Save on cyberpunk classics in The Ghost in the Shell Universe Sale (Ends 7/6).

Save on stories from The Ghost in the Shell Universe!

We’re making it easier than ever to dive into Shirow Masamune’s seminal cyberpunk saga The Ghost in the Shell with a special sale encapsulating select titles from the entire universe all up to 50% off, for a limited time.

If you’ve never downloaded into the world of techno crime and enhanced enforcers then you must start at the beginning with The Ghost in the Shellfollowed by the more procedural and enigmatic crime saga of Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex, and of course you can’t forget stunning universe expanding anthology The Ghost in the Shell: Global Neural Network, featuring works by internationally renown creators like  Alex de Campi, Brenden Fletcher, Dustin Nguyen, Becky Cloonan & more!

Just visit one of our participating digital vendors to save up to 50% off select Kodansha Comics & VERTICAL manga: BookWalker, comiXologyGoogle PlayKindle, Nook and izneoSale runs from June 30, to July 6!

Also, be sure to check-out the latest in this cyberpunk universe with The Ghost in the Shell: The Human Algorithm: Togusa, Batou, and the rest of Public Security Section 9 are back in The Ghost in The Shell: Human Algorithm, a new story set after the events of The Ghost in the Shell 1.5: Human Error Processer! With the Major missing, Section 9 continues along, solving cases with the help of their newest recruit, Tsunagi! Volume 1 is now available with new simulpub chapters released every month on comiXology, & BookWalker.

The Ghost in the Shell: The Human Algorithm

 

~The Ghost in the Shell Universe Digital Manga Sales! ~
June 30 – July 6
See below for the full list of titles being offered during this sale,
and click on the covers or links below to read chapter 1s FREE!

The Ghost in the Shell

The Ghost in the Shell 2

The Ghost in the Shell 1.5

Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex

The Ghost in the Shell: Global Neural Network

 

 

 

Dive deeper into your favorite series & save with this amazing Spin-off Sale! Ends 02/10

Spin-Off Manga Sale - up to 50% off

There’s nothing sadder than when a favorite series ends. That point when the villain is defeated, love is found and everyone lives happily ever after … BORING! Don’t you wish you could spend more time in the amazing worlds of manga and with the characters you love?! Now you can, and at a great price! 

With this sale you can explore the dark & diseased bodily workings of Cells At Work: CODE BLACK, continue the magical fantasy adventure with FAIRY TAIL: 100 Years Quest, jump 70 years into the past when Titans were an even bigger threat in Attack on Titan: Before the Fall, and more!

Save up to 50% off on more than 30 spin-off titles at our digital partners BookWalker, comiXology, Google Play, Kindle, MyAnimeList, and nook! Sale ends February 10th!

~ Kodansha Comics Spin-off  Manga Sale! ~
February 4-10
Click on the featured titles for more info or to read Chapter 1s FREE!

Attack on Titan: Before the Fall (manga)
Attack on Titan: Before the Fall (novel) 
Attack on Titan: A Harsh Mistress (novel)
Attack on Titan: No Regrets
Attack on Titan: Junior High
Attack on Titan: Choose Your Path Adventure
Attack on Titan: Lost Girls (manga)
Spoof on Titan 
Battle Angel Alita : Holy Night & Other Stories
Battle Angel Alita : Last Order
Battle Angel Alita : Mars Chronicle
BLAME! Academy and So On
BLAME! The Electofisher’s Escape
Cells at Work! and Friends
Cells Not at Work! 
Cells at Work! CODE BLACK
Chi’s Sweet Adventures
FAIRY TAIL: 100 Years Quest Vol. 1-2
FAIRY TAIL: Blue Mistral 
Fairy Girls
FAIRY TAIL: City Hero 
FAIRY TAIL: Happy’s Heroic Adventure
FAIRY TAIL: Ice Trail
FAIRY TAIL: Lighting Gods 
FAIRY TAIL: Rhodonite
FAIRY TAIL: Twin Dragons of Saber Tooth 
FAIRY TAIL: ZERO 
The Ghost in the Shell: Global Neural Network
Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex
The Seven Deadly Sins: Seven Days
The Slime Diaries
Tokyo Tarareba Girls Returns 

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!

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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

Cyber Monday Sale: Featuring 15+ cyborg-related digital manga series up to 50% off! (ends 12/2)

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…or as you humans might say, Cyber Monday Sale! All your favorite manga featuring human-machine hybrids up to 50% off! It’s almost enough to make a robot emotional!

