J-Novel Club Licenses Demon King Daimaou, Infinite Dendrogram Light Novel Series
posted on by Rai Kelly
J-Novel Club announced on Tuesday that it has acquired the digital English-language rights to the Demon King Daimaou and Infinite Dendrogram light novel series. The service is offering the first half of the first volumes of both series for members and the first 40 pages for non-members.
J-Novel Club describes the story of Shōtarō Mizuki's Demon King Daimaou (Ichiban Ushiro no Daimaō) as follows:
Far in the future, Japan has become a land ruled by magic and those who wield it. Akuto Sai arrives at Constant Magical Academy—the most prestigious magic school in the world—for his first year of high school. The only student to pass the Academy's intense entrance exam, he has his sights set on become a High Priest, the most powerful and virtuous magician in the land. However, when he arrives at the Academy, his future occupation is prophesied to be… The Demon King?! Now Akuto is the number one target on campus, and he must navigate his way with the help of his friends—a troublesome delinquent, a beautiful observer android, an honor-bound class representative, and a mysterious girl from his past—through the seedy underbelly of the world's premier magic academy.
Mizuki began the Demon King Daimaou light novel series in 2008 and Hobby Japan published the 13th and final volume in 2014. The novels' illustrator Sōichi Itō launched a manga adaption in Akita Shoten's Champion Red magazine in 2008 and ended it in 2013.
The series also inspired an anime in 2010, and Crunchyroll and The Anime Network streamed the anime as it aired in Japan. Sentai Filmworks licensed and released the series on DVD and Blu-ray in North America.
J-Novel Club describes Sakon Kaidou's Infinite Dendrogram:
In the year 2043, Infinite Dendrogram, the world's first successful full-dive VRMMO was released. In addition to its ability to perfectly simulate the five senses, along with its many other amazing features, the game promised to offer players a world full of infinite possibilities. Nearly two years later, soon-to-be college freshman, Reiji Mukudori, is finally able to buy a copy of the game and start playing. With some help from his experienced older brother, Shu, and his partner Embryo, Reiji embarks on an adventure into the world of Infinite Dendrogram. Just what will he discover and encounter in this game world known for its incredible realism and infinite possibilities?
Kaidou originally launched the series in 2015 on the Shōsetsu-ka ni Narou ("Let's Be Novelists") website, and Hobby Japan published the first volume in print with illustrations by Taiki in October 2016. The third volume shipped on March 31. Kami Imai is drawing a manga adaptation on Hobby Japan's Comic Fire website.
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 its titles in print, starting with Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash and Occultic;Nine.