Initial D Vol. 1 for 99¢

Own the exciting drift-racing classic at an amazing price!

This Wayback Wednesday we’re spotlighting a high-octane classic that inspired a generation of car culture and excitement, Shuichi Shigeno’s Initial D. Spanning 48 high-velocity volumes, and having inspired numerous animated & live action series & movies, this street-racing saga is the perfect summer long-read, and a great addition to any digital library. And during this special Wayback Wednesday sale you can read the 1st volume of this rubber meets road epic for only 99¢ and ALSO take up to 50% off select volumes after that!

In the world of Initial D, Tak Fujiwara spends a lot of time behind the wheel. His tofu delivery job sends him racing down the treacherous roads of Mount Akina, and without even realizing it, Tak has mastered racing techniques that take most drivers a lifetime to learn. Of course, none of his friends realize this. They’re all too busy watching the Akina Speed Stars, the local street racing team. When the legendary Red Suns show up to challenge the Speed Stars, it looks as if the Trueno Eight Six that has been seen racing through the mountain roads. The question remains … who’s the driver of this phantom car?

This deal will soon be in the past so try Tokyo Revengers volume 1 for only 99¢,  and save up to 50% off select volumes after that! Just visit our participating digital vendors to take advantage of this great discount: BookwalkercomiXologyKindleGoogle PlayApple BooksNookKobo and izneo!. Sale runs from July 28, until August 2!

Curious but want to see more? Check out the 1st chapter preview FREE below!

Epic Tales Await!

Get started on long-running epic series during this digital sale!

Manga has the ability not only to transport us to far off lands, but distant stars and even to the depths of the human heart – but these stories take time and sometimes lots of volumes to tell – which is why we love them! So to help lighten the load on your wallet we’re spotlighting some of our most amazing, long-running, stories during the Epic Tales Sale!

Save up to 50% off select digital volumes of the post-apocalyptic super school girl adventure COPPELION, as well as the dark sci-fi saga Knights of Sidonia. Also if you’ve just watched the To Your Eternity anime streaming on Crunchyroll, and want to jump headlong into the story, now’s the best time to start the emotionally powerful fantasy adventure from the very first volume! All these and more series that are sure to keep you reading long into the night can be yours at a deal no manga fan can pass up.

But this epic sale won’t last long! Visit your favorite digital vendor to save up to 50% off select titles from the series mentioned below: Bookwalker, comiXology, Google Play, Kindle, Nook and izneo. Sale runs from April 13th to April 19th!

~Epic Tales Digital Manga Sale!~
See below for the full list of titles being offered during this sale,
and click on the links to read chapter 1s FREE!

ALIVE
Altair: A Record of Battles
As the Gods Will: The Second Series
Cage of Eden
COPPELION
Knights of Sidonia
The Heroic Legend of Arslan
Initial D
The Tale of Genji: Dreams at Dawn
To Your Eternity
Vinland Saga

Dive into classics from years past during the Manga Revival Sale (Ends 9/14)

Get started on classic series for only 99¢ AND more!

At Kodansha Comics we’re not only manga publishers, but huge manga fans as well, and we remember the amazing series that have been released through the years.

Now, we’re lucky enough to be able to publish some of these modern classics and share them again with fans new and old! To celebrate all these amazing series from times past, we’re hosting a Manga Revival digital sale with tiered discounts to get you reading at a price that won’t hurt your wallet:  Vol 1s for 99¢, vol. 2s at $1.99, vol.3s at 2.99, Vol.4 at 3.99, Vol.5 at 4.99, and up to 50% off all volumes after that! 

So now you can save BIG on fan-favorites like the classic sci-fi battle manga Battle Angel Alita, the heart-pounding street racing saga Initial D, and the high-emotional-stakes romance MARS. Start these series and others with an amazing deal that means you can get 5 volumes for $15!

Just visit one of our participating digital vendors to take advantage of this tremendous sale on modern manga classics: BookwalkercomiXology, Google Play, Kindle, Nook and izneo. Sale runs from September 8 to 14!

 

~Manga Revival Digital Sale! ~
September 8 – 14
See below for the full list of titles being offered during this sale,
and click on the links below to read chapter 1s FREE!

