BL & Yuri Sale featuring If I Could Reach You: all digital up to 50% off! (ends 11/4)

It’s that dreamy autumn season again. What better time to fall in love with one of our exquisite BL and yuri titles? This week check out our expanding collection of BL and yuri with the BL & Yuri Digital Sale, with up to 50% off at all of our digital retail partners: Apple Books,BookWalker, comiXology, Google Play,  Kindle, Kobo, MyAnimeList, and nook. Sale ends November 4th.

~ Kodansha Comics BL & Yuri Sale  ~
October 29- November 4
Click on the cover to read Chapter 1 for FREE!

Our BL and Yuri series available in digital or print:

And from our digital-first collection:


… and for those who like their manga in print, there’s more! Don’t forget to go to your local Books-A-Million bookstore this holiday season and fill in those holes in your manga collection or to just get that missing volume:

From now until December 30th, buy any 2 Kodansha Comics or Vertical manga, and you’ll get the 3rd manga FREE!  


Books-A-Million Buy 2, Get 3rd manga free this holiday season! Ends 12/30

Mix and match your favorite manga from Kodansha Comics and Vertical

Looking for a great gift idea? Head over to your local Books-A-Million bookstore and buy any 2 Kodansha Comics or Vertical manga, and you’ll get the 3rd manga FREE! The deal even applies on their online store and applies to any Kodansha Comics or Vertical manga in print!

Promotion ends on December 30th, 2019!

Happy winter reading!


Attack on Titan Mural x Photo Contest #AOTinNYC


The Colossal Titan Breaches NYC! 

If you’re in New York City the month of November, believe your eyes! You will find a massive Attack on Titan mural produced by Colossal Media near Madison Square Garden, on 31st Street between 7th and 8th Avenues.

And to celebrate it, Kodansha Comics—along with our pals at Anime NYCFunimation, and Kinokuniya—will be hosting a photo contest from early November to mid December 2019. Here’s what to do:

Just take a photo in front of the mural, tag us #AOTinNYC and #AnimeNYC! Winners will get awesome prizes from all of us!

*UPDATE 12/26

Thanks to an incredible effort from mankind, the Colossal Titan has gone back into hiding! Today, it’s our pleasure to announce our winners and show off their dynamic photos!

Grand Prize (1 winner)

Congratulations to our Grand Prize Winner!


  • Two tickets to Anime NYC 2020
  • Attack on Titan Complete First Season on Blu-ray
  • Attack on Titan Season Two Limited Edition on Blu-ray and DVD
  • Attack on Titan Season Three Part One Limited Edition on Blu-ray and DVD
  • $100 Kinokuniya Gift Card
  • Attack on Titan Season 1 Part 1, Season 1 Part 2, Season 2, Season 3 Part 1 and Season 3 Part 2 Manga Box Set

Runner-up Prize (5 winners)

Kudos to our Runners Up!







  • Attack on Titan Season Three Part One Standard Editionon Blue-ray and DVD
  • One Attack on Titan Funko Pop!
  • $30 Kinokuniya Gift Card
  • Attack on Titan Season 3 Part 1 and Season 3 Part 2 Manga Box Set

This is what the art looked like!


Keep your eyes peeled for more information at!

Scary Manga digital sale: 30+ manga series that creep … for up to 50% off! Ends 10/28

Things getting weird this fall? We’re certainly ready here at Kodansha Comics ‘cos we’re putting a whoppin’ 30+ digital series on sale that’ll creep your pants off! That’s right, this week all scary manga are up to 50% off at all of our digital retail partners: BookWalker, comiXology, Google Play, iBooks, Kindle, MyAnimeList, and nook. Sale ends Monday October 28, though! 

— Kodansha Comics Scary Manga Sale  —
October 22- 28
Read FREE Chapter 1 previews in the links below! 

As the Gods Will: Second Series
Attack on Titan Before the Fall
Attack on Titan No Regrets
Attack on Titan Lost girls
Attack on Titan Anthology
Cage of Eden
Can You Just Die, My Darling?
Cells At Work CODE BLACK
Devils’ Line
Dragon Head
Elegant Yokai Apartment Life
The Flowers of Evil
Fort of Apocalypse
Hozuki’s Coolheadedness
Kokkoku: Moment by Moment
Imperfect Girl
I Want to Hold Aono-kun So Badly I Could Die
Junjij Ito’s Cat Diary: Yon and Mu
The Ghost and the Lady
Neo Parasyte
Princess Resurrection
PTSD Radio
Starving Anonymous
Until Your Bones Rot
Witchcraft Works


There’s more! It is that time of year, isn’t it … ? This Saturday, October 26, we celebrate Halloween Comic Fest!

