Kodansha Comics Reveals Spring 2022 Manga Licenses

The Fandom Post is reporting that Kodansha Comics has announced the manga licenses that will be released in Spring 2022.

The upcoming licenses include:

The Seven Deadly Sins: Four Knights of the Apocalypse
By: Nakaba Suzuki
Release Date: Spring 2022

The newest manga from Nakaba Suzuki, which continues the adventures in the world of The Seven Deadly Sins. This series can be read on its own or as part of The Seven Deadly Sins experience.

Island in a Puddle
Story by: Kei Sanbe
Release Date: Spring 2022

The new manga series from Kei Sanbe, the master of suspense behind Erased, plunges an innocent young boy into Tokyo’s criminal underworld, as he fights to keep his younger sister alive, and to return his soul to his own body.

The tiny apartment where Minato lives may as well be an isolated island in the middle of the ocean. Despite still being in elementary school, it falls on his shoulders to care for his little sister Nagisa, who never stops asking when their mother will make one of her infrequent visits home. On one of those visits, their mother takes them to an amusement park, only to give Minato some cash and leave them on a Ferris wheel… but as the wheel reaches the top, lightning strikes, and, instead of his sister, Minato sees the corpse of a woman… and, reflected in the glass looking back at him, an unfamiliar and menacing face.

A Galaxy Next Door
By: Gido Amagakura
Release Date: Spring 2022

The new sweet and wild romantic comedy from the creator of the hit manga and anime about food and family, Sweetness & Lightning. A desperate manga artist, called on to support his two young siblings, meets a new art assistant. But her arrival isn’t just a small step, it’s a giant leap…

Since his parents died, manga artist Ichiro has barely scraped by, forced to support his two younger siblings on just a middle school education. He doesn’t even have time to learn how to use a computer, which forces him to keep wrestling with pen and paper. When his art assistants quit to strike out on their own, on top of juggling deadlines, family, and the constant fear of losing his job, Ichiro feel close to a total breakdown. But then a new assistant pops into Ichiro’s life, and his prospects immediately start to brighten. She’s an incredible artist, she always finishes on time, and she’s beautiful, to boot. But she also seems to know an awful lot about him, and, soon, she makes a confession that bends Ichiro’s mind beyond the confines of Earth…

Phantom of the Idol
By: Hijiki Isoflavone
Release Date: Spring 2022

The story of a lazy male idol, ready to quit (or get fired), and the peppy poltergeist who brings him back from the brink, and rocketing to the heights of stardom. This madcap musical comedy is perfect for fans of My Dress-Up Darling, Kiss Him, Not Me! and Horimiya.

Yuuya, one half of the boy pop duo ZINGS, may be the laziest performer in the Japanese music industry. His partner is out there giving 110% every night (and, thankfully, he’s quite popular), but Yuuya’s half-assed, sloppy dancing, and his frankly hostile attitude toward the audience, has the fans hating him and his agent looking for any excuse to cut him loose. The career of a pop idol just isn’t the path of easy leisure and adulation Yuuya expected…

After a particularly lifeless concert appearance, Yuuya meets a girl backstage. She’s dressed to the nines in a colorful outfit, she’s full of vim and vigor, and all she wants from life is to perform. There’s just one problem: She’s been dead for a year. This is the ghost of Asahi Mogami, the beloved singer whose time on the stage was tragically cut short, unless… If ghosts are real, is spirit possession really that much of a stretch?

Wandance
By: Coffee
Release Date: Spring 2022

A boy named Kaboku sees a girl named Wanda dance, and suddenly burns with a need to join in. With its thrilling scenes of Japanese hip-hop dance and quirky, charming characters, this is a new, inspirational manga for fans of coming-of-age stories like Blue Period and Your Lie in April. Get up and join the Wandance.

Kaboku has always just gone with the flow, marching in step to the drumbeat of the expectations of those around him: parents, school, plans for the future. It feels predictable, safe, and… empty. But one night, Kaboku’s at school late, and he happens on a girl alone, moving wildly, turning a blank space of concrete into a canvas. This is Hikari Wanda, a member of the hip-hop dance club. Kaboku is immediately smitten, but the road to stepping out of his shell is a long one. The club is almost entirely girls, and they’re all, well, way better than him. What’s ahead is unknown, and that’s terrifying, but it also means, for the first time in Kaboku’s life… a taste of freedom.

