J-Novel Club Licenses Four New Light Novels and One New Manga

J-Novel Club has announced the license of four new light novels and one new manga.

Title: Goodbye Otherworld, See You Tomorrow
Author(s): Kazamidori with illustrations by Nimoshi
Release Date: September 13, 2021
Summary: The world he woke up in is long dead, dusted in ashen powder, and yet Keisuke still sees splashes of color as he travels through it. For the longest time, he’s wandered alone across the deserted landscape, clinging to the hope that something—or someone—might be out there in the emptiness. When he finally stumbles across that someone, even more threads of color start to seep into the ashen world around them.

This time, when Keisuke sets off down the road, someone sits beside him in the passenger seat. The first acquaintance he’s ever made here, his first companion in this barren world. They’re both traveling in search of something, and after searching alone for so long, maybe they’ll have better luck working together?

Their only lead is a witch who can answer any question—for a price. What will the two ask her, and what will she be able to tell them? More importantly, what will it cost them, and will they be willing to pay the price?

Title: Private Tutor to the Duke’s Daughter
Author(s): Riku Nanano with illustrations by cura
Release Date: September 13, 2021
Summary: After failing the final exam for his dream job at the royal court, promising young sorcerer Allen wants nothing more than to retreat to a simple life in the countryside. Unfortunately for him, he can’t even afford the train fare. His only solution is to get a job, but his one lead is anything but modest—Duke Howard, one of the kingdom’s most powerful nobles, needs a private tutor for his daughter Tina.

Despite her academic brilliance, Tina is incapable of casting even a single spell. To make matters worse, entrance exams for the prestigious Royal Academy are fast approaching, and magical aptitude is mandatory. Can Allen use his unique brand of spellcasting to help Tina overcome her magical impairment, a mystery that not even the kingdom’s finest sorcerers have been able to solve? And does her father, the duke, even want him to?

Title: Endo and Kobayashi Live! The Latest on Tsundere Villainess Lieselotte
Author(s): Suzu Enoshima with illustrations by Eihi
Release Date: September 13, 2021
Summary: One day, Crown Prince Sieg hears the Voices of the Gods out of the blue. Apparently, his fiancée Lieselotte is a “tsun de rais” villainess destined to meet her demise… and her sharp tongue is just a way of covering up her embarrassment. The prince can hardly contain himself after discovering Lieselotte’s adorable hidden side. Little does he know, the heavenly beings that bestowed this knowledge unto him are actually high schoolers.

Can he use their divine prophecy (let’s play commentary) to save his betrothed and avoid a Bad End?

Title: Full Clearing Another World under a Goddess with Zero Believers (light novel)
Author(s): Isle Osaki with illustrations by Tam-U
Release Date: September 13, 2021
Summary: Makoto Takatsuki is a normal high school student and a hardcore RPG player. However, “normal” goes out the window when his whole class is involved in a bus crash and whisked away to another world. Powerful gods rule this strange new land of magic and monsters, and every newcomer is blessed with strong stats and unique skills. Well, not quite. Makoto’s stats turn out to be pathetic, and his skills are super weak compared to his classmates’… he’s even stuck as an apprentice mage. Worse still, he’s given only ten years to live.

Luckily, Makoto soon meets a minor goddess named Noah, who appears in Makoto’s dreams and asks him to become her first believer. With the help of Noah’s blessings and a divine weapon, Makoto seeks to become strong enough to rescue his goddess from the dungeon where she’s been trapped. By training hard and using his weak skills in unorthodox ways, Makoto proves that, even when playing on hardcore difficulty, an RPG player always makes it to the end.

Title: Full Clearing Another World under a Goddess with Zero Believers (manga)
Author(s): Hakuto Shiroi, Ise Osaki (original novel), Tam-U (character designs)
Release Date: September 13, 2021
Summary: After Hardcore RPG player Makoto Takatsuki is transported to another world and given new abilities— unfortunately, his skills and stats are pathetic. Alongside a cute goddess with zero believers, Makoto begins his life as an adventurer on hard mode.

