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Yen Press Announces 6 New Releases

Yen Press has announced a slate of upcoming releases that includes manga (In the Land of Leadale) and light novels (I Got a Cheat Skill in Another World; The Magical Revolution of the Reincarnated Princess and the Genius Young Lady; Ishura; and Another 2001), all scheduled for March 2022 release. Additionally, Yen Press announced If You Could See Love, a digital exclusive manga release set to debut in October 2021.

If You Could See Love (digital exclusive)

Story by Teren Mikami 
Art by Yuuki Nanaji

Mei Haruno was born with the troublesome ability of being able to see pink arrows indicating who people were in love with. In order to escape, she chooses to enroll in an all-girls’ boarding school in the hopes of never getting involved in romance again…only to discover not one, but two arrows directed right at her!

If You Could See Love is a sweet girls love series involving a protagonist with the ability to see who others are in love with. This fun and comedic series appeals greatly to passionate fans of yuri manga. If You Could See Love will be available exclusively on digital platforms.

If You Could See Love (digital exclusive)

In the Land of Leadale (manga)

Original Story by Ceez
Art by Dashio Tsukimi
Character Design by Tenmaso

Keina Kagami’s life ended when a power outage caused her life support to fail…and thus begins her new life two centuries later in the world of her favorite VRMMORPG, Leadale. She is now Cayna, her high elf game avatar, and several things about this version of Leadale are familiar: its abundant nature, its clear blue sky, and even some of the NPCs she created. But the question remains—what has happened over the past two hundred years…?

In the Land of Leadale is a manga adaptation of the Yen On light novel series, a mysterious isekai tale told from the point of view of a female protagonist. An anime adaptation of In the Land of Leadale is set to begin airing in the Winter 2022 season, which will greatly increase the fan base of this charming tale.

In the Land of Leadale (manga)

I Got a Cheat Skill in Another World

Story by Miku
Illustration by Rein Kuwashima

A door to another world stretches out before a boy who’s been brutally bullied all his life. This alternate reality grants him access to all sorts of things, like cheat skills and a portal that lets him travel between his old and new worlds! Can this class loser turn his life around back home…? 

I Got a Cheat Skill in Another World is a new isekai fantasy involving a protagonist who goes from weak to strong…albeit with a bit of cheating! Combining action, school-life storytelling, and romance, I Got a Cheat Skill in Another World is a light novel series that fits right in line with what core fans of the category are eager to consume.

I Got a Cheat Skill in Another World

The Magical Revolution of the Reincarnated Princess and the Genius Young Lady

Story by Piero Karasu
Illustration by Yuri Kisaragi

Despite her supposed ineptitude with regular magic, Princess Annisphia

defies the aristocracy’s expectations by developing “magicology,” a unique magical theory based on memories from her past life. One day, she witnesses the brilliant noblewoman Euphilia unjustly stripped of her title as the kingdom’s next monarch. That’s when Annisphia concocts a plan to help Euphilia regain her good name—which somehow involves them living together and researching magic! Little do these two ladies know, however, that their chance encounter will alter not only their own futures but those of the kingdom…and the entire world!

The Magical Revolution of the Reincarnated Princess and the Genius Young Lady provides light novel and yuri fans with everything they’re looking for in a great series—adventure, comedy, and, of course, sweet girls love romance! Today’s market has quite the appetite for yuri light novels, as seen with the success of Yen On’s The Executioner and Her Way of Life.

The Magical Revolution of the Reincarnated Princess and the Genius Young Lady

Ishura

Story by Keiso
Illustrations by Kureta

In a world where the Demon King has died, a host of demigods capable of felling him have inherited the world: a master fencer who can figure out how to take out their opponent with a single glance; a lancer so swift they can break the sound barrier; a wyvern rogue who fights with three legendary weapons at once; an all-powerful wizard who can speak thoughts into being; and an angelic assassin who deals instant death. Eager to attain the title of “One True Hero,” these champions each pursue challenges against formidable foes and spark conflicts themselves. The battle to determine the mightiest of the mighty begins.

Ishura,a rising star in the world of light novels, is a tale of epic proportions—one that involves a battle among several almighty combatants. With a unique premise unlike anything published in English in recent years, Ishura is extremely appealing to core light novel fans looking for a great read.

Ishura

Another 2001

Story by Yukito Ayatsuji

It has been three years since the calamity of 1998 that claimed the lives of many students in Yomiyama North Middle School’s class 3-3. After being placed in the cursed class, Sou Hiratsuka will have to work alongside class of 1998 survivor Mei Misaki in order to avert a new disaster. But as mysterious accidents and deaths pile up despite their countermeasures, the pair will be forced to reckon with Yomiyama North’s deepest mysteries…

Another 2001 is the highly anticipated sequel novel series to Yukito Ayatsuji’s Another, the compelling and iconic horror story from Yen On. Another is one of the most celebrated works of horror in the world of light novels, manga, and anime and is a must-read for the many fans who have discovered the series as the genre has grown to be one of the most beloved in the industry.

Another 2001

Kadokawa Corporation Announces Speedier Translation of its Japanese Manga and Light Novels

I'm Quitting Heroing

Kadokawa has announced that in response to requests from fans of Japanese comics and light novels in English-speaking countries, it will begin speedy ebook translation and distribution directly!

The company has delivered its translated manga and light novels through Yen Press and other local publishers, but in order to meet the needs of readers who want more titles earlier, they will translate and deliver the official  versions of these IPs straight from the source!

It usually took six months to a year from a title’s serialization in Japan to their translation and publication in English-speaking countries, but soon many of the manga will be released as “simulpubs” with Japan on the online ebook store BOOK WALKER Global, which is operated by a Kadokawa group subsidiary. As for light novels, as soon as they are translated, they will deliver them chapter by chapter!

To start, Kodakwa has selected ones that were not translated into English but are already highly recognized in the English-speaking world, and will start with seven manga! From October, they will distribute three more light novel titles as well! (Details are as follows.) The number is expected to exceed 100 titles soon.

These titles will be available on “BOOK WALKER Global” and a few other online stores. More outlets will be added gradually.

TitleTypeAuthors
A Boy Raised by Gods Will Be The StrongestMangaArt: Toya Kuno Original Work: Ryosuke Hata Character Design: fame
I’m Quitting HeroingMangaArt: Nori Kazato Original Work: Quantum Character Design: Hana Amano
Magic Stone Gourmet: Eating Magical Power Made Me The StrongestMangaArt: Kenji Sugawara Original Work: Ryou Yuuki Character Design: Chisato Naruse
My Little Sister Stole My Fiancé: The Strongest Dragon Favors Me And Plans To Take Over The Kingdom?MangaArt: hi8mugi Original Work: Ten Kashiwa Character Design: COMTA
The 31st ConsortMangaArt: Tsubasa Nanaki Original Work: Momotomoe Character Design: Nanao Yamashita
The Insipid Prince’s Furtive Grab for The ThroneMangaArt: Yukino Amagai Original Work: Tanba Character Design: Yunagi
The Lotus Eaters, Drunk and SoberMangaArt: Mizutaki Original Work: ZUN
Higehiro: After Being Rejected, I Shaved and Took in a High School Runaway (*the official title name to be determined) Light novelAuthor: Shimesaba Artist: Booota
I’m Quitting Heroing *Light novelAuthor: Quantum Artist: Hana Amano
The Insipid Prince’s Furtive Grab for The Throne *Light novelAuthor: Tanba Artist: Yunagi

Yen Press Announces Four New Series

Yen Press, LLC announced a slate of upcoming releases that includes manga (Banished from the Hero’s Party, I Decided to Live a Quiet Life in the Countryside and From the Red Fog) and light novels (Demon Lord 2099 and Chitose-kun Is in the Ramune Bottle). All announced titles are scheduled for January 2022 release.

Banished from the Hero’s Party, I Decided to Live a Quiet Life in the Countryside (manga)

Original Story by Zappon
Art by Masahiro Ikeno
Character Design by Yasumo

Despite being the bearer of the powerful Divine Blessing of the Guide, Red has been banished from the Hero’s party. Listless, he decides to head to the frontier and hatches a plan to spend his days working an easy apothecary job. Thus begins his new life!

Banished from the Hero’s Party, I Decided to Live a Quiet Life in the Countryside is a manga adaptation of the slice-of-life fantasy light novel, one of the latest fan favorites in a growing genre. An anime adaptation of Banished from the Hero’s Party, I Decided to Live a Quiet Life in the Countryside has been announced for an October 2021 release.

Banished from the Hero’s Party, I Decided to Live a Quiet Life in the Countryside (manga)

From the Red Fog

Story & Art by Mosae Nohara

England at the end of the nineteenth century. A string of gruesome incidents all lead back to a single boy who was born into a world where chaos, order, wealth, and poverty are all deeply intertwined. Guided by a deep solitude, what fate awaits him in the end?

From the Red Fog is a dark and compelling manga series with an art style that is as beautiful as it is unsettling. As a story that takes place in nineteenth-century England, From the Red Fog appeals to fans of historical fiction as well as those who have a taste for psychological horror manga, such as recent hits like Can’t Stop Cursing You and Your Turn to Die.

From the Red Fog

Demon Lord 2099 (light novel)

Story by Daigo Murasaki
Illustration by Kureta

Fused Era Year 2099—Shinjuku. The dazzling prosperity of this massive city-state conceals a lurid darkness just beneath its surface. It is here—in this megalopolis that represents the pinnacle of human development—where the legendary Demon Lord Veltol makes his second coming. To rule this brave new world, he will have to take hold of the future for himself!

Demon Lord 2099 is a riveting light novel series, filled with cyberpunk action and imaginative illustrations, that combines fantasy and science fiction. It stands out as a rising star in the world of light novels, having already won the prestigious Fantasia Grand Prize in its short time in circulation.

Demon Lord 2099 (light novel)

Chitose-kun Is in the Ramune Bottle

Story by Hiromu
Illustration by raemz

As far as normies go, it’s hard to beat Saku Chitose. The most popular kid in his high school? Check. An ironclad reputation that can even weather vicious online attacks? Check. A group of friends who are as attractive on the outside as they are on the inside? Check. But when a teacher asks Saku to help a student who has been shut away in his room for months reacclimate to school life, his perfect world will never be the same. What is this, some kinda normie harem story?

Chitose-kun Is in the Ramune Bottle is one of the most frequently requested and highly anticipated light novel releases of the year. This romantic comedy series won the Shogakukan Light Novel Award for Excellence in Japan and appeals to fans of school-life stories, such as My Youth Romantic Comedy Is Wrong, As I Expected.

