The Ghost in the Shell Deluxe Editions are here

It's back! Shirow Masamune's generation-defining cyberpunk masterpiece The Ghost in the Shell has been reborn for the 21st century as a remastered luxury hardcover—just in time for the major motion picture releasing next month!

The Ghost in the Shell — Shirow Masamune's masterwork
The Ghost in the Shell 2: Man-Machine Interface — Shirow's long-awaited, digitally-rendered deep-dive sequel into A.I. and existence
The Ghost in the Shell 1.5: Human-Error Processor — Shirow's "lost" stories created between Volumes 1 and 2

Each of the 3 volumes of The Ghost in the Shell Deluxe Editions—comprising Shirow's canonical Ghost in the Shell ​saga—represents a definitive new edition supervised by creator Shirow Masamune and features the original, right-to-left format with Japanese sound effects for the first time and brand-new bonus content. These new editions will only be available in these hardcover, print versions.

"Ahh … The net is vast …": The Ghost in the Shell digital bundle—only on comiXology 

Meanwhile, for those of you who prefer your cyberpunk to be purely of the electronic variety, have we got a great deal for you! Starting today, February 21, comiXology releases The Ghost in the Shell digital bundle—with one-button purchase you get all 3 volumes digitally, for a very reasonable price.

So whether you like your manga hardwired or virtual, it's the perfect time to re-interface with one of the true, all-time manga classics. Presciently set in a networked world where the virtual and physical universes collide, The Ghost in the Shell is now back for 2017—more relevant than ever.

New digital manga for Valentine’s Day: Akiko Higashimura’s Tokyo Tarareba Girls, Chihayafuru, and A Springtime with Ninjas

2017 marches on with more digital manga debuts! (See last month's big announcement.)

On February 14th, rising manga star Akiko Higashimura follows up her best-selling Princess Jellyfish with the hilarious Tokyo Tarareba Girls, where Higashimura once again sharpens her razor wit on the lives of young women in the big city. This time she hones in on one single thirtysomething and her dystopian dating problems—”One day I woke up and I was 33”—just in time for Valentine’s Day!

You can read the entirety of Chapter 1 for free, here:

Along with being one of the most requested titles in Kodansha Comics’s history, Princess Jellyfish was a regular on The New York Times Manga Best Seller list and was named by the New York Public Library as one of its “50 Best Books for Teens” and by Amazon as one of the “Best Comics and Graphic Novels of 2016.” Read our interview with Akiko Higashimura here.

 

Also going on sale February 14th is the long-awaited, much-demanded debut of Yuki Suetsugu’s Chiyahafuru, the story of adolescent lives and emotions playing out against the high drama of karuta—traditional Japanese card-playing. Chihayafuru, a long-running bestseller in Japan, was the basis of the surprise-hit anime of the same name that streamed on Crunchyroll. Click on cover to read Chapter 1.

 

 

 

 

 

 

And finally, also debuting will be Narumi Hasegaki’s A Springtime with Ninjas (also known by its Japanese title Hana to shinobi), a shojo rom com about one strong-willed rich girl and her ninja bodyguard! Click on cover to read Chapter 1.

 

 

 

 

 

The Valentine’s Day trio of digital debuts rounds out Kodansha Comics’s entire month’s focus on shojo manga, with ongoing sales on select shojo titles every week throughout the month of February.

Volume 1s of Tokyo Tarareba Girls, Chihayafuru, and A Springtime witn Ninjas are now available across all Kodansha Comics digital book channels: BookWalker, comiXology, Google Play, iBooks, Kindle, Kobo, and nook.

Media: read our press release here.

Yoshitoki Oima’s To Your Eternity makes its debut in digital along with new Samura, Deathtopia

Kodansha Comics is proud to announce the debut of Yoshitoki Oima’s newest manga serial, the spiritual fantasy To Your Eternity. You can read the entirety of Chapter 1 for free, below!

The first 10 chapters of To Your Eternity are available on January 24th as digital editions on comiXology and Kindle. January 24th is the same day Chapter 10 appears in Japan; new chapters will follow every week in simultaneous timing  thereafter. Chapters will be priced at 99 cents each.

