Anime Expo 2017 Kodansha Comics announcements

It was a big year for Kodansha Comics at Anime Expo! We had a new & improved booth with lots of unique activities, goods, and giveaways, hosted a few major events, and made big announcements about our most popular properties (Sailor Moon and Fairy Tail to name two—see below)!

Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card anime World Premiere (July 1)

For the first time, Kodansha Comics hosted a world-premiere event at Anime Expo. Over 3,000 Sakura fans attended the screening of Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card Prologue: Sakura and the Two Bears!

Everybody who attended the screening received an exclusive gift card for the first volume of the Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card manga—on sale now as a digital-only edition at all of our digital retail partners! 

Kodansha Comics Panel (July 3)

We also made several big announcements at our industry panel, with a special guest appearance by Yumi Sukemune, the Japanese editor of Princess Jellyfish, who shared some behind-the-scenes episodes of the making of this groundbreaking series! 

Sailor Moon Eternal Edition details revealed! The new premium paperback edtion features all-new cover illustrations by creator Naoko Takeuchi! Volume 1 releases January 2018—available for preorder now! Details:

• new, revised translation and all-new lettering
• premium white paper, French flaps—Sailor Moon has never looked better!
• 7”x10” trime size, making this the BIGGEST Sailor Moon edition ever!
• beautiful metallic ink and holographic effect on cover

• at 290 pages per volume, this new edition will reach 10 volumes total

Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card Following the digital debut of Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card, Kodansha Comics confirmed licensing of the print edition, scheduled for later this year. Seventeen years after the original Cardcaptor Sakura manga ended, CLAMP returns with more magical clow card adventures! Volume 1 releases November 2017—available for preorder now!

Battle Angel Alita: Mars Chronicle Yukito Kishiro finally reveals Alita’s early years on Mars in this finely detailed prequel. Print and digital release February 2018.

Battle Angel Alita Deluxe Edition After more than a decade out of print, the original cyberpunk action classic returns in these glorious 400-page hardcover deluxe editions, featuring an all-new translation, color pages, and new cover designs. Just in time for the major Hollywood film adaptation from Robert Rodriguez! Volume 1 of the deluxe print editions releases November 21.

More digital-first titles revealed—available on all digital retail channels July 18!

Kounodori: Dr. StorkA smash-hit in Japan, this drama looks at the lives of the men and women who work to deliver one million new lives into the world each year in Japan. 

Hotaru's Way (aka Hotaru no Hikari) "I'd rather nap at home than fall in love."  27-year-old Hotaru is a career woman and a himono, who unexpectedly finds herself involved with a younger man—who happens to be her boss! How will this josei romance play out!?

Love's Reach (aka Kinkyori RenaiYuni likes the way her new substitute English teacher looks—but he's kind of a jerk. Then she starts getting afterschool lessons from him!

Hiro Mashima is coming to New York Comic Con 2017!!!

Just announced: as we approach the conclusion of Fairy Tail, creator Hiro Mashima will attend New York Comic Con this October as Guest of Honor!

To help get you caught up on this long-running series in time for Mashima's epoch-marking Stateside appearance and Fairy Tail's final conclusion, here's a great deal: we're offering Fairy Tail volumes 1-45 and the spinoff series on Humble Bundle. It's more than $600 worth of manga but you pay what you want!

Hurry, though. There's only 2 days left. Sale ends July 5, 11 a.m. Pacific Time.

Anime Expo 2017: Kodansha Comics exclusives, events

We're really excited to be at Anime Expo this year. We've got more exclusives, freebies, announcements, and things going on than we ever have. (And we're holding an Anime Expo-related digital sale too!)

