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

Look great while saving during the Fabric, Runways & Fashionistas Digital Manga Sale (Ends 3/30)

Drape yourself in elegance and savings during the Fabric, Runways & Fashionistas Digital Manga Sale! From the crafty and inventive cosplayers of Complex Age, to the eternal students of fashion and beauty in Princess Jellyfish & Smile Down the Runway, these amazing stories will dazzle you with high drama, both on and off the runway, all for a price that won’t leave you in rags!

Take up to 50% off all volume of the series listed below by visiting our participating digital partners: BookWalker, comiXology, Google Play, Kindle, MyAnimeList, and nook. Sale runs from March 23, until March 30.

~ Fabric, Runways & Fashionistas Digital Manga Sale! ~
March 23-30
Click on the featured titles for more info or to read Chapter 1s FREE!

 

Beauty Bunny

 

Complex Age

 

Princess Jellyfish

Smile Down the Runway

 

Tokyo Alice

Tokyo Tarareba Girls

And be sure to check-out the Smile Down the Runway anime available for streaming on Hulu & Funimation

 

 

Fall in love with Manga during our Love Romance Sale! Ends 02/17

Love Romance Sale - up to 50% off

Swipe Right on a New Series!

Is online dating leaving your heart cold? This Valentine’s Day Kodansha Comics & VERTICAL want to help you fall in love with one of over 100 romantic digital manga titles during our Love Romance Sale! As they say, love may be temporary, but manga is forever. And with our expanding digital library, these titles will be with you wherever you go! (We definitely weren’t stood up and left alone or anything…)

Whether you’re into steamy and tawdry romances like in My Boss’s Kitten, absurd and whimsical romps like That Wolf-boy is Mine, or coming of age tales of learning to love like O Maidens In Your Savage Season, our Love Romance sale has doki doki stories of all kinds to make your heart burst (not your wallet)!

Save now up to 50% off more than 100 of our romantic digital manga titles at our partners: BookWalker, comiXology, Google Play, Kindle, MyAnimeList, and nook.

~ Kodansha Comics Love Romance Sale! ~
February 10-17
Click on the featured titles for more info or to read Chapter 1s FREE!

10 Dance
1122 for a Happy Marriage
A Kiss For Real
Aoba-kun’s Confessions
Asahi-senpai’s Favorite
@Full Moon
Atsumori-kun’s Bride-to-be
Beauty Bunny
Beware the Kamiki Brothers!
Black Panther and Sweet 16
Boarding School Juliet
Can I Kiss you Every Day?
Chihayafuru
Cosplay Animal
Defying Kurosaki-kun
Drowning Love
Ex-Enshusiasts: Motokare Mania
Forget Me Not
The Full-time Wife Escapist
Gakuen Prince
Guilty
Hitorijime My Hero
Hotaru’s Way
House of the Sun
I Am Here!
I Want to Hold Aono-kun So Badly I could Die
If I Could Reach You
I’m in Love and It’s the End of the World
Intertwining Lives
Kakafukaka
Kamikamikaeshi
Keeping His Whims in Check
Key Ring Lock
Kira-kun Today
A Kiss, For Real
Kiss Him, Not me
Kiss me at the Stroke of Midnight
LDK
Let’s Dance a Waltz
Let’s Kiss in Secret Tomorrow
Liar x Liar
Living Room Matsunaga-san
Love and Lies
Love in Focus
Love Massage: Melting Beauty Treatment
Love’s Reach
Lovesick Ellie
Mabusasa
Manga Dogs
MARS
Mikami-sensei’s Way of Love
Missions of Love
Momo’s Iron Will
Moteki
My Boss’s Kitten
My Boy in Blue
My Boyfriend in Orange
My Brother the Shut-in
My Little Monster
My Pink is Overflowing
My Sweet Girl
My Wife is Wagatsuma-san
Nodame Cantabile
O Maidens In Your Savage Season
Our Fake Marriage
Our Precious Conversations
Peach Girl
Peach Girl Next
Peach Heaven
Peach Mermaid
Perfect World
The Prince In His Dark Days
The Prince’s Black Poison
Prince’s Romance Gambit
Princess Jellyfish
Queen Bee
Quintessential Quintuplets
Ran the Peerless Beauty
Real Girl
Say I Love You
The Seven Deadly Sins Seven Days
A Silent Voice
A Springtime with Ninjas
Stray Bullet Baby
That Blue Summer
The Tales of Genji: Dreams at Dawn
Those Summer Days
To Be Next To You
To Write Your Words
Tokyo Alice
Tokyo Tarareba Girls
Trap in a Skirt
Tsuredure Children
Until The Full Moon
Vampire Dormitory
Waiting for Spring
Wake Up, Sleeping Beauty
The Walls Between Us
The Wizard & His Fairy
That Wolf-boy is Mine
World’s End Apricot Jam
Wotakoi: Love is Hard for Otaku
Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches
You Got Me Sempai!
Your Lie in April
You’re My Pet

