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TCAF Welcomes Moyoco Anno to 2014 Event

Toronto Comics Fest and Vertical Inc Welcomes Moyoco Anno to 2014 Event

Exciting news from Toronto Comics Art Fest last week – the annual comics event announced manga artist Moyoco Anno as their newest special guest!

Moyoco Anno is a name familiar to many English manga fans; her works have been released by several manga publishers over the past decade. Plus, she’s pretty great! Her titles include Insufficient Direction, Sakuran, Flowers & Bees, Sugar Sugar Rune, Happy Mania and the upcoming In Clothes Called Fat.

Moyoco Anno previously attended New York Comic Con 2012.

Well-timed to this news from TCAF is Crunchyroll adding three new Moyoco Anno titles to their digital manga program. Buffalo 5 Girls is a completed one-shot, while Memoirs of Amorous Gentlemen and The Diary of Ochibi-san will be on-going simultaneous publications once the schedules line-up.

I’ve gone to TCAF for the past three years and have always loved it. The atmosphere, the artist’s present and the city itself are always worth the trip. This year is looking no less enjoyable! Along with Moyoco Anno, TCAF also recently announced est em would be attending. Can you say excited?

Vertical Casts a Spell With Three Katsucon Licenses

Vertical Casts a Spell With Three Katsucon Licenses
Almost missed this one! I shame myself, Kuriousity readers.

Earlier in the month, Vertical Inc announced three new licenses during their attendance at Katsucon:

Demi-Human – Gamon Sakurai
Garden of Words – Makoto Shinkai / Midori Motohashi
Witchcraft Works – Ryū Mizunagi

Demi-Human takes place in our modern world after the sudden appearance of immortal beings, with their immortal traits soon showing in random humans. The story follows a Japanese student who is killed in an accident and, after finding himself revived as one of the demi-humans, is now on the run from those who were once his own kind.

The first volume of Demi-Human is scheduled for October 2014, with pre-orders available now on |

Garden of Words is a manga adaptation of an anime film of the same name. It tells the story of a young shoemaker who spends his days in a park sketching footwear. There he meets a young woman and we follow the evolution of their relationship. Sentai Filmworks has released the Garden of Words film in English and it is gorgeous.

Garden of WordsVertical Inc’s manga edition of Garden of Words is scheduled for October 2014 as a one-shot release. Pre-orders are available on |

Last but not least, Witchcraft Works follows a young man who in class sits next to his school’s most popular student, Kagari Ayaka. One day his life is in danger and who should come to his rescue but Kagari, except she’s dressed as a witch, is part of a group called the Workshop Witches, and proclaims from that day on she’ll protect him from anything.

An anime adaptation of Witchcraft Works has been streaming this season with Crunchyroll providing the English simulcast. The first volume of Witchcraft Works is scheduled for September 2014. Pre-orders are available via |

Vertical Inc Helps Us Creatively Kill Time with My Neighbor Seki License

My Neighbor Seki

Now we’re really ringing in the new year – it’s new manga acquisition time! Today it was Vertical Inc, who has their first official license of 2014:

My Neighbor Seki – Takuma Morishige

Vertical’s marketing director and friend to manga-kind, Ed Chavez, announced the license during his recent appearance on the ANNCast. The timing coincides nicely with the My Neighbor Seki anime adaptation which has just started streaming on Crunchyroll, though Ed describes plans to publish the title have actually be on-going for a couple years.

“Seki is the quite type. Smart and pretty cool-headed Seki is generally your average everyday student. But when he is at his desk way at the back his homeroom, he reveals a creative side that few people get to experience. Hidden from the eyes of his teachers, Seki is often found tinkering on and around his desk, creating the most complicated of projects often stretching the imagination…mainly cause he’s got nothing better to do.”

My Neighbor Seki is scheduled to start late 2014, with a new volume out every 2-3 months. Currently the series is five volumes long in Japan.

Vertical Inc Adds to Deck with Cardfight!! Vanguard License

Vertical Inc Prepares Their Own Duels with Cardfight!! Vanguard License

It’s time to du-… fight! Vertical Inc. announced late this week that they’ve licensed their own card battling series:

Cardfight!! Vanguard – Akira Ito

The series has more in common with the better known YuGiOh than just the card duels they’re based around. The creator of Cardfight!! Vanguard was the artist who handled the YuGiOh R manga series. With that kind of global popularity, can you blame them for wanting to give it their own spin? Or Vertical for continuing to branch out into different demographics.

