Yen Press has announced that the company has acquired three manga licenses.
Accel World revolves around a bullied middle school boy named Haruyuki. One autumn day in 2046, he has an encounter with Kuroyukihime, the prettiest girl in his school, that changes his life. Through a mysterious piece of software from Kuroyukihime, Haruyuki learns of the existence of the virtual “Accel World.” In that moment, the lowest of the “school caste” becomes “Burst Linker,” a knight defending a princess.
Ubel Blatt follows the half-human boy named Koinzell who was sent to battle the Emperor’s enemies with the rest of the “Fourteen Lances.” Betrayed by his comrades and left for dead, Koinzell goes on a quest for revenge against the Lances who were wrongly proclaimed as the “Seven Heroes.”
Barakamon centers around the ikemen (handsome) 23-year-old calligrapher Seishū Handa, who moves to the remote Gotō Islands off the western coast of Kyushu. Seishū grew up in the city, and the manga chronicles Seishu’s interactions with the people of the island, who drive tractors on public roads and don’t enter through his front door when they visit. On top of that, Seishū’s house becomes a hangout for the island’s children.
The first volumes of all three series are scheduled to be released in North America in Fall 2014.