New Year, New Manga Sale Kicks-off 2021 with Largest Digital Manga Sale of the Year! (Ends 1/18)

Start the year with tons of manga at a great price until 1/18!

To celebrate the New Year, we’re discounting more than 3000 select digital manga titles up to 50% off at participating digital retailers Bookwalker, comiXology, Google Play, Kindle, Nook and izneo, during the New Year, New Manga sale!

Fans can take advantage of this line-wide sale to stock-up and read beyond the anime for series like Attack on Titan (now in its final season), Fire Force, Gleipnir, Drifting Dragons, Wave, Listen to Me! & more. Not only that but fans can also pick-up hit debuts from 2020 including Don’t Toy With Me Miss Nagatoro, With a Dog AND a Cat, Every Day is Fun, A Sign of Affection, The Hero Life of a (Self-Proclaimed) “Mediocre” Demon! and so much more.

But, be sure to take advantage of this sale, it won’t last long.  Sale runs from from January 5 – 18th!

 

Check out these 99¢ vol. 1s during our (Not Just) Black Friday Digital Manga Sale! (Ends 11/30)

All the fun of Black Friday with none of the pushing and shoving!

We know your wallet might already be strained by all the crazy deals all over the internet BUT how many of them will open your eyes vast manga universes for just .99¢ a pop? Can’t think of one? Well we’re just THAT deal! Right now until Monday, November 30th, you can indulge in nearly 30 series ranging from sci-fi landscapes like in Battle Angel Alita, BLAME!  and EDENS ZERO, to magical realms like FAIRY TAIL, The Seven Deadly Sins, and To Your Eternity, and the even love-filled corridors of romance series like in Domestic Girlfriend, Moteki and O’ Maidens in Your Savage Season – each one, only .99¢ for volume 1s.

It’s a deal that won’t last long but, also won’t burden your wallet! Just visit one of our participating digital vendors to start any (or ALL) of these amazing series for just 99¢ each!: BookwalkercomiXology, Google Play, Kindle, Nook and izneo. Sale runs from November 25 – 30th!

 

~(Not Just) Black Friday Digital Manga Sale ~

November 25 – 30th

See below for the full list of titles being offered during this sale,
and click on the links below to read chapter 1s FREE!

Featuring:
A Sign of Affection (Vol. 1)
A Silent Voice (Vol. 1)
Ajin Demi-Human (Vol. 1)
Attack on Titan (Vol. 1)
Battle Angel Alita (Vol. 1)
BECK (Vol. 1)
BLAME! (Vol. 1)
Cells At Work (Vol. 1)
Cells at Work: Code BLACK (Vol. 1)
Chi’s Sweet Home (Vol. 1)
Domestic Girlfriend (Vol. 1)
Don’t Toy With Me, Miss Nagatoro (Vol. 1)
EDENS ZERO (Vol. 1)
FAIRY TAIL (Vol. 1)
Fire Force (Vol. 1)
Gleipnir (Vol. 1)
Golosseum (Vol. 1)
Goodbye I’m Being Reincarnated (Vol. 1)
Heaven’s Design Team (Vol. 1)
Kakushigoto: My Dad’s Secret Ambition (Vol. 1)
Karate Heat (Vol. 1)
Mardock Scramble (Vol. 1)
Moteki (Vol. 1)
O’ Maidens in Your Savage Season (Vol. 1)
The Ghost in the Shell (Vol. 1)
The Golden Sheep (Vol. 1)
The Knight Cartoonist and her Orc Editor (Vol. 1)
The Seven Deadly Sins (Vol. 1)
To Your Eternity (Vol. 1)

 

Need gift ideas for the manga fans in your life? Check out the Kodansha Comics Holiday Gift Guide 2020!

It’s time to get those gift ideas flowing, and we’re here to help!

Well, we (finally) made it to the 2020 Holiday Season, but if you haven’t had the time or energy, to figure out what to get, and who to get it for, you’re not along! It’s been a harrowing slide into the end of the year and so to help you become the excellent gift-giver we know you to be we’re spotlighting some of Kodansha Comics & VERTICAL’s finest offerings to get those brain bulbs blinking!

Featured Gift Ideas!

   

Cardcaptor Sakura Collector’s Editions

Who will love it?: Created with young girls in mind (but really meant for any fan of the “Magical Girl” genre), Card Captor Sakura Collector’s Editions bring the exciting classic magical heroine adventure to your home in definitive hardcover collector’s editions, that even come with recreations of the Clow Cards, Sakura has been entrusted to track down! Created by the renown and award-winning artist collective, CLAMP – this story is as exiting as it is emotional and something amazing to share with younger readers!

