Kodansha Adds Magatsuki, Real Account and Princess Jellyfish
LOS ANGELES (July 5, 2015) – During their panel at Anime Expo, Kodansha Comics announced three new series launches: Magatsuki, Princess Jellyfish, and Real Account. The publisher also announced the acceleration of fan favorite Noragami to a monthly release schedule.
Beginning in February 2016, Kodansha will release the anticipated fan favorite Princess Jellyfish, from acclaimed creator Akiko Higashimura. Tsukimi, who has loved jellyfish from a young age, resides in Amamizukan, a fangirl-only dorm. One evening at the local pet store, Tsukimi sees a lovely jellyfish in danger, but a beautiful woman comes to the rescue. They go back to Amamizukan together, but this "woman"... is actually a man! This long-awaited release will be published in deluxe, large-format 2-in-1 editions. With over 400 pages in each volume, color pages, and bonus special features, this will be the edition to own for newcomers and collectors alike.
Kodansha's second new license, Magatsuki, from creator Hoshino Taguchi, follows 15-year-old Yasuke Arahabaki, who accidentally breaks a sacred mirror in his house's shrine. This accident releases Seori, a goddess of misfortune, and triggers a curse that forces them to stay close together or die. To lift the curse, Yasuke must help Seori achieve happiness – despite the bad luck she carries with her. It all gets more complicated when Yasuke's childhood friend and mutual crush, Akari Inamori, suddenly becomes the new owner of Yasuke's lost soul. How will Yasuke navigate his new intimacy with Akari and still fulfill his promise to Seori? Find out when this series debuts in February 2016.
Lastly, Kodansha announced the launch of new series Real Account. This tense thriller has a simple premise: “If you reach zero online followers, you die.” Ataru is one of millions of members on the social networking site Real Account. But one day, he and thousands of others wake up inside a virtual world. Here, if you lose the game, you die for real—taking all your followers with you. And if you run out of followers, it's also game over. This new series with story by Okushou and art by Shizumu Watanabe will debut in English in March 2016.
Beginning with the seventh volume in October 2015, Kodansha revealed, hit series Noragami: Stray God will switch from a bimonthly release schedule to a new volume every month. The move comes in response to readers' energetic reaction to the series, just in time for the second season of the anime adaptation, which will also air this fall.
About Kodansha USA Publishing, LLC
Established in New York in 2008, Kodansha USA Publishing (KUP) is a subsidiary of Kodansha, Japan's largest publisher. Its manga imprint is Kodansha Comics, which began by releasing Katsuhiro Otomo's Akira and Masamune Shirow's The Ghost in the Shell. Today, thanks to hits like Attack on Titan, Sailor Moon, Noragami, and Fairy Tail, it is now the No. 2 manga publisher in the United States by revenue. Kodansha Comics is distributed by Penguin Random House Publisher Services.