November 19: Watch Kodansha x Yen Press Showdown Rematch & MORE at Anime NYC 2020 Online!

What are you doing on November 17-20? 

As you may have heard, Anime NYC, one of our favorite conventions in the Big Apple has moved online this year. Which means, we get to nerd-out alongside thousands of fans directly from our homes! So, mark your calendars for November 17-20, to tactically plan out a few days to enjoy the fandom celebration festivities!


All Eyes on Kodansha Comics x Yen Press Showdown Rematch!

It was at Crunchyroll Expo earlier this year, when the EPIC rivalry between Kodansha and Yen Press spiraled out of control! So, to settle some unfinished business, we’re bringing an equally epic rematch to Anime NYC 2020!


Kodansha Comics x Yen Press Showdown Rematch: The King of Kinokuniya 

When? Thursday, November 19 Time: 4:45 PT / 7:45 PM ET
Where? on NTWK app 

The epic battle between two powerhouse manga publishers continues in a title match to see who will be crowned the “King of Kinokuniya”! The stage is set for a battle in the Big Apple as Kodansha Comics’ own Tomo “Double-T” Tran, faces off against Yen Press’ Mark de Vera, the “Man of 1000 Manga.” Watch as they test their skills and wits, to hard sell the best manga titles from each company within the confines of the hallowed NYC Kinokuniya. NYC is about to E X P L O D E, when these forces fight for manga supremacy! See the match for yourself, and stay tuned because YOU too can be crowned a winner of some excellent prizes!



Wanna win $100 Kinokuniya  Gift Card? 
Enter for a chance by taking this viewers survey!
(Offer Ends December 2, 2020)



Get the Anime NYC Exclusive Digital Downloads! 

Just in time for the holiday season, you can decorate your desktop, mobile, and Zoom in Kodansha spirit! Check out Anime NYC Online Digital Download page to get those digital goodies, while it lasts!




Stay tune on this page for more details about all things
Kodansha at Anime NYC 2020! 


CLAMP Oracle Cards

Let the art of CLAMP help you connect with the cosmos

If you are here it’s because you’re looking for answers and believe in the ability of the CLAMP Oracle Card set to help you find them! Below you’ll find the hand-crafted divinatory meanings behind each card in this very special oracle card set. Use the CLAMP Oracle Card set on its own, or as an amazing addition to any other divination deck like the Tarot, or another Oracle card set, and let the cards help you find the answers you seek.

The CLAMP Oracle Card set features 15 beautifully realized cards, packaged in a witchy black cloth bag, and uses divinatory meaning combined with artwork from classic CLAMP manga series, like Magic Knight Reyearth, Cardcaptor Sakura, Chobits, Tsubasa RESERVoir CHRoNiCLE, xxxHOLiC & more, to help you reach answers to questions of love, career, friendship and beyond! 

To read the announcement and details of this holiday exclusive, click here!


Upright: The Heroine is a symbol of unmitigated passion and inspiration. You leap headfirst into problems and situations because you have you have the confidence of will, to take them all on. When The Heroine appears you’re also being asked to tap into the Divine Feminine (regardless of your gender) and embody the spirit of this heroine to bolster your own energies and tackle any obstacle (inner or outer) standing in your way. Clear-eyed and full of energy The Heroine signals an exuberant start to a journey, where you must throw caution to the wind because the limitless power of love, for yourself and others, will keep you afloat.

Reversed: Upright The Heroine is a green light to leap before looking, reversed, not so much. You’re still at the beginning of a journey, but when The Heroine appears in reverse, you’re being asked to look at what you’re jumping into before leaping. Gather information, reflect on whether the leap will land you on solid ground or have you free falling into danger. In this position turn to the Divine Feminine to help you find the answer you seek. You have inspiration and the passion to see it through, just take an extra second to check in with yourself before jumping off the edge.


Upright: When Friendship appears in a reading you’re asked to look to friends and (biological or found) family around you for inspiration, strength and understanding. Feeling unsure and rudderless, look outside yourself for answers to questions you may have been pondering – you may be surprised at the answers YOU reach after comparing notes with a trusted companion. Remember that leaning on others is not weakness. It can be a kindness to yourself to lift the biggest weights through cooperation, rather than carrying the load on your own. But also, if you are experiencing a time of happiness and Friendship appears it is a signal to share that happiness with those closest to you, they want to know and would be happy to hear you’re thriving.

Reversed: When Friendship appears in reverse it may allude to a time when you, or a trusted person, are mired in co-dependency and overprotectiveness. Have you felt like things are too difficult to handle on your own, and absolutely need the help of others? Friendship in reverses asks you to examine that feeling – you might find that you’re stronger than you think! Or if a friend or loved one has been leaning on you too much, Friendship in reverse asks you to examine whether or not you need to define boundaries in order to conserve your own energies. Friendship is a wonderful thing but empathy without boundaries can be toxic.


