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Vertical Licenses CITY, Moteki, My Boy Manga

posted on by Karen Ressler
Also announces 2nd Zaregoto novel

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Kodansha Comics announced during its panel at Anime Expo on Monday that Vertical has licensed the following manga titles:

In addition, Vertical has licensed Strangulation (The Kubishime Romantacist), the second volume in NisiOisin's Zaregoto novel series.

Vertical will release CITY beginning in March 2018. The slapstick comedy manga will center on Nagumo, a penniless college student who moves to a town filled with bizarre people.

Arawi launched the ongoing manga in Kodansha's Weekly Morning magazine in September, and Kodansha published the second compiled volume in April. Arawi previously drew the Nichijou and Helvetica Standard manga, which Vertical is also releasing in English.

Vertical will begin releasing Moteki around April 2018. The story centers around the urban legend that even poor, aimless, single men in their late 20s have a shot at mote-ki, a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity at popularity with women.

Kubo (Yuri!!! on Ice) created the original manga in Kodansha's Evening magazine from 2008 to 2010. The manga was nominated for the Manga Taisho prize in 2010, and inspired a live-action television adaptation.

The manga has more than 1.9 million copies in print in Japan.

Vertical will release the first volume of My Boy in April 2018. The story follows a 30-year-old female office worker and a 12-year-old boy who meet in a park and strike up a relationship that may be like a parent and child, or may be something else.

The manga is running in Futabasha's Monthly Action magazine, and the third volume will ship on July 12. The manga ranked #2 on Takarajimasha's Kono Manga ga Sugoi! 2017 list of top manga for male readers.

Vertical will release Strangulation in February 2018. The company describes the story:

Fresh from unmasking an assassin on a posh island paradise, Ii-chan is finally an ultra-cool college student–jaded, sarcastic, and not exactly consumed by academic ambition. Now more interested in angst and anomie than in catching killers, Ii-chan figures that danger is a thing of the past. Wrong! There's a homicidal maniac loose in Kyoto, a perp with the soul of an artist whose talent is apparent in the inspired way he festoons his crime scenes with body parts.

NisiOisin wrote nine volumes for the Zaregoto novel series from 2002 to 2005, and Vertical released the first volume on January 24. Del Rey previously released the first and second volumes in North America

The first novel is inspiring an eight-part OVA series titled Kubikiri Cycle: Aoiro Savant to Zaregoto Tsukai (Decapitation Cycle: The Blue Savant and the Prankster).

Update: Vertical updated its release window for Moteki.

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