Yen Press Announces the Release of Yotsuba&! Volume 15

Yen Press, LLC announced a September 2021 release of Yotsuba&! Volume 15, the latest volume of the manga series by Kiyohiko Azuma. With the most recent volume of Yotsuba&! published in 2018, fans all over the world have waited eagerly for the continuation of this heartwarming slice-of-life story.

A fan favorite, Yotsuba&! has garnered many critical nods. The series was nominated for an Eisner Award in the Best Publication for Children category in 2008. It also won the Excellence Prize (Manga Category) at the Japan Media Arts Festival in 2006, was nominated in for the highly competitive Osamu Tezuka Cultural Prize in 2008 and was a runner-up for the first ever Japanese Cartoon Grand Prize (Manga Taisho). Other recognitions include being listed as one of the twenty best comics of the year by Publishers Weekly in 2005 and as one of the top graphic novels for teens by YALSA in 2008.

Yen Press first published Yotsuba&! in September 2009. For more than a decade, Yotsuba&! has stood out as a best-seller as well as one of the company’s most beloved manga series.

Yen Press Licenses the Bungo Stray Dogs Beast Manga

Yen Press has announced that it has acquired the license for the Bungo Stray Dogs Beast manga. The story is by Kafka Asagiri, and the art is by Sango Harukawa and Shiwasu Hoshikawa.

The story of the series is described as:

In the parallel universe of Bungo Stray Dogs: Beast, Ryūnosuke Akutagawa’s desperate mission to save his younger sister leads to him being recruited by the armed detective agency. But standing in his way is none other than the fearsome White Reaper of the Port Mafia—Atsushi Nakajima. As darkness and light face off, what fate awaits the two…?

Source: ANN

Yen Press Announces New Manga and Light Novel Acquisitions

Yen Press has announced several new manga and light novel acquisitions.

The Whole of Humanity Has Gone Yuri Except for Me (manga)
Available June 2021

Marika Juuno has somehow ended up in a world where only women exist — which she discovers one morning when she sees two girls kissing each other on the way to school.

Farewell to My Alter (manga)
Available June 2021

From beloved yuri mangaka Nio Nakatani comes a new collection of short stories and illustrations.

The Eminence in Shadow (manga)
Available July 2021

There’s only one thing in this world Cid wants to be. And it’s not some bland protagonist or the final boss—he has his eyes set on becoming a mastermind working in the shadows.

I’m the Villainous Daughter, So I’m Keeping the Last Boss
Available July 2021

When Aileen regains her memories of her past life, she realizes she’s doomed. To get out of her situation, she decides to capture the heart of the Demon Lord.

The Maid I Recently Hired is Mysterious (manga)
Available June 2021

I hired a maid who has something about her I just can’t put my finger on. Sure, she looks great and is a fabulous cook, but something about her’s not quite right. What have I gotten myself into?

The Detective is Already Dead
Available June 2021

Kimitsuka Kimihiko was the assistant to a beautiful detective named Siesta — until Siesta died, anyway. Now, Kimitsuka has encountered a girl who bears an uncanny resemblance to his former boss…

Captivated, By You (manga)
Available July 2021

High school relations are moody, quirky, and full of surprises. But most of all, they’re downright captivating.

Spy Classroom
Available July 2021

The world’s greatest spy creates an organization dedicated to tackling missions considered impossible… though it remains to be seen why the seven members of this group all have no experience.

Source: The Fandom Post

Yen Press Announces Six New Manga Licenses

Yen Press has announced that it has acquired six new manga licenses.

Title: I’m the Catlords’ Manservant
Author: Rato Kitaguni
Synopsis: Izumi Yukihara, high school second year. His life is completely average—until a series of misfortunate events turn his life upside down. As if losing his parents weren’t enough, he’s saddled with their massive debt and forced to relocate to a new residence. On the bright side, the owners of his new residence offer him a chance to repay his debt… by serving cats?!

Title: Hard-boiled Stories from the Cat Bar
Author: Ono Yourei
Synopsis: An assassin unable to get over the loss of his cat, a man with a scar on his cheek, and a feline named Dandy that is waiting for its master to return are at the center of this gritty tale of men and tears.

