Our first annual Daylight Savings Sale! Selected digital manga series up to 50% off!

Spring forward

Yup. It’s almost that time of the year when we move our clocks forward one hour. But … ! Daylight is not the only thing you are saving this year. Because this week only, Kodansha Comics is putting a massive amount of digital manga series on sale up to 50% off across at our e-book retail partners: BookWalker, comiXology, Google Play, Kindle, and nook. 

What’s on sale? Hop over to your favorite eBook retailer site and find out for yourself! The Daylight Saving Sale is one week only from March 5 to 11–– that’s until one day after the summer timezone kicks in… just in case you forget to change the time and oversleep on the deal! 😂

Happy shopping spree!

At last, all of BECK compleat! + 2 new volumes of Seven Shakespeares available now on comiXology and Kindle!

It’s a great day for BECK fans, especially for those of us who’ve been following Koyuki and his band for the better part of the last decade! The legendary rock ‘n’ roll manga got rebooted as an comiXology Originals series last year from Kodansha Comics, and today—at last—all volumes of BECK just became available in English for the first time! Will the band’s dream of bring people together through music come true? What happened to Koyuki and his love interest? Read it all to the weepy conclusion only on comiXology and Kindle—and you can also binge read the whole series totally FREE with comiXology Unlimited!

BECK new Volumes 23-34 just launched today on comiXology and Kindle! 
The complete series is available for free with comiXology Unlimited!

But WAIT! That’s not all! Harold Sakuishi, the creator of BECK has been making history with his latest epic, Seven Shakespeares! With his ever so powerful artwork and storytelling, Sakuishi tackles the myths surrounding the literary legend, William Shakespeare. Two new volumes of Seven Shakespeares (volumes 8-9) also launched on comiXology and Kindle today! 

Seven Shakespeares Volumes 1-9 are available on comiXology and Kindle!
Check out this comiXology Original series for free with comiXology Unlimited!

Happy binge reading! 

 

A manga classic returns: Waki Yamato’s Tale of Genji

They took a brief holiday, but our “digital-first” debuts are back! And 2019 kicks off with a trio of highly anticipated digital manga debuts by some of the most talented women creators working in the medium. The lineup includes two recent hit shojo romantic comedies in Rumi Ichinohe’s My Sweet Girl and Rila Kirishima’s World’s End and Apricot Jam, to be followed by the English-language debut of one of the most beautiful examples of the medium in Waki Yamato’s renowned adaptation of the literary classic, The Tale of Genji. 

Click on a cover for free Chapter 1 preview:

Kodansha Comics is proud to announce the English-language digital debut of The Tale of Genji: Dreams at Dawn, which will coincide with the opening of the exhibition “The Tale of Genji: A Japanese Classic Illuminated” at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City on March 5. The exhibition, on view through June 16, will feature original genga artwork from Waki Yamato’s manga.

Media/Reviewers:
For an advance review copy of The Tale of Genji: Dreams at Dawn, visit our site at NetGalley or contact pr@kodanshacomics.com

Since 2017, readers of our “digital-firsts” have gotten the jump on everything from the updated translation of Battle Angel Alita to new volumes of never-finished classics like BECK to the first appearance of current hits like Tokyo Tarareba Girls and Grand Blue Dreaming. The success of our digital-firsts program has allowed us to continue building a rapidly expanding English-language manga library based on diversity of content, regular and quick releases, and commitment to completing series—and with our 2019 debuts, each series will see one new volume published per month, until the series is completed or we catch up to the latest Japanese release.  

Starting with Rumi Ichinohe’s My Sweet Girl on February 12, 2019’s opening round of digital debuts will be available on all of Kodansha Comics’s partner digital platforms, including Amazon Kindle, Apple Books, BookWalker, comiXology, Google Play, Kobo, MyAnimeList, and nook. Detailed descriptions and release schedule below—and click on the cover links to read Chapter 1!

My Sweet Girl (release date February 12) Rumi Ichinohe’s sweet, pure love story is about a girl who never imagined falling in love, until one day she she meets a boy from the next class. This one’s dedicated to all the girls who find things a little bit awkward when it comes to romance. Published in Japan in 8 volumes (still ongoing) under the Japanese title Kimi wa kawaii onnanoko. English volumes will be released monthly until caught up to Japan.