Source: ANN

J-Novel Club Licenses 11 New Light Novels and Manga

J-Novel Club announced 11 new titles at its panel at the Anime Expo Lite 2021 event:

Title: Maddrax (a J-Novel Pulp title)
Author(s): Various authors, cover art by Nestor Taylor
Release Date: July 3, 2021
Summary: When a comet struck Earth, Matthew Drax found himself sent 500 years into the future – only to find civilization in ruins. In a world filled with barbarians, hostile mutants, and lost technology, Drax and co. cross the globe in search of adventure. Having recently saved the world by restoring the moon from its falling orbit, an accident in proceedings causes pockets of parallel worlds to dot the globe. What new dangers await Matt and his travelling companion, the telepathic warrior queen Aruula, as they cross these strange gaps in time and space?

Title: A Late-Start Tamer’s Laid-Back Life
Author(s): Yuu Tanaka with illustrations by Nardack
Release Date: July 3, 2021
Summary: Old MacDonald had a… gnome? The Law of Justice Online, also known as LJO, is the hottest new VRMMORPG of the season, and office worker Yuta Sasaki is one of the lucky few granted access to the official launch.

After some careful research, Yuta is chomping at the bit to start his virtual life as a Tamer, a class that harnesses the powers of wild monsters. Luckily, upon building his character, Yuta manages to land not only his chosen class, but a heap of bonuses to boot. He soon finds, however, that his abilities are not all they’re cracked up to be, and that the talents of the rare first monster he is granted lie not in combat… but gardening. Already well behind the other adventurers, and facing a long and slow progression path ahead of him, Yuta is left with two choices—start over from scratch, or make the best of what he has been given. For Yuta the choice is obvious: When life gives you manure… start up a farm.

Title: Chillin’ in Another World with Level 2 Super Cheat Powers
Author(s): Miya Kinojo with illustrations by Katagiri
Release Date: July 3, 2021
Summary: The Magical Kingdom of Klyrode summons hundreds of heroes from other worlds every year to fight in their war against the Dark One and his army of powerful demons. Banaza is one of those heroes, summoned from the Royal Capital Paluma, but something’s not right—Banaza is only an average merchant. He has no magic, no fighting ability, and his stats are abysmal. Worse, a mishap leaves him unable to return home.

Rejected as a hero and stranded in another world, abandoned to the far reaches of the kingdom by a cruel king who just wants him gone, Banaza’s fate looks pretty bleak. But what will happen once the failed hero candidate finds himself with super cheat powers once he hits level two?

Title: Min-Maxing My TRPG Build in Another World
Author(s): Schuld with illustrations by Lansane
Release Date: July 3, 2021
Summary: Commissioned in death to save a world in peril, a tabletop RPG fanatic is reborn as a humble farm boy with the rulebook for the universe at his fingertips. Young Erich’s quest for an invincible character build will require more than his decades as a number-crunching munchkin, though. Even with power-leveled skills, feudal life is no cakewalk—especially when you keep drawing more attention than you can handle…

Can Erich adapt to his strange new world before his worst impulses take the campaign of a lifetime completely off the rails? Let the dice fall where they may.

Title: The Reincarnated Princess Spends Another Day Skipping Story Routes (a J-Novel Heart title)
Author(s): Bisu with illustrations by Yukiko
Release Date: July 3, 2021
Summary: After an accident, a modern careerist is reborn as Princess Rosemary Von Velfalt. She soon realizes that her new life is identical to that of a rival character in an otome game that she’d once played to “100%” completion. Luxury and magic abound in the Kingdom of Nevel, alongside a collection of attractive men. However, beneath the suitors’ dazzling faces lie awful personalities: masochists, necrophiles, and perverts, oh my. But it’s not all bad news—the side characters are perfect, and Rosemary has fallen for the captain of the royal guard.

Since the game offers no true route to happiness, Rosemary decides to forge her own path; to avoid marriage with the suitors, she’ll have to skip their story routes and fix their deviance. She’ll navigate palace and marriage politics, kidnappings, and the threat of war, all while contending with a world that’s drifting further from the game she remembers. “100%” game completion isn’t all it’s cracked up to be—sometimes, “0%” is the route to a dream life.

