Upcoming event: Emerald City Comic Con March 1-4!

Spring is the beginning—of con season! And Kodansha Comics is hittin’ the road to deliver good news and geek out on some new manga with the fans. Our first stop: Emerald City Comic Con. Going to be in Seattle, Washington March 1-4? If so, come on down and see us at our panel, because this one is going to be an interesting one … (And if not … check our coverage and announcements here at kodanshacomics.com!)

Panel title Kodansha Comics Got Weird Manga!
Panel time & place Saturday, March 3 3:00-4:00 p.m., TCC L3—Room 3
Description Didja know Kodansha Comics has launched dozens of new digital-first manga series like Tokyo Tarareba GirlsTo Your Eternity, Grand Blue Dreaming, and Toppu GP, offering an even more diverse and robust library of manga officially in English before it becomes available in print? This panel is your perfect chance to find out what’s going on and also add your two cents to our acquisition strategy. Ready to talk about far-fetched manga? Come to our panel and participate in the Q&A for a chance to win special prizes!

Update March 3 We made a few new licensing announcements at our Emerald City Comic Con panel!

Wotakoi: Love Is Hard for Otaku by Fujita

The awkward, romantic comedy manga about geeks in love that inspired the new anime! Can a professional man who’s secretly a hardcore gamer and a woman who’s secretly a fujoshi date without their hobbies getting in the way, or revealing each other’s secrets?

Narumi and Hirotaka are, by all appearances, a power couple. They’re young, good-looking professionals. But they have secrets from everyone but each other: They’re serious geeks! Narumi is a fujoshi, and Hirotaka’s a hardcore gamer. Their sweet, awkward love story started life as a webcomic before becoming a full-blown manga series by popular demand, and is about to become a major anime series!

• Volume 1 on sale April 17
• Extra-long book includes 2 Japanese volumes at $17.99!
​• New Anime from A-1 Pictures premiering in April 2018!

Attack on Titan Character Encyclopedia

From the brave warriors of the Survey Corps to the nameless villagers who end up as Titan chow, this detailed guide contains more than 200 entries on humans and others inside and outside the Walls.

Ever wondered about Eren Yeager’s birthday? Or wanted a collection of Connie’s dumbest word-salad moments? Are you taller than humanity’s strongest soldier Captain Levi? All those answers are within the pages of this collector’s dream guide, as well as a new interview with creator Hajime Isayama, all about the real-life inspiration for your favorite Attack on Titan characters. The book also includes the latest answers to the mysteries of the nine Titans in a brand-new section on the Titans with schematics and details.

• Birthdays, personal information, and other favorite moments of your favorite characters.
• Latest answers to the mysteries of the nine Titans.
• New interview with Hajime Isayama
• Anime Season 3 is coming soon in July 2018
• $10.99

Devils’ Line

Simulpub update! Devils’ Line from Vertical Comics will be joining the Kodansha Comics simpulpub lineup in April—with the newest chapter releasing on Crunchyroll Manga, comiXology, and Kindle on April 21, the same day it appears in Japan.

 

Digital-first manga up to 50% off thru February 5

Welcome to our club!
Didja know 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? Over the past year or so we’ve been pushing them out at a pretty rapid clip, so our Digital-first Manga Sale this week—with 60+ series on sale up to 50% off— is your perfect chance to go digital and catch up on what’s going on! Questions?—check out our new 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 Grand Blue Dreaming, To Your Eternity, and Toppu GP. 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 MasterSuzukaand Nodame Cantabile.
• 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 2/5. It’s deep, deep library of more than 60 series, so check out the list below and why not try something new?

Kodansha Comics Digital-First Manga Sale (January 30-February 5) 
Click on links below for free Chapter 1 previews!

As Seen as Anime
Ace of the Diamond
All Out!!
Altair: A Record of Battles
Chihayafuru
COPPELION
Days
Elegant Yokai Apartment Life
Fuuka
Giant Killing
Hozuki’s Coolheadedness
​Kokkoku: Moment by Moment
Mushishi
Nodame Cantabile
Pumpkin Scissors
Princess Resurrection
Rave Master
Sayonara, Zetsubou-Sensei
School Rumble
Space Brothers
Suzuka
Tsuredure Children
Yagyu Ninja Scrolls
Yozakura Quartet

Action/Sports/Comedy
All-Rounder Meguru
Grand Blue Dreaming
GTO Paradise Lost
Kounodori: Dr. Stork
My Wife Is Wagatsuma-san
Sayonara Football
Shojo Fight
Wave, Listen to Me!