Title: I’m the Hero, But the Demon Lord’s Also Me
Author: Akiyoshi Ota (story), Tatsuya Endō (art)
Synopsis: Yuuma Tsugari is an ordinary high school student whose family runs a public bath house. He leads a peaceful, uneventful life, but all that changes when a beautiful woman from another world appears before him, certain that he’s the hero she’s been searching for. Sure, he’s no hero, but how can he refuse such a beauty…!?

Title: Uncle from Another World
Author: Akiyoshi Ota (story), Tatsuya Endō (art)
Synopsis: When a middle-aged man wakes up from a 17-year coma, he tells his nephew Takafumi that he’s been adventuring in another world. It’s a generation gap comedy starring an uncle who bridges two universes.

Title: Your Turn to Die and Afterschool Hanako-kun
Author: Tatsuya Ikegami
Synopsis: Sara Chidouin has been getting harassed by a mysterious stalker lately, so her concerned friend Joe Tazuna decides to walk her home. But once they arrive, the two of are attacked by someone and black out. When they come to, they find that they’ve been restrained to some tables in a strange room…

Title: If the RPG World Had Social Media
Author: Yuusuke Nitta (story), Sato Kamegoya (art)
Synopsis: When a fantasy world has fully functioning internet and smartphones (for some reason), it’s only natural for its 16-year-old Hero to declare war on the Demon Lord via text message. But is it natural for that Demon Lord to be an innocent snowflake who hates conflict…? Take a peek into this unfortunate Hero’s chatlog with a… unique group of RPG characters, like an overly pure Demon Lord, her cheerful Generals (who all adore her), and the kidnapped princess who seems to be developing a major crush on her captor.

Yen Press Announces the Digital Release Date of the New Japan Academy Manga

Yen Press has announced an on-sale date of the highly-anticipated digital release of New Japan Academy, the alternate universe manga telling the tale of the hottest stars in Japanese pro-wrestling in high school by artist HIROKU. with supervision by New Japan Pro-Wrestling. New Japan Academy will be available on digital platforms on November 10, 2020.

Tetsuya Naito, the New Japan Pro-Wrestling star who is the protagonist of New Japan Academy, has provided the following statement to fans supporting the Yen Press release of the highly-anticipated manga:

“Hey, you! That’s right—I mean you, the one who’s reading New Japan Academy right now!

Not only did you pick up New Japan Academy, you read it too. And I get the feeling…

…that it was all Destino.

This series was put together based on comments I’ve made and interviews I’ve given in the past, which makes for a lot of moments that take even me back.

I especially like the part where I injure my right knee, get surgery, and start rehabbing it. There’s also all the ways I felt about Tanahashi and Okada…

I look back on my emotions from that period fondly, but I can also remember just how difficult those days were for me.

That said, I’m not turning my back on my past.

I’m where I am today because of all the pain and suffering in those days.

I wouldn’t be who I am today if not for what happened during those times.

It’s this past that made the present me, and that’s what I want people to learn from New Japan Academy.

Once they do, I want them to look at who Tetsuya Naito is right now.

I know all of this isn’t easy to convey to those who speak a different language… but with this edition’s release, I’m sure English speakers will be able to understand.

And now that you’ve read this volume, I bet it’s even more exciting to watch me, and to watch Los Ingobernables de Japon wrestle, no?

What’s that?

You can’t wait to read what’s next?

You’re not getting all worked up, are you?

It’s times like this when you need to remember those words.

Yeah, that’s right…

Tranquilo. Assen na yo.

Adios.”

Yen Press Announces Print Release Plans for the Haruhi Suzumiya Light Novels

Yen Press announced publication plans for the Yen On edition of the Haruhi Suzumiya light novels, written by Nagaru Tanigawa with art by Noizi Ito. The relaunch of the iconic series will start with The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya and The Sigh of Haruhi Suzumiya, scheduled for January 2021 release. Two additional volumes will be released every month from February 2021 to May 2021.

Yen Press also announced the print release of The Intuition of Haruhi Suzumiya, the highly-anticipated new volume of the light novel series, scheduled for June 2021. With two new releases each month from January to May 2021, all ten of the previous Haruhi Suzumiya light novels will be available to collect in time for The Intuition of Haruhi Suzumiya‘s print debut.

The Yen On edition of Haruhi Suzumiya will be published in a paperback format with the original cover art by Noizi Ito that was used in the Japanese edition as well as the Yen Press hardcover edition of the light novel series.