Title: My Instant Death Ability is So Overpowered, No One in This Other World Stands a Chance Against Me! —AΩ— manga
Author(s): Hanamaru Nanto (based on novels by Tsuyoshi Fujitaka with original character designs by Chisato Naruse)
Release Date: July 3, 2021
Summary: Awaking to absolute chaos and carnage while on a school trip, Yogiri Takatou discovers that everyone in his class has been transported to another world. He had somehow managed to sleep through the entire ordeal himself, missing out on the Gift — powers bestowed upon the others by a mysterious Sage who appeared to transport them.

Even worse, he and another classmate were ruthlessly abandoned by their friends, left as bait to distract a nearby dragon. Although not terribly bothered by the thought of dying, he reluctantly decides to protect his lone companion. After all, a lowly Level 1000 monster doesn’t stand a chance against his secret power to invoke Instant Death with a single thought. If he can stay awake long enough to bother using it, that is…

Title: Reborn to Master the Blade: From Hero-King to Extraordinary Squire♀ manga
Author(s): Moto Kuromura (based on novels by Hayaken with original character designs by Nagu)
Release Date: Coming soon
Summary: From his deathbed, Hero-King Inglis, the divine knight and master of all he surveys, gazes down on the empire he built with his mighty hand. Having devoted his life to statecraft and his subjects’ well-being, his one unfulfilled wish is to live again, for himself this time: a warrior’s life he’d devoted himself to before his rise to power.

His patron goddess, Alistia, hears his plea and smiles upon him, flinging his soul into the far future. Goddesses work in mysterious ways—not only is Inglis now the daughter of a minor noble family, but at her first coming-of-age ceremony at 6, she’s found ineligible to begin her knighthood.

However, for a lady of Inglis’s ambition, this is less a setback and more the challenge she was (re)born to overcome. “It’s not the blood that runs through your veins that makes a knight; it’s the blood you shed on the battlefield!” The curtain rises on the legend of an extraordinary lady squire reborn to master the blade.

Title: My Daughter Left the Nest and Returned an S-Rank Adventurer
Author(s): MOJIKAKIYA with illustrations by toi8
Release Date: July 3, 2021
Summary: The life of an adventurer isn’t always a glamorous one. Belgrieve finds this out the hard way when a deadly encounter robs him of his leg and the ability to pursue his dreams not long after setting off for fame and fortune. But fate isn’t finished with this retired adventurer.

While gathering herbs in the wilderness, he discovers an abandoned baby girl and names her Angeline after deciding to raise her as his own. Angeline grows up to become a top-tier adventurer in her own right, yet after venturing out into the world and making a name for herself, fame, fortune, and power hold no allure for the accomplished S-rank adventurer: her heartfelt wish is for nothing more than to see her father again.

Title: Dragon Daddy Diaries: A Girl Grows to Greatness
Author(s): Ameko Kaeruda with illustrations by Sencha
Release Date: July 3, 2021
Summary: “Daddy!”

The dragon blinked as the wee little human called out to him. Him? Her “Daddy”?

Powerful enough to have been venerated by humankind, yet warmhearted and even a tad ditzy, the dragon soon finds himself raising and doting on the precocious Olivia as if she really were his daughter in this touching tale. The toddler may be impossibly cute now, but just you wait—she’s a curious child and she’s growing up real fast. You can bet that one day, she’ll be the strongest human there is. But first, how will he handle little Olivia receiving an acceptance letter to a human school?

Title: Dahlia in Bloom: Crafting a Fresh Start With Magical Tools (a J-Novel Heart title)
Author(s): Hisaya Amagishi with illustrations by Kei
Release Date: July 3
Summary: After dying of overwork in Japan, Dahlia is reborn into a world filled with magic. Raised by a master of magical toolmaking, she develops a passion for the craft and becomes engaged to her father’s apprentice. Before her father can see her wed, however, he suddenly passes away. As if this weren’t enough, on the day before their wedding, her fiancé announces that he’s in love—but not with her.

