Blue Period Vol. 1 FREE + 99¢ Vol. 1s

Blue Period vol. 1 FREE for a limited time

Other select vol. 1s now 99¢ & up to 50% off additional volumes

Our month of Summer Reading suggestions and free volume 1 giveaways continues with the Summer Reading: Fine (Martial) Arts digital manga sale – spotlighting a slate of hard-hitting martial arts manga, and beautifully rendered fine arts series!

For one week we’re giving away FREE volume 1 of Blue Period – the thoughtful saga about art, friendship, and fighting for your dreams. Not only that but we’re also discounting other select volume 1s to 99¢ & additional volumes up to 50% off! So right now you can save on such exciting & heart-pounding martial arts manga like the MMA drama, All-Rounder Meguru; the over-the-top battle manga satire, Golosseum; and even the beefy karate romance, Abe-Kun’s Got Me Now!. Looking for something more in the fine arts realm try the historical fiction tale of the REAL Shakespeare in, Seven Shakespeares; the hilarious manga about our favorite making manga dad, Kakushigoto: My Dad’s Secret Ambition; or get a taste for the culinary arts with Kitchen Princess. All these series and more start at only 99¢!

Start the summer off right by taking advantage of the amazing Summer Reading: Fine (Martial) Arts giving you Blue Period, volume 1 for FREE, with all other volume 1s at 99¢ and subsequent volumes up to 50% off! To see where you can save, visit one of our participating digital vendors: Bookwalker, Kindle, Google Play, Kobo, Nook, izneo and MyAnimeList

Sale ends Monday, June 27th! 

Curious about this sale but want to see more? Read the first chapter of the emotionally charged & ambition-inspiring, Blue Period, FREE or click on any of the titles shown below to read a first chapter preview!


Akane Torikai at TCAF ’22

Kodansha USA is proud to have Akane Torikai – the unflinching creator behind the thought-provoking drama, Sensei’s Pious Lie – as a featured guest of this year’s Toronto Comic Arts Festival (TCAF). And to celebrate Kodansha is offering digital wallpapers of Akane Torikai’s work to fans worldwide – read on for more info!

Being held this year at the Toronto Reference Library from June 17-19, 2022, TCAF is an internationally acclaimed comic book festival that spotlights a number of acclaimed creators and independent publishers. With Torikai-sensei as one of the festival’s featured guest fans will have multiple times to hear her speak, see her draw, and also get her autograph across the show.

For a full list of times and locations to meet with Torikai-sensei at TCAF 2022 see below:


Akane Torikai at TCAF 2022 Schedule of Appearances

Toronto Comic Arts Festival 2022
When: June 17-19, 2022
Where: Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M4W 2G8, Canada

Friday, June 17, 2022

6:30 PM EST: Kick-off Panel: The Next 20 Years – Toronto Reference Library, Salon
Come celebrate 20 years with TCAF at the Festival’s opening kickoff! We’ve seen a lot of amazing creators come through the festival over the last two decades, but for tonight’s celebration, we want to highlight great new voices taking over the industry right now: Tillie Walden (My Parents Won’t Stop Talking, Spinning), Emma Hunsinger (My Parents Won’t Stop Talking), Kat Simmers (Pass Me By), Conor Stechschulte (Ultrasound), and Akane Torikai (Sensei’s Pious Lie). These creators have their fingers on the pulse of the comics industry. What new directions are they taking it in? What important stories are there left to tell? What are the gaps still left to fill in this industry? We’ll talk about all this and more in the opening panel.

Saturday, June 18, 2022

10:00 – 11:00 AM EST: Akane Torikai Spotlight – Toronto Reference Library, Hinton Learning Theatre
Manga creator Akane Torikai makes her North American comics festival debut at TCAF 2022! In Sensei’s Pious Lie, Torikai explores the intersections of sex, violence, gender, and power through her naturalistic style and painful honesty. Join veteran manga critic Brigid Alverson in this thought-provoking and revealing panel on Torikai’s groundbreaking work.

11:30 AM -12:30 PM EST: Akane Torikai Autograph Session – Toronto Reference Library, Signing Area

2:00 – 3:00 PM EST: Live Drawing featuring Akane Torikai @ JFT –  The Japan Foundation, Toronto
Watch manga being made before your very eyes! Award-winning artist Akane Torikai pulls back the curtain behind her creative process as she draws live on stage and chats about everything from favourite pen to her English-language debut, Sensei’s Pious Lie, and her ongoing series Saturn Return.

