Very quick questions and answers, relating to several messages I’ve received lately.
Where can I buy the manga in English? GANGSTA. is not currently licensed for English language distribution. Fingers crossed this changes in the future.
Where can I buy the manga in Japanese? There are lots of stores to choose from. Some I’ve personally dealt with in the past include: HMV Japan, CD Japan, Amazon Japan, and Mangaoh. There are plenty of other stores out there for international fans, just surf around and see which suits your needs. If you’re living in Japan, Animate stores tend to keep GANGSTA. well-stocked on their shelves.
How do you write the author’s name? コースケ. If you are romanizing her name, her preference is Kohske (rather than variants such as “Kousuke” or “Kosuke”). This is also how her name is written on the series volumes themselves and how the author chooses to romanize her name on social media.
Does the author like us using her icons and graphics? Not particularly. She is far more lenient on non-Japanese speakers than she is on Japanese fans when it comes to this, so she’s not likely to bite your head off about it. Kohske has quite clearly stated on Twitter that she dislikes people using her icons and other edited material on their own accounts and, even though she gives foreign fans leeway due to differences in our approach to copyright, it’s still not very polite to pillage her graphics.
Kohske posted a picture but I don’t recognise the characters? Not everything Kohske posts is about GANGSTA. and, if you’ve ever visited her site, you’ll know she has lots of original characters she has written about and illustrated in the past. If the character isn’t from GANGSTA. and isn’t explicitly fan art, chances are it’s of one of these original characters.
Why does that bird appear in GANGSTA. art so much? Fumi is Kohske’s real life pet — a bird she helped raise by hand. Fumi does lots of cute and silly things irl, so often Kohske replicates these events in her Twitter doodlings and 4 koma work.
Where can I get raw scans of the manga? Not from here. Seriously, if you have a few bucks handy, why not invest in the actual manga volumes? If we don’t support Kohske’s work financially, how on Earth will she be able to afford cigars? ╮(─▽─)╭
Will there be a GANGSTA. anime series? Not that we know of at this stage.
Hope that helps! :)