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Kodansha April Digital Debut! Hikaru Nakamura’s Saint Young Men

Saint Young Men Vol. 1

For the past two years, readers of Kodansha Comics’ “digital-firsts” have gotten the jump on everything from the brand-new translation of Battle Angel Alita to new volumes of never-finished classics like BECK to the first appearance of current hits like Tokyo Tarareba Girls and Grand Blue Dreaming. Now “digital-first” debuts are back—and April will see the debut of one of the most talked-about and highly anticipated manga of recent years, Hikaru Nakamura’s Saint Young Men.

Nakamura’s sly comedy documents the everyday life of two not-so-ordinary young men sharing an apartment in modern-day Tokyo: Jesus Christ and Gautama Buddha. Long rumored for an official English-language release, the wait is now over: Saint Young Men is finally here in English. 

Published in 16 volumes (and still ongoing) under the Japanese title Seinto oniisan in Japan,Saint Young Men goes on sale April 23, starting with Volume 1, and with subsequent volumes to be released monthly thereafter. 

Volume 1 also features a specially-penned afterword by British Museum curator Nicole Coolidge Rousmaniere, who helped acquire pages from Saint Young Men for the British Museum’s nascent genga collection.

Saint Young Men will be available on April 23 on all of Kodansha Comics’s partner digital platforms, including Amazon Kindle, Apple Books, BookWalker, comiXology, Google Play, Kobo, MyAnimeList, and nook. 

New Anime and Manga this April from VIZ Media!

VIZ Media has some highly anticipated new home media and publishing releases debuting this month. New titles include set 1 of the anime series Boruto: Naruto Next Generations, as well as My Hero Academia: School Briefs, a short story collection based on the hit superhero action series created by Kohei Horikoshi. Nier:Automata: Short Story Long is the second novel adaptation based on the best-selling video game. Horror master Junji Ito’s Smashed: Junji Ito Story Collection will contain thirteen manga stories and debut later in the month.

The last two titles set for release include The Art of Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind and Nausiccaä of the Valley of the Wind Picture Book. Each book features vivid Studio Ghibli art from the legendary director Hayao Miyazaki.

New Home Media for April:

BORUTO: NARUTO NEXT GENERATIONS SET 1

Blu-ray MSRP: $44.98 U.S. / $52.99 CAN · DVD MSRP: $39.99 U.S. / $51.99 CAN Available April 9th

Meet Naruto’s son! His name is Boruto and he’s just like his dad – unfortunately. He’s rambunctious, rebellious, and more than a handful! He’s joined by the next generation of the Hidden Leaf Village – including Sarada, the daughter of Sasuke, and Mitsuki, a shinobi of mysterious lineage! Boruto and his friends have their hands full when they investigate a dangerous entity known as “The Ghost.” Can Boruto save the village just like dad? Dive into all of the action of Episodes 1-13 of the hit anime series in its first home media release. Special features include a BORUTO OVA, storyboards, art gallery and more!

BORUTO: NARUTO NEXT GENERATIONS SET 1

New Publishing Releases for April:

MY HERO ACADEMIA: SCHOOL BRIEFS

By Anri Yoshi; Original Story by Kohei Horikoshi

MSRP: $10.99 U.S. / $14.99 CAN · Available April 2nd

The U.A. High School Hero Course teaches young hopefuls everything they need to become heroes. Between killer events like the Sports Festival and internships, there’s even Parents’ Day! That’s when all the kids get the chance to show their parents what they’re made of!

MY HERO ACADEMIA: SCHOOL BRIEFS

NIER:AUTOMATA: SHORT STORY LONG

By Jun Eishima and Yoko Taro

MSRP: $14.99 U.S. / $19.99 CAN · Available April 9th 

When alien forces invade with an army of Machines, the remnants of humanity must depend on Androids of their own design—the placid 2B and the excitable 9S—to survive.