Romance
Aoba-kun’s Confessions
Beauty Bunny
Black Panther and Sweet 16
Drowning Love
The Full-Time Wife Escapist
Gakuen Prince
Hotaru’s Way
House of the Sun
I Want to Hold Aono-kun So Badly, I Could Die
I’m in Love and It’s the End of the World
Living-room Matsunaga-san
Love’s Reach
Lovesick Ellie
My Boyfriend in Orange
My Brother The Shut-In
Our Precious Conversations
The Prince’s Black Poison
Real Girl
A Springtime with Ninjas
Tokyo Tarareba Girls

Fantasy/Science-Fiction/Dark Fantasy
Alive
As the Gods Will The Second Series
Ayanashi
Drifting Dragons
Kasane
NOiSE
Pitch-Black Ten
PTSD Radio
Until Your Bones Rot

For Mature Audiences
Deathtopia
Cage of Eden
Cosplay Animal
Domestic Girlfriend
Magical Sempai
​Museum
Peach Heaven

Found your new favorite manga? Tell your friends about it and share the love! 

 

How to read Battle Angel Alita: a guide to the 3-part epic saga

Now that trailers for the Alita: Battle Angel movie have hit the internet, it’s your big chance to tell everyone what Alita is all about, right? But how much do you really know? Of course, as a manga snob, you already know the Alita movie is based on the manga Battle Angel Alita by Yukito Kishiro. B-but when your friend asks for more intel, here’s the cheat sheet you need to show off your true knowledge. 

Alita: Battle Angel starring Rosa Salazar, directed by Robert Rodriguez and produced by James Cameron, is set to be released December 2018. 


Battle Angel Alita The original series

Originally published in Japan in 1990 under the title “Gunmu” (銃夢 literal translation “gun dream”), it took Kishiro 5 years to establish the worldview and overarching stories in this 9-volume original series. 

Synopsis: 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?

Print Edition: Volumes 1-2 are currently available in a 2-in-1 deluxe hardcover edition with all-new translation. More volumes coming soon!
Digital Edition: Volumes 1-2 are now available on all digital platforms. The entire series (volumes 1-9) is already exclusively available on Kindle and ComiXology


Battle Angel Alita: Last Order 

You thought you said “goodbye” to Alita by the end of the original series. Think again. This sequel series tells you how Alita and other characters survived even further into the future!

Synopsis: Alita wakes up alone in the sky city of Tiphares, her brain and body reconstructed by the mad scientist Desty Nova. There’s no time to wonder why Alita’s greatest enemy would resurrect her, though—the royal city has been thrown into chaos by Nova’s revelation that the Tiphareans have had their brains replaced by bio-chips! Everyone needs answers—and Alita will fight to get them!

Battle Angel Alita: Last Order is available as omnibus volumes 1-5, plus latest volumes 16-19 in print & digital editions! 

 

 

 

 


Battle Angel Alita: Mars Chronicle

Debuting on January 23, the latest story arc of the Battle Angel saga goes back into what Alita was looking for all along–– her childhood memories on Mars. 

Synopsis: For centuries, war has raged on the dusty, red surface of Mars. This apocalyptic crucible will produce the solar system’s most fearsome warrior, Alita. But for now that warrior is just a little girl named Yoko. The future and past of the battle angel fan out across the reaches of space in the final chapter of one of the greatest sci-fi epics of all time!

Battle Angel Alita: Mars Chronicle volume 1 is now avaiable as a digital & print edition! 

 

 

 

 

About the creator: Yukito Kishiro

Regarded as one of the finest action illustrators in global comics, Yukito Kishiro is best known for creating the cyberpunk manga Battle Angel Alita. When he was only 17, Kishiro was nominated for Japanese publisher Shogakukan’s Best New Comic award. Creator of other popular manga titles, Kishiro is known for his strong characters, original settings, and intricate, lifelike artwork.

Kodansha Comics to the Rescue Sale! Digital manga 50% off (ends 12/18)

“Rescues”—formerly out-of-print titles 
It happens, but sometimes printed titles are no longer available: they go “out of print.” As part of our digital-first lineup, Kodansha Comics is starting to bring those title back—as digital “rescues” so they can be discovered by new generations of manga fans.

This week, we're putting those rescued manga up for adoption … or better yet, up to 50% off at all our digital retail partners: BookWalkercomiXology, Google Play, iBooks, Kindle, Kobo, and nook. Sale runs through December 18! 

— Kodansha Comics to the Rescue Sale! — 
all volumes up to 50% off through December 18

Air Gear
Air Gear Omnibus
Gakuen Prince
Mushishi
Nodame Cantabile
NOiSE
Parasyte
Neo-Parasyte f

Neo-Parasyte m
Princess Resurrection
Pumpkin Scissors

Rave Master
Sayonara Zetsubou-Sensei
School Rumble
Suzuka
Yagyu Ninja Scrolls
Yozakura Quartet

Feeling nostalgia for a rescue title? Give one a try as a refresher! 

 

 

 

 

Fantasy Manga Sale! + 2 digital debuts: Ayanashi and Drifting Dragons

We love Fantasy Manga!
An awesome supernatural power? Check. Steampunk technology? Check. Mythological creatures that tries to eat you? Check! Yes, we all love the world of fantasy where anything and everything goes!

This week, as a part of Kodansha Comics' holiday surprise, we are launching two brand-new fantasy manga: Ayanashi and Drifting Dragons! 

 
Click on the cover to read Chapter 1!

And to celebrate further, we're opening up the vault and unleashing a host of Kodansha Comics' best fantasy series with our I Love Fantasy digital manga sale—where you get up to 50% offf at all our digital retail partners: BookWalker, comiXology, Google Play, iBooks, Kindle, Kobo, and nook. Sale runs through December 11!

— I Love Fantasy Sale — 
all volumes up to 50% off through December 11

Drifting Dragons 
Ayanashi 
Fairy Tail
Fairy Girls
Fairy Tail Blue Mistral
Fairy Tail Ice Trail
Fairy Tail Rhodonite
Fairy Tail Twin Dragons of Saber Tooth
Fairy Tail Zero
Fairy Tail S
Monster Soul
Rave Master
UQ Holder!
Negima! Omnibus
Negmia!
Negiho
Altair: A Record of Battles
Amefurashi
Animal Land
Cage of Eden
Clockwork Planet
Frau Faust
Fire Force
The Ghost and the Lady
The Heroic Legend of Arslan
Hozuki’s Coolheadedness
Kigurumi Guardians
Land of the Lustrous
Livingstone
Magatsuki
Shugo Chara!
Shugo Chara Chan!
That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime
To The Abandoned Sacred Beasts
To Your Eternity
Tokyo Mewmew Omnibus
Tokyo Mewmew A La Mode
Unlimited Fafnir
Vinland Saga
Witchcraft Works
Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches

Did you find the fantasy manga that interests you? Try it out on digital first, and see if you like it! 

 

New digital-first manga revealed every other week this Holiday Season!

The holiday season is officially on, and we want to celebrate it with you! That's why starting this week, and for the whole month of December, Kodansha Comics will be introducing new digital-first titles every other Tuesday!

To keep up with the new title announcement, stay tuned our Twitter account (@KodanshaUSA), or check back on this page on 12/5, 12/19, and 12/26. We'll give you the first look of the new series, plus first dibs on the deals too! 

December 26 announcement 

My Boyfriend in Orange by Non Tamashima

Hot firemen, now in the world of shojo manga! High school student Moe has moved to a new town after the death of her father. Moe’s already having enough trouble fitting into her new class as it is, so she’s totally mortified when she ends up being “rescued” by local firefighter Kyosuke during a fire drill … in front of all the kids at school. But the embarrassing incident might be a blessing in disguise, because gruff-but-kind Kyosuke gives Moe the courage she needs to leap out of her comfort zone as she aims to leave her loner days behind. Not to mention she’s soon falling head over heels for him … !

