#KCAnimeClub: Winter 2017 Anime Guide!

Winter 2017 Anime Guide

The year in anime has gotten off to an exciting start—and this season features anime adaptations of some of your favorite Kodansha Comics manga! Here’s your cheat sheet for what and where to watch this season.

We also invite you to watch anime with us! This season’s Kodansha Comics Anime Club title is Interviews with Monster Girls. All you have to do is jump on Twitter every Monday night at 9 p.m. ET and follow our livetweet or share your own reactions to the episode using #KCAnimeClub.

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MANGA Volumes 1-11 available (digital only)
ANIME Streaming on Crunchyroll every Friday

Fated meetings can happen suddenly. When awkward, social media obsessed loner Yuu Haruna moves into a new town, he meets a strange girl who doesn't even have a cell phone. The girl, Fuuka, seems to have a strange allure that draws people to her, very much like a summer breeze. Looks like Yuu has been caught up in one wild, musically inspired love story!





© Petos, KODANSHA/Demichan Production Committee. All Rights Reserved.


Interviews with Monster Girls
MANGA Volumes 1-2 available (digital and print)
ANIME Streaming on Crunchyroll every Saturday

High school Biology teacher Tetsuo Takahashi has always wanted to meet a “demi-human.” These supernatural citizens live, work, and study among normal people, but each has their own unique difficulties. Tetsuo is in over his head when he finds himself teaching at a school with four “demi” girls: a vampire, a dullahan, a snow woman, and a succubus! Now they have the chance to learn from each other, but getting through high school may prove to be a monstrous task for these spirited girls!








 © Haruko Kumota, KODANSHA/Rakugo Shinju Production Committee

Descending Stories: Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinju
MANGA Volume 1 available (digital only), May 2017 (print)
ANIME Streaming on Crunchyroll every Friday

Descending Stories Season 2 picks up some years after the first season (also on Crunchyroll) of Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinju’s ending. The hapless but hardworking Yotaro has finally been promoted to the master level of rakugo performing, but still struggles to understand and carry on the legacy of his ineffable teacher, Yakumo Yurakutei VIII. He’s also concerned with helping Konatsu, the daughter of Yakumo’s late rival and friend, raise her infant son. The fate of the rakugo legacy is on the shoulders of this unlikely family!







New Manga Licensing Announcement: Otomo Tribute and Rakugo Shinju

Coming in Spring 2017!
Kodansha Comics is excited to announce the two new titles for the Spring 2017 catalog! 


OTOMO: A Tribute to the Mind Behind Akira

OTOMO was originally published in France as a limited-edition book given at the prestigious Angoulême International Comics Festival, where Otomo was recipient of the Grand Prize in 2015. Now, this tribute is available to readers and collectors in Japanese, French, and English, with added contributors and contents for its wider release. OTOMO includes art from more than 80 world-renowned fine artists, illustrators, and comic legends. Contributors include Stan Sakai, Range Murata, Tomer and Asaf Hanuka, Sara Pichelli, Aleksi Briclot, and more.  

The 168-page hardcover collection will be published in full color at a large size in March 2017, leading up to the 35th anniversary of Akira, one of Kodansha Comics’ first titles to be published in the US.  



Descending Stories: Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinju by Haruko Kumota

The multi-generational epic dives deep into this rich form of Japanese theater. Small-time crook Yotaro has never forgotten the rakugo tale "The God of Death," which the master Yurakutei Yakumo performed for Yotaro during his time in prison. After his release, he goes to Yakumo's theater and pleads to be made his apprentice. Yakumo reluctantly accepts, but Yotaro quickly finds the world of rakugo is complex and grapples with a growing bond with Yakumo's ward, Konatsu. Meanwhile, the two young people bring reminders of Yakumo’s own inescapable past.

Descending Stories received an anime adaption by Studio DEEN that streamed on Crunchyroll in winter 2016. It was a fan and critic favorite, and has been renewed for a second season airing in January 2017. The manga ran in Kodansha’s ITAN magazine from 2010-2016 and completed at 10 volumes in June. Localization of Descending Stories is supervised by the Rakugo Kyokai Association, the official guardian of the classic art form. The first volume is will debut in May 2017


Stay tuned for more manga licensing announcements at KodanshaComics.com