World’s End and Apricot Jam (release date February 19) Music and romance collide in Rila Kirishima off-kilter comedy about a building manager who has a run-in with a bumbling tenant—who turns out to be the lead singer of a supercool band. Published in Japan in 6 volumes (complete) under the Japanese title: Sekai no hajikko to anzu jam. English volumes will be released monthly.

The Tale of Genji: Dreams at Dawn (release date February 26) First published in the 1980s and 90s, Waki Yamato’s rendition of Murasaki Shikibu’s 11th-century literary masterpiece is still gorgeous to behold and is considered one of the greatest novel-to-manga adaptations of all time. Published in Japan in 10 oversized volumes (complete) under the Japanese title Asaki yumemishi, Volumes 1-3 of this new digital English edition will be released on February 26, with subsequent volumes released monthly.

Media:

Download a press kit containing supporting artwork here.
Download a PDF version of the official press release here.

 

Kodansha Comics holiday linewide sale! SAVE BIG on 1800+ digital manga thru Jan 2

Happy Holidays from Kodansha Comics and Vertical!


With gift cards, new devices, and/or back-to-back days off you know the holidays are the best time to stock up on manga! To give you that extra boost, Kodansha Comics and Vertical are putting (almost) every single digital book we publish up to 50% off at all of our digital-partner platforms: BookWalkercomiXology, Google Play, iBooks, Kindle, and nook. That’s 1800+ volumes of manga that you can save big on! (Sale ends January 2)

Do you know what’s up with this year’s fan favorites like Cells at Work! and That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime? How about new hits from our rapidly growing digital-first library like Defying Kurosaki-kun and Perfect World? This is a perfect opportunity to binge on those manga series that you’ve been hearing about!

 

Top recommendations! The best new manga of 2018!

Check out the FULL LIST of manga on sale here!

Digital-first Manga Sale! Quintessential Quintuplets + 100 series up to 50% off! (ends 11/12)

Celebrating 100+ series of Digital-first manga!

For the past year, Kodansha Comics has launched dozens of new digital-first manga series, offering an even more diverse and robust library of manga officially in English than what’s available in print. Now that we’ve released 100+ digital-first series, it’s time to celebrate with a HUGE Digital-first Manga Sale with 800+ volumes of manga on sale up to 50% off! This is your perfect chance to go digital and catch up on what’s going on! Questions?—check out our Digital-first manga page to see what’s in store!

Why “digital-first”?

• Because some of these series are now—or soon will be—available in print as well, such as The Quintessential Quintuplets,  Grand Blue Dreaming, and Boarding School Juliet. If it’s not in print yet, tell us what you like!
• Because digital-first allows us to get some of these series to you faster, whether that’s to catch up to a recently animated series or as same-day-as-Japan simulpubs on Crunchyroll or comiXology.
• Because it allows us to bring back some of our favorite out-of-print titles, like Rave Master, Dragon Head, and Peach Girl!
• And because it allows us to try something we might not otherwise! 

For this week only, all digital-first series are on sale up to 50% off on all our digital-platform partners: BookWalker, comiXology, Google Play, iBooks, Kindle, Kobo, and nook. Sale ends 11/12. 

Kodansha Comics Digital-First Manga Sale (November 6-12) 
Click on links below for free Chapter 1 previews!

As Seen as Anime
A.I.C.O. Incarnation
Ace of the Diamond
All-Out!!
Altair: A Record of Battles 
Back Street Girls
Chihayafuru
COPPELION
DAYS
Forest of Piano
Fuuka
Giant Killing
Hozuki’s Coolheadedness
Kokkoku: Moment by Moment
Mushishi
Nodame Cantabile
Princess Resurrection
Princess Resurrection Nightmare
Pumpkin Scissors
Rave Master
Real Girl
Suzuka
School Rumble
Space Brothers
Tsuredure Children
Unlimited Fafnir
Yagyu Ninja Scrolls
Yozakura Quartet

