10 Years of Kodansha Comics—June Spotlight: Hiro Mashima

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!

 

Fairy Tail Volumes 1-63 (complete series) and Edens Zero Volumes 1-3 are now available from Kodansha Comics!

Our June Spotlight is the one-and-only Hiro Mashima, the superstar manga creator of classic shonen sagas Fairy Tail and newcomer Edens Zero! So what kind of “special surprises” do we have waiting for you this month? Check these out …

Surprise 1: New Kodansha Comics mascot reveal!

Remember back in February, we’ve ask you all to vote for the best candidate for the new intern mascot, designed by Hiro Mashima? Well, here’s the moment of truth … Today, we’re happy to announce the new hire! Plus we’ve interviewed Mashima-sensei about his thought process of creating the new character! 

 

 

About Hiro Mashima

One of the world’s bestselling and most prolific comics artists, Hiro Mashima is the creator of the 63-volume magical epic Fairy Tail as well as its prequel Fairy Tail ZERO, fantasy series Rave Master, the game spinoff Monster Hunter Orage, and a variety of other manga series and short stories.
Then check out this Kodansha Comics’ exclusive interview with Hiro Mashima from 2016! 

 

 

 

Q. How did you come up with the different character sketches? Where did your ideas come from?
Hiro Mashima (HM): The inspiration came from a variety of characters from my past works.

Q. What is the standout feature of the Kodansha Comics mascot? What do you think the personality of the character is like?
HM: His most charming feature is the triangle fur patch on his tummy. I imagine he’s a bit of a prankster!

Q. Message to Kodansha Comics and US fans?
HM: Please enjoy what’s coming next for Fairy Tail and Edens Zero!

Surprise 2: Hiro Mashima Digital Sale

Already read all of Fairy Tail and all the spinoff series? But wait, whattabout every true manga lover’s favorite classic, Rave Master? For all ten years of Kodansha Comics’s existence, Hiro Mashima has been our one constant atop our manga artist roster, the one who keeps on knocking out one manga hit after the other! To showcase his works, this week, we’re hosting Hiro Mashima Creator Spotlight Sale where all volumes of his epic sagas, spinoffs, and one-shots are up to 50% off at our digital retail partners: BookWalker, comiXology, Google Play, Kindle, and nook. (Sale ends June 10.) …More Details  

Surprise 3: Fairy Tail and Edens Zero Survey Sweepstakes!

Wanting to check out Fairy Tail but unsure where to begin? Looking to jump into Edens Zero as Mashima-sensei’s new series just as it’s getting started? Well here’s your lucky chance: for the month of June only, ONE lucky winner will win a set of Fairy Tail manga Volumes 1-63, Fairy Tail S Volumes 1-2 the Fairy Tail Day Planner and Edens Zero Volumes 1-3. Not only that, you’ll get Blue-Ray/DVD combo of Fairy Tail: Dragon Cry, Fairy Tail the Movie: Phoenix Priestess, and Fairy Tail Zero, courtesy of our friends at Funimation! All you have to do is take this survey by June 30 to enter for a chance to win! Wow, what a bundle!


Surprise 4: Exclusive Happy and KC Mascot
pin!

Update June 7–– 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 exclusive Happy from FAIRY TAIL and EDENS ZERO and new Kodansha Comics mascot pins!

Visit Rightstuf and order any volume of Hiro Mashima’s Manga and you’ll receive an exclusive pin for FREE! Available this month (June 2019) only or while supplies last.

The new Kodansha Comics mascot Kacey pins will be also available at Kodansha Comics convention appearances!  Come to our booth and collect this exclusive item!

 

Hiro Mashima Creator Spotlight Sale! Fairy Tail, Rave Master, Edens Zero & more

Fairy Tail, Rave Master, Edens Zero … For all ten years of Kodansha Comics’s existence, Hiro Mashima has been the constant appearing at the top of our manga artist roster, the one who keeps knocking out one manga hit after another! This week, to showcase his works, we’re hosting the Hiro Mashima Creator Spotlight Sale where all volumes of his manga series, spinoffs, and one-shots are up to 50% off at our digital retail partners: BookWalker, comiXology, Google Play, Kindle, and nook. (Sale ends June 10.)

