclusive screening of the anime and learn more about the series before it simulcasts in January 2020.

ALL WEEKEND!

Junji Ito Gallery
10:00-19:00, August 30-September 1
Junji Ito Gallery (Upper Level), San Jose McEnery Convention Center
We often learn more from fear, as it is one of the most compelling vehicles for storytelling. “Junji Ito: a master of horror,” will be gracing New Crunchy City with a gallery featuring an array of artwork—three of which are exclusive for Crunchyroll Expo 2019! Mr. Ito’s iconic stories like Uzumaki, Tomie, and Gyo have haunted generations through a concoction of thought-provoking themes and mesmerizing art. We hope this gallery will embed curiosity and awe in each and every one of you!

Manga Library
11:00 – 7:00 p.m., August 30-September 1

Manga Library (Upper Level), San Jose McEnery Convention Center
Check out your favorite manga from Kodansha Comics in the Manga Library, located upstairs!

Get your Shonen Magazine T-shirts now at UNIQLO stores!

Why just read manga when you can wear it? MANGA UT (UNIQLO T-shirts) launches Shonen Magazine T-shirts TODAY!

Weekly Shonen Magazine + UNIQLO are releasing 14 different designs of Shonen Magazine T-shirts! Inspired by six popular manga series—Hajime no Ippo, Fairy Tail, The Seven Deadly Sins, Attack on Titan, Negima!, and Shota no Sushi, the shirts are available at UNIQLO Stores worldwide in sizes XXS-XXL and up to XXXL through UNIQLO.com. Get your fresh merch now and represent your favorite manga series just in time for the fall convention season!

… and it’s GIVEAWAY time!

10 lucky winners will win a pair of T-Shirts! To enter, do the following:

• follow both Kodansha Comics and UNIQLO USA accounts Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter (see below)
• tag one friend in the comments
• mention which T-shirt of the full collection HERE that you would like to win
• name any of your favorite manga series!

Winners will be randomly selected and notified via DM to confirm mailing address, size, and T-shirt design. Giveaway ends August 30th at 5 pm EDT.

Facebook: @KodanshaComics  @uniqlo.us
Instagram: @kodansha_comics  @uniqlousa
twitter: @kodanshaUSA  @UniqloUSA

Good luck and thank you all for celebrating Weekly Shonen Magazine’s 60th birthday with us!

 

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Fairy Tail Universe Sale! All original + spinoff series up to 50% off on digital!

Calling all Fairy Tail fans! The original series may be over, but the adventure continues for the guild members. Whether your ultimate favorite was Natsu, Lucy, Happy, Erza, Gray, Gajeel, Juvia or Wendy, with all these spinoff titles added to the Fairy Tail universe, you can continue your adventure with them by completing all the series!

And the saga continues for the whole Fairy Tail Guild, as they tackle the “100 Years Quest”, a job no one has dared to take on! The new Fairy Tail series Fairy Tail: 100 Years Quest debuts August 20—TODAY!


Click on the cover to read Chapter 1 of Fairy Tail: 100 Years Quest FREE!

And to celebrate the new quest, all of our select Fairy Tail titles, including 63 volumes of the original series and spinoffs, are now up to 50% off at our digital retail partners: BookWalker, comiXology, Google Play, Kindle, MyAnimeList, and nook. Sale ends August 26!

~ Fairy Tail Universe Sale ~
August 20-26

Click on the links to read Chapter 1s for FREE!

Fairy Tail
Fairy Tail S
Fairy Tail ZERO
Fairy Tail Ice Trail
Fairy Tail Twin Dragons of Saber Tooth
Fairy Tail Rhodonite
Fairy Tail Lightning Gods
Fairy Tail Blue Mistral
Fairy Girls

New shojo manga every week starting August 20! Read Chapter 1s FREE

UPDATED August 20—here’s the list of our new digital-first shojo manga debuting every week starting today!


Vampire Dormitory by Ema Toyama The new manga from shojo hit-machine Ema Toyama, creator of Missions of Love and Aoba-kun’s Confessions, about a poor girl whose encounter with a bishonen vampire leads her down a dark path … Starts August 20! Click on the cover to read Chapter 1 FREE

Atsumori-kun’s Bride-to-Be by Taamo (Japanese title: Atsumori-kun no oyomesan) A new country-girl/city-boy romance from Taamo, the hit creator of House of the Sun and I’m in Love and It’s the End of the World! Starts August 27! Click on the cover to read Chapter 1 FREE

 

Smile Down the Runway by Kotoba Inoya (Japanese title: Runway de waratteA charming new comedy about a high-school girl chasing down the dream of becoming a high-fashion model. Her ambitions literally hit a ceiling, though, when she stops growing—and her only chance might be to team up with a talented-but-overlooked designer classmate! Starts September 3!

Queen Bee By Shizuru Seino (Japanese title: Seishun otome bancho!) A new high-school romantic comedy about a potentially very mismatched odd couple—misunderstood and monstrous Hirata and popular Touma-kun! Starts September 10! 

