Kodansha Comics Gift Guide Part 1: Black Friday Buying Guide

Kodansha Comics Gift Guide Part 1: Black Friday Buying Guide

If you’re looking to save big bucks this Black Friday on the latest and greatest manga sets, we’ve got you covered. From extravagant collector’s editions to limited edition box sets of your favorite classic series, whether you’re looking to complete your own manga collection, or to find a great set to gift someone special, you won’t want to miss stacking up on our top picks for Black Friday buys.

Akira 35th Anniversary Box Set

If you missed your chance to snag your copy of the Akira 35th Anniversary Box Set when it crashed into stores last year, you’ll definitely want to put this box set on the top of your “To Buy” list. After winning not one, but two Eisner Awards this year (Best Publication Design and Best Archival Collection/Project—Comic Books), we’ve brought the behemoth box set back—but not for long. Not only is the set a limited edition, but it’s also the only way to experience Akira as the author originally intended. With the original Japanese art and right-to-left reading format preserved, along with Otomo’s hand-drawn sound effects, this limited edition box set houses all six-volumes of Akira, plus the Akira Club artbook, in beautifully bound hardcover editions in a premium collector’s box—and also includes a limited-edition patch with the Akira iconic pill design. Whether you’ve been a longtime fan of Akira, or have just been waiting for the right time to delve into this classic series, this is one box set you don’t want to miss. (And you’ll be sure to save big if you make it a Black Friday buy!).

Attack on Titan Season Manga Box Sets 

The only thing more fun that binge-watching Attack on Titan is binge-reading Attack on Titan to get hyped for a brand new season—and our brand new manga “season” box sets are not only great for playing catch up, but also make the perfect gift for the Attack on Titan die-hard fan in your life. Not only do they look terrifying when lined up next to each other, but each box set also contains exclusive bonus items— from tech sticker sheets, to an epic double-sided poster, and short story collections—that can’t be found anywhere else. The Attack on Titan Season 1 Part 1 through Season 3 Part 1 Manga Box Sets are available now—collect them all before the Season 3 Part 2 anime season returns in April 2019!

Want to stack up even more Titan? The colossal epic continues in the Attack on Titan Colossal Editions – Volumes 1 through 4 available now! 

A Silent Voice Complete Series Box Set 

Whether you’re looking for the perfect gift for someone who’s brand new to manga—or you’re searching for a new series to tug on the heartstrings—look no further than the A Silent Voice Complete Series Box Set.This emotional drama, about a girl who can’t hear and the boy who strives to make amends after bullying her, has become one of the most critically-acclaimed manga of the decade—earning an Eisner nomination and accolades from teachers and the American Library Association—and is perfect for manga readers young and old. Housed in a beautiful box featuring gorgeous color artwork from creator Yoshitoki Oima, this box set includes all seven volumes of A Silent Voice, plus an exclusive, double-sided 10-by-15-inch poster, a replica of Shoko’s communication notebook, and a preview of Yoshitoki Oima’s latest series, To Your Eternity.


Battle Angel Alita Deluxe Edition Box Set

ICYM grabbing the individual Battle Angel Alita Deluxe Editions this year, this box set is the perfect way to complete your Alita collection – or to introduce a friend to the sci-fi cyberpunk classic in a beautiful, deluxe edition box set. Not only does this box set bring the original Alita back bigger and better than ever—with glorious 400-page, 2-in-1 hardcover deluxe editions featuring an all-new translation and color pages—but it also includes Battle Angel Alita: Holy Night and Other Stories, an all-new Alita short story collection, plus three holographic, premium art prints signed by Alita creator Yukito Kishiro exclusively for this set. Catch up—or discover—Alita now before Alita: Battle Angel hits theaters in February 2019!




 The Ghost in the Shell Deluxe Edition Box Set

The Ghost in the Shell Deluxe Editions gave international The Ghost in the Shell fans the opportunity to read the series in its original, right-to-left format with Japanese sound effects for the first time ever, and now those beautiful hardcover, definitive editions are available in one complete set. If you missed out on getting your Deluxe Editions before, don’t miss your chance to get this complete collector’s box set—which includes a collectible lithograph by creator Shirow Masamune.






Need more
The Ghost in the Shell? Be sure to check out The Ghost in the Shell: Global Neural Network—a historic collaboration by some of the world’s most innovative comics writers and artists featuring four brand new stories inspired by The Ghost in the Shell universe.



Sailor Moon Eternal Edition

There’s no better way to enjoy the greatest magical girl manga of all time than in a definitive, premium edition—fit for a moon princess (or prince!)! Sailor Moon Eternal Edition is perfect for Sailor Moon fans old and new alike, and features a brand-new translation, a glittery holographic cover, an enlarged trim size, and—for the first time ever in English—includes all original color pages. Whether you want to help complete a lifelong Sailor Moon fan’s collection—or inspire a magical someone by introducing them to the series – the Sailor Moon Eternal Edition is a must-have.

Sailor Moon Eternal Edition Volumes 1 & 2 are available now!