~ Hiro Mashima Creator Spotlight Sale  ~
June 4 ~ 10
Click on the link to read Chapter 1 for FREE!

Edens ZeroHiro Mashima’s latest! Yes, it’s science-fiction!
Fairy Tail — the all-time bestselling shonen manga!
Rave Master — every true manga lovers’ favorite classic!
Hiro Mashima’s Playground — Mashima’s short stories collected in one volume!
Monster Soul — short ‘n’ sweet monster adventure!

Fairy Tail Spinoffs!

Love parody? Then check out … Fairy Tail S 
Love Wendy? Then check out … Fairy Tail Blue Mistral
Love Gray-sama? Then check out … Fairy Tail: Ice Trail
Love the ladies in Fairy Tail Guild? Then check out … Fairy Girls
Love Laxus? Then check out … Fairy Tail: Lightning God
Love Sabor Tooth Guild? Then check out … Fairy Tail: Twin Dragons of Saber Tooth
Love Gajeel x Levy? Then check out… Fairy Tail: Rhodonite
Love Mavis x Zeref? Then check out…Fairy Tail ZERO

Blast from the past! Resurrection Sale! Princess Resurrection + 20 digital series up to 50% off!

BLAST FROM THE PAST!

What’s your favorite manga from back in the day? The legends of manga are legion, but due to the ups-and-downs and unavoidable realities of print publishing, some all-time classic series have gone out of print or have been otherwise unavailable for years 😱

Enter Kodansha Comics digital editions: we’ve been resurrecting a slew of classic series as part of our digital-first lineup—and in some cases continuing series like BECK that never concluded in English translation—so that you and new generations of manga fans can dig deep into one of the richest manga catalogs around. And to showcase those titles this week, we’re hosting our Resurrection Sale, with 20+ “blast from the past” manga series discounted up to 50% off  at all of our digital retail partners: BookWalkercomiXology, Google Play, iBooks, Kindle, Kobo, and nook. (Sale ends April 22.)

— Kodansha Comics Resurrection Sale! — 
April 15 – 22
Click on the link to read Chapter 1 for FREE!

Air Gear 
BECK–exclusively on comiXolgy and Kindle
Dragon Head
Gakuen Prince

Mushishi
Nodame Cantabile
NOiSE
Parasyte
Neo-Parasyte f
Neo-Parasyte m
Love Hina
Negima
Peach Girl
Peach Girl NEXT — a new sequel!
Princess Resurrection
Princess Resurrection Nightmare  — a new sequel!
Pumpkin Scissors
Rave Master
Sayonara Zetsubou-Sensei
School Rumble
Suzuka

Yagyu Ninja Scrolls
Yozakura Quartet
Voices of A Distant Star

 

Digital volume 1s by Yoshitoki Oima, Hiro Mashima, Tsutomu Nihei

Kodansha Comics is the home of awesome manga creators. Did you know we publish multiple manga by Yoshitoki Oima (critically acclaimed creator of A Silent Voice and To Your Eternity), Hiro Mashima (hit-machine creator of Fairy Tail and Rave Master), and Tsutomu Nihei (mad genius of BLAME! and Knights of Sidonia)?

As a continuation from last week, we’re hosting our second installment of  the Creator Spotlight Sale to showcase our amazing creators and their work at all of our digital retail partners:BookWalkercomiXology, Google Play, iBooks, Kindle, Kobo, MyAnimeList, and nook. 

Here’s the deal

First of all: all digital Volumes 1s of all series listed below only 99¢!
Next: if you like what you’re reading, keep going—because the all other volumes are up to 50% off!
And to make it even easier for you, we’ve put some of the series available as a complete series bundles up to 60% off!

Pretty sweet deal huh? But you gotta hurry, because the sale will end on May 28!

~ Kodansha Comics Creator Spotlight Sale Part 2  ~
May 22-28
Click on the cover to read Chapter 1 for FREE!


