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Vertical Adds Asumiko Nakamura's Utsubora Mystery Manga

posted on by Egan Loo
Suspense story of novelist under suspicion after girl's mysterious death

North American publisher Vertical announced at its Anime Weekend Atlanta panel on Saturday that it licensed Asumiko Nakamura's Utsubora - A Story of a Novelist mystery manga. Vertical will publish the manga in one omnibus volume next June.

The story begins when Aki Fujino, a beautiful girl who the novelist Mizorogi knew, dies under mysterious circumstances. Then a girl appears before Mizorogi, and although she introduces herself as Aki's twin sister Sakura, her true identity is a complete mystery. As Mizorogi's past ties with Aki come to light, people begin to suspect him of plagiarism. Mizorogi's life spirals deeper into darkness as his editor and the police probe further into Aki's death and Mizorogi's connection with her.

Nakamura, a manga creator best known for her boys-love and yaoi works, launched Utsubora in Ohta Publishing Co.'s Manga Erotics F magazine, the home of Aoi Hana, La Croisade des Innocents, Lychee Light Club and Velveteen & Mandala. Ohta published Utsubora in two book volumes between 2010 and this past May.

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