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Kodansha Comics & Vertical Comics Reveal Ten New Print Releases

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The publisher has set a slew of new titles coming out in print form over the next year that are going to make a lot of fans very happy.

The folks at Kodansha USA Publishing revealed details of their lineup of print Kodansha Comics and VERTICAL releases from June 2020 to January 2021 today with a number of strong titles that will be coming out. Take a look at the bulleted list below and then further along with all the details you need.

Kodansha Comics

  • Codename: Sailor V Eternal Edition
  • The Ghost in the Shell: The Human Algorithm Volumes 1 & 2
  • Mashima HERO’S Volume 1
  • Orient Volume 1
  • Sachi’s Monstrous Appetite Volume 1
  • Shikimori’s Not Just a Cutie Volume 1
  • That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime: Trinity in Tempest Volume 1
  • Those Not-So-Sweet Boys Volume 1


  • With a Dog AND a Cat, Every Day is Fun Volume 1
  • Pretty Boy Detective Club: The Dark Star that Shines for You Alone (Novel)

Details on all debuting titles can be found below!

COVER NOT FINAL Codename: Sailor V Eternal Edition
By Naoko Takeuchi
ON SALE: 01/05/2021
TR: 9781646511433
Price: $27.99 USD / $36.99 CAN
Ages 13 and up.
Who will love it: New fans of Sailor Moon looking to read the series that started it all, and longtime fans looking for the ultimate collector’s item.

Before Sailor Moon, there was Sailor V! Minako Aino is 13 years old when she meets a talking white cat named Artemis, who tells her something unbelievable: With a magic pen, she has the power to transform into the elegant, masked hero Sailor V. Experience Minako’s adventures, before she became Sailor Venus, featuring a new, glittering cover, a fresh translation, and remastered interior art!

COVER NOT FINAL The Ghost in the Shell: The Human Algorithm 1 & 2
Story by Junichi Fujisaku
Art by Yuki Yoshimoto
Based on The Ghost in the Shell by Shirow Masamune
VOL. 1 ON SALE: 6/23/2020
TR: 9781646511778
Price: $12.99 USD / $16.99 CAN
Ages 16 and up.
VOL. 2 ON SALE: 12/1/2020
TR: 9781646511792
Price: $12.99 USD / $16.99 CAN
Ages 16 and up.
Who will love it: Fans of the classic The Ghost in the Shell manga and Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex manga & anime, who have been starved for new content for the past decade, and new fans brought into the fold by the upcoming anime SAC_2045.

Hackers attempt to assassinate a politician during a speech preaching the advantages of cybernetic prosthetics. Fortunately, Togusa is there to whisk her to safety, and the investigation leads Batou to a suspicious factory in the artificial islands in southern Japan. Meanwhile, Chief Aramaki hears of a disturbing discovery at the other end of the country: dozens of artificial bodies, illegally dumped near a village where an anti-cyberization sect conducts their training and “rites.” Among the empty shells is one formerly inhabited by the woman who embodied Section 9 until she left it behind and disappeared: Major Motoko Kusanagi…

By Hiro Mashima
ON SALE: 11/03/2020
TR: 9781646511785
Price: $10.99 USD / $14.99 CAN
Ages 13 and up.
Who will love it: Fans of the worlds of Hiro Mashima – FAIRY TAIL, RAVE MASTER, and EDENS ZERO, and more – will be delighted by this massive crossover by their favorite creator.

A delightful gift to every Hiro Mashima fan! Discover HERO’S, the ultimate crossover, the new manga that brings together wizards, warriors, and spacefarers from every corner of the Hiro Mashima universe, including characters from FAIRY TAILRAVE MASTER, and EDENS ZERO. This is Mashima’s victory lap! Don’t miss it!

By Shinobu Ohtaka
ON SALE: 01/05/2021
TR: 9781646511419
Price: $10.99 USD / $14.99 CAN
Ages 16 and up.
Who will love it: Fans of manga like Naruto, Magi, or The Seven Deadly Sins looking for their next shonen action series.

The new shonen action manga from the creator of Magi is here! Musashi is a teenager living under demon rule. As children, he and his best friend made a promise: to become the greatest warriors in the world and overthrow the demons. But life intervenes, and five years later, he finds himself about to become a miner. Yet can Musashi truly be satisfied with a “normal” life?

