At its panel on Saturday, Kodansha Comics USA announced several new titles for publication in 2013. In October 2013 Kodansha will begin releasing Vinland Saga. Written and drawn by the award-winning Makoto Yukimura, the manga is historical fiction set in 11th century England at the time of the vikings. It tells the story of Thorfinn, a young man seeking revenge for the murder of his father, while also depicting the rise of King Knut the Great to power.
Kodansha also announced that it would be releasing a brand-new artbook for Naoko Takeuchi’s popular Sailor Moon in 2013. The book will include artwork from past artbooks released for the property, as well as new art drawn by Takeuchi. It was further explained that this artbook will be released simultaneously worldwide in seven different regions, with each of those seven editions including special exclusive content.
Due in November 2013 is Tokyo Mew Mew a la Mode, Mia Ikumi’s two-volume sequel to the original Tokyo Mew Mew by Reiko Yoshida. Ikumi was the illustrator for that manga.
Kodansha also announced two titles for June 2013: Mitsuru Hattori’s Sankrea (localized as Sankarea: Undying Love), a “zombie love” story, as well as the manga adaptation of Atsuko Asano’s science fiction novel series No. 6. Asano’s books were also adapted to an 11-episode anime series animated by BONES, which was released by Sentai Filmworks.
Finally, Kodansha revealed that Hiro Mashima’s fantasy action manga Fairy Tail would be released monthly in print, starting with the 24th volume in March 2013 until the publisher has caught up with the Japanese release. They will also release the series twice a month digitally until the title is caught up with Japan in both print and digital formats.