What’s it about?: Cardcaptor Sakura is one of the all-time classics of the magical girl genre, and the Collector’s Edition will be the definitive version of the story, for both long-time fans and readers new to the story. The adventures of the plucky Sakura Kinomoto are as adorably thrilling as ever, as she tracks down the magical Clow Cards and plunges headlong into a world of sorcery beyond anything she could’ve imagined.

Where can you order?: Cardcaptor Sakura Collector’s Edition 1 // 2 // 3 // 4 // 5

   

Chobits 20th Anniversary Editions

Who will love it?: This cute more-than-meets-the-eye sci-fi romance is perfect for thoughtful sci-movies like HER, full of heart and beautiful emotional imagery – as you would expect from the legendary creators CLAMP. These hardcover premium collector’s editions, of the classic shoujo manga feature a larger-than-normal manga size, premium paper, color pages, and more! A wonderful and beautiful addition to any bookshelf!

What’s it about?: After moving from the countryside into the big city, poor college student Hideki Motosuwa finds himself down on his luck. All he wants is a good job, a girlfriend, and his very own “persocom” – the latest and greatest in humanoid computer technology. Hideki’s luck changes one night when he finds Chi – an adorable, but seemingly broken, persocom thrown out in a pile of trash. After taking her home, Hideki discovers that Chi is more responsibility than he expected – and that there’s much more to his cute new persocom than meets the eye.

Where can you order?: Chobits 20th Anniversary Edition 1 // 2

   

CLOVER (Hardcover Collector’s Edition)

Who will love it?: More in the vein of a dystopian sci-fi story and another classic from CLAMP – CLOVER is said to be part AKIRA, part Metropolis with elements of intrigue, adventure, and even some romance. Going beyond the simple classification

What’s it about?: Su was born into a bleak future, where the military keeps tight control over the few children born with magical abilities — known as “Clovers.” The Clovers are forcibly tattooed with a symbol that indicates their potential power, and Su is the only four-leaf Clover in the world. Kept locked away in isolation her whole life, Su longs to find happiness in the outside world. An agent named Kazuhiko appears to help grant Su’s wish, but he soon realizes that there is more to the mysterious girl than meets the eye…

CLAMP’s most daring science-fiction work, CLOVER’s art-deco cyberpunk aesthetic is just as fresh and exciting today as it was twenty years ago. Featuring the entire story in a newly-revised translation; remastered art and lettering; a striking cover; and over 20 pages of color art, this is a great collectible for CLAMP fans, and the perfect way to get to know CLOVER for the first time.

Where can you order?: CLOVER (Hardcover Collector’s Edition)

   

Magic Knight Rayearth 25th Anniversary Manga Box Sets

Who will love it?: An originator in the genre Magic Knight Rayearth created an opening salvo to the “isekai” or “otherworld” storyline, while also throwing in some deeply beautiful and exciting “magical girl” elements combining into an action fantasy no anime or manga fan can resist. Not only that but the 25th Anniversary box sets volumes come with new translation, new designs, color art books, all at large-sized printing with gold foil.

What’s it about?:The tale of three Tokyo teenagers who cross through a magical portal and become the champions of another world is a modern manga classic. This box set includes three volumes of manga covering the entire first series of Magic Knight Rayearth, plus the series’s super-rare full-color art book companion, all printed at a larger size than ever before, on premium paper featuring a newly-revised translation and lettering, and exquisite foil-stamped covers. A strictly limited edition, this will be gone in a flash!

Where can you order?: Magic Knight Rayearth 25th Anniversary Manga Box Set 1 // 2 (Box Set 2 Debuts December 15, 2020)

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MONOGATARI Series Box Sets

Who will love it?: What? You thought we only carried manga? These box sets are for the avid reader (not just manga) in your life. A wide reaching and ongoing series of books, the MONOGATARI series is an urban supernatural adventure, that’s as surprising and exciting as it is hilarious. This series has also spawned a hit anime, as well as an ongoing manga series, BAKEMONOGATARI. With stunning box and novel art by stellar artist VOFAN these box sets are an amazing way to start up a new literary love, that’s nearly coming to an end.

What’s it about?: There’s a girl at their school who is always ill. She routinely arrives late, leaves early, or doesn’t show up at all, and skips gym as a matter of course. She’s pretty, and the boys take to whispering that she’s a cloistered princess. As the self-described worst loser in her class soon finds out, they just don’t know what a monster she is.

