For Immediate Release:

Manga publisher also plans to accelerate release of bestselling manga, Fairy Tail

NEW YORK, October 13, 2012 – Kodansha Comics is proud to announce the acquisition of four new manga licenses for the American market to be released in 2013, plus the re-release of a fan favorite in omnibus format, and an accelerated release for the international bestseller, Fairy Tail.

Fairy Tail by Hiro Mashima

Fans have been wishing for Fairy Tail to come out faster, and those wishes are about to be granted! Starting with volume 24 in March 2013, a new volume of Fairy Tail will be released in print every month. But wait, there’s more! Starting that same month, two new volumes of Fairy Tail will be released digitally every month! If you can’t wait, there will be two new volumes of your favorite manga on your iPad or iPhone every month, and if you want a copy for your shelf, there will be a single new volume available every month. That’s more Fairy Tail than ever!

Sankarea: Undying Loveby Mitsuru Hattori

Since he was little, Furuya has felt an unusual emotional connection to zombie movies. It’s not that he feels bad for the survivors – instead he fantasizes about comforting the poor undead girls they slaughter! When his beloved pet passes away, he decides to brew up a resurrection potion in secret. But he’s discovered by popular girl and local heiress Sanka Rea, whose life isn’t as perfect as it seems… and Furuya suggests that she could serve as a test subject!

Sankarea: Undying Love volume 1 will release in June 2013.

No. 6 Story by Atsuko Asano, art by Hinoki Kino

For Shion, an elite student in the technologically sophisticated city No. 6, life is carefully choreographed. There’s school, study, and the occasional visit with his friend and classmate Safu. One fateful day, however, he takes a misstep, sheltering an injured boy his age from a typhoon. Known only as Rat, this boy is a VC – a fugitive living outside the computerized tapestry of city control – and helping him will throw Shion’s life into chaos and start him down a path to discovering the appalling secrets behind the superficial perfection of No. 6.

Adapted from the popular Japanese novels, No. 6 volume 1 will release in June 2013.

Vinland Saga by Makoto Yukimura

Thorfinn is son to one of the Vikings’ greatest warriors, but when his father is killed in battle by the mercenary leader Askeladd, he swears to have his revenge. Thorfinn joins Askeladd’s band in order to challenge him to a duel, and ends up caught in the middle of a war for the crown of England. From the creator of the classic Planetes manga comes this epic, highly-anticipated tale.

Vinland Saga volume 1 will release in October 2013.

Tokyo Mew Mew A la Mode by Mia Ikumi

With Mew Ichigo Momomiya studying abroad in London with Masaya, the remaining four girls from Cafe Mew Mew are one too few. Luckily, a new Mew is about to emerge. Little does she know she’s about to become the first Mew Mew with TWO sets of animal genes in her blood. Half cat, half rabbit, she’s joining the Mew Mew team just in time. A new gang calling itself the Crusaders has appeared, and its leader just happens to love wild game like rabbit – well done and served for dinner! 

Tokyo Mew Mew A la Mode will release in November 2013.

Air Gear Omnibus by Oh!great

Itsuki Minami needs no introduction – everybody’s heard of the “Babyface” of the Eastside – he’s the toughest kid at Higashi Junior High School. Plus, Itsuki lives with the mysterious and sexy Noyamano sisters. Life is never dull, but it becomes dangerous when Itsuki leads his school to victory over some vindictive Westside punks with gangster connections. Now he stands to lose his school, his friends, and everything he cares about. But in his darkest hour, the Noyamano girls come to Itsuki’s aid. They teach him a powerful skill that will save their school from the gangsters’ siege – and introduce Itsuki to a thrilling and terrifying new world.

Air Gear Omnibus Volume 1 will release in May 2013.

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, 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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  1. Tina
    Posted October 16, 2012 at 12:43 am | Permalink

    I went to the panel at NYCC and I literally gasped when No. 6 was announced! I heard it’s popular in the online community so I can’t wait to hold the book in my hands!

    Also, I was too shy to ask this question in the panel, but will Kodansha Comics be planning on releasing Sailor Moon as an omnibus? I love omnibus editions.

    • Posted October 22, 2012 at 9:52 am | Permalink

      We love omnibus editions too, but as we’re not even done with the current release there are no plans to release Sailor Moon as an omnibus at this time. Thanks for coming to the panel! I’m glad to hear people are looking forward to No. 6!

      • usagi tsukino
        Posted January 3, 2013 at 7:29 pm | Permalink

        What is omnibus? And can I apply for a job at kodansha.and usagi tsukino is my real name.

