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Square Enix's Ketsugō Danshi: Elements with Emotions Game Unveils June 29 Launch, Manga & Novel

Game about boys who control chemical elements, must avert world's end by bonding ― The AnimeJapan 2023 special stage panel for Square Enix's Ketsugō Danshi: Elements with Emotions game announced on Saturday that the game will launch on June 29 for Nintendo Switch, and this summer for iOS and Android. The panel also announced that the game is spawning a manga and novel, both of which started serializi...

Villainess Level 99 Light Novels Get TV Anime

Series centers on college student who reincarnates as villainess in otome RPG ― Kadokawa announced on Friday that author Satori Tanabata and illustrator Tea's Villainess Level 99 (Akuyaku Reijō Level 99: Watashi wa Ura Boss Desu ga Maō dewa Arimasen) light novel series is getting a television anime adaptation. J-Novel Club announced earlier this month that it had licensed the novels, and it describe...
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Saga of Tanya the Evil Author's Yakitori: Soldiers of Misfortune Sci-fi Novels Get Anime in May 2023

Netflix streams anime about orbital drop infantry in solar system conflict; starring Taito Ban, Asami Seto, more ― Netflix announced at AnimeJapan 2023 that it is producing an anime adaptation of author Carlo Zen and illustrator so-bin's Yakitori science-fiction novel series, titled Yakitori: Soldiers of Misfortune. The anime will debut exclusively on Netflix in May 2023. The sci-fi novels are set in...
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North American Anime, Manga Releases, March 19-25

Jujutsu Kaisen 0, Saiyuki Reload Zeroin anime; Call the Name of the Night, Insomniacs After School manga ship ― Anime Releases Title Publisher Suggested Retail Price Date Final Examination Kujira: Progressive BDPlease Media Blasters US$19.99 March 21 Jujutsu Kaisen 0 BDCite Crunchyroll/Funimation US$34.98 March 21 Jujutsu Kaisen 0 Lenticular Cover Edition BDAnimeNewsNetwork Crunchyroll/Funimation US$...
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Seven Seas Entertainment Licenses 'My Pancreas Broke, But My Life Got Better', Black Night Parade Manga

Yomotsuhegui, Obey Me! The Comic, My Dog is a Death God, more also licensed ― Seven Seas Entertainment announced on Wednesday that it has licensed the My Pancreas Broke, But My Life Got Better, Black Night Parade, Yomotsuhegui: Scions of the Underworld, Obey Me! The Comic, and My Dog is a Death God manga. Seven Seas also licensed both the light novel and manga of Reincarnated Into a Game as the Hero'...

'And you thought there is never a girl online?' Novels End

Series ends with 22nd volume ― Shibai Kineko announced on Twitter on Monday that his And you thought there is never a girl online? (Netoge no Yome wa Onna no ko ja Nai to Omotta?) light novel series will end with the 22nd volume as part of Dengeki Bunko's 30th anniversary project. Dengeki Bunko lists the volume as "coming soon." Kineko launched the series with illustrations by Hisasi in 2013, and the...

Alya Sometimes Hides Her Feelings in Russian Light Novels Get TV Anime

Series stars Sumire Uesaka, Kōhei Amasaki ― Kadokawa announced on Friday that writer Sunsunsun and artist Momoco's Alya Sometimes Hides Her Feelings in Russian (Tokidoki Bosotto Russia-go de Dereru Tonari no Alya-san) light novel series is getting a television anime adaptation. Russian Version Japanese Version Original illustrator Momoco and manga artist Saho Tenamachi both drew images to commemorate...
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North American Anime, Manga Releases, March 12-18

Dragon Ball Super Super Hero, Blue Thermal anime; The Dragon's Betrothed, I Didn't Mean to Fall in Love manga ship ― Anime Releases Title Publisher Suggested Retail Price Date Blue Thermal BDPlease Shout! Factory US$26.98 March 14 Dragon Ball Super Super Hero BD/DVDPlease Crunchyroll/Funimation US$34.98 March 14 Sing a Bit of Harmony BD/DVDCite Crunchyroll/Funimation US$34.98 March 14 Watamote: No Ma...
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One Piece Odyssey Game Gets Novel

Jun Esaka pens novel in One Piece Magazine ― This year's 15th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine revealed on Monday that Bandai Namco Entertainment's One Piece Odyssey game is getting a novel adaptation that is serializing in the One Piece Magazine "mook" (magazine book). The novel began serialization in the mook's 16th issue, which released on March 2. Jun Esaka (Naruto: Sasuke's Story-...
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J-Novel Club Adds 'Accidentally in Love: The Witch, the Knight, and the Love Potion Slipup' Novel

Heartwarming comedy series launched in Japan on January 10 ― J-Novel Club announced on Friday that it has licensed writer Harunadon and illustrator Eda's Accidentally in Love: The Witch, the Knight, and the Love Potion Slipup (Koi suru Majo wa Elite Kishi ni Horegusuri wo Nomasete Shimaimashita: Itsuwari kara Hajimaru Watashi no Dekiai Seikatsu) light novel. J-Novel Club is releasing the novel as a J...
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North American Anime, Manga Releases, March 5-11

Love and Lies anime, Ayashimon manga ship" ― Anime Releases Title Publisher Suggested Retail Price Date Love and Lies BDCite Sentai Filmworks US$49.98 March 7 Mushoku Tensei Jobless Reincarnation Season 1 Part 2 BD/DVDAnimeNewsNetwork Crunchyroll/Funimation US$64.98 March 7 Print Manga Releases Title Publisher Suggested Retail Price Date Am I Actually the Strongest? Graphic Novel (GN) 1Please Kodansh...