Chitose-kun Is in the Ramune Bottle

Yen Press Announces Five New Series

Yen Press has announced a slate of upcoming releases that includes manga (Spy Classroom and Toilet-bound Hanako-kun, Vol. 0), light novels (Dragon and Ceremony and My Happy Marriage) and an artbook (Visions 2021__Illustrators Book). All announced titles are scheduled for December 2021 release.

Spy Classroom (manga)

Original Story by Takemachi
Art by SeuKaname
Character Design by Tomari

The golden age of the military has passed, and war is now carried out by spies. Klaus, an agent with a perfect record but a difficult personality, has formed a special team to carry out an “impossible” mission with a 90% failure rate. Problem is…the ones he’s chosen are a bunch of pretty girls with no experience!?

Spy Classroom is a manga adaptation of the highly-anticipated light novel from Yen On. Filled with action, comedy and fan-favorite light novel tropes, Spy Classroom puts a twist on the spy story genre that has taken the world of manga and light novels by storm!

Spy Classroom (manga)

Dragon and Ceremony (light novel)

Story by Ichimei Tsukushi
Illustration by Enji

To fulfill his master’s last request, half-human wand craftsman Ix must repair a staff belonging to a girl named Yuui. There’s just one problem—in order to mend the staff’s core, Ix must obtain the heart of a dragon, the last of which supposedly died out 1,000 years ago. Running up against a strict time limit before his contract expires, Ix must somehow find a long lost dragon and repair the wand all by summer’s end.

Dragon and Ceremony is a fantasy light novel series with a compelling premise and excellent world building. It has stood out as a highly anticipated series among light novel fans due to the excellent storytelling and beautiful illustrations.

Dragon and Ceremony (light novel)

My Happy Marriage (light novel)

Story by Akumi Agitogi
Illustration by Tsukiho Tsukioka

Born to a noble family, Miyo is raised by her abusive stepmother and married off to Kiyoka, a soldier so heartless his prior fiancées fled within three days into their engagement. With no home to return to, Miyo slowly starts to open her heart to her cold and pale husband-to-be, despite their rocky introduction… This might just be her chance at finding true love and happiness.

Combining an irresistible supernatural story, filled with drama and romance, with breathtaking illustrations, My Happy Marriage is a light novel series that has all the charm and appeal of shojo manga. My Happy Marriage is a welcome addition to light novel fans who have been eager for more great works of romantic slice-of-life.

My Happy Marriage (light novel)

Visions 2021__Illustrators Book

Edited by pixiv Inc

Here are the “VISIONS” of 170 frontline illustrators. Compiled by pixiv, this artbook features the newest and best works of illustrators making a splash in the industry!

The Japanese online art community pixiv has been widely known and respected worldwide for providing artists with a platform to showcase great illustrations and comics. Visions 2021__Illustrators Book is the first major English-language release of pixiv’s prolific collection of illustrations and is a must-have for the growing community of art book collectors.

Visions 2021__Illustrators Book

Toilet-bound Hanako-kun, Vol. 0

Story & Art by AidaIro

Toilet-Bound Hanako-kun takes on the theme of the school ghost story of Hanako-san. All three chapters of Toilet-Bound Hanako-kun from its original short-term serialization in the monthy magazine G Fantasy are now available in one book. What’s more, the author’s extremely rare debut series, The Lovely Living Dead, is also included. This starting point has plenty of talent which drives the next era!

Toilet-bound Hanako-kun, Vol. 0 gives fans the chance to experience the amazing manga and art of creator AidaIro that was made before the serialization of their best-selling series. With the art book AidaIro Illustrations: Toilet-bound Hanako-kun releasing this November, this winter season is looking great for passionate fans of everyone’s favorite ghost story!

Toilet-bound Hanako-kun, Vol. 0

Yen Press Announces Ten New Series for Future Publication

Yen Press has announced a slate of upcoming releases that includes several light novels (I Kept Pressing the 100-Million Button and Came Out on Top, The Otherworlder, Exploring the Dungeon, Orc Eroica and The Hero Laughs While Walking the Path of Vengence a Second Time) and manga (Reign of the Seven Spellblades, The Detective is Already Dead, Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? II, So I’m a Spider, So What? The Daily Lives of the Kumoko Sisters, and New York, New York). Additionally, Yen Press announced their entrance into the world of RPG books with Konosuba: God’s Blessing on This Wonderful World! TRPG.

Reign of the Seven Spellblades (manga)

Story by Bokuto Uno
Character Design by Ruria Miyuki
Art by Sakae Esuno

When a boy and girl meet at a prestigious magic school, the curtain to a supreme fantasy series opens!

This year’s new students arrive at Kimberley Magic School. What meets them there is a brilliant parade of cherry blossoms in full bloom and magical creatures. They don’t know–this academy is a living demon’s shrine where no one’s life is guaranteed. A school fantasy about spellblades!

Reign of the Seven Spellblades is a manga adaptation of the hit light novel series, a rising star in the category. As a story taking place in a magical academy, Reign of the Seven Spellblades is often described as an action-packed and edgy version of Harry Potter that has a wide appeal to fans of fantasy stories.

Reign of the Seven Spellblades (manga)

The Detective is Already Dead (manga)

Story by nigozyu
Art by mugiko

I, an ordinary highschool student, Kimihiko Kimizuka, I was embroiled completely flawlessly into a plane hijacking, where I became the assistant to the angelically beautiful detective girl I met. In three years, the great detective and her assistant unfolded a dazzling adventure drama. Before long, we were separated by death. This takes place a year after that.

The only survivor, me, and the detective’s dying wish—their unfinished story.