Cardfight!! Vanguard is also currently being streamed on Crunchyroll, who gives the following summary:

“The card game ‘Vanguard’ has swept the entire world and changed the fate of one boy. His name is Aichi Sendou. To make an impression on Toshiki Kai, a Cardfighter he deeply admires, Aichi begins to play Vanguard and soon becomes caught up in the fun and charm of the game.”

Vertical Inc is releasing two first volumes – one regular edition and one deluxe edition. Both have the same page count and a trading card, but the deluxe edition also includes a fifty card starter deck, game mat and box. Amazon says the titles will be released at the end of March 2014, while Vertical is listing April 2014.

Pre-orders are currently available via Amazon for the regular (Amazon CAN | US) and deluxe editions (Amazon CAN | US).

Cardfight!! Vanguard is one of those series that leaves me feeling out of touch with today’s ‘mainstream’ anime fans. I’m told it’s popular. I’ve seen the Walmart aisles littered with the merchandise and even a giant outdoor billboard. I think I may’ve even seen a snippet of it on television. What I’ve never seen or knowingly met, however, is an actual fan. Where are you, mystical fans? Fans of Pokemon and YuGiOh I still see on a regular basis – battling outside schools, meeting in local game shops, trading and arguing in the comic stores, begging their parents for the newest release. So… what gives?

Maybe the lack of Cardfight!! Vanguard fans is a regional thing. Whatever it is, I hope the series’ popularity I’ve heard such tell about means that it will be asuccess for Vertical Inc. Fortunately it seems to be going well so far.

NYCC 2013: Vertical Inc Deals in Fat and Falls With Manga and Light Novel Licenses

NYCC 2013: Vertical Inc Deals in Fat and Falls With Manga and Light Novel Licenses

Next up on Lissa-takes-a-while-to-post-manga-news-these-days, it’s more new licenses from this past week’s New York Comic Con, today courtesy of Vertical Inc:

Attack on Titan: Before the Fall (Light Novel) – Ryō Suzukaze & Thores Shibamoto
In The Clothes Named Fat – Moyoco Anno

Kodansha Comics may’ve granted some wishes I thought were only a matter of time, but Vertical Inc did what I thought was impossible. The Attack on Titan prequel novel? Awesome! Before the Fall is a story that takes place seventy years prior to the events of Attack on Titan. The series is three volumes long and features the invention of the 3D maneuver gear.

Vertical Inc has the first volume scheduled to be released next summer, a couple months after Kodansha Comics will begin releasing the new manga version of the same story. I really hope this does well for Vertical, both out of adoration for the company itself and the want for more similar licenses in the future. Support the prose! I’ll be buying both versions but hope that one doesn’t negatively affect the other in regards to sales.

Next was manga time as Vertical pleased many a josei fan with their announcement of Moyoco Anno’s In The Clothes Named Fat. Vertical previously released her one-short, Sakuran (which was fantastic, by the way), and announced her romantic-autobiographical series, Insufficient Direction this past summer.

In The Clothes Named Fat is another one-shot, but set in modern day. It revolves around an office worker who is self-conscious and bullied about her weight. When her boyfriend breaks up with her, she becomes determined to lose weight no matter what.

Vertical Inc plans to release this title next summer as well. I’m really looking forward to reading it. After Sakuran, I gained a new respect for her works. A well-structured one-shot worked so much better for me than her previously released multi-book series, such as Happy Mania or Sugar Sugar Rune.

Vertical Inc Plays With Fire With Tetsuya Tsutui’s Prophecy

Vertical Inc Plays With Fire With Tetsuya Tsutui's Prophecy

It’s New York Comic Con this weekend and that has already equated to a lot of amazing manga licensing news – and it’s only Saturday! But first, we’re a little behind here at Kuriousity as work-that-pays deadlines loom, so time for a little catch-up with a license that Vertical Inc. announced during Anime Weekend Atlanta a couple weeks ago:

Prophecy– Tetsuya Tsutui

The story follows a specialized police task force as it tries to find the culprit, or culprits, behind a number of serious crimes including arson and rape. Complicating things is the fact that the crimes are posted about online before they happen, leading to more questions as to who’s behind them and the rallying support behind their apparent prophet.

