Kodansha Line-wide Sale

Now’s the best time to find your new favorite manga or catch up on some of the best series of 2021!

Starting now until Monday, 1/31, fans can save up to 50% off more than 3000 Kodansha’s Digital Manga! This is not a drill!

Whether you’ve been wanting to start a new series like the fan-favorite awkward office romance, Sweat and Soap, the viking action adventure, Vinland Saga, the critically acclaimed titles like the trans coming-of-age series, Boys Run the Riot, or a psychological thriller from the Shuzo Oshimi’s canon including, Blood on the Tracks, Happiness, and Flowers of Evil – this sale lets you sample and explore tons of manga without emptying your wallet.

This Kodansha Line-Wide Digital Manga sale is especially exciting for fans who have been excitedly watching the anime but haven’t yet read the manga! Now you can save big on hit anime-inspiring series like, Attack on Titan, Tokyo Revengers, Don’t Toy With Me, Miss Nagatoro, Blue Period & more!

Just visit one of our many participating digital vendors, including Bookwalker, comiXology, KindleGoogle Play, Kobo, Nookizneo, MyAnimeList and more!



With so many manga series to try, it’s tough to know what to pickup first. So to get you started we’ve got some recommendations for you! Click any of the links below to sample a FREE chapter one preview!

Let’s start with some of the hottest anime-inspiring manga of 2021!


Read Beyond the Anime: Read Anime-Inspiring Manga



Did you now we had a number of series end in 2021?
Why not catch up to the very end?


See how it ends: Read Completed Series



If you’re looking to try some of our latest releases, why not sample one of our top digital debuts from 2021?


Catch-up on New Debuts From Last Year: Read 2021 Digital Debuts



And we know that spicy series have been on the rise so why not check out some of our steamiest fan-favorite romances!


Too Hot to Handle: Read Spicy Romance


All these series and over 3000 more, are now up to 50% off during the Kodansha Line-Wide Digital Manga Sale. To take advantage just visit visit one of our many participating digital vendors to see how you can save: BookwalkercomiXologyKindleGoogle Play, KoboNookizneoMyAnimeList and more! Sale ends 01/31!

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!

 

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

Save on cyberpunk classics in The Ghost in the Shell Universe Sale (Ends 7/6).

Save on stories from The Ghost in the Shell Universe!

We’re making it easier than ever to dive into Shirow Masamune’s seminal cyberpunk saga The Ghost in the Shell with a special sale encapsulating select titles from the entire universe all up to 50% off, for a limited time.

If you’ve never downloaded into the world of techno crime and enhanced enforcers then you must start at the beginning with The Ghost in the Shellfollowed by the more procedural and enigmatic crime saga of Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex, and of course you can’t forget stunning universe expanding anthology The Ghost in the Shell: Global Neural Network, featuring works by internationally renown creators like  Alex de Campi, Brenden Fletcher, Dustin Nguyen, Becky Cloonan & more!

Just visit one of our participating digital vendors to save up to 50% off select Kodansha Comics & VERTICAL manga: BookWalker, comiXologyGoogle PlayKindle, Nook and izneoSale runs from June 30, to July 6!

Also, be sure to check-out the latest in this cyberpunk universe with The Ghost in the Shell: The Human Algorithm: Togusa, Batou, and the rest of Public Security Section 9 are back in The Ghost in The Shell: Human Algorithm, a new story set after the events of The Ghost in the Shell 1.5: Human Error Processer! With the Major missing, Section 9 continues along, solving cases with the help of their newest recruit, Tsunagi! Volume 1 is now available with new simulpub chapters released every month on comiXology, & BookWalker.

The Ghost in the Shell: The Human Algorithm

 

~The Ghost in the Shell Universe Digital Manga Sales! ~
June 30 – July 6
See below for the full list of titles being offered during this sale,
and click on the covers or links below to read chapter 1s FREE!

The Ghost in the Shell

The Ghost in the Shell 2

The Ghost in the Shell 1.5

Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex

The Ghost in the Shell: Global Neural Network

 

 

 

Save on all Kodansha titles at RightStufAnime.com (Ends 5/23)

All Kodansha Titles on Sale for a limited time only!