Come see us at Booth #1006 in downtown Los Angeles's Convention Center July 1-4, and one of us will give you the AX lowdown! But if you want a quick preview and/or you can't be there but are dyin' to know what's happening anyway … psst, here's a lil' cheatsheet:

Where: Kodansha Comics/Vertical Booth #1006

Mini-shikishi Gift with Purchase
1 of 2 different shikishi with every purchase, while supplies last

Monogatari mini 5-poster set

Enamel Pin limited-edition sets: Attack on Titan, Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card, Chi's Sweet Home

Manga-art T-shirt: Attack on Titan, The Ghost in the Shell

Pre-street books from Kodansha Comics
Aho-Girl, volume 1
Waiting for Spring, volume 1
Welcome to Ballroom, volume 6
Descending Stories: Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinju, volume 2
Queen Emeralda, volume 2
Interview with Monster Girls, volume 5
Fairy Tail, volume 61
The Seven Deadly Sins, volume 21
Princess Jellyfish, volume 5
Tsubasa Omnibus, volume 5

Pre-street books from Vertical Comics
Gundam Wing, Volume 1
She and Her Cat

Where: Kodasha Comics/Vertical Booth #1006

Daily button giveaways
Saturday: Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card
Sunday: Welcome to the Ballroom
Monday: Sailor Moon
Tuesday: Attack on Titan

Manga Samplers

8×11 artcards

comiXology free download-code cards

Where: Kodasha Comics/Vertical Booth #1006

 The Attack on Titan Quest #AoTQuest
Starting prize: exclusive Attack on Titan bag

Finishing prize: exclusive Attack on Titan Quest medal
Join the Training Corps inside AX, kill Titans with your phone in Little Tokyo!
Sailor Moon Fan Club Membership Drive
Free gift for every Fan Club member (those who already renewed and those who sign up at the booth)
Display of special 2017 membership items

The Attack on Titan Manga to Anime Gallery
Gengas from the Season 2 anime
See how manga pages got turned into indelible images from the Season 2 anime

The Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card CLAMP Illustration Gallery
Color illustration reproductions from volume 1
Manga manuscripts from volume 1


Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card anime world-premiere screening
Saturday July 1 at 4 pm
Room: Main Events (Hall B)

The world-premiere showing of the OVA anime, followed by Q&A with producer Chiyo Kawazoe. Special prizes from Japan and free download-cards for advance digital editions of the Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card manga. 

Kodansha Comics Industry Panel with special guest Princess Jellyfish Editor Yuki Sukemune
Monday July 3 at 10 am
Room: Live Programming 5 

Joined by special guest Yumi Sukemune, editor of Princess Jellyfish, Kodansha Comics presents a peek behind the scenes of manga production in Japan and the United States. Also: new licenses for 2018, some very special announcements, a discussion with oureditorial team, and, as always, lots of exclusive giveaways!

…and check out these related events from our partners:

The Attack on Titan Food Truck brought to you by Funimation! 
Right across S. Figueroa Street at 601 W. Pico Blvd

·         Experience the once-in-a-lifetime Attack on Titan Food Truck from 10 am to 8 pm every day during Anime Expo! Funimation is partnering with Mad Dumplings, a food truck that has been taking the SoCal streets with a delicious, creative spin on dumplings, and offering an Attack on Titan-branded menu! Funimation is giving away a limited number of vouchers for the food truck at 10 am at the Funimation Booth #1800 each day, so don't miss out on your chance to get some free food!


 Funimation Presents: Attack on Titan Season 2 VA Panel
Saturday July 1 at 2:30 pm
Room: JW Marriott LP 

Welcome to the Ballroom screening — a Pony Canyon event
Sunday July 2 at 10 am
Room: Main Events (Hall B)

Sailor Moon Day panel — a VIZ Media event
Monday July 3 at 11 am
Room:  LP1/ Petree Hall


Attack on Titan Quest: Dedicate Your Heart

Kodansha Comics and Funimation are proud to present Attack on Titan Quest: Dedicate Your Heart #AoTQuest, a uniquely structured 2-part interactive quest set in downtown Los Angeles, based on the hit manga and anime series Attack on Titan during the week of Anime Expo 2017.