Award-Winning Manga Sale featuring A Silent Voice & more: all digital volumes up to 50% off! Ends 02/03

And the Award Goes to … ?

Last year was a big year for Kodansha Comics manga! Winners of the prestigious Kodansha Manga Awards this year include our Perfect World, The Quintessential Quintuplets, What Did You Eat Yesterday?, and To Your Eternity! And add to that list 2019 Eisner Industry Award Winner Tokyo Tarareba Girls!

… but that’s not all! To celebrate, we’re putting all of our past-and-present award winners on sale! Each series is up to 50% off at our digital partners BookWalker, comiXology, Google Play, Kindle, MyAnimeList, and nook! Sale ends February 3rd!

~ Kodansha Comics Award-Winning Manga Sale ~
January 28-February 3
Click on the featured titles to read Chapter 1 for FREE!

Ace of the Diamond
Giant Killing
Attack on Titan
Chihayafuru
Space Brothers
Missions of Love
Vinland Saga
Animal Land
Your Lie in April
House of the Sun
Descending Stories
The Seven Deadly Sins
The Full-Time Wife Escapist
Kiss Him, Not Me
Kounodori: Dr. Stork
DAYS
Perfect World
Knights of Sidonia
Altair: A Record of Battles
My Boy in Blue
Quintessential Quintuplets
What Did You Eat Yesterday?
To Your Eternity
Saint Young Men
Negima!

A Silent Voice
Tokyo Tarareba Girls
Chi’s Sweet Home
Flying Witch
Princess Jellyfish
Ajin
Love in Focus
Witch Hat Atelier
Again!!
Frau Faust
Waiting for Spring
Happiness
That Wolf-boy Is Mine!
Junji Ito’s Cat Diary Yon & Mu
No. 6

 

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

Animal Manga Sale! featuring Chi’s Sweet Adventures: 15+ digital manga up to 50% off!! (ends 11/25)

We’ve got chibi cats, drifting dragons, wolf boys and everything in between! 

This week 15+ of our animal-themed digital series are up to 50% off at our digital retail partners: BookWalker, comiXology, Google Play, Kindle, MyAnimeList, and nook. Gobble this one up before Thanksgiving though—sale ends November 25th!

~ Kodansha Comics Animal Manga Sale ~
November 19- 25
Click on the featured titles to read Chapter 1 for FREE!

Animal Land
Chi’s Sweet Adventures 
Chi’s Sweet Home 
Crocodile Baron 
Drifting Dragons 
Fuku Fuku Kitten Tales
Good Dog, Cerberus! 
Fairy Tail Happy’s Heroic Adventure 
Nekogahara: Stray Cat Samurai
Heaven’s Design Team
Kigurumi Guardians
Princess Jellyfish 
Red Riding Hood’s Wolf Apprentice 
She and Her Cat 
Sherlock Bones 
Tokyo Mew Mew 
Tokyo Mew Mew A La Mode
That Wolf-Boy Is Mine  
Junji Ito’s Cat Diary Yon & Mu

10 Years of Kodansha Comics—September Spotlight: Akiko Higashimura

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!

Princess Jellyfish Volumes 1-9 (complete series) and Tokyo Tarareba Girls Volumes 1-9 (complete series) are available from Kodansha Comics!

Our September Spotlight is on celebrated all-around manga genius Akiko Higashimura and her iconic shojo series Princess Jellyfish and Tokyo Tarareba Girls, just in time to celebrate the release of Princess Jellyfish‘s beautiful complete manga box set and Tokyo Tarareba Girls winning the prestigious Eisner Award at this year’s San Diego Comic Con! So what kind of “special surprises” do we have for you to pillage this month? Check ’em out!

Surprise 1: Exclusive Tara and Reba Pins!

