Announcing the Adopt a Manga contest!

The bound-to-be-adorable Chi’s Sweet Home, written and illustrated by Konami Kanata, arrives next week courtesy of Vertical, and that publisher has been kind enough to sponsor a give-away of some copies of the manga.

I haven’t read it yet, but Chi’s Sweet Home, featuring the charming adventures of an orphaned kitten, has a special place in my heart. It was the first of my license requests to be fulfilled by a publisher. The thought of that lifts my spirits in these dark and contracting days, so that’s helped me decide the theme for this contest: Adopt a Manga.

To enter, please suggest a manga that you think is particularly appropriate for Vertical and briefly explain why. (It’s wide open, really, as they publish both classic and contemporary works.) Ed Chavez and I will pick the ones that seem most suited to Vertical and, should more than one entrant suggest the same title, we’ll pick the entry that most succinctly and effectively makes the case.

One lucky entrant will receive copies of the first and second volume of Chi’s Sweet Home. Five other entrants will receive copies of the second volume. Deadline for entry is midnight Eastern Standard Time Tuesday, June 29, with winners announced on Wednesday, June 30. To enter, email me at DavidPWelsh at Yahoo dot Com.

9 Responses to Announcing the Adopt a Manga contest!

  1. Erica says:

    I would very much like to see “Paros no Ken” (aka Sword of Paros.) It’s a trilogy that could well be printed in a single volume. It’s classic shoujo and since “Rose of Versailles” will not be coming to Western shores in this lifetime,and “Ribon no Kishi” is also not yet being brought over by Vertical, it would make a good stand-in.

    By Igurashi Yumiko and Kurimoto Kaoru, it makes a great “classic” shoujo story that would appeal to the cross-gender fans, Yuri fans, the BL fans and straight romance fans all at once. It’s adult, dark, ambiguous and disturbing and, at the same time, is a touching romance between a poor, abused serving girl and her “prince.”

    It has all the bells and whistles.

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  3. I’m admittedly never too much up on untranslated mangas (which is why I love your features about them!), but I think a great match for Vertical would be Hitoshi Ashinano’s Yokohama Kaidashi Kikou (Record of a Yokohama Shopping Trip). Its quiet, contemplative stories of a robot running a cafe after a series of catastrophes and disasters would probably be bleak from most people, but I love that it’s essentially post-apocalypse Aria. (And yeah, I know, Aria came after.)

    Anyway, I think Vertical’s attention to detail and willingness to go for the great regardless of genre would be perfect. It could essentially go alongside Twin Spica and let them cross-promote one another.

    Ah, what a dream that would be…

  4. Alexa says:

    Well, I wanted to suggest YKK, but that’s already been covered. Instead, I’ve decided to suggest Kyoko Okazaki’s Helter Skelter.
    It’s a one-volume manga. The art might strike some as ugly (though I personally find it quite stylish), which is ironic considering the main character, Ririko, is searching for perfection. She’s selfish, volatile, cruel to those around her, but beautiful; a model who’s utterly afraid of becoming insignificant, old, and of course, ugly. Thus she undergoes mysterious modifications to keep herself beautiful at all costs and some of the consequences on her physical and mental state are quite shocking.

    If I was to compare Helter Skelter to other Vertical titles, I would liken it to Black Jack and To Terra. It’s similar to Black Jack in that it deals with the effects surgery can have on the mind and body, but from a feminist perspective. And like Keiko Takemiya, Okazaki is a female mangaka who continues to be relevant and revolutionary. Okazaki was hurt in a drunk driving accident years ago, and has been rehabilitating ever since. This saddens me, because I myself am a young woman, and want to see authors like Kyoko Okazaki who aren’t afraid to take on heavier subjects and portray women realistically as opposed to the souless and stupid objects of desire.
    I think Vertical Inc is a company that isn’t afraid of diversity in the manga they release, and I think Helter Skelter is a smart and insightful josei title that can appeal to a variety of manga readers– from the polished critics to hipsters in need of showing off their varied literary diet.
    so, tl;dr, pick up Helter Skelter.

  5. Alexa says:

    And whoops…I totally missed that whole emailing part. Augh, getting on that now.

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  7. Nicole says:

    I suggest Ami Sugimoto’s “Animal X: Aragami no Ichizoku.” There are three series covering 16 volumes in the Animal X story, but Aragami no Ichizoku’s four volumes make up the first series and stands solidly on its own. It has a somewhat older art style like some of Vertical’s releases, but in its own way is beautifully detailed, attention being paid to not just the characters, but the atmosphere and backgrounds. While released as a non-explicit BL series in Japan, this label becomes rapidly becomes fuzzy–while both “romantic leads” identify as male, one of them is genetically engineered to be a fully functional hermaphrodite.

    Ridiculous premise, you say? Yes, it is. However, the way in which this character in particular deals with his gender and sexuality confronts societal norms. He sees himself as a man, but he doesn’t see himself as part of a gay couple as part of him is female. Would he have any interest in the man he learns to love if he were a normal man? Can he balance the male and female aspects inside him?

    The other characters have their own issues to deal with, as well as with each other; a woman whose fiancé isn’t who she thought he was. A scientist trying to cure a disease in a scientific community that shuns him. A boy whose whole community is razed to the ground in the name of public safety. A daughter bent on bringing honor to her family in the only way she sees left.

    Despite the off-kilter premise of Animal X in general, the stories of the characters in it are told so that one forgets the scientific implausibility of the world and see the highly personal, intertwining stories of the people therein.

    Even if some of those people happen to be able to morph into dinosaurs.

  8. DanielBT says:

    It’s something of a wish fufulment fantasy, but I’d find it appropriate if Vertical picked up any of the unfinished 70’s Manga that CMX left behind. That’ll include Swan, From Eroica with Love, Seimaden and Apothecarius Argentum. Hell, any recent CMX Manga that just started, such as Diamond Girl, Stolen Hearts.

    Bonus points if they managed to outdo the sales the previous company failed to expand on. (Personally, I’d be happy with any Manga company willing to take the risk)

  9. [...] being out of town and all, I totally missed David Welsh’s Adopt A Manga contest, in which he asked his readers to suggest a manga for Vertical to license. The results make for [...]

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