Grab some hot deals during the Manga Matsuri Digital Manga Sale! (Ends 8/10)

Beat the heat by staying indoors with tons of manga!

We might not be able to walk the food stalls, or fan ourselves while we look up at the firework-lit sky, but that doesn’t mean we can’t celebrate summer with an amazing sale on digital manga! That’s right we’re having our own Manga Matsuri with a fantastic selection of titles you’ll want to stock up on to stay cool indoors and read a good book.

For a special extended period of time you can save up to 50% off exciting and fun-in-the-sun-themed titles like the featured supernatural epic Fire Force, the hilarious sea-side seinin series Grand Blue Dreaming , the deserted island survival saga Cage of Eden, and even a bit of time traveling summer love with Those Summer Days.

Want more? Just visit one of our participating digital vendors to save up to 50% off select Manga Matsuri titles listed below: BookWalker, comiXology, Google Play, Kindle, Nook and izneo. Sale runs from July 28 to August 10!

 

~Manga Matsuri Digital Sale! ~
July 28 – August 10
See below for the full list of titles being offered during this sale,
and click on the links below to read chapter 1s FREE!

Featuring:

Fire Force (vols. 1-10)

Sale also includes:

Ace of the Diamond (vols.1-13)
Are You Lost? (vols. 1-3)
Cage of Eden (vols. 1-11)
DAYS (vols.1-9)
Grand Blue Dreaming (vols.1-6)
House of the Sun (vols.1-7)
Liar x Liar (vols.1-5)
MabuSasa (vols. 1-2)
NO.6 (vols.1-5)
Noragami (vols.1-11)
Peach Heaven (vols. 1-7)
Suzuka (vols.1-9)
That Blue Summer (vols.1-4)
Those Summer Days (vols.1-3)
UQ HOLDER! (vols. 1-10)
Your Lie in April (vols.1-6)

 

On Sale Date Changes to Shaman King & Spinoff Series

For Immediate Release

Kodansha USA Publishing Announces On Sale Date Changes to
Shaman King & Spinoff Series

On sale schedule for Shaman King print editions to remain the same

July 27, 2020 — New York, NY — In an effort to give Shaman King the production quality it deserves and its fans the best manga experience, Kodansha USA Publishing regrets to announce a delay in the digital release date. We sincerely apologize for this last-minute hold-up, as we are well aware how excited fans are for this release, but we also know fans will appreciate the final results.

Additionally, we will momentarily delay the planned digital August releases of spinoff series Shaman King Zero, Shaman King: Flowers, Shaman King: Super Star, and Shaman King: Red Crimson, so that fans can get the complete experience of Shaman King without fear of spoilers or narrative confusion.

New release dates for the main series and spinoffs will be announced shortly. And we want fans to know that these delays will not affect the release of the Shaman King print editions scheduled for 2021 and 2022.

Again, our apologies. We have been touched and delighted by the response to the announcement of the pending release of Shaman King and look forward to getting it into your hands soon.

 

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 Eternal Edition, 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

[UPDATE] And the Eisner Winner is… Witch Hat Atelier!

[UPDATE]: After news of the Eisner Award win reached Kamome Shirahama, she drafted a special note she wanted to share with fans and supporters of Witch Hat Atelier:

 

“I was surprised to hear the news! It is my great pleasure to receive this honorable award, and I can’t express enough gratitude to the readers who always root for my work, and to the many people who support me.

Thanks to all of you, I am able to challenge myself and to express myself in a variety of ways with confidence. I’ll continue to keep my original intentions in mind and devote myself to creation. I look forward to bringing more to you, and I hope you enjoy my work.” 

Kamome Shirahama – Witch Hat Atelier mangaka.

 

Witch Hat Atelier Wins Prestigious Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards
During Comic-Con International 2020

In its first nomination and win, Witch Hat Atelier by Kamome Shirahama wins the 2020 Eisner Award for Best U.S. Edition of International Material-Asia

July 25, 2020 – New York, NY / San Diego, CA – First announced during the online award ceremony for the The Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards held Friday, July 24, 2020 during Comic-Con International San Diego, Witch Hat Atelier by Kamome Shirahama, and published by Kodansha USA Publishing, was awarded the 2020 Eisner Award for Best U.S. Edition of International Material-Asia category!

“Witnessing the spellbinding charm of this manga with universal appeal entrance the world has been enormously gratifying for us at Kodansha USA,” said President & CEO Alvin Lu. “This special recognition by the Eisners committee and voters is a great honor. On behalf of the enormously talented Shirahama-sensei, thank you.”