Following the critically acclaimed A Silent Voice—which was nominated for an Eisner and named one of 2016’s “Great Graphic Novels for Teens” by the American Library Association—Oima goes in a completely new direction with this compelling tale of an abandoned native boy journeying alone in the frozen north with only a mysterious wolf for a companion. Read our interview with Yoshitoki Oima here.

 

That's not all! January sees the beginning of an aggressive ramp-up in new digital manga series from Kodansha Comics, and we've got the hot new title by legendary manga-ka Hiroaki Samura (Blade of the Immortal, Die Wergelder), Wave, Listen to Me! also debuting January 24th. Something of a departure for the action-oriented Samura, Wave turns its attention to modern life in the big city, as a despondent, hard-drinkin' young woman inadvertently finds herself the host of a hit talk-radio show. 

 

Also on the 24th we release Deathtopia, the latest gonzo thriller from Cage of Eden’s Yoshinobu Yamada, about a young man who gains supernatural powers from an accident but then finds himself embroiled with a serial killer with a disturbing fondness for eyeballs and a band of intriguing beauties in hot pursuit.

 

 

This month also saw the digital release of Descending Stories: Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinju. The Descending Stories anime was the surprise fan and critical fave of 2016—with Season 2 now simulcasting on Crunchyroll. Now you can read Haruko Kumota's multi-generational epic that delves deep into the world of rakugo, a rich form of Japanese storytelling theater. We announced the print edition of Descending Stories for May 2017, but digital readers can jump into Volume 1 right now—at a steep discount, as part of our current weeklong "Manga to Anime" sale!
 

 

Volume 1s of Descending Stories, Wave, Listen to Me!, and Deathtopia are available for purchase or preorder across all Kodansha Comics digital book channels: BookWalker, comiXology, iBooks, Kindle, Kobo, and nook.

Media: read our press release here.

#KCAnimeClub: Winter 2017 Anime Guide!

Winter 2017 Anime Guide

The year in anime has gotten off to an exciting start—and this season features anime adaptations of some of your favorite Kodansha Comics manga! Here’s your cheat sheet for what and where to watch this season.

We also invite you to watch anime with us! This season’s Kodansha Comics Anime Club title is Interviews with Monster Girls. All you have to do is jump on Twitter every Monday night at 9 p.m. ET and follow our livetweet or share your own reactions to the episode using #KCAnimeClub.


© Kouji Seo,KODANSHA/Fuuka Partners. All Rights Reserved.


Fuuka 
MANGA Volumes 1-11 available (digital only)
ANIME Streaming on Crunchyroll every Friday

Fated meetings can happen suddenly. When awkward, social media obsessed loner Yuu Haruna moves into a new town, he meets a strange girl who doesn't even have a cell phone. The girl, Fuuka, seems to have a strange allure that draws people to her, very much like a summer breeze. Looks like Yuu has been caught up in one wild, musically inspired love story!

 
 

 

 

 


© Petos, KODANSHA/Demichan Production Committee. All Rights Reserved.


 

Interviews with Monster Girls
MANGA Volumes 1-2 available (digital and print)
ANIME Streaming on Crunchyroll every Saturday

High school Biology teacher Tetsuo Takahashi has always wanted to meet a “demi-human.” These supernatural citizens live, work, and study among normal people, but each has their own unique difficulties. Tetsuo is in over his head when he finds himself teaching at a school with four “demi” girls: a vampire, a dullahan, a snow woman, and a succubus! Now they have the chance to learn from each other, but getting through high school may prove to be a monstrous task for these spirited girls!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 © Haruko Kumota, KODANSHA/Rakugo Shinju Production Committee

Descending Stories: Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinju
MANGA Volume 1 available (digital only), May 2017 (print)
ANIME Streaming on Crunchyroll every Friday

Descending Stories Season 2 picks up some years after the first season (also on Crunchyroll) of Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinju’s ending. The hapless but hardworking Yotaro has finally been promoted to the master level of rakugo performing, but still struggles to understand and carry on the legacy of his ineffable teacher, Yakumo Yurakutei VIII. He’s also concerned with helping Konatsu, the daughter of Yakumo’s late rival and friend, raise her infant son. The fate of the rakugo legacy is on the shoulders of this unlikely family!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Man-machine interface: The Ghost in the Shell manga goes digital

Shirow Masamune's generation-defining cyberpunk masterpiece The Ghost in the Shell—presciently set in a networked world where the virtual and physical universes collide—is now finally available in a digital edition. Starting today

The Ghost in the Shell — Shirow Masamune's masterwork
The Ghost in the Shell 2: Man-Machine Interface — Shirow's long-awaited, digitally-rendered deep-dive sequel into A.I. and existence
The Ghost in the Shell 1.5: Human-Error Processor — Shirow's "lost" stories created between Volumes 1 and 2
Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex  — Yu Kinutani's 5-volume spinoff series

are all available at our digital-book outlets: BookWalker, comiXology, iBooks, Kindle, Kobo, and nook. Volumes 1, 2, and 1.5 are the classic Studio Proteus translations by Frederik Schodt, Toren Smith, Tom Orzechowski, and Suzie Lee.

An epic dystopian tale of politics, technology, and metaphysics, The Ghost in the Shell has been hailed worldwide as an unparalleled visionary work of graphic fiction.

And be on the lookout for The Ghost in the Shell Deluxe Editions, releasing January 31! In anticipation of the release of The Ghost in the Shell motion picture, these will be premium hardcover editions supervised by Shirow Masamune himself featuring the original, right-to-left format with Japanese sound effects and brand new-bonus content. 

Watch the Ghost in the Shell live-action-movie official trailer!

Shojo Manga February Week 3: Princess Jellyfish, Kiss Him, Not Me, Prince in His Dark Days digital up to 50% off

Our Valentines' Day edition of February's weekly shojo manga sales is here!

Throughout the entire month of February, Kodansha Comics is offering up some of our most popular shojo manga series (yes, entire series!) for sale—up to 50% off on digital editions at our e-book retail partners: BookWalkercomiXology, iBooks, Kindle, Kobo, and nook. 

What's on Sale This Week (February 14-February 20) 
(free previews at the links!) 


Princess Jellyfish by Akiko Higashimura

Tsukimi Kurashita has a strange fascination with jellyfish. She's loved them from a young age and has carried that love with her to her new life in the big city of Tokyo. There, she resides in Amamizukan, a safe-haven for girl geeks who regularly gush over a range of things from trains to Japanese dolls. However, a chance meeting at a pet shop has Tsukimi crossing paths with one of the things that the residents of Amamizukan have been desperately trying to avoid—a beautiful and fashionable woman! But there's much more to this woman than her trendy clothes! This odd encounter is only the beginning of a new and unexpected path for Tsukimi and her friends.

Princess Jellyfish volumes 1-4 on sale this week!
Plus! The new manga by Akiko Higashimura, Tokyo Tarareba Girls is debuting digitally on Februrary 14!  

 

 


Kiss Him, Not Me by Junko

"Hi there! My name is Serinuma Kae.

I’m the kind of girl who loves checking out boys and fantasizing about them getting friendly (and more) with each other—I’m what you might call a fujoshi.

One day, my beloved (yes, he’s an anime character) died, and the shock of it all was more than I could have ever prepared for! My grief over his passing resulted in some ridiculous weight loss!

And you won’t believe what happened next! Soon after my change, the four most divinely gorgeous boys in my school asked me out on dates! I accepted them all, and you’d think I’d be happy with my sudden popularity, but the truth is, my heart only yearns for a prince to be next to his prince. Ahh, yes, boys, I’d much prefer that you turn your affections elsewhere and kiss him, not me!"

Kiss Him, Not Me volumes 1-9 on sale this week!

