Visit: Kodansha Comics Manga Gallery

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Welcome to the Kodansha Comics Manga Gallery


Full schedule of Kodansha Comics events at J-Pop Summit in San Francisco

Pop-up location

DG717 Gallery
717 Market Street
San Francisco, California

August 7-9
10-6 daily
free and open to the public

With onsite interactive manga reader presented by Digital Garage

To celebrate the opening of Kodansha Advanced Media's offices in San Francisco, we're putting on a pop-up and online exhibit of artwork from Kodansha Comics manga past and present. Artwork will be shown from the pages of Ajin, Akira, Attack on Titan, Battle Angel Alita: Last Order, Fairy Tail, The Ghost in the Shell, The Heroic Legend of Arslan, Inuyashiki, Knights of Sidonia, Missions of Love, Noragami, Parasyte, Sailor Moon, Say I Love You, The Seven Deadly Sins, Space Brothers, xxxHolic, Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches, and Your Lie in April.


We prefer the art to speak for itself, but for those new to this, manga is Japanese comics. It’s an offshoot of comics that’s grown into its own unique brand, of schools and styles, so that it’s become globally instantly recognizable—Japan’s premier pop-culture art form. And whether it’s publishing cultural touchstones such as Sailor Moon or Akira, or the latest international bestseller in Attack on Titan, Kodansha, one of Japan’s largest publishers with an over-100-year-old history, has been synonymous with manga’s growth and the manga world.

The Kodansha Comics Manga Gallery features some of the most important pages in the medium, such as from The Ghost in the Shell, as well as from its most recent hits—such as the much-talked-about Inuyashiki. With this exhibit, we celebrate some of that history—and celebrate the future as well, through digital eyes.   

Special thanks to Andrew Farago and the Cartoon Art Museum, Digital Garage, FOVE, FUNimation, and J-Pop Summit 2015. Exhibit produced by Kodansha Advanced Media.

Spherical image courtesy RICOH THETA.

Message from Hiroaki Morita
former Editor-in-Chief of Weekly Shonen Magazine


Every year manga artists and editors from Kodansha Ltd. make 254,000 pages of manga. All we want is to produce the most exciting manga we can for readers. As a result, we have became one of the biggest manga publishing companies in Japan. Our titles are richly diverse in genre, expressing the gamut of human emotions and can be enjoyed by people from different backgrounds all over the world. The manga series we are showcasing here, including bestsellers like Attack on Titan, are just a small portion of our list. In fact, there are far too many manga series we want to introduce to fans in America. Therefore we’ve even made a new company to help people discover manga in a new way in this digital era. Hopefully, we can encourage even more people to enjoy manga. 


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J-Pop Summit: Manga x VR


Manga x Virtual Reality

August 8 + 9 10:30-8:30
$25 for J-Pop Summit 1-day pass
Interactive Pavilion at Fort Mason Center, San Francisco

Ready for something completely different?

Come to the Interactive Pavilion at Fort Mason to see the first-of-its-kind VR Comic Reader, developed by FOVE in collaboration with Kodansha.





Presenting the world’s first eye-tracking virtual reality headset. Look out for our manga x virtual reality collaboration for a whole new way to experience the Attack on Titan display!

Attack on Titan © Hajime Isayama/Kodansha Ltd.

J-Pop Summit: #CaptureTheTitan

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#CaptureTheTitan in San Francisco!

August 8 + 9 10:30-8:30
$25 for J-Pop Summit 1-day pass
Interactive Pavilion at Fort Mason Center, San Francisco

Yes, for real. They found a Colossal Titan head at Fort Mason. 

Come capture Attack on Titan using Ricoh’s groundbreaking spherical Theta camera that takes 360-degree pictures that you can then view online.

See your pic and others' below!




Exhibiting the new spherical camera “RICOH THETA“. It is not just an ordinary camera but a 360-degree camera that captures the whole world around you with just one shot. It’s an amazing camera that lets you capture the exact dynamic of a moment as it happens. At the J-Pop Summit Ricoh booth, you can take 360° pictures using THETA with the giant Attack on Titan head display and view images with head mount display!

Anime: Space Brothers #0 trailer

The anime based on the Kodansha manga is screening at the Japan Film Festival of San Francisco!

Space Brothers #0
Sunday, August 9
New People Cinema
1746 Post Street, San Francisco

Space Brothers #0 is a great introduction to the TV anime series Space Brothers (Sentai Filmworks) based on the popular manga by Chuya Koyama. The film looks back on the origin of the Namba brothers’ dream of traveling to outer space, which was inspired by the world-renowned astronaut brothers Brian & Eddie Jay, another duo of “Space Brothers” who dreamed of setting foot on the moon well before the Namba brothers, Mutta & Hibito.

2014 | 90 min | with English Subtitles | Directed by Ayumu Watanabe
Distributed by YOMIURI TV

Read all of the Kodansha Comics manga, now streaming on Crunchyroll:



Kodansha Comics at J-Pop Summit: Schedule of Events


Kodansha Comics is excited to bring the manga world to this year’s J-Pop Summit, San Francisco’s premier citywide Japanese pop-culture event. Here’s a list of our events:


Kodansha Comics Manga Gallery

August 7 thru 9
10-6 daily
free and open to the public
DG717 Gallery
717 Market Street, San Francisco

Our pop-up manga gallery includes an interactive manga reader courtesy Digital Garage and 40+ pieces of manga artwork from Akira to Sailor Moon to Attack on Titan. Read more …



August 8 + 9 10:30-8:30
$25 for J-Pop Summit 1-day pass
Interactive Pavilion at Fort Mason Center, San Francisco

Don’t miss your chance to see the Colossal Titan in person. Come capture Attack on Titan using RICOH’s groundbreaking spherical THETA camera.


Manga x Virtual Reality

August 8 + 9 10:30-8:30
$25 for J-Pop Summit 1-day pass
Interactive Pavilion at Fort Mason Center, San Francisco

Experience manga in a whole new way with the VR Comic Reader developed in collaboration with FOVE.

Space Brothers anime screenshot

Space Brothers anime screening

August 9 noon
New People Cinema
1746 Post Street, San Francisco


Watch the anime based on the Kodansha Comics manga!

Have fun at J-Pop Summit!

Media inquires contact Misaki Kido