J-Novel Club Licenses Arifureta: From Commonplace to World's Strongest Novel
posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
The digital publishing company J-Novel Club announced on Wednesday that it has licensed Ryō Shirakome's Arifureta: From Commonplace to World's Strongest (Arifureta Shokugyō de Sekai Saikyō) light novel series. The first 40 pages of the first volume of the series is now available on J-Novel Club's website, with half of the first volume available for members. It will have new installments planned for weekly release. J-Novel Club plans to eventually release the novels as e-books.
Shirakome launched the novel series in June 2015 under the OVERLAP Bunko label, with illustrations by Takayaki. OVERLAP published the novel series' fifth volume in December.
J-Novel Club describes the story:
Seventeen year old Hajime Nagumo is your average, everyday otaku. However, his simple life of pulling all-nighters and sleeping in school is suddenly turned upside down when he, along with the rest of his class, is summoned to a fantasy world! They're treated like heroes and tasked with the duty of saving the human race from utter extinction. But what should have been any otaku's wet dream quickly turns into Hajime's nightmare. While the rest of his class are blessed with godlike powers, Hajime's job, Synergist, only has a single transmutation skill. Ridiculed and bullied by his classmates for being weak, he soon finds himself in despair. Will he be able to survive in this dangerous world of monsters and demons with only a glorified blacksmith's level of strength?
The novel series has an ongoing manga adaptation by RoGa, which launched last year on the Comic Gardo, OVERLAP's online manga site. OVERLAP published the manga's first compiled book volume in December.
J-Novel Club launched in October of last year, and is publishing titles from Hobby Japan and OVERLAP. Membership to the service costs US$4.95 a month or US$54 a year, and gives subscribers access to a new chapter a week for all its series. Subscribers also get access to a member-only forum. Premium Membership gives subscribers a free finalized e-book each month in addition to the benefits of the regular membership, and costs US$10.95 each month or US$120 for a year. Seven Seas Entertainment plans to release some of titles inprint, starting with Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash and Occultic;Nine.