June is here and with it arrives the digital debut of a number of wide-ranging and provocative manga like the yearning gay love story between two manga creators, JOY; the life & death class reunion saga, The Shadows of Who We Once Were; the sensually musical romance, Such a Treacherous Piano Sonata; the free-wheeling art school drama, A Nico-Colored Canvas, and more! Take a look below for details on all the new digital series debuting this month!
Nezu was looking forward to his elementary school reunion—after all, his class was united by unbreakable bonds. But when his former classmate, Mikio, reveals that this reunion is a very real matter of life and death…suddenly Nezu finds those bonds put to the test. By the author of Until Your Bones Rot!
Goh Akazaki is a 26-year-old man…who happens to be a shojo manga artist. His assistant is Yusuke Akune, who happens to be a mangaka in his own right. But when Goh accidentally finds out that Yusuke is gay, he’s thrown for a loop—what else about his friend doesn’t he know? And when Goh is asked to draw BL, he tries to pry into Yusuke’s experiences for inspiration…but when he is ultimately inspired by the idea of “unrequited love for Yusuke,” can he keep his own feelings out of the mix?
Welcome to Neijima island—home to a girl who hopes to keep her friend from moving away; destination of an author hoping to be inspired for her next book; and above all, sacred land to a “god of fortune”—but will that god really bring what the people around it want? A bizarre, supernatural new story by the author of Kokkoku!
Kanna Tachibana is a 26-year-old woman who hasn’t yet felt the stirrings of physical attraction…that is, until she meets her new charge, the “Prince of Piano” Guy Narisawa Weissenfeld. After listening to his playing, she finds herself unable to stop herself caressing him…?! Will she be able to explore her budding sensuality with a man who has been told he plays with no emotion? And not only that, can she step up to save this irascible performer’s career while she’s at it?
Nico Sorano is in the dictionary under “free-spirited”…which makes her an instant celebrity at her art university. But one professor, the career making-or-breaking Kageiwa-sensei, has only a limited tolerance for her aggressively good-natured optimism. Unsurprisingly, Nico isn’t fazed…it just means she’s going to have to make her own way to stardom, with the help of her friend Mitsuki and the inscrutable, notorious Soichiro Togo. No matter what, it’ll be an interesting college debut!
Akari Sayo works at a TV station, and was on the job when she just happened to see her boyfriend—who just happened to be cheating on her. Before she can resolve anything, she’s asked to manage a documentary about a musician, Chizuru Kobuchi…but when he tries to shut her out, she barges in, determined to do her job right! But moments later, when he learns her name…he asks her to be his lover? Akari’s having a long day, and it looks like it isn’t over yet!
Shizuka Yamauchi, 25, housekeeper. Makiko Mitarai, 46, amateur model and perfect housewife. Though strangers on the outside, the two share a past—one Shizuka feels she needs to set right, to bring her mother justice. But Makiko has secrets of her own, and Shizuka will need to tread carefully if she’s to get to the bottom of it all…without getting burned.
After being dumped by her boyfriend, Koyori went to her longtime friend Hijiri’s house to drink away her sorrow…and ended up spending the night with him! Not only that, he tells her he loves her—and she’s not sure how to reconcile the new development with someone she’s known since they were kids. After all, the stakes are high—if things don’t work out, she’ll hurt one of her closest friends. And to make matters worse, her ex wants to patch things up…? Koyori needs to figure out what she wants, before she loses it all.
Tatara Tani is so average it hurts—the only thing he has going for him is that his childhood friends are ultra-popular idol Yuriko Hanazono and her fashionable twin, Ranko Hanazono! They’re both his classmates, and his long-standing relationship with them makes others seethe. So he thinks he’s hit the jackpot when Yuriko asks him to the amusement park with her, even though idols aren’t allowed to date. She dresses up as Ranko to fool the world, but when her ruse is discovered by the school, it’s up to the REAL Ranko to save her sister’s reputation…by dating Tatara herself? This crazy rom-com of errors begins!
Minami has awful luck with men—she falls for their looks only to find that they’re the worst of the worst. So when she finds out that her next work assignment involves a good-looking, rude-off-the-bat man, she feels just fine about kissing any feelings for him goodbye…that is, until she finds out he’s the son of the author of her favorite childhood picture book series, Bride of the Vampire. But the rude son soon changes his tune, and Minami doesn’t have long before she discovers the secret his gorgeous lips hide…
Flow—the phenomenon that occurs when matter falls out of balance and changes form. Flow creates oddities big and small that can be disruptive or delightful in equal measure, and it’s up to Flow Disposal departments and independent contractors to shepherd the Flow back to its natural form. For Chima Kondo, a 35-year-old woman stuck in the body of a 12-year-old thanks to the effects of Flow, understanding how Flow works and how to disperse it has become critical. But when she joins Flow Disposal contractors Hirota and Shacho of Hirota Flow Inc., she finds that there’s more to Flow than she once knew, and plenty more to find out… A supernatural story from the author of Mushishi!
Talk about meet-cutes… Misaki doesn’t recognize her cute new neighbor when he comes to formally introduce herself…until he reminds her that they went to school together for years! But Midori Tachibana is no longer the awkward kid she remembers—he’s the leader of Japan’s hottest new idol group! But their fated meeting is cut short when he finds out she’s an adult film actress…and he can’t be seen with her if he’s to preserve his squeaky-clean idol image! But can the chemistry between them be so easily erased? A sex-positive, sweet idol rom-com for fans of Tokyo Tarareba Girls and Ex-Enthusiasts!
Eiko Kagehara truly loves one thing in this world: the MMO she’s played with her friends for the last 15 years, in which she leads a fantasy life as a sought-after blacksmith. But when her friends start leaving to, of all things, get married, have kids, find new jobs…she’s thrown for a loop. So much so, in fact, that she drunkenly shares her gamer ID with her super-hot new colleague…who just happens to have been helped by her in-game in the past, and who wants to repay her by teaching her how to love?! A brand-new rom-com from the author of With the Sheikh in His Harem!
