The Agency of Cultural Affairs just released their list of award-winning and jury-selected manga for the 17th Annual Japan Media Arts Festival. While there are several selections that are already licensed (like Flowers of Evil!), there are also plenty that have yet to be licensed in North America. Is Vertical interested in any of the winners/selections that they might not have been interested in before?
To answer your question - No.
Awards in Japan do not change our opinions for acquisitions; as quality tend to be quality whether or not it is recognized by trophies or prizes. So we already were interested in the books we were interested in before the award.
That said, that list does feature a few titles we have looked at in the past. But at this time we cannot speak of any of them outside of our previously announced titles - Flowers of Evil and Knights of Sidonia.
You think Vertical will ever release ACCA 13 by natsume ono? It looks so much cooler than her recent series!!
Sorry to sound like a broken record but…We have no plans at this time.
Me, personally, I don’t think I would pursue a title like this for Vertical. At this time I don’t see this fitting into our catalog. But this is a SquareEnix title, so who knows, maybe Yen Press will give it a shot.
Will You Release The Gundam Manga: Char's Deleted Affair as it fills the gap between the one year war and zeta gundam series. I've read The Fan translated version on MANGAFOX and it's an interesting story. Thank You,
We have no plans at this time. But even if we did, we couldn’t normally say so here under these circumstances. We generally make announcements at conventions or whenever the authors say we should release such information.
That said, we are going through the Gundam manga catalog, so it is very likely we might do something else at some point. We still have a lot of ORIGIN to release though (that series will be 11 or 12 volumes long and we’ve only released 3 volumes so far).
Is Princess Knight and Adolf going OOP anytime soon?
Do not thinks so. From the looks of things we’ve got about a year for Princess Knight.
Adolf… Honestly, I really really do not know about that. Things have really slowed down for that, but we do get some decent orders here and there. We also have a ton of volume 2 left. But I would get Adolf 1 within the next three months, just to be safe.
have you considered doing a 3 in 1 imprint of some of your longer works like Knights of Sidonia? I'm an overseas buyer so even though I want to buy more releases the logistics are unpleasant and expensive.
Some of our books are bundled up already, but I don’t see Sidonia getting that treatment for at least a few years.
It’s also kinda too soon for a repackage (vol 1 isn’t even a year old. It hasn’t even gone to reprint once).
Hello there. Q1. I was wondering; when I order a book from the bookdepository, does that help you (and your authors) or are preorders the only way for you to make a profit? Q2. Having just ordered the first volume of "Knights of Sidonia" I want to tell you that I really don't know what to check first; Shinsekai Yori, The Limit, Ode to Kirihito, So What did you Eat Yesterday? or Wolfsmund? So many stories to follow that are truly promising, so many thanks for your hard work.
Q1: Logical answer, YES cause every book sold NEW should bring us money. Business answer, yes but those sales aren’t as valuable.
Here’s why. Secondary wholesalers don’t order books from us. They pick up books from vendors in the market. And it doesn’t matter how. At times we have no clue how vendors like BookDepo get our books. So we aren’t directly getting that money at the wholesale price we sell them at. We can’t track their sales. We don’t count their sales for that reason. But we obviously know they get books, cause customers get them. So someone had to have paid us…we hope.
Now, let me clear one thing up. Preorders are not the issue. It’s the type of vendor. Brick & Mortar stores give us and in turn our authors more money. Diamond is next. Amazon is next. Then libraries and wholesalers (many libraries and foreign vendors order from wholesales organizations). So we always recommend ordering/buying books from stores (this also helps us put more copies of books in stores. A common complaint from fans is that they don’t see manga in stores as much anymore.) (Note the wholesale rate varies from vendor to vendor based on copies sold, frequency of orders, number of retail fronts, shipping costs, return rates…)
Preorders are important because they improve our print runs, which improves royalties for authors as some contracts are based on units printed not units sold (in Japan royalties generally work on units printed). So higher preorders mean happier authors. But buying a book within 2 months of its on-sale date is ideal.
Q2. If you are reading Sidonia, Wolfsmund or From the New World are the best options. Another good one would be 7 Billion Needles but that’s only an eBook now.
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Hi there! I was wondering if you guys had put any thought into translating Lychee Hikari Club's prequel, Bokura no Hikari Club? Additionally, have you heard of the manga Kami no Kodomo? You're the only company that I think could really do it justice.
Yup. We’ve thought about it. And we’ve stated publicly that we should get to it at some point. We’ve already discussed it with Furuya, it is just a matter of timing.
