Spring into a New Season with Vertical

New Releases

There is an idiom that states, “march comes in like a lion…” For Vertical this year, that is definitely apt! This month we have some heavy hitters including the debut of one of our most anticipated series yet! So prepare to hear some noise this month cause we do not expect to go out like a lamb!

Debuting this month is Chihiro Ishizuka’s Flying Witch volume 1. The inspiration for 2016’s sleeper hit by JC Staff is a heart-warming thoughtful comedy set in an unusual location, which only adds to its charm.

Witch-in-training, Makoto Kowata, has relocated to Japan’s far north – Aomori! It’s a different world up there when compared to Yokohama and Tokyo, but that does not mean it does not have its own magic. Actually with Makoto there life is about to get a lot more fantastic for her relatives whom she is staying with. Days up there were rather sleepy and traditional before Makoto arrived, but now they are filled with mysterious people, flying broomsticks, and screaming mandrakes. Still, even with new spell casters around, life is only as magical as you make it and every chapter of Flying Witch makes every day feel enchanted.

In volume 3 of Tsutomu Nihei’s BLAME!, Kyrii and Cibo have reached the mega-structure! After searching through Nihei’s massive world, Kyrii is now close to revealing some of its secrets.

Once inside Toha Heavy the two become witness to a world that is quite different from what was outside. The landscape is less chaotic. The rules are more rigid and restricted. And the threats are significantly greater. Kyrii will have to deal with forces that control time, space, and other elements of physics while still on the search for human life and the Net Terminal Gene! But can he do so without his trusted gravitation beam emitter?

In Mysterious Girlfriend X 5, we are treated to one of the longest story lines in this series so far. Set in the backdrop of the annual Kazamidai High cultural fair, Tsubaki and Urabe are pulled into playing some of the most intimate scenes of their short relationship.
Tsubaki’s film club has decided to make a movie for their festival entry. But the theme and plot of this film is cutting very close to the bone for Tsubaki, as it reminds him of the relationship he has with Urabe. And what’s more, eventually Urabe is asked to participate as one of the supporting actors!

And finally, in Nichijou 7, we are treated a number of sudden surprises! Imagine the scene when friends discuss copying homework when one of them confesses her feelings towards a classmate! The Go/Soccer Club is about to describe its moves to the new members! Yuuko and Mai have repeated battles of strength with consistent results! And a vice principal grows a new head of hair overnight!

Nothing is unusual in the world of Nichijou. And expect the unexpected from Vertical this March!


Vertical Film Club

It is not uncommon to see Vertical properties on the television screens. But over the next two months two of Vertical’s premier brands will be gracing the big screen.

Later this month, a Hollywood remake of Masamune Shirow’s The Ghost in the Shell will be screening across the globe to much fanfare. Starring Beat Takeshi, Chin Han and Scarlett Johansson, this live action adaptation of Shirow’s legendary manga (by Kodansha Comics) is one of the most talked about movies in recent memory. Vertical will follow up the film release with a collection of short stories based on the world of The Ghost in the Shell in April. Featuring stories from some of the biggest names in Japanese sci-fi and fantasy – Toh EnJoe (Self-Reference ENGINE – Viz Media), Tow Ubukata (Mardock Scramble – Kodansha Comics), and Gakuto Mikumo (Strike the Blood – Yen Press) – this is a most read for Ghost in the Shell fans old and new.

A week later, NISIOISIN’s KIZUMONOGATARI will return to theaters as the third entry in this trilogy will have a limited engagement across the US. Subtitled, Reiketsu, KIZU 3 will focus on Araragi and Kisshot after his encounters with the vampire hunters that were searching for her. Distributed by Aniplex fans who head out to view this final chapter will be eligible to receive a limited edition KIZUMONOGATARI/BAKEMONOGATARI from Vertical. Aniplex will also be distributing Memorial Portrait Boards at showings. Stocks are limited so please show up early and enjoy NISIOISIN’s tale.

The Ghost in the Shell will be screening nationwide.

For more information on KIZUMONOGATARI, Part 3: REIKETSU click here.


