Almost missed these licenses! Vertical Inc. announced two new titles at the recently passed Katsucon:
Sickness Unto Death – Hikari Asada
Tropic of the Sea – Satoshi Kon
Tropic of the Sea will be a single volume released in September 2013 (Amazon CAN/US) for $16.95/CAN, $14.95/US. Sickness Unto Death will be released as two single volumes at $14.95/CAN, $12.95/US each. The first is scheduled for later that same month (Amazon CAN/US).
Sickness Unto Death is the first work of Hikari Asada’s to be licensed in English. It’s a romance story about a man trying to discover the cause of a woman’s deep despair.
Tropic of the Sea is by Satoshi Kon, who was best known for his directorial work on several anime features before he passed away in 2010. Some of his best known works include Paprika and Tokyo Godfathers. This is first time we’ve seen one of his manga released in English though, so I’m eager to see how the storytelling is compared to his movies. Tropic of the Sea is about a town where a generations’ old promise with legendary ‘sea people’ is threatened by the development plans for a new resort.
Recently Vertical Inc. has been answering a number of license requests and questions via their Tumblr account.