The Garden of Words

The manga adaptation of Makoto Shinkai's acclaimed anime film.

Can a poem save your life?

Words are powerful. Insults and rumors can derail a career; a bit of encouragement can give someone the strength to pursue their dreams. When a high school boy skipping class to sketch shoe designs and a taciturn woman drinking a morning beer meet in a Tokyo park, they say little, but the woman bids farewell with an ancient tanka poem. Will the boy figure out the poem’s meaning—and its corresponding response—before it’s too late?

“Shinkai has been hailed as the next Miyazaki, and his dreamy mindscapes often equal or surpass the anime maestro in breadth of detail and depth of emotion.” —Variety

By Makoto Shinkai, Midori Motohashi

Ages: 13+

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New Digital Editions from Vertical Comics in March

As announced in December, we're now working with the estimable gang at Vertical Comics to release new Digital Editions of their books, starting with Ajin: Demi-Human, Chi's Sweet Home, The Drops of God, The Flowers of Evil, Knights of Sidonia, and Witchcraft Works. Now, starting March 9, we're making 3 more titles from Vertical's list available as Digital Editions—now on sale at retail […]