Kodansha announced the K Manga service is now available on browsers at kmanga.kodansha.com. To commemorate the service’s launch, a K Manga Launch Party will be held on June 22 in Tokyo. Fortunately, fans around the world may tune into an official live stream for the K Manga Launch Party and gain insight into the industry’s leading manga franchises.
K Manga provides several Kodansha titles to its readers in the U.S., including the latest simulpub chapters and an vast library of complete manga titles. Kodansha plans on expanding the K Manga mobile app’s reach to other countries around the world in the near future. The browser version joins the mobile app in bringing 400 manga titles to readers in the U.S. This extensive library includes the renowned Attack on Titan, Tokyo Revengers, and Fairy Tail manga titles.
The K Manga Launch Party is set for Thursday, June 22 at 9:00 p.m. EDT. Manga fans can expect giveaways, special guests, and behind-the-scenes footage during the launch party YouTube live stream, which is hosted in English by MC Gino from MyAnimeList JP and YouTubers Gigguk and Reina Scully. Additionally, 16 well-known manga artists will share special illustrations to celebrate the launch of K Manga. Some of the special guests include Fairy Tail manga artist Hiro Mashima and Attack on Titan manga artist Hajime Isayama.
A full content overview for the launch party may be read below, courtesy of Kodansha:
K Manga Launch Party Content Overview
- Introduction/Opening Remarks 1 [Live] – MC’s and Speakers from Kodansha Ltd.
- A Message to Fans 1
- The Manga Artist Behind the Stories 2 [Live] – Reiji Miyajima, Rent-A-Girlfriend
- A Message to Fans 2
- The Manga Artist Behind the Stories – Hajime Isayama, Attack on Titan
- The Editor Behind the Stories – Koji Terayama, an Editor of Kodansha
- A Message to Fans 3
- The Manga Artist Behind the Stories ＆ Live Drawing [Live] – Hiro Mashima, Fairy Tail
- Giveaway for Viewers [Live]
- Closing [Live]
The Manga Artist Behind the Stories
Hiro Mashima, manga artist of Fairy Tail, and Reiji Miyajima of “Rent-A-Girlfriend” will be special guests in a live talk session where they will take a closer look at the behind-the-scenes production of their works. Mashima will perform live drawing, which is a must-see for fans of his work. In addition, the event will feature a special, pre-recorded interview with Hajime Isayama, manga artist of Attack on Titan.
A Message to Fans
Kodansha will reveal signed original illustrations and video messages to fans from a total of 16 manga artists.
- Hiro Mashima / Fairy Tail
- Reiji Miyajima / Rent-A-Girlfriend
- Hajime Isayama / Attack on Titan
- Adachitoka / Noragami: Stray God
- Akiko Higashimura / Princess Jellyfish
- Atsushi Ohkubo / Fire Force
- Ken Wakui / Tokyo Revengers
- Makoto Yukimura / Vinland Saga
- Nakaba Suzuki / The Seven Deadly Sins
- Nanashi / Don’t Toy With Me, Miss Nagatoro
- Ryo Ogawa / Ya Boy Kongming!
- Taiki Kawakami / That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime
- Tsubasa Yamaguchi / Blue Period
- Yoshitoki Oima / To Your Eternity
- Muneyuki Kaneshiro and Yusuke Nomura / Blue Lock
- Ryosuke Fuji and Katarina / Shangri-La Frontier
The Editor Behind the Stories
A video featuring Koji Terayama in his role as an editor who provides support for the manga
production process will be shown. There will be an inside view of the role of editors in the
production process of Drifting Dragons. A recorded scene with the manga artist, Taku
Kuwabara, will also be showcased.
Giveaway for Viewers
16 viewers will have the chance to win a signed original illustration from the manga artists.
Viewers can enter the giveaway using keywords that will be announced throughout the event. Details on how to apply will be updated on the website.
Lastly, fans may tune into K Manga Launch Party on June 22 below: