Kodansha Ltd.
Native name
Kabushiki gaisha Kōdansha
FormerlyDainippon Yubenkai-Kodansha (1911–1958)
Company typeFamily-owned private KK
IndustryPublishing, music
Founded1910; 114 years ago (1910)
FounderSeiji Noma
HeadquartersBunkyō, ,
Area served
Key people
Yoshinobu Noma [jp][1] (president and CEO)
ProductsBooks, light novels, magazines, manga, comics, CDs and DVDs (through King Records)
OwnerNoma family (Noma Cultural Foundation 39.2%)
Number of employees
914 (as of September 2013)
SubsidiariesKing Record Co., Ltd.
Kobunsha Co., Ltd.
Kodansha USA
Wani Books

Kodansha Ltd. (Japanese: 株式会社講談社, Hepburn: Kabushiki-gaisha Kōdansha) is a Japanese privately held publishing company headquartered in Bunkyō, Tokyo.[2] Kodansha publishes the manga magazines Nakayoshi, Afternoon, Evening, Weekly Shōnen Magazine, and Bessatsu Shōnen Magazine, as well as the more literary magazines Gunzō, Shūkan Gendai, and the Japanese dictionary Nihongo Daijiten. Kodansha was founded by Seiji Noma in 1910, and members of his family continue as its owners either directly or through the Noma Cultural Foundation.


Seiji Noma founded Kodansha in 1910 as a spin-off of the Dai-Nippon Yūbenkai (大日本雄辯會, "Greater Japan Oratorical Society") and produced the literary magazine Yūben (雄辯) as its first publication.[3] The name Kodansha (taken from Kōdan Club (講談倶楽部), a now-defunct magazine published by the company) originated in 1911 when the publisher formally merged with the Dai-Nippon Yūbenkai. The company has used its current legal name since 1958. It uses the motto "omoshirokute, tame ni naru" (面白くて、ためになる, "To be interesting and beneficial").

Kodansha Limited owns the Otowa Group, which manages subsidiary companies such as King Records (official name: King Record Co., Ltd.) and Kobunsha, and publishes Nikkan Gendai, a daily tabloid. It also has close ties with Disney, and officially sponsors Tokyo Disneyland.

Kodansha is the largest publisher in Japan. Revenues dropped due to the 2002 recession in Japan and an accompanying downturn in the publishing industry: the company posted a loss in the 2002 financial year for the first time since the end of World War II. (The second-largest publisher, Shogakukan, has done relatively better. In the 2003 financial year, Kodansha had revenues of ¥167 billion compared to ¥150 billion for Shogakukan. Kodansha, at its peak, led Shogakukan by over ¥50 billion in revenue.)

Kodansha sponsors the prestigious Kodansha Manga Award, which has run since 1977 (and since 1960 under other names).

Kodansha's headquarters in Tokyo once housed Noma Dōjō, a kendo practice-hall established by Seiji Noma in 1925. However, the hall was demolished in November 2007 and replaced with a dōjō in a new building nearby.

The company announced that it was closing its English-language publishing house, Kodansha International, at the end of April 2011.[4] Their American publishing house, Kodansha USA, will remain in operation.

Kodansha USA began issuing new publications under the head administrator of the international branch Kentaro Tsugumi, starting in September 2012 with a hardcover release of The Spirit of Aikido.[5] Many of Kodansha USA's older titles have been reprinted. According to Daniel Mani of Kodansha USA, Inc., "Though we did stopped [sic] publishing new books for about a year starting from late 2011, we did continue to sell most of our older title throughout that period (so Kodansha USA never actually closed)."[citation needed]

In October 2016, Kodansha acquired publisher Ichijinsha and turned the company into its wholly-owned subsidiary.[6]

On November 30, 2022, Kodansha announced an extended partnership with Disney to release anime originals based on its manga exclusively on video streaming service Disney+ starting with the second season of Tokyo Revengers.[7]

On March 21, 2023, Kodansha announced a manga distribution service called "K Manga" which will initially launch exclusively in the United States on May 10, 2023. The service will consist of approximately 400 titles, of which 70 are simultaneous publications of ongoing series.[8]

On May 24, 2024, Kodansha announced that they acquired publisher Wani Books and turned it into a wholly-owned subsidiary.[9]

Relationships with other organizations

The Kodansha company holds ownership in various broadcasting companies in Japan. It also owns shares in Nippon Cultural Broadcasting and Kobunsha. In the 2005 takeover-war for Nippon Broadcasting System between Livedoor and Fuji TV, Kodansha supported Fuji TV by selling its stock to Fuji TV.