 

 

 


The Prince in His Dark Days by Hiko Yamanaka

A heartrending modern love story. A drunkard for a father, a household of poverty … For 17-year-old Atsuko, misfortune is all she knows and believes in. Until one day, a chance encounter with Itaru—the wealthy heir of a huge corporation—changes everything. The two look identical, uncannily so. When Itaru curiously goes missing, Atsuko is roped into being his stand-in. There, in his shoes, Atsuko must parade like a prince in a palace. She encounters many new experiences, but at what cost … ?

The Prince in His Dark Days volumes 1-3 on sale this week!

 

Happy Valentine's Day! Check out these new shojo manga powerhouses making their digital debuts on February 14:

For more info on digital-debut series, check back at KodanshaComics.com!

Shojo Manga February Week 2: Say I Love You, That Wolf-Boy is Mine!, Nodame Cantabile digital up to 50% off

Hey, wIth Valentines' Day right around the corner, some romantic manga can't be far behind, right? 

Throughout the entire month of February, Kodansha Comics is offering up some of our most popular shojo manga series (yes, entire series!) for sale—up to 50% off on digital editions at our e-book retail partners: BookWalkercomiXology, iBooks, Kindle, Kobo, and nook. 

 

What's on Sale Next Week (February 7-February 14) 
(free previews at the links!)

 

Say I Love You. by Kanae Hazuki 

Mei Tachibana has no friends—and she doesn't need them! Ever since her "friends" betrayed her in elementary school, she's sworn off friendship entirely. All it leads to is betrayal and heartbreak, and she's well enough on her own. But everything changes when she accidentally roundhouse kicks the most popular boy in school! However, Yamato Kurosawa isn't angry in the slightest—in fact, he thinks his ordinary life could use an unusual girl like Mei! He won't take no for an answer, and soon Mei and Yamato embark on an unwanted friendship that will change both of them forever.

Say I Love You. volumes 1-16 is on sale this week!
Plus! The newest volume 17 hits the street on February 7.

 

 

That Wolf-Boy is Mine! by Yoko Nogiri

After some traumatic experiences, Komugi Kusunoki transferred from the city to start a new life in rural Hokkaido. But on her first day of school, the school heartthrob Yū Ōgami blurts out, “You smell good!” Despite the hijinks, Komugi tries to adjust to her new school, but it’s not long before she stumbles across Yū dozing off under a tree. When she attempts to wake him up, he transformed…into a wolf?! It turns out that Yū is one of many other eccentric boys in her class year–and she’s the only one who knows their secret…!

That Wolf-Boy is Mine! volumes 1-3 is on sale this week!

 

Nodame Cantabile by Tomoko Ninomiya 

The son of a famous pianist, music student Shinichi Chiaki dreams of studying abroad and becoming a conductor like his mentor. Unfortunately, his fear of flying grounds his lofty plans! As he watches other classmates achieve what he has always wanted, Shinichi wonders if he should quit music altogether. Then one day he meets fellow student Megumi Noda, also known as Nodame. This oddball girl cannot cook, clean, or even read a music score, but she can play the piano in incomparable Cantabile style. And she teaches Chiaki something that he has forgotten: to enjoy his music, no matter where he is.

Nodame Cantabile volumes 1-16  is on sale next week!

 

Our Shojo Manga February list updates every Tuesday from January 31 through February 14.
Check back every Tuesday at KodanshaComics.com for more deals!

Shojo Manga February Week 1: LDK, My Little Monster, Missions of Love digital up to 50% off

Hey, wIth Valentines' Day right around the corner, some romantic manga can't be far behind, right? 

Throughout the entire month of February, Kodansha Comics is offering up some of our most popular shojo manga series (yes, entire series!) for sale—up to 50% off on digital editions at our e-book retail partners: BookWalkercomiXology, iBooks, Kindle, Kobo, and nook. 

What's on Sale This Week (January 31-February 6) 
(free previews at the links!)


LDK by Ayu Watanabe

Aoi Nishimori is a high school girl who lives alone in her own apartment, but to her surprise, she discovers that the prince of her school, Shusei Kugayama, has moved in next door! To add to this, a series of crazy happenings result in the two living together under a single roof! Shusei is known to be a heartless guy, and Aoi particularly hates him after he coldly rejected her best friend, so a life of cohabitation seems like a recipe for disaster. And yet, Aoi somehow can’t stop her heart from pounding when she’s with Shusei … 

LDK volumes 1-8 on sale now!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


My Little Monster by Robico

Mizutani is a self-absorbed overachiever, concerned only with maintaining the highest grades in school. Haru is an impulsive short tempered brute, who scares everyone with his explosive bursts of violence. Haru gets suspended on the first day of school when he encounters some bullies harassing a student and dispatches the bullies with great bloody violence. Mizutani is tasked with delivering school materials to Haru who interprets this as an act of friendship and latches on to Mizutani, much to her dismay. And so begins a strange and potentially combustible relationship!

My Little Monster volumes 1-13 on sale now!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
Missions of Love by Ema Toyama

Cell phone novelist Yukina Himuro has decided that, in order to satisfy her fans' demand for love stories, she must experience romance firsthand. But with her icy reputation, how can she find someone willing to play the part of boyfriend? By blackmailing the most popular boy in school, of course!

Missions of Love volumes 1-13 on sale now!
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our Shojo Manga February list updates every Tuesday from January 31 through February 14.
Check back every Tuesday at KodanshaComics.com for more deals!

Winter 2017 Manga to Anime Digital Sale!

Winter 2017 anime season just kicked off with some exciting new shows! Do you have a favorite series yet? 
To showcase the Kodansha manga that was adapted into an anime, we're having a Manga to Anime Sale
Look for volumes from these recently anime-ated series to be marked up to 50% off at our digital retail partners—BookWalker, comiXology, iBooks, Kindle, Kobo, and nook. Sale ends January 24th! (Read the full Chapter 1s at the links.)


Manga to Anime Winter 2017! 

Interview with Monster Girls 
Fuuka
Descending Stories: Showa genroku Rakugo Shinju

Coming Soon in 2017!
Welcome to the Ballroom – Summer 2017
Inuyashiki – Fall 2017


 

 

The Descending Stories: Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinju anime was the surprise fan and critical fave of 2016—with Season 2 now simulcasting on Crunchyroll. Read the manga of this multi-generational epic that dives deep into the world of rakugo, a rich form of Japanese storytelling theater. We announced the print edition of Descending Stories for May 2017, but digital readers can jump into Volume 1 on January 17th, when it releases across all digital book channels (BookWalker, comiXology, iBooks, Kindle, Kobo, nook)!


Do you want to know where to watch these anime? Check out the Manga to Anime Gude! 

Manga Vacation Week #3: new 99-cent digital volume 1s this week Jan 10-Jan 16!

Have a Nice Manga Vacation!

This week, we're offering Sweetness and Lightning, Fire Force, Cells at Work, and other fresh Kodansha Comics digital volume 1s for only 99 cents! But hurry, this offer lasts only one week January 10 through January 16 at all of our digital retail partners: BookWalker, comiXology, iBooks, Kindle, Kobo, and nook. Where do you want to go for your manga vacation?

What's on Sale This Week (January 10-January 16) 
(free previews at the links!)

Kiss Him, Not Me Volume 1
Sweetness and Lightning Volume 1
Complex Age Volume 1
Welcome to the Ballroom Volume 1
Happiness Volume 1
Cells at Work! Volume 1
The Ghost and the Lady Volume 1
Fire Force Volume 1 
Mysterious Girlfriend X Volume 1
Devil's LIne Volume 1
To the Abandoned Sacred Beasts Volume 1
That Wolf-Boy is Mine Volume 1
Livingstone Volume 1
Princess Jellyfish Volume 1

Our Manga Vacation sales list updates every Tuesday this winter. Check back next Tuesday January 17 at KodanshaComics.com for more deals!

Science-Fiction Manga by Nihei: pay what you want on Humble Bundle until January 11

January 9 UPDATE (3 p.m. Pacific): Only 2 days left, but we've attained our $100,000 goal—that means all those who made or make a donation of $17 or more for the entire bundle will also be receiving bonus content only available from Humble Bundle: APOSIMZ (the prologue chapter from Tsutomu Nihei's new manga series), an exclusive Nihei video, and the Science Fiction Manga by Nihei: Collected Works digital art book!