So begins a tale of mysterious maladies that are supernatural in origin yet deeply revealing of the human psyche, a set of case files as given to unexpected feeling as it is to irreverent humor. So begins the legendary novel that kicked off the MONOGATARI series, whose anime adaptations have enjoyed international popularity and critical acclaim.

MONOGATARI Series Box Set Season 2 contains NEKOMONOGATARI (White), KABUKIMONOGATARI, HANAMONOGATARI, OTORIMONOGATARI, ONIMONOGATARI, KOIMONOGATARI (Note: Box Set Season 1 is currently out of stock)

Where can you order?: MONOGATARI Series Box Set Season 2

More Gift Ideas from Kodansha Comics

AKIRA 35th Anniversary Box Set

Who will love it?: For fans of mind-bending sci-fi AKIRA is the gold standard artistic, yet thought provoking storytelling. From acclaimed mangaka / director / storyteller Katsuhiro Otomo, comes the multi-Eisner Award-winning modern manga classic presented in a stunning edition with hardcover editions of the series’ 6 volumes, as well as a hardcover of the AKIRA Club art book and an exclusive patch with the iconic pill design!

What’s it about?: In 1982, Kodansha published the first chapter of Akira, a dystopian saga set in Neo-Tokyo, a city recovering from thermonuclear attack where the streets have been ceded to motorcycle gangs and the rich and powerful run dangerous experiments on destructive, supernatural powers that they cannot control. In 1988, the manga was adapted into what was at the time the most expensive animated film ever made, which brought Akira’s influence out of the manga world and onto the global stage. Today, it remains a touchstone for artists, writers, filmmakers, and fans, retaining all the brutal impact and narrative intensity it had when Otomo first unleashed it onto the world.

Where can you order?: AKIRA 35th Anniversary Box Set (Amazon, Barnes & Noble, RightStuf Anime)

Attack on Titan: Season 1 – 3 Season Manga Box Sets

Who will love it?: For fans of heart-breaking post-apocalyptic stories, Attack on Titan this is the saga of humanity at the brink with brave soldiers trying to fight against the destructive forces of colossal cannibals. The different sets available make it easy for fans of the hit Anime to know exactly which volumes correspond to each season. Catch up to the most recent season and get ready for the FINAL season beginning in December! These sets even come with exclusive sticker sheets and extras!

What’s it about?: Humanity has been devastated by the bizarre, giant humanoids known as the Titans. Little is known about where they came from or why they are bent on consuming humanity. Seemingly unintelligent, they have roamed the world killing off humankind for years. For the past century, what’s left of mankind has hidden in a giant, three-walled city. People believe their 100-meter-high walls will protect them from the Titans, which are 10 to 20 meters tall. But the sudden appearance of of an immense Titan is about to change everything.

Attack on Titan: Season 1 (Part 1) contains vols. 1-4, (Part 2) contains vols. 5-8, Season 2 contains vols. 9-12, Season 3 (Part 1) contains vols. 13-17, (Part 2) contains vols. 18-22.

Where can you order?: Attack on Titan: Season 1 (Part 1 // Part 2), Season 2, Season 3, (Part 1 // Part 2)

   

Battle Angel Alita Deluxe Complete Series Box Set

Who will love it?: For fans of sci-fi / action films comes another classic cyberpunk manga that is now a major motion picture from director Robert Rodrigues & James Cameron! This unique box set collects the entire Battle Angel Alita saga – not seen in print, until recently, in over a decade. This set also collects a series of short stories set in the trash future sci-fi world of Battle Angel Alita, as well as special prints with metallic coding and more!

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

Where can you order?: Battle Angel Alita Deluxe Complete Series Box Set

FAIRY TAIL Manga Box Sets

Who will love it?: For the fantasy fan in your life the FAIRY TAIL box sets are a beautiful way to display 33 volumes of the anime-inspiring fantasy battle manga. This series also has a number of spinoffs like Fairy Girls, Fairy Tail S, Fairy Tail Zero, and more, to expand the world and give you even more of the story!  Created by Hiro Mashima – the storied creator of Monster Soul, Rave Master, and EDENS ZEROFAIRY TAIL is a pivotal story in the Hiro Mashima universe, and these handsome box sets are a great way to jump in head first!

