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 kodanshacomics.com!

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 kodanshacomics.com!

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!

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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 kodanshacomics.com!

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.

 

 

New Romance Manga: 3 digital debut titles

Kodansha Comics announced today a trio of new shojo manga series—including brand-new works by the creators of past hit series—to add to its growing list of digital-first manga releases.


May 16 will see the debuts of Aoba-kun’s Confessions, the latest from hit creator Ema Toyama (Missions of Love) about a loner girl and her strange job at a “listening house”.

Drowning Love: a turbulent tale of teen angst captured in George Asakura's (A Perfect Day for Love Letters) arresting visuals.

Our Precious Conversations: the latest rom-com about awkward communication from Robico (My Little Monster).  

Volume 1s of all three titles go on sale May 16 on all of Kodansha’s digital retail channels. For free previews of Chapter 1s, click on the above links. 

To celebrate the works of Ema Toyama and Robico, Kodansha Comics is also holding a week-long “Fresh Start with New Romance Manga” sale on all its digital book channels—BookWalker, comiXology, Google Play, iBooks, Kindle, Kobo, and nook—with all volumes of My Little Monster and Missions of Love on sale for 40% off. The sale ends May 22.

In addition, May 30 will see 2 more shojo manga titles debut, with an edgier flavor: the modern goth Kasane by Daruma Matsuura and the otaku-normal rom-com Real Girl by Mao Nanami!

Media: To download a PDF press kit, click here.

Attack on Titan volume 21 is now on sale

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!

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.

 

 

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.

Fairy Tail x Humble Bundle: Get $600+ of digital manga by paying what you want until July 5

Today we here at Kodansha Comics are proud to present the Humble Manga Bundle: Fairy Tail in partnership with our good pals at Humble Bundle. We are offering $600+ worth of digital manga, including the first freakin' 45 volumes of the hit shonen manga by Hiro Mashima and all the spin-off series from the world of Fairy Tail!

Name your price. Together, the books in this bundle usually cost as much as $630. 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—among Kodansha Comics and two preselected charities or if you'd like, a 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, July 5, 10:59 A.M. PACIFIC TIME.

Media: click here for the official press release

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

Pay $1 or more
Unlock Fairy Tail volumes 1-5 + a discount code for 1-month subscription to FUNimation 

Pay $8 or more
Unlock Fairy Tail volumes 6-25  a
nd the spin-off series
Fairy Tail Ice Trail volume 1
Fairy Tail Zero
Fairy Tail Blue Mistral volume 1
Fairy Girls volumes 1-2

Pay $15 or more 
Unlock Fairy Tail volumes 26-45 and the spin-off series
Fairy Tail Rhodonite
Fairy Tail Ice Trail volume 2
Fairy Tail Twin Dragons of Sabertooth volume 1
Fairy Tail Blue Mistral volumes 2-3
Fairy Girls volumes 3-4

Pay $17 or more 
Unlock all of above + Humble Bundle exclusive contents:
Exclusive Artbook: Fairy Tail: Swimsuit Issue
Special one-shot manga: Fairy Tail: The Fairies’ Booby Prizes

About Hiro Mashima
Born in 1977 and debuted as a manga-ka (manga artist) in 1998. His first long-running series, Rave Master, ran in Weekly Shonen Magazine from 1999 to 2005. He serialized his current series, Fairy Tail, in the same magazine since 2006. When Fairy Tail was adapted as an anime series in 2009, it became a global hit. Other renowned works includes Monster Hunter OrageMonster Soul, and Mashima-en.

List of Awards
2009 Fairy Tail: Kodansha Manga Award/Shonen Genre (Japan)
2009 Fairy Tail: Japan Expo Best Manga Award/Shonen Genre (France)
2011 Fairy Tail: ANIMELAND Best Anime Award (France)
2011 Fairy Tail: ANIMELAND Best Dubbed Anime Award (France)
2011 Fairy Tail: Frankfurt Book Fair/International Comics Award (Germany)
2012 Fairy Tail: Salon del Manga Best Series Award (Spain)
2012 Fairy Tail: Salon del Manga Best Creator Award (Spain)
2012 Fairy Tail: Salon del Manga Best Guest of Honor Award (Spain

Check out this exclusive interview with Hiro Mashima (creator of Fairy Tail)

 

Support the artist! Watch this video of Hiro Mashima drawing characters from Fairy Tail on
Kodansha Comics' YouTube Channel


Thanks for supporting Humble Manga Bundle: Fairy Tail!