I’m not familiar with Tetsuya Tsutui’s work but I have a lot of faith in Vertical Inc’s taste in material. Plus, those t-shirts worn in the image above are pretty darn cool. An additional interesting fact about the title is that the artist contacted them directly about the license. I thought that was really neat (and potentially promising) to hear!

Prophecy is complete at three volumes, and Vertical has confirmed they’ll be releasing it as singles. The first book is currently scheduled for September 2014.

On The Shelf: August 28, 2013

On The Shelf - August 28, 2013

The student-pocalypse is upon us! It’s the last week of August and students around the world are back to the books after this coming weekend. Enjoy your freedom while you can! Which means read, read, read! … and then continue to do so.

My must-have book for this week is Vertical Inc‘s Helter Skelter. I have a lot of faith in the company’s selection for titles as it is, and this josei story – a title aimed at older woman – about a model’s use of plastic surgery to try and keep up her career, and her spiraling madness because of it, sounds like a worthwhile drama to seek out. Plus as much as I love good on-going series, a solid one shot can often be even more satisfying.

Cage of Eden (Vol. 11) [Amazon CAN, Amazon US, RightStuf]
Crimson Empire: Circumstances to Serve a Noble (Vol. 02) [Amazon CAN, Amazon US, RightStuf]
Helter Skelter: Fashion Unfriendly [Amazon CAN, Amazon US, RightStuf]
Kingdom Hearts II (Vol. 02) [Amazon CAN, Amazon US, RightStuf]
Pandora Hearts (Vol. 17) [Amazon CAN, Amazon US, RightStuf]

On The Shelf: August 14, 2013

On The Shelf: August 14, 2013

MAGI is here! I’ve been eager to read this manga ever since I started watching the anime adaptation on Crunchyroll. I really love the characters, and hope the manga is as much fun. I’m still in shock it’s by the creator of Sumomomo, Momomo though. If curious, you can read Andre’s review of Sumomomo (Vol. 02).

Other exciting titles for me this week include the new editions of Embracing Love, courtesy of SuBLime, and volume one of the Tiger & Bunny Comic Anthology from Viz Media.

Blue Morning (Vol. 02) [Amazon CAN, Amazon US, RightStuf]
Dorohedoro (Vol. 10) [Amazon CAN, Amazon US, RightStuf]
Embracing Love 2-in-1 (Vol. 01) [Amazon CAN, Amazon US, RightStuf]
Excel Saga (Vol. 26) [Amazon CAN, Amazon US, RightStuf]
Inu Yasha VizBIG (Vol. 16) [Amazon CAN, Amazon US, RightStuf]
Itsuwaribito (Vol. 09) [Amazon CAN, Amazon US, RightStuf]
Knights of Sidonia (Vol. 04) [Amazon CAN, Amazon US, RightStuf]
MAGI (Vol. 01) [Amazon CAN, Amazon US, RightStuf]
Neon Genesis Evangelion 3-in-1 (Vol. 04) [Amazon CAN, Amazon US, RightStuf]
Tiger & Bunny Comic Anthology (Vol. 01) [Amazon CAN, Amazon US, RightStuf]

Vertical Inc Dishes Out Fumi Yoshinaga’s What Did You Eat Yesterday

Fumi Yoshinaga's What Did You Eat Yesterday

And the manga crowds cheered! Vertical Inc has revealed at their Otakon panel this weekend that they’ve licensed a much anticipated series:

What Did You Eat Yesterday? – Fumi Yoshinaga

“The manga revolves around Shirō Kakei, a methodical lawyer, and his lover Kenji Yabuki, a sociable hairstylist. The manga tells the story of their everyday lives together in their apartment through their cooking and eating habits. The series also provides recipes and cooking tips for the food featured in each chapter.” – AnimeNewsNetwork

Vertical Inc has volume one planned for March 204 for $12.95/US, $13.95/CAN, and there will be a new volume out every two months. The series is currently seven volumes long and on-going.

