Journey beyond the manga & anime with the Manga to Novel spotlight!

Watched the anime? Read the Manga? NOW read the novel!

Did you know that some of your favorite manga and anime series began as novels? And did you also know some of those favorite series spun-off or shared amazing side-stories through the novel format? Oh you didn’t know? Glad you asked somebody! This month we at Kodansha USA Publishing wanted to share some outstanding literary works that expand and give you a deeper look at fan-favorite series like Attack on Titan, The Seven Deadly Sins and Your Lie in April. Check out some of our favorites spotlighted below and a full list of other novels that will let you dive even deeper into some of your favorite manga stories!

Most of these books are in both print/digital and can be purchased online from our retail partners including: Barnes & Noble, Books A Million, Bookshop.org, Hudson Booksellers, IndieBound, Powell’s, Target, Walmart, Amazon.

 

Attack on Titan: The Harsh Mistress of the City, Part 1
By Ryo Kawakami, Created by Hajime Isayama

An Attack on Titan side story in light-novel form—detailing in two volumes the fate of the Quinta District after Wall Maria is breached.

With Wall Maria breeched, communities within the Quinta district have been cut off from each other creating famine and chaos. A young field commander named Rita is tasked with a mission to reconnect transit across the massive district while putting her troops and residence right in the vanguard as Titans descend on her town.

 

 

 

 

 

 

BAKEMONOGATARI : Monster Tale, Part 1
By NISIOISIN

There’s a girl at their school who is always ill. She routinely arrives late, leaves early, or doesn’t show up at all, and skips gym as a matter of course. She’s pretty, and the boys take to whispering that she’s a cloistered princess. As the self-described worst loser in her class soon finds out, they just don’t know what a monster she is.

So begins a tale of mysterious maladies that are supernatural in origin yet deeply revealing of the human psyche, a set of case files as given to unexpected feeling as it is to irreverent humor. So begins the legendary novel that kicked off the MONOGATARI series, whose anime adaptations have enjoyed international popularity and critical acclaim.

This first of three parts introduces Senjogahara and Hachikuji, and fans of the blockbuster prequel KIZUMONOGATARI will be delighted to meet their favorite crazies again: the weirdly reliable narrator Araragi, class president among class presidents Hanekawa, shady problem-solver Oshino, and a certain pale, blonde former vampire.

 

 

 

The Seven Deadly Sins: Seven Scars They Left Behind
By Shuka Matsuda, Created by Nakaba Suzuki

The Seven Deadly Sins—a legendary order that once served the Kingdom of Liones as the mightiest of its Holy Knights—stand accused of treason and have fled the realm. Princess Margaret and young Gilthunder, the slain commander Zaratras’ son, know the terrible truth about the betrayal but dare not speak of it, not even to each other.

The aftermath of the event that shook Britannia comes to life in seven prose chapters that provide a superb introduction to the rich world of the original comic and satisfy longtime fans’ craving for more. Illustrated in a classic, warm style by the creator himself, Seven Scars They Left Behind walks the royal road of fantasy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Voices of a Distant Star : Words of Love/ Across the Stars
Story By Makoto Shinkai, Adapted by Arata Kanoh

Award-winning director and author Makoto Shinkai offers a romantic sci-fi tale about young love and space adventure, based on his animated film. This new novel gives readers more insight into Mikako and Noboru’s relationship. Fans of the original series will again be immersed in the beautiful world of Shinkai.

It’s the year 2046. Mikako Nagamine and Noboru Terao are middle school classmates, tentatively sharing an unspoken first love—but unbeknownst to him, Mikako has been recruited into the UN Space Force, and instead of going on to high school, will join the spacecraft Lysithea to search for alien Tarsians. As she travels further and further to the outer reaches of the solar system, the time it takes for a text message to reach the Earth grows longer and longer. Back on Earth, time passes normally for Noboru, but as the years pass he still can’t forget the voice on the other side of the cell phone…

Steeped in nostalgia and memory, Arata Kanoh brings to the page the award-winning OVA by acclaimed filmmaker Makoto Shinkai, director of Garden of Words, 5 Centimeters per Second, and the highest-grossing anime film of all time, Your Name. Arata Kanoh is a writer who has produced novelizations of Makoto Shinkai’s other works, including 5 Centimeters Per Second (also available from Vertical).

