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Makoto Shinkai's Suzume no Tojimari Film Also Gets Novelization

Shinkai pens novelization slated to ship on August 24 ahead of film's November 11 opening ― The official website for Makoto Shinkai's first new film in three years, Suzume no Tojimari (literally, Suzume's Door-Locking), announced on Tuesday that the film will have a novelization that will ship on August 24. As with many of his previous films, Shinkai himself will pen the novelization. Yen Press relea...
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North American Anime, Manga Releases, May 15-21

Belle, SSSS.DYNAZENON anime; Colorless, Crazy Food Truck manga ship ― Anime Releases Title Publisher Suggested Retail Price Date Belle BDPlease GKIDS US$26.98 May 17 Boruto: Naruto Next Generations Set 12 BDCite Viz Media US$44.98 May 17 Boruto: Naruto Next Generations Set 12 DVDAnimeNewsNetwork Viz Media US$39.99 May 17 Fate/Grand Order The Movie Divine Realm of the Round Table: Camelot BDPlease Ani...
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MyAnimeList, Honeyfeed Announce 2nd Web Novel Contest

US$3,000 cash prizes for winners in School, Rom-Com, Cyberpunk categories ― Anime database website MyAnimeList and web novel platform Honeyfeed announced the details of their second web novel contest on Monday. In addition to US$3,000 cash prizes for the winners in each of the three genre categories, the winning entries will be sent to manga publisher Kodansha to review for possible publication and/o...
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North American Anime, Manga Releases, May 8-14

The Saint's Magic Power is Omnipotent, Full Dive anime; Death Note Short Stories, Devil Ecstasy manga ship ― Anime Releases Title Publisher Suggested Retail Price Date Four for Foreplay DVD (adult)Please Kitty Media US$29.99 May 10 Full Dive: This Ultimate Next-Gen Full Dive RPG Is Even Shittier than Real Life! BD/DVDCite Crunchyroll/Funimation US$64.98 May 10 Full Dive: This Ultimate Next-Gen Full D...
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BookWalker Global Adds Audiobooks from Yen Press

Sword Art Online, Overlord, The Saga of Tanya the Evil, more ― BookWalker Global announced on Wednesday that it has added the following 17 audiobooks from Yen Press to its service: Sword Art Online Volumes 1-5 by Reki Kawahara Overlord Volumes 1-4 by Kugane Maruyama, so-bin The Saga of Tanya the Evil Volumes 1-3 by Carlo Zen, Shinobu Shinotsuki Spice and Wolf Volume 1 by Isuna Hasekura So I'm a Spide...
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North American Anime, Manga Releases, May 1-7

2.43 Seiin High School Boys Volleyball Team, OBSOLETE anime; Kubo Won't Let Me Be Invisible, Survival in Another World with My Mistress! manga ship ― Anime Releases Title Publisher Suggested Retail Price Date 2.43 Seiin High School Boys Volleyball Team BDPlease Crunchyroll/Funimation US$64.98 May 3 Eureka Seven Hi-Evolution Movie 2: Anemone Essentials BD/DVDCite Crunchyroll/Funimation US$29.98 May 3 ...
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TMS Entertainment Launches 'TMS-Lab' Project to Create Original Manga, Novels, Web Videos

Kamui Fujiwara, Daisuke Nishijima, more contribute manga to new project with English releases ― Animation studio TMS Entertainment announced a new project titled "Gensaku Kōbō TMS-Lab" (Original Work Atelier TMS-Lab" on April 21. The project's goal is "to create a future with a sustainable Japanese anime industry." As part of the project, creators will release manga, novels, and online videos through...
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North American Anime, Manga Releases, April 24-30

Wonder Egg Priority, Dragon Goes House-Hunting anime; A Galaxy Next Door, The Most Notorious Talker Runs the World's Greatest Clan manga ship ― Anime Releases Title Publisher Suggested Retail Price Date Cat's Eye Season 1 BDPlease Discotek Media US$49.95 April 26 City Hunter '91 BDCite Discotek Media US$39.95 April 26 Dragon Goes House-Hunting BDAnimeNewsNetwork Crunchyroll/Funimation US$64.98 April ...
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The Best Light Novels With Horny Energy

Looking for something spicy for your late night reading? You won't want to miss this new list. Just make sure your door is locked first. ― Not long ago, I wrote about light novels with shonen manga energy. Now I'm back with a (mostly new) list of light novel recommendations! The theme this time is “horny.” Many light novels, even of the non-pornographic variety, contain at least some degree of titill...
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My Happy Marriage Novel Series Gets Live-Action Film in Spring 2023

Film stars Snow Man's Ren Meguro, Mio Imada ― Toho announced on Monday that it is producing a live-action film adaptation of writer Akumi Agitogi and illustrator Tsukiho Tsukioka's My Happy Marriage (Watashi no Shiawase na Kekkon) light novel series that will open in spring 2023. Ren Meguro (right in image below) from the idol group Snow Man will star as Kiyoka, while Mio Imada (left in image below) ...
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North American Anime, Manga Releases, April 17-23

The God of High School, Bottom-Tier Character Tomozaki anime; Magic Artisan Dahlia Wilts No More, Alice in Kyoto Forest manga ship ― Anime Releases Title Publisher Suggested Retail Price Date Bottom-Tier Character Tomozaki BDPlease Crunchyroll/Funimation US$64.98 April 19 Dances with the Dragons Essentials BDCite Crunchyroll/Funimation US$29.98 April 19 Gekidol BDAnimeNewsNetwork Crunchyroll/Funimati...
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Yen Press Licenses King's Proposal Novels From Date A Live Creators, 3 Other Novels

Yen Press also reveals 3 new manga, new Korean content imprint, new ominbus edition of Thermae Romae ― Yen Press announced at its panel at the Sakura Con event on Friday that it has licensed three new manga, four new light novel series, and one artbook. The company also announced that it will release a new ominibus edition of Mari Yamazaki's Thermae Romae manga (Yen Press previously released the mang...

