Kodansha Comics announces its digital-first debuts for September, including the long-awaited sequel, Peach Girl NEXT on September 4


Also debuting: Haru Tsuishima’s The Walls between Us (September 18) and Ren Kawahara’s Ao-chan Can’t Study! (September 25)

San Francisco, Calif. (August 30, 2018)—Kodansha Comics continues its campaign launching new “digital-first” manga series on a weekly basis and has just announced it will kick off 3 new manga series in September. Following up the long-awaited “rescue” of formerly out-of-print high-drama high-school shojo classic Peach Girl from last month, Kodansha Comics will complete the original run of Peach Girl in September. But that’s not all—Miwa Ueda’s where-are-they-now sequel Peach Girl NEXT makes its debut for the first time in English on September 4!

Kodansha Comics’s digital-first manga releases are part of an exciting new initiative begun last year to put a greater diversity of manga series into the market. Starting with Miwa Ueda’s Peach Girl NEXT on September 4, this month’s series debuts will be available at all of Kodansha Comics’s partner digital platforms, including Amazon Kindle, BookWalker, comiXology, Google Play, Kobo, MyAnimeList, and nook:

Peach Girl NEXT (debuting September 4), Miwa’s Ueda’s where-are-they-now sequel to her one of the all-time drama-laden high-school shojo manga, Peach Girl—with all the gang (Momo! Kairi! Toji! Sae!) now adulting ten years laterread Chapter 1 for free here;

Peach Girl volumes 9-18 (releasing September 11), the Peach Girl revival continues with the remaining volumes readily available once again, completing the original run of Miwa Ueda’s sasstastic shojo manga megahit from the 90s—read Chapter 1 for free here;

The Walls between Us (debuting September 18), Haru Tsukishima’s romantic comedy about a girl who finds herself involved with her old childhood friend, who’s now grown up into an egotistical, self-absorbed playboy (original Japanese title: Watashitachi ni wa kabe ga aru);

Ao-chan Can’t Study! (debuting September 25), Ren Kawahara’s irreverent jokefest about the conflict between academic and more corporeal pressures, captured in one girl’s struggle to just get some studying done (original Japanese title: Midarana Ao-chan wa benkyou ga dekinai) ;

More information about Kodansha Comics’s “digital-first” initiative can be found here.

About Kodansha

Kodansha Ltd. is Japan’s leading publishing house, based in Tokyo, Japan. Founded in 1909, Kodansha Ltd. continues to this day to play a dominant role in media, producing books and magazines in a wide variety of genres including literature, fiction, nonfiction, children’s, business, lifestyle, art, manga, fashion, and journalism. Recently, Kodansha Ltd. has focused on creating and developing a wide range of digital businesses.

Kodansha Comics is the English-language manga-publishing imprint of Kodansha USA Publishing, which was established in New York City in 2008, with the publications of two of the most groundbreaking comics of all time: Katsuhiro Otomo’s Akira and Shirow Masamune’s The Ghost in the Shell. Other major manga hits from Kodansha Comics include Sailor MoonAttack on Titan, and Fairy Tail. Kodansha Advanced Media is a digital-content distributor and producer established in San Francisco in 2015. More about Kodansha Comics at http://www.kodanshacomics.com

About The Author Siddharth Gupta

Siddharth Gupta is an illustrator, animator, and writer based in Minnesota. They graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Animation from the School of Visual Arts, and have worked on projects for the University of Minnesota and the Shreya R. Dixit Foundation. An avid animation and comics fan since childhood, they've turned their passion towards being both a creator and a critic. They credit their love for both mediums to Akira Toriyama’s Dragon Ball, which has also defined their artistic and comedic sensibilities. A frequent visitor to their local comic book shop, they are an avid reader and collector, particularly fond of manga. Their favorite comics include The Adventures of Tintin by Herge, Bloom County by Berkeley Breathed, and pretty much anything and everything by Rumiko Takahashi.

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