 

Your Lie in April : A Six-Person Etude
By Yui Tokiumi, Created by Naoshi Arakawa

THE POPULAR MANGA AND ANIME DRAMA COMES TO LIFE IN WORDS!

There’s not a competition that piano prodigy Arima hasn’t won since he started playing. His renditions are matchless in their precision. When he’s only eleven, however, his peerless fingers fall silent—right up there on stage.

Exploring the shock of the incident and its aftermath from his friends and rivals’ perspectives, A Six-Person Etude accompanies the boy’s halting efforts to pick himself up as an adolescent. Based on the hit series, these prose chapters expand on the original but form a coherent and hard-hitting tale of its own.

 

 

 

 

 

Need even more novels to add to your read pile, check out these other Kodansha Comics and VERTICAL novelizations!

5 Centimeter Per Second: one more side
Attack on Titan: Before the Fall (Novel)
Attack on Titan: End of the World
Attack on Titan: Kuklo Unbound
Attack on Titan: Lost Girls
Attack on Titan: The Harsh Mistress of the City, Part 1
Attack on Titan: The Harsh Mistress of the City, Part 2
BAKEMONOGATARI : Monster Tale, Part 1
BAKEMONOGATARI : Monster Tale, Part 2
BAKEMONOGATARI : Monster Tale, Part 3
HANAMONOGATARI : Flower Tale
KABUKIMONOGATARI : Dandy Tale
KIZUMONOGATARI : Wound Tale
KOYOMIMONOGATARI : Calendar Tale, Part 1
KOYOMIMONOGATARI : Calendar Tale, Part 2
KOIMONOGATARI : Love Tale
NEKOMONOGATARI (WHITE) : Cat Tale
NEKOMONOGATARI (BLACK) : Cat Tale
NISEMONOGATARI : Fake Tale, Part 1
NISEMONOGATARI : Fake Tale, Part 2
OTORIMONOGATARI : Decoy Tale
ONIMONOGATARI : Demon Tale
OWARIMONOGATARI, Part 1
OWARIMONOGATARI, Part 2
TSUKIMONOGATARI : Possession Tale
Seraph of the End: Guren Ichinose, Resurrection at Nineteen, 1
Seraph of the End: Guren Ichinose, Resurrection at Nineteen, 2
The Seven Deadly Sins: Seven Scars They Left Behind
The Seven Deadly Sins: Seven-Colored Recollections
Voices of a Distant Star : Words of Love/ Across the Stars
Your Lie in April: A six-person etude

Creator Spotlight: Makoto Shinkai! All digital manga adaptations up to 50% off (ends 1/20)

Anime auteur Makoto Shinkai (of Your Name fame) has made headlines again with his new film Weathering With You, the manga adaptation of which has recently been licensed by Vertical. And with the North American movie premiere coming January 15-16, we thought we’d celebrate with a sale!

So now through January 20, each of our excellent Makoto Shinkai manga adaptations—5 Centimeters per Second, Voices of a Distant Star, The Garden of Words, and She and Her Cat—are up to 50% off at all of our digital retail partners: Apple Books, BookWalker, comiXology, Google Play, Kindle, Kobo, MyAnimeList, and nook!

Also be sure to check out Animate Online for this beautiful poster set featuring 5 Centimeters per Second and Voices of a Distant Star novels, with exclusive cover art created by Taiwanese illustrator phenom VOFAN!

About Makoto Shinkai
Makoto Shinkai is a Japanese director, writer, producer, animator, editor, cinematographer, voice actor, manga artist and former graphic designer.

