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Vertical announces a lot of manga licenses at Katsucon

Last weekend at Katsucon, North American publisher Vertical announced a few interesting licenses for you to enjoy in the physical format. Why am emphasizing the "physical" aspect? One of the first few licenses they announced is an omnibus o...

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Review: Kizumonogatari

I don't think I could ever think of the Monogatari series without Shaft's trademark animation and visuals. It would be like eating PB and J sandwiches all my life and then discovering peanut butter could exist on starch without its conserve...

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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 myself cringing a...

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Review: Insufficient Direction

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, de...

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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 them constantly. E...

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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 revealed this ...

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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 have listed th...

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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 on readers to t...

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Japanator's 2013 Holiday Guide: Manga

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 t...

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Review: Sickness Unto Death

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 y...

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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 two countries. A...

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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 series. The books...

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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 Tsutsui's most...


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 acquisition of ...


Tell Vertical what to license in their Spring Survey

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 how they purch...


NYCC '12: Vertical adds Twin Princess, Helter Skelter

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 be a great buy ...


Japanator Kind of Recommends: A Guru is Born

  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 miracle, or the p...


Anime Boston '12: Vertical brings back Paradise Kiss

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 under, Vertica...


Critical darling Twin Spica doomed to obscurity

[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 story of a gro...


A Look At Great Teacher Onizuka: 14 Days in Shonan

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 endlessly fun, and I f...


Manga artist draws his work twice to help overseas sales

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 the technique ...


A look at: Lychee Light Club

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. Actually, that...


Viz nabs four Eisner nominations thanks to Naoki Urasawa

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, largely thanks to Na...


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

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 and One Pieces of...


Vertical licenses Princess Knight, Drops of God, and more

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 Princess Sapphire...


Japanator Recommends: Ayako

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 general. When you re...


Vertical let No Longer Human out of the bag early

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 Usumaru Furuya...


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

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 licenses is quality,...


Japanator Recommends: 7 Billion Needles

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 ranks. A modern d...


Vertical licenses the not-so-comfy Velveteen & Mandara

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 great choice for re...


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

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's a common eno...


Japanator Recommends: Peepo Choo

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 been brought to Am...


Vertical preps for their SDCC, Otakon showings

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 responsible for...


Japanator Recommends: Chi's Sweet Home

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 Chi's entertai...


Win a copy of Chi's Sweet Home from Vertical

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 ever been seen...

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Look who was quoted on Twin Spica Vol. 2!

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 impressed with,...


Toei doing anime adaptation of Tezuka's Buddha

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 being written by ...


Japanator Recommends: Nintendo Magic

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 much in terms o...


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