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Sunday, June 19, 2022

12:00- 1:00 PM EST: Akane Torikai Autograph Session – Toronto Reference Library, Signing Area


Special Digital Wallpaper Giveaway:

In celebration of Akane Torikai’s special appearance at TCAF 2022 we are giving away digital wallpapers featuring stunning art from Torikai’s Sensei’s Pious Lie.

Download wallpapers here: Desktop // Mobile Device


Sensei’s Pious Lie Free Chapter 1 Preview:

If you haven’t yet experienced Sensei’s Pious Lie – the poignant exploration on the emotional fallout of sexual assault – you can read the first chapter free below.

About Akane Torikai: Torikai was born in Osaka, Japan, in 1981. In 2004, she made her manga debut in the monthly magazine Bessatsu Shojo Friend DX Juliet. Her first serialized work in a young men’s magazine was Ohayou Okaeri, which was published in Morning Two. This was followed by Sensei’s Pious Lie, which drew widespread attention for its focus on the theme of sexual violence. In addition, Onna no Ie, a series about two sisters who must live under one roof, made the list for Takarajimasha’s Kono Manga ga Sugoi! (This Manga is Amazing!) in the women’s category, while Jigoku no Girlfriend, a story about three women made housemates by chance, was adapted into a live-action TV show. Her latest ongoing series, Saturn Return, which is published weekly in Big Comic Spirits magazine, is a mystery that revolves around suicide and loss.

About Sensei’s Pious Lie: Torikai’s work is a frank and nuanced examination of the emotional and practical effects of sexual violence, rendering the messy realities in gorgeously refined linework and dialogue far more naturalistic than most manga. The author veers away from blunt indictment to paint one of the most complex and fascinating psychological portraits of both rapist and victim in any medium. Very much not just for manga fans, Sensei’s Pious Lie will appeal to readers of graphic novels and literary fiction in general.

Orient Vol. 1 Free + 99¢ Vol. 1s. Ends 6/20!

Orient vol. 1 FREE for a limited time

Other select vol. 1s now 99¢ & up to 50% off additional volumes

We’re continuing this month of Summer Reading suggestions and free vol. 1 giveaways with the Summer Reading: Shonen to Seinen digital manga sale – spotlighting a selection of fun, hilarious and action-packed shonen manga, as well as dark dramatic and thrilling seinen series!

For one week we’re giving away volume 1 of the the amazingly anachronistic demon-fighting manga, Orient, FREE, with other select volume 1s priced at 99¢ & additional volumes up to 50% off! Right now you can save big on such shonen series as the sci-fi action/adventure EDENS ZERO; the exciting fire fighter battle manga, Fire Force; and the rivalry-driven soccer saga, DAYS. Looking for something with a harder edge? With this sale you can easily dive into the body-horror action drama, Ajin: Demi-Human; the fan-favorite spicy romance, Domestic Girlfriend; or the desperate space survival epic, Knights of Sidonia!

Start the summer off right by taking advantage of the amazing Summer Reading: Shonen to Seinen giving you Orient, volume 1 for FREE, with all other volume 1s at 99¢ and subsequent volumes up to 50% off! To see where you can save, visit one of our participating digital vendors: Bookwalker, Kindle, Google Play, Kobo, Nook, izneo and MyAnimeList

Sale ends Monday, June 20th! 

Curious about this sale but want to see more? Read the first chapter of the crazy, action-packed shonen series, Orient, FREE or click on any of the titles shown below to read a first chapter preview!


Get Over $1200 Worth of Manga or $35 With a New Humble Bundle

Humble Bundle & Kodansha USA Launch New Humble Manga Bundle: School of Rebels

Get over $1200 worth of rowdy & rebellious manga series like Tokyo Revengers, Initial D, Grand Blue Dreaming & more for only $35.

A portion of the proceeds for this Humble Bundle to go towards supporting The Trevor Project


Kodansha USA & Humble Bundle have teamed up again to spotlight some of Kodansha’s most unruly and action-packed series like Tokyo Revengers, Initial D, Air Gear, Until Your Bones Rot, and more, in one tremendous deal with the Humble Manga Bundle: School of Rebels. A Bundle hand-picked for new and existing manga fans alike, the Humble Manga Bundle: School of Rebels offers 112 volumes of defiant manga worth over $1200 total for only $35. Ready to purchase now from the Humble Bundle website, this deal will only be available until July 7, 2022.

Read ’em anywhere: All the untamed & rebellious manga featured as part of the Humble Manga Bundle: School of Rebels will be delivered digitally upon purchase in multiple formats including CBZ, PDF, ePub, and FLAC so fans can read these titles across their computer, e-readers, tablets, cell phones, and a wide array of mobile devices!

