Creator Spotlight: Konami Kanata Sale! Chi’s Sweet Home & other Manga up to 50% Off! (Ends 5/4)

Cute Feline Adventures for the Whole Family

Creator of consistently cute stories, Konami Kanata, brought to life the curious world of Chi’s Sweet Home, Chi’s Sweet Adventures, and FukuFuku Kitten Tales, letting readers view life through the eyes of some very feisty feline friends. To celebrate this purrfect creator we’re making it even easier to pounce on all of her amazing stories by making all of Konami Kanata’s VERTICAL manga up to 50% off!

That’s right! Be sure to catch up or complete your Chi collection at up to 50% off each volume, across all our participating digital vendors including: BookWalker, comiXology, Google Play, Kindle, Nook and izneo. Sale runs from April 28, until May 4. But this sale isn’t the only way we’re celebrating Konami Kanata!

If you’re looking for even more feline fun and the opportunity to win prizes, we’re still holding a coloring contest where you can win a Boredom Buster prize pack of VERTICAL books just by coloring pages from the Chi’s Sweet Coloring Book! All you need to do is color one of the print-ready coloring book pages below, show us your masterpiece by posting them to twitter, facebook, or instagram using the hashtag #ColorMeChi, and we’ll randomly pull a winner! But be sure to hurry, this contest ends 5/1!

Click on the art below to download print-read versions of each page! Or click here for a PDF of all pages!

       

 

~Creator Spotlight: Konami Kanata Digital Manga Sale! ~
April 28 – May 4
See below for the full list of titles being offered during the Creator Spotlight: Konami Kanata sale.
Also, you can click covers below to read chapter 1s FREE!

 

Chi’s Sweet Home

 

Chi’s Sweet Adventures

 

FukuFuku Kitten Tales

 

Creator Spotlight: Hiro Mashima & Special Giveaway Sweepstakes with COPIC

Celebrating the Many Worlds of Hiro Mashima

Hiro Mashima – creator of fan-favorite series like EDENS ZERO, FAIRY TAIL (including it’s numerous spin-offs), RAVE MASTER, Monster Soul & more – has built an extended universe spanning several series, worlds and tons of amazing characters. To celebrate the recent release of both the FAIRY TAIL MANGA BOX SET 2 & EDENS ZERO volume 7 we want to offer fans and new readers alike a couple of very special offers:

Creator Spotlight Sale: Hiro Mashima

First, we’re we’re hosting a special sale making all Mashima series – more than 130 digital manga titles – up to 50% off! That’s right! In this sale you can catch up or complete your Mashima library, including the planet hopping sci-fi saga EDENS ZERO, the magic-filled adventure FAIRY TAIL, the world-saving scavenger hunt RAVE MASTER, and more.

And as a reminder, not only do we have these great series priced at up to 50% off, but we’ve extended our 99¢ Vol. 1 sale to let you explore even more of what Kodansha Comics and VERTICAL have to offer.

So give all these amazing Mashima series a try for 99¢ per volume 1, and then catch up on the rest for up to 50% off at all participating digital vendors including: BookWalker, comiXology, Google Play, Kindle, Nook and izneo. Sale runs from April 21, until April 27. But this sale isn’t the only way we’re celebrating Hiro Mashima!

 

Hiro Mashima Sweepstakes from Kodansha Comics + COPIC

 

We’re also looking to give something back to fans with a very special Hiro Mashima Sweepstakes, created in part with our friends at COPIC. Let’s start with the good stuff: For this special sweepstakes we’re giving away the FAIRY TAIL MANGA BOX SET 1, FAIRY TAIL MANGA BOX SET 2, EDENS ZERO volumes 1-7 and from COPIC, a 24-piece marker set! But how can you enter you ask?

From now, April 21 until May 4 take our Hiro Mashima Quiz by clicking the banner or here! Answer all the quiz questions correctly and you will automatically be entered to win the amazing prizes detailed above. Go ahead enter today for your chance to win!

For more information on COPIC markers please visit their website here. And for a special look at how Hiro Mashima himself uses COPIC markers you can see him in action in the video below:

 

~Creator Spotlight: Hiro Mashima Digital Manga Sale! ~
April 21 – April 27
See below for the full list of titles being offered during the Creator Spotlight: Hiro Mashima sale. Also, you can click titles below to read Chapter 1s FREE!

