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Digital Manga, Inc. To Launch Captain Ken by Osamu Tezuka Kickstarter

Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014



Gardena, CA (June 3, 2014) Digital Manga, Inc. has launched a new project on crowd-funding site Kickstarter to translate and publish Osamu Tezuka’s shonen title Captain Ken volumes 1 and 2 for ages 16+ in English for the first time. From June 3 until July 3, fans will be able to pledge for publication of the books and receive Kickstarter exclusive rewards including early release copies of both volumes, the digital companion with featured translation notes, decals, bandanas, messenger bags, and a handmade plush of Captain Ken’s horse, Arrow.
If fans pledge a total of $13,000 or more by the deadline, both volumes of Captain Ken will be released simultaneously for Kickstarter backers to receive in February of 2015, before hitting bookstore shelves in March of 2014, through DMI’s Platinum Manga classics imprint. Swallowing the Earth, Barbara, Unico, Triton Vol. 1 & 2, and Atom Cat were all successfully funded in previous Kickstarter campaigns, but Captain Ken will be first young adult fiction to add to Digital Manga’s Tezuka collection.
Captain Ken takes place after Earth’s colonization of Mars, causing the uprising and civil conflict between the space cowboy colonizers and the native Martians. The story opens up with a diary entry from a Martian, recalling the history of how Earthlings came to be the supreme rulers of Mars.

“It started in the year 1983, when these ‘Earthlings’ landed on our home. Ourancestors approached the strange creatures, but that was when their terrorstarted…we didn’t know for how long this dark period would last.Then one day, he came…”

This savior who comes to their aid is Captain Ken. He is a mysterious vigilante from Earth who travels to Mars on a secret mission with Arrow, his noble steed who also happens to be a fully stocked armory on four legs. The arrival of this young gunslinger is the start of a chain of events which includes the unveiling of Governor Devon’s corrupted government and the retaliation against Martian slavery by rebel Martians. Ken’s first appearance on Mars also coincidentally coincides with the arrival of an Earthling girl named Kenn Minakami, who bears striking resemblance to him and thus raises further questions and speculations about Ken’s true identity and his role in this fight for Mars.
In this young adult manga, Tezuka pays homage to some of the most prominent historical moments such as the Gold Rush in the West, colonization, genocide, and nuclear warfare. “Tezuka’s experiences during WWII really colored his perception of the possibilities of peaceful co-existence and he explores that theme again and again in works like Captain Ken, Zero Men, Adventure of Rock, and, of course, Astro Boy,” explains Greg Baker, creator and author of the fan website Tezuka in English. “I’ve long thought that Tezuka’s classic shonen adventure stories have been largely overlooked by English publishers. It’s such a big part of his library too”.

Captain Ken is the first of the 250 titles in Tezuka’s manga backlist to be published in English by DMI.
About Digital Manga, Inc.
Located in Gardena, CA, Digital Manga, Inc. is one of the industry’s most unconventional and innovative companies, specializing in building corporate and cultural bridges from Japan to the Western Hemisphere – specifically through the licensing, importation and preparation of anime (Japanese animation), manga (Japanese comic books) and related merchandise for the North American mainstream and subculture markets. In this capacity, DMI serves as a catalyst for the expansion of Japanese pop culture institutions into global arenas. The company’s DMP Platinum imprint publishes classic manga from Japan, including Swallowing the Earth by Osamu Tezuka and Speed Racer: Mach Go Go Go.
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The Weekly Digital Round-Up: Less Digital, More AX

Friday, June 28th, 2013

We’ve been busily preparing for Anime Expo, so while we don’t have the usual digital releases to bring this week, we do have more info for those of you who’ll be attending Anime Expo next week!

DMP’s industry panel, “Manga Without Borders,” will be held on Thursday, July 4th from 5:00-6:00pm in LP4 for licensing news, a Q&A session, and amazing giveaways! Come check us out to learn more about DMP, see in action, and meet some of our staff!

Looking to add a racier panel to your Anime Expo schedule? Join us Saturday, July 6th from 8:30-9:30PM in LP 4 for a peek at Project-H. Got questions? Want free stuff? Have a burning desire to know why hentai has to mosaic all the good parts? We’ve got you covered. This panel is only for fans 18 and over, which means you’ll have to come prepared with your ID so we can let you in! The first 30 attendees to arrive will receive a special gift bag packed with hentai goods, postcards, and a free Project-H book!

In addition to our industry panels, you can find us in the dealer’s hall at the Akadot Retail and eManga booth at space #438. Our new eManga mascot will be making his triumphant debut at the booth, and he’ll be bringing eManga gift cards and coupons, Anime Expo exclusive buttons and postcards, and a playable demo of Vanguard Princess, eManga’s first download-to-own video game. Sign up for eManga and our newsletters while you’re visiting, and you’ll receive a free gift: your choice of anything from our gift bin filled with manga, plushies, figures, and much more.

For those fans looking to grab books, books, and nothing but books from Akadot, you’ll find multi-use coupons for $5 off any purchase of $40 in our Akadot newsletter, which you can sign up for here. Print the coupon or bring it to our booth on your portable device of choice to receive the discount on all your AX Akadot purchases!

Akadot Memorial Day Sale, Starting Friday May 24!

Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013

memorial-day_bannerGet 45% off any purchase of $60 or more with the coupon code Memorial2013, Friday May 24 to Tuesday May 28 on Akadot Retail!


The Weekly Digital Round-Up, April 26, 2013

Friday, April 26th, 2013

If you’re a fujoshi and you, somehow, haven’t heard: Ai no Kusabi, vol. 8 has arrived at Akadot! Yes, that’s right, the stunning conclusion to Rieko Yoshihara’s yaoi classic is finally in print! Right now you can ONLY get it on Akadot, so don’t miss your chance! Grab yourself a copy here!

