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!

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!

Here’s your Attack on Titan Season 2 trailer!

Season 2 of the Attack on Titan anime is soon upon us … So Merry Christmas! Here's the first Attack on Titan Season 2 trailer!

Need a manga refresher? Get the Starter Bundle of volumes 1-8, which covers Season 1 of the anime, in the Attack on Titan manga app. Then get ready for Season 2 with Volume 9!

You can read the Attack on Titan manga in print or digital.

About Attack on Titan
 
The dark, apocalyptic story of Attack on Titan unexpectedly became the best-selling new manga to come out of Japan in a decade. Published by Kodansha in Japan beginning in 2009, the manga series has grown into a global phenomenon, inspiring a wildly popular anime series, notorious live-action film, videogames, and cultural forces at large.

The ongoing manga series currently runs over 85 chapters, collected in 20 volumes to date in English and authoritatively published by Kodansha Comics. The heavily anticipated Season 2 of the anime debuts April 2017.

 

Kodansha Comics Gift Guide Part 5: Growing Up with Manga

Kodansha Comics Gift Guide

Are you looking for the perfect gift for your manga loving friends and family? It can be hard to choose in a sea of series, but this year we’ve got you covered with curated selections for everyone on your list!

 

Part V: Growing Up with Manga

There’s a certain type of manga craving we’ve come to notice from fans and friends alike. It’s not the desire for a tearjerker, per se, but it definitely involves wanting to connect deeply to feelings both positive and negative. It seems dismissive to call them “fans of the feels,” but that’s part of why people always return to moving and challenging stories about growing up. Here are some our best coming of age stories, from the painstakingly familiar to the paranormal.

 

Straight Up – Coming of age stories that hit hard, realistically

 


A Silent Voice (Age 13+)

What it’s about: Shoya is a bully. When Shoko, a girl who can't hear, enters his elementary school class, she becomes their favorite target. But Shoya and his friends go so far that Shoko is forced to leave school, and Shoya carries the blame. Six years later, the two meet again. Can Shoya make up for his past mistakes, or is it too late?

Why is it good? It’s rare to find a manga that we can wholeheartedly say everyone should read, but A Silent Voice is one of them. This isn’t just a great coming of age story, it’s a masterwork on friendship, forgiveness, and the different paths people take to find genuine human connection. Yoshitoki Oima also handles the issues of disabilities and the effects of bullying – for both sides – with nuance and insight. A Silent Voice has won the hearts of readers, libraries, and was even nominated for an Eisner award, so rest assured that you’re giving the gift of a moving and unforgettable experience.

A Silent Voice is complete in 7 volumes, available from Kodansha Comics!

 


Say I Love You. (Age 16+)

What it’s about: High school loner Mei Tachibana doesn’t trust others, and thinks she doesn’t need friends after a childhood betrayal. Popular and handsome Yamato Kurosawa has more attention than he knows what to do with. When Yamato takes notice of the blunt and individualistic Mei, these two very different people realize they may be able to understand each other.

Why is it good? For the person on your list who’s an expert in the romance genre, Say I Love You. is the perfect choice to give them something fresh. “Outcast meets school prince” is a pretty common setup in shojo manga, but what sets Kanae Hazuki’s series apart is the rawness that makes the characters seem like people you could know. Mei is an endearing protagonist, aloof and biting but with an empathy for others than shines through. The journey she and her loved ones takes through high school and college is a treat for anyone looking for humor, compassion, and honesty in their romance manga.

Say I Love You. 1-16 are available from Kodansha Comics.

 

 


Your Lie in April (Age 13+)

What it’s about: Kosei Arima was a piano prodigy until his cruel taskmaster of a mother died suddenly, changing his life forever. Kosei’s lives in a monotonous, colorless world until he meets Kaori Miyazono, a violinist with an unorthodox style. Can she bring Kosei back to music, and back to life?

