Saint Young Men & Other Manga Up to 50% Off

With the summer in full swing we’re making sure you have plenty to celebrate during the Manga Matsuri month of sales spotlighting hidden gems and fan-favorites for a summer of manga to help you escape the heat and your home without leaving your front door!

Take up to 50% off all volumes of select series during the Manga Matsuri: Friendly Hangouts featuring series like the story of our favorite saintly duo in their hilarious life on Earth, Saint Young Men; the light-hearted and lackadaisical take on human body maintenance, Cells NOT at Work!; the fan-favorite identical sibling rom-com, The Quintessential Quintuplets; the wholesome anime-inspiring high school romance; Shikimori’s Not Just a Cutie; and more!

Take advantage of the amazing Manga Matsuri: Friendly Hangouts digital sale giving you a number of light-hearted friend forward hangout manga with volumes of select series 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, July 11th! 

Curious about this sale but want to see more? Read the first chapter of spiritually silly best friend manga, Saint Young Men, FREE or click on any of the titles shown below to read a first chapter preview!


July 2022 & Spring 2023 Licensing Announcements

Kodansha USA Publishing announced today at Anime Expo their latest in new print licenses for manga and light novels arriving Spring 2023, as well as debuting digital series launching every week in July 2022!

Spring 2023 sees the release of all-new-in-English manga series like the yakuza/idol rom-com, The Yakuza’s Bias; more exciting light novels like the isekai comedy, 80,000 Gold in Another World for My Retirement; as well as digital-first series coming to to print, including A Condition Called Love, The Great Cleric, Twilight Out of Focus, and more.

In the realm of digital debuts, July 2022 sees the launch of Desert Eagle, a thrilling revenge saga from Ken Wakui, the creator of Tokyo Revengers; as well as a poignant story about struggling with dyslexia, My Wonderful World; a creepy and heartwarming monster detective series, Hella Chill Monsters; and more.

Print titles announced will be available Spring 2023 at local and online book vendors like Barnes & Noble, Books-A-Million, Amazon, and more! And all July 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.


SPRING 2023 PRINT LICENSES:

The Yakuza’s Bias
By Teki Yatsuda

A yakuza enforcer becomes the gang world’s biggest K-pop stan in this cult comedy manga that went from webcomic to sleeper hit in Japan! Perfect for fans of Way of the HousehusbandPhantom of the Idol, or Spy x Family.

Rated: 16+


Lovely Muco!
By Takayuki Mizushina

Lovely Muco is a story that depicts the lovely everyday life of Komatsu-san, a glassmith, and his pet dog Muco. Muco’s wish is that Komatsu-san could become a Shiba breed dog! 

Rated: 8+


Seraph of the End: Guren Ichinose: Catastrophe at Sixteen
By Yo Asami & Takaya Kagami

A short while before the apocalypse, 15-year-old Guren Ichinose enrolls at Daiichi Shibuya High, a magical training school.

Witness his trials as he must hide his true strength even as he is trampled on at a school for the insufferably privileged.  Previously released light novels, now in manga format.

Rated: 13+


Saving 80,000 Gold in Another World for My Retirement (Light Novel)
By FUNA

One day, Mitsuha falls off a cliff and is transported to a medieval Europe–type world! After a near-death encounter with a pack of wolves, she then realizes that she’s able to transport between two worlds—this one and her own. Taking advantage of this ability, Mitsuha decides to live in both worlds and calculates that she’ll need 80,000 gold coins to be able to retire! Mitsuha now has to come up with different ways to collect her gold coins!

Rated: 13+


Prophecy Omnibus Edition
By Tetsuya Tsutsui

A newspaper-masked vigilante who broadcasts his acts of vengeance before committing them. A newly-formed police division tackling the new frontier of internet-based crime. As the Sun rises on the Era of Information, can a group of people who found themselves at the bottom of the food chain rattle society through the web and avenge a fallen friend?

Rated: 16+


I (♂) Crossed-Dressed for the IRL (♀) Meetup
By Kurano

“Cocoa” has made three best friends in her online game, and she’s excited to meet them in real life at a dessert café for the first time. The only problem: She’s actually a man who’s been lying to them. What begins as a tense manga about online life quickly turns into a lighthearted comedy about friendship, gender, and forgiving yourself and others.

Rated: 16+


Tsugumi Project 
By ippatu

In the far future, a soldier named Leon is taken from his family on a trumped-up charge and dropped into a suicide mission: Recover a dangerous weapon from a deadly place — a place ruled by huge, irradiated, mutated monsters —a place once known, 200 years ago, as Japan. He and his teammates aren’t expected to survive this place. One of the scant pieces of information they have is the weapon’s name: Tsugumi.