Welcome Back, Alice
By: Shuzo Oshimi
Release Date: Spring 2022

Yohei, Kei and Yui are childhood friends and things get complicated when Yohei witnesses Kei and Yui in an intimate moment. But when Kei unexpectedly moves away and returns a few years later to reunite in high school, he seems to be a bit different.

Devil Ecstasy
By: Shuzo Oshimi
Release Date: Spring 2022

Noboru Kusakabe is an 18-year-old virgin college student who developed a trauma for big breasts. Desperately wanting to lose his virginity, Noboru and his friend discover a mysterious brothel called “Devil Ecstasy.” Although he was nervous about his first experience, Noboru is thrilled by a beautiful girl with small breasts named Meruru who holds a scary secret about the brothel.

Sensei’s Pious Lie
By: Akane Torikai
Release Date: Spring 2022

Misuzu Hara is a 24-year-old high school teacher. Her peaceful days of instructing her students begin to change with the advent of her friend Minako’s fiancé, Hayafuji. What happened between them?

A dramatic story about sexual inequalities that lie between men and women.

Blackguard
By: Ryo Hanada
Release Date: Spring 2022

A new dark fantasy from the creator of Devils’ Line, Ryo Hanada.

The world is suddenly overrun by monsters called “shojo” and anyone who is bit by one is infected with a mysterious virus, which turns them into the same being. To defeat the shojo, humans live in “aerial cities” and formed units called “guards.” Nanao Minami, also known as the Blackguard, fights but without regard for his own life. What is his motivation and why does he want to die so readily?

Tezuka New Omnibus Editions – Apollo’s Song, Princess Knight, Ode to Kirihito
By: Osamu Tezuka
Release Date: Spring 2022

From the Harvey Awards Hall of Fame inductee creator

  • Classic Osamu Tezuka titles are back in print in an all new format
  • Each title will now be one volume, complete omnibus editions for the first time ever
  • New covers created by renowned designer Peter Mendulsund

The Shining Sea
By: Koji Suzuki
Release Date: Spring 2022

A young woman who attempted suicide by drowning has lost her memory. Her lover, a young man, is on a pelagic tuna fishing boat. What happened between them? From renowned author Koji Suzuki, the creator of the Ring series.

AKIRA: Art of Wall
By: Katsuhiro Otomo
Release Date: Spring 2022

A UNIQUE ARTIFACT: Reproduction of an art project inspired by Akira and carried out with the involvement of the original creator.

RARE COLLECTIBLE: Akira is one of the most important and popular manga ever published, and official merchandise based on this property is vanishingly rare.

HUGE FRANCHISE: The complete, $200 box set published by Kodansha in 2017 is the #1 best selling ISBN ever published by the imprint by net dollars.

Source: The Fandom Post

Kodansha Comics Announces Digital Manga Debuts for July 2021

Kodansha Comics has announced the new manga titles that will debut digitally in July 2021. The following titles will debut on Tuesdays in July 2021:

Title: That’s My Atypical Girl
Creators: Souhachi Hagimoto (story) Renji Morita (art)
Debut Date: July 6, 2021
Synopsis: Yokoi is a manga artist who spends his nights delivering newspapers just to make rent, since his original works just don’t seem to sell. Suddenly, one day he gets a visit from Saito-san, a self-proclaimed fan of Yokoi’s work who made the long journey to meet him. Yokoi quickly realizes that the things Saito-san sees, feels, and thinks about are different from most people. These two struggle together to find a place to belong in this unique slice-of-life.

Title: Fate/Grand Order -Epic of Remnant- Pseudo-Singularity III: The Stage of Carnage, Shimousa – Seven Duels of Swordmasters
Creators: TYPE-MOON (story), Rei Wataru (art)
Debut Date: July 6, 2021
Synopsis: Ritsuka, a Master from Chaldea, suddenly loses consciousness and finds herself whisked away to Shimousa Province in Edo-era Japan. But it soon becomes clear she’s not in her own timeline… and neither is her companion, a woman called Miyamoto Musashi. Together, they must defeat the Seven Heroic Spirit Swordmasters, a group of fearsome cursed warriors who will stop at nothing until every living thing on the planet is dead.

