Kodansha Comics and Vertical Release Manga Digitally on InkyPen

The InkyPen comics subscription service for Nintendo Switch has announced that it is partnering with Kodansha USA Publishing, which handles the Kodansha Comics and Vertical imprints, to offer the publisher’s manga.

The announcement stated that “100s of fan-favorite manga” from Kodansha Comics and Vertical are now available through InkyPen. The available titles include Attack on Titan, Parasyte, Battle Angel Alita, and Fairy Tail.

InkyPen launched in the United States, Canada, Europe, Mexico, Russia, Africa, and Australia in December 2018. The service offers some comics to read for free, and the “all-you-can-read” feature is available for US$7.99 per month.

Source: ANN

Kodansha USA Publishing Announces On Sale Date Changes for Select Spring / Summer 2020 Print Titles

Kodansha USA Publishing, which includes both the Kodansha Comics and VERTICAL publishing imprints, has made the decision to shift on sale dates for many of its Spring and Summer 2020 print titles to later in the year, following careful consideration of the global health crisis and related book retail and distribution disruptions.

This decision was not made lightly and Kodansha USA Publishing continues to strive to support its physical retail partners as best it can during this challenging time for the industry. All backlist orders continue to be promptly filled by Kodansha USA Publishing’s distribution partner Penguin Random House. Furthermore, several frontlist releases, including debuts of highly anticipated new manga series, like Wave, Listen to Me!, and returning favorites like Tales of Berseria (manga) Volume 3, Drifting Dragons Volume 4, and more, will retain their original on sale dates.

In order to meet unabated demand for fans reading at home, all previously scheduled Kodansha Comics and VERTICAL titles will continue to be released digitally by their original on sale dates. Kodansha Comics and VERTICAL ebooks will be released as originally planned via digital retail partners BookWalker, Comixology, Google Play, Kindle, MyAnimeList, Apple Books, Rakuten Kobo, nook, and izneo.

Publishing schedule updates for both print and digital releases are viewable through the end of May 2020 at kodanshacomics.com/new-releases.

“We’re very, very lucky to be working with incredibly resilient and resourceful retail partners and our fantastic distribution partner at Penguin Random House, who are stepping up and keeping the essential lifeline of books open during an unprecedented disruption to our day-to-day business,” said Alvin Lu, Kodansha USA Publishing President and CEO. “Getting manga to readers is the top and only priority for us at Kodansha USA Publishing, which we will continue to do during this extraordinary time.”

Kodansha Comics and Vertical Release Manga Digitally on izneo e-Comics Platform

Kodansha Comics and Vertical have announced that they are launching nearly their entire digital manga library on izneo, a European digital comics, manga, and webtoons distribution platform.

The two publishers will feature 2,000 of their manga works in English, including manga such as Attack on Titan, Ghost in the Shell, Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Eternal Edition, Fairy Tail, Fire Force, and The Quintessential Quintuplets. The first volume of more than 270 series will have a special promotional price of $0.99.

Kodansha Comics will also start releasing its weekly simulpub manga chapters on izneo “soon,” for manga such as EDENS ZERO, Attack on Titan, Domestic Girlfriend, To Your Eternity, and APOSIMZ.

izneo is available on web browsers, Android and Apple tablets and smartphones, Nvidia Shield, and on the Nintendo Switch. Works on the service are available both online and offline. Readers can have a subscription to the service or can purchase books individually.

Source: ANN

Kodansha USA Announces New Manga Licenses and Print Releases

Kodansha Comics has announced the following manga licenses and print releases:

  • Codename: Sailor V Eternal Edition by Naoko Takeuchi [release date: January 5, 2021]
  • The Ghost in the Shell: The Human Algorithm by Jun’ichi Fujisaku, Yuki Yoshimoto, and Masamune Shirow [release dates: June 23, 2020 (Volume 1), December 1, 2020 (Volume 2)]
  • Mashima HERO’S by Hiro Mashima [release date: November 3, 2020]
  • Orient by Shinobu Ohtaka [release date: January 5, 2021]
  • Sachi’s Monstrous Appetite by Chomoran [release date: November 3, 2020]
  • Shikimori’s Not Just a Cutie by Keigo Maki [release date: November 3, 2020]
  • That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime: Trinity in Tempest by Tae Tono, Fuse, and Mitz Vah [release date: October 20, 2020]
  • Those Not-So-Sweet Boys by Yōko Nogiri [release date: January 12, 2021]

Kodansha USA announced that it’s Vertical imprint will be releasing the following title for print release:

  • With a Dog AND a Cat, Every Day is Fun by Hidekichi Matsumoto [release date: September 1, 2020]

Source: ANN

Vertical Licenses the Weathering With You Manga

Vertical has announced that it has licensed Wataru Kubota’s manga adaptation of Makoto Shinkai’s anime film Weathering With You (Tenki no Ko). The company will release the manga in Summer 2020.

