Zac Bertschy in Memoriam

The Kodansha USA Publishing team was shocked and saddened to hear of the passing last week of Zac Bertschy, writer, podcast host, executive editor at Anime News Network, and longtime friend to us and to the manga industry.

Over two decades at Anime News Network, Zac was a constant amid the anime and manga world’s ebb and flow. At a time when there were very few ways to read reliable anime and manga news in the U.S., he raised standards, pounded the pavement at conventions, and wrote tirelessly, helping shape ANN into a daily must-read.

As a critic, Zac’s judgments were sharp, but he was not a cynic. He relished the joy of falling in love with a hidden gem and sharing it with the world. We’re grateful that he did so much to spread the word about the manga he loved –which included many Kodansha Comics titles –in his podcast, writing, and boisterous convention panels. He was a booster of the art form itself, always trying to find more ways to cover manga even when flashier forms of entertainment threatened to take over the spotlight.

We offer our deepest condolences to his family, his loved ones, his colleagues, and the many who encountered his writing, his voice, or the man himself at an event and found a kindred spirit in a relentless world.

Contributions have been requested in Zac’s memory to the Glendale Humane Society and the Trevor Project. To express a small part of what Zac meant to us, Kodansha Comics will be donating to the Trevor Project in his honor, and we hope you’ll join us.

Rest in peace, Zac. We’ll miss you.

Kodansha USA Publishing Team

Select Vol. 1s now 99¢ during the Manga for Any Age sale! (Ends 6/1)

Find adventures in manga for any age!

Have some ambitious young readers in your life and want to introduce them to the amazing world of Manga? During the Manga for Any Age digital manga sale, we’re featuring 9 amazing series that range from very young readers to teen readers and beyond, for only 99¢ per volume 1!

That’s right from mischievous adventures of our favorite kitten in Chi’s Sweet Home, to the silly slice of life story set in the animal run world of Crocodile Baron, and even the far flung fantasy saga of Blissful Land, for a limited time you can try all 9 of the series featured in this sale for under $10. How’s that for stocking up on a bargain?

Visit our participating digital vendors to get your 99¢ volume 1s for all the series mentioned in this post: BookWalker, comiXology, Google Play, Kindle, Nook and izneo. Sale runs from May 26, until June 1!

 

~Manga for Any Age Digital Manga Sale! ~
May 26 – June 1
See below for the full list of titles being offered during this sale,
and click on the links or cover below to read chapter 1s FREE!

Blissful Land

 

Chi’s Sweet Home

 

Chi’s Sweet Adventures

 

Crocodile Baron

 

FAIRY TAIL: Happy’s Heroic Adventure

Kitchen Princess

Let’s Dance a Waltz

Sherlock Bones

Shugo Chara

Get over $1500 worth of award-winning Manga for $20 with this Humble Manga Bundle! (Ends 6/9)

Over $1500 Worth of Manga for ONLY $20!

What better way to celebrate the amazing stories that have won the prestigious Kodansha Manga Award for serialized manga than to create a Humble Bundle and share these incredible series with everyone for a staggeringly low price. That’s right at the highest tier of $20 you’ll receive over $1500 worth of manga which include the entirety of series like the modern coming of age tale Princess Jellyfish, the classic romantic comedy Love Hina, the indie rock’n’roll saga BECK, the body-horror alien invasion epic Parasyte. Not only that but you could also beef up your digital manga library with tons of volumes from ongoing series like the fantasy adventure To Your Eternity, and the grounded drama story Space Brothers. Hurry because this deal will not last, pay what you want and get the manga you want from now until June 10th!

Name your price: To can get ALL these award-winning titles in the $20 tier, you’d normally have to pay over $1500! But with this special Humble Manga Bundle, you choose the price and what tier you want to pay up to!

Read ’em anywhere: These manga are available in multiple formats including CBZ, PDF, and ePub, so they work on your computer, e-readers, iPads, cell phones, and a wide array of mobile devices! Instructions and a list of recommended reading programs can be found here

Support charity. We know you’re excited to pad your pockets with digital manga, but did you know you’ll also be donating to great causes? Choose where the money goes—among Kodansha Comics’ preselected charities, The American Civil Liberties Union, and The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund — or choose a charity of your preference via the PayPal Giving Fund. For details on how this works, click here. If you like this bundle or like what Humble Bundle does, you can leave a Humble Tip too.