Remi Nikitani is no shy violet—she’s elegant, direct, and ambitious, with plans to take over her father’s corporation. So she’s not interested in marrying for business or political reasons. After all, why be saddled with someone she doesn’t love when she can make her way to the top by herself? But when her father sets her up with Jun Arata, a young hotshot in his own right and someone who knows about the unrequited love Remi fostered for years, she’s thrown for a loop. She rejects him, of course, but somehow he keeps finding his way back into her life. But is he interested in her? Or does he only want to take over her business and leave her in the dust? A sexy spinoff of Our Fake Marriage!
En has no prospects as a child of the slums—he ekes out a living by selling the scrap cyborg augmentations he scavenges to anyone who will buy. But when he’s forced to go through some unethical experimentation, he transforms—making him eligible to become a fighter in the only thing that matters in this bleak world: The Rokudo Tournament!
Classic Shojo Romance The Wallflower Makes Digital Debut in April
All 36 volumes will be available, April 12, 2022, wherever Kodansha manga is sold digitally
Continuing the trend of reviving classic Kodansha manga digitally for a new generation of manga fans, Kodansha USA Publishing announced that the classic shojo series, The Wallflower by Tomoko Hayakawa, will debut digitally on April 12, 2022! Upon launch all 36 volumes of the goth-recluse-turned-radiant-beauty rom-com will be available to purchase and read across participating digital vendors: Bookwalker, Kindle, Apple Books, Google Play, Nook, Kobo, izneo, MyAnimeList and more. Be on the lookout for The Wallflower pre-orders wherever you buy Kodansha digital manga.
Learn about The Wallflower: It’s a gorgeous, spacious mansion, and four handsome, fifteen-year-old friends are allowed to live in it for free! There’s only one condition—that within three years the guys must transform the owner’s wallflower niece into a lady befitting the palace in which they all live! How hard can it be? Enter Sunako Nakahara, the agoraphobic, horror-movie-loving, pockmark-faced, frizzy-haired, fashion-illiterate recluse who tends to break into explosive nosebleeds whenever she sees anyone attractive. This project is going to take more than our four heroes ever expected: it needs a miracle!
Volumes of The Wallflower are also currently available in print. Manga fans eager to experience The Wallflower can read the first chapter free!
In this month’s special licensing announcement Kodansha USA unveils print manga, novels, and even a very special art book coming Fall 2022. But not only that Kodansha is also revealing all the digital series debut coming in April 2022!
April see’s the digital series debuts of a number of shojo series like the intergalactic friendship manga, Nighttime for Just Us Two. But shonen & seinen see very strong debuts in the hitman action/comedy, The Fable and the high school rumble manga, WIND BREAKER.
And coming Fall 2022 is a highly anticipated art book spanning the entirety of Studio Ghibli’s history to date with the release of Studio Ghibli: The Complete Works. Fall also sees an abundance of tense manga like the latest from acclaimed author Kyoko Okazaki, with the teen murder mystery, River’s Edge. But not only that, more isekai novels are coming as with Am I Actually the Strongest?, and My Unique Skill Makes Me OP even at Level 1, and more!
Print titles announced will be available Fall 2022 at your local and online print vendors such as Barnes and Nobles, Books-A-Million, Amazon and more! While all new April digital debuts will be available upon release across all our participating digital vendors including Bookwalker, Kindle, Apple Books, Google Play, Nook, Kobo, izneo, MyAnimeList and more!
Hell in a Bottle (Novel) By Story by Kyusaku Yumeno, Art by Honojiro Towoji
A children’s Eden on a deserted island turns to hell, as a brother and sister face the ultimate temptation… Told in epistolary form, this bizarre short story takes on themes of faith, degradation, and transgression, accompanied by stunning original artwork.
Classic short stories by literary giants paired with modern illustrators to create a beautiful artbook.
The Moon Over the Mountain (Novel) Written by Atsushi Nakajima, Art by Nekosuke
This mystical tale of a man transformed into a tiger is rooted in a story dating from the Tang dynasty, but feels totally immediate thanks to Nakajima’s masterful adaptation and Nekosuke’s gorgeous original art. At once lyrical and philosophical, Nakajima’s story is a timeless classic now made available to contemporary audiences thanks to the Maiden’s Bookshelf series.
Classic short stories by literary giants paired with modern illustrators to create a beautiful artbook.
Skygrazer By Masakazu Ishiguro
There are weird people abound in a mysterious structure called the Skygrazer: some boys looking for an erotic book, a space detective, a robot…and then a murder happens?! Agent Saeko Sakuraba begins an investigation to reveal the astonishing truth hidden in the Skygrazer.
River’s Edge By Kyoko Okazaki
From renowned author, Kyoko Okazaki. The creator of Helter Skelter and Pink. Six high school friends’ tangled relationship becomes increasingly tighter when they discover an unknown corpse near the river.
Sweet Poolside By Shuzo Oshimi
Two middle school swimming club students have problems on opposite ends of the spectrum: Toshihiko Ota is troubled by hairlessness and bullied by his peers, while Ayako Goto garners attention for being too hairy. One day Ayako approaches Toshihiko with a crazy request…will he shave her body hair for her?!
A perfect example of Oshimi’s unique blend of the sweet and the perverse, this is ultimately an innocent, charming love story.
Last Gender By Rei Taki
Welcome to “BAR California”, a place where people with different genders, propensities, and sexual orientations gather to find a certain “something”. A transgender bisexual who has been hurt by the voices of others, a pansexual looking for true love, and a person who identities as both male and female. There are as many sexualities as there are people.
Studio Ghibli: The Complete Works By Studio Ghibli
From classics like Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind to the latest work, Earwig and the Witch, this beautiful art book features 26 acclaimed Studio Ghibli works. Take a deep look into Ghibli’s first 3D feature film, Earwig and the Witch, with an exclusive interview with director Goro Miyazaki.
