Category Archives: Manga New Licensing Announcement

Drift into this: Initial D Volumes 1-38 now on out on comiXology Originals

Relive the legend of how Tak Fujiwara went from tofu delivery boy to street-racing god Yep, the rumors are true: Initial D is back—and it's gone beyond! First published by Tokypop in the early 00s, the English translation was never completed. Now, not only are Kodansha Comics and our pals at comiXology Originals digitally reissuing all 33 volumes previously released by Tokyopop, we're going beyond to complete the whole freakin' 48-volume run for the very first time! As of today Volumes 1-38 of Initial D, Shuichi's Shigeno's all-time classic of Japanese street racing, are [...]

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Digital-first announcement: Hikaru Nakamura’s Saint Young Men debuts April 23

“Digital-first” debuts are back—and this April will see the debut of one of the most talked-about and highly anticipated manga of recent years, Hikaru Nakamura’s Saint Young Men. Nakamura’s sly comedy documents the everyday life of two not-so-ordinary young men sharing an apartment in modern-day Tokyo: Jesus Christ and Gautama Buddha. Long rumored for an official English-language release, the wait is now over: Saint Young Men is finally here in English.

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Fall 2019 New Licensing Announcements from Kodansha Comics + Vertical

Let's get right down to it: this Wednesday March 13, Kodansha Comics and Vertical Inc. are bringing you a fresh batch of announcements of the newly licensed titles for Fall 2019. Even better, you don’t have to go anywhere to get the scoop, because this time we’ll be breaking the news right here on KodanshaComics.com and our social media channels!

So tune in by following us on Twitter, going to our Facebook event page, or just checking back on this page on Wednesday, March 13 at Noon Pacific Time.

  ... and here's the new licensing announcements for Fall 2019!

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Announcing: March 2019 digital-first debuts (and two for April)!

“Digital-first” debuts are back! And with spring in the air (not that far off!), we've more romance-oriented goodness, including a new lower-priced format for those of ya looking for walks on josei's wilder side ... Our “digital-firsts” have gotten the jump on everything from the new-and-improved translation of Battle Angel Alita to new volumes of never-finished classics like BECK to the first appearance of current hits like Read More »

At last, all of BECK compleat! + 2 new volumes of Seven Shakespeares available now on comiXology and Kindle!

It's a great day for BECK fans, especially for those of us who've been following Koyuki and his band for the better part of the last decade! The legendary rock ‘n’ roll manga got rebooted as an comiXology Originals series last year from Kodansha Comics, and today—at last—all volumes of BECK just became available in English for the first time! Will the band's dream of bring people together through music come true? What happened to Koyuki and his love interest? Read it all to the weepy conclusion only on comiXology and Kindle—and you can also binge read the whole series totally FREE with comiXology Unlimited!

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A manga classic returns: Waki Yamato’s Tale of Genji

They took a brief holiday, but our “digital-first” debuts are back! And 2019 kicks off with a trio of highly anticipated digital manga debuts by some of the most talented women creators working in the medium. The lineup includes two recent hit shojo romantic comedies in Rumi Ichinohe’s My Sweet Girl and Rila Kirishima’s World’s End and Apricot Jam, to be followed by the English-language debut of one of the most beautiful examples of the medium in Waki Yamato’s renowned adaptation of the literary classic, The Tale of Genji. 

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New year, new yuri & BL! Featuring Yuri is My Job! Plus interview with Comic Yuri Hime’s Editor-in-Chief!

It’s a brand-new year, with all-new manga! But this year Kodansha Comics doesn’t just have brand-new manga for you—we’re excited to be making our BL and yuri debut with not one, not two, but three series today—available in both print & digital editions! Read on to learn all about our debut yuri and BL series—and read a first chapter preview by clicking on the covers—and to learn a little bit about the history of yuri manga through an exclusive interview with Comic Yuri Hime magazine and Yuri Is My Job Editor-in-Chief Kanako Umezawa and a yuri essay excerpt from Eric [...]

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KC 4 ALL SALE: Debuting Good Dog, Cerberus! + 15 manga for all ages

KC 4 ALL: Manga for all ages! As we've announced at AnimeNYC 2018, Kodansha Comics is launching a new campaign called KC 4 ALL starting November 20, where we’ll be releasing 4 new and unique digital-first manga that we’d recommend to readers of any age—because they are too funny, too epic, and just too good! (See the full roster below.)

To kick off the campaign, we've handpicked 16 manga series for just anybody who loves comics and put them on discount up to 50% off during the KC 4 ALL Sale at all of our digital retail partners: BookWalker, Read More »

Announcing: November 2018 digital-first debuts!

Autumn's here, and we're keepin' ourselves warm working hard on releasing at least one new "digital-first" manga series every week. In the month of November, we are kicking off 4 new manga series, with childhood-crush romance, an RPG series with a twist, and a couple of unique manga for all ages!  Kodansha Comics’s digital-first manga releases are part of an exciting new initiative begun last year to put a greater diversity of manga series into the market. This month’s series debuts will be available at all of Kodansha Comics’s partner digital platforms, including Amazon Kindle, BookWalker, comiXology, Google Play, Kobo, MyAnimeList, and nook:

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