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6:00 PM on 03.31.2014

Video: Knights of Sidonia still looks awesome

Here's a look at the sixth and latest CM for Polygon Picture's upcoming adaptation of Tsutomu Nihei's Knights of Sidonia set to begin airing next month. It's one series I've been eagerly awaiting, but I admit I found my...

Tim Sheehy


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Review: Insufficient Direction photo
Review: Insufficient Direction
by Brad Rice

Being an otaku isn't easy. But when you've fallen in love with someone who's king of the otaku? Well, that means you've got a long way to go to up your nerd game.

That's the struggle Rompers faces in Moyoco Anno's autobiographical manga, detailing the adventures she has in living with and marrying Hideaki Anno -- one of Japan's biggest otaku. They struggle with everything from the music in the car to decorating their house. Will Rompers survive the struggles of being a true otaku?

If you're a fan of any of Moyoco Anno's other works (Sakuran, Hataraki Man, Sugar Sugar Rune), then Insufficient Direction will provide a peek behind the curtain and see what her private life is like.

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7:00 PM on 03.06.2014

Vertical debuts Spring 2014 reader survey

Do you want to make your voice heard? Vertical is always open to what its readers want, and their seasonal reader survey is the best way to do so. Apart from following them around at convention after convention, pestering the...

Brad Rice

9:00 PM on 01.24.2014

Vertical licenses Tonari no Seki-kun manga

Once again proving themselves to be a shrewd company, Vertical Publishing has licensed Tonari no Seki-kun, by manga author Takuma Morishige, and will release it under the title My Neighbor Seki this fall. Vertical's Ed Chavez...

Ben Huber

4:40 PM on 01.12.2014

Vertical licenses Witchcraft Works manga

Although they've yet to make any official announcements, it appears Vertical has licensed the Witchcraft Works manga, originally published in Kodansha's bi-monthly seinen magazine good! Afternoon. Amazon and Random House...

Tim Sheehy

8:00 AM on 01.09.2014

PSA: You have to pre-order BL for B&N to stock it

With Barnes and Noble and Books a Million as the only major chains remaining in the US, publishers have a harder time getting less-than-mainstream titles (BL, for example) onto store shelves. Ed Chavez of Vertical is calling ...

Brad Rice



Japanator's 2013 Holiday Guide: Manga photo
Japanator's 2013 Holiday Guide: Manga
by Brad Rice

Black Friday has already come and gone, which means that the days are quickly counting down before you need a gift. Bookstores are still a viable retailer for manga, which saves you with that last-minute gift.

Are you standing in front of the aisle this very minute, unsure of what to buy? Don't worry, we've got you covered.

Manga makes a great gift (much better than anime or videogames) because you can easily add on based on how much you like the person. Secret Santa at your anime club? One volume. College buddy? Three volumes. Your significant other? A complete series.

Follow me after the jump, and we'll delve into all the titles you should buy this season.

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Review: Sickness Unto Death photo
Review: Sickness Unto Death
by Brad Rice

We all get depressed sometimes. It's not an easy thing to deal with, in any way, shape, manner or form. Whether we've gone through it ourselves, or watched a love one spiral into hopeless despair, Sickness Unto Death is a title that grabs you with all those familiar feelings.

Sickness Unto Death is a two-volume release from Vertical, and title that flew under the radar for me. I picked it up at New York Comic Con after some insistence from the Vertical people. On the train ride home, I flew through the manga at a breakneck pace. I suspect you will, too.

Follow me after the jump, and I'll go into just what a manga about absolute despair is like.

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8:00 AM on 11.20.2013

A Look @ Wolfsmund

Wolfsmund is based upon the story of William Tell, and the rebellion looking to overthrow the Swiss Alliance. In between Switzerland and Italy, though, lies the St. Gotthard Pass – the only way to travel between those t...

Brad Rice

2:00 PM on 10.11.2013

NYCC 2013: Vertical licenses Attack on Titan light novels

Vertical has been on a roll recently with their licenses, and at NYCC 2013 they picked up some more interesting titles. Perhaps the biggest news is that they'll be releasing the Attack on Titan: Before the Fall light novel se...

Ben Huber

9:00 PM on 09.30.2013

Vertical licenses Tetsuya Tsutsui's Prophecy

What has Vertical picked up now? I always pay attention to Vertical's licenses, as they have a knack for picking solid, unique titles. At the Anime Weekend Atlanta convention, they announced that they'll be picking up Tetsuya...

Ben Huber





9:00 PM on 01.30.2013

The surprise is ruined: Vertical gets Summer Wars manga

Can you believe this? The nerve of those people! I know that this is a good thing, but the magic of this announcement was ruined by Amazon's listing. In accordance to Vertical's Tumblr page, they were going to announce their ...

Salvador G Rodiles