MONOGATARI Contest! Cosplay! Fan Art! Enter October 4-November 17!

Did you hear our announcement of MONOGATARI artist VOFAN’s visit to the U.S. during Anime NYC (November 15-17)? To help celebrate this rare appearance by the Taiwanese master illustrator and publication of his forthcoming Colorful Dreams artbook, we’re hosting a special MONOGATARI Contest!

And guess what?! None other than VOFAN himself will be the judge of the contest! Plus we’ve got some pretty sweet prizes, courtesy of our friends at Kinokuniya USA and XP-Pen! 

Entry Period: October 4-November 17, 2019

You can show your love and creativity for MONOGATARI in 3 ways:

Category 1: Fan Art

Email your fan art and brief description to contest@kodanshacomics.com  or post your entry to Twitter or Instagram by November 17. Be sure to tag us and include the hashtag #MONOGATARIContest to make sure we see your entry!

Grand Prize (1)

Runners-up (2)

Category 2: Cosplay

Email a photo of you in cosplay as one of MONOGATARI characters and brief description to contest@kodanshacomics.com  or post your entry to Twitter or Instagram by November 17. Be sure to tag us and include the hashtag #MONOGATARIContest to make sure we see your entry!

Grand Prize (1):

Runners up (2): 

Category 3: Anime NYC Cosplay Contest

Going to Anime NYC? Cosplay as one of MONOGATARI characters and swing by the Vertical booth (Booth #1617) on Sunday, November 17 at Noon! We’ll have VOFAN as an honorary judge, plus we’ll have special prizes for contest winners onsite!

Grand Prize (1):

Runners up (2): 

Bring out your creative monsters within! 

Updates 10/4: Our announcements recap from NYCC 2019!

October 4 NYCC UPDATE!

Kodansha Comics and Vertical made some exciting announcements about upcoming titles and events for 2019 and 2020! Plus, Hidemi Shiraki, the editor of Kodansha’s Young Magazine, joined the panel to introduce Kodansha Comics’s newest license announcement, The Witch and the Beast (scroll down below!), and the behind-the-scene process of making manga!

Announcements from Vertical!

KATANAGATARI Volume 3 cover reveal! On sale November 26!

MONOGATARI Box Set Season 2 artwork by VOFAN reveal! On sale December 19!

VOFAN coming to ANIME NYC!
Preorder a copy of VOFAN’s new artbook Colorful Dreams on Anime NYC’s website and get an exclusive enamel pin and ticket to the autograph session! More information on preorders coming soon!

Join the MONOGATARI Contest between October 4-November 17!
Submit your fan art and cosplay photo online!

OR
Going to Anime NYC?

Cosplay as one of MONOGATARI characters and swing by the Vertical booth (Booth#1617) on Sunday, November 17 at 12:00 p.m.!
We’ll have VOFAN as an honorary judge—plus we’ll have special prizes for the contest winners onsite!

… more details

Halloween Comic Fest!
Both Kodansha Comics and Vertical will be part of the festivities and this year! Check out the Halloween Comic Fest website to find a participating retailer near you.

… more details

Digital-First Announcements!

My Boss’s Kitten by Yumi Hisawa Aya was deserted right before her marriage and was left without a place to live. One day, she finds herself wandering back into the house she was supposed to own after her wedding. To her surprise, the cold-blooded boss she hates from work had moved in as the new owner! A dangerous love ignites under one roof between the girl who lost love and her sadistic boss! Coming October 15! Read Chapter 1 right here!

1122: For a Happy Marriage by Peko Watanabe Wife: Ichiko Aihara. Husband: Otoya Aihara. Married for seven years, they get along well, but sexless and without children, they agree to see other people. Otoya has an affair with Mitsuki, and Ichiko is aware of it. Looking at Otoya in a state of bliss with Mitsuki, Ichiko begins to change, too … Peko Watanabe tells a story of lies and truth—whether or not you ever want to get married, the real life of this thirtysomething couple might give you some second thoughts about that institution we call marriage! Coming October 22! 

Guilty by Ai Okaue Affection, betrayal, desperation—love between grown-ups is never a rational thing. Sayaka, age 35, has lived with the perfect husband for ten years. Perfect, that is, except for his disinterest in raising a child—she wants one badly, but just can’t come clean to him about it. Instead she unloads her frustrations on her younger friend Rui at their favorite bar. They trust each other enough to talk about almost anything—but Rui has a secret she can’t even let Sayaka know about! Coming October 29! 

Our Fake Marriage by Kiui Tokina An ordinary girl, Yae, loses her home and job at age 29 and has nowhere to turn. But when she runs into a childhood friend, Takumi, he “proposes” she live with him in a high-rise condominium in the city, acting as his fake spouse … A tale of deceit … involving a handsome architect! Coming November 5! 

