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Kodansha Comics, comiXology and Amazon announced today the launch of new chapters from best-selling manga series to be available in English the same day they are published in Japan, on both the comiXology platform as well as Amazon’s Kindle Store.

A brand new chapter of the post-apocalyptic global phenomenon Attack on Titan, Chapter 80, goes on sale today on comiXology and Kindle, the same day it appears in Bessatsu Shonen magazine in Japan. All previous chapters from the series are also available.

In addition to kicking off with Attack on Titan, there are sixteen Kodansha series debuting with simultaneous publication, for a total of 17. Today also sees the launch of over 1,900 chapters, creating a vast library for fans that want to dive in for the first time or get caught up before the upcoming volumes digitally debut in English.

“English readers can now buy chapters of their favorite manga series the same day Japanese fans are picking up new issues in convenience stores,” said Alvin Lu, General Manager at Kodansha Advanced Media. “A simul-pub initiative has never been done like this before—it’s effectively a new format and it’s made possible by digital publishing. Doing this through comiXology and Amazon connects the global readership for this broad range of series at a level we’ve never seen.”

“We’re so excited to completely cut the wait time for English-speaking manga fans to no wait at all to read same day as Japan releases of their favorite Kodansha titles” said comiXology’s Senior Director of Communication, Chip Mosher. “Immediate access to new popular Kodansha manga is something we know both comiXology and Kindle fans love and we’re thrilled to be able to provide that access to manga fans everywhere on the same day all around the world.”

The launch of this unprecedented program on comiXology and Kindle worldwide, makes same-day manga chapters more widely available to English-language readers than ever before. These English translations will not be available in Japan.

Included in today’s launch are the following series, to be released in English on comiXology and Kindle on a weekly as well as bi-weekly, monthly, and semi-regular basis:

Weekly:

  • As the Gods Will: The Second Series
  • Fairy Tail
  • Fuuka
  • GTO Paradise Lost
  • The Seven Deadly Sins
  • UQ Holder
  • Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches
  • Bi-Weekly:
  • Inuyashiki
  • Space Brothers

Monthly:

  • Ajin: Demi-Human
  • Attack on Titan
  • Kiss Him, Not Me
  • The Heroic Legend of Arslan
  • Magatsuki
  • Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth Side: P4
  • Sweetness and Lightning

Semi-regularly:

  • Princess Jellyfish

The Kindle Store gives readers access to millions of books on the most popular devices and platforms, including Fire tablets, Kindle e-readers, iOS, Android and more.

With over 75,000 comics, graphic novels and manga from more than 75 publishers, comiXology offers the widest selection of digital comics in the world. ComiXology’s immense catalog and cinematic Guided View reading experience make it the best digital platform for comics worldwide.

About Kodansha Comics , LLC

Established in 2008, Kodansha Comics is the U.S.-based manga imprint of Kodansha Ltd., Japan’s leading publishing house, headquartered in Tokyo. Since its inception, Kodansha Comics has released such classics as Naoko Takeuchi’s Sailor Moon, Katsuhiro Otomo’s Akira, Shirow Masamune’s The Ghost in the Shell, and the latest #1 comics phenomenon in the world, the postapocalyptic thriller Attack on Titan. Kodansha’s U.S. subsidiaries include Kodansha USA Publishing, based in New York, and its digital distribution arm, Kodansha Advanced Media, based in San Francisco. More at kodanshacomics.com.

About comiXology 

ComiXology, an Amazon.com, Inc. subsidiary (NASDAQ:AMZN), has revolutionized the comic book and graphic novel industry by delivering a cloud-based digital comics platform that makes discovering, buying, and reading comics more fun than ever before. ComiXology’s Guided View reading technology transforms the comic book medium into an immersive and cinematic experience, helping comiXology become a top ten grossing iPad app in 2011 and 2012 and the top grossing non-game iPad app in 2012 and 2013. Offering the broadest library of comic book content from over 75 publishers – and independent creators as well – comiXology will not stop until everyone on the face of the planet has become a comic book fan. ComiXology is based in New York City, with operations in Seattle, Los Angeles and Paris. For more information visit www.comixology.com.

About Amazon

Amazon.com opened on the World Wide Web in July 1995. The company is guided by four principles: customer obsession rather than competitor focus, passion for invention, commitment to operational excellence, and long-term thinking. Customer reviews, 1-Click shopping, personalized recommendations, Prime, Fulfillment by Amazon, AWS, Kindle Direct Publishing, Kindle, Fire tablets, Fire TV, Amazon Echo, and Alexa are some of the products and services pioneered by Amazon. For more information, visit www.amazon.com/about.

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