Shinkai studied Japanese literature at Chuo University where he was a member of juvenile literature club where he drew picture books. In 1999, Shinkai released She and Her Cat, a five-minute short piece done in monochrome.

His best knows films are The Place Promised in Our Early Days (2004), 5 Centimeters Per Second (2007), Children Who Chase Lost Voices (2011), The Garden of Words (2013), and Your Name (2016).

What’s Happening at AX? Special guests, con exclusives, panels, activities, & MORE!

 

 

Heya! It’s me, Kacey the intern mascot at Kodansha Comics! Going to Anime Expo this year? Kodansha Comics and Vertical Comics will be, on July 4-7 at the Los Angeles Convention Center, for lots of fun activities, big announcements for the upcoming year, and exciting chances to meet the living legends behind your favorite manga and anime! Sounds awesome, huh? I’ve been running around and around working on this crazy rundown of all things Kodansha at the biggest anime convention of the year. So, here ya go!

 

 

 

Special Guests!

Special Guest #1: Atsushi Ohkubo

Atsushi Ohkubo, creator of Fire Force and Soul Eater is the must-see guest at AX this year! He’s coming to join the Fire Force Anime Panel & Premiere by Funimation and making appearances at the autograph sessions and manga drawing panel co-hosted by Kodansha Comics! 

Atsushi Ohkubo Live Drawing Panel
When?
Thursday, July 4, 4:30-5:30 pm

Where? LP1 (Petree Hall)
Come see the creator of Soul Eater and Fire Force draw original illustrations—live! This is a once-in-a-lifetime chance to see one of shonen manga’s top talents work up close. You’ll also have a chance to win prizes and ask your questions. …More Details

Fans who attend the panel will also receive a special paper Fire Force “helmet,” with a download code for a free digital Fire Force Volume 1 manga on the back!

 

Funimation Presents Fire Force Anime Panel & Premiere
When? Friday, July 5, 1:00-2:30 pm 
Where? LP3 (408AB) 
Funimation is coming in hot to Anime Expo with a Fire Force Panel and SimulDub premiere! Meet the original creator of Soul Eater and Fire Force, Atsushi Ohkubo, and Fire Force manga editor Megumu Tsuchiya, while they discuss the new anime adaptation. Also, experience the SimulDub™ Premiere and receive an exclusive giveaway item! …More Details

Atsushi Ohkubo / Fire Force Autograph Session
Come and get an autograph from Atsushi Ohkubo himself! It’ll be a high profile autograph session for sure, but there will three chances. Be there or (com)bust! 

Autograph Session 1
When?
 Thursday, July 4, 2:30-3:30 pm

Where? AX Industry Autograph Table 1

Autograph Session 2
When? Friday, July 5, 3:10-4:10 pm

Where? AX Industry Autograph Table 5

Autograph Session 3
When?
Saturday, July 6, 10:30-11:30 am

Where? AX Industry Autograph Table 4

Stay tuned for more information about ticketing for the autograph sessions! 

 

Special Guest 2: Kanae Yumemiya 

Don’t miss your chance to be part of a group selfie—with Sailor Moon herself! Star of the Sailor Moon Super Live stage show, actress Kanae Yumemiya will attend our massive Sailor Moon panel on Saturday, July 6th, and we’re planning a BIG photo at the end that you won’t want to miss. 

Official Sailor Moon Panel Presented by Kodansha Comics
When? Saturday, July 6, 1:30-2:30 pm
Where? LP2 (JW – Platinum Ballroom)

Join the original Sailor Moon editor himself, Fumio Osano (affectionately known to creator Naoko Takeuchi and to fans as “Osabu”), and staff from Kodansha Comics as they discuss the new Eternal Edition of the manga, followed by a very special guest: one of the stars of the new Sailor Moon Super Live show, which had its U.S. debut in Washington, DC and New York City this March! Freebies and prizes, too! …More Details

Special Guest 3: Katsuhiro Otomo

Wait, what!? Yes, Katsuhiro Otomo—legendary creator of Steamboy, Roujin Z, and, of course, Akira—will have a panel on Thursday, July 4th at 5:00 pm to discuss his latest projects. Find more details about the panel here.

