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!

 

Explore worlds from times past during the Blast from the Past Digital Manga Sale! (Ends 4/13)

Swords, Sorcery & Savings

Want to escape to a time of clashing swords, devastating magic and infinite wonder? Now you can in each of the titles featured during the Blast from the Past digital manga sale! Whether it’s losing yourself in the tumultuous war time of a fantasy reality with Altair: A Record of Battles, exploring a feline alternate history of Japan with Nekogahara: Stray Cat Samurai, or even just looking to read the manga of fan-favorite historical anime like Vinland Saga, Mushishi and Basilisk – the Blast from the Past digital manga sale has you covered without asking you to empty your purse of gold!

But don’t stop there, we still have our 99¢ Vol. 1 sale happening right now letting you explore even more of what Kodansha Comics and VERTICAL have to offer.

So give all these amazing series a try for 99¢ a volume, and then catch up on the rest for up to 50% off at all participating digital vendors including: BookWalker, comiXology, Google Play, Kindle, Nook and izneo. Sale runs from April 7, until April 13.

 

~Blast from the Past Digital Manga Sale! ~
April 7 – April 13
Click on the featured titles for more info or to read Chapter 1s FREE!

Altair: A Record of Battles
Basilisk
Blissful Land
Descending Stories
Frau Faust
The Ghost and the Lady
The Heroic Legend of Arslan
Magatsuki
Magus of the Library
Mushishi
Nekogahara: Stray Cat Samurai
Pumpkin Scissors
Red Riding Hood’s Wolf Apprentice
The Tale of Genji: Dreams at Dawn
To the Abandoned Sacred Beasts
Vinland Saga
The Yagyu Ninja Scrolls

 

And be sure to check out the debut of a an
ALL-NEW fantasy adventure manga
Orient By Shinobu Ohtaka
(Creator of Magi)

 

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

 

Throwback Thursday: Vinland Saga all digital volumes 50% off! Ends 1/8


10 years of Kodansha Comics! 

The year 2019 marked the 10th anniversary of the first Kodansha Comics manga published in English! We’ve been highlighting some of the best manga from the past decade, and we’re saying hello to 2020 with another Throwback Thursday Sale where all  volumes are over 50% off at our digital retail partners: BookWalker, comiXology, Google Play, Kindle, MyAnimeList, and nook! Wanna read some nostalgic manga? Or perhaps you are just looking for some good new reads. Then this is a perfect deal for you! 

What’s on sale on the week of January 2nd?

Vinland Saga by Makoto Yukimura

As a child, Thorfinn sat at the feet of the great Leif Ericson and listened to wild tales of a land far to the west. But his youthful fantasies were shattered by a mercenary raid. Raised by the Vikings who murdered his family, Thorfinn became a terrifying warrior, forever seeking to kill the band’s leader, Askeladd, and avenge his father. Sustaining Thorfinn through his ordeal are his pride in his family and his dreams of a fertile westward land, a land without war or slavery … the land Leif called Vinland.

“A fascinating, violent, and moving story [that’s] firmly among other timeless classics … Seriously, I don’t know how many different ways I can say this manga is worth reading.” —Kotaku

“Gripping doesn’t begin to describe Vinland Saga. 5 stars.” —ICv2

“With its rich visual details, emotional pull and strong characters, this historical epic is an instant winner.” —Anime News Network

From the acclaimed author of Planetes. Winner of the Japan Media Arts Awards Grand Prize for Manga and the Kodansha Manga Awards.

All volumes of Vinland Saga are up to 50% off at our digital retail partners until until January 8!

 

Our “Highlights of 2019” Digital Sale! Ends 12/30!

Highlights of 2019 Digital Sale: 20 Kodansha Comics and Vertical digital series up to 50% off!

5 … 4 … 3 … 2 … 1 … oh snap! Before we say sayonara to 2019, we wanted to relive some of our best memories from the past year … but so much to choose from, it was tough task! But! We managed to refine it down to 20 series that kinda summed up how special a year it was in ’19—with apologies to your favorite series that didn’t make the list. And you can relive the memories too (and get into series you’ve been meaning to get into, natch) with our Highlights of 2019 Digital Sale with up to 50% off all digital volumes from our featured series, at our digital partners BookWalker, comiXology, Google Play, Kindle, MyAnimeList, and nook! Sale ends December 30th!

