Kodansha Statistics

Kodansha Statistics

Kodansha sales statistics

  • Kodansha Ltd. has generated net sales of 171 billion Japanese yen ($1.3 billion USD) as of 2021.
  • Yearly revenues were over 200 billion JPY ($1.48 billion USD) making Kodansha the largest publisher in Japan.
  • This figure is up by almost 26 billion compared to their previous year.
  • Kodansha Ltd. revenue currently sits at 645.8 million ($4.78 million USD).
  • Overall Kodansha publishes 12% of Japanese prints with total copies being up to 332 million ($2.45 million USD).
  • NISIOISIN has penned more than fifty novels with Kodansha since his debut in 2002, and quickly became one of Japan’s top selling authors with more than 5 million units sold.
  • Hajime Isayama First launched his post-apocalyptic masterpiece in 2009 which has now sold over 100 million copies and been released in 18 languages, across 180 countries and was adapted into an anime series, as well as a two-part film.
  • Over the past two years global demand for anime grew 118% throughout the pandemi, according to consultancy Parrot Analytics, making it one of the fastest-growing content genres.
  • Kodansha has licensing partners in over 40 countries around the world.

Kodansha annual revenue since 2012 

YearRevenue (JP¥ Million)Revenue ($ Million)
20211711.26
20201451.07
20191361.01
20181200.89
20171180.87
20161170.86
20151170.86
20141190.88
20131200.89
20121180.87

About Kodansha

  • Kodansha is the largest Japanese publishing company, Founded in 1910 by Seiji Noma.
  • Family members continue as the privately-held publishing company’s owners either directly or through the Noma Cultural Foundation.
  • Since 1977 the prestigious Kodansha Manga Award has been sponsored by Kodansha.
  • Established in July 2008, Kodansha USA Publishing, LLC based in New York, is a subsidiary of Kodansha. 
  • Kodansha has printed over 1,775 books, 1,174 and 1,697 as of 2015 and has made 17,000 of these comics and 9,800 books available as eBook’s.
  • Anything; be it a movie, television drama, anime, or even a stage play, adaptations of Kodansha titles continue to be an essential part of their portfolio.
  • From novels, non-fiction, language textbooks, children’s books, art tomes and essay collections, Kodansha has cultivated more than a half-dozen genres.

Kodansha’s publishing’s

  • Known globally as licensor for some of the world’s most iconic manga, Kodansha has published titles like AKIRA, Attack on Titan and Ghost in the Shell.
  • The literary magazine Yūben, was the company’s first publication.
  • As of November 2022 the Walt Disney Company revealed expansion of its partnership with Kodansha to co-produce anime originals for the Disney+.
  • Partnerships with Kodansha and Disney dates back to 1950, when Kodansha first published a manga art book with Mickey Mouse, Pluto Pup and Donald Duck. Disney Fan, Disney’s monthly Japanese magazine, continues to be published by Kodansha.
  • NISIOISIN has penned more than fifty novels with Kodansha since his debut in 2002, and quickly became one of Japan’s top selling authors with more than 5 million units sold.
  • Hajime Isayama First launched his post-apocalyptic masterpiece in 2009 which has now sold over 100 million copies and been released in 18 languages, across 180 countries and was adapted into an anime series, as well as a two-part film.
  • Gege Akutami’s serialisation of Jujutsu Kaisen was released in 2018, and has been a major fan favourite, leaving every other manga behind in the running for years. Jujutsu Kaisen sold 12,282,260 copies in 2022, far more than its second place competitors Tokyo Revengers and other entries on the list.
  • Created by Shirow Masamune in 1989, The Ghost In a Shell cyberpunk manga was first serialised. Since Mamoru Oshii directed the anime film released in1995 it’s developed a fevered cult following and had a massive influence on global film and pop culture.
  • The Ghost in a Shell was adapted in 2017, starring Scarlett Johansson as its main character was adapted in the Hollywood science-fiction film.