Monthly Archives: October 2012

Fairy Tail’s Hiro Mashima’s on Twitter!

As you may know, Fairy Tail creator Hiro Mashima is a Twitter fiend. Nearly every day he posts on his feed, @hiro_mashima, sometimes even putting up art we never get to see in print! He only tweets in Japanese, but we’re here to help. Periodically we’ll be posting some translations of his tweets, along with the art that he tosses online.

It occurred to him last month that it might be fun to draw Fairy Tail characters as the opposite sex.

This led to a string of really fun posts.

First up: someone Mashima introduces as “Natsuko.” (“Ko” is a suffix at the end of many girls’ names in Japanese.)

And here's Lucy as a bishonen!

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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.


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For Immediate Release: NEW YORK, October 13, 2012 – Continuing the celebration of the 20th anniversary of Naoko Takeuchi’s manga masterpiece, SAILOR MOON, Kodansha is pleased to announce that The Sailor Moon Art Book will be released simultaneously throughout the world next year. The Sailor Moon Art Book joins previous announcements about the future of Sailor Moon that include a new anime series, currently planned to debut next year. This new art book will feature Takeuchi’s most popular work selected from five Sailor Moon art books which had been previously published in Japan. It will also include several unpublished original drawings! The Sailor Moon Art Book will be released in The United States, Japan, and five other countries simultaneously. Each country’s edition will be a trade paperback with dust jacket, in full color, and will have original, special bonus material. The trim size and page count will be identical for all seven releases. Sailor Moon fans around the world can look forward to this amazing art book next year! Don't miss it!

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 For Immediate Release:

Manga publisher also plans to accelerate release of bestselling manga, Fairy Tail

NEW YORK, October 13, 2012 – Kodansha Comics is proud to announce the acquisition of four new manga licenses for the American market to be released in 2013, plus the re-release of a fan favorite in omnibus format, and an accelerated release for the international bestseller, Fairy Tail. Fairy Tail by Hiro Mashima Fans have been wishing for Fairy Tail to come out faster, and those wishes are about to be granted! Starting with volume 24 in March 2013, a new volume of Fairy Tail will be released in print every month. But wait, there’s more! Starting that same month, two new volumes of Read More »