What’s it about?: Lucy is a young, rebellious celestial wizard with a dream: to join Fairy Tail, the world’s most rambunctious and powerful magical guild! When she happens to meet one of Fairy Tail’s top wizards, he turns out to be not quite what she expected: a slob traveling with a flying cat. But the promise of adventure is real, and together they escape from pirates and a devious magician! Their next task: to steal a book from the evil wizard-killing Duke Everlue, and outsmart his death trap. Eccentric new friends join along the way in this lushly-drawn modern classic!

FAIRY TAIL Manga Box Set 1 contains Vol. 1-11, Box Set 2 contains Vol. 12-22, Box Set 3 contains Vol. 23-33

Where can you order?: FAIRY TAIL Manga Box Set 1, Box Set 2, Box Set 3

   

The Ghost in the Shell Deluxe Complete Box Set

Who will love it?: The evergreen cyberpunk manga that visually inspired such films as The Matrix, and even garnering its own animated AND live-action film adaptation – The Ghost in the Shell Deluxe Complete Box Set is for the completionism sci-fi fan. Rendered in stunning oversized hardcover, this edition collects not only the original The Ghost in the Shell, but also the sequels by Shirow Masamune and even a collectable lithograph print from the creator!

What’s it about?: Deep into the twenty-first century, the line between man and machine has been blurred as humans rely on the enhancement of mechanical implants and robots are upgraded with human tissue. In this rapidly converging landscape, cyborg superagent Major Motoko Kusanagi is charged to track down the craftiest and most dangerous terrorists and cybercriminals, including “ghost hackers” who are capable of exploiting the human/machine interface and reprogramming humans to become puppets to carry out the hackers’ criminal ends.

Where can you order?: The Ghost in the Shell Deluxe Complete Box Set

Princess Jellyfish Complete Manga Box Set

Who will love it?: One part late-bloomer coming of age tale, one part rom com, and all heart, Princess Jellyfish is for anyone who ever considered themselves a freak or a geek. Not only does this box set collect the entire hilarious and touching romantic comedy but also includes an exclusive series keychain and poster!

What’s it about?: The complete story of Tsukimi, a girl obsessed with jellyfish, and her geeky friends. This massive set includes a bonus “Clara” jellyfish keychain and a huge poster with the Amars’ motto, “A Life With No Use for Men,” in English on one side and Japanese on the other. The box contains all nine volumes of the Princess Jellyfish manga, including a full-color illustration gallery, author interviews, extensive cultural annotations, and a look inside the creator’s studio. Experience the full story that became the hit anime and made Akiko Higashimura the patron saint of modern josei manga!

Where can you order?: Princess Jellyfish Complete Manga Box Set

   

Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Eternal Edition

Who will love it?: Another staple in the anime / manga lexicon the Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Eternal Editions are THE definitive versions of Naoko Takeuchi ground breaking magical girl series that’s spawned animated series, movies, live-action adaptations of film and stage, and countless cultural reverberations we might not even know about! A perfect series for the anime / manga newbie in your life, Sailor Moon is the template so many have and continue to follow. And these over-sized hardcover editions, with a glittering holographic coating, French flaps, and a newly-revised translation, make it the BEST way to display the series in your home if you’re a long-time fan!

What’s it about?: Teenager Usagi is not the best athlete, she’s never gotten good grades, and, well, she’s a bit of a crybaby. But when she meets a talking cat, she begins a journey that will teach her she has a well of great strength just beneath the surface and the heart to inspire and stand up for her friends as Sailor Moon! Experience the Sailor Moon manga as never before in these extra-long editions (about 300 pages each).

Where can you order?: Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Eternal Edition 1 // 2 // 3 // 4 // 5 // 6 // 7 // 8 // 9 // 10

Even MORE Gift Ideas from VERTICAL.

   

The Complete Chi’s Sweet Home Box Set

Who will love it?: A tremendously cute and touching work for readers of ANY age, The Complete Chi’s Sweet Home Box Set, collects the entire furry feline series in a cutely designed box set that’s purrrfect for the younger readers in your life! Come for the hilarious and heart-warming stories and stay for the sweet bonus items inside!

What’s it about?:Chi is a michievous newborn kitten who, while on a leisurely stroll with her family, finds herself lost. Seperated from the warmth and protection of her mother, feels distraught. Overcome with loneliness she breaks into tears in a large urban park meadow., when she is suddenly rescued by a young boy named Yohei and his mother. The kitty is then quickly and quietly whisked away into the warm and inviting Yamada family apartment…where pets are strictly not permitted.

Where can you order?: The Complete Chi’s Sweet Home Box Set

Select Vol. 1s now 99¢ during the Manga for Any Age sale! (Ends 6/1)

Find adventures in manga for any age!

