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Attack on Titan

Attack on Titan sells over 30 million volumes of manga

That's a lot of dead villagers
Apr 25
According to the Oricon sales charts, the Attack on Titan manga series surpassed 30 million copies sold this last week. This comes right after the release of the series' 13th volume, which itself sold over a million copies. T... read
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Ah! My Goddess

Ah! My Goddess manga ending next month

Pour one out for Belldandy
Mar 20
After 25 years of publication, Kosuke Fujishima's Ah! My Goddess will end in the next issue of Kodansha's Monthly Afternoon, on sale April 25. There's also mention of a "super important" announcement, but no other details are... read
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Kodansha makes three big announcements

Attack on Titan, Noragami and more!
Feb 20
On their official tumblr (is that where all the cool kids are hanging out these days? I wouldn't know), Kodansha Comics made three big announcements this week including two new licenses and the reveal of a brand new omnibus r... read
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14 volumes of moonlight romance
As a Sailor Moon fan, or "Moonie" of 15 years, it's kind of amazing that I never got around to reading the entire manga until now. I guess it's not that weird when you think about it; early on, I was all about anime and had l... read feature

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Keep your friends well-read this holiday season
Black Friday has already come and gone, which means that the days are quickly counting down before you need a gift. Bookstores are still a viable retailer for manga, which saves you with that last-minute gift. Are you standin... read feature

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Attack on Titan

Attack on Titan prequel is reprinted by demand

An early look into the new manga
Nov 08
So apparently there will be a prequel manga based off of Levi, the protagonist in Attack on Titan. I haven't finished the series yet, nor have I read the manga. Everyone is talking about how amazing it is, though! I was alrea... read

NYCC 2013: Kodansha brings all the Attack on Titan goods

Four new AoT titles, digital releases for back catalog
Oct 11
I've been telling you that Attack on Titan is popular. Vertical's gotten in the game too with the light novels. Kodansha isn't letting up, though, as they announced four new Attack on Titan titles they'll be bringin... read
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Kodansha Comics: October

Gear up for Kodansha Comics' October releases

Hide your wallet
Oct 06
In case you need a reminder of what comics should be on your shopping list this month, here's a look at what Kodansha Comics is releasing throughout October. Some highlights include the Sailor Moon Box Set vol. 2 (Oct. 29th),... read

Attack on Titan manga gets a promotion within Kodansha

Going digital and seeing a monthly release? It's like they want to sell manga!
Jul 09
Kodansha have announced that not only will they be selling Attack on Titan (Shingeki no Kyojin) digitally in all eBook formats (starting July 16th), but starting this August, fans will be getting the comic monthly through the... read

Genshiken returns to anime

Your favorite club is back
Jan 24
The popular manga, Gensiken Nidaime is finally going to make its way to an anime adaptation! The show will be a followup to one of my favorite show, Genshiken --which chronicles the hilarious antics of a group of mo... read

NYCC '12: Kodansha rolls out Sankarea, Vinland Saga

Fairy Tail to resume publishing in 2013, catch up to Japanese releases
Oct 15
Next up in today's slew of NYCC news: Kodansha is bringing over Sankarea, No. 6, Vinland Saga, and Tokyo Mew Mew a la Mode. With Dallas Middaugh on board (sans cowboy hat), Kodansha Comics is rolling out some nicer title... read

JManga adds Kodansha titles to its roster

Oct 05
In an attempt to become the Crunchyroll of published works, JManga has added another sizable feather to its cap: Kodansha will list a number of their series on the site, with more to come down the line. As of now, they've add... read

Oh, my! New Sailor Moon anime announced for Summer 2013

Jul 06
This was...well, now that the cat's out of the bag it's not unusual, but I certainly didn't see it coming. Kodansha have announced a brand-spanking new Sailor Moon anime series is in production to hit the tubes next summer, i... read

Devil Survivor is ready to survive in manga form

May 28
Are you ready to survive? If so, grab your nearest DS because the lockdown is being placed on Tokyo again. The first Devil Survivor game is getting adapted into a manga in the July issue of Monthly Shonen Sirius. Sa... read

Kodansha licenses Battle Angel Alita: Last Order, Danza

Apr 24
Following some issues between Yukito Kishiro and Shueisha's Ultra Jump, Kishiro moved Battle Angel Alita: Last Order to Kodansha's Evening magazine. That meant that Kodansha now owns the publishing rights for new chapters of ... read

Sankarea will have OVAs bundled in the next two volumes

Feb 09
Any of you guys reading Sankarea? Well it's good news if you do, as we now have a website confirming that the next two volumes of manga will contain OVAs. I don't doubt that many of you will never of heard of this manga, so a... read

Genshiken second season manga in the US this fall

Feb 07
Looks as though we will be getting the second season of the Genshiken manga care of Kodansha. The story continues for the club of the Society for the Study of Modern Visual Culture, headed by the fearless Ogiue as she tries t... read

NisiOisin's next work is set to be a detective story!

Nov 29
Weaver of words NisiOisin is looking to move away from his Monogatari series and begin anew. Kodansha has announced that his brand new novel series will be called Tantei Toshi Densetsu (Urban Legends Detective). No word yet o... read

One of the biggest surprise announcements earlier this year was the return of Sailor Moon, courtesy of Kodansha USA. On top of their push into the US market with their releases of other series like Negima, Air Gear and Ghost ... read feature


Kodansha vows authenticity to original Sailor Moon

Apr 21
Kodansha Comics recently sat down for an interview with an About.com writer, Deb Aoki, and revealed that their reprint of Sailor Moon and Codename: Sailor V will be as authentic to the original as is possible for an... read

Kodansha reprints Love Hina and Tokyo Mew Mew!