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 kodanshacomics.com for more details of what we've got coming for Anime Expo 2017 —

 

Battle Angel Alita is back at last—now on comiXology Originals

She's back! The iconic science-fiction manga Battle Angel Alita is back at last in an all-new translation from Kodansha Comics and comiXology Originals.

Long after being out of print, Yukito Kishiro’s iconic and popular manga series is available starting May 24 for the first time in nearly a decade, with a stunning new translation of the first three volumes available exclusively as a digital release from Kodansha Comics via comiXology Originals.

Kishiro’s post-apocalyptic science-fiction story about an amnesiac cyborg named Alita has thrilled international audiences since it was originally published in 1990. James Cameron is currently producing a live-action adaptation of the acclaimed title.

“Thank you for waiting,” wrote Battle Angel Alita’s legendary creator, Yukito Kishiro. “With the new translation, Battle Angel Alita is updated to be as authentic as it is in the original Japanese edition. Please enjoy!”

Read all of Chapter 1 right here:

The digital exclusive release of Battle Angel Alita volumes 1-3 is available for free with a comiXology Unlimited membership, or for $10.99 per volume on comiXology or Kindle. Each volume is available in comiXology’s Guided View, allowing fans to cinematically read from panel-to-panel at their own pace. The entire series will be released as part of the comiXology Originals program this year, with Volumes 4-6 debuting in August and the concluding volumes 6-9 appearing in October.

Although the new translations of Battle Angel Alita are only available as digital editions for now, readers looking for print editions of the new versions can look forward to Kodansha Comics releasing premium hardcover Deluxe Editions starting November 2017.

About Yukito Kishiro

Regarded as one of the finest action illustrators in global comics, Yukito Kishiro is best known for creating the cyberpunk manga Battle Angel Alita. When he was only 17, Kishiro was nominated for Japanese publisher Shogakukan’s Best New Comic award. Creator of other popular manga titles, Kishiro is known for his strong characters, original settings, and intricate, lifelike artwork.

Media: Download a PDF version of the official press release here.

ERRATA: Attack on Titan Choose Your Path Adventure

ERRATA pages 188-189: The editorial staff of Kodansha Comics regrets the following errors that appeared in the first printing of Attack on Titan Choose Your Path Adventure: Year 850: Last Stand at Wall Rosewhich contains the following errors on page 188, introduced during the book's editorial process:

• Section 233 was omitted.
• Section 234 contained the text that should have been numbered 233.
• The correct text for section 234 was omitted.

The following is the corrected text for pages 188 and 189, which will also appear in future printings of this book.

For a PDF of the corrected page layout of pages 188-189 click on this link.

● 233
You’ve survived the battle in the hellish streets of Trost District, and now you withdraw.

You and several of the other trainees fall back to the rear, to safety.

At last you’re in a safe place, full of Garrison soldiers. You…

Are with Eren (Go to 194)
Are not with Eren (Go to 110)

● 234
Let’s go get him, you say to them.

If he was swallowed whole by the Titan, it might still be possible to rescue him. And with Mikasa’s skill…

Armin’s eyes widen at your words. You start to ask him what kind of Titan it was, what exactly happened, but Mikasa taps you on the shoulder.

“Forget it. If it were possible to save him, Armin would have done it.”

(Increase your Affinity with Mikasa and your Affinity with Armin by 1 each, then go to 117.)

● 235
You shout. Whether Mikasa hears you or not, you can’t tell.

But she rises and takes a blade in her hand. You doubt she can best the Titan, but she isn’t going to give up, either. She’s a strong woman.

Even as you admire her, a Titan the size of a four-story building is coming relentlessly closer.

She sees it and takes her stance… (Go to 174)

● 236
Outside, you see numerous Titan corpses.

This is what happens when Titans fight each other. Even on a battlefield full of the enemy, this is the first time you’ve seen so many fallen Titans in one place…

Did that Titan take out all these others single-handedly?

At the moment, the Titan has lost both its arms, but it sinks its teeth into two other Titans, kicks them, refuses to stop fighting. It seems to have regenerative abilities like other Titans, but it looks like its powers just can’t keep up…

“If we could understand what that Titan is…” somebody murmurs.

You agree…but it doesn’t look like you’ll have the chance.

The mysterious Titan topples the last of the nearby enemies, then sinks to its knees, exhausted. (Go to 282)

● 237

You ask around the guard unit in hopes of getting news about other members of the 104th Training Corps.

You learn that many of your classmates are dead, or missing in action.

(If you did not already know about the fate of Squad 34, mark Eren Yeager and Squad 34 dead.)

You think of Eren and his companions, so full of spirit.

Mikasa was so close to him. What will she think when she finds out? (Go to 252)