Want to save big before Black Friday? Have some other series you need to pick up? Head on over to Books a Million for their Graphic Novels and Manga: Buy 2, Get 3rd Free Sale!

Stay tuned next week for our next installment of our gift guide, featuring the latest series and spin offs from fan favorite manga creators!

Click here for MORE KC Gift Guide for 2018 Holiday Season!

Announcements from New York Comic Con 2018!

UPDATE — October 6!

Hey! We just made some cool announcements yesterday at our industry panel— where, besides the new licensing announcements recapped below, we had a special guest from Japan, Yohei Takami, the editor-in-chief of Monthly Shonen Magazine and founding editor of Noragami, to talk about his experience of working with Harold Sakuishi, who received this year’s International Spotlight Award at the Harvey Awards for his groundbreaking music manga BECK

Digital-first announcements

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 MidnightLove’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!

New licensing announcements—Kodansha Comics

I’m Standing on A Million Lives by Akinari Nao and Naoki Yamakawa
Releases in print May 2019. Volumes 1-3 currently available on digital. Check out free chapter 1 preview.  The digital-first hit comes to print! A teenage loner boy gets transported into a fantasy world with his two scary female classmates. The girls find themselves as a wizard and a warrior, but he’s woken up as … a farmer?! How will be become a hero now? 
An original fantasy-action adventure manga for fans of That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime

Magus of the Library by Mitsu Izumi
Releases July 2019. An all-ages story about one boy and the (literal) magic of reading set in a lushly-detailed Arabian Nights-inspired fantasy world! The whole villages mocks the poor little elf boy, calling him “Knife-Ears.” His only solace is in sneaking into the small branch library to read. Then one day, he meets Sedona, a librarian at the magical central library, who will sweep him away into a world of new knowledge and adventures! 

O Maidens in Your Savage Season by Mari Okada and Nao Emoto
Releases April 2019. Legendary anime creator Mari Okada (anohana, Maquia, Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans) makes her manga series debut with a moving, funny, so-true-it’s-embarrassing story of high school girls coming of age together. 
The girls in a high school literature club do a little icebreaker to get to know each other: answering the question, “What’s one thing you want to do before you die?” One of the girls blurts out, “Sex.” Little do they know, the whirlwind unleashed by that word pushes each of these girls, with different backgrounds and personalities, onto their own clumsy, funny, painful, and emotional paths toward adulthood.

New licensing announcements—Vertical Comics

The Golden Sheep by Kaori Ozaki
Releases September 2019. From the creator of Gods LieTsugu-chan is separated from her friends (Sora, Yuushin and Asari) when she moves away. After a few years, she finally returns and is happy to be reunited with them. Tsugu-chan believes that her friends didn’t change, but that doesn’t turn out to be the case.  Themes of changes in life, friendship and bullying.

Don’t Mess with Me, Nagatoro by Nanashi
Releases November 2019. Mischievous Nagatoro-san always bugs Senpai to get a reaction out of him. What is her motivation? Does she just want to create misery for Senpai? Or maybe she secretly likes him?

Voices of a Distant Star (Novel) Original story by Makoto Shinkai, adapted by Arata Kanoh
Releases July 2019. Great novel for Makoto Shinkai and Voices of a Distant Star fans! The manga adaptation of Voices of a Distant Star is currently available in print and digitalThis story narrates the story from a tangent. It also fills in a lot of the gaps and answers many questions present in the manga/OVA. 

Harvey Awards 2018

Congratulations to Harold Sakuishi (creator of BECK, Seven Shakespeares) for receiving this year’s International Creator Spotlight Award at the Harvey Awards for his achievements in creating the groundbreaking music manga, BECK!

Harold Sakuishi (BECK) meets Dave Gibbons (Watchmen) at the Harvey Awards 2018. 


New York Comic Con is just around the corner, and that means another NYCC of epic new panels, news announcements, con-exclusive goods, and more from Kodansha Comics and Vertical Comics! In New York October 4 through 7? Look for our Kodansha Comics / Vertical Comics booth (#2109) and events at New York Comic Con and Anime Fest, featuring The Ghost in the Shell: Global Neural Network, Sailor Moon Eternal Edition, APOSIMZ, BECK creator Harold Sakuishi, and more!


Harold Sakuishi It’s been announced that Harold Sakuishi (BECK, Seven Shakespeares) is receiving the International Spotlight Award from the Harvey Awards this year. He will also be making appearances at New York Comic Con as a ComiXology Originals guest—doing signings at the comiXology booth (Artists Alley #1B5), appearing at the  International Creator Spotlight panel, and meeting you in person! For more details on Harold Sakuishi’s rare Stateside appearance, click here


Kodansha Comics’s BECK and Seven Shakespeares are now both available exclusively as comiXology Originals!

The Ghost in the Shell: Global Neural Network Creators The Ghost in the Shell: Global Neural Network is debuting at this year’s NYCC (on-sale date: October 21,) the minds behind this brand-new original comics anthology will be sharing the process behind the making of this project. Plus they will be doing signings at the Kodansha Comics booth (#2109) several times throughout the NYCC weekend. Here are the list of guests: 

Alejandro Arbona –– Editor, Black Magick, Old Guard
David Lopez –– Artist, Mystic, New Mutants
Brenden Fletcher –– Writer, Batgirl, Motor Crush
Genevieve Valentine ––Writer, Mechanique, Catwoman
Alex de Campi ––Writer, Smoke, No Mercy

SIGNINGS at the Kodansha Comics Booth (#2109)
Come and get your fresh copy of The Ghost in the Shell: Global Neural Network signed by the creators!
Friday, October 5, 5-6 pm
Saturday, October 6, 5:30-6:30 pm
Sunday, October 7, 11:00-12:00pm

Make sure to grab a copy of The Ghost in the Shell: Global Neural Network debuting at NYCC, or preorder now


Thursday, October 4

Sailor Moon Presented by Kodansha Comics
The original Sailor Moon manga returns this year in a beautiful, definitive Eternal Edition, and this is your chance to see what’s in store! Come see new cover illustrations, color pages that have never been printed in any English edition, and details and videos about Sailor Moon live shows and concerts. Plus, ask some of the Sailor Moon Eternal Edition localization team your questions and win fabulous prizes straight from Japan!
Date Thursday, October 4
Time 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Location  Anime Fest – Main Stage

Friday, October 5

The Kodansha Comics and Vertical Comics Big 2019 Mangastravaganza
The publishers of classics like Akira, Sailor Moon, and Battle Angel Alita, as well as new hits like Attack on Titan, APOSIMZ, Pop Team Epic, and Wotakoi: Love Is Hard for Otaku, reveal their exciting slate of titles for 2019 for the first time. Don’t miss this chance to be the first to see where manga in the US is headed next! Talk to the editors and publishers of your favorite series, get free manga samplers, and win fun, exclusive prizes straight from Japan.
Date Friday, October 5
Time 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Location Javits Center, Room 1A24

Saturday, October 6

Making Manga: From Mind to Magazine to Your Bookshelf
A team of manga professionals presents a unique inside look at how your favorite Japanese comics are created. Learn about the differences between American comics and manga, then experience a live demonstration featuring the translation, design, and lettering of an English-language manga. Ask a question and you could win a free book! Presented by Kodansha Comics.
Date Saturday, October 6
Time 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Location  Anime Fest – Mirai Stage

Master manga creator Harold Sakuishi has built a storied decades-long career with his kinetic style and award-winning manga, like the musically charged BECK and historical drama Seven Shakespeares—both available via ComiXology Originals. Join comiXologists Matt Kolowski and Kiersten Wing in this rare chance to hear from renowned mangaka Harold Sakuishi in an intimate and wide-reaching conversation, along with Sakuishi’s editor at Kodansha, Yohei Takami, and Kodansha USA’s Misaki Kido—it’s a panel no manga fan can miss!
Date Saturday, October 6
Time 12:15 PM – 1:15 PM
Location Javits Center, Room 1A02

The Ghost in the Shell: Global Neural Network Creator Panel
Meet the minds behind this brand-new original comics anthology, supervised by The Ghost in the Shell creator Shirow Masamune, including Alex de Campi (Twisted Romance), Brenden Fletcher (Motor Crush, Batgirl), David López (All-New Wolverine), and Genevieve Valentine (Catwoman). Speak with the writers and editors about their contributions to the Ghost in the Shell world, and see the future of Section 9!
Date Saturday, October 6
Time 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Location Javits Center, Room 1A24

Kodansha Comics / Vertical Comics Booth #2109!



APOSIMZ, volume 1
Battle Angel Alita, Deluxe Edition volume 5

Battle Angel Alita: Holy Night and Other Stories
The Ghost in the Shell: Global Neural Network


Attack on Titan Poster Set
Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card Enamel Pin Set
Cells at Work! Acrylic Keychain Set
Devils’ Line Manuscript Replica
Pop Team Epic Chara Dice

Pop Team Epic Selfie Sticks
Pop Team Epic Acrylic Stamps


EDENS ZEROglobal pin (the US Edition) with Kodansha Comics newsletter sign up! …Details
 Kodansha Comics x Vertical Comics con exclusive tote bagwith gift with purchase of $25 or more
The Seven Deadly Sins, Devils’ Line, or Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Cardmini shikishi free with purchase
Pop Team Epic keychain with purchase of Pop Team Epic volume 1
*while supplies last.

Visit Kodansha Comics at NYCC Javits Center Booth #2109 to pick up a Sailor Moon discount flyer couponand exclusive Sailor Moon merchandise straight from Japan, such as Moon Stick, original illustration hand towel, handkerchief, and more!

Sailor MoonEternal Edition is available now from Kodansha Comics!

Announcements from San Diego Comic Con (July 19-22)!

Psssst! Going to San Diego Comic Con July 19-22? 

