Kodansha Comics June Digital-First Debuts
Continuing to launch at least one new “digital-first”manga series every week—Kodansha Comics just announced it will kick off 4 new manga series in June, with a diverse offering for the month, including a new girls’ fantasy series by best-selling shojo artist Ema Toyama (Missions of Love, Aoba-kun’s Confessions), a sophisticated timeslip romance, an earnest boys’ junior high-school karate manga, and an outrageous “private tutor” comedy.
Kodansha Comics’s digital-first manga releases are part of an exciting new initiative begun last year to put a greater diversity of manga series into the market. Starting with Chika’s Those Summer Days on June 5, this month’s series debuts will be available at all of Kodansha Comics’s partner digital platforms, including Amazon Kindle, BookWalker, comiXology, Google Play, Kobo, MyAnimeList, and nook:
Those Summer Days (debuting June 5), Chika’s timeslip romance about a legal secretary and a businessman who get a second chance when they travel back in time to that fateful summer day in high school (Japanese title: Ano natsu)—read Chapter 1 for free here;
Kamikamikaeshi (debuting June 12), new fantasy manga by shojo hit-machine Ema Toyama (Missions of Love, Aoba-kun’s Confessions), about Shinto gods living in one young girl’s … hair!?
Karate Heat (debuting June 19), Eiichi Kitano’s fun-filled saga of friendship and competition in the Kawasaki Ukishima Junior High School Karate Club! (Japanese title: Tenohira no netsu wo);
The Quintessential Quintuplets (debuting June 26), Negi Haruba’s outrageous comedy about Futaro, a private tutor who gets stuck with five gorgeous, troublemaking quintuplets for students (Japanese title: Gotoubun no hanayome) ;
Kodansha Ltd. is Japan’s leading publishing house, based in Tokyo, Japan. Founded in 1909, Kodansha Ltd. continues to this day to play a dominant role in media, producing books and magazines in a wide variety of genres including literature, fiction, nonfiction, children’s, business, lifestyle, art, manga, fashion, and journalism. Recently, Kodansha Ltd. has focused on creating and developing a wide range of digital businesses.
Kodansha Comics is the English-language manga-publishing imprint of Kodansha USA Publishing, which was established in New York City in 2008, with the publications of two of the most groundbreaking comics of all time: Katsuhiro Otomo’s Akira and Shirow Masamune’s The Ghost in the Shell. Other major manga hits from Kodansha Comics include Sailor Moon, Attack on Titan, and Fairy Tail. Kodansha Advanced Media is a digital-content distributor and producer established in San Francisco in 2015. More about Kodansha Comics at kodanshacomics.com.