The Drops of God Sees Wider Digital Release

Read All of The Drops of God Where You Want

All of The Drops of God Now Available Digitally Across Bookwalker, Apple Books, Google Play, Nook & More

Kodansha USA Publishing announced today that all 44 volumes of the globe-trotting wine-tasting manga, The Drops of God by Tadashi Agi, and Shu Okimoto are now available to purchase and read digitally across all participating digital manga vendors. Hot on the heels of a live-action drama adaptation announced for Apple TV+, new and existing manga fans can now choose where to read this impactful wine manga beyond Amazon Kindle to include BookwalkerApple BooksGoogle Playnook, Kobo and MyAnimeList

Created and written by Tadashi Agi with artwork by Shu Okimoto, The Drops of God has had an unprecedented impact on the international wine market and the various wines featured throughout the series.

The Drops of God weaves an intoxicating tale of family intrigue and wine adoration. When world-renowned wine critic Kanzaki Yutaka passes away, his will reveals that his fortune of a wine collection isn’t automatically bequeathed to his only son Kanzaki Shizuku, who, in a snub, went to work at a Japanese beverage company whose main focus is selling beer. In order to take ownership of his legacy and the inheritance, Shizuku must correctly identify and describe thirteen wines, the first twelve heaven-sent wines known as the “Twelve Apostles” and the thirteenth known as the “Drops of God,” while competing against the stellar young wine critic, Toomine Issei.  With determination, a strong sense of taste and smell, and an uncanny ability to describe his experiences, Shizuku submerges himself in the world of wine to try to solve its mysteries and defeat Issei.

Originally released digitally through the comiXology Original line of exclusive content, The Drops of God digital volumes first debuted on comiXology and Kindle in October 2019 and completed all 44 volumes for the first time in English in May of 2021.

Curious manga enthusiasts can read the 1st chapter of the epic wine drama The Drops of God below:

February 2023 New Digital Licensing Announcement

Start the Manga Ahead of the Anime Premiering This Spring

Kodansha USA Publishing announced today their latest all-new digital manga license debuting in February 2023: The unexpected crime thriller, My Home Hero!

Recently announced to have an anime adaptation coming to Crunchyroll in April 2023My Home Hero by Naoki Yamakawa & Masashi Asaki tells the story of a father going to extreme lengths to protect his family from a crime syndicate he inadvertently crossed.

February’s debut digital manga series will be available upon release across all our participating digital vendors, including BookwalkerKindleApple BooksGoogle PlayNookKoboMyAnimeList and more!


My Home Hero
Story by Naoki Yamakawa
Art by Masashi Asakiang

Release Date: February 28, 2023

Tetsuo Tosu is a typical father whose biggest worries are his job and his rebellious daughter, Reika. That is, until he finds a bruise on her face. His worst fears come true when he finds out she has a secret boyfriend…and he’s part of a crime ring that’s using her to steal her grandparent’s wealth. If that wasn’t bad enough, the thug catches Tetsuo snooping around and threatens to kill Reika as soon as she gets home. Fueled by fatherly instincts, Tetsuo murders the man…only for his wife to walk in and witness what he’s done. Now with a corpse to hide and a crime ring hot on his tail, Tetsuo must resort to his love of detective novels and his wits to stay one step ahead of a grim fate…

Rated: 18+

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January 2023 New Digital Licensing Announcement

First Digital Manga Series Debuts of 2023!

Kodansha USA Publishing announced today their latest all-new digital manga licenses debuting in January 2023.

January sees two outstanding delinquent & crime fueled sagas that are much more than meets the eye! First up is the tattoo art-focused battle manga Gang King by Daiju Yanauchi debuting next week. Then, at the end of the month we see the debut of an unlikely otaku/yakuza love story in the hilarious rom-com, Boss Bride Days by Narumi Hasegaki (the creator of A Springtime with Ninjas).

All of January’s debuting digital manga series will be available upon release across all our participating digital vendors, including BookwalkerKindleApple BooksGoogle PlayNookKoboMyAnimeList and more!


Gang King
By Daiju Yanauchi

Release Date: January 10, 2023

Tattoos are the mark of a hero! Tattoos are life! Ever since being saved by a man with a back tattoo as a child, Jimmy has dedicated his life (and skin) to the ancient art of tattooing. Given his school full of delinquents, it’s no surprise that Tattoo Jimmy has become infamous for his skill at inking and brawling alike. So infamous that the biggest, baddest dudes around want to test their mettle against him…but Jimmy doesn’t take shit from anyone. He’s just got to stay in one piece long enough to meet his hero…even if it means bashing a few skulls along the way!

Rated: 16+

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Boss Bride Days
By Narumi Hasegaki

Release Date: January 31, 2023

Self-proclaimed otaku and shut-in Sakura Kisaragi would prefer to spend her days alone in her room, playing her favorite yakuza-themed dating simulator. But when she saves the life of an old man who turns out to be the head of the Amou-gumi crime family, she inadvertently earns a spot in the yakuza’s succession plans—moved by her courage, the old man declares that whoever among his three ambitious grandsons can win her hand in marriage will be the next boss. Now kind but ailing Shusuke, brash hothead Reo, and cool and calculating Ryusei are all vying to make her their boss wife—but will she be anything more to them than a means to an end? Meanwhile, not everyone in the Amou-gumi organization is happy to have her there…

A high-stakes romcom from the author of A Springtime with Ninjas.

Rated: 16+

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December 2022 New Digital Licensing Announcement

Kodansha USA Publishing announced today their latest all-new digital manga licenses debuting in December 2022.

This December, Kodansha unveils two supernatural adventures as part of this month’s digital manga debuts, including the witchy rom-com, The Shape-Shifting Witch’s Kiss; and the supernatural battle manga, Beast #6.

All of December’s debuting digital manga series will be available upon release across all our participating digital vendors, including BookwalkerKindle, Apple BooksGoogle Play, Nook, Kobo, MyAnimeList and more!


The Shape-Shifting Witch’s Kiss
By Maho Funeno

Release Date: December 6, 2022

Tohru has a superpower – he manages to be invisible without any magic at all! In fact, the only one who truly sees him is his childhood friend, Tsumugi, leading Tohru to have the crush to end all crushes on her. But when Tohru’s “ability” leads him to accidentally discover a witch and strip her of her powers, he thinks he’s screwed…until she offers to help him hook up with Tsumugi. But this witch’s powers are revived only with a kiss? One thing’s for sure—Tohru won’t be invisible for long!

Rated: 16+

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Beast #6
By Kohei Nagashii

Release Date: December 26, 2022

Fifteen years ago, indiscriminate supernatural attacks rocked Japan-prompting the government to create the Tactical Raveling Unit in the First Counter-Psychotrauma Division of the Special Measures Agency…or TR1M, for short. Their purpose? To deal with the monstrous manifestations called the Unraveled. And they’re good, too… so when TR1M agent, Raveler Second Class Nika Ago, is shipped to a far-off backwater, she knows her poor performance is to blame…but what she doesn’t expect is to find a hotbed of Unraveled activity, and a boy with a secret who just might be her way back into TR1M’s good graces!

Rated: 13+

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Fall 2023 New Print Licensing Announcement

First announced at Anime NYC 2022, Kodansha USA reveals a tremendous slate of new print licenses including all-new series, premium editions, box sets & more, all set to debut Fall 2023. Take a look below for the full list of the amazing manga coming in the next year.

All of Kodansha’s Fall 2023 print titles will be available to purchase at local and online book vendors like Barnes & Noble, Books-A-Million, Amazon, and more!

For more information on these as well as any other Kodansha USA manga, visit


Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug & Chat Noir
By Koma Warita
Illustrated by Riku Tsuchida
Created by ZAG with Toei Animation

Return to Paris with Marinette and Adrian in the manga of the beloved animated series, now streaming on Netflix! 

Marinette is your typical high school student. She’s cheery, a bit awkward, and a little clumsy. But what’s not so typical is, she can transform into a superhero! Disguised as the confident Ladybug, Marinette protects the streets of Paris alongside fellow superhero Cat Noir–who, unbeknownst to Marinette, is Marinette’s classmate Adrian. Not only are Marinette and Adrian unaware of each other’s secret identities, they’re also criss-crossed crushes–Marinette has a crush on Adrian, while Chat Noir has a crush on Ladybug! As if being a teenager and a crime fighting superhero wasn’t enough!