Kodansha Comics Live Talks Humble Bundle: Looking for a rundown of everything you could get, complete with preview pages and commentary from our own Misaki Kido? You’re in luck our latest epsisode of Kodansha Comics Live does just that! Check out the video below for enlightneing details on this Humble Manga Bundle:

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This special bundle ends Wednesday, June 10, 10:59:59am PT / 1:59:59am ET
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PAY WHAT YOU WANT! Here’s what you’ll get with each tier:

Pay $1 or more
BECK volumes 1-5
Love Hina
Omnibus volume 1
Space Brothers
volumes 1-5

Pay $8 or more
BECK volumes 6-12
Descending Stories volumes 1-5
Love Hina
Omnibus volume 2
Parasyte volumes 1-2
To Your Eternity volumes 1-2

Pay $15 or more
BECK volumes 13-19
Descending Stories volumes 6-10
Love Hina
Omnibus volume 3
Parasyte volumes 3-4
Space Brothers volumes 6-15
To Your Eternity volumes 3-4
Your Lie in April volumes 1-2

Pay $18 or more
BECK volumes 20-26
Love Hina
Omnibus volume 4
Princess Jellyfish volumes 1-4
Parasyte volumes 5-6
Space Brothers volumes 16-25
To Your Eternity volumes 5-8
Your Lie in April volumes 3-5

Pay $20 or more
BECK volumes 27-34
Love Hina
Omnibus volume 5
Princess Jellyfish volumes 5-9
Parasyte volumes 7-8
Space Brothers volumes 26-34
To Your Eternity volumes 9-11
Your Lie in April volumes 6-11


Pay what you want. Support charity. Get awesome manga! 

Oh my! Discover your latest crush with the My Love Was a Manga One Spring sale! (Ends 5/25)

Find your new love today!

My my my, what a selection of amazing series we have lined-up for this very special digital manga sale – My Love Was a Manga One Spring! Featuring some of Kodansha Comics’ funniest, shmoopiest, and steamiest series all in one sale that will keep your heart and wallet full.

It’s so easy to fall in love with the cute opposites attract saga of Hitorijime My Hero, the black-hearted romance of Can You Just Die, My Darkling?, the spicy office space power play of My Boss’s Kitten, and many more heart-racing series all up to 50% off!

Visit our participating digital vendors to save up to 50% off all the series mentioned above and below. For more info visit: BookWalker, comiXology, Google Play, Kindle, Nook and izneo. Sale runs from May 19, until May 25!

 

~My Love Was a Manga One Spring Digital Manga Sale! ~
May 19 – May 25
See below for the full list of titles being offered during this sale,
and click on the links below to read chapter 1s FREE!

Can You Just Die, My Darling?
Farewell, My Dear Cramer
Hitorijime My Hero
My Boss’s Kitten
My Boy in Blue
My Boyfriend in Orange
My Brother the Shut-In
My Little Monster
My Pink is Overflowing
My Sweet Girl
My Wife is Wagatsuma-san
Yuri is My Job

Save on all Kodansha titles at RightStufAnime.com (Ends 5/23)

All Kodansha Titles on Sale for a limited time only!

Right now you can take advantage of the Right Stuf Anime sale pricing all Kodansha Comics titles up to 33% off! Whether you’ve been eying to buy a highly anticipated pre-order like The Ghost In The Shell The Human Algorithm Vol. 1, a big ticket item like the FAIRY TAIL Manga Box Set 1, or you just wanted to start reading the manga of fan-favorite anime like Gleipnir, and Wave, Listen to Me!, this sale will help you stock-up your home library with some of the hottest manga being published today! Even perennial favorites like AKIRA and Sailor Moon Eternal Edition are on discount. But hurry, this sale ends Saturday, May 23!

Visit rightstuffanime.com to see how much you can save!

Throwback Thursday: Parasyte. All digital volumes up 50% off! Ends 5/21

Read the manga AND watch the anime!

Just in time for the Netflix debut of Parasyte: The Maxim we’re giving fans the opportunity to return to the classic sci-fi body horror manga Parasyte at a cost that leaves you with plenty extra cash to start building your alien invasion bunker!

In this David Cronenberg-esque invasion story, Shinichi Izumi is your average high-schooler with, average problems like homework, and crushes. But when an alien attempting to hijack Shinichi’s body only gets as far as his right hand, Shinichi and his new alien counterpart unwittingly become involved in an extraterrestrial plot to take over humanity from the inside out. Can man an alien work together to fight against forces that only want humanity as a food source? Find out in this taught 8-volume series filled with intense fights, horrific humanoid monsters, and staggering emotional stakes.