Right now you can take advantage of the Right Stuf Anime sale pricing all Kodansha Comics titles up to 33% off! Whether you’ve been eying to buy a highly anticipated pre-order like The Ghost In The Shell The Human Algorithm Vol. 1, a big ticket item like the FAIRY TAIL Manga Box Set 1, or you just wanted to start reading the manga of fan-favorite anime like Gleipnir, and Wave, Listen to Me!, this sale will help you stock-up your home library with some of the hottest manga being published today! Even perennial favorites like AKIRA and Sailor Moon Eternal Edition are on discount. But hurry, this sale ends Saturday, May 23!

Visit rightstuffanime.com to see how much you can save!

Kodansha Comics & Vertical Holiday Gift Guide 2019!

Looking to be a manga Santa this year? Or maybe you’re looking to give yourself a nice treat to curl up with!

To help out with your gift-hunting, we here at Kodansha Comics thought of the two most important parts of any present: who’s it for and what’s inside? So the following curated selection of manga features information about what you’re getting and who might want to get it!

Nothing feels better than checking off those names from the list (… well, besides seeing them open their gift of course!) Happy Holiday gift hunting!

Magic Knight Rayearth 25th Anniversary Manga Box Set 1

For: CLAMP fans, folks interested in a series with a classic art-style, anyone interested in a magical adventure series with female leads

What’s inside:  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.

Get it here

FAIRY TAIL Manga Box Set 1 

For: Any Fairy Tail die-hards and newcomers looking to get into the series now that it’s complete

What’s inside:  Stylish box includes Volumes 1-11 of the magical shonen adventure that became an anime megahit, plus an exclusive bonus sticker sheet!

Get it here

Colorful Dreams 

For:  Anyone. Great gift for any daydreamer, perfect coffee-table art book

What’s inside: a remastered art book by VOFAN, based on his original Taiwan release.

This version features an U.S. exclusive cover,  updated art pieces, table of contents page, a brand new story (dream) and an extended interview with VOFAN! 

Get it here

Battle Angel Alita Deluxe Complete Series Box Set 

For: For any fan looking for an entry point into one of the building blocks of science-fiction manga

What’s inside: This box set includes all five volumes of Battle Angel Alita plus a brand new book of short stories—more than 2,000 pages of manga—in a collector’s box set with special extras.

Get it here

 

Cardcaptor Sakura Collector’s Edition 1+2 

For: Cardcaptor Sakura brought a generation of readers to manga, and now it’s back in a definitive collector’s edition! Any fans of CLAMP, budding shojo readers, and collectors will love this gift!

What’s inside: 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. Each volume comes with a bonus collectible Clow Card!

Get it here

Saint Young Men Volume 1 

For: Anyone interested in a quirky, philosophical manga about friendship and finding a place in the world.

What’s inside: What manga could be more appropriate for Christmas than one featuring Jesus … with his roommate Buddha in a flat in western Tokyo!?  This highly anticipated print release of one of the most talked about series comes with an extra-large 2-in-1 premium hardcover!

Get it here

MONOGATARI Series Box Set, Season 2 

For:  MONOGATARI fans! 

What’s inside: With the overwhelming popularity of the first box set of NISIOISIN’s MONOGATARI Series, we now present to you this beautiful new box set featuring all the novels of Season 2! 

VOFAN has created new artwork exclusively for the project, which wraps around the package. Plus a beautiful art card included as a bonus item showcasing the Season 2 characters!

Get it here

Paradise Kiss 20th Anniversary Edition 

For:  Ai Yazawa fans and fashionable people! 

What’s inside:  A beautiful omnibus edition of Paradise Kiss celebrating 20 years since the serialization began in Japan. 

This 3-in-1 package features a new cover, color inserts and more! 

Get it here

Sailor Moon Eternal Edition

For: It’s the best way to read the series, it’s easy to read, and made with the power of love (and high quality printing.) Any fan of Sailor Moon would be THRILLED to get these!

What’s inside: The guardians in sailor suits return in this definitive edition of the greatest magical girl manga of all time! Features all-new cover illustrations by creator Naoko Takeuchi, a glittering holographic coating, an extra-large size, premium paper, French flaps, and a newly-revised translation!

Get it here

 

Attack on Titan Season 3 Manga Box Set + Attack on Titan Anthology

For: Perfect for any anime fan looking to jump into the manga series. Also great for the new fan wanting to know what the hype is all about.

What’s inside: It might be bad that humanity is boxed in, but it’s good that these books are! You can buy Attack on Titan manga in accordance with the anime, which makes both platforms all the more enjoyable!

Get it here

The Ghost In The Shell Deluxe Complete Box Set + The Ghost In The Shell: Global Neural Network

For: Fans of science-fiction worldbuilding and timeless art. Folks intrigued by the movie and who might enjoy the source material. A beautiful set of books to display or to give as a gift!

What’s inside: Includes three large-sized hardcover volumes, plus a collectible lithograph by creator Shirow Masamune!

Get it here

Princess Jellyfish Complete Box Set

For: Anyone dealing with the struggles of moving into a place on your own and not feeling good enough. A great present for a recent college grad!

What’s inside:  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.

Get it here

A Silent Voice Complete Series Box Set

For: This YALSA award winning series is great for any teen. Fantastic gift for fans of the movie or newcomers!

What’s inside:  The acclaimed, best selling manga about a girl who can’t hear and the boy who bullied her, from start to finish, in a premium, collectible box set. Includes all seven volumes, plus an exclusive, double-sided 10-by-15-inch poster and a replica of Shoko’s communication notebook.

Get it here

Cyber Monday Sale: Featuring 15+ cyborg-related digital manga series up to 50% off! (ends 12/2)

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…or as you humans might say, Cyber Monday Sale! All your favorite manga featuring human-machine hybrids up to 50% off! It’s almost enough to make a robot emotional!

This week only, over 15 series of our cyborg-themed series are now up to 50% off at our digital retail partners: BookWalker, comiXology, Google Play, Kindle, MyAnimeList, and nook. Rev your motors, though, sale ends December 2nd! 

~ Kodansha Comics Cyber Monday Sale ~
November 26- December 2
Click on the featured titles to read Chapter 1 for FREE!

A.I.C.O. Incarnation 

APOSIMZ 

Appleseed Alpha

BLAME! 

BLAME! : The Electrofishers’ Escape

BLAME! Academy and So On

Battle Angel Alita  

Battle Angel Alita: Holy Night 

Battle Angel Alita: Last Order  

Battle Angel Alita: Mars Chronicles 

Clockwork Planet 

EDENS ZERO 

The Ghost in the Shell  

Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex 

The Ghost in the Shell: Global Neural Network 

Inuyashiki

Mardock Scramble 

NOiSE

UPDATED 11/20: New simulpubs HERO’S and The Ghost in the Shell: The Human Algorithm!

Leave it to scientific advancements to save the day! Thanks to simulpub technology, we’re releasing the latest chapters of HERO’S—Hiro Mashima’s brand-new all-star manga crossover—and The Ghost in The Shell: The Human Algorithm the same day and time they hit newsstands in Japan!

HERO’S Chapter 1-6 are now available for purchase and download on comiXology and Kindle and BookWalker—for just 99-cents a chapter!

The Ghost in the Shell: The Human Algorithm gets started with Chapters 1-3 on the same platforms for $1.99 a chapter on November 20!

Get the jump on these while they’re coming out before the graphic-novel Volume 1s come out!

HERO’S
Discover HERO’S, the ultimate crossover in the Hiro Mashima universe, featuring your favorite characters from Mashima-sensei’s past megahits Rave Master, Fairy Tail, and Edens Zero! Yup, it’s true! The Fairy Tail guild are enjoying a well-deserved rest on True Island—an island known to contain all the truth of the secrets of the world—when Natsu gets drawn into the jungle by the smell of delicious fruit. There he encounters Shiki, a young boy who’s also after that same fruit, and the two get entangled! Will our heroes become friends—or enemies? Find out as all your old faves from three manga classics come together for the first time in this brand-new adventure!

Togusa, Batou, and the rest of Public Security Section 9 are back in The Ghost in The Shell: Human Algorithm, a new story set after the events of The Ghost in the Shell 1.5: Human Error Processer! With the Major missing, Section 9 continues along, solving cases with the help of their newest recruit, Tsunagi!

Want more simulpub action so you’re at the cutting-edge of the manga world?