The digital release of The Intuition of Haruhi Suzumiya is scheduled for November 25, 2020, simultaneous with its release in Japan. The first ten volumes of Haruhi Suzumiya are available now on digital platforms.

Yen Press Announces 11 New Titles for Future Publication

Yen Press, LLC announced a slate of upcoming titles during a virtual panel titled The Yen Press Manga and Light Novel Party that was part of New York Comic Con Metaverse. Acquisitions included manga (Hana-chan and the Shape of the World, Please Put Them On, Takamine-san!!, In Another World With My Smartphone, Can’t Stop Cursing You, Sex Education 120%, and Love of Kill), light novels (Durarara!! SH, Yokohama Station SF, and Hazure Skill: The Guild Member with a Worthless Skill Is Actually a Legendary Assassin) and both the light novel and manga adaptation of Bofuri: I Don’t Want to Get Hurt, So I’ll Max Out My Defense.

All announced titles are scheduled for March and April 2021 release.

Durarara!! SH
Story by Ryohgo Narita
Illustrations by Suzuhito Yasuda

In the sequel series to the urban fantasy Durarara!!, Yahiro Mizuchi has come to Tokyo in the hopes of starting a new life (and maybe seeing the Headless Rider), but the famous Dullahan hasn’t been seen in half a year-and neither has anyone who’s gone to find her.

Durarara!! SH is a sequel series of the legendary Durarara!!, the most well known work by Ryohgo Narita, the creator of Baccano! and Dead Mount Death Play. With Durarara!! standing out as one of the most beloved franchises of the past decade, one that helped launch light novels in the West, Durarara!! SH is a highly anticipated release by the most passionate of light novel readers.

Hana-chan and the Shape of the World
Story and art by Ryotaro Ueda

It’s the story of a girl. A girl who lives in the country. A girl encountering fragments, both bitter and sweet, of the world around her. It’s the story of the shape of her world.

Hana-chan and the Shape of the World is a unique addition to the growing category of slice-of-life manga, one that features a loveable female protagonist, a stylized art style and story reminiscent of Yotsuba&! Hana-chan and the Shape of the World is complete in one volume.

Please Put Them On, Takamine-san!!
Story and art by Yuichi Hiiragi

The student council president, Takane Takamine,is a beauty beyond compare, and she would normally never associate with a friendless nobody like Koushi Shirota. After seeing her undressed, however, he’s forced to become her walking “closet” as she changes underwear throughout the day. But Takamine’s stripping isn’t merely to tease-it’s the key to unleashing her time-bending powers.

Please Put Them On, Takamine-san!! is a spicy romantic comedy manga that puts a sexy spin on popular science fiction tropes, one that appeals greatly to fans of the best-selling Rascal Does Not Dream of Bunny Girl Senpai looking for more of an edge.

In Another World With My Smartphone
Story by Patora Fuyuhara
Art by Soto and Eiji Usatsuka

Due to God having a bit of a clumsy accident, Touya Mochizuki is killed and reincarnated in a medieval fantasy world, along with his smartphone…? His easygoing, wondrous journey through another world starts here.

In Another World With My Smartphone is a manga adaptation of the light novel series that inspired the hit anime. The ongoing series puts a fun twist on the ever popular isekai genre.

Yokohama Station SF
Story by Tatsuyuki Tanaka
Illustrations by Yuba Isukari

In a future where Yokohama Station covers most of the island of Honshu, there are two ways of life-inside the station and outside. Life within the station is strictly controlled, and those who fail to follow the rules are expelled to the harsher world outside. When one these exiles receives a temporary ticket to go into the station, he’s also given a mission to find the leader of a group determined to free humanity.

Yokohama Station SF is a dystopian science fiction novel that has enjoyed best-seller status in Japan. An epic tale that is complete in one volume, Yokohama Station SF is a must read for fans of Japanese science fiction novels.

Can’t Stop Cursing You
Story by Kensuke Koba
Art by Natsuko Uruma

Those who make contracts with devils gain the power to curse others to death. Their mortal enemy: the Curse Detective Kiyoharu Saeyama, who uses traces of the curses left on their victims to uncover the identities of these sick killers. Let this deadly, paranormal game of psychological warfare begin.

Can’t Stop Cursing You is an edgy and suspenseful manga series that features a stylish and often gruesome art style. A relatively new series that is quickly gaining traction in Japan, Can’t Stop Cursing You is a welcome addition to the ever popular category of psychological thriller manga.