OUTSIDE THE WALL can be played by anyone with a mobile device who happens to be in Los Angeles's Little Tokyo neighborhood. OUTSIDE THE WALL starts today June 27.

INSIDE THE WALL takes place for Anime Expo attendees July 1-4 inside the Los Angeles Convention Center in downtown Los Angeles.

Both "outside" and "inside" are completely free to play. And all Quest players, whether “outside the wall” or “inside the wall,” will receive via email a unique download code to redeem a free digital edition of the latest volume of Attack on Titan (volume 21) from comiXology.

Attack on Titan Quest: OUTSIDE THE WALL June 27-July 4

Join the Survey Corps and defeat the Titans in Little Tokyo! Captain Levi awaits you for training to survive outside the wall. 


You don’t have to attend Anime Expo to play. Just bring your mobile device to Little Tokyo in Los Angeles. The Kinokuniya bookstore might be a good starting point! 

To join Attack on Titan Quest: OUTSIDE THE WALL,

visit to register.


Attack on Titan Quest: INSIDE THE WALL July 1-4

New cadets wanted: the Training Corps are now recruiting cadets to play an SMS-based* scavenger-hunt mission inside of Anime Expo! Your favorite characters from Attack on Titan may help you along the way!

New cadets must claim their exclusive gear:
• Start the quest and receive an exclusive Attack on Titan Quest bag** 
• Complete the quest and receive an exclusive Attack on Titan Quest honorary medal!*** 

To join Attack on Titan Quest: INSIDE THE WALL, visit the Kodansha Comics booth (#1006) at Anime ExpoParticipants can expect special messages from their favorite Attack on Titan characters!

*standard SMS rates apply
**while supplies last
***while supplies last

Check out the Attack on Titan Food Truck brought to you by Funimation! 

Right across S. Figueroa Street at 601 W. Pico Blvd

         Experience the once-in-a-lifetime Attack on Titan Food Truck from 10 am to 8 pm every day during Anime Expo! Funimation is partnering with Mad Dumplings, a food truck that has been taking the SoCal streets with a delicious, creative spin on dumplings, and offering an Attack on Titan branded menu! Funimation is giving away a limited number of vouchers for the food truck at 10 am at the Funimation Booth #1800 each day, so don't miss out on your chance to get some free food!

MEDIA: To download the official press release, click here

Attack on Titan universe digital sale!

This week only Attack on Titan and all of its spinoff series are on sale as part of our Attack on Titan Universe Sale—taking place on all digital retail storefronts: BookWalkercomiXology, Crunchyroll, Google Play, iBooks, Kindle, Kobo, and nookEach volume from the main series is only $4.99, and the spin-off series are up to 50% off. Sale runs through June 19th. 

Some facts about Attack on Titan

Been watching the new season of the Attack on Titan anime? As the plot intensifies and leaves you—and the characters—panting after each cliffhanger, you're probably asking the same question as everybody else: what happens next? The fear of not knowing can be as great as the threat itself—but it's about to be over: because today we're sharing with you some vital facts about Attack on Titan.

Fact: There's more story beyond the anime! To give you the scoop, there are 21 volumes of the Attack on Titan manga currently available. To tell you the least without any spoilers, they're all filled with secrets not yet revealed in the anime. The latest anime episode (Episode #36 as of June 10) covers the story from manga volume 12. That means there are 9 more volumes worth of story waiting for you in the ongoing manga series by Hajime Isayama. But the story doesn't end there. 

Fact: It's on simulpub! On the 8th of every month, the newest chapter of Attack on Titan becomes available on the same day as Japan on comiXology and Kindle. The newest chapter #94 was just released on June 8. Which means there are 8 chapters (chapter 87 through 94) beyond the latest volume 21. All the chapters are on sale for only $0.99 during the Attack on Titan Universe Sale, so you can catch up to it.