Visit our participating digital vendors to save up to 50% off on all 8 volumes of the epic Parasyte series: BookWalker, comiXology, Google Play, Kindle, Nook and izneo. Sale runs from May 14, until May 20!

 

Parasyte, Volume 1: SILENT INVASION
By Hitoshi Iwaaki

They arrive in silence and darkness. They descend from the skies. They have a hunger for human flesh. They are everywhere. They are parasites, alien creatures who must invade—and take control of—a human host to survive. And once they have infected their victims, they can assume any deadly form they choose: monsters with giant teeth, winged demons, creatures with blades for hands. But most have chosen to conceal their lethal purpose behind ordinary human faces. So no one knows their secret—except an ordinary high school student. Shin is battling for control of his own body against an alien parasite, but can he find a way to warn humanity of the horrors to come?

“Gives the phrase ‘talk to the hand’ a whole new meaning. Alien spores roughly the size of tennis balls fall to earth one night; from within crawl sluglike creatures that burrow their way into the brains of humans, effectively killing them and taking over their bodies … Violence is graphic and often shocking, depicted in a style reminiscent of western comics and H.R. Giger. The ordinary nature of the rest of the illustration gives the whole book an unsettling edge, a sort of subliminal ‘it could happen anywhere’ vibe. A cult favorite manga.” —Publishers Weekly

 

 

 

 

Curious to explore more of this terrifying world? Be sure to also check out the two shojo and shonen-themed anthology tribute series Neo-Parasyte:

 

Neo-Parasyte, Volume f: LOVE IN THE TIME OF PARASITES
By Ema Toyama, Hikaru Suruga, Renjuro Kindaichi, Lalako Kojima, Hitoshi Iwaaki, Asumiko Nakamura, Miki Rinno, Kaori Yuki, Banko Kuze, Yuuki Obata, Kashio, Yui Kuroe, Asia Watanabe, Mikimaki, Hajime Shinjo, and Yuri Narushimai

Parasites: shape-shifting aliens whose only purpose is to assimilate with and consume the human race… but do these monsters have a different side? A parasite becomes a prince to save his romance-obsessed female host from a dangerous stalker. Another hosts a cooking show, in which the real monsters are revealed. These and 13 more stories, from some of the greatest shojo manga artists alive today, together make up a chilling, funny, and entertaining tribute to one of manga’s horror classics!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Neo-Parasyte, Volume m: OF PARASITES AND MEN
By Hiroki Endo, Hiro Mashima, Riichi Ueshiba, Moto Hagio, Akira Hiramoto, Peach Pit, Ryouji Minagawa, Takayuki Takeya, Yasushi Nirasawa, and Moare Ohta

Featuring stories from prominent shonen and seinin mangaka like FAIRY TAIL’s Hiro Mashima!

Parasites: shape-shifting aliens whose only purpose is to assimilate with and consume the human race… but do these monsters have a different side? A parasite becomes a prince to save his romance-obsessed female host from a dangerous stalker. Another hosts a cooking show, in which the real monsters are revealed. These and 13 more stories, from some of the greatest shojo manga artists alive today, together make up a chilling, funny, and entertaining tribute to one of manga’s horror classics!

 

 

 

Journey beyond the manga & anime with the Manga to Novel spotlight!

Watched the anime? Read the Manga? NOW read the novel!

Did you know that some of your favorite manga and anime series began as novels? And did you also know some of those favorite series spun-off or shared amazing side-stories through the novel format? Oh you didn’t know? Glad you asked somebody! This month we at Kodansha USA Publishing wanted to share some outstanding literary works that expand and give you a deeper look at fan-favorite series like Attack on Titan, The Seven Deadly Sins and Your Lie in April. Check out some of our favorites spotlighted below and a full list of other novels that will let you dive even deeper into some of your favorite manga stories!

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

 

Attack on Titan: The Harsh Mistress of the City, Part 1
By Ryo Kawakami, Created by Hajime Isayama

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

BAKEMONOGATARI : Monster Tale, Part 1
By NISIOISIN

There’s a girl at their school who is always ill. She routinely arrives late, leaves early, or doesn’t show up at all, and skips gym as a matter of course. She’s pretty, and the boys take to whispering that she’s a cloistered princess. As the self-described worst loser in her class soon finds out, they just don’t know what a monster she is.

So begins a tale of mysterious maladies that are supernatural in origin yet deeply revealing of the human psyche, a set of case files as given to unexpected feeling as it is to irreverent humor. So begins the legendary novel that kicked off the MONOGATARI series, whose anime adaptations have enjoyed international popularity and critical acclaim.