2019 Highlights from Kodansha Comics

Fire Force
Witch Hat Atelier
The Seven Deadly Sins
EDENS ZERO
FAIRY TAIL: 100 Years Quest
Battle Angel Alita
Quintessential Quintuplets
Wotakoi: Love Is Hard for Otaku
Hitorijime My Hero
Vinland Saga

2019 Highlights from Vertical

BAKEMONOGATARI (manga)
The Golden Sheep
Kino’s Journey
Flying Witch
5 Centimeters Per Second
Chi’s Sweet Home
Chi’s Sweet Adventures
Colorful Dreams*
Don’t Toy With Me, Miss Nagatoro
TSUKIMONOGATARI

(*discount available only on BookWalker, comiXology, and MyAnimeList)

From all of us as Kodansha Comics and Vertical … HAPPY NEW YEAR!

 

Summer 2019 Anime Season Finale Sale! Fire Force and MORE up to 50% on digital (ends 9/30)

As summer goes … so goes the Summer 2019 anime season… but don’t be sad! Even though the anime season might have ended … remember the story starts—and continues—in the manga!

That’s why this week—no matter which anime based on a Kodansha Comics series you were watching this summer—we’re putting the digital editions of all those manga that became anime up to 50% off (helps you to binge read) during this week’s Summer 2019 Anime Season Sale! The digital volumes of the following series are discounted at our digital retail partners:  BookWalker, comiXology, Google Play, Kindle, MyAnimeList, and nook! (Sale ends September 30.)

2019 Anime Season Finale Sale
— Click on the covers to read free full Chapter 1s —

Fire Force A new action fantasy set in a steampunk Tokyo from the creator of the smash-hit Soul Eater! The city of Tokyo is plagued by a deadly phenomenon: spontaneous human combustion! Luckily, a special team is there to quench the inferno: The Fire Force! The fire soldiers at Special Fire Cathedral 8 are about to get a unique addition. Enter Shinra, a boy who possesses the power to run at the speed of a rocket, leaving behind the famous “devil’s footprints” (and destroying his shoes in the process). Can Shinra and his colleagues discover the source of this strange epidemic before the city burns to ashes?

Watch the anime on Funimation or Crunchyroll!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

O Maidens in Your Savage Season  This debut manga from anime legend Mari Okada (Maquia) follows five girls and their five moving, funny, and mortifying answers about … sex! Join their bittersweet (and a little spicy) journey from girlhood to … whatever comes next … Amid an explosion of graphic novels about girls’ teenage years, O Maidens brings a diverse, fresh, and hilarious perspective on how it feels to leave childhood behind.

Anime coming soon!Watch the anime on HiDive!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vinland Saga As a child, Thorfinn sat at the feet of the great Leif Ericson and thrilled to wild tales of a land far to the west. But his youthful fantasies were shattered by a mercenary raid. Raised by the Vikings who murdered his family, Thorfinn became a terrifying warrior, forever seeking to kill the band’s leader, Askeladd, and avenge his father. Sustaining Throfinn through his ordeal are his pride in his family and his dreams of a fertile westward land, a land without war or slavery … the land Leif called Vinland. 

Watch the anime on Amazon Prime Video!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

To the Abandoned Sacred Beasts During a protacted civil war that pitted the North against the South, the outnumbered Northerners used dark magic to create monstrous super-soldiers called Incarnates. Now that the war has ended, those Sacred Beasts must learn to make their way in a peaceful society, or face death at the hands of a Beast Hunter. Nancy Schaal Bancroft, the daughter of an Incarnate, turns to hunting the hunter herself. But once she catches up with her quarry, she discovers hard truths about the lives of these Sacred Beasts.

Watch the anime on Crunchyroll!

 

Historical Manga Sale! 10+ digital series up to 50% off!

Yeah, maybe it wasn’t your strongest subject in school, but history in manga form is way more fun than in a textbook! Now that the summer is in the past (hah) grab some hot cider, curl up in your favorite reading nook, and enjoy this curated selection of historical manga titles, each up to 50% off!