Am I Actually the Strongest? (Novel) Story by Sai Sumimori, Art by Ai Takahashi
To be reincarnated into another world with the promise of a “cheat” power is one thing… but to be reborn as a baby, and then left for dead after your royal parents think you’re powerless?? That’s another thing entirely! Now the newly-born Reinhart—or Hart to his new friends—must find his way through a dangerous world…but luckily he’s got magic that’s quite literally off the charts!
My Unique Skill Makes Me OP even at Level 1 (Novel) Story by Nazuna Miki, Art by Subachi
Ryota Sato gets the surprise of his life when he’s suddenly transported into another world and nearly clobbered at the hands of the young, pretty adventurer Emily Brown. This new world revolves around defeating monsters and profiting off whatever they drop—food, money, items, and more. Unfortunately for Ryota, he has no skills to speak of…until he learns he has otherworldly drop luck that brings him never-before-seen items! Suddenly his luck turns around…or does it?
As a Reincarnated Aristocrat, I’ll Use My Appraisal Skill to Rise in the World (Novel) Story by Miraijin A, Art by jimmy
After thirty-five years of perfectly ordinary life, a run-of-the-mill businessman suddenly drops dead…only to be reborn in another world! Now he must live as Ars Louvent, scion of a minor noble family and wielder of a fabulous skill: Appraisal, the power to perceive the strengths and abilities of others at a glance.
He’ll need it, too, because there are plenty of problems to solve in the Louvent family’s territory! Ars only has one choice: recruit the most talented individuals his skill can find, and rise up to new heights in his brand new world!
The Dawn of the Witch (Novel) Story by Kakeru Kobashiri, Art by Takashi Iwasaki, Characters by Yoshinori Shizuma
Saybil is a magic student with no memories of his life before he met a mysterious silver-haired woman in an alley. Now he travels with his teacher, Loux, another student named Holt, and the beastfallen Kudo for “special training”… but this field trip may not be as routine as it seems! This sequel to the popular Grimoire of Zero series introduces new settings and protagonists, while retaining the thrilling action, detailed world-building, and emotional resonance of its predecessor. Forthcoming anime from Tezuka Productions!
APRIL’S DIGITAL DEBUTS:
The Angel, the Devil, and Me By Mayu Sakurai
Release Date: April 5, 2022
Akari TachibNozomi Shindo is housesitting for her uncle for two weeks while he’s on an international business trip, and though she knows she ought to let the neighbors know, she thinks it’s too much trouble…until her neighbor happens to be utterly gorgeous. His name is Yuta Honjo, and she’s in love at first sight, until his roommate Chiaki Shiki steps out and is somehow even more gorgeous than Yuta. The possibility of a relationship between her gorgeous neighbors fuels her fujoshi mind (and her online novel), but she can’t help but wonder…what is the actual relationship between the two? And is there any space in it for her? From the author of Boss Wife!
The Abandoned Reincarnation Sage Story by Miraijin A, Art by Kurikaramaru, Original Character Design by Kikkaiki
Release Date: April 5, 2022
Belamus was once a great sage with the power of reincarnation…but as all lives must pass, so did his. He reincarnated with his memories, but was suddenly abandoned as a newborn child! Luckily for him, he was adopted by the nearby goblin tribe…but this moment of kindness may mean more for both the Goblins and Belamus than either of them know!
When you’re the infamous prodigy hitman known only as “Fable,” many things come easy. Being a normal person, however, isn’t one of them. In fact, being told that he can’t kill anyone for a while may just be the hardest job Fable’s ever taken…
Our heroine, whose name no one in school can remember, can’t decide what’s weirder—that the most popular guy in school, Koga-kun, wants to be her friend…or that he insists he’s an alien. But one thing’s for sure—he knows her name, and doesn’t seem ready to let her go through high school anonymous! A new title from the author of My Boy in Blue!
Irresistible Mistakes Art by Mika Sakurano, Original Story and Supervision by Voltage
Release Date: April 19, 2022
After waking up in a hotel and having to rush to work before she finds out who she was there with, Komatsu realizes she has no memory of the night before. Not only that, but the company darling Tachibana has taken a sudden interest in her. Was he the one she was with that night? And if so, what happened between them…and where will they go from here?
Haruka Sakura wants nothing to do with weaklings—he’s only interested in the strongest of the strong. He’s just started at Furin High School, a school of degenerates known only for their brawling strength—strength they use to protect their town from anyone who wishes it ill. But Haruka’s not interested in being a hero or being part of any sort of team—he just wants to fight his way to the top!
We’re back once again and ready to reveal March’s digital series debuts, and also give free chapter 1 previews of these upcoming releases.
Romance is heavy this month full of otaku in love as with Having an Idol-Loving Boyfriend is the Best!, the spicy and cinematic BL of Twilight in Focus, a new teasing school-days rom-com, Medaka Kuroiwa is Impervious to My Charms, and even an esoteric arranged-marriage drama, Apple Children of Aeon. Check out all these series and more below!
To see what other new releases will be available in March 2022, be sure to check out our Manga Release Calendar!
MARCH’S FEATURED SPOTLIGHTS:
Having an Idol-Loving Boyfriend is the Best! By Mito Aoi
Release Date: March 1, 2022
Akari Tachibana, and her coworker, Onda-san, are more than just friends…they’re both hardcore idol fans! But when Onda-san confesses to Akari out of the blue, she’s floored. Of course it would be great to date someone with whom she shares so many interests, but can she navigate this new dimension to their relationship?
Yukinojo doesn’t know his past, but he knows his future—a marriage to Asahi, heir to an apple farm in Aomori. But what should have been a quiet, pastoral life is interrupted one snowy day…and what should have laid dormant was awoken by his naïve hands…
Second-years Mao Tsuchiya and Hisashi Otomo make three promises: 1) That Mao will never tell anyone that Hisashi is gay and has a boyfriend, 2) That Hisashi will never think of Mao “in that way,” and 3) That they’ll always knock before entering, in case someone is having some “private time.” The two’s ground rules should ensure a peaceful life together in their dorm, but life is never as simple as it should be, and some things are not so easily promised…
Medaka Kuroiwa is Impervious to My Charms By Ran Kuze
Release Date: March 8, 2022
Mona is the cutest girl in school, and she knows it. In fact, she’s worked hard to make her high school debut successful. But no matter what she does, she can’t seem to catch the eye of stone-cold stoic Medaka Kuroiwa—but she’s not about to give up that easy. Medaka, on the other hand, has been raised at a temple and was told to never become close to women. Who will win in this heated battle of wills?