Rated: 16+


The Surgery Room (Novel)
By Kyoka Izumi
Ilustrated By Honojiro Towoji  

“But you couldn’t have known!” A mysterious encounter in the surgery room leads back down the paths of memory, after a young woman refuses anesthetics to protect her secret… Kyoka Izumi’s 1895 classic is a mysterious, wrenching tale of doomed love.

Rated: 16+


Welcome to Demon School! Iruma-kun
By Osamu Nishi

Iruma Suzuki has always been eager to please, even at the cost of his well-being. Worst yet, he’s the son of two selfish parents who end up selling him to a demon. Thanks to their totally irresponsible actions, Iruma has found himself living in the Netherworld, where he must live and attend school as the grandson of an older demon. Luckily, his new, doting grandfather is there to help, but Iruma will have to figure out how to blend in with his demonic classmates or risk getting eaten. All he needs to do is subjugate rival classmates, summon familiars, and do other typical demon things while never revealing that he’s human… Piece of cake, right?

Rated: 13+


Medaka Kuroiwa Is Impervious to My Charms
By Ran Kuze

Mona is the cutest girl in school, and she knows it. In fact, she’s worked hard to make her high school debut successful. But no matter what she does, she can’t seem to catch the eye of stone-cold stoic Medaka Kuroiwa — still, she’s not about to give up that easy. Medaka, on the other hand, has been raised at a temple and was told to never become close to women. Who will win in this heated battle of wills? Coming to PRINT! 

Rated: 13+


Twilight Out of Focus
By Jyanome

Second-years Mao Tsuchiya and Hisashi Otomo make three promises: 1) That Mao will never tell anyone that Hisashi is gay and has a boyfriend, 2) That Hisashi will never think of Mao “in that way,” and 3) That they’ll always knock before entering, in case someone is having some “private time.” The two’s ground rules should ensure a peaceful life together in their dorm, but life is never as simple as it should be, and some things are not so easily promised…Coming to PRINT!

Rated: 18+


A Condition Called Love
By Megumi Morino

Hotaru doesn’t need a boyfriend. But an act of kindness to a classmate going through a breakup opens a door she never thought to step through, in and everything begins to change… A sweet new shojo romance manga from the creator of Wake Up, Sleeping Beauty!

Rated: 13+


The Great Cleric
Original story by Broccoli Lion
Art by Hiiro Akikaze
Character design by sime

One man’s story of turning blood, sweat, and tears into a successful living—literally! After his untimely death as the hardest-working salary man in Japan, Luciel is reincarnated into the magical fantasy world Galdardia. Always the man with a plan, he recreates himself as a healer and sets about making his way in the world. But while Luciel knows a thing or two about making money, he knows absolutely nothing about Galdardia. Will his good heart and great work ethic be enough to make him…The Great Cleric?

Rated: 13+


Am I Actually the Strongest?
Original story by Sai Sumimori
Art by Ai Takahashi

This fast and funny action isekai manga about a newborn whose power is literally unfathomable is perfect for fans of My Unique Skill Makes Me OP Even at Level 1, The Abandoned Reincarnation Sage, and The Strongest Sage with the Weakest Crest. Already a digital hit, the fan favorite comes to print!

Rated: 16+


Quality Assurance in Another World
By Masamichi Sato

You think you’re living a quiet life in the countryside. Then, one day, a dragon threatens your home, and everything changes — not because of the fire-breathing serpent, but because of Haga, the man who shows up and “debugs” the situation. Can it be that your life is nothing like what you thought? And what, exactly, is “QA?”

Rated: 13+


JULY 2022 DIGITAL DEBUTS

Desert Eagle 
By Ken Wakui  

Release Date: July 5, 2022

Ichigo Washio is a young man with a bright future—a bright future, that is, within the gangs of Shinjuku. When he meets Ringo Takamizawa, a fellow student hell-bent on revenge on those who took everything from his mother, the gregarious Ichigo doesn’t think twice about helping Ringo—even when it means it’ll pit Ichigo against men he’s looked up to his whole life. But Ichigo knows he’s in the right, and with his new friends and a healthy dose of stupidity to guide him, he’s ready to return justice to Shinjuku’s streets! From the author of Tokyo Revengers!

Rated: 16+

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My Wonderful World 
By Mizuho Aimoto  

Release Date: July 5, 2022

Shinobu Asakura has never been able to read or write—and not for lack of trying. It’s made getting and holding down jobs difficult, and he’s constantly berated by people who think he’s simply slacking off when he’s just trying to keep up. But a chance meeting with a café worker who introduces a new word to Shinobu’s vocabulary—dyslexia—may just change the course of Shinobu’s life forever.