 

Pitch-Black Ten by Kenshiro Sakamoto

The peaceful Land of the Rising Sun is suddenly attacked by disciples of the Lunar Religion called Missionaries. They preach that people can find happiness only through death as they begin their unholy holocaust. Meanwhile, in a small village, a girl named Momo works as a school teacher when a mysterious boy shows up at her feet one day. He doesn’t remember his own name or anything about his family, so Momo names him “Ten” and invites him into her home to live with her. But what will happen when the shadow of the Missionaries falls on her once peaceful village?

 

December 19 announcement

 

The Prince's Black Poison by Jun Yuzuki

Rizu's childhood friend Souta-kun has always been super cute but also just a little helpless, so she's taken it upon herself to take care of him. Little does she know, that Souta-kun is only a facade! No scheme is too extravagant—Souta-kun will stop at nothing to keep her to himself. From the creator of Gakuen Prince and Rose & Wolf, Jun Yuzuki's newest work: a love story about a cute but cunning childhood friend!
 

Living-Room Matsunaga-san by Keiko Iwashita

Forget the familiar: circumstances wrest high schooler Meeko from an ordinary family life to her uncle's boarding house, where she must learn to live with housework and … rather unusual adult housemates. What's more, the oldest of the bunch, Matsunaga-san, is a little scary … but also always looks out for her! Presenting the first volume of Keiko Iwashita's boarding-house love story!

 

December 5 announcement 

Ayanashi by Yukihiro Kajimoto

Humanity has been driven underground to live like moles, hiding from fearsome monsters which roam the surface. The monsters are impervious to every sort of weapon known to man. The only ones with the power to defeat them … are the Ayanashi.

One day, in one such underground city, a pair of siblings encounter a mysterious boy covered in wounds. The boy introduces himself as Holo, and in the following days slowly opens up to the pair … until a monster from the surface descends upon the city, laying waste to everything in its path. Holo stands to face the threat, brandishing a flaming short sword attached to his right arm. And so, the story of bringing light back to a world of everlasting darkness begins.

 

Drifting Dragons by Taku Kuwabara

The draking vessel Quin Zaza soars through the skies, hunting dragons that hide in the clouds. A single big catch means full coffers and all the meat they can eat, while failure means an empty wallet and an even emptier stomach. Join us as we log the crew’s grand adventures, chasing dreams of the sky, dragons, and gourmet cooking!
 

November 28 releases

Lovesick Ellie by Fujimomo

Eriko Ichimura spends her high school days in complete obscurity. Her sole hobby is staring at handsome, smooth-spoken Akira "Omi-kun" Ohmi, and tweeting her daily fantasies under the screen-name "Lovesick Ellie." One fateful day, she accidentally bears witness to Omi-kun's true self—and if that weren't enough, he sees her mortifying Twitter, too! Follow along with a plain, perverted girl, a two-faced boy, and their curious romance! 

 

My Brother the Shut-In by Kinoko Higurashi

Every family has its share of problems, be they big or small. Shino Tadokoro has the perfect high school life, full of romance and friendship. Her biggest problem is her shut-in brother Tamotsu. She stubbornly keeps his existence a secret, telling even her closest friends that she is an only child. Completely oblivious to Shino's concerns, Tamotsu suddenly declares that he is giving up the shut-in lifestyle. Is there still time? The curtain rises on a tale of family reconstruction!

 

Happy Halloween! Horror October Reveal 10/31: PTSD Radio


 

“The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear, and the oldest and strongest kind of fear is fear of the unknown.” 

Just as ol' Lovecraft would have wanted, for our month-long Horror October Reveal celebration we here at Kodansha Comics fully intend to bring you that fear of the unknown—of unknown new digital manga licenses, that is!

All month long we have terrified you each Tuesday by revealing a new horror manga series available at all of our digital retail partners: BookWalker, comiXology, Crunchyroll, Google Play, iBooks, Kindle, Kobo, and nook!

