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)

 

Books-A-Million Buy One Get One 50% Off Sale (ends 7/2)

Got a Books-A-Million or 2nd and Charles store near you? Then you’re in luck! Visit between now and July 2 and buy a selected Kodansha Comics book to get 50% off a second! Find your nearest participating store here

Books-A-Million or 2nd and Charles
Buy One Get One 50% Off Sale
Ends July 2

Again!!, volumes 1-2
A Silent Voice, volumes 1-2
Attack on Titan, volumes 1-6
Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card, volumes 1-3
Fairy Tail, volumes 1-4
Land of the Lustrous, volume 1-2
Noragami: Stray God, volumes 1-2
Sailor Moon, volumes 1-4
That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime, volumes 1-2
The Seven Deadly Sins, volumes 1-2
To Your Eternity, volumes 1-2
Wotakoi: Love Is Hard for Otaku, volume 1

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

 

 


Kodansha Comics Gift Guide 2017 Part 3: Manga from Me to You

Kodansha Comics Gift Guide 2017

Are  you  looking  for  the  perfect  gift  for  your  manga  loving  friends  and  family  this  holiday  season? Or perhaps you’re looking for the perfect series for someone who’s new to manga? With so many series to choose  from –from  shonen  to  shojo,  from  action-packed  series  to  drama-driven  ones,  from  series  for younger  readers  to  the  experienced fan –it  can  be hard to  choose  just  one  title  in  what  seems  like  an overwhelming sea of stories.

But never fear – Kodansha Comics’s got your back! Our Gift Guide is in full swing once again this year, and from classic tales to new fan favorites, we’ll help guide you to the perfect manga that’s sure to put a smile on someone’s –or your own –face!

 

Part 3: Manga from Me to You

There’s nothing quite like getting an amazing manga recommendation from someone – and then being able to bond with or make new friends when you discover you like the same series. But what could be better than getting a manga recommendation from the folks who help bring it to you? Our third, and final, part of our Gift Guide is a gift from us to you – our personal favorite staff picks! If you haven’t checked these series out already, we hope you come to love them as much as we do!

Aho-Girl (Ages 16+)

Emi Lotto, Assistant Production Manager

Life in 2017 is hard. We live in a world where none of us know what to believe, and you might think conscious engagement and critical thinking are for chumps. Well, you may be right. Let clueless high schooler Yoshiko Hanabatake offer you a master class in the life-changing magic of tidying up all those pesky thoughts that are stressing you out. You’ll learn to concern yourself with the important things, like where your next banana is coming from, or perfecting your sweet dance moves for the summer festival, or how to get your stick-in-the-mud crush to stop studying already and just come hit the beach with you. So grab a banana, turn on some Cutie Cure, and leave the rest to take care of itself. The unexamined life may be the only one worth living.

Aho-Girl Volumes 1 – 4 are available now!

 

Descending Stories: Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinju (Ages 16+)

Tiff Ferentini, Publishing Associate

I have manga to thank for cultivating a lifelong love and passion for many of my interests today – one of which is my love for Japanese history and culture. So naturally, with its dash of history, plot rooted in rakugo, and cast of incredibly compelling characters, I knew from the start that Descending Stories: Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinju would earn its place on my list of all-time favorite manga.

There’s so much going on in Descending Stories that it’s hard to pinpoint one single factor that draws me to the series. Haruko Kumota’s elegant art style and masterful story telling skills – which introduced me to an entertaining world engrained in Japanese culture like none I had discovered before – certainly were among the first things that caught my attention. But as the series progresses, I find myself more and more captivated by Rakugo’s diverse and deeply developed cast of characters – particularly Kikuhiko, and his complicated relationship with Sukeroku and Miyokichi.  Discovering your passion, your identity, who it is you exactly are, what it is that drives you, how you can live a life that is originally and uniquely your own – we see Kikuhiko grapple with and confront these challenges and more throughout the course of his life – a life which, thanks to Kumota, we get to see come full circle: starting from childhood, to his early days as a rakugo artist struggling with his craft, all the way to him being a well-established, seasoned veteran. It’s the kind of storytelling, character development, and relatability I’ve never quite seen before in a manga, and Kumota leaves me spellbound, constantly yearning for more – eager to turn the page, to grab the next volume, to dive deeper and deeper into Kiku’s story.   Take that, add some arguable, underlying commentary on gender and sexuality, and you have the ingredients to what kind of manga captivates me the most – an enchanting story driven by a real, complex protagonist; that tackles what it means to discover and drive oneself, and what it means to be human.

