At this weekend's Katsucon event, North American publisher Vertical announced a slate of new licenses. This included novel Anime Supremacy by Mizuki Tsujimura, Imperfect Shoujo by Nisioisin(Monogatari) and Mitsuru Hattori (Sankarea), Hikaru Nakamura's 2004-2015 Arakawa Under the Bridge and Mizu Sahara's 2004 adaptation of Makoto Shinkai's Voices of A Distant Star.
On February 5th 2002, write NisiOisiN and artist Take released NisiOisiN's debut novel, Zaregoto, Book 1: The Kubikiri Cycle, after winning the Mephisto Prize for unpublished genre works (the winners are published by Kodansha). The pair would go on to created Katanagatari, and NisiOisiN would write the otaku-favorite Monogatari series. In honor of the occasion, Take posted a piece of tribute art.