NIER:AUTOMATA: SHORT STORY LONG

SMASHED: JUNJI ITO STORY COLLECTION

By Junji Ito

MSRP: $22.99 U.S. / $32.00 CAN · Rated ‘T+’ For Older Teens · Available April 16th

Try not to be noticed when you eat the secret nectar, otherwise you’ll get smashed… What horrific events happened to create the earthbound—people tied to a certain place for the rest of their short lives? Then, a strange haunted house comes to town, but no one expects it to lead to a real hell… Welcome to Junji Ito’s world, a world with no escape from endless nightmares.

SMASHED: JUNJI ITO STORY COLLECTION

THE ART OF NAUSICAÄ OF THE VALLEY OF THE WIND

By Hayao Miyazaki

MSRP: $34.99 U.S. / $46.99 CAN · Available April 16th

Hayao Miyazaki’s Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, based on his own manga, was released in 1984 and has been a cult classic ever since. In a long-ago war, humankind set off a devastating ecological disaster. The earth is slowly submerging beneath the expanding Sea of Decay, an enormous toxic forest that creates mutant insects and poisonous spores. Beyond the sea lies the Valley of the Wind, a kingdom of barely 500 citizens and home to Nausicaä, who risks everything to save her people and bring peace and health to the valley. Includes sketches, developmental water colors, cel animation, and more.

THE ART OF NAUSICAÄ OF THE VALLEY OF THE WIND

NAUSICAÄ OF THE VALLEY OF THE WIND PICTURE BOOK

By Hayao Miyazaki

MSRP: $29.99 U.S. / $39.99 CAN · Available April 30th

In a long-ago war, humankind set off a devastating ecological disaster. The earth is slowly submerging beneath the expanding Sea of Decay, an enormous toxic jungle filled with mutant insects and poisonous spores. At the edge of the sea lies the Valley of the Wind, home to Nausicaä, who risks everything to save her people and bring peace and health to her people. Studio Ghibli picture books capture the magic of the legendary studio’s animated films with easy-to-read text, full-color pictures direct from the film, and a family-friendly oversized hardcover format.

NAUSICAÄ OF THE VALLEY OF THE WIND PICTURE BOOK

Kodansha Comics, Vertical Comics, and Vertical, Inc. Announce New Upcoming Titles

Kodansha Comics

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

Vertical Comics announced the highly anticipated manga adaptation of NISIOISIN’s blockbuster Bakemonogatari series by acclaimed creator Oh! Great (Air Gear). The series will begin October 2019. Another major announcement was a new novel by the acclaimedMonogatari franchise creator, Hanging High School, the third book in the Zaregoto series, in September. Fans have clamored for the next episode in the series since the release of the second book in 2018, preceded by the hit first volume in 2017. During the announcement, Vertical revealed new cover art by VOFAN, the star illustrator of the Monogatari Series, for Makoto Shinkai‘s Voices of a Distant Star (novel), to release in July, and for VOFAN’s own full-color artbook previously only published in Taiwan, Colorful Dreams, to release in OctoberVertical also added Seraph of the End: Guren Ichinose Resurrection at Nineteen, the prequel novels of the hit 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 this year from Vertical, Inc. To coincide with the work’s 25thanniversary, 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 bestselling fantasy epic Fairy Tail, which will see its first 11-volume box set released this fall, with two per year to follow. Kodansha also announced Fairy Tail: 100 Years Quest, the sequel to Fairy Tail, which this summer will continue the adventures of Natsu, Lucy, Erza, and the entire magical guild, 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 this summer. Where the original series followed a Red Blood Cell and a White Blood Cell through a (relatively) healthy body, this spinoff 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 this January, 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. Vol. 1 is coming this fall.

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 this fall. Finally, Kodansha will bring to print the digital-first title Drifting Dragons, about a “whaling ship” that floats through the air and hunts dragons! Vol. 1 is coming this holiday season. 

VIZ Media Announces New Manga for the Fall

VIZ Media has announced new manga publishing acquisitions set for release this coming fall.