Rated: 16+

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My Maid, Miss Kishi
By Kano Kashiwagi  

Debut Date: July 12, 2022

Kiichiro Hayase has a reputation as the wealthiest, hottest, most eligible bachelor in town. But as they say…behind every successful man is the maid who keeps him from tripping over his own two feet! Enter Miss Kishi, the most competent, professional maid around—and the only thing keeping from Kiichiro quite literally crashing and burning. He owes it all to her, but can he ever make it up to her? He’s sworn to try…no matter how many things must get broken, scattered, or lost to do so!

Rated: 13+

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Hella Chill Monsters
By Shuji Takeya 

Release Date: July 19, 2022

Not everyone wishes for a peaceful afterlife… least of all Bonzo Scalobania, whose dearest wish is to find a case for a skeleton detective like him to solve! Along with his unreliable assistant, Vampy Vinegret, and zombie frenemy/bounty hunter Nero Lichman, Bonzo swears to solve the problems of Limbo City! But does it still count if the problems he’s solving are ones of his and his friends’ own making?? A wacky, weird, heartwarming tale for the undead in us all.

Rated: 16+

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My Tentative Name
By Takeru Okutsu

Release Date: July 26, 2022

Our protagonist awakes in a house he doesn’t know—in fact, not only does he not know where he is, he doesn’t know who he is. What he does know is that this unfamiliar house is empty, save for the body (and head) of a decapitated woman—a stranger, he thinks. He’s rescued by a woman, Shio, who calls him “Iori”…but is that who he really is? And when she helps him hide the body without batting an eye, telling him to trust her…can he? Should he?

Rated: 16+

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Exclusive Interview: Fujita on Wotakoi Finale – Part 1

Hear from Series Creator Fujita on all things Wotakoi!

We’re continuing the celebration of Wotakoi: Love is Hard for Otaku, kicked off at Anime Expo 2022, by giving fans a glimpse into the creative mind of series creator, Fujita, as they recount the ideas and experienced that inspired them to create the geeky fan-favorite rom-com, Wotakoi. Read below for part one of a two-part interview and also be sure to check out a very special sketch video at the end!

Big thanks to our interview translator, Sawa Matsueda Savage. And English-language series editor, Vanessa Tenazas for their help on this interview.


(Please note that since we transcribed an audio recording of an interview with Fujita-sensei, some comments come from Wotakoi’s Editor, Suzuki are mixed into the answers.)

On the Beginning: Tell us how Wotakoi started.

Fujita: I started by posting one page at a time on Pixiv for fun, and people said they liked it in the comments. That made me so happy that I kept at it until Ichijinsha contacted me one day and it became a series. Back then, looking for undiscovered amateur content on Pixiv that you personally enjoyed was just starting to become a trend. The free platform provided easy access to that kind of content, and it was kind of like uncovering a lucky find or buried treasure. Nowadays, there are professional artists on Pixiv and people know they can find good content there, so I think the expectations are much higher than before. I think it really helped that I was posting back when people were just starting to realize that there was some surprisingly fun manga to be found there.

On the Concept: What gave you the idea of Wotakoi?

Fujita: It came from a conversation I was having with a friend while working on art stuff. We started discussing “what if” scenarios about a guy and a girl we thought would be cute together, and what kind of things they might talk about. That idea grew and I thought it was neat, but I couldn’t explain it that well in words. So I put pen to paper because I wanted to give shape to the idea, and the resulting rough sketches was how it started. Even in today’s day and age where it’s much easier being an otaku in life, I still think there are a lot of people who are like Narumi and hide that part of themselves. Even though times have changed and it may not seem necessary to hide it, that’s a separate issue, and one of the things I wanted to do was to acknowledge that feeling of reluctance. So I think the final volume provided a sense of closure in that regard by focusing on that issue.

On Characters: Are they based on real life people?

Fujita: There are no real-life people I can point to and say, “This is who that character is based on.” But I imagined there were people out there similar to these characters. Rather, I think I was totally convinced there must be as I drew them. Take Kabakura, for instance. I drew him thinking that was exactly what a guy would be like if he had a big ego and an image to uphold but actually loved anime and couldn’t resist his cravings. I did find it hard to believe when a reader told me they knew a person who was just like Naoya. Even with Hirotaka, whose personality is meant to be a boiled down, extreme version of a bunch of otaku traits, I occasionally hear about reported sightings of guys just like him, so I think it’s definitely possible that he exists. When people tell me they’ve seen people like the characters, I’m relieved to know they aren’t completely a figment of my imagination. I get the sense that readers enjoyed seeing familiar bits of themselves and people they knew in the characters. 

