New York City (September 19, 2019) — Vertical, an imprint of Kodansha USA Publishing,
announced today the Volume 1 debut of one of the most highly anticipated manga publications of the year:
the graphic-novel adaptation of Japanese literary phenomenon NISIOISIN’s BAKEMONOGATARI novel series.
One of the most exciting young novelists in Japan today, NISIOISIN is best known in the West for his literary adaptation of the Death Note manga and his bestselling Monogatari novels, the latter all published by Vertical. Monogatari, a uniquely imagined serial blend of noir and fantasy, has gone on to pop-culture prominence in the form of hit anime series, video games, merchandise, and now … manga. Oh!great is a longtime manga legend, famed for his incredibly polished style, best captured in his classic series Air Gear (published by Kodansha Comics) and Tenjo Tenge.
The BAKEMONOGATARI manga represents a unique collaboration between these giants in their fields. It opens with the story of high school student Koyomi Araragi, who catches a girl named Hitagi Senjougahara as she falls, but—much to his surprise—she doesn’t weigh anything … at all. Koyomi is about to learn the truth that monsters have been here since the beginning. Always. Everywhere.
A preview of the entire 75+ page Chapter 1 can be viewed at this link:
Born in 1981, NISIOISIN dropped out of Ritsumeikan University in Kyoto, to pursue a career in storytelling. Initially he had ambitions to be a comic artist, but he began to focus on his writing, eventually winning the 23rd Mephisto Prize for Kubikiri Cycle (Del Rey), recognizing his talents as a mystery writer, at the age of 20. Since his debut in 2002, NISIOISIN has penned more than fifty novels and a number of comics. And he has quickly become one of Japan's top selling authors in recent memory with more than 5 million units sold since 2009. Many of his works have been adapted into animated television series and films. His best known works are the Monogatari series and Katanagatari.
Oh!great is most notable for his manga series Tenjo Tenge and Air Gear. He has worked on other projects such as Biorg Trinity and character designs in video games such as Tekken 5, Tekken 6, and Soul Calibur IV.