Dahlia finally realizes she needs to live for herself. She vows to be her own woman from now on and devote herself to her craft, even if it’s not quite the quiet life she was hoping for. From a chance encounter with a knight to starting her own company, there are challenges aplenty on the horizon. But this young craftswoman is no longer a shrinking violet—she’s Dahlia, and she’s ready to bloom.

Title: Hell Mode ~The Hardcore Gamer Dominates in Another World with Garbage Balancing~
Author(s): Hamuo with Illustrations by Mo
Release Date: July 3
Summary: “‘Level up even while offline’?! That’s not a game on ‘easy mode’—that’s just an AFK game!” The online game Yamada Kenichi had been playing religiously is shutting down its servers, leaving him with a void in his heart. He looks for a new game to fill it, but everything he finds is way too easy. The kind of game he likes—the kind punishing enough to make players want to spend thousands of hours on it—just isn’t around anymore.

“What’s this? ‘You are invited to a game that will never end.'”

Kenichi stumbles upon an untitled game, one promising incomparable challenge with unprecedented potential. Without hesitation, he selects the “Hell Mode” difficulty. Lo and behold, he finds himself reincarnated in another world as a serf.

Now called Allen, he sets out to unlock the secrets his mystery-laden Summoner class; without the convenience of walkthroughs, game guides, or online forums, he must grope his way to the top of his new world.

Source: ANN

Anime Expo Lite 2021 Presents the J-Novel Club Panel

Anime Expo Lite 2021 presents the J-Novel Club panel as part of this year’s two-day, livestream convention running July 3-4, 2021.

Join the team at J-Novel Club for all the latest news and announcements they are bringing to Anime Expo Lite. Also bring your best questions for the panel team to answer immediately after the announcement segment.

J-Novel Club is a digital publishing company offering officially licensed and translated light novel and manga titles for its community of online readers. More details on J-Novel Club can be found at: https://j-novel.club.

Tickets to access this year’s Anime Expo Lite programming are $5 each, with all proceeds benefiting the Hate Is A Virus commUNITY Action Fund. After the stream concludes on July 4, 2021, ticketholders can re-watch the content, as well as access additional programming, on a VOD basis from July 5-16, 2021.

Anime Expo Lite 2021 marks the 30th Anniversary of the long-running annual convention.

Anime Expo is the biggest North American fan celebration for Japanese pop culture including anime, TV and film, fashion, video games, manga, dance, live concerts, collectibles, and exclusive convention merchandise, presented as an unforgettable experience for fans of all ages.

Registration information:

Dates: July 3-4, 2021 / 12pm – 8pm (PST)
Ticket Registration: https://www.tixr.com/groups/animeexpolite/events/anime-expo-lite-2021-benefitting-hate-is-a-virus-23015
Registration $5 (+ processing fees) – all proceeds to benefit the Hate Is a Virus commUNITY Action Fund

To receive Anime Expo Lite new & programming updates, please sign-up at: https://mailchi.mp/anime-expo/lite-2021.

Kadokawa Acquires J-Novel Club

The Fandom Post is reporting that Kadokawa has acquired the J-Novel Club publisher. Kadokawa has a number of ventures that include Bookwalker and working with Yen Press to bring out a range of their books. The J-Novel Club acquisition is another piece in this expansion as the Japanese distribution side continues to recognize the importance of the overseas market, as well as their stronger control in those that bring those works overseas.

It appears the intent is to up the simulpublishing side of their titles and then work the books later.