Fact: There's more to the Attack on Titan universe! You may be thinking "But I've read all the manga." But have you really? Because there are 6 spinoff series of Attack on Titan. Some go into the history of the AoT world, some go into the lives of your favorite characters. Might as well try 'em out while they're 50% off!

List of Attack on Titan spinoffs
Attack on Titan: Before the Fall
Attack on Titan: No Regrets
Attack on Titan: Lost Girls
Attack on Titan Anthology
Spoof on Titan
Attack on Titan: Junior High

Fact: There's a footnote!  If you've read this far, it's hard to imagine you don't know anything about Attack on Titan. But sometimes a refresher is needed—and sometimes a crash course. Attack on Titan Guidebook: INSIDE & OUTSIDE is an easy way to cut to the chase. It goes over what has happened so far in the Attack on Titan manga and anime. It's not a bad reference to add to your digital library!

Hope these facts about Attack on Titan helped you out a bit. 
For more news, updates, and deals on Attack on Titan, stay tuned to!

Creator Spotlight Sale: Tsutomu Nihei thru 6/12

Did you know Killy, the protagonist in Nihei's breakout science-fiction manga series BLAME!, makes a cameo appearance in his later masterwork, Knights of Sidonia? Or that APOSIMZ, Nihei's latest series (simulpubbing on comiXology and Kindle), is briefly mentioned as a name of a spaceship in Knights of Sidonia? Well, here's a good chance to dig deeper into the weirdly connected universe of this generation's representative science-fiction manga artist.

And if you're new to worlds of Nihei—maybe having recently encountered the BLAME! or Knights of Sidonia anime on Netflix—here's a great way to get in.

This week only, we're showcasing all the works of Tsutomu Nihei, with every digital volume up to 50% off at all our digital retail partners: BookWalker, comiXology, Crunchyroll, Google Play, iBooks, Kindle, Kobo, and nook. Sale runs through June 12. 

Works of Tsutomu Nihei digital sale — all volumes and chapters up to 50% off through June 12

Knights of Sidonia volumes 1-15
NOiSE — short-story collection set in the universe of BLAME!
BLAME! volumes 1-3
BLAME! Academy and So On —a standalone volume spinoff of BLAME!
APOSIMZ chapters 1-5 — Nihei's latest work currently simulpubbing on comiXology and Kindle

The stories behind the Netflix anime. The Knights of Sidonia manga, with print editions available from Vertical Comics, was adapted into a groundbreaking full-CG anime by Polygon Pictures, which became  one of the first Netflix Original anime series. And little did we know that this would lead to the return of Nihei's classic BLAME! as a 100+ minute theatrical feature, which debuted May 20 on Netflix. Here's the trailer:


Watch this video of Tsutomu Nihei talking about BLAME! and Knights of Sidonia becoming CG anime:

Watch this interview shot during Tsutomu Nihei's rare appearance at San Diego Comic Con 2016, previously only seen as exclusive content from last year's Tsutomu Nihei Humble Bundle offering:


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


Also, Creator Spotlight Sale for Akiko Higashimura is happening this week (6/6-6/12)!

For more deals, stay tuned on!

Creator Spotlight Sale: Akiko Higashimura thru 6/12

To celebrate the nomination of Princess Jellyfish for the prestigious Eisner Award we're holding a sale on all digital editions by Princess Jellyfish's brilliant creator, Akiko Higashimura

Starting today all volumes of Princess Jellyfish and her hilarious followup Tokyo Tarareba Girls are on sale up to 50% off at all our digital retail partners: BookWalker, comiXology, Crunchyroll, Google Play, iBooks, Kindle, Kobo, and nook. Sale runs through June 12. 

That's not all! Voracious readers of Higashimura-sensei's rollicking tale of fangirls taking on Tokyo can now get synchronized with her readers in Japan—at a nice price. Starting today we're also releasing and discounting 50% off every chapter of Princess Jellyfish published so far in preparation for the simulpub publication of Chapter 81 going on sale June 24—the same day the chapter appears in Japan. New simulpub chapters will appear monthly thereafter—find 'em on comiXology and Kindle. 