We’re releasing a very limited quantity of our Akira 35th Anniversary Box Set, one last time, this summer. Be the first to order your set at Kodansha Comics booth #806 and get an exclusive pin button. And once these babies are gone, this two-time Eisner Award-winning collection is gone … forever! 

More panels and booth activities!

Kodansha Comics & Vertical Comics Manga Panel
When? Saturday, July 6, 3:00-4:00 pm
Where? LP5
Come meet the folks behind the publishers of Sailor Moon, BAKEMONOGATARI, Attack on Titan, Chi’s Sweet Home, and many more, as they unveil brand-new manga releases for hte coming year and pull back the curtain on Japanese comics in general. Ask all your questions, get free stuff, win prizes, and more!

Come, play, buy at Booth #806

Attack on Titan and Fire Force Manuscript Replica Gallery
Big thanks to all who participated in our “You Decide AOT at AX” fan vote. Come see the manuscript replica you chose, hanging at our booth along with a variety of other bee-yoo-tiful selections from the Attack on Titan and Fire Force manga! Replicas of the posters on display will be available for purchase.

Attack on Titan game
Whoa! Come play the latest Attack on Titan videogame, set to launch July 5th from Koei Tecmo America!

Fire Force shooting game
Shoot the inferno and win a prize!

That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime photo-op and stamp rally
Take a photo with Rimuru at the Kodansha Comics booth, then collect stamps from the Bandai Namco, Crunchyroll, and Yen Press booths to receive a signed art card!

EXCLUSIVE MERCHANDISE!

Sailor Moon Official Store items
Attack on Titan poster set
Pop Team Epic items

BOOKS ON SALE!
These books are on sale at our booth—don’t miss ’em!

After the Rain
Akira 35th Anniversary Box Set
— Reprint coming soon! Preorder at our booth!

Attack on Titan
Cardcaptor Sakura Collector’s Edition
— NEW!

Cells at Work!
Fire Force
KOYOMIMONOGATARI, Part 1
O Maidens in Your Savage Season
Pop Team Epic
Sailor Moon Eternal Edition
That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime
To the Abandoned Sacred Beasts
Vinland Saga
Voices of a Distant Star: Words of Love/ Across the Stars — PRESTREET!

GIFT WITH PURCHASE!
Get an exclusive item when you purchase a manga at our booth!

Fire Force Company 8 iron-on patch
That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime hot/cold gel pack

KATANAGATARI bookmark set #2
Pop Team Epic sticker sheet
AKIRA pin button
Sailor Moon pin button
Attack on Titan pin button
Kodansha Comics intern Kacey pin buttons

FREEBIES!

Come get a 200+ page Kodansha Comics manga sampler!
Sign up for our newsletter and get an EDENS ZERO pin button!

And here are the announcements from Anime Expo 2019!

 

 

 

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

 

Fall 2019 New Licensing Announcements from Kodansha Comics + Vertical

Let’s get right down to it: this Wednesday March 13, Kodansha Comics and Vertical Inc. are bringing you a fresh batch of announcements of the newly licensed titles for Fall 2019. Even better, you don’t have to go anywhere to get the scoop, because this time we’ll be breaking the news right here on KodanshaComics.com and our social media channels!

So tune in by following us on Twitter, going to our Facebook event page, or just checking back on this page on Wednesday, March 13 at Noon Pacific Time.

 

… and here’s the new licensing announcements for Fall 2019!