Featuring:

You’re My Pet (Vols. 1-7)

Sale also includes:

Battle Angel Alita (Vols. 1-5)
BECK (Vols. 1-17)
Dragon Head (Vols. 1-5)
Initial D (Vols. 1-24)
MARS (Vols. 1-8)
Rave Master (Vols. 1-18)
ALIVE (Vols. 1-11)
Yozakura Quartet (Vols. 1-13)
Nodame Cantabile (Vols. 1-13)
School Rumble (Vols. 1-11)
Gakuen Prince (Vols. 1-6)
Pumpkin Scissors (Vols. 1-12)
Peach Girl (Vols. 1-9)
Peach Girl NEXT (Vols. 1-4)

Big comiXology Originals Sale! Save up to 70% on Drops of God, Initial D, BECK, MARS + more! Ends 12/5

It’s been all fun—and profit!—with our pals at comiXology Originals, as we continue to drop one digital manga hit after another—in most cases putting out an entire series run at once so you can binge-read ’em! All of the illustrious titles below are available for purchase only on Kindle and comiXology and streaming on Amazon Prime ReadingKindle Unlimited and comiXology Unlimited.

But now, you know what? Now we’re putting them all on sale—a lot! Check out these deep deals. You can buy individual digital volumes for as little as $4.99 (that 55% off the regular price) and/or do it in style with even bigger savings with bundles! 

This is an incredible catalog of manga at the best prices you’ll see in a long time—sale ends December 5, though!

Here’s the Murderer’s Row of Manga now on sale:

Updates 7/20: SDCC 2019—announcements and awards!


 July 20 UPDATE #2! 

Kodansha Comics and Vertical made new announcements for upcoming seasons in 2019!

Kodansha Comics x  comiXology Originals: Initial D

Initial D Volumes 39-48 by Shuichi Shigeno
Finally completely translated in English for the very first time! Learn how the all-time, high-octane manga bible of  Japanese street racing concludes with comiXology and Kodansha Comics releasing Volumes 39-48 of Initial D today. More than a manga: Initial D spawned a global craze with a legendary anime adaptation, video games, movies, and of course the immortally beloved techno soundtrack. 

Digital-firsts: Four new shojo series kicking off—starting in August!


Vampire Dormitory by Ema Toyama The new manga from shojo hit-machine Ema Toyama, creator of Missions of Love and Aoba-kun’s Confessions, about a poor girl whose encounter with a bishonen vampire leads her down a dark path … Coming August 20!

Atsumori-kun’s Bride-to-be by Taamo A new country-girl/city-boy romance from Taamo, the hit creator of House of the Sun and I’m in Love and It’s the End of the World! Coming August 27!

Smile Down the Runway by Kotoba Inoya A charming new comedy about a high-school girl chasing down the dream of becoming a high-fashion model. Her ambitions literally hit a ceiling, though, when she stops growing—and her only chance might be to team up with a talented-but-overlooked designer classmate!  Coming September 3!

Queen Bee By Shizuru Seino A new high-school romantic comedy about a potentially very mismatched odd couple—misunderstood and monstrous Hirata and popular Touma-kun! Coming September 10! 

VOFAN coming to America—at Anime NYC 2019!

Yes! Taiwanese master artist VOFAN (illustrator of the MONOGATARI novel series) is coming back to America—at Anime NYC 2019! Dates are November 15-17 at Javits Center. Plus a new art book coming in October! More details soon

July 20 SDCC Update #1

 

Big congratulations to the great Akiko Higashimura for winning an Eisner Award last night in the “Best U.S. Edition of International Material—Asia” category for her magisterial Tokyo Tarareba Girls!

Original July 16 post

 

Heeeeeey, c’est moi, Kacey, a.k.a. the intern of Kodansha Comics. Maybe I look to you a bit more ruffled than I did the last time you saw me? Yeah, I know. That’s because I’ve been wandering the dusty road of convention season all summer to bring you the good news about manga! A-and this weekend, Kodansha Comics and Vertical will be headed to “America’s Finest City” for the biggest comics  party convention of the year!

Come visit us at Kodansha Comics Booth #1631 for a photo op with Takumi and his legendary race car from Initial DAnd get this: For 3 days only,  the first 100 fans who share a photo from our booth on social media with hashtag #Initial D will receive a Comic-Con Limited Edition Initial D Air Freshner to keep your car smellin’ fresh! Don’t miss your chance! This offer is only on July 18-20 at the Con, while supplies last!

 

 

 

Initial D Sweepstakes! 