Support charity: Kodansha will be leveraging the purchasing power of each bundle sold – whether it’s at the $1 or the $35 tier – to donate a portion of the proceeds to a worthy cause! This Humble Bundle supports The Trevor Project, the world’s largest suicide prevention and mental health organization for LGBTQ young people. Pay what you want and choose how much of your purchase supports The Trevor Project or you can also choose a charity of your preference via the PayPal Giving Fund.

The Trevor Project does not endorse nor aid in the selection of the books included in this bundle.

See below for details on all the the amazing titles fans can expect to get at each tier of the Humble Manga Bundle: School of Rebels:


Pay $1 or more to get:
Air Gear Omnibus, Vol. 1
Boarding School Juliet, Vol. 1
GE: Good Ending, Vol. 1
Grand Blue Dreaming, Vol. 1
Initial D, Vol. 1
Peach Girl, Vol. 1
Tokyo Revengers, Vol. 1
Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches, Vol. 1


Pay $10 or more to get:
Air Gear Omnibus, Vol. 2
Boarding School Juliet, Vol. 2-4
GE: Good Ending, Vol. 2-4
Grand Blue Dreaming, Vol. 2-4
Initial D, Vol. 2-8
Peach Girl, Vol. 2-3
Tokyo Revengers, Vol. 2-3
Until Your Bones Rot, Vol. 1-5
Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches, Vol. 2-5


Pay $20 or more to get:
Air Gear Omnibus, Vol. 3-4
Boarding School Juliet, Vol. 5-6
Grand Blue Dreaming, Vol. 5-7
Initial D, Vol. 9-20
Peach Girl, Vol. 4-5
Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches, Vol. 6-9


Pay $35 or more to get:
Air Gear Omnibus, Vol. 5-6
BECK, Vol. 1-15
Boarding School Juliet, Vol. 7-8
GE: Good Ending, Vol. 5-8
Grand Blue Dreaming, Vol. 8-10
Initial D, Vol. 21-30
Peach Girl, Vol. 6-9
Those Not-So-Sweet Boys, Vol.1-5
Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches, Vol. 10-13


For the full list of titles included in this Humble Bundle visit the Humble Manga Bundle: School of Rebels homepage.

Ya Boy Kongming! Vol. 1 Free + Sale! Ends 6/13

Ya Boy Kongming! vol. 1 FREE for a limited time

Other select vol. 1s now 99¢ & up to 50% off additional volumes

This month we’re giving manga fans some Summer Reading suggestions and even a FREE volume 1 to start you off during the Summer Reading: Hell Vacation digital manga sale – spotlighting a mix of isekai and horror for folks interested surprisingly frightening journeys to other worlds!

For 1 week we’re giving away the reverse isekai tactical music management manga – and current anime fan-favorite – Ya Boy Kongming! volume 1 FREE, with other select volume 1s priced at 99¢ & additional volumes up to 50% off! Save off other isekai favorites like the overpowered hero fantasy, My Unique Skill Makes Me OP Even at Level 1, or the yet-to-be-reincarnated hero comedy, Goodbye I’m Being Reincarnated. And if you’re looking for something scary be sure to check-out series like the dark body horror saga, Cells at Work: CODE BLACK, or the monster-in-love battle romance, Sachi’s Monstrous Appetite.

Start the summer off right by taking advantage of the amazing Summer Reading: Hell Vacation giving you Ya Boy Kongming, volume 1 for FREE, with all other volume 1s at 99¢ and subsequent volumes up to 50% off! To see where you can save, visit one of our participating digital vendors: Bookwalker, Kindle, Google Play, Kobo, Nook, izneo and MyAnimeList

Sale ends Monday, June 13th! 

Curious about this sale but want to see more? Read the first chapter of the War Strategist turn EDM manager, Ya Boy Kongming!, FREE or click on any of the titles shown below to read a first chapter preview!


June 2022 Digital Licensing Announcements

June is here and with it arrives the digital debut of a number of wide-ranging and provocative manga like the yearning gay love story between two manga creators, JOY; the life & death class reunion saga, The Shadows of Who We Once Were; the sensually musical romance, Such a Treacherous Piano Sonata; the free-wheeling art school drama, A Nico-Colored Canvas, and more! Take a look below for details on all the new digital series debuting this month!

All these new June digital debuts, and ongoing digital series will be available upon release across all our participating digital vendors including BookwalkerKindle, Apple Books, Google Play, Nook, Koboizneo, MyAnimeList and more!

To see what other new releases are coming June 2022, be sure to check out our Manga Release Calendar!