Upright: In a reading, The Fool appears as a call to action for play! Be silly, do a cartwheel, laugh out loud at nothing at all. Things might have been very serious and dour in recent times, so the idea of being foolish could feel incongruous, but it’s through finding this levity that you can push back against the difficult times. The Fool is a green light to indulge in play and start manifesting the good times for yourself, you have that power within you.

Reversed: The Fool reverse acts as a warning, because the fool may be YOU! This is an indicator that there is a trickster in your life that maybe taking advantage of your current carefree attitude. Because while you’re distracted or stuck in play, someone else might be scooping up the opportunities meant for you. The Fool in reverse thus also asks you to get serious about plans that you may have only sketched out. Focus on that, draw your plans, success is waiting for you if you focus your will to achieve it.


Upright: The Soulbound card is an indicator that someone has entered your life that is more than just a chance encounter. There is a cosmic significance in this, and in them. Mirror soul, twin flame, whatever you want to call it you’ve encountered someone you’re meant to learn from and grow with – even if only for a little while. And as unbelievable as it might be, that cosmic person might also be YOURSELF! Have you experienced a change where you feel like a different person? Reflect on who you were, who you are, and who you want to be – does each stage have something to teach you?

Reversed: When The Soulbound card appears in reverse it is asking, do you feel like you’re missing a piece and someone else will complete you? This can be dangerous because it means that you are convinced you’re not enough, or that you will remain fractured if that missing person can’t be found. The Soulbound in reverse might be asking you to strengthen the bond with your own soul. It’s by loving and caring for yourself, that your capacity for love will increase and act as a beacon for the people you’re meant to meet and aid you in your journey.


Upright: When The Hero appears in a read, it asks you to reflect on your battle worn experience. You have faced innumerable challenges and are still here standing strong. Believe in that strength to help you through a potentially tumultuous time, because this is one of many fights yet to come. You got this! When this card appears it also asks you to tap into the Divine Masculine (regardless of your gender) to take action towards your goals. Fight for what you want, you deserve it, and have already started carving a path with each past victory.

Reversed: The Hero in reverse might mean that you have decided to take up a fight you don’t need to. Though this combative energy feels productive you might be fighting shadows, or worse yet, fighting yourself. Reflect on if winning this battle will bring you closer towards your goals or if it will just leave you exhausted, bloody and in need of healing after the fight.


Upright: When The Witch appears in a reading it is a sign that you are entering a spiritually charged and intuitive time. The spiritual confidence of The Witch is not something that is gained over night. Just as a witch relies on their rituals, and practices to build their power, so must you start your own practices to bolster your energies. In this time, you might want to start meditation, yoga, dream journaling, or some other practice that allows you to listen to your inner voice. Cosmic energies are flowing around you and so it’s up to you to decipher their meaning. Because it’s in that deciphering that you’ll gain clarity to better walk your path.

Reversed: The Witch in reverse, alludes to the idea that your spiritual cognition is currently blocked or dampened. No, this isn’t because of a curse, or hex, but it can be because the world around you is chaotic and distracting. When this card appears in reverse it signifies that an enlightening time might be around the corner for you, IF you take the steps to make yourself receptive to it. Introduce some calm into your day, whether that means taking a short walk, sitting quietly in a park (or even your room) – do what you must to quiet the outer world to better listen within.


Upright: When The Noble appears it signifies that you have strong mental clarity and authority in the what you know to be true. A master of your domain, you can see the path ahead clearly – don’t try and second guess yourself. The Noble encourages you examine and to take stock of your options, lay them out before you, and listen to which one would ultimately benefit you the most. That does not mean to choose the easiest choice, or the path of least resistance, it means choosing that will ultimately let you grow, and expand your power, even if it’s a difficult decision to make.

The Noble in reverse means that your ability to discern the truth is in deep doubt. Though a noble might have grand authority, it doesn’t mean they always know what’s best. Sometimes their sense of obligation might override their sense of what is right. So this card in reverse acts as a warning that decisions made out of obligation and fear may lead to feelings of resentment and disappointment. Examine if that conflict is at play, when The Noble appears in reverse during a read.


Upright: The Initiate of Fire card exemplifies a strong inner fire, and urges you to take action. Whether its applying for that new job, starting that creative project, or beginning a new hobby, The Initiate of Fire recognizes the burning desire within you and asks you to take up the sword to cut through all that binds you and hold you back from beginning your journey. By starting this journey with fiery passion you might also find that the things holding you back will burn away to ash, leaving you free to share you light with the world.