J-Novel Club Adds 6 Light Novels, 1 Manga, Arifureta Audiobook

Earl and Fairy, Magic Stone Gourmet, more licensed ― J-Novel Club announced on Friday that it has licensed six new light novel series and one new manga. The company additionally announced it will release storywriter Ryo Shirakome and illustrator Takayaki's Arifureta: From Commonplace to World's Strongest light novel series in audiobook form. Sound Cadence Studios will produce the audiobook with J-Nov...
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North American Anime, Manga Releases, February 26-March 4

Jujutsu Kaisen anime, The Invisible Man and His Soon-to-Be Wife manga ship ― Anime Releases Title Publisher Suggested Retail Price Date Aim for the Ace BDPlease Discotek US$49.95 February 28 Fist of the North Star: The Legend of the True Savior Legend of Raoh: Chapter of Death in Love BDCite Discotek US$29.95 February 28 Ghost Stories BDAnimeNewsNetwork Discotek US$49.95 February 28 Jujutsu Kaisen Se...
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Hajime Kōmoto's Mashle: Magic and Muscles Manga Gets 2nd Novel

Mashle: Mash Burnedead to Fukkatsu no Jumon novel releases on April 4 ― The official Twitter account of Hajime Kōmoto's Mashle: Magic and Muscles manga announced on Monday that it will get a second novel titled Mashle: Mash Burnedead to Fukkatsu no Jumon (Mashle: Mash Burnedead and the Resurrection Spell) by Kiyoko Hoshi. The novel will debut on April 4. The second novel will feature stories about Ma...
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I Shall Survive Using Potions! Novels Get TV Anime Starring Rin Kusumi

Series to premiere this year ― Kodansha announced on Friday that FUNA's I Shall Survive Using Potions! (Potion-danomi de Ikinobimasu!) light novel series is getting a television anime adaptation that will premiere this year. The anime will star: Rin Kusumi as Kaoru Tomoyo Takayanagi as Francette Moeka Koizumi as Emile Haruki Iwata as Belle Natsuki Kitagawa as Layette J-Novel Club licensed the novels,...
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North American Anime, Manga Releases, February 19-25

Love After World Domination, Giovanni's Island anime; Choujin X, The Great Cleric manga ship" ― Anime Releases Title Publisher Suggested Retail Price Date Clannad BDPlease Sentai Filmworks US$79.98 February 21 Giovanni's Island BDCite GKIDS US$22.98 February 21 Knight Hunters Eternity BDAnimeNewsNetwork Media Blasters US$29.99 February 21 Love After World Domination BDPlease Crunchyroll/Funimation US...
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Cross Infinite World Licenses Reincarnated Villainess Won't Seek Revenge, 2 More Light Novels

Company also licenses "Lovestruck Prince! I'll Fight the Heroine for My Villainess Fiancée!", "The Invisible Wallflower Marries an Upstart Aristocrat After Getting Dumped for Her Sister!" ― Cross Infinite World announced on Monday that it has licensed three new light novel series: Title: The Reincarnated Villainess Won't Seek Revenge Creators: Akako (author) Hazuki Futaba (artist) Release Date: April...
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Tokyo Ravens' Kōhei Azano Pens New Code Geass Novel

Code Geass Arthur on the Misty Streets case file: beginning releases on March 1 ― Kadokawa is listing that it will release a novel by author Kōhei Azano (Tokyo Ravens) with illustrations by sakusya2 titled Code Geass Arthur on the Misty Streets case file: beginning (Code Geass Kiri Kyō no Arthur case file: beginning). The novel will release on March 1. The novel is an adaptation of one of the stories...

Yen Press Adds 12 Manga, 3 Light Novels

I've Been Killing Slimes for 300 Years spinoff; Liar, Liar; more licensed ― Yen Press announced on Friday that it has licensed 12 manga, three light novels, and one graphic novel for release in August 2023. The titles include: Title: I've Been Killing Slimes for 300 Years and Maxed Out My Level Spin-off: The Red Dragon Academy for Girls manga Authors: Kisetsu Morita (story), Hitsujibako (art), Benio ...
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Bottom-Tier Character Tomozaki Light Novels Enter 'Last Stage' With 11th Volume

11th volume launches on March 17 ― Amazon is listing the 11th volume of Yūki Yaku's Bottom-tier Character Tomozaki (Jaku Chara Tomozaki-kun) light novel series as the start of its "last stage." Shogakukan will release the volume on March 17. Shogakukan published the first light novel volume written by Yaku and with illustrations by Fly in May 2016. The novels have ranked in the top 10 of the ranking ...
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North American Anime, Manga Releases, February 12-18

The Slime Diaries, World Witches Take Off! anime; Seirei Gensouki: Spirit Chronicles, Gap Papa: Daddy at Work and at Home manga ship ― Anime Releases Title Publisher Suggested Retail Price Date Demon King Daimao BDPlease Sentai Filmworks US$59.98 February 14 Dragon Ball GT DVDCite Crunchyroll/Funimation US$69.98 February 14 The Slime Diaries BDAnimeNewsNetwork Crunchyroll/Funimation US$64.98 February...
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Digimon Seekers Project Revealed With Novel, Trailers, Merchandise

Novel to serialize in English, Chinese, Japanese starting on April 3 ― Bandai revealed at its Digmon Con livestream event on Sunday that it will launch the Digimon Seekers project, which will include a novel, trailers, and merchandise. The project is the final project to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the franchise. The staff decided on the name "Seekers" for the new project since each character i...
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Ishura Light Novels Get TV Anime Starring Yuuki Kaji, Reina Ueda