As a part of the 10 Years of Kodansha Comics project, we’ve teamed up with our friends at Rightstuf to bring you these awesome Tara and Reba pins!

Visit Rightstuf and order any volume of Akiko Higashimura’s manga 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 (September 2019) only or while supplies last.

Surprise 2: Princess Jellyfish and Tokyo Tarareba Girls digital sale!

Are you more of an otaku like the Amars or a hustler like the Tarareba Girls? Find out who your true friends are by reading both series! From now until September 9th, get up to 50% off on Princess Jellyfish and Tokyo Tarareba Girls at our digital retail partners: BookWalker, comiXology, Google Play, Kindle, MyAnimeList, and nook! 

Surprise 3: Princess Jellyfish and Tokyo Tarareba Survey Sweepstakes!

Wanting to check out Princess Jellyfish and Tokyo Tarareba Girls after hearing all the hype? Already a diehard member of Amars? Trying to score a date while working overtime at your job? For the month of September only, ONE lucky winner will win a Princess Jellyfish Complete Manga Box Set and Tokyo Tarareba Girls Volumes 1-9. All you have to do is take this survey by September 30 to enter for a chance to win!


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Surprise 4: Interview with Akiko Higashimura

After Tokyo Tarareba Girls‘s big Eisner win, we got the chance to sit down with Akiko Higashimura to talk about her reaction, her ideal “Girl’s Night Out,” and, that’s right, dating advice!

Kodansha Comics (KC):  Congratulations on winning an Eisner Award. Do you have any comments about the win and being the first woman creator winning in the U.S. Best Edition of International Material—Asia category?

Akiko Higashimura (AH): Honestly, I’m shocked. I thought shojo manga as an art form was so far removed from American comics that I’d never come close to winning this award. It makes me incredibly happy!

KC: You were partly inspired by Sex and the City when drawing Tokyo Tarareba Girls. What differences did you have to consider in order to create a story set in Tokyo with Japanese characters, rather than in New York?

AH: I love SATC. I was playing with the idea of drawing a manga with a “girl movie” vibe that featured single Japanese women in Tokyo, and that was how it all started. I really respect the directors and writers of SATC. It was a TV show that changed how women lived their lives, and it has a lot of fans in Japan, too. Many Japanese women are like Carrie. They enjoy fashion and throw themselves into their work. Women’s lifestyles in Tokyo and NY aren’t that different, which I think is a part of living in the modern age of the Internet. As for any differences between the manga and SATC, I guess I changed the place where they drink from a bar to a Japanese-style pub.

KC: If you were one of the characters in Tarareba Girls, what would your character be like? What would your profession and your ambitions be? And what would be your favorite drink? What’s your ideal “Girls’ Night Out”?

AH: The characters I relate to would have to be 50% the main character Rinko and 50% Key. I let the angel and devil inside me run free when I made those two characters.

I like drinking shochu. Where I was born (this place called Miyazaki in Japan), they drink it a lot.

For me, a girls’ night out would be sitting in a tatami room in a Japanese pub with cod milt and liver for snacks, drinking Hoppy. Men would be allowed to come, but in that setting they’d have to let the women call the shots.

KC: You’ve mentioned in the afterword and bonus comics that you’ve gotten a lot of reactions from readers, especially ones who consider TTG “Horror.” How have reactions changed as we get closer to 2020? Any reactions that have particularly stuck with you?  What do the fears and anxieties of female otaku and those of tarareba girls share in common, or how do they differ?

AH: I still hear from single women that it’s a horror story. The reactions haven’t changed, but the number of young women who have no interest in romance has been growing, I think.

KC: Do you see the challenges of 20-, 30-, and even 40-somethings today as being different from when they were when you first started Tokyo Tarareba Girls and Princess Jellyfish? Is there any resemblance or unified message you wanted to send across the two titles?

AH: Time marches on, and time is limited. If you want to get married and have a family, you have to put in the work early. You can’t sit around just saying, “What if?” Those words have goaded a lot of my readers into finding a partner, and tons have gotten married!! Although personally, I’ve failed twice at marriage, so I’m single!!

KC:  How did you learn to draw such funny facial expressions? I always look forward to how your characters are going to react to the latest impossible situation!

That’s all I drew, ever since I was in elementary school. I believe that everyone is born with a talent for manga. Look at me—I still do the stuff I did as a kid!

KC: Do you have any advice to the tarareba girls of the world in 2019? How about in the U.S.? Are tarareba girls different in different parts of the world?