On Comedy: Who’s your comedic influence? 

Fujita: I’ve liked comedic stuff from when I was little and liked making people laugh, so I did kind of incorporate some classic comedy tropes and formulas. Also, this was not a direct inspiration for Wotakoi, but the type of comedy I enjoy is work like Gag Manga Biyori (A Good Day for Comedy Manga). I like that absurd style, but I couldn’t create that kind of humor with my drawings, so I aimed for the kind of vibe you find in Gintama. Rumiko Takahashi’s Ranma 1/2 and Maison Ikkoku are also examples of my idea of the ideal energy I wanted to create. I took care when developing the feel of the characters so that readers would find them endearing and want to see more of their everyday lives. I also tried to keep things light and not too serious.

On Manga: How did you get into drawing manga?

Fujita: In terms of just casual drawing, I started when I was in elementary school. I would draw four-panel manga with no dialogue in my notebook and show them to my friends. When I grew up, I still had this vague notion that I wanted to be a manga artist and went to a vocational school. Stuff happened, and I had a period of difficulty where I lost sight of what made manga enjoyable, so I decided to take a break and just draw manga for my own enjoyment. That’s when I turned to Pixiv and the result is Wotakoi. So I guess it started as a hobby I played around with that turned into a career. I feel like by the time I realized, it was the only path for me.

On Manga: What kind of tools do you use?

Fujita: I work with analog tools up to the inking stage. Before the inking stage, drawing with the analog tools I’m used to makes the page look more convincing, plus it’s faster. But for the background art, I definitely prefer working digitally given how challenging it is to have to put a ruler to paper and draw each individual line, making sure none of them go out of the panels.  I hope to hit a sweet spot of balancing digital and analog processes, and I’m still figuring that out.

Working in analog, the lines I draw will be printed just as they are, so I have an idea of what the finished product will look like. But working digitally means being able to zoom in indefinitely and draw infinitely thin lines. I hate that when I work on fine details until I’m satisfied, there’s too much detail in the final print and the page looks cluttered. I personally don’t enjoy reading pages with too much detail, and I want to produce the look of the manga I grew up with. I like lines that are relatively thick and easy to see, and a drawing style that depicts depth of field with just the use of lines. When I draw digitally, I don’t get a sense of the finished product, and trying to get it closer to where I want ends up being a time-consuming process.

On Anime: What was it like to see your manga become an anime?

Fujita: Everyone involved worked so hard to create it, and it made me so happy to see how passionate everyone was.

Suzuki (Editor): I feel like a lot of people discovered Wotakoi through the anime, including overseas fans. I think the anime played a big part in how it reached such a global audience. 

Fujita: I love watching overseas reaction video series, and in a scene where Hirotaka sees Narumi crying over anime and says, “What’s the point of crying over anime at this age?” there are these two overseas otaku guys who tell him off and say something like, “Hey! You just turned everyone against you!” But then Hirotaka cries as well right afterwards and the guys are like “Yeah, that’s right!” It was good to see that they approved of how that played out. People from overseas have much more candid reactions and it’s cute. 

Suzuki: Even after the TV series was over, we released several OVAs, and they sold in a way that’s unimaginable with most usual OVAs. I really felt that it’s indicative of just how many people loved the anime.

Fujita: Those involved put so much work into it, as well. The anime was a good learning opportunity for me. 

On Anime: Would there be a new season of anime?

Suzuki: I do want to see them do the events surrounding Kabakura and Hanako’s wedding and the book-only episodes from [Japanese] volumes nine to eleven. 

Fujita: I want that as much as anybody, so there’s no point asking me about it. [laughs]

Suzuki: It would certainly make a lot of people happy if they animated the full series.

On Theatre: Is it true that Wotakoi is becoming a theatrical play?

Fujita: Yes. The stage adaptation has a distinctive theatrical vibe of being a live show, and I think people will be glad they watched it. I think the choice of doing Wotakoi in live action is kind of a gamble. It can make some people die from embarrassment by feeling “seen.” I’m one of those people, actually.

It’s bad enough in manga form, but producing it with actual people honestly makes me worry that some viewers might explode from embarrassment. 

Suzuki: To tell you the truth, the person who came with the play proposal had an abnormal amount of passion. Be it the anime or the live action film or the play, I felt that the people involved had completely different personalities depending on the genre. I have no idea what the stage adaptation will be like until we see it, so it’s something to look forward to.