We’re going to have some exciting new announcements for Battle Angel Alita and The Ghost in the Shell—as well as other new licensing announcements for 2018 and beyond!. Plus, join the Q&A for a chance to win special giveaway items!

So come check out the Kodansha Comics panel on Saturday July 21, 2018 at 11:30am-12:30pm in Room 8!

“Do I have to be there?” For giveaways and fun—yes! But for the info, just check back here at kodanshacomics.com for breaking updates on our panel announcements!

Eisner Winner update!

 Congratulations to Katsuhiro Otomo and the designers and editors behind our Akira 35th Anniversary Edition box set, which won in two categories on July 20 at San Diego Comic-Con’s  2018 Will Eisner Comic Book Industry Awards!

Best Publication Design
Product design by Phil Balsman, Akira Saito (Veia), NORMA Editorial, and MASH•ROOM

Best Archival Collection/Project—Comic Books
By Katsuhiro Otomo, edited by Haruko Hashimoto, Ajani Oloye, and Lauren Scanlan

BIG kudos to all of you!

July 21 update!

Meanwhile, at our San Diego Comic Con panel, besides having special guest Shu Hashimoto, the editor of Boarding School Juliet, share behind-the-scenes process for making hit manga, we here at Kodansha Comics also made several new announcements—including new art reveal for the Battle Angel Alita box set (coming November 2018), and several August digital-first titles, including five yaoi titles launching August 21! Here’s the rundown:

Battle Angel Alita 
Coming November 2018, the  Battle Angel Alita Deluxe Edition Box Set includes Volumes 1-5 of the Battle Angel Alita Deluxe Edition, plus the Holy Night and Other Stories collection and a huge poster featuring brand new color art by Yukito Kishiro, created exclusively for this set!

Check it out! Here’s a first look at the poster art! 

The Ghost in the Shell: Global Neural Network 
The Ghost in the Shell: Global Neural Network, the anthology of The Ghost in the Shell  is coming this fall. The full creator credit and synopsis for the four stories had been revealed!

Story 1: “Automatic Behavior” by Max Gladstone & David López 
In this story by Max Gladstone, author of the Hugo-nominated Craft Sequence novels, and David López, the star artist of All-New Wolverine, Kusanagi and Aramaki are visiting Shanghai under cover as trade attachés when Aramaki is abducted in a sudden attack. Kusanagi recognizes the kidnappers as an elite American squadron she faced years earlier in Laos. But something is wrong – these soldiers should all be dead. Aramaki awakens inside a simulated world where his captors use repetition and pain to wear him down. Cut off from support, Kusanagi will have to reunite with an old friend to discover who has taken Aramaki and recover him before they break his ICE and access his ghost.

Story 2: “Redbloods” by Alex de Campi & Giannis Milonogiannis
From legendary writer Alex de Campi (Twisted Romance, Grindhouse) and Giannis Milonogiannis of Image Comics’s acclaimed Prophet. A raid on a pleasure cruise off the coast of Yokohama unveils an international gang of smugglers trading illegally in the cyber-bodies of children. The trail leads to a dank corner of what was once Louisiana, where Togusa and Saito find themselves alone and outgunned. Meanwhile, Chief Aramaki and Major Kusanagi clash over a difference in philosophy with major implications for one little girl.

Story 3: “After the Ball Is Over” by Genevieve Valentine & Brent Schoonover
By Genevieve Valentine (Catwoman) and Brent Schoonover (Ant-Man), this story is set amid the aftermath of the war that divided the United States into three separate entities now at an uneasy peace. A woman has lived without augmentations, making a living by smuggling information the analog way. But an encounter with a man she never thought to see again drives her to stick her neck out one last time, and brave the checkpoints and suspicion that now pock what was once the land of the free.

Story 4: “Star Gardens” by Brenden Fletcher & LRNZ
From the explosive combination of Brenden Fletcher (Batgirl, Motor Crush) and LRNZ (Golem) comes an exploration of the nature of identity and imagination, punctuated by stylized fights and homages to every past incarnation of Section 9. A mind-blowing, kinetic descent into the mind of Major Motoko Kusanagi concludes The Ghost in the Shell: Global Neural Network.

 Digital-First New Releases: August 2018 

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 …

July 17 update!

Special guest appearance: Shu Hashimoto
At this year’s Kodansha Comics panel, we have special guest Shu Hashimoto—manga editor extraordinaire from Kodansha Japan. Shu’s worked closely behind-the-scenes with the creators of hit series you love like Fairy Tail, Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches … and he’s also the founding editor of the up-and-coming manga-to-anime series, Boarding School Juliet! Mr. Hashimoto will share the creative process and behind-the-scenes of the making of our next hit manga!

Wanna know what’s like to be a manga editor? 

You can also follow Mr. Hashimoto on Twitter at @wmhashimoto 

Panel Exclusive: BECK Stickers!
To celebrate the launch of Harold Sakuishi’s ye olde schoole and ye newe schoole manga, i.e., BECK and Seven Shakespeares on comiXology Originals, we’ve got these here panel-exclusive BECK stickers! Be sure to come to Kodansha Comics panel early and grab one to decorate your laptop, drum set, ukulele, or whatever instruments of thy choice! 