Rated: 8+

I’m Giving the Disgraced Noble Lady I Rescued a Crash Course in Naughtiness: I’ll Spoil Her with Delicacies and Style to Make Her the Happiest Woman in the World!
Manga by Ichiho Katsura
Story by Fukada Sametaro
Character Design by Miwabe Sakura

What does a young noblewoman freshly betrayed by her betrothed need most? A crash course in everything naughty! And who better to teach her than the feared hermit sorcerer who for some reason can’t help but pamper her to no end?

Rated: 13+

By Boichi

Tokyo, 2048. Japan is now connected to the entire northern hemisphere by the Eurasian Railroad, and all manner of crime and vice pour into the megalopolis at its eastern terminus. Little do the people know that inhuman beings live among us, however–robots with high-level AI, who will kill to survive. Only one ‘man’ can stop them –their prototype: ORIGIN.

Rated: 13+

By Tina Yamashina

“Looking for love, but afraid you’ll never find it?” Come Live at the Love House! Six strangers, one house, one shared goal: love. What could go wrong?

Rated: 16+

The Girl Who Became a Fish
(Maiden’s Bookshelf)

By Osamu Dazai
Illustrated by Nekosuke

Suwa, a charcoal burner’s daughter, lives together with her father in a small village at a foot of a mountain so remote it doesn’t even appear on maps. Slowly she comes to realize the dark futility of her life, leading to a strange and elliptical transformation… Dazai depicts the adolescent awakening to death and the desire to escape through this quiet and ominous tale.

Rated: 13+

Spring Comes Riding in a Carriage (Maiden’s Bookshelf)
By Riichi Yokomitsu
Illustrated by Atsuki Ito

A more intimate and romantic entry in the Maiden’s Bookshelf series, this tale of doomed romance brings together the so-called “God of Literature” with the gorgeous artwork of Atsuki Ito, author of A Love-Letter in 26 Characters.

Rated: 13+

The Darwin Incident
By Shun Umezawa

Created in a biological science lab, Charlie is a half human, half chimpanzee hybrid known as a “Humanzee.”

Raised by his adoptive human parents, Charlie is now 15 and starting high school. There he meets Lucy, a clever loner who becomes his first-ever friend.

But his “normal” life is shattered when the animal rights extremists who freed his mother from the lab fifteen years ago reemerge as terrorists bent on kidnapping Charlie at all costs.

Rated: 16+

The Moon on a Rainy Night
By Kuzushiro

This highly-anticipated yuri romance about a high school girl entranced by her intelligent, enigmatic, hearing-impaired classmate is a must-read for fans of Bloom Into You and Whisper Me a Love Song.

One day, while rushing to a piano lesson, a girl named Saki collides with someone on the street. As Saki collects herself, the stranger picks up the sheet music Saki dropped, hands it to Saki together with a band-aid, and continues on her way—all without saying a word. Saki is left wondering about the identity of the tall, lovely stranger, only to discover the next day that she is one of her classmates at her new high school. The girl’s name is Kanon, and though she is hearing impaired, she refuses any kind of support or “special treatment” from her teachers or classmates. Over the course of the year, Saki slowly grows closer to Kanon and begins to chip away at her cold exterior.

Rated: 16+

My Ultramarine Sky
By Nagisa Furuya

From the creator of My Summer of You comes a BL high school romance about two friends who’ve always been in the same class, but when a new school year separates them, they realize that their feelings for each other might run deeper than friendship… 

From their first year of middle school to their second year of high school, Kai and Ren have not only always been in the same class—they’ve also always sat next to each other. But in their last year of high school, the boys are assigned to two separate classes, and with each passing day, Kai feels as if he’s slipping further and further away from Ren… One day, when Kai finds Ren sleeping in a classroom after school, he whispers the feelings that he can’t bring himself to say out loud…and Ren hears him. Will Kai’s confession push them further and further apart, or will it be the spark that brings them back to each other?