The manga launched in the September 2019 issue of Kodansha’s Afternoon magazine on July 25, 2019. Kodansha released the first compiled book volume on November 22, 2019.

Source: ANN

Kodansha Comics’ and Vertical Comics’ Announcements at Anime NYC

Kodansha Comics and Vertical Comics announced new manga licenses during their Anime NYC panel.

Kodansha announced that it will release the following manga digitally:

  • Aki Amasawa’s To Write Your Words (Kuchiutsusu) Volume 1 [scheduled to be released on December 3, 2019]
  • Yukari Takinami’s Ex-Enshusiasts: Motokare Mania (Motokare Mania) Volume 1 [scheduled to be released on December 1, 2019]
  • Naru Narumi’s Watari-kun’s ***** is About to Collapse (Watari-kun no xx ga Hōkaisunzen) Volume 1 [scheduled to be released on December 17, 2019]
  • Akiko Higashimura’s Tokyo Tarareba Girls Returns (Tokyo Tareba Musume Returns) Volume 1 [scheduled to be released on December 24, 2019]
  • Atsuko Nanba’s To Be Next to you (Tonari no Atashi) Volume 1 [scheduled to be released on December 31, 2019]
  • Atsuko Nanba’s That Blue Summer (Ao-Natsu) Volume 1 [scheduled to be released on January 7, 2020]
  • Kei Sasuga’s GE – Good Ending Volume 1 [scheduled to be released on January 14, 2020]
  • Nanase’s MabuSasa Volume 1 [scheduled to be released on January 21, 2020]
  • Uri Sagata’s Let’s Kiss in Secret Tomorrow (Ashita, Naisho no Kiss Shiyо̄) [scheduled to begin release on February 4, 2020]
  • Nikki Asada’s The Dorm of Love and Secrets (Koi to Himitsu no Gakuseiryо̄) [scheduled to begin release on February 11, 2020]
  • Shin Shinmoto’s I’ll Win You Over, Senpai! (Senpai! Ima Kara Kokurimasu!) [scheduled to begin release on February 18, 2020]
  • Haruki Mitsui’s I Fell in Love After School (Hо̄kago, Koi Shita) [scheduled to begin release on February 25, 2020]

Kodansha announced that it will release the following manga in print:

  • Eku Takeshima’s Whisper Me a Love Song (Sasayaku yō ni Koi wo Utau) [scheduled to be released in Fall 2020]
  • Tsubasa Yamaguchi’s Blue Period [scheduled to be released in Fall 2020]
  • Gaku Kuze’s Life Lessons of Uramichi-Oniisan (Uramichi Oniisan) [scheduled to be released in Fall 2020]
  • Hebi-Zou, Tsuta Suzuki, and TARAKO’s Heaven’s Design Team (Tenchi Sōzō Design-bu) [scheduled to be released in Fall 2020]

Vertical announced the following manga releases:

  • Complete box set of Kanata Konami’s Chi’s Sweet Home manga that includes four volumes, a box set case, and a “cute Chi bonus item” [scheduled to be released in June 2020]
  • NisiOisin and Suzuka Oda’s Bishōnen Tanteidan (Pretty Boy Detective Club) manga [scheduled to be released in Fall 2020]

Source: ANN

Vertical Announces Nisiosin + Oh! great’s Bakemonogatari Manga

Vertical, an imprint of Kodansha USA Publishing, has announced the debut of Volume 1 for one of the most highly anticipated manga publications of the year: the graphic-novel adaptation of Japanese literary phenomenon NISIOISIN’s Bakemonogatari novel series.

One of the most exciting young novelists in Japan today, NISIOISIN is best known in the West for his literary adaptation of the Death Note manga and his Monogatari novels, the latter all published by Vertical. Monogatari, a uniquely imagined serial blend of noir and fantasy, has gone on to pop-culture prominence in the form of hit anime series, video games, merchandise, and now… manga. Oh! great is a longtime manga legend, famed for his incredibly polished style, best captured in his classic series Air Gear (published by Kodansha Comics) and Tenjo Tenge.

The Bakemonogatari manga represents a unique collaboration between these giants in their fields. It opens with the story of high school student Koyomi Araragi, who catches a girl named Hitagi Senjougahara as she falls, but—much to his surprise—she doesn’t weigh anything… at all. Koyomi is about to learn the truth that monsters have been here since the beginning. Always. Everywhere.

A preview of the entire 75+ page Chapter 1 can be viewed at this link:

Vertical’s License Announcements at Anime Expo

Vertical announced at it and Kodansha Comics’ panel at Anime Expo that it has licensed the A Trail of Blood and Daily Lives of High School Boys manga for physical release. The company has also licensed The Great Cleric, The Slime Diaries: That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime, Goodbye! I’m Being Reincarnated!, and The Knight Cartoonist and her Orc Editor manga for digital release.

