Summertime Rendering complete series now available for pre-order!

MARCH 3, 2022: UDON Is proud to reveal the next step in its publishing plan for the hit supernatural mystery manga Summertime Rendering, by Yasuki Tanaka, including revealing the format, covers, and release schedule for the title. The title will debut in May, 2022, in close proximity to the anime adaptation, scheduled for release in April, 2022.

“We wanted to do something that had never been done in manga before,” said UDON Chief of Operations Erik Ko. “I love the story of Summertime Rendering, Tanaka-sensei has created such a compelling and unique mystery. With every chapter I finished I immediately wanted to start the next one! We think fans will feel the same way, and we hope this unique publishing plan will make fans, readers, and collectors very happy.”

Get ready for one of the most ambitious and unique manga release schedules in history!


Summertime Rendering Will Be Released As Six Omnibus Editions

  • Collecting the original 13 volumes of the Japanese edition into 6 English-language omnibus editions, which will contain all of the material from the Japanese editions, including author notes, color pages, and bonus material!

Summertime Rendering Will Receive both Hardcover and Softcover Releases

  • Fans will be able to collect the series in their preferred format, as all six omnibi will receive both hardcover and softcover editions, released in close proximity to one-another.

Summertime Rendering Volumes 1, 2, and 3 will receive simultaneous hardcover-edition release in May, 2022!

  • It’s true! The first half of the Summertime Rendering story will be published simultaneously, with volumes 1, 2, and 3 releasing in hardcover in May, 2022.

Summertime Rendering Volumes 4, 5, and 6 will receive simultaneous hardcover-edition release in July, 2022!

  • The second half of the complete Summertime Rendering story will be published simultaneously as well, with volumes 4, 5, and 6 releasing in hardcover on July 2022.

Softcover editions will be released monthly beginning in May!

  • The softcover editions of Summertime Rendering will release monthly, beginning with volume 1 in May, 2022. The series will conclude in softcover in August, 2022.

The series has received a new translation and new lettering

  • UDON’s edition of Summertime Rendering features a new translation and localization, and new lettering too! Plus some great surprises still to be revealed…

About Summertime Rendering:

After tragedy strikes the life of a young man named Shinpei, called back to his hometown on the remote island of Hitogashima, But something sinister awaits him on the island, and a chilling sequence of events unfolds that will have dire consequences for Shinpei, for Japan, and for the entire world!

Summertime Rendering was originally published digitally on Shueisha’s digital magazine Shonen Jump+ and on the website Manga Plus from 2017-2021. UDON Entertainment’s print edition will utilize a new English-language translation by Jocelyne Allen and new lettering and new lettering by Janice Leung, Phil Christie, and Jeannie Lee. 

It was recently announced that Summertime Rendering will receive an anime adaptation directed by Ayumi Watanabe (Space Brothers), and series organized by Hiroshi Seko (Jujutsu Kaisen, Attack on Titan). The adaptation is scheduled to stream on Disney+ and other distribution platforms operated by Disney beginning in April 2022.


Pre-order your copies of Summertime Rendering now! We strongly encourage fans who want a first-printing hardcover edition to preorder to help ensure they get one!

Please note: Ordering pages for these books will contain some spoilers for the series. We’ve tried to edit them out of our descriptions below.

Summertime Rendering
Volume 1 Hardcover

By Yasuki Tanaka
$24.99, Color and B&W, 352 pages

Hearing the news of the passing of his childhood friend Ushio, Shinpei returned to his hometown on the remote island of Hitogashima to attend her funeral. Little does he know that it is the beginning of a summer full of mystery and horror! No one is prepared for the time-twisting adventures ahead that defy life and death!

Pre-order: Amazon – Barnes & Noble – Book Depository – Chapters/Indigo



Two new OSAMU TEZUKA ART BOOKS in stores now


Long considered “the grandfather of manga and anime”, legendary illustrator and animator Osamu Tezuka’s enduring legacy can still be felt today in the indelible influence he has had on contemporary manga and anime creators. In an effort to ensure that his timeless work remains easily accessible to as wide an audience as possible, UDON Entertainment is proud to announce the release of two Osamu Tezuka art books: OSAMU TEZUKA: ANIME CHARACTER ILLUSTRATIONS and OSAMU TEZUKA: ANIME & MANGA CHARACTER SKETCHBOOK.