Kodansha Comics Manga to Anime Humble Bundle

The Ghost in the Shell, Battle Angel AlitaThe Seven Deadly Sins … You may recognize these titles from their anime or live-action adaptations, but didja know (you did, didn’t you?) that the story started here at Kodansha Comics—as manga? 

Starting Wednesday June 6, Kodansha Comics and Humble Bundle team up again to present you our BIGGEST manga bundle yet, Humble Manga Bundle x Kodansha Comics: Manga to Anime. That’s $800+ worth of digital manga including a complete series of The Ghost in the Shell and its spinoff series Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex, Battle Angel Alita, and InuyashikiNot to mention you can catch up to the most recent story arcs  of series like The Seven Deadly Sins and Ajin (both as seen as anime on Netflix)—so you know what happens beyond what’s been anime-ated thus far. So how does it work? 

Name your price. Together, the books in this bundle usually cost as much as $800. At Humble Bundle, though, you choose the price!

Read ’em anywhere. These comics are available in multiple formats including CBZ, PDF, and ePub, so they work on your computer, e-readers, iPads, cell phones, and a wide array of mobile devices! Instructions and a list of recommended reading programs can be found here

Support charity. Choose where the money goes—among Kodansha Comics and our preselected charity The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund—or, if you like, a charity of your choice—via the PayPal Giving Fund. For details on how this works, click here. If you like this bundle or like what Humble Bundle does, you can leave a Humble Tip too.

This special bundle ends WEDNESDAY, June 20, 10:59 A.M. PACIFIC TIME

Media: download the official press release PDF here


PAY WHAT YOU WANT! Here’s what you’ll get with each tier:

Pay $1 or more
Ajin: Demi-Human volumes 1-11
+1-month subscription for HIDIVE


Pay $8 or more
Inuyashiki volumes 1-10 (complete series)
The Seven Deadly Sins volumes 1-10
+ 1-month subscription for HIDIVE


Pay $15 or more
The Seven Deadly Sins volumes 11-22
The Ghost in the Shell volumes 1-2 (complete series, includes volume 1.5)
Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex volumes 1-5 (complete series)


Pay $18 or more
Battle Angel: Alita volumes 1-9 (complete series)
Battle Angel Alita: Last Order omnibus volumes 1-5 + volumes 16-19
Battle Angel Alita: Mars Chronicle volumes 1-2


Pay $20 or more
Battle Angel Alita Exclusive Wallpapers
Battle Angel Alita Exclusive Sketch Video
The Ghost in the Shell: Global Neural Network Exclusive Preview (forthcoming September 2019)

Battle Angel Alita x The Ghost in the Shell: classic manga in ONE bundle!

Battle Angel Alita and The Ghost in the Shell are some of the best know manga from Kodansha Comics. Maybe you recognize these titles from the the classic anime—or maybe from the hype around the new live-action movies. But maybe it’s time to go back to the source? If you haven’t got around to checking out the manga until now, consider yourself in luck, cos that means you’ve got some awesome reads ahead of you! Not only that, for this week only, comiXology is exclusively offering unique digital manga bundles and crazy discounts! Sale ends 4/9/2018. 

Ghost in the Shell Universe Bundle
The Ghost in the Shell, the originals series, volumes 1-3
Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex, volumes 1-5
Regular Price: $101.92
Bundle Price: $49.99

Click on the covers to read chapter 1 previews!

Battle Angel Alita Universe Bundle
Battle Angel Alita, the original series, volumes 1-9
Battle Angel Alita: Last Orderomnibus 1-5 (continues volumes 1-15)+ volumes 16-19
Battle Angel Alita: Mars Chronicle, volume 1
Regular Price: $242.82
Bundle Price: $149.99













Click on the covers to read chapter 1 previews!

Battle Angel Alita x The Ghost in the Shell Bundle
ALL of Battle Angel Alita and The Ghost in the Sell Universe in ONE bundle for super discount price!

Regular Bundle Price: $199.99
Discounted Bundle Price: $99.99
Sale ends 4/9/2018.

Not sure about deep-diving into all these books at once? Not to worry! You can start out with reading just one volume!
All of the manga mentioned above are individually on sale up to 50% off! Sale ends 4/9/2018. 

Upcoming Events: Anime Boston, Anime Matsuri, Sakura-Con, and C2E2!

Time for a good old-fashioned American otaku road trip! In the coming weeks of March and April, Kodansha Comics and Vertical will be criss-crossing the country and could come to an anime/comics convention near you! Check the list of events and activities below to see if we’ll see you there …

Can’t go? Not close enough? Don’t worry! You’ll be able to catch what’s happening at the shows—and all the new announcements we’ll make—right here at KodanshaComics.com!

Anime Boston (Boston, MA) March 30-April 1

Vertical Comics Industry Panel
Friday, March 30, 4:30-5:30 p.m. in Constitution 2 (Sheraton)

From the publishers of BLAME!, Monogatari series, Devils’ Line, Ajin: Demi-Human, Pop Team Epic and more. Come join us as we talk about new and upcoming manga churning out of the Vertical factory. PLUS join us for the launch of a new series, CITY, from the creator of the hit manga series ‘nichijou’. There will be a special commemorative item for all that attend.

Celebrating the launch of CITY by Keiichi Arawi (creator of nichijou), Vertical Comics is giving away one of the CITY buttons at the Vertical Comics Industry Panel (Friday, March 30, 4:30-5:30 p.m.) The second buttons will be gift with purchase of CITY volume 1 at Comicopia Booth (#100) during Anime Boston!* 

*While supplies last. 

Again x Moteki Buttons Giveaway
From Mitsurou Kubo, one of the minds behind Yuri!!! on ICE, comes two brand new manga titles, Again!! (Kodansha Comics) and Moteki (Vertical Comics). For fans attending Anime Boston and Sakura-Con, we created special buttons which you can get FREE with purchase of Again!! or Moteki manga. Head over to Comicopia (booth #100) for Anime Boston and Kinokuniya (booth #905) for Sakura-Con to collect your buttons!!* 

*While supplies last. 

Sakura-Con (Seattle, WA) March 30-April 1

Celebrate Sakura’s Birthday! 

All weekend at Crunchyroll Booth (#635)

April 1 is the birthday of our favorite magical girl–– Sakura Kinomoto from Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card! Come and celebrate Sakura’s birthday with all the fans at Crunchyroll Booth (#635)!

Come and write your own special birthday message to Sakura on a giant 6-ft birthday card! You can also take a picture at the special photo op where you can become your own Clow Card!

Plus Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card newest volume 3 (in store April 10) will be available at the show as pre-street at Crunchyroll Booth (#635) and Kinokuniya Booth (#905)!

Again x Moteki Buttons Giveaway
Get your special buttons for FREE with purchase of Again!! or Moteki manga at Kinokuniya (booth #905) in Sakura-Con! 

Anime Matsuri (Houston, TX) March 29-April 1

Moon Castle: Official Sailor Moon Formal Party
Thursday, March 29, 6:00-9:00 p.m. at Marriott Marquis Houston

Bond with fans from all over the world in this one of a kind, Official Sailor Moon Formal Party with Special Guests Fumio Osano and Chiaki Kon and many others. The Moon Castle awaits you in your most magical looks.

Dinner will be served. Formal attire or cosplay is required. See rules on the ticket page.


Official Sailor Moon Panel
Saturday, March 31, 2:00-3:00 p.m. at General Assembly (GRB Convention Center, 3F)

Join the Special Guests Fumio Osano (Japanese manga editor of Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon) and Chiaki Kon (Director of anime Sailor Moon Crystal) for the official Sailor Moon Panel!

UPDATE March 31, 2018: It’s been announced that Sailor Moon Eternal Edition is coming soon in September 2018, along with the reveal of  the details of the new features:
・All-new cover illustrations by creator Naoko Takeuchi
・All-new translation
・A glittering holographic coating
・Extra-large, premium paper
・French flaps

Behold! Check out the new trailer of Sailor Moon Eternal Edition

Click here to pre-order Sailor Moon Eternal Edition (coming September 2018) NOW! 


C2E2 (Chicago, IL) April 6-9

Attack on Titan Publishing Panel with Quirk Books and Kodansha Comics
Friday, April 6, 6:45-7:45 p.m. in Room S403

With Attack on Titan anime season 3 coming this July, it’s an exciting time to be a Titan fan! Join Quirk Books for an exclusive peek at the new upcoming Attack on Titan story Garrison Girl, while Kodansha Comics will reveal the designs for the upcoming Attack on Titan manga box sets and more! The author of Garrison Girl, Rachel Aaron, will be on the panel to answer your questions, along with the editor of the English-language AoT manga. Plus, win free books and promo items straight from Japan!

Kodansha Comics Panel featuring Ghost in the Shell, Sailor Moon, and Again!!
Saturday, April 7, 3:00-4:00 p.m. at Room S403

Join Japan’s biggest publisher for an exciting look at new manga for 2018 and 2019! Attendees will be the first to see completed art from the new comics anthology The Ghost in the Shell: Global Neural Network, featuring Brenden Fletcher (Motor Crush), Alex de Campi (Mayday), Giannis Milonogiannis (Prophet), and other talented creators. Plus, exciting announcements for fans awaiting the final volumes of Battle Angel Alita Deluxe Edition and Princess Jellyfish, and the chance to win free books and promo items from Japan!


Update April 7:  Kodansha Comics had made new licensing announcements at C2E2!

Garrison Girl cover revealed!

This August, Quirk Books will publish the first-ever English-language original Attack on Titan prose novel, Garrison Girl: An Attack on Titan Novel (Quirk Books; August 7, 2018) by Rachel Aaron, author of the Heartstrikers series.