Title: In the Clear Moonlit Dusk
Creators: Mika Yamamori
Debut Date: July 13, 2021
Synopsis: Yoi Takiguchi has long legs, a deep voice, and a handsome face… in other words, Yoi is such a good-looking guy that most people don’t notice or care that she is, in fact, a girl. Indeed, she’s had the nickname “Prince” as long as she can remember. That is, until she met Ichimura-senpai… the only person who’s really seemed to see her for herself. To her surprise, she’s not sure how to handle this new relationship, especially when her newfound friend is a prince himself (and a guy prince, at that). The story of the two high school princes starts here.

Title: Saving Sweets for After-Hours
Creators: Kanae Sato
Debut Date: July 20, 2021 (Note: Kodansha Comics’ official website lists this date, but the company’s livestream lists July 27, 2021)
Synopsis: Reika has it all – she’s a model-tall cool beauty with a high-powered job at her sweets company. But it’s precisely because of all that that she’s never had a boyfriend… men find her too unapproachable, or beg her to be their mistress, in the S&M sort of way. But when she meets a young co-worker, Hasegawa-kun, she happens to find out that they have more in common than just their job, including secrets…

Title: My Darling Next Door
Creators: Rukana
Debut Date: July 27, 2021 (Note: Kodansha Comics’ official website lists this date, but the company’s livestream lists July 20, 2021)
Synopsis: Ririka thinks she must be missing out—after all, what high school girl isn’t obsessed with romance? But when a young, handsome salaryman moves in next door, she realizes she may just be able to understand the appeal of crushes, after all…

Title: ONIMAI: I’m Now Your Sister!
Creators: Nekotofu
Debut Date: July 27, 2021
Synopsis: Mahiro Oyama was just a normal erotic-game loving dude… until he woke up one morning as a woman. Turns out his mad-scientist little sister, Mihari, tried out one of her new experiments on him… with a disastrous outcome, as far as Mahiro’s concerned. But Mihari is as determined to study him as he is determined to go back to his shut-in, game-playing life, and one thing’s for sure… life is going to get a whole lot weirder from here on out.

Source: ANN

More Manga for Your Nintendo Switch with Kodansha and InkyPen

Over 800 new manga books, volumes and issues from Kodansha USA Publishing have made their way to the Nintendo Switch comic and manga subscription service, InkyPen.

InkyPen’s new additions include updates to Attack on Titan, Battle Angel Alita, Parasyte, Ajin – Demi-Human, and many more. There are also 66 new series to the InkyPen catalogue including titles such as That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime and EDENS ZERO. You can find the list of available Kodansha titles on the InkyPen website (https://inky-pen.com/).

The full range of titles on InkyPen can be read with an InkyPen subscription for $7.99 a month (or local equivalent). The catalogue includes over 1000 comic and manga series and also has a range of free comics to read.

Kodansha Comics Announces Digital Manga Debuts for June 2021

Kodansha Comics has announced the new manga titles that will debut digitally in June 2021. The following titles will debut over consecutive Tuesdays in June:

Title: Ya Boy Kongming!
Creators: Yuto Yotsuba (story), Ryo Ogawa (art)
Debut Date: June 1, 2021
Synopsis: General of the Three Kingdoms, Kongming had struggled his whole life, facing countless battles that made him into the accomplished strategist he was. So on his deathbed, he wished only to be reborn into a peaceful world… and was sent straight to modern-day party-central, Tokyo. Can even a brilliant strategist like Kongming adapt to the wild beats and even wilder party people?

Title: Police in a Pod
Creator: Miko Yasu
Debut Date: June 8, 2021
Synopsis: Female police officer Kawai had enough of a career she wasn’t even that into and was about to hand in her registration, when the unthinkable happened — she met the new, female director of her station. And after spending a little time with this gorgeous role model, Kawai realizes that maybe she isn’t quite done being an officer after all.