Coming this Fall from Vertical 

Bakemonogatari (manga) by NISIOISIN and Oh! Great
From the bestselling novel series by renowned author NISIOISIN, comes the manga adaptation of the MONOGATARI Series with fabulous artwork by manga legend Oh! Great, best known for his manga Tenjho Tenge and Air Gear, as well as the artwork for Biorg Trinity and character designs for Tekken 5, Tekken 6, and Soul Calibur IV. One day, high-school student Koyomi Araragi catches a girl named Hitagi Senjougahara when she trips. But—much to his surprise—she doesn’t weigh anything. At all. She says an encounter with a so-called “crab” took away all her weight … Monsters have been here since the beginning. Always. Everywhere. On sale October 2019!

Seraph of the End: Guren Ichinose Resurrection at Nineteen (novel) by Takaya Kagami
Guren Ichinose has sinned. He broke the taboo on human resurrection. He tried to bring back his fallen friends and family with the Seraph of the End experiment. Now humanity once again faces destruction. The only survivors are demons and children. With the human population less than a tenth of what it was, monsters multiply across the earth and vampires hunt humans as prey. But the humans that remain cling on to the hope that the world will be restored. Keeping the knowledge of his crime to himself, Guren Ichinose must take a step forward once more. On sale December 2019!

Hanging High School (Zaregoto Series book #3 novel) by NISIOISIN
The mission is: save the girl! The tragedy I saw at school: in order to get along well with someone you don’t know, there is one promise you have to keep. That is, you must have feelings of friendship towards the other person. In other words, it is not possible to get along well with someone you don’t know. No; to begin with, even the desire to get along with someone you don’t know is a bit off the beaten path, don’t you think?

This June, an honest person who doesn’t like pipe dreams, who physiologically simply cannot allow even one contradiction to stand—namely, me—was dragged by the Most Powerful Entrepreneur In the World, Jun Aikawa, to the renowned private all-girls Sumiyuri Academy. And there was no point in me protesting.

The incident happened at the academy. You could say I was dragged into it, or that I leapt into the whirlpool. Well, whatever you say, however you explain it, there definitely isn’t any meaning in it. Everything that happened, after all, is nothing but nonsense—

The 3rd volume in the popular Zaregoto series, continuing the adventures of “I,” the anonymous Nonsense User. On sale September 2019! 

Voices of a Distant Star: Words of Love by Makoto Shinkai and Arata Kanoh
From award winning director Makoto Shinkai, comes a new novel of the romantic science-fiction tale Voices of a Distant Star.
This novel gives readers more insight into Mikako and Noboru’s relationship, seeing their true thoughts and intentions, filling in many gaps into things that were previously left unanswered in the manga. Fans of the original series will again be immersed in the beautiful world of Voices of a Distant Star. A must have for Shinkai fans! On sale July 2019! Preorder now! 

Colorful Dreams by VOFAN
From VOFAN, the star illustrator of the MONOGATARI Series (novels) written by NISIOISIN, comes a full color artbook of his best personal (noncommercial) works.
Previously only published in Taiwan, this new edition will be updated with a brand new cover art, new artwork added and an extended interview with VOFAN. On sale October 2019! Preorder now! 

Monogatari Series Box Set Season 2 by NISIOISIN
From the popular MONOGATARI series comes the second season of the novels in a beautiful new box set. The limited edition box set features brand new artwork from VOFAN and some extras. Books included in the special limited edition box set will be:

  1. Nekomonogatari White
  2. Kabukimonogatari
  3. Hanamonogatari
  4. Otorimonogatari
  5. Onimonogatari
  6. Koimonogatari

On sale December 2019!

 

Coming this Fall from Kodansha Comics

Cells at Work! Code Black by Shigemitsu Harada and Issei Hatsuyoshiya, based on the manga series by Akane Shimizu
In this new spinoff of the hit manga, a newbie Red Blood Cell is one of 37 trillion working to keep this body running. But something’s wrong! Stress hormones keep yelling at him to go faster. The blood vessels are crusted over with cholesterol. Ulcers, fatty liver, trouble (ahem) downstairs … It’s hard for a cell to keep working when every day is a CODE BLACK! The manga and anime Cells at Work! showed you what happens when a young, healthy body gets in trouble … but what if the body wasn’t so young and was never very healthy? This new take stars a fresh-faced Red Blood Cell and his friend, the buxom White Blood Cell, as they struggle to keep themselves and their world together through alcoholism, smoking, erectile dysfunction, athlete’s foot, gout … it’s literal body horror! Surgeon General’s warning: only for cells 18 years and up! On sale Summer 2019!

