Category Archives: Manga New Licensing Announcement

Spring 2021 New Licensing Announcements for Kodansha Comics & VERTICAL

In case you didn't catch these announcements during the Kodansha Live, today Wednesday June 17, Kodansha Comics and VERTICAL, announced some new licenses that are coming to our ever expanding library of manga in2021! We announced all-new additions as well as some familiar series that are getting the print treatment after starting out Digital-first! So, without further ado here's a look at what's to come for Kodansha Comics & VERTICAL:

Kodansha Live

Coming 2021 from Kodansha Comics 

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Announcing a new simupub debut! ASHIDAKA -The Iron Hero-

Kodansha Comics is proud to announce the debut of a brand-new science-fiction shonen action manga: ASHIDAKA -The Iron Hero- by Ryo Sumiyoshi! It's now available for digital download the same second as it comes out in Japan! Chapter 1 (which clocks in at a fulsome 60+ pages) is now available for purchase and download for only $1.99 on comiXology and Kindle, and each following monthly chapter will also follow this simultaneous release pattern!

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Announcing: Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card early simulpub debuting 12/26!

For the first time ever, we're releasing the latest chapter of Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card BEFORE Nakayoshi magazine hits newsstands in Japan! The latest installment of Sakura's adventure (Chapter #40) is now available for purchase and download on comiXology and Kindle for only $1.99 a chapter! This new early simulpub technology is the best way to get ahead of the story. It's like reading manga in a time machine! Read More »

Satoshi Kon’s manga Tropic of the Sea and Dream Fossil—now digital!

Two classic manga titles from renowned anime director Satoshi Kon are now available digitally!

Tropic of Sea and Dream Fossil—the manga that kicked off the career of legendary anime director Satoshi Kon—were originally released in print in English in 2013 and 2015 respectively by Vertical—and now for the first time they're available as digital editionst!

Satoshi Kon, known as a director, writer, and animator, debuted as a manga artist early in his career and was a runner-up in the 10th Annual Tetsuya Chiba Awards held by Kodansha's Young Magazine. Best known for his feature animated films like [...]

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UPDATE 11/22: Our Anime NYC 2019 recap w/ announcements + VOFAN highlights!

Our Anime NYC Recap Part 1: VOFAN!

This year at Anime NYC, Vertical was proud to welcome renowned Taiwanese artist VOFAN for his first trip to the largest city in America—New York City!  Know as the "Magician of Light from Taiwan," VOFAN has drawn characters for game magazines, light novels, and is best known as the star illustrator of the MONOGATARI series novels written by NISIOISIN. To celebrate the launch of his newly remastered art book, Read More »

UPDATED 11/20: New simulpubs HERO’S and The Ghost in the Shell: The Human Algorithm!

Leave it to scientific advancements to save the day! Thanks to simulpub technology, we're releasing the latest chapters of HERO'S—Hiro Mashima's brand-new all-star manga crossover—and The Ghost in The Shell: The Human Algorithm the same day and time they hit newsstands in Japan! HERO'S Chapter 1-6 are now available for purchase and download on comiXology and Kindle and Read More »

Fine wine, fine manga: The Drops of God Volumes 1-11 now out from comiXology Originals!

The word's greatest wine manga continues! Kodansha Comics and ComiXology Originals are pleased to announce they're completing the internationally renowned wine manga The Drops of God in English for the very first time. Volumes 1-11 debut October 14 and can be read digitally as part of the comiXology Originals line of exclusive content—available for purchase only on Kind [...]

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More MONOGATARI ebooks now available! 9 more titles added October 8

Last June, we announced 6 novels from NISIOISIN’s legendary MONOGATARI series from Vertical  (and featuring the awe-inspiring cover art and illustrations of Taiwanese illustrator VOFAN) were finally available as ebooks. And now we're here to announce we've got 9 more MONOGATARI novels available as ebooks starting today October 8! You can buy them from our digital retail partners Apple Books, BookWalker, Google Play, Kindle, and Kobo! If you know the MONOGATARI series from its anime, this is the one true way to dive deep into the original stories of the peculiar [...]

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The epic team-up between NISIOISIN and Oh!great—BAKEMONOGATARI—is here! Volume 1 on sale October 1!

The ultimate writer-artist manga team-up is finally here—with Vertical's highly anticipated release of the BAKEMONOGATARI manga by Japan's #1 literary phenom NISIOISIN and manga giant Oh!great! Volume 1 goes on sale October 1 and represents a unique collaboration by the legendary novelist of the MONOGATARI series and the lauded artist of Air Gear and Tenjo Tenge. One of the most exciting young novelists in Japan today, NISIOISIN is best known in the West for his literary adaptation of the Death Note manga and his bestsellin [...]

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Digital-first debuts for September/October: Fairy Tail and Cells at Work spinoffs!

What's goin' on here?! Happy starring in his own series at last? Lucy now a ... policewoman?! Those industrious erythroblasts in your body ... slacking off? And the Squad Leader of the Killer T Cells looking for a personality makeover?! Not a dream! Not an alternate reality (well, maybe)! With the recent debuts of Fairy Tail: 100 Years Quest and Cells at Work! Code Black, just last week, it does seem like there's no better time to dive yet even deeper into some of your favorite fantasy-manga series! That's right, for our digital-first debuts in September/October we've got a new Fairy Tail or Cells [...]

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