Print Announcement!

Special guest Hidemi Shiraki (editor for Young Magazine) revealed  The Witch and the Beast will be coming in print in 2020!

Ashaf and Guideau know one thing: “Wherever a witch goes, only curses and disasters follow.” But they have scores to settle, and they won’t hesitate to remove anyone in their way.

Artist Kousuke Satake makes a suave and explosive manga debut with a story of vengeance set in a stylish, art-deco urban wonderland that’s one part Fullmetal Alchemist and one part Cowboy Bebop.

Well, that’s it, for now!

September 23

The biggest pop-culture party in the Big Apple is happening October 3-6 at Javits Convention Center, and we here at Kodansha Comics will be there represent ourselves at the hometown show! 

Join us at our panel (see below) to celebrate 10 Years of Kodansha Comics! Participate in Q&A and maybe you’ll win some awesome prizes!

Plus we’ll have exciting news and announcements to share with you—to be updated on this page soon after. So stay tuned! 

10 Years of Manga from Kodansha Comics & Vertical Comics 

When? 1:30-2:30 p.m., October 4 (Friday)
Where? Room 1A24

The publisher of Sailor Moon, Attack on Titan, Akira, and many more celebrate our 10th year releasing manga in English, with new and upcoming Kodansha and Vertical releases, free samplers, prizes, and Q&A with the people behind all your favorites. Get insider info straight from Japan! 

See you there! 

 

Kodansha Comics at Crunchyroll Expo 2019! August 30-September 1

Going to Crunchyroll Expo this weekend? It’s happenin’ August 30 to September 1 at New Crunchy City a.k.a. San Jose Convention Center! and you can find us there at our “Kodansha Comics Got Weird Manga!” panel at 4:30 p.m. on August 30 (more deets, below)!

Plus there’s a whole plethora of Kodansha-related events! Junji Ito, of his own Junji Ito’s Cat Diary fame, will be there, in the flesh, so to speak, as the headliner of the show. But there’s also other related panels and screenings, including the world premiere of the new In/Spectre anime and Chihayafuru Season 3! Here’s a rundown of all things Kodansha Comics-related while you’re there!

PANELS!

Miho Okasaki: The Voice behind That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime‘s Rimuru Tempest
11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m., August 30 (Friday)
Grand Station (Upper Level), San Jose McEnery Convention Center
Meet the voice of Rimuru Tempest, Miho Okasaki, from That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime! Come learn about her work in the anime industry and behind the scenes of one of the most recent popular shows.

Junji Ito: The Man Behind the Horror
3:15 p.m.-4:15 p.m., August 30 (Friday)
Grand Station (Upper Level), San Jose McEnery Convention Center
Come join one of horror’s most celebrated manga creators, Junji Ito, as we take a look at some of the most memorable works throughout his career, from Uzumaki to Tomie, as well as a look ahead to what’s coming next!

Kodansha Comics Got Weird Manga!
4:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m., August 30 (Friday)
Classroom 2 (Lower Level), San Jose McEnery Convention
Do you consider yourself a savvy manga fan who’s no longer satisfied by certain formulaic, neverending manga? We got you covered! Kodansha Comics has been launching dozens of new digital-first manga like Are You Lost?, Magical Sempai, and Domestic Girlfriend, offering an even more diverse and robust library of manga officially in English to blow your mind! This panel is the perfect chance to find out what’s up and also add your two cents to what goes into our digital-first lineup. Ready to talk far-fetched manga? Come to our panel and participate in the Q&A for a chance to win special prizes!

Anime’s Best Cats with Junji Itoh
1:45 p.m.- 2:45 p.m.,
August 31 (Saturday)

Cinema 2 (Upper Level), San Jose McEnery Convention Center
Proud cat dad and Master of Horror Junji Ito joins us to discuss the best cats featured anime and manga throughout history! We hear why Ito-sensei is so fond of felines, learn how his own pet inspired many of his chilling tales and share loads of cat memes!

WIT Studio Creative Perspective with President/CEO George Wada
3:30 p.m.- 4:30 p.m., August 31 (Saturday)

Classroom 1 (Lower Level), San Jose McEnery Convention Center
WIT Studio is behind many anime hits including Attack on Titan, Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress, The Ancient Magus Bride and more. Come learn about the creative perspective behind an anime studio with president and CEO George Wada.

WIT Studio CEO, President George Wada Career Perspective
12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m., September 1 (Sunday)
Classroom 1 (Lower Level), San Jose McEnery Convention Center

Ever wondered what it’s like to work on popular series like Attack on Titan, The Ancient Magus Bride, Psycho Pass and more? Come join president and CEO George Wada as he shares his experience in the industry.

