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Yen Press Announces New Manga and Light Novels

Yen Press has announced a quartet of upcoming titles that include notable new manga and light novel releases.

The new acquisitions include When a Magician’s Pupil Smiles and Goblin Slayer Side Story II: Dai Katana and the light novel series and manga adaptations of I Was a Bottom-Tier Bureaucrat for 1,500 Years, and the Demon King Made Me a Minister.

When a Magician’s Pupil Smiles

Story and Art by Chisaki Kanai

Ouka Namae, a magician’s pupil, is incapable of feeling emotion. That is…he’s almost incapable. There is one particular circumstance when his feelings rise to the surface, but the scenario that unleashes them is too dark to even contemplate…

When a Magician’s Pupil Smiles is a dark supernatural manga that was originally published as a digital exclusive by Yen Press. This upcoming print edition collects the entire series in a single omnibus edition.

When a Magician's Pupil Smiles

Goblin Slayer Side Story II: Dai Katana, Vol. 1 (manga)

Story by Kumo Kagyu
Art by Aoki Shogo
Original Illustrations by lack

Not a soul knows how the death and destruction started. Only one thing is certain-it came from the north. Deep within the Dungeon of the Dead is where the the Demon King resides and the only hope humanity has of defeating this great evil rests on the shoulders of a handful of adventurers. This tale of Sword Maiden’s past smells of ash and sounds like the ringing of bare steel.

Goblin Slayer Side Story II: Dai Katana is a manga adaptation of the upcoming light novel release. A spin-off of the ever popular Goblin Slayer that delves into the past of the legendary Sword Maiden, this manga appeals greatly to fans of the series.

Goblin Slayer Side Story II: Dai Katana, Vol. 1 (manga)

I Was a Bottom-Tier Bureaucrat for 1,500 Years, and the Demon King Made Me a Minister (light novel)

Story by Kisetsu Morita
Illustrations by Benio

In this spinoff story of I’ve Been Killing Slimes for 300 Years and Maxed Out My Level, enjoy Beelzebub’s misadventures in her early days as the demon Minister of Agriculture, after she was promoted from entry-level office worker right to the top!

I Was a Bottom-Tier Bureaucrat for 1,500 Years, and the Demon King Made Me a Minister is a spin-off of I’ve Been Killing Slimes for 300 Years and Maxed Out My Level, a slice-of-life fantasy that has been rapidly growing in popularity with an anime adaptation on the horizon. As a spin-off that focuses on the past hijinks of fan-favorite character Beelzebub, this series further builds upon the fun and fantastical world that many have grown to love.

I Was a Bottom-Tier Bureaucrat for 1,500 Years, and the Demon King Made Me a Minister (light novel)

I Was a Bottom-Tier Bureaucrat for 1,500 Years, and the Demon King Made Me a Minister (manga)

Story by Kisetsu Morita
Art by Meishi Murakami
Original Illustrations by Benio

In this spinoff story of I’ve Been Killing Slimes for 300 Years and Maxed Out My Level, enjoy demon Minister of Agriculture Beelzebub’s adventures in the days before she met Azusa. After refusing promotions for 1500 years, how did she make it from entry-level office worker right to the top?

Like the manga adaptation of I’ve Been Killing Slimes for 300 Years and Maxed Out My Level, the manga adaptation of I Was a Bottom-Tier Bureaucrat for 1,500 Years, and the Demon King Made Me a Minister does an amazing job portraying the hilarious events and characters from the pages of the light novel series, all in a cute art style that fans are sure to love.

I Was a Bottom-Tier Bureaucrat for 1,500 Years, and the Demon King Made Me a Minister (manga)

Yen Press Announces New Manga Acquisitions

Yen Press has announced its latest publishing acquisitions, which include manga debuts for The White Cat’s Revenge as Plotted from the Dragon King’s Lap, Wolf & Parchment, and Sword Art Online Project Alicization. New light novels titles include A Certain Magical Index SS and Goblin Slayer Side Story II: Dai Katana and a new art book  acquisition for Keito Koume Illustrations: Spice & Wolf – The Ten Year Calvados.

Additional titles will be announced during the Yen Press Industry Panel at Anime Expo Lite on July 3rd.

