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

The Seven Deadly Sins: Dragon’s Judgement Anime to Release on Netflix U.S. on June 28, 2021

Netflix has streamed a video on YouTube that reveals that it will release The Seven Deadly Sins: Dragon’s Judgement (Nanatsu no Taizai: Fundo no Shinpan), The Seven Deadly Sins franchise’s new television anime series, in the United States on June 28, 2021.

The staff of the previous The Seven Deadly Sins: Imperial Wrath of The Gods series returned for the anime. Susumu Nishizawa returns to direct the anime at Studio DEEN, with Marvy Jack collaborating on the animation production. Rintarou Ikeda is back to supervise the series scripts. Rie Nishino is the animation character designer. Hiroyuki Sawano, Kohta Yamamoto, and Takafumi Wada are again composing the music.

The Seven Deadly Sins: Dragon’s Judgement premiered on Japanese television on January 6, 2021. The series was delayed from its previously scheduled October 2020 premiere date due to the spread of COVID-19. The second cour (quarter of a year) of the anime debuted in Japan in April 2021.

Source: ANN

Enter a New World of Fantasy and Magic in a Collaboration Between The Seven Deadly Sins: Grand Cross and Popular Isekai Anime Re:Zero -Starting Life in Another World

The update on May 11, 2021 for Netmarble’s cinematic adventure role-playing game (RPG) The Seven Deadly Sins: Grand Cross opens up a new world for players, joining Meliodas and the rest of The Seven Deadly Sins to enter the Dragon Kingdom of Lugunica and assist key heroes from the popular isekai anime Re:Zero -Starting Life in Another World-. All players who log into the game from May 11, 2021 through May 25, 2021 will be eligible to receive up to 10 tickets for free that can be exchanged for a chance to receive the limited-time Re:Zero collaboration heroes.

Starting on May 11, 2021, players will have the opportunity to recruit four fan-favorite heroes from the Re:Zero anime series, such as Emilia, Ram, Rem, and Beatrice. All four characters are available to be collected via the limited-time pickup draw, where a player can choose one of the collaboration heroes for free if they receive 600 mileages.

Knights will learn more about the world of Re:Zero in a special World Quest and team up with the heroes of Re:Zero to take on Petelgeuse in a limited-time Death Match – all for high-value rewards that can be redeemed via The Seven Deadly Sins: Grand Cross‘s Exchange Shop. Other in-game events open to players include a Special Mission Event where players can collect Ram by completing various missions, and a Bingo Event where players can collect costumes for the limited-time Re:Zero heroes by completing the event board.

The Seven Deadly Sins: Grand Cross translates the storytelling and adventures of The Seven Deadly Sins into a highly engaging and entertaining mobile gaming experience, featuring stunning, high-resolution 3D graphics, with more than 150 characters, 200 costumes, and 200 dramatic cutscenes. The game is brought to life with the cast of the original Japanese voice actors reprising their characters. Since its launch in March 2020, the game surpassed 30 million cumulative downloads in a year across the world.

The Seven Deadly Sins: Grand Cross is now available for download on the App Store and Google Play. For more information, please visit the game’s official website and Facebook.

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
  • The New Seven Deadly Sins TV Anime to Premiere in January 2021 After COVID-19 Delay

    The official website for The Seven Deadly Sins anime has announced that Nanatsu no Taizai: Fundo no Shinpan (The Seven Deadly Sins: Anger’s Judgment), the franchise’s new television anime series, will premiere on Japanese television in January 2021.

    The series was delayed from its previously scheduled October 2020 premiere date due to the spread of COVID-19.

    Source: ANN

    The Seven Deadly Sins to Get a One Shot Manga in August 2020

    The official website for Kodansha’s Weekly Shōnen Magazine has announced that Nakaba Suzuki will publish a one shot manga for his The Seven Deadly Sins manga in the magazine’s combined 36th and 37th issue on August 5, 2020.