Find your Phobia with Junji Ito!
4:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m.,
September 1 (Sunday)
Cinema 2 (Upper Level), San Jose McEnery Convention Center

Ichthyophobia, gyrephobia, somniphobia and much much more! We review Ito-sensei’s most phobia-inducing manga panels, review the history behind them and dig into how he’s creepiest creations came to his pen!

SCREENINGS!

Cells at Work! English Dub Screening
2:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m., August 30 (Friday)
Episode Room (Upper Level), San Jose McEnery Convention Center
Enter the fascinating world inside your body with the brand new Cells at Work! English dub starring Cherami Leigh (Sword Art Online, Fairy Tail), Billy Kametz (Fate/EXTRA Last Encore, Katsugeki TOUKEN RANBU), Robbie Daymond (I want to eat your pancreas, Charlotte), and Laura Post (The Promised Neverland, March comes in like a lion) under the direction of English voice director Christian La Monte and adaptation by Blair Rowan of FULLMETAL ALCHEMIST: BROTHERHOOD.

That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime Episodes 1-5
4:15 p.m.-5:15 p.m., August 30 (Friday)
Episode Room (Upper Level), San Jose McEnery Convention Center
Corporate worker Mikami Satoru is stabbed by a random killer, and is reborn to an alternate world. But he turns out to be reborn a slime! Thrown into this new world with the name Rimuru, he begins his quest to create a world that’s welcoming to all races.

Chihayafuru Season 3 Premiere
3:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m., August 31 (Saturday)Cinema 1 (Upper Level), San Jose McEnery Convention Center
Join the producer of Chihayafuru Season 3, Toshio Nakatani, for an exclusive look at the upcoming new season. Be one of the first to watch the return of this series, coming to Crunchyroll this Fall!

In/Spectre: Episode 1-2 World Premiere & A Talk with Producer Tatsuya Ishiguro
5:00 p.m.-6:30 p.m., August 31 (Saturday)
Cinema 1 (Upper Level), San Jose McEnery Convention Center
What do you get when you cross romance and mystery with the supernatural? You get In/Spectre! Join special guest Tatsuya Ishiguro as he brings you the latest behind Crunchyroll’s upcoming anime co-production, In/Spectre! Be one of the first to get an exclusive screening of the anime and learn more about the series before it simulcasts in January 2020.

ALL WEEKEND!

Junji Ito Gallery
10:00-19:00, August 30-September 1
Junji Ito Gallery (Upper Level), San Jose McEnery Convention Center
We often learn more from fear, as it is one of the most compelling vehicles for storytelling. “Junji Ito: a master of horror,” will be gracing New Crunchy City with a gallery featuring an array of artwork—three of which are exclusive for Crunchyroll Expo 2019! Mr. Ito’s iconic stories like Uzumaki, Tomie, and Gyo have haunted generations through a concoction of thought-provoking themes and mesmerizing art. We hope this gallery will embed curiosity and awe in each and every one of you!

Manga Library
11:00 – 7:00 p.m., August 30-September 1

Manga Library (Upper Level), San Jose McEnery Convention Center
Check out your favorite manga from Kodansha Comics in the Manga Library, located upstairs!

Power Women Sale! Farewell, Dear My Cramer & 30+ series up to 50% off on digital!

Attack on Titan, Princess Jellyfish, Your Lie in April … We here at Kodansha Comics love those manga series with powerful, beautiful, fearless female characters! To feature those awesome ladies, this week only, we’re hosting Power Women Sale,  where we put 30+ selected manga series with our favorite female characters and put them up up for 50% off discount at our digital retail partners: BookWalkercomiXology, Google Play, Kindle, and nook. Sale ends August 5. 

Here’s a few recommendations!

Farewell, My Dear Cramer—the latest masterwork by Naoshi Arakawa of Your Lie in April fame debuts today!
All three of Arakawa-sensei’s manga from Kodansha Comics are a part of the Power Women Sale!

And here’s the complete lineup!

~ Kodansha Comics Power Women Sale  ~
July 30-August 5

Click on the link to read Chapter 1 for FREE!

Again!!
A.I.C.O. Incarnation
Are You Lost?
Attack on Titan: Lost Girls
Boarding School Juliet
Chihayafuru
COPPELION
Drowning Love
Farewell, My Dear Cramer
The Flowers of Evil
Fuuka
Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex
Gleipnir
Golosseum
Kasane
Kigurumi Guardians
Magical Sempai
Missions of Love
My Brother The Shut-In
My Little Monster
Mysterious Girlfriend X
Nodame Cantabile
Peach Girl
Peach Girl Next
Perfect World
Princess Jellyfish
Princess Resurrection
Princess Resurrection Nightmare
The Quintessential Quintuplets
Real Girl
Sayonara Football
Shojo Fight
A Springtime with Ninjas
Tokyo Tarareba Girls
Wave, Listen to Me!
Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches
Your Lie in April
You’re My Pet
Yuri is My Job!