A Certain Magical Index SS

Story by Kazuma Kamachi
llustrations by Kiyotaka Haimura

Kamijou Touma faces his roughest challenge yet-a classroom hot pot party! Meanwhile in London, the women’s dorm in a base of magicians may never see another day as wild as this one. And in the underbelly of Academy City, Accelerator stumbles upon someone who has been waiting for him all this time…? Here begins the supplementary SS series of A Certain Magical Index!

Originally published in Japan during the serialization of A Certain Magical Index, A Certain Magical Index SS was the first spin-off of the popular light novel series. The side stories featured in A Certain Magical Index SS are led by fan favorite characters such as Touma, Hamazura and Accelerator.

A Certain Magical Index SS

The White Cat’s Revenge as Plotted from the Dragon King’s Lap

Story and Aki
Art by Yamigo Kureha

My life was pretty ordinary. Go to college, live in an apartment, hang out with people. But because of that pompous, irritating girl I grew up with, I got dragged into a huge mess. As usual. Now I’m in another world where she’s a well-respected shrine maiden…and I got turned into a cat. How did it come to this?!

Adapted from an online novel, The White Cat’s Revenge as Plotted from the Dragon King’s Lap falls into the growing category of shojo isekai titles. This adorable and beautifully illustrated manga will appeal to a large audience of shojo fantasy fans eager for more.

The White Cat's Revenge as Plotted from the Dragon King's Lap

Keito Koume Illustrations: Spice & Wolf – The Tenth Year Calvados

Art by Keito Koume

Never before has the stunning color art of the manga adaption of Spice and Wolf been seen like this! As a compendium of the illustrations delivering a story that ran strong for ten years, this is a must-have for any fan of everyone’s favorite apple-loving wolf!

Over a decade ago, the series Spice & Wolf became one of the first light novels to gain mainstream popularity, a series that remains a fan favorite to this day. Keito Koume Illustrations: Spice & Wolf – The Tenth Year Calvados is a deluxe collection of Spice & Wolf illustrator Keito Koume’s artwork for the manga adaptation which includes cover art and a full color manga excerpt.

Keito Koume Illustrations: Spice & Wolf – The Tenth Year Calvados

Wolf & Parchment (manga)

Story by Isuna Hasekura
Art by Hidori

When Col leaves the cozy mountain village of Nyohhira aspiring to become a full-fledged member of the clergy, a certain impetuous wolf can’t help stowing away aboard his ship to follow him for a chance to have a grand adventure of her own!

A gorgeous manga adaptation of the light novel, Wolf & Parchment is a spin-off of Spice and Wolf taking place 10 years after the end of the original series. The ongoing series features Lawrence and Holo’s travelling companion Col as well as their daughter Miyuri.

Wolf & Parchment (manga)

Sword Art Online Project Alicization (manga)

Story by Reki Kawahara
Art by Koutarou Yamada
Original Illustrations by abec

Deep in an unfamiliar forest, Kirito awakens with sensations far too convincing for a virtual world… With memories of a life he doesn’t remember living. A boy and a girl…and a name that sticks in his mind: Alice.

Sword Art Online Project Alicization is a manga adaptation of Sword Art Online’s Alicization Arc, the basis of the ongoing anime titled Sword Art Online: Alicization. Fans of the anime have been eagerly anticipating the release of the Sword Art Online Project Alicization manga along with the upcoming Season 2 of Sword Art Online: Alicization.

Sword Art Online Project Alicization (manga)

Goblin Slayer Side Story II: Dai Katana (light novel)

Story by Kumo Kagyu
Art by lack

Not a soul knows how the death and destruction started. Only one thing is certain—it came from the north. Deep within the Dungeon of the Dead is where the the Demon King resides and the only hope humanity has of defeating this great evil rests on the shoulders of a handful of adventurers. This tale of Sword Maiden’s past smells of ash and sounds like the ringing of bare steel.

Goblin Slayer Side Story II: Dai Katana takes place a decade prior to the events of the original series. The spin-off series tells the story of Sword Maiden and her party of six as they journey to slay the Demon King, a feat which made her a legend in the world of Goblin Slayer.

Goblin Slayer Side Story II: Dai Katana (light novel)
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