Rest in peace, Kodansha International


"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 by The Japan Times, Kodansha International is being folded based on a decision by its parent company, thanks in part to shrinking sales at home. 

What does this mean for you, the average otaku reader? Well, Kodansha International has published a goodly amount of books and manga, both original and translated, that are quite relevant to the otaku interest, including Hagakure, The Otaku Encyclopedia, Brian Ashcraft's Japanese Schoolgirl Confidential and Arcade Mania!, Matt Alt's Yokai Attack! and Ninja Attack!, the Draw Your Own Manga series, and the everlasting classic Japanese for Busy People. 

Of course, this doesn't mean it's all over. Kodansha itself is still around, as is Kodansha USA, so it's not as if they'll stop publishing interesting books forever. Plus, they and Dai Nippon just bought Vertical, Inc. Still, it's always sad to see an industry figure fold.

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