Here’s how it works: Visit your Local Comic Shop and pick up a free Kodansha Comics sampler of our new video-game-related manga featuring Tales of Berseria, Granblue Fantasy and Fate/Grand Order!

And from Vertical, a sampler of NISIOISIN’s hit-novel-series-turned-manga, BAKEMONOGATARIwith special tribute artwork inside, so check that out!


About Halloween Comic Fest

Halloween ComicFest (HCF) is the comic book industry’s premier fall event—a single day when participating comic book specialty shops across North America and around the world give away specially published comic books absolutely free to anyone who comes into their shops. Find your local participating comic book shop at

Full Q&A with The Drops of God creators + info on their appearance in Napa/L.A. Oct 20-21

Drops of God Wine Salon

Meet the creators of The Drops of God in Napa or L.A. + read the full exclusive Q&A below!

Connosseiurs of fine wine and fine manga have all heard about the big announcement this week of our co-publication of The Drops of God with comiXology Originals.

Now attendees of the Drops of God Wine Salon events can meet the writers of the world’s most famous wine manga—”Tadashi Agi,” the pen-name taken by siblings Shin and Yuko Kibayashi. The Drops of God Wine Salon is a “full-service online wine salon” inspired by none other than the Kibayashis, in partnership with vintner Peter Chiang.

The rare pair of personal appearances take place in two California locations: Napa Valley (where else?) and Beverly Hills. These are fine wine and dining affairs where guests will be able to taste through 30 different wines from 9 different producers personally chosen by them, and which will be paired with the cuisine of Thomas Keller’s Ad Hoc at Yountville in Napa Valley on October 20th and the legendary tapas of The Bazaar by Jose Andres in Beverly Hills on October 21st. To learn more about these events and The Drops of God Wine Salon, please visit

You can read the thoughtful, often poetic, replies by the Kibayashis in this exclusive full Q&A below. Portions of this interview first appeared in the Drops of God publication announcement that ran in Wine Spectator‘s Unfiltered column. Thank you to Ben O’Donnell.

What was the inspiration for the original story, and how did you come up with different storylines during the decade of publication?

We got hooked on wine long before we began serializing The Drops of God. We were at a DRC [Domaine de la Romanée-Conti] event and happened to taste the ’85 Echezeaux.

When we tasted it, it was in its peak state, the perfect time to open the bottle. Tasting it changed our view of alcoholic drinks and later changed our lives. We experienced this as if we were struck by lightning; a picture scroll of the history, people, and culture behind that one bottle of wine revealed itself before us. We remember that shocking moment even today.

This was what got us into the world of wine, and as we drank wine every day, we started talking about the story behind each wine and what we imagined it to be. This process came naturally to us, probably because of our profession as manga writers.

“This wine is a woman.” “Yes, this must be a glamorous woman with long, dark hair … ” We discussed how we imagined the wines we drank like that, without conflicting opinions.

Wine is actually a beverage that has its own worldview, and we felt as if we were taking a peek into that view by drinking it. That’s probably why a lot of images from around the world came to our minds. We decided to visualize these images through dramatic sequences, in the form of a manga. And that’s how the story of The Drops of God gradually started.

How did you choose the wines in the story? (And the food pairings in the “Marriage” series?) How did your wine knowledge evolve during the years you wrote the series?

Every single wine introduced in the manga was tasted by us, and they had to pass a certain standard.

We tasted various kinds of wine at all price ranges and from different parts of the world, even ones that don’t appear in the manga. We screened out wines we thought readers would be disappointed in, regardless of price. We didn’t want to introduce wines we personally found unattractive. At the same time, we didn’t want to say anything negative or blasphemous about wines that would appear in the manga.

Regarding food, as it’s depicted in our Marriage—The Drops of God Final Arc, it can’t be separated from wine. There are combinations that complement each other and that work against each other. To find an exquisite food pairing, rather than focusing in on certain ingredients, we instead spent our time in our kitchen and at restaurants just trying out different ingredients from Japanese, Chinese, and Western cuisines in order to find out what pairs best with them, more like trial-and-error experimentation.

Regarding our knowledge about wine, the biggest change that The Drop of God serialization brought us was the fact that we started drinking wine “globally.” Before The Drops of God we drank wine mostly from France, and occasionally from the U.S., and sometimes from Italy, and that was about it. However, we started encountering wines from around the world, from Spain, South Africa, Australia, Germany, Greece, Switzerland, Moldova, China … Just like what the main characters did to find the Drops of God and the Twelve Apostles. Wine mirrors a country’s food culture and lifestyle. It’s very fascinating. We wouldn’t have realized this if it wasn’t for The Drops of God.

Why do you think The Drops of God has been such a huge success that has resonated with so many people, especially young people? How do you think it has influenced wine culture?

A lot of young people haven’t experienced wine or know much about wine. For them, wine is a beverage that presents hurdles.  

But in The Drops of God, the main character has no knowledge of wine. He starts tasting wine one by one and starts out with expressions like, “This is a very good wine. It’s like the song by Queen.” Wouldn’t you be tempted to taste the exact same wine and experience that? If you could taste and feel it coming to you like music, that should be enough to enjoy it, shouldn’t it? “It isn’t so difficult for us to enjoy wine” is probably what young people realized by following the main character.

The influence of The Drops of God on wine has spread around the world in a way that we, the story writers of the manga, never thought would happen.  

Soon after the serialization started, The Drops of God became something of a cultural phenomenon in South Korea. This was around 2005, right when the Korean won was getting stronger and the economy was improving. Wine has links to social well-being, and maybe for that reason, we heard of situations where elite companies bought all the wines introduced in The Drops of God as a way to “educate” their employees.

Back then, most of the wines sold in South Korea were Chilean, due to lower import taxes, but now people can enjoy wines from countries like the U.S., Spain, and France, and the culture of wine has penetrated into that country.

The most surprising phenomenon happened in France. We assumed that The Drops of God wouldn’t be accepted in France, but the result was the complete opposite. French readers were able to rediscover their wine culture by reading The Drops of God, and that strange phenomenon helped maintain young people’s interest in wine. The French government acknowledged that contribution, and we were presented with two awards, Ordre du Mérite agricole in 2011, and L’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres in 2018.

In Japan, the wines that were introduced as “as seen in The Drops of God!” sold out immediately. The top-selling merchandise on Rakuten [the major online shopping site in Japan] we’ve heard is wine, and we’re sure that The Drops of God has something to do with it.  

What is your hope for introducing The Drops of God to an English-speaking audience?

Of course we’re very happy! English is the largest spoken language in the world, and there are many wine-producing and wine-loving countries that have English as their primary language, such as Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, and, obviously, the U.S.

We’ve been receiving inquiries from fans from those countries about when the English edition will come out. British people are connoisseurs of French wine, of course, and they must have been waiting for an English edition to come out, too.

What is your idea behind the Drops of God Wine Salon and WineGame app?

Wine is a luxury item, and it’s something that should be introduced based on one’s preferences in taste, but consultation is the most difficult part of wine selection. That may be the reason why general audiences get easily discouraged from exploring further.

Through this Wine Salon and game, we wanted to learn more about an individual’s taste, to customize and introduce wine to people in a more enjoyable way. We also wish to find new needs of wine with the data that will be collected through this game. 

Manga Harvest Sale! 11+ digital series up to 50% off! Ends 10/21

This year’s seasonal harvest is in, and we’ve got some tasty treats for your reading pleasure! Whether you like cute cooking time, mouthwatering masterpieces or … wait is that human flesh???

For this week’s digital sale, we’re featuring 11 of our most savory hits, including Sweetness and Lightning and Crocodile Baron. The whole harvest of digital series are now up to 50% off at our digital retail partners: Apple Books, BookWalker, comiXology, Google Play, Kindle, Kobo MyAnimeList, and nook. Sale ends October 21st!