Have some ambitious young readers in your life and want to introduce them to the amazing world of Manga? During the Manga for Any Age digital manga sale, we’re featuring 9 amazing series that range from very young readers to teen readers and beyond, for only 99¢ per volume 1!

That’s right from mischievous adventures of our favorite kitten in Chi’s Sweet Home, to the silly slice of life story set in the animal run world of Crocodile Baron, and even the far flung fantasy saga of Blissful Land, for a limited time you can try all 9 of the series featured in this sale for under $10. How’s that for stocking up on a bargain?

Visit our participating digital vendors to get your 99¢ volume 1s for all the series mentioned in this post: BookWalker, comiXology, Google Play, Kindle, Nook and izneo. Sale runs from May 26, until June 1!

 

~Manga for Any Age Digital Manga Sale! ~
May 26 – June 1
See below for the full list of titles being offered during this sale,
and click on the links or cover below to read chapter 1s FREE!

Blissful Land

 

Chi’s Sweet Home

 

Chi’s Sweet Adventures

 

Crocodile Baron

 

FAIRY TAIL: Happy’s Heroic Adventure

Kitchen Princess

Let’s Dance a Waltz

Sherlock Bones

Shugo Chara

Creator Spotlight: Konami Kanata Sale! Chi’s Sweet Home & other Manga up to 50% Off! (Ends 5/4)

Cute Feline Adventures for the Whole Family

Creator of consistently cute stories, Konami Kanata, brought to life the curious world of Chi’s Sweet Home, Chi’s Sweet Adventures, and FukuFuku Kitten Tales, letting readers view life through the eyes of some very feisty feline friends. To celebrate this purrfect creator we’re making it even easier to pounce on all of her amazing stories by making all of Konami Kanata’s VERTICAL manga up to 50% off!

That’s right! Be sure to catch up or complete your Chi collection at up to 50% off each volume, across all our participating digital vendors including: BookWalker, comiXology, Google Play, Kindle, Nook and izneo. Sale runs from April 28, until May 4. But this sale isn’t the only way we’re celebrating Konami Kanata!

If you’re looking for even more feline fun and the opportunity to win prizes, we’re still holding a coloring contest where you can win a Boredom Buster prize pack of VERTICAL books just by coloring pages from the Chi’s Sweet Coloring Book! All you need to do is color one of the print-ready coloring book pages below, show us your masterpiece by posting them to twitter, facebook, or instagram using the hashtag #ColorMeChi, and we’ll randomly pull a winner! But be sure to hurry, this contest ends 5/1!

Click on the art below to download print-read versions of each page! Or click here for a PDF of all pages!

       

 

~Creator Spotlight: Konami Kanata Digital Manga Sale! ~
April 28 – May 4
See below for the full list of titles being offered during the Creator Spotlight: Konami Kanata sale.
Also, you can click covers below to read chapter 1s FREE!

 

Chi’s Sweet Home

 

Chi’s Sweet Adventures

 

FukuFuku Kitten Tales

 

Buy 2 get a 3rd Kodansha Comics and/or VERTICAL manga FREE during this Indigo sale! Ends 03/30

BUY 2 GET A THIRD MANGA FREE.

YUP, IT’S THAT EASY!

Starting today, Monday, March 2nd, Kodansha Comics and VERTICAL are teaming up with Indigo for a very special sale all throughout March! Every time you buy any 2 Kodansha Comics or VERTICAL manga in-store or online  you’ll get a 3rd manga FREE! It’s that easy to discover new manga to fall in love with or catch up with a favorite series! This sale will end before you know, so make sure to get your Manga before Tuesday, March 30th!

 

Award-Winning Manga Sale featuring A Silent Voice & more: all digital volumes up to 50% off! Ends 02/03

And the Award Goes to … ?

Last year was a big year for Kodansha Comics manga! Winners of the prestigious Kodansha Manga Awards this year include our Perfect World, The Quintessential Quintuplets, What Did You Eat Yesterday?, and To Your Eternity! And add to that list 2019 Eisner Industry Award Winner Tokyo Tarareba Girls!

… but that’s not all! To celebrate, we’re putting all of our past-and-present award winners on sale! Each series is up to 50% off at our digital partners BookWalker, comiXology, Google Play, Kindle, MyAnimeList, and nook! Sale ends February 3rd!

~ Kodansha Comics Award-Winning Manga Sale ~
January 28-February 3
Click on the featured titles to read Chapter 1 for FREE!