Action/Sports/Comedy
All-Rounder Meguru
Ao-chan Can’t Study!
Are You Lost?
GTO Paradise Lost
Heaven’s Design Team
Is Kichijoji the Only Place to Live?
Karate Heat
My Wife Is Wagatsuma-san
Peach Mermaid
The Quintessential Quintuplets
Sayonara, Football
Shojo Fight

Romance
A Kiss, For Real
Aoba-kun’s Confessions
A Springtime with Ninjas
Beauty Bunny
Beware the Kamiki Brothers!
Black Panther and Sweet 16
Can I Kiss You Every Day?
Defying Kurosaki-kun
Elegant Yokai Apartment Life
Gakuen Prince
Hotaru’s Way 
House of the Sun
Kakafukaka
I’m in Love and It’s the End of the World 
Liar X Liar 
Living-Room Matsunaga-san
Love’s Reach
Lovesick Ellie
Mikami-sensei’s Way of Love
My Boyfriend in Orange
My Boy in Blue
Peach Girl
Peach Girl NEXT
The Prince’s Black Poison
The Prince’s Romance Gambit
Tokyo Alice
The Walls Between Us
Those Summer Days
You Got Me, Sempai!

Drama
Drowning Love
Kounodori: Dr. Stork
My Brother the Shut-In
Our Precious Conversations
Perfect World
The Full-Time Wife Escapist
Tokyo Revengers
Wave, Listen to Me!

Fantasy/Science-Fiction/Dark Fantasy
ALIVE
As the Gods Will The Second Series
Ayanashi
BLAME! Academy and So On
Can You Just Die, My Darling?
Dragon Head
Fort of Apocalypse
I Want To Hold Aono-kun So Badly I Could Die
I’m Standing on a Million Lives
Kamikamikaeshi
Kasane
NOiSE
Pitch-Black Ten
PTSD Radio
Starving Anonymous
The Wizard and His Fairy
Until Your Bones Rot

For Mature Readers
Cosplay Animal
Domestic Girlfriend
DEATHTOPIA
Intertwining Lives
Keeping His Whims in Check
Key Ring Lock
Magical Sempai 
Museum
Peach Heaven
Stray Bullet Baby
Trap in a Skirt

Discover MORE!
Check out the digital-first catalog & calendar here!

 

Announcing: November 2018 digital-first debuts!

Autumn’s here, and we’re keepin’ ourselves warm working hard on releasing at least one new “digital-first” manga series every week. In the month of November, we are kicking off 4 new manga series, with childhood-crush romance, an RPG series with a twist, and a couple of unique manga for all ages! 

Kodansha Comics’s digital-first manga releases are part of an exciting new initiative begun last year to put a greater diversity of manga series into the market. This month’s series debuts will be available at all of Kodansha Comics’s partner digital platforms, including Amazon Kindle, BookWalker, comiXology, Google Play, Kobo, MyAnimeList, and nook:

Debuts November 6! Can I Kiss You Every Day?, Hatsuharu’s shojo romance about a now grown-up girl who reunites with a childhood friend promises lots of sweet and passionate kisses—read Chapter 1 for free here (original Japanese title: Mainichi kiss shite ii desuka)

Debuts November 13! Alicia’s Diet Quest, Aoi Fujiwara’s wacky calorie-counting parody of videogame RPGs focuses on one high priestess fixated on losing some weight as prep for her showdown with the Demon King;

KC 4 ALL: Manga for all ages
And starting November 20, Kodansha Comics gets into the holiday spirit by debuting a new digital manga for all ages every week—in addition to Good Dog, Cerberus! and Blissful Land, look for more announcements to come for December!

Debuts November 20! Good Dog, Cerberus!, Moha Arimura’s full-color kids’ manga about the nicest 3-headed pet you’ll ever see  (original Japanese title: Meiken Keru-chan);

Debuts November 27! Blissful Land, Ichimon Izumi’s heartwarming and finely detailed saga about a family living in 18th-century Tibet. (original Japanese title: Tenju no kuni) .

Announcing: October 2018 digital-first debuts!