Visuals, character visuals revealed ― Kadokawa announced on Sunday that storywriter Keiso and artist Kureta's Ishura light novel series is getting a television anime adaptation. Kadokawa also revealed two cast members and two visuals. Yuuki Kaji stars in the anime as Soujiro the Willow-Sword (first image below), and Reina Ueda plays Yuno the Distant Talon (second image). Kureta drew a celebration ima...
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A Playthrough of a Certain Dude's VRMMO Life Novels Get TV Anime

Adventure novels center on middle-aged man enjoying VRMMO game ― AlphaPolis announced on Friday that author Howahowa Shiina and illustrator Yamaada's Toaru Ossan no VRMMO Katsudōki (A Playthrough of a Certain Dude's VRMMO Life) light novel series is inspiring a television anime series. The staff revealed a teaser visual for the series. AlphaPolis' Alpha Manga service is releasing the novels' manga ad...
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North American Anime, Manga Releases, February 5-11

Anime Releases Title Publisher Suggested Retail Price Date Girls Beyond the Wasteland BDPlease Sentai Filmworks US$49.98 February 7 Horimiya BD/DVDCite Crunchyroll/Funimation US$64.98 February 7 Horimiya Limited Edition BD/DVDAnimeNewsNetwork Crunchyroll/Funimation US$89.98 February 7 How NOT to Summon a Demon Lord Season 2 BDPlease Crunchyroll/Funimation US$64.98 February 7 Print Manga Releases T...
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Kinnikuman Franchise Gets New Mystery Novel

Kinnikuman Yojigen Sappо̄ Satsujin Jiken launches on March 17 ― Shueisha's Jump J-Books website is listing a new novel for the Kinnikuman series titled Kinnikuman Yojigen Sappо̄ Satsujin Jiken (Kinnikuman 4D Killer Murder Case), scheduled for release on March 17. Oginuma X is writing the novel, and original series creator Yudetamago is supervising. The mystery novel features the disappearance of Kinn...
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Natsu Hyūga's Seijo ni Uso wa Tsūjinai Novel Gets Manga Adaptation

Manga adaptation of fantasy mystery novel to launch on March 6 ― The March issue of Kodansha's Monthly Shonen Magazine revealed on Monday that manga artist Yo Asami will launch a manga adaptation of Natsu Hyūga's Seijo ni Uso wa Tsūjinai (You Can't Lie to a Saint) novel in the magazine's April issue on March 6. Hyūga also announced on Twitter the manga adaptation of the novel on Monday: 来月号からです。よろしくお...
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North American Anime, Manga Releases, January 29-February 4

Shaman King, Ascendance of a Bookworm anime ship ― Anime Releases Title Publisher Suggested Retail Price Date Ascendance of a Bookworm Season 3 BDPlease Crunchyroll/Funimation US$64.98 January 31 City Hunter: Movie & TV Special Collection BDPlease Discotek US$49.95 January 31 Dino Mech Gaiking BDPlease Discotek US$49.95 January 31 GaoGaiGar: The King of Braves BDPlease Discotek US$79.95 January 31 Sh...
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I Shall Survive Using Potions! Novels Get Spinoff Manga

Potion-danomi de Ikinobimasu! Hanano to Lotte no Futari Tabi spinoff manga launched on Monday ― The official Twitter account of Kodansha's Monthly Shonen Sirius magazine announced that Sukima launched a spinoff manga of FUNA's I Shall Survive Using Potions! (Potion-danomi de Ikinobimasu!) light novel, titled Potion-danomi de Ikinobimasu! Hanano to Lotte no Futari Tabi (I Shall Survive Using Potions! ...

J-Novel Club Adds 10 Light Novels, 4 Manga

Bookworm short stories, Reincarnated Mage with Inferior Eyes, A Pale Moon Reverie, more licensed ― J-Novel Club announced on Friday that it has licensed 10 new light novels and four new manga titles. The company additionally announced it will be adding state sales tax for 11 states on subscriptions and other purchases in the future, and also revealed a new rental system. The newly announced light nov...
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Yen Press Licenses You Can Have My Back BL Light Novels

1st volume launches in July ― Yen Press announced on Friday that it has licensed writer Minami Kotsuna and artist Hitomi Hitoyo's You Can Have My Back (Senaka o Azukeru ni wa) boys-love fantasy light novel series. The company will release the first volume physically and digitally in July. Leorino, fourth son of a margrave and blessed with the face of an angel, is the reincarnation of Ionia, a knight ...
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Trinity Seven's Kenji Saito Launches New Light Novel

Majo no Kaiden wa Te o Tsunaide novel launches in March with art by Puraco ― The official website for Kadokawa's MF Bunko J light novel imprint announced on Thursday that writer Kenji Saitō will launch a new light novel series titled Majo no Kaiden wa Te o Tsunaide - Hoshimi Seiko ga Kataru Ghost System (Hold Hands With the Witch's Ghost Story - Seiko Hoshimi Speaks of a Ghost System) in March. Purac...
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North American Anime, Manga Releases, January 22-28

Inu-Oh, Lupin the 3rd Part 6 anime; Sword of the Demon Hunter Kijin Gentosho, A Condition Called Love manga ship ― Anime Releases Title Publisher Suggested Retail Price Date I'm Quitting Heroing BDPlease Sentai Filmworks US$69.98 January 24 Inu-Oh BDCite GKIDS US$26.98 January 24 Lupin the 3rd Part 6 BDAnimeNewsNetwork Sentai Filmworks US$89.98 January 24 Metal Skin Panic MADOX-01 BDPlease Animeigo U...
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North American Anime, Manga Releases, January 15-21