The Detective is Already Dead is a manga adaptation of the light novel series from Yen On scheduled for June 2021 release. Due to its popularity in Japan, The Detective is Already Dead stands out as one of the most well received announcements from Yen Press this year. An anime adaptation has been scheduled to begin airing July 2021.

The Detective is Already Dead (manga)

Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? II

Story by Fujino Omori
Character Design by Suzuhito Yasuda
Art by Taisei Yamachi

After Mikoto ventures into Orario’s pleasure quarter on a lead to find her long-lost friend, Bell, Lily, and Welf decide to join the search! Unfortunately, Bell’s hardly comfortable in such an unfamiliar environment, and after he gets separated from the group, he soon finds himself in a part of Orario he never knew existed. There, he spies a beautiful girl with fox ears and a tail, but little does he know, she’s exactly who Mikoto’s been looking for…

Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? II is a continuation of the hit manga series, one that aligns with the events from the anime’s second season. With over two years passed since the conclusion of the first part of the Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? manga, this continuation is sure to please the many fans of the series, especially those eager for more content since the end of the anime’s third season in 2020.

Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? II

So I’m a Spider, So What? The Daily Lives of the Kumoko Sisters (manga)

Story by Okina Baba
Character Design by Tsukasa Kiryu and Asahiro Kakashi
Art by Gratinbird

So, as you mighta noticed, I got reincarnated in another world—as a spider! And somewhere along the line, I somehow picked up skill called Parallel Minds. Which, y’know, is great when you need a little extra help running from monsters and firing off magic spells. But it can get kinda crazy when there’s four of me living in my head…

So I’m a Spider, So What? The Daily Lives of the Kumoko Sisters is a gag manga spin-off of the hit light novel series. Whether it be the original light novel, the manga adaptation or the anime adaptation, Kumoko’s parallel minds have been a beloved aspect of the series, making this manga a treat to the fans!

So I'm a Spider, So What? The Daily Lives of the Kumoko Sisters (manga)

I Kept Pressing the 100-Million Button and Came Out on Top (light novel)

Story by Syuichi Tskukishima
Illustration by Mokyu

Allen is training to be a swordsman, but he’s just no good at it. After losing a duel with high stakes, he’s about to drop out when a mysterious man offers him a chance to get 100 million years’ worth of training with the press of a button. But what happens when he presses it over and over?!

I Kept Pressing the 100-Million Button and Came Out on Top is a quirky light novel series with a powerful protagonist who was cursed to live millions of years going through tortuous training. With its comedic storytelling and overpowered protagonist, this series appeals greatly to fans of The Hero is Overpowered but Overly Cautious.

I Kept Pressing the 100-Million Button and Came Out on Top (light novel)

The Otherworlder, Exploring the Dungeon (light novel)

Story by Asami Hinagi
Illustration by Kureta

In this dark fantasy tale, an accident transports Soya to a parallel world filled with danger and mystery. On his quest to explore this uncharted land, he encounters a gaggle of quirky friends, like Mysranica, the god of deception and secrecy, and a pair of elf sisters banished from their forest home. Before he knows it, Soya is making rogue adventurers eat lead, beating up petty nobles, and taking on dungeons where death lurks around every corner!

The Otherworlder, Exploring the Dungeon is a fun light novel series that cleverly combines science fiction and fantasy elements—a story about an unlikely hero and his defective AI in an alternate world. This ongoing series is reminiscent of light novel favorites, such as Combatants Will Be Dispatched! and High School Prodigies Have It Easy Even in Another World!

The Otherworlder, Exploring the Dungeon (light novel)

Orc Eroica (light novel)

Story by Rifujin na Magonote
Illustration by Asanagi

Bestowed with the title of “hero” for downing countless foes in the War of Twelve Tribes, Bash commands great respect from his fellow orcs.  But this hero has a dark secret: His success on the battlefield doesn’t match up to his success in the bedroom. With his reputation on the line, Bash sets out on a quest of a lifetime…all for the explicit purpose of getting laid…!

While it seems that light novels have addressed nearly every topic in a fantasy setting, very few have addressed dating in another world quite like the hilarious and eccentric story that is Orc Eroica. This series is a fun read for those who enjoy light novels with unique takes on fantasy worlds, such as If the RPG World Had Social Media…

Orc Eroica (light novel)

The Hero Laughs While Walking the Path of Vengence a Second Time (light novel)

Story by Kizuka Nero

Summoned to a fantasy world as a hero, Kaito Utage defeats the Demon Lord alongside a band of noble adventurers…only to be double crossed and brutally murdered by his former allies! But when a twist of fate gives him a second chance at life with his all his memories intact, he sets off on a quest to slaughter his traitorous party members one by one. “Come…let vengeance commence!”

The Hero Laughs While Walking the Path of Vengeance a Second Time is a dramatic and compelling isekai that heads into darker territories than most, one led by a crazed antihero. This dark tale is perfect for fans of light novel series such as Torture Princess: Fremd Torturchen and The King of the Dead at the Dark Palace.

The Hero Laughs While Walking the Path of Vengence a Second Time (light novel)

New York, New York

Story & Art by Marimo Ragawa

New York police officer, Cain, while hiding that he’s gay, goes out every night in Manhattan in want of a one night stand. But when he meets his ideal man, Mel, he finds the love of his life… An ambitious work which depicts love and humanism with gay themes!

New York, New York is a classic boys love manga by Marimo Ragawa, the artist behind the manga adaptation of The Vampire and His Pleasant Companions. As a mature and beautiful boys love manga that is credited for its realistic portrayals of gay male relationships, New York, New York is must have for passionate fans of the category. The Yen Press edition of New York, New York will finish the series in two omnibus volumes.

New York, New York

Konosuba: God’s Blessing on This Wonderful World! TRPG

Story by Natsume Akatsuki
Illustration by Kurone Mishima
Adaptation by F.E.A.R.

Live out the wildest fantasies in the world of Konosuba: God’s Blessing on this Wonderful World with the TRPG developed under Natsume Akatsuki’s full oversight. Whether it’s playing as a luckless reincarnation or pursuing a quest as an all powerful magician, a life of hilarious adventures awaits!

Yen Press enters the world of RPG books with Konosuba: God’s Blessing on This Wonderful World! TRPG, one that was created by FEAR, a leading company in the world of Japanese TRPGs. With Konosuba: God’s Blessing on This Wonderful World! standing out as one of the biggest Yen Press properties combined with the RPG elements the series is known for, this TRPG book is the perfect start to this new venture.

Konosuba: God's Blessing on This Wonderful World! TRPG

Yen Press Announces Two Light Novel Releases

Yen Press has announced the future release of I’m the Villainess, So I’m Taming the Final Boss, a romantic comedy isekai series, and No Game No Life Practical War Game, the highly anticipated prequel volume of the iconic No Game No Life.

I’m the Villainess, So I’m Taming the Final Boss

Story by Sarasa Nagase
Illustration by Mai Murasaki

What’s the best thing to do when the shock of a broken engagement revives memories of a past life? Break all the rules, obviously! That’s exactly how a villainous young lady should act and there’s no better way to do that except claiming the demon king as her own…

I’m the Villainess, So I’m Taming the Final Boss is a romantic fantasy isekai in which our heroine (or our villainess, as the case may be) is reincarnated in the world of an otome game and starts her own evil enterprise. This light novel series is the basis of the I’m the Villainess, So I’m Taming the Final Boss manga set to debut this coming July.

I’m the Villainess, So I’m Taming the Final Boss

No Game No Life Practical War Game

Story by Yuu Kamiya

Before the creation of Disboard, a world where everything is decided by games, there raged a terrible war among the stars. But the Immanity weren’t the only ones fighting to end it—one elf had her own dreams for the future: “Whoever’s left standing once all the stars are destroyed is the winner.” In other words: anything goes! Follow Think Nirvalen’s exploits during the Great War along with several out-of-this-world short stories originally included in the anime’s bonus features!

No Game No Life Practical War Games is a prequel collection of short stories involving the character Think Nirvalen—the legendary elf leader from the days of the Great War. With No Game No Life standing out as one of the most iconic properties of the past decade, this highly-anticipated release is a must read for fans eager to delve deeper into the lore of this amazing light novel series.

No Game No Life Practical War Game

I’m the Villainess, So I’m Taming the Final Boss and No Game No Life Practical War Game are scheduled to release September 2021.

Yen Press Announces Five New Series for Future Publication

Yen Press announced a slate of upcoming releases that includes several light novels (Bond and Book: The Only Way of the Operating Room, The Undead King’s Reign of Peace, Magistealth Bad Trip and Meikyuu: Labyrinth Kingdom, A Tactical Fantasy World Survival Guide) as well as the manga spin-off series Bungo Stray Dogs Beast.

Bond and Book: The Only Way of the Operating Room

Story by Mizuki Nomura
Illustration by Miho Takeoka

Musubu is a boy who can hear the voices of books. One day, he meets a children’s book who wants to go back to someone named Hana, and the search begins. Will he be able to fulfill the book’s request…?

Bond and Book: The Only Way of the Operating Room is the latest work by Mizuki Nomura, the author of the series Book Girl—one of the first light novel series published by Yen Press. A compelling story filled with mystery and intrigue, this series is sure to appeal to many fans who have learned to love light novels since Book Girl was first published in English.

Bond and Book: The Only Way of the Operating Room

The Undead King’s Reign of Peace (light novel)

Story by Sakuma Sasaki
Illustration by Eishi Hayama

A young girl, Mira, on the brink of death due to an epidemic is rescued by the terrifying No Life King, a skeleton of great power. As he continues to help and provide for her and others, the people around him eventually come to trust and rely on him. However, their peaceful life is shattered when the local ruler hears talk about sightings of a powerful undead and dispatches soldiers to put the threat down. Will the No Life King and Mira be able to achieve a world where everyone can live in peace when everyone’s first instinct is to either fight them or run away??

The Undead King’s Reign of Peace is a new light novel series from Sakuma Sasaki, the creator of The Dirty Way to Destroy the Goddess’s Heroes. With the final volume of The Dirty Way to Destroy the Goddess’s Heroes scheduled for a Spring 2021 release, The Undead King’s Reign of Peace provides fans with a great new series to enjoy Sakuma Sasaki’s fun take on fantasy storytelling.

The Undead King’s Reign of Peace (light novel)

Magistealth Bad Trip (light novel)

Story by Kazuma Kamachi
Illustration by Mahaya

When a virtual money game, where all illegal acts are permitted, grows so popular it affects the real-world economy, a skilled and unscrupulous player can have devastating influence. Fortunately, Kaname Suho and his succubus-like AI partner have some of the best skills at their disposal to protect the real world from the virtual one. A new crime action series from the author of A Certain Magical Index!

