Yen Press Licenses Rokka Novels/Manga, Isolator, Big Order, Murciélago, Smokin' Parade Manga

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Announcements made at Anime Expo

Yen Press announced at its Anime Expo panel on Friday that it has licensed Ishio Yamagata's Rokka -Braves of the Six Flowers (Rokka no Yūsha) light novels and its manga adaptation by Kei Toru, Reki Kawahara and Naoki Koshimizu's The Isolator, Sakae Esuno's Big Order, Kana Yoshimura's Murciélago, and Jinsei Kataoka and Kazuma Kondou's Smokin' Parade manga.

It also announced that it will release the original graphic novel Reindeer Boy by Cassandra Jean.

Yamagata launched the Rokka ­-Braves of the Six Flowers- novel series with illustrations by Miyagi in 2011, and Shueisha's Dash X Bunko imprint is publishing the sixth volume last July. Tore launched the ongoing manga adaptation on Shueisha's Super Dash & Go! digital magazine. Shueisha published the fourth compiled volume last July. Yen Press will begin publishing the manga in January.

The series inspired a 12-episode television anime adaptation last year. Ponycan USA released the series on DVD and Blu-ray and describes the story:

Legend says, when the Demon God awakens from the deepest of darkness, the Goddess of Fate will summon Six Braves and grand them with the power to save the world. Adlet, who claims to be the strongest man in the world, is chosen as one of the "Braves of the Six Flowers," and sets out on a battle to prevent the resurrection of the Demon God. However, it turns out that there are Seven Braves who gathered at the promised land...

The Seven Braves notice there must be one enemy among themselves, and feeling of suspicion toward each other spreads throughout the group, with Adlet being the one who gets suspected first and foremost.

The Isolator is slated for 2017. Yen Press previously licensed the original The Isolator: Realization of Absolute Solitude novel series and has released two volumes in North America. The series is written by Kawahara (Sword Art Online, Accel World) and illustrated by Shimeji.

Naoki Koshimizu draws the manga adaptation in Kadokawa's Dengeki Daioh. Kadokawa shipped the first compiled volume in February.

Yen Press describes the first novel's story:

Minoru Utsugi, a teenager who lives a peaceful (if boring) life with his sister-in-law, finds his life changed when extraterrestrial contact grants his dearest wish, leaving him with the power of The Solitude. But the ability to realize absolute isolation only plunges Minoru into a battle he never wanted to fight. As his old life comes to an end, he steps into a new the Isolator!

Esuno (The Future Diary) launched the supernatural manga series Big Order in Kadokawa Shoten's Monthly Shōnen Ace magazine in 2011. Yen Press will release the first volume in early 2017.

The manga's story centers on an introverted high school student named Eiji Hoshimiya with a huge secret — he wished for the destruction of the world when he was younger. Fairies give certain people special powers called Orders. What Order Users can do with their power depends on their wishes. 10 years after the Great Destruction, Eiji struggles to come to terms with his immense power.

The manga inspired an OVA that bundled with the manga and a television anime series that premiered this past spring.

The first volume of Murciélago is slated for early spring 2017.

Yoshimura's "violence action" manga follows Kuroko Kōmori, an ex-mass murderer who now works for the government to track down other heinous criminals, and Hinako Tozakura, a vehicle specialist who is dispatched to work with Kuroko. The manga has yuri elements. Yen Press describes the story:

Mass murderers may not have much by way of career skills, but Kuroko Kōmori seems to have landed her dream job as a hitwoman for the Tokyo Police. A license to kill other killers? How perfect is that?

The manga runs in Square Enix's Young Gangan magazine, and Square Enix shipped the seventh compiled volume in March.

Deadman Wonderland creators Kataoka and Kondou launched Smokin' Parade in Kadokawa's Monthly Shōnen Ace in August 2015. Kadokawa released the first volume in March.

Yen Press describes the story:

A string of grisly murders. A young man shouldering the responsibility of his family. When Youkuo Kakujou is dragged into an unimaginable conspiracy, he'll experience the horrific underbelly of science first hand.

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