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Yen Press to Publish Baccano!, Jun Mochizuki's Memoir of Vanitas Manga Simultaneously With Japan

posted on by Karen Ressler
New Baccano! manga launched in October; simulpub to begin in January

Yen Press announced on Thursday that it will publish new chapters of Jun Mochizuki's new manga series Memoir of Vanitas (Vanitas no Carte) and Shinta Fujimoto's new manga adaptation of Ryohgo Narita's Baccano! light novel series concurrently with Japan.

Memoir of Vanitas will begin in Gangan Joker's January 2016 issue, which ships on December 22. The announcement said the manga will combine "19th century Paris," "vampires," and "steampunk."

Yen Press licensed Mochizuki's Pandora Hearts and Crimson-Shell manga, as well as Shinobu Wakamiya's side story novel Pandora Hearts: Caucus Race, for North America.

Fujimoto (Red Raven) launched the new Baccano! manga in Square Enix's Young Gangan magazine's 21 issue on October 16. Yen Press will release the early chapters this month and begin simultaneous publication in January.

Narita (Durarara!!) began the ongoing Baccano! light novel series with illustrations by Katsumi Enami in 2003. The series inspired an anime adaptation in 2007.

Funimation licensed the anime and describes the series:

America, 1930: Prohibition and the criminal empires it spawned are still going strong. Gang wars are a matter of course, violent death just a part of life. Even in these brutal times, however, certain atrocities stand out. What happens on the soon-to-be-retired train the Flying Pussyfoot is one of them. The fate of several warring bootlegger factions in New York is Another. That they involve undying monsters is only part of the reason why.

Yen Press licensed the light novel series in North America.

The light novel series also inspired the two-volume Baccano! 1931 The Grand Punk Railroad manga by Ginyuushijin. The manga ran in Kadokawa's Monthly Dengeki Comic GAO! magazine from 2007-2008.

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