Magistealth Bad Trip is the latest light novel series from Kazuma Kamachi, the creator of the iconic A Certain Magical Index. An imaginative story with elements of virtual reality, economic intrigue and crime, Magistealth Bad Trip is a science fiction series unlike any other!

Magistealth Bad Trip (light novel)

Meikyuu: Labyrinth Kingdom, A Tactical Fantasy World Survival Guide (light novel)

Story by Iori Miyazawa
Illustrations by Toichiro Kawashima
Contributions by Adventure Planning Service

After being transported to another world, one man’s mission is to rebuild a kingdom. He has a very particular set of skills and he’s ready to face any obstacle because…who dares, wins! Monster, dungeon, and war stand no chance against the special forces!

Meikyuu: Labyrinth Kingdom, A Tactical Fantasy World Survival Guide is a fantasy light novel series based on the Japanese tabletop RPG Meikyuu Kingdom. Meikyuu: Labyrinth Kingdom, A Tactical Fantasy World Survival Guide is written by Iori Miyazawa, the creator of Otherside Picnic, making this light novel release appealing to fans of the recent anime adaptation of Otherside Picnic as well as fans of epic fantasy isekai.

Meikyuu: Labyrinth Kingdom, A Tactical Fantasy World Survival Guide (light novel)

Bungo Stray Dogs Beast

Story by Kafka Asagiri
Art by Sango Harukawa and Shiwasu Hoshikawa

In the parallel universe of Bungo Stray Dogs: Beast, Ryuunosuke Akutagawa’s desperate mission to save his younger sister leads to him being recruited by the armed detective agency! But standing in his way is none other than the fearsome White Reaper of the Port Mafia—Atsushi Nakajima. As darkness and light face off, what fate awaits the two…?

Bungo Stray Dogs Beast is a manga spin-off of the best-selling series Bungo Stray Dogs. This alternative universe story primarily focuses on fan-favorite character Ryunosuke Akutagawa, making this a must read for fans of the iconic manga and anime series.

Bungo Stray Dogs Beast

Yen Press Announces Eight New Titles

Yen Press has announced a slate of upcoming titles that include manga (The Eminence in Shadow, Farewell to My Alter, The Whole of Humanity Has Gone Yuri Except for Me, I’m the Villainous Daughter, So I’m Keeping the Last Boss, The Maid I Hired Recently Is Mysterious, and Captivated, By You) and light novels (The Detective Is Already Dead andSpy Classroom).

The Eminence in Shadow

Original Story by Daisuke Aizawa
Art by Anri Sakano

There’s only one thing in this world Cid wants to be. And it’s not some bland protagonist or the final boss—he has his eyes set on becoming a mastermind working in the shadows. Now that he’s been reborn in another world, Cid has been hard at work, building the perfect stage to act out his long-desired role. The issue is that these imaginary adversaries and plot devises exist in this new world…and he’s the only one left in the dark!

The Eminence in Shadow is the manga adaptation of the popular light novel series of the same name, currently published under the Yen On imprint. As a story filled with secret organizations, beautiful recruits and a ton of comedy, The Eminence in Shadow has taken the light novel world by storm and is now ready to win the hearts of manga readers.

The Eminence in Shadow

Farewell to My Alter

Story and Art by Nio Nakatani

From author Nio Nakatani (Bloom into You, Éclair) comes a new collection of short stories and illustrations.

Nio Nakatani stands out as one of the most beloved yuri creators and has gained a mainstream following due to her work Bloom Into You being adapted into an anime. Fans of the series and Nakatani’s contributions to anthologies such as Éclair will be thrilled to add this collection to their shelves!

Farewell to My Alter

The Whole of Humanity Has Gone Yuri Except for Me

Story and Art by Haruse Hiroki

Marika was perfectly happy with her perfectly “normal” life. That is, until the day she saw a couple of girls openly kissing each other on her way to school. Indeed, that morning, Marika Junno learned that she somehow ended up in world where only women existed. And so starts her journey to study the new norm…!

Taking place in a world where everyone is female and there are no boys to be found, The Whole of Humanity Has Gone Yuri Except for Me has one of the most intriguing premises seen in a yuri manga with a beautiful and vibrant art style that is just as unique.

The Whole of Humanity Has Gone Yuri Except for Me

I’m the Villainous Daughter, So I’m Keeping the Last Boss

Original Story by Sarasa Nagase
Art by Mai Murasaki

When Aileen, the Duke’s daughter, regains her memories of her past life, she realizes she’s barreling towards ruin at full speed. Searching for any way out of her hopeless situation, the method she chooses is to capture the heart of the last boss—the Demon Lord Claude!

I’m the Villainous Daughter, So I’m Keeping the Last Boss sticks with the isekai genre trend of being reincarnated in a virtual world, but adds a heaping dose of fantasy romance! This is the perfect series for fans of titles like The White Cat’s Revenge, As Plotted from the Dragon King’s Lap and The Dark History of the Reincarnated Villainess.

I’m the Villainous Daughter, So I’m Keeping the Last Boss

The Maid I Hired Recently Is Mysterious

Story and Art by Wakame Konbu

I hired a maid who has something about her I just can’t put my finger on. Sure, she looks great and is a fabulous cook, but something about her’s not quite right.  What have I gotten myself into!?

The Maid I Hired Recently Is Mysterious is a new addition to the ever popular category of ecchi fantasy. This series of short stories involving a young boy and his alluring new maid will appeal to fans of series like The Elder Sister-Like One.

