Vertical announced at the company’s Anime Weekend Atlanta 2011 panel that it has acquired the license to the Flowers of Evil manga, which was created by Shuzo Oshimi.
The “corrupt pure-love story” revolves around Takao Kasuga, a literary-minded boy who loves the poems of Charles Baudelaire (the original author of the poetry collection Les Fleurs du mal or Flowers of Evil). One day after school, he discovers and steals the gym clothes of Nanako Saeki, the girl he has a crush on. However, he learns that Sawa Nakamura, a girl he loathes, happens to catch him in the act. Nakamura blackmails Kasuga into a “contract,” or else she will reveal his secret.
Vertical says it will ship the first volume in May 2012 for US$10.99, and that future volumes are expected to follow every other month.