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NYCC 2022: Yen Press reveals 10 new titles

During the Yen Press Industry Panel at New York Comic Con 2022, Yen Press, LLC announced the acquisition of ten highly anticipated releases—a list that includes What’s Wrong with Secretary Kim?, the print edition of the 2015 webtoon of the same title, which was later adapted into a South Korean television series in 2018. This slate of Yen Press announcements includes new manga (Reborn as a Vending Machine, I Now Wander the Dungeon; Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? Familia Chronicle Episode Freya; Sugar Apple Fairy Tale; The Witch and the Knight Will SurviveWords Bubble Up Like Soda Pop), novels (Sasaki and Miyano: First-Years; Words Bubble Up Like Soda Pop; Spy Classroom Short Story Collection), manhwa (What’s Wrong with Secretary Kim?), and a fan book (Horimiya Memorial Book Page. 100).

Horimiya Memorial Book Page. 100

Story by HERO
Art by Daisuke Hagiwara

A snapshot of the sweet, “aww”-inspiring tale of school life!

Celebrating the first hundred chapters of Horimiya, collected in this memorial book are a treasure trove of original illustrations posted in commemoration of new chapter releases, a sneak peek at a few of the storyboards before they went to print…and more!

Horimiya Memorial Book Page. 100

What’s Wrong with Secretary Kim?

Art by MyeongMi Kim
Original Story by GyeongYun Jeong

Vice Chairman Youngjun Lee and Secretary Miso Kim have been the star duo of their company for nine years…until Miso suddenly decides to quit! But Youngjun is smart, rich, and used to getting what he wants—and he wants Miso to stay. So when he finds out she’s leaving in order to find a husband, the only logical way to keep her at his side is…offering to marry her?! Too bad she’s just not that into him!

What’s Wrong with Secretary Kim?

Sasaki and Miyano: First-Years (novel)

Original Story by Shou Harusono
Adapted by Kotoko Hachijo

Welcome, one and all—to the fabulous life and times of Sasaki, Miyano, and their closest companions! How did Kuresawa meet his girlfriend? Were Miyano and Kuresawa always friends? Why are Miyano and Hirano so close? The answers to these questions—and many more—will be revealed in Sasaki and Miyano: First-Years! 

Sasaki and Miyano: First-Years (novel)

Reborn as a Vending Machine, I Now Wander the Dungeon (manga)

Story by Hirukuma
Art by Kunieda and Hagure Yuuki

Cause of death: vending machine.

Is there any end more suitable for a vending machine enthusiast than giving his life to cushion the fall of one of his favorite machines? So perhaps it was only fate that he was reborn as a vending machine in another world!

Reborn as a Vending Machine, I Now Wander the Dungeon (manga)

Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? Familia Chronicle Episode Freya (manga)

Original Story by Fujino Omori
Art by Hinase Momoyama, nilitsu, and Suzuhito Yasuda

The second entry in the Familia Chronicle series has arrived, and this time, Freya’s stealing the spotlight! In search of her soulmate, she’s guided by fate to the Kaios Desert, where she comes upon a young king. Could he be the one she seeks…?

Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? Familia Chronicle Episode Freya (manga)

Sugar Apple Fairy Tale (manga)

Original Story by Miri Mikawa
Adapted by YozoranoUdon
Character Design by Aki

In a world where fairies are bought and sold to the highest bidder, humans aren’t exactly on friendly terms with the fae folk. But friendship is exactly what Anne Halford seeks with Challe, her new fairy bodyguard, though he’s not so keen on the idea. As his new master, Anne tasks him with escorting her through a particularly dangerous area, but with a reluctant bodyguard eager to escape a life of servitude, she’ll have to deal with a lot more than she bargained for…

Sugar Apple Fairy Tale (manga)

The Witch and the Knight Will Survive

Story by Dai Chikamoto
Art by Gonbe Shinkawa

When the lord’s son, Agredios, returns to his village after a long hunt, he is shocked to discover that all the laughter and clamor that he knew so well has disappeared. When he finds out that the cause of the tragedy is a “witch” living in the “Forbidden Forest,” he turns his despair into rage and sets off on a journey seeking revenge for those he loved…

The Witch and the Knight Will Survive

Spy Classroom Short Story Collection (novel)

Story by Takemachi
Illustration by Tomari

Klaus reveals he is married to a member of Lamplight, but the identity of the bride remains unknown—and so a battle ensues among the girls to determine who it is. Get a peek into the girls’ daily lives in this collection of short stories!

Spy Classroom Short Story Collection (novel)

Words Bubble Up Like Soda Pop (novel and manga)

By Kyohei Ishiguro
Manga Art by Imo Oono

Smile is a popular streamer who’s self-conscious about her looks. Cherry is a shy boy with a love of haiku. When these two strangers accidentally bump into each other at the local mall, it’s the start of a new relationship woven by their modern and classical expressions of their feelings. Based on the gorgeous animated film!

Yen Press Announces New Titles at Sakura Con 2022

During the Yen Press Industry Panel at Sakura Con 2022, Yen Press, LLC announced the acquisition of new manga (The Demon Sword Master of Excalibur AcademyThermae Romae (manga omnibus)Touring After the Apocalypse; and The Gay Who Turned Kaiju), novels (Arya Sometimes Hides Her Feelings in RussianGods’ Games We PlayApparently, Disillusioned Adventurers Will Save the World; and King’s Proposal), and an art book (Visions 2022 Illustrators Book).

Visions 2022 Illustrators Book (artbook) 

By pixiv Inc

A stunning art collection essential for art lovers and book collectors alike. The ultimate collection of pixiv artists is back! The 2022 compilation features 170 of some of the greatest creators on the platform—all of whom have made an impact on the artistic field. With an abundance of styles from retro to modern and beyond, there’s something for everyone to love! 

Visions 2022 Illustrators Book (artbook)

The Demon Sword Master of Excalibur Academy (manga)

Story by Yu Shimizu
Art by Asuka Keigen

The manga adaptation of the light novel series soon to be an anime! One thousand years ago, Leonis Death Magnus, undead sorcerer and the greatest of the Dark Lords, entered magical stasis during a climactic battle. When he awakens, he finds a beautiful silver-haired young woman named Riselia standing before him. More shockingly, Leonis has been transformed into a ten-year-old boy! Now he’ll have to adapt to this strange era and deal with the twisted monsters called Voids—all while keeping his true powers a secret from his lovely new guardian.

The Demon Sword Master of Excalibur Academy (manga)

Thermae Romae (manga omnibus)

Story and Art by Mari Yamazaki

When Roman architect Lucius is criticized for his outdated thermae designs, he retreats to the local bath to collect his thoughts. All Lucius wants is to recapture the Rome of earlier days, when one could enjoy a relaxing bath without the pressure of merchants and roughhousing patrons. But as he slips deeper into the water, Lucius is caught in the drainage and dragged through the bottom of the bath!

He emerges amid a group of strange-looking foreigners with the most peculiar bathhouse customs…over 1,500 years in the future in modern-day Japan! His contemporaries wanted him to modernize, so—borrowing the customs of these mysterious bath-loving people—Lucius opens what quickly becomes the most popular new bathhouse in Rome: Thermae Romae! Soak in Mari Yamazaki’s fantastic story and art in this deluxe omnibus! 

Thermae Romae (manga omnibus)

Arya Sometimes Hides Her Feelings in Russian (light novel)

Story by Sunsunsun
Art by Momoco

A romantic comedy perfect for fans of Chitose Is in the Ramune Bottle and The Girl I Saved on the Train Turned Out to Be My Childhood Friend.Masachika Kuse sits next to Arya, a girl of Russian and Japanese descent. She’s beautiful, haughty, and an exceptional student, while Masachika is nerdy and known for being a slacker. He’s an easy target for her comments in Russian, which she’s all too happy to translate—except he can understand what she’s really saying!

Arya Sometimes Hides Her Feelings in Russian (light novel)

Gods’ Games We Play (light novel)

Story by Kei Sazane
Art by Toiro Tomose

An epic fantasy soon to be an anime! When the gods grow bored, they decide to spice up their eternal existence by challenging all takers in an ultimate battle of wits! Of course, these deities are capricious, unfair, and incomprehensible at the best of times, so winning is virtually impossible for a mere mortal. Even so, things are bound to get interesting when a former goddess and a genius human boy team up in a bid to win the game to end all games! 

Gods’ Games We Play (light novel) 

Apparently, Disillusioned Adventurers Will Save the World (light novel) 

Story by Shinta Fuji
Art by Susumu Kuroi

A playful take on isekai tropes that will be a good fit for readers of Banished from the Hero’s Party, I Decided to Live a Quiet Life in the Countryside. Nick used to be a member of a veteran adventurer party, helping his undisciplined friends with the accounts whenever he could. But what was his reward? Getting accused of embezzlement and kicked out by the leader he respected. Before long, he finds a few other jaded adventurers and kindred spirits, and together, they form their own unstoppable party! 

Apparently, Disillusioned Adventurers Will Save the World (light novel)

King’s Proposal (light novel)

Story by Koushi Tachibana
Art by Tsunako

A new light novel series from the creative team behind the legendary Date A Live. Saika Kuozaki is an all-powerful witch with looks to die for. She’s also the only woman who can thwart the mysterious entities attempting to destroy the world once every 300 hours. When Saika is mortally wounded, however, she bequeaths both her powers and body to the normal high school boy who happens upon her, Mushiki Kuga. But just because Mushiki has her abilities doesn’t mean he can control them. To stand a chance of saving the world, he’ll have to attend an academy for mages as Saika—all while keeping his identity under wraps!   

King’s Proposal (light novel)

Touring After the Apocalypse (manga) 

Story and Art by Sakae Saito

With a surprisingly upbeat tone, readers of Girls’ Last Tour will enjoy this trip through apocalyptic Japan. All alone after the end of days, two girls bike through the empty ruins of Japan—and they’re not about to let the collapse of civilization get in the way of sightseeing! Even when the world ends, their journey goes on.

Touring After the Apocalypse (manga) 

The Gay Who Turned Kaiju (manga)

Story and Art by Kazuki Minamoto

Bullied for being gay, teenager Takashi Arashiro wishes he could just be somebody else—but who could predict he’d morph into a giant-headed sci-fi creature?! Takashi’s tumultuous emotions become the catalyst for personal and social exploration of the LGBTQ experience in this quirky, profound manga from prolific BL author Kazuki Minamoto.

The Gay Who Turned Kaiju (manga)

Yen Press Announces Nine New Titles

Yen Press has announced nine new titles scheduled to be published in September 2022. These acquisitions included two new novels—Studio Chizu’s BELLE and Sugar Apple Fairy Tale; manga adaptations of light novels, The Executioner and Her Way of LifeI Kept Pressing the 100-Million-Year Button and Came Out on Top, and Sasaki & Peeps; the launch of three new manga series, Coffee Moon, So What’s Wrong with Getting Reborn as a Goblin? and She Loves to Cook, and She Loves to Eat; and an autobiographical manga Embrace Your Size.

Sugar Apple Fairy Tale Vol. 1 (light novel)

Story by Miri Mikawa
Art by Aki

Anne Halford is a candy crafter determined to follow in her mother’s footsteps and become a Silver Sugar Master, a title bestowed only by royalty. In order to travel to the capital and realize her dream, she purchases Challe, a handsome but foul-mouthed fairy, as her bodyguard. Anne wishes to befriend her new companion, but in this kingdom where fairies are treated as property, Challe wants nothing to do with humans. Will this journey with Anne change his mind…? 

