Fall 2022 Print Debuts Announced

Kodansha USA Announces Fall 2022 Print Lineup


Announced at this year’s Anime NYC, Kodansha USA has revealed their Fall 2022 line-up of upcoming print series debuts, box sets, new format editions, as well as a number digital-first series coming to print. See below for details on these announced titles.

NEW SERIES DEBUTS:

Wistoria: Wand and Sword
Story by Fujino Omori, Art by Toshi Aoi

A new, magical dungeon-adventure fantasy series from the author of Is It Wrong to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?! To fulfill the promise he made to his childhood friend, Will Selfault enters Regarden Magic Academy with the goal of making it to the top of the magical world. There’s just one problem—he doesn’t know how to use magic! Will the seemingly ordinary sword in his hand be the key to unlock his true potential?


Go, Go, Loser Ranger! 
By Negi Haruba

Attention Power Rangers fans! The heroes become the villains and the villains are…well, they’re still the villains in this action-comedy from Negi Haruba, creator of The Quintessential Quintuplets. Follow one plucky villain as he plots to take down the oppressive Rangers and finally fulfill his dream of taking over the world!


Run Away With Me, Girl
By Battan

A wistful romance between two women about how, sometimes, you need to run away in order to find where you truly belong. Midori was Maki’s first love and high school sweetheart—that is, until Midori broke up with Maki at graduation, saying they were now “too old” to be “fooling around” dating girls. Ten years later, will running away be the key to lead the two women back into each other’s arms? 


Shonen Note: Boy Soprano
By Yuhki Kamatani  

A coming-of-age series equal parts moving and musical, from the creator of Our Dreams at Dusk: Shimanami Tasogare! Yutaka Aoi has a talent few boys have: He can sing soprano. But when Yukata’s voice begins to change as he enters puberty, the journey ahead will be one of self-discovery and reflection for not only himself, but also for those around him.


As a Reincarnated Aristocrat, I’ll Use My Appraisal Skill to Rise in the World
Story by Jinei Mirai , Art by Natsumi Inoue

A coming-of-age series equal parts moving and musical, from the creator of Our Dreams at Dusk: Shimanami Tasogare! Yutaka Aoi One day when leaving work, Ars Louvent dies and is reborn as a weak aristocrat in another world. Using his “Appraisal” skill, which lets him see the stats of others, he recruits the best people to his side in order to turn his country’s fortunes around. Based on a hit light novel with over 30 million online views in Japan!


Miss Miyazen Would Love to Get Closer to You
By Taka Aki

A coming-of-age series equal parts moving and musical, from the creator of Our Dreams at Dusk: Shimanami Tasogare! Yutaka Aoi Sakura Miyazen and Shota Matsubayashi are two classmates that are polar opposites: Miyazen, the high-class pretty girl, and Matsubayashi, the scary-looking delinquent guy. Oblivious to each other’s feelings, they actually want to get to know each other but can’t seem to communicate properly! 


Avant-garde Yumeko
By Shuzo Oshimi

I just want to see it! High schooler Yumeko is your ordinary high school girl except she’s obsessed with seeing the male body part in real life. Determined, Yumeko decides to join the art club at school. 


An Older Guy’s VR First Love
By Tomoko Boryoku

Naoki is an older guy, 40 years old to be exact, lives a mundane single life in the real world but enjoys venturing into the VR world as a female avatar. One day in the VR world he meets a young happy-go-lucky girl named Honami, whom he slowly becomes attracted to… But who is the real Honami and what will become of their relationship?


DIGITAL-FIRST TO PRINT DEBUTS:

The Iceblade Sorcerer Shall Rule the World 
Art by Norihito Sasaki, Story by Nana Mikoshiba,
Original Character Design by Riko Korie 

The Arnold Academy of Magic is a school for the elite…and Ray White is just your ordinary guy. In fact, he doesn’t seem particularly skilled with magic at all, and is a bit of a klutz. Which is why he has nothing to do with the rumor that one of the great magicians, the Iceblade Sorcerer, is a member of the incoming class…right?

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In the Clear Moonlit Dusk
By Mika Yamamori 

Release Date: November 2, 2021 

Yoi Takiguchi has long legs, a deep voice, and a handsome face…in other words, Yoi is such a good-looking guy that most people don’t notice or care that she is, in fact, a girl. Indeed, she’s had the nickname “Prince” as long as she can remember. That is, until she met Ichimura-senpai…the only person who’s really seemed to see her for herself. To her surprise, she’s not sure how to handle this new relationship, especially when her newfound friend is a prince himself (and a guy prince, at that). The story of the two high school princes starts here!