Yoshitoki Oima

Yoshitoki Oima became a global bestseller  with A Silent Voice, a realistic yet dramatic story of redemption about a boy who used to bully a hearing-impaired girl. But did you know that Oima worked on Mardock Scramblea 7-volume hard science-fiction epic, and To Your Eternity, her stunning current series that could be her biggest hit of all?

Check out this exclusive creator interview with Yoshitoki Oima! A Silent Voice, To Your Eternity, and Mardock Scramble volume 1s are only 99¢ + all other volumes are up to 50% off during the Creator Spotlight Sale! (ends 5/28)

Hiro Mashima
Needless to say, our most iconic shonen manga artist is Hiro Mashima and he’s just completed his long-running bestseller series Fairy Tail earlier this year! But don’t be sad! It’s  just been announced that Mashima will start a brand new series in June 2018. Plus, we’ve brought back his debut masterpiece, the groundbreaking Rave Master on digital, because it is too good to be left out!

Check out this creator spotlight video of Hiro Mashima! Fairy Tail and Rave Master volume 1s are only 99¢ + all other volumes are up to 50% off during the Creator Spotlight Sale! (ends 5/28)

Tsutomu Nihei 
Tsutomu Nihei has been the big star of our sibling publisher Vertical for quite some time. Some of you may recognize his works like BLAME! and Knights of Sidonia from their anime adaptations on Netflix. Since then, Nihei has been working nonstop on his newest series APOSIMZ, which is currently available as simulpub from Kodansha Comics.  This is where science-fiction manga begins and ends!


Check out this creator spotlight video of Tsutomu Nihei! BLAME! and Knights of Sidonia volume 1s are only 99¢ + all other volumes are up to 50% off during the Creator Spotlight Sale! (ends 5/28)

Ken Akamatsu 
Ken Akamatsu has been the king of rom-com shonen manga since the 2000s. You know his hit manga and anime Love Hina and his even bigger follow-up series Negmia! But Akamatsu-sensei’s hit-manga-maker career doesn’t stop there! His current series, UQ Holder!, is a sequel to Negima!  and recently became an anime on Amazon Anime Strike!

Check out Ken Akamatsu’s Love Hina, Negima!, and UQ Holder! volume 1s for only 99¢ + all other volumes are up to 50% off during the Creator Spotlight Sale! (ends 5/28)

MORE Creators!
Here are few more creators Kodansha Comics creators that you wanna check out during this Creator Spotlight Sale!

Yoshinobu Yamada
Wanna see some beauty, guts, and glory? Check out Cage of Eden and Deathtopia  by Yoshinobu Yamada! 

Yuu Kuraishi, Kazu Inabe
As you may know, the creator team of of Fort of Apocalypse and Starving Anonymous specialize in dark fantasy. But the storywriter Yuu Kuraishi had also worked on the screwball timeslip comedy My Wife Is Wagatsuma-san, which may give you an idea of how diverse their storytelling style could be. 

Mitsuru Hattori
Did you know the creator of  the zombie girl series Sankarea  also works on the manga adaptation of Imperfect Girl by NISIOISIN (creator of the Monogatari series), published by Vertical?

Check out all these series’ volume 1s for only 99¢ + all other volumes are up to 50% off during the Creator Spotlight Sale! (ends 5/28)

 

Fantasy manga sale: Volume 1s 99¢ + additional digital volumes up to 50% off

Fairy Tail, The Seven Deadly Sins, Land of the Lustrous … We here at Kodansha Comics think of ourselves as having one of the most diverse manga catalogs around, but if there’s a few genres we specialize in … well, one would think (besides science-fiction which we featured last week), fantasy is one of ’em!  Sooooo for this week only, we’re hosting a Fantasy Digital Manga Sale at all of our digital retail partners: BookWalkercomiXology, Google Play, iBooks, Kindle, Kobo, and nook. 

Here’s the deal

To start out with, volumes 1’s of all our fantasy manga on digital for only 99¢!
And if you like what you’re reading, keep going—because the all other volumes are up to 50% off!
And to make it even easier for you, we’ve put some of the series available as a complete series bundles up to 60% off!

Pretty sweet deal huh? But you gotta hurry, because the sale will end on May 14!

~ Kodansha Comics Fantasy Manga Sale  ~
May 8-14
Click on the link to read Chapter 1 for FREE!