Sex Education 120%
Story by Kikiki Tataki
Art by Hotomura

Gym teacher Tsuji-sensei has one mission: help Japan’s terrible modern sex education standards. Her problem is, her students barely know their birds from their bees. Between a girl who already has a girlfriend, a hard-core BL lover, and a girl who only cares about cats, Tsuji-sensei has her work cut out for her.

Sex Education 120% is a school life manga that takes a comedic and sexy approach to discuss the topic of sex education. Led by an eccentric cast of characters all with their own loveable quirks, Sex Education 120% answers all the questions one world ask (and might not know to ask) on a very important subject.

Hazure Skill: The Guild Member with a Worthless Skill Is Actually a Legendary Assassin
Story by Kennoji
Illustrations by KVKM

Roland is the world’s greatest assassin, he’s a man who’s taken a worthless skill and made it so powerful that he’s managed to kill the greatest demon lord that’s ever lived. He could live out the rest of his days as a wealthy and famous man, but instead chooses…an exceedingly normal life working at an adventurer’s guild. For someone as exceptional as Roland, aiming for a normal life won’t come easy, however…

Hazure Skill: The Guild Member with a Worthless Skill Is Actually a Legendary Assassin is an adventurous fantasy light novel series that is growing in popularity. The light novel series features popular RPG elements and a protagonist who shows himself to be a reluctant hero, an increasingly popular element seen in some of today’s hottest light novel series.

Love of Kill
Story and Art by Fe

She’s a professional hitman. And he…is also a professional hitman. And she’s his target. Caught in a deadly game of cat-and-mouse, will she fall first…or will he?

Love of Kill is a thrilling manga series filled with intriguing action and romance. Originally a webcomic that has enjoyed success for years, Love of Kill is a dramatic and compelling romance story unlike any manga seen in the West.

Bofuri: I Don’t Want to Get Hurt, So I’ll Max Out My Defense (light novel)
Story by Yuumikan
Illustrations by Koin

When it comes to the VRMMO NewWorld Online, Kaede Honjou isn’t your run-of-the-mill greenhorn gamer. Forgoing a typical stat allocation for her Great Shielder, Maple, she pumps all her points into defense from the get-go. Her reasoning? “I don’t want to get hurt.” With no magic, agility, or strength to speak of, this walking fortress will have to get creative to beat the baddies early on. But little does she know that her pure-stat build will propel her to chaotic new heights that even the game admins couldn’t account for.

Bofuri: I Don’t Want to Get Hurt, So I’ll Max Out My Defense is the light novel series that inspired the hit anime that stands out as one of the most popular of 2020. Led by an adorable and endearing protagonist, this series excellently combines action, comedy and ever popular RPG elements to tell a story that appeals to a wide audience.

Bofuri: I Don’t Want to Get Hurt, So I’ll Max Out My Defense (manga)
Story by Yuumikan
Art by Oimoto
Illustrations by Koin

When Kaede Honjou agrees to try out VRMMO gaming with her best friend from high school, her inexperience and “I don’t want to get hurt” outlook cause her to max out her defense points-leaving her with no attack points to speak of. Luckily for her, the game’s mod system is diverse enough that a little creativity boosts her special abilities to heights beyond the game admins’ wildest imaginations. Will this noob become a new star in NewWorld Online?

The Bofuri: I Don’t Want to Get Hurt, So I’ll Max Out My Defense manga does an amazing job of portraying the events of the highly-anticipated light novel series in an art style that is just as adorable as the protagonist. This manga adaptation appeals greatly to fans of the upcoming light novel series as well as the hit anime.

Yen Press Announces Four New Titles for Future Publication

Yen Pres, LLC has announced a slate of upcoming titles that include the manga series When a Magician’s Pupil Smiles and Goblin Slayer Side Story II: Dai Katana and the light novel series and manga adaptation of I Was a Bottom-Tier Bureaucrat for 1,500 Years, and the Demon King Made Me a Minister.

When a Magician’s Pupil Smiles
Story and Art by Chisaki Kanai

Ouka Namae, a magician’s pupil, is incapable of feeling emotion. That is… he’s almost incapable. There is one particular circumstance when his feelings rise to the surface, but the scenario that unleashes them is too dark to even contemplate…

When a Magician’s Pupil Smiles is a dark supernatural manga that was originally published as a digital exclusive by Yen Press. The upcoming print edition collects the entire series in a single omnibus volume.

