Kodansha Acquires Ichijinsha, Makes It Into Subsidiary Company

posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda

Japanese publisher Kodansha announced on Friday that it has acquired publisher Ichijinsha, purchasing all of the company's stocks and making Ichijinsha into a wholly-owned subsidiary. Kodansha made the announcement during a press conference on Friday.

Kodansha stated in the announcement, "We believe this decision will foster the strengths of both companies in comic genres, exhibit synergy, and contribute a large effect in revitalizing the manga market."

Ichijinsha was founded in August 1992 as a manga editing company, and began publishing manga in 1998. The publisher merged with publishing company Issaisha in 2001, from which it acquired the Monthly Comic Zero-Sum magazine. Ichijinsha also publishes such magazines as Comic Rex, Comic Yuri Hime, gateau, Manga 4-Koma Palette, Comic POOL, and Febri. The company also publishes such manga as Saiyuki Reload Blast, Yuruyuri, Otaku ni Koi wa Muzukashii, Citrus, and Masamune-kun's Revenge. Ichijinsha additionally publishes light novels.

Ichijinsha has 95 employees as of October 1, and its capital stock is worth 10 million yen (about US$96,100). The company's yearly sales between August 2015 and July 2016 is projected at 4.4 billion yen (US$42.3 million). Kodansha has 906 employees as of October 1, and its capital stock is worth 300 million yen (about US$2.88 million). The company's yearly sales between December 2014 and November 2015 were 116.8 billion yen (about US$1.12 billion).

Source: Comic Natalie

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