Check out our other simulpub titles here—all of which you can find streaming on Crunchyroll or comiXology Unlimited

Or available for download on comiXology, Kindle, and BookWalker!

The Ghost in the Shell digital sale! All series up to 50% off

“It is the near future. The world has become highly information-intensive, with a vast corporate network covering the planet, electrons and light pulsing through it.” But on the upside, you can plug into the classic cyberpunk sensation The Ghost in the Shell in digital! From now until October 14th, get up to 50% off on all The Ghost in the Shell series at all of our digital retail partners: Apple Books, BookWalker, comiXology, Google Play, Kindle, Kobo, MyAnimeList, and nook! Sale ends October 14th.

What are you waiting for?? There’s no time for the future like the present!

… aaaand be sure to check out the special surprises this month with The Ghost in the Shell as our 10th Anniversary Spotlight Series for October!

By the way, here’s the whole Chapter 1 free of the greatest cyberpunk comic ever!

 

10 Years of Kodansha Comics—October Spotlight: The Ghost in the Shell

10 years of Kodansha Comics!

The year 2019 marks the 10th anniversary of the first Kodansha Comics manga published in English. Please join us in celebration as we select one classic Kodansha Comics series each month for exclusive content, promotions, and other surprises!


The Ghost in the Shell Volumes 1, 2, and 1.5; Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex Volumes 1-5; and The Ghost in the Shell: Global Neural Network are available from Kodansha Comics!

Our October spotlight title is the cyberpunk cop classic The Ghost in the Shell. Not the usual kind of ghosts October is known for, but as the year winds down to a close, we’re focusing on some timeless manga classics! So what kind of “special surprises” do we have waiting for you this month? Check these out …

Surprise 1: Exclusive The Ghost in the Shell Pin!

As a part of the 10 Years of Kodansha Comics project, we’ve teamed up with our friends at Rightstuf to bring you this awesome exclusive Major Motoko Kusanagi pin!

Visit Rightstuf and order any volume of The Ghost in the Shell, Ghost in the Shell: SAC, The Ghost in the Shell: Global Neural Network, Ghost in the Shell: README 1995-2017 and you’ll receive an exclusive pin for FREE! Your order will also come with our new Kodansha Comics mascot Kacey pins! Available this month (October 2019) only or while supplies last. 

Surprise 2: The Ghost in the Shell series digital sale!

Shirow Masamune’s masterpiece comes in many deluxe versions and spin-offs. From now until October 14th, all the titles related to The Ghost in the Shell are up to 50% off at all of our digital retail partners Apple Books, BookWalker, comiXology, Google Play, Kindle, Kobo, MyAnimeList, and nook!

Surprise 3: The Ghost in the Shell Survey Sweepstakes!

Have you ever wished you could own a collection of all things The Ghost in the Shell? Well here’s your lucky chance: for the month of October only, ONE lucky winner will win The Ghost in the Shell Deluxe Complete Box Set, Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex Volumes 1-5, The Ghost in the Shell: Global Neural Network, and Ghost in the Shell README: 1995-2017. All you have to do is take this survey by October 31 to enter for a chance to win!

New artwork by LRNZ from The Ghost in the Shell: Global Neural Network

Surprise 4: Interview with Brenden Fletcher and LRNZ from “Star Gardens” featured in The Ghost in the Shell: Global Neural Network

Kodansha Comics (KC): This year marks the 30th anniversary of the first chapter of the Ghost in the Shell manga. How would you describe its impact on your life and your body of work?

Brenden Fletcher (BF): I don’t think I’ve ever seen a world-building toolkit as vast and inventive as the one used to create The Ghost in the Shell manga. As influential as the stories and characters have been on me through the years, it’s the myriad ways Shirow-sensei uses the language of comics to open up his universe to the reader that keep pushing me to be more creative in my own work. I’m still in awe of his comics after thirty years!

KC: “Star Gardens” depicts Major Kusanagi’s encounter with a hacker searching for a loved one whose mind has been stolen and is literally being mined for ideas. Its plot explores how one person’s creativity can be coopted or exploited under corporate capitalism. On a deeper level, it examines sources of personal identity in a world where media is omnipresent. How did you decide to tell this story in the setting ofThe Ghost in the Shell?

