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Yen Press Announces 13 New Manga and Light Novel Acquisitions

Yen Press, LLC announced its latest title acquisitions today, which include several manga – Cirque Du Freak: The Manga Omnibus Edition, Grim Reapder and Four Girlfriends Omnibus Edition, Interspecies Reviewers Comic Anthology: Darkness, The World’s Finest Assasin Reincarnated Into Another World, Adachi and Shimamura, Dear NOMAN, Golden Japanesque – Yokohama Karentan –, Mama Akuma, Mint Chocolate, Sasaki and Miyano, The Dark History of the Reincarnated Villainess, and the novel and comic adaptation of the highly-anticipated, Solo Leveling.

Cirque Du Freak: The Manga Omnibus Edition

Story and Darren Shan
Art by Takahiro Arai

Discover the manga adaptation of Darren Shan’s Cirque Du Freak, now back in a new omnibus form! Darren Shan was an average kid until destiny brought him to the Cirque du Freak. Now Darren’s been immersed into a shadowy world inhabited by vampires, werewolves, and strange creatures the likes of which he’s never imagined, and his life will be changed forever!

Cirque Du Freak, the manga adaptation of Darren Shan’s best-selling The Saga of Darren Shan vampire fiction series, was an early release by Yen Press originally published in 2009. This 2-in-1 omnibus edition collects the classic series with a larger trim size for a new generation of fans to enjoy.

Cirque Du Freak: The Manga Omnibus Edition

Grim Reaper and Four Girlfriends Omnibus Edition

Story by Shin Suyama
Art by CHuN

Kaoru Minaguchi is a “no-lifer” who sucks at school, can’t play sports, lacks any real talent, definitely doesn’t have a girlfriend, or even a remote desire to change his ways…until a certain grim reaper pays him a visit. Turns out, she’s a reaper of “no-lifers” and if Kaoru can’t find a way to become a true “real-lifer,” he’s as good as dead…!

Originally published as a digital exclusive by Yen Press, the shonen romance Grim Reaper and Four Girlfriends makes its print debut with an omnibus edition that completes the three volume series. This quirky twist on shonen romance stories excellently delivers on fan favorite elements including laugh-out-loud comedy and a cast of four beautiful love interests.

Grim Reaper and Four Girlfriends Omnibus Edition

Interspecies Reviewers Comic Anthology: Darkness

Story by Amahara
Art by Various
Edited by The Dragon Age Editorial Staff

A loving tribute to the monster brothel adventurers of Interspecies Reviewers, this anthology includes art and comics by talented Japanese creators including Okayado, ZTon, and Gashi-gashi!

Interspecies Reviewers Comic Anthology: Darkness, is a collection of various manga short stories taking place in the supernatural and sexy world of Interspecies Reviewers. Noteworthy contributors to this spicy collection include mangaka such as Okayado (Monster Musume) and ZTon (Monster Musume: I Heart Monster Girls) and popular web artists such as Gashi-gashi.

Interspecies Reviewers Comic Anthology: Darkness

The World’s Finest Assassin Gets Reincarnated in Another World

Story by Rui Tsukiyo
Art by Hamao Sumeragi
Original Illustrations by Reia

The world’s finest assassin has been reincarnated in another world. His mission-to kill the Hero prophesized to save the world from disaster! With his deadly skills from his previous life and the magic he learns in this one, he’s well on his way to becoming the greatest assassin in all of history…

A manga adaptation of the light novel series recently acquired by Yen Press, The World’s Finest Assassin Gets Reincarnated in Another World is a fun twist on isekai storytelling in which the story is told from the point of view of an anti-hero set to take down the hero. A welcome addition to fans of isekai manga as well as fans of the upcoming light novel series.

The World's Finest Assassin Gets Reincarnated in Another World

Adachi and Shimamura

Story by Hitomi Iruma
Art by Moke Yuzuhara

The second floor of the gym. That’s our spot. Class is in session right now, but they don’t hold class in a place like this. This is where Shimamura and I became friends. What is this feeling? Yesterday, I dreamed of kissing her. I’m not like that, and I’m sure Shimamura isn’t either. But…when Shimamura thinks of the word “friend,” I want to be the first thing that comes to her mind. That’s all.

Based on the light novel series by the same name, Adachi and Shimamura is a sweet, school life yuri romance that is the basis of an anime series scheduled for a Fall 2020 release.

Adachi and Shimamura

Dear NOMAN

Story and Art by Neji

Since she was young, Mashiro Unohana has been able to see ghosts. She pretended not to see them so others wouldn’t find her creepy, but one day she finds herself caught up in the world of those that are not human—the Nomans.

A massive webcomic hit in Japan, Dear NOMAN is a fantasy manga series filled with comedy and friendship with hints of girls’ love elements. A surefire hit with fans of supernatural storytelling taking place in school settings.

Dear NOMAN

Golden Japanesque – Yokohama Karentan

Story and Art by Kaho Miyasaka

Living in Meiji era Japan, Maria must hide the blond hair and blue eyes she inherited from her father out of concern over discrimination. But when a boy named Rintarou learns her secret, he can’t help but say something: “You’re…like a mermaid…” A dazzling historical romance awaits!

Golden Japnesque – Yokohama Karentan – is a beautiful shojo romance that falls into the category of historical fiction. As such, this series appeals to fans of media covering Japanese history, such as Golden Kamuy, as well as the core shojo manga audience.

Golden Japanesque – Yokohama Karentan

Mama Akuma

Story and Art by Kuzushiro

Seere is a subordinate demon to Amaimon, the eastern King of Hell. Serious in his work, he prides himself on his ability to make any wish come true. But when he’s summoned from a grimoire, what awaits him is a little girl with but one wish: “Please be my mama!!” Seere’s long road to motherhood starts here!

Mama Akuma is a sweet and adorable slice-of-life series involving a demon lord becoming the mother of a young girl. As a fun slice-of-life take on fantasy storytelling, the series appeals greatly to fans of popular works such as I’ve Been Killing Slimes for 300 Years and Maxed Out My Level.

Mama Akuma

Mint Chocolate

Story and Art by Mami Orikasa

When Nanami’s high-school crush suddenly becomes her step-brother, she’s faced with the unfortunate reality of having to live under the same roof as her now off-limits love-interest! Will his chilly attitude and arrogant ways be enough to turn her off, or is Nanami in for some long and sleepless nights…?

Mint Chocolate is a school life shojo romance, the debut work of Mami Orikasa. This fun and often comedic series is complemented by a beautiful and alluring art style and is sure to appeal to a core shojo audience that gravitates to high school romances.

Mint Chocolate

Sasaki and Miyano

Story and Art by Syou Harusono

Miyano spends his days peacefully reading Boys’ Love comics and worrying about how girly his face is—until a chance encounter leads to a scuffle with his senior Sasaki. Intrigued by his feisty junior Miyano, delinquent Sasaki uses every opportunity he can to get closer…

Originally a popular webcomic, Sasaki and Miyano is a fun story of a passionate fan of boys’ love and his new friend who is quickly learning the ins and outs of the world of boys’ love! This manga is a must read for the passionate boys’ love fanbase, especially those that enjoyed Go For It, Nakamura!

Sasaki and Miyano

The Dark History of the Reincarnated Villainess

Story and Art by Akiharu Touka

Konoha Satou has a dark history, written throughout middle school—a fantasy adventure of love and magic about the Count’s daughter Konoha Magnolia and the knights who love her! But when it looks like that dark history is going to be uncovered by her mother, Konoha panics and dies in a traffic accident! Opening her eyes, she finds that she’s been reincarnated into the world of her own dark history as Iana Magnolia, the worst villainess of her own creation!