In Another World With My Smartphone Anime Gets 2nd Season

1st season of anime based on light novel series premiered in 2017 ― The official website for the television anime of Patora Fuyuhara's In Another World With My Smartphone (Isekai wa Smartphone to Tomo ni.) light novel series announced on Friday that the anime is getting a second season. The website also posted an illustration from light novel illustrator Eiji Usatsuka to commemorate the announcement....
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My Happy Marriage Novel 1

Set to become an anime series, check out this variation of the Cinderella story about a down-trodden girl as she embarks on a fantasy romance with a side of ESP. ― Set in an alternate version of the late Meiji or early Taisho era, My Happy Marriage is a fairly classic take on the Cinderella story – especially if you remember that in many, if not most, variants of that tale Cinderella's father is aliv...
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Shirow Miwa, Hikaru Sakurai Work on New Fate Novels

New story centers on new Servants Aslaug, Ragnar Lodbrok, new Master Remina Eltfrom ― Manga creator and artist Shirow Miwa revealed on Tuesday that he is drawing the art for a new light novel series for Type-Moon's Fate franchise titled Fate: Lost Einherjar - Kyokkō no Aslaug (Aslaug of the Aurora). Writer Hikaru Sakurai penning the novels. The books will center on the Servants Aslaug and Ragnar Lodb...
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North American Anime, Manga Releases, April 10-16

Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma: The Fifth Plate, Drifting Dragons anime; The Idaten Deities Know Only Peace, My Brain is Different manga ship ― Anime Releases Title Publisher Suggested Retail Price Date Drifting Dragons BDPlease Sentai Filmworks US$69.98 April 12 Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma: The Fifth Plate BDCite Sentai Filmworks US$69.98 April 12 King's Raid: Successors of the Will Part 2 BDAnimeNew...
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North American Anime, Manga Releases, April 3-9

Tsukipro the Animation, Megalobox 2: Nomad anime; Sakamoto Days, Banished From the Hero's Party I Decided to Live a Quiet Life in the Countryside, manga ship ― Anime Releases Title Publisher Suggested Retail Price Date Grenadier DVDPlease Media Blasters US$19.99 April 5 Megalobox 2: Nomad BDCite Crunchyroll/Funimation US$59.98 April 5 Otoboku Maidens Are Falling For Me! DVDAnimeNewsNetwork Media Blas...
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North American Anime, Manga Releases, March 27-April 2

Otherside Picnic, Ms. Koizumi Loves Ramen Noodles anime; Cross-Dressing Villainess Cecilia Sylvie, Yakuza Reincarnation manga ship ― Anime Releases Title Publisher Suggested Retail Price Date City Hunter Season 3 BDPlease Discotek Media US$39.95 March 29 The Day I Became a God BDCite Crunchyroll/Funimation US$64.98 March 29 Haikyu!! To the Top BDAnimeNewsNetwork Sentai Filmworks US$89.98 March 29 IN...
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Kinosuke Naito's Farming Life in Another World Light Novels Get Anime

Novels center on man reincarnated in another world with almighty farming tool ― Kadokawa announced on Tuesday that Kinosuke Naito's Farming Life in Another World (Isekai Nonbiri Nōka) light novel series is getting an anime adaptation. The announcement did not specify the anime's format. One Peace Books began releasing Yasuyuki Tsurugi's manga adaptation of the novels in November 2020, and it describe...
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North American Anime, Manga Releases, March 20-26

Mars Red, Otoboku - Maidens Are Falling For Me! anime; Bungo Stray Dogs Wan!, GUNBURED x SISTERS manga ship ― Anime Releases Title Publisher Suggested Retail Price Date Double Disc Delights BDs 1-5Please Kitty Media US$39.99 each March 21 Doomed Megalopolis DVDCite Media Blasters US$19.99 March 22 Mars Red BDAnimeNewsNetwork Funimation US$64.98 March 22 Millennium Actress Limited Edition Steelbook BD...
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One Peace Books Licenses Captain Corinth, Usotoki Rhetoric Manga

The Wrong Way to Use Healing Magic, The Death Mage light novels, manga also licensed ― ANN confirmed with One Peace Books on Tuesday that it has licensed the Captain Corinth: The Galactic Navy Officer Becomes An Adventurer manga, the The Wrong Way to Use Healing Magic light novel and manga, The Death Mage light novel and manga, the Usotoki Rhetoric manga, and The Music of Marie manga. One Peace Books...
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J-Novel Club Challenges You To Try The Infamous When Supernatural Battles Became Commonplace Rant

Can you channel Saori Hayami's legendary performance of Hatoko's "I don't understand" speech? ― In 2014, the When Supernatural Battles Became Commonplace anime took viewers by surprise when childhood friend Hatoko made an impassioned rant at protagonist Andou about how she doesn't understand his chuunibyou delusions. Saori Hayami's voice performance was rumored to have been performed in one take, and...
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What Happened to Sol Press?