The Genius Prince's Guide to Raising a Nation Out of Debt, Mobile Suit Gundam SEED C.E. 73: Stargazer anime; Doomsday With My Dog, I'm Quitting Heroing manga ship ― Anime Releases Title Publisher Suggested Retail Price Date Black Clover Season 3 BDPlease Crunchyroll/Funimation US$84.98 January 17 The Genius Prince's Guide to Raising a Nation Out of Debt BDCite Crunchyroll/Funimation US$64.98 January ...
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Strike the Blood's Gakuto Mikumo Launches New Story

New story takes place on planet inhabited by monsters ― The official Twitter account for Kadokawa's Dengeki Bunko imprint announced on Friday that Gakuto Mikumo (Strike the Blood, pictured right) has launched a new novel online titled Sword of Stallion: Taneuma to Yobareta Saikyō Kishi, Ringoku no О̄jo o Netore to Meijirareru. The story follows a princess and a knight on a planet inhabited by monster...
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North American Anime, Manga Releases, January 8-14

Platinum End, Himouto! Umaru-chan R anime; Helck, Malevolent Spirits: Mononogatari manga ship ― Anime Releases Title Publisher Suggested Retail Price Date Boruto: Naruto Next Generations BD 14Please Viz Media US$49.98 January 10 Boruto: Naruto Next Generations DVD 14Cite Viz Media US$44.98 January 10 Obey Me! Season 1 BDAnimeNewsNetwork Crunchyroll/Funimation US$34.98 January 10 Platinum End Part 1 ...
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Kana Akatsuki's Shunka Shūtō Daikōsha Novels Get New Manga Adaptation

Yuriko Asami draws new manga adaptation of novel series by Violet Evergarden author ― The official website of Kadokawa's G's Channel web service announced on Monday that Kana Akatsuki's Shunka Shūtō Daikōsha novel series is inspiring a new manga titled Shunka Shūtō Daikōsha Moka Momoyo (Four Seasons' Proxy Hundred Songs, Hundred Leaves; title romanization not confirmed). Yuriko Asami will draw the ma...
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North American Anime, Manga Releases, January 1-7

Sabikui Bisco, Sasaki and Miyano anime; No Longer Allowed In Another World, I'm Kinda Chubby and I'm Your Hero manga ship ― Anime Releases Title Publisher Suggested Retail Price Date Love, Election and Chocolate BDPlease Sentai Filmworks US$49.98 January 3 Sabikui Bisco BDCite Crunchyroll/Funimation US$64.98 January 3 Sasaki and Miyano BDAnimeNewsNetwork Crunchyroll/Funimation US$64.98 January 3 Prin...

Kazuma Kamachi Launches 'A Certain' Series Spinoff Novels About ITEM Group in March

Nilitsu illustrates novel series titled To Aru Anbu no ITEM ― Kazuma Kamachi announced on Twitter on Friday that he will launch a new novel series for his A Certain Magical Index franchise titled To Aru Anbu no ITEM (A Certain ITEM of the Dark Side) in March 2023. Nilitsu (Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? Familia Chronicle, The Executioner and Her Way of Life) will be the illustrator...

Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? Franchise Marks 10th Anniversary with 10 Projects

Including anniversary story, online global exhibit, plus 4-panel manga's return ― The official website for Fujino Ōmori and Suzuhito Yasuda's original Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? novel series and franchise launched a page on Friday to celebrate the franchise's 10th anniversary on January 15. The franchise will have 10 "major" projects to mark the milestone, and the website confi...
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North American Anime, Manga Releases, December 18-24

Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Entertainment District Arc, Carole & Tuesday anime; Run Away With Me, Girl, The Girl I Like Forgot Her Glasses manga ship ― The weekly North American Anime, Manga Releases article will be off for the week of December 25-31, and will be back the next week. Anime Releases Title Publisher Suggested Retail Price Date Carole & Tuesday BDPlease Sentai Filmworks US$89.98 Decem...

Ascendance of a Bookworm Light Novel Series Approaches Conclusion in 2023

Novel's 32nd, 33rd volumes to release in spring, winter 2023 ― Advertising in Miya Kazuki's 31st Ascendance of a Bookworm (Honzuki no Gekokujō - Shisho ni Naru Tame niwa Shudan o Erandeiramasen) "biblia fantasy" novel volume announced on December 10 that the story is approaching its conclusion in 2023. The 32nd volume will ship next spring, and the 33rd volume is scheduled for next winter. (The annou...

I'm in Love with the Villainess Yuri Isekai Novels Get TV Anime in 2023

Yū Serizawa, Karin Nanami star in series at Platinum Vision ― GL Bunko announced on Tuesday that Inori's I'm in Love with the Villainess (Watashi no Oshi wa Akuyaku Reijō) light novel series is inspiring a television anime adaptation that will premiere in 2023. Hideaki Oba (Love of Kill) is directing the anime at Platinum Vision. Ayumu Hisao (Love of Kill, Devils' Line) is both writing and overseeing...
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North American Anime, Manga Releases, December 11-17

Banished From the Hero's Party, I Decided to Live a Quiet Life in the Countryside, Deep Insanity: The Lost Child anime; I'm the Evil Lord of an Intergalactic Empire, The Hunters Guild: Red Hood manga ship ― Anime Releases Title Publisher Suggested Retail Price Date Banished From the Hero's Party, I Decided to Live a Quiet Life in the Countryside BD/DVDPlease Crunchyroll/Funimation US$64.98 December 1...