A Trail of Blood and Daily Lives of High School Boys will debut in English in early 2020.

The Great Cleric manga will debut digitally on July 23, 2019. The Slime Diaries: That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime will debut digitally on July 30, 2019. Goodbye! I’m Being Reincarnated! will debut digitally on August 6, 2019. The Knight Cartoonist and her Orc Editor will debut digitally on August 13, 2019.

Source: ANN

Top Publishers of Japanese Manga & Novels Announce Exciting 2019 Titles

Kodansha Comics, Vertical Comics, and Vertical, Inc., three leading imprints for Japanese novels and comics in translation, announced their upcoming slate of new titles, running the gamut from new manga series to re-releases of classics.

Vertical Comics announced the highly anticipated manga adaptation of NISIOISIN’s Bakemonogatari series by creator Oh! great (Air Gear). The series will begin October 2019. Another major announcement was a new novel by the acclaimed Monogatari franchise creator, Hanging High School, the third book in the Zaregoto series, in September 2019. Fans have clamored for the next episode in the series since the release of the second book in 2018, preceded by the first volume in 2017. During the announcement, Vertical revealed new cover art by VOFAN, the illustrator of the Monogatari series, for Makoto Shinkai’s Voices of a Distant Star (novel), to release in July 2019, and for VOFAN’s own full-color artbook previously only published in Taiwan, Colorful Dreams, to release in October 2019. Vertical also added Seraph of the End: Guren Ichinose Resurrection at Nineteen, the prequel novels of the manga series for their light novel lineup in December 2019.

The publishers unveiled three new highly anticipated box sets. The Monogatari series will see a “Season 2” box set later in 2019 from Vertical, Inc. To coincide with the work’s 25th anniversary, Kodansha Comics will re-release CLAMP’s Magic Knight Rayearth in two beautiful three-volume hardcover box sets. The first is due Fall 2019, and on top of the three volumes of manga, each will include one full-color art book of rare pieces by the creators and an additional bonus item to be revealed.

Also coming to the box set format is the fantasy epic Fairy Tail, which will see its first 11-volume box set released in Fall 2019, with two per year to follow. Kodansha also announced Fairy Tail: 100 Years Quest, the sequel to Fairy Tail, which will continue the adventures of Natsu, Lucy, Erza, and the entire magical guild in Summer 2019, with layouts and story by creator Hiro Mashima.

In another addition to a beloved Kodansha Comics series, Cells at Work! CODE BLACK will be released in Summer 2019. Where the original series followed a Red Blood Cell and a White Blood Cell through a (relatively) healthy body, this spin-off is set in one that’s falling apart, with smoking, drinking, fatty liver, gout, and more intimate ailments to deal with. The book will carry a “surgeon-general’s warning” that it’s only for ages 18 and up.

Joining Yuri Is My Job!, Kodansha’s premier yuri (girl-girl romance) manga title that debuted in January 2019, Kodansha will publish If I Could Reach You, a serious yuri title about a teenage girl coming to terms with her own sexuality through her crush on her brother’s wife. Volume 1 is coming in Fall 2019.

Kodansha will publish the manga adaptation of the online game Granblue Fantasy, which featured design work and music by key creative figures from the Final Fantasy series and has proven a global hit. The manga, by cocho and Makoto Fuugetsu, will begin in Fall 2019. Finally, Kodansha will bring to print the digital-first title Drifting Dragons, about a “whaling ship” that floats through the air and hunts dragons. Volume 1 is coming during holiday season 2019.

Kodansha Comics and Vertical Comics’ Announcements at New York Comic Con

Kodansha Comics announced that the company has licensed Mari Okada and Nao Emoto’s O Maidens in Your Savage Season (Araburu Kisetsu no Otome-domo yo) and Mitsu Izumi’s Magus of the Library (Toshokan no Daimajutsushi) manga. The publisher will begin releasing O Maidens in Your Savage Season in April 2019. Kodansha will begin releasing Magus of the Library in July 2019.

The company also announced plans to release Naoki Yamakawa and Akinari Nao’s I’m Standing on a Million Lives manga in print in May 2019 after previously debuting it as a digital-first title. It will also begin publishing Hiro Mashima’s Edens Zero in print in October 2018. In addition, the publisher announced that its Akira 35th anniversary box set is back in stock.

Vertical Comics announced that it has licensed Kaori Ozaki’s The Golden Sheep (Kin no Hitsuji) and Nanashi’s Don’t Mess with Me, Nagatoro (Ijiranaide, Nagatoro-san) manga. Vertical will begin publishing The Golden Sheep in September 2019, and Don’t Mess with Me, Nagatoro in November 2019.

Source: ANN