Welcome to the New Kodansha Page

Welcome to the new and improved Kodansha Comics website. While we are still a work in progress, we will henceforth be amazing your eyeballs with awesome content and improved interfaces (in your faces)! In this space, we’ll be posting random bits of stuff, including translated tweets from our authors, random giveaways of books and other goodies, videos of fascinating things, and whatever else our beautiful minds can conjure. All this, and more, will be coming from the staggering brilliance of my mind, and the collective brainpower of the rest of the folks who work hard to publish Kodansha Comics manga.

Please clap your hands (each time you clap, a Fairy Tail meets its on-sale date) as I introduce you to our staff, beginning with myself.

I am David Yoo, the Editorial Czar (or Csar, if you prefer) of Kodansha Comics. I would list my accomplishments, but there is only so much space I could occupy before damaging the Internet. I once made a typo, just to see what it felt like. When I see an ambiguous pronoun, I glare at it until it becomes clearly defined. I once deleted a dangling modifier, just to watch it die. I am the most handsome editor in manga (all due respect to my fellow editors out there, you’re wonderful, but my beauty is incomparable). If you read Kodansha Comics manga, you have undoubtedly read a book I worked on, and it was likely the greatest experience of your life. If not, then you probably read it wrong and should try again.

Hi, my name’s Stephen Pakula and I’m the Production Manager for Kodansha Comics. Basically, that means I’m in charge of turning our comics into actual physical books that you can buy, hold, smell and read (and if you’ve done none of those things then stop reading this blog and go buy Animal Land). I’ve worked in the manga industry on and off for over 12 years, and thinking back on the multitude of titles I’ve been involved with I can, with zero hesitation, say that my crowning achievement is getting to share an office with David Yoo, our Editorial Czar. I am constantly wearing shades for fear that David’s sheer luminescence might burn my retinas. If you ever run into him at a convention, don’t look him in the eyes. You’ve been warned.

I’m Ben Applegate, the newest addition to the Kodansha Comics team. Over the last ten years, I have translated and edited manga, lived in Kyoto and Tokyo, written and edited for a daily newspaper in Seoul, led tours of Japan, hosted a weekly radio segment about movies, met and married a lovely and intelligent woman, played too much Magic: The Gathering and developed an extreme beer snobbery. Most recently, I was editor of the DMP Platinum imprint, where I translated and edited the first-ever manga licensed through Kickstarter: Barbara, by Osamu Tezuka. At Kodansha, the series I edit include: Arisa, Attack on Titan, Battle Angel Alita: Last Order, Bloody Monday, Cage of Eden, Fairy Tail, Genshiken: Second Season, No. 6, Sankarea and Vinland Saga.

Dallas Middaugh’s parents bought him a lot of comics. When he was old enough, he started buying a lot of comics. He still buys a lot of comics. He reads, writes, publishes, edits, studies, writes about, and teaches them. He does not draw them. He uses the terms comics to cover the whole form: manga, ligne claire, superheroes, the works. He has a comic-book-related tattoo. He might show it to you if you ask him.

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  1. Mel823
    Posted October 17, 2012 at 11:04 pm | Permalink

    So when are we going to get a newsletter going?

    • Posted October 22, 2012 at 9:53 am | Permalink

      Soon! We’re planning one after we get the blog off to a good start.

  2. edd
    Posted October 18, 2012 at 9:56 pm | Permalink

    hello, do you have a e-mail account for questions or comments??

    • Posted October 22, 2012 at 9:53 am | Permalink

      Hi Edd,

      You can reach us at publicity@kodanshacomics.com or Tweet at us @kodanshausa.

      • edd
        Posted November 4, 2012 at 10:28 pm | Permalink


        I’m looks like I’m having problems sending you an email, so I’ll ask you here.

        I read on anime news network that you are going to release battle angel alita: last order, starting from number 1 in an omnibus edition, is that true? if so, is there any chance to release the first part, battle angel alita?