 

Binge-Reading Sale: 99¢ Volume 1s + 50% off all other volumes for 30+ completed series

Too hot to go out and do anything? Best buckle down with aircon blasting, an ice-cold drink, and an entire series of manga to read! This week, we’re hosting our first-ever Binge-Reading Sale featuring 30+ completed manga series—putting them up for a huge discount at our digital retail partners: BookWalkercomiXology, Google Play, Kindle, and nook.

Here’s the deal

Wanna try something new? Digital Volumes 1’s of select completed manga series are only 99¢ ($1.99 for omnibus volumes)!

If you like what you’re reading, keep goin’—because all the other volumes are up to 50% off!

Pretty sweet deal huh? But you gotta hurry, because the sale will end on July 29!

Here’s a few recommendations!

Wow! Big-time 2019 Eisner Award winner for “Best U.S. Edition of International Material—Asia” (just announced at San Diego Comic-Con!), Akiko Higashimura’s Tokyo Tarareba Girls, leads off our Binge-Reading Sale!


And here’s the complete lineup!

~ Kodansha Comics Binge-Reading Sale  ~
July 23-29
Click on the link to read Chapter 1 for FREE!

Air Gear
ALIVE
Ao-Chan Can’t Study!
Animal Land
Aoba-kun’s Confession
Basilisk
BLAME!
Bloody Monday
Cage of Eden
Can You Just Die, My Darling?
Chi’s Sweet Home
Complex Age
COPPELION
DEATHTOPIA
Dragon Head
Fairy Tail
Forget Me Not
Fort of Apocalypse
Fuuka
Genshiken
Genshiken Second Season
Inuyashiki
Karate Heat
Kasane
Knights of Sidonia
Love Hina
Mardock Scramble
My Little Monster
Nodame Cantabile
Parasyte
Peach Girl
Rave Master
A Silent Voice
Suzuka
Tokyo Tarareba Girls
Until Your Bones Rot
The Walls Between Us
Your Lie in April
World End and Apricot Jam

Updates 7/20: SDCC 2019—announcements and awards!


 July 20 UPDATE #2! 

Kodansha Comics and Vertical made new announcements for upcoming seasons in 2019!

Kodansha Comics x  comiXology Originals: Initial D

Initial D Volumes 39-48 by Shuichi Shigeno
Finally completely translated in English for the very first time! Learn how the all-time, high-octane manga bible of  Japanese street racing concludes with comiXology and Kodansha Comics releasing Volumes 39-48 of Initial D today. More than a manga: Initial D spawned a global craze with a legendary anime adaptation, video games, movies, and of course the immortally beloved techno soundtrack. 

Digital-firsts: Four new shojo series kicking off—starting in August!


Vampire Dormitory by Ema Toyama The new manga from shojo hit-machine Ema Toyama, creator of Missions of Love and Aoba-kun’s Confessions, about a poor girl whose encounter with a bishonen vampire leads her down a dark path … Coming August 20!

Atsumori-kun’s Bride-to-be by Taamo A new country-girl/city-boy romance from Taamo, the hit creator of House of the Sun and I’m in Love and It’s the End of the World! Coming August 27!

Smile Down the Runway by Kotoba Inoya A charming new comedy about a high-school girl chasing down the dream of becoming a high-fashion model. Her ambitions literally hit a ceiling, though, when she stops growing—and her only chance might be to team up with a talented-but-overlooked designer classmate!  Coming September 3!

Queen Bee By Shizuru Seino A new high-school romantic comedy about a potentially very mismatched odd couple—misunderstood and monstrous Hirata and popular Touma-kun! Coming September 10! 

VOFAN coming to America—at Anime NYC 2019!

Yes! Taiwanese master artist VOFAN (illustrator of the MONOGATARI novel series) is coming back to America—at Anime NYC 2019! Dates are November 15-17 at Javits Center. Plus a new art book coming in October! More details soon

July 20 SDCC Update #1

 

Big congratulations to the great Akiko Higashimura for winning an Eisner Award last night in the “Best U.S. Edition of International Material—Asia” category for her magisterial Tokyo Tarareba Girls!

Original July 16 post

 

Heeeeeey, c’est moi, Kacey, a.k.a. the intern of Kodansha Comics. Maybe I look to you a bit more ruffled than I did the last time you saw me? Yeah, I know. That’s because I’ve been wandering the dusty road of convention season all summer to bring you the good news about manga! A-and this weekend, Kodansha Comics and Vertical will be headed to “America’s Finest City” for the biggest comics  party convention of the year!