  2. Jake
    Posted October 29, 2012 at 5:04 pm | Permalink

    Good to see some nice titles. But still no deadman wonderland release after tokyopop disappeared. :'(

  3. Clint
    Posted October 29, 2012 at 5:33 pm | Permalink

    Yeah, psyched about the air gear omnibuses and Sankarea.
    Deadman Wonderland would have been awesome though, along with something like Good Ending if it gets popular enough in the future.

  4. Locusmortis
    Posted November 2, 2012 at 12:41 am | Permalink

    Damn, I was hoping that Kimi no Iru Machi by Kouji Seo would be translated by Kodansha USA in the near future.

  5. SeaWeedHead
    Posted November 12, 2012 at 11:27 pm | Permalink

    So excited for No. 6!

  6. Utao_pie
    Posted December 31, 2012 at 9:12 pm | Permalink

    Aww…. I wish Nodame Cantabile could be translated/continued by Kodansha, also the Princess Jellyfish manga TT_TT

    • Brooke
      Posted January 9, 2013 at 9:52 pm | Permalink

      Hells yeah to Princess Jellyfish!! i really hope someone will publish princess jellyfish over here, that series is so awesome!!

  7. Dave
    Posted January 4, 2013 at 6:53 pm | Permalink

    are there any plans on picking up Princess resurrection again like del rey had?

    Im literally dying to read more of that

  8. Kat
    Posted January 21, 2013 at 4:57 am | Permalink

    Tokyo Mew Mew A La Mode Omnibus? Awesome! I can’t wait for it to come out!
    It would also be cool to have a Koi Cupid Omnibus or something come out, because the English version never was fully published. That would be so cool if a Koi Cupid Omnibus came out!

  9. gnm651
    Posted February 17, 2013 at 4:37 pm | Permalink

    Please pick up on School Rumble volumes 17-22. There are many English speaking fans who have been waiting years for the release of those. I would buy every one of these volumes if they are ever translated by you guys. 😀

  10. Nina
    Posted February 19, 2013 at 11:37 pm | Permalink

    I get happy every time I see the next volume of Sailor Moon, and am glad Kodansha’s going strong in the US. Still waiting/hoping you’ll restart publishing Pumpkin Scissors. Any chance? It’s a great story, and just when you want to peg Alice as one type of manga heroine, she surprises you.

  11. Shell
    Posted February 28, 2013 at 7:06 pm | Permalink

    I’m wondering if you guys will pick up the titles that were owned by Tokyopop, but not republished like Girls Bravo, .Hack//, Deadman Wonderland, etc.

  12. Sara
    Posted March 14, 2013 at 9:17 pm | Permalink

    Please pick up Nodame Canatbile! It’s a great series that never got finished being released here in North America. It’s a classic that will last a lifetime so please pick it up and release it! I promise to buy every single volume when you do!

  13. Louise
    Posted April 8, 2013 at 11:31 pm | Permalink

    PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE publish series such as Princess Jellyfish, Yozakura Quartet, School Rumble, Parfait Tic!, and Maid-Sama!. I absolutely LOVE LOVE LOVE these series, and really want them to be published!! Every single one of these stories is really amazing, and it would be such a shame if they weren’t published in English!.

  14. Reonhato
    Posted June 9, 2013 at 11:14 pm | Permalink

    I’ve been looking everywhere for an answer to whether our not the Air Gear Omnibus will be visually edited or not… I’ve been hoping for an original art release since the series began and an omnibus would serve as a great chance for then to release the original Japanese artwork… kinda like what viz signature did with Ten Ten…?

  15. CFB
    Posted July 27, 2013 at 8:29 am | Permalink

    Another vote for finishing School Rumble, we’re stuck at vol. 16 :((

  16. NemoTan
    Posted September 4, 2013 at 5:13 pm | Permalink

    Pleaaaaaaaase publish Sapphire: Princess Knight! It’s a spinoff of the original Osamu Tezuka manga, and I’m dying to see what happens next beyond chapter 4!!

    • Morgan Hart
      Posted September 8, 2013 at 11:52 pm | Permalink

      You’d probably want to talk to Vertical about that, since they’re the ones who’ve published Princess Knight here.

  17. Robert S
    Posted October 2, 2013 at 3:33 am | Permalink

    I’d like to see the final volume of Suzuka 16-18 in book form , I’m puzzled why Kodansha has not finished this series where Del Rey left off ? My understanding was Kodansha was a partner with Del Rey and Random House was the publisher…. I know there are alot of series/books that Del Rey and Tokyopop left unfinished due to poor sales or whatnot so not everyone will be happy and I’m sure Kodansha picks carefully their “new” titles so there is always hope for us manga lovers : )

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