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 kodanshacomics.com/mashima 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 kodanshacomics.com!


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

Creator Spotlight: Hiro Mashima & Special Giveaway Sweepstakes with COPIC

Celebrating the Many Worlds of Hiro Mashima

Hiro Mashima – creator of fan-favorite series like EDENS ZERO, FAIRY TAIL (including it’s numerous spin-offs), RAVE MASTER, Monster Soul & more – has built an extended universe spanning several series, worlds and tons of amazing characters. To celebrate the recent release of both the FAIRY TAIL MANGA BOX SET 2 & EDENS ZERO volume 7 we want to offer fans and new readers alike a couple of very special offers:

Creator Spotlight Sale: Hiro Mashima

First, we’re we’re hosting a special sale making all Mashima series – more than 130 digital manga titles – up to 50% off! That’s right! In this sale you can catch up or complete your Mashima library, including the planet hopping sci-fi saga EDENS ZERO, the magic-filled adventure FAIRY TAIL, the world-saving scavenger hunt RAVE MASTER, and more.

And as a reminder, not only do we have these great series priced at up to 50% off, but we’ve extended our 99¢ Vol. 1 sale to let you explore even more of what Kodansha Comics and VERTICAL have to offer.

So give all these amazing Mashima series a try for 99¢ per volume 1, and then catch up on the rest for up to 50% off at all participating digital vendors including: BookWalker, comiXology, Google Play, Kindle, Nook and izneo. Sale runs from April 21, until April 27. But this sale isn’t the only way we’re celebrating Hiro Mashima!


Hiro Mashima Sweepstakes from Kodansha Comics + COPIC


We’re also looking to give something back to fans with a very special Hiro Mashima Sweepstakes, created in part with our friends at COPIC. Let’s start with the good stuff: For this special sweepstakes we’re giving away the FAIRY TAIL MANGA BOX SET 1, FAIRY TAIL MANGA BOX SET 2, EDENS ZERO volumes 1-7 and from COPIC, a 24-piece marker set! But how can you enter you ask?

From now, April 21 until May 4 take our Hiro Mashima Quiz by clicking the banner or here! Answer all the quiz questions correctly and you will automatically be entered to win the amazing prizes detailed above. Go ahead enter today for your chance to win!

For more information on COPIC markers please visit their website here. And for a special look at how Hiro Mashima himself uses COPIC markers you can see him in action in the video below:


~Creator Spotlight: Hiro Mashima Digital Manga Sale! ~
April 21 – April 27
See below for the full list of titles being offered during the Creator Spotlight: Hiro Mashima sale. Also, you can click titles below to read Chapter 1s FREE!

Fairy Girls
FAIRY TAIL Blue Mistral
FAIRY TAIL: 100 Years Quest
FAIRY TAIL: Happy’s Heroic Adventure
FAIRY TAIL: Lightning Gods
FAIRY TAIL: Rhodonite
FAIRY TAIL: Twin Dragons of Saber Tooth
Hiro Mashima’s Playground
Monster Soul


About Hiro Mashima

One of the world’s bestselling and most prolific comics artists, Hiro Mashima is the creator of the 63-volume magical epic FAIRY TAIL as well as its prequel FAIRY TAIL ZERO, fantasy series RAVE MASTER, the game spinoff Monster Hunter Orage, and a variety of other manga series and short stories.


Attack on Titan: Road to Season 3 Sweepstakes July 7-August 7

Season 3 of the Attack on Titan anime kicks off July 21! If you’re keeping up with the manga by Hajime Isayama, you know this is  going to be the most exciting season yet! Counting down the days until the first anime episode airs? Then join us for the Attack on Titan: Road to Season 3 Sweepstakes, hosted by Kodansha Comics and Funimation, with a chance to win some very cool Attack on Titan manga and anime prizes! 

Attack on Titan: Road to Season 3 Sweepstakes! 

When July 7-August 7, 2018 

How Tell us what you love about Attack on Titan by taking this survey and enter for a chance to win these prizes!

What 5 lucky winners will get the entire collection of Attack on Titan anime and manga! This consists of this massive bomb of physical and digital content:

Attack on Titan Season 1 Part 1 Manga Box Set (contains Volumes 1-4)
Attack on Titan Season 1 Part 2 Manga Box Set (contains Volumes 5-8)
Attack on Titan Season 2 Manga Box Set (contains Volumes 9-12)
Attack on Titan manga Volumes 13-16 (regular editions)
Attack on Titan manga Volumes 17-20 (Special Editions w/”Lost Episodes” DVDs)
Attack on Titan manga Volumes 21-25 (regular editions)
Attack on Titan digital volumes 1-25 (on comiXology or iBooks)
Attack on Titan Character Enclyclopedia

Attack on Titan: The Anime Guide
Garrison Girl: An Attack on Titan Novel  from Quirk Books
Attack on Titan Complete Season 1 Blue-ray/DVD Combo Pack
Attack on Titan Complete Season 2 Blue-ray/DVD Combo pack

– Plus! 1 month free subscription for FunimationNOW* where you can watch Attack on Titan anime Season 3! 

*requires credit card information when you create a new account.

Attack on Titan Survey Sweeptakes
Take the Survey HERE to enter for a chance to win!
Sweepstakes ends on August 7, 2018 at 11 p.m. Pacific Time!

Good Luck! 

Attack on Titan, volumes 1-25 are available in print & digital from Kodansha Comics!

Attack on Titan Choose Your Path Adventure 2 Twitter Contest

Do you think you have what it takes to stand against the Titans as part of the Survey Corps? We’re giving you (and a few hundred of your peers online) a chance to find out with a week of Attack on Titan Choose Your Path Adventure 2: The Hunt for the Female Titan!

To celebrate the release of this second Attack on Titan Choose Your Path Adventure book, every day this week, starting today May 21 at 1 p.m. Eastern Time, we’ll be simulating the scenarios in the book with a community event on Twitter. All you have to do is follow @KodanshaUSA or the hashtag #TwitterPlaysTitan, read the questions, and reply to us with what you think will give us the best chance of survival. One reply will be randomly chosen to help take us further along in the story every 30 minutes—or until the community meets a tragic end …

Of course, you’re always welcome to follow along in your own copy of the book.
Click here for full info on Attack on Titan Choose Your Path Adventure 2, available now!

Chihayafuru sweepstakes! Enter for a chance to win manga and anime!

You know about Chihayafuru, right? Who knew that a manga about a girl who plays the traditional Japanese card game of “karuta” would go on to become a global sensation through its emotionally driven storytelling and as an action-packed anime? And due to the popular demand, Kodansha Comics has started publishing Chihayafuru as a digital-first manga!

And now, if you know about Chihayafuru, and you love it, we want to know about it! That’s why, together with our friends at Sentai Filmworks, we’re hosting the Chihayafuru Survey Sweepstakes!

Enter for a chance to win Chihayafuru manga & anime!

To win these awesome prizes from Sentai Filmworks and Kodansha Comics, all you have to do is take this survey between now and May 27! By the end of the contest deadline, we’ll select 8 winners randomly.

2 winners will get
Chihayafuru anime Premium Box Set Season 1 & Season 2 (Region 1 Blu-ray)
1 month subscription to HIDIVE, where you can watch Chihayafuru anime on streaming
Chihayafuru manga volumes 1-10 on comiXology or iBooks

2 winners will get
Chihayafuru anime complete collections Season 1 & Season 2 (Region 1 Blu-ray)
・1 month subscription to HIDIVE, where you can watch Chihayafuru anime on streaming
Chihayafuru manga volumes 1-10 on comiXology or iBooks

4 winners will get
・1 month subscription to HIDIVE, where you can watch Chihayafuru anime on streaming
Chihayafuru manga volumes 1-10 on comiXology or iBooks

Chihayafuru Survey Sweeptakes
Take the Survey HERE to enter for a chance to win!
Sweepstakes ends on May 27,2018 at 11 p.m. Pacific Time!

Good Luck! 

Chihayafuru, volumes 1-10 are available digital-first from Kodansha Comics!


Update May 27: Chihayafuru Sweepstakes is now closed. Thank you for participating! 

What’s happening @ Anime Expo 2016?


Going to Anime Expo this year? If you’re there, be sure to catch all things Kodansha Comics!

First of all, make sure to say hi to this year’s Anime Expo Guest of Honor: Naoshi Arakawa (Your Lie in April)! Here’s all Arakawa-sensei-related events going on at AX:

Naoshi Arakawa Panel
Saturday, July 2
12:15-1:15 p.m.
Room 403AB
Don’t miss this chance to see Naoshi Arakawa in person! 

Your Lie in April Quest
July 1-4, during convention hours
full info at the Kodansha Comics HUB at Booth #3501 (part of Kinokuniya booth)

Every day of AX, we’ll be hosting a scavenger hunt-style quest based on Arakawa-sensei’s hit manga Your Lie in April
First 1000 participants will get an AX Exclusive
Your Lie in April tote bag as a prize.*
Plus, the 10 fastest players each day will win a free copy of
Your Lie in April volume 1!**

*while supplies last
**You can only compete on one day.

Naoshi Arakawa autograph sessions
Friday, July 1
1:30-2:30 p.m.
3:30-4:30 p.m.

Saturday, July 2
2:30-3:30 p.m.

All autograph sessions are held at Kentia Hall.

More events related to Kodansha Comics, and our sibiling-publisher Vertical Comics

Attack on Titan Anthology Panel
Friday, July 1
1-2 p.m.
Room LP3
Meet some of the creative minds behind this unprecedented collaboration between Attack on Titan creator Hajime Isayama and an all-star list of the best Western comics artists and writers! We’ll reveal never-before-seen art from the book and give away exclusive trading cards and other goodies.

