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Video: Knights of Sidonia still looks awesome

Gives us a reason to keep our Netflix subscriptions
Mar 31
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... read
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Obtuse but relatable manga about Moyoco Anno's marriage
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 autobiograp... read feature

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Vertical debuts Spring 2014 reader survey

Book subscription idea floated by company
Mar 06
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... read
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Vertical licenses Tonari no Seki-kun manga

The upright publisher nabs comedy manga for fall 2014.
Jan 24
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... read
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Vertical licenses Witchcraft Works manga

Listed for pre-order at online retailers
Jan 12
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... read
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PSA: You have to pre-order BL for B&N to stock it

Booksellers don't put much faith in Yoshinaga's What Did You Eat Yesterday
Jan 09
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 ... read
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Keep your friends well-read this holiday season
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 standin... read feature

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How far can depression drag you down?
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 tit... read feature

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A Look @ Wolfsmund

A fast-burning and addictive title
Nov 20
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... read
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NYCC 2013: Vertical licenses Attack on Titan light novels

The publisher picks up two new licenses.
Oct 11
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... read
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Vertical licenses Tetsuya Tsutsui's Prophecy

Latest acquisition from publisher focuses on cyber-crime
Sep 30
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... read

The surprise is ruined: Vertical gets Summer Wars manga

It's all Amazon's fault.
Jan 30
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 ... read

Tell Vertical what to license in their Spring Survey

Jan 25
One of my favorite things about Vertical is they are responsive to their readers. They have a strong social media presence, actively and honestly engaging fans. One key method is their seasonal surveys, which polls readers on... read

NYCC '12: Vertical adds Twin Princess, Helter Skelter

Oct 15
On Friday, Vertical announced a pair of new titles: Twin Princess, the sequel to Princess Knight, and Helter Skelter. Twin Princess is another piece of the Osamu Tezuka pie that Vertical continues to collect, and should ... read

  For many, religion proves to be an almighty influence in life. It can provide rules and order, explaining away some of the mysteries of life. In troubled times, religion provides a source of comfort -- the hope of a mi... read feature


Anime Boston '12: Vertical brings back Paradise Kiss

Apr 07
While we're not up at Anime Boston this weekend, we still got word from Vertical that they've licensed Paradise Kiss by Ai Yazawa. Previously, Tokyopop had held the license for this five-volume set, but since the company went... read

Critical darling Twin Spica doomed to obscurity

Mar 27
[Correction: A few extra stories collectively known as Asumi are included in the Twin Spica release.] Twin Spica is a slice-of-life seinen manga written and illustrated by talented artist Kou Yaginuma. The book tells the... read

I thought I was done with Great Teacher Onizuka. All throughout college, I plowed my way through the series, picking up volume after volume in order to sate my desire to see what Onizuka was up to next. The series was endless... read feature


Manga artist draws his work twice to help overseas sales

Jun 02
We've all moved on from the dark days of flipped manga, where manga publishers didn't have enough faith in Americans' ability to learn how to read comics from right-to-left. But even though years have passed since I first got... read

Dark, engaging, disturbing, and provoking. Lychee Light Club, a recent manga release from Vertical, adapts a Grand Guignol stage show and delivers a riveting tale about young boys who build a robot that runs on lychee fruits.... read feature


Viz nabs four Eisner nominations thanks to Naoki Urasawa

Apr 11
With San Diego Comic Con looming in the near future, that means it's time for comic's highest honors: the Eisner Awards. Nominations were recently announced, and Viz leads the manga publisher pack with four nominations, large... read

News: Kodansha and Dai Nippon buy 93% of Vertical, Inc.

