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Manga Editor - Kodansha

Manga Editor, Kodansha


Penguin Random House Publisher Services is seeking an editor or senior editor to oversee manga titles on behalf of our client, Kodansha. Since it began publishing in 2009, the Kodansha Comics imprint has been a runaway success, with hits including Sailor Moon, Attack on Titan, Battle Angel Alita, and AKIRA vaulting it into the top ranks of global English-language graphic novel publishers. The successful candidate will have a deep knowledge of and passion for comics and Japanese culture, excellent English-language editing and writing skills, and strong professional organization. They will be excited for the challenge of editing manga translations in a variety of genres and age categories.


**Please note: This role is open to those outside of NYC.



  • Work with translators and designers to complete English-language manga localizations at a high standard of quality, including interiors and covers.
  • Periodically suggest and/or review title candidates for acquisition from Japanese licensors.
  • Help identify target consumers and key selling points and write cover copy for new acquisitions.
  • Suggest English-language book titles, author name spellings, and BISAC codes and check editorial metadata for new acquisitions.
  • Support marketing activities for assigned titles as necessary.
  • Periodically contribute to recruitment efforts and updates to editorial processes and style guides for freelance vendors.
  • Work alongside four other editors, fielding difficult localization or technical questions.



  • Experience in manga or graphic novel publishing or another field demonstrating applicable skills (such as periodicals publishing or literary translation)
  • Aptitude in written Japanese sufficient to evaluate potential titles, correct translation errors, and understand conversational nuance
  • Writing ability and judgment necessary to craft localizations that replicate the Japanese reading experience for an English reader
  • Impeccable organizational skills
  • Excellent written and verbal communication and presentation skills
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office and Adobe Creative Suite or ability to learn


Please apply using our online application process, and please include your resume and cover letter.


Full-time employees are eligible for our comprehensive benefits program.  Our range of benefits include, but are not limited to, Medical/Prescription drug insurance, Dental, Vision, Health Care/Dependent Care Flexible Spending Account, Health Savings Account, Pre-Tax and Roth 401(k), Short and Long-Term Disability Insurance, Life/AD&D Insurance, Commuter Benefits, Student Loan Repayment Program, Educational Assistance & generous paid time off.  


Penguin Random House is the leading adult and children’s publishing house in North America, the United Kingdom and many other regions around the world.  In publishing the best books in every genre and subject for all ages, we are committed to quality, excellence in execution, and innovation throughout the entire publishing process: editorial, design, marketing, publicity, sales, production, and distribution.  Our vibrant and diverse international community of nearly 250 publishing brands and imprints include Ballantine Bantam Dell, Berkley, Clarkson Potter, Crown, DK, Doubleday, Dutton, Grosset & Dunlap, Little Golden Books, Knopf, Modern Library, Pantheon, Penguin Books, Penguin Press, Penguin Random House Audio, Penguin Young Readers, Portfolio, Puffin, Putnam, Random House, Random House Children’s Books, Riverhead, Ten Speed Press, Viking, and Vintage, among others.  More information can be found at


Penguin Random House values the array of talents and perspectives that a diverse workforce brings. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, national origin, religion, age, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, or protected veteran status.



Company: Penguin Random House LLC 

Country: United States of America 

State/Region: New York 

City: New York 

Postal Code: 10019 

Job ID: 144804

Date:  Jul 29, 2021

New York, NY, US, 10019

Nearest Major Market: Manhattan
Nearest Secondary Market: New York City

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