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J-Novel Club Licenses Infinite Stratos, The Unwanted Undead Adventurer Light Novels

posted on by Karen Ressler
1st volumes slated for late April

J-Novel Club announced on Tuesday that it has acquired the worldwide English digital rights for Izuru Yumizuru's Infinite Stratos and Yū Okano's The Unwanted Undead Adventurer (Nozomanu Fushi no Bōkensha) from OVERLAP. Previews are available for free. and the paid service is offering the first half of both series' first volumes The e-books will launch in late April.

J-Novel Club describes Infinite Stratos:

In a world of technological progress, females are the only ones who can pilot the most advanced military unit in history—the Infinite Stratos (IS). With this power, women have seized complete control of all political, social, and economic ventures; leaving men to the fringes of society, made to tend to the whims of their now, female overlords. That is until Orimura Ichika, the sole male found to have IS piloting ability, is thrust into the spotlight, and enrolled at the prestigious IS Academy. Stuck in the middle of a female-dominated population, Ichika sets out to prove men still have a place in this world. Little did he know, he's just the thing these women have been looking for.

The novel series, with illustrations by CHOCO, launched in 2009. The 11th volume shipped last May and the 12th volume is slated for this spring.

The first anime debuted in 2011. Sentai Filmworks streamed the series as it aired in Japan, and released the anime on DVD and Blu-ray Disc in 2012. The second season premiered in 2013, and Crunchyroll streamed the series as it aired. Sentai Filmworks released the anime on DVD in 2014, and on Blu-ray Disc on January 24. The franchise has also inspired multiple games, manga, and original video anime.

J-Novel Club describes The Unwanted Undead Adventurer:

Rentt Faina, a twenty-five- year-old adventurer, has been hacking away at monsters for a decade. However, without much talent for the job, Rentt finds himself stuck hunting Slimes and Goblins for meager amounts of coin every day. Little does he know, all this is about to change when he comes across a seemingly undiscovered path in the Labyrinth of the Moon's Reflection.

What awaits him at the end of the path, however, is neither treasure nor riches, but a legendary dragon that wastes no time swallowing him whole! Waking up a short time later, Rentt finds himself not quite dead, but not very alive either— He is nothing more than a pile of bones! Armed with nothing but his trusty sword, tool belt, and ghoulish new looks, Rentt sets off on his quest as a newly reborn Skeleton to achieve Existential Evolution, hoping to one day return to civilization with a more human form.

Will Rentt succeed, or will the labyrinth consume him for the rest of his un-death...?

Okano launched the series on the Shōsetsuka ni Narō website in 2016, and OVERLAP published the first volume with illustrations by Jaian in October. The second volume shipped in Japan in December.

A manga adaptation by Haiji Nakasone launched on OVERLAP's Comic Gardo website in November.

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