“Why did you get into the anime business?”

As women working in an industry dominated by men, producer Kayako Arishina, director Hitomi Saito, and animator Kazuna Namisawa get asked the question a lot. And sometimes, it’s really hard to find the answer. Is it enough to love anime, … Continue reading

Hot summer, hot reading from VERTICAL!

It’s June and now the summer is really getting started! Time for the beach, the pool, some quiet reading in the shade – and some of the best that Vertical has to offer. The month is bookended by the release … Continue reading

A Heinous Act of Treason

A heinous act of treason. Two young friends know what really happened—but can’t tell! Vertical’s light novel for May presents the backstory to “The Seven Deadly Sins,” the hit manga series and anime (currently streaming on Netflix). THE SEVEN DEADLY … Continue reading

MAY we suggest some hot holiday reading?

The long Memorial Day weekend promises a break from school and work — and extra hours to relax in the sun or under a shady tree and catch up on the newest Vertical books. This month’s offerings include the latest … Continue reading

April Showers mean more Vertical Reading Hours

New Releases Ajin: Demi-Human, 09 by Gamon Sakurai Devils’ Line, 07 by Ryo Hanada Tokyo ESP, 08 by Hajime Segawa Immortal Hounds, 04 by Ryo Yasohachi April is a month of transition. With it comes spring showers, warmer longer days, … Continue reading

And you thought you knew Hanekawa?

BAKEMONOGATARI: Monster Tale, Part 03 turns the spotlight on Tsubasa Hanekawa, bespectacled model student, class president among class presidents, and unwavering supporter of Koyomi Araragi. Since self-described loser Araragi’s very first encounter with an aberration, Hanekawa has been along for … Continue reading

Spring into a New Season with Vertical

New Releases BLAME!, 03 by Tsutomu Nihei Mysterious Girlfriend X, 05 by Riichi Ueshiba Nichijou – My Ordinary Life, 07 by Keiichi Arawi Flying Witch, 01 by Chihiro Ishizuka There is an idiom that states, “march comes in like a … Continue reading