        • Posted November 8, 2012 at 9:58 am | Permalink

          Hi edd,

          Yes, we will be releasing Alita: Last Order in 3-in-1 omnibus editions, including additional manga by Yukito Kishiro never before published in English. The first volume is coming in March. We’re able to do that because Kodansha in Japan released an omnibus of Last Order. Unfortunately, however, there isn’t a Kodansha edition of the original Alita manga in Japan yet, so it’d be tough for us to re-release that one at this point. It’s certainly something we have an eye on, though!

  3. Posted October 22, 2012 at 10:40 pm | Permalink

    You guys are awesome. I have been reading your manga for a while I visited your booth at New York Comic Con. Ben Applegate was there and was a pleasure to meet – picked up Bloody Monday 1 and Cage of Eden 7.

    Thanks and keep up the great work!

    • Posted November 8, 2012 at 10:00 am | Permalink

      Thanks for dropping by, John Paul! I hope you’re enjoying those books.

  4. Darby
    Posted November 12, 2012 at 5:21 pm | Permalink

    Hi, I also had a problem with the email given in a previous comment, and since I don’t have Twitter, I thought I’d ask here:
    I’ve been in the dark about a favourite manga series of mine, Pumpkin Scissors, for a few years now. Del Rey used to publish it, but don’t anymore because, from what I’ve heard, Kodansha USA would technically have the rights to it?
    Does Kodansha USA have any plans to continue on with the series?
    Thanks for your attention to this matter, and my apologies if this is a bad place for the question.

    • edd
      Posted November 14, 2012 at 6:23 pm | Permalink

      I would like to add moyashimon to those questions

  5. Posted November 18, 2012 at 1:16 pm | Permalink

    I’m also having problems with the email. Wanted to ask, I’m wondering if you have any plans to make your manga app/manga store for the ipad available in Canada?

  6. Posted December 5, 2012 at 10:00 am | Permalink

    Hello!My name is Julia and I’m from Saint-Petersburg,Russia.
    Can I send in Kodansha Comics USA my own manga about Sailor Moon or is it impossible?

  7. kerri apineru
    Posted December 20, 2012 at 8:19 pm | Permalink

    Dear owners of kodanshi comic company, (yeah i`m just that classy)

    I was wondering if you have any contact with the creator of Fairytail, Hiro Mashima. I wanted to ask him questions for my class project AVID.

    AVID is a college preparatory class in Northwest Middle school in Utah. Our class project is based on career choices and I want to be a manga-ka.

    I really want to ask him questions on what does it take to be a manga artist.

    Thanks for your consideration.


    • Posted January 2, 2013 at 2:42 pm | Permalink

      Hi Kerri,

      As you can imagine, Hiro Mashima is very busy producing 20 pages of comics every week, so I can’t guarantee you’d get a response. But if you e-mail me at bapplegate [at] randomhouse.com I’d be happy to pass your letter along.


  8. Kevin
    Posted February 4, 2013 at 9:19 pm | Permalink

    Hi Ben!
    It is such a thrill to find out that you guys finally bringing Vinland saga to the English readers/fans. I have been a subscriber to Afternoon monthly, and it is one of the highest quality anthologies out there. There is so many amazing, very popular series’ in that single magazine that I wouldn’t even know witch one to ask about. Is there any chance that any other high profile series from that magazine in the plans to be picked up for publishing here in North America? Like Historie, or My Mysterious Girlfriend X ,Coffee time,?
    Thank You

  9. Paige Lacey
    Posted February 10, 2013 at 9:32 pm | Permalink

    I’m having trouble using the email, so I’ll post my question here.

    Hi, is it possible for Kodansha Comics to re-release Pet Shop of Horrors, and to possibly finish translating Pet Shop of Horrors Tokyo? The previous company that had the license to Pet Shop of Horrors Tokyo went out of business before all the volumes were released, and many fans didn’t get to find out the ending.

  10. Niki
    Posted February 19, 2013 at 11:44 pm | Permalink

    Hello there!

    I just wanted to know if there were an internship or shadowing opportunities available at Kodansha Comics USA?

