Kodansha Comics to Publish Four Shaman King Spin-off Manga Digitally in August 2020

Kodansha Comics announced at its Shaman King online panel during the San Diego Comic-Con@Home digital event that it has licensed the following four Shaman King spin-off manga for digital release in August 2020:

  • Shaman King: Zero [Debut date: August 4, 2020]
  • Shaman King Flowers [Debut date: August 11, 2020]
  • Shaman King: Super Star [Debut date: August 18, 2020]
  • Shaman King: Red Crimson [Debut date: August 25, 2020]

Kodansha Comics also announced that it will publish the Shaman King manga series physically in 11 three-in-one omnibus editions that will launch between 2021-2022. The first two volumes will launch simultaneously in Spring 2021.

Comixology Originals and Kodansha USA Publishing will publish all of the Shaman King manga series digitally in English on July 28, 2020. Volumes 33, 34, and 35 will appear for the first time in English along with the first 32 volumes on Amazon’s Kindle Store and comixology’s store, as well as the Amazon Prime, Kindle Unlimited, and comixology Unlimited subscription services. The new release of the manga series will feature new cover art by Hiroyuki Takei.

Source: ANN

Kodansha Comics Launches a Simulpub of the A Sign of Affection Manga

Kodansha Comics has announced that it is offering Suu Morishita’s A Sign of Affection (Yubisaki to Renren) manga as a simulpub, with US$1.99 for each monthly chapter on the same day as Japan. The simulpub is available on Amazon Kindle, comixology, BookWalker and Crunchyroll starting on July 21, 2020. The print edition will start shipping in Spring 2021, and Kodansha Comics posted an interview with Morishita.

Kodansha Comics is already offering the manga digitally by volume.

Morishita launched A Sign of Affection in Kodansha’s Dessert magazine in July 2017.

Source: ANN

ComiXology and Kodansha Comics to Publish the Shaman King Manga Digitally on July 28, 2020

comiXology Originals and Kodansha USA Publishing have announced they will publish all of Hiroyuki Takei’s Shaman King manga series digitally in English on July 28, 2020. Volumes 33, 34, and 35 will appear for the first time in English along with the first 32 volumes on Amazon’s Kindle Store and comiXology’s store, as well as the Amazon Prime, Kindle Unlimited, and comiXology Unlimited subscription services.

The new release of the manga series will feature new cover art by Takei.

Kodansha Comics will host an online panel to celebrate the 10-year anniversary of the finale of the manga during the San Diego Comic-Con@Home digital event on July 23, 2020. The panel will feature Kodansha Comics’ Misaki Kido, Ben Applegate, and Ivan Salazar and will reveal more information on the new release of the manga.

Source: ANN

Two Manga Panels Announced for Comic-Con@Home

San Diego Comic-Con International’s official website has announced that Kodansha Comics will host an online panel to celebrate the 10-year anniversary of the finale of Hiroyuki Takei’s original Shaman King manga series. The panel will feature Kodansha Comics’ Misaki Kido, Ben Applegate, and Ivan Salazar.

The panel will include “exclusive announcements [and] sneak peeks” for the Shaman King franchise. The manga series is inspiring a new anime series that will adapt all 35 volumes of the manga’s new complete edition.

Shaman King debuted in Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump magazine in 1998. The series abruptly ended in 2004, although a reprinting of the manga revealed a “true ending” in 2009.

In addition, VIZ Media will host a panel at the convention featuring manga artist Junji Ito. The artist’s most recent work Genkai Chitai (Disturbing Zone) launched on the LINE Manga service on April 15, 2020.

Junji Ito won an Eisner Award for his manga adaptation of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein.

Kodansha Comics to Release the A Sign of Affection Manga in Print, and Vertical Will Release the Blood on the Tracks Manga Digitally

Kodansha USA Publishing, which handles the Kodansha Comics and Vertical imprints, announced during its Anime Expo Lite panel that Suu Morishita’s A Sign of Affection manga will get a print release in March 2021. In addition, Vertical will release Shūzō Oshimi’s Blood on the Tracks (Chi no Wadachi) manga digitally starting in August 2021. The company will premiere the second volume digitally ahead of the print release.

Kodansha Comics launched the A Sign of Affection manga digitally on March 31, 2020, and it is getting a simulpub on Comixology, Crunchyroll, and BookWalker.

Vertical released the Blood on the Tracks manga’s first volume in print on February 25, 2020.

Source: ANN

Kodansha Comics and Vertical Announce New Manga Licenses

Kodansha Comics and Vertical announced new manga licenses and releases during the Kodansha Live presentation.

Kodansha Comics’ new licenses include:

Title: Summer of You (Kimi to Natsu no Naka)
Creator: Nagisa Furuya
Debut: Spring 2021 (print/digital)
Synopsis: Chiharu Saeki and and Wataru Toda are two high school students who share a common hobby: They love to watch movies. After they meet, they become fast friends, until one day, when Chiharu confesses his love for Wataru. Wataru says that Chiharu’s confession doesn’t bother him, and the boys continue throughout their summer, going to pilgrimages to see film spots from their favorite movies. But the more time he spends with Chiharu, Wataru realizes he may not only be as unaffected by Chiharu’s confession as he claimed to be, but those feels may also be mutual.

Title: Chasing After Aoi Koshiba (Kyō, Koshiba Aoi ni Aetara.)
Creator: Hazuki Takeoka (story), Fly (art)
Print/Digital Debut: March 2021 (print/digital)
Synopsis: At her high school reunion, a woman reminisces about the shallow girl she was in high school and her absent first love, who taught her so much.

Vertical’s new licenses include:

Title: Haru’s Curse (Haru no Noroi)
Creator: Asuka Konishi
Debut: February 2021 (print/digital)
Synopsis: After Natsumi’s younger sister and best friend Haru dies at the age of 19, she begins dating Haru’s fiancee Togo – on the condition that he take her only to places he had taken her sister. Their relationship deepens as the seasons pass, but Haru’s curse lies between them. Will there be happiness after Haru’s curse is broken?

Title: A School Frozen in Time (Tsumetai Kōsha no Toki wa Tomaru)
Creator: Naoshi Arakawa, Mizuki Tsujimura (original novel)
Debut: April 2021 (print/digital)
Synopsis: On a snowy school day like any other, classmates and childhood friends Hiroshi and Mizuki arrive at school to find the campus eerily empty. Before long, they find themselves trapped inside with six other friends, and even stranger, all the clocks have stopped at a very specific moment — the exact time when a former classmate jumped off the school roof to their death three months earlier. It turns out that this departed friend is their way out of their current predicament and may even be among their group… but no one can remember who it was that took their life on that sad day. The students must face themselves and their past memories to piece together the identity of this suicide victim or risk a similar fate — with their lives lost and forgotten inside these frigid school walls.

It was also announced that the following previously licensed manga will get a print release:

Title: Star-Crossed!! (Oshi ga Watashi de Watashi ga Oshi de)
Creator: Junko
Print Debut: February 2021
Synopsis: Azusa lives for only one man: Chika-kun, of the idol group Prince 4 U. But when she accidentally dies trying (and failing) to save him, she can’t believe her luck—to be in literal Heaven with the man she loves. But never one to lie, God says this one is on him, and sends them both back to continue their lives… but there’s just one little problem. Their souls have been sent to the wrong bodies. And not only that—they can switch back and forth by kissing? What on Earth does fate have in store for them?

Title: Cells at Work! Baby (Hataraku Saibō Baby)
Creators: Akane Shimizu, Yasuhiro Fukuda
Print Debut: Spring 2021
Synopsis: It’s no easy feat to keep a body happy and healthy, so even the newest cells have their tiny-winey, chubby-wubby hands full. Join these cute baby cells as they work hard within their newborn baby body, in this newest (literally) spin-off of Cells at Work!