Rated: 13+

The Summer With You: The Sequel
(My Summer of You Vol. 3)

By Nagisa Furuya

Chiharu and Wataru return in this cinematic sequel to Nagisa Furuya’s beloved summer romance boys’ love series! 

Their first memorable summer was in high school, followed by their first summer together as college students… Now, Wataru and Chiharu are in their second year of college, and the two boys can’t wait to spend another summer together. Now back from his study abroad program, Chiharu is ecstatic to see Wataru for the first time in two months, and Wataru’s thankful that they’ll have more time to spend with each other, without also having to balance work and school. One of their plans has the two return to the cinema for a movie date to celebrate Wataru’s 20th birthday, but what other memories will the summer have in store for them?

Rated: Older Teen 16+

Super Morning Star
By Kara Aomiya

When a classmate finds out he’s secretly a sentai star, Kaido’s precious life as a regular high schooler is in danger of being stolen—and so’s his heart, in this BL rom-com for fans of Hitorijime My Hero

At high school, Kaido seems to be a scary delinquent, but he’s leading a second life—as the star of a sentai superhero live show! When sentai superfan classmate Honda discovers Kaido’s secret, Kaido will stop at nothing to make sure it doesn’t get out, but despite himself, the charismatic performer finds himself falling for his biggest fan…

Rated: Older Teen 16+

Ogami-san Can’t Keep It In
By Yu Yoshidamaru

Fantasies run wild as thirsty high school girl Ogami-san must learn to keep her thoughts—and hands—to herself, in this raunchy coming-of-age romcom with a bizarre, blabbermouth twist!

Ogami-san has been keeping a dirty little secret from her peers at school—puberty has emptied her mind of everything but perverted fantasies! For the sake of leading an ordinary school life, she pulls out all the stops to keep her mental wild side under wraps. But when she literally reaches a hand out to Yaginuma-kun, a cute but mysterious boy in her class, her innermost thoughts just come spilling out! All she wants is to get to know him (and his body) better, but she can’t do that without the risk of exposing her true self. What’s a girl to do?!

Rated: Older Teen 16+

My Lovesick Life as a ’90s Otaku
By Nico Nicholson

Relive 1990s otaku culture with this sentimental and comical reflection of a teen’s path to self-acceptance. This nostalgic coming-of-age story is perfect for fans of Wotakoi: Love is Hard for Otaku! 

Otaku culture has finally become mainstream, and Megumi can’t quite get used to it. Divorced, with a teen daughter, Megumi thinks fondly back to her days as an anime and manga otaku—in 1995. That year, she transferred to a new school and decided to start fresh by hiding her otaku interests. She found herself taken under the wing of a basketball ace named Masamune, who’s got a kind heart and looks just like one of her favorite characters. But, though Megumi catches a whiff of destiny in the air, she’s crushed to learn that Masamune detests otaku…

Rated: Teen 13+

How I Met My Soulmate
By Anashin

From the creator of Waiting for Spring comes a meditation on just what destiny means, and whether “the one” is really out there. 

Yuki is a 20-year-old college sophomore who has wished for one thing since moving to Tokyo: to find her soulmate. Growing a bit desperate after a long drought, she goes along with a friend to a club for the first time. Her friend thrives, but it’s chaotic and loud…just not Yuki’s scene. Just when Yuki begins to despair that she’ll ever find a real, adult relationship, she meets Iori, a man with bleached hair and a slightly scary demeanor…but first impressions don’t always tell the whole story. Could destiny still have more cards to play?

Rated: Teen 13+

King in Limbo
By Ai Tanaka

From the creator of Apple Children of Aeon comes a gripping, six-volume thriller manga about trauma, healing, friendship, and a global conspiracy to keep people sick. A must for fans of suspenseful, complex manga like Naoki Urasawa’s Monster and 
The Promised Neverland.