Title: Undead Girl Murder Farce
Creators: Yugo Aosaki (story), Haruka Tomoyama (art)
Debut Date: June 15, 2021
Synopsis: The end of the 19th century—a vampire’s wife is murdered, and the detective known as the “cage user” is called in to solve the crime. But there’s more to the detective and the curtained birdcage he carries… after all, when solving a case involving a monster, it might just take one to know one.

Title: Saint Cecilia and Pastor Lawrence
Creators: Hazano Kazutake
Debut Date: June 22, 2021
Synopsis: Saint Cecilia is beloved by the townspeople—not only is she elegant and composed, she benevolently shares her wisdom with all who seek it. That is, until the last person has left—at which point she becomes totally hopeless. Only Pastor Lawrence, is keeping the Saint put together enough to do her duties… and though she may test him, it’s all in a day’s work.

Title: Quality Assurance in Another World
Creators: Masamichi Sato
Debut Date: June 29, 2021
Synopsis: Nikola is just a village girl working at the inn… until the day dragons invade, and she meets Haga, a scholar of everything around him. He’s a part of an elite society called “Seeker,” created to address a series of maladies plaguing their usually peaceful world. But both Nikola and Haga have secrets they hide… ones that will change each other’s very existence.

Source: ANN

ComiXology and Kodansha Comics to Release Volumes 34-44 of The Drops of God Manga

Comixology and Kodansha Comics have announced that they will release Volumes 34-44 of Tadashi Agi and Shū Okimoto’s The Drops of God (Kami no Shizuku) manga digitally in English for the first time on May 18, 2021. The volumes are the final 11 volumes of the series.

The series is 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. The companies then launched Volumes 12-22 in May 2020 and Volumes 23-33 in October 2020.

Vertical previously licensed the series in 2011 and released part of the manga in North America.

Agi launched The Drops of God manga with artist Shū Okimoto in Kodansha’s Morning magazine in 2004. The manga ended in June 2014.

Source: ANN

Kodansha Adds More Attack on Titan Volumes to the comiXology Unlimited and Kindle Unlimited Subscription Programs for Limited Time

Kodansha has announced that for a limited time, fans can read up to Volume 22 of Attack on Titan, FREE as part of comiXology Unlimited and Kindle Unlimited – the Amazon-powered comics, graphic novel and manga subscription services.

Supporting this special subscription service addition, Kodansha also announced the Attack on Titan Final Season Manga Sale, which discounts Volumes 23-32 of the original series, and volumes from Attack on Titan spin-offs like Attack on Titan: Before the Fall, Attack on Titan: Lost Girls, Attack on Titan: Junior High, and more, up to 50% off. This sale runs from April 6-19, 2021, and is available across all our participating digital vendors including Bookwalker, ComiXology, Google Play, Kindle, Nook and izneo. These combined efforts make it easier than ever for new, existing, and anime-only fans to take a deep dive into the dark fantasy world of the Attack on Titan manga.

Attack on Titan is the award-winning and New York Times-bestselling series created by Hajime Isayama. First published in Bessatsu Shōnen Magazine in 2009, this series was a sleeper hit until it won the Kodansha Manga Award in 2011 for the shōnen category. Since then the manga has spawned the hit anime TV series of the same name making Attack on Titan a pop culture sensation. The anime is currently in its final season and can be streamed via Crunchyroll and FUNimation.

Comixology Unlimited offers over 30,000 comics, graphic novels and manga for just $5.99 a month with a 30-day free trial at Comixology.com/unlimited. Kindle Unlimited offers over 1 million titles, thousands of audiobooks, and select current issues of popular magazines for just $9.99 a month with a 30-day free trial at Amazon.com/kindleunlimited.

Kodansha and Humble Bundle Kick off the Latest Season of Anime with the Humble Manga Bundle: Spring 2021 Anime Season

Just in time for the debut of some truly amazing spring anime, Kodansha and Humble Bundle have teamed up to launch the Humble Manga Bundle: Spring 2021 Anime Season. Right now, fans can get 80 volumes totaling over $900 worth of manga that inspired the anticipated Spring 2021 anime debuts including the heart-wrenching fantasy series, To Your Eternity, the school days soccer saga, Farewell, My Dear Cramer, and even the Hiro Mashima sci-fi action / adventure, EDENS ZERO. But much like a season of exciting anime, this offer will not last – so be sure to get the jump into this Humble Manga Bundle before it ends on April 29, 2021.