The light novel, manga, and visual novel publisher's releases were pulled amid the company founder's disappearance, leaving team members unpaid. ― Sol Press was a North American localization company that specialized in manga, light novels, and visual novels. Founded in 2017, it had a lot of promise for a small publisher, licensing beloved niche titles like Chivalry of a Failed Knight, Blend S, and Is...
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Monogatari Novel Series' 'Final Series' Novels Get Audibooks in Japan

6 different anime voice actors each narrate 1 novel ― Kodansha announced on Friday that it will release audiobook versions of the "Final Series" novels of NisiOisin's larger Monogatari Series through Amazon's Audible audiobook service. Saori Hayami, Ryoko Shiraishi, Kaori Mizuhashi, Chiwa Saito, Emiri Katō, and Marina Inoue — who voice characters in the novel series' anime adaptations — will each nar...
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Cross Infinite World Licenses Rapunzel of the Magic Item Shop, The Princess' Smile, More Light Novels

Also: The Drab Princess, the Black Cat, and the Satisfying Break-up ― Cross Infinite World announced this week that it has licensed three light novel series. The company also revealed a new audiobook release: Title: Rapunzel of the Magic Item Shop light novel Creators: Hiyoko Kurisu (author), Imoichi (illustrator) Release Date: May 31 (digital) Synopsis: In a kingdom where magic is strictly outlawed,...
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North American Anime, Manga Releases, March 13-19

Warlords of Sigrdrifa, Monster Girl Doctor anime; Alice in Borderland, Island in a Puddle manga ship ― Anime Releases Title Publisher Suggested Retail Price Date Dr. Stone Season 2 BDPlease Funimation US$64.98 March 15 Dr. Stone Season 2 Limited Edition BD/DVDCite Funimation US$84.98 March 15 Monster Girl Doctor BDAnimeNewsNetwork Sentai Filmworks US$69.98 March 15 Naughty Adventures DVD (adult)Pleas...
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The History of Hentai Manga

Kimi Rito digs deep into the tropes of anime's salacious sister medium, from tracking down the hentai's early manga creators to going back even further to the shunga of the Edo period. ― If there is a form of media, no matter how maligned, there is a scholar or critic (or both) dedicated to examining it. In the case of hentai manga, there are actually quite a few, but Fakku's translation of Kimi Rito...
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Texas Republican Rep Cites Goblin Slayer As "Obscene" Book To Ban From Schools

Rep. Matt Shaheen describes book's content as "graphic images of women being raped by demons" ― Matt Shaheen, Republican representative of Texas's 66th district, cited Goblin Slayer as an example of an "obscene" book to ban from schools. He described the content to the Houston Chronicle as "graphic images of women being raped by demons" and stated: "Anyone who believes this is acceptable is mentally ...
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Seirei Gensouki - Spirit Chronicles Omnibus 4

It isn't that uncommon for a film (anime or otherwise) adaptation of a book to not do the best job, but the Seirei Gensouki – Spirit Chronicles' anime definitely missed a mark or two. See what you missed in the latest novel volume! ― It isn't that uncommon for a film (anime or otherwise) adaptation of a book to not do the best job, but the Seirei Gensouki – Spirit Chronicles' anime definitely missed ...
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My Stepmom's Daughter Is My Ex Novel 1

Their young love turned sour, but now this former couple are entering a new kind of relationship...step siblings! Can they move on while moving in together? ― The stepsibling dating fantasy is one that gets an understandable amount of mileage. Just among romantic comedies (particularly those aimed at the light-novel-reading otaku set) it pitches to a kind of ready-made "cohabitation with a significan...
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Yen Audio Announces Narrators for Spice and Wolf, 'So I'm a Spider, So What?,' Other Audiobooks

J. Michael Tatum, Caitlin Kelly, Andrew Grace narrate audiobooks ― Yen Audio, Yen Press' new imprint for audiobooks, announced the voice artists who are narrating its audiobook adaptations for the following light novels on Friday: J. Michael Tatum narrates Isuna Hasekura's Spice and Wolf Caitlin Kelly narrates Okina Baba's So I'm a Spider, So What? Andrew Grace narrates Hajime Kamoshida's Rascal Does...
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North American Anime, Manga Releases, March 6-12

Broken Blade anime, The Case Files of Jeweler Richard manga ship ― Anime Releases Title Publisher Suggested Retail Price Date Broken Blade BDPlease Sentai Filmworks US$59.98 March 8 The Girl who Leapt through Time BD/DVDCite Funimation US$34.98 March 8 Planetarian OVA + Movie Essentials BDAnimeNewsNetwork Funimation US$29.98 March 8 Print Manga Releases Title Publisher Suggested Retail Price Date Ani...
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I'd Rather Have a Cat than a Harem! Novel 1

Who needs romance when mom and dad will finally let you get the cat of your dreams? ― It isn't always easy to find a light novel that takes the familiar tropes of a popular genre and bends them even a little. If you're getting weary of the reborn-as-an-otome-game-villainess subgenre of isekai but aren't quite ready to give up yet, then you're in luck: Cross Infinite World's release of Kosuzu Kobato's...
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Cross-Dressing Villainess Cecilia Sylvie Novel 1

This latest twist on the "villainess in a otome game" subgenre works surprisingly well by utilizing an aspect often forgotten by imitators: a sense of genuine goofy fun. ― My Next Life as a Villainess: All Routes Lead to Doom, meet Twelfth Night. I'm sure you'll get along beautifully. Although I doubt anyone ever said that, it's also a little hard not to think it while reading Cross-Dressing Villaine...
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KonoSuba Fantastic Days Smartphone Game Gets Manga

Game also inspired novel by Reborn as a Vending Machine, I Now Wander the Dungeon author Hirukuma ― The April issue of Kadokawa's Monthly Comic Alive magazine revealed on Saturday that Nexon's Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku o! Fantastic Days smartphone game is inspiring a manga adaptation in the magazine's May issue in April. The game also recently inspired a novel adaptation by Hirukuma (Reborn ...
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Seven Seas Licenses The Case Files of Jeweler Richard Novels