JUNE’S DIGITAL DEBUTS:

The Shadows of Who We Once Were
By Yae Utsumi 

Release Date: June 7, 2022

Nezu was looking forward to his elementary school reunion—after all, his class was united by unbreakable bonds. But when his former classmate, Mikio, reveals that this reunion is a very real matter of life and death…suddenly Nezu finds those bonds put to the test. By the author of Until Your Bones Rot!

Rated: 18+

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JOY
By Etsuko 

Release Date: June 7, 2022

Goh Akazaki is a 26-year-old man…who happens to be a shojo manga artist. His assistant is Yusuke Akune, who happens to be a mangaka in his own right. But when Goh accidentally finds out that Yusuke is gay, he’s thrown for a loop—what else about his friend doesn’t he know? And when Goh is asked to draw BL, he tries to pry into Yusuke’s experiences for inspiration…but when he is ultimately inspired by the idea of “unrequited love for Yusuke,” can he keep his own feelings out of the mix?

Rated: 18+

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Golden Gold
By Seita Horio

Release Date: June 14, 2022

Welcome to Neijima island—home to a girl who hopes to keep her friend from moving away; destination of an author hoping to be inspired for her next book; and above all, sacred land to a “god of fortune”—but will that god really bring what the people around it want? A bizarre, supernatural new story by the author of Kokkoku!

Rated: 16+

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Such a Treacherous Piano Sonata
By Hal Osaka  

Release Date: June 14, 2022

Kanna Tachibana is a 26-year-old woman who hasn’t yet felt the stirrings of physical attraction…that is, until she meets her new charge, the “Prince of Piano” Guy Narisawa Weissenfeld. After listening to his playing, she finds herself unable to stop herself caressing him…?! Will she be able to explore her budding sensuality with a man who has been told he plays with no emotion? And not only that, can she step up to save this irascible performer’s career while she’s at it?

Rated: 16+

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A Nico-Colored Canvas
By Nao Shikita

Release Date: June 21, 2022

Nico Sorano is in the dictionary under “free-spirited”…which makes her an instant celebrity at her art university. But one professor, the career making-or-breaking Kageiwa-sensei, has only a limited tolerance for her aggressively good-natured optimism. Unsurprisingly, Nico isn’t fazed…it just means she’s going to have to make her own way to stardom, with the help of her friend Mitsuki and the inscrutable, notorious Soichiro Togo. No matter what, it’ll be an interesting college debut!

Rated: 13+

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A Serenade for Pretend Lovers
By Tochika Nekome 

Release Date: June 21, 2022

Akari Sayo works at a TV station, and was on the job when she just happened to see her boyfriend—who just happened to be cheating on her. Before she can resolve anything, she’s asked to manage a documentary about a musician, Chizuru Kobuchi…but when he tries to shut her out, she barges in, determined to do her job right! But moments later, when he learns her name…he asks her to be his lover? Akari’s having a long day, and it looks like it isn’t over yet!

Rated: 16+

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Burn the House Down
By Moyashi Fujisawa   

Release Date: June 28, 2022

Shizuka Yamauchi, 25, housekeeper. Makiko Mitarai, 46, amateur model and perfect housewife. Though strangers on the outside, the two share a past—one Shizuka feels she needs to set right, to bring her mother justice. But Makiko has secrets of her own, and Shizuka will need to tread carefully if she’s to get to the bottom of it all…without getting burned.

Rated: 16+

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Relive our June 2022 Kodansha Live announcements in one video!

Manga on Screen: Wishlist Sale!

All month long we’ve been celebrating the amazing series that have made the jump from manga page to anime and even live-action TV & films. This week, we’ve asked the manga experts at Kodansha for their “staff picks” of series they’d love to see adapted for the screen, and are spotlighting these tremendous tales at a discount during the Manga on Screen: Wishlist digital manga sale!

Take up to 50% off what Kodansha staffers think are manga series primed for adaptations! Imagine a live-action drama of the cute yet poignant college rom-com, A Sign of Affection. Or even a beautifully rendered anime-adaptation of the dark sci-fi epic, APOSIMZ. We can totally see the kinds of hilarious & heartfelt episodes that would come from adapting an anime of the lycanthrope love story, That Wolf Boy is Mine. And we would DIE of excitement over a featured film of the fashion forward trans coming-of-age tale, Boys Run the Riot. Any of the series featured in this sale would make a thrilling, frightening, and excellent adaptation – but why not start with the manga at an affordable price.

Note to fans about this sale: None of the titles featured in this sale are currently planned for an anime or live-action adaptation this is only a sale celebrating series we “wish” would make the jump in the future!


