So we had a few people ask us about the new manga title we announced over the weekend. And since we will not be attending any more events until…late May maybe early June, I might as well share the info here.
We have acquired the rights to Inio Asano’s A GIRL ON THE SHORE (Umibe no Onna-no-Ko) from one of our favorite Japanese publishers - Ohta Books.
Much like how we released another Ohta title, UTSUBORA, we will be combining this two-parter into an omnibus edition and shrink-wrapping it (as the content is very very 18+). And we should have this thoughtful tale of youth and loneliness set in Japan’s countryside by early 2016.
You all have no idea how thrilled I am to finally lock this title down. We initially made an offer for this a few years ago, but the JP publisher had hoped to bundle it with another of Asano’s licenses. So when I found out in November that this title was still available, I jumped on the opportunity since it often ranked very high on our surveys.
We will be recommending this title to any alt/indie manga readers out there, obviously, due to its origins in one of Japan’s premiere indie manga magazines. But I also think fans of titles like Flowers of Evil and even our josei titles should give this title a shot. This title features amazing art, sympathetic characters, and a tone that is very very Vertical.
We hope you will embrace this Asano work as you have his other titles. And I hope this is just the beginning of our relationship with this young talent!