This week 10+ of our historical manga series are now up to 50% off on digital at our digital retail partners: BookWalker, comiXology, Google Play, Kindle, MyAnimeList, and nook. Sale ends September 23!

Speaking of history … We’ve all got our romantic histories. Highs and lows, crushes, unrequited love … So what’s highschooler Uta to do when her first crush and childhood friend becomes her sister-in-law? Get the debut volume of the heart-wrenching yuri manga If I Could Reach You out September 17—TODAY!

Click on the cover and read Chapter 1 FREE!

~ Historical Manga Sale ~
September 17-24

Click on the cover or links to read Chapter 1s for FREE!

Altair: A Record of Battles
Basilisk
Blissful Land
Frau Faust 
The Ghost and the Lady
The Heroic Legend of Arslan
Magus of the Library
Nekogahara: Stray Cat Samurai
The Tale of Genji: Dreams at Dawn
Vinland Saga
The Yagyu Ninja Scrolls

… and for those of you who prefer your manga in print: From now until September 22, our friends at Indigo are hosting a historically great sale at their online store …  all physical Kodansha Comics titles 40% off!

Vinland Saga digital sale! All 10 volumes up to 50% off

What better way to cool down during the hot summer days than taking a journey to the cold northern seas! From now until August 12th, get up to 50% off on all ten volumes of the Vinland Saga manga at our digital retail partners: Apple Books, BookWalker, comiXology, Google Play, Kindle, Kobo, MyAnimeList, and nook!

What are you waiting for?? The epic journey that inspired one of this anime season’s biggest hits is waiting! Sale ends August 12.

… and be sure to check out the special surprises this month with Vinland Saga as our 10th Anniversary Spotlight Series!

Not yet convinced? Here’s a free Chapter 1 preview of likely the greatest Viking comic ever!

 

10 Years of Kodansha Comics—August Spotlight: Vinland Saga

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!

Vinland Saga Volumes 1-10 are available now from Kodansha Comics!

August Spotlight: Vinland Saga

Our August Spotlight title is Makoto Yukimura’s Viking epic Vinland Saga, which recently received an anime debut! So what kind of “special surprises” do we have for you to pillage this month? Check these out …

Surprise 1: Exclusive Vinland Saga 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 Vinland Saga Pin!

Visit Rightstuf and order any volume of Vinland Saga and you’ll receive an exclusive pin for FREE! Available this month (August 2019) only or while supplies last.

Surprise 2:  Vinland Saga digital sale!

What better way to cool down during the hot summer days than taking a journey to the cold northern seas! From now until August 12th, get 50% off on Vinland Saga manga at our digital retail partners: Apple Books, BookWalker, comiXology, Google Play, Kindle, Kobo, MyAnimeList, and nook! What are you waiting for?? The epic journey that inspired one of this anime season’s biggest hits is waiting!

Surprise 3: Vinland Saga survey sweepstakes!

Have you been wanting to check out Vinland Saga in anticipation of its anime release? Set your sails and get ready to join the hunt for some sweet loot! For the month of August only, ONE lucky winner will win a set of Vinland Saga manga Volumes 1-10. All you have to do is take this survey by August 31 to enter for a chance to win!

Surprise 4: Celebrating Vinland Saga‘s anime! A special long-form fishing-hole interview between author Makoto Yukimura and director Shuhei Yabuta 

Vinland Saga‘s anime adaptation was announced in March 2018. The first round of announcements revealed some visuals from the show, and Shuhei Yabuta’s position as director. 

Yabuta previously directed the Inuyashiki anime and was a 3D-CG director for Attack on Titan. Now all eyes are on him and WIT Studio as they produce Vinland Saga, which depicts the lives of Norse warriors. 

Read on for an interview between Yabuta and Yukimura! Of course, you can’t talk about Vikings without talking about fishing! (Save your snappy comebacks, please!) We set the scene at a fishing hole somewhere in Tokyo … 

The Difference between Anime and Manga in Showing Flair 

Makoto Yukimura (MY): I saw some anime storyboard drafts and thought, “Oh, it’s already cleaned up and finalized!” That’s how incredible the recreation of the battle scenes are. In the manga, I am doing my best to think of the sword fighting as an entire scene, but since it’s ultimately just still images, the only thing that really matters is that the images look cool. But animation has to show the flow of movement from still image to still image. So seeing how that’s interpreted and put into motion made me go like, “Whoa, no way!” I was very happy to see how much you preserved the original work. It’s really true that when it comes to depicting motion, a manga author has nothing on an animator. 