Kodansha Comics presents the Science Fiction Manga by Nihei book bundle in partnership with our good pals at Humble Bundle. Now we are offering $185 worth of digital manga, including legendary manga-ka Tsutomu Nihei’s early mind-benders BLAME! and NOiSE up to his masterpiece, Knights of Sidonia. The cost of the bundle? You can pay what you want! 

Name your price. Together, the books in this bundle usually cost as much as $185. At Humble Bundle, though, you choose the price!

Read ’em anywhere. These comics are available in multiple formats including CBZ, PDF, and ePub, so they work on your computer, e-readers, iPads, cell phones, and a wide array of mobile devices! Instructions and a list of recommended reading programs can be found here.

Support charity. Choose where the money goes—between Kodansha Comics, three charities (Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, Worldreader, and Mental Health Foundation), and, if you'd like, a fourth charity of your choice via the PayPal Giving Fund. For details on how this works, click here. If you like this bundle or like what Humble Bundle does, you can leave a Humble Tip too.

This special bundle ends WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 11, 10:59 A.M. PACIFIC TIME.

PAY WHAT YOU WANT! Here’s what you’ll get with each tier:

FREE with newsletter sign up
Unlock NOiSE, a prequel to BLAME!  

Pay $1 or more
Unlock all of the above + BLAME! volume 1 + a 1-month subscription to Crunchyroll

Pay $8 or more
Unlock all of the above + BLAME! volume 2 + the never-before-published-in-English BLAME! Academy and So On, a spinoff of BLAME!

Pay $17 or more
Unlock all of the above + the Knights of Sidonia Complete Set (volumes 1-15)


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BONUS GOALS = EXCLUSIVE NEW CONTENT Help us reach our bonus goals and unlock never-before-seen new work from Nihei!

APOSIMZ
A prologue chapter from Nihei’s next manga series. Unlock at $50K.

Tsutomu Nihei Creator Profile video
Unlock at $75K.

Science Fiction Manga by Nihei: Collected Works
Art booklet. Unlock at $100K.

ABOUT TSUTOMU NIHEI

Born in 1971 in Japan's Fukushima Prefecture, Tsutomu Nihei has been drawing comics professionally since the mid 1990s. In 1995 he was awarded the Jiro Taniguchi Special Prize in that year's Afternoon Magazine Four Seasons Awards for his submission, Blame. After working as an assistant to veteran comic artist Tsutomu Takahashi, Nihei went on to launch his debut series BLAME! in Afternoon Magazine in 1998. Following the success of BLAME! he next penned BioMega (published in English by Viz Media) and Wolverine SNIKT (Marvel). In 2009 Nihei returned to Afternoon to launch his most recent series, Knights of Sidonia. In 2015 he won the Kodansha Manga Award in the General Comics category for his work on Knights of Sidonia. Nihei has revealed that he is currently working on a new series, to be called APOSIMZ

 

Media: Click here for the official press release.

 


Watch the video of Nihei drawing Tsumugi from Knights of Sidonia.
This video was taken during the reception of Nihei's original design toy exhibit at BAIT store during SDCC 2016

NIHEI T-SHIRT TWITTER SWEEPSTAKES!

So whaddya think of the BLAME! T-shirt Nihei was wearing in the video?

Actually, it’s a special T-shirt Nihei himself designed for his clothing brand, Toha Heavy Industries—and now we’re offering you the chance to win it!

THIS SWEEPSTAKES ENDS WEDNESDAY, January 11, 10:59 A.M. PACIFIC TIME.
 

HERE’S HOW YOU CAN WIN

1. To join the contest, log in to your Twitter account and retweet @KodanshaUSA's original post about the contest.

2. After January 11, 10:59 A.M. PACIFIC TIME, we'll randomly select 10 winners from the list of people who RT'ed.

3. We'll contact the 10 winners individually via Direct Message and ask for T-shirt size and shipping address.

4. Contest is open to U.S. and Canada residents ONLY.