The Dark History of the Reincarnated Villainess is a unique take on the shojo isekai genre, a category that has seen a recent resurgence in popularity. With similarities to My Next Life as a Villainess: All Routes Lead to Doom!, one of the most popular anime series of the year, The Dark History of the Reincarnated Villainess is sure to be a popular release with today’s fans.

The Dark History of the Reincarnated Villainess

Solo Leveling (novel)

Story by Chugong

The weakest of the weak, E-class hunter Jinwoo Sung has no money, no talent, and no prospects to speak of. And when he enters a hidden dungeon that fateful day, he ends up being left to die in the aftermath of a horrendous tragedy. At death’s door, Jinwoo is suddenly invited to be a “player” by a mysterious voice. Desperate to live, Jinwoo jumps at the chance…but what is this strange new leveling system that only he can see?

Solo Leveling is a popular Korean novel series that has developed a large Western fanbase. It tells the story of a hunter who manages to rise from the lowly E-class in a world where leveling up is not possible. Borrowing RPG elements such as dungeon exploration and leveling up, this highly-anticipated series appeals greatly to fans of RPG-inspired light novel properties.

Solo Leveling (novel)

Solo Leveling (comic)

Story by Chugong

Art by DUBU (REDICE STUDIO)

The official English print publication of the popular Korean webcomic! E-class hunter Jinwoo Sung is the weakest of them all. Looked down on by everyone, he has no money, no abilities to speak of, and no other job prospects. So when his party finds a hidden dungeon, he’s determined to use this chance to change his life for the better…but the opportunity he finds is a bit different from what he had in mind!

The Solo Leveling comic adaptation has seen immense popularity in Japan and Korea as a webtoon and has garnered a rapidly growing fanbase in the West. With vibrant color artwork telling the action-packed story, the Solo Leveling comic will be a welcome addition to the collection of diehard fans of the series as well as fans of RPG influenced comics and graphic novels.

Solo Leveling (comic)

Comics Deserve Better: Episode 3: Daytripper by Fábio Moon, Gabriel Bá, Dave Stewart, and Sean Konot

In this week’s Comic Deserve Better, Brian, Darci, and Logan discuss Fábio Moon, Gabriel Bá‘, and Dave Stewart‘s life and death masterpiece, Daytripper, and get emotional and occasionally personal while breaking down the craft of this great title. They also chat about a plethora of recent indie releases ranging from Singaporean newspaper comics about Covid-19 and self-published comics about going to movie theaters (Remember those!) to Vault ComicsFinger Guns, Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips Pulp, and the manga, Yona of the Dawn. There’s something for everyone in this episode! (Episode art by Fábio Moon and Gabriel Bá.)

Yen Press Debuts That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime: The Ways of the Monster Nation

That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime, Vol. 1: The Ways of the Monster Nation.

Yen Press has launched That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime, Vol. 1: The Ways of the Monster Nation. The new manga series is a spin-off from the That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime light novel, which has been one of Yen’s most successful literary releases.

The new series by Fuse, author of the original That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime light novel, features artwork by Sho Okagiri and Mitz Vah.

With all its innovations, the kingdom of Tempest-founded by the demon lord Rimuru-is a veritable paradise for travelers such as Framea, the rabbitfolk chief’s daughter. Framea has always had a nose for adventure, an inquisitive mind, and a knack for discovering and identifying the latest and greatest the world has to offer! Her notepad is open at all times, ready for any three-star delights she may encounter, so when Rimuru himself gives Framea a mission to catalog the area’s attractions, she will have her work cut out for her-and tons of stars to hand out!

Volume 1 is available now in-print and digitally on Yen Press partner platforms.

Shaman King Returns with ALL 35 Volumes Completed in English for the First Time Ever

Kodansha USA Publishing and comiXology Originals habe announced, that after years out of print, Shaman King, Hiroyuki Takei‘s shonen manga classic, will return in English and be completed for the first time ever on Tuesday, July 28th! Featuring brand-new cover art from the creator himself, all 35 volumes of the original Shaman King series – including the final three volumes never before published in English – will be available to read digitally starting next Tuesday, as part of the comiXology Originals line of exclusive content. These titles can be read upon release at no additional cost for members of Amazon Prime via their Prime Reading benefit, Kindle Unlimited and comiXology Unlimited, and will also be available for purchase on Kindle and comiXology.