Hunting in Another World With My Elf Wife, I Get the Feeling That Nobukuni-san Likes Me manga also licensed ― Seven Seas Entertainment announced on Wednesday that it has licensed The Case Files of Jeweler Richard light novels, the Hunting in Another World With My Elf Wife manga, and the I Get the Feeling That Nobukuni-san Likes Me manga. Seven Seas will release the first volume of Nanako Tsujimura's ...
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North American Anime, Manga Releases, February 27-March 5

Dropout Idol Fruit Tart, Is the Order a Rabbit? BLOOM anime; Dragon Quest The Adventure of Dai, Classroom of the Elite manga ship ― Anime Releases Title Publisher Suggested Retail Price Date Dropout Idol Fruit Tart BDPlease Funimation US$64.98 March 1 Is the Order a Rabbit? BLOOM BDCite Sentai Filmworks US$59.98 March 1 Naruto BD Set 6AnimeNewsNetwork Viz Media US$39.98 March 1 Print Manga Releases T...
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New U.S. Publisher Hanashi Media Licenses The Evolution Fruit, Another World Survival Light Novel Series

Company plans to release both series in English, Spanish ― Hanashi Media, a new U.S-based manga and light novel publisher, announced on February 21 that it has licensed Miku and illustrator U35's The Evolution Fruit: Before I Knew it, My Life Had It Made! (Shinka no Mi ~Shiranai Uchi ni Kachigumi Jinsei~) light novel series and Tsukasa Yokotsuka and illustrator Manyako's Another World Survival: Min-M...
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North American Anime, Manga Releases, February 20-26

Attack on Titan The Final Season, Talentless Nana anime; From the Red Fog, I'm a Wolf but My Boss is a Sheep! manga ship ― Anime Releases Title Publisher Suggested Retail Price Date Angel Cop Remastered Steelbook BDPlease Discotek Media US$49.95 February 22 Attack on Titan The Final Season Part 1 BDCite Funimation US$64.98 February 22 Attack on Titan The Final Season Part 1 Limited Edition BD/DVDAnim...
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Light Novels With Shonen Manga Energy

Kim Morrissy is here to introduce you to some light novels with fist-pumping action and hot-blooded energy. ― With their heavy emphasis on cute girls and harem relationship dynamics, light novels are beacons of modern moe otaku culture. Yet every so often, there comes along a light novel that exudes shonen battle manga energy, the kind of thing you can easily imagine serializing in Weekly Shonen Jump...

BookWalker Global to Remove Series from Sol Press/Panty Press on February 21

Series include Chivalry of a Failed Knight, BLEND-S, Is the order a rabbit? ― Kadokawa's BookWalker Global online manga and light novel service is listing that it will end downloads of the following series from Sol Press and Panty Press on February 21 at 11:59 p.m. PST (February 22 at 2:59 a.m. EST): Chivalry of a Failed Knight BLEND-S Harem Royale: When the Game Ends I Surrendered My Sword for a New...
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I'm the Villainess, So I'm Taming the Final Boss Novel 1

Soon to be an anime, this story looks like other villainess isekai series but it switches it up with protagonist Aileen decides to flip the script and become the hero, not just avoid her bad ending. ― On the surface, Sarasa Nagase's I'm the Villainess, So I'm Taming the Final Boss looks an awful lot like other villainess isekai stories. Aileen regains her memories of her past life in a moment of cris...
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North American Anime, Manga Releases, February 13-19

Yashahime: Princess Half-Demon, By the Grace of the Gods anime; The Witches of Adamas, I Can't Believe I Slept With You! manga ship ― Anime Releases Title Publisher Suggested Retail Price Date Berserk The Complete Series Essentials BDPlease Funimation US$69.98 February 15 By the Grace of the Gods Season 1 BDPlease Funimation US$64.98 February 15 By the Grace of the Gods Season 1 Limited Edition BDPle...
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Viz Media to Publish 3 Demon Slayer Novels

The Flower of Happiness, One-Winged Butterfly, Signs from the Wind launch this fall ― Viz Media announced on Twitter on Monday that it will publish three novels based on Koyoharu Gotouge's Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba series: The Flower of Happiness, One-Winged Butterfly, and Signs from the Wind. The company will begin releasing the novels this fall. Aya Yajima penned all three novels. The Flower o...
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The Girl I Saved On the Train Turned Out to Be My Childhood Friend Novel 1

Can two introverts find romance over their shared love of a quiet physics room? ― The back copy does not lie with this one; The Girl I Saved on the Train Turned Out to Be My Childhood Friend is in fact “a frustratingly sweet, zero-stress romantic comedy.” It's also an excellent statement about how fluid Kennoji is as an author – this is their third English-language release and it couldn't be more dif...
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Misa Sazanami Draws Manga of Mashimesa Emoto's Novel

Asakusa Bakemono Amami Harai manga about part-time onmyōji girl launches on February 23 ― This year's second issue of Shogakukan's Betsufura digital manga magazine revealed on Wednesday that Misa Sazanami will launch a manga adaptation of Mashimesa Emoto's Asakusa Bakemono Amami Harai (Exorcising Asakusa Spirits Through Sweetness) novel (novel pictured at right) in the magazine's next issue on Februa...
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North American Anime, Manga Releases, February 6-12

Gintama THE VERY FINAL, Higurashi When They Cry GOU anime; Deadpool Samurai, 2.5 Dimensional Seduction manga ship ― Anime Releases Title Publisher Suggested Retail Price Date Gintama THE VERY FINAL BD/DVDPlease Shout! Factory US$26.98 February 8 Hidamari Sketch Graduation BDCite Sentai Filmworks US$29.98 February 8 High School of the Dead Steelbook BDAnimeNewsNetwork Sentai Filmworks US$99.98 Februar...
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Monogatari Author NisiOIsin Commemorates 20th Anniversary Since Novelist Debut