Click on the covers for free Chapter 1 previews and purchase info:

Hey, are you a comics industry pro? Please go vote for Princess Jellyfish on the Eisner Award voting siteIt's been nominated for Best U.S. Edition of International Material—Asia. The voting deadline is June 16. We and Higashimura-sensei thank you!

Photo credit: © Weekly Bunshun

Read our exclusive interview with Akiko Higashimura, which ran on this site last year.

About Akiko Higashimura
Born in Kushima, Miyagi Prefecture, she made her debut as a mangaka with Fruits Koumori from Shueisha. In 2001, she started her first series,Kisekai Yuka-chan in Cookie (shojo manga anthology magazine published from Shueisha.) Her most famous work includes Mama wa Temparist,Himawari: Kenichi Legend, and Kakukaku Shikajika. In 2015, Kakukaku Shikajika won the 8th Annual Manga Award and also 19th Annual Japan Cultural Affair Media Art Festival Manga Award. Higashimura is known for working simultaneously on multiple manga series including Yukibana no Tora (published from Shogakukan), Princess Jellyfish, and Tokyo Tarareba-Musume (both published from Kodansha.)


Also, Creator Spotlight Sale for Tsutomu Nihei is happening this week (6/6-6/12)!

For more deals, stay tuned on!

Kodansha Comics presents Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card anime world premiere at Anime Expo 2017

At Anime Expo 2017 this July 1 in Los Angeles, Kodansha Comics will present the world premiere of the Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card Prologue OVA, based on the newest work from manga supergroup CLAMP! Plus there will be a Q&A with the anime's producer Chiyo Kawazoe and special giveaways, exclusive to the screening.

Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card Prologue: Sakura and the Two Bears

After the conflict with Eriol at the Tokyo Tower, Sakura attained the final Clow Cards: The Dark and The Light. Since then, everything’s gone back to normal––but only briefly. 

While Eriol has decided to move back to England, Syaoran suddenly confesses his true feeling for Sakura and tells her he is moving back to Hong Kong. What will Sakura do? Although she’s unsure of her own feelings, her best friend Tomoyo tells Sakura that the true answer already lies within her. That is when Sakura decides to make something for her dear friend. 

World Premire Anime Expo 2017

Be the first people on Earth to witness this prologue episode of the next generation of the Cardcaptor Sakura anime—coming soon as an OVA from Madhouse, the same studio who created the original TV series! The OVA doesn't make its debut until September 2017—but we are bringing this first glimpse of the anime to Anime Expo!

Be seated early to get exclusive giveaways and a chance to win special prizes! 

o    Date: Saturday, July 1

o    Time: 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

o    Room: Main Events (Hall B)


— Stay tuned to for more details of what we've got coming for Anime Expo 2017 —


New debuts Kasane, Real Girl + digital-first sale

"Every rose has its thorn," right? It's so true, and with that in mind, we celebrate manga this week that walk that fine line between beauty and danger, including our 2 newest digital debuts, the goth-thriller Kasane by Daruma Matsuura and the off-kilter romantic comedy Real Girl by Mao Nanami. 

Volume 1s of both titles go on sale today May 30 at up to 50% regular price on all of Kodansha’s digital retail channels—our incentive to you to try something new!

We're also offering every volume of 14 other digital-first series at the same discount. See the entire carefully curated list below! Sale starts now at all our digital retail channels: BookWalker, comiXology, Crunchyroll, Google Play, iBooks, Kindle, Kobo, and nook. Sale ends June 5. 

Kodansha Comics "Every Rose Has Its Thorn" Digital-First Manga Sale (May 30-June 5)—every volume up to 50% off 
Click on the covers for Chapter 1 previews, descriptions and purchase links


Kodansha Comics has recently launched around two dozen new digital-first and digitally re-released manga series, offering 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 caught up. And there's more to come! We've got more digital-first manga announcements right around the corner. So stay tuned.



