A TALE OF A CURSE GONE WRONG – ON A VERY LARGE SCALE.

In OTORIMONOGATARI: Decoy Tale, NISIOISIN turns the spotlight on a most reluctant subject. Middle-schooler Nadeko Sengoku is super-adorable, but shy to the point of not even being there. She hides under big hats and long bangs, apologizes profusely for everything, … Continue reading

WHEN IT COMES TO GOING ONE-ON-ONE WITH A FORMER RIVAL, SURUGA KANBARU DOESN’T MONKEY AROUND.

HANAMONOGATARI: Flower Tale is Kanbaru’s story and shows us quite another side of this potty-mouthed former basketball ace. Suruga Kanbaru is feeling down in the dumps. The “injury” that forced her to give up playing basketball – the devil who’s … Continue reading

BFFs FOREVER—OR MAYBE NOT!

THE DARK MAIDENS is an intriguing, haunting murder mystery, set in an elite Japanese girls’ school, that explores where loyalty and truth begin —and end (badly)! Members of the Literature Club have gathered for their regular meeting, but this time, … Continue reading

KOYOMI ARARAGI IS BACK WITH A BANG!

(You’ll have to read the book to get that reference, but here’s a hint: fireworks!) Vampires. Time travel. Zombies. Araragi’s inappropriate behavior. KABUKIMONOGATARI: Dandy Tale has all your favorite elements – and some shocking new ones. In KABUKIMONOGATARI (“kabuki” not … Continue reading

More intrigue. More blood. More angst. More fiendish wordplay. More NISIOISIN!

If you’re a fan of the novels of Japanese phenom NISIOISIN, don’t wait to get your hands around STRANGULATION: Kubishime Romanticist, the follow-up to Decapitation and the second part of NISIOISIN’s debut Zaregoto series. Like Decapitation, STRANGULATION presents a puzzling … Continue reading

VOFAN announced as Guest of Honor at Anime Central 2018!

It has been announced that VOFAN, the star illustrator of the MONOGATARI series written by NISIOISIN, will be a Guest of Honor for Anime Central 2018! Appraised by the fans around the world as “The Magician of Light from Taiwan”, … Continue reading

SOMEWHERE UNDER THE RAINBOW…

In this second light novel recounting the backstory to the hit manga and anime “The Seven Deadly Sins,” you’ll meet three legendary knights serving the Kingdom of Liones. Ten years before the start of the original story line, the Seven … Continue reading

Catnip for Hanekawa Fans

In Bakemonogatari: Monster Tale, Part 03, NISIOISIN revealed that life for bespectacled, model student, class president among class presidents Tsubasa Hanekawa was a lot more complicated than she let on. Now, NEKOMONOGATARI Cat Tale (WHITE) leads us into even murkier … Continue reading

Ring in the new year with terror

When extraordinary evil targets ordinary people, the fear alone can kill you! In S (Es), the latest episode in the blockbuster RING series (Ring, Spiral, and Loop), Koji Suzuki returns to the scenario that made his earlier works so sublimely … Continue reading

“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

VERTICAL’S NEW STORY COLLECTION BREAKS OUT OF THE SHELL

The release of the Hollywood blockbuster “Ghost 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 … Continue reading

Love is like a box of Vertical Book

New Releases FukuFuku: Kitten Tales, 02 by Konami Kanata To the Abandoned Sacred Beasts, 04 by MAYBE Devils’ Line, 05 by Ryo Hanada CardFight!! Vanguard, 07 by Akira Itou For the month of February, we at Vertical turned our focus … Continue reading

GAME ON!

From Edgar Award-nominated and best-selling author Keigo Higashino (The Devotion of Suspect X) comes a stand-alone novel about a can’t-fail con and the dangerous game of revenge it sets up between two masterful players. Sakuma is a powerful and arrogant … Continue reading

Read More…the Ideal Resolution for 2017

New Releases Dissolving Classroom,by Junji Ito Nichijou: My Ordinary Life, 06 by Keiichi Arawi Immortal Hounds, 03 by Ryo Yasohachi Ninja Slayer, 07 by Yuuki Yogo A new year has begun and with a new calender comes a new list … Continue reading