It’s been eight years since the pandemic in which a deadly sleeping sickness claimed millions of lives. After a serious injury cost him a leg (and, nearly, his life), Petty Officer Adam Garfield retires from active service in the U.S. Navy. But his plan to focus on his family and physical therapy is shattered when he receives secret word that the sleeping sickness has returned, and it’s his job to bring back the mysterious man who helped cure it by diving into people’s memories—a man known by the codename “King.”

Rated: Older Teen 16+

Witch Hat Atelier Kitchen
By Hiromi Sato
Based on Witch Hat Atelier created by Kamome Shirahama

The tasty spinoff to the acclaimed magical saga Witch Hat Atelier follows two fan-favorite characters in their after-hours culinary adventures.

The only time adults have to themselves is after the Sun goes down and the kids are in bed—that’s just as true in the magical world! During the day, the atelier bustles with the cries and magical misfires of little witches learning how to cast spells and get along. But nighttime is Qifrey and Olruggio’s time, to laze in the kitchen, cook, eat, and chat.

Rated: Teen 13+


Vinland Saga Deluxe Edition
By Makoto Yukimura

Amid the chaos of the Viking war for dominance over England, a boy has everything taken from him and vows revenge. But violent dreams bring no peace… The violent and complex action epic that inspired the hit anime returns, in premium, 3-in-1, collector’s hardcovers!

As a child, Thorfinn sat at the feet of the great Leif Ericson and thrilled to wild tales of a land far to the west. But his youthful fantasies were shattered by a mercenary raid. Raised by the Vikings who murdered his family, Thorfinn became a terrifying warrior, forever seeking to kill the band’s leader, Askeladd, and avenge his father. Sustaining Thorfinn through his ordeal are his pride in his family and his dreams of a fertile westward land, a land without war or slavery…the land Leif called Vinland.

Rated: Older Teen 16+

Blue Period Manga Box Set 1
By Tsubasa Yamaguchi

The first six volumes of the coming-of-age art manga that inspired the hit Netflix anime in a handsome box set, plus a bonus booklet packed with exclusive art and other goodies!

Popular guy Yatora realizes he’s just going through the motions to make other people happy and finds himself in a new passion: painting. But untethering yourself from all your past expectations is dangerous as well as thrilling…

2020 Manga Taisho Grand Prize Winner, YALSA Great Graphic Novels for Teens selection, Texas Library Association, Maverick Graphic Novels Reading List unanimous selection

Rated: Older Teen 16+

Cells at Work! Omnibus
By Akane Shimizu

The exciting, hilarious, and surprisingly educational manga that delves inside the human body returns in two oversized, 3-in-1 omnibus volumes!

Strep throat! Hay fever! Influenza! The world is a dangerous place for a red blood cell just trying to get her deliveries finished. Fortunately, she’s not alone… she’s got a whole human body’s worth of cells ready to help out! This fun and imaginative manga inspired a world of spinoffs and a smash-hit anime adaptation.

Rated: Teen 13+

Magic Knight Rayearth (Paperback)

CLAMP’s masterwork Magic Knight Rayearth—now in paperback! The original girl-powered isekai adventure—perfect for fans of Sailor Moon and She-Ra—brings the updated translation and lettering of the hardcover box sets to a more accessible format.

While on a field trip to Tokyo Tower, three teenage girls cross a magical portal and are transported to another world called Cefiro. The Princess Emeraude summoned them with the last vestiges of her remaining strength, believing the trio will become the magic knights prophesied by legend to save the realm!

Rated: 13+

By Satoru Nii

Welcome to Furin, where the strongest survive…to protect the weak! A different kind of delinquent manga perfect for fans of Tokyo Revengers.

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!

Rated: Older Teen 16+

Tying the Knot with an Amagami Sister
By Marcey Naito

One self-made med student, three shrine maidens, and one devious marriage plot. If you loved The Quintessential Quintuplets, you’ve found your new obsession!

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!

Rated: Older Teen 16+

Nina the Starry Bride

Nina was plucked off the street purely because she resembled a dead priestess—but is this a lucky break, or a new kind of curse? Gripping palace intrigue and romance in the vein of Yona of the Dawn and The Ancient Magus’ Bride.