Ascendance of a Bookworm Light Novel Series Approaches Conclusion in 2023 (Updated)

Novel's 32nd, 33rd volumes to release in spring, winter 2023 ― Advertising in Miya Kazuki's 31st Ascendance of a Bookworm (Honzuki no Gekokujō - Shisho ni Naru Tame niwa Shudan o Erandeiramasen) "biblia fantasy" novel volume announced on December 10 that the story is approaching its conclusion in 2023. The 32nd volume will ship next spring, and the 33rd volume is scheduled for next winter. (The annou...
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Unnamed Memory Light Novel Series Gets TV Anime in 2023

Yoshiki Nakajima, Atsumi Tanezaki star in anime at studio ENGI ― Kadokawa announced on Tuesday that Kuji Furumiya's Unnamed Memory light novel series is getting a television anime adaptation in 2023. Kadokawa also revealed. celebratory illustrations from novel illustrator chibi and manga artist Naoki Koshimizu. Kazuya Miura (Trapped in a Dating Sim: The World of Otome Games is Tough for Mobs, Kan Col...
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Yen Press Licenses Honobu Yonezawa's Award-Winning Black Dungeon Castle Novel

Hyōka author's 2021 historical mystery won multiple prestigious awards ― Yen Press announced on Monday that it has licensed mystery writer Honobu Yonezawa's Black Dungeon Castle (Kokurōjō) novel, and will release it on print and digital in June 2023. Yen Press describes the novel: The winter of 1578, four years prior to the Honnnoji Incident. Araki Murashige has betrayed his ally Oda Nobunaga and hol...
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Suzume Anime Film Gets New Spinoff Novel as Theatergoer Bonus

New spinoff novel focusing on Suzume's aunt Tamaki available in Japanese theaters on December 24 ― The official website for Makoto Shinkai's Suzume (Suzume no Tojimari) film announced on Monday that beginning on December 24, participating theaters will begin distributing a new spinoff novel for the film to theatergoers while supplies last. The spinoff novel, titled Suzume no Tojimari ~Tamaki-san no M...
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Ai Kurimi Draws Adaptation of Yoshiki Tanaka's Honryū Novel

Manga centers on girl who searches for missing people, man who is strong in battle ― The January 2023 issue of Akita Shoten's Monthly Princess magazine announced on Tuesday that Ai Kurimi will draw a new manga titled Byakka Ryōran: Shiroki Shōjo to Tensai Gunshi (White Flowers Blooming Profusely: The White Girl and the Genius Strategist) in the magazine's February 2023 issue, which will release on Ja...
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North American Anime, Manga Releases, December 4-10

Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation, The Case Study of Vanitas anime; Kamen Rider Kuuga, Rainbow Days manga ship ― Anime Releases Title Publisher Suggested Retail Price Date Beyond the Boundary BDPlease Sentai Filmworks US$79.98 December 6 The Case Study of Vanitas Season 1 Part 1 BDCite Crunchyroll/Funimation US$64.98 December 6 Monthly Girls' Nozaki-kun BDAnimeNewsNetwork Sentai Filmworks US$59.9...
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Blue Lock Spinoff Novel Series Gets 2nd Novel in January, 3rd Novel Next Fall

2nd novel releases on January 17 ― The official Twitter account of Muneyuki Kaneshiro and Yūsuke Nomura's Blue Lock soccer manga revealed on Monday the cover design for the second novel in the Shōsetsu Blue Lock Tatakai no Mae, Bokura wa. (Novel Blue Lock: Us, Before the Battle) spinoff novel series, which will release on January 17. The manga's staff also confirmed that a third novel is set for rele...
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Cross Infinite World Announces 4 New Light Novel Licenses, 2 Audiobooks

The Do-Over Damsel Conquers the Dragon Emperor, The Abandoned Heiress Gets Rich with Alchemy and Scores an Enemy General!, more ― Cross Infinite World announced on Saturday that it has licensed four light novel series. The company also revealed two audiobook releases. Title: The Do-Over Damsel Conquers the Dragon Emperor Creators: Sarasa Nagase (author) Mitsuya Fuji (artist) Release Date: March 29 (d...
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Top-Selling Light Novels in Japan by Volume: 2022

Makoto Shinkai's Suzume & Even If This Love Disappears Tonight sell 234,777 & 259,363, followed by Overlord, That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime, My Happy Marriage, Lycoris Recoil ― Makoto Shinkai's Suzume no Tojimari novel also ranked #8 on the general bunko (pocket-sized paperbook) category. In the same category, Misaki Ichijo's Even If This Love Disappears Tonight novel sold 259,363 at #7, and...
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Top-Selling Light Novels in Japan by Series: 2022

Classroom of the Elite sells 831,643 combined, followed by That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime, Overlord, Alya Sometimes Hides Her Feelings in Russian ― This list covers sales of physical copies surveyed from November 22, 2021 to November 20, 2022. Rank Title Author Estimated Sales 1 That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime Writer: Fuse/Illustration: Mitz Vah 536,635 2 Classroom of the Elite: Yea...
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North American Anime, Manga Releases, November 27-December 3

Love Live! Superstar!!, Fruits Basket the Final anime; In the Clear Moonlit Dusk, Wistoria: Wand and Sword manga ship ― Anime Releases Title Publisher Suggested Retail Price Date Cat's Eye Season 2 BDPlease Discotek US$49.95 November 29 Fruits Basket the Final BD/DVDPlease Crunchyroll/Funimation US$64.98 November 29 Fruits Basket the Final Limited Edition BD/DVDPlease Crunchyroll/Funimation US$84.98 ...
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Kono Light Novel ga Sugoi! Reveals 2023 Series Ranking