Source: The Fandom Post

J-Novel Club Announces New Light Novel and Manga Licenses

J-Novel Club announced that it has licensed six light novel titles and two manga titles, including:

  • Reincarnated as the Piggy Duke: This Time I’m Gonna Tell Her How I Feel! by Rhythm Aida with Illustrations by nauribon
  • The Sidekick Never Gets the Girl, Let Alone the Protag’s Sister! by Toshizo with Illustrations by U35
  • Guide to the Perfect Otaku Girlfriend: Roomies and Romance by Rin Murakami with Illustrations by Mako Tatekawa
  • Reborn to Master the Blade: From Hero-King to Extraordinary Squire ♀ by Hayaken with Illustrations by Nagu
  • The Emperor’s Lady-in-Waiting Is Wanted as a Bride by Kanata Satsuki with Illustrations by Yoru Ichige
  • The Emperor’s Lady-in-Waiting Is Wanted as a Bride (Manga) by Akari Chikusa (original novel by Kanata Satsuki)
  • Villainess: Reloaded! ~Blowing Away Bad Ends with Modern Weapons~ by 616th Special Information Battalion with Illustrations by Wuhuo
  • Villainess: Reloaded! ~Blowing Away Bad Ends with Modern Weapons~ (Manga) by Futsu Onshin (original novel by 616th Special Information Battalion)

Source: ANN

J-Novel Club Announces New Light Novel and Manga Licenses

J-Novel Club has announced that it has licensed five light novel titles and two manga titles, including:

  • The Apothecary Diaries by Natsu Hyūga with illustrations by Touko Shino
  • The Ideal Sponger Life by Tsunehiko Watanabe with illustrations by Jyuu Ayakura
  • My Friend’s Little Sister Has It In for Me! by Ghost Mikawa with illustrations by tomari
  • Are You Okay With a Slightly Older Girlfriend? by Kota Nozomi with illustrations by Meruchi Nanase
  • She’s the Cutest… But We’re Just Friends! by Akamitsu Awamura with illustrations by mmu
  • Der Werwolf – The Annals of Veight ~Origins~ (manga) by Yuuchi Kosumi (original novel by Hyougetsu)
  • Welcome to Japan, Ms. Elf! (manga) by Shimo Aono (original novel by Makishima Suzuki)

The Apothecary Diaries and The Ideal Sponger Life are debuting “immediately,” and the two manga series will debut during the week of November 15, 2020.

Source: ANN

J-Novel Club Announces New Licenses

J-Novel Club announced during its livestream at the Otakuthon 2020 event that it has licensed author Milligram and illustrator YukiKana’s I’ll Never Set Foot in That House Again! (Nidoto Ie ni wa Kaerimasen!) light novel as well as author Mizuumi Amakawa and illustrator Mai Ooguma’s Fushi no Kami: Rebuilding Civilization Starts with a Village (Fushi no Kami: Henkyō kara Hajimeru Bunmei Saiseiki) light novel series. Both titles will launch on the service later in August 2020.

The company also announced it will release the first omnibus volume of Hajime Kanzaka’s Slayers novels in print in Summer 2021. The first omnibus volume will feature Volumes 1-3. J-Novel Club will release the first omnibus volume of Satoshi Ueda’s How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom manga in print on February 2, 2021. The first omnibus volume will feature Volumes 1-2.

Source: ANN

Publishers Comment on Amazon Kindle’s Delisting of at Least 15 Light Novels and Manga

Anime News Network has received statements from J-Novel Club and Yen Press, two of three publishers who recently had titles delisted from Amazon Kindle.

J-Novel Club president Sam Pinansky described to Anime News Network his experiences with Amazon Kindle support regarding the delisting of some of its titles on Amazon Kindle. According to Pinansky, J-Novel Club attempted to get in touch with Amazon Kindle support after the delisting of some of its titles in early May 2020 and June 2020, beginning with two volumes of How NOT to Summon a Demon Lord in early May 2020. Despite sending multiple inquiries over the course of weeks, Pinansky stated that he received no detailed reason from Amazon regarding the delistings, with Amazon only saying that it reserved the right to determine what was considered appropriate on its platform. According to Pinansky, Amazon Kindle support does not have the capability to communicate directly with the Kindle Content Review team, with inquiries requiring at least a week to process.

J-Novel Club also stated that it did not receive a notification of the delistings from Amazon, and were only made aware of it due to messages from users. In addition, J-Novel Club noted that those who have already purchased the books digitally will still be able to read and redownload them from their Amazon account. Pinansky also noted that all of its currently delisted digital titles still have their physical book versions available for purchase on Amazon, and that the digital English version of some of the titles are still available on the Amazon.co.jp Japanese store for purchase.