    Suzuki launched The Seven Deadly Sins manga in Weekly Shōnen Magazine in 2012, and ended it on March 25, 2020. Kodansha Comics is publishing the manga in English digitally and in print.

    Source: ANN

    Netflix to Stream The Seven Deadly Sins: Imperial Wrath of The Gods Anime on August 6, 2020

    Netflix has announced that it will begin streaming The Seven Deadly Sins: Imperial Wrath of The Gods (Nanatsu no Taizai: Kamigami no Gekirin), the Seven Deadly Sins franchise’s latest television anime series, on August 6, 2020. The Seven Deadly Sins: Imperial Wrath of The Gods premiered on Japanese television in October 2019.

    The franchise’s first 24-episode television anime series aired in 2014 and 2015. Netflix later streamed the series with both English and Japanese audio, and FUNimation Entertainment released the series in two parts on home video. A four-episode television anime special titled The Seven Deadly Sins -Signs of Holy War- then premiered in August 2016. Netflix began streaming the series in February 2017. The Seven Deadly Sins: Revival of The Commandments, the second television anime series, premiered in January 2018, and Netflix began streaming the series in October 2018. The anime film The Seven Deadly Sins the Movie: Prisoners of the Sky opened in Japanese theaters in August 2018.

    Source: ANN

    The New Seven Deadly Sins TV Anime Is Delayed Due to COVID-19

    The production committee for Nanatsu no Taizai: Fundo no Shinpan (The Seven Deadly Sins: Anger’s Judgment), the Seven Deadly Sins franchise’s new television anime series, has announced that it is delaying the series from its previously scheduled October 2020 premiere date due to the spread of COVID-19. The anime’s official website and Twitter account will announce a new premiere date when it is decided.

    The main cast members will return for the new anime.

    Source: ANN

    The Seven Deadly Sins Manga to End on March 25, 2020

    This year’s 16th issue of Kodansha’s Weekly Shōnen Magazine has announced that Nakaba Suzuki’s The Seven Deadly Sins manga will end in the next issue on March 25, 2020.

    The magazine previously stated in May 2019 that the manga’s 315th chapter, titled “Farewell, ‘The Seven Deadly Sins,'” would be the manga’s “climax,” but the manga continued. Suzuki stated in an August 2018 interview with Kadokawa’s Da Vinci magazine that he is planning on concluding the manga in “about a year,” after about 40 volumes’ worth of story. He noted that he had the ending planned since the beginning of the manga and that he plans to give it an ending worthy of a shōnen magazine.

    Suzuki launched The Seven Deadly Sins manga in Kodansha’s Weekly Shōnen Magazine in 2012. Kodansha Comics is publishing the manga in English digitally and in print. Crunchyroll is posting the new chapters as they appear in Japan.

    Source: ANN

    The Seven Deadly Sins to Get TV Anime in Fall 2019

    Studio DEEN has announced that it is producing a new television anime series based on Nakaba Suzuki’s The Seven Deadly Sins manga titled Nanatsu no Taizai: Kamigami no Gekirin (The Seven Deadly Sins: Wrath of the Gods) for a Fall 2019 premiere. The new series will head towards the story’s “climax.”

    The anime features a new main staff, with Studio DEEN producing the anime. A-1 Pictures handled the previous series and film. Susumu Nishizawa is directing the new anime, with Rintarou Ikeda in charge of series composition. Hiroyuki Sawano, Kohta Yamamoto, Takafumi Wada return from previous anime installments as the composers.

    Returning cast members include Yuuki Kaji as Meliodas, Sora Amamiya as Elizabeth, Misaki Kuno as Hawk, Aoi Yūki as Diane, Tatsuhisa Suzuki as Ban, Jun Fukuyama as King, Yuuhei Takagi as Gowther, Maaya Sakamoto as Merlin, and Tomokazu Sugita as Escanor.

    Source: ANN