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Hit Manga and Anime on Crunchyroll Gets iOS App with Manga, Messages & Animated Autograph from the Author

San Francisco, Calif. (July 2, 2015)—Kodansha Comics just released a special Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches iOS app, with graphic-novel volumes of the manga, special messages from author-artist Miki Yoshikawa, and her animated virtual autograph, to celebrate her rare Stateside appearance at Anime Expo on July 3 and 4.

The link to download the app is at

The app is produced by Kodansha Comics’s new San Francisco-based digital-content arm Kodansha Advanced Media, in partnership with innovative mobile-comics platform Madefire, using their newly debuted Motion Book Publisher service.

“The app provides a direct connection from the artist to her work and to her fans,” said Alvin Lu, Kodansha Advanced Media’s General Manager. “Updates will include continuing new graphic-novel releases, interviews with Miki Yoshikawa, con coverage, news, and special messages from the author to her English-language fans.”

An in-app manga purchase unlocks Yoshikawa’s animated Virtual Autograph, which was built with Madefire’s Motion Books technology. Those at Anime Expo who bring their Virtual Autograph to the Kodansha Comics booth (booth #324) will receive an AX 2015 Exclusive Shikishi (signing board), which they can then have Yoshikawa sign at one of her Anime Expo autograph sessions.

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Miki Yoshikawa will be attending Anime Expo as a Guest of Honor. Her visit is being sponsored by leading anime-streaming site Crunchyroll, with events scheduled for Friday July 3 and Saturday July 4.


Friday, July 3rd, 3 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.: Interview and Q&A on the Crunchyroll stage (booth #1001)

Friday, July 3rd, 3:30 p.m  to 4:30 p.m.: Live drawing on the Crunchyroll stage (booth #1001)

Saturday, July 4th, 12:15 p.m. to 1:15 p.m.: Miki Yoshikawa Panel in panel room LP5 (409AB)

Saturday, July 4th: 1:50 p.m. to 3:20 p.m, 3:50 to 5:20 p.m.: Autograph sessions in Kentia Hall


Tickets can be picked up at the Concourse Foyer starting at 8 a.m. on Saturday and will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. Early arrival is highly suggested. The start of the line will be outside of the building, and attendees will be led into the hall just before 8 a.m.

The latest anime episodes and manga chapters of Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches are streaming exclusively on Crunchyroll, where it is one of the site’s most popular titles in both formats. Graphic novels of Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches are published, in both print and ebook format, by Kodansha Comics.

Press contact: Misaki Kido

About Kodansha USA Publishing

Established in New York in 2008, Kodansha USA Publishing (KUP) is a subsidiary of Kodansha Ltd., Japan’s largest publisher. KUP’s first works under the Kodansha Comics imprint were Katsuhiro Otomo’s Akira and Masamune Shirow’s The Ghost in the Shell. KUP has expanded their catalog to include such titles as Fairy Tail by Hiro Mashima, Attack on Titan by Hajime Isayama, Shugo Chara by PEACH-PIT, and Sailor Moon by Naoko Takeuchi. Kodansha Comics is distributed by Penguin Random House Publisher Services.

Established in San Francisco in late 2014, Kodansha Advanced Media is also a subsidiary of Kodansha Ltd., specializing in digital content delivery.

About Crunchyroll

Crunchyroll is the official destination for the largest lineup of Anime, Manga, & Drama. Crunchyroll brings hit shows like Naruto Shippuden, One Piece, and Sword Art Online to millions of viewers around the world. Through its app on game consoles, set-top boxes, mobile devices and more, Crunchyroll delivers content to viewers straight from Japan, translated professionally in multiple languages. The service is available for free or through a Premium offering that allows users to watch ad-free in 1080p HD with access to simulcasts—top current titles available immediately after Japanese broadcast. Crunchyroll’s majority investor is The Chernin Group, LLC (TCG), a privately-held, independent media holding company founded in 2010 by Peter Chernin. Crunchyroll has offices in San Francisco, Los Angeles and Tokyo, and is a member of the Association of Japanese Animations (AJA).


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FAIRY TAIL: MASTER’S EDITION to debut this October from Kodansha Comics!

New York, New York (May 15, 2015) – Kodansha Comics is excited to announce the Fairy Tail: Master’s Edition! In the vein of the popular Attack on Titan: Colossal Edition, the Master’s Edition will collect the first five volumes of the hit manga in an enormous size on high-quality paper.

Fairy Tail is the critically acclaimed pop culture sensation that has spawned a TV series, movies, video games, spinoffs, and more. The series follows the charming, teenaged celestial wizard Lucy as she teams up with the crazy fire wizard Natsu while he searches for the dragon Igneel who raised him. Lucy, Natsu, and his best friend Happy—who also happens to be a talking cat—join together to take jobs across the kingdom and learn to become more powerful wizards. Along the way, they forge a bond more powerful than any magic which grows stronger with every mission.

Whether they’re picking up Fairy Tail for the first time or are already diehard fans, this is THE edition for readers to own.  This massive edition will look fantastic on anyone’s shelf, and Hiro Mashima’s art looks better than ever in this oversized 7×10.5-inch book. The first Master’s Edition is coming to stores this October and will retail for $39.99. It’s the perfect gift for the budding wizard, along with the new spinoff series Fairy Tail: Blue Mistral and Fairy Girls, also debuting this fall from Kodansha Comics!

About Kodansha USA Publishing, LLC

Established in New York in 2008, Kodansha USA Publishing (KUP) is a subsidiary of Kodansha, Japan’s largest publisher. KUP’s first works under the Kodansha Comics imprint were Katsuhiro Otomo’s Akira and Masamune Shirow’s The Ghost in the Shell. KUP has expanded their catalog to include such titles as Fairy Tail by Hiro Mashima, Attack on Titan by Hajime Isayama, Shugo Chara by PEACH-PIT, and Sailor Moon by Naoko Takeuchi, the highest selling manga in the U.S. in 2012. Kodansha Comics is distributed by Random House Publisher Services.

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Kodansha Comics summer manga internship

Penguin Random House Publisher Services is seeking two full-time paid interns for summer 2015 to work as part of our Kodansha Comics team at our office in New York City. The interns will perform diverse tasks spanning editorial, production, and marketing, giving them a chance to become familiar with every aspect of how an American manga publisher operates. As one of their primary roles will involve proofreading, the interns will need to be extremely detail-oriented, and prior experience with writing, editing, proofreading, or translation is preferred.

Responsibilities and duties

  • Proofreading manga, ads, and other materials prior to publication
  • Assisting the production manager or director of publishing with data entry and checking related to production and sales
  • Participating in meetings with Kodansha representative and tracking the status of new manga series
  • Other tasks depending on individual strengths and skills


  • Familiarity with manga or comics
  • Basic knowledge of Microsoft Office
  • Candidates will be required to pass a brief proofreading test.
  • Prior experience as a writer, proofreader, copy editor, or fact checker preferred.
  • Knowledge of or interest in the Japanese language is an advantage, but not required.
  • Experience with Adobe InDesign, Photoshop, and/or Illustrator is an advantage, but not required.

Pay will be $10/hour. To apply, send a brief cover letter and resume to kodanshacomics [at] randomhouse [dot] com.

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