Wave, Listen to Me! volume 3 + simulpub on sale 4/24

Hey, listen to me! If you haven't gotten hip to one of the breakout digital manga series of the year so far—Wave, Listen to Me! the latest from manga legend Hiroaki Samura (Blade of the Immortal, Die Wergelder)—this is the perfect (as in simultaneous) time to do so!

Not only does volume 3 go on sale today (April 24) at all of our digital book channels (including BookWalker and comiXology), but we're also debuting every chapter that follows as simulpubs on Kindle and comiXology—with each chapter going for only 99-cents! Since Chapter 29 appears on newsstands in Japan right now you'll be oh-so-of-the-moment with the newest manga series that's both one of our digital bestsellers and is all the talk in Japan (where it ranked #6 in 2016's This Manga is Amazing! poll).

Here's a free look at Samura-sensei's breathtaking art in all of Chapter 1:

A departure for the action-oriented Samura, Wave, Listen to Me1 turns its attention to modern life in the big city, as a despondent young woman inadvertently finds herself the host of a hit talk-radio show. The stage is Sapporo, Hokkaido. One night, our heroine, Minare Koda, spills her heartbroken woes to a radio station worker she meets while out drinking one night. The next day, she hears a recording of her pitiful grumbling being played live over the air. Minare storms into the station in a rage, only to then be duped by the station director into doing an impromptu talk show explaining her harsh dialogue. With just one recording, the many eccentric facets of Minare's life begin to pull every which direction as she falls ever deeper into the world of radio.

 

 

Attack on Titan volume 21 is now on sale—and other ways to read AoT

As the new season of the Attack on Titan anime kicks into high gear, you're probably getting curious about what happens next. Well, you know you can always jump ahead by reading the original manga! Here's a few ways you can enjoy Attack on Titan—the manga—from Kodansha Comics:

Books!

Yeah, Attack on Titan volume 21 hit streets on April 25. The book is available now in both physical and digital editions. 

Simulpub!

Didja know that you can read the story of Attack on Titan beyond what's collected into the graphic novel editions? With simulpub chapters, you can read up to the latest chapter that just came out in Japan—which as of right now would be Chapter #92—available on comiXology and Kindle.

The Manga App!

… and you can read the entire series of Attack on Titan on our Attack on Titan Manga App! It's a great way to stay on top of the newest simulpub chapters and graphic novels. 

For more information about Attack on Titan, stay tuned to kodanshacomics.com!

4/25 Digital-first debuts: Days and Tsuredure Children

 

School life is awesome with new digital-first manga! The ramp-up of our very well-received line of digital-first manga continues with the highly anticipated debut of Tsuyoshi Yasuda’s school-soccer manga Days (the anime adaptation of which recently streamed to great acclaim on Crunchyroll) and Toshiya Wakabayashi’s surprising webcomic-turned-hit Tsuredure Children.

Volume 1s of both titles are now available for preorder and go on sale Tuesday April 25 at all of Kodansha’s digital retail channels: BookWalker, comiXology, Google Play, Kindle, Kobo, and nook. Free Chapter 1 previews at the cover-links:

Days by Tsuyoshi Yasuda From Tsuyoshi Yasuda (Over Drive) comes the most exciting soccer manga in the world! During his last spring break before starting high school, Tsukushi Tsukamoto meets Jin Kazama, who invites him to a pick-up soccer game. Their chance meeting, and his first-ever experience with soccer, move kind-hearted, timid Tsukushi to enroll in his new high school's soccer club, which is among the strongest in all of Japan. Unbeknownst to the rest of the world, there's something amazing hidden inside Tsukushi's heart … and through his trials and tribulations in the soccer club, it's beginning to blossom!

Tsuredure Children by Toshiya Wakabayashi This manga is for those of you who just can't seem to say, "I love you." Toshiya Wakabayashi's acclaimed school-romance is jam-packed with frustration, embarrassment, and awkwardness! Heavily revised and with never-before-seen chapters, this omnibus edition of the popular 4-panel web comic offers an experience you can't find in the online version!

And don't forget to check out our April 11 digital-first debuts (if you haven't already):

Domestic Girlfriend Kei Sasuga’s racy romancer is a breakout hit in Japan about a high schooler with a bad teacher-crush whose home life gets rather complicated when his dad gets remarried and he finds out who his new step-siblings are!