Drifting Dragons by Taku Kuwabara
The digital-first hit comes to print! Take to the skies with the scrappy crew of the airship Quin Zaza, as they hunt the fantastical giants that rule the skies of their world … DRAGONS! The daily routine aboard an airborne draking vessel springs to vivid life in this exquisitely crafted tale in the tradition of the lush, transporting fantasy of Hayao Miyazaki. Part travelogue, part imaginary cookbook, and part otherworldly slice of life, Drifting Dragons tells the stories of the Quin Zaza and the colorful band of misfits that makes up her crew. On sale Holiday 2019!

Granblue Fantasy by cocho and Makoto Fuugetsu; created by Cygame
The manga based on the acclaimed RPG, from the designers of gaming classics Final Fantasy V/VI/IX. Don’t wait for Granblue Fantasy: Relink to return to the world of Granblue! Ever since his father ran off in search of the mystical island in the sky, Estalucia, Gran has lived alone. Until one day, a girl named Lyria makes a daring escape from the army, ending in an airship falling off a cliff, and squashing Gran! When he comes to, he’s back in one piece, but he’s forced to join Lyria on the run. The entire world seems to be after the mysterious powers she used to revive him! On sale Fall 2019!

If I Could Reach You by tMnR
In this heartwrenching new yuri manga, a teenage girl comes to terms with her own sexuality through her crush on her brother’s wife. Kodansha Comics’s followup to our first yuri title that started in January, Yuri Is My Job! Hopelessly in love, high schooler Uta must navigate living with her brother and Kaoru, her crush … and sister-in-law. Desperate to get over her unrequited feelings, Uta pulls away, but when the cracks in her brother’s marriage begin to show, Kaoru begins to confide in her new teenage sister, which just makes matters worse! On sale Fall 2019!

Fairy Tail: 100 Years Quest by Hiro Mashima and Atsuo Ueda
A wizard’s job is never done! Get fired up for the official sequel to Fairy Tail, with story and layouts by original creator Hiro Mashima himself. Natsu, Lucy, Happy, Erza, and the whole Fairy Tail guild are back in action! And they’ve decided to tackle the “100 Years Quest”—a job no one’s dared take on since the founding of the guild more than a century ago. A mysterious town, a baffling spirit, a ghastly new enemy … and a brand-new continent to explore. When you’re with real friends, the adventures never stop! On sale Summer 2019! 

 

Fairy Tail Box Sets by Hiro Mashima
Your instant Fairy Tail manga collection! Stylish box includes Volumes 1-11 of the magical shonen adventure that became an anime megahit, plus a special bonus item. Two more sets will follow each year! 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 goes on sale Fall 2019!

 

Magic Knight Rayearth 25th Anniversary Edition by CLAMP
This limited-edition hardcover box set contains the complete first arc of CLAMP’s classic Magic Knight Rayearth, with a new translation, new designs, and a color art book, all at a super-large size, with a stunning three-way lenticular print. The centerpiece of any CLAMP collection! The tale of three Tokyo teenagers who cross through a magical portal and become the champions of another world is a modern manga classic. 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. A strictly limited edition, this will be gone in a flash! Box Set 1 goes on sale Holiday 2019!

 

That wraps up our Fall 2019 announcements! 
If you have friends who love manga, make sure to share the news with them! 

Digital volume 1s by Akiko Higashimura, Mitsurou Kubo, Makoto Shinkai

Kodansha Comics is the home of awesome manga creators. Did you know we publish multiple manga by Mitsurou Kubo (one of the minds behind YURI!!! on ICE) and Makoto Shinkai (of Your Name. fame)? Are you familiar with all the works of shojo manga maestro Akiko Higashimura (Princess Jellyfish, Tokyo Tarareba Girls) or up-and-coming best-sellers like Taamo (House of the Sun, I’m in Love and It’s the End of the World)? 