Erina loves cats more than anything, even though she looks like the haughty-princess type who could have any guy she wants. But even with his cat-like name, she can’t stand her aloof classmate, Nekoyama-kun. But when she rescues a hurt kitty in her yard and gives it a perfect, snuggly kiss…she suddenly finds a very human Nekoyama-kun in her room? What gives?!
Shu’s had a rough start to life, and doesn’t think he has much of a future—until fate brings him together with talented young pianist and fellow student Akari Yuzuki, the girl with the “Angelic Left Hand” for one high-flying adventure. But when tragedy cuts their relationship short, Shu realizes he must find a way to live for them both…and realizes that something is no longer quite right with his own left hand…
For Kaho, a man’s muscles are all that matters. She’s sports-agnostic, type-agnostic—all she cares about are that those abs, pecs, biceps and delts look good. She thinks she’s found her perfect Muscle Prince in Natsume-sempai…that is, until he finds out what a muscle-freak she is. But instead of ridiculing her, he instead suggests she becomes manager of the basketball team—the one he just so happens to be on? For a muscle-lover like Kaho, there’s nothing to lose…and everything to gain. By the author of Four Kisses, in Secret!
Nao’s mother’s best friend decided to move into the house next door after her divorce, bringing along her son, Kyosuke-kun, who’s around Nao’s age. She couldn’t be more excited when she finds out he’s handsome—more so than his little brother, the reticent Tomoyasu. Nao’s not sure how to handle the excitement of living next to these handsome siblings, but little does she know, the excitement is just getting started…!
At seven years old, Zen’s parents, sister, and his own left leg were swallowed by the mysterious gloved entity only known as Shake Hand. And Zen’s not the only one—in the seven years after, these “gloved hand” incidents have only increased, and others have lost families and limbs, too. But Zen is powerless to do anything about it…until the fateful night his eyes are opened and he once again comes face to face with the mysterious, murderous Shake Hand—and the artisan syndicate sworn to stop him, known as Bootsleg! An oversized, action-packed new series from the author of Yozakura Quartet!
HIRAETH -The End of the Journey- By Yuhki Kamatani
Release Date: March 29, 2022
After the death of her best friend, Mika is determined to follow her into the grave. But her suicide attempt introduces her to a world unlike any she’s ever seen…full of gods and spirits and entities of which she could never have dreamed. But even with this world of wonder, can she find a way out of her sorrow? From the creator of Nabari no Ou, Our Dreams at Dusk, Shonen Note.
Warning: Contains depictions of suicide and suicidal ideation.
We’re back once again and ready to reveal February’s digital series debuts, and ALSO reveal some special print releases coming Fall 2022.
February sees the digital re-release and the debut of series featuring the best worst teacher Eikichi Onizuka, in GTO: Great Teacher Onizuka and GTO: 14 Days in Shonan. You’ll also want to check tons of romance series debuting like Sakura’s Dedication, Lightning and Romance, and Falling Drowning. Read below for still more digital debuts coming in February
Additionally we’re highlighting special print releases coming Fall 2022 like the color edition of the sci-fi horror classic Parasyte, a new horror short story collection with Be Very Afraid of Inuki Kanako, and even a special asexual coming-of-age tale with Is Love the Answer?.
All these titles are coming soon but for a sneak peek of the digital debuts, check out the info and preview links below.
To see what other new releases will be available in February 2022, and other months take a look at our Manga Release Calendar!
FALL 2022 PRINT ANNOUNCEMENTS:
Parasyte Full Color Collection 1 By Hitoshi Iwaaki
Release Date: Fall 2022
The sci-fi horror manga classic returns, in a fully-colorized, premium-quality hardcover for the first time! If you’ve never read the story of Shinichi and the polite and murderous alien infesting his right arm–or even if you already own the series–there’s never been a better way to collect it.
Presented in nine volumes containing about 300 pages of manga each.
They arrive in silence, out of dark skies. They infest human hosts and consume them. And they are everywhere. They are Parasites: alien creatures who must invade and take control of human hosts to survive. Once they have infected their victims, they can twist the host’s body into any abominable shape they choose: craniums splitting to reveal mouths of sharp teeth, batlike wings erupting from backs, blades tearing through soft hands. But most have chosen to conceal their lethal purposes behind ordinary human faces. So no one knows their secret, except an ordinary high school student. Shin managed to arrest the infestation of his body by an alien parasite, but can he find a way to warn humanity of the horrors to come?
For more than 30 years, new generations of readers have been riveted to this unlikely buddy story that unfolds amid a world of monstrosities that never stay hidden for long. Since its first release, in 1988, Parasyte has inspired live-action films, spinoffs, and, in 2015, a global hit anime series. The Full Color Collection presents Hitoshi Iwaaki’s original manga in hardcover for the first time, with each page carefully colorized and a revised translation for 2022. There’s never been a better time to stay up late and get your hand on Parasyte!
Be Very Afraid of Inuki Kanako By Inuki Kanako
Release Date: Fall 2022
From the mind of Japan’s “queen of horror manga” comes a short story collection sure to put a grin on your face and send a chill down your spine. Survive six of the author’s hand-picked scares, plus original commentary from the author.
Fans of Junji Ito, Kazuo Umezu, and Mermaid Saga, your collection isn’t complete until you’re very afraid of Inuki Kanako!
For more than 30 years, Inuki Kananko has been terrorizing girls and boys with twisted catch-22s and ghoulish monsters. Discover one of the best-kept secrets of global horror with this selection of some of Inuki’s most popular short comics.