The majority of Fumi Yoshinaga’s early series released in English have been boys’ love – by Digital Manga and BLU – but her strong characterization and expressive, minimalist artwork has made her work popular among all sorts of manga reading circles. Yen Press previously released her one-volume food manga, Not Love But Delicious Foods, and Viz Media is currently releasing her on-going feudal drama, Ooku.**

Fumi Yoshinaga is one of my favourite manga creators and I’ve never hesitated  purchasing everything by her released in English. What Did You Eat Yesterday? has been a series I’ve been wanting to read for a long time, both because I enjoy reading series about food and food preparation that’s new to me (which is pretty much everything you don’t microwave) and for a story about a gay couple that doesn’t focus on that as it’s only story element. I also think the series is in really good hands with Vertical Inc, so this is a win-win-win situation.

**Edit: For more Fumi Yoshinaga, you can read Shannon’s review of Not Love But Delicious Foods and my review of Ooku (Vol. 01), as well as my thoughts on her series Flowers of Life,  The Moon and SandalsSolfegeGarden DreamsTruly KindlyDon’t Say Anymore DarlingLovers in the Night, and Ichigenme.

Swag Bag: Creepy Stares, Deadly Gates and Sailor Moon’s Finale

Swag Bag: Creepy Stares, Deadly Gates and Sailor Moon's Finale

It often happens that I don’t realize how many books I’ve bought recently until I write one of these Swag Bag posts. While my buying habits of today can be a pretty far cry from the look-at-all-my-disposable-income days of yester-year, I’m still ever grateful I can afford to fill one of these columns in a month. And this past month had some real gems that I hope many readers are able to fit into the budget as well.

Vertical Inc.’s books were the cream of the crop this past July. After spending Animaritime drooling over every copy I saw lucky buyers walking around with, I was quick to come home and buy my own copy of Gundam the Origin (Vol. 02). I never thought I’d be so invested in one of the classic Gundam stories, but I fell in love with this one right away. Vertical’s hardcover, colour-page insert editions definitely help too. This volume even came with a bonus illustration by CLAMP.

Next I went for something new and bought a copy of Vertical’s one-shot, Utsubora: The Story of a Novelist. There was something very reminiscent of Tezuka’s darker works reading Utsubora. This twisted tale of plagiarism, lust and suicide-mystery nestles well into Vertical’s library and I quite enjoyed it. Then I had to try Wolfsmund (Vol. 01), which really surprised me. Both of these series are for adults only, and Wolfsmund greatly so for the violent content. But that didn’t surprise me as much as how the book took a story-convention I’m really used to (and enjoy) and turned it on its head. Episodic stories with one reoccurring common character but instead of running a magical shop or granting wishes, in Wolfsmund it’s a gatekeeper who won’t let anyone pass. I rounded out my mini Vertical binge with a copy of Limit (Vol. 01) as well.

Black Butler (Vol. 14)I took a trip to my Yen Press list next to visit some continuing series. First was Blood Lad (Vol. 02) and then Drrrr!’s sequel series, Drrrr! Saika Arc (Vol. 01). My favourite new book out from Yen though was easily Black Butler (Vol. 14). Every volume since the book hit double-digits has been a real step up in the story and art; enough so to take it from a series I considered dropping, to one of my most anticipated. Warning, very mild spoiler ahead – Sebastian getting his butt handed to him? Much more interesting than Mr. Perfect-Butler.

Next up were some sad farewells to two series. The first, from Viz Media, was Children of the Sea (Vol. 05). I still don’t fully understand what happened in this series, but I think that’s the point. The slightly confused yet tranquil feeling I had finishing it just made me miss it more. That melancholy couldn’t hold a candle to my sadness at completing Sailor Moon (Vol. 12), however. Wow, what a series. It’s dramatic, beautiful, detailed, universe-encompassing in its scope, and totally inspiring to read as a woman. I’m really looking forward to the two collections of Sailor Moon short stories due out from Kodansha Comics in the Fall.

Gate 7 (Vol. 04) is another book I bought recently that desperately wants to be as pretty and epic, but unfortunately only succeeds at the first. This is one of CLAMP’s most recent works, and while the artwork is absolutely gorgeous, and the characters are kinda fun, the story itself is completely underwhelming. I really hope something big and interesting happens soon or else it could be the first CLAMP series I’m tempted to drop.

That does it for this week’s Swag Bag. As always, feel more than free to share what purchases you’ve made recently and if you’d recommend them!

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