Ace of the Diamond
Giant Killing
Attack on Titan
Chihayafuru
Space Brothers
Missions of Love
Vinland Saga
Animal Land
Your Lie in April
House of the Sun
Descending Stories
The Seven Deadly Sins
The Full-Time Wife Escapist
Kiss Him, Not Me
Kounodori: Dr. Stork
DAYS
Perfect World
Knights of Sidonia
Altair: A Record of Battles
My Boy in Blue
Quintessential Quintuplets
What Did You Eat Yesterday?
To Your Eternity
Saint Young Men
Negima!

A Silent Voice
Tokyo Tarareba Girls
Chi’s Sweet Home
Flying Witch
Princess Jellyfish
Ajin
Love in Focus
Witch Hat Atelier
Again!!
Frau Faust
Waiting for Spring
Happiness
That Wolf-boy Is Mine!
Junji Ito’s Cat Diary Yon & Mu
No. 6

 

Our “Highlights of 2019” Digital Sale! Ends 12/30!

Highlights of 2019 Digital Sale: 20 Kodansha Comics and Vertical digital series up to 50% off!

5 … 4 … 3 … 2 … 1 … oh snap! Before we say sayonara to 2019, we wanted to relive some of our best memories from the past year … but so much to choose from, it was tough task! But! We managed to refine it down to 20 series that kinda summed up how special a year it was in ’19—with apologies to your favorite series that didn’t make the list. And you can relive the memories too (and get into series you’ve been meaning to get into, natch) with our Highlights of 2019 Digital Sale with up to 50% off all digital volumes from our featured series, at our digital partners BookWalker, comiXology, Google Play, Kindle, MyAnimeList, and nook! Sale ends December 30th!

2019 Highlights from Kodansha Comics

Fire Force
Witch Hat Atelier
The Seven Deadly Sins
EDENS ZERO
FAIRY TAIL: 100 Years Quest
Battle Angel Alita
Quintessential Quintuplets
Wotakoi: Love Is Hard for Otaku
Hitorijime My Hero
Vinland Saga

2019 Highlights from Vertical

BAKEMONOGATARI (manga)
The Golden Sheep
Kino’s Journey
Flying Witch
5 Centimeters Per Second
Chi’s Sweet Home
Chi’s Sweet Adventures
Colorful Dreams*
Don’t Toy With Me, Miss Nagatoro
TSUKIMONOGATARI

(*discount available only on BookWalker, comiXology, and MyAnimeList)

From all of us as Kodansha Comics and Vertical … HAPPY NEW YEAR!

 

UPDATE 11/22: Our Anime NYC 2019 recap w/ announcements + VOFAN highlights!

Our Anime NYC Recap Part 1: VOFAN!

This year at Anime NYC, Vertical was proud to welcome renowned Taiwanese artist VOFAN for his first trip to the largest city in America—New York City!  Know as the “Magician of Light from Taiwan,” VOFAN has drawn characters for game magazines, light novels, and is best known as the star illustrator of the MONOGATARI series novels written by NISIOISIN. To celebrate the launch of his newly remastered art book, Colorful Dreams, VOFAN participated in panels, autograph sessions, press interviews and more though out the weekend. 

Check out some highlights from VOFAN’s appearance at Anime NYC November 15-17! 

Team VOFAN preps before the events, pre-signing and stamping 200 copies of his new art book, Colorful Dreams. These were sold at the Kinokuniya booth and SOLD OUT by Saturday night!

All pre-signed books also came with the Anime NYC exclusive stamp featuring the cover girl of Colorful Dreams.

Booth prep started at the Javits Center from Thursday. We had an art gallery, product display, photo booth, autograph sessions and freebies all weekend.

Over 200 fans came to the live drawing panel on Saturday, November 16.  Post-panel photo with everyone … can you find VOFAN?

VOFAN commemorates his Anime NYC appearance by drawing  golden birds on an EVA Airlines model plane … maybe we will see this in the sky some day!

VOFAN drew detailed sketches for all fans who participated in the autograph session.

Press interviews with some interesting questions … “If you had to personify bubble tea, what would she look like?” Look forward to the answer to this question and more very soon!

The characters were off the page on Sunday for the MONOGATARI cosplay contest … we had 15 participants and many fans in the crowd cheering for their favorite character. VOFAN takes a photo with all the participants in our photo booth.

Congratulations to the winners of the contest!  VOFAN acted as an honorary judge!

And that’s the end!  Thank you to all who visited our booth and panels during Anime NYC!