EDENS ZERO
Fairy Girls
FAIRY TAIL
FAIRY TAIL Blue Mistral
FAIRY TAIL Ice Trail
FAIRY TAIL S
FAIRY TAIL ZERO
FAIRY TAIL: 100 Years Quest
FAIRY TAIL: City Hero
FAIRY TAIL: Happy’s Heroic Adventure
FAIRY TAIL: Lightning Gods
FAIRY TAIL: Rhodonite
FAIRY TAIL: Twin Dragons of Saber Tooth
Hiro Mashima’s Playground
Monster Soul
RAVE MASTER

 

About Hiro Mashima

One of the world’s bestselling and most prolific comics artists, Hiro Mashima is the creator of the 63-volume magical epic FAIRY TAIL as well as its prequel FAIRY TAIL ZERO, fantasy series RAVE MASTER, the game spinoff Monster Hunter Orage, and a variety of other manga series and short stories.

 

Running low on activities? Check Out VERTICAL’s Boredom Busters! (+ Free Coloring Pages)

Activities to do at any age!

With more time at home we know it’s probably felt like you’ve exhausted all your options – TV binged, video games played, household cleaned – what is there left to do?! Well we at Kodansha USA Publishing want to let you know that there’s plenty!

Whether you want to take a culinary journey and venture like in Effortless Bento & Deco Cakes! : Swiss Rolls for Every Occasion, want to try your hand at easy to make felt craft like in The Cute Book, create beautiful & useful paper artwork like in Practical Origami, or just want to relax your mind with coloring cute cats like in Chi’s Sweet Coloring Book, let us help you break the monotony with these outstanding boredom busters!

And to get you started on that journey we wanted to give you a special preview of Chi’s Sweet Coloring Book and even give you a chance at getting some of these great boredom busters, on us! Look below and you’ll see print-ready coloring pages from Chi’s Sweet Coloring Book, for you and the whole family to color. What’s more be sure to show us your colorful creations by posting them to twitter, facebook, or instagram using the hashtag #ColorMeChi, and we’ll randomly pull a winner to send one of each of the titles featured below! It’s that easy! Contest ends 5/1.

COLORING

Chi’s Sweet Coloring Book
By Konami Kanata

Chi returns to the U.S. in a coloring book featuring dozens of cute and furry illustrations from award winning cartoonist Konami Kanata.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Click on the art below to download print-read versions of each page! Or click here for a PDF of all pages!

       

 

COOKING

Effortless Bento : 300 Japanese Box Lunch Recipes
By Shufu-no-Tomo

Bento books have been some of the more accessible and popular genres coming out of Japan over the last few years, andEffortless Bentois essentially the bento encyclopedia. Filled with hundreds of full-color photos and numerous recipes this is the essential box lunch book.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CONFECTION

Deco Cakes! : Swiss Rolls for Every Occasion
By JUNKO

Nothing says a good time than a cake. So with budgets being tight, when you cannot hire a cake boss why not become your own ace of cakes by crafting a fun and stylish Deco Cake! In her English language debut Japanese Internet sensation JUNKO complies thirty-two of her most festival and stylish cake rolls for a global market.

JUNKO starts off with a well-known cake recipe for the traditional roll cake, often found in dessert shops across Eastern Europe. She then revitalizes this classic with a modern flair by going into great detail to distinguish each of the 32 cakes in this book for every special occasion. JUNKO’s cakes are part crafting, as her baked on decorations are essentially simple candy-making projects, and part baking and all fun!

Included in this 90 page book are 16 design stencils to use to make patterns on your Deco Cakes.

 

 

 

CRAFTING

The Cute Book
By Aranzi Aronzo
Translated by Anne Ishii

The world of craftsters is full of things Japanese Cute – kawaii, and the look created by Aranzi Aronzo is familiar to many but not until now has a single one of the hundreds of bootleg American copies they’ve sold been in English. Finally these priceless books of mascots, accessories, clothing and well, just about everything, come in ready-to-read English!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Practical Origami
Edited by Shufu-no-Tomo

With Practical Origami a world of simple useful designs await. With little more than some paper and your hands colorful sheets are transformed into everyday necessities such as stationary, packaging, toys and even kitchen utensils. You can impress your friends with origami-inspired wallets, table settings, and envelopes that pop up, fan out, and even hold hidden goodies. With a few basic techniques under your belt and the endless opportunities that paper offers, Practical Origami’s projects will teach you the fundamentals of origami as you create playful animals and other designs perfect for greeting cards, jewelry, and more.

