When I first read Utsubora, it was in Kansai airport, waiting for my trip back home. The somber cover was telling that this wasn’t a cheery Asumiko title, but as soon as I inspected past the cover flap, I wondered what I was just reading into.
It was mysterious, seductive, and beautifully desperate.
As a celebration of Vertical’s licensing of Utsubora, here’s a visual sneak peek on what you might expect (and not expect). Some Utusbora images featured here are from the inside cover design and a special postcard from the Japanese edition. Still, pretty little things to lure you in.
I’d give more images but I’m going to spoil everything for everyone. Also, I’m going to run out of things to post for my review! But goddamn, buy the book. These images do not justify the impact of how well Asumiko uses her white and negative space to lure us further into the mystery of Utsubora.
Note: This is a pimp post that is no way endorsed or encouraged by Vertical. I really love this book and I’ve been singing to Vertical to license this book since I read it in Osaka and thankfully they heard my plea and it’s finally here. I really want the English release of the book to be a success. Hopefully, if Utsubora’s successful, other English publishers will bring in more of Nakamura Asumiko’s works.