Future Releases:

And here is what to expect over the next few months:

  • Toh Enjoe, Gakuto Mikumo, Kafka Asagiri, Yoshinobu Akita and Tow Ubukata; based on the comic by Masamune Shirow, The Ghost in the Shell: Five Short Stories (April 2017)
  • Shuka Matsuda and Nakaba Suzuki, Seven Deadly Sins (Light Novel) (May 2017)
  • NISIOISIN’s NISEMONOGATARI (June 2017)
  • Katsuyuki Sumizawa and Tomofumi Ogasawara, Mobile Suit Gundam WING: Glory of the Losers (July 2017)
  • Yui Tokiumi and Naoshi Arakawa, Your Lie in April (Light Novel) (July 2017)

Image Copyrights – All Rights Reserved

BLAME! 3 © 2017 Tsutomu Nihei; Mysterious Girlfriend X 5 © 2017 Riichi Ueshiba; Flying Witch 1 © 2013 Chihiro Ishizuka; nichijou 7 © Keiichi ARAWI 2011; Koukaku Kidoutai Shousetsu Ansoroji © 2017 SHIROW MASAMUNE / TOH ENJOE, GAKUTO MIKUMO, KAFKA ASAGIRI, YOSHINOBU AKITA, TOW UBUKATA / KODANSHA, LTD. All Rights Reserved

VERTICAL’S NEW STORY COLLECTION BREAKS OUT OF THE SHELL

The Ghost in the Shell: Five New Short StoriesThe release of the Hollywood blockbuster “Ghost in the Shell” has shined the spotlight on this iconic sci-fi franchise, and has reignited interest in the many different representations of its universe—from the original manga and its anime adaptations, to the recent official movie tie-in novelization and a coffee table book featuring art from the film.

Vertical has taken a different approach by publishing THE GHOST IN THE SHELL: FIVE NEW SHORT STORIES. These works of fiction are the result of a challenge to some of Japan’s foremost sci-fi novelists to create their own visions of the near-future universe of Ghost in the Shell.

The five writers—Toh EnJoe, Gakuto Mikumo, Kafka Asagiri, Yoshinobu Akita, and Tow Ubukata—have more than met the challenge. Their contributions are all imaginative, page-turning interpretations that add new depth and dimension to the canon, while staying true to the essence of the source material.

It’s still a world of conflict between nations, where corporations dominate and technology rules. But rather than making humans obsolete, these technological advances have been harnessed to enhance the bodies and brains of mere mortals—if they can pay the steep price.

The stories in the collection are for anyone who enjoys exciting, well-executed science fiction. If you’re new to the franchise, they’re a fitting introduction to the premise, setting, and characters. If you’re already a fan, they’re indispensable reading, as the authors offer provocative, engaging, and thoughtful explorations of the main themes: What is the self? Is there such a thing as a soul?

Fantasy Unleashed

From the New World vol. 1In 2006, Vertical introduced the English reading world to Yusuke Kishi. Already an established horror and science-fiction author having earned a number of awards in his native Japan, Kishi’s star has begun to rise exponentially as of late. Not long after the English release of his work Crimson Labyrinth, Kishi’s works would reach new heights with the release of From the New World. This two-part fantasy novel would take the sci-fi and fantasy world by storm, culminating in the author receiving the Japan Science-Fiction Grand Prize in 2008. Now a few years later, Vertical is proud to release the manga adaptation of this renowned work, penned by Toru Oikawa.

In From the New World Kishi introduces readers to a dystopian future. Mankind is near its brink, and society has declined over the past thousand years. However, even though the population has been decimated, over those many years humanity has developed something that may eventually prevent it from losing more ground – magick. Akin to ESP but much more advanced, magick is a form of psychokenisis that has developed in most of this era’s youth. Magick protects the small communities that remain from enemy attacks; it aides in technology development; and is critical to the education of those who survive.

In this first volume of the manga series, readers will follow a group of six youths as they begin their magick training. While their exams are not very complicated, how they each are able to control their abilities will eventually determine their futures in this world were only the strong are allowed to survive.

Rendered with detail, and purposed for action and excitement by Toru Oikawa, the From the New World manga brings the prose of Yusuke Kishi to life as we have never seen before. It is a must read for fantasy readers and shonen manga fans alike!