Why is it good? If you DO have someone who enjoys a good tearjerker (or just needs some catharsis), look no further. Perhaps you’ve heard of this series by its nickname, Your Cry in April. It can be heart-wrenching, but Kosei’s journey to rediscover his passion for music and life has plenty of uplifting moments. The universal appeal of love and loss also make Your Lie in April a great choice for newer manga readers. As a bonus, if you have a musician in your life, each volume includes information on the classical music referenced in the story!

Your Lie in April 1-10 are available from Kodansha Comics. The final volume is coming in January!

 

With a Twist – Coming of age stories that hit hard, realistically and metaphorically

 


Happiness (Age 16+)

What it’s about: First-year high schooler Makoto Ozaki’s life is a series of humiliations and disappointment. But one night, a pale, thin girl knocks him to the ground in an alley and offers him a choice. Afterwards, Ozaki is consumed by a terrible thirst. Now he must deal with two horrors: the truth of his awful craving and high school itself.

Why is it good? Happiness is a tour de force that fits a few specific manga needs: your vampire friend, your friend who devours anything Shuzo Oshimi writes, and your friend looking for “not just another high school manga.” This could very well be the same person all at once. Fans of Oshimi-sensei know to expect cringingly compelling portrayals of adolescence like in his earlier Flowers of Evil, and that’s out in full force here. But Happiness also stands as an excellent entry in the vampire canon. What’s most impressive is that the series seamlessly blends both together in a thrilling story that makes it hard to choose which is scariest: vampirism or being a teen.

Happiness 1-2  are available from Kodansha Comics, with volume 3 coming in January!

 



Interviews with Monster Girls (Age 13+) 

What it’s about: In the not too distant future, humans live alongside demi-humans, and Biology teacher Tetsuo Takahashi has always wanted to meet and learn about them. He gets his chance when he ends up with four “demis” in his own school, including a vampire, a dullahan, and a succubus!

Why is it good? To oversimplify things, Interviews with Monster Girls is almost the lighthearted flipside of Happiness. Each “demi,” from lively vampire Hikari to shy dullahan Kyoko, has issues unique to their supernatural makeup, but they’re also going through the ups and downs of normal high school life. The series tackles both sides with humor and heart, making it a charming mix of slice of life and “everything you ever wanted to know about monster girls but were afraid to ask.” And if you know a lot of manga fans, trust me, you have at least one monster girl lover in your circle!

Interviews with Monster Girls 1 is available from Kodansha Comics. Look out for volume 2 in January!

 


That wraps it up for our gift guide series, and we hope you have plenty of ideas for what to wrap up for your loved ones. All of us at Kodansha Comics wish you a happy and safe holiday, and thank you for helping us make 2016 a great year to read manga!

 


Check out the whole lists of Kodansha Comics Gift Guide!

Devour. The Attack on Titan manga app is here.

Introducing the new best way to consume the hit manga series, Attack on Titan.



Available only on the App Store.

ALL of Attack on Titan is available in one app.

  • All chapters and graphic novels of the manga including every spinoff series

  • News feeds with interviews and video about Attack on Titan and the creators behind it and breaking announcements leading up to the Season 2 of the anime

  • Comics that come alive in Motion Books only available on the app

  • One-button bundle purchases to get caught up quickly

  • Latest manga chapters updated, just as they come out from Japan 

  


And to celebrate the release, we’re offering users that create a NEW app account 3 FREE VOLUME 1s

Attack on Titan
Attack on Titan: Before the Fall
Attack on Titan: Junior High.

But hurry, this offer lasts for one week only—expires on December 20, 2016!

 

 

Experience the first Attack on Titan Motion Book, Bergheim, written by Kate Leth and Jeremy Lambert with art by Afua Richardson—as seen in the Attack on Titan Anthology. Available for free exclusively on the app, Bergheim can be previewed right here (above)! 

About Attack on Titan
 
The dark, apocalyptic story of Attack on Titan unexpectedly became the best-selling new manga to come out of Japan in a decade. Published by Kodansha in Japan beginning in 2009, the manga series has grown into a global phenomenon, inspiring a wildly popular anime series, notorious live-action film, videogames, and cultural forces at large.

The ongoing manga series currently runs over 85 chapters, collected in 20 volumes to date in English and authoritatively published by Kodansha Comics. The heavily anticipated Season 2 of the anime debuts in Spring 2017.

Click here for the official press release.

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.

 

Happy 2017! Kodansha Comics line wide sale—all titles on all digital platforms thru Jan 10

Akemashite Omedeto!
To start off the new year right, Kodansha Comics is having the first ever line-wide sale on ALL digital manga!

Want to binge-read classicmanga like Attack on Titan, Fairy Tail, and The Ghost in the Shell?

Or want to try out newly added series like Welcome to the Ballroom, Happiness, and Cells at Work!?

Now's your chance, but … this offer only lasts January 3 through January 10 at all of our digital retail partners: BookWalkercomiXology, iBooks, Kindle, Kobo, and nook.

Manga Vacation Week #2: new 99-cent digital volume 1s this week Dec 27-Jan 3!

Have a Nice Manga Vacation!

This week, we're offering Fairy Tail, Parasyte, and other classic Kodansha Comics digital volume 1s for only 99 cents! But hurry! This offer lasts December 27 through January 3 at all of our digital retail partners: BookWalkercomiXology, iBooks, Kindle, Kobo, and nook. Where do you want to go for your manga vacation?

What's on Sale This Week (December 27-January 3) 
(free previews at the links!)

The Heroic Legend of Arslan volume 1
Ajin: Demi-Human volume 1
Fairy Tail volume 1
Noragami volume 1
LDK volume 1
Your Lie in April volume 1
Say I Love You. volume 1
My Little Monster volume 1
Parasyte volume 1
The Seven Deadly Sins volume 1
A SIlent Voice volume 1
Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches volume 1

The Manga Vacation sale list updates every Tuesday from December 20 to January 17.
Check back every Tuesday at KodanshaComics.com for more deals!

Manga Vacation Week #1: new 99-cent digital volume 1s every week through January 10

Have A Nice Manga Vacation!

Going anywhere special for winter break? Well, you don't have to! Starting this week, we're having a blowout 99¢ sale on Volume 1s of selected Digital Editions at all of our digital retail partners: BookWalkercomiXology, iBooks, Kindle, Kobo, and nook. Now you can be adventurous without going anywhere in particular. So pick your destination! Where do you want to go for your manga vacation?

What's on Sale This Week (December 20-27)
(free previews at the links!)

School Rumble Volume 1
Nodame Cantabile Volume 1
Princess Resurrection Volume 1
ALIVE Volume 1
Pumpkin Scissors Volume 1
Yozakura Quartet Volume 1
Gakuen Prince Volume 1
Suzuka Volume 1
Fuuka Volume 1
Space Brothers Volume 1
My Wife Is Wagatsuma-san Volume 1
Sayonara Football Volume 1

The Manga Vacation sale list updates every Tuesday from December 20 to January 17.
Check back every Tuesday at KodanshaComics.com for more deals!

VIDEO: Ronald Wimberly- Artist of “Bahamut” in Attack on Titan Anthology

Ronald Wimberly is a designer based in NY city. He works primarily in narrative. He's worked with The New Yorker, Dargaud, DC, Marvel, Image, Darkhorse, Nike, Benetton and others. Some notable works are the Eisner Award-nomated Sentences for Vertigo, Lighten Up for the Nib on Medium, and Prince of Cats. He's been twice selected for the Maison des Auteurs residency in Angouleme and is the 2016 Columbus Museum of Art/Thurber House 2016 Graphic Novelist Artist in residence. He's exhibited in New York, Tokyo, and Paris.

More about Ronald Wimberly: http://ronaldwimberly.com/
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Attack on Titan Anthology opens up the world of manga, with Attack on Titan providing a creative playground for comic-book writers and artists from around the world. Every one of these creators has offered their own unique take on original Attack on Titan creator Hajime Isayama's dark vision.

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With the Attack on Titan Anthology Creator Profiles—a new video series on Kodansha Comics YouTube Channel—we introduce some of the talents behind this project. 

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Stay tuned right here for more Attack on Titan Anthology Creator Profiles—coming soon!