GTO Paradise Lost Toru Fujisawa brings us up-to-date on the latest adventures of Great Teacher Onizuka, the classic manga character who took the world by storm when he gave up his gang life for a new one as a classroom legend. The newest chapter starts off with Onizuka’s life … in prison!

Media: Read the official press release here.

Spring 2017 Manga to Anime Guide: Attack on Titan Season 2, Clockwork Planet #KCAnimeClub

Spring is here and with that comes new anime—and this season features the return of a megahit and an exciting adaption of a new 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 Clockwork Planet. All you have to do is jump on Twitter every Thursday at 3 p.m. Eastern Time and follow our livetweet or share your own reactions to the episode using #KCAnimeClub.


© Yuu Kamiya, Tsubaki Himana, Kodansha/"CLOCKWORK PLANET" Production committee. All rights reserved.

Clockwork Planet
MANGA Volume 1 available in digital and print
ANIME Streaming on Crunchyroll every Thursday

Naoto’s a high school dropout and brilliant amateur tinkerer. He lives in a world that has been so over-exploited that the entire surface has become one vast machine. When a box crashes into his home containing a female automaton named RyuZU, it’s a harbinger of change that will rock the entire globe and give Naoto his chance to be a hero. Together with the genius clockmaker Marie, Naoto and RyuZU must work to repair their clockwork planet—and maybe disrupt the world order in the process!


Read along with Season 2: volume 9 of the manga is where Season 2 of the anime starts off.

Attack on Titan — Season 2
MANGA Volumes 1-20 available in digital and print
ANIME Streaming on Crunchyroll every Saturday

A century ago, the grotesque giants known as Titans appeared and consumed all but a few thousand humans. The survivors took refuge behind giant walls. Today, the threat of the Titans is a distant memory, and a boy named Eren yearns to explore the world beyond Wall Maria. But what began as a childish dream will become an all-too-real nightmare when the Titans return and humanity is once again on the brink of extinction. The highly anticipated Season 2 brings back Eren and the Survey Corps, and the mystery and danger will only deepen …

With a bestselling manga, a hit anime, and spinoffs in the story’s universe, Attack on Titan has become a pop culture sensation. The long-awaited Second 2 is just the latest exciting entry in this beloved series!

Go deeper into the universe of Attack on Titan—click on the links for free Chapter 1 previews and purchase info:

 

Yu Kinutani interview and concept sketches from Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex

The Ghost in the Shell all started as a manga by Shirow Masamune nearly two decades ago. It's since gone on to inspire the internationally acclaimed animated film, a spinoff TV series and manga, and now a major Hollywood motion picture, debuting on March 31.

Yu Kinutani, the artist behind the Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex manga, gave us his insights to working in the inner world of GITS and his thoughts on the GITS global phenomenon—and also shared some exciting concept sketches from behind the scenes of Stand Alone Complex (see below)!

About Yu Kinutani
Born in 1962 in Ehime Prefecture, Japan, Yu Kinutani debuted as a manga artist in 1986 with Hohaku no Shijou Shijin (Wandering Lyric Poet). In 2010, he started his serialization of Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex in Young Magazine (published by Kodansha). Currently he is serializing Elements Network in Young Gangan magazine from Square Enix.

 

Kodansha Comics: What was it like working on the Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex manga?

Yu Kinutani: Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex was one of the most monumental works in the history of TV animation in Japan. Each episode was a conclusive story, but there were several plot lines throughout the series, which made the overall story very dense. Also the concept of “Stand Alone Complex” advocated by the director, Kenji Kamiya, created a fresh and deep philosophical theme throughout the series.

I made the manga hoping to supplement the worldview of the Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex anime and to see it from another perspective.

KC: How do you feel about Ghost in the Shell becoming a Hollywood movie? 

YK: I’s wonderful the near-future science-fiction created by the great Japanese comics artist Shirow Masamune is getting adapted into a Hollywood movie and that it’ll be watched all over the world. I am quite happy about that.

KC: Any comments to the fans of Ghost in the Shell overseas?