 

 

 

 

 

These books are all in print and can be purchased online from our print retail partners including: Barnes & Noble, Books A Million, Bookshop.org, Hudson Booksellers, IndieBound, Powell’s, Target, Walmart, Amazon.

Need more inspiration for things to do? Check out this list of other VERTICAL boredom busters to try out!

Cute Dolls
Fun Dolls
Cute Stuff
Baby Stuff
Chi’s Sweet Coloring Book
Cute Dogs
Cute Pups
Cuter Stuff
Everybody Kirigami
Everyday Papercraft
Origami Flowers
Practical Origami
Simply Precious Pop Ups
The Cute Book
The Cuter Book
All Purpose Origami
Effortless Bento
Gummy Fun
Sushi Simplicity
The Worry Free Kitchen
The Worry Free Bakery

 

Love the Anime? Read the Manga during our Year of Kodansha Anime 2020 Sale! (Ends 4/20)

At Kodansha USA Publishing we’ve been lucky to have a number of great manga adapted into anime and to celebrate our 2020 releases we want to help you experience the manga of these fan-favorite anime at an amazing price! Whether it’s the wild super-powered battle manga Gleipnir, the supernatural action saga In/Spectre, or the absurdly hilarious odd-couple series My Roomie is a Dino, now it’s easier than ever to read the manga before you watch the anime!

Because not only do we have these series priced at up to 50% off, we’ve extended our 99¢ Vol. 1 sale to let you explore even more of what Kodansha Comics and VERTICAL have to offer.

So give all these amazing series a try for 99¢ a volume, and then catch up on the rest for up to 50% off at all participating digital vendors including: BookWalker, comiXology, Google Play, Kindle, Nook and izneo. Sale runs from April 14, until April 20.

 

~Year of Kodansha Anime 2020 Digital Manga Sale! ~
April 14 – April 20
Click on the featured titles for more info or to read Chapter 1s FREE!

Ace of the Diamond
Drifting Dragons
Chihayafuru
Fire Force
Gleipnir
In/Spectre
Kakushigoto: My Dad’s Secret Ambition
My Roomie is a Dino
Grand Blue Dreaming
The Quintessential Quintuplet
Smile Down the Runway
Wave, Listen to Me!

 

Want to get a glimpse at some of our latest anime? Check out the links below:

Gleipnir

MANGA Volumes 1-6 available in print & digital now!
ANIME Available to stream on funimation.com

A dark and sexy body-horror action manga perfect for fans of Prison School and High School of the Dead!

Shuichi Kagaya is an ordinary high school kid in a boring little town. But when a beautiful classmate is caught in a warehouse fire, he discovers a mysterious power: he can transform into a furry dog with an oversized revolver and a zipper down his back. He saves the girl’s life, sharing his secret with her. But she’s searching for the sister who killed her family, and she doesn’t care how degrading it gets: she will use Shuichi to accomplish her mission …

 

Kakushigoto: My Dad’s Secret Ambition

MANGA Volumes 1 is available in digital now!
ANIME Available to stream on funimation.com

Kakushi Gotou is a single father with a secret: he’s a top-selling manga artist of a raunchy series that perhaps isn’t suitable reading material for his young daughter, Hime. So he does what any doting father would do—he hides it all from her, no matter the hijinks that ensue!

 

My Roomie is a Dino

MANGA Volumes 1 is available in digital now!
ANIME Available to stream on funimation.com

We’ve all been there—a couple drinks too many, and a hazy wander back to your home, where you wake up wondering how you got there. But in Kaede’s case, not only was she not sure how she got home … she wasn’t sure how the dinosaur got there, either! The two are soon fast friends, but though their personalities jive, they’ll have to learn how to communicate in order to live peacefully together!

 

Wave, Listen to Me!

MANGA Volumes 1-3 are available in digital now!
ANIME Available to stream on funimation.com

From manga legend Hiroaki Samura, creator of Blade of the Immortal and Die Wergelder, comes something completely different, the journey of one disgruntled young woman’s journey into the wild rapids of talk radio!

The stage is Sapporo, Hokkaido. One night, our heroine, Minare Koda, spills her heartbroken woes to a radio station worker she meets while out drinking one night. The next day, she hears a recording of her pitiful grumbling being played live over the air. Minare storms into the station in a rage, only to then be duped by the station director into doing an impromptu talk show explaining her harsh dialogue. With just one recording, the many eccentric facets of Minare’s life begin to pull every which direction as she falls ever deeper into the world of radio.

Explore worlds from times past during the Blast from the Past Digital Manga Sale! (Ends 4/13)

Swords, Sorcery & Savings

Want to escape to a time of clashing swords, devastating magic and infinite wonder? Now you can in each of the titles featured during the Blast from the Past digital manga sale! Whether it’s losing yourself in the tumultuous war time of a fantasy reality with Altair: A Record of Battles, exploring a feline alternate history of Japan with Nekogahara: Stray Cat Samurai, or even just looking to read the manga of fan-favorite historical anime like Vinland Saga, Mushishi and Basilisk – the Blast from the Past digital manga sale has you covered without asking you to empty your purse of gold!

But don’t stop there, we still have our 99¢ Vol. 1 sale happening right now letting you explore even more of what Kodansha Comics and VERTICAL have to offer.

So give all these amazing series a try for 99¢ a volume, and then catch up on the rest for up to 50% off at all participating digital vendors including: BookWalker, comiXology, Google Play, Kindle, Nook and izneo. Sale runs from April 7, until April 13.

 

~Blast from the Past Digital Manga Sale! ~
April 7 – April 13
Click on the featured titles for more info or to read Chapter 1s FREE!

Altair: A Record of Battles
Basilisk
Blissful Land
Descending Stories
Frau Faust
The Ghost and the Lady
The Heroic Legend of Arslan
Magatsuki
Magus of the Library
Mushishi
Nekogahara: Stray Cat Samurai
Pumpkin Scissors
Red Riding Hood’s Wolf Apprentice
The Tale of Genji: Dreams at Dawn
To the Abandoned Sacred Beasts
Vinland Saga
The Yagyu Ninja Scrolls

 

And be sure to check out the debut of a an
ALL-NEW fantasy adventure manga
Orient By Shinobu Ohtaka
(Creator of Magi)

 

On Sale Date Changes to Select Kodansha USA Publishing Titles

For Immediate Release

Kodansha USA Publishing Announces On Sale Date Changes for Select Spring / Summer 2020 Print Titles

Digital on sale dates to remain the same

 

April 3, 2020 — New York, NY — Kodansha USA Publishing, which includes both the Kodansha Comics and VERTICAL publishing imprints, has made the decision to shift on sale dates for many of its spring and summer 2020 print titles to later in the year, following careful consideration of the global health crisis and related book retail and distribution disruptions.

This decision was not made lightly and Kodansha USA Publishing continues to strive to support its physical retail partners as best it can during this challenging time for the industry. All backlist orders continue to be promptly filled by Kodansha USA Publishing’s distribution partner Penguin Random House. Furthermore, several frontlist releases, including debuts of highly anticipated new manga series, like Wave, Listen to Me!, and returning favorites like Tales of Berseria (Manga) volume 3, Drifting Dragons volume 4, and more, will retain their original on sale dates.

In order to meet unabated demand for fans reading at home, all previously scheduled Kodansha Comics and VERTICAL titles will continue to be released digitally by their original on sale dates. Kodansha Comics and VERTICAL ebooks will be released as originally planned via digital retail partners BookWalkercomiXologyGoogle PlayKindleMyAnimeListApple BooksRakuten Kobonook and izneo.

Publishing schedule updates for both print and digital releases are viewable through the end of May 2020 at kodanshacomics.com/new-releases.

“We’re very, very lucky to be working with incredibly resilient and resourceful retail partners and our fantastic distribution partner at Penguin Random House, who are stepping up and keeping the essential lifeline of books open during an unprecedented disruption to our day-to-day business,” said Alvin Lu, Kodansha USA Publishing President and CEO. ‘Getting manga to readers is the top and only priority for us at Kodansha USA Publishing, which we will continue to do during this extraordinary time.”

About Kodansha USA Publishing, LLC
Established in New York in 2008, Kodansha USA Publishing (KUP) is a subsidiary of Kodansha, Japan’s largest publisher. Its manga imprint is Kodansha Comics, which began by releasing Katsuhiro Otomo’s Akira and Shirow Masamune’s The Ghost in the Shell. Today, thanks to hits like Attack on Titan, Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon, Noragami, and FAIRY TAIL, it is now the No. 2 manga publisher in the United States by revenue. VERTICAL, which publishes fan favorite manga titles like Chi’s Sweet Home and BLAME!, as well as the popular MONOGATARI novel series, is also an imprint of KUP. Both Kodansha Comics and VERTICAL are distributed by Penguin Random House Publisher Services. http://www.kodanshacomics.com