The Maid I Hired Recently Is Mysterious

The Detective Is Already Dead

Story by Juu NIGO
Illustration by Umibozu

“You will be my assistant.”

During a plane hijacking four years ago, Kimitsuka Kimihiko wound up becoming the assistant to a beautiful detective named Siesta. The pair traveled the world, solving crimes and battling criminal organizations. Until Siesta died, anyway. Kimitsuka thought that would spell the end of his adventures and a return to ordinary life, but an encounter with a girl who bears an uncanny resemblance to Siesta suggests that fate has other plans.

Combining mystery, adventure and romantic comedy, The Detective is Already Dead appeals to fans of series like Spy x Family. The light novel series is quickly growing in popularity in Japan, winning the 15th Annual MF Bunko J Light Novel Rookie Award in 2019.

The Detective Is Already Dead

Captivated, By You

Story & Art by Yama Wayama

High school relations are moody, quirky, and full of surprises. But most of all, they’re downright captivating.

Captivated, By You is a collection of short stories focusing on the lives of strange, unique and, most importantly, interesting high schoolers. This manga compilation is critically acclaimed in Japan and has won a New Face Award from the 23rd Japan Media Arts Festival and the 24th Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize in Short Work Category in 2020.

Captivated, By You

Spy Classroom

Story by Takemachi
Illustration by Tomari

When every country in the world engages in a shadowy war of espionage, there will always be work for those who are willing to take on the risks. To answer the call, the world’s greatest spy creates an organization dedicated to tackling missions considered impossible…though it remains to be seen why the seven members of this group all have no experience!

Spy Classroom is a highly-anticipated light novel release that stands out as a rising star in Japan. This comedy harem series, with its focus on spy action, intrigue and high-level organizations, appeals to fans of Combatants Will Be Dispatched.

Spy Classroom

Seven Seas Entertainment Signs a Distribution Agreement with Penguin Random House Publisher Services

Seven Seas

Seven Seas Entertainment has announced a multi-year sales and distribution agreement with Penguin Random House Publisher Services (PRHPS). PRHPS will sell and distribute Seven Seas’ “entire frontlist and backlist across all sales channels worldwide.”

Seven Seas Entertainment publishes hundreds of manga, light novels, original comics and more annually across the company’s four distinct imprints—Seven Seas, Ghost Ship, Waves of Color, and Airship.

Seven Seas publishes both manga and light novels and some of its notable releases include Afro Samurai, Devilman, and Space Battleship Yamato.

The deal begins on July 1, 2021.

Yen Press Announces 11 New Manga and Light Novels at NYCC Metaverse

Yen Press revealed their slate of upcoming titles during a virtual panel yesterday at the New York Comic Con Metaverse.

Acquisitions included the manga titles, Hana-chan and the Shape of the World, Please Put Them On, Takamine-san!!, In Another World With My Smartphone, Can’t Stop Cursing You, Sex Education 120%and Love of Kill.

New light novels acquisitions include Durarara!! SH, Yokohama Station SF, and Hazure Skill: The Guild Member with a Worthless Skill Is Actually a Legendary Assassin. The light novel and manga adaptation of Bofuri: I Don’t Want to Get Hurt, So I’ll Max Out My Defense rounds out the newest titles to join Yen Press’ catalog.

Get the details on the titles below!

Durarara!! SH

Story by Ryohgo Narita
Illustrations by Suzuhito Yasuda

In the sequel series to the urban fantasy Durarara!!, Yahiro Mizuchi has come to Tokyo in the hopes of starting a new life (and maybe seeing the Headless Rider), but the famous Dullahan hasn’t been seen in half a year—and neither has anyone who’s gone to find her!

Durarara!! SH is a sequel series of the legendary Durarara!!, the most well known work by Ryohgo Narita, the creator of Baccano! and Dead Mount Death Play. With Durarara!! standing out as one of the most beloved franchises of the past decade, one that helped launch light novels in the West, Durarara!! SH is a highly anticipated release by the most passionate of light novel readers.

Durarara!! SH

Hana-chan and the Shape of the World

Story and Art by Ryotaro Ueda

It’s the story of a girl. A girl who lives in the country. A girl encountering fragments, both bitter and sweet, of the world around her. It’s the story of the shape of her world.

Hana-chan and the Shape of the World is a unique addition to the growing category of slice-of-life manga, one that features a loveable female protagonist, a stylized art style and a story reminisicent of Yotsuba&!Hana-chan and the Shape of the World is complete in one volume.

Hana-chan and the Shape of the World

Please Put Them On, Takamine-san!

Story and Art by Yuichi Hiiragi

The student council president, Takane Takamine, is a beauty beyond compare, and she would normally never associate with a friendless nobody like Koushi Shirota. After seeing her undressed, however, he’s forced to become her walking “closet” as she changes underwear throughout the day. But Takamine’s stripping isn’t merely to tease—it’s the key to unleashing her time-bending powers!

Please Put Them On, Takamine-san! is a spicy romantic comedy manga that puts a sexy spin on popular science fiction tropes, one that appeals greatly to fans of the best-selling Rascal Does Not Dream of Bunny Girl Senpai looking for more of an edge.

Please Put Them On, Takamine-san!

In Another World With My Smartphone

Story by Patora Fuyuhara
Art by Soto and Eiji Usatsuka

Due to God having a bit of a clumsy accident, Touya Mochizuki is killed and reincarnated in a medieval fantasy world, along with his smartphone…? His easygoing, wondrous journey through another world starts here!