Kodansha has a somewhat complicated relationship with NHK (Nippon Housou Kyoukai), Japan's public broadcaster. Many of the manga and novels published by Kodansha have spawned anime adaptations. Animation such as Cardcaptor Sakura, aired in NHK's Eisei Anime Gekijō time-slot, and Kodansha published a companion magazine to the NHK children's show Okāsan to Issho. The two companies often clash editorially, however. The October 2000 issue of Gendai accused NHK of staging footage used in a news report in 1997 on dynamite fishing in Indonesia. NHK sued Kodansha in the Tokyo District Court, which ordered Kodansha to publish a retraction and pay ¥4 million in damages. Kodansha appealed the decision and reached a settlement whereby it had to issue only a partial retraction and to pay no damages.[10][unreliable source?] Gendai's sister magazine Shūkan Gendai nonetheless published an article probing further into the staged-footage controversy that has dogged NHK.


List of magazines

Manga magazines

This is a list of manga magazines published by Kodansha.

Male-oriented manga magazines

Kodomo (children's) manga magazines

Shōnen manga magazines


Seinen manga magazines


Female-oriented manga magazines

Shōjo manga magazines


Josei manga magazines

Web magazines

Literary magazines

Book series

Published by Kodansha Ltd.

Published by Kodansha International/USA Ltd.

Miss iD

Kodansha organizes the Miss iD pageant, which started in 2012. iD stands for "identity", "idol", "I", and "diversity", and it is described as a pageant to discover diverse role models for the "new era" without being bound to conventional beauty and lifestyle standards. Married and transgender women are allowed to participate.[17][18][19] The Miss ID title is awarded to more than one person each year, and holders of the title include actress Tina Tamashiro,[20] singer Rie Kaneko,[21] and musician Ena Fujita.[22] Computer-generated character Saya and AI character Rinna were semifinalists in the 2018 pageant.[23]

See also


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  3. ^ "Books: Clubby Magazines". Time. September 10, 1934. Archived from the original on December 24, 2022. Retrieved May 26, 2022.
  4. ^ Kamiya, Setsuko; Aoki, Mizuho (March 4, 2011). "Kodansha International to close doors". The Japan Times. Archived from the original on April 6, 2018.
  5. ^ Ueshiba, Kisshomaru (September 4, 2012). The Spirit of Aikido. Kodansha USA, Inc. ISBN 9781568364094. Archived from the original on November 1, 2015.
  6. ^ Pineda, Rafael Antonio (October 14, 2016). "Kodansha Acquires Ichijinsha, Makes It Into Subsidiary Company". Anime News Network. Archived from the original on October 5, 2022.
  7. ^ Brzeski, Patrick (November 29, 2022). "Disney Expands Partnership With Japan's Kodansha to Release More Anime Originals (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on December 24, 2022.
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  19. ^ "「かわいい」よりも「強い武器」を手に入れよう。年間4000人のオーディションを運営して思うこと". ハフポスト (in Japanese). December 19, 2019. Archived from the original on July 31, 2022. Retrieved July 31, 2022.
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  21. ^ "「ミスiD2015」グランプリ金子理江 衝撃の貧乏エピソード「ワゴン車が実家」 – 東京スポーツ新聞社". 東スポWeb (in Japanese). March 30, 2016. Archived from the original on March 27, 2019. Retrieved July 31, 2022.
  22. ^ "今、一番脱げる「私」。藤田恵名、独占インタビュー | cinemas PLUS". cinema.ne.jp (in Japanese). Archived from the original on July 31, 2022. Retrieved July 31, 2022.
  23. ^ ""実写にしか見えない"3DCG女子高生「Saya」、「ミスiD」セミファイナリストに". ITmedia NEWS (in Japanese). Archived from the original on July 31, 2022. Retrieved July 31, 2022.