Often considered by the comics, manga and graphic novel industry as “the Oscars of Comics,” the Eisner Awards are voted on by industry professionals and given out in more than two-dozen categories each year during Comic-Con International San Diego. This year, Witch Hat Atelier won a 2020 Eisner Award, joining other Kodansha USA Publishing titles who have also received this award in the past including, Tokyo Tarareba Girls by Akiko Higashimura in 2019, and AKIRA by Katsuhiro Otomo in 2018.

Witch Hat Atelier is the beautifully illustrated, all-ages, story about a girl who longs for magic in her life and learns that, on the inside, she already is what she wishes she could be.

In a world where everyone takes wonders like magic spells and dragons for granted, Coco is a girl with a simple dream: she wants to be a witch. But everybody knows magicians are born, not made, and Coco was not born with a gift for magic. Resigned to her un-magical life, Coco is about to give up on her dream to become a witch … until the day she meets Qifrey, a mysterious, traveling magician. After secretly seeing Qifrey perform magic in a way she’s never seen before, Coco soon learns what everybody “knows” might not be the truth, and discovers that her magical dream may not be as far away as it may seem…

Witch Hat Atelier has seen over 2.3 million copies published across 18 countries, and is available to English speaking fans digitally via Amazon Kindle, BookWalker, comiXology, Apple Books, Google Play, Rakuten Kobo, Nook, and izneo, and also available in print, distributed by Penguin Random House.

For more information on this and other Kodansha USA Publishing series please visit: https://kodansha.us/. 

About Kamome Shirahama:
Kamome Shirahama debuted as a manga artist with Eniale & Dewiela. And as an illustrator, worked on covers for various DC Comics and Marvel’s Star Wars comics. In 2016, she began serialization of Witch Hat Atelier in the Monthly Morning Two manga magazine published by Kodansha Ltd. This series has been well received by a worldwide audience and has won a number of international awards such as the Japan Expo Award, in France.

[UPDATE] Shaman King returns completed in English for the first time!

[UPDATE]: To all our fans and friends in manga we wanted to let you know about an important update. Shaman King and its spinoffs will momentarily be delayed. To find out more details please visit our blog post here. We will be sure to update you all once we have more information. Thanks for your understanding & patience. 

 

Shaman King Returns with ALL 35 Volumes Completed in English for the First Time Ever

July 21, 2020 – New York, NY – Kodansha USA Publishing and comiXology Originals announced today, that after years out of print, Shaman King, Hiroyuki Takei‘s shonen manga classic, will return in English and be completed for the first time ever. Release date pending. Featuring brand-new cover art from the creator himself, all 35 volumes of the original Shaman King series – including the final three volumes never before published in English – will be available to read digitally, as part of the comiXology Originals line of exclusive content. These titles can be read upon release at no additional cost for members of Amazon Prime via their Prime Reading benefit, Kindle Unlimited and comiXology Unlimited, and will also be available for purchase on Kindle and comiXology.

“It’s been over 10 years since I’ve completed Shaman King. But finally –– at last –– I can deliver the true ending to the story to the fans in America,” says Shaman King creator Hiroyuki Takei. “It’s a message from my heart, and I think it’s a particularly important one in this day and age. I hope that it’ll reach the hearts of many comrades.”

In the world of Shaman King, shamans possess mysterious powers that allow them to commune with gods, spirits, and even the dead…and Manta Oyamada’s about to learn all about them, because his class just welcomed a new transfer student: Yoh Asakura, a boy from way off in Izumo…and a shaman in training!

To learn more about this upcoming Shaman King debut, tune into Kodansha USA Publishing’s Comic-Con@Home panel: Shaman King: Then, Now & Tomorrow airing Thursday, 07/23/20, 2:00 PM PT.

     

 

More about Shaman King

Shaman King was first published in Weekly Shonen Jump from 1998 to 2004, and was adapted into a 64-episode anime in 2001. VIZ Media oversaw the English-language debut of both the manga and anime in 2003. Shaman King also spawned a number sequels and spin-offs, currently only available in Japanese including: Shaman King Zero, Shaman King: Flowers, Shaman King: Super Star and Shaman King: Red Crimson.

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

Creator Interview: suu Morishita talks A Sign of Affection & simulpub debut

A Sign of Affection is now available same-day-as-Japan! Print edition coming spring 2021!

A Sign of Affection is the beautiful story by suu Morita about the blooming relationship between Yuki, a typical college student who loves her friends and cute things, is Deaf, but can communicates to the world via sign language and technology, and Itsuomi a handsome, world-curious and jet-setting student at the same school. After a chance encounter both Yuki and Itsuomi’s lives become intertwined, expanding, not only their world, and but also their hearts.