Yen Press also issued a statement to Anime News Network regarding the delisting of some of its titles for digital purchase on Amazon Kindle, noting that Amazon determined that some Yen Press titles “did not fall within their global content guidelines.” While Yen Press acknowledged that the delistings were Amazon’s prerogative, it nevertheless expressed disappointment, and added that other retailers still currently have the titles available.

As of this writing, Dark Horse Comics, the third publisher affected by these Amazon Kindle delistings, has not issued a statement on the issue.

The known list of titles currently delisted from Amazon, along with their publishers and current availability on Amazon.co.jp (if known) are as follows:

  • Arifureta – From Commonplace to World’s Strongest light novel Volume 6 (J-Novel Club)
  • How NOT to Summon a Demon Lord light novel Volumes 3, 6-8, 10 (J-Novel Club, Volumes 1, 2, 4, 5, 11, 12 still available on Amazon.co.jp)
  • Mixed Bathing in Another Dimension light novel Volume 6 (J-Novel Club)
  • There Was No Secret Evil-Fighting Organization (srsly?!), So I Made One MYSELF! light novel Volume 1 (J-Novel Club)
  • Infinite Stratos light novel Volumes 3, 8 (J-Novel Club)
  • Seirei Gensouki – Spirit Chronicles light novel Volume 4 (J-Novel Club)
  • Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash light novel Volume 1 (J-Novel Club)
  • Lazy Dungeon Master light novel Volume 2 (J-Novel Club)
  • The Greatest Magicmaster’s Retirement Plan light novel Volumes 1-6 (J-Novel Club, still available on Amazon.co.jp)
  • Clockwork Planet light novel Volumes 1-4 (J-Novel Club, still available on Amazon.co.jp)
  • I Shall Survive Using Potions! light novel Volumes 1-4 (J-Novel Club, still available on Amazon.co.jp)
  • I Shall Survive Using Potions! manga Volumes 1-3 (J-Novel Club, still available on Amazon.co.jp)
  • No Game, No Life light novels (Yen Press)
  • Oreimo manga (Dark Horse Comics)
  • Eromanga Sensei manga (Dark Horse Comics)

Source: ANN

J-Novel Club Announces That Amazon Has Delisted Some of Its Light Novels and Manga on Kindle

J-Novel Club has announced that Amazon has delisted the How NOT to Summon a Demon Lord, Clockwork Planet, and The Greatest Magicmaster’s Retirement Plan novels, as well as the manga and novels of I Shall Survive Using Potions!. The books are no longer available for purchase on Amazon Kindle, except for the Japanese editions on Amazon’s Japanese website. Amazon has also canceled all pre-orders for the sixth volume of The Greatest Magicmaster’s Retirement Plan.

J-Novel Club added that it did not receive a notification of the delistings from Amazon, and were only made aware of it due to messages from users. It later verified from Amazon that the books were delisted by Kindle Content Review, but were not provided any other reason for the removal. In addition, J-Novel Club noted that those who have already purchased the books digitally will still be able to read and redownload them from their Amazon account.

Yen Press’ release of the No Game, No Life light novels are also no longer listed on Amazon, though Yen Press has not issued a statement. Similarly, Dark Horse Comics’ releases of the Oreimo and Eromanga Sensei manga are no longer listed on Amazon. As with Yen Press, Dark Horse Comics has not yet issued a statement.

Source: ANN

J-Novel Club Announces Four New Manga Licenses

J-Novel Club announced at its panel at the Anime Expo Lite digital event that it has licensed four new manga titles:

  • Love Yuri and I Got Bodyswapped with a Fujoshi! by Ajiichi
  • Record of Wortenia War by Yukari Yagi and Fumi Arawi
  • Mapping: The Trash-Tier Skill That Got Me Into a Top-Tier Party by SAVAN
  • Black Summoner by Gin Ammo

Source: ANN