More debuts for fall! The campaign continues as we launch at least one new “digital-first”manga series every week, and this month we kick off  6 new manga series, with desert-island survival tactics, a couple of next-door-neighbor romances, vengeance through time, a royal resurrection, and a powerful dose of musical magic—all for October!

Kodansha Comics’s digital-first manga releases are part of an exciting new initiative begun last year to put a greater diversity of manga series into the market. This month’s series debuts will be available at all of Kodansha Comics’s partner digital platforms, including Amazon Kindle, BookWalker, comiXology, Google Play, Kobo, MyAnimeList, and nook:

Debuts October 2nd! Are You Lost? by Kentaro Okamoto and Riri Sagara
Because of a plane crash … starting today, we’re spending the springtime of our lives on a desert island!! There’s nothing here, so we have to make everything!! And eat everything!! (Ugh!) Check out our high-school-girl survival story of courage and knowledge. We’re actually doing pretty well! Volume 1 includes: how to eat cicadas, how to build traps, a simple allergy test, how to eat hermit crabs, etc. (original Japanese title: Sounan desuka?)

 

Debuts October 9th! Kira-kun Today by Rin Mikimoto  
For one short year, haplessly awkward, cockatiel-toting Nino has to keep watch over class joker and nextdoor neighbor, Kira-kun. Can Kira-kun—who harbors a terrible secret—find it in himself to open up and learn something new from Nino, or will she be consumed by his world? Find out in this touching tale of two fates that intertwine to become the “closest love to Heaven”—the latest from Rin Mikimoto (Kiss Me at the Stroke of Midnight, Love’s Reach)!  (original Japanese title: Kyou no Kira-kun)

Debuts October 16th! Tokyo Revengers by Ken Wakui
Watching the news, Takemichi Hanagaki learns that his girlfriend from way back in middle school, Hinata Tachibana, has died. The only girlfriend he ever had was just killed by a villainous group known as the Tokyo Manji Gang. He lives in a crappy apartment with thin walls, and his six-years-younger boss treats him like an idiot. Plus, he’s a complete and total virgin … At the height of his rock-bottom life, he suddenly time-leaps twelve years back to his middle school days!! To save Hinata, and change the life he spent running away, hopeless part-timer Takemichi must aim for the top of Kanto’s most sinister delinquent gang!!

Debuts October 23rd! Forest of Piano by Makoto Isshiki
This is a story about a piano, pitifully abandoned in the woods, and a young boy, Kai, who grew up playing it as his favorite toy. While Kai cannot even read sheet music, one day, he meets Shuhei Amamiya, an aspiring child pianist who transfers schools from Tokyo, and their music teacher, Sosuke Ajino. Ajino was also once a gifted pianist, until a tragic accident stole his promising future from him forever. Each from a different background, the trio’s personalities gravitate to one another and rebound. All the while, the piano sits patiently, awaiting a hand to play it.

Also debuts October 23rd! Mikami-sensei’s Way of Love by Hiro Aikawa
Without a single boyfriend in sixteen years, Natsume has zero relationship experience … and it’s all thanks to her super overprotective neighbor—high school teacher, Mikami-sensei!! Whether at home or at school, Natsume is always being manipulated by his strangely overbearing affections. But while it may have seemed like sibling love at first, their relationship soon takes an unexpected turn … ! (original Japanese title: Mikami-sensei no aishikata)

Debuts October 3oth! Princess Resurrection Nightmare by Yasunori Mitsunaga
With her flowing black dress, roaring chainsaw, and android, werewolf, vampire, and blood warrior at her service … the Princess of Monsters is back! Yasunori Mitsunaga’s masterpiece, Princess Resurrection, is hereby resurrected for a new series!

Announcing: September 2018 digital-first debuts!

The campaign continues as we launch at least one new “digital-first”manga series every week, and in September we kick off 3 new manga series, with an exciting new update on a classic shojo manga, a fresh new romantic comedy about old childhood neighbors, and the tale of one girl’s disastrous travails to get some studying done!