More to come—stay tuned!

Our original July 23 post:

Just announced at our Anime Expo and San Diego Comic-Con panels! Here’s the rundown for our new digital-first manga debuts, with a new series kicking off EVERY WEEK starting July 23! We begin with a quartet of brand-new isekai (other worlds) series:


The Great Cleric By Broccoli Lion and Hiiro Akikaze (character designs by sime) The manga based on the hit light novel series (Japanese title: Seija musou), about an ordinary salaryman who cheats death and now must find his way in another world—as a great healer. On sale now! Click on the cover to read Chapter 1 free!


The Slime Diaries: That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime By Shiba (based on story and character designs by Fuse and Mitz Vah) Gut-busting 4-panel gag comix based on the smash-hit isekai saga about that guy who got reincarnated as a slime! Starts July 30! Click on the cover to read Chapter 1 free!


Goodbye! I’m Being Reincarnated! By Kenji Saito and Parabora From Trinity Seven creator Kenji Saito comes a new manga series (Japanese title: Goodbye! Isekai tensei) about an ordinary high school guy’s big chance to become the one true great hero when one day he’s greeted by a princess from another world! Starts August 6! Click on the cover to read Chapter 1 free!


The Knight Cartoonist and Her Orc Editor By Indo So and Takafumi Sato Reverse otherworld-incarnation hijinx about an orc reborn in this world as … a manga editor! And the knight who becomes a … manga artist! If you’re looking for a unique insider look into the manga industry, this is it (maybe)! Starts August 13! Click on the cover to read Chapter 1 free!

Isekai Manga Sale! Reincarnated as a Slime + 6 otherworldly manga up to 50% off on digital!

‘Tis the dog days of summer, and maybe yer tired of this world and ready to jump into another one? Well you’re in luck, kind of, because now you escape to some new worlds—at a discount up to 50% off—with our first-ever Isekai Manga Sale!

For this week’s digital sale we’re featuring some our most popular hits, including That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime and I’m Standing on a Million Lives. Plus we’re putting on sale a quartet of BRAND-NEW isekai titles that we started releasing just this past month: Slime spinoff The Slime Diaries, The Great Cleric, Goodbye I’m Being Reincarnated!, and our wacky new take on manga-about-manga that debuts TODAYThe Knight Cartoonist and Her Orc Editor

All of our select isekai series are now up to 50% off on digital at our digital retail partners: Apple Books, BookWalker, comiXology, Google Play, Kindle, Kobo MyAnimeList, and nook. But hurry! Sale ends August 19! 

~ Kodansha Comics Isekai Sale  ~
August 13-19

Click on the link to read Chapter 1 for FREE!

That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime
I’m Standing on a Million Lives
Alicia’s Diet Quest
The Great Cleric 
The Slime Diaries
Goodbye! I’m Being Reincarnated!
The Knight Cartoonist and Her Orc Editor

 

 

Vinland Saga digital sale! All 10 volumes up to 50% off

What better way to cool down during the hot summer days than taking a journey to the cold northern seas! From now until August 12th, get up to 50% off on all ten volumes of the Vinland Saga manga at our digital retail partners: Apple Books, BookWalker, comiXology, Google Play, Kindle, Kobo, MyAnimeList, and nook!

What are you waiting for?? The epic journey that inspired one of this anime season’s biggest hits is waiting! Sale ends August 12.

… and be sure to check out the special surprises this month with Vinland Saga as our 10th Anniversary Spotlight Series!

Not yet convinced? Here’s a free Chapter 1 preview of likely the greatest Viking comic ever!

 

10 Years of Kodansha Comics—August Spotlight: Vinland Saga

10 Years of Kodansha Comics!

The year 2019 marks the 10th anniversary of the first Kodansha Comics manga published in English. Please join us in celebration as we select one classic Kodansha Comics series each month for exclusive content, promotions, and other surprises!

Vinland Saga Volumes 1-10 are available now from Kodansha Comics!

August Spotlight: Vinland Saga

Our August Spotlight title is Makoto Yukimura’s Viking epic Vinland Saga, which recently received an anime debut! So what kind of “special surprises” do we have for you to pillage this month? Check these out …

Surprise 1: Exclusive Vinland Saga pin!

As a part of the 10 Years of Kodansha Comics project, we’ve teamed up with our friends at Rightstuf to bring you this awesome Vinland Saga Pin!

Visit Rightstuf and order any volume of Vinland Saga and you’ll receive an exclusive pin for FREE! Available this month (August 2019) only or while supplies last.

Surprise 2:  Vinland Saga digital sale!

What better way to cool down during the hot summer days than taking a journey to the cold northern seas! From now until August 12th, get 50% off on Vinland Saga manga at our digital retail partners: Apple Books, BookWalker, comiXology, Google Play, Kindle, Kobo, MyAnimeList, and nook! What are you waiting for?? The epic journey that inspired one of this anime season’s biggest hits is waiting!