Goblin Slayer Side Story II: Dai Katana
Story by Kumo Kagyu
Art by Aoki Shogo
Original illustrations by lack

Not a soul knows how the death and destruction started. Only one thing is certain-it came from the north. Deep within the Dungeon of the Dead is where the Demon King resides and the only hope humanity has of defeating this great evil rests on the shoulders of a handful of adventures. This tale of Sword Maiden’s past smells of ash and sounds like the ringing of bare steel.

Goblin Slayer Side Story II: Dai Katana is a manga adaptation of the upcoming light novel release. A spin-off of the ever popular Goblin Slayer that delves into the past of the legendary Sword Maiden, this manga appeals to fans of the series.

I Was a Bottom-Tier Bureaucrat for 1,500 Years, and the Demon King Made Me a Minister (light novel)
Story by Kisetsu Morita
Illustrations by Benio

In this spin-off story of I’ve Been Killing Slimes for 300 Years and Maxed Out My Level, enjoy Beezlebub’s misadventures in her early days as the demon Minister of Agriculture, after she was promoted from entry-level office worker right to the top.

I Was a Bottom-Tier Bureaucrat for 1,500 Years, and the Demon King Made Me a Minister is a spin-off of the I’ve Been Killing Slimes for 300 Years and Maxed Out My Level, a slice-of-life fantasy that has been rapidly growing in popularity with an anime adaptation on the horizon. As a spin-off that focuses on the past hijinks of fan-favorite character Beezlebub, this series further builds upon the fun and fantastical world that many have grown to love.

I Was a Bottom-Tier Bureaucrat for 1,500 Years, and the Demon King Made Me a Minister (manga)
Story by Kisetsu Morita
Art by Meishi Murakami
Original illustrations by Benio

In this spin-off story of I’ve Been Killing Slimes for 300 Years and Maxed Out My Level, enjoy demon Minister of Agriculture Beezlebub’s adventures in the days before she met Azusa. After refusing promotions for 1500 years, how did she make it from entry-level office worker right to the top?

Like the manga adaptation of I’ve Been Killing Slimes for 300 Years and Maxed Out My Level, the manga adaptation of I Was a Bottom-Tier Bureaucrat for 1,500 Years, and the Demon King Made Me a Minister does an amazing job portraying the hilarious events and characters from the pages of the light novel series, all in a cute art style that fans are sure to love.

Yen Press Announces Sword Art Online Platinum Collector’s Box Set

Yen Press, LLC has announced the acquisition of the Sword Art Online Platinum Collector’s Edition, a deluxe limited edition box set of the iconic Sword Art Online light novel series written by Reki Kawahara with illustrations by abec.

Spanning twenty volumes of Sword Art Online, this special boxed set includes exclusive prints and a poster featuring gorgeous art by abec. With two beautiful collector’s edition volumes, this boxed set is an absolute must-have for fans of the series.

For nearly a decade, Sword Art Online has been one of the most beloved franchises in the world of light novels, manga and anime. This deluxe box set appeals greatly to passionate fans of the series as well as collectors of limited edition offerings, such as the Spice and Wolf Anniversary Collector’s Edition and the PandoraBox: Limited PandoraHearts Collection previously released by Yen Press.

Sword Art Online Platinum Collector’s Edition is on sale December 22, 2020. Pre-orders are available now on YenPress.com.

Yen Press Releases the King of Eden Manga

Yen Press amps up the horror with the release of the new manga, King of Eden. The visceral new work is written by Takashi Nagasaki, the co-author (along with creator Naoki Urasawa) of Monster, 20th Century Boys, Master Keaton, Billy Bat, and Pluto. With stunning artwork by SangCheol Lee, King of Eden demonstrates a rare and flawlessly executed collaboration between Korean and Japanese creative forces.

Entire villages are going up in flames across the globe, with the same man left standing at the scene every time. Meanwhile, rumors abound of a highly contagious virus where those infected fly into a blind rage, killing anything and everything that crosses their path. As the death toll rises, agencies from nations around the world get together, looking for answers-How are these incidents connected? Who is that man? And most importantly… can the massacres be stopped before humanity is doomed?

King of Eden is available now in print and digitally.