Classroom of the Elite, Ascendance of a Bookworm, more top rankings ― The 2023 edition of Takarajimasha's Kono Light Novel ga Sugoi! (This Light Novel Is Amazing!) guidebook reported its list of the top light novel series on Thursday. Bunkobon rankings: Author Syougo Kinugasa and illustrator Shunsaku Tomose's Classroom of the Elite: Year 2 Author Hiromu and illustrator raemz' Chitose-kun is in the Ra...
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Lycoris Recoil Spinoff Novel Tops 250,000 in Circulation

7th printing ordered ― The official Twitter account for the Lycoris Recoil anime announced that the Lycoris Recoil: Ordinary Days spinoff novel has over 250,000 copies in circulation after a seventh print run was approved. (The number is not a sales statistic. The announcement describes the number as copies in print, although it includes e-book copies.) Shinya Oshiro (atd), the anime's title logo des...
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North American Anime, Manga Releases, November 20-26

The Heike Story, The Irregular at Magic High School: Reminiscence Arc anime; The Demon Sword Master of Excalibur Academy, Under Ninja manga ship ― Anime Releases Title Publisher Suggested Retail Price Date The Heike Story BDPlease Crunchyroll/Funimation US$64.98 November 22 How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom Part 2 BD/DVDCite Crunchyroll/Funimation US$64.98 November 22 The Irregular at Magic High...
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J-Novel Club Licenses 4 New Light Novels, 3 New Manga

Grand Sumo Villainess, I Parry Everything, Karate Master Isekai, more licensed ― J-Novel Club announced during its panel at Anime NYC on Saturday that it has licensed four new light novels and three manga. The light novels all have the first and second parts of their respective first volumes already available on J-Novel Club, and include Grand Sumo Villainess, Enough with This Slow Life! I Was Reinc...
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J-Novel Club Releases Goblin Slayer Author's New Novel Blade & Bastard Simultaneously with Japan

Preview of Kumo Kagyu, so-bin's new novel already available before December 9 release ― J-Novel Club announced during its panel at Anime NYC on Saturday that it has licensed Kumo Kagyu and so-bin's Blade & Bastard novel series, and will publish it simultaneously with the Japanese release. J-Novel Club already has the first part of the novel available as a preview. The new Japanese publisher DRECOM M...
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J-Novel Club Produces 9 Audiobook Versions of Licensed Titles

By the Grace of the Gods, Reborn to Master the Blade, The Faraway Paladin, more get audiobooks ― J-Novel Club announced during its Anime NYC panel on Saturday that it is partnering with RBmedia and Podium to produce audiobook editions of some novel series that the company has already previously licensed. The audiobooks that J-Novel Club will produce with RBmedia include: By the Grace of the Gods by ...
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J-Novel Club Announces Print Publishing Partnership with Yen Press

1st offerings include Hell Mode, The Misfit of Demon King Academy, more ― J-Novel Club announced during its panel at Anime NYC on Saturday that it is partnering with Yen Press to publish print editions of J-Novel Club's digital releases. Yen Press will produce and distribute physical editions of some light novel and manga series under a newly created J-Novel Club imprint. The first titles as part of...
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Yumemiru Danshi wa Genjitsushugisha Novels Get TV Anime in 2023

"2-way unrequited love" story stars Naoya Miyase, Akiho Suzumoto ― Pony Canyon announced on Friday that Okemaru's Yumemiru Danshi wa Genjitsushugisha (The Dreaming Man is a Realist) light novel series is getting a television anime adaptation in 2023. Kazuomi Koga (Rent-A-Girlfriend, Kubo Won't Let Me Be Invisible) is directing the anime at Studio Gokumi and AXsiZ. Michiko Yokote (Shirobako, Prison Sc...
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North American Anime, Manga Releases, November 13-19

Given, Lord El-Melloi II's Case Files Rail Zeppelin Grace note anime; Futari Escape, As a Reincarnated Aristocrat, I'll Use My Appraisal Skill to Rise in the World manga ship ― Anime Releases Title Publisher Suggested Retail Price Date Bleach 4-Film Collection BDPlease Viz Media US$29.98 November 15 Bleach 4-Film Collection DVDCite Viz Media US$24.98 November 15 Given BDAnimeNewsNetwork Crunchyroll/F...
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MF Bunko J Recalls Henneko Author's New Novel Due to Similar Lines From Yutaka Kōno's Novel

2 lines in Sou Sagara's new novel supposedly similar to 2 lines from Yutaka Kōno's Inakunare, Gunjō novel ― Kadokawa's MF Bunko J light novel label announced on Monday that it was recalling all copies of author Sou Sagara's new light novel Koi to Noroi to Sekai o Horobosu Kaijū no Hanashi (The Story of the Monster that Destroys Love, Curses, and the World) due to two lines of text that were supposedl...
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North American Anime, Manga Releases, November 6-12

Fruits Basket -prelude-, Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid S anime; Beyond The Promised Neverland, Go! Go! Loser Ranger! manga ship ― Anime Releases Title Publisher Suggested Retail Price Date Fruits Basket -prelude- BDPlease Crunchyroll/Funimation US$34.99 November 8 Gundam Build Divers Re:RISE BDCite Sunrise US$74.99 November 8 Kinmoza! Seasons 1 & 2 Complete Collection BDAnimeNewsNetwork Sentai Filmwor...
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Dances with the Dragons Light Novel Series Enters Last Arc

Final arc begins in light novel's 22nd volume in December ― Shogakukan listed the 22nd volume of Labo Asai's Saredo Tsumibito wa Ryū to Odoru: Dances with the Dragons (lit: Even So, Sinners Dance with Dragons: Dances with the Dragons) light novel as the start of its final arc. The light novel's final arc will have a three-month continuous publication starting with the 22nd volume, which will ship on ...