Reversed: When The Initiate of Fire appears in reverse this is a signal to look to your inner fire and examine whether you still have fuel within you to keep burning or if all you have left is cinders? You might’ve started your passion project with gusto, but now find you have less and less the energy to continue. Burnout is a very real thing, and without the fuel to continue your journey you’ll only end up resenting the work at hand and utterly exhausting yourself. Rest does not mean giving up, it means shoring up fuel for your fire to burn bright another day.


Upright: The Initiate of Water says that you are in tune with intuition and have a keen grasp over the ebb and flow of your emotions. This is good because The Initiate of Water also means that a new emotional journey is beginning. Whether that’s romantic, interpersonal, or even a relationship with yourself – The Initiate of Water, asks you to reflect on your emotions for clarity of purpose, while also allowing your intuition to be a guiding light. The waters may not always flow smoothly, but The Initiative of Water says you’ve got the emotional tools to see yourself through any torrent.

Reversed: When The Initiate of Water appears in reverse it means you’re entering a tumultuous time where your intuition and emotions might feel like they’re flowing in wild directions. The waters WILL be choppy, but the way to stem the tide is with thoughtful reflection on that which serves you best. Sometimes It’s easy to float along, and let the currents take us where they will, but is that the path you want? Or is it just the one of least resistance?


Upright: When The Initiate of Earth appears in a reading it points to grounding yourself in what’s practical, and stable to see you through the coming days. Well thought plans, varied checklists, and supportive companions will serve you best right now. Not only that, but you also have the conviction of your most firmly held beliefs to act as the foundation for what you will build. Shore up all these things as corner stones and take stock of what you still need to keep building. The Initiate of Earth knows hard work is ahead but believes you can do it!

Reversed: When The Initiative of Earth is in reverse it acts as a sign that your world may be turned upside down. You may feel like all your trusted foundations are being upended, and that there’s no stable ground in sight. You’re entering a time of instability but The Initiate of Earth understands, and asks you not to fear. Your strongest foundation will always remain with you. With old structures falling away, you’re free to build new ones – whether that means new relationships, new living situation, new friends, or even a new way of looking at yourself – you get to be the architect of that new future looks like.


Upright: When The Fallen Paladin appears it signifies that nows a time where you must act with decisive purpose. There are some that may call you cold and calculated, but it’s because you have a clear vision for your goals and are entering a time to execute. That’s not to say there won’t be any hurdles in your way. The Fallen Paladin, is someone who acts with conscious awareness, deep concentration, and has the ability to easily conquer adversity through unflinching hard work. Reflect on your immediate goals and know that, you too can embody the power of The Fallen Paladin, to accomplish what’s in front of you.

Reversed: When The Fallen Paladin appears in reverse it is a sign that you may be myopically focused on your immediate work, without looking at the greater picture. It happens! Sometimes we get over worked or entrenched in a single task, thinking that as soon as THAT task is done, then all the other pieces will fall into place. But that may not be true. It may be time to take a step back, clear your head, and reflect on what it is you truly want to accomplish now and in the future.


Upright: The Unwilling Seraph is a sign that you may feel trapped in a situation, but also asks you to look at what it is that’s binding you? A Seraph is a being with tremendous power and strong enough to break free from any restraint. Examine what are the ties that bind you – a job, a relationship, friends, maybe even yourself – and whether they are lifting you up, or making you feel trapped. Know that the power to change this feeling rests within you, once you accept your power is bigger than what keeps you small. Break free, now is the time!

Reversed: When The Unwilling Seraph appears in reverse it could mean that you are too stuck in your ways to allow yourself to break free and grow. It could be that you feel you have too many obligations, too many barriers, too many outside forces that hold you down to do anything about it. This card asks you to reflect on the power and energies within you, to see the way you can start unbinding yourself little by little. It’s not a process that happens overnight, but taking decisive steps towards freeing yourself is the important part.


Upright: When The Maiden of Spring appears this signifies a time of abundance and bloom. The dark clouds and rain of winter have dissipated, and though you might have struggled before now, that time has given way to sunny days, and your time to flourish. What has held you back has fallen away and an energy of abundance now lands bright on your shoulder. Reflect on what you can do with this reinvigorating energy, and how you can apply it to empower your dreams and goals. Take full advantage of this cosmic abundance now, because as sweet as spring is, it can’t last forever.

Reversed: The Maiden of Spring in reverse it means that spring has come but something is making it difficult for you to embrace its abundance. It could be that though the flowers are blooming, you’re lost in the weed. You might be too mired in the problems in front of you, to be aware of the opportunities all around you. Sometimes it’s difficult to accept spring has come when the winter was so long. But The Maiden of Spring is a reminder that this abundant energy is waiting for you. Think on all the ways, big and small, this energy may have already appeared in your life. What you find may surprise you.