Sachi’s Monstrous Appetite 1
By Chomoran
ON SALE: 11/03/2020
TR: 9781646511730
Price: $12.99 USD / $16.99 CAN
Ages 16 and up.
Who will love it: Fans of monster-girl romance manga like Sankarea and Actually, I Am…/My Monster Secret.

Makie’s a boy in love, with his tall, older classmate Sachi. As a sign of his affection, he makes Sachi a special lunch every day. Sachi loves Makie, too, but she has a secret… she’s actually a shapeshifting monster called a watari, and she was drawn to Makie because he smells…delicious! But it’s not just Sachi who’s drawn to Makie’s scent, and soon, he realizes the entire monster world is after him. Fortunately, Sachi’s a watari who eats watari, and she pledges to protect him. But how long can Makie survive, with Sachi’s appetite the only thing between him and a monster’s belly?

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Shikimori’s Not Just a Cutie 1
By Keigo Maki
ON SALE: 11/03/2020
TR: 9781646511754
Price: $12.99 USD / $16.99 CAN
Ages 13 and up.
Who will love it: Fans of recent high-school romcom manga like Komi Can’t Communicate and Don’t Toy With Me, Miss Nagatoro.

Shikimori seems like the perfect girlfriend: cute, fun to be around, sweet when she wants to be… but she has a cool dark side that comes out under the right circumstances. And her boyfriend Izumi loves to be around when that happens! A fun and funny high school romance with a sassy twist perfect for fans of Nagatoro-san and Komi Can’t Communicate!

That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime: Trinity in Tempest 1
By: Tae Tono
Created by: Fuse
Character designs by: Mitz Vah
ON SALE: 10/20/2020
TR: 9781646511761
Price: $12.99 USD / $16.99
Ages 16 and up.
Who will love it: Fans of the That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime manga, light novel, and anime series eagerly awaiting season 2 to debut this fall.

The new spinoff manga to the hit fantasy isekai series, developed by original creator Fuse! Against the odds, the little slime Rimiru has established his magical kingdom for all monsters, called Tempest, and it’s thriving. But three visitors, Phos the fox girl, Stella the dragon girl, and Frey the winged girl, come to pay Tempest a visit, they’re stunned at just how quickly it’s developed. Don’t miss this new story in the world of Slime, just as the second season of the anime arrives!

Those Not-So-Sweet Boys 1
By: Yoko Nogiri
ON SALE: 01/12/2021
TR: 9781646511747
Price: $10.99 USD / $14.99 CAN
Ages 13 and up.
Who will love it: Readers of relatable, slice-of-life shojo titles like the author’s previous titles That Wolf-Boy Is Mine! and Love in Focus.

From the creator of That Wolf-Boy Is Mine! and Love in Focus comes a story of a hard-working high schooler who falls for a bad boy, and discovers that the lives of him and his friends are nothing like what she imagined. Don’t miss Yoko Nogiri’s newest shojo hit!

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With a Dog AND a Cat, Every Day is Fun 1
By: Hidekichi Matsumoto
ON SALE: 09/01/2020
TR: 9781949980554
Price: $12.95 USD / $17.50 CAN
All ages.
Who will love it: Readers of all ages and animal lovers

Are you a dog person? Or maybe a cat person? Or maybe both?? Based on author Hidekichi Matsumoto’s real life experience, she shows us what it’s like to live with both a dog AND a cat!

Pretty Boy Detective Club:
The Dark Star that Shines for You Alone (Novel)
ON SALE: 9/29/2020
TR: 9781949980516
Price: $14.95 USD / $17.95 CAN
Ages 13 and up.
Who will love it: For YA and Josei novel readers, and fans of NISIOISIN’s hit BAKEMONOGATARIZaregoto series and KATANAGATARI.dr

Rules of the Pretty Boy Detective Club:
1. Be pretty.
2. Be a boy.
3. Be a detective.

Mayumi Dojima, a second-year student at the exclusive Yubiwa Academy middle school, has lost something – a star she glimpsed just once, ten long years ago. But help is on the way, in the form of the unofficial, secretive, and thoroughly mysterious Pretty Boy Detective Club! Rumored to solve problems within the school (most of which they themselves may well have created) for reasons aesthetic rather than financial, these five gorgeous boys sweep Mayumi into their world of excitement, danger, and overwhelming beauty. So begins the thrilling new mystery series from renowned author NISIOISIN!

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