AH:

  •  Instead of whining about how there are no good men out there, groom a male friend in your life into a “good man.”
  • Just go on dates, it doesn’t matter who! Limit girls’ night to once a month!
  • Hey, American tarareba girls, you aren’t the type who break up and then check your ex’s Instagram every single day, are you?!
  • Tarareba ladies are the same in any country!! A global sisterhood!! And that’s wonderful!! Women have all this in common.

Translator’s Notes

Shochu: A type of Japanese liquor that is usually between 25% and 45% alcohol by volume. It is earthier than sake, and is typically distilled from rice, barley, or buckwheat.

Hoppy The brand name of a beer-like beverage that has an extremely low alcohol content (0.8%).

About Akiko Higashimura

One of Japan’s most popular authors of manga for women, Akiko Higashimura is the author of more than a dozen series including the hits Kakukaku shikajika (Blank Canvas: My So-Called Artist’s Journey) and Mama wa Temparist. After its adaptation into a popular anime and live-action film, Princess Jellyfish was her first work to be released in English. Her recent work Tokyo Tarareba Girls won the 2019 Eisner Award for Best U.S. Edition of International Material—Asia.

Surprise 5: Akiko Higashimura’s original sketches from Tokyo Tarareba Girls Chapter 1!

Before it became an Eisner Award-winning series, Tokyo Tarareba Girls started as most manga does … as concept art. So behold: the original sketches by Akiko Higashimura, side-by-side with the final pages of Tokyo Tarareba Girls Chapter 1! What if!? What if!?

 

 

Watch this video of Akiko Higashimura in action at her workplace on Higashimura Akiko Production YouTube Channel.

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

Power Women Sale! Farewell, Dear My Cramer & 30+ series up to 50% off on digital!

Attack on Titan, Princess Jellyfish, Your Lie in April … We here at Kodansha Comics love those manga series with powerful, beautiful, fearless female characters! To feature those awesome ladies, this week only, we’re hosting Power Women Sale,  where we put 30+ selected manga series with our favorite female characters and put them up up for 50% off discount at our digital retail partners: BookWalkercomiXology, Google Play, Kindle, and nook. Sale ends August 5. 

Here’s a few recommendations!

Farewell, My Dear Cramer—the latest masterwork by Naoshi Arakawa of Your Lie in April fame debuts today!
All three of Arakawa-sensei’s manga from Kodansha Comics are a part of the Power Women Sale!

And here’s the complete lineup!

~ Kodansha Comics Power Women Sale  ~
July 30-August 5

Click on the link to read Chapter 1 for FREE!

Again!!
A.I.C.O. Incarnation
Are You Lost?
Attack on Titan: Lost Girls
Boarding School Juliet
Chihayafuru
COPPELION
Drowning Love
Farewell, My Dear Cramer
The Flowers of Evil
Fuuka
Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex
Gleipnir
Golosseum
Kasane
Kigurumi Guardians
Magical Sempai
Missions of Love
My Brother The Shut-In
My Little Monster
Mysterious Girlfriend X
Nodame Cantabile
Peach Girl
Peach Girl Next
Perfect World
Princess Jellyfish
Princess Resurrection
Princess Resurrection Nightmare
The Quintessential Quintuplets
Real Girl
Sayonara Football
Shojo Fight
A Springtime with Ninjas
Tokyo Tarareba Girls
Wave, Listen to Me!
Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches
Your Lie in April
You’re My Pet
Yuri is My Job!

 

Preorder: the Princess Jellyfish Complete Manga Box Set — with exclusive items!



You can now preorder the Princess Jellyfish Complete Manga Box Set — hitting stores June 25!

Calling all Princess Jellyfish fans! Not only is Akiko Higashimura’s masterwork being sold all together in this gorgeously produced new set with stunning wraparound box design, it also comes with some very cool exclusive items that will make your inner fangirl squee!

Super-cute Clara keychain
Carry Tsukimi’s adorable pet jellyfish Clara with you wherever you go, with this exclusive keychain!

Double-sided poster
Declare your allegiance to the Amars by putting their motto—”A Life with No Use for Men”—on your wall! This massive, 32-inch poster features English on one side and the original Japanese calligraphy by creator Akiko Higashimura on the other.

 

Bonus content Our special 2-in-1 editions include bonus interviews and color pages!

Pre-order today!

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