Fujita: It is! It’s completely unknown territory, so I can’t wait to see how it’s developing!


This concludes part one of Kodanansh’s exclusive interview with Wotakoi series creator Fujita detailing their thoughts and feelings around the manga, adaptation, it’s finale and more. Stay tuned for the upcoming conclusion to be released soon!


Can’t get enough of Wotakoi? Check out our exclusive Fujita sketch video as they draw the exclusive Anime Expo 2022 Wotakoi Art

My Darling Next Door Vol. 1 FREE + 99¢ Vol. 1s

My Darling Next Door 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 is coming to a close with the Summer Reading: Shojo to Josei digital manga sale – featuring a number of innocent and wholesome love as well as spicy and agonizing liaisons!

For one week we’re giving away FREE digital volume 1 of My Darling Next Door – the wholesome yearning crush romance. Not only that but we’re also discounting other select shojo & josei volume 1s to 99¢ & additional volumes up to 50% off! Right now you can let your shojo heart soar to far off lands with the fantasy romance, Nina the Starry Bride; the tsundere school-days love story, Defying Kurosaki-kun, and the hidden-gender slow burn, My Best (♀) Butler. And for more spicy, or mature dalliances check out the steamy crime courtship, Boss Wife; the supernatural revenge drama, Kasane, or even the beautifully esoteric battle manga, Land of the Lustrous. All these series and more start at only 99¢!

Dive into the summer of love with the Summer Reading: Shojo to Josei giving you My Darling Next Door, 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, July 4th! 

Curious about this sale but want to see more? Read the first chapter of the wholesome romance manga, My Darling Next Door, FREE or click on any of the titles shown below to read a first chapter preview!


Kodansha @ Anime Expo 2022

Kodansha Returns to Anime Expo

Kodansha is proud to return to Anime Expo – one of the world’s largest anime, manga, and Japanese pop-culture conventions in the world – in huge way with a booth, panel, and a number of giveaways for fans in attendance, and at home! Take a look below as we outline Kodansha’s full presence at Anime Expo 2022. And be sure to follow along on all our activities via our social media and by looking up the hashtag #AX22_Kodansha, all weekend long!

Anime Expo happens July 1st through July 4th and will be held at the
Los Angeles Convention Center.


Visit Kodansha at Booth #1100

Anime and manga fans can find us at the Kodansha Booth #1100. And while you’re there be sure to check out our huge art gallery with manuscript pages from series like Wotakoi: Love is Hard for Otaku, Shikimori’s Not Just a Cutie, The Quintessential Quintuplets, and Don’t Toy With Me, Miss Nagatoro. And for you cosplay buffs we’ll also be displaying real-life Tokyo Revengers-inspired uniforms.

Not only that but the Kodansha booth will also feature a video wall playing trailers from and sketch videos from some of Kodansha’s most fan-favorite anime, manga & creators!

Also, be sure to capture the memory of being at AX 2022 with the Kodansha Sharing Box photo booth and take pictures with characters from several Kodansha series including Wotakoi!


Join us for the Wotakoi Celebration Panel at AX

Friday, July 1, 2022 – 12:30 PM – Room 406 AB

Kodansha’s Wotakoi Celebration & New Licensing Announcements
Help us celebrate the wonderful conclusion of the Wotakoi: Love is Hard for Otaku manga in this wonderful spotlight filled with nerdy nostalgia, and giveaways! Then stick around for an exclusive sneak peek at Kodansha’s Spring 2023 print licensing announcement and July 2022 digital debuts.


Digital Wallpaper Giveaways for All

Not going to be at Anime Expo this year? You can still celebrate with us by downloading from limited edition wallpapers for desktop and mobile devices featuring exclusive Wotakoi art for AX, and hand-picked illustrations from Shikimori’s Not Just a Cutie, Don’t Toy With Me, Miss Nagatoro, and The Quintessential Quintuplets! See below to download your wallpapers today!

Download the Wotakoi Wallpaper Here: Desktop

Download the Wotakoi Wallpapers Here: Mobile 1 // Mobile 2

Download the Shikimori’s Not Just a Cutie Wallpaper Here: Mobile

Download the Don’t Toy With Me, Miss Nagatoro Wallpaper Here: Mobile

Download The Quintessential Quintuplets Wallpaper Here: Mobile


New for Anime Expo!

Check out part one our exclusive interview with Fujita on the Wotakoi finale!


Just Announced at Anime Expo!

Take a look at all the Spring 2023 Print Debuts & July 2022 digital debuts
just announced at the show!


Stay tuned to this page for more AX-related announcements from Kodansha USA!

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.

RSVP Link

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!