Yen Press has been simultaneously publishing the manga adaptation of Sugar Apple Fairy Tale since November 2021. Now fans can read the light novel series that started it all! This fantasy plays on popular tropes, featuring a reluctant magical companion and a slow burn, enemies-to-lovers romance. The story for this novel was written by Miri Mikawa and its artist, Aki, was responsible for OlymposThe Angel of Elhamburg, and the manga adaptation of The White Cat’s Revenge as Plotted from the Dragon King’s Lap. An anime adaptation of Sugar Apple Fairy Tale was announced in September that is sure to bring even more fans to this series.

Sugar Apple Fairy Tale Vol. 1 (light novel)

The Executioner and Her Way of Life, Vol. 1 (manga)

Story by Mato Sato
Art by Ryo Mitsuya

The Lost Ones are strangers from another world, hailing from a place no one has ever heard of called “Japan.” These wanderers have been associated with catastrophes since many years ago, and the solemn duty of exterminating them without remorse falls to Menou, a young Executioner. But when her mission is complicated by a Japanese girl named Akari who refuses to die, Menou embarks on a peculiar journey to find something that can slay even an immortal who insists on traveling with her would-be killer! 

The Executioner and Her Way of Life has quickly become one of the most popular light novel series published by Yen Press. Its fanbase is only expected to grow with an anime debuting this spring on Crunchyroll. With expansive world-building, a compelling, adventurous storyline, and a romance between its two leads, this manga will satisfy readers across different genres.

The Executioner and Her Way of Life, Vol. 1 (manga)

I Kept Pressing the 100-Million-Year Button and Came Out on Top, Vol. 1 (manga)

Story and art by Syuichi Tsukishima

Allen gets such poor grades at Grand Swordcraft Academy that his fellow students have dubbed him the “Reject Swordsman.” But one day, he is granted a mysterious button that, when pressed, will give him one hundred million years to train in an alternate reality. With an ungodly amount of practice under his belt, the world is about to see what this underachiever can really do!  

I Kept Pressing the 100-Million-Year Button and Came Out on Top is a manga adaptation of the popular light novel series of the same name. This quirky series features 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 and Bofuri: I Don’t Want to Get Hurt, so I’ll Max Out My Defense.

I Kept Pressing the 100-Million-Year Button and Came Out on Top, Vol. 1 (manga)

Sasaki & Peeps, Vol. 1 (manga)

Story by Buncololi
Art by Pureji Osho

When Sasaki brightens up his tired corporate life by buying a pet sparrow, he never imagined the bird would actually be a reincarnated sage from another world! With his new avian roommate teaching him all sorts of magic tricks, could this be Sasaki’s chance to escape his droll office job? 

Sasaki & Peeps is a manga series that combines isekai elements and slice-of-life storytelling in a tale about a reincarnated sage providing magical assistance to an everyday office worker. Yen Press previously announced the publication of the original Sasaki & Peeps light novel series, which is being released this summer.

Sasaki & Peeps, Vol. 1 (manga)

Coffee Moon, Vol. 1

Story and art by Mochito Bota

Pieta, a normal girl, leads a normal, uneventful life in a world of constant black rain. As the rain pours down, like it always does, she takes her usual route to school and has a pleasant conversation with her friend Danae. This is what every day is like for Pieta, and she takes a sort of everyday satisfaction from her totally normal life. But then her typical, pleasant conversation with Danae…doesn’t happen. “Why…?! Why can I remember…yesterday’s today?!!”

Coffee Moon is a dark and mysterious manga series that puts a new spin on time loop stories. With its intriguing plot and beautiful, atmospheric art, fans of dark fantasy such as Shadows House or mysteries like The Detective Is Already Dead will want to uncover the secrets of this strange new world.

Coffee Moon, Vol. 1

So What’s Wrong with Getting Reborn as a Goblin?, Vol. 1

Story and art by Miki Nazuna

Office worker Akira Yagami’s altruistic nature usually gets him the short end of the stick. When he dies after saving a kid from oncoming traffic…he reincarnates in another world as a goblin?! Normally, goblins only live for seven days, but Akira’s newfound powers let him defy the species’ normal life span…and are the key to his path to becoming the strongest goblin ever! 