Learn about jobs by reading manga—18 digital series up to 50% off thru July 24

'Tis the season for summer internships, but did you know one of the best ways of exploring new career opportunities is by … reading manga?!

Well, we had no idea either, until we took a closer look at our vast library of digital manga releases and noticed … Hey, there's a lot of weird and interesting jobs out there. So we came up with this week's Career Opportunities digital manga sale—with all volumes of featured series up to 50% off at all of our digital retail partners: BookWalker, comiXology, Crunchyroll, Google Play, iBooks, Kindle, Kobo, and nook. Sale ends July 24 at 11 p.m. Eastern Time, or for select stores, in local time.

That's 80+ volumes from 18 different manga series on sale, including Volume 1s of this week's series debuts, Hotaru's Way, Kounodori: Dr. Stork, and Love’s Reach (all 3 series about interesting employment angles, natch!).

Obstetrician? Sommelier? Professional spouse? MMA fighter? Astronaut? Save some money, get entertained, get educated—an exciting new career could be waiting for you!

— Kodansha Comics "Career Opportunities" digital sale through July 24 —
Free Chapter 1 previews at the links

All-Rounder Meguru
Cells at Work!
Complex Age
Descending Stories
Drops of God
Fire Force
The Full-Time Wife Escapist
Hotaru’s Way
Hozuki’s Coolheadedness
Kounodori: Dr. Stork
Love’s Reach
Sayonara Zetsubou-Sensei
Space Brothers
Wave, Listen to Me!
Tokyo Tarareba Girls

Summer 2017 Manga to Anime Guide #KCAnimeClub

Summer 2017 Anime Guide

Whether you’re on vacation or looking to escape for an episode or two, this summer is full of great anime based on Kodansha Comics manga. Whether you’re in the mood for romance, dancing, or side-splitting comedy, we’ve got you covered!

We’re also inviting you to watch anime with us! This season’s Kodansha Comics Anime Club title is Aho-Girl. All you have to do is unpeel a banana, jump on Twitter every Tuesday at 4 p.m. Eastern Time and follow our livetweet or share your own reactions to the episode using #KCAnimeClub!

And here's a great chance to check out the manga of any this season's anime: our Manga-to-Anime digital sale is going on now (hurry though! ends July 17)!



MANGA Volume 1 available now
ANIME new episode on Crunchyroll every Tuesday

Yoshiko is a hopelessly clueless high school girl. She gets zeroes on every test, and her only ambitions are to have as much fun and eat as many bananas as possible! To keep her in line and out of trouble, her dour childhood friend A-kun must look after her at all times. Aho-Girl is bound to satisfy anyone with a craving for silly, absurd, and subversive comedies in the tradition of Nichijou.








Love and Lies

MANGA Volume 1 coming in August! Pre-order now!
ANIME new episode on Anime Strike every Monday 

Yukari lives in a society where love is forbidden. When you turn 16, the government will assign your marriage partner. Yukari is an average student who doesn’t even stand out enough to be bullied. He’s in love with Misaki, the most popular girl in school. There’s just one problem: He’s 15, one year away from receiving his government-assigned marriage partner. He normally wouldn’t have the courage to defy the law, but his sickly classmate Ririna still believes in love, and won’t stop goading him into confessing his feelings!








Welcome to the Ballroom

MANGA Volumes 1-6 available now
ANIME new episode on Anime Strike every Friday

Aimless high school student Tatara Fujita longs for a place to excel and belong, but his life feels painfully average. The local bullies know this and make it a habit to hit him up for cash, but all that changes when the debonair Kaname Sengoku sends them packing. Sengoku’s not the neighborhood watch, though. He’s a professional ballroom dancer. And once Tatara gets pulled into the world of the ballroom, his life will never be the same. You don’t want to miss the dynamic action of Welcome the Ballroom on screen!








