News Kodansha Launches Free App With Attack on Titan, Knight in the Area Manga Spinoffs
posted on 2013-12-03 02:20 EST by Lynzee Loveridge
Japanese publisher Kodansha is launching the "Manga Box" smartphone and tablet application featuring more than 30 manga, including an Attack on Titan spinoff and the Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex manga adaptation. Artist hounori will draw the four-panel Sungeki no Kyojin (Titan Short Skits) manga series, which will feature on Eren, Mikasa, and Levi.
The app will also include the school picaresque story Billion Dogs by Muneyuki Kaneshiro (Kami-sama no Iu Toori/As the Gods Will) and Naoki Serizawa (Saru Lock), the Kindaichi Case Files spinoff series Takatō Shōnen no Jikenbo by Seimaru Amagi and Fumiya Sato, Tenkū Shinbon (about a killer in a skyscraper) by Tsuina Miura (Ajin) and Takahiro Ōbo (Box!), and The Knight in the Area spinoff series Area no Kishi Bangai-hen: Enokō Early Days (about the high school days of Coach Iwaki) by Hiroaki Igano and Kaya Tsukiyama.
Additionally, the app will publish the new "Laughing Man Incident" arc of Yū Kinutani's Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex manga.
Hajime Isayama's original Attack on Titan manga has already inspired three other spinoff manga: Saki Nakagawa's Attack on Titan: Junior High (Shingeki! Kyojin Chūgakkō), Satoshi Shiki and Ryō Suzukaze's Attack on Titan: Before the Fall, and Hikaru Suruga and Gan Sunaaku's Attack on Titan: No Regrets.
Kodansha Comics is publishing Isayama's original Attack on Titan manga in North America, along with all three spinoff manga. The company is also publishing the Attack on Titan Guidebooks: INSIDE & OUTSIDE. Vertical is publishing Suzukaze's Attack on Titan: Before the Fall light novel series.
The Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex manga was serialized in Kodansha's Young Magazine from 2009-2010 before moving to Monthly Young Magazine. Kinutani has not serialized the manga in Monthly Young Magazine since the magazine's first 2013 issue, which shipped in December 2012. Kodansha released the fifth compiled volume in Japan in March and Kodansha Comics published the fourth compiled volume in North America in May.