    Thank you for your time.

  11. Ivan
    Posted April 18, 2013 at 9:55 am | Permalink

    Hello Sir!

    I’m just wondering if you still take submissions. If yes, where can i find the guidelines? :)
    Thank you for your kind consideration.
    (i posted here because i’m having trouble sending you an email)


  12. Nathan
    Posted August 17, 2013 at 10:56 pm | Permalink

    I too can’t get through to your email address, so I’ll just post here.

    I had several paragraphs of complaints regarding omnibus 7 of Negima, but the short version is that it some consistency issues that were not present in previous omnibuses, and I don’t understand why that is.

    I had hoped to say this in a less public manner, but like I said, my email couldn’t get through to you.

  13. Mary
    Posted January 8, 2014 at 11:49 am | Permalink

    Dear Kodanshacomics, Would you please put English Dubbed into Sailor Moon Sailor Stars DVDs?!? Some people can’t read and understand English Subtitles at all!! So would you please put English Dubbed into Sailor Moon season 5 DVDs?!? Thanks, Miss. Brown

  14. eva
    Posted January 8, 2014 at 7:55 pm | Permalink

    Hello I’m contacting is because I’m a manga fan who really want to suggest a print release of Maid Sama! by Hiro Fujiwara. I’m a devoted fan who will buy the whole series if it release. Thank you and please consider.

  15. Lindsey
    Posted March 3, 2014 at 1:52 pm | Permalink

    Where can we contact someone in order to figure out job qualifications. Such as if you are currently a college student who is working towards a Japanese major to translate.

  16. Posted March 10, 2014 at 1:17 am | Permalink

    Une fois dе plus un article véritablement captivant

  17. Lance Latham
    Posted June 4, 2014 at 2:49 pm | Permalink

    Dear Kodansha Comics (US),

    I am not sure who to speak with but maybe this note gets into the right hands at some point. I am requesting that you make all books in the “Attack on Titan” series available on the Kindle iPad App. I have been able to download and enjoy the first 3 books. Yet it was very shocking to visit the Amazon.com page for book #4 only to find out that I am unable to purchase the book for my iPad. I am also unable to purchase #5, #7, and #8. I can get #6 for some reason, however. This makes absolutely no sense to me. Why have a great series available in piecemeal on certain devices? I am looking forward to reading all of the AoT book on my Kindle iPad app in the near future.

    Thank you for your time.


    Lance Latham

  18. Miu
    Posted July 10, 2014 at 7:33 pm | Permalink

    Hi, dear Kodansha Comics!

    For starters, I think it’s awesome that you are going to release Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle in an omnibus format. I really love this series and really want to thank you.

    Secondly, I was wondering if perhaps I could make a suggestion on a, actually two, manga that I know many people would like to be released in English, as they are not and only available over the Internet.

    The first one is Hana to Akuma by Oto Hisamu, and was published in Japan in 2006. it contains 10 volumes in total (58 chapters + i bonus chapter).

    The second one is Gakuen Alice by Higuchi Tachibana and was released in 2003. It contains 31 volumes, including 180 chapters. This manga has been licensed released in English by Tokyopop up to 16 volumes, and then it was dropped.

    I think it would be great if you could reply to this and if possible, maybe even considering to take up these manga in the near future.

    Thank you for your time.
    //Miu, a big fan

  19. Lyon
    Posted July 19, 2014 at 1:24 am | Permalink

    Hiya guys!
    First of all I want to say that you have by far one of the best manga release collection I’ve ever seen. (Since you publish my all time favorite mangakas’ works, like CLAMP)
    But I do have one complaint. Please please please stop making the omnibuses(or at least bring back the one book releases). I can’t find anymore original single book copies of my favorite manga in Finland and omnibuses are a no no for me. And it’s all because the book is so large and thick, the book spine breaks despite how ever carefully you try to read it, destroying all the pleasure and exterior of my favorite books. CLAMPs manga is my treasure and it pains me to see their books in such a state after reading them just once. So please, do something about it. I would greatly appreciate it.

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