Cage of Eden
Drifting Dragons
Fairy Tail 
Fairy Girls
Fairy Tail Blue Mysteral
Fairy Tail Ice Trail
Fairy Tail S
Fire Force
Flying Witch
Happiness
Hozuki’s Coolheadedness
In/Spectre
Interview with Monster Girls
Kasane
Kigurumi Guardians
Land of the Lustrous
Maga-Tsuki
Monster Soul
Mushishi
Negima Omnius
Noragami
Peach Mermaid
Pitch-Black Ten
Princess Resurrection
Rave Master
The Seven Deadly Sins
Shugo Chara!
That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime
To the Abandoned Sacred Beasts
To Your Eternity
UQ Holder!
Witchcraft Works
That Wolf-Boy is Mine!
Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches
Yozakura Quartet

Bundles on sale (comiXology only)

Fairy Tail Bundle
Rave Master Bundle
The Seven Deadly Sins Bundle
That Wolf-Boy is Mine! Bundle

 

 


Digital-first manga up to 50% off thru February 5

Welcome to our club!
Didja know Kodansha Comics has launched dozens of new digital-first manga series, offering an even more diverse and robust library of manga officially in English than what’s available in print? Over the past year or so we’ve been pushing them out at a pretty rapid clip, so our Digital-first Manga Sale this week—with 60+ series on sale up to 50% off— is your perfect chance to go digital and catch up on what’s going on! Questions?—check out our new Digital-first Manga page to see what’s in store!

Why “digital-first”?

• Because some of these series are now—or soon will be—available in print as well, such as Grand Blue Dreaming, To Your Eternity, and Toppu GP. If it’s not in print yet, tell us what you like!
• Because digital-first allows us to get some of these series to you faster, whether that’s to catch up to a recently animated series or as same-day-as-Japan simulpubs on Crunchyroll or comiXology.
• Because it allows us to bring back some of our favorite out-of-print titles, like Rave MasterSuzukaand Nodame Cantabile.
• And because it allows us to try something we might not otherwise! 

For this week only, all digital-first series are on sale up to 50% off on all our digital-platform partners: BookWalker, comiXology, Google Play, iBooks, Kindle, Kobo, and nook. Sale ends 2/5. It’s deep, deep library of more than 60 series, so check out the list below and why not try something new?

Kodansha Comics Digital-First Manga Sale (January 30-February 5) 
Click on links below for free Chapter 1 previews!

As Seen as Anime
Ace of the Diamond
All Out!!
Altair: A Record of Battles
Chihayafuru
COPPELION
Days
Elegant Yokai Apartment Life
Fuuka
Giant Killing
Hozuki’s Coolheadedness
​Kokkoku: Moment by Moment
Mushishi
Nodame Cantabile
Pumpkin Scissors
Princess Resurrection
Rave Master
Sayonara, Zetsubou-Sensei
School Rumble
Space Brothers
Suzuka
Tsuredure Children
Yagyu Ninja Scrolls
Yozakura Quartet

Action/Sports/Comedy
All-Rounder Meguru
Grand Blue Dreaming
GTO Paradise Lost
Kounodori: Dr. Stork
My Wife Is Wagatsuma-san
Sayonara Football
Shojo Fight
Wave, Listen to Me!

Romance
Aoba-kun’s Confessions
Beauty Bunny
Black Panther and Sweet 16
Drowning Love
The Full-Time Wife Escapist
Gakuen Prince
Hotaru’s Way
House of the Sun
I Want to Hold Aono-kun So Badly, I Could Die
I’m in Love and It’s the End of the World
Living-room Matsunaga-san
Love’s Reach
Lovesick Ellie
My Boyfriend in Orange
My Brother The Shut-In
Our Precious Conversations
The Prince’s Black Poison
Real Girl
A Springtime with Ninjas
Tokyo Tarareba Girls

Fantasy/Science-Fiction/Dark Fantasy
Alive
As the Gods Will The Second Series
Ayanashi
Drifting Dragons
Kasane
NOiSE
Pitch-Black Ten
PTSD Radio
Until Your Bones Rot

For Mature Audiences
Deathtopia
Cage of Eden
Cosplay Animal
Domestic Girlfriend
Magical Sempai
​Museum
Peach Heaven

Found your new favorite manga? Tell your friends about it and share the love! 