Special thanks to all  of our partners and sponsors: Animate, EVA Airlines, Kinokuniya, XP-PEN,  and Anime NYC!

Our Anime NYC Recap Part 2: Panel announcements!

At our November 17 Sunday morning industry panel, Kodansha Comics and Vertical made some exciting announcements about upcoming titles and events for 2019 and 2020—check out the complete list below! We also had a special guest from Japan, Megumi Kitahara, editor of Kodansha’s Dessert magazine, join us to talk about the behind-the-scene process of making shojo manga! 

Announcements from Vertical!

 

 

OWARIMONOGATARI Part 2 NISIOISIN During October of his third year in high school,Koyomi Araragi is introduced to a transfer student named Ougi Oshino by his underclassman Kanbaru Suruga. Ougi tells Koyomi that she has something she wishes to consult with him. When she draws the map of Naoestu High School, she finds something peculiar on what she draws. This discovery reveals a tale that wasn’t meant to be told, and changes Koyomi’s high school life entirely. This is the story that brings to light “what” makes Koyomi Araragi. This is the story that reveals the “beginning” of everything. On sale February 2020!

ZOKU OWARIMONOGATARI by NISIOISIN Welcome to the end of the final season of the MONOGATARI novel series! On sale July 2020 with new artwork from VOFAN!

Bishōnen Tanteidan (Pretty Boy Detective Club) by NISIOISIN and Suzuka Oda Mayumi Doujima, a second-year student at Yubiwa Private Academy, is a girl on the hunt for a star that can only be seen once in every ten years. But it turns out that the “Pretty Boy Detectives Club”—a mysterious, non-profit organization that is rumored to secretly solve trouble on campus—has decided to help Mayumi search for the star. These five vivacious pretty boys send her reeling, and set the stage for days of risky adventure! Manga on sale Fall 2020!

Chi’s Sweet Home Complete Manga Box Set by Konami Kanata New York Times Best-Seller Chi’s Sweet Home is now compiled into a cute, collectible box set! Includes: 4 volumes + box set case + a cute Chi bonus item. On sale June 2020!

 

WEATHERING WITH YOU by Makoto Shinkai  and Wataru Kubota The summer of freshman year of high school. A boy named Hodaka runs away from his island home and goes to Tokyo, where he spends every day in loneness. Then, in a corner of the bustling city he meets a girl named Hina. But he soon finds out that she possesses a mysterious power. Manga on sale summer 2020! 

 

Digital-First Announcements!

To Write Your Words (Kuchiutsusu) by Aki Amasawa A pure-romance novelist is asked to try her hand at ghost-writing a popular steamy series. But when she injures said hand in a literal run in with her handsome dentist, she fears she’ll lose the job … until he offers to be her hands, as long as she needs … On sale December 3, 2019!

Ex-Enthusiasts: Motokare Mania by Yukari Takinami Yurika Nanba doesn’t need hobbies … not when she spends all of her free time thinking about her ex-boyfriend! Notwithstanding that they’ve been broken up for 5 years (and she hasn’t heard from him at all), Yurika proudly describes herself as a “Motokare Mania”—an Ex-Boyfriend Enthusiast. But just when a new love seems on the horizon, the company she works at makes a new hire … her ex! On sale December 10 (live-action drama announced in Japan)! 

Watari-kun’s ***** Is about to Collapse by Naru Narumi Naoto Watari has had his share of struggles: His parents died two years ago, and now he and his sister live at his aunt’s house. There, his desire to protect his sister earned him notoriety as “the guy with the sister complex,”—which never mattered to him, as his sister always came first. But when Satsuki, a childhood friend-turned-enemy, becomes his school mate, Naoto’s ordinary life is thrown into chaos … and Satsuki may just be the beginning. On sale December 17!

Tokyo Tarareba Girls Returns by Akiko Higashimura Rinko, Kaori and Koyuki swore they would get married by the 2020 Tokyo Olympics … Now they’re about to step into a new chapter of romance … but will they, should they, finally get married? On sale December 24!

To Be Next to You by Atsuko Nanba Nina is in love with her kind, handsome neighbor Kyosuke, and though he’s off to high school, she doesn’t see their friendly relationship changing much at all. But soon enough, Nina finds Kyosuke kissing another girl, his classmate. Will the one-year difference change them after all? Or can she work up the courage to confess and win him over once and for all? A sweet story of the joys and pains of first love. On sale December 31!