This first of three parts introduces Senjogahara and Hachikuji, and fans of the blockbuster prequel KIZUMONOGATARI will be delighted to meet their favorite crazies again: the weirdly reliable narrator Araragi, class president among class presidents Hanekawa, shady problem-solver Oshino, and a certain pale, blonde former vampire.

 

 

 

The Seven Deadly Sins: Seven Scars They Left Behind
By Shuka Matsuda, Created by Nakaba Suzuki

The Seven Deadly Sins—a legendary order that once served the Kingdom of Liones as the mightiest of its Holy Knights—stand accused of treason and have fled the realm. Princess Margaret and young Gilthunder, the slain commander Zaratras’ son, know the terrible truth about the betrayal but dare not speak of it, not even to each other.

The aftermath of the event that shook Britannia comes to life in seven prose chapters that provide a superb introduction to the rich world of the original comic and satisfy longtime fans’ craving for more. Illustrated in a classic, warm style by the creator himself, Seven Scars They Left Behind walks the royal road of fantasy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Voices of a Distant Star : Words of Love/ Across the Stars
Story By Makoto Shinkai, Adapted by Arata Kanoh

Award-winning director and author Makoto Shinkai offers a romantic sci-fi tale about young love and space adventure, based on his animated film. This new novel gives readers more insight into Mikako and Noboru’s relationship. Fans of the original series will again be immersed in the beautiful world of Shinkai.

It’s the year 2046. Mikako Nagamine and Noboru Terao are middle school classmates, tentatively sharing an unspoken first love—but unbeknownst to him, Mikako has been recruited into the UN Space Force, and instead of going on to high school, will join the spacecraft Lysithea to search for alien Tarsians. As she travels further and further to the outer reaches of the solar system, the time it takes for a text message to reach the Earth grows longer and longer. Back on Earth, time passes normally for Noboru, but as the years pass he still can’t forget the voice on the other side of the cell phone…

Steeped in nostalgia and memory, Arata Kanoh brings to the page the award-winning OVA by acclaimed filmmaker Makoto Shinkai, director of Garden of Words, 5 Centimeters per Second, and the highest-grossing anime film of all time, Your Name. Arata Kanoh is a writer who has produced novelizations of Makoto Shinkai’s other works, including 5 Centimeters Per Second (also available from Vertical).

 

Your Lie in April : A Six-Person Etude
By Yui Tokiumi, Created by Naoshi Arakawa

THE POPULAR MANGA AND ANIME DRAMA COMES TO LIFE IN WORDS!

There’s not a competition that piano prodigy Arima hasn’t won since he started playing. His renditions are matchless in their precision. When he’s only eleven, however, his peerless fingers fall silent—right up there on stage.

Exploring the shock of the incident and its aftermath from his friends and rivals’ perspectives, A Six-Person Etude accompanies the boy’s halting efforts to pick himself up as an adolescent. Based on the hit series, these prose chapters expand on the original but form a coherent and hard-hitting tale of its own.

 

 

 

 

 

Need even more novels to add to your read pile, check out these other Kodansha Comics and VERTICAL novelizations!

5 Centimeter Per Second: one more side
Attack on Titan: Before the Fall (Novel)
Attack on Titan: End of the World
Attack on Titan: Kuklo Unbound
Attack on Titan: Lost Girls
Attack on Titan: The Harsh Mistress of the City, Part 1
Attack on Titan: The Harsh Mistress of the City, Part 2
BAKEMONOGATARI : Monster Tale, Part 1
BAKEMONOGATARI : Monster Tale, Part 2
BAKEMONOGATARI : Monster Tale, Part 3
HANAMONOGATARI : Flower Tale
KABUKIMONOGATARI : Dandy Tale
KIZUMONOGATARI : Wound Tale
KOYOMIMONOGATARI : Calendar Tale, Part 1
KOYOMIMONOGATARI : Calendar Tale, Part 2
KOIMONOGATARI : Love Tale
NEKOMONOGATARI (WHITE) : Cat Tale
NEKOMONOGATARI (BLACK) : Cat Tale
NISEMONOGATARI : Fake Tale, Part 1
NISEMONOGATARI : Fake Tale, Part 2
OTORIMONOGATARI : Decoy Tale
ONIMONOGATARI : Demon Tale
OWARIMONOGATARI, Part 1
OWARIMONOGATARI, Part 2
TSUKIMONOGATARI : Possession Tale
Seraph of the End: Guren Ichinose, Resurrection at Nineteen, 1
Seraph of the End: Guren Ichinose, Resurrection at Nineteen, 2
The Seven Deadly Sins: Seven Scars They Left Behind
The Seven Deadly Sins: Seven-Colored Recollections
Voices of a Distant Star : Words of Love/ Across the Stars
Your Lie in April: A six-person etude

The Drops of God Volumes 12-22 debut in English for the first time ever!