Apr 03
Get excited! Kodansha's U.S. branch, Kodansha Comics has revealed omnibus versions of Love Hina and Tokyo Mew Mew! The first omnibus edition of Love Hina will contain volumes 1-3 of the manga and cost $19.99, while ... read

Kodansha USA brings Sailor Moon back into the spotlight

Mar 21
I'll admit it: Sailor Moon was as big an influence in my anime career as Dragon Ball Z. I think I made a more concerted effort to watch all of Sailor Moon rather than DBZ -- hence the reason I'm really getting into ... read

Rest in peace, Kodansha International

Mar 04
"It's a tough economy" is a favorite saying these days, and that's likely because the statement is true. Just ask Kodansha International, the English-language publishing arm of Japanese giant Kodansha, Ltd.  As reported ... read

Kodansha finally shows off its US titles, disappoints me

Dec 13
It's about time that Kodansha got to movin' and groovin' with publishing manga.ICv2 has a list of Kodansha's first round of manga titles to hit shelves in May 2011. This list has what looks to be all of the titles they're tak... read

Hagakure: The Code of the Samurai is based upon original stories dictated by Yamamoto Tsunetomo, a samurai retainer who lived from 1659-1719. Unable to follow his master in death, Tsunetomo shaved his head and became a Z... read feature


Surprise!It's been a while since we've heard about Del Rey manga, other than some of us industry folks seeing unfair departures happen, and it looks like the writing on the wall proved true -- Random House is pulling out from... read feature


Kami no Shizuku set to come out in the US by end of 2010

Apr 14
Here's a quick bit of news pointed out to us by Deb Aoki: in the course of an interview with CNNGo, the authors of the hit wine manga Kami no Shizuku (Drops of God) mentioned that by the end of 2010 we'll see the English-lang... read

Learn more about Love Plus' FIVE new manga series

Mar 03
I have to admit I was somewhat confused when Kodansha announced that five new manga series based on Konami's girlfriend-simulator Love Plus would be debuting in various Kodansha-run publications.I mean, five series?! The game... read

Kodansha posts 5.7 billion yen in losses last year

Mar 02
For fiscal year 2009, Kodansha posted a heavy 5.7 billion yen ($64m) in losses, following FY2008's 7.7 billion yen ($86m) in losses. All that talk about the manga industry in trouble is clearly pointed at the Big K. I wonder,... read

Wait, what? Love Plus is getting a manga? FIVE mangas?!

Feb 21
Yes, five new manga serials are set to be launched by Kodansha in five different Kodansha-run comic anthologies, all apparently connected to Love Plus and some unnamed "super special" spring title. More details rega... read

Kodansha and Akita Shoten getting buddy-buddy on domestic and international operations

Oct 07
So, now that Kodansha has come out of the closet and told us all about its US plans, it looks like they're striking up deals over in Japan. ANN grabbed word from the Yomiuri Shimbun about a partnership between Akita Shoten on... read

We knew it! Kodansha sets up shop in the US

Oct 05
Ah, it's almost as good as a direct IV of manga implanted into my veins. There's no sometimes-Kodansha or once-in-awhile-Kodansha. It's a full-blown effort now, with their new offices in New York City, and a new like called K... read

Kodansha publishing its titles through Random House, creates weird incestual situation

Sep 01
Here's an update to yesterday's story of Tokyopop losing it's Kodansha licenses: ICv2 is reporting that Kodansha will be publishing its own titles through Random House, using them as a distributor. In addition, Diamond will l... read

Kodansha letting its licenses with Tokyopop expire

Aug 31
Just when things started looking like they'd turn around for Tokyopop...Word comes from MangaBlog that Kodansha is letting its licenses with Tokyopop expire, meaning that some of the biggest titles that helped Tokyopop get wh... read

A wild Kodansha appeared! Use master ball!

May 07
I can always turn to Gia to grab some of the biggest news first: one of her readers caught wind of some fun Amazon Canada listings, which labeled Akira Vol. 1 and Ghost in the Shell Vol. 1 as titles being printed by Kodansha.... read

Bakumatsu Medaka-Gumi manga by the Z Gundam writer

Apr 13
The scriptwriter, Akinori Endo, has worked on a couple of old classic anime series. While he's written for Five Star Stories and Legend of the Galactic Heroes, he is better known for writing for Z Gundam. This historical mang... read

Urasawa announces newest manga series, Billy Bat

Oct 08
Naoki Urasawa, or the new god of manga as I like to call him, creator of such classics as 20th Century Boys, Monster, Yawara, and Pluto, has announced that he will have another baby in manga form. Its name is Billy Bat, which... read

Del Rey responds to the whole Kodansha hubub

Jul 02
You know, sometimes I hate it when companies have blogs. That means they can address things in a simple and easily-accessible manner, instead of just responding to every press question that they get. I kid, Del Rey. I'm glad ... read

Start the presses: Kodansha IS coming to the US

Jul 01
Well, looks like my talk to Del Rey was wrong. ICv2 is reporting that Kodansha is coming to the U.S. after all! Gia did some nice detective work and tracked down the Nikkei article in question, which talks about Kodansha sett... read

Rumor squashed: Kodansha not making a move into the US market

Jun 08
While I was in New York City yesterday covering the Gothic Lolita and Maid Day at Kinokuniya (post to follow), I got a chance to corner Ali Kokmen of Del Rey Manga and ask him about the whole rumor of Kodansha coming into the... read

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