Descending Stories: Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinju Volumes 1 – 4 are available now!

 


Ichi-F: A Worker's Graphic Memoir of the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant (Ages 13+)

Stephen Pakula, Senior Production Manager

Out of all the manga we’ve had the pleasure of publishing in 2017, for me, personally, Ichi-F has been the most memorable project – as both a reader and a publisher. Kazuto Tatsuta’s humble, honest account of the clean-up efforts at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant following the 2011 Tohoku Earthquake is both fascinating and informative – offering truth and light on a topic often shrouded in fear and mystery. The English-language version of Ichi-F has also been adapted to read in a left-to-right reading format, allowing those who may be unfamiliar with manga, but who still want to read and learn more about the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, the accessibility to dive into Tatsuta’s story – of the challenging work, of the trials faced by the local citizens, and of the unique camaraderie that built up between the workers as they faced the invisible threat of radiation on a daily basis. 

Whether you’re looking to discover a new graphic memoir for yourself, long to read more nonfiction manga, or know someone who’s wanted to hear an authentic, candid, first-hand account of the aftermath at Fukushima, you’ll not want to miss checking out Ichi-F.

Ichi-F: A Worker's Graphic Memoir of the Fukushima Nuclear Power is available now in one single, complete volume!

 

Kigurumi Guardians (Ages 13+)

Lauren Scanlan. Editor 

My taste in manga has always been pretty divided — I love a good romance just as much as I enjoy a wacky adventure story. So when Kigurumi Guardians came into my life, I thought I’d died and gone to heaven. Fourteen-year-old Hakka is a fun, plucky protagonist, whose belief in her friends and in the goodness of all people makes me hope that she and her friends succeed against their evil adversaries. Her sassy kigurumi partner, Ginger, is a good foil to Hakka’s enthusiasm, protecting her from others and her own insecurities, when the need arises. The fact that he and the other kigurumi happen to turn into attractive men doesn’t hurt, either! Hoshino-sensei’s past as a BL-artist shines through in Kigurumi, with a host of good-looking men and women who straddle the line between sweet and sexy, though the plot keeps things fairly tame (so far!).

All in all, Kigurumi Guardians is a love letter to shojo manga, a goofy but earnest take on a adolescence, good vs. evil, and the magic of a kiss.

Kigurumi Guardians Volumes 1 – 3 are available now!

 

To Your Eternity (Ages 13+)

Ben Applegate, Publishing Director

There’s no other way to put it, so why beat around the bush: To Your Eternity is the best new manga of the year. It begins with a dying wolf pulling itself, bleeding and desperate, across a bleak Arctic landscape, but where it will end no one knows but Yoshitoki Oima, its creator. Only two volumes in, we’ve met and left behind characters, landscapes, entire villages. Oima is recognized as a brilliant artist and writer for her moving seven-volume series A Silent Voice, about a girl who can’t hear and the boy who bullied her. On its surface, To Your Eternity is as different from A Silent Voice as it could possibly be: With its spiritual (even theological) themes, unusual protagonist, and invented language, it is the very definition of “high concept.” But this is no dry treatise, nor is it some avant-garde experiment. This is a manga about things we all experience: survival, friendship, loneliness, loyalty, grief, growing up. And it’s on this level – the level of “feels” – that fans of A Silent Voice will love To Your Eternity. It is both epic and intimate in a way that’s highly reminiscent of the work of the God of Manga, Osamu Tezuka, who was also fond of reincarnation as a device to take the reader on a journey and show how humanity is united by our capacity for struggle and love. It’s a message we all need to hear.

To Your Eternity Volumes 1 – 2 are available now!

 

Wake Up, Sleeping Beauty (Ages 16+)

Haruko Hashimoto, Editor

A love story isn't complete without a ghost. I stand by that. But first, this manga immediately drew me in with its impeccable, polished art. Morino captures the character’s emotions so well in their expressions and eyes, whether it’s fear, ambivalence, compassion, or anger. It's my favorite take on shojo art styles right now. Her covers and color pages just stopped me in my tracks—they look like high-quality movie stills.

 

What I stayed for, is the earnestness of the characters, particularly our protagonist: a teenager named Tetsu. The story opens with him working really hard as a part-time housekeeper at a huge estate, taking care of his two little sisters, and quitting his beloved soccer team to focus on making ends meet. When he meets Shizu, the daughter of his wealthy employers, she is secreted away in a secluded building, and he realizes something isn’t right. Shizu doesn’t remember much, and never feels like she’s all there.