Kodansha Comics announced that starting Tuesday, 7/21, A Sign of Affection will debut chapters same-day-as-Japan via Amazon Kindle, BookWalker, comiXology & Crunchyroll, with chapters released monthly, and priced at $1.99 each. And to celebrate we interviewed the creative team about themselves and the inspirations for this very pure and heartfelt manga series. 

Now, check-out our interview with manga creators suu Morita (Makiro-san & Nachiyan-san) below:


A Sign of Affection © suu Morishita/Kodansha Ltd.

KC: I’ve heard that you are two-person team making a manga together. Could you tell us how you two met? How do you work together when you make a manga?

sM:
We went to the same high school and were classmates. Makiro creates our storyboard/layouts and Nachiyan illustrates the story. Along with our editor, the three of us discuss the series and check rough sketches together.

 

KC: Why do you draw yourselves as grains of rice in your self-portrait? 

sM: The rice gain is a character called “Soboku-kun,” that Nachiyan created when we were in high school. There’s no specific reason why it’s a rice grain, though (laugh).

We both liked that character, so when we debuted as manga artists and thought about our self portrait, we decided to go with that. We also use it on our Twitter.

 

KC: What inspired you to draw a manga focused on sign language, centered around a person with a hearing disability?

sM: When we were thinking about our next manga, Nachiyan suggested a story that involved sign language, and coincidentally that was a subject I wanted to personally try and figure out as a manga artist.

Sign language is difficult to express visually, and it’s rare to see a Deaf protagonist in shojo manga. That’s why we wanted to take up this challenge. Also, we felt that there were a lot of important elements that crossed over between both sign language and the shojo manga genre – both are full of expressions and emotions that aren’t entirely stated, and exist beyond just the dialog. There’s a feeling that in order to fully understand the emotions of the characters in shoujo manga you need to pay attention the entirety of the story, the expressions, the scenery, the reactions and yes, including the dialog. And so, sign language is the same in that you also have to pay attention to the signing, expressions and more to fully understand what’s being communicated.

 


A Sign of Affection © suu Morishita/Kodansha Ltd.

 

KC: Do you have a first-hand experience with using sign language before working on this manga? Or did you do a lot of research about the subject?

Makiro-san: I learned a little bit of sign language when I was in elementary school, but it was just singing a children song in sign language. So we made sure to do some interviews before starting the series.

sM: We also read books, interviewed teachers at a school for the Deaf, and then, most importantly we met Yuki Miyazaki, who supervised our use of sign language for this work. She also shares with us her world as a Deaf person and tells us about her daily life.

 

KC: When you started actually creating A Sign of Affection, did you encounter any challenges? Or anything that went more smoothly than expected? 

Nachiyan-san: In shojo manga, it’s important to show the faces and expressions of the characters in the story. But in this story it’s hard to keep panel composition from feeling stale, or rather all looking the same. Because because if you try to draw only the facial expressions, you won’t get to include the characters’ hands doing sign language in the panel, or if you try to focus on the sign language, you won’t get the facial expressions.

 

KC: What makes Yuki a unique person? What makes Itsuomi a unique person? (If the two creators have different opinions on this, I would like to hear both of their opinions.)

sM: In terms of personality, Yuki is more earnest and pure than previous heroines. Also, I think her personality is more relatable and typical of a college girl. Itsuomi is someone who goes at his own pace and is not afraid of anything. But, he’s also he is very patient and empathetic.

 

KC: The color illustrations for A Sign of Affection is very beautiful! Could you tell us a little bit about the mediums that you use?  I particularly love the use of warm color for the outline instead of solid black. Was this a stylistic choice for this series?

sM: I use Copic Multiliner brown for the outline, and use Dr. Ph. Martin’s color ink for coloring. In this manga, I’m trying to keep a soft and delicate art style.


A Sign of Affection © suu Morishita/Kodansha Ltd.

 

KC: Do you guys have a personal hobby? Do you think those hobbies help you to work on manga? Or not really?

Nachiyan-san: My hobby is collecting German toy PLAYMOBIL. It helps me to relax on a daily basis. Also, since I can’t go out much these days, I’ve been playing Animal Crossing.

Makiro-san: I’ve also been playing Animal Crossing lately.

sM: Other than that, we like beauty blogs, beauty materials and what’s popular in beauty. Sometimes, we even use these beauty topics in our manga.

 

KC: What are some of the audience reactions on A Sign of Affection that you’ve seen so far?

Makiro-san: I try to create Yuki’s monologue and words carefully since there are no speech bubbles for her.  I know it’s a sensitive subject, so I’m careful of how I depict and represent this topic because I don’t want people to get hurt by the way it’s presented. Beyond Yuki, I also take care of the scenes, story arcs and dialogue. But, the smoothest part is that Yuki is easy to portray as a character in terms of personality, more so than the heroine characters we’ve had in our past works.

sM: We often receive comments such as “it’s きゅんきゅん (kyun kyun)*” and “it’s 尊い(toutoi)*”. We’re happy to hear when people say that Yuki, is a cute main character. Also, we feel we’re getting more and more comments that fans read and reread this manga over and over again.

きゅんきゅん (kyun kyun): A kind of sparkling beauty
尊い(toutoi): too pure and should be treasured


A Sign of Affection © suu Morishita/Kodansha Ltd.

 

KC: A Sign of Affection is now available in English, and it’s also going to be available on Simulpub. How to you feel that English speaking audience will be reading this manga at the same time as Japan?

sM: It’s so nice to be read by someone overseas in real time!

There are many kinds of sign language in many countries, but I hope you can see that this is what Japanese sign language is like.

 

KC: Any last words to the fans of A Sign of Affection? What should the fans be looking forward to in this series in the near future? 

sM: We’re grateful that people are interested in our manga. We’re getting more messages on Instagram from people abroad. We believe Itsuomi will learn sign language and use it more often in the future. Although sign language is a visual way to communicate, we hope that the emotions and sentiments that show up between gaps in the fingers can be conveyed to the readers as well. And that they take notice of what is also left unsaid. We hope you will continue to read and enjoy this manga.

 

Add some magic in your life with the Magical Girls Digital Manga Sale! (Ends 7/20)

Save on magical manga including the 2020 Eisner Award-nominated Witch Hat Atelier 

Now more than ever we all could use a bit more magic in our lives! So to help we’ve decided to spotlight and offer a wonderful sampling of Kodansha Comics Magical Girl manga for up to 50% off!

That’s right, you too can add a bit of sparkle to your digital manga library with the Eisner Award-nominated fantasy adventure, Witch Hat Atelier, the steam-punk magical girl series Clockwork Planet, the adorable mahou shojo classic Tokyo Mew Mew, and even the anime-inspiring Yamada-kun and Seven Witches

Just visit one of our participating digital vendors to save up to 50% off select Magical Girl manga: BookWalker, comiXology, Google Play, Kindle, Nook and izneo. Sale runs from July 14 to July 20!

 

~Magical Girls Digital Manga Sales! ~
July 14 – 20
See below for the full list of titles being offered during this sale,
and click on the links below to read chapter 1s FREE!

Featuring:
2020 Eisner Award-Nominated


Witch Hat Atelier (Vols. 1-5)

Sale also includes:
Amefurashi (Vols. 1-2)
Clockwork Planet (Vols. 1-10)
FAIRY TAIL Blue Mistral (Vols. 1-4)
Interview with the Monster Girls (Vols. 1-7)
Kamikamikaeshi (Vols. 1-8)
Magatsuki (Vols. 1-13)
Magical Sempai (Vols.1-6)
Peach Mermaid (Vols.1-3)
Tokyo Mew Mew (Omnibus  1-3)
Tokyo Mew Mew a la Mode (Omnibus 1
Unlimited Fafnir (Vols. 1-3)
Yamada-kun and Seven Witches (Vols. 1-11)

Looking for Fun & Done series? We’ve got the manga reads for you! (Ends 7/13)

Save big on short series with huge stories

Look, we get it, sometimes you don’t have the time to jump int that 100+ volume ninja pirate sorcery fantasy manga series. That’s ok. If you were looking for engaging and exciting manga stories you could finish in a single evening have we got the selection for you!

Right now you can check out the beautiful revisionist fantasy fable Red Riding Hood’s Wolf Apprentice, martial arts masterpiece Golosseum, the darkly hilarious Good Dog, Cerberus!, even the supernatural romantic comedy That Wolf Boy is Mine, and more for up to 50% off each volume! Stock right now on several series that will thrill you and also leave you and your wallet satisfied. 

Just visit one of our participating digital vendors to save up to 50% off select Kodansha Comics & VERTICAL manga: BookWalker, comiXology, Google Play, Kindle, Nook and izneo. Sale runs from July 7 to July 13!

 

~Fun & Done Digital Manga Sales! ~
July 7 – 13
See below for the full list of titles being offered during this sale,
and click on the links below to read chapter 1s FREE!

Complex Age 
Fairy Tail S 
Frau Faust 
The Black Museum: The Ghost and the Lady
The Golden Sheep
Golosseum
Good Dog, Cerberus!
Imperfect Girl
The Knight Cartoonist and Her Orc Editor
Love in Focus
Moteki
Museum
Prince in His Dark Days
Red Riding Hood’s Wolf Apprentice
That Wolf Boy is Mine
The Wizard and His Fairy