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Yen Press Adds New Sword Art Online, WorldEnd, Little Witch Academia, Fruits Basket, Star Wars Titles

posted on by Egan Loo
Also: Final Fantasy, Strange Creature at Kuroyuri Apartments, Tsuno no Gakuen, more

Anime News Network's coverage of Anime NYC 2017 is sponsored by Yen Press.

North American publisher Yen Press announced at its Anime NYC panel on Saturday that it has licensed the following titles:

Sword Art Online Alternative: Gun Gale Online
By Keiichi Sigsawa
Japanese release: December 2014 - ongoing (six volumes so far)
Light novel spinoff of Reki Kawahara's Sword Art Online light novel series: "A new player steps onto the battlefields of the MMORPG Gun Gale Online! Pint-sized and dressed in pink, she's ready to blast her way to the very top!"
Like the main series, Alternative Gun Gale Online is inspiring its own television anime. Yen Press is already publishing Tadadi Tamori's manga adaptation.

The Strange Creature at Kuroyuri Apartments
By Gao Yuzuki
Japanese release: November 2016 - ongoing (one volume so far)
The apartment-sharing comedy manga begins with Meme, the daughter of the demon world's most powerful summoner. After her father suddenly casts her into the human world to teach her some lessons, she finds an ad for an apartment with no rent or upfront fees. The catch: she has to entertain the young landlord Sentarō. To pass the test, she summons a strange creature and causes Sentarō to have a nosebleed.

Tsuno no Gakuen
By Mito Aoi
Japanese release: August 2016 - ongoing (one volume so far)
This school fantasy manga centers around horned boys who can control magic. Eru, who just enrolled in a magic school, is self-conscious that his horns are smaller than everyone else's. Something begins to change when he encounters the ace student Rihito.

Caterpillar Girl and Bad Texter Boy
By Sanzō
Japanese release: April 2016 - January 2017 (one volume)
This manga follows a socially awkward boy and his childhood friend who is beautiful, smart, kind, and just about perfect in every way. However, the boy turns down her confession of love. A few days later, the girl goes missing, only to reappear before the boy a few days later, after shedding her human form …

Teasing Master Takagi-san
By Sōichirō Yamamoto
Japanese release: 2013 - ongoing (six volumes so far)
The manga centers on Nishikata, a middle school student who has suffered humiliation due to being teased by Takagi, the girl who sits next to him. Since then, he has vowed to one day do the same to her and succeed in teasing her.
The manga is inspiring a television anime next year.

Shibuya Goldfish
By Hiroumi Aoi
Japanese release: January 2017 - ongoing (two volumes so far)
The story follows an average, albeit untidy guy named Tahatsu Tsukiyo. Tahatsu's peaceful everyday life comes to an end man-eating goldfish overtake Shibuya. The fish are everywhere, filling the famous scramble crossing, hanging near the Hachiko statue, and even floating through the city center all the while eating as many humans as they can. The unprecedented crisis marks the "worst survival competition in history."

Defeating the Demon Lord's a Cinch (If You Have a Ringer)
By Tsukikage
Art by bob
Japanese release: December 2016 - ongoing (three volumes so far)
This fantasy light novel series begins with Naokatsu Tōdō, a holy warrior summoned from an alternate world to defeat a demon lord. Ares, a priest ordered to support the holy warrior, is shocked at the sight of his party members: a mage who can only use fire spells, a sword fighter who just transfered schools, and the holy warrior himself who repeats the same rash actions over and over. Unconvinced that they will succeed, Ares conceals his skill levels and follows behind.

Star Wars: Lost Stars
On sale in May
Art: Yūsaku Komiyama (Avengers: Zombies Assemble, Ixion Saga)
Japanese release: May 2017 - ongoing (not yet compiled in print)
Manga adaptation of Claudia Gray's Lost Stars novel:

The Empire can be seductive, particularly if you're an aspiring young pilot...Thane Kyrell and Ciena Ree both know this very well when they enroll in the Imperial Academy, eager to pursue their dreams. When Thane discovers the darker side of the Empire, though, and defects to the Rebellion, the pair's lifelong friendship will be put to the ultimate test. Will Thane and Ciena's relationship -- or even they themselves -- survive this galactic conflict...?

Fruits Basket Another
By Natsuki Takaya
Japanese release: September 2015 - ongoing (three volumes planned)
Manga sequel to Takaya's original Fruits Basket manga:
The manga takes place after Tohru has graduated high school, and features a girl named Sawa who has just entered the high school. When the manga started Takaya said the main cast (Tohru, Yuki, and Kyo) would not appear in the new series, but might be mentioned.

WorldEnd:What Do You Do at the End of the World? Are You Busy? Will You Save Us?
By Akira Kareno

Japanese release: November 2014 - April 2016 (five volumes, with ongoing sequel)
This light novel series series is set in a world where humans have been driven to extinction by "Beasts." The duty of fighting the Beasts fall to "Fairies," who are destined to use their powers to wield "Holy Swords" called "Kariyon" and eventually meet their destiny of death. A sole human being named Willem wakes up after several hundred years, and continues his fight against the Beasts. The series follows the everyday and transient lives of the leader Willem and the female fairy warriors.
The light novel series inspired this year's anime.

Final Fantasy VII: On the Way to a Smile
By Kazushige Nojima
Japanese release: 2009 (one volume)
Text short stories set between the Final Fantasy VII game and the Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children CG film. The first story, "Case of Denzel," inspired the original video anime On the Way to a Smile - Episode Denzel: Final Fantasy VII.

Little Witch Academia
Written by Yoh Yoshinari
Illustrated by Keisuke Satō
Monthly Shōnen Ace manga adaptation of Trigger's anime of the same name

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