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Shangri-La Frontier 
By Katarina, Ryosuke Fuji 

Second-year high school student Rakuro Hizutome is interested in one thing only: finding “shitty games” and beating the crap out of them. His gaming skills are second to none, and no game is too bad for him to enjoy. So when he’s introduced to the new VR game Shangri-La Frontier, he does what he does best—min-maxes and skips the prologue to jump straight into the action. But can even an expert gamer like Rakuro discover all the secrets that Shangri-La Frontier hides…?

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I Was Reincarnated as the 7th Prince, So I’ll Take My Time Perfecting My Magical Ability 
Art by Yosuke Kokuzawa, Story by Kenkyo na Circle, Character design by Meru 

Prince Lloyd wasn’t always a prince…in fact, his previous life is one he remembers perfectly: he was a sorcerer, of sorts. So when he was forced to reincarnate, he decided to continue his studies, prince of the realm or no! But his new life has its own sets of challenges…including being a 10-year-old! What’s the 7th prince/sorcerer to do?!

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PTSD Radio
By Masaaki Nakayama

From giving a lock of hair as a token to a loved one to shaving one’s head as an act of penitence, hair is a powerful symbol across the world. This is the thread that connects the chilling tales in this horror anthology that follows the victims of Ogushi-sama — a sinister god that carries away the dead.

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NOiSE
By Tsutomu Nihei

Dark science-fiction set in the BLAME! universe. As detective Musubi Susono investigates a series of child kidnappings, her own partner is viciously murdered. But when the investigation takes a brutal turn, she is suddenly confronted by the killer—and his sadistic silicon creature …

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NEW FORMAT MANGA:


NEW FORMAT BOOKS:

KATANAGATARI Paperback Edition
By NISIOISIN

Now in paperback form! From the pen of the author of the legendary MONOGATARI novels! The basis of an animated series, KATANAGATARI brings to life a swordless “swordsman” and a self-described “schemer” who embark on a quest to obtain twelve peculiar masterpiece blades.

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Kodansha 2021 Holiday Gift Guide

When you’re looking for the perfect manga & book gifts to give to others… or yourself!

Think it’s too early to think about holiday gift giving? Think again! Any time is a great time to give the gift of manga and books, and we’re here to help you pick the best Kodansha has to offer with the Kodansha 2021 Holiday Gift Guide!

Even if your gift giving list consists of only on person – you – you’ll want to take a look at all the amazing box sets, premium editions, as well as the print & digital releases we’ll be spotlighting from now until the end of the year! See below for our list of items sure to make you the best gift giver of the year!

PREMIUM BOX SETS:

Give the gift of elegance with a variety of Kodansha premium box sets. Perfect for voracious readers and people who love to show off their bookshelf!

nichijou 15th anniversary box set
By Keiichi Arawi 

Release Date: November 23, 2021

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First serialized in 2006, Keiichi Arawi’s nichijou went on to become a worldwide cultural phenomenon.

This fall, we’ll celebrate the series with a 15th Anniversary Box Set with all ten of the original volumes in an extraordinary package with an exclusive bonus sticker sheet!


Join Mio, Yuuko, Mai and the rest of the cast of colorful characters of nichijou in this slice-of-surreal-life comedy series that explores every facet of their anything-but-ordinary lives…

In this just-surreal enough take on the “school genre” of manga, a group of friends grapple with all sorts of unexpected situations in their daily lives as high schoolers.

The gags, jokes, puns, and haiku keep this series off-kilter even as the cast grow and change. Check it out and meet the new ordinary.

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The Quintessential Quintuplets Manga Box Set Part 1
By Negi Haruba

Release Date: Coming this Winter 

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Fandom’s favorite fivesome now come bundled together in two seven-volume box sets! This deluxe, collectible set includes two huge, exclusive, double-sided posters depicting four of the rambunctious quints. Collect them all, as the popular anime series returns in 2021!

Five girls who want to do anything but study, and their tutor: A high school boy who’s got book smarts and not much else. Futaro Uesugi took the tutoring gig because he was desperate for cash, but when his students–the five beautiful daughters of a wealthy businessman–find five times the excuses to slack off, what can he do?! At this rate, the sisters won’t graduate, so if he wants to get paid, Futaro must think of a plan to suit each of them… Which feels hopeless when five out of five of them think he’s a loser!

