Opening Aug 7: Kodansha Comics Manga Gallery

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Welcome to the Kodansha Comics Manga Gallery!

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Full schedule of Kodansha Comics events at J-Pop Summit in San Francisco

Pop-up location:

DG717 Gallery
717 Market Street
San Francisco, California

August 7-9
10-6 daily
free and open to the public

Online location:

coming soon right here at kodanshacomics.com

Featuring artwork from the pages of Ajin, Akira, Attack on Titan, Battle Angel Alita: Last Order, Fairy Tail, The Ghost in the Shell, The Heroic Legend of Arslan, Inuyashiki, Knights of Sidonia, Missions of Love, Noragami, Parasyte, Sailor Moon, Say I Love You, The Seven Deadly Sins, Space Brothers, xxxHolic, Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches, and Your Lie in April.

We prefer the art to speak for itself, but for those new to this, manga is Japanese comics. It’s an offshoot of comics that’s grown into its own unique brand, of schools and styles, so that it’s become globally instantly recognizable—Japan’s premier pop-culture art form. And whether it’s publishing cultural touchstones such as Sailor Moon or Akira, or the latest international bestseller in Attack on Titan, Kodansha, one of Japan’s largest publishers with an over-100-year-old history, has been synonymous with manga’s growth and the manga world.

The Kodansha Comics Manga Gallery features some of the most important pages in the medium, such as from The Ghost in the Shell, as well as from its most recent hits—such as the much-talked-about Inuyashiki. With this exhibit, we celebrate some of that history—and celebrate the future as well, through digital eyes.   

Special thanks to Andrew Farago and the Cartoon Art Museum, Digital Garage, Ricoh, Fove, FUNimation, and J-Pop Summit 2015. Exhibit produced by Kodansha Advanced Media. 

Message from Hiroaki Morita, former Editor-in-Chief of Weekly Shonen Magazine:

私たち講談社の漫画編集部門は現在、1年間で25万4000ページの漫画を生み出しています。おもしろい作品を読者に届けるために。ただそのことだけを漫画家の方々と一緒に考え続けていたら、結果的に日本で最大級の漫画編集の集団になっていました。その漫画作品はあらゆるジャンルを網羅し、あらゆる人間の感情を描きだし、世界中のあらゆる読者に対応できる作品群となっています。アメリカでもベストセラーとなっている「進撃の巨人」をはじめ、ここにあげた17作品はそのほんの一部にすぎません。このたび、アメリカの方々にも紹介したい漫画がありすぎて、電子書籍を販売するKAMというまったく新しい会社をつくってしまいました。この会社を経由して、一人でも多くの方に私たちが生み出した漫画にふれていただきたいと思います皆様のご支援いただければ幸いです。

Every year manga artists and editors from Kodansha Ltd. make 254,000 pages of manga. All we want is to produce the most exciting manga we can for readers. As a result, we have became one of the biggest manga publishing companies in Japan. Our titles are richly diverse in genre, expressing the gamut of human emotions and can be enjoyed by people from different backgrounds all over the world. The manga series we are showcasing here, including bestsellers like Attack on Titan, are just a small portion of our list. In fact, there are far too many manga series we want to introduce to fans in America. Therefore we’ve even made a new company to help people discover manga in a new way in this digital era. Hopefully, we can encourage even more people to enjoy manga. 

Walking Dead’s Tony Moore Draws Attack on Titan 16 Cover

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New York, NY(July 14, 2015) – At their panel at San Diego Comic-Con this weekend, Kodansha Comics announced exclusive special edition packages for  Attack on Titan volumes 16 and 17.

The Attack on Titan 16 Special Edition with Playing Cards will feature original art by Tony Moore—co-creator of The Walking Dead and the artist behind Fear Agent. This exclusive special edition includes a copy of Attack on Titan 16, a terrifying exclusive variant dust jacket by Tony Moore, and a set of 54 premium playing cards, each with a different piece of color art from the series. The set will go on sale the same day as the regular Attack on Titan 16, Aug. 25.

Four months later, on Dec. 1, the Attack on Titan 17 Special Edition will include an exclusive DVD containing an Attack on Titan episode never before released in the U.S.! This DVD will contain the half-hour episode “Ilse’s Notebook”, a side story animated from the same producers and voice actors as the hit anime series. This is the first time a side story from the manga has been animated, and it was previously only available as part of a limited edition manga package in Japan. This limited edition is the only way this episode will be available in English, so fans should mark their calendars!

2016: Queen Emeraldas, Forget Me Not, and Complex Age

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NEW YORK, NY (July 27, 2015) – At their panel at Otakon this weekend, Kodansha Comics announced they will publish the classic Queen Emeraldas from the legendary creator Leiji Matsumoto, the popular romance series Forget Me Not, as well as the cosplay manga Complex Age.

