Early this morning (well, early for me over here on the west coast since I wasn’t even awake yet when it happened), Vertical held a panel at Katsucon and announced a few new licenses which were then posted to Twitter and trust me when I say that at least a couple of these are a big deal.
Let’s get the big one out of the way first; at their panel it was announced that Vertical has licensed the light novel series Bakemonogatari and will be releasing it in three parts over three months starting in December 2016. The original light novel series was released in two parts in Japan but Vertical marches to the beat of their own drum. You might recall that Vertical released Kizumonogatari this past December.
Also announced at their panel were a trio of manga licenses in the form of Blame! by Tsutomu Nihei, Dissolving Classroom by Junji Ito and Immortal Hounds by Ryou Yasohachi.
Blame! is a science fiction story that ran from 1997 to 2003 in Japan and was originally licensed in North America by Tokyopop. A special “master’s edition” was released in Japan last year however and that’s the version that Vertical will be publishing. No word on when the series will be released.
The second manga announcement is from horror specalist Junji Ito and is titled Youkai Kyoushitsu (Dissolving Classroom). According to my research, the short story ran for seven chapters from March 2013 to June 2014 in motto! magazine and was compiled into one volume. This announcement also did not come with a North American release date.
Finally we come to the last manga license which is Shinazu no Ryouken (Immortal Hounds) by Ryou Yasohachi. This series was first launched in 2013 and released its third volume this past August in Japan. According to a listing on Amazon, the first volume will be shipped out in July 2016.