~ Manga Harvest Sale ~
October 15-21

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

Alicia’s Diet Quest
Are You Lost?
Blissful Land
Crocodile Baron
Drifting Dragons
Is Kichijoji the Only Place to Live?
Kitchen Princess
Starving Anonymous
Sweetness and Lightning
Yuri Is My Job!

You may want a bit of wine to go with all that food … ah, perfect timing! Starting this week, we and our pals at ComiXology Originals are completing the internationally renowned wine manga The Drops of God in English for the very first time! Click here for more information about this exciting announcement!

Drops of God Wine Salon

Oh for those of you interested in fine dining and wine IRL, this weekend connosseiurs of fine wine and fine manga will be celebrating the opening of the Drops of God Wine Salon in Napa with the creator Tadashi Agi!  Come join the party at Ad Hoc at Yountville in Napa Valley on October 20th and The Bazaar by Jose Andres in Beverly Hills on October 21st.

To learn more about these events and the Drops of God Wine Salon, please visit

Anime NYC 2019, November 15-17: Meet special guest VOFAN, MONOGATARI contest, panels & MORE!

We are super excited to be at Anime NYC this year,  because we’re hosting a very special guest—VOFAN, star illustrator of NISIOISIN’s MONOGATARI series, the bestselling light novels from Vertical! To celebrate his rare appearance in America, and also debut his new art book Colorful Dreams, we’ll have a special art exhibit, autograph sessions, panels, and lots of fun activities! Here’s the rundown of all things related to VOFAN at Anime NYC 2019:

Art Exhibit!

Colorful Dreams will be available from Vertical October 29, 2019! 

Colorful Dreams is VOFAN’s first art book to be published in the U.S. and a collection of his best personal works in full-color. Leading up to its release, VOFAN reimagined and remastered the edition that was published in Taiwan over a decade ago with brand-new cover art, photos, and illustrations.  To showcase VOFAN’s journey to refine his art style, Vertical is honored to bring a special art exhibit to Anime NYC featuring his process works from Colorful Dreams, as well as the MONOGATARI series and other commercial works. 

Visit Vertical booth (#1617) at Anime NYC to see VOFAN’s Colorful Dreams art exhibit! 



VOFAN is a Taiwanese illustrator. He has been the cover illustrator for video game magazine Famitsu Weekly Taiwan since 2004 and served as the head of character design for the PS3 game Time and Eternity. Since 2006, he has been the cover illustrator for the Monogatari light novel series as well as for the mystery series The Forgetful Detective, both written by NISIOISIN. He also illustrates PlayStation Network Taiwan’s virtual avatar AI-Chan. As a photographer, he sometimes combines photographs with illustrations in his work. His other publications include the COLORFUL DREAMS series of illustrations and poems and the album series VOFAN OTONA FANTASY.




 Colorful Dreams pre-signed books are available at Kinokuniya Booth #440!

VOFAN x MAKOTO SHINKAI: Exclusive posters available at ANIME NYC

The cover art from these two novels based on the films of anime maestro Makoto Shinkai (Your Name) were specially drawn by MONOGATARI Illustrator VOFAN, and to commemorate his appearance at Anime NYC, these beautifully drawn pieces will be printed into full-size posters! A limited number of poster sets will only be available at Animate USA (booth #1523), so don’t miss your opportunity to grab yours! 

The two amazing love stories, 5 Centimeters per Second: one more side and Voices of a Distant Star: Words of Love/Across the Sky, are now on sale at your favorite bookstore!


Get VOFAN’s autograph!

UPDATE October 15: VOFAN premium packages with autograph tickets are SOLD OUT!

Don’t miss the chance to meet and get an autograph from VOFAN! He will be signing autographs on Saturday, November 16 and Sunday, November 17 at the Vertical Booth (#1617) at Anime NYC (Javits Convention Center, New York) .

To get VOFAN’s autograph, you need to preorder VOFAN’s new Colorful Dreams art book from Anime NYC. Preorders launch October 15, 3 p.m. Eastern Time here:

The VOFAN Premium Package is $25 and includes:

One copy of VOFAN’s Colorful Dreams
VOFAN pin featuring illustration exclusively done for Anime NYC
One live autograph from VOFAN

VOFAN signing times:

 Saturday, November 16 at 3 p.m.
Sunday, November 17 at 2 p.m.