Kodansha Comics’s digital-first manga releases are part of an exciting new initiative begun last year to put a greater diversity of manga series into the market. This month’s series debuts will be available at all of Kodansha Comics’s partner digital platforms, including Amazon Kindle, BookWalker, comiXology, Google Play, Kobo, MyAnimeList, and nook:

Debuts September 4th! Peach Girl NEXT By Miwa Ueda
It’s been ten long years since their legendary love swept the field like a hurricane. At 27 years old, Momo, Kairi, Toji, and Sae are back! Momo and Kairi are at the peak of their relationship, but still not married?! The pressure is on! Sae can’t stand to see this couple happy, and she won’t stand for it! Touji also seems to already have a shadow hanging in his past after becoming an adult … What happened? Get ready for this love train to move full-steam ahead once again!

All of the rest of Peach Girl comes out September 11th! Peach Girl volumes 9-18 By Miwa Ueda 
The Peach Girl revival continues—now with the complete original run of Volumes 1-18 (including the volumes that were originally released as Peach Girl: Change of Heart) readily available once again, bringing to a conclusion Miwa Ueda’s sasstastic shojo manga megahit from the 90s!     

Debuts September 18th! The Walls between Us by Haru Tsukishima  
“If you want a boyfriend that bad, I’ll go out with you.” Growing up next-door neighbors, Reita Kikuchi and Makoto Sakurai’s parents are friends, and the two of them have known each other forever. But one day Makoto is suddenly thrown into a relationship with that narcissistic and self-absorbed playboy, Reita—her old childhood friend! Follow Makoto’s adventures as she navigates the ups and downs of dating the egotistical boy-next-door in the first installment of this romantic comedy!  (original Japanese title: Watashitachi ni wa kabe ga aru)

Debuts September 25th! Ao-chan Can’t Study! by Ren Kawahara 
Ren Kawahara’s irreverent jokefest about the conflict between academic and more corporeal pressures, captured in one girl’s struggle to just get some studying done (original Japanese title: Midarana Ao-chan wa benkyou ga dekinai)!

Manga-to-Anime Sale featuring Back Street Girls: digital volumes up to 50% off

Have you been enjoying your summer … by watching anime?! YES, we here at Kodansha Comics do understand that there’s no better time than during the summer vacation to binge-watch the latest anime. In fact, we’d like to recommend a few hidden gems  based on manga from Kodansha Comics. (Yes, we are very subtle.)

That’s why, for this week only, we’re hosting the Manga to Anime Sale where all digital volumes of selected must-readmanga-to-anime titles are up to 50% off at all of our digital retail partners: BookWalker, comiXology, Google Play, iBooks, Kindle, Kobo, and nook. (Sale ends August 20.) 

Not only that, we’re debuting not one, not two, but three volumes of this year’s hottest yakuza-to-idol manga, Back Street Girls by Jasmin Gyuh at the sale price too! 

 

~ Summer 2018 Manga to Anime Sale  ~
August 14~20
Click on the cover to read Chapter 1 for FREE!

 

Back Street Girls 
By Jasmine Gyuh

Tough gangland retribution takes a disturbingly bright, shiny turn in this insanely guilty pleasure about 3 yakuzas who, as repayment for their failures, must undergo major surgery and become … a female idol trio! So what happens when they become the next big pop sensation!?

Digital volumes 1-3 debuts today + on sale now! 

Read Chapter 1 preview… 

 

 

 

 

 

Cells at Work! 
By Akane Shimizu

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! The mysterious white blood cell, the buff and brash killer T cell, the nerdy neuron, even the cute little platelets—everyone’s got to come together if they want to keep you healthy

Digital volumes 1-5 is on sale now! 

Read Chapter 1 preview…

 

 

 

 

 

 

Grand Blue Dreaming
By Kenji Inoue and Kimitake Yoshioka

After moving out on his own to a seaside town, Iori Kitahara makes a college debut he never anticipated. A new chapter of his life unfolds, full of diving with beautiful girls and shenanigans with a gaggle of lovable bastards! Idiot-expert Kenji Inoue and au naturel authority Kimitake Yoshioka bring you a glorious college tale filled with booze-fueled antics!

Digital volumes 1-9 is on sale now! 