So What’s Wrong with Getting Reborn as a Goblin? is a quirky new isekai manga with a fun twist! This hilarious fantasy tells the story of Akira, a kind office worker who is reborn as a goblin in another world but with an ability that allows him to quickly become overpowered. This manga is perfect for readers of That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime or I Got a Cheat Skill in Another World and Became Unrivaled in The Real World, Too.

So What’s Wrong with Getting Reborn as a Goblin?, Vol. 1

She Loves to Cook, and She Loves to Eat, Vol. 1

Story and Art by Sakaomi Yuzaki

Cooking is how Nomoto de-stresses, but one day, she finds herself making way more than she can eat by herself. And so, she invites her neighbor Kasuga, who also lives alone. What will come out of this impromptu dinner invitation…? 

She Loves to Cook, and She Loves to Eat is an adorable manga series sure to satisfy anyone looking for a feel good read. With its portrayal of friendship and the joy of a good plate of food, readers of culinary manga like Not Love But Delicious Foods will enjoy this series as well. This lovable story will appeal to readers of slice-of-life and leave fans hungry for more.

She Loves to Cook, and She Loves to Eat, Vol. 1

Embrace Your Size

Story and Art by hara

A love letter to those who dream of being fashionable but consider their weight as an obstacle, this uplifting comic essay by a plus-sized author chronicles her own journey with body positivity and learning to love herself as she is.

Embrace Your Size is an inspiring memoir that takes readers on the author’s personal journey from struggling with bulimia and body image issues to body positivity and acceptance. As Hara learns to love her body and live and dress fabulously, she gives permission for readers to embrace themselves as well! Readers who love comic essays like Secretly, I’ve Been Suffering About Being Sexless or I Don’t Know How to Give Birth! will enjoy this new contribution to the genre.

Embrace Your Size

Studio Chizu’s BELLE

Story by Mamoru Hosoda

Suzu is a seventeen-year-old high school student living in rural Kochi who has kept the world at arm’s length ever since her mother’s death many years ago. But at a friend’s suggestion, she dips her toes into <U>, a vast virtual world on the Internet and starts going by Belle. As she explores this new world in her online avatar, Suzu reveals her hidden singing talent and becomes a sensation the world over, drawing the attention of a mysterious being called the Dragon. Who is this ferocious yet lonely stranger and what will come of their fateful meeting…? 

Studio Chizu’s BELLE is the evocative and compelling Beauty and the Beast retelling featuring Suzu, a lonely girl who is able to live a separate life in the virtual world where she is loved, and a mysterious figure known only as the Dragon. This novel adaptation of Studio Chizu’s stunning anime movie Belle will be released in a beautifully packaged hardcover similar to previous releases of Wolf Children and your name. that fans will want to collect.

Studio Chizu’s BELLE

Yen Press Announces Digital Publication of No Game No Life Light Novel Chapters

Yen Press has announced the digital release of chapters of No Game No Life, the bestselling light novel series that inspired the popular anime and manga, at the Yen Press Industry Panel at Anime NYC. The Yen Press digital chapter publication of Yuu Kamiya’s intriguing tale of gamers transported to a fantasy world will involve the prologue chapter of No Game No Life, Vol. 11 being made available on November 25, 2021 to time with the Japanese release of the highly anticipated volume.

While Yen On releases have previously been published as digital firsts, as seen with the The Intuition of Haruhi Suzumiya and Megumi Hayashibara’s The Characters Taught Me Everything, the publication of the No Game No Life, Vol. 11’sprologue is the first Yen On digitital chapter release. The No Game No Life chapter publication is an exciting addition to the Yen Press digital chapter program that strives to give fans access to highly anticipated content in English as soon as possible.

No Game No Life, Vol. 11’s prologue will be available on November 25, 2021 exclusively on digital platforms, such as BOOK WALKER Global. The release schedule of later chapters will be announced at a later date.

No Game No Life

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.

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