Come visit us at Kodansha Comics Booth #1631 for a photo op with Takumi and his legendary race car from Initial DAnd get this: For 3 days only,  the first 100 fans who share a photo from our booth on social media with hashtag #Initial D will receive a Comic-Con Limited Edition Initial D Air Freshner to keep your car smellin’ fresh! Don’t miss your chance! This offer is only on July 18-20 at the Con, while supplies last!

 

 

 

Initial D Sweepstakes! 

So, bummed you’re not at San Diego Comic-Con 2019, but still gotta get your hands on that limited-edition Initial D Air Freshner? We got you covered! Take this survey before August 20 to enter for a chance to win it, no matter where you are! 

 

ComiXology Originals Sale featuring Initial D

So, just a little late to the game and only found out now that you can read all of the Initial D manga, finally, all the way to the end? Kodansha Comics and comiXology have been partnering up to revive some amazing manga classics like BECK, MARS, and You’re My Pet as comiXology Originals! To showcase those series, this week we’re hosting the comiXology Originals Sale! …More Details 

Kodansha Comics + Vertical Panel

When?
Saturday July 20 11:30am-12:30pm
Where? Room 8 

Anime Expo wasn’t the end … We’ll have some exciting new announcements at our SDCC panel on Saturday, July 20! Curious? Check back on this page for a recap from sunny San Diego! 

Stay tuned for more updates from Kodansha Comics + Vertical at San Diego Comic-Con! 

 

 

SDCC2019 Special! ComiXology Originals Sale featuring Initial D & MORE!

 

Initial D, BECK, MARS … Kodansha Comics and comiXology have been teaming up to bring back some long-out-of-print manga fan-favorites as comiXology Originals — exclusively available comiXology and Kindle. In some cases we’ve been completing those series that never concluded in their original runs—publishing the English-language versions of the final volumes for the very first time … so you can find out what the heck happened!

To showcase those series, this week we’re hosting  the comiXology Originals Sale with the following lineup of manga up to 50% off only on comiXology and Kindle! (Sale ends July 22.) 

Kodansha Comics x comiXology Originals Sale
(July 16-22) 

Click on links below for free Chapter 1 previews!

 

Initial D
By Shuichi Shigeno

At last, Shuichi Shigeno’s all-time manga about Japanese street racing that turned into a global phenomenon is back! Live the legend of how Tak Fujiwara went from tofu delivery boy to street-racing god. This edition marks the long-awaited publication of the complete series in English, including the final volumes never released in English before.

Tak Fujiwara spends a lot of time behind the wheel. His tofu delivery job sends him racing down the treacherous roads of Mount Akina, and without even realizing it, Tak has mastered racing techniques that take most drivers a lifetime to learn. Of course, none of his friends realize this. They’re all too busy watching the Akina Speed Stars, the local street racing team. When the legendary Red Suns show up to challenge the Speed Stars, it looks as if the Trueno Eight Six that has been seen racing through the mountain roads. The question remains … who’s the driver of this phantom car?

 

 

 

 

 

MARS
By Fuyumi Soryo

Are you ready for some … drama? The all-time, long out-of-print shojo manga classic is back! With even more twists and turns then you probably remember, Fyuyumi Soryo’s beautifully illustrated high-school psychodrama turned some young comics readers heads inside-out when it was first released, with hysterical plots revolving around the traumatic secret histories of its seemingly poised protagonists. Art class was never quite like this …

Superpopular motorcycle racer Rei and shy, neurotic art student Kira are worlds apart … until one fateful day brings them together. Rei stumbles upon Kira in the harassing hands of her sleazy art teacher and saves the quiet girl from his clutches. And when the resident school pretty boy plants a kiss on a statue of Mars in the studio, Kira finds herself drawn in and even summons up the nerve to ask him to model for her!

 

 

 

 

 

You’re My Pet
By Yayoi Ogawa

Far from your typical manga romance-a-thon, You’re My Pet (previously released under the titleTramps Like Us) features one of the more memorable protagonists in manga history, putting a sardonic X-Ray to life as a single woman in the big city, with suprising nuance and edgy, sophisticated humor. Fans of Akiko Higashimura’s Tokyo Tarareba Girls will want to check out one of its great predecessors, which seems to have hardly dated at all.

Life was good for Sumire Iwaya … until the day she discovers her boyfriend is cheating on her, she gets demoted at work, and her life spirals toward the dumps. Things take a turn for the better when she crosses paths with Momo, a handsome-but-homeless guy with a colorful past who puts a bounce in her step and a shake in her hips. It takes two to tango, but when Sumire’s first love reappears in her life, will this be the last waltz?

 

 

 

 

 

BECK
By Harold Sakuishi

BECK is back! Harold Sakuishi’s wildly addictive 34-volume rock ‘n’ roll epic that redefined for a generation what manga could be returns—at last complete in English.

Fourteen-year-old Yukio Tanaka is one heck of a boring guy. He has no hobbies, weak taste in music, and only a small vestige of a personality. His shy and somewhat neurotic personality makes him his own worst enemy. Little does he know that his life will be forever changed when he meets rocker Ryusuke Minami, an unpredictable sixteen-year-old with a cool dog named Beck. Ryusuke has just returned to Japan from America, and when he inspires Yukio to get into music, the two begin a journey through the world of rock ‘n’ roll dreams! Lace up your Docs and head to the mosh pit—Harold Sakuishi’s manga series that spawned the hit anime is back!

 

 

 

 

 

Seven Shakespeares
By Harold Sakuishi

Literary secrets come alive when Harold Sakuishi, creator of the all-time-classic rock ‘n’ roll manga BECK, tackles a different kind of legend: William Shakespeare.

He’s said to be the greatest playwright and poet in history, the author of Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet, and Macbeth, but just who was William Shakespeare? Harold Sakuishi unlocks the secrets behind the writer you only thought you knew! Volume 1 comes in a special, 520-page 2-in-1 edition.

 

 

 

 

 

comiXology Originals series are available exclusively on comiXology and Kindle! 

Digital Battle Angel Alita Sale! All 3 story arcs up to 50% off

Here’s an easy and economical way to get into all-time cyberpunk manga Battle Angel Alita by Yukito Kishiro and the movie it’s based on, Alita: Battle Angel, all at once: Preorder the Alita: Battle Angel Blu-Ray/DVD/4K on Amazon before July 22, and you’ll get a digital download code for Battle Angel Alita Volumes 1 and 2 on comiXology! 

And if you like what you’re reading, keep going! Because for the next two weeks we’re putting all three Battle Angel Alita series on sale up to 50% off at our digital retail partners: BookWalker, comiXology, Google Play, Kindle, and nook. (Sale ends June 22.)

How to read Battle Angel Alita: a guide to the 3-part epic saga


Battle Angel Alita The original series

Originally published in Japan in 1990 under the title “Gunmu” (銃夢 literal translation “gun dream”), it took Kishiro 5 years to establish the worldview and overarching stories in this 9-volume original series. 

Synopsis: In a dump in the lawless settlement of Scrapyard, far beneath the mysterious space city of Zalem, disgraced cyber-doctor Daisuke Ido makes a strange find: the detached head of a cyborg woman who has lost all her memories. He names her Alita and equips her with a powerful new body, the Berserker. While Alita remembers no details of her former life, a moment of desperation reawakens in her nerves the legendary school of martial arts known as Panzer Kunst. In a place where there is no justice but what people make for themselves, Alita decides to become a hunter-killer, tracking down and taking out those who prey on the weak. But can she hold onto her humanity as she begins to revel in her own bloodlust?

The entire series (Volumes 1-9) is now available on all digital platforms.
2-in-1 deluxe print edition volumes 1-5 are available now. Or get all 5 volumes in the complete series box set!

 

 

 

Battle Angel Alita: Last Order 
You thought you said “goodbye” to Alita by the end of the original series. Think again. This sequel series tells you how Alita and other characters survived even further into the future!

Synopsis: Alita wakes up alone in the sky city of Tiphares, her brain and body reconstructed by the mad scientist Desty Nova. There’s no time to wonder why Alita’s greatest enemy would resurrect her, though—the royal city has been thrown into chaos by Nova’s revelation that the Tiphareans have had their brains replaced by bio-chips! Everyone needs answers—and Alita will fight to get them!

Battle Angel Alita: Last Order is available as omnibus Volumes 1-5, plus regular Volumes 16-19 in print & digital editions! 

 

 

 

 

 



Battle Angel Alita: Mars Chronicle

The latest story arc of the Battle Angel saga goes back into what Alita was looking for all along–– her childhood memories on Mars. 

Synopsis: For centuries, war has raged on the dusty, red surface of Mars. This apocalyptic crucible will produce the solar system’s most fearsome warrior, Alita. But for now that warrior is just a little girl named Yoko. The future and past of the battle angel fan out across the reaches of space in the final chapter of one of the greatest sci-fi epics of all time!

Battle Angel Alita: Mars Chronicle Volumes 1-6 are now available as a digital & print editions! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AX2019 recap: all of our new licensing announcements and more!

 July 17 UPDATE: Atsushi Ohkubo Q&A at Anime Expo 2019 + autograph giveaway!

