Blue Lock Coming to Print

Blue Lock Comes to Print in 2022

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?

Winner of the 45th Kodansha Manga Award in the shonen category in 2021, Blue Lock is currently available digitally in English, and can be read across a number of platforms including BookwalkercomiXologyKindleApple BooksGoogle PlayNookKoboizneoMyAnimeList and more.

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.

Line-Wide Sale!

Start a New Favorite Series Today!

You heard correct! A special, line-wide digital manga sale is going on right now! Totaling more than 3000 titles, you can now take up to 50% off nearly ALL Kodansha digital manga, and save at one of our many participating digital vendors including: BookwalkercomiXologyKindleGoogle PlayNook, Kobo, My Anime List and izneo!

Fans taking advantage of this sale can dive into some of the summer season’s hottest manga turned anime like, EDENS ZERO, (now streaming on Netflix!), Peach Boy Riverside, Girlfriend, Girlfriend and more! Not only that but you can even save on recently releases and fan-favorites like Boys Run the Riot, Blue Period, Blue Lock, Sweat and Soap, Don’t Toy With Me, Miss Nagatoro & more! If you’ve been waiting to find your new favorite manga series now’s the time to start!

But be sure to visit your favorite digital manga vendor soon because sale ends Monday, September 27th!

Curious about this sale but want to see more? Check out below to read the FREE 1st chapter of our featured series, EDENS ZERO. For a glimpse and FREE chapter 1 previews of most series offered in the line-wide sale, browse our manga series!

Go For Gold Sale!


Currently, athletes from around the world are locked in grueling battles across numerous sports all for the glory if winning gold on the world stage. To celebrate the efforts of these world class athletes we’re spotlighting some of our most exciting sports series, and discounting them up to 50% off, during the Go for Gold Digital Manga Sale!

Save on a number of digital manga series like the recent fan-favorite soccer saga, Blue Lock. For a poignant and thoughtful look at what it takes to be a world-class ice skater check out, Medalist. Is olympic level love on your mind, be sure to try Practice Makes Perfect. With this sale you can try all these series and more at a price that will have you tasting the thrill of victory, without making your wallet taste the agony of defeat!

But much like the Olympics this sale will end before you know it. So visit one of our participating digital vendors to save – including BookwalkercomiXologyKindleGoogle PlayNook and izneo!

Curious about this sale but want to see more? Check out below to read the FREE 1st chapter of our featured series, Blue Lock. Or click on any of the titles featured below to read their free 1st chapter preview.

All the gain, none of the pain: Discover Absolute Gold

See what’s debuting digitally in March 2021!

We’re proud to reveal all the amazing digital manga series debuts coming from Kodansha Comics in March 2021.

As a reminder, these new digital debuts as well as returning favorites will be available upon release across all our participating digital vendors including Bookwalker, comiXology, Google Play, Kindle, Nook and izneo.

To see what other new releases will be available in March, and beyond take a look at our New Release page!

 

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Araki Won’t Be Tamed
By Kapparappara

Yakko has always lived in the shadow of her model/actress younger sister, Yuno. So when she’s surprised on her 17th birthday by super-popular actor Araki Shigaraki, she assumes he’s looking for Yuno…until he declares his love for Yakko?! Not only that, he’d declared his love for her before…but now, as then, she doesn’t believe him! But he’s determined, and if she won’t see him as a boyfriend, maybe she’ll see him as a pet…?!

Release Date: March 2 // Available Digitally

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Shaman King: Marcos 
Original Creator Hiroyuki Takei
Art by Jet Kusamura

? New Shaman King spin-of from same team as Shaman King: Red Crimson ?

What should be a bright future for the X-Laws is shadowed by the absence of Marco. Where could he have gone, and is something sinister behind it? Join the fan favorites in another Shaman King spinoff!

Release Date: March 9 // Available Digitally

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Blue Lock  
Story by Muneyuki Kaneshiro
Art by Yusuke Nomura

? By the Story Creator of As The Gods Will: The Second Series ?

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…and 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?

Release Date: March 16 // Available Digitally

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The Dawn of the Witch 
Story by Tatsuo
Art by Kakeru Kobashiri
Character Design by Takashi Iwasaki  

Cervil is a magic student with no memories of his life before he met a mysterious blond woman in an alley. Now he travels with his teacher, Ross—another student, Holt, and the beastman Coudeau for “special training”… but this field trip may not be as routine as it seems!

Release Date: March 23 // Available Digitally

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Chasing After Aoi Koshiba
By FLY and Takeoka Hazuki

? All-new Yuri romance! ?

Sahoko had lots of friends in high school, so there’s no shortage of people to catch up with at her reunion. But the one face she wants to see is missing: that of Aoi Koshiba, her classmate and first love. A star of the basketball team, Aoi caught Sahoko’s eye as an easy way to score social points. But when Aoi quits the team, an unexpected kiss pulls Sahoko closer to her than she intended to be. With a difficult home situation, Aoi is in need of more than just a cynical social climber. She needs a true friend, and something more…

Release Date: March 23 // Available Digitally & in Print

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She’s My Knight 
By Saisou

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?

Release Date: March 30 // Available Digitally

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Those Snow White Notes 
By Marimo Ragawa

?  Anime to debut April 2021! ?

When Setsu’s grandfather died, so did Setsu’s “sound”—his unique creative spark. Grieving, he goes to Tokyo to find himself…but manages to become totally, literally lost on his first day. Only a chance meeting with Yuna—aka Yuka, the hostess—saves him from being robbed. At first glance their lives seem totally different, but they’re both striving for their dreams—hers, of being an actress, and his, of developing his talent with the shamisen—and it could just be that life in the raucous, unfeeling urban sprawl of Tokyo could just be what binds their fates together…

Release Date: March 30 // Available Digitally