 

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
Aho-Girl
Air Gear
Air Gear Omnibus
Ajin
All Out!!
Altair: A Record of Battles
Appleseed Alpha
Attack on Titan
Basilisk
BLAME!
Cage of Eden
Chihayafuru
Chi’s Sweet Home
Clockwork Planet
Days
Descending Stories: Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinju
Elegant Yokai Apartment Life
Fairy Tail
5 Centimeters per Second
Flying Witch
Fuuka
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
Inuyashiki
Kiss Him, Not Me
Knights of Sidonia
Kokkoku: Moment by Moment
Land of the Lustrous
Love and Lies
Love Hina
Mushishi
Mysterious Girlfriend X
Negima
Negima Omnibus
Ninja Slayer Kills
Nodame Cantabile
Noragami: Stray God
Parasyte
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
Suzuka
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 to the Rescue Sale! Digital manga 50% off (ends 12/18)

“Rescues”—formerly out-of-print titles 
It happens, but sometimes printed titles are no longer available: they go “out of print.” As part of our digital-first lineup, Kodansha Comics is starting to bring those title back—as digital “rescues” so they can be discovered by new generations of manga fans.

This week, we're putting those rescued manga up for adoption … or better yet, up to 50% off at all our digital retail partners: BookWalkercomiXology, Google Play, iBooks, Kindle, Kobo, and nook. Sale runs through December 18! 

— Kodansha Comics to the Rescue Sale! — 
all volumes up to 50% off through December 18

Air Gear
Air Gear Omnibus
Gakuen Prince
Mushishi
Nodame Cantabile
NOiSE
Parasyte
Neo-Parasyte f

Neo-Parasyte m
Princess Resurrection
Pumpkin Scissors

Rave Master
Sayonara Zetsubou-Sensei
School Rumble
Suzuka
Yagyu Ninja Scrolls
Yozakura Quartet

Feeling nostalgia for a rescue title? Give one a try as a refresher! 

 

 

 

 

Fantasy Manga Sale! + 2 digital debuts: Ayanashi and Drifting Dragons

We love Fantasy Manga!
An awesome supernatural power? Check. Steampunk technology? Check. Mythological creatures that tries to eat you? Check! Yes, we all love the world of fantasy where anything and everything goes!

This week, as a part of Kodansha Comics' holiday surprise, we are launching two brand-new fantasy manga: Ayanashi and Drifting Dragons! 

 
Click on the cover to read Chapter 1!

And to celebrate further, we're opening up the vault and unleashing a host of Kodansha Comics' best fantasy series with our I Love Fantasy digital manga sale—where you get up to 50% offf at all our digital retail partners: BookWalker, comiXology, Google Play, iBooks, Kindle, Kobo, and nook. Sale runs through December 11!

— I Love Fantasy Sale — 
all volumes up to 50% off through December 11

Drifting Dragons 
Ayanashi 
Fairy Tail
Fairy Girls
Fairy Tail Blue Mistral
Fairy Tail Ice Trail
Fairy Tail Rhodonite
Fairy Tail Twin Dragons of Saber Tooth
Fairy Tail Zero
Fairy Tail S
Monster Soul
Rave Master
UQ Holder!
Negima! Omnibus
Negmia!
Negiho
Altair: A Record of Battles
Amefurashi
Animal Land
Cage of Eden
Clockwork Planet
Frau Faust
Fire Force
The Ghost and the Lady
The Heroic Legend of Arslan
Hozuki’s Coolheadedness
Kigurumi Guardians
Land of the Lustrous
Livingstone
Magatsuki
Shugo Chara!
Shugo Chara Chan!
That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime
To The Abandoned Sacred Beasts
To Your Eternity
Tokyo Mewmew Omnibus
Tokyo Mewmew A La Mode
Unlimited Fafnir
Vinland Saga
Witchcraft Works
Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches

Did you find the fantasy manga that interests you? Try it out on digital first, and see if you like it!