Nina had a rough start to life, stealing to survive—and eventually being sold into slavery by her own brother. But to her surprise, her captor, Prince Azure, ordained that she would live the life of a princess…specifically, that of the recently deceased princess-priestess, Alisha. But despite her changing fortune, Nina won’t give up her old life without a fight…and Azure might just be the one to finally match her wits. But how much can she trust Azure? And can she stop the feelings budding in her heart, knowing she must eventually marry another…?

Rated: Older Teen 16+

She’s My Knight
By Saisou

A role-reversal romance perfect for fans of Shikimori’s Not Just a Cutie!

Haruma Ichinose, 17, has been popular since he was born. So popular, in fact, that he figured no one could even come close…until he met Yuki Mogami. She’s tall, cool, collected, and totally makes him crazy. He may just be in love…but can he deal with falling for someone even more dashing than himself?

Rated: Teen 13+

November 2022 New Digital Licensing Announcement

Kodansha USA Publishing announced today their latest offering for all-new debuting digital manga series starting November 2022.

To fit the theme of the season, Kodansha’s November digital series debuts bring a double serving of food-centric sagas like the tea-focused, fake marriage rom-com, Matcha Made in Heaven; and the incredibly cute Japanese food tour series, The Food Diary of Miss Maid.

All of November’s debuting digital manga series will be available upon release across all our participating digital vendors, including BookwalkerKindleApple BooksGoogle PlayNookKoboizneoMyAnimeList and more!


Matcha Made in Heaven  
By Umebachi Yamanaka 

Release Date: November 8, 2022

Chako Hananoki thought she’d found happiness in a handsome fiancé, but when she realized a marriage to him would mean a total erasure of herself, she broke it off and moved back into her childhood home in the country—only to find a strange man and young woman living there? She finds a way to coexist with them, but when her stalker fiancé follows her home, she declares to him (and accidentally to the whole village as well) that this new man in her life is her husband?! A dramatic fake-marriage, found-family story for the ages, by the illustrator of the Ossan’s Love manga adaptation!

Rated: 13+

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The Food Diary of Miss Maid
By Susumu Maeya 

Release Date: November 29, 2022

What’s a maid to do when she finds herself suddenly stuck in Japan for a year? Eat, of course! Follow maid-in-training Suzume Tachibana as she tries all sorts of Japanese food, from sweets like taiyaki and melon bread to savory snacks like takoyaki and onigiri! Be warned, though—while Suzume sates her appetite through delicious treat after delicious treat, she might just end up whetting yours! 

Rated: 13+

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October 2022 New Digital Licensing Announcements

Kodansha USA Publishing announced today their latest offering for all-new debuting digital manga series starting October 2022.

This month Kodansha USA debuts a fun range of digital manga series, including the three demons & a baby comedy Raised by the Demon Kings!; the harem coffee shop rom-com The Café Terrace and its Goddesses; and even the sequel to Gamaran, last month’s debut period piece battle manga, with Gamaran: Shura.

All of October’s debuting digital manga series will be available upon release across all our participating digital vendors, including BookwalkerKindle, Apple Books, Google PlayNookKoboizneoMyAnimeList and more!


Raised by the Demon Kings!
By Kosuke Iijima  

Release Date: October 4, 2022

Death Castle, the seat of power in the Demon World, is home to three demon kings…and a toddler?! The High Demon King, Death Mask, and his co-rulers Demon King Giant Rock and Demon King Dark Knight find that though they command powerful legions of evil, they aren’t immune to a child’s cries…and so the sweet, innocent human child Maris will grow up under their care! After all, how hard can raising a child be…?

Rated: 13+

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The Café Terrace and its Goddesses
By Kouji Seo  

Release Date: October 18, 2022

When Hayato’s grandmother passed, he planned to sell her rundown café on the shore—not realizing that it was also home to five young women who call themselves her family?! Their desperation to keep the café open convinces Hayato to give it a shot…but even their best intentions might not be enough to make it work! And can he even work with these five unruly women? No matter what, he’s got his work cut out for him! A fun new romcom by the author of Fuuka and Suzuka!

