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 kodanshacomics.com/yamada.
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.
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.
MIKI YOSHIKAWA’S ANIME EXPO SCHEDULE:
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
*INSTRUCTIONS ON GETTING YOUR TICKET TO THE MIKI YOSHIKAWA AUTOGRAPH SIGNING – You must have a ticket to attend!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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