Read Chapter 1 preview…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Exclusive Bonus on BookWalker: Digital Autograph
If you buy Back Street Girls volume 1 on BookWalker, you will get an digital autograph by Jasmine Gyuh as a bonus!

Announcing: August 2018 digital-first debuts!

The campaign continues as we launch at least one new “digital-first”manga series every week, and in August we kick off 8 new manga series, with some new and classic shojo manga, a manga-to-anime yakuza-to-idol comedy, and 5 (yes) digital-first yaoi manga!

Kodansha Comics’s digital-first manga releases are part of an exciting new initiative begun last year to put a greater diversity of manga series into the market. This month’s series debuts will be available at all of Kodansha Comics’s partner digital platforms, including Amazon Kindle, BookWalker, comiXology, Google Play, Kobo, and nook:

Debuts August 7th! My Boy in Blue By Maki Miyoshi 
Kako gets tangled up when she lies about her age in order to attend a company-mixer party for singles and ends up totally infatuated with her young local policeman! And it looks like it’s mutual with Kota… until he finds out Kako’s still in high school. Read on to see if straight-arrow Kota manages to find a way to do the right thing as our story unfolds in the first volume of this upbeat new romantic comedy from Maki Miyoshi!

Debuts August 14th! Back Street Girls By Jasmine Gyuh 
Tough gangland retribution takes a disturbingly bright, shiny turn in this insanely guilty pleasure about 3 yakuzas who, as repayment for their failures, must undergo major surgery and become … a hot female idol trio! So what happens when they become the next big pop sensation!?     

Debuts August 28th! Peach Girl by Miwa Ueda  
Yes! The complete 18-volume run of Miwa Ueda’s ‘90s shojo megahit Peach Girl is back! Suntans and bleached hair were never quite so problematic, and high school drama was never quite so …. dramatic! This digital reissued edition combines the original Tokyopop run of Peach Girl and Peach Girl: Change of Heart.

… and last but not least! In addition to the print yaoi and yuri manga announcements we made at Anime Expo, we announced five new yaoi titles from Kodansha’s Honey Milk imprint for release on August 21! Behold:

Stray Bullet Baby by Kei Ichikawa 
Chihiro Murakami works at a film advertising firm and looks up to Kiyoharu Honna, the stylish editor of the trendy magazine his company does business with. He’s cool, his smile is beautiful, and he’s good at his job. But Chihiro hasn’t had a chance yet to get close to him. However, one day he ends up looking after a dead-drunk Honna and goes home with him and … !? A selfish beauty and the man wrapped around his finger.

Keeping His Whims in Check by Pi
Proclaimed handsome elite businessman, Yuto Shinonome, falls in love at first sight with Tamaki, a beauty who’s exactly his type. It hits him like a ton of bricks when he finds out Tamaki is actually a guy!! Nevertheless, Yuto still acts like a kid with a crush and teases Tamaki like there’s no tomorrow … How can perverse Yuto handle love!?

Intertwining Lives by KAZU
Yoshiya thinks it’s fate when he’s reunited with his first love; however, he learns they can never be together … For middle-aged scriptwriter Makoto and beautiful actor-in-the-making Yuu, it’s a chance meeting in which admiration turns to love, and love turns to doubt …?! A young and heartrending adolescent love story and a bittersweet mature romance. The stories of a group of men who mingle, intertwine, and change.

Key Ring Lock by ymz
Permanent part-timer, Yui, discovers a worn-out man fallen on the street. Unable to leave the strangely charming Toshiki alone, Yui helps him back home and then accepts Toshiki while being manipulated by him. However, when Yui gets up in the morning, he finds himself locked in and unable to leave. “Confinement is my hobby,” says a smiling Toshiki. Is this confinement, or is it … Their sensitive love flickers in the space between the normal and abnormal!

Trap in a Skirt by Puruchome
Androgynous Aoi has a traumatic past that makes it difficult for him to get the true satisfaction he desires. Meanwhile, Aoi’s classmate, Takano, the rough class outsider, makes a move on Aoi whenever he has the chance. Aoi doesn’t take him seriously in the beginning, however …


More information about Kodansha Comics’s “digital-first” initiative can be found here.