Regarding Children of God… I’ve read it. We have not considered the title though.
Ok I've read From the New World manga and the yuri parts weren't that bad. I actually liked it! And the horror/dark part was also really good! I wonder how many volumes the manga has? Is it finished in Japan?
Thanks. Actually, we are a little surprised that a few people are flipping out over a couple pages of graphic fanservice.
There are currently 4 volumes of manga available in Japan. We think it should be around 6 vols or so when it wraps up.
Is From the new world manga censored? I wanted to buy it but I've heard there are some yuri scenes and I don't know if I really want to read it. Are those scenes rather fluff and cute or is it more serious?
Nope. We don’t censor any of our manga.
Now is it fluffy and cute… No, not at all. This is a high-fantasy title with lots of violence and around 12 pages of graphic (for shonen standards) girl-girl romance/nudity.
Is it possible to put in a request for consideration for the Kyoukai no Kanata/Beyond the Boundary light novels? I believe there are 3 of them? Maybe? Is that even possible? I saw you guys picked up the AoT: Before the Fall (which I plan to buy) so I thought there might be a teeny chance...? ><;; I love to read the novels behind shows. ^^ Thank you for being such an awesome publisher! ;3
Thanks! We hope you enjoy Before the Fall.
Regarding light novels please check out this other post: link
That said, I do not think these novels will be possible for us. Three volumes for Attack on Titan is actually too long for us, but given how popular that series is we were convinced by our Japanese partners that it would be a good idea. At least four volumes for BtB is really not possible. Especially given how it doesn’t seem as if that series is the next “big thing”.
Furthermore, we generally do not publish light novels. While we have done a few in the past, and yes we’ll be doing AoT, right now we are really moving into a more genre fiction direction (mainly because it is easier to sell to a wider audience at higher-prices/hardcovers and there is more demand overseas for translation/movie rights.) AoT is actually the current “big thing” so our parent company, Kodansha, thought it was the right time to change that stance, but they (and our Japanese partners are basically in charge of our novel side) generally aren’t really into such books.
We always appreaciate the suggestions, though. And if you can tell the right people (the editors listed on our main website) who knows maybe they can be convinced to take a chance on a title like that. This just isn’t the place for novels though.
I've noticed people asking about other Gundam manga titles, but not naming any Here are a few I like- Char's Deleted Affair (Hiroyuki Kitazume), Iron Mustang (This one has only a volume or two right now), The Plot to Assassinate Gihren (Ark Performance), and Gundam Thunderbolt (Again, this one is a newer release) Many of these are pretty short and I have no idea if you'd ever consider them, but these are the ones that stand out to me.
I’ve read half of those - Thunerbolt and Deleted. I appreciate the suggestions, but these are better served when we have our seasonal surveys. Sadly, fragmentation from the fandom didn’t show any clear favorites when we last had one of those (in September).
Maybe the February survey will show some more focus.
Do you guys think it's possible to publish something by Nobuyuki Fukumoto? Specifically his manga "Buraiden Gai" which is short (5 volumes) and has a really interesting story with unique artwork. It would be really cool to see anything of his in the states really.
Given who Fukumoto works with in Japan, it is definitely possible. However, your point of “unique” artwork makes his works a bit of a challenge. Above anything, manga in the US is driven by design more than writing. So his style while fun and unique is also not pretty, which would further limit its appeal. Essentially we’d be selling to the FKMT fandom, and that’s not in its entirety a large community.
Length is another problem. Some of his more well-known works are crazy long. And while you pointed out a shorter work, I wouldn’t personally call that one of his more important works.
But we have thought about Fukumoto before. I love the guy. But then again, I haven’t published all my favorite mangaka (US the market and this company’s financial limitations won’t allow for such luxuries).
Any chance? Sure. But, honestly, it’s not much of a chance given how poorly organized the fandom has been so far with this property.
The length of the series also makes it very risky for us right now, as we are currently working with a few titles that are going on a bit longer than we expected (so we are kinda booked through most of 2015). Not looking for anything longer than 5-6 volumes right now, cause we don’t want to be on the hook with another series for more than a year.
I know you have already full schedule for the next year, I know it's been already two attempts of doing it, and I know that the rescue of series isn't always the best thing to do, BUT, have you ever considered or could consider Blood Alone? It's a real shame the bad luck of the series with licences.
Nope, we haven’t considered it. And your question reveals why. It being dropped by two publishers almost makes it untouchable from a sales perspective.
It’s a shame cause Seven Seas had a good series in their hands. Unfortunately contracts changing hands can throw a wrench into good things.