Upright: When The Maiden of Fall appears it’s to remind you that times of gloom, and rain are all part of the natural cycle of life. This card points to you being inundated with difficult emotions that rain down from the problems clouding your life. Know that this is a transitionary, but necessary, phase. In the fall, what starts to wither will make way for new growth in the coming seasons, and this card is a sign that you’re allowed to let go of what no longer serves you, to make room for that growth. The skies will not always be dark, and the rain will not always fall. Trust that the sun will shine for you in a new season.

Reversed: The Maiden of Fall in reverse asks you to reflect on the gloomy time you may be experiencing right now. Sometimes dark clouds threaten stormy skies, and never produce a single drop of rain – but we anticipate the storm regardless. The Maiden of Fall in reverse asks, are you’re attempting to predict a storm you have no certainty will even come? And is that fraught anticipation keeping you from enjoying the sun when it peeks trough the clouds? Reflect on what negative outcome you’re anxiously waiting and whether there are real facts to back that outcome, or if it’s a storm that only rages in your mind.


Upright: The Travelers card is an indicator that you’re in a transitory state, but this is good! You may have been in a situation that wasn’t right for you, or one that was trapping you in comfort – with The Travelers you’re being asked to venture on to your next stage. Ask yourself if that job, that relationship, that friendship has run its course? If so then it might be time to leave. Departures can be sad, but think of it as a journey to meet the person you’re meant to become.

Reversed: When The Travelers appears in reverse, it shows up as a warning that you may be backsliding or returning to a situation that didn’t serve you. Sometimes it’s the people and the places we know best that bring us the most comfort, but if that comfort comes at the cost of your growth, you’ll have to examine whether it’s comfort or growth you really want. Your next adventure awaits on a distant shore – can you put that on hold for the sake of what’s familiar? Only you will know for sure, but The Travelers in reverse asks you to examine those options and your feeling about it.

Celebrating Witch Hat Atelier, Osamu Tezuka & MORE! What’s Happening @ NYCC 2020?

The autumn has arrived in the Big Apple! That means it’s time for our annual party with manga fans! But this year, we’re doing it a little differently to make it extra special & social distancing-friendly too!

This year at New York Comic Con x MCM Comic Con Metaverse, we’re cerebrating the award-winning magical manga, Witch Hat Atelier as well as the new Harvey’s hall-of-famer and the godfather of manga, Osamu Tezuka!


Update October 9

Take this survey for the chance to with Witch Hat Atelier signed by Kamome Shirahama! 

Just announced on our panel that 3 lucky winners are getting an autographed copy of Witch Hat Atelier signed by Kamome Shirahama-sensei!

To enter for a chance to win, take this survey and let us know what you thought about the show!
(Offer ends October 23, 2020)


The Harvey Awards


As you may have heard, The Harvey’s Awards had just announced that Witch Hat Atelier by Kamome Shirahama from Kodansha Comics had won the 2020 Best Manga Award! And the rumor has it that we’ll have a special message from Shirahama-sensei during the The 2020 Annual Harvey Awards Ceremony. So dress up (if you like) and join the party on Friday, October 9 at 7:50pm ET / 4:50pm PT!



Check out the FREE chapter 1 preview of the Harvey Award winning Witch Hat Atelier here!

And that’s not all! The legendary manga creator Osamu Tezuka, known for many manga published from Vertical Inc. like Dororo, Buddha, and Black Jack, will be inducted into the Harvey Awards Hall of Fame this year! During the the awards ceremony, there will be another special message from Macoto Tezuka, the son of late Osaku Tezuka and the Representative Director of the Osamu Tezuka Cultural Foundation.




Check out the masterpieces by Osamu Tezuka from Vertical Inc.!



Looking for new announcements? Check out…


Kodansha’s Greatest, Latest, & Upcoming Manga
Friday, October 9 at 4:40 pm ET / 1:40pm PT (30 min)

To celebrate The Harvey Awards recognition of both the inimitable manga creator, Osamu Tezuka (Buddha, Black Jack, Dororo), and the magical series Witch Hat Atelier, the Kodansha USA Publishing manga experts, Misaki Kido, Ivan Salazar & Tomo Tran will take you on a tour of both Tezuka’s work, the Witch Hat Atelier series and will also reveal new licensing announcements, new MONOGATARI Series news, and much more. PLUS, stay tuned until the end of the panel to find out how you can win an autograph from Witch Hat Atelier creator Kamome Shirahama-sensei, in a special giveaway!


Update: October 9


We had some exciting announcements Kodansha’s Greatest, Latest, & Upcoming Manga Panel for the upcoming seasons. And if you’re fan of the MONOGATARI Series, you’re in for an extra special treat! ?

MONOGATARI Series Final Season Box Set is underway and that’s a good news for the collectors! VOFAN is working on an exclusive illustration for this special and final box set of the beloved MONOGATARI Series by NISIOISIN from Vertical Inc. Coming in Summer 2021!

Monogatari Series Season 2 Novel Box Set
is currently available for a special price at Rightstuf!  



Speaking of MONOGATARI Series, we had the first look of ZOKU OWARIMONOGATARI (END TALE CONT.) during this panel. This is the final book of the MONOGATARI Series proper. On street date is coming soon on November 24!


Can’t get enough of those stories by NISIOISIN? Then be sure to check out Pretty Boy Detective Club–– the “new faces” of the NISIOISIN novels. As you may know, the light-novel series is currently available from Vertical Inc. And the manga adaptation is coming soon in Summer 2021!


Pretty Boy Detective Club (novel) is available now!


Looking for new manga to read? Check out…


Kodansha Got Fall 2020 Manga Recommendations
Sunday, October 11 at 6:30pm ET / 3:30pm PT (30 min)

Looking for some new manga to read? Then you’re in the right place! Kodansha USA Publishing has tons of new awesome series debuting Fall 2020. Join the Kodansha manga experts Misaki Kido & Ivan Salazar as they recommend new releases, including the legendary supernatural shonen manga Shaman King – fully complete for the first time in English via comiXology Originals – as well as upcoming anime-inspiring series, twisted & twisty romances series, and more! And if you like the manga that you saw on the panel, then stick around until the end for your chance to win them as prize giveaways! It’s a panel no manga fan can miss and you’ve already got the best seat in the house!


Happening Right Now!

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Be sure to check back on this page for the updates on the new announcement from Kodansha Comics at New York Comic Con x MCM Comic Con Metaverse!

Join Hiro Mashima Session on ANN Connect! (9/15)


Did you hear? We’re teaming up with our friends at ANN Connect, to bring a special Q&A session with Hiro Mashima, the superstar creator from Kodansha Comics! Join us for in-depth discussion about FAIRY TAIL, EDENS ZERO, Rave Master & a whole lot more! 

ANN Connect: Hiro Mashima Session
When? September 15, 2020 at 6pm PT / 9pm ET
Where? Anime News Network’s official YouTube, Facebook and Twitch channels!

Not only will Mashima-sensei be fielding questions from ANN Connect, but he will also be taking questions from YOU, the fans! 
Want to ask question? You can either submit them at the ANN forum here or on Twitter using the hashtag #askmashima (make sure to tag @anime).
But HURRY! The deadline to submit questions is 5PM EDT / 2 PM PDT on Friday, September 4th.

And be sure to stick around until the end of the September 15, ANN Connect Session for a BIG ANNOUNCEMENT! 

For more details, stay tune to!


Wanna win Special Prizes like FAIRY TAIL Box Set, EDENS ZERO, & MORE? 
Watch this episode of Kodansha Live and take the viewer’s survey (link in video description) 



October 17: Hiro Mashima Global Autograph Session! Here’s How You Can Enter.

Update October 15

Are you curious if you have been selected as one of the lucky winners to get a spot on Hiro Mashima Global Virtual Autograph Session? Join the event on livestream on October 17 at 7am ET / 4am PT on Shonen Magazine Official YouTube Channel


Updated September 15!

On October 17, superstar manga creator Hiro Mashima (FAIRY TAILEDENS ZERORAVE MASTER), along with Weekly Shonen Magazine in Japan, will host an exclusive global virtual autograph session! During this session, 80 lucky fans from North America (US & Canada), China, France, Italy,  and Japan will be able to request unique illustrations from Mashima-sensei himself! 

For your chance to be one of the lucky U.S. & Canada fans virtually meet Hiro Mashima, and get your own signed illustration, visit and submit your entry today! Deadline to submit is September 30, 2020 JST.

Winners will be announced on Weekly Shonen Magazine’s official YouTube channel  at the start of the signing session, October 17, 2020 at 20:00 JT (4am PT / 7am ET). This event will also be open for anyone to view regardless of being a winner.


US & Canada Fans! 
Submit your entry for Hiro Mashima Virtual Autograph Session HERE!  


To help celebrate this great upcoming Hiro Mashima event we’re having a special sale on both FAIRY TAIL & EDENS ZERO! That’s right! If you’ve only seen the anime but have’t read the manga, we’re here to get you started with volume 1s priced at 99¢ and select volumes up to 50% off after that! So whether just starting or catching up, you won’t want to miss this sale!

Just visit one of our participating digital vendors to take up to 50% off these amazing Mashima series: BookwalkercomiXology, Google Play, Kindle, Nook and izneo. Sale runs from September 15 to 30!

SPECIAL GIVEAWAY! Wanna win awesome prizes like FAIRY TAIL Box Set, EDENS ZERO, & MORE? 
Watch this episode of Kodansha Live and take the viewer’s survey (link in video description) Offer extended until September 23, 2020. 



