Yen Press Licenses 7 New Manga, 6 New Light Novels
posted on by Karen Ressler
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Yen Press announced the following manga and novel licenses at Anime NYC on Saturday:
- Akiyama's Killing Me! manga
- Kenji Saito and Shouji Sato's God Shining Moonlight Howling Moon manga
- Sakuma Sasaki and Asagi Tōsaka's The Dirty Way to Destroy the Goddess's Hero light novels
- Light Tuchini and Saori Toyota's The Hero is Overpowered but Overly Cautious light novels
- Keishi Ayasato and Saki Ukai's Torture Princess - Fremd Torturchen light novels and Hina Yamato's manga adaptation
- Mamoru Hosoda's Wolf Children: Ame & Yuki novel
- Yuuki Yaku and Fly's Bottom-tier Character Tomozaki light novels
- Tarō Hitsuji and Kiyotaka Haimura's Last Round Arthurs: Scum Arthur and Heretic Merlin light novels
- Renji's Monster & the Beast manga
- Spica Aoki's Kaiju Girl Caramelizer manga
- Ken Koyama's Little Miss P manga
- Kurukuruhime's Yuri Life manga
In addition, Yen Press announced that it will publish a manga anthology titled Whenever Our Eyes Meet…: A Women's Love Anthology (Ano Musume to Me ga Au Tabi Watashi wa Shakaijin Yuri Anthology, pictured at right). Yen Press describes the anthology:
The love between girls never stops blooming in this collection of office flings and workplace romances.
Kadokawa released the anthology in Japan on April 27.
Yen Press describes Killing Me!
“Love-hate relationship” takes on a whole new meaning in this girls' love occult romance about two classmates—a vampire…and a vampire hunter!
Yen Press describes God Shining Moonlight Howling Moon:
Kenji Saitou (Trinity Seven) and Shouji Sato (Highschool of the Dead, Triage X) present the action-packed story of Howling Moon, a sexy, kick-ass magical girl. The question is, does she fight for good, or for evil?
The manga launched in the debut issue of Fujimi Shobo's Bessatsu Dragon Age magazine in September 2017. The beginning of the series introduces the title Mahō Shōjo Flaming ☆ Star (God Flame Heavenly Maiden Flaming Star) but the name was later revealed to be God Shining Moonlight Howling Moon. The first volume shipped on August 8.
Yen Press describes The Dirty Way to Destroy the Goddess's Hero (Megami no Yūsha o Taosu Gesu na Hōhō):
When Shinichi Sotoyama is suddenly transported to a world of swords and magic, his first quest isn't to rescue a helpless maiden or save the world, but to protect a demon lord!!
Kadokawa published the first volume written by Sasaki and with illustrations by Tosaka in January 2017. The fifth and final volume shipped on July 30.
Yen Press describes The Hero is Overpowered but Overly Cautious (Kono Yūsha ga Ore TUEEE Kuse ni Shinchō Sugiru):
The goddess Lista summons a hero who excels in every area to assist her. He's everything she expected him to be except for one, tiny thing: this anxious hero can't do anything unless he's absolutely sure nothing can go wrong!
Tsuchihi launched the novel series on the Kakuyomu website in June 2016, and Kadokawa published the first volume in print with illustrations by Toyota in February 2017. The fifth volume shipped on November 10.
Yen Press describes Torture Princess - Fremd Torturchen (Isekai Gōmon Hime):
In this dark, gothic fantasy, a boy is summoned to another world where he meets a beautiful and terrifying girl who offers him a choice—to be her servant, or to be tortured!
Kadokawa published the first light novel volume written by Ayasato and with illustrations by Ukai (Black Bullet) in April 2016. The seventh volume shipped on October 25.
Yen Press describes Wolf Children: Ame & Yuki:
Mamoru Hosoda himself presents the gentle, bittersweet novel adaptation of his award-winning Wolf Children film, wherein a young single mother raises two unruly children with an unusual secret in the Japanese countryside.
Mamoru Hosoda wrote the novel based on his film of the same name, for which he also co-wrote the screenplay with Satoko Okudera. Both the film and the novel debuted in 2012.
Yen Press describes Bottom-tier Character Tomozaki (Jaku-chara Tomozaki-kun):
Tomozaki is one of the best gamers in Japan, and in his opinion, the game of real life is one of the worst. No clear-cut rules for success, horribly balanced, and nothing makes sense. But then he meets a gamer who's just as good as him, and she offers to teach him a few exploits…
Shogakukan published the first light novel volume written by Yaku and with illustrations by Fly in May 2016. The sixth volume shipped on May 18 and a volume "6.5" shipped on October 18. A manga adaptation launched in Square Enix's Gangan Joker in December 2017.
Yen Press describes Last Round Arthurs: Scum Arthur and Heretic Merlin (Last Round Arthurs: Kuzu Arthur to Gedō Merlin):
Rintarou is a guy who's good at anything he tries, so he's completely bored with life. Just for fun, he decides to help Runa in her bid to be recognized as the one true King Arthur, but there's just one problem…she sold Excalibur?!?!
Kadokawa published the first novel with a story by Tarō Hitsuji (Akashic Records of Bastard Magic Instructor) and illustrations by Kiyotaka Haimura (A Certain Magical Index) on July 20. The second novel will ship on November 20.
Yen Press describes Monster & Beast (Bakemono to Kedamono):
Solitary Cavo is a hideous monster with a pure heart. Liam, on the other hand, might look like a gentleman, but he's a beast on the inside, warped personality and all. When Liam ends up in an unfortunate situation in the haunted woods Cavo calls home, it's the monster to the rescue! After the close call, Liam extends a more-than-friendly hand to Cavo and leads the innocent monster out of the woods...and astray?!
Renji publishes the manga on the pixiv website, and Kadokawa published the first compiled volume on March 31.
Yen Press describes Spica Aoki's Kaiju Girl Caramelizer (Otome Kaijū Caramelize):
Suffering from a rare, incurable illness that causes frightening changes to her body whenever she gets worked up, loner Kuroe Akaishi spends her high school days avoiding her classmates, especially class idol, Arata Minami, and his groupies. But when Arata starts making her heart skip a beat with irritating regularity, Kuroe soon discovers that her illness actually has a big—make that, monster—secret! Romance turns her into Love- zilla...literally!
The manga runs in Kadokawa's Monthly Comic Alive magazine and also on the ComicWalker website. Kadokawa published the manga's first compiled volume on June 23.
Yen Press describes Little Miss P (Seiri-chan):
It's that time of the month, and you know what that means...a visit from Aunt Flo—scratch that—Little Miss P! This pink, anthropomorphized period's not so lean, kinda mean, and a gut-punching, butt- kicking machine! (Just ask Mr. Erection...) Follow Little Miss P as she traverses time advising, harassing, abusing, and comforting women on her (usually) monthly visits in this uniquely weird and surprisingly touching manga!
Ken Koyama publishes the manga on the Omocoro website. Kadokawa published the compiled volume on June 11.
Yen Press describes Kurukuruhime's Yuri Life (Yurigurashi) manga:
Yuuna's an illustrator, Manami's a web designer, and the two are living together! It's the everyday romance of two women who see a future with each other.
Source: Email correspondence
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