Mysterious Girlfriend X Omnibus Vol. 06
As the school year wears on and the warmer months arrive, the boys enjoy the sight of the girls in their softball uniforms and swimsuits. Tsubaki invites Urabe to watch the fireworks from a place that holds special memories for him. Oka describes how she and Ueno first started dating, and Urabe comes clean to Tsubaki’s sister about their relationship. When Urabe “sees” an important event from Tsubaki’s past, she makes him an offer that will bind them together even more closely…
Riichi Ueshiba (aka Reach Ueshiba; born 1969) is a veteran comic artist from the southern Japanese city of Fukuoka. His early days as a comic artist were developed while he was going to the prestigious Waseda University in Tokyo back in 1990. After his second year in college, over summer break, Ueshiba took his first step into the realm of professional comics by writing the script for what would become his hit debut work Discommunication.
He would then submit the work to Kodansha’s Chiba Tetsuya Contest for New Artists, and to his surprise the short would go on to pick up the General Award for their 1991 edition granting him the option to be signed up to work on a series for the publisher. His latest work Mysterious Girlfriend X was adapted into an animated TV series distributed in the US by Sentai Films.
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“Give the series a try if you find yourself craving something unusual that defies all the preconceived notions of high school romance.” — All Your Anime
The Basis for the Hit Anime: Mysterious Girlfriend X was one of the surprise hits if 2014, as it covers a genre that has recently been under-represented in that community – the rom-com. Mysterious Girlfriend was consumed by men and women alike and as a romance-comedy was age appropriate for high school anime clubs. The manga is equally as accessible and should be appealing to a broad audience.
Built-in Audience: Like Vertical’s sleeper hit AJIN: Demi-Human, Mysterious Girlfriend is currently available online for subscription on the web entertainment service CrunchyRoll. On the service the series actually performs better than AJIN making it one of the top five series on the platform with more than 30,000 reads a month. Mysterious Girlfriend has also rated high on Vertical’s seasonal customer surveys as a title readers most want to see in print.
Affordable Omnibus Edition: Vertical will be releasing each of the 6 volumes of this series in 440-page omnibus paperbacks collecting two volumes of the Japanese edition for $16.95 each. Each book will feature color plates, letters to the author and extra comics that were never translated before.
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