New fall titles joining the VIZ Signature imprint include Cats of the Louvre, the latest masterpiece from Eisner Award-winning creator Taiyo Matsumoto. Acclaimed author Osamu Dazai’s No Longer Human is adapted into chilling graphic novel form by the famed horror manga creator Junji Ito.

Additional acquisitions include Levius, a hardcover deluxe edition of the science fiction battle manga and its ongoing sequel series, Levius/Est. The Way of the HouseHusband is an action-packed comedy about a former yakuza legend trying to lead a law-abiding, domestic life as a househusband. And in No Guns Life, a gritty new action series, a former soldier with a cyborg body finds the war never ends for people with bodies like his. Finally, the Assassination Classroom Complete Box Set rounds out the new releases, collecting all 21 volumes of the hit high school action-adventure-comedy from Shonen Jump.

CATS OF THE LOUVRE

A surreal tale of the secret world of the cats of the Louvre by Eisner-Award winning creator Taiyo Matsumoto. The world-renowned Louvre museum in Paris contains more than just the most famous works of art in history. At night, within the darkened galleries, an unseen and surreal world comes alive – a world only witnessed by the small family of cats that live in the attic. Until now…

CATS OF THE LOUVRE

NO LONGER HUMAN

Plagued by a maddening anxiety, the terrible disconnect between his own concept of happiness and the joy of the rest of the world, Yozo Oba plays the clown in his dissolute life, holding up a mask for those around him as he spirals ever downward, locked arm-in-arm with death. Osamu Dazai’s immortal—and supposedly autobiographical—work of Japanese literature, is perfectly adapted here into a manga by Junji Ito. The imagery wrenches open the text of the novel one line at a time to sublimate Yozo’s mental landscape into something even more delicate and grotesque. This is the ultimate in art by Ito, proof that nothing can surpass the terror of the human psyche.

LEVIUS

It’s the 19th Century and the world has entered the Era of Rebirth, recovering from the devastating flames of war. The sport of Mechanical Martial Arts has galvanized many nations. Cybernetically augmented fighters turn their blood into steam and their bodies into brutal fighting—and killing—machines. Young Levius is one of those arena battlers, hellbent on winning so he can simply survive.

LEVIUS/EST

In this ongoing series that picks up where LEVIUS ended, things look bleak in the aftermath of the Mechanical Arts arena battle. A new arrival inspires a sense of hope – but she might also signal the end of everything!

THE WAY OF THE HOUSEHUSBAND

It’s a day in the life of your average househusband – if your average househusband is the legendary yakuza the “Immortal Dragon”!Yes, this former yakuza legend has left it all behind to become your everyday househusband. But it’s not easy to walk away from the gangster life, and what should be mundane household tasks are anything but!

THE WAY OF THE HOUSEHUSBAND

NO GUNS LIFE

After the war, cyborg soldiers known as the Extended were discharged. Juzo Inui is one of them, a man whose body was transformed, his head replaced with a giant gun! With no memory of his previous life—or who replaced his head and why—Inui now scratches out a living in the dark streets of the city as a Resolver, taking on cases involving the Extended.

ASSASSINATION CLASSROOM COMPLETE BOX SET

The complete box set collection includes all 21 volumes of Assassination Classroom along with a premium two-sided color poster and a 32-page full-color mini artbook.

Ever caught yourself screaming, “I could just kill that teacher”? What would it take to justify such antisocial behavior and weeks of detention? Especially if he’s the best teacher you’ve ever had? How about blowing up the moon and threatening to do the same to Mother Earth—unless you take him out first?! Plus a reward of a cool 100 million from the Ministry of Defense!

Fullmetal Alchemist: The Complete Four-Panel Comics Debuts from VIZ Media March 12

Fullmetal Alchemist: Complete Four-Panel Comics

VIZ Media has announced a new addition to one of manga’s greatest series with the release of Fullmetal Alchemist: The Complete Four-Panel Comics on March 12th.

The Fullmetal Alchemist: The Complete Four-Panel Comics features a complete collection of four-panel comic strips from Hiromu Arakawa’s original Fullmetal Alchemist series (which is published in English by VIZ Media) and never-before-seen bonus strips from Japan. The title is rated ‘T’ for Teens and carries a print MSRP of $12.99 U.S. / $17.99 CAN.

In an alchemical ritual gone wrong, Edward Elric lost his arm and his leg, and his brother Alphonse became nothing but a soul in a suit of armor. Though the Elric brothers’ circumstances are tragic, in these spoofs penned by author Hiromu Arakawa, the duo’s quest to reclaim their bodies is completely hilarious!

Yaoi Manga Publisher SuBLime Announces Candy Color Paradox

Candy Color Paradox

SuBLime has announced a new romantic comedy from Isaku Natsume with the release of Candy Color Paradox on March 12th.

Candy Color Paradox is rated ‘M’ for Mature Readers. Print editions will carry an MSRP of $12.99 U.S. / $17.99 CAN each. Digital editions of Candy Color Paradox will carry an MSRP of $6.99 U.S. per volume. Readers have two methods of digital access to the series on SuBLimeManga.com – a DRM-free downloadable PDF, viewable on any enabled eReader device and computer, as well as via the online manga viewer. Fans can also purchase a digital version through NOOK, Kindle, Kobo, Google Play, and ComiXology. SuBLime will publish subsequent volumes of Candy Color Paradox on a quarterly basis.

Satoshi Onoe, a reporter for a weekly magazine, has a new stakeout partner, and he’s anything but thrilled about it. Photographer Motoharu Kaburagi’s unconventional reporting methods and overall bad attitude are enough to drive Onoe insane. But the more the two work together, the closer they get.

Dark Horse Dips into Food Manga with Ms. Koizumi Loves Ramen Noodles

The noodles, the toppings, the broth—the street stalls, restaurants, and home cooking…ramen is everywhere and has a history as rich as the dish itself, but how much do you know about these delectable noodles? Probably not as much as Ms. Koizumi in Ms. Koizumi Loves Ramen Noodles Volume 1

In Ms. Koizumi Loves Ramen Noodles the cool, mysterious high school student Ms. Koizumi and her friends show you around the authentic ramen culture of everyday Japan in this fun food manga written by Naru Narumi…and translated by authentic Japanese chef, Portland’s Ayumi Kato Blystone!

Ms. Koizumi Loves Ramen Noodles is Dark Horse’s first foray into the popular genre of food manga, and includes bonus ramen recipes! The popular Ms. Koizumi manga has been turned into both a Japanese live-action mini-series and an anime series on Crunchyoll. Since its debut in 2013, the story has been filling the hearts (and stomachs) of Japanese audiences. Here, it’s being printed in English for the first time!

The 136-page Ms. Koizumi Loves Ramen NoodlesVolume 1 arrives in comic shops September 11th and bookstores September 24th, available for $10.99.

Ms. Koizumi Loves Ramen NoodlesVolume 1

Titan’s Hard Case Crime Gets its Fist Manga Title, Ryuko

Titan Comics is publishing Ryuko by Eldo Yoshimizu through the Hard Case Crime imprint. This long-awaited translation – the book’s first ever appearance in English – follows Ryuko, a tough and powerful female Yakuza who takes revenge when her mother is kidnapped and she is forced to kill her father.  

Creator Eldo Yoshimizu is famous in Japan as a sculptor, creating vast, jewel-like shapes and sinuous, vivid outlines which are among Japan’s most significant pieces of public art. His work has been exhibited in galleries all over the world, and he has held positions as an artist in residence in Italy, France and New York. Eldo Yoshimizu’s character of Ryuko has graced art galleries around Japan and Europe and now makes her jump to manga with Ryuko, the first book in a two-part criminal saga packed with international intrigue, complex questions of morality, and blistering action.

Ryuko

Junji Ito Heads to TCAF 2019

Smashed

Japanese manga creator and horror sensation Junji Ito will participate in TCAF (Toronto Comic Arts Festival) as a featured guest and is also the poster artist of the 2019 festival. TCAF is being held May 11-12, 2019 in Toronto, Canada.

Junji’s works include Uzumaki, Gyo, Tomie, and “The Enigma of Amigara Fault, and he’s heading to the show to support his new short story collection Smashed: Junji Ito Story Collection, to be published this April by VIZ Media.

Junji Ito will participate in an on-stage interview, live drawing, and special ticketed autograph sessions whose details will be announced later.

Featuring more than 350 exhibiting creators, the Toronto Comic Arts Festival 2019 runs Saturday May 11th, 9am-5pm, and Sunday May 12th, 10am-5pm, at the Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge Street, Toronto, Canada. Attendence is free to all events. Some events with Junji Ito will require ticket, info TBA.

Check out this year’s poster below.

TCAF 2019

Kodansha Comics February Digital Debuts! The Tale of Genji and More!

Kodansha Comics announced today that its “digital-first” debuts, after a brief holiday hiatus, are back. This year will kick off with a trio of highly anticipated digital manga debuts by some of the most talented women creators working in the medium. The lineup includes two recent hit shojo romantic comedies in Rumi Ichinohe’s My Sweet Girl and Rila Kirishima’s World’s End and Apricot Jam, to be followed by the English-language debut of one of the most beautiful examples of the medium in Waki Yamato’s renowned adaptation of the literary classic, The Tale of Genji.

Kodansha Comics is proud to announce the English-language digital debut of The Tale of Genji: Dreams at Dawn, which will coincide with the opening of the exhibition “The Tale of Genji: A Japanese Classic Illuminated” at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City on March 5. The exhibition, on view through June 16, will feature original genga artwork from Waki Yamato’s manga.

Since 2017, readers of Kodansha Comics’s “digital-firsts” have gotten the jump on everything from the updated translation of Battle Angel Alita to new volumes of never-finished classics like BECK to the first appearance of current hits like Tokyo Tarareba Girlsand Grand Blue Dreaming.

Starting with Rumi Ichinohe’s My Sweet Girl on February 12, 2019’s opening round of digital debuts will be available on all of Kodansha Comics’s partner digital platforms, including Amazon Kindle, Apple Books, BookWalker, comiXology, Google Play, Kobo, MyAnimeList, and nook. The schedule is as follows:

My Sweet Girl (debuting February 12) Rumi Ichinohe’s sweet, pure love story is about a girl who never imagined falling in love, until one day she she meets a boy from the next class. This one’s dedicated to all the girls who find things a little bit awkward when it comes to romance. Published in Japan in 8 volumes (still ongoing) under the Japanese title Kimi wa kawaii onnanoko. English volumes will be released monthly until caught up to Japan.

My Sweet Girl

World’s End and Apricot Jam (debuting February 19) Music and romance collide in Rila Kirishima‘s off-kilter comedy about a building manager who has a run-in with a bumbling tenant—who turns out to be the lead singer of a supercool band. Published in Japan in 6 volumes (complete) under the Japanese title: Sekai no hajikko to anzu jam. English volumes will be released monthly.

World's End and Apricot Jam

The Tale of Genji: Dreams at Dawn (debuting February 26).  First published in the 1980s and 90s, Waki Yamato’s rendition of Murasaki Shikibu’s 11th-century literary masterpiece is still gorgeous to behold and is considered one of the greatest novel-to-manga adaptations of all time. Published in Japan in 10 oversized volumes (complete) under the Japanese title Asaki yumemishi, Volumes 1-3 of this new digital English edition will be released on February 26, with subsequent volumes released monthly.

The Tale of Genji: Dreams at Dawn Vol. 1
The Tale of Genji: Dreams at Dawn Vol. 2
The Tale of Genji: Dreams at Dawn Vol. 3
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