So, bummed you’re not at San Diego Comic-Con 2019, but still gotta get your hands on that limited-edition Initial D Air Freshner? We got you covered! Take this survey before August 20 to enter for a chance to win it, no matter where you are! 

 

ComiXology Originals Sale featuring Initial D

So, just a little late to the game and only found out now that you can read all of the Initial D manga, finally, all the way to the end? Kodansha Comics and comiXology have been partnering up to revive some amazing manga classics like BECK, MARS, and You’re My Pet as comiXology Originals! To showcase those series, this week we’re hosting the comiXology Originals Sale! …More Details 

Kodansha Comics + Vertical Panel

When?
Saturday July 20 11:30am-12:30pm
Where? Room 8 

Anime Expo wasn’t the end … We’ll have some exciting new announcements at our SDCC panel on Saturday, July 20! Curious? Check back on this page for a recap from sunny San Diego! 

Stay tuned for more updates from Kodansha Comics + Vertical at San Diego Comic-Con! 

 

 

SDCC2019 Special! ComiXology Originals Sale featuring Initial D & MORE!

 

Initial D, BECK, MARS … Kodansha Comics and comiXology have been teaming up to bring back some long-out-of-print manga fan-favorites as comiXology Originals — exclusively available comiXology and Kindle. In some cases we’ve been completing those series that never concluded in their original runs—publishing the English-language versions of the final volumes for the very first time … so you can find out what the heck happened!

To showcase those series, this week we’re hosting  the comiXology Originals Sale with the following lineup of manga up to 50% off only on comiXology and Kindle! (Sale ends July 22.) 

Kodansha Comics x comiXology Originals Sale
(July 16-22) 

Click on links below for free Chapter 1 previews!

 

Initial D
By Shuichi Shigeno

At last, Shuichi Shigeno’s all-time manga about Japanese street racing that turned into a global phenomenon is back! Live the legend of how Tak Fujiwara went from tofu delivery boy to street-racing god. This edition marks the long-awaited publication of the complete series in English, including the final volumes never released in English before.

Tak Fujiwara spends a lot of time behind the wheel. His tofu delivery job sends him racing down the treacherous roads of Mount Akina, and without even realizing it, Tak has mastered racing techniques that take most drivers a lifetime to learn. Of course, none of his friends realize this. They’re all too busy watching the Akina Speed Stars, the local street racing team. When the legendary Red Suns show up to challenge the Speed Stars, it looks as if the Trueno Eight Six that has been seen racing through the mountain roads. The question remains … who’s the driver of this phantom car?

 

 

 

 

 

MARS
By Fuyumi Soryo

Are you ready for some … drama? The all-time, long out-of-print shojo manga classic is back! With even more twists and turns then you probably remember, Fyuyumi Soryo’s beautifully illustrated high-school psychodrama turned some young comics readers heads inside-out when it was first released, with hysterical plots revolving around the traumatic secret histories of its seemingly poised protagonists. Art class was never quite like this …

Superpopular motorcycle racer Rei and shy, neurotic art student Kira are worlds apart … until one fateful day brings them together. Rei stumbles upon Kira in the harassing hands of her sleazy art teacher and saves the quiet girl from his clutches. And when the resident school pretty boy plants a kiss on a statue of Mars in the studio, Kira finds herself drawn in and even summons up the nerve to ask him to model for her!

 

 

 

 

 

You’re My Pet
By Yayoi Ogawa

Far from your typical manga romance-a-thon, You’re My Pet (previously released under the titleTramps Like Us) features one of the more memorable protagonists in manga history, putting a sardonic X-Ray to life as a single woman in the big city, with suprising nuance and edgy, sophisticated humor. Fans of Akiko Higashimura’s Tokyo Tarareba Girls will want to check out one of its great predecessors, which seems to have hardly dated at all.

Life was good for Sumire Iwaya … until the day she discovers her boyfriend is cheating on her, she gets demoted at work, and her life spirals toward the dumps. Things take a turn for the better when she crosses paths with Momo, a handsome-but-homeless guy with a colorful past who puts a bounce in her step and a shake in her hips. It takes two to tango, but when Sumire’s first love reappears in her life, will this be the last waltz?

 

 

 

 

 

BECK
By Harold Sakuishi

BECK is back! Harold Sakuishi’s wildly addictive 34-volume rock ‘n’ roll epic that redefined for a generation what manga could be returns—at last complete in English.

