Vertical, an imprint of Kodansha USA Publishing, has announced the debut of Volume 1 for 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 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: