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J-Novel Club Announces the Acquisition and Digital Launch of Five New Series

Three new light novel series and two new manga series are available to read now on J-Novel Club!

(SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS – June 5, 2020) – J-Novel Club LLC is excited to announce the acquisition of several new titles following their latest announcement livestream on June 5, 2020. Three brand new light novel series and two new manga series were announced to have digital launches the same day with parts of Volume 1 being available to J-Novel Club Members. In addition, the manga series are being published under the J-Novel Heart shoujo label. A free preview will be available to everyone to enjoy for all of these brand-new additions to J-Novel Club's library. The time of zombies is upon us in author Ichirou Sakaki's When the Clock Strikes Z! A FPS-obsessed gamer and his horror-junkie companion must attempt to save humanity from a global zombie apocalypse. Parts one and two of this dramatic supernatural light novel series launch today on J-Novel Club for your reading pleasure.

Majima Takahiro is thrust into an unfamiliar world with one thousand other Japanese students only to find that he does not have any of the new unexplainable powers that his peers have. Wandering the forest alone, he finds salvation in the unlikeliest form: monsters! The first two parts of Monster Tamer by Minto Higure are now available to read on J-Novel Club!

In The Epic Tale of the Reincarnated Prince Herscherik, our otaku protagonist, Ryoko Hayakawa's life tragically comes to an end one day - but she is reincarnated as a beautiful prince in a fantasy world! However, her dream-like royal life won't last long when there's convoluted politics and rampant corruption in her kingdom. Will the young prince persevere and spark a change in the kingdom despite all the odds stacked against him? Interested readers can preview this series written by Nobiru Kusunoki by reading the first part today on J-Novel Club!

With beautiful art by Yui Kikuta, the manga adaptation of the Bibliophile Princess light novel series is coming to J-Novel Club under the J-Novel Heart label! The first chapter is available to read now on J-Novel Club so feel free to fall in love with this breathtaking series. When book-loving Lady Elianna spots her betrothed Prince Christopher consorting with another noble lady, she worries that the annulment of their engagement is swiftly approaching and sadly inevitable! With secrets and conspiracies afloat everywhere, Lady Elianna finds out that courtly life and love are much more complicated than at first glance!

Fans can also rejoice as The Tales of Marielle Clarac manga adaptation by Alaskapan will be published under the J-Novel Heart imprint as well! Marielle, a plain young noblewoman, is proposed to by the gorgeous Simeon, heir to an earldom—but why? Simeon has his secrets, but he's not the only one! The first chapter is available to read right now on J-Novel Club.

J-Novel Club Membership is only $4.50 a month for an annual membership and gives you a new chapter a week from more than 70 ongoing series, including Invaders of the Rokujouma!?, Ascendance of a Bookworm, Arifureta: From Commonplace to World's Strongest, Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash, Seirei Gensouki: Spirit Chronicles, In Another World With My Smartphone, How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom, and many more!

Announced Title List:

When the Clock Strikes Z by Ichirou Sakaki with illustrations by Katsudansou

Z の時間

When hardcore FPS enthusiast Dewa Hiroaki pulls off his VR headset and steps outside for the first time in ages, he realizes that the whole world is in ruins! Soon after, he coincidentally runs into horror junkie Judo Otoha, and the two of them team up to endure the zombie apocalypse. One fateful night, a VR AI known as “Raven” leaves them a cryptic message: “Survive, and humanity may flourish once again.”

Follow these ragtag oddballs as they cling to hope in a hopeless world!

Monster Tamer by Minto Higure with illustrations by Napo


One thousand Japanese high school students are suddenly thrust into an unfamiliar world rife with dangerous monsters. Their survival becomes dependent on those who awaken to unexplainable powers.

Majima Takahiro, a normal second-year student, does not get any such power. Instead, he joins the majority of students building the homestead. But when a group of empowered students revolt, Takahiro is left wandering the forest on the verge of death. Having lost all faith in humanity, he finds salvation from an unlikely source: monsters!

The Epic Tale of the Reincarnated Prince Herscherik by Nobiru Kusunoki with illustrations by Arico

ハーシェリク 転生王子の英雄譚

The life of Ryoko Hayakawa, a hard-core otaku, came to an abrupt end the day before her 35th birthday, before she was reincarnated as a beautiful prince in a fantasy world. However, her dream-like royal life didn't last long, as she soon uncovered the depths of politics and corruption of her kingdom. To protect the king and his people, Ryoko, reincarnated as Prince Herscherik, resolved to conquer the darkness within his country.

The problem was, the prince had no physical strength or magical powers, and even his stunning looks were surpassed by every other member of the royal family. Still, the prince persevered, using the skills he acquired during his previous life—the experience of an office worker, Ryoko's drive for change, and her otaku brain.

Bibliophile Princess (manga) by Yui Kikuta


When book-loving Lady Elianna spots Prince Christopher—her betrothed in name only— consorting with another noble lady, she realizes the recent rumors must be true. The prince has someone he truly loves, which means the annulment of their engagement is both inevitable and fast-approaching. What she doesn't realize is that this is merely a surface ripple—one of many where the truth runs deep, in a conspiracy surpassing her imagination!

Note: Published under J-Novel Heart

The Tales of Marielle Clarac (manga) by Alaskapan


As a plain, unassuming noble's daughter, Marielle doesn't stand out in high society. Imagine her surprise when she receives a marriage proposal from the sought-after Simeon, second-in-command of the Royal Order of Knights!

Note: Published under J-Novel Heart

J-Novel Club is a digital publishing company started by translators and fans like you! By focusing on digital releases and providing a membership service to let people read our books as they are being translated, our goal is to build a growing community of light novel and manga readers so that more and more releases can be officially licensed and translated. J-Novel Club has published over 450 volumes of light novels and manga in 3 years.

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