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Kodansha USA Publishing is an American publishing company and subsidiary of Japanese publishing company Kodansha. Established in July 2008,[3] Kodansha USA publishes books relating to Japan, Japanese culture, and manga, the latter under the Kodansha Comics imprint.

Kodansha USA Publishing
Parent companyKodansha
FoundedJuly 2008; 10 years ago (2008-07)
Country of originUnited States
Headquarters locationNew York, New York
DistributionPenguin Random House Publisher Services (US)[1]
Turnaround Publisher Services (Comics: UK)[2]
Key peopleYoshio Irie (President & CEO)
Publication types
Nonfiction topics
  • Japan
  • Japanese culture
ImprintsKodansha Comics


Kodansha ComicsEdit

Kodansha Comics is an imprint of Kodansha USA who are responsible for the localization and publication of Kodansha manga. Established in 2009, the imprint was established to coincide with the 100th anniversary of Kodansha.[4] The imprint's launching titles were Ghost in the Shell by Masamune Shirow and Akira by Katsuhiro Otomo, both of which were previously published in English by Dark Horse Comics.[5]

Kodansha Comics later began to acquire series that were previously published by Tokyopop, after their licenses were made to expire by Kodansha.[6] Although bearing the Kodansha name, Kodansha Comics was not intended to be the sole distributor of Kodansha titles, with Del Rey Manga publishing many of Kodansha's titles until the company was shut down in 2010.[4] After the shut down of Del Rey Manga on October 4, 2010, Kodansha Comics gradually began to publish some Del Rey Manga titles, with Random House acting as the distributor for the imprint.[7][8]



  1. ^ Current Clients Penguin Random House Publisher Services
  2. ^ "Publishers Representatives | Publishers Distributors". Turnaround Publisher Services. Retrieved 2018-01-12.
  3. ^ "Kodansha To Publish, Sell Manga In U.S. In September". Anime News Network. 2008-07-01. Retrieved 2011-01-21.
  4. ^ a b Reid, Calvin (2009-10-05). "Kodansha Sets Up to Publish Manga in U.S." Archived from the original on 2009-12-12. Retrieved 2017-11-15.
  5. ^ "Kodansha Confirms Plans To Publisher Manga In U.S." Anime News Network. 2009-10-05. Retrieved 2011-01-21.
  6. ^ "Tokyopop Confirms Its Kodansha Manga Licenses Have Ended (Update 3)". Anime News Network. 2009-09-01. Retrieved 2017-11-15.
  7. ^ "Kodansha USA To Take Over Del Rey Titles". Anime News Network. 2010-10-04. Retrieved 2017-11-15.
  8. ^ "Kodansha USA Has No Plans to Rescue Any More Del Rey Titles". Anime News Network. 2013-05-06. Retrieved 2017-11-15.

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