Read ’em anywhere: All the manga featured as part of the Humble Manga Bundle: Spring 2021 Anime Season will be delivered digitally upon purchase in multiple formats including CBZ, PDF, and ePub, so they work on your computer, e-readers, iPads, cell phones, and a wide array of mobile devices.

Support charity: For this Humble Bundle, Kodansha will be leveraging the purchasing power of each bundle – whether it’s at the $1 tier or the $30 to donate a portion of the proceeds to worthy causes. Choose where the money goes among Kodansha and our preselected charity, the Stop AAPI Hate organization – or choose a charity of your preference via the PayPal Giving Fund.

Below are the different tiers for the Humble Manga Bundle: Spring 2021 Anime Season and what fans can expect to receive:

Pay $1 or more to get:

  • EDENS ZERO Volume 1
  • That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime Volume 1
  • To Your Eternity Volume 1
  • Don’t Toy with Me, Miss Nagatoro Volume 1
  • Tokyo Revengers Volume 1

Pay $10 or more to get:

  • EDENS ZERO Volumes 2-3
  • Farewell, My Dear Cramer Volumes 1-3
  • That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime Volumes 2-3
  • To Your Eternity Volumes 2-3
  • Shaman King: Zero Volume 1
  • The Slime Diaries: That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime Volume 1

Pay $18 or more to get:

  • Don’t Toy with Me, Miss Nagatoro Volumes 2-3
  • EDENS ZERO Volumes 4-6
  • Farewell, My Dear Cramer Volumes 4-6
  • Shaman King: Zero Volume 2
  • The Slime Diaries: That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime Volume 2
  • That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime Volumes 4-6
  • To Your Eternity Volumes 4-6
  • Tokyo Revengers Volumes 2-3

Pay $25 or more to get:

  • Don’t Toy with Me, Miss Nagatoro Volumes 4-5
  • EDENS ZERO Volumes 7-10
  • Farewell, My Dear Cramer Volumes 7-13
  • That Time I Got Reincarnated (Again!) as a Workaholic Slime Volumes 1-2
  • That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime Volumes 7-10
  • The Seven Deadly Sins: Seven Days Volumes 1-2
  • To Your Eternity Volumes 7-10

Pay $30 or more to get:

  • The Seven Deadly Sins Volumes 1-24
  • Kodansha Comics Announces Four New Manga Licenses

    Kodansha Comics has announced four new manga titles that will debut digitally in May 2021. The following titles will debut over consecutive Tuesdays during the month of May.

    Title: With the Sheikh in His Harem (Sheikh-sama to Harem de.)
    Author: Rin Miasa
    Debut Date: May 4, 2021
    Synopsis: Sanagi loves nothing more than money—not even love. After all, it’s what keeps her small family going. But when a chance encounter with a stranger leads her to push away his offer of riches, she wonders if she’s gone crazy… and starts to believe she really has when he reveals that he’s a Sheikh, and proposes to her. She rejects him, but soon finds out that a marriage with him might be the only way to keep her family safe.

    Title: The Springtime of My Life Began with You (Kimi to Aoi Haru no Hajimari)
    Author: Nikki Asada
    Debut Date: May 11, 2021
    Synopsis: Suehiro is a quiet girl, who prefers the excitement of her books to the real-life anxieties of friends. She’d been perfectly happy in her own little world until ultra-popular guy Takasago asked her out as part of a punishment game right in front of the class, bringing Suehiro front and center. Mortified, she tries everything to get away… but he persists, and insists he’s serious. How will she deal with such an interruption to her previously quiet life?

    Title: Medalist
    Author: TSURUMAIKADA
    Debut Date: May 18, 2021
    Synopsis: Tsukasa, whose dreams were crushed. Inori, left to fend for herself. These two share a dream… and their tenacity may be the only thing that sees them through. Their destination? The ice… on the world’s stage.

