Buckle up, fans. Kodansha’s next stop is the rough-and-tumble wastes of Mars!
Earlier today, Kodansha Comics announced that they acquired three new titles. The company will release the following:
- Battle Angel Alita: Mars Chronicle (Gunnm: Kasei Senki) by Yukito Kishiro
- Fairy Tail S by Hiro Mashima
- Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card by CLAMP (Print Edition)
In addition, Kodansha detailed their upcoming “Eternal Edition” release of the Sailor Moon manga.
Battle Angel Alita: Mars Chronicle
Battle Angel Alita: Mars Chronicle will start shipping to retailers in February 2018. Kodansha will release the original Battle Angel in hardcover “2-in-1” omnibus editions starting in November.
The series is a prequel to Kishiro’s Battle Angel Alita manga. In the series, Gally/Alita makes her way to Mars to discover the truth behind herself. The ongoing series launched in the pages of Evening in October 2014. To date, four collected volumes have been released, with the most recent shipping to bookstores on May 23.
Fairy Tail S
The first volume of Fairy Tail S is slated to hit retailers in October.
Fairy Tail S is a two-volume collection of short stories, set in the Fairy Tail universe. The title collects various manga shorts from various Kodansha publications over the years.
Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card
Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card will start shipping to retailers on November 14.
Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card is a sequel to CLAMP’s original Cardcaptor Sakura manga. The series follows Sakura as she starts junior high with her friends, Li Syaoran included. One night, Sakura has a dream with a mysterious cloaked entity. When she awakens, all of the cards are blank, and rendered powerless.
Sensing something is very wrong, Sakura begins a new quest. Along the way, Sakura and her friends encounter a new, transparent type of card, which can only be captured with a special key.
Amazon and Comixology started releasing the series on their digital platforms on Friday. The series itself kicked off in the pages of Nakayoshi in June 2016.
An anime adaptation of Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card is in the works at Madhouse, and on track for a Winter 2018 première.
Sailor Moon: Eternal Edition
Sailor Moon: Eternal Edition will start shipping to retailers in January 2018. Each volume should clock in at 350 pages.
The Sailor Moon manga originally debuted in the pages of Nakayoshi magazine in 1991. The series ran through February 1997, and spanned 18 volumes.
The manga made its western debut in 1997, under Mixx Comics (later Tokyopop)’s imprint. Kodansha Comics started releasing the title in North America in 2011.
Sailor Moon has received numerous adaptations, including the 1992 Sailor Moon anime, 2014’s Sailor Moon Crystal, live-action series Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon, and an ongoing series of stage shows.
Source: Kodansha Comics (Industry Panel)