That Blue Summer by Atsuko Nanba Rio was looking forward to spending her summer vacation in Tokyo, meeting boys and going out with friends. But after a change of plans forces her to stay the (whole!!) summer with her grandmother in the countryside, she’s devastated … until she meets Ginzo, a handsome, mysterious guy with incredible talent and a hidden past … On sale January 7, 2020!

GE—Good Ending by Kei Sasuga High school student Eiji is in love with Aki, the head of the tennis team, but he is unable to ask her out. Another student, Yuki, discovers his obsession with Aki, and promises to help him get closer to her … but Yuki’s help comes at a cost, and soon, the analytical, strategic Eiji finds himself deep in the messy turmoil of emotion … By the author of Domestic Girlfriend! On sale January 14!

MabuSasa by Nanase Akira Sasagawa is a typical high school girl: cute, bubbly … and completely obsessed with BL. One day, she spots her fellow classmate, Mabuchi-kun, at her favorite bookstore, in her favorite aisle, and her fervor is ignited: Could a rough-and-tumble, mean-eyed guy like him possibly love BL too? Her quest to find out leads her to a conclusion even she can’t believe, and their otaku romantic comedy of errors begins! On sale January 21!

And more romance titles are coming as digital-firsts in the month of February!

Let’s Kiss in Secret Tomorrow by Uri Sagata On sale February 4!

The Dorm of Love and Secrets by Nikki Asada On sale February 11!

I’ll Win You Over, Senpai! by Shin Shinmoto On sale February 18!

I Fell in Love after School by Haruki Mitsui On sale February 25!

Print Announcements!

Whisper Me a Love Song by Eku Takeshima Bubbly, energetic first-year high school student Himari falls head over heels for her senpai Yori after hearing her band perform on the first day of school. Himari tells Yori she just loves her, and, to Himari’s surprise, Yori says she loves Himari back! But when Himari realizes that she and her senpai are feeling two different kinds of love, she begins to ask herself what “love” really means … On sale Fall 2020!

Blue Period by Tsubasa Yamaguchi Yatora is the perfect high school student, with good grades and lots of friends. It’s an effortless performance, and, ultimately … a dull one. But he wanders into the art room one day, and a lone painting captures his eye, awakening him to a kind of beauty he never knew. Compelled and consumed, he dives in headfirst—and he’s about to learn how savage and unforgiving art can be! On sale Fall 2020!

Life Lessons of Uramichi-Oniisan by Gaku Kuze Uramichi is 31. Uramichi appears on children’s TV alongside two grown men dressed as forest creatures and a singing woman with a very short fuse. Uramichi leads little kids in exercises and answers their questions about life. But Uramichi’s life is pain. Uramichi just wants to be miserable in peace. But, in his words, “There are games that don’t end even after you forfeit. Like life, for example … ” On sale Fall 2020 (anime previously announced)!


Heaven’s Design Team by Hebi-Zou, Tsuta Suzuki, and TARAKO On the seventh day, God rested. But it turns out He started getting tired long before … In fact, when it came time to design the animals, God outsourced the whole thing to an agency … Heaven’s Design Team! They love their work—the giraffe, the koala, the ping-pong tree sponge(?!)—but their divine client’s demands are often vague, and the results are sometimes wild in more ways than one! Print edition on sale Fall 2020—digital editions on sale now!

Wow, that’s a whole lot of upcoming titles! Stay tuned for more news!

Animal Manga Sale! featuring Chi’s Sweet Adventures: 15+ digital manga up to 50% off!! (ends 11/25)

We’ve got chibi cats, drifting dragons, wolf boys and everything in between! 

This week 15+ of our animal-themed digital series are up to 50% off at our digital retail partners: BookWalker, comiXology, Google Play, Kindle, MyAnimeList, and nook. Gobble this one up before Thanksgiving though—sale ends November 25th!

~ Kodansha Comics Animal Manga Sale ~
November 19- 25
Click on the featured titles to read Chapter 1 for FREE!

Animal Land
Chi’s Sweet Adventures 
Chi’s Sweet Home 
Crocodile Baron 
Drifting Dragons 
Fuku Fuku Kitten Tales
Good Dog, Cerberus! 
Fairy Tail Happy’s Heroic Adventure 
Nekogahara: Stray Cat Samurai
Heaven’s Design Team
Kigurumi Guardians
Princess Jellyfish 
Red Riding Hood’s Wolf Apprentice 
She and Her Cat 
Sherlock Bones 
Tokyo Mew Mew 
Tokyo Mew Mew A La Mode
That Wolf-Boy Is Mine  
Junji Ito’s Cat Diary Yon & Mu