Zaregoto's 1st volume debuted on February 5, 2002 when NisiOIsin was just 20 years old ― The first volume of NisiOisin's debut novel series Zaregoto was first published in Japan on February 5, 2002. The author was just 20 years old at the time. To commemorate the occasion, NisiOisin left a comment on his official Twitter account, translated as follows: Thanks to all of you, I have reached my 20th ann...
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The Haunted Bookstore - Gateway to a Parallel Universe Novel 1: The Spirit Daughter and the Exorcist Boy

Will this story about a twenty-year-old woman who has been living in the spirit world since she was a child haunt your dreams? ― The Haunted Bookstore – Gateway to a Parallel Universe sounds on paper like several kinds of catnip. It features a magical book rental shop that carries titles long-lost to the human world, a young human woman raised by the shop's ayakashi owner, and a cast of characters st...
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Mushoku Tensei Franchise Tops 10 Million in Circulation

Rifujin na Magonote's light novel series launched in 2014 ― Rifujin na Magonote's Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation light novel series has exceeded 10 million copies in circulation. The number is not a sales statistic. Kadokawa published the first volume of the light novel series with illustrations by Shirotaka in April 2014. Kadokawa published the series' 25th volume on September 25. Fujikawa's ...
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North American Anime, Manga Releases, January 30-February 5

Log Horizon: Destruction of the Round Table, Adachi and Shimamura anime; Hello, Melancholic!, 5 Seconds Before a Witch Falls in Love manga ship ― Anime Releases Title Publisher Suggested Retail Price Date Adachi and Shimamura BDPlease Funimation US$64.98 February 1 Katana Maidens Toji no Miko Complete Series Essentials BDCite Funimation US$34.98 February 1 Log Horizon: Destruction of the Round Table ...

Arifureta - From Commonplace to World's Strongest Light Novels End in Next Volume

Novels launched in 2015, inspired 2 TV anime series ― Author Ryo Shirakome stated in the author comments in the 12th volume of their Arifureta - From Commonplace to World's Strongest (Arifureta Shokugyō de Sekai Saikyō) light novel series on Tuesday that the novel series will end in the next volume. Shirakome's Arifureta Zero novel prequel series ended in its sixth volume, which shipped on December 2...
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Saikyō Onmyōji no Isekai Tenseiki Light Novels Have Anime in the Works

Novels center on onmyōji who reincarnates to another world that has subpar magic ― Author Kiichi Kosuzu announced on their Twitter account on Saturday that their Saikyō Onmyōji no Isekai Tenseiki (A Record of the Strongest Onmyōji's Reincarnation to Another World) light novel series has an anime adaptation in the works. The novel series centers on Haruyoshi, who is the strongest onmyōji (diviner) in ...
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Cross Infinite World Licenses Expedition Cooking with the Enoch Royal Knights, 2 More Light Novels

Also: Onmyoji and Tengu Eyes: The Spirit Hunters of Tomoe, The Dragon's Soulmate is a Mushroom Princess! ― Cross Infinite World announced from Tuesday-Thursday that it has licensed three new light novel series. Title: Expedition Cooking with the Enoch Royal Knights Creators: Mashimesa Emoto and Tera Akai Release Date: July 29 (digital) Summary: Despite being born as a Fore Elf—one of the “beautiful c...
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North American Anime, Manga Releases, January 23-29

Kakegurui XX, Maesetsu! Opening Act anime; The Seven Deadly Sins: Four Knights of the Apocalypse, Spy Classroom manga ship ― Anime Releases Title Publisher Suggested Retail Price Date Appleseed BDPlease Discotek Media US$29.95 January 25 Case Closed: Sunflowers of Inferno BDCite Discotek Media US$29.95 January 25 Kakegurui XX BDAnimeNewsNetwork Sentai Filmworks US$69.98 January 25 Kenichi the Mightie...

Hensuki Light Novel Series Ends

14th, final volume launched on Tuesday ― Tomo Hanama's Kawaikereba Hentai demo Suki ni Natte Kuremasuka? (Hensuki) light novel series ended with its 14th volume, which shipped in Japan on Tuesday. The story of the romantic comedy begins when a love letter arrives out of the blue for Keiki Kiryū, an ordinary high school student who has never had a girlfriend as long as he has been alive. The letter do...

Oreshura Novels Listed as Ending in 18th Volume

Volume ships on February 15 ― Online retailer Rakuten is listing the 18th volume of Yūji Yūji's Ore no Kanojo to Osananajimi ga Shuraba Sugiru light novel series as the "final Oreshura." The volume will ship on February 15. Yūji launched the light novel series in 2011 with illustrations by LLO. Yūji published a 14th novel volume for the series in May 2020, almost three years after the previous 13th v...
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New Light Novel Heroine Is Just As Cute As hololive's Gawr Gura

Umidori Tо̄ketsu no "Detarame" na Jijо̄ light novel features character designs by Gawr Gura designer Amashiro Natsuki ― hololive English's Gawr Gura is currently the world's most popular Virtual YouTuber, sitting pretty with over 3.75 million subscribers. A new light novel published by MF Bunko J, titled Umidori Tо̄ketsu no "Detarame" na Jijо̄ ("Tо̄ketsu Umidori's 'Untruthful' Circumstances"), featur...
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North American Anime, Manga Releases, January 16-22

Tower of God, Assault Lily Bouquet anime; Record of Ragnarok, Succubus and Hitman manga ship ― Anime Releases Title Publisher Suggested Retail Price Date Akira 4K HDR/2K BDPlease Funimation US$29.98 January 18 Assault Lily Bouquet BDCite Funimation US$64.98 January 18 Doomed Megalopolis DVDAnimeNewsNetwork Media Blasters US$19.99 January 18 Grenadier BDPlease Media Blasters US$39.99 January 18 Grenad...
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Live-Action Isekai Izakaya "Nobu" Series Gets 2nd Season