Anime NYC Weekend or Day Ticket is also required to participate in VOFAN’s Anime NYC signings

Check Anime NYC’s website for more details


MONOGATARI Cosplay & Fan Art Contest

ICYMI we announced our MONOGATARI Contests leading up to Anime NYC! Between now and November 17, 2019, we are accepting online submissions for fan art and cosplay.

But if you’regoing to Anime NYC, you are in luck! Because there’s a special category for the onsite cosplay contest, and VOFAN himself will be there as a judge! So cosplay as one of many unique MONOGATARI characters and swing by the Vertical Booth (#1617) on Sunday, November 17 at noon! … more details


Attack on Titan Mural x Photo Contest #AOTinNYC

If you’re in New York City the month of November, believe your eyes! You will find a massive Attack on Titan mural produced by Colossal Media near Madison Square Garden, on 31st Street between 7th and 8th Avenues.

And to celebrate it, Kodansha Comics—along with our pals at Anime NYCFunimation, and Kinokuniya—will be hosting a photo contest from early November to mid December 2019. Here’s what to do:

Just take a photo in front of the mural, tag us #AOTinNYC and #AnimeNYC! Winners will get awesome prizes from all of us! …Read More

Humble Bundle!

This is it! Just in time for VOFAN’s visit to Anime NYC arrives … the MONOGATARI Humble Bundle, our longest-running Humble Book Bundle ever, running for an epic 3 weeks! It’s the ultimate NISIOISIN digital package of light novels, manga, art, and audiobooks—and a perfect gateway to this author’s unique world. (And if you’re at Anime NYC, let the star illustrator of all those beautiful MONOGATARI covers, VOFAN, know you supported his Humble Bundle!)

It’s a multisensory feast for the eyes (with manga by Mitsuru Hattori and Oh!great and an artbook by VOFAN) and ears (with two audiobooks featuring the talents of your favorite anime voice actors)!

And you pay what you want for it—helping out charity while you’re at it! What could be better?

Ready? So how does it work? … more details


Colorful Dreams Launch with VOFAN – Friday – 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM – 1E13

Celebrate the launch of VOFAN’s new art book Colorful Dreams with the artist himself! Appraised by the fans around the world as “The Magician of Light from Taiwan”, VOFAN (the star illustrator of the Monogatari Series novels by NISIOISIN) and publisher Vertical will draw back the curtain on how the project came to be — and check out some beautiful illustrations from the art book.

VOFAN Live Drawing Panel and Retrospective – Saturday – 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM – 1E13

Don’t miss this rare chance to see internationally-renowned artist VOFAN (the star illustrator of the Monogatari Series novels by NISIOISIN) drawing his beautiful characters, live on stage! He’ll discuss how he got his start in the industry, talk about how he got involved with the Monogatari Series , and maybe even share a few trade secrets!

Kodansha & Vertical Present Manga in 2020 and Beyond – Sunday – 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM – 1E13

A new decade brings a new age of exciting manga, so be among the first to hear all about it! Kodansha Comics and Vertical Comics proclaim the conquest of Madison Square Garden by the Colossus Titan from Attack on Titan, announce their brand-new print and digital licenses, and answer your questions, with a special guest editor from Japan to give an insider’s look at how your favorite shojo and josei manga are born. Best of all, every attendee will receive a free 200-page manga paperback, and a lucky few will receive Kodansha Comics 10-year anniversary pins and other cool stuff!

Take a picture with Fire Force Company 8 at Anime Weekend Atlanta! (November 1-3)

So this year for Halloween yer gonna be … a devil … a witch … a knight … a cat in a swimsuit … ? Well, if you’re gonna be at Anime Weekend Atlanta for ‘ween weekend (October 31-November 3), you may want to dress up as a fire fighter, you know, because Kodansha Comics is teaming up with our good friends at Funimation to host the Fire Force Photo Booth

Come to Booth #204 for an epic photo op with the members of Special Fire Force Company 8! (Yes! You’ll get to keep the photo evidence too!) Not only that, come EARLY, because the first 100 fans each day will get a special Benimaru button*!    *While supplies last. 

And if thou art a die-hard manga fan, come and check out out the Kodansha Comics Got Weird Manga Panel on Friday, November 1 at 1:45 p.m.-2:45 p.m. (CGC-Williams CDF)! … details


Fire Force Volumes 1-16 are available now in print & digital from Kodansha Comics!


