Kodansha Comics Adds Fairy Tail Ice Trail, Noragami: Stray Stories Manga
posted on by Crystalyn Hodgkins
North American manga publisher Kodansha Comics announced at its panel at the WakuWaku+NYC event on Saturday that it has licensed Hiro Mashima and Yūsuke Shirato's Fairy Tail: Ice Trail (Tale of Fairy Tail: Ice Trail) manga and Adachitoka's Noragami: Stray Stories (Noragami: Shuishu) manga.
Fairy Tail: Ice Trail centers around the boyhood of the character Gray Fullbuster, following him from when he loses his teacher until he joins the Fairy Tail guild. Shirato launched the spinoff series in the inaugural issue of Kodansha's Monthly Fairy Tail magazine in July 2014, and ended the series in the magazine's 13th issue on July 17. Kodansha Comics will release the manga during the 2015 holiday season.
Additionally, Kodansha Comics announced that it will release Fairy Tail: Masters Edition 2 in spring 2016. The volume, which collects the original manga's volumes 6-10, will be 7 inches by 10.5 inches and will use high-quality paper. The first Masters Edition volume ships in October. Each volume will retail for US$39.99.
Kodansha Comics describes Noragami: Stray Stories as "a collection of more lighthearted short stories from Noragami creator Adachitoka, featuring all the characters fans have come to love and root for." The company will release the manga in November 2015.
Kodansha released the first volume of Noragami: Stray Stories in Japan in November 2013. BONES is adapting one of the stories from the manga as an original anime DVD that will ship with the 15th volume of the manga in Japan in November.
Adachitoka launched the main Noragami: Stray God manga in Kodansha's Monthly Shonen Magazine in 2011, and the company will ship the 14th compiled volume in Japan in September. Kodansha Comics published the sixth manga volume in North America on August 18, and it will release new volumes monthly starting in October 2015. The company will release the seventh volume in October, and new volumes will ship each month until the English release catch up to the Japanese release in mid-2016.
Fairy Tail: Ice Trail ©Hiro Mashima/Yūsuke Shirato/Kodansha, Ltd. All rights reserved.
Noragami: Stray Stories ©Adachitoka/Kodansha, Ltd. All rights reserved.