This set includes Vol. 1-7 of The Quintessential Quintuplets manga series.

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A Silent Voice Complete Series Box Set
By Yoshitoki Oima

Release Date: On Sale Now 

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The acclaimed, bestselling 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.

The acclaimed, bestselling 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.

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FAIRY TAIL Manga Box Sets
By Hiro Mashima

Release Date: On Sale Now

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Your instant FAIRY TAIL manga collection! Stylish boxes of the magical shonen adventure that became an anime megahit!

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!

• Box Set 1 includes volumes 1-11, plus an exclusive bonus sticker sheet.
• Box Set 2 includes volumes 12-22, plus an exclusive bonus sticker sheet.
• Box Set 3 includes volumes 23-33.
• Box Set 4 includes volumes 34-43.
• Box Set 5 includes volumes 44-53.

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The Complete Chi’s Sweet Home Box Set
By Konami Kanata

Release Date: On Sale Now

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Chi’s Sweet Home, a multiple New York Times Best Seller, now bundled up in a purrfect box set which includes all 4 volumes of the series! And no Chi box set would be complete without sweet bonus items inside! Bring this cute set home today!

Chi is a mischievous newborn kitten who, while on a leisurely stroll with her family, finds herself lost. Separated from the warmth and protection of her mother, she 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.

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The Ghost in the Shell Deluxe Complete Box Set
By Shirow Masamune

Release Date: On Sale Now

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The original manga that became a legendary anime franchise, now in a complete collector’s box set. Includes three large-sized hardcover volumes, plus a collectible lithograph by creator Shirow Masamune.

From Shirow Masamune, the award-winning creator of Appleseed and Dominion, comes The Ghost in the Shell, the definitive cyberpunk manga that inspired the internationally acclaimed animated film. An epic dystopian tale of politics, technology, and metaphysics, The Ghost in the Shell has been hailed worldwide as an unparalleled visionary work of graphic fiction.

Deep into the twenty-first century, the line between man and machine has been inexorably 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 interfance and reprogramming humans to become puppets to carry out the hackers’ criminal ends. When Major Kusanagi tracks the cybertrail of one such master hacker, the Puppeteer, her quest leads her into a world beyond information and technology where the very nature of consciousness and the human soul are turned upside down.

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PREMIUM & OMNIBUS EDITIONS:

We also have a number of premium & omnibus editions for some of our fan-favorite series like Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon, Mobile Suit Gundam The Origin, Attack on Titan & more! These editions make for special gifts without breaking the bank.

Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Eternal Edition
By Shirow Masamune

Release Date: On Sale Now

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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!

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).

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Attack on Titan Omnibus
By Hajime Isayama

Release Date: On Sale Now

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It’s never been easier to attack Attack on Titan than with these new, giant-sized 3-in-1 omnibus editions! If you’ve been waiting for the final anime season to check out the do-or-die shonen adventure that defined a decade, now’s your chance. These new books tuck almost 600 pages of manga behind a specially-embossed cover, all in a larger size than the regular version.

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Mobile Suit Gundam: THE ORIGIN
By Yoshikazu Yasuhiko

Release Date: On Sale Now

The biggest name in Japanese science fiction—Gundam—returns with one of its creators retelling its origins 25 years after the series debuted. Caught in the crossfire of a space civil war, teenager Amuro Ray accidentally finds a new mobile weapon—the RX-78 Gundam.

It is the year Universal Century 0079, in a space colony the Earth Federation is storing and testing a new piloted robot for use in the battle against the Principality of Zeon. The experimental RX-78 Gundam mobile suit is scheduled to be transported to Federation command in Jaburo, deep within the Brazilian jungles. Unfortunatley, before the transporter would arrive, the Federation would come under attack from Zeon. With few resources available against the Zeon’s most mobile mechs, Federation forces strike back using their new weapon, the mobile suit Gundam.

Caught in the crossfire is a young teen named Amuro Ray. Not willing to see innocent people die like this, Amuro crawls into the cockpit of the closest machine around him. Whether it be a tank, jeep or jet, he was going to use it to help stop this slaughter. And what he happened to slide into was another Gundam. Having never operated a machine like this, what are the chances he can do anything to repel an experienced squad of mech-piloting invaders?

Volume 1 includes an essay from Hideaki Anno, director of the hit anime Neon Genesis Evengelion.

Color pages from Yas.

And an essay from Kadokawa Publishing Executive Shinichiro Inoue.

