Vertical has announced at its Genericon panel Friday night, that they’ve acquired the From the New World (Shin Sekai yori - 新世界より) manga adaptation, and the one-volume Pink from mangaka Okazaki Kyoko.
From the New World is based off of the award-winning novel of the same name, and is drawn by mangaka Oikawa Tooru and supervised by the novel author, Kishi Yuusuke. The on-going manga runs in Kodansha’s Bessatsu Shounen Magazine (which Vertical has previously licensed ‘Flowers of Evil’ from), and currently has 2 volumes released. The Crimson Labyrinth, a novel from Kishi Yuusuke was also released from Vertical in 2006. Volume 1 will go on sale sometime next week, and is scheduled for release in early-Fall!
The one-volume manga, Pink, was originally published in 1989 by Japanese publisher Magazine House and then re-released in 2010. This is the second license by Vertical from mangaka Okazaki Kyoko, after they initially licensed Helter Skelter back at New York Comic-Con 2012 last October. The manga is also scheduled to have pre-orders available sometime next week, and will be released in late-Fall of this year.
So with the From the New World anime winding down (which is also currently streaming on Crunchyroll), a hot-blooded fan-campaign to get the novel licensed, and now the manga adaptation getting licensed, it’ll be interesting to see how it plays out for Vertical. The manga version does feature a bit more…fanservice, to say the least, but I don’t think is a bad call by any means. It still has the integral elements of suspense and key-drama that the source material and anime-adaptation both carry, and I believe that the manga will see decent favor from fans here in the US.
And as bizarre as Pink sounds, I think that only helps to accentuate its’ own absurdity and overall charm. I mean, a 20-something office-worker by day and prostitute by night, all to keep her pet crocodile fed? This is the kind of stuff that makes me love being a manga fan.
So keep an eye out for pre-orders, as I’ll certainly be covering those in my US Manga Recap’s when they go live. You can also go ahead and click the images above, and those will take you to the official Vertical posts on their Tumblr for each respective release.