Ryōhei Ōtani, Rena Takeda reprise roles for series premiering in May ― The WOWOW broadcast and streaming service announced on Wednesday that the live-action series of Natsuya Semikawa's Isekai Izakaya "Nobu" light novel series is getting a second season that will premiere in May. Ryōhei Ōtani (left in image above) stars in the series as the shopkeeper and chef of Nobu, and Rena Takeda (right) co-star...
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Super Cub Novels Listed as Ending in 8th Volume

8th volume launches on March 1 ― Amazon is listing that Tone Koken's Super Cub novels will end in the eighth volume, which launches on March 1. The novels' story centers on Koguma, a high school girl in Yamanashi. She has no parents, friends, or hobbies, and her daily life is empty. One day, Koguma gets a used Honda Super Cub motorcycle. This is her first time going to school on a motorcycle. Running...
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Kurehito Misaki's Saekano Artbook Delayed to April

Artbook has been delayed from February 19 to April 20 ― Kadokawa's Fantasia Bunko imprint announced on Friday that Saenai Kanojo no Sodate-kata: Kurehito Misaki Illustration Collection, Fine., an artbook for Fumiako Maruto's Saekano: How to Raise a Boring Girlfriend (Saenai Kanojo no Sodate-kata) has been delayed from February 19 to April 20 due to production issues. Artist Kurehito Misaki revealed t...
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Disney Twisted-Wonderland Smartphone Game Gets Novel

Jun Hioki writes novel launching on March 18 Disney Twisted-Wonderland smartphone game is getting a novel titled Disney Twisted-Wonderland Episode 1: Shinku no Bо̄kun (The Crimson Tyrant) that will launch on March 18. Jun Hioki is writing the "episode 1" novel, which adapts the game's prologue and first chapter. Aniplex of America will release Disney Twisted-Wonderland smartphone game in the U.S. a...
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Yoshifumi Tozuka's Undead Unluck Manga Gets Novel

Novel to tell previously untold story of everyday life of those in Union organization ― This year's seventh issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine revealed on Monday that Yoshifumi Tozuka's Undead Unluck manga will get a novel adaptation. Shueisha's Jump J-Books imprint will publish the novel. The novel will tell a previously untold story about the everyday life of those in the Union organiz...
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The Quintessential Quintuplets Gets Novel Series in March

Novel series by Mika Toyoda launches on March 31 ― Kodansha is listing that Negi Haruba's The Quintessential Quintuplets (Gotōbun no Hanayome) manga is getting a novel series by Mika Toyoda. The first volume will launch on March 31. Kodansha Comics released Negi Haruba's original manga digitally and in print, and it describes the story: One day, a poor high school second-year named Futaro Uesugi come...
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North American Anime, Manga Releases, January 9-15

Pokémon Journeys, Strike Witches: Road to Berlin anime; Daily Report About My Witch Senpai, Lovesick Ellie manga ship ― Anime Releases Title Publisher Suggested Retail Price Date A3! Season Autumn & Winter BDPlease Funimation US$64.98 January 11 Ane Log BDCite Sentai Filmworks US$29.99 January 11 El-Hazard The Alternative World Collection BDAnimeNewsNetwork Nozomi Entertainment US$39.99 January 11 Fo...

Kadokawa Launches Higehiro, I'm Quitting Heroing, The Insipid Prince's Furtive Grab for the Throne Light Novel Series

Higehiro's 1st part launches on Tuesday ― Kadokawa announced on Tuesday release dates for the first three light novel series that it will publish as part of its new simulpub program to speed up its e-book translation and distribution. Kadokawa released the first part of Higehiro: After Being Rejected, I Shaved and Took in a High School Runaway by author Shimesaba and artist Booota on Tuesday. The com...
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Yusaku Sakaishi's Jinmyaku Cheat de Hajimeru Hitomakase Eiyūtan Novels Get Manga

Manga about adventurer with powerful social connections launches January 27 ― The February issue of Kadokawa's Monthly Comic Dengeki Daioh magazine revealed on December 25 that Yusaku Sakaishi's Jinmyaku Cheat de Hajimeru Hitomakase Eiyūtan (A Heroic Legend Where Everyone Else Does the Work and Starts With a Social Relations Cheat) light novels are inspiring a manga adaptation that will launch in the...
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Light Novel Author Explains the Lack of "Ugly" Characters In Manga, LNs

It's costlier and more time-consuming to draw unattractive characters ― Why are manga and light novel characters almost always conventionally attractive? Light novel author Takenoko offered an answer on their Twitter account on Sunday: According to an illustrator acquaintance they spoke to, "ugly" characters cost more to draw. Takenoko emphasized that this is not a matter of artistic skill; the manga...
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Overlord Author Says Next Volume's Draft Is Over 700 Pages

Volume 15 will be split in two parts, series to end at volume 17 ― Kugane Maruyama wrote on Twitter on Tuesday that the draft for the next volume of his Overlord light novel series has surpassed 700 pages. Because of this, volume 15 will be split into two books. He asked fans to be a little more patient, and assured that he is currently working intently to ensure that the books will come out within a...
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North American Anime, Manga Releases, January 2-8

My Next Life as a Villainess All Routes Lead to Doom! anime, Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba - Stories of Water and Flame manga ship ― Anime Releases Title Publisher Suggested Retail Price Date Aesthetica of a Rogue Hero Essentials BDPlease Funimation US$29.98 January 4 Canaan BDCite Sentai Filmworks US$59.98 January 4 The Devil is a Part-Timer Season 1 Classics BDAnimeNewsNetwork Funimation US$29.98 ...