This story is about two kids trying their best to be honest with their fears and shortcomings. They grow on their own terms, and while it can be brutal, there are truly heartwarming moments. At times, it is also heartbreaking to see how much emotional labor Tetsu takes on and processes. Though, it is refreshing to see a male protagonist in a shojo manga finally do that, while also balancing loads of domestic labor. Of course, this story’s also about ghosts. And honestly, some of the ghosts are doing the best they can.

 

While there’s a good sprinkling of hijinks and light-hearted humor, this story is still grounded well in reality, which is why I got so invested. For one, Morino takes the difficult question of Shizu’s mental health status and adds a filter of the supernatural around it. While Morino writes a seemingly hollow character in Shizu (who comes in and out of consciousness as separate personalities), the author is explicit about how wrong it is to exploit someone who may often be very uncertain of themselves—a relatable trait which Tetsu shares. Throughout the series, Shizu grows immensely, maintaining her own agency in powerful moments. Tetsu is an encourager and a witness to that, while also confronting his own inner demons. Morino’s ability to write intimate, interior moments so genuinely is my favorite part of this story. It’s the reason why I read manga at all.

If you checked out last year’s staff picks, you probably already know how I describe my favorites. And it’s true for Wake Up, Sleeping Beauty as well: This got some real certified emotional tears from me. I’ve cried at several key scenes. Read it and guess which parts!!! It’s short and sweet at only 6-volumes (like my other ugly cry faves: A Silent Voice and That Wolf-Boy is Mine!).

Wake Up, Sleeping Beauty Volume 1 is available now!

 

This wraps it up for our Gift Guide series this year! We hope we’ve given you plenty of ideas for what to wrap up for your loved ones – and put on your own wish list!

All of us at Kodansha Comics wish you a safe and happy holiday. Thank you for helping us make 2017 a great year to read manga – we can’t wait to give you more in the New Year!

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! 

 

Yoshitoki Oima’s To Your Eternity makes its debut in digital along with new Samura, Deathtopia

Kodansha Comics is proud to announce the debut of Yoshitoki Oima’s newest manga serial, the spiritual fantasy To Your Eternity. You can read the entirety of Chapter 1 for free, below!

The first 10 chapters of To Your Eternity are available on January 24th as digital editions on comiXology and Kindle. January 24th is the same day Chapter 10 appears in Japan; new chapters will follow every week in simultaneous timing  thereafter. Chapters will be priced at 99 cents each.

Following the critically acclaimed A Silent Voice—which was nominated for an Eisner and named one of 2016’s “Great Graphic Novels for Teens” by the American Library Association—Oima goes in a completely new direction with this compelling tale of an abandoned native boy journeying alone in the frozen north with only a mysterious wolf for a companion. Read our interview with Yoshitoki Oima here.

 

That's not all! January sees the beginning of an aggressive ramp-up in new digital manga series from Kodansha Comics, and we've got the hot new title by legendary manga-ka Hiroaki Samura (Blade of the Immortal, Die Wergelder), Wave, Listen to Me! also debuting January 24th. Something of a departure for the action-oriented Samura, Wave turns its attention to modern life in the big city, as a despondent, hard-drinkin' young woman inadvertently finds herself the host of a hit talk-radio show. 

 

Also on the 24th we release Deathtopia, the latest gonzo thriller from Cage of Eden’s Yoshinobu Yamada, about a young man who gains supernatural powers from an accident but then finds himself embroiled with a serial killer with a disturbing fondness for eyeballs and a band of intriguing beauties in hot pursuit.

 

 

This month also saw the digital release of Descending Stories: Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinju. The Descending Stories anime was the surprise fan and critical fave of 2016—with Season 2 now simulcasting on Crunchyroll. Now you can read Haruko Kumota's multi-generational epic that delves deep into the world of rakugo, a rich form of Japanese storytelling theater. We announced the print edition of Descending Stories for May 2017, but digital readers can jump into Volume 1 right now—at a steep discount, as part of our current weeklong "Manga to Anime" sale!
 

 

Volume 1s of Descending Stories, Wave, Listen to Me!, and Deathtopia are available for purchase or preorder across all Kodansha Comics digital book channels: BookWalker, comiXology, iBooks, Kindle, Kobo, and nook.

Media: read our press release here.