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J-Novel Club Adds How NOT to Summon a Demon Lord Light Novel

posted on by Karen Ressler
Seven Seas licensed manga adaptation

J-Novel Club announced on Thursday that it has licensed Yukiya Murasaki's How NOT to Summon a Demon Lord light novel series. The online service is currently offering the first half of volume one for members and the first 40 pages for free users. The first e-book will go on sale in November.

J-Novel Club describes the story:

In the MMORPG Cross Reverie, Takuma Sakamoto is so powerful that he is lauded as the “Demon Lord” by other players. One day, he is summoned to another world – but with the same appearance he had in the game! There, he meets two girls who both proclaim themselves to be his Summoner. They had performed an Enslavement Ritual to turn him into their Summon... but that's when Takuma's passive ability <<Magic Reflection>> activated! Instead, it was the girls who had become enslaved! Though Takuma may have been the strongest Sorcerer there was, he had no idea how to talk with other people. That's when he makes his choice: to act based on his persona from the game!

“Amazing? But of course... I am Diablo, the being known and feared as the Demon Lord!”

So begins a tale of adventure with an earth-shakingly powerful Demon Lord (or at least someone who acts like one) taking on another world!

Kodansha published the first novel with illustrations by Takahiro Tsurusaki in December 2014 and the eighth volume on August 2. Naoto Fukuda launched the manga adaptation on Kodansha's Suiyōbi no Sirius (Wednesday Sirius) section on the Niconico service in June 2015, and Seven Seas Entertainment announced last month that it has licensed the manga.

J-Novel Club launched in October of last year, initially publishing titles from Hobby Japan and OVERLAP. How NOT to Summon a Demon Lord is J-Novel Club's third license from the Japanese publisher Kodansha, after Clockwork Planet and Outbreak Company. Seven Seas is releasing some of J-Novel Club's titles in print, starting with Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash and Occultic;Nine.

The service is celebrating its one-year anniversary this month, and is holding a reader survey that includes a spot for license requests. All volumes of some of its titles will be available for members to read for free for the month of October.

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