The six hair-raising stories selected for Be Very Afraid of Inuki Kanako feature an array of unnerving characters and scenarios brought to life in Inuki’s signature art style, in the tradition of Junji Ito (Uzumaki, Tomie), Kazuo Umezu (The Drifting Classroom), Shintaro Kago (Dementia 21), and Junko Mizuno. As the first English-language release for the majority of these pieces, this single volume collection is an intimate introduction to classic Japanese horror manga from a veteran of the genre.
Is Love the Answer? By Uta Isaki
Release Date: Fall 2022
A poignant coming-of-age story about a young woman coming into her own as she discovers her identity as aromantic asexual. A complete story in a single volume, from the creator of Mine-kun is Asexual.
When it comes to love, high schooler Chika wonders if she might be an alien. She’s never fallen for or even had a crush on anyone, and she has no desire for physical intimacy. Her friends tell her that she just “hasn’t met the one yet,” but Chika has doubts… It’s only when Chika enters college and meets peers like herself that she realizes there’s a word for what she feels inside–asexual–and she’s not the only one. After years of wondering if love was the answer, Chika realizes that the answer she long sought may not exist at all–and that that’s perfectly normal.
THIS MONTH’S DIGITAL SPOTLIGHT:
The Transcendent One-Sided Love of Yoshida the Catch By Shizuki Fujisawa
Release Date: February 15, 2022
Meet Yoshida. He’s cool, he’s smart, and he’s really, really good-looking. He’s the company superstar, and has the eye of every available woman for miles around. But Yoshida only loves one woman—the manga-artist and walking-disaster Sena Shimakaze. Yoshida is the glue that holds her whole team together and helps them limp through each and every deadline…but despite his personal greatness and obvious management skills, his love is somehow totally one-sided. What’s an overachiever like Yoshida to do?
After his untimely death, Haruto was reincarnated by the Goddess with a skill that makes it so he will never take damage. With a goMeet Eikichi Onizuka, a 22-year-old virgin and ex-biker. He’s crude, foul-mouthed, and has a split-second temper. His goal: to be the Greatest High School Teacher in the world! Onizuka may think he’s the toughest guy on campus, but when he meets his class full of bullies, blackmailers and scheming sadists, he’ll have to prove it.
After guiding the infamous Tokyo Kissho Academy through a crash-course of his unique brand of life-lessons, a battered and bruised Eikichi Onizuka takes a well-deserved trip to his hometown of sorts, a typically quiet surfers paradise called Shonan. Unfortunately, with child neglect and abuse becoming a global phenomenon the self-proclaimed GTO (Great Teacher Onizuka) quickly finds himself back in the saddle for what he hopes is a painless two-week long field trip with some teens in need. And while Onizuka’s curriculum may not rely on the reading, writing and arithmetic that is common in most classrooms, he has more than a few good lessons in personal development, fisticuffs and fun to teach a new generation of trouble teens.
Tying the Knot with an Amagami Sister By Marcey Naito
Release Date: February 1, 2022
Uryu Kamihate has had a rough start to life, but plans to forget it all by achieving his dream—matriculating into medical school. But when he arrives at his new foster home, a working shrine, his dream of a quiet place to study goes up in smoke. Not only will he be living with the three beautiful, lively Amagami sisters—but he learns that he must marry one of them and take over the temple!
Honatsu just started her second year of high school, and already rumors are floating around that she’s dating her childhood friend, Toma. While Honatsu isn’t totally opposed to the idea, she’s not sure what she feels for Toma can really be called love. But when aloof transfer student Shun Tachibana appears, the waters get even muddier… How does Shun connect to the past she can’t remember? And can Honatsu decide what she truly wants, when her head and her heart are pulling her two different ways?
Dante’s life on Amigasa seemed normal enough to him, even though everyone around him called him an oddball. But when a chance meeting with a young woman named Aoi changes everything, Dante can no longer sit idly by…unless, of course, he is made to!
Sumire wants to experience romance…but will she get the chance, when her new seat-mate is a 20-year-old with swirling rumors surrounding him? A dangerous new romance from the author of Kiss Me at the Stroke of Midnight, Kira-kun Today, and Love’s Reach!
Sawa just got out of a relationship with her cheating boyfriend, and is on the lookout for an honest guy. But when her classmate Sakura confesses, she rejects him, as he’s not her type. But then he confesses again, and again, and again?! What’s a girl to do in the face of such honest dedication?
Fan-favorite Series Sees Print Release Same Year as Anime Debuts
In celebration of the anime coming in 2022, Kodansha USA is excited to announce the print license acquisition of the fan-favorite manga series Blue Lock. Written by Muneyuki Kaneshiro (As the Gods Will: The Second Series), and illustrated by Yusuke Nomura (Dolly Kill Kill), Blue Lock is the heart-pounding soccer saga of a nation-wide competition to find the ace striker who will lead Japan to a World Cup victory. The first volume of Blue Lock in print is scheduled for Summer 2022, and will be distributed by Penguin Random House.
After a disastrous defeat at the 2018 World Cup, Japan’s team struggles to regroup. But what’s missing? An absolute Ace Striker, who can guide them to the win! The Football Association is hell-bent on creating a striker who hungers for goals and thirsts for victory, and who can be the decisive instrument in turning around a losing match … To do so, they’ve gathered 300 of Japan’s best and brightest youth players. Who will emerge to lead the team … and will they be able to out-muscle and out-ego everyone who stands in their way?
A long-awaited anime for Blue Lock was announced in August of 2021 from Eight Bit Animation Studio – the team responsible for the development of the That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime anime. The first season of the Blue Lock anime is set to debut later in 2022.
A free first chapter of Blue Lock is available to read right now, here.
Announced at this year’s Anime NYC, Kodansha USA has revealed their Fall 2022 line-up of upcoming print series debuts, box sets, new format editions, as well as a number digital-first series coming to print. See below for details on these announced titles.