Kodansha Comics Announces Four New Manga Licenses

Kodansha Comics’ website is listing four new manga titles that will debut digitally on Tuesdays in July 2020:

  • Cells at Work!: Bacteria! (Hataraku Saikin) by Akane Shimizu and Haruyuki Yoshida [Debut Date: July 7, 2020]
  • Cells at Work!: Platelets! (Hataraku Kesshōban-chan) by Akane Shimizu, Yuuko Kakihara, and Yasu [Debut Date: July 14, 2020]
  • Cells at Work!: Baby! (Hataraku Saibō Baby) by Akane Shimizu and Yasuhiro Fukuda [Debut Date: July 21, 2020]
  • That Time I Got Reincarnated (Again!) as a Workaholic Slime (Tensei Shite mo Shachiku Datta Ken) by Fuse, Mitz Vah, and Shizuku Akechi [Debut Date: July 28, 2020]

Source: ANN

ComiXology and Kodansha Comics to Release Volumes 12-22 of The Drops of God Manga

Comixology has announced that it and Kodansha Comics have released Volumes 12-22 of Tadashi Agi and Shū Okimoto’s The Drops of God (Kami no Shizuku) manga in English for the first time.

The manga’s first 22 volumes are available digitally as part of the Comixology Originals line of content at no additional cost for members of Amazon Prime via Prime Reading, Kindle Unlimited, and Comixology Unlimited. The manga is also available for purchase through Kindle and Comixology.

The companies released Volumes 1-8 re-edited with new cover art and debuted Volumes 9-11 in English in October 2019. Comixology and Kodansha Comics plan to release the entire 44-volume series.

Only 10 of the manga’s 44 volumes had been published previously in English. Vertical announced its license of the series in 2011 and released part of the manga in North America.

Source: ANN

Kodansha Comics and FUNimation Entertainment Launch “Home Anime Club” Watch-along Event Series

Kodansha Comics and FUNimation Entertainment have announced over Twitter that they are teaming up to host a series of weekly anime watch parties. The Kodansha Home Anime Club will host watch parties for some of FUNimation’s latest shows based on manga that Kodansha Comics has licensed. The first watch party is scheduled for May 8, 2020 at 8:00 p.m. EDT and will air the first two episodes of Gleipnir.

FUNimation’s website lists how to stay prepped for and join the watch party:

  • Sign up on FUNimation’s website before the watch party starts.
  • Check FUNimation and Kodansha Comics’ Twitter feeds to stay up to date on watch party announcements.
  • Join the conversation by using the hashtag #HomeAnimeClub.

Anime like Kakushigoto, Gal & Dino, and several others are lined up for the Kodansha Home Anime Club.

Source: ANN

Kodansha Comics Licenses Five New Manga for Digital Debut in June 2020

Kodansha Comics listed five new manga titles on its website that will debut digitally in June 2020:

  • Stellar Witch LIP☆S (Majo Kaitō LIP☆S) by Hana Kagami and Kotoko Ichi [scheduled to debut on June 2, 2020]
  • Hop Step Sing! by Kodansha, Rei Kodama, and Yui Asube [scheduled to debut on June 9, 2020]
  • Men’s Life —Her Secret Life in The Boys’ Dormitory— by Ayu Watanabe [scheduled to debut on June 16, 2020]
  • Abe-kun’s Got Me Now! (Abe-kun ni Nerawaretemasu) by Aki Iwai [scheduled to debut on June 23, 2020]
  • When We Shout for Love (Bokura ga Ai wo Sakebu Toki) by Yuka Kitagawa [scheduled to debut on June 30, 2020]

In July 2019, Kodansha Comics announced during its Anime Expo panel that it had acquired the licenses for CLAMP’s Chobits and Clover manga series. Kodansha Comics will also publish these titles in June 2020 as part of the Kodansha Classics line.

Source: ANN