And for our final reveal, debuting Halloween October 31, is Masaaki Nakayama's traumatizing short manga: PTSD Radio

Summary …ha…ir……hand hand hand…. han..d……fire………be…hin…d……blood……u……sh…shadow………ahh……ow……ow…w……co……bo…box……chil…dren……straw………shears……s…sss……sever…GROooOHH……rah……O…gu…shi…sa……………This is AERN-BBC, PTSD Radio. No tuning…necessary. 


 

Check out all the new digital-first manga revealed during Horror October! 

Kokkoku: Moment by Moment by Seita Horio
 Until Your Bones Rot by Yae Utsumi
 I Want to Hold Aono-kun so Badly I Could Die by Umi Shiina
PTSD Radio by Masaaki Nakayama

Thanks for reading … and Happy Halloween!

Horror October Reveal 10/24: I Want to Hold Aono-kun so Badly I Could Die

“The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear, and the oldest and strongest kind of fear is fear of the unknown.” 

Just as ol' Lovecraft would have wanted, for our month-long Horror October Reveal we here at Kodansha Comics fully intend to bring you that fear of the unknown—of unknown new digital manga licenses, that is!

All month long we will terrify you each Tuesday by revealing a new horror manga series available at all of our digital retail partners: BookWalker, comiXology, Crunchyroll, Google Play, iBooks, Kindle, Kobo, and nook!

Debuting on October 24, we've got Umi Shiina's haunting—and somehow bittersweet and funny—love story I Want to Hold Aono-kun so Badly I Could Die

Summary I would die if it would allow me to touch you. That is my love. Airhead Yuri-chan and her boyfriend Aono-kun had a perfectly normal relationship until one day Aono-kun suddenly “passed away” … They will never be bound together, and they cannot even touch. This is their difficult and almost too sincere love story. Read all of the haunting Chapter 1 right here:

Check back on Halloween Day next Tuesday October 31 for the final reveal! 

Horror October Reveal 10/17: Until Your Bones Rot

“The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear, and the oldest and strongest kind of fear is fear of the unknown.” 

Just as ol' Lovecraft would have wanted, for our month-long Horror October Reveal celebration we here at Kodansha Comics fully intend to bring you that fear of the unknown—of unknown new digital manga licenses, that is!

All month long we will terrify you each Tuesday by revealing a new horror manga series available at all of our digital retail partners: BookWalker, comiXology, Crunchyroll, Google Play, iBooks, Kindle, Kobo, and nook!

Debuting on October 17, is Yae Utsumi's creepy horror-thriller about a group of teenagers who share an unspeakable truth: Until Your Bones Rot
 

Summary The summer they were eleven, they killed a man and buried his body in a cave. Since then, every year, one summer night has marked a ritual: a ritual never to forget, and never to betray. Five years have passed. Their sixteenth summer. The body, now a skeleton. Unraveled lies. A faceless blackmailer. The phone rings, and a life is torn apart. The bones, like their crime: never rotting, never fading away. Now, a living hell begins. Read all of the chilling Chapter 1 right here:

 

Check back next Tuesday October 24 for another reveal, and of course the last reveal will take place October 31—Halloween!

Horror October Reveal: Kokkoku

“The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear, and the oldest and strongest kind of fear is fear of the unknown.” 

Just as ol' Lovecraft would have wanted, for our month-long Horror October Reveal celebration we here at Kodansha Comics fully intend to bring you that fear of the unknown—of unknown new digital manga licenses, that is!

All month long we will terrify you each Tuesday by revealing a new horror manga series available at all of our digital retail partners: BookWalker, comiXology, Crunchyroll, Google Play, iBooks, Kindle, Kobo, and nook!

First up? We have Seita Horio's absolutely unique dark fantasy involving time-stoppage and grotesque creaturesKokkoku: Moment by Moment on sale starting October 10! 

Summary In order to save her brother and nephew who have been kidnapped by a mysterious religious group known as the Genuine Love Society, Juri and her family cast a spell using a stone hidden by her grandfather to enter the world of stopped time known as Stasis. However, when they infiltrate the kidnapper's base, they're met by other people who can also move about freely. With grotesque creatures lurking about, will they be able to escape the parallel world and return to their normal lives?! Read all of Chapter 1 right here:

 

Check back next Tuesday October 17 for another reveal, then on October 24, and of course the last reveal will take place October 31—Halloween!