This week only, over 15 series of our cyborg-themed series are now up to 50% off at our digital retail partners: BookWalker, comiXology, Google Play, Kindle, MyAnimeList, and nook. Rev your motors, though, sale ends December 2nd! 

~ Kodansha Comics Cyber Monday Sale ~
November 26- December 2
Click on the featured titles to read Chapter 1 for FREE!

A.I.C.O. Incarnation 

APOSIMZ 

Appleseed Alpha

BLAME! 

BLAME! : The Electrofishers’ Escape

BLAME! Academy and So On

Battle Angel Alita  

Battle Angel Alita: Holy Night 

Battle Angel Alita: Last Order  

Battle Angel Alita: Mars Chronicles 

Clockwork Planet 

EDENS ZERO 

The Ghost in the Shell  

Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex 

The Ghost in the Shell: Global Neural Network 

Inuyashiki

Mardock Scramble 

NOiSE

The Ghost in the Shell digital sale! All series up to 50% off

“It is the near future. The world has become highly information-intensive, with a vast corporate network covering the planet, electrons and light pulsing through it.” But on the upside, you can plug into the classic cyberpunk sensation The Ghost in the Shell in digital! From now until October 14th, get up to 50% off on all The Ghost in the Shell series at all of our digital retail partners: Apple Books, BookWalker, comiXology, Google Play, Kindle, Kobo, MyAnimeList, and nook! Sale ends October 14th.

What are you waiting for?? There’s no time for the future like the present!

… aaaand be sure to check out the special surprises this month with The Ghost in the Shell as our 10th Anniversary Spotlight Series for October!

By the way, here’s the whole Chapter 1 free of the greatest cyberpunk comic ever!

 

10 Years of Kodansha Comics—October Spotlight: The Ghost in the Shell

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!


The Ghost in the Shell Volumes 1, 2, and 1.5; Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex Volumes 1-5; and The Ghost in the Shell: Global Neural Network are available from Kodansha Comics!

Our October spotlight title is the cyberpunk cop classic The Ghost in the Shell. Not the usual kind of ghosts October is known for, but as the year winds down to a close, we’re focusing on some timeless manga classics! So what kind of “special surprises” do we have waiting for you this month? Check these out …

Surprise 1: Exclusive The Ghost in the Shell Pin!

As a part of the 10 Years of Kodansha Comics project, we’ve teamed up with our friends at Rightstuf to bring you this awesome exclusive Major Motoko Kusanagi pin!

Visit Rightstuf and order any volume of The Ghost in the Shell, Ghost in the Shell: SAC, The Ghost in the Shell: Global Neural Network, Ghost in the Shell: README 1995-2017 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 (October 2019) only or while supplies last. 

Surprise 2: The Ghost in the Shell series digital sale!

Shirow Masamune’s masterpiece comes in many deluxe versions and spin-offs. From now until October 14th, all the titles related to The Ghost in the Shell are up to 50% off at all of our digital retail partners Apple Books, BookWalker, comiXology, Google Play, Kindle, Kobo, MyAnimeList, and nook!

Surprise 3: The Ghost in the Shell Survey Sweepstakes!

Have you ever wished you could own a collection of all things The Ghost in the Shell? Well here’s your lucky chance: for the month of October only, ONE lucky winner will win The Ghost in the Shell Deluxe Complete Box Set, Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex Volumes 1-5, The Ghost in the Shell: Global Neural Network, and Ghost in the Shell README: 1995-2017. All you have to do is take this survey by October 31 to enter for a chance to win!

New artwork by LRNZ from The Ghost in the Shell: Global Neural Network

Surprise 4: Interview with Brenden Fletcher and LRNZ from “Star Gardens” featured in The Ghost in the Shell: Global Neural Network

Kodansha Comics (KC): This year marks the 30th anniversary of the first chapter of the Ghost in the Shell manga. How would you describe its impact on your life and your body of work?

Brenden Fletcher (BF): I don’t think I’ve ever seen a world-building toolkit as vast and inventive as the one used to create The Ghost in the Shell manga. As influential as the stories and characters have been on me through the years, it’s the myriad ways Shirow-sensei uses the language of comics to open up his universe to the reader that keep pushing me to be more creative in my own work. I’m still in awe of his comics after thirty years!

KC: “Star Gardens” depicts Major Kusanagi’s encounter with a hacker searching for a loved one whose mind has been stolen and is literally being mined for ideas. Its plot explores how one person’s creativity can be coopted or exploited under corporate capitalism. On a deeper level, it examines sources of personal identity in a world where media is omnipresent. How did you decide to tell this story in the setting ofThe Ghost in the Shell?

BF: It seemed a natural extension of the themes of identity explored in the abundance of The Ghost in the Shell media. I wanted to make a statement about how our creative minds frame our own being: that we can and often do construct multiple iterations of ourselves to suit different moments of our lives that can live alongside one another in harmony, and that there is danger in not being properly acquainted or comfortable with those many facets that make up your whole you. In this story, that danger leaves Kusanagi open to a hack. It ultimately validates for her that no matter how she sees herself, no matter whose skin she finds herself in, they are all versions of a unified whole.

On a meta level, exploring these ideas through the coexistence of the many versions of Major Kusanagi—from comics, movies, animated series, games, etc.—struck me as something that would resonate. It was also a way for me to personally come to terms with the way her character shifts depending on the lens she’s viewed through, or the creative hand guiding her. All are valid and can coexist in “Star Gardens”.

KC:  For some, it can feel difficult—even futile—to set out to create something truly new. Do you have any advice for writers or artists who may feel discouraged at the thought that their work, whatever it may be, is too derivative or not original enough?

BF: The creator will always feel the influences on their own work far more than the audience. It’s easy to just say “Don’t sweat it!” and urge you on to just get writing or drawing or whatever, but I totally get how that’s a concern. I see The Ghost in the Shell in just about everything I do 🙂

The best advice I can give is to tell the story you want to tell and always listen closely to your characters. When you veer off course, they’ll guide you back to where you belong. And when you’ve done your first draft, go back and give it another pass. And then another. And then another. The more you refine, the more you let your characters guide you, the more your work will become its own thing.

KC: If you lived in the world of The Ghost in the Shell, where would you be and what would you be doing?

BF: As cool as all the tech is in the world of The Ghost in the Shell, it’s also super terrifying. I was born and raised in the country and I feel like if THIS was the world I was forced to live in, I’d be offline, hiding somewhere in the Northern Ontario woods, hoping to God I’d be left alone long enough to raise my family and see old age in relative peace.

Either that or I’d be some kinda super ninja-cyborg.

Kodansha Comics (KC): How did you first encounter The Ghost in the Shell?

LRNZ (L): It was July 1992: Kappa Magazine Issue No. 1, one of the very first anime/manga-related magazines in Italy. They published the entire original manga series, monthly, and I loved it!

KC: Your art in “Star Gardens” takes us on a stylistic tour through the 30-year history of The Ghost in the Shell. Do you have a favorite incarnation of Major Kusanagi and Section 9, and why?

L: I love all the ones we used in “Star Gardens,” though the original 1997 movie is probably the one I can best relate to as an artist. But if I had to choose my all-time favorite, it’s probably the only one we never used: Motoko as depicted in the animated intro movie from the PSX game Ghost in the Shell: Megatech Body, which is, as a side note, one of my favorite pieces of animation ever.

KC: Your bona fides are unquestionable, in part because your previous graphic novel Golem depicted a capitalist techno-dystopia similar to Shirow-sensei’s. Looking back three decades later, what did The Ghost in the Shell get right about where we were going as a species? How do you think cyberpunk has changed since the manga premiered in 1989?

L: As an industrial designer, I did some concept work for real-world and experimental robotics. In all of those workshops, I could spot GitS-inspired projects and ideas. It was resonating among engineers, designers, and intellectuals, at all levels. Still, I must say that what really strikes me the most about GitS is the whole philosophical issue about soul, body, gender, and identity. It really was ahead of its time and still stands incredibly strong, a megatech beacon for our unforeseeable future. The puppeteer concept makes you question the bedrock of our culture: what is human, nature or god. Not bad for a pulp sci-fi sexy comic, is it?

KC: Describe your process in creating “Star Gardens.” What conceptual work did you do first, and how did you finish the pages?

L: I started from the visionary pages, the ones where we see Motoko diving into her multiple selves, and then came back to earth designing the Newport Town and Section 9 look. The whole process took place while constantly exchanging ideas with Brenden.

KC: If there was one piece of technology from The Ghost in the Shell that you could make real, what would it be?

L: Fuchikomas. I want Fuchikomas running free in my city.

Thank you Brenden and LRNZ!


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