Vertical announced a pair of new manga licenses at this weekend's Otakon anime convention. Gundam designer/manga artist Yoshikazu Yasuhiko retelling of the One Year War, Gundam: The Origin will be released in special editions starting next year. 400-500 page hardcovers will sell for $29.95, with Part One scheduled for March. Vertical notes that there are "dozens and dozens of oclor pages," and that they're trying to clear the right for accompanying essays. Releases are planned for a quarterly scheduled.
Meanwhile, Mitsuhisa Kuji's violent historical manga Wolf's Mouth: Wolfsmund will be released in July 2013. Set in 14th century Switzerland, Each chapter follows the story of an attempted passed through the St. Gotthard Pass and its eponymous fortress. Figures like William Tell make appearances in the brutal story. Though the manga has been running since 2009, only three volumes of the slowly published manga have hit Japan.
The publisher also announced plans for Hiroki Azuma's (Otaku: Japan's Database Animals) prose General Will 2.0: Rousseau, Freud, and Google. The examination of otaku motivations will be released in March 2013 in paperback and digital.
Upcoming releases include:
Moyoco Anno's Sakuran is due this month.
Chi's Sweet Home volume 9 is coming next month. Volume 10 is planned as to be the series' conclusion. Osamu Tezuka's World War II story Message to Adolf is also due in August.
Paradise Kiss is planned for September and Heroman is scheduled for October.