For more info on Garrison Girl, visit Quirk Books’ website!


Attack on Titan Manga Box Sets with new designs and bonuses!

Attack on Titan Season 1 Part 1

Contains volumes 1-4, plus two exclusive sticker sheets! On sale April 24!


Attack on Titan Season 1 Part 2

Contains volumes 5-8, plus two exclusive sticker sheets! On sale June 12!

Attack on Titan Season 2

Contains volumes 9-12, plus a large-sized, exclusive poster! On sale July 31! 

Click here for more info on Attack on Titan Manga Box Sets! 


Battle Angel Alita: Holy Night and Other Stories

The book fans have been waiting for! The short stories in this collection were published in Japanese from 1997 to 2006, but have never been collected in English until now!

Nearly 300 pages of never-before-seen Alita stories, hardcover, plus exclusive extras!  On sale October 2018!

Battle Angel Alita Deluxe Complete Box Set

The entire original Battle Angel Alita series in beautiful hardcover, plus the Holy Night short story collection, AND a box design and exclusive premium art print featuring new, original art by creator Yukito Kishiro, to be revealed soon!  On sale November 2018!

The Akira 35th Anniversary Box Set returns this July!

The Akira 35th Anniversary Box Set gives English-language readers, for the first-time, the opportunity to experience Akira as the author originally intended. With the original Japanese art and right-to-left reading format preserved, along with Otomo’s hand-drawn sound effects, this limited-edition boxset houses all six-volumes of Akira, plus the Akira Club artbook, in beautifully bound hardcover editions. Whether you’ve been a longtime fan of Akira, or have just been waiting for the right time to delve into this classic series, this is one boxset you don’t want to miss.


The Ghost in the Shell: Global Neural Network

Original stories based on the landmark manga by:

Max Gladstone & David López

Alex de Campi & Giannis Milonogiannis

Brenden Fletcher & LRNZ

Genevieve Valentine & Khoi Pham

pinup art by Becky Cloonan

covers by Dustin Nguyen & Stéphanie Hans

Get the early EXCLUSIVE PREMIERE COMIC—one full, 48-page story—at your local comic shop on Free Comic Book Day, May 5!




All-Time Manga-to-Anime Sale! Your favorite anime’s original story up to 50% off

Attack on Titan, The Ghost in the Shell, The Seven Deadly Sins and more … You may have seen these anime, but didja know they're all based on manga from Kodansha Comics?

For one week only, we're showcasing series that were originally a manga then adapted into an anime during The All-Time Manga-to-Anime Sale! Check out the list of series that's 50% off at all our digital retail partners: BookWalkercomiXology, Google Play, iBooks, Kindle, Kobo, and nook. Sale runs through January 22!

—All-Time Manga-to-Anime Sale — 
all volumes up to 50% off through January 22!

Ace of the Diamond
Air Gear
Air Gear Omnibus
All Out!!
Altair: A Record of Battles
Appleseed Alpha
Attack on Titan
Cage of Eden
Chi’s Sweet Home
Clockwork Planet
Descending Stories: Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinju
Elegant Yokai Apartment Life
Fairy Tail
5 Centimeters per Second
Flying Witch
The Ghost in the Shell
Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex
Giant Killing
The Heroic Legend of Arslan
Hozuki’s Coolheadedness
Interview with Monster Girls
Kiss Him, Not Me
Knights of Sidonia
Kokkoku: Moment by Moment
Land of the Lustrous
Love and Lies
Love Hina
Mysterious Girlfriend X
Negima Omnibus
Ninja Slayer Kills
Nodame Cantabile
Noragami: Stray God
Princess Jellyfish
Princess Resurrection
Pumpkin Scissors
Rave Master
Sayonara, Zetsubou Sensei
School Rumble
The Seven Deadly Sins
She and her Cat
A Silent Voice
Space Brothers
Spoof on Titan
Sweetness and Lightning
Tsuredure Children
Unlimited Fafnir
UQ Holder
Welcome to the Ballroom
Witchcraft Works
Yagyu Ninja Scrolls
Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches
Your Lie in April
Yozakura Quartet

Wanna know about the latest manga-to-anime series?
Check out the Winter 2018 Manga to Anime Guide!

Kodansha Comics Gift Guide 2017 Part 2: Coming Soon to a Bookshelf Near You

Kodansha Comics Gift Guide 2017

Are  you  looking  for  the  perfect  gift  for  your  manga  loving  friends  and  family  this  holiday  season? Or perhaps you’re looking for the perfect series for someone who’s new to manga? With so many series to choose  from –from  shonen  to  shojo,  from  action-packed  series  to  drama-driven  ones,  from  series  for younger  readers  to  the  experienced fan –it  can  be hard to  choose  just  one  title  in  what  seems  like  an overwhelming sea of stories.

But never fear – Kodansha Comics’s got your back! Our Gift Guide is in full swing once again this year, and from classic tales to new fan favorites, we’ll help guide you to the perfect manga that’s sure to put a smile on someone’s –or your own –face!