Read-along with KIZUMONOGATARI and Attack on Titan 
Featuring the voice actors for the KIZU and Titan audiobooks and MONOGATARI editor Mariko Yajima.
Friday, July 1
3:30-4:30 p.m.
Room LP3/LACC 408AB

Vertical Comics Panel
Saturday, July 2
1:15-2:15 p.m.
Room LP4/LACC 411

Kodansha Comics Panel
Saturday, July 2
2:30-3:30 p.m.
Room LP4
The publisher of Attack on Titan, Sailor Moon, Fairy Tail, Noragami, and many more debut their new publishing plans for 2016 and beyond! Come speak with some of the editors, ask your questions, and get free books, posters, art cards, and more!


Come Visit Us!

Kodansha Comics HUB
Exhibitor Hall Booth #3501 (part of the Kinokuniya booth)
Your information center for everything Kodansha Comics

Special features

Show Exclusive: free digital editions (courtesy comiXology) of Your Lie in April, Farewell My Dear Cramer, and Ajin: Demi-Human
AX Guest of Honor Naoshi Arakawa Gallery
Netflix Original Series Ajin: Demi-Human Photo Op
Start and prize point for the Your Lie in April Quest


Kodansha Comics booth
Exhibitor Hall Booth # 911
Your place to buy Kodansha Comics!

Show debuts
Fairy Tail Zero volume 2
Queen Emeraldas volume 1
Sweetness & Lightning volume 1
Attack on Titan volume 19 

Attack on Titan Anthology trading cards
Art cards featuring 5 different manga series 


Vertical Comics booth 
Exhibitor Hall Booth #509

Show debuts
Immortal Hounds volume 1 
Nichijou volume 3 
Wolfsmund volume 7 

Chi's Sweet Home poster


Get a free Attack on Titan Anthology sampler in the mail!

AoT Anthology sampler cover Hanuka 

Hey, didja miss Free Comic Book Day on May 8—and with it your chance to get a sample of the Attack on Titan Anthology? Never fear! Kodansha Comics is giving away copies of our acclaimed Free Comic Book Day book to the first 300 people to fill out our survey!

Get a Free Attack on Titan Anthology Sampler in the mail*!
Click here to take the survey. 

*For first 300 participants. U.S. or Canadian residents only.
One sampler per person and/or household. No PO boxes.
You must be 18 years or older or provide permission from a parent or guardian.

Here's newly revealed Attack on Titan Anthology art by Phil Jimenez.

Don’t miss out on this chance at the first preview of Attack on Titan stories and art by Eisner Award winner Michael Avon Oeming (Powers), Babs Tarr/Cameron Stewart/Brenden Fletcher (the renowned team behind Batgirl), Eisner Award nominees Asaf & Tomer Hanuka (The Divine), Eisner Award winner Evan Dorkin (Dork), Top Cow pilot winner Afua Richardson (Genius), and renowned cover artist Paolo Rivera! The book itself will also contain stories by Scott Snyder, Gail Simone, Faith Erin Hicks, and many others. Here’s what people are already saying about the book:

“The talent here is serious and stylistically diverse … A huge step forward for manga in this country … Nothing like this has ever been done.” —Comics Beat

“Some of our favorite comics creators … are giving us more human-munching giants.” —io9

“We’re sure to get some weird and wonderful side stories from the impressive pool of talent that’s come together … We can’t wait to see what they come up with.” —The Mary Sue

Attack on Titan Anthology will be release on October 18, 2016. 
Click here to preorder now


Win This Autograph by Hiroya Oku (Creator of Inuyashiki, GANTZ)


Have you seen the video of Hiroya Oku drawing the characters from Inuyashiki on Kodansha Comics’ YouTube series, “These Hands Make Manga”?

Well, guess what? We’re giving away this very sketch––with Oku-sensei’s autograph! He’ll even personalize it, signing it with your name!

All you have to do is take this quick survey*.

*Sweepstakes ends on March 11, 2016. 

For more features on Hiroya Oku, the creator of Inuyashiki and GANTZ, click here.


Watch Hiro Mashima drawing Fairy Tail characters! (and win this autograph!)

As a part of the Hiro Mashima Creator Spotlight, here's a rare video of Mashima-sensei drawing and coloring Natsu and Happy from Fairy Tail (from Kodansha Comics' YouTube series, These Hands Make Manga).

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There is a short version and a long version of this video.



But that's not all. You can actually win the autographed sketch Mashima-sensei draws in this video. 

All you have to do is take this quick survey*. 

*sweepstakes ends on March 15, 2016

For more features on Hiro Mashima, the creator of Fairy Tail, click here.


Find out more about Fairy Tail manga series on KodanshaComics.com