Arifureta Zero Spinoff Novel Ends, Main Story Reaches Climax

6th, final volume on December 25 ― Ryo Shirakome's Arifureta Zero novel prequel series ended in its sixth volume, which shipped on December 25. The volume also revealed that the main story of the Arifureta - From Commonplace to World's Strongest (Arifureta Shokugyō de Sekai Saikyō) light novel series is reaching its climax. Shirakome published the first volume of the Arifureta Zero novel prequel seri...
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North American Anime, Manga Releases, December 26-January 1

Girly Air Force anime, My Next Life as a Villainess Side Story: On the Verge of Doom! manga ship ― Anime Releases Title Publisher Suggested Retail Price Date Cutie Honey The Live BDPlease Discotek Media US$49.95 December 28 Girly Air Force BDCite Discotek Media US$39.95 December 28 Goblin Slayer Season 1 Steelbook BDAnimeNewsNetwork Funimation US$59.98 December 28 Robot Carnival 4K UHD BDPlease Disco...
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That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime Author Plans to End Novel Series in 3 Volumes

Volume 19 shipped on November 30; story entered last arc with volume 18 in March ― The author's note in the 19th volume of author Fuse and artist Mitz Vah's That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime (Tensei Shitara Slime Datta Ken) light novel series revealed on November 30 that Fuse is planning to end the novel series in three volumes. The novels entered its final arc in the 18th volume on March 31. F...
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No Game No Life Author: Novels Enter Final Stage

Series launched in 2012, inspired TV anime, film ― The author's note in Yuu Kamiya's 11th No Game, No Life light novel volume reported on November 25 that the novel series' story is entering its final stage. The story of Kamiya's No Game, No Life light novel series centers around Sora and Shiro, a brother and sister whose reputations as brilliant NEET (Not in Education, Employment, or Training) hikik...

Chivalry of a Failed Knight Light Novel Series to End Next Year

Series entered final arc in June 2020 ― Writer Riku Misora revealed on Twitter last Friday that he plans to end his and illustrator Won's Chivalry of a Failed Knight (Rakudai Kishi no Cavalry) light novel series by the end of 2022. The series entered its final arc in its 18th volume, which shipped in Japan in June 2020. GA Bunko started publishing the light novel series in Japanese in July 2013. Publ...
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North American Anime, Manga Releases, December 19-25

Demon Slayer – Kimetsu no Yaiba – The Movie: Mugen Train, Alice in Borderland anime; Cat Massage Therapy, The Savior's Book Cafe Story in Another World manga ship ― Anime Releases Title Publisher Suggested Retail Price Date A3! Season Spring & Summer BDPlease Funimation US$64.98 December 21 Alice in Borderland BDCite Sentai Filmworks US$39.98 December 21 Demon Slayer – Kimetsu no Yaiba – The Movie: M...
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Interview: Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation Author Rifujin na Magonote

Author Rifujin na Magonote looks back on his experiences writing the novel and offers his perspective on its distinctive, and sometimes sexual, themes. ― Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation is one of the most popular web novels ever to be serialized on Shо̄setsuka ni Narо̄. The series inspired a television anime earlier this year, which tells the epic tale from the beginning. In this interview with...
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North American Anime, Manga Releases, December 12-18

Rent-A-Girlfriend, Fate/Grand Order The Movie Divine Realm of the Round Table: Camelot anime; The Detective Is Already Dead, The Splendid Work of a Monster Maid manga ship ― Anime Releases Title Publisher Suggested Retail Price Date Fate/Grand Order The Movie Divine Realm of the Round Table: Camelot Wandering; Agateram BDPlease Aniplex of America US$79.98 December 14 Happy-Go-Lucky Days BDCite Sentai...
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MyAnimeList, Honeyfeed Web Novel Contest Announces Winners

Organizers confirm the contest will return for 2nd round ― Anime database website MyAnimeList and web novel platform Honeyfeed announced the winners of its web novel contest on Monday. In addition to cash prizes, the top three winning entries will be sent to manga publisher Kodansha to review for a possible manga adaptation. The winning submissions are as follows: 1st Place: REALM ASSASSIN by Pearlyn...
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Kōko Shirakawa's Kōkyū no Karasu Court Intrigue Novel Series Gets Anime

Novels about mysterious imperial concubine meeting with emperor launched in 2018 ― The official Twitter account for Shueisha's Orange Bunko novel label announced on Tuesday that Kōko Shirakawa's Kōkyū no Karasu (A Raven in the Harem) novel series is inspiring an anime adaptation. Shueisha did not reveal any further details about the anime. The novels' story centers on Uki, an imperial concubine who h...
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Interview: The Faraway Paladin Author Reveals How The Story Was Originally Written as Practice

How did a web novel created as writing practice become a bestselling series that inspired an anime? The novel author Kanata Yanagino shares the series surprising origin story. ― How did a web novel created as writing practice become a bestselling series that inspired an anime? The novel author Kanata Yanagino shares the surprising origin story of The Faraway Paladin, along with his creative influence...
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Reign of the Seven Spellblades Novel 2

This is not a series that enjoys revealing too much. In the field of light novels, where authors often indulge in oversharing their worldbuilding and over-writing their descriptions, this definitely stands out as a novelty. ― Reign of the Seven Spellblades is not a series that enjoys revealing too much. In the field of light novels, where authors often indulge in oversharing their worldbuilding and o...
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'86' Sci-Fi War Franchise Gets 1st Spinoff Novel Next Spring

SOW pens novel centering on Federal Republic of Giad ― The official Twitter account for Kadokawa's Dengeki Bunko label revealed on Saturday that Asato Asato's 86 light novel series is getting its first spinoff novel. The novel will serialize on Dengeki Bunko's Novecomi app starting in spring 2022. The novel will take place in the Federal Republic of Giad, and will feature new characters, weapons, and...
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My Next Life as a Villainess: All Routes Lead to Doom! Novel 10