YK: The world of Ghost in the Shell can be enjoyed in so many ways, whether through the original graphic novel by Shirow Masamune, the animation adaptations, the comics based on the animation series, videogames, and the upcoming Hollywood movie. If you can enjoy my manga as a part of that world, I would be very honored. Thanks.KC: Thank you!

Kinutani also shared us some rare concept sketches from when he was working on Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex:

 

Right now, The Ghost in the Shell and Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex digital manga are on 50% off sale! Check out the deal below. (Ends 4/3) 


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Kodansha Comics Spring Cleaning Sale! Selected digital manga up to 50% off!

 

Achoo!

You know it's time for spring cleaning when allergies kick in. Here at Kodansha Comics, we're kicking up some dust in our digital library, putting selected digital manga series on sale up to 50% off across all of our e-book retail partners: BookWalkercomiXology, Google Play, iBooks, Kindle, Kobo, and nook. 

So what's on sale? Go rummage for yourself and find what appeals to you! But hurry—the Spring Cleaning Sale is one week only from April 18 to April 24. Happy hunting!

 

 

Digital-first manga up to 50% off thru 4/17; Domestic Girlfriend, GTO releasing 4/11

Update April 11: Kodansha Comics announced today it is continuing to expand its growing list of well-received digital-first manga titles with the series debuts of GTO Paradise Lost, Toru Fujisawa’s sequel to his beloved manga classic Great Teacher Onizuka, and Domestic Girlfriend (Japanese title Domestic na kanojo), Kei Sasuga’s love-triangle romancer that’s a top requested title by Western fans—and a bestseller in Japan. Volume 1s of both titles go on sale today April 11 on all of Kodansha’s digital retail channels.

 

Media: read our press release here.

Did you know? In the past few months Kodansha Comics has launched over a dozen new digital-first manga series in order to offer a more diverse and robust library of manga in English. If you haven't kept up with our announcements, here's a great way to get started and explore!

Now we're offering our full list of digital-first series on sale up to 45% off across all Kodansha Comics digital book channels: BookWalker, comiXology, Google Play, iBooks, Kindle, Kobo, and nook. Sale ends 4/17. 

Digital publishing provides us a way to publish official translations of titles from underrepresented genres or that lack a major anime adaptation—it's a way for us to explore, too. So we're definitely interested in what you like and don't like—let us know either way! 

Kodansha Comics Digital-First Manga Sale (April 4-17) 

Sports Manga
Ace of Diamond volume 1
All-Rounder Meguru volume 1
Giant Killing volume 1

Shojo/Slice of Life Manga
A Springtime with Ninjas volume 1, 2
Chihayafuru volume 1
Descending Stories volume 1
The Full-Time Wife Escapist volume 1
House of the Sun volumes 1 and 2
Peach Heaven volume 1
Tokyo Tarareba Girls volume 1
Wave, Listen to Me! volumes 1 and 2

Fantasy/Science-Fiction/Dark Fantasy Manga
Altair: A Record of Battles volume 1
BLAME! Academy and So On (stand alone volume)
Deathtopia volume 1
Hozuki’s Coolheadedness volume 1
Museum volume 1

Click on the cover for a Chapter 1 preview

                

There's more to come! We've got more digital-first manga announcements right around the corner. So stay tuned to kodanshacomics.com!

The net is vast: Ghost in the Shell digital manga sale on comiXology and Kindle thru April 3

Shirow Masamune's generation-defining cyberpunk manga masterpiece The Ghost in the Shellpresciently set in a networked world where the virtual and physical universes collide—is now finally a major motion picture, in theaters March 31!

To celebrate, we've got all The Ghost in the Shell manga digital editions on sale up to 50% off on comiXology and KindleThe sale includes the whole GITS canon:

The Ghost in the Shell — Shirow Masamune's masterwork
The Ghost in the Shell 2: Man-Machine Interface — Shirow's 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
The Ghost in the Shell digital bundle — one-button purchase gets you all 3 above volumes digitally, for a very reasonable price
Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex  — Yu Kinutani's 5-volume spinoff series

Digital editions of Volumes 1, 2, and 1.5 are the classic Studio Proteus translations by Frederik Schodt, Toren Smith, Tom Orzechowski, and Suzie Lee.