To showcase our amazing creators and their work, we’re hosting our first installment of  the Creator Spotlight Sale 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 21!

~ Kodansha Comics Creator Spotlight Sale Part 1  ~
May 15-21
Click on the cover to read Chapter 1 for FREE!

Akiko Higashimura
Akiko Higashimura is HILARIOUS. Princess Jellyfish, her award-winning first work published in English, is the rollicking saga of fangirls taking on Tokyo. In her follow up series, Tokyo Tarareba Girls, Higashimura once again sharpens her razor wit on the lives of young women in the big city. This time she hones in on one single thirtysomething and her dystopian dating problems—”One day I woke up and I was 33”!

Check out this exclusive creator interview with Akiko Higashimura! Princess Jellyfish and Tokyo Tarareba Girls volume 1s are only 99¢ + all other volumes are up to 50% off during the Creator Spotlight Sale! (ends 5/21)


Ema Toyama
Psst … do you like secrets? Ema Toyama’s works are full of attractive girls and boys who are bounded by the power of secrets! In her first long running breakthrough series, Missions of Love, the high school girl with the heart of an “ice queen” appoints 
the ever-popular, yet black-hearted student body president to be her sim-boyfriend … all for the sake of research for her novel! Toyama’s latest work, Aoba-kun’s Confessions is about a very shy girl who just started a peculiar job at a “Listening House” and ends up getting the basketball star from her school as her first client!

Missions of Love and Aoba-kun’s Confession volume 1s are only 99¢ + all other volumes are up to 50% off during the Creator Spotlight Sale! (ends 5/21)

Mitsurou Kubo
You may have heard of her name as the original concept/character designer of the hit iceskating anime series Yuri!!! on ICE . And she’s also the latest rising superstar manga creator from Kodansha Comics! Her first two manga to appear in English are Again!!a dramatic, funny, time-traveling high school story about what it means to cheer on a friend—and  Moteki (from Vertical Comics) a romantic comedy about love, coming of age, and hope … at age 30! 

Again!! and Moteki volume 1’s are only 99¢ + all other volumes are up to 50% off during the Creator Spotlight Sale! (ends 5/21)

Mari Yoshino
The talented Mari Yoshino comes up with something spicier than your typical shojo manga with Peach Heaven, the story of a seemingly average high school girl—who’s a famous erotica author in disguise. All goes well until her supermodel classmate—and the biggest playboy in school—learns about her secret! Mari Yoshino’s follow-up work isn’t quite so salacious: Beauty Bunny is a modern day Cinderella story about a spunky protagonist and the rich boy makeup artist she gets mixed up with!

Peach Heaven and Beauty Bunny volume 1’s are only 99¢ + all other volumes are up to 50% off during the Creator Spotlight Sale! (ends 5/21)

Taamo
Taamo is just one of the many “hidden gem” creators fans are discovering through our digital-first program. Her first work, House of the Sun, is the moving account of a young woman who reconnects with a childhood friend as she puts together the pieces of her life following her parents’ broken marriage. Her follow up work I’m in Love and It’s the End of the World is about a girl who’s always seen herself as the negative to her twin sister’s beautiful photograph, and the handsome boy who just won’t give up on her. Not too many creators tackles the subtle yet complex relationships around a family like Taamo does. If you’ve liked one of her works, you’ll probably like the other one too!