Beginning in July 2016, Kodansha will publish the 1978 space opera Queen Emeraldas in its first-ever English release. Artist Leiji Matsumoto, possibly best known for his involvement with Space Battleship Yamato, which aired in North America as Star Blazers, is a superstar in Japan and Europe (he directed a feature-length music video for Daft Punk in 2003) but has long been absent from the American manga market. One of his most beloved creations, Queen Emeraldas follows young man Hiroshi Umino after he sneaks aboard a spaceship in order to leave Earth. Queen Emeraldas is coming in July 2016 and will be published in two large-format, hardcover volumes of over 400 pages each.

Known in Japan as Soredemo boku wa kimi ga sukiForget Me Not is a manga by Nao Emoto based on the popular novel by Taiwanese author Mag Hsu. Serizawa was walking home from work one day when he was struck by a truck. Woozy and injured, he remembers a woman taking him to safety. It was someone he recognized… but who? It’s a romance manga with a dose of mystery! The first volume of Forget Me Not will be released in March 2016.

Kodansha also announced Complex Age, from creator Yui Sakuma, which offers an in-depth look at the life of cosplayer Nagisa Kataura as she gets older and tries to keep her beloved hobby a secret. The series is a thoughtful story sure to resonate with American cosplayers, tackling issues like work-hobby balance, jealous cosplay rivals, and dealing with harassment. Kodansha will start publishing the series is special large-format paperbacks starting in June 2016.

Kodansha Comics at J-Pop Summit Aug 7-9: Full Schedule of Events

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Kodansha Comics is excited to bring the manga world to this year’s J-Pop Summit, San Francisco’s premier citywide Japanese pop-culture event. Here’s a list of our events:

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Kodansha Comics Manga Gallery

August 7 thru 9
10-6 daily
free and open to the public
DG717 Gallery
717 Market Street, San Francisco

Interactive pop-up manga gallery includes 40+ pieces of manga artwork from the history of Kodansha, from Akira to Sailor Moon to Attack on Titan. Read more …

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“I captured a Colossal Titan Head!”

August 8 + 9 10:30-8:30
$25 for J-Pop Summit 1-day pass
Interactive Pavilion at Fort Mason Center, San Francisco

Don’t miss your chance to see the Colossal Titan in person. Come capture Attack on Titan in a whole new way using RICOH’s groundbreaking spherical THETA camera.

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Manga x Virtual Reality

August 8 + 9 10:30-8:30
$25 for J-Pop Summit 1-day pass
Interactive Pavilion at Fort Mason Center, San Francisco

Experience manga in a whole new way with the VR Comic Reader developed in collaboration with FOVE.

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Space Brothers anime screening

August 9 noon
$13~
New People Cinema
1746 Post Street, San Francisco

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Watch the anime based on the Kodansha Comics manga!

Have fun at J-Pop Summit!

Media inquires contact Misaki Kido misaki@nullkamsf.com

Anime: Space Brothers #0 trailer

The anime based on the Kodansha manga is screening at the Japan Film Festival of San Francisco!

Space Brothers #0
Sunday, August 9
noon
$13~
New People Cinema
1746 Post Street, San Francisco

Space Brothers #0 is a great introduction to the TV anime series Space Brothers (Sentai Filmworks) based on the popular manga by Chuya Koyama. The film looks back on the origin of the Namba brothers’ dream of traveling to outer space, which was inspired by the world-renowned astronaut brothers Brian & Eddie Jay, another duo of “Space Brothers” who dreamed of setting foot on the moon well before the Namba brothers, Mutta & Hibito.

2014 | 90 min | with English Subtitles | Directed by Ayumu Watanabe
Distributed by YOMIURI TV

Read all of the Kodansha Comics manga, now streaming on Crunchyroll:

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Kodansha Launches New Series From Creator of Oh My Goddess!

New York, NY (July 14, 2015) – At their panel at San Diego Comic-Con this weekend, Kodansha Comics announced English editions of a new series from creator Kosuke Fujishima, Paradise Residence.

Paradise Residence is a new manga from the creator of Oh My Goddess! and You’re Under Arrest,  Kosuke Fujishima. It follows Hatsune Takanashi—a clumsy schoolgirl who attends the Kitsuka Boarding School—and her trials living in the all-girls dormitory. This new series will debut in March 2016, and will be published in an oversized format.

Get the Yamada-Kun App for Miki Yoshikawa’s Appearance at Anime Expo

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.

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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.

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.

 

Fairy Tail: Master’s Edition to Debut This October

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!