NEW SERIES DEBUTS:
Wistoria: Wand and Sword Story by Fujino Omori, Art by Toshi Aoi
A new, magical dungeon-adventure fantasy series from the author of Is It Wrong to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?! To fulfill the promise he made to his childhood friend, Will Selfault enters Regarden Magic Academy with the goal of making it to the top of the magical world. There’s just one problem—he doesn’t know how to use magic! Will the seemingly ordinary sword in his hand be the key to unlock his true potential?
Go, Go, Loser Ranger! By Negi Haruba
Attention Power Rangers fans! The heroes become the villains and the villains are…well, they’re still the villains in this action-comedy from Negi Haruba, creator of The Quintessential Quintuplets. Follow one plucky villain as he plots to take down the oppressive Rangers and finally fulfill his dream of taking over the world!
Run Away With Me, Girl By Battan
A wistful romance between two women about how, sometimes, you need to run away in order to find where you truly belong. Midori was Maki’s first love and high school sweetheart—that is, until Midori broke up with Maki at graduation, saying they were now “too old” to be “fooling around” dating girls. Ten years later, will running away be the key to lead the two women back into each other’s arms?
Shonen Note: Boy Soprano By Yuhki Kamatani
A coming-of-age series equal parts moving and musical, from the creator of Our Dreams at Dusk: Shimanami Tasogare! Yutaka Aoi has a talent few boys have: He can sing soprano. But when Yukata’s voice begins to change as he enters puberty, the journey ahead will be one of self-discovery and reflection for not only himself, but also for those around him.
As a Reincarnated Aristocrat, I’ll Use My Appraisal Skill to Rise in the World Story by Jinei Mirai , Art by Natsumi Inoue
A coming-of-age series equal parts moving and musical, from the creator of Our Dreams at Dusk: Shimanami Tasogare! Yutaka Aoi One day when leaving work, Ars Louvent dies and is reborn as a weak aristocrat in another world. Using his “Appraisal” skill, which lets him see the stats of others, he recruits the best people to his side in order to turn his country’s fortunes around. Based on a hit light novel with over 30 million online views in Japan!
Miss Miyazen Would Love to Get Closer to You By Taka Aki
A coming-of-age series equal parts moving and musical, from the creator of Our Dreams at Dusk: Shimanami Tasogare! Yutaka Aoi Sakura Miyazen and Shota Matsubayashi are two classmates that are polar opposites: Miyazen, the high-class pretty girl, and Matsubayashi, the scary-looking delinquent guy. Oblivious to each other’s feelings, they actually want to get to know each other but can’t seem to communicate properly!
Avant-garde Yumeko By Shuzo Oshimi
I just want to see it! High schooler Yumeko is your ordinary high school girl except she’s obsessed with seeing the male body part in real life. Determined, Yumeko decides to join the art club at school.
An Older Guy’s VR First Love By Tomoko Boryoku
Naoki is an older guy, 40 years old to be exact, lives a mundane single life in the real world but enjoys venturing into the VR world as a female avatar. One day in the VR world he meets a young happy-go-lucky girl named Honami, whom he slowly becomes attracted to… But who is the real Honami and what will become of their relationship?
DIGITAL-FIRST TO PRINT DEBUTS:
The Iceblade Sorcerer Shall Rule the World Art by Norihito Sasaki, Story by Nana Mikoshiba, Original Character Design by Riko Korie
The Arnold Academy of Magic is a school for the elite…and Ray White is just your ordinary guy. In fact, he doesn’t seem particularly skilled with magic at all, and is a bit of a klutz. Which is why he has nothing to do with the rumor that one of the great magicians, the Iceblade Sorcerer, is a member of the incoming class…right?
Yoi Takiguchi has long legs, a deep voice, and a handsome face…in other words, Yoi is such a good-looking guy that most people don’t notice or care that she is, in fact, a girl. Indeed, she’s had the nickname “Prince” as long as she can remember. That is, until she met Ichimura-senpai…the only person who’s really seemed to see her for herself. To her surprise, she’s not sure how to handle this new relationship, especially when her newfound friend is a prince himself (and a guy prince, at that). The story of the two high school princes starts here!
Second-year high school student Rakuro Hizutome is interested in one thing only: finding “shitty games” and beating the crap out of them. His gaming skills are second to none, and no game is too bad for him to enjoy. So when he’s introduced to the new VR game Shangri-La Frontier, he does what he does best—min-maxes and skips the prologue to jump straight into the action. But can even an expert gamer like Rakuro discover all the secrets that Shangri-La Frontier hides…?
I Was Reincarnated as the 7th Prince, So I’ll Take My Time Perfecting My Magical Ability Art by Yosuke Kokuzawa, Story by Kenkyo na Circle, Character design by Meru
Prince Lloyd wasn’t always a prince…in fact, his previous life is one he remembers perfectly: he was a sorcerer, of sorts. So when he was forced to reincarnate, he decided to continue his studies, prince of the realm or no! But his new life has its own sets of challenges…including being a 10-year-old! What’s the 7th prince/sorcerer to do?!
From giving a lock of hair as a token to a loved one to shaving one’s head as an act of penitence, hair is a powerful symbol across the world. This is the thread that connects the chilling tales in this horror anthology that follows the victims of Ogushi-sama — a sinister god that carries away the dead.
Dark science-fiction set in the BLAME! universe. As detective Musubi Susono investigates a series of child kidnappings, her own partner is viciously murdered. But when the investigation takes a brutal turn, she is suddenly confronted by the killer—and his sadistic silicon creature …
Now in paperback form! From the pen of the author of the legendary MONOGATARI novels! The basis of an animated series, KATANAGATARI brings to life a swordless “swordsman” and a self-described “schemer” who embark on a quest to obtain twelve peculiar masterpiece blades.
The Seven Deadly Sins: Four Knights of the Apocalypse By Nakaba Suzuki
Release Date: Spring 2022
The newest manga from Nakaba Suzuki, which continues the adventures in the world of The Seven Deadly Sins! This series can be read on its own or as part of The Seven Deadly Sins‘ experience!