Both of these prestigious volumes are presented in an elegant hardcover format worthy of the man whose work they celebrate. Inside you’ll find a diverse collection of character designs and rough concepts from animation and manga projects representing Tezuka’s entire illustrious career, including Mighty Atom (Astro Boy), Jungle Emperor (Kimba the White Lion), Phoenix, Black Jack, and many more. In many cases these illustrations include Tezuka’s own hand-written design notes, accompanied by translations through footnotes.

Further cementing these volumes as must-own items for any fan of Tezuka’s work and of animation and manga in general, both books also feature an illuminating afterword by Tezuka Productions’ Chief Archivist Haruji Mori. Finally, most of the material in OSAMU TEZUKA: ANIME & MANGA CHARACTER SKETCHBOOK has never been publicly available – until now, that is – and UDON Entertainment is both humbled and thrilled to be able to bring this exclusive content to Tezuka fans for the first time.

OSAMU TEZUKA: ANIME CHARACTER ILLUSTRATIONS and OSAMU TEZUKA: ANIME & MANGA CHARACTER SKETCHBOOK are both available now and can be purchased in finer bookstores and online retailers. Media inquiries and/or requests for review copies should be directed to Jenny Myung at

ISBN: 978-1927925386
DETAILS: 224pg, 7.25×10″, B&W, Hardcover
MSRP: $39.99 USD

ISBN: 978-1927925393
DETAILS: 144pg, 7.25×10″, B&W, Hardcover
MSRP: $39.99 USD


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Gurren Lagann Art Works: In Stores Now! (10-Page Preview)


Gurren Lagann Art Works

Bust through the heavens with your soul, Gurren Lagann! Featuring buxom babes, brutal beastmen, and mountainous mecha as only GAINAX can deliver, Gurren Lagann is a nonstop roller coaster of all-out anime action!

Gurren Lagann Art Works collects the dynamic imagery of this landmark series, including DVD covers, magazine artwork, poster images, promotional illustrations, and more! This stellar book features a ton of double-page spreads, merchandise artwork, and other rare artwork created for the anime and supporting products. Fans of Japanese anime art will not want to miss out on this fantastic collection!


Price (U.S.): $39.99

ISBN: 1-927925-07-X
ISBN-13: 978-1-927925-07-2

Format: Softcover
Page Count: 136, Color
Size: 8.25″ x 11.75″

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R.O.D Read Or Die Official Archive – Now In Stores (12 Page Preview)

Read or Die cover

Following up on UDON’s December release of Evangelion Chronicle: Illustrations, the first in its brand new line of anime artbooks, we’re proud to announce that UDON’s English-language edition of R.O.D Read Or Die Official Archives is now available wherever artbooks are sold!

Read Or Die is the story of Yomiko Readman and the British Library Special Operations Division, a secret group dedicated to the location and protection of rare books! A fantastic anime series mixing cute girls, intrigue and espionage, and even mecha, R.O.D has been a North American fan-favourite for years!

R.O.D Official Archive is a true fan’s ultimate guide to the world of both the original 3-episode OVA and the 26-episode anime TV series. Official Archive starts with a selection of gorgeous pin-ups and special illustrations created for the series, before moving into extensive character profiles featuring character designs and background and rough sketches. The book then moves into an episode guide with scenario and mechanical designs, an exploration of the opening and ending sequences featuring key-frame animation and roughs, and an extensive interview with the Director, Creator, and staff of the anime! Finally it finishes with even more behind-the-scenes development artwork and a glossary for the series… a ton of information is packed into these pages!

Check out this amazing 10-page preview of R.O.D Read Or Die Official Archive, and then run, don’t walk, to go and get yourself a copy!

Read or Die: R.O.D Official Archive

Release date: January 2013
Price (U.S.): $39.99

ISBN: 1-926778-62-6
ISBN-13: 978-1-926778-62-4
Diamond: OCT121223

Format: Softcover
Page Count: 128, Color
Size: 8.25″ wide X 11.75″ long

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