Part 2: Coming Soon to a Bookshelf Near You

There’s no better time than the holidays to give someone the gift of manga – especially if you can find a favorite series in a brand-new edition or complete box set. This season, Kodansha Comics has an epic line-up of boxsets and deluxe releases – perfect for holiday gift giving now, or a belated present for yourself later if you hit the preorder button! Check out Part 2 of our Holiday Gift Guide: Coming Soon to a Bookshelf Near You for boxsets and deluxe editions that you can cuddle up with and read all winter long.

A Silent Voice Box Set (Ages 13+)

What’s it About? Shoya is a bully. When Shoko, a girl who can’t hear, enters his elementary school class, she becomes their favorite target, and Shoya and his friends goad each other into devising new tortures for her. But the children’s cruelty goes too far. Shoko is forced to leave the school, and Shoya ends up shouldering all the blame. Six years later, the two meet again. Can Shoya make up for his past mistakes, or is it too late?

Why’s it Good? Since its release, A Silent Voice has become one of the most critically-acclaimed manga of the decade, earning an Eisner nomination, accolades from teachers and the American Library Association, and even making The New York Times manga bestsellers list. Now rereleased in a premium, collectible box set, the A Silent Voice Box Set not only includes all seven volumes of this beloved manga, but also an exclusive, double-sided 10-by-15-inch poster and a replica of Shoko's communication notebook. It makes the perfect gift for veteran fans of the series or new manga fans who are just starting their manga journey!

A Silent Voice Box Set is out December 19 – preorder yours today!


Attack on Titan: No Regrets Complete Color Edition (Age 16+)

What’s it About? In Attack on Titan, Erwin Smith and Captain Levi are an inseparable duo, the calculating brain and pumping heart of the Survey Corps. But years earlier, the young Erwin was an ambitious military ladder-climber and political prodigy, while Levi lived in another world under the elite’s feet, the Underground. In this place, humans are born and die surrounded by the garbage the Capital throws away, and only the lucky or the ruthless have a chance to emerge onto the surface and see the sun. Under a fierce exterior, Levi longs for a life of dignity for himself and his friends, while Erwin’s lifelong obsession with the Titans drives him to depths of moral ambiguity. The two men’s collision course will lead to tension, tragedy, and the greatest team of Titan-fighters humanity will ever know.

Why’s it Good? When it was first released, Attack on Titan: No Regrets gave fans the long-awaited origin story of Levi and Erwin, two of Attack on Titan’s most beloved characters. Attack on Titan: No Regrets Complete Color Edition not only bounds the two-volume prequel into a single, 400-page deluxe hardcover in glorious full color, but also includes never-before-published bonus stories and brand-new illustrations. Even if you’ve read No Regrets before, getting to experience the story of Captain Levi is gorgeous full color, along with brand-new bonus content from No Regrets artist Hikaru Suruga, is something no die-hard Attack on Titan fan is going to want to miss.

Attack on Titan: No Regrets Complete Color Edition is available now!


Fairy Tail Day Planner (Ages 13+)

What’s it About? A day planner for Fairy Tail guild members: students, grown-ups, and S-class wizards alike!

Why’s it Good? If it’s one thing that Fairy Tail has taught us, it’s that nothing lives longer than the powerful bond of friendship! The Fairy Tail manga may be coming to a close, but you can still rep your Fairy Tail pride with this epic day planner, full of color Fairy Tail illustrations, cute chibi drawings, and a bonus manga by creator Hiro Mashima that you can’t read anywhere else! Individual day sheets allow you to add your own dates, so you can start and use this planner whenever you’d like – perfect for students throughout the academic year and older Fairy Tail fans alike!


Fairy Tail Day Planner is out January 23 – preorder yours today!




The Ghost in the Shell Deluxe Complete Box Set (Ages M)

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.

Why’s it Good? The Ghost in the Shell Deluxe Editions gave international The Ghost in the Shell fans the opportunity to read the series in its original, right-to-left format with Japanese sound effects for the first time ever, and now those beautiful hardcover, definitive editions are available in one complete set. If you missed out on getting your Deluxe Editions before, don’t miss your chance to get this complete collector’s box set – which includes a collectible lithograph by creator Shirow Masamune.

The Ghost in the Shell Deluxe Complete Box Set is out December 19 – preorder yours today!


Sailor Moon Eternal Edition (Ages 13+)

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! As Sailor Moon, Usagi must fight evil and enforce justice, in the name of the Moon and the mysterious Moon Princess

Why’s it Good? There’s no better way to enjoy the greatest magical girl manga of all time that in a definitive, premium edition – fit for a moon princess! Featuring all-new cover illustrations by creator Naoko Takeuchi, a glittering holographic coating, an extra-large trim size, premium paper, French flaps, and a newly-revised translation, Sailor Moon Eternal Edition makes the perfect gift for Sailor Moon fans young and old.

Sailor Moon Eternal Edition 1 is out January 30 – preorder your copy today!


Kodansha Comics Gift Guide will update every Friday until the end of holiday season!