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Saiyuki
By Hajime Isayama

Release Date: On Sale Now

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The boys are back, in 400-page hardcovers that are as pretty and badass as they are! This hit adventure—which blends mythology from around the world into a classic adventure story—has been out of print for years, and this collector’s edition is a fitting celebration of its return!

Genjo is a Buddhist priest in the city of Shangri-La, which is being ravaged by yokai spirits that have fallen out of balance with the natural order. His superiors send him on a journey far to the west to discover why this is happening and how to stop it. His companions are three yokai with human souls. But this is no day trip—the four will encounter many discoveries and horrors on the way, and on the road, Genjo will wonder … can he really trust his supernatural companions?

Where to Buy


Stay tuned for more Holiday Gift Guide Spotlights!

May 4th Sci-Fi Savings!

Though your eyes may be looking to the skies for different reasons (i.e. space wizards, and galactic wars) we’re here to let you know there’s a universe of sci-fi well within reach and we’re beaming you some savings during the May 4th Sci-Fi Sale!

Teleport into multiple universes of sci-fi action like with the recent shonen classic EDENS ZERO. Or you can try a sci-fi classic of a different kind with the anime & feature film inspiring series like, Battle Angel Alita & The Ghost in the Shell. Looking for an unfolding and dark sci-fi thriller? Look no further than the Breaking Bad meets Robocop saga, Inuyashiki. With more savings than you can shoot a blaster at, get started on a ton of series and still keep some credits in your account.

But be sure to jump on these sci-fi savings before time runs out! Visit your favorite digital vendor to save up to 50% off select titles from the series mentioned below: comiXology, Google Play, Kindle, Nook and izneo. Sale runs from May the 4th to May 10th!

Curious about this sale but want to see more? Check out below to read the FREE 1st chapter of our featured series, Battle Angel Alita!

And See below that for the full list of titles being offered during this sale,
with links to read other chapter 1s FREE!

Robots, Lasers, Rockets, & Space: Save Big on Sci-Fi

Check out these 99¢ vol. 1s during our (Not Just) Black Friday Digital Manga Sale! (Ends 11/30)

All the fun of Black Friday with none of the pushing and shoving!

We know your wallet might already be strained by all the crazy deals all over the internet BUT how many of them will open your eyes vast manga universes for just .99¢ a pop? Can’t think of one? Well we’re just THAT deal! Right now until Monday, November 30th, you can indulge in nearly 30 series ranging from sci-fi landscapes like in Battle Angel Alita, BLAME!  and EDENS ZERO, to magical realms like FAIRY TAIL, The Seven Deadly Sins, and To Your Eternity, and the even love-filled corridors of romance series like in Domestic Girlfriend, Moteki and O’ Maidens in Your Savage Season – each one, only .99¢ for volume 1s.

It’s a deal that won’t last long but, also won’t burden your wallet! Just visit one of our participating digital vendors to start any (or ALL) of these amazing series for just 99¢ each!: BookwalkercomiXology, Google Play, Kindle, Nook and izneo. Sale runs from November 25 – 30th!

 

~(Not Just) Black Friday Digital Manga Sale ~

November 25 – 30th

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:
A Sign of Affection (Vol. 1)
A Silent Voice (Vol. 1)
Ajin Demi-Human (Vol. 1)
Attack on Titan (Vol. 1)
Battle Angel Alita (Vol. 1)
BECK (Vol. 1)
BLAME! (Vol. 1)
Cells At Work (Vol. 1)
Cells at Work: Code BLACK (Vol. 1)
Chi’s Sweet Home (Vol. 1)
Domestic Girlfriend (Vol. 1)
Don’t Toy With Me, Miss Nagatoro (Vol. 1)
EDENS ZERO (Vol. 1)
FAIRY TAIL (Vol. 1)
Fire Force (Vol. 1)
Gleipnir (Vol. 1)
Golosseum (Vol. 1)
Goodbye I’m Being Reincarnated (Vol. 1)
Heaven’s Design Team (Vol. 1)
Kakushigoto: My Dad’s Secret Ambition (Vol. 1)
Karate Heat (Vol. 1)
Mardock Scramble (Vol. 1)
Moteki (Vol. 1)
O’ Maidens in Your Savage Season (Vol. 1)
The Ghost in the Shell (Vol. 1)
The Golden Sheep (Vol. 1)
The Knight Cartoonist and her Orc Editor (Vol. 1)
The Seven Deadly Sins (Vol. 1)
To Your Eternity (Vol. 1)