Shuhei Yabuta (SY): You know, in that regard, I don’t think there’s a huge difference between manga and anime. Yes, animation is a moving video, but rather than expressing the whole movement, I try to make the cool points stick out and capture the viewer’s attention. When you get down to it, it really is like a sequence of stills. So at the core, I think, like you, that “We gotta make sure the stills have that flair!” 

If the still images don’t look cool, the animation won’t look cool. The parts that stick out in the manga, the images that you as an author focused on, are very clear and crisp—so my team has to think about how to lean into those illustrations. Since the motion in your manga is extremely clear, we never have to worry about how everything is moving. I think that makes the process very enjoyable for the animators! And I can feel the motivation from them—when I check over the motion sequences, I often think, “Wow, you even included this detail?!” [laughs] 

MY: That’s really great to hear. I have absolutely no worries about the anime. Coming from the manga side, however, I’m so jealous about animation. You get all the movement, the color … I would love to be able to draw a manga entirely in color, but it would take me about three years to put out one volume. [laughs] 

The Stark Differences between Anime and Manga Production 

MY: In animation, a lot of people are involved, right? In manga, at the most, you maybe get a little less than ten staff members. How many people in total would you say are involved in the Vinland Saga anime? 

SY: We’re still in the early stages, so we’re not at full capacity yet, but ultimately I would expect it to include about a thousand people. 

MY: A thousand! That’s two digits more than I expected! [laughs] But I only have five assistants! I’m sure you already have lots of processes to produce animation in place, but it’s hard to believe that you can get so many people to share in the same mindset of producing a single work. I would imagine that the more people there are, the more difficult it is. 

SY: You’re right. It’s hard. After all, different people will interpret the same idea differently. Sometimes there are differences in how deeply we think about something, and even when you’re trying really hard to be on the same wavelength, there are times that the results end up on slightly different vectors. So I end up reflecting on topics like: How do I talk about things to ensure that the work properly follows its core themes? How do I give directions to minimize the discrepancies? 

We have a whole bunch of people taking part in the series, but even with differences of opinion, we’re all coming in sharing a strong attachment to the original work and a determination to make it as good as it can be. So a ton of the production is supported by that motivation. 

I think that manga as a medium makes it easy for the artist to express their own creative nature. You have editors, too, of course, and you can’t do it entirely by yourself, but I think that in terms of personal vision, it’s very pure and genuine. But when it comes to animation where there’s an existing manuscript, since I’m not the author, there are times that I feel a kind of emptiness because it’s not truly my own creation. [laughs]  That being said, I’m still fascinated by work as a director—I want to make the finished product as enjoyable as it can be, and appeal to as many people as it possibly can. 

MY: Well, when it comes to the anime, it seems that the best thing I can do to make it better, is truly doing nothing at all … I can make the anime better by not getting involved! I’m really looking forward to how it turns out. Thanks for your hard work. 

SY: We’ll do our best to meet your expectations! 

About Makoto Yukimura
Makoto Yukimura made his debut with the science fiction manga Planetes, serialized from 1999 to 2004. Vinland Saga is his first manga for Kodansha Comics.

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

Anime Expo 2019 Digital Sale featuring Fire Force, Vinland Saga, SLIME and MORE!

Summer is gettin’ HOT with the biggest anime convention of the year AND the brand new anime season right around the corner! To get you ready for the epicness, this week, we’re hosting Anime Expo 2019 Digital Sale, where all volumes of the upcoming manga to anime series starting in July, as well as those series featured at Kodansha Comics booth at AX are up to 50% off at our digital retail partners: BookWalker, comiXology, Google Play, Kindle, and nook. (Sale ends July 8.)

Kodansha Comics Anime Expo 2019 Sale
(June 2-8) 

Click on links below for free Chapter 1 previews!

Are You Lost?
Cells at Work!
Fire Force
Magical Sempai
O Maidens in Your Savage Season

That Time I Got Reincarnated as A Slime
To The Abandoned Sacred Beasts
Vinland Saga