Island in a Puddle Story by Kei Sanbe
Release Date: Spring 2022
The new manga series from Kei Sanbe, the master of suspense behind Erased, plunges an innocent young boy into Tokyo’s criminal underworld, as he fights to keep his younger sister alive, and to return his soul to his own body!
The tiny apartment where Minato lives may as well be an isolated island in the middle of the ocean. Despite still being in elementary school, it falls on his shoulders to care for his little sister Nagisa, who never stops asking when their mother will make one of her infrequent visits home. On one of those visits, their mother takes them to an amusement park, only to give Minato some cash and leave them on a Ferris wheel… but as the wheel reaches the top, lightning strikes, and, instead of his sister, Minato sees the corpse of a woman… and, reflected in the glass looking back at him, an unfamiliar and menacing face!
A Galaxy Next Door By Gido Amagakura
Release Date: Spring 2022
The new sweet and wild romantic comedy from the creator of the hit manga and anime about food and family, Sweetness & Lightning! A desperate manga artist, called on to support his two young siblings, meets a new art assistant. But her arrival isn’t just a small step, it’s a giant leap…
Since his parents died, manga artist Ichiro has barely scraped by, forced to support his two younger siblings on just a middle school education. He doesn’t even have time to learn how to use a computer, which forces him to keep wrestling with pen and paper. When his art assistants quit to strike out on their own, on top of juggling deadlines, family, and the constant fear of losing his job, Ichiro feel close to a total breakdown. But then a new assistant pops into Ichiro’s life, and his prospects immediately start to brighten! She’s an incredible artist, she always finishes on time, and she’s beautiful, to boot! But she also seems to know an awful lot about him, and, soon, she makes a confession that bends Ichiro’s mind beyond the confines of Earth…
Phantom of the Idol By Hijiki Isoflavone
Release Date: Spring 2022
The story of a lazy male idol, ready to quit (or get fired), and the peppy poltergeist who brings him back from the brink, and rocketing to the heights of stardom! This madcap musical comedy is perfect for fans of My Dress-Up Darling, Kiss Him, Not Me! and Horimiya.
Yuuya, one half of the boy pop duo ZINGS, may be the laziest performer in the Japanese music industry. His partner is out there giving 110% every night (and, thankfully, he’s quite popular), but Yuuya’s half-assed, sloppy dancing, and his frankly hostile attitude toward the audience, has the fans hating him and his agent looking for any excuse to cut him loose. The career of a pop idol just isn’t the path of easy leisure and adulation Yuuya expected…
After a particularly lifeless concert appearance, Yuuya meets a girl backstage. She’s dressed to the nines in a colorful outfit, she’s full of vim and vigor, and all she wants from life is to perform. There’s just one problem: She’s been dead for a year. This is the ghost of Asahi Mogami, the beloved singer whose time on the stage was tragically cut short, unless… If ghosts are real, is spirit possession really that much of a stretch?
Wandance By Coffee
Release Date: Spring 2022
A boy named Kaboku sees a girl named Wanda dance, and suddenly burns with a need to join in. With its thrilling scenes of Japanese hip-hop dance and quirky, charming characters, this is a new, inspirational manga for fans of coming-of-age stories like Blue Period and Your Lie in April. Get up and join the Wandance!
Kaboku has always just gone with the flow, marching in step to the drumbeat of the expectations of those around him: parents, school, plans for the future. It feels predictable, safe, and… empty. But one night, Kaboku’s at school late, and he happens on a girl alone, moving wildly, turning a blank space of concrete into a canvas. This is Hikari Wanda, a member of the hip-hop dance club. Kaboku is immediately smitten, but the road to stepping out of his shell is a long one. The club is almost entirely girls, and they’re all, well, way better than him. What’s ahead is unknown, and that’s terrifying, but it also means, for the first time in Kaboku’s life… a taste of freedom.
Welcome Back, Alice By Shuzo Oshimi
Release Date: Spring 2022
Yohei, Kei and Yui are childhood friends and things get complicated when Yohei witnesses Kei and Yui in an intimate moment. But when Kei unexpectedly moves away and returns a few years later to reunite in high school, he seems to be a bit different.
Devil Ecstasy By Shuzo Oshimi
Release Date: Spring 2022
Noboru Kusakabe is an 18-year-old virgin college student who developed a trauma for big breasts. Desperately wanting to lose his virginity, Noboru and his friend discover a mysterious brothel called “Devil Ecstasy”. Although he was nervous about his first experience, Noboru is thrilled by a beautiful girl with small breasts named Meruru who holds a scary secret about the brothel!
Sensei’s Pious Lie By Akane Torikai
Release Date: Spring 2022
Misuzu Hara is a 24-year-old high school teacher. Her peaceful days of instructing her students begin to change with the advent of her friend Minako’s fiancé, Hayafuji. What happened between them?
A dramatic story about sexual inequalities that lie between men and women.
Blackguard By Ryo Hanada
Release Date: Spring 2022
A new dark fantasy from the creator of Devils’ Line, Ryo Hanada.
The world is suddenly overrun by monsters called “shojo” and anyone who is bit by one is infected with a mysterious virus, which turns them into the same being. To defeat the shojo, humans live in “aerial cities” and formed units called “guards”. Nanao Minami, also known as the Blackguard, fights but without regard for his own life. What is his motivation and why does he want to die so readily?
Tezuka New Omnibus Editions – Apollo’s Song, Princess Knight, Ode to Kirihito By Osamu Tezuka
Release Date: Spring 2022
From the Harvey Awards Hall of Fame inductee creator
• Classic Osamu Tezuka titles are back in print in an all new format • Each title will now be one volume, complete omnibus editions for the first time ever! • New covers created by renowned designer Peter Mendulsund
The Shining Sea By Koji Suzuki
Release Date: Spring 2022
A young woman who attempted suicide by drowning has lost her memory. Her lover, a young man, is on a pelagic tuna fishing boat. What happened between them? From renowned author Koji Suzuki, the creator of the Ring series.
