Kodansha Comics--(which can most likely be credited to AV user and superblogger RocketBomber)-- namely, what's going on? Since the company's establishment, upon which many predicted a blitz of new titles direct from Japan, where Kodansha is one of the biggest publishers, they've only released two books, each a rerelease of a previously published title: Akira volume 1 and Ghost in the Shell volume 1. That's pretty minimal output for a company of this pedigree within a year, especially since volumes 2 of each were due out but have been delayed.
So I went to the source, and received a gracious reply from the new General Manager of Kodansha USA Publishing (which handles the Kodansha Comics line), Kumi Shimizu, who started work this very month. Here's what Shimizu told me:
In the future, we are going to publish more titles. Please note that, we will continue the titles which we can offer an extended array of multimedia franchises that include animated films, video games, prose novels, merchandising and more. Now we are discussing new title line up for 2011 and planning to create a website to update our works.
Love Plus in the US, Kodansha might release their L+ manga. I would also wager that we might see some light novels that have anime attachments-- I for one would die happily if they brought out Ghost Hunt, and I wonder if they'd consider bringing out Bakemonogatari. On the other hand, they might be more inclined to stick with franchises that have more reach outside the anime community.
So we'll just have to wait and see! In the meantime, I'm glad to hear that they're moving forward, and in this economy, I suppose we can't be too surprised at a company taking caution.