During Anime Expo 2019, Atsushi Ohkubo, creator of Fire Force, shared his thoughts behind the creation of the hit animated series! 

Q. First question I’d like to ask: is this your first time in the U.S.?

Atsushi Ohkubo (AO): Yes, it’s the first time for me to be in the U.S.

Q. What did you do during your break between Soul Eater and Fire Force?

AO: I was playing video games.

Q. What inspired Fire Force?

AO: Firefighters are the closest things to heroes in our real lives, but there aren’t that many fictional or fantasy works that touch on the subject of their work. So I got interested in making a manga about it. Ever since I was little, I always thought firefighters in uniforms were really cool, riding around fire engines with sirens blaring, heading off to put out fires. There are a few existing stories about firefighters in realistic settings, but nothing about firefighters in a fantasy world. So I wanted to give it a shot. I was also inspired by those firefighters who were working hard to save people’s lives during disasters like 911 in the U.S. and 311 in Japan. 

Q. Soul Eater and Fire Force both have supernatural overtones. What is it that you love about the supernatural genre?

AO: The biggest thing for me is I’m trying to bring out expressions unique to manga, that aren’t possible in any other medium. When I was working on Soul Eater, I was trying to bring out the best work possible at that time. If some of those attempts went well, I remembered them, so I could use them again in new work but in different ways. Those aspects might appear again in Fire Force, as similar motifs.

Q. Which character in Fire Force do you feel closest to?

AO: Haumea and Arther. Haumea is an evil character, and I could be evil. Arther is an idiot, and I could also be an idiot.

Q. For the fans here that want to become a manga artist, what advice would you like to give them?

AO: First, you should try to draw whatever you want. Then show your work—let’s say to ten people—to get some feedback. If ten out of ten people say, “I don’t understand what’s going on here,” then it’ll become very clear what you have to fix.

Q. Any message you’d like to give the fans?

AO: In Fire Force, Shinra and Company 8 are the main characters of the series, but many more unique and tricky firefighters are going to enter the story later on. I’ve worked very hard on this manga, and the animation staff has worked very hard on the anime. So I hope you’ll enjoy them!

Thank you!

July 17 UPDATE: Atsushi Ohkubo autograph giveaway!

For those of you wanted to meet Ohkubo-sensei, but weren’t at Anime Expo, here’s good news! Ohkubo-sensei created an autographed Fire Force shikishi for a lucky Kodansha Comics fan—and we’re giving it away as a part of #KC10YRS July Spotlight: Fire Force Survey Sweepstakes!

All you have to do is take this survey before July 31 to enter for a chance to win this special Fire Force shikishi autographed by Atsushi Ohkubo himself!

Our original July 6 recap:

‘Twas extra-hot at Anime Expo this year—well, not so much the actual temperature (it was sweltering last year), but with the brand-new anime Fire Force world premiere and our special Fire Force guests making Hollywood-style appearances at the show! Plus we had a ton of new manga and anime projects revealed for the first time! Here’s the action-packed rundown:

July 4 (Thursday) Fire Force creator Atsushi Ohkubo  made his first-ever appearance in the U.S. with his editor Megumu Tsuchiya at the Live Drawing Panel hosted by Funimation and Kodansha Comics. Both guests shared behind-the-scenes stories of making the hit manga series and turning it into the most anticipated anime of the season. When Ohkubo-sensei finished three amazing sketches, the entire crowd played rock-paper-scissors with him to determine who gets to take it home. Congratulations to the lucky winners!

Meanwhile, the legendary creator Katsuhiro Otomo of Akira fame emerged to reveal he is directing his third animated feature, Orbital Era. Akira itself is also getting a reboot with a new anime adaptation project underway. And finally—great news for true manga fans—Kodansha, Ltd. (our Japanese parent company) will be publishing a retrospective collection, Otomo: The Complete Works, in Japan. More details coming soon!


Hey! We’re also releasing a very limited quantity of our Akira 35th Anniversary Box Set, one last time, this summer.

July 5 (Friday)  Fans watched the amazingly animated and fully dubbed first episode of Fire Force anime at the exact same day as its debut in Japan. Not only that, fans got to enjoy it together with original creator Atsushi Ohkubo himself sitting in the audience! Ohkubo-sensei shared his excitement to share the special moment with the fans and what to look forward to in upcoming episodes. 

July 6 (Saturday) Kodansha Comics and Vertical made new licensing announcements for 2019 and 2020!

Coming (very) soon as digital-firsts!


The Great Cleric By Broccoli Lion and Hiiro Akikaze (character designs by sime) The manga based on the hit light novel series (Japanese title: Seija musou), about an ordinary salaryman who cheats death and now must find his way in another world—as a great healer. Coming July 23!