Rated: 16+

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Gamaran: Shura
By Yosuke Nakamaru 

Release Date: October 25, 2022

It’s been two years since the infamous Unabara Tournament, but things aren’t over for Iori Sengoku—in fact, he’s received a summons from the Tokugawa Shogunate. He’s to join in battle against the Shogunate’s top martial artists to determine the strongest of the lot. Not only that, he’s accompanied by the sword-crazy Ran Ichinose. No matter what, this is an adventure you won’t want to miss—the thrilling sequel to Gamaran!

Rated: 16+

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September 2022 New Digital Licensing Announcements

Kodansha USA Publishing announced today their latest offering for all-new debuting digital manga series starting September 2022.

Coming in hot are the reincarnation fantasy harem rom-com, The God-Tier Guardian and the Love of Six Princesses; as well as the Edo era, only-the-strong-survive, martial arts battle manga, Gamaran!

All of September’s debuting digital manga series will be available upon release across all our participating digital vendors, including BookwalkerKindle, Apple Books, Google PlayNookKoboizneoMyAnimeList and more!

For more information on these as well as any other Kodansha USA manga, visit


The God-Tier Guardian and the Love of Six Princesses 
Art By Hisashi Kakoyama, Story By Touwa Akatsuki,
Original Character Designs By Tetsubuta

Release Date: September 6, 2022

In order to stay by the side of his liege, Arsmeria, the devoted knight Vance chose to reincarnate with her a thousand years into the future. In his new life he’s known as Lloyd, the foster son of Countess Myuria and the wielder of colorless magic. But Lloyd has kept his memories of his past life and of his quest, and when he finds that Arsmeria’s reincarnated soul has been divided into six parts and spread amongst many, he realizes he’s got his work cut out for him!

Rated: 13+

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By Yosuke Nakamaru 

Release Date: September 20, 2022

Unabara Domain—home to nightmarishly strong students and masters of martial arts of all kinds. The lord of the Unabara has decided that whichever of his sons discovers the strongest martial arts style will be his heir, but when 28th son Naoyoshi Washizu decides on Ogama-style practitioner Gama Kurogane, son of notorious father and scion of a “weak” style, to represent him, the odds seem bleak. But between Naoyoshi’s determination and Gama’s hard-earned strength, they may yet come out on top!

Rated: 16+

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August 2022 & Spring 2023 Licensing Announcements

Kodansha USA Publishing announced today at Comic-Con International 2022 in San Diego their latest offering for digital manga series debuting this August, as well as special drop-in print manga licenses arriving Spring 2023.

Additional Spring 2023 print releases announced today include the Shaman King sequel – by the original series creator, Hiroyuki Takei – SHAMAN KING: FLOWERS; a cute near future close encounter adventure, Break of Dawn; as well as the manga adaptation of the isekai comedy light novel, also coming from Kodansha & announced at Anime Expo ’22, Saving 80,000 Gold in Another World for My Retirement!.

In the realm of digital debuts, August 2022 sees the launch of the yearning star-crossed romance Our Love Doesn’t Need a Happy Ending and the queer love triangle saga She, Her Camera, and Her Seasons.

The special drop-in print titles announced will be available Spring 2023 at local and online book vendors like Barnes & Noble, Books-A-Million, Amazon, and more!

And August 2022 digital debuts will be available upon release across all our participating digital vendors, including BookwalkerKindle, Apple Books, Google PlayNookKoboizneoMyAnimeList and more!

See the full list of all-new licenses announced for print and digital below or on


By Hiroyuki Takei

The ghosts, spirits, zombies, and gods return in this brand-new sequel to the classic shonen adventure manga SHAMAN KING! Hana Asakura finds that being the son of Yoh & Anna Asakura isn’t all it’s cracked up to be, and his boredom has him itching for any kind of excitement. But when a fight comes straight to his doorstep, it’s from a place he least expects—his own family? The battle for Asakura supremacy begins!

Rated: 13+

Break of Dawn 
By Tetsuya Imai

It’s the year 2038, but more importantly, it’s summer. A little boy named Yuma is obsessed with the impending return of the Arville Comet. Then, one day, he sneaks onto the roof of an apartment building and finds something even more amazing—something not from this world. Now Yuma and his friends, and his hovering autopet Nanako, must work together to uncover a secret that’s slumbered in the Earth for years, as dawn breaks over a new era for him and for humanity… Entire story in a single volume.