But when it's on, it's on, and this volume, while not quite a return to the form of the earliest books, is definitely on the higher end of things. ― This is a series that has had its ups and downs. That's true of any series, really, but at times it feels more obvious with Katarina's exploits than some others. In large part that's because it was so abundantly clear when it kept going beyond where auth...
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Cross Infinite World Reveals License of Even Dogs Go to Other Worlds, 3 More Light Novels

Also: So You Want to Live the Slow Life?, I'd Rather Have a Cat than a Harem!, Reflection of Another World novels ― Cross Infinite World announced on Thursday that it has licensed four new light novel series. The company will release the first novel in each series in English in the first quarter of 2022: Title: I'd Rather Have a Cat than a Harem! Reincarnated into the World of an Otome Game as a Cat-...
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North American Anime, Manga Releases, December 5-11

Shirobako The Movie, Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?! anime; Kaiju No. 8, Persona 5: Mementos Mission manga ship ― Anime Releases Title Publisher Suggested Retail Price Date Bleach Set 13 BDPlease Viz Media US$54.97 December 7 Flowers of Evil BDCite Sentai Filmworks US$49.98 December 7 Hentai Whores Out Of Control 2 DVDAnimeNewsNetwork Adult Source Media US$24.95 December 7 Interspe...
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Classroom of the Elite: Year 2 Novels Get Manga on December 25

Shia Sasane draws manga of sequel novel series ― The January 2022 issue of Kadokawa's Monthly Comic Alive magazine revealed on November 27 that Syougo Kinugasa's Classroom of the Elite: Year 2 (Yōkoso Jitsuryoku Shijō Shugi no Kyōshitsu e: 2-nen Sei Hen) light novels are inspiring a manga adaptation by Shia Sasane that will launch in the magazine's next issue on December 25. Classroom of the Elite: Y...
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The Winter 2021 Light Novel Guide

Looking for your next page-turner? ANN's Rebecca Silverman will help you find your new favorite, whether its a famous vampire hunter, a planet of orcs, or a tsundere villainess! ― Every season at this point is a good one for light novels. That holds doubly true if you're not sick of isekai, and I have to admit that, while I sometimes despair of it as a genre, I do still enjoy it. (I blame my childhoo...
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North American Anime, Manga Releases, November 28-December 4

The Irregular at Magic High School: Visitor Arc, Akudama Drive anime; I Am a Cat Barista, Magaimono manga ship ― Anime Releases Title Publisher Suggested Retail Price Date Akudama Drive BDPlease Funimation US$64.98 November 30 Akudama Drive Limited Edition BD/DVDCite Funimation US$84.98 November 30 Bungo and Alchemist -Gears of Judgement- BDAnimeNewsNetwork Funimation US$64.98 November 30 DARLING in ...
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The Vexations of a Shut-In Vampire Princess Light Novels Get Manga

Original novel illustrator riichu draws manga debuting on December 25 ― The December issue of Square Enix's Big Gangan magazine revealed last Thursday that riichu will launch a manga adaptation of Kotei Kobayashi's The Vexations of a Shut-In Vampire Princess (Hikikomori Kyūketsuki no Monmon) light novels in the magazine's next issue on December 25. riichu is also the original artist for the light nov...
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Top-Selling Light Novels in Japan by Volume: 2021

2 Jujutsu Kaisen books, 3 Demon Slayer books top chart ― Gege Akutami and Ballad Kitaguni's Jujutsu Kaisen Iku Natsu to Kaeru Aki novel also ranked #15 on the general book ranking chart. Sword Art Online 25 Unital Ring IV was #19 on the bunko-format sales ranking chart with 148,959 copies. This list covers sales of physical copies surveyed from November 23, 2020 to November 21, 2021. Rank Title Autho...
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Top-Selling Light Novels in Japan by Series: 2021

Demon Slayer sells 776,320, followed by That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime, Apothecary Diaries, Re:ZERO, Detective Is Already Dead ― This list covers sales of physical copies surveyed from November 23, 2020 to November 21, 2021. Rank Title Author Estimated Sales 1 Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Novelization Original Story: Koyoharu Gotouge/Novel: Aya Yajima 776,320 2 That Time I Got Reincarnated...
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Kono Light Novel ga Sugoi! Reveals 2022 Series Ranking (Updated)

Chitose-kun Is In the Ramune Bottle, Shunka Shūtō Daikōsha Haru no Mai, Sasaki and Pichan novels top lists ― The 2022 edition of Takarajimasha's Kono Light Novel ga Sugoi! (This Light Novel Is Amazing!) guidebook reported its list of the top light novel series on Thursday. Kana Akatsuki's Shunka Shūtō Daikōsha Haru no Mai (Four Seasons' Proxy Spring Dance) novel series topped the rankings' New Title ...
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ANN Holiday Gift Guide 2021

Trying to find the perfect gift for the otaku in your life? Why not check out Anime News Network's curated list of anime, manga, video games, and collectibles? Everything from the most popular series to classics is right here! ― Sponsored: Above you'll find suggestions for all the best gifts you can give for this holiday season. But what if you want to add some special anime flair to your other fine...
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Mizuki Tsujimura's Anime Supremacy! Novel Gets Live-Action Film

Vertical released novel about 3 women in anime industry in English in 2017 ― Toei announced on Thursday that Mizuki Tsujimura's Anime Supremacy! (Haken Anime!) novel is getting a live-action film that will premiere in May 2022. Kōhei Yoshino is directing the film, and Yōsuke Masaike is writing the script. Toei Tokyo Film Studio is filming the work, and Toei will distribute the film. The film will sta...

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