Vertical Adds Moyoco Anno's In the Clothes Named Fat Manga

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"Shocking diet comic" from creator of Hataraki Man, Sakuran, Happy Mania

North American publisher Vertical announced at its New York Comic Con panel on Friday that it has licensed In the Clothes Named Fat (Shibō to Iu Nano Fuku o Kite) manga by Moyoco Anno (Hataraki Man, Sakuran, Sugar Sugar Rune, Happy Mania).

The one-volume "shocking diet comic" centers around Noko Hanazawa, an office worker who suffers from an inferiority complex and workplace bullying due to her overweight condition. Every day, she avoids reality by eating and ends up overeating. After she loses her boyfriend, she vows to lose weight by any means necessary.

Anno serialized the manga under the title Yasenakya Dame! in Weekly Josei magazine (Shufu-to-Seikatsu Sha Ltd.) from 1996 to 1997, followed by a concluding chapter in Young Berry magazine in 1997. Shufu-to-Seikatsu Sha published the one-volume manga in 1997, and then Shodensha republished the book in 2002 and Bungeishunjū republished it again in 2009. The manga had been nominated in 2008 for the Official Selection category for the Festival International de la Bande Dessinée in Angouleme, France.

Vertical will release the manga next summer.

Viz Media published Anno's Flowers and Bees manga in North America, Tokyopop published her Happy Mania, and Del Rey published her Sugar Sugar Rune. Vertical published her Sakuran manga, and the company announced in July that it will release Anno's Insufficient Direction manga in North America. The new Manga Reborn website is also working with Anno to publish a few of her manga digitally, including Chameleon Army, The Five Buffalo Girls, Jelly Beans, and Insufficient Direction.

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