Feb 24
Vertical, Inc. is one of the most interesting manga publishers out there right now. They've put out a lot of manga of the kind that makes you think that the manga industry is much less dependent on the Narutos and Bleaches an... read

Vertical licenses Princess Knight, Drops of God, and more

Jan 28
Our favorite boutique manga publishers at Vertical have announced a handful of new titles coming out later this year. First up is Princess Knight, another classic by the "god of manga" Osamu Tezuka. This story of Pr... read

I can't really say much about Osamu Tezuka, the god of manga, that hasn't already been said.Intense, striking, thoughtful, flawed, and poignant.His work has influenced generations of mangaka, artists, and just people in gener... read feature


Vertical is awesome because they send me awesome things

Nov 08
Well, not just because they send me awesome stuff with Konami Kanata art on it. Vertical also publishes awesome manga. I <3 you, Vertical. read

Vertical let No Longer Human out of the bag early

Oct 14
I reported on Vertical's awesome panel at NYAF last week, at which they announced a ton of good new licenses, such as Osamu Tezuka's The Book of Human Insects (pictured on right). Another important license, No Longer Human by... read

NYAF 10: Vertical's panel was sweet and you weren't there

Oct 10
UPDATED: Vertical has since issued a statement saying that No Longer Human is in fact, not licensed quite yet. More details here.Vertical's panel was really a highlight this year at NYAF. Pretty much everything Vertical licen... read

In the ever-expanded seinen genre, with titles like Berserk, Monster and Ikigami already holding the top reins along with Black Lagoon and other titles, Vertical's latest offering, 7 Billion Needles is poised to join their ra... read feature


Vertical licenses the not-so-comfy Velveteen & Mandara

Sep 22
Over the weekend, at Anime Weekend Atlanta, Vertical announced a new license: Jiro Matsumoto's Velveteen & Mandara. I know Matsumoto's other work, Freesia (please license that too!), and can say that this should be a grea... read

Lychee Light Club is a manga about divine fruit...really

Jul 24
Hey, nerds! You have trouble getting girls! It's because you're all nerds, and girls love muscle-headed sports stars who wear letterman jackets and are into sports (SPOOOOOOOOOORTS)!And so goes the common taunt. That said, it... read

Japanator Recommends: Peepo Choo

Jul 22
Peepo Choo is a bit of an amazing product, when you think about it. Done by an American named Felipe Smith, it was originally published in Kodansha's Morning2 magazine, intended for a Japanese audience. Now, the manga has bee... read

Vertical preps for their SDCC, Otakon showings

Jul 14
One of our favorite publishers, Vertical, has announced their upcoming plans for San Diego's Comic Con International and Baltimore's Otakon next month. On hand for book signings at each event will be Felipe Smith, the artist ... read

Japanator Recommends: Chi's Sweet Home

Jul 08
I am the biggest Chi fangirl you are ever going to meet.That being said, I never expected to see this series make its way to the United States. It's so deeply Japanese, especially in its portrayal of home life -- and yet it's... read

It wasn't easy deciding on a winner here, but we finally managed to narrow down the entries in our Chi's Sweet Home contest. Many of the staff members were hospitalized thanks to your incessant cute attacks, but the ones that... read feature


After our long streak of pairing up with FUNimation, we're now switching gears to our favorite manga publisher: Vertical, Inc. Next Tuesday, Chi's Sweet Home hits shelves, which means that a wave of cuteness unlike any that's... read feature


Look who was quoted on Twin Spica Vol. 2!

Jun 17
That's right, I was!My review copy showed up in the mail the other day, and I was pleasantly surprised to see that Japanator is now coming to a bookstore near you thanks to the folks at Vertical. It was a series I was really ... read

Toei doing anime adaptation of Tezuka's Buddha

Apr 24
Here's an exciting bit of news for all you fans of the master of manga: Toei Studios has announced that they'll be doing an anime adaptation of the man's classic work Buddha! This should prove to be exciting. The script is be... read

Japanator Recommends: Nintendo Magic

Apr 20
If you're anything like me, you probably grew up in front of a TV playing the latest games the day they came out. I was practically raised in front of my Nintendo Entertainment System, and while I'm sure it didn't benefit me ... read

Japanator Recommends: Twin Spica

Apr 16
Remember those days when you were young, and dreamed of becoming an astronaut? That yearning to go up and explore the great unknown? Well, what if there was a school to send you off into space? Well, we get to explore that po... read

Vertical officially confirms Ayako license

Jan 20
Ed Chavez over at Vertical dropped me a line saying that the news of their license of Osamu Tezuka's Ayako has been confirmed, and that they are officially publishing the classic from the God of Manga.I'm glad to see this tit... read

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