BF: It seemed a natural extension of the themes of identity explored in the abundance of The Ghost in the Shell media. I wanted to make a statement about how our creative minds frame our own being: that we can and often do construct multiple iterations of ourselves to suit different moments of our lives that can live alongside one another in harmony, and that there is danger in not being properly acquainted or comfortable with those many facets that make up your whole you. In this story, that danger leaves Kusanagi open to a hack. It ultimately validates for her that no matter how she sees herself, no matter whose skin she finds herself in, they are all versions of a unified whole.

On a meta level, exploring these ideas through the coexistence of the many versions of Major Kusanagi—from comics, movies, animated series, games, etc.—struck me as something that would resonate. It was also a way for me to personally come to terms with the way her character shifts depending on the lens she’s viewed through, or the creative hand guiding her. All are valid and can coexist in “Star Gardens”.

KC:  For some, it can feel difficult—even futile—to set out to create something truly new. Do you have any advice for writers or artists who may feel discouraged at the thought that their work, whatever it may be, is too derivative or not original enough?

BF: The creator will always feel the influences on their own work far more than the audience. It’s easy to just say “Don’t sweat it!” and urge you on to just get writing or drawing or whatever, but I totally get how that’s a concern. I see The Ghost in the Shell in just about everything I do 🙂

The best advice I can give is to tell the story you want to tell and always listen closely to your characters. When you veer off course, they’ll guide you back to where you belong. And when you’ve done your first draft, go back and give it another pass. And then another. And then another. The more you refine, the more you let your characters guide you, the more your work will become its own thing.

KC: If you lived in the world of The Ghost in the Shell, where would you be and what would you be doing?

BF: As cool as all the tech is in the world of The Ghost in the Shell, it’s also super terrifying. I was born and raised in the country and I feel like if THIS was the world I was forced to live in, I’d be offline, hiding somewhere in the Northern Ontario woods, hoping to God I’d be left alone long enough to raise my family and see old age in relative peace.

Either that or I’d be some kinda super ninja-cyborg.

Kodansha Comics (KC): How did you first encounter The Ghost in the Shell?

LRNZ (L): It was July 1992: Kappa Magazine Issue No. 1, one of the very first anime/manga-related magazines in Italy. They published the entire original manga series, monthly, and I loved it!

KC: Your art in “Star Gardens” takes us on a stylistic tour through the 30-year history of The Ghost in the Shell. Do you have a favorite incarnation of Major Kusanagi and Section 9, and why?

L: I love all the ones we used in “Star Gardens,” though the original 1997 movie is probably the one I can best relate to as an artist. But if I had to choose my all-time favorite, it’s probably the only one we never used: Motoko as depicted in the animated intro movie from the PSX game Ghost in the Shell: Megatech Body, which is, as a side note, one of my favorite pieces of animation ever.

KC: Your bona fides are unquestionable, in part because your previous graphic novel Golem depicted a capitalist techno-dystopia similar to Shirow-sensei’s. Looking back three decades later, what did The Ghost in the Shell get right about where we were going as a species? How do you think cyberpunk has changed since the manga premiered in 1989?

L: As an industrial designer, I did some concept work for real-world and experimental robotics. In all of those workshops, I could spot GitS-inspired projects and ideas. It was resonating among engineers, designers, and intellectuals, at all levels. Still, I must say that what really strikes me the most about GitS is the whole philosophical issue about soul, body, gender, and identity. It really was ahead of its time and still stands incredibly strong, a megatech beacon for our unforeseeable future. The puppeteer concept makes you question the bedrock of our culture: what is human, nature or god. Not bad for a pulp sci-fi sexy comic, is it?

KC: Describe your process in creating “Star Gardens.” What conceptual work did you do first, and how did you finish the pages?

L: I started from the visionary pages, the ones where we see Motoko diving into her multiple selves, and then came back to earth designing the Newport Town and Section 9 look. The whole process took place while constantly exchanging ideas with Brenden.

KC: If there was one piece of technology from The Ghost in the Shell that you could make real, what would it be?

L: Fuchikomas. I want Fuchikomas running free in my city.

Thank you Brenden and LRNZ!


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Be sure to check back again next month, when we’ll be throwing the spotlight onto yet another Kodansha classic!