Did you hear? We’re teaming up with our friends at ANN Connect, to bring a special Q&A session with Hiro Mashima, the superstar creator from Kodansha Comics! Join us for in-depth discussion about FAIRY TAIL, EDENS ZERO, Rave Master & a whole lot more! 

ANN Connect: Hiro Mashima Session
When? September 15, 2020 at 6pm PT / 9pm ET
Where? Anime News Network’s official YouTube, Facebook and Twitch channels!

Not only will Mashima-sensei be fielding questions from ANN Connect, but he will also be taking questions from YOU, the fans! 
Want to ask question? You can either submit them at the ANN forum here or on Twitter using the hashtag #askmashima (make sure to tag @anime).
But HURRY! The deadline to submit questions is 5PM EDT / 2 PM PDT on Friday, September 4th.

And be sure to stick around until the end of the September 15, ANN Connect Session for a BIG ANNOUNCEMENT! 

For more exciting news about Hiro Mashima, stay tune to!


Fire Force Countdown! Fire Up for Anime Season 2 with Virtual Photo Wall, Autograph Giveaway, Coloring Contest & MORE!

Are You Ready for Fire Force?!

Can’t wait until the new season of Fire Force anime to start? Oh yes, we know how you feel!
Fire Force anime Season 2 is starting on July 3 at 12:55pm CT / 10:55am PT on Funimation & Crunchyroll, and there’s no doubt that it is going to be the HOTTEST anime this summer! 

That’s why, for the next 10 days, we’ll be counting days (literally!) and uniting the fans to celebrate our favorite heroes in uniforms with a special event called Fire Force Countdown

So how can you be a part of this epic moment? Here’s the rundown… 


Be a Part of Fire Force Countdown Wall!

Bust out your smartphone! Head over to this page, and post your picture and comment about your favorite Fire Force character, and voilà! You’ll receive a personalized video of you being a part of the Fire Force Countdown Wall! You can also check out how hyped up other fans are on social media by looking up hashtag #FireForceCountdown! 


WAIT! That’s not all! 


Enter for a Chance to win an Autograph by Atsushi Ohkubo! 

YES! You can actually win an autograph by one and only creator of Fire Force––Atsushi Ohkubo-sensei! How rad is that?! All you have to do is post your personalized Fire Force Countdown video on SNS with hashtag #FireForceCountdown to enter for a chance to win!

If you are selected as one of the lucky winners, Kodansha Comics will notify you via DM. All submissions are due by July 4, 2020 11:59pm PT.

Are you an Artist type? 

Too shy to share your video?  We getcha! If so, you may want to try another way to win Ohkubo-sensei’s autograph… by entering Fire Force x COPIC Coloring Contest! Head over to the COPIC website and download the coloring template. Color it in the coolest possible way, then take a photo of your piece with the mediums that you’ve used (of course, COPIC markers are the best!) Post the pic on Instagram with #CopicFireForce. All submissions are due by July 4, 2020 11:59pm PT. …More Details

Download the Coloring Sheet HERE!




Fire Force at FunimationCon 2020!

Don’t miss out on the Fire Force Panel at FunimationCon during July 3-4! Join Funimation for a hot discussion about Season 1 and what is to come in the new season with our host Matt Acevedo and the English voice actors! …More Detail


Fire Force Anime Season 2 is starting July 3 at 12:55pm CT / 10:55am PT on Funimation & Crunchyroll

Fire Force Manga volumes 1-18 is available in digital & print from Kodansha Comics! Check out chapter 1 preview here

Throwback Thursday: Yagyu Ninja Scolls Volume 1 for 99-cents + all other volumes 50% off! Ends 12/25

10 years of Kodansha Comics! 

The year 2019 marks the 10th anniversary of the first Kodansha Comics manga published in English. To highlight some of the best manga from the past decade, every week on Thursdays—and for one week only, we’ll bring you a special deal called Throwback Thursday Sale where all  volumes are over 50% off at our digital retail partners: BookWalkercomiXology, Google Play, Kindle, MyAnimeList, and nook! ! Wanna read some nostalgic manga? Or perhaps you are just looking for some good new reads. Then this is a perfect deal for you! 

What’s on sale on the week of December 19?

Yagyu Ninja Scrolls by Masaki Segawa and Futarjo Yamada

From the creators of Basilisk! Seventeenth-century Japan: A rebellion in the Aizu territory has been brutally crushed, leaving twenty-one brave warriors dead and most of the nuns of the local convent slaughtered. Now the surviving nuns have sworn to seek revenge.

All volumes of Yagyu Ninja Scrolls are up to 50% off at our digital retail partners until until December 25!