AKIRA: Art of Wall By Katsuhiro Otomo
Release Date: Spring 2022
A UNIQUE ARTIFACT: Reproduction of an art project inspired by AKIRA and carried out with the involvement of the original creator.
RARE COLLECTIBLE: AKIRA is one of the most important and popular manga ever published, and official merchandise based on this property is vanishingly rare.
HUGE FRANCHISE: The complete, $200 box set published by Kodansha in 2017 is the #1 best selling ISBN ever published by the imprint by net dollars.
Relive the Kodansha Live! Learn even more about the titles mentioned above:
As first announced in the season 2 premiere of Kodansha Live on Wednesday March 24th, we are giving manga fans a sneak peek at the amazing new licenses and premium editions coming this Fall 2021 from Kodansha. If you missed the initial announcement we’ve collected all the information below for you to peruse. Take a look into the future for the titles coming from Kodansha this upcoming Fall!
When Will Ayumu Make His Move? By Soichiro Yamamoto Cover Price: $12.99
The new will they-won’t they romance from the creator of Teasing Master Takagi-san is here!
Ayumu is in love with his senpai Yaotome, but he’s sworn not to confess his feelings until he can beat her at the board game shogi… The problem is, his love is obvious to Yaotome, and she can’t stop trying to trick him into breaking his vow! Fall in love again, fans of Don’t Toy With Me, Miss Nagatoro, Komi Can’t Communicate, and Shikimori’s Not Just a Cutie!
Penguin & House By Akiho Ieda Cover Price: $12.99
Pen is a penguin. His favorite things are pancakes and fastidious household upkeep. Pen lives in the city with his friend Hayakawa, a human. They can’t communicate in words, so the only way for Pen to express his love is by doing laundry and getting good deals at the supermarket. This is a chronicle of their life together–let it snuggle on your shelf next to A Man and His Cat or Way of the Househusband!
Rent-a-(Really Shy!)-Girlfriend By Reiji Miyajima Cover Price: $12.99
The official spinoff manga of Rent-A-Girlfriend, the rom-com turned hit anime, features fan-favorite Sumi, the shy girl longing to come out of her shell. Written and illustrated by original creator Reiji Miyajima! Catch up on the manga before Rent-A-Girlfriend returns for a second anime season, coming soon!
Lovesick Ellie By Fujimomo Cover Price: $12.99 ? Coming to Print! ?
Eriko Ichimura spends her high school days in complete obscurity. Her sole hobby is staring at handsome, smooth-spoken Akira “Omi-kun” Ohmi, and tweeting her daily fantasies under the screen-name “Lovesick Ellie.” One fateful day, she accidentally bears witness to Omi-kun’s true self—and if that weren’t enough, he sees her mortifying Twitter, too! Follow along with a plain, perverted girl, a two-faced boy, and their curious romance!
Vampire Dormitory By Ema Toyama Cover Price: $12.99 ? Coming to Print! ?
Mito, who has no family to rely on, lives on the streets, disguised as a boy. Ruka, a vampire, saves her from a perilous situation and makes her an offer: become his subservient thrall from which he can feed whenever he wants, and she can live with him—in the boys’ dorm. Because her very existence depends on her secret not being found out, every day is a new danger—to say nothing of that vampire! Meanwhile, Ruka, not knowing Mito’s a girl, dotes on her night and day in an attempt to ripen her “disgusting male blood,” but when real feelings develop … this dangerous romance between a crossdressing girl and an obsessive vampire begins!
The Hero Life of a (Self-Proclaimed) “Mediocre” Demon! By Shiroichi Amaui, Tamagonokimi, and Konekoneko Cover Price: $12.99 ? Coming to Print! ?
Chrono Alcon, a young demon, traveled from his small village to study at a prestigious school connected to the Demon King’s Castle itself. Determined to keep his country-bumpkin status a secret, he tries to keep a low profile … but when his groundbreaking performance in his first test attracts the attention of not only his (gorgeous) classmates, but the Demon King herself … Chrono realizes his dreams of a “happy, normal school life” may die in the dungeons … just like him!
Bomba! By Osamu Tezuka Cover Price: $14.95
From 2020 Harvey Hall of Famer, Osamu Tezuka, comes a thriller about feelings of hatred inside all of us and a boy who has the power to summon a phantom killer horse.
Satoshi Otani is a quiet, introverted middle schooler who has a crush on his teacher Ms. Reiko Mizushima. When he learns that Mr. Kito, a violent teacher he despises, has proposed to Ms. Mizushima, his hatred wells forth. With this anger, he mysteriously brings forth a phantom killer horse named Bomba.
Ciguatera By Minoru Furuya Cover Price: $24.95
Yusuke Ogino is an average looking, bullied, 17 year old. His modest dream is to get a motorcycle license and get closer to the beautiful Yumi. But to his surprise, Yumi has approached him! This…might be a trap!? And a psychopatholoogical stalker menances their pursuit of happniess…
Emma Dreams of Stars By Kan Takahama, Emmanuelle Maisonneuve and Julia Pavlowitch Cover Price: $19.95
Based on a true story of a former Michelin Guide Inspector. Find out what the top-secret life of a professional foodie is like.
Emma, a food writer, can’t give up her childhood dream of becoming a Michelin Guide Inspector, and sends her resume to the Michelin headquarters. She is informed nine months later that there is an opening and goes to a mysterious interview…
MONOGATARI Series Final Season Box Set By NISIOISIN, VOFAN Cover Price: $109.65
From the popular MONOGATARI Series by NISIOISIN comes the FINAL season of the novels in a beautiful new box set. Complete your collection with this must-have item for any MONOGATARI fan!
VOFAN, who has created beautiful cover artwork since the beginning of the series, has created exclusive new artwork just for this project. This box set will feature the new artwork and complete the MONOGATARI box set collection. Plus a beautiful art card included as a bonus item, which showcases the box set artwork.