What’s Happening at New York Comic Con?

Look for Kodansha Comics at NYCC—right here in our hometown!

Here’s a list of everything that we’ll be up to:


The Biggest Attack on Titan Manga Announcement Ever   
Thu Oct 8 | 4-5 | Room 1A18
In which we make the biggest announcement about Attack on Titan comics … ever. Kodansha USA general manager Kana Koide, director of publishing Ben Applegate, and a few special guests will lead the panel, answer questions, and give away some goodies.

Kodansha Comics Panel
Sat Oct 10 | 12:15-1:15 | Room 1A01
We’ll have announcements of new licenses for 2016 and a discussion with the imprint's editorial team. In an unprecedented special treat, Noragami: Stray God editor Yohei Takami, fresh from Tokyo, will demonstrate the Japanese manga editorial process with a sneak peek at an upcoming chapter of Noragami! Join in the Q&A afterwards—you could win a special prize! Starring: Ben Applegate, Kana Koide, Noelle Webster, Ajani Oloye, David Yoo, Haruko Hashimoto, and Alvin Lu. 

Photo Op
You don’t need to cosplay to leave NYCC with some amazing photos in character! We’ll be setting up photo standees at the Kodansha booth (#2109) that’ll let you and your friends put your faces into hit series Attack on Titan and Noragami: Stray God! Come with your friends in cosplay for an even greater photo op!

New Releases
Stop by the Kodansha Comics booth (#2109) for exclusive gifts, early releases, or just to chat! We’ll have early copies of Fairy Tail: Master’s Edition; Noragami; LDK; Kiss Him, Not Me; Junji Ito’s Cat Diary; and more!

Con Exclusives
Buy any manga at the Kodansha booth (#2109) and you’ll receive a free manga sampler, a pack of temporary tattoos from Attack on Titan and other hit series, plus one of the following three convention exclusives:

A premium art card featuring an illustration never seen in color in the U.S. before, from Noragami: Stray God or The Seven Deadly Sins!

A beautiful, full-color poster featuring the variant cover art from Attack on Titan 16 Special Edition, by Tony Moore (The Walking Dead)!

• We’ll also have free posters from Inuyashiki, Noragami, and Ninja Slayer Kills to give away!

7DS bookmarks

The Seven Deadly Sins Bookmarks from Japan
Sign up for the Kodansha Comics e-newsletter at our booth (or show us that you’ve already signed up) and get a special Seven Deadly Sins bookmark from Japan!

See you there!


We’re on comiXology now! Plus—an update on all our digital releases


ComiXology, the cloud-based digital comics platform, just gave their virtual manga shelf a big boost today, with the addition of the entire digital catalog of Kodansha Comics! Here is the press release.

And a big thank you to our fans who have been patiently waiting for our delayed digital editions to catch up to print releases. They're on sale now! Please visit our digital retail partners (iBooks, Kindle, Kobo, and nook) for a host of new releases.

Of course they're all available now at our latest retail partner as well. Here's the full list of series on comiXology, which includes over 350 volumes from 53 series:

At Full Moon
Attack on Titan
Attack on Titan: Before the Fall
Attack on Titan: Junior High
Attack on Titan: No Regrets
Bloody Monday
Cage of Eden
Fairy Tail
Fairy Tail Blue Mistral
Genshinken: Second Season
The Heroic Legend of Arslan
I Am Here!
Kitchen Princess
Kodansha Comics Digital Samplers
Le Chevalier d'Eon
Let's Dance a Waltz
Love Hina
Manga Dogs
Mardock Scramble
Missions of Love
Monster Soul
My Little Monster
Negima! Omnibus
Ninja Girls
Ninja Slayer Kills
No. 6
Noragami: Stray God
Say I Love You.
Sayonara Zetsubou-Sensei
The Seven Deadly Sins
Sherlock Bones
Shugo Chara!
Shugo Chara Chan!
A Silent Voice
Tokyo Mew Mew
Until the Full Moon
UQ Holder
Vinland Saga
xxxHOLiC Rei
Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches
Your Lie in April


Vinland Saga contest: Round 2 of YOUR battles!

Vinland bracket
Round 2 of the Vinland Saga contest begins today on our Tumblr! After some clever wins, brutal beatings, and epic fights in Round 1… we can’t wait to see what Round 2 will hold!
For those who missed Round 1, we’re currently holding a contest to win original art by Vinland Saga creator Makoto Yukimura! We asked fans to create their own Vinland Saga character, and now we’re pitting them against each other in a tournament.  We’re down from 12 contestants to 6 in Round 2, so be sure to check out the excellent battles the fans are creating.

