August 2022 & Spring 2023 Licensing Announcements

Jul. 23, 2022
August 2022 & Spring 2023 Licensing Announcements

Kodansha USA Publishing announced today at Comic-Con International 2022 in San Diego their latest offering for digital manga series debuting this August, as well as special drop-in print manga licenses arriving Spring 2023.

Additional Spring 2023 print releases announced today include the Shaman King sequel – by the original series creator, Hiroyuki Takei – SHAMAN KING: FLOWERS; a cute near future close encounter adventure, Break of Dawn; as well as the manga adaptation of the isekai comedy light novel, also coming from Kodansha & announced at Anime Expo '22, Saving 80,000 Gold in Another World for My Retirement!.

In the realm of digital debuts, August 2022 sees the launch of the yearning star-crossed romance Our Love Doesn't Need a Happy Ending and the queer love triangle saga She, Her Camera, and Her Seasons.

The special drop-in print titles announced will be available Spring 2023 at local and online book vendors like Barnes & Noble, Books-A-Million, Amazon, and more!

And August 2022 digital debuts will be available upon release across all our participating digital vendors, including BookwalkerKindle, Apple Books, Google PlayNookKoboizneoMyAnimeList and more!

See the full list of all-new licenses announced for print and digital below or on Kodansha.us.


AUGUST 2023 PRINT LICENSES:

SHAMAN KING: FLOWERS 
By Hiroyuki Takei

The ghosts, spirits, zombies, and gods return in this brand-new sequel to the classic shonen adventure manga SHAMAN KING! Hana Asakura finds that being the son of Yoh & Anna Asakura isn't all it's cracked up to be, and his boredom has him itching for any kind of excitement. But when a fight comes straight to his doorstep, it's from a place he least expects—his own family? The battle for Asakura supremacy begins!

Rated: 13+


Break of Dawn 
By Tetsuya Imai

It’s the year 2038, but more importantly, it’s summer. A little boy named Yuma is obsessed with the impending return of the Arville Comet. Then, one day, he sneaks onto the roof of an apartment building and finds something even more amazing—something not from this world. Now Yuma and his friends, and his hovering autopet Nanako, must work together to uncover a secret that’s slumbered in the Earth for years, as dawn breaks over a new era for him and for humanity… Entire story in a single volume.

Inspired an anime film coming soon from the acclaimed screenwriter Dai Sato (Cowboy Bebop, Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex)!

Rated: 13+


Saving 80,000 Gold in Another World for My Retirement (Manga)
By Keisuke Motoe
Original story by FUNA
Character Designs By Tozai

After growing up an orphan, Mitsuha has a healthy respect for money and a desire to live well—at least, until she dies after being pushed off a cliff. Waking up in a strange fantasy world, Mitsuha narrowly survives an encounter with a pack of wolves, then realizes she has the power to move between this world and the real one. A lesser person might embark on heroic adventures—Mitsuha instead immediately recognizes the lucrative possibilities of her new situation, and heads out to buy an arsenal of modern weapons. Her goal: to acquire 80,000 gold, and the life of leisure she’s always dreamed of! The manga companion to the popular light novel series, also coming soon from Kodansha!

Rated: 16+


AUGUST 2022 DIGITAL DEBUTS

Our Love Doesn't Need a Happy Ending 
By Fuyumi Yajima

Release Date: August 2, 2022

Daiki Tomita likes movies, but the real reason he's still kept up with his university's film club members after they all graduated is his unrequited love for fellow member Koharu Kobayakawa. He's been hesitant to risk their friendship by asking her out, but when Koharu breaks the news that she doesn't have long to live, Tomita must decide whether or not he's willing to let her go without ever telling her how he truly feels…

Rated: 16+

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She, Her Camera, and Her Seasons
By Tsukiko

Release Date: August 16, 2022

Akari is a third-year student who has spent her high school career sticking to the straight and narrow...but her attention is caught by Yuki Sendo, the short-haired, standoffish girl in her class who seems to buck the trend. Akari can't seem to stop seeking Yuki out, and her feelings rapidly develop into something more than girlish friendship. But Yuki seems to have eyes only for her childhood friend, Rintaro Kagawa...who himself seems to have feelings for Akari. It's a mess...and one that threatens to grow even messier as Akari navigates between what she wants and what's expected of her…

Rated: 16+

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