House of the Sun and  I’m in Love and It’s the End of the World volume 1’s are only 99¢ + all other volumes are up to 50% off during the Creator Spotlight Sale! (ends 5/21)


Makoto Shinkai
Kodansha Comics’ sibling publisher, Vertical Comics, has been publishing fine manga adaptations of the films of anime auteur Makoto Shinkai (the director of Your Name.) for some time now. Four standalone manga based on Shinkai’s films—Voice of a Distant Star, She and Her Cat, Garden of Words, and 5 Centimeter Per Secons are ALL only 99¢ during the Creator Spotlight Sale! (ends 5/21)

Kouji Seo
Kouji Seo is a master of “boy-meets-girl” stories—some of you may recognize Fuuka from the recent anime adaptation. But did you know that SuzukaSeo’s previous work, is a prequel and about the parents of  Fuuka? Find out more connections between Suzuka and Fuuka, while both series are on sale! 

Suzuka and Fuuka volume 1’s are only 99¢ + all other volumes are up to 50% off during the Creator Spotlight Sale! (ends 5/21)

 

 

Makoto Shinkai Bundle: read the manga by the creator of Your Name.

Kodansha Comics’ sibling publisher, Vertical Comics, has been publishing fine manga adaptations of the films of anime auteur Makoto Shinkai (of Your Name. fame) for some time now. And here’s a great way to enter that special world in one fell swoop: we’re launching the Makoto Shinkai Bundle, which includes 4 standalone manga based on Shinkai’s films, including the latest, Voices of a Distant Star!

The Makoto Shinkai Bundle is available on comiXology for $29.99 (a la carte price would be $47.88). But wait, that’s not all! To celebrate the bundle launch, we’re offerting a special promotion price of $19.99 for 1 week only! (Offer ends February 27) 

Makoto Shinkai Bundle
Check out which manga are in the bundle! 

 


Voices of a Distant Star 
By Makoto Shinkai, adapted by Mizu Sahara

You might remember this manga based on Shinkai’s first breakthrough film from 2003 from a previous edition published by TokyoPop. This new edition from Vertical comes with a new translation and lettering. 

Mikako Nagamine is recruited as a pilot to fight in an interstellar war against a force of alien invaders, leaving behind her one true love. Mikako’s only connection to Noboru Terao, who continues living the life of an ordinary student, is through cell phone text messages. As Mikako travels light years away, it takes longer and longer for Noboru to receive her messages, until finally one arrives eight years and seven months after she sent it …

Check out the free Chapter 1 preview…

By Makoto Shinkai, adapted by Tsubasa Yamaguchi

The manga adaptation of Makoto Shinkai’s early short film from 1999 about a woman who lives alone with her cat—now also an anime television series.

“It was the start of spring. It was raining. That was the day that she brought me home.”

This is the story of Miyu, a woman who lives alone with her cat, Chobi. As Miyu navigates the world of adulthood, she discovers both the freedom and loneliness that come with living independently, and Chobi learns of the outside world through her actions. Time drifts slowly for Miyu and her cat, but the harsh realities of the world soon catch up …

Check out the preview …


Garden of Words
By Makoto Shinkai, adapted by Midori Motohashi

The manga adaptation of Makoto Shinkai’s award winning film from 2013. 

Can a poem save your life?

Words are powerful. Insults and rumors can derail a career; a bit of encouragement can give someone the strength to pursue their dreams. When a high school boy skipping class to sketch shoe designs and a taciturn woman drinking a morning beer meet in a Tokyo park, they say little, but the woman bids farewell with an ancient tanka poem. Will the boy figure out the poem’s meaning—and its corresponding response—before it’s too late?

Read preview…

 


5 Centimeters Per Second
By Makoto Shinkai, adapted by Yukiko Seike

The manga adaptation of Makoto Shinkai’s award winning film from 2007. 

Takaki Tohno quickly befriends Akari Shinohara when she transfers to his school. They grow closer to each other due to similar interests and attitudes; for instance, they both prefer to stay inside during recess due to their constitutions. As a result, they form a strong bond. Upon ending their school year, Akari moves to Tochigi, due to her parents’ jobs. The two keep in contact by writing letters, but eventually begin to drift apart.

Read preview …

The Makoto Shinkai Bundle is available now on comiXology and BookWalker!