My Daughter Left the Nest and Returned an S-Rank Adventurer Novels Get TV Anime

J-Novel Club releases series about retired adventurer, top-tier adventurer daughter ― Earth Star Entertainment announced on Tuesday that author MOJIKAKIYA and illustrator toi8's My Daughter Left the Nest and Returned an S-Rank Adventurer (Bōkesha ni Naritai to Miyako ni Deteitta Musume ga S-rank ni Natteta) light novel series is getting a television anime adaptation. The company announced the anime i...
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North American Anime, Manga Releases, October 30-November 5

Summer Ghost, Tribe Nine anime; Shuna's Journey, Ayakashi Triangle manga ship ― Anime Releases Title Publisher Suggested Retail Price Date Belle Steelbook BD/DVDPlease GKIDS US$32.98 November 1 The Dungeon of Black Company BDCite Crunchyroll/Funimation US$64.98 November 1 The Dungeon of Black Company Limited Edition BD/DVDAnimeNewsNetwork Crunchyroll/Funimation US$84.98 November 1 Fate/kaleid Liner P...

Campfire Cooking in Another World with My Absurd Skill Novels Get TV Anime by MAPPA in January

Yūma Uchida stars in isekai fantasy anime ― MAPPA announced on Saturday that it is producing a television anime adaptation of Ren Eguchi and illustrator Masa's Campfire Cooking in Another World with My Absurd Skill (Tondemo Skill de Isekai Hōrō Meshi) light novel series. The anime will premiere on Tokyo TV and other channels in January 2023. The anime stars: Yūma Uchida as Mukouda (Mukouda Tsuyoshi) ...
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Sugar Apple Fairy Tale Anime Premieres in January 2023

Original novels get collector's edition; new novel arc starts in December ― Kadokawa announced on Friday that the television anime adaptation of Miri Mikawa and Aki's Sugar Apple Fairy Tale light novel series will premiere in January 2023. Crunchyroll will stream the series as it airs. Kadokawa also revealed that the original novel series is getting a new Collector's Edition for the first three volu...
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Gundam: Witch from Mercury Anime Gets Novel Adaptation (Updated)

Novelist, anime's SF Researcher Yūya Takashima pens novel ― The December issue of Kadokawa's Gundam Ace magazine announced on Wednesday that Mobile Suit Gundam: The Witch From Mercury (Kidō Senshi Gundam: Suisei no Majo), the first new Gundam television anime series in seven years, will get a novel adaptation. The anime's SF Researcher and novelist Yūya Takashima is writing the novel adaptation. The ...
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North American Anime, Manga Releases, October 23-29

Higurashi: When They Cry – SOTSU, Scarlet Nexus anime; Black Paradox, Last Gender manga ship ― Anime Releases Title Publisher Suggested Retail Price Date Devilman BDPlease Discotek US$69.95 October 25 Flying Phantom Ship BDCite Discotek US$24.95 October 25 Higurashi: When They Cry – SOTSU BDAnimeNewsNetwork Crunchyroll/Funimation US$64.98 October 25 Lupin III: Dead or Alive BDPlease Discotek US$24.95...
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North American Anime, Manga Releases, October 16-22

Burn the Witch, The Deer King anime; Mission: Yozakura Family, The Executioner and Her Way of Life manga ship ― Anime Releases Title Publisher Suggested Retail Price Date Aoharu x Machinegun BDPlease Sentai Filmworks US$59.98 October 18 Burn the Witch BDCite Viz Media US$24.98 October 18 Burn the Witch Limited Edition BDAnimeNewsNetwork Viz Media US$39.98 October 18 The Deer King BD/DVDPlease GKIDS U...
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Yūto Suzuki's Sakamoto Days Manga Gets Novel (Updated)

Manga has 2 million copies in circulation ― This year's 46th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine revealed on Monday that Yūto Suzuki's Sakamoto Days manga is getting a novel adaptation around spring 2023. The novel will feature an exclusive story. Suzuki launched the manga in Weekly Shonen Jump in November 2020. Suzuki published a one-shot titled "Sakamoto" in Jump GIGA in December 2019. ...
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North American Anime, Manga Releases, October 9-15

Ranking of Kings, The Vampire Dies in No Time anime; Dandadan, SHWD manga ship ― Anime Releases Title Publisher Suggested Retail Price Date Fate/Grand Carnival BDPlease Aniplex of America US$34.98 October 11 Free! -Road to the World- The Dream BDCite Crunchyroll/Funimation US$34.98 October 11 Girls und Panzer der Film BDAnimeNewsNetwork Sentai Filmworks US$29.98 October 11 Humanity Has Declined BDPle...
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Wise Man's Grandchild Novel Series Listed as Ending in 17th Volume

Series launched in 2015, inspired TV anime in 2019 ― Amazon is listing that writer Tsuyoshi Yoshioka and illustrator Seiji Kikuchi's Kenja no Mago light novel series will end with the 17th volume. The volume is slated to ship on November 29. The novels inspired a television anime adaptation that premiered in April 2019. Crunchyroll and Funimation both streamed the series as it aired with the title Wi...
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North American Anime, Manga Releases, October 2-8