And for those of you with more refined tastes, be on the lookout for The Ghost in the Shell Deluxe Editions.  Each of these premium hardcover editions 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 editions are only available in these hardcover, print versions.

So whether you like your manga hardwired or virtual, it's the perfect time to interface with one of the true, all-time manga classics. The Ghost in the Shell is back for the 21st Century—more relevant than ever.

 

Also, check out the interview and concept sketches by Yu Kinutani, the creator behind Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex!

 

Ready for Season 2? Attack on Titan vols 1-8 digital bundle now on comiXology and BookWalker #12DaysofTitan

Ready for Attack on Titan's anime Season 2?!?

Volumes 1 through 8 of the Attack on Titan manga—which covers Season 1 of the anime—are now available as a deeply discounted digital bundle from our pals at comiXology and BookWalker—and on the one and only Attack on Titan manga app.

So get all caught up in one fell swoop and you'll be all prepared for Season 2—which is just about upon us!

#12DaysofTitan Also helping us gear up for the premiere of Season 2 we have something special going on at our social media channels at Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Tumblr!

Every day, up to the April 1 premiere, we’ll pick ONE random winner across our social media sites, so be sure to follow our #12DaysofTitan hashtag and answer the daily trivia question within the hour of its posting for a chance to win! Each day’s winner will receive a special prize. (Quick note on prizes: US and Canada shipping addresses only please!)

Digital-firsts debuting 3/21: Hozuki’s Coolheadedness, Altair, Museum, BLAME! Academy

More March digital debuts

After announcing Ace of the Diamond, All-Rounder Meguru, and Giant Killing at Emerald City Comic Con earlier this month, we've got more series making their Volume 1 digital-first debuts, keeping up our 2017 ramp-up of digital titles: Natsumi Eguchi's hellfire comedy Hozuki's CoolheadednessKotono Kato's alternate-history medieval war-drama Altair: A Record of BattlesRyosuke Tomoe's disturbing serial-killer thriller Museumand a surprising parody-sidestory set in the BLAME! universe from science-fiction manga master Tsutomu Nihei, BLAME! Academy and So On.

Volume 1s of all 3 titles will go on sale Tuesday March 21 on all of Kodansha’s digital retail channels. Click on cover links for free Chapter 1 previews.

 

 

The manga that inspired the hit anime series from Sentai Filmworks. In the afterlife, there exists Heaven and Hell. Hell consists of the Eight Greater Hells and the Eight Cold Hells, which are further divided into 272 subdivisions. Spearheading the seemingly endless, multifarious affairs in this gargantuan Hell is but one Fierce God, King Enma's first aide, Hozuki. Between this cool-headed sadist and his colorful band of peers, every day is a riot in Hell! And though this book might make Hell seem like a happening place, please try to behave during life!

 

 

 

 

 

For generations the Turkiye Devleti and the Balt-Rhein Empire have stood in stern opposition to each other. Then one night, when an imperial minister is found assassinated, the two nations are plunged into a potentially explosive situation. As the generals of Turkiye's council cry for war, Mahmut comes to discover the devious truth behind the assassination. Thus the young pasha's battle for his country, peace, and trust in his fellow man begins!

 

 

 

 

 

The serial killer is laughing in the rain. Punishment: Dog Food—. Punishment: Know your mother’s pain—. Punishment: one split evenly—. Punishment: Forever beautiful—. The Frog Man from Hell executes his "punishments" …

 

 

 

 

 

 

Welcome to BLAME! Academy and So On, the spinoff set in the same "City" as Tsutomu Nihei's science-fiction manga classic BLAME! BLAME! Academy and So On is also a parody/comedy about various characters in the main BLAME! storyline set in a traditional Japanese school environment. Various elements of the main BLAME! story are parodied, including the relationship between Killy and Cibo, and Dhomochevsky and Iko. Originally irregularly published in Afternoon in Japanese, here's the first official English-language release in either digital or print!

 

 

 

Volume 1s of Hozuki’s Coolheadedness, Altair: A Record of Battles, Museum, and BLAME! Academy and So On are available for preorder across all Kodansha Comics digital book channels: BookWalker, comiXology, Google Play, iBooks, Kindle, Kobo, and nook.

Media: read our press release here.