Our digital releases this week lean towards the dark and the thrilling. Diabolo offers yet another look into a perilous world of good and evil, while Magician heralds the return of everyone’s favorite stage magician and sometimes detective, Ryuuichi. Meanwhile, if your tastes run in more of a yaoi vein, then TORIMAIA’s Sadistic Boy 3: When I Wake Up, I Wish You Were With Me is sure to satisfy your need for rough, sexy bondage play.

And don’t forget to check for even more digital selections of the adult variety, including new idol photobooks and the digital edition of Ring x Mama, vol. 1, Joji Manabe’s hit hentai about women’s wrestling that isn’t afraid to hit below the belt!

Diabolo, vol. 3: Rai has fallen to the Diabolo! Ren ventures forth in an extremely risky effort to save his friend, but standing in his way are the Six Great Spirits. When these spirits converge, the world will be on the threshold of cataclysmic devastation! Is there anyone on Earth who can survive this ultimate struggle between good and evil?
Magician, vol. 4:It looks like Yukari is following in Ryuuichi’s footsteps. When Ryuuichi is incapacitated, she and her girlfriends step up and dazzle the audience with their sleuthing and wit. Watch as they use their cute little noggins to thwart the terrorists hiding out in London. And what’s this about Ryuuichi’s inheritance?!
Sadistic Boy 3: When I Wake Up, I Wish You Were With Me: Mamiya has Sarasa in his clutches. When Kazunari finds out what Mamiya has done, he sacrifices his dignity to save Sarasa and to expose the true Mamiya to the Principle. Meanwhile, Haruki sees the going love between Sarasa and Kazunari as something that will not include him. But while he makes a decision to leave them, Kazunari and Sarasa can’t stand to be without him. Will Mamiya realize that he is the odd one out, and will Haruki realize that he is very much wanted by both of his boys?

eManga Now Offers Free Genki Life Magazine

Wednesday, April 3rd, 2013


Digital Manga, Inc., one of the manga industry’s most progressive and innovative publishers, is excited to announce that Genki Life Magazine will now be available at their digital ebook storefront, Genki Life Magazine is a free, digital magazine published quarterly by the Genshiken of the Inland Empire fan club that provides entertaining and informative content on anime, science fiction, video games, events, and more.

Since the fall of 2010, Genki Life Magazine has been publishing its free fan magazine under the simple objective of fostering an active community of anime fans. Genki Life Magazine offers convention coverage, reviews and recommendations, features on industry trends, and more. Genki Life Magazine‘s mission and target audience makes it an ideal addition to eManga, enriching eManga’s catalogue with high quality fan-generated content.

Completely free, back issues of Genki Life Magazine are currently available for online viewing and digital download in our seven unique ebook file formats. Go directly to: ( )

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Ai no Kusabi vol. 8: Coming to you in APRIL

Thursday, February 7th, 2013

We didn’t want to keep you guys waiting longer than you had to, so have some fantastic Ai no Kusabi news! Vol. 8, the conclusion of Riki and Iason’s story, will be available on as a limited pre-release at the end of April! Hang in there, guys, the wait’s almost over!

Digital Manga’s Warehouse Liquidation Sale, March 9-10, 10AM to 4PM- Manga and Anime Merchandise up to 70% Off!

Friday, February 1st, 2013

We’ve got a whole ton of extra inventory in our warehouse that we need to get rid of, so come on down to our Gardena warehouse to get your hands on deeply discounted manga and anime goods! Saturday and Sunday March 9 and 10 are the big days, so mark your calendars now! We’ll be open from 10AM to 4PM and you can find our warehouse and office at:

Digital Manga, Inc.
1487 W. 178th St.
Suite 300 (third floor)
Gardena, CA 90248

Parking is free, and while the lot is gated, the gate will be wide open, so drive right on in and look for the Digital Manga logo outside the building.

Everything is available on a first come, first serve basis and will be discounted up to 70%! We’ll be swimming in manga and merchandise, so get there bright and early at 10AM.

Make sure you bring a valid driver’s license or DMV-issued ID card! You MUST have one of the two to prove that you are over 18 before entering the building.

Remember, we’re on the third floor – catch the elevator on up, and we’ll see you there!

One More Chance for Tezuka Goodies!

Friday, January 11th, 2013

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The t-shirt, poster, and sticker designs for our Unico/Atomcat/Triton Kickstarter have arrived, and as you can see from the poster and t-shirt designs, our graphic designers really put the cute into overdrive this time around! As some of you may remember, the Kickstarter goodies are exclusive to this Kickstarter campaign, and unlike the books, they won’t be headed to retail shelves. What does that mean for our fans who want the unicorn goodies but didn’t get the chance to chip in to the original Kickstarter campaign?

That means we’re giving them a second chance to pledge towards Unico’s publication, of course! Simply head on over to our New Unico Backer survey here, give the new backer information a good read, and then fill out the form to let us know what you’d like to pledge towards!

And if you’re a current Unico backer who didn’t originally pledge towards the t-shirt/stickers/shirt? We’ve got you covered too! Head on over to this form if you want to raise your pledge level or add a t-shirt/poster/sticker set to your existing pledge! Curious about shirt sizes? Check out the sizing chart here.

Upgrades and pledges close on January 23rd, at 5PM PST. Don’t miss your second chance!

This is the last stretch, guys — Unico will be headed to Backers at the end of February, and on his way to stores at the end of March. It’s so close we can feel the soft, fluffy unicorn love!