Zombie Land Saga Revenge, Fate/kaleid Liner Prisma Illya Licht Nameless Girl anime; Romantic Killer, Night of the Living Cat manga ship ― Anime Releases Title Publisher Suggested Retail Price Date Fate/kaleid Liner Prisma Illya Licht Nameless Girl BDPlease Sentai Filmworks US$29.98 October 4 Kingdom Season 3 Part 2 BDCite Crunchyroll/Funimation US$64.98 October 4 One Piece Season 12 Part 1 BD/DVDAnim...
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Arifureta Author: Fans Can 'Expect' an Epilogue Story

Light novel series ended with 13th volume on Sunday ― Author Ryo Shirakome stated in the endnote for the 13th and final volume of their Arifureta - From Commonplace to World's Strongest (Arifureta Shokugyō de Sekai Saikyō) light novel series on Sunday that readers and fans can "expect" an epilogue story for the franchise. However, he did not provide further specific details. Shirakome noted that he "...
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North American Anime, Manga Releases, September 25-October 1

Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Mugen Train Arc, Yuki Yuna is a Hero anime; Thus Spoke Rohan Kishibe, Lazy Dungeon Master manga ship ― Anime Releases Title Publisher Suggested Retail Price Date Beelzebub BDPlease Discotek Media US$59.95 September 27 Code-E BDCite Media Blasters US$29.99 September 27 Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Mugen Train Arc BDAnimeNewsNetwork Crunchyroll/Funimation US$29.98 Septe...
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Prima Doll Anime Gets 4-Part 'Kinetic Novel' in 2023

Kinetic novel to feature prequels, sequels ― The official website of Visual Arts/Key's mixed media project Prima Doll announced on Saturday that the anime will get a four-part kinetic novel. The first three parts will debut in 2023, and the fourth part will launch in 2024. The kinetic novel will feature new scenarios, visuals, and music. The first part will be a novel version of a prequel that featur...

Baku Yumemakura's Onmyōji Novels Get 1st Anime Adaptation on Netflix in 2023

Soubi Yamamoto directs anime ― The Netflix Tudum Japan livestream event on Sunday revealed that Baku Yumemakura's Onmyōji novels are getting their first anime series adaptation. The anime will premiere worldwide on Netflix in 2023. Soubi Yamamoto (Meganebu!, This Boy/Kono Danshi series) is directing the anime, and Natsu Hashimoto (Oshiete Hokusai!: The Animation) and Yuiko Katō (Agū: Tensai Ningyō) a...

A-1 Pictures Produces Eisen Flügel Anime Film With Director Seiji Mizushima

Gen Urobuchi wrote novel series originally published in 2009 ― The Aniplex Online Fest 2022 event revealed on Saturday that A-1 Pictures is producing the Eisen Flügel theatrical anime film. Gen Urobuchi is credited with the original story, and Seiji Mizushima is the chief director of the film at A-1 Pictures. Daizen Komatsuda is the director, Keigo Sasaki is adapting Takashi Takeuchi of TYPE-MOON's o...
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North American Anime, Manga Releases, September 18-24

Vivy -Fluorite Eye's Song-, Shadows House anime; Josee, the Tiger and the Fish, Look Back manga ship ― Anime Releases Title Publisher Suggested Retail Price Date Dragon Ball Super Complete Series Limited Edition BDPlease Crunchyroll/Funimation US$199.98 September 20 Girls und Panzer das Finale Part 3 BDCite Sentai Filmworks US$29.98 September 20 Pokémon: Pikachu & Friends - Starring Eevee DVDAnimeNew...
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Remake Our Life Light Novel Ends with Volume 12 in 2023

Series started "final arc" with 11th volume on Thursday ― The 11th novel volume of author Nachi Kio and illustrator Eretto's Boku-tachi no Remake (Remake Our Life!) light novel series revealed on Thursday that the series will end with its 12th volume in 2023. The series started its "final arc" with the 11th volume. The story centers on the unsuccessful game director Kyōya Hashiba. His company goes ba...

J-Novel Club Licenses 6 Light Novels, 2 Manga

Reincarnated as an Apple, This Gyaru Is Head Over Heels for Me!, Rebuild World, more ― J-Novel Club announced on its industry livestream on Friday that it has licensed the following manga and light novel series. All manga will have their first chapters available on Friday. The first two parts of the first volume of all light novels will be available as well. Title: Reincarnated as an Apple: This Forb...

'Keiken Zumi na Kimi to, Keiken Zero na Ore ga, Otsukiai Suru Hanashi' Romcom Light Novels Get Anime

Makiko Nagaoka's story about boy, girl with completely opposite lives dating launched in 2020 ― Kadokawa announced on Friday that Makiko Nagaoka's Keiken Zumi na Kimi to, Keiken Zero na Ore ga, Otsukiai Suru Hanashi (You Were Experienced, I Wasn't, And This is How We Started Dating) light novel series is inspiring an anime adaptation. Kadokawa did not reveal the anime's format, but unveiled the below...
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Yen Press Adds 2 Light Novels, 5 New Manga Including 'Kiniro Mosaic, Best Wishes'

Hollow Regalia, Sunbeams in the Sky, more also licensed ― Yen Press announced on Friday that it has licensed the following new works. The company plans to debut the new works in March 2023. Title: The Otherworlder, Exploring the Dungeon (Ihōjin, Dungeon ni Moguru.) manga Author(s): Hinagi Asami (story), Kureta (art) Summary: A manga adaptation of the light novel series from Yen On. Broke and desperat...

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