In the world of Shaman King, shamans possess mysterious powers that allow them to commune with gods, spirits, and even the dead…and Manta Oyamada’s about to learn all about them, because his class just welcomed a new transfer student: Yoh Asakura, a boy from way off in Izumo…and a shaman in training!

Shaman King

Yen Press Acquires the Manga Adaptation of 86 – Eighty-Six

Yen Press has acquired the manga adaptation of the military science fiction series 86Eighty-Six with art by Motoki Yoshihara, story by Asatao Asato and original illustrations by Shirabii.

Long besieged by the fully autonomous killing machines known as the Legion, the Republic of San Magnolia endeavors to turn the tide of war by employing autonomous weapons of their own…  Enjoy Asato-Asato’s award winning novel in fully illustrated manga form!

Filled with political and military intrigue, 86—Eighty-Six has grown rapidly in popularity appealing to core fans of light novels as well as fans of military science fiction series such as Code Geass and Mobile Suit Gundam. An anime adaptation of 86—Eighty-Six has been announced for future release. 86—Eighty-Six, Vol. 1 (manga) is scheduled for a December 2020 release.

Eighty-Six

Yen Press and JY to Release Two New Disney Titles Kingdom Hearts III and Wizards of Mickey

Yen Press and JY announced the acquisition of two series featuring iconic Disney characters – Kingdom Hearts III (manga) and Wizards of Mickey. Kingdom Hearts III (manga) will be published under the Yen Press imprint and Wizards of Mickey will be published under JY, the Yen Press imprint for middle-grade readers.

Kingdom Hearts III (manga)

Created by Tetsuya Nomura
Art by Shiro Amano

A manga retelling of Kingdom Hearts III, the latest in the iconic franchise and one of the best-selling video game releases of 2019.

As the one chosen by the Keyblade, Sora travels once again with his friends Donald and Goofy in order to reclaim his lost power!

Released in early 2019 after more than a decade since Kingdom Hearts II, Kingdom Hearts III was one of the most anticipated video games in history. Kingdom Hearts III (manga) is drawn by Shiro Amano, the fan-favorite artist who worked on all previous Kingdom Hearts manga.

Kingdom Hearts III (manga)

Wizards of Mickey

Story by Stefano Ambrosio
Art by Lorenzo Pastrovicchio

A beautiful full-color graphic novel series featuring Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck and Goofy in a fantasy setting—an original story about Mickey’s pursuit of magical artifacts and greatness as a wizard.

Originally published in Italy in Topolino, a digest magazine which included Disney comics, Wizards of Mickey is a fun, adventurous fantasy that has been published worldwide in several languages and adapted into a video game and trading card game. JY is thrilled to publish these exciting graphic novels, introducing young readers to a fresh take on the world’s most iconic and beloved Disney characters!

Wizards of Mickey

Kingdom Hearts III, Vol. 1 (manga) and Wizards of Mickey, Vol. 1 are scheduled for a November 2020 release.

Catch Yen Press Official Virtual Panels at AX Lite – TOMORROW! Friday July 3rd

Anime Expo Lite

AX Lite presents a virtual slate of panels and digital programming celebrating anime and Japanese pop culture to fans in the comfort of their homes! Join AX Lite on July 3-4, 2020 for two full days of livestream content, including special guests, industry announcements, Q&As, giveaways, and more!

No registration is required—anybody and everybody is welcome! Panels will be accessible via Twitch and YouTube. Access information and links to the streams are available. The full schedule of AX Lite virtual programming is available online.

Two Yen Press panels are scheduled.

Yen Press Official Industry Panel – Friday, July 3rd at 1:20pm PST

Join Yen Press, the publisher of hit series such as Sword Art OnlineRe:ZERO -Starting Life in Another World- and Black Butler, for a series of exciting manga and light novel announcements!

Yen Press Presents So I’m A Spider So What? Official Light Novel Panel – Saturday, July 4th at 12:20pm PST

Join Yen Press for a deep dive into the hit adventure, So I’m A Spider So What? with a special panel focusing on the light novel that inspired the popular anime series and bestselling manga series.

Yen Press Announces New Manga Acquisitions

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

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

A Certain Magical Index SS

Story by Kazuma Kamachi
llustrations by Kiyotaka Haimura

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

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

A Certain Magical Index SS

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

Story and Aki
Art by Yamigo Kureha

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

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

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

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

Art by Keito Koume

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

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

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

Wolf & Parchment (manga)

Story by Isuna Hasekura
Art by Hidori

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

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

Wolf & Parchment (manga)

Sword Art Online Project Alicization (manga)

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

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

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

Sword Art Online Project Alicization (manga)

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

Story by Kumo Kagyu
Art by lack

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

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

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

Review: Star Wars: The Legends of Luke Skywalker – The Manga

Star Wars: The Legends Of Luke Skywalker

In a franchise as loved by millions as the Star Wars saga, there are still mysteries to be uncovered about the main characters. The last trilogy of movies made for a passing of the torch for many fans. Every generation in the last 50 years, who have been fans of the franchise has had their own relationship with it. My generation grew up on the original trilogy while other generations got to know the universe the new movies and television shows created.

This is why when we hear that there are new stories culled from this universe about our most beloved characters we are mostly overjoyed. When Ken Liu released his book based on new adventures with Luke Skywalker I was definitely in line to pick it up. As I read the stories contained, it occurred to me just how much he loved this world as well. In VIZ Media’s graphic adaptation, Star Wars: The Legends Of Luke Skywalker, they bring to life the adventures he went on in Liu’s brilliant novel.

In the first story, “The Starship Graveyard”, with art by Akira Fukuya and Takashi Kiskaki, a Star Destroyer pilot crashes near a rebel base and has his own encounter with the infamous Jedi Knight, one which gives him a totally different view.  In “I Droid”, Haruichi illustrates how R2-D2 and C-3PO get sent to a work colony and Luke not only frees them but liberates the whole colony. In “The Tale Lugubrious Mote” Subaru brings to life a tale where an insect in Jabba The Hut’s lair tells from a different perspective Luke Skywalker’s meeting with Jabba in Return Of The Jedi and how Leia was not truly alone in her time there. In the final story, “Big Inside”, Akira Himekawa illustrates a story of a young biology student who gets rescued by Luke, only to go on her own adventure with the intrepid Jedi Knight as he encounters an old friend through the Force.

Overall, an engaging set of stories, though they rethread some familiar territory, it strikes that rich balance of nostalgia and intrigue. The stories by Liu are pure fan service. The art by the different creators is imbued with love and is very striking. Altogether, this book is the reason why so many fans have stayed in love with the franchise.

Story: Ken Liu Art: Akira Himekawa , Haruichi, Akira Fukaya, Takashi Kisaki, Subaru
Story: 9.7 Art: 9.8 Overall: 9.8 Recommendation: Buy

Yen Press Announces a New Sekiro Manga Series Based on the Video Game

Sekiro Side Story: Hanbei the Undying

Life beyond death…A foolish notion with which to deceive oneself. But what happens when death does not come? Hanbei the Undying has lived longer than most, yet he’s found no sense of purpose along the way-no reason to swing his blade. With a history vaster than most could hope to comprehend, it’s only natural to wonder: Who exactly was he before he met the Wolf?

Find out in this must-read tale for fans of FromSoftware’s hit game SEKIRO: Shadows Die Twice!

Coming from Yen Press, Sekiro Side Story: Hanbei the Undying provides rich insight into the history of the game’s main character. It delves into history unexplored in the game.

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