The Slime Diaries: That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime By Shiba (based on story and character designs by Fuse and Mitz Vah) Gut-busting 4-panel gag comix based on the smash-hit isekai saga about that guy who got reincarnated as a slime! Coming July 30!


Goodbye! I’m Being Reincarnated! By Kenji Saito and Parabora From Trinity Seven creator Kenji Saito comes a new manga series (Japanese title: Goodbye! Isekai tensei) about an ordinary high school guy’s big chance to become the one true great hero when one day he’s greeted by a princess from another world! Coming August 6!


The Knight Cartoonist and Her Orc Editor By Indo So and Takafumi Sato Reverse otherworld-incarnation hijinx about an orc reborn in this world as … a manga editor! And the knight who becomes a … manga artist! If you’re looking for a unique insider look into the manga industry, this is it (maybe)! Coming August 13! 

Coming soon in print!

 


Saint Young Men By Hikaru Nakamura One of the most-anticipated manga of all time, now available digitally, comes to print! On sale just in time for Christmas!


Beyond the Clouds
By Nicke The lush science-fiction fantasy taking Japan and Europe by storm! Coming 2020!


Knight of the Ice By Yayoi Ogawa A figure-skating romantic comedy perfect for fans of shojo such as OTOMEN and Princess Jellyfish, from the creator of You’re My Pet! Coming 2020!


Farewell, My Dear Cramer By Naoshi Arakawa The digital-first soccer manga from the creator of Your Lie in April comes to print! On sale in 2020!


Rent-A-Girlfriend By Reiji Miyajima In Japan, the lonely have a new way out—online services that rent out dads, children, and, yes, even girlfriends! Coming 2020!


Living-Room Matsunaga-san By Keiko Iwashita The bestselling digital-first boarding-house love story becomes available in print! Coming 2020!

Perfect World By Rie Aruga The digital-first hit about the moving love story between a woman who reunites with her childhood crush, who now uses a wheelchair, will be available in print! Coming 2020!

Sue and Tai-chan By Kanata Konami The adorable new odd-couple cat comedy from the creator of Chi’s Sweet Home and Chi’s Sweet Adventures! Coming 2020!

Sweat and Soap By Kintetsu Yamada A startlingly fresh story about loving and leaving shame behind! Coming 2020!

Something’s Wrong With Us By Natsumi Ando From the creator of Kitchen Princess and Arisa, this suspense story about a man and woman who are connected by the world of traditional Japanese sweets will have readers dying to know what happens next. Perfect for fans of shojo with an edge! Coming 2020!


Yuzu the Pet Vet By Mingo Itou Ready your sweet tooth, it’s time to visit the Woof-Meow Animal Hospital! Your doctor today will be expert pet vet Yuzu-chan! Coming 2020! 


Saiyuki By Kazuya Minekura The original bishies are back, in 400-page hardcovers featuring new translations! Coming 2020!

Chobits and Clover By CLAMP  Two more masterworks from the manga supergroup come to our Kodansha Classics line!  Details to come!

Coming soon from Vertical!

A Trail of Blood By Shuzo Oshimi From the creator of The Flowers of Evil and Happiness, comes a new suspense drama of a mother’s love that has gone too far … Coming Spring 2020!

The Daily Lives of High School Boys By Yasunobu Yamauchi High school boys, be fools! Follow the bizarre adventures of Tadakuni, Hidenori and Yoshitake at the all boys, Sanada North High School. This is a high school slice of life comedy that will keep you laughing. Coming Spring 2020!


Owarimonogatari
By NISIOISIN (illustrations by VOFAN) The new artwork for the part 1 of the novel revealed! Coming in October 2019!

Well, that’s it, for now!

Next stop: San Diego Comic Con!

 

 

 

 

Anime Expo 2019 Digital Sale featuring Fire Force, Vinland Saga, SLIME and MORE!

Summer is gettin’ HOT with the biggest anime convention of the year AND the brand new anime season right around the corner! To get you ready for the epicness, this week, we’re hosting Anime Expo 2019 Digital Sale, where all volumes of the upcoming manga to anime series starting in July, as well as those series featured at Kodansha Comics booth at AX are up to 50% off at our digital retail partners: BookWalker, comiXology, Google Play, Kindle, and nook. (Sale ends July 8.)

Kodansha Comics Anime Expo 2019 Sale
(June 2-8) 

Click on links below for free Chapter 1 previews!

Are You Lost?
Cells at Work!
Fire Force
Magical Sempai
O Maidens in Your Savage Season

That Time I Got Reincarnated as A Slime
To The Abandoned Sacred Beasts
Vinland Saga