Surprise 3: Vinland Saga survey sweepstakes!

Have you been wanting to check out Vinland Saga in anticipation of its anime release? Set your sails and get ready to join the hunt for some sweet loot! For the month of August only, ONE lucky winner will win a set of Vinland Saga manga Volumes 1-10. All you have to do is take this survey by August 31 to enter for a chance to win!

Surprise 4: Celebrating Vinland Saga‘s anime! A special long-form fishing-hole interview between author Makoto Yukimura and director Shuhei Yabuta 

Vinland Saga‘s anime adaptation was announced in March 2018. The first round of announcements revealed some visuals from the show, and Shuhei Yabuta’s position as director. 

Yabuta previously directed the Inuyashiki anime and was a 3D-CG director for Attack on Titan. Now all eyes are on him and WIT Studio as they produce Vinland Saga, which depicts the lives of Norse warriors. 

Read on for an interview between Yabuta and Yukimura! Of course, you can’t talk about Vikings without talking about fishing! (Save your snappy comebacks, please!) We set the scene at a fishing hole somewhere in Tokyo … 

The Difference between Anime and Manga in Showing Flair 

Makoto Yukimura (MY): I saw some anime storyboard drafts and thought, “Oh, it’s already cleaned up and finalized!” That’s how incredible the recreation of the battle scenes are. In the manga, I am doing my best to think of the sword fighting as an entire scene, but since it’s ultimately just still images, the only thing that really matters is that the images look cool. But animation has to show the flow of movement from still image to still image. So seeing how that’s interpreted and put into motion made me go like, “Whoa, no way!” I was very happy to see how much you preserved the original work. It’s really true that when it comes to depicting motion, a manga author has nothing on an animator. 

Shuhei Yabuta (SY): You know, in that regard, I don’t think there’s a huge difference between manga and anime. Yes, animation is a moving video, but rather than expressing the whole movement, I try to make the cool points stick out and capture the viewer’s attention. When you get down to it, it really is like a sequence of stills. So at the core, I think, like you, that “We gotta make sure the stills have that flair!” 

If the still images don’t look cool, the animation won’t look cool. The parts that stick out in the manga, the images that you as an author focused on, are very clear and crisp—so my team has to think about how to lean into those illustrations. Since the motion in your manga is extremely clear, we never have to worry about how everything is moving. I think that makes the process very enjoyable for the animators! And I can feel the motivation from them—when I check over the motion sequences, I often think, “Wow, you even included this detail?!” [laughs] 

MY: That’s really great to hear. I have absolutely no worries about the anime. Coming from the manga side, however, I’m so jealous about animation. You get all the movement, the color … I would love to be able to draw a manga entirely in color, but it would take me about three years to put out one volume. [laughs] 

The Stark Differences between Anime and Manga Production 

MY: In animation, a lot of people are involved, right? In manga, at the most, you maybe get a little less than ten staff members. How many people in total would you say are involved in the Vinland Saga anime? 

SY: We’re still in the early stages, so we’re not at full capacity yet, but ultimately I would expect it to include about a thousand people. 

MY: A thousand! That’s two digits more than I expected! [laughs] But I only have five assistants! I’m sure you already have lots of processes to produce animation in place, but it’s hard to believe that you can get so many people to share in the same mindset of producing a single work. I would imagine that the more people there are, the more difficult it is. 

SY: You’re right. It’s hard. After all, different people will interpret the same idea differently. Sometimes there are differences in how deeply we think about something, and even when you’re trying really hard to be on the same wavelength, there are times that the results end up on slightly different vectors. So I end up reflecting on topics like: How do I talk about things to ensure that the work properly follows its core themes? How do I give directions to minimize the discrepancies? 

We have a whole bunch of people taking part in the series, but even with differences of opinion, we’re all coming in sharing a strong attachment to the original work and a determination to make it as good as it can be. So a ton of the production is supported by that motivation. 

I think that manga as a medium makes it easy for the artist to express their own creative nature. You have editors, too, of course, and you can’t do it entirely by yourself, but I think that in terms of personal vision, it’s very pure and genuine. But when it comes to animation where there’s an existing manuscript, since I’m not the author, there are times that I feel a kind of emptiness because it’s not truly my own creation. [laughs]  That being said, I’m still fascinated by work as a director—I want to make the finished product as enjoyable as it can be, and appeal to as many people as it possibly can. 

MY: Well, when it comes to the anime, it seems that the best thing I can do to make it better, is truly doing nothing at all … I can make the anime better by not getting involved! I’m really looking forward to how it turns out. Thanks for your hard work. 

SY: We’ll do our best to meet your expectations! 

About Makoto Yukimura
Makoto Yukimura made his debut with the science fiction manga Planetes, serialized from 1999 to 2004. Vinland Saga is his first manga for Kodansha Comics.

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Be sure to check back again next month, when we’ll be throwing the spotlight onto yet another Kodansha classic!