In Another World With My Smartphone is a manga adaptation of the light novel series that inspired the hit anime. The ongoing series puts a fun twist on the ever popular isekai genre.

In Another World With My Smartphone

Yokohama Station SF

Story by Tatsuyuki Tanaka
Illustrations by Yuba Isukari

In a future where Yokohama Station covers most of the island of Honshu, there are two ways of life-inside the station and outside. Life within the station is strictly controlled, and those who fail to follow the rules are expelled to the harsher world outside. When one of these exiles receives a temporary ticket to go into the station, he’s also given a mission to find the leader of a group determined to free humanity.

Yokohama Station SF is a dystopian science fiction novel that has enjoyed best-seller status in Japan. An epic tale that is complete in one volume, Yokohama Station SF is a must-read for fans of Japanese science fiction novels.

Yokohama Station SF

Can’t Stop Cursing You

Story by Kensuke Koba
Art by Natsuko Uruma

Those who make contracts with devils gain the power to curse others to death. Their mortal enemy: the Curse Detective Kiyoharu Saeyama, who uses traces of the curses left on their victims to uncover the identities of these sick killers. Let this deadly, paranormal game of psychological warfare begin!

Can’t Stop Cursing You is an edgy and suspenseful manga series that features a stylish and often gruesome art style. A relatively new series that is quickly gaining traction in Japan, Can’t Stop Cursing You is a welcome addition to the ever popular category of psychological thriller manga.

Can’t Stop Cursing You

Sex Education 120%

Story by Kikiki Tataki
Art by Hotomura

Gym teacher Tsuji-sensei has one mission: help with Japan’s terrible modern sex education standards. The problem is, her students barely know their birds from their bees! Between a girl who already has a girlfriend, a hard-core BL lover, and a girl who only cares about cats, Tsuji-sensei has her work cut out for her.

Sex Education 120% is a school life manga that takes a comedic and sexy approach to discuss the topic of sex education. Led by an eccentric cast of characters all with their own lovable quirks, Sex Education 120% answers all the questions one would ask (and might not know to ask!) on a very important subject.

Sex Education 120%

Hazure Skill: The Guild Member with a Worthless Skill Is Actually a Legendary Assassin

Story by Kennoji
Illustration by KWKM

Roland is the world’s greatest assassin, he’s a man who’s taken a worthless skill and made it so powerful that he managed to kill the greatest demon lord that’s ever lived. He could live out the rest of his days as a wealthy and famous man, but instead chooses…an exceedingly normal life working at an adventurer’s guild?! For someone as exceptional as Roland, aiming for a normal life won’t come easy, however…

Hazure Skill: The Guild Member with a Worthless Skill is Actually a Legendary Assassin is an adventurous fantasy light novel series that is growing in popularity. The light novel series features popular RPG elements and a protagonist who shows himself to be a reluctant hero, an increasingly popular element seen in some of today’s hottest light novel series.

Hazure Skill: The Guild Member with a Worthless Skill Is

Love of Kill

Story and Art by Fe

She’s a professional hitman. And he…is also a professional hitman. And she’s his target. Caught in a deadly game of cat-and-mouse, will she fall first…or will he?

Love of Kill is a thrilling manga series filled with intriguing action and romance. Originally a webcomic that has enjoyed success for years, Love of Kill is a dramatic and compelling romance story unlike any manga seen in the West.

Love of Kill

Bofuri: I Don’t Want to Get Hurt, So I’ll Max Out My Defense (light novel)

Story by Yuumikan
Illustrations by Koin

When it comes to the VRMMO NewWorld Online, Kaede Honjou isn’t your run-of-the-mill greenhorn gamer. Forgoing a typical stat allocation for her Great Shielder, Maple, she pumps all her points into defense from the get-go! Her reasoning? “I don’t want to get hurt.” With no magic, agility, or strength to speak of, this walking fortress will have to get creative to beat the baddies early on. But little does she know that her pure-stat build will propel her to chaotic new heights that even the game admins couldn’t account for!

Bofuri: I Don’t Want to Get Hurt, So I’ll Max Out My Defense is the light novel series that inspired the hit anime that stands out as one of the most popular of 2020. Led by an adorable and endearing protagonist, this series excellently combines action, comedy and ever popular RPG elements to tell a story that appeals to a wide audience.

Bofuri: I Don’t Want to Get Hurt, So I’ll Max Out My Defense (light novel)

Bofuri: I Don’t Want to Get Hurt, So I’ll Max Out My Defense (manga)

Story by Yuumikan
Art by Oimoto
Original Illustrations by Koin

When Kaede Honjou agrees to try out VRMMO gaming with her best friend from high school, her inexperience and “I don’t want to get hurt” outlook cause her to max out her defense points—leaving her with no attack points to speak of! Luckily for her, the game’s mod system is diverse enough that a little creativity boosts her special abilities to heights beyond the game admins’ wildest imaginations…Will this noob become a new star in NewWorld Online?!

The Bofuri: I Don’t Want to Get Hurt, So I’ll Max Out My Defense manga does an amazing job portraying the events of the highly-anticipated light novel series in an art style that is just as adorable as its protagonist. This manga adaptation appeals greatly to fans of the upcoming light novel series as well as the hit anime.

Bofuri: I Don’t Want to Get Hurt, So I’ll Max Out My Defense (manga)
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