Vertical held their panel at Katsucon this weekend and within it had a few reveals of upcoming licenses that will certainly delight fans. Of note, the Blame! acquisition will see the book prsented in an 18″ tall book, giving it a real prestige feeling, and Bakemonogatari has three volumes acquired.
Immortal Hounds by Ryo Yasohachi (ongoing)
Plot concept: The “splatter gun action” manga takes place in a world where humans no longer die. Even if they are stabbed or shot, humans revive within a few seconds. However, a new illness called RDS is suddenly spreading that deprives humans of the revival ability. No one knows whether RDS is a conspiracy, a part of natural selection, or something else. Kenzaki, who lost his precious sister, is chasing the mystery of RDS, when he meets a lone girl.
BLAME! Master Edition by Tsutomu Nihei (6 volumes; 2015 reprint)
Plot concept: Killy is a man of few words. He wanders, seemingly endlessly, through a lonely, gargantuan labyrinth of concrete and steel, fighting off cyborgs and other futuristic nightmares, searching only for something called Net Terminal Genes. And he has a very powerful gun, which he uses without hesitation whenever anything resembling danger rears its ugly head.
Who is this quiet, violent, determined man and what are these Genes he seeks? The small communities he finds tucked into the crevices of this towering, dystopic ruin hardly give him leads on his treasure, driving him to find larger enclaves of civilization where people can reveal more about the world he lives in and the quarry he seeks.
Dissolving Classroom by Junji Ito
BAKEMONOGATARI by NISIOISIN (three volumes; not specified) – Planned for December 2016, January 2017, February 2017