Altair: A Record of Battles

MANGA Volume 1 available now
ANIME new episode on Anime Strike every Friday

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!








Tsuredure Children

MANGA Volume 1 available now!
ANIME new episode on Crunchyroll every Tuesday

To those of you out there who never could say "I love you" … This story is about ordinary highschoolers and how love makes them fired up, shaken, laugh, cry, and hurt. Whether things go well or not, this story of adolescence and romance will show you how they spend their precious youth. Every character is the main character here, and you're sure to find one you can sympathize with. 










Announcing the #MyClockworkPlanet contest winners!

A big congratulations to the #MyClockworkPlanet contest winners!
Kodansha Comics is happy to announce the winners of our #MyClockworkPlanet Contest, held in conjunction with Yen Press! The Japanese editorial team of Clockwork Planet selected the following submissions based upon how well they felt it expressed the world of Clockwork Planet.
Kodansha Comics Choice Award: Angel’s Gravity Ring submitted by Twitter user @_anothernote_ (Prize: Volumes 1-3 of Clockwork Planet)

Runner-Up: A Phone That Runs on Gears submitted by Twitter user @sinon357 (Prize: Volumes 1-3 of Clockwork Planet and Volumes 1-5 of the No Game No Life light novel published by Yen Press)


Grand Prize Winner: The Unwithering Flower (Prize: Volumes 1-3 of Clockwork Planet, Volumes1-5 of the No Game No Life light novel published by Yen Press, and an exclusive, personalized shikishi drawn by Clockwork Planet manga artist KURO)

The following shikishi was drawn exclusively for the Grand Prize winner by Clockwork Planet manga artist KURO—congratulations!


We would once again like to congratulate all the winners, and thank you to everyone who submitted to our #MyClockworkPlanet Contest.


San Diego Comic-Con 2017: Kodansha Comics exclusives, freebies, events

Hey, what's that out by the water? It's San Diego Comic-Con! Come see us at the Kodansha Comics / Vertical Booth #1631 in the San Diego Convention Center July 19-23. 



Mondo X Kodansha Comics Attack on Titan limited-edition posters
Just announced! Mondo unveiled their series of SDCC-exclusive posters today and one of 'em is this horrifying Attack on Titan 18" x 36" screen-print poster by Matt Taylor! The variant version (former depicted) goes on sale at the Mondo SDCC booth (#835) and the regular version (latter) releases online at during the con. Very limited—variant version limited to  an edition of 150, regular version limited to 225.


Kodansha Comics Attack on Titan T-shirts and enamel pins 
Come get 'em at the Kodansha Comics booth (#1631), available nowhere else!

Akira 35th Anniversary Box Set pre-order
Yes, we will be taking preorders at the Kodansha Comics booth (#1631) for the hotly anticipated Akira 35th Anniversary Box Set (to be fulfilled by the good guys at RightStuf). That ain't all: everyone who preorders at SDCC will be getting this killer con-exclusive Akira enamel pin set* (above)!
*Limited to 500

More exclusives: available at Kodansha Comics / Vertical Booth (#1631)
The Ghost in the Shell T-shirts featuring illustration by Shirow Masamune
Chi's Sweet Home enamel pins from Vertical 
Monogatari mini 5-poster set from Vertical

These books will be on sale at our booth (#1631) before they hit stores!

Attack on Titan volume 22 (streets August 1)
She and Her Cat (streets August 1) 

Love and Lies volume 1 (streets August 22)
Devils' Line volume 8 (streets August 15) 

That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime volume 1 (streets August 22) 
Queen Emeraldas volume 2 (streets July 25) 


Mini-shikishi Gift with Purchase
1 of 2 different shikishi with every purchase, while supplies last.

Princess Jellyfish FTW!
Akiko Higashimura's Princess Jellyfish is up for an Eisner Award!  Support Princess Jellyfish by repping this cool tote bag, available for 5 bucks or as a gift with purchase of any Princess Jellyfish manga at our booth.


And speaking of Princess Jellyfish, the estimable Yumi Sukemune, Japanese editor of the series, will joining us on the Kodansha Comics Panel to share an in-depth look into the creative process between manga artist and editor.

Kodansha Comics Panel
Saturday, July 22 
Room 8

 The Attack on Titan Quest #AoTQuest 
And back by popular demand, this time the Attack on Titan Quest takes place in the exhibitor hall of San Diego Comic-Con. Visit Kodansha Comics Booth #1631 to join the quest. 

Starting prize: exclusive Attack on Titan bag
Finishing prize: exclusive Attack on Titan Quest medal

Akira 35th Anniversary Box Set convention exclusive: preorder instructions  

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Step 5 Proceed to checkout. Enter your shipping information, submit your order, then wait for this glorious 35th anniversary box set to arrive!

Please direct all questions and customer support requests to Right Stuf at or (800) 338-6827.


Summer anime season sale—digital manga volumes over 45% off

The summer anime season is here: find out where to watch the anime of your favorite Kodansha Comics below and catch up on those series—or jump ahead—by reading the manga that inspired 'em all! With this week's Manga-to-Anime Sale putting some digital manga volumes at more than 50% off, you can't go wrong.

Look for the manga of these recently anime-ated series at all of our digital retail partners—BookWalker, comiXology, Crunchyroll, Google Play, iBooks, Kindle, Kobo, and nook. Sale ends July 17th!

Summer Season Manga-to-Anime Sale
— Read free full Chapter 1s at the links —

Altair: A Record of Battles — watch the anime on Anime Strike
Tsuredure Children — watch the anime on Crunchyroll
Welcome to the Ballroom — watch the anime on Anime Strike

also watch for these manga debuts coming in July-August: preorders available now!
Aho-Girl — watch the anime on Crunchyroll
Love and Lies — watch the anime on Anime Strike

Anime Expo digital blowout sale—30+ series up to 50% off thru July 4

Can't make it to Anime Expo in Los Angeles this weekend? None of the booths selling that out-of-stock volume? 

To help fill the gap this week, we're running our Anime Expo 2017 Digital Blowout Sale June 27-July 4, in conjunction with Kodansha Comics's biggest Anime Expo ever: we've got more exclusives, freebies, announcements, and things going on than we ever have. 

You'll save money too. Over 30 digital manga series are up to 50% off at all of our digital retail partners: BookWalker, comiXology, Crunchyroll, Google Play, iBooks, Kindle, Kobo, and nook. Sale ends July 4 at 11 p.m. Eastern Time, or for select stores, in local time.

So binge-read away and you'll get at least a glimmer of what's going down at AX—these 30+ series (below) will be featured, on sale, or otherwise promoted at the Kodansha Comics booth (#1006)—and save yourself some serious bucks in the process!

Attack on Titan 
Attack on Titan Anthology 
Attack on Titan: Lost Girls 
Attack on Titan: Before the Fall 
Attack on Titan: Junior High
Attack on Titan: No Regrets  
Cells at Work!
Chi's Sweet Home 
Clockwork Planet 
Descending Stories 
Devils' Line 
Fairy Tail 
Fairy Tail: Rhodonite 
Fire Force 
Flying Witch
FukuFuku Kitten Tales 
The Ghost in the Shell 

Interview with Monster Girls 
Junji Ito's Cat Diary: Yon & Mu
Knights of Sidonia 
Nekogahara; Stray Cat Samurai 
Neo-Parasyte f 
Noragami: Stray God 
Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth Side: P3
Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth Side: P4
Princess Jellyfish 
Queen Emeraldas
The Seven Deadly Sins
A Silent Voice 

Spoof on Titan 
Sweetness and Lightning 
That Wolf Boy Is Mine! 
Welcome to the Ballroom