Be sure to pre-order Vinland Saga 6 and Vinland Saga 7 today!

At last—Attack on Titan 16 on sale now! Special Edition cover by Walking Dead’s Tony Moore


The wait is over—Attack on Titan volume 16 is on sale now! Links to the print and digital editions here.

Or better yet, get the whole package with the Attack on Titan 16 Special Edition with Playing Cards. This exclusive edition features a terrifying exclusive variant dust jacket by Tony Moore​—co-creator of The Walking Dead and the artist behind Fear Agent—and a set of 54 premium playing cards, each with a different piece of color art from the series. The cards are printed by US Playing Card Company on the same stock and press as their world-famous Bicycle cards. 

Wait there's more! … Four months from now, on December 1, look for the Attack on Titan 17 Special Edition, featuring an exclusive DVD containing an Attack on Titan episode never before released in the U.S. The 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. It was previously only available as part of a limited-edition manga package in Japan. The Attack on Titan 17 Special Edition will be the only way this episode will be available in English, so mark your calendars!

Report from Waku Waku +NYC: new release announcements!


Breaking news from Waku Waku +NYC —the new Japanese pop culture festival that launched August 29-30 in New York City: 

On the convention floor, at the Kodansha Comics booth, we gave away posters, tattoos, and buttons, and had early copies for sale of

Kiss Him, Not Me 1
Ninja Slayer Kills 1
Devil Survivor 1

At our panel Saturday (8/29) afternoon, we did a live translation and lettering of one of our upcoming series! It was a great chance for everybody to see behind-the-scenes of manga publishing. We also made the following new release announcements:


Fairy Tail: Ice Trail is a spinoff by Yuusuke Shirato of Hiro Mashima’s perennial hit series about an irrepressible wizard guild, which has been adapted into a long-running, popular anime. The new spinoff depicts fan-favorite character Gray Fullbuster’s journey from losing his teacher to becoming a member of the Fairy Tail guild. Fairy Tail Ice Trail, titled Tale of Fairy Tail Ice Trail in Japan, will debut during the 2015 holiday season!


Noragami: Stray Stories, known as Noragami: Shuishu in Japan, is a collection of more lighthearted short stories from Noragami creator Adachitoka, featuring all the characters fans have come to love and root for. Stray Stories hits stores November 2015, just as the second season of the hit anime will be in full swing!

Due out in spring 2016, Fairy Tail: Master’s Edition 2 will collect volumes six through ten of the hit manga in an enormous 7-by-10.5-inch size on high-quality paper, in the vein of the Attack on Titan: Colossal Edition. The first Master’s Edition is coming to stores this October, and both the first and second Master’s Editions will retail for $39.99.


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


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.

Visit: Kodansha Comics Manga Gallery

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Welcome to the Kodansha Comics Manga Gallery


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

With onsite interactive manga reader presented by Digital Garage

To celebrate the opening of Kodansha Advanced Media's offices in San Francisco, we're putting on a pop-up and online exhibit of artwork from Kodansha Comics manga past and present. Artwork will be shown 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, FOVE, FUNimation, and J-Pop Summit 2015. Exhibit produced by Kodansha Advanced Media.

Spherical image courtesy RICOH THETA.

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


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. 


Click here for full gallery

J-Pop Summit: Manga x VR


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

Ready for something completely different?

Come to the Interactive Pavilion at Fort Mason to see the first-of-its-kind VR Comic Reader, developed by FOVE in collaboration with Kodansha.





Presenting the world’s first eye-tracking virtual reality headset. Look out for our manga x virtual reality collaboration for a whole new way to experience the Attack on Titan display!

Attack on Titan © Hajime Isayama/Kodansha Ltd.

J-Pop Summit: #CaptureTheTitan

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#CaptureTheTitan in San Francisco!

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

Yes, for real. They found a Colossal Titan head at Fort Mason. 

Come capture Attack on Titan using Ricoh’s groundbreaking spherical Theta camera that takes 360-degree pictures that you can then view online.

See your pic and others' below!




Exhibiting the new spherical camera “RICOH THETA“. It is not just an ordinary camera but a 360-degree camera that captures the whole world around you with just one shot. It’s an amazing camera that lets you capture the exact dynamic of a moment as it happens. At the J-Pop Summit Ricoh booth, you can take 360° pictures using THETA with the giant Attack on Titan head display and view images with head mount display!

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
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: