Kodansha Announces "Sankarea," "Vinland Saga,"No. 6" and More Manga Licenses

"Fairy Tail" and "Sailor Moon" plans also announced

Kodansha USA announced at New York Comic Con that they'll be expanding their manga offerings with zombie rom-com Sankarea, Makoto Yukimura's (Planetes) Japan Media Arts Award winning viking historical fiction Vinland Saga, the manga adaptation of sci-fi light novel No. 6 and former Tokyopop series Tokyo Mew Mew a la Mode.


In other planning news, March 2013, with Fairy Tail vol 24, the serieswill be released once monthly and twice digitally.


A Sailor Moon art book is also planned for 2013.


Fairy Tail by Hiro Mashima

Fans have been wishing for Fairy Tail to come out faster, and those wishes are about to be granted! Starting with volume 24 in March 2013, a new volume of Fairy Tail will be released in print every month. But wait, there’s more! Starting that same month, two new volumes of Fairy Tail will be released digitally every month! If you can’t wait, there will be two new volumes of your favorite manga on your iPad or iPhone every month, and if you want a copy for your shelf, there will be a single new volume available every month. That’s more Fairy Tail than ever!


Sankarea: Undying Loveby Mitsuru Hattori

Since he was little, Furuya has felt an unusual emotional connection to zombie movies. It’s not that he feels bad for the survivors – instead he fantasizes about comforting the poor undead girls they slaughter! When his beloved pet passes away, he decides to brew up a resurrection potion in secret. But he’s discovered by popular girl and local heiress Sanka Rea, whose life isn’t as perfect as it seems… and Furuya suggests that she could serve as a test subject!

Sankarea: Undying Love volume 1 will release in June 2013.


No. 6 Story by Atsuko Asano, art by Hinoki Kino

For Shion, an elite student in the technologically sophisticated city No. 6, life is carefully choreographed. There’s school, study, and the occasional visit with his friend and classmate Safu. One fateful day, however, he takes a misstep, sheltering an injured boy his age from a typhoon. Known only as Rat, this boy is a VC – a fugitive living outside the computerized tapestry of city control – and helping him will throw Shion’s life into chaos and start him down a path to discovering the appalling secrets behind the superficial perfection of No. 6.

Adapted from the popular Japanese novels, No. 6 volume 1 will release in June 2013


Vinland Saga by Makoto Yukimura

Thorfinn is son to one of the Vikings’ greatest warriors, but when his father is killed in battle by the mercenary leader Askeladd, he swears to have his revenge. Thorfinn joins Askeladd’s band in order to challenge him to a duel, and ends up caught in the middle of a war for the crown of England. From the creator of the classic Planetes manga comes this epic, highly-anticipated tale.

Vinland Saga volume 1 will release in October 2013.


Tokyo Mew Mew A la Mode by Mia Ikumi

With Mew Ichigo Momomiya studying abroad in London with Masaya, the remaining four girls from Cafe Mew Mew are one too few. Luckily, a new Mew is about to emerge. Little does she know she’s about to become the first Mew Mew with TWO sets of animal genes in her blood. Half cat, half rabbit, she’s joining the Mew Mew team just in time. A new gang calling itself the Crusaders has appeared, and its leader just happens to love wild game like rabbit – well done and served for dinner!

Tokyo Mew Mew A la Mode will release in November 2013.


Air Gear Omnibus by Oh!great

Itsuki Minami needs no introduction – everybody’s heard of the “Babyface” of the Eastside – he’s the toughest kid at Higashi Junior High School. Plus, Itsuki lives with the mysterious and sexy Noyamano sisters. Life is never dull, but it becomes dangerous when Itsuki leads his school to victory over some vindictive Westside punks with gangster connections. Now he stands to lose his school, his friends, and everything he cares about. But in his darkest hour, the Noyamano girls come to Itsuki’s aid. They teach him a powerful skill that will save their school from the gangsters’ siege – and introduce Itsuki to a thrilling and terrifying new world.

Air Gear Omnibus Volume 1 will release in May 2013.


Sailor Moon Art Book

Continuing the celebration of the 20th anniversary of Naoko Takeuchi’s manga masterpiece, SAILOR MOON, Kodansha is pleased to announce that The Sailor Moon Art Book will be released simultaneously throughout the world next year.

The Sailor Moon Art Book joins previous announcements about the future of Sailor Moon that include a new anime series, currently planned to debut next year. This new art book will feature Takeuchi’s most popular work selected from five Sailor Moon art books which had been previously published in Japan. It will also include several unpublished original drawings!

The Sailor Moon Art Book will be released in The United States, Japan, and five other countries simultaneously. Each country’s edition will be a trade paperback with dust jacket, in full color, and will have original, special bonus material. The trim size and page count will be identical for all seven releases.

Sailor Moon fans around the world can look forward to this amazing art book next year! Don’t miss it!


via @KodanshaUSA


Scott Green is editor and reporter for anime and manga at geek entertainment site Ain't It Cool News. Follow him on Twitter at @aicnanime.

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