The Fire Force anime is streaming now on Funimation|NOW & Crunchyroll!

See you at AWA! 


Fine wine, fine manga: The Drops of God Volumes 1-11 now out from comiXology Originals!

The word’s greatest wine manga continues!

Kodansha Comics and ComiXology Originals are pleased to announce they’re completing the internationally renowned wine manga The Drops of God in English for the very first time.

Volumes 1-11 debut October 14 and can be read digitally as part of the comiXology Originals line of exclusive content—available for purchase only on Kindle and comiXology and streaming on Amazon Prime Reading, Kindle Unlimited and comiXology Unlimited. Thirty-four of the 44-volume series have never been translated in English. Today’s release sees the previously published volumes 1-8 re-edited with new cover art and volumes 9-11 appearing today in English for the first time ever. More volumes to be added at a later date. 

Created and written by Tadashi Agi, a pseudonym for siblings Shin and Yuko Kibayashi, with artwork by Shu Okimoto, The Drops of God has had an unprecedented impact on the international wine market and the various wines featured throughout the series. How many manga see their debuts announced exclusively in Wine Spectator?

When world-renowned wine critic Kanzaki Yutaka passes away, his will reveals that his fortune of a wine collection isn’t automatically bequeathed to his only son Kanzaki Shizuku, a junior employee at a Japanese beverage company whose main focus is selling beer. In order to take ownership of his legacy and the inheritance, he must correctly identify and describe thirteen wines, the first twelve heaven-sent wines known as the “Twelve Apostles” and the thirteenth known as the “Drops of God,” while competing against the stellar young wine critic, Toomine Issei.  With determination, a strong sense of taste and smell, and an uncanny ability to describe his experiences, Shizuku submerges himself in the world of wine to try to solve its mysteries and defeat Issei. 

The creators, the brother-sister duo Shin and Yuko Kibayashi (a.k.a. “Tadashi Agi”), will be appearing Stateside October 20-21 in a pair of exclusive appearances in Napa Valley (where else?) and Beverly Hills! More info including an exclusive Q&A with the Kibayashis here.

The Drops of God is a fun and educational page-turner for wine connoisseurs and beginners alike. It has appeared on the New York Times Bestseller list, the 2011 New York Times Holiday Gift Guide and’s Best New Manga list of 2011 and has received enormous praise: 

“My favorite wine book of 2011 … Pick up this first volume at your sleep’s peril. It’s a one-nighter, a wine tale that is equal parts coming-of-age, love and detective stories. Along its nervy way, it nonetheless plainly explains various wines, wine talk and the how-to of wine tasting. As a graphic novel, it gets across a lot more emotion and imagery than mere prose … You’ll be drunk with anticipation.”  Chicago Tribune

“An almost psychedelically beautiful work… It’s like Speed Racer crossed with Wine Spectator.” The Daily Dish (LA Times)

“Absolute page-turner … It’s the sweeping two-page illustrations of taste-transporting moments (a shirt-tearing jam by rock band Queen, a maiden fleeing through strawberry fields) that better capture wine’s great allure than a thousand dry scribblings on history and weather conditions.” Time Out New York

“It presents wines rapturously and in creative ways … I’m a vodka man, but Drops of God left me with a new appreciation for the grape, new vocabulary words like terroir (the flavors and aromas that soil and geography impart to a wine) and a fascination with decanting, which the book depicts as an art form.” —The New York Times


The Ghost in the Shell digital sale! All series up to 50% off

“It is the near future. The world has become highly information-intensive, with a vast corporate network covering the planet, electrons and light pulsing through it.” But on the upside, you can plug into the classic cyberpunk sensation The Ghost in the Shell in digital! From now until October 14th, get up to 50% off on all The Ghost in the Shell series at all of our digital retail partners: Apple Books, BookWalker, comiXology, Google Play, Kindle, Kobo, MyAnimeList, and nook! Sale ends October 14th.

What are you waiting for?? There’s no time for the future like the present!

… aaaand be sure to check out the special surprises this month with The Ghost in the Shell as our 10th Anniversary Spotlight Series for October!

By the way, here’s the whole Chapter 1 free of the greatest cyberpunk comic ever!