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Yen Press Licenses A Certain Magical Index, Trinity Seven, Chaika - The Coffin Princess, Prison School Manga

posted on by Rachel Mahoney

Publisher Yen Press announced its acquisition of nine manga and graphic novel licenses at its New York Comic Con panel on Friday. The titles include Chuya Kogino's A Certain Magical Index, Kenji Saitou and Akinari Nao's Trinity Seven, Shinta Sakayama's Chaika - The Coffin Princess, Akira Hiramoto's Prison School, Kunieda's Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?, Akira Hiyoshimaru's First Love Monster, Kaori Yuki's Alice in Murderland, Kaoru Mori's Emma, and Svetlana Chmakova's Awkward.

Kogino began the manga adaptation of Kazuya Kamachi's A Certain Magical Index light novel series in Square Enix's Monthly Shonen Gangan in 2007, and Square Enix shipped the thirteenth compiled volume in February. Yen Press previously licensed the original light novel series, and will ship the first volume on November 18. Funimation licensed both seasons of the anime adaptation.

Yen Press describes the series:

Some guys get all the luck. And then there's Touma Kamjou—he gets NONE of the luck. He might live in Academy City, a place full of more super powered students than you can shake a stick at, but his only superpower is his supernatural lack of ability. All Kamijou wants is to keep a low profile, but when a nun named Index comes into his life, it gets more complicated and more dangerous than ever!

Saito and Nao launched the Trinity Seven manga in Kadokawa's (Fujimi Shobo's) Monthly Dragon Age magazine in 2011, and Kadokawa shipped the ninth compiled volume in Japan in August. Seven Arcs premiered Hiroshi Nishikiori's anime adaptation on October 7, and Crunchyroll is streaming the anime as it airs.

Yen Press describes the series:

Arata Kasuga transfers to the Royal Biblia Academy to solve the mystery of the destruction that is ravaging the world and—more importantly—has stolen his cousin Hijiri from him. It's a tough road that lies ahead of Arata, but nothing's impossible when you have seven beautiful girls—each a master of her own magical art — at your side!

Sakaki (Scrapped Princess, Strait Jacket) launched the Chaika the Coffin Princess light novel series with illustrations by Nitro+'s Namaniku ATK in 2010, and Sakayama began the manga adaptation in Kadokawa Shoten's Monthly Shonen Ace magazine in 2011. Crunchyroll is streamed the first season of the anime adaptation, and premiered the second season on October 7. Sentai Filmworks licensed the first season.

Yen Press describes the series:

Five years of inconceivable peace after two hundred years of war leaves erstwhile soldier Tooru Acura without a job or meaning in life—until he saves a mysterious sorceress with a coffin on her back. But when the coffin-wielding, silver-haired Chaika Trabant hires Tooru and his sister, Akari, to accompany her on a death-defying journey, Tooru's life of mind-numbing, meaningless peace is about to end!

Hiramoto launched Prison School in Kodansha's Young Magazine in February 2011, and Kodansha shipped the fourteenth compiled volume in August. The manga won the Best General Manga award alongside Yūji Moritaka and Keiji Adachi's Gurazeni manga at Kodansha's 37th Annual Manga Awards in May. An anime adaptation has been green-lit.

Yen Press describes the series:

Hachimitsu Private Academy was a revered and elite all-girls' boarding school on the outskirts of Tokyo...once upon a time. But with the new school year comes a revision to school policy: Boys are to be admitted into the student body for the first time ever. But on his first day at Hachimitsu, Kiyoshi Fujino discovers that he's one of only five boys enrolled at the school. Their numbers overwhelmed by the thousand girls in the student body, is it heaven or hell that awaits these five (un)fortunates?!

Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? is a manga adaptation of Fujino Omori's light novel of the same name. Yen Press will ship the the first volume of the light novel on December 16. The series features character design by Suzuhito Yasuda.

Yen Press describes the series:

Bell Cranel is just trying to find his way in the world. Of course, in his case, the “world” is an enormous dungeon filled with monsters below a city run by gods and goddesses with way too much time on their hands. He's got big dreams but not much more when a roll on the random encounter die brings him face-to-face with the girl of his dreams—but what's an amateur adventurer got to offer a brilliant swordswoman? And what if the lonely goddess who sponsors his solo adventuring gets jealous...?!

Hiyoshimaru began First Love Monster (Hatsukoi Monster) in Kodansha's Aria magazine in March 2013, and Kodansha shipped the third compiled volume in July.

Yen Press describes the series:

When fifteen-year-old Kaho Nikaidou leaves her sheltered home to start life anew in a Tokyo high school dormitory, the last thing she expects is to nearly get hit by a truck! Saved in the nick of time by a handsome stranger, Kaho falls head over heels for him and, after finally tracking him down, boldly confesses her feelings. Turns out Kaho's mystery savior, Kanade, is the son of Kaho's new landlord! The handsome object of Kaho's affection agrees to go out with her, but her newfound bliss is short-lived when it turns out that her new boyfriend...is a fifth-grader?!

Yuki (Angel Sanctuary, Godchild) launched Alice in Murderland (Kakei no Alice) in Kodansha's Aria magazine in January, and Kodansha will ship the second compiled volume in November.

Yen Press describes the story:

The Mad Tea Party...To members of the elite house of Kuonji, a clan whose name has incredible pull all over the world, this monthly gathering is the only tried and true (not to mention mandatory) family tradition. But one such family reunion brings with it some unexpected and horrific news for the nine Kuonji siblings, and it comes straight from the lips of their mother Olga. To become the next head of their illustrious family, the siblings must fight each other to the death! As chaos erupts, Stella, the fourth daughter, loses it, and suddenly a whole new Stella, complete with blonde hair and blue dress, comes out to play?!

CMX Manga originally published Mori's 10-volume Victorian romance series Emma in English from 2006 to 2009, and Right Stuf International released both seasons of the anime adaptation. Yen Press's release will be two-in-one hardcover omnibus editions.

Yen Press describes the series:

Calling upon his inimitable former governess one day, young aristocrat William Jones is startled to find his knock on her door answered by an astute, bespectacled maid—Emma. From that moment forward, the two are drawn to each other and slowly but surely grow ever closer. But as the love between Emma and William builds, so too do the obstacles that threaten to keep them apart. For in Victorian London, some things are simply not done, and marrying outside of one's social class just happens to be one such taboo! Set against a backdrop of Victorian England that comes to life with painstaking detail, Kaoru Mori's Emma is a period classic that is not to be missed!

Yen Press describes the story of Awkward, a new title from Chmakova (Dramacon, James Patterson's Witches and Wizards graphic novel adaptation):

Penelope–Peppi–Torres, a shy new transfer student, wants nothing more than to fit in ans find a place among her fellow artistically inclined souls. The last thing she wants is to stand out. So when she bumps-literally-into quiet, geeky, friendly but friendless Jamie Thompson and is teased as the "Nerder's Girlfriend," Peppi's first embarrassed instinct is to push him away and run. Though she later feels guilty and wants desperately to desperately to apologize for the incident, Peppi always ends up chickening out. She has no reason to speak to him anyway, until she ends up bumping–figuratively–into Jamie again! Will these two opposites ever see eye-to-eye, let alone become friends?

Update: Emma will be in two-in-one omnibus editions, not two omnibus editions. Thanks, Brainchild129

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