The Drops of God Volumes 12-22 Digitally Available Today

in English for the First Time from ComiXology Originals

May 6, 2020—New York, NY—Today, comiXology and Kodansha Comics released volumes 12-22 of the international bestseller The Drops of God manga series in English for the first time. These eleven volumes join the previously released volumes 1-11 and can be read digitally as part of the comiXology Originals line of exclusive content at no additional cost for members of Amazon Prime via their Prime Reading benefit, Kindle Unlimited and comiXology Unlimited. These titles are also available for purchase on Kindle and comiXology. More volumes will be added at a later date, eventually completing the forty-four volume series.

Created and written by Tadashi Agi 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.

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.

In October 2019 Tadashi Agi joined forces with vintner Peter Chiang to launch the Drops of God Wine Salon—a paradigm-shattering wine experience including a thoughtfully curated wine club and personal wine recommendations for members. To learn more, please visit: http://dropsofgodwinesalon.com/

For more updates on comiXology Originals, check out http://comixologyoriginals.com.

     

 

Find your next obsession during this Hidden Gems Digital Manga Sale! (Ends 5/11)

Dive deep into Kodansha Comics & VERTICAL’s Hidden Gems

With so many movies, TV series, comics and, yes, even other manga series vying for your attention we know it’s hard to jump on to something new! What if we told you we’ve curated a list of amazing Kodansha Comics & VERTICAL manga series that have unjustly flown under the radar, AND that we’ve also made it even easier to take a deep dive into these series without ruining your wallet!

Now you can enter the ethereally beautiful and action-packed Land of Lustrous, the unexpectedly thrilling (and spicy) dance battle world of 10 Dance, the high-tension sci-fi heroics of Inuyashiki, or even the funny but poignant coming of age high-school drama O Maidens In Your Savage Season, all for up to 50% off per volume. Stock up and shower yourself in these hidden gems!

Be sure to visit our participating digital vendors to save up to 50% off all the series mentioned above and below. For more info visit: BookWalker, comiXology, Google Play, Kindle, Nook and izneo. Sale runs from May 5, until May 11!

 

~Hidden Gems Digital Manga Sale! ~
May 5 – May 11
See below for the full list of titles being offered during this sale,
and click on the links below to read chapter 1s FREE!

10 Dance
1122: For a Happy Marriage
Die Wergelder
Inuyashiki
Is Kichijoji the Only Place to Live?
Heaven’s Design Team
Karate Heat
Kounodori: Dr. Stork
Land of Lustrous
O Maidens In Your Savage Season
Pitch-Black Ten
Moteki
Mysterious Girlfriend X
Ran the Peerless Beauty
Space Brothers
To Your Eternity

Join Kodansha Comics & Funimation Fridays for the Home Anime Club!

Chat with us online about the latest Anime with the Kodansha Comics Home Anime Club!

In case you missed the news, we’re teaming-up with our friends at Funimation to host a series of weekly watch parties on Twitter spotlighting the latest and greatest Anime series adapted from Kodansha manga – we’re calling it, the Kodansha Comics Home Anime Club!

On Friday May 8, at 5pm PST / 7pm CST / 8pm PST, we’ll kick-off our first online watch-along by viewing the first two episodes of Gleipnir on Funimation.com. While this isn’t a traditional live-watch, we invite you to join us on twitter as we highlight some of our favorite moments, show you cool manga to anime comparisons, and chat with fans in real time. Then be sure to join us every Friday 5pm PST / 7pm CST / 8pm PST as we do it all again!

How to join along with the Kodansha Comics Home Anime Club!

Now to make sure you’re all set for when it’s time for the weekly watch party our friends at Funimation said it best:

  1. Make sure you’re signed up on Funimation so you can press play when the watch-along starts!
  2. Check Funimation and Kodansha Comics Twitter for the latest on what shows we’re watching.
  3. Use the hashtag #HomeAnimeClub and respond to our tweets to join in on the conversation! We’ll be talking about the show and posting along with it throughout the hour.
  4. Rinse and repeat the next week!

We look forward to sharing with you the love of anime and manga online and from the comfort and safety of your own home!