Attack on Titan Mural x Photo Contest #AOTinNYC


The Colossal Titan Breaches NYC! 

If you’re in New York City the month of November, believe your eyes! You will find a massive Attack on Titan mural produced by Colossal Media near Madison Square Garden, on 31st Street between 7th and 8th Avenues.

And to celebrate it, Kodansha Comics—along with our pals at Anime NYCFunimation, and Kinokuniya—will be hosting a photo contest from early November to mid December 2019. Here’s what to do:

Just take a photo in front of the mural, tag us #AOTinNYC and #AnimeNYC! Winners will get awesome prizes from all of us!

*UPDATE 12/26

Thanks to an incredible effort from mankind, the Colossal Titan has gone back into hiding! Today, it’s our pleasure to announce our winners and show off their dynamic photos!

Grand Prize (1 winner)

Congratulations to our Grand Prize Winner!


  • Two tickets to Anime NYC 2020
  • Attack on Titan Complete First Season on Blu-ray
  • Attack on Titan Season Two Limited Edition on Blu-ray and DVD
  • Attack on Titan Season Three Part One Limited Edition on Blu-ray and DVD
  • $100 Kinokuniya Gift Card
  • Attack on Titan Season 1 Part 1, Season 1 Part 2, Season 2, Season 3 Part 1 and Season 3 Part 2 Manga Box Set

Runner-up Prize (5 winners)

Kudos to our Runners Up!







  • Attack on Titan Season Three Part One Standard Editionon Blue-ray and DVD
  • One Attack on Titan Funko Pop!
  • $30 Kinokuniya Gift Card
  • Attack on Titan Season 3 Part 1 and Season 3 Part 2 Manga Box Set

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Anime NYC 2019, November 15-17: Meet special guest VOFAN, MONOGATARI contest, panels & MORE!

We are super excited to be at Anime NYC this year,  because we’re hosting a very special guest—VOFAN, star illustrator of NISIOISIN’s MONOGATARI series, the bestselling light novels from Vertical! To celebrate his rare appearance in America, and also debut his new art book Colorful Dreams, we’ll have a special art exhibit, autograph sessions, panels, and lots of fun activities! Here’s the rundown of all things related to VOFAN at Anime NYC 2019:

Art Exhibit!

Colorful Dreams will be available from Vertical October 29, 2019! 

Colorful Dreams is VOFAN’s first art book to be published in the U.S. and a collection of his best personal works in full-color. Leading up to its release, VOFAN reimagined and remastered the edition that was published in Taiwan over a decade ago with brand-new cover art, photos, and illustrations.  To showcase VOFAN’s journey to refine his art style, Vertical is honored to bring a special art exhibit to Anime NYC featuring his process works from Colorful Dreams, as well as the MONOGATARI series and other commercial works. 

Visit Vertical booth (#1617) at Anime NYC to see VOFAN’s Colorful Dreams art exhibit! 



VOFAN is a Taiwanese illustrator. He has been the cover illustrator for video game magazine Famitsu Weekly Taiwan since 2004 and served as the head of character design for the PS3 game Time and Eternity. Since 2006, he has been the cover illustrator for the Monogatari light novel series as well as for the mystery series The Forgetful Detective, both written by NISIOISIN. He also illustrates PlayStation Network Taiwan’s virtual avatar AI-Chan. As a photographer, he sometimes combines photographs with illustrations in his work. His other publications include the COLORFUL DREAMS series of illustrations and poems and the album series VOFAN OTONA FANTASY.




 Colorful Dreams pre-signed books are available at Kinokuniya Booth #440!

VOFAN x MAKOTO SHINKAI: Exclusive posters available at ANIME NYC

The cover art from these two novels based on the films of anime maestro Makoto Shinkai (Your Name) were specially drawn by MONOGATARI Illustrator VOFAN, and to commemorate his appearance at Anime NYC, these beautifully drawn pieces will be printed into full-size posters! A limited number of poster sets will only be available at Animate USA (booth #1523), so don’t miss your opportunity to grab yours! 

The two amazing love stories, 5 Centimeters per Second: one more side and Voices of a Distant Star: Words of Love/Across the Sky, are now on sale at your favorite bookstore!


Get VOFAN’s autograph!

UPDATE October 15: VOFAN premium packages with autograph tickets are SOLD OUT!

Don’t miss the chance to meet and get an autograph from VOFAN! He will be signing autographs on Saturday, November 16 and Sunday, November 17 at the Vertical Booth (#1617) at Anime NYC (Javits Convention Center, New York) .

To get VOFAN’s autograph, you need to preorder VOFAN’s new Colorful Dreams art book from Anime NYC. Preorders launch October 15, 3 p.m. Eastern Time here:

The VOFAN Premium Package is $25 and includes:

One copy of VOFAN’s Colorful Dreams
VOFAN pin featuring illustration exclusively done for Anime NYC
One live autograph from VOFAN

VOFAN signing times:

 Saturday, November 16 at 3 p.m.
Sunday, November 17 at 2 p.m.

Anime NYC Weekend or Day Ticket is also required to participate in VOFAN’s Anime NYC signings

Check Anime NYC’s website for more details


MONOGATARI Cosplay & Fan Art Contest

ICYMI we announced our MONOGATARI Contests leading up to Anime NYC! Between now and November 17, 2019, we are accepting online submissions for fan art and cosplay.

But if you’regoing to Anime NYC, you are in luck! Because there’s a special category for the onsite cosplay contest, and VOFAN himself will be there as a judge! So cosplay as one of many unique MONOGATARI characters and swing by the Vertical Booth (#1617) on Sunday, November 17 at noon! … more details


Attack on Titan Mural x Photo Contest #AOTinNYC

If you’re in New York City the month of November, believe your eyes! You will find a massive Attack on Titan mural produced by Colossal Media near Madison Square Garden, on 31st Street between 7th and 8th Avenues.

And to celebrate it, Kodansha Comics—along with our pals at Anime NYCFunimation, and Kinokuniya—will be hosting a photo contest from early November to mid December 2019. Here’s what to do:

Just take a photo in front of the mural, tag us #AOTinNYC and #AnimeNYC! Winners will get awesome prizes from all of us! …Read More

Humble Bundle!

This is it! Just in time for VOFAN’s visit to Anime NYC arrives … the MONOGATARI Humble Bundle, our longest-running Humble Book Bundle ever, running for an epic 3 weeks! It’s the ultimate NISIOISIN digital package of light novels, manga, art, and audiobooks—and a perfect gateway to this author’s unique world. (And if you’re at Anime NYC, let the star illustrator of all those beautiful MONOGATARI covers, VOFAN, know you supported his Humble Bundle!)

It’s a multisensory feast for the eyes (with manga by Mitsuru Hattori and Oh!great and an artbook by VOFAN) and ears (with two audiobooks featuring the talents of your favorite anime voice actors)!

And you pay what you want for it—helping out charity while you’re at it! What could be better?

Ready? So how does it work? … more details


Colorful Dreams Launch with VOFAN – Friday – 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM – 1E13

Celebrate the launch of VOFAN’s new art book Colorful Dreams with the artist himself! Appraised by the fans around the world as “The Magician of Light from Taiwan”, VOFAN (the star illustrator of the Monogatari Series novels by NISIOISIN) and publisher Vertical will draw back the curtain on how the project came to be — and check out some beautiful illustrations from the art book.

VOFAN Live Drawing Panel and Retrospective – Saturday – 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM – 1E13

Don’t miss this rare chance to see internationally-renowned artist VOFAN (the star illustrator of the Monogatari Series novels by NISIOISIN) drawing his beautiful characters, live on stage! He’ll discuss how he got his start in the industry, talk about how he got involved with the Monogatari Series , and maybe even share a few trade secrets!

Kodansha & Vertical Present Manga in 2020 and Beyond – Sunday – 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM – 1E13

A new decade brings a new age of exciting manga, so be among the first to hear all about it! Kodansha Comics and Vertical Comics proclaim the conquest of Madison Square Garden by the Colossus Titan from Attack on Titan, announce their brand-new print and digital licenses, and answer your questions, with a special guest editor from Japan to give an insider’s look at how your favorite shojo and josei manga are born. Best of all, every attendee will receive a free 200-page manga paperback, and a lucky few will receive Kodansha Comics 10-year anniversary pins and other cool stuff!

Take a picture with Fire Force Company 8 at Anime Weekend Atlanta! (November 1-3)

So this year for Halloween yer gonna be … a devil … a witch … a knight … a cat in a swimsuit … ? Well, if you’re gonna be at Anime Weekend Atlanta for ‘ween weekend (October 31-November 3), you may want to dress up as a fire fighter, you know, because Kodansha Comics is teaming up with our good friends at Funimation to host the Fire Force Photo Booth

Come to Booth #204 for an epic photo op with the members of Special Fire Force Company 8! (Yes! You’ll get to keep the photo evidence too!) Not only that, come EARLY, because the first 100 fans each day will get a special Benimaru button*!    *While supplies last. 

And if thou art a die-hard manga fan, come and check out out the Kodansha Comics Got Weird Manga Panel on Friday, November 1 at 1:45 p.m.-2:45 p.m. (CGC-Williams CDF)! … details


Fire Force Volumes 1-16 are available now in print & digital from Kodansha Comics!


The Fire Force anime is streaming now on Funimation|NOW & Crunchyroll!

See you at AWA!