Fourteen-year-old Yukio Tanaka is one heck of a boring guy. He has no hobbies, weak taste in music, and only a small vestige of a personality. His shy and somewhat neurotic personality makes him his own worst enemy. Little does he know that his life will be forever changed when he meets rocker Ryusuke Minami, an unpredictable sixteen-year-old with a cool dog named Beck. Ryusuke has just returned to Japan from America, and when he inspires Yukio to get into music, the two begin a journey through the world of rock ‘n’ roll dreams! Lace up your Docs and head to the mosh pit—Harold Sakuishi’s manga series that spawned the hit anime is back!

 

 

 

 

 

Seven Shakespeares
By Harold Sakuishi

Literary secrets come alive when Harold Sakuishi, creator of the all-time-classic rock ‘n’ roll manga BECK, tackles a different kind of legend: William Shakespeare.

He’s said to be the greatest playwright and poet in history, the author of Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet, and Macbeth, but just who was William Shakespeare? Harold Sakuishi unlocks the secrets behind the writer you only thought you knew! Volume 1 comes in a special, 520-page 2-in-1 edition.

 

 

 

 

 

comiXology Originals series are available exclusively on comiXology and Kindle! 

The Long Summer Reading Sale! Attack on Titan + 40 long-running series 99-cent Volume 1 + additional volumes 50% off

Enjoying summer? 😉 Schools out and the days are long. No better time to kick back and catch up on your favorite manga series—’specially those long-running series you’ve been holding off on reading like Attack on Titan, Fairy Tail, and The Seven Deadly Sins

So we put together a list of must-read long-running series and put ’em up for a super discount during our Summer Reading Sale at our digital retail partners: BookWalker, comiXology, Google Play, Kindle, and nook. 

Here’s the deal

Not sure where to start? Then pick up Volume 1s of any manga  seriesl isted below, since it’s on sale on digital for only 99¢! Yes, you heard that right.

And if you like it, well, keep going—because all other volumes are up to 50% off!

But you gotta hurry, because the sale ends July 1!

~ Kodansha Comics Summer Reading Sale  ~
June 25-July 1
Click on the link to read Chapter 1 for FREE!

Ace of the Diamond
Air Gear

ALIVE
Animal Land
As the Gods Will The Second Series
Attack on Titan

Attack on Titan: Before the Fall
BECK  — available only on comiXology and Kindle
Cage of Eden
Chihayafuru
COPPELION
DAYS
Elegant Yokai Apartment Life
Fairy Tail
Fire Force
Forest of Piano
Fuuka
Genshiken Omnibus
Genshiken Second Season
Giant Killing
House of the Sun
Initial D  — available only on comiXology and Kindle
Kasane
Kiss Him, Not Me
Knights of Sidonia
LDK
Missions of Love
Negima Omnibus
Nodame Cantabile
Noragami: Stray God
Peach Girl
Princess Resurrection
Pumpkin Scissors
Rave Master
Say I Love You.
Sayonara Zetsubou-Sensei
School Rumble
Space Brothers
Suzuka
The Seven Deadly Sins
Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches
Yozakura Quartet

 

Digital-first Manga Sale, Part 1: Ao-chan Can’t Study! + 50 series up to 50% off!

A few years ago when we started releasing digital-first manga series—with the aim of offering an even more diverse and robust library of manga officially in English than what’s available in print—we didn’t quite imagine it’d go so well … or that we’d be up to over 100 digital-first series by now! And while some digital-firsts have since gone on to become available in print, there’s still a ton of great reads in our lineup that are only available digitally.

To help get you into those series, for the next two weeks, we’re hosting our two-fisted Digital-first Manga Sale, where all volumes of selected series are up to 50% off at our digital retail partners: BookWalker, comiXology, Google Play, Kindle, and nook. (Sale ends June 17.)

What are “digital-firsts”?

• First are the true “digital-firsts”—the ones that come out first digitally, then become available in print as well. Tokyo Tarareba Girls, The Quintessential Quintuplets,  Grand Blue Dreaming, and Boarding School Juliet all started out this way—and we’ve got several more exciting announcements to come in the months ahead!

If it’s not in print yet, tell us what you like! You can fill out this form to give us your feedback. The road to getting a book licensed in print can be a long and winding one, and we can’t always reply to requests directly, but we are listening—and we really do love and appreciate your opinions, no matter how crazy! 

• Then, for those of you who gotta stay exactly up to date, there’s our simulpubs, which are chapters from selected series published the same day they come out in Japan: you can read simulpubs on Crunchyroll and comiXology.

• Finally, digital-firsts allows us to bring back some of our favorite out-of-print titles—like BECK, Initial D, Rave MasterDragon Head, and Peach Girl—that might not otherwise be available!

Questions?—check out our Digital-first manga page to see what’s in store!

Digital-first Manga Sale, Part 1: A-K

For the first installment this week, we’re putting on sale all digital-first series with titles starting with the letters A-K. Check out the full list of series on sale, below. B-but what about series that start with L-Z? Yeah, you guessed it. Next week, series that start with L-Z go on sale! So stay tuned.

Kodansha Comics Digital-First Manga Sale
Part 1: A-K (June 11-17) 

Click on links below for free Chapter 1 previews!

Ace of the Diamond
A.I.C.O Incarnation
ALIVE
Ayanashi
All Out!!
All-Rounder Meguru
Altair: A Record of Battles
Ao-Chan Can’t Study
Aoba-kun’s Confessions
Are You Lost?
As the God’s Will: The Second Series
Asahi-Sempai’s Favorite
Back Street Girls
Beauty Bunny

BECK — available only on comiXology and Kindle
Beware the Kamiki Brothers!
Black Panther and Sweet 16
BLAME Academy and So On
Blissful Land
Can I Kiss You Every Day?
Can You Just Die, My Darling?
Cage of Eden
Chihayafuru
COPPELION
Cosplay Animal
Crocodile Baron
DAYS
Deathtopia
Defying Kurosaki-kun
Dragon Head
Drifting Dragons
Drowning Love
Elegant Yokai Apartment Life
Fort of Apocalypse
Forest of Piano
Fuuka
Gakuen Prince
Giant Killing
Good Dog, Cerberus!
GTO Paradise Lost
Heaven’s Design Team

Hotaru’s Way
House of the Sun
Hozuki’s Coolheadedness
I Want to Hold Aono-kun So Badly I Could Die
I’m in Love and It’s the End of the
Initial D 
— available only on comiXology and Kindle

Intertwining Lives
Is Kichijoji the Only Place to Live?
Kakafukaka
Kamikamikaeshi
Karate Heat
Kasane
Keeping His Whims in Check
Key Ring Lock
Kounodori: Dr. Stork
Kira-kun Today
A Kiss, For Real
Kokkoku: Moment by Moment

 Stay tuned for next week’s Digital-first Sale, Part 2: L to Z!

 

 

Drift into this: Initial D Volumes 1-38 now on out on comiXology Originals

Relive the legend of how Tak Fujiwara went from tofu delivery boy to street-racing god

Yep, the rumors are true: Initial D is back—and it’s gone beyond! First published by Tokypop in the early 00s, the English translation was never completed. Now, not only are Kodansha Comics and our pals at comiXology Originals digitally reissuing all 33 volumes previously released by Tokyopop, we’re going beyond to complete the whole freakin’ 48-volume run for the very first time!

As of today Volumes 1-38 of Initial D, Shuichi’s Shigeno’s all-time classic of Japanese street racing, are available exclusively on Kindle and comiXology. Volumes 1-33 have been out of print for years, while Volumes 34-38 have never been translated into English before. Look for Volumes 39-48 later this year. 

Upon its release, Initial D perfectly captured the crazy world of Japanese street racing and went on to become a drifting global phenomenon: it spawned a legendary anime series, video games, and movies, not to mention an immortally beloved techno soundtrack! But it all starts here, with the Initial D manga:

Click on Volume 1, above, or just scroll down below for a free preview of all of Chapter 1!

Tak Fujiwara spends a lot of time behind the wheel. His tofu delivery job sends him racing down the treacherous roads of Mount Akina, and without even realizing it, Tak has mastered racing techniques that take most drivers a lifetime to learn. Of course, none of his friends realize this. They’re all too busy watching the Akina Speed Stars, the local street racing team. When the legendary Red Suns show up to challenge the Speed Stars, it looks as if the Trueno Eight Six that has been seen racing through the mountain roads will take them on. The question remains … who’s the driver of this phantom car?

About Shuichi Shigeno
Shuichi Shigeno is best-known for his long-running masterwork, Initial D, which ran from 1995 until 2013. He’s currently at work on the manga series MF Ghost, which is set in a near-future world of self-driving cars—and street racing.