Inspired an anime film coming soon from the acclaimed screenwriter Dai Sato (Cowboy Bebop, Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex)!

Rated: 13+

Saving 80,000 Gold in Another World for My Retirement (Manga)
By Keisuke Motoe
Original story by FUNA
Character Designs By Tozai

After growing up an orphan, Mitsuha has a healthy respect for money and a desire to live well—at least, until she dies after being pushed off a cliff. Waking up in a strange fantasy world, Mitsuha narrowly survives an encounter with a pack of wolves, then realizes she has the power to move between this world and the real one. A lesser person might embark on heroic adventures—Mitsuha instead immediately recognizes the lucrative possibilities of her new situation, and heads out to buy an arsenal of modern weapons. Her goal: to acquire 80,000 gold, and the life of leisure she’s always dreamed of! The manga companion to the popular light novel series, also coming soon from Kodansha!

Rated: 16+


Our Love Doesn’t Need a Happy Ending 
By Fuyumi Yajima

Release Date: August 2, 2022

Daiki Tomita likes movies, but the real reason he’s still kept up with his university’s film club members after they all graduated is his unrequited love for fellow member Koharu Kobayakawa. He’s been hesitant to risk their friendship by asking her out, but when Koharu breaks the news that she doesn’t have long to live, Tomita must decide whether or not he’s willing to let her go without ever telling her how he truly feels…

Rated: 16+

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She, Her Camera, and Her Seasons
By Tsukiko

Release Date: August 16, 2022

Akari is a third-year student who has spent her high school career sticking to the straight and narrow…but her attention is caught by Yuki Sendo, the short-haired, standoffish girl in her class who seems to buck the trend. Akari can’t seem to stop seeking Yuki out, and her feelings rapidly develop into something more than girlish friendship. But Yuki seems to have eyes only for her childhood friend, Rintaro Kagawa…who himself seems to have feelings for Akari. It’s a mess…and one that threatens to grow even messier as Akari navigates between what she wants and what’s expected of her…

Rated: 16+

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July 2022 & Spring 2023 Licensing Announcements

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

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

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

Print titles announced will be available Spring 2023 at local and online book vendors like Barnes & Noble, Books-A-Million, Amazon, and more! And all July 2022 digital debuts will be available upon release across all our participating digital vendors, including BookwalkerKindle, Apple Books, Google PlayNookKoboizneoMyAnimeList and more!

See the full list of all-new licenses announced for print and digital below or on


The Yakuza’s Bias
By Teki Yatsuda

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

Rated: 16+

Lovely Muco!
By Takayuki Mizushina

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

Rated: 8+

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

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

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

Rated: 13+

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

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

Rated: 13+

Prophecy Omnibus Edition
By Tetsuya Tsutsui

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

Rated: 16+

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

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

Rated: 16+

Tsugumi Project 
By ippatu

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

Rated: 16+

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

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

Rated: 16+

Welcome to Demon School! Iruma-kun
By Osamu Nishi

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

Rated: 13+

Medaka Kuroiwa Is Impervious to My Charms
By Ran Kuze

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

Rated: 13+

Twilight Out of Focus
By Jyanome

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

Rated: 18+

A Condition Called Love
By Megumi Morino

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

Rated: 13+

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

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

Rated: 13+

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

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

Rated: 16+

Quality Assurance in Another World
By Masamichi Sato

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

Rated: 13+


Desert Eagle 
By Ken Wakui  

Release Date: July 5, 2022

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

Rated: 16+

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My Wonderful World 
By Mizuho Aimoto  

Release Date: July 5, 2022

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

Rated: 16+

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My Maid, Miss Kishi
By Kano Kashiwagi  

Debut Date: July 12, 2022

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

Rated: 13+

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Hella Chill Monsters
By Shuji Takeya 

Release Date: July 19, 2022

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

Rated: 16+

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My Tentative Name
By Takeru Okutsu

Release Date: July 26, 2022

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

Rated: 16+

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