    Title: Back When You Called Us Devils
    Author: Takashi Sano
    Debut Date: May 25, 2021
    Synopsis: Yusuke Saito is a normal high school kid… well, normal enough, though there’s six months missing out of his memory. But when he starts to get confronted by people who insist they’re from his past, who allege that he did horrible things to them… suddenly Yusuke realizes that those missing six months may be crucial to remember. Otherwise, the skeletons in his closet may just make him a skeleton, too.

    Source: ANN

    Vertical and Kodansha Comics Change Names on Social Media and Get New Homepage

    Kodansha USA Publishing has announced that as part of the “next phase of Kodansha’s English-language publishing program,” the company’s Vertical brand has changed its name to Kodansha Books on social media, and Kodansha Comics has changed its name to Kodansha Manga. The company stated the change is to “[bring] in all titles from Kodansha Comics, Kodansha USA International, and Vertical under a unified Kodansha.”

    The company also launched its new homepage at the https://kodansha.us/ URL to house all of those brands. The company also revealed its new logo.

    Kodansha USA Publishing, the company that handles the Kodansha Comics label, consolidated Vertical and digital distribution company Kodansha Advanced Media under its management in January 2020. As part of the restructuring, Kodansha Advanced Media general manager Alvin Lu became the CEO and president of Kodansha USA Publishing.

    Takashi Sakuda became the chief operating officer of Kodansha USA Publishing, and Kiichiro Sugawara became the publisher. Ivan Salazar, who was a former PR and events specialist under comixology, became the senior marketing editor for Kodansha USA Publishing.

    Japanese publisher Kodansha founded its New York-based subsidiary Kodansha USA Publishing in 2008. Kodansha and Dai Nippon Printing acquired a controlling stake in Vertical in 2011.

    Source: ANN

    Kodansha Comics Announces Digital Manga Debuts for April 2021

    Kodansha Comics has announced four new manga titles that will debut digitally in April 2021. The following titles will debut over consecutive Tuesdays in April:

    Title: Girlfriend, Girlfriend (Kanojo mo Kanojo)
    Author: Hiroyuki
    Debut Date: April 6, 2021
    Synopsis: Naoya just got a girlfriend, the gorgeous Saki-chan, and though their intensities often pit them against each other like ice and fire, they’re totally, uncontrollably in love with each other. He vows never to cheat… when out of the blue he receives another confession. Nagisa’s cute, sweet, and she’s made him lunch to boot. He knows he can’t cheat, but he can’t let a cutie like this get away… so he does the logical(?) thing: Asks Saki for permission to date them both. The confidence! The arrogance! The very gall! No matter the outcome, Naoya’s future will be lively.

    Title: Nina the Starry Bride (Hoshifuru Ōkoku no Nina)
    Author: Rikachi
    Debut Date: April 13, 2021
    Synopsis: Nina had a rough start to life, stealing to survive—and eventually being sold into slavery by her own brother. But to her surprise, her captor, Prince Azure, ordained that she would live the life of a princess… specifically, that of the recently deceased princess-priestess, Alisha. But despite her changing fortune, Nina won’t give up her old life without a fight… and Azure might just be the one to finally match her wits. But how much can she trust Azure? And can she stop the feelings budding in her heart, knowing she must eventually marry another?

    Title: The Honey-blood Beauty & Her Vampire (Mitsugetsuhime & Vampire)
    Author: Toma Fuyuori
    Debut Date: April 20, 2021
    Synopsis: Kagari Tojyo is smart and beautiful… but what really draws a crowd is her rare “honey blood”—a crowd of vampires, that is. Enter Ryotaro, her bodyguard and a vampire himself… with quite the perverted, sadistic streak. What’s Kagari got to do to have a “normal” life?

    Title: And Yet, You Are So Sweet (Na no ni, Chigira-kun ga Amasugiru)
    Author: Kujira Anan
    Debut Date: April 27, 2021
    Synopsis: Maaya Kisaragi, 16 years old, finally confessed to her crush… only to be flatly rejected and ridiculed on social media after. To make matters worse, the most popular guy in her grade, Chigira-kun, overheard her despondent muttering about the whole thing. But instead of making fun of her, he comforts her… and proposes an odd solution to her heartbreak.

    Source: ANN