The launch party will be streamed live from Japan on Kodansha’s YouTube channel, with the event’s main theme centered on “The Stories Behind the Stories,” which will offer a behind-the-scenes look into manga publishing. A special promotional video for the event has also been released.
The K MANGA event can also be viewed by fans outside the United States and a livestream page has already been set up.
Additionally, 16 lucky viewers will have the chance to win a signed original illustration from the manga artists featured in the event. Viewers can enter the giveaway using keywords that will be announced throughout the event. Details on how to apply will be announced later on.
The full schedule for the livestream is as follows:
- • 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 — Kouji 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]
Some of the event’s content highlights include:
The Manga Artist Behind the Stories
Hiro Mashima and Reiji Miyajima 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 a live drawing and the event will feature a special, pre-recorded interview with Hajime Isayama.
A Message to Fans
Kodansha will reveal signed original illustrations and video messages to fans from a total of 16 manga artists that include:
- • 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
- • Ryou Ogawa / Ya Boy Kongming!
- • Taiki Kawakami / That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime
- • Tsubasa Yamaguchi / Blue Period
- • Yoshitoki Ooima / To Your Eternity
- • Muneyuki Kaneshiro and Yuusuke Nomura / Blue Lock
- • Ryousuke Fuji and Katarina / Shangri-La Frontier
The Editor Behind the Stories
A video featuring Kodansha editor Kouji Terayama will also be shown, showcasing how he provides support for the manga production process. It will offer an insider’s view of the editor’s role in the production process of “Drifting Dragons.” A recorded scene with the manga artist, Taku Kuwabara, will also be highlighted.
Source: press release