Right now you can try out any of these anime or live-action adaptation-worthy manga series by taking up to 50% off during the the Manga on Screen: Wishlist digital manga sale! To see where you can save, visit one of our participating digital vendors: Bookwalker, Kindle, Google Play, Nook, izneo and MyAnimeList

Sale ends Monday, May 30th! 

Curious about this sale but want to see more? Read the first chapter of the haunting horror anthology, PTSD Radio, FREE or click on any of the titles shown below to read a first chapter preview!

Some Day Adaptations (Maybe): Discover Staff Picks & Wishlist Manga

Manga on Screen: Live Action Sale

Did you know that beyond animated adaptations Kodansha Manga has also seen the screen in the form of dramas and featured films? If not then we’re thrilled to spotlight just some of the tremendous series that have seen the jump to live-action during the Manga on Screen: Live Action digital manga sale!

Right now take up to 50% off the drama-filled and TV drama inspiring office romance, Sweat and Soap. If you’re looking for a sci-fi action thriller check out the series that’s been adapted to anime and live-action check check out Parasyte! If you’re looking for a culinary-focused romance that also saw a drama adaptation, take a taste of What Did You Eat Yesterday?. Even two of Kodansha’s biggest sci-fi hits, The Ghost in the Shell, and Battle Angel Alita – that saw Hollywood studio adaptations – are now available to read at an amazing price! Experience why these fantastic series made the jump into live-action at a price that’s unreal!

Celebrate the Kodansha manga titles that were adapted into IRL dramas and movies by taking up to 50% off select series in the Manga on Screen: Live Action Sale digital manga sale! To see where you can save, visit one of our participating digital vendors: Bookwalker, Kindle, Google Play, Nook, izneo and MyAnimeList

Sale ends Monday, May 23th! 

Curious about this sale but want to see more? Read the first chapter of the spicy and quirky office romance, Sweat and Soap, FREE or click on any of the titles shown below to read a first chapter preview!

Manga Made Real: Discover More Drama-inspiring Manga

Manga on Screen: Anime Past Sale

Watched the (long ago) anime, and are curious about the manga?

We’re continuing this month’s spotlight on anime-inspiring manga by featuring series that saw anime-adaptations recently as well as long ago, during the Manga on Screen: Anime Past digital manga sale!

Right now, take up to 50% off such series as the delinquent teacher dramedy that’s inspired anime AND live-action adaptations, GTO: Great Teacher Onizuka. If you’re looking for an endearing coming-of-age tale about a group of literary & love obsessed teens, check out O Maidens In Your Savage Season. If monstrous action is more your speed then be sure to try the body horror battle manga, Gleipnir. Whether you’re trying to rekindle nostalgia for recent and long past anime, or just looking for a new-to-you manga series to start up – you’ll want to take advantage of this digital manga sale!

Celebrate anime past and the Kodansha manga that inspired them by taking up to 50% off select series in the Manga on Screen: Anime Past digital manga sale! To see where you can save, visit one of our participating digital vendors: Bookwalker, Kindle, Google Play, Nook, izneo and MyAnimeList

Sale ends Monday, May 16th! 

Curious about this sale but want to see more? Read the first chapter of the the adorably supportive high school romance, GTO: Great Teacher Onizuka, FREE or click on any of the titles shown below to read a first chapter preview!

For Fans of Anime Past: Discover More Anime-inspiring Manga

Manga on Screen: New & Upcoming Sale!

Save on manga that’s inspired spring’s hottest anime!

An all-new season of anime is upon us with a number of amazing Kodansha manga making their animated debut; like the wholesome school-days rom-com Shikimori’s Not Just a Cutie, the secret identity sentai love story, Love After World Domination, and the epic fantasy adventure, The Dawn of the Witch! Not only that but we’re also discounting recent manga-to-anime favorites like Don’t Toy With Me, Miss Nagatoro, Shaman King, Rent-A-Girlfriend and more!

Celebrate the new anime season with us as we spotlight new, upcoming AND recent anime-inspiring Kodansha manga by discounting select series up to 50% off during the Manga on Screen: New & Upcoming digital manga sale! To see where you can save, visit one of our participating digital vendors: Kindle, Google Play, Kobo, Nook, izneo and MyAnimeList

Sale ends Monday, May 9th! 

Curious about this sale but want to see more? Read the first chapter of the the adorably supportive high school romance, Shikimori’s Not Just a Cutie, FREE or click on any of the titles shown below to read a first chapter preview!

Manga for Every Season: Discover the Anime-Inspiring Manga of Spring