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Sakura-Con 2014: ANNOUNCEMENTS & NEW LICENSES!

April 19th, 2014 tania Posted in NEWS | 20 Comments »

YenOnSo we promised some major announcements today at Sakura-Con 2014, and call me biased, but I think we delivered!

As if our digital initiatives weren’t exciting enough, we’re delighted and excited to announce Yen On, a new imprint and program dedicated to bringing you fans English editions of the best light novels that Japan has to offer! We’re already a powerhouse when it comes to getting light novels out there, but now we’re going to build on the successes of hits like The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya and Spice & Wolf, and the upcoming blockbusters, Sword Art Online and Accel World, and bring you even more! Look for Yen On to launch this fall!

But of course, to launch a new imprint, you need new titles, right?! Well, let’s see what you think of these!

  • ANOTHER by Yukito Ayatsuji – Not technically new or a light novel (you might see more of that!), but before and since publishing this deliciously spine-chilling horror tale digitally last year, we’ve gotten tons of requests for a print release. Well, we’re happy to say your prayers have been answered! Look for the hardcover omnibus print edition of ANOTHER hitting bookstores this October as part of the Yen On launch!
  • A CERTAIN MAGICAL INDEX by Kazuma Kamachi, art by Kiyotaka Haimura – I can’t tell you how thrilled we are to finally be bringing A CERTAIN MAGICAL INDEX to you guys! One of the most popular and acclaimed light novel series in Japan, INDEX is also one of our most requested titles! This winter, science and magic clash in Academy City, when one unlucky young man finds a mysterious nun in his room and gets landed in the middle of a war he never expected!
  • IS IT WRONG TO TRY TO PICK UP GIRLS IN A DUNGEON? by Fujino Omori, art by Suzuhito Yasuda – Like that title alone isn’t reason enough to check out this new breakout light novel series! Also known as DanMachi, Fujino Omori’s hilarious fantasy tale about a fateful encounter in the labyrinthine Dungeon between a hapless boy who wants to make a name for himself as an adventurer and a failed goddess rounds out the Yen On launch list this winter!

Whew! And that does it for our Sakura-Con announcements…PSYCH!

We wouldn’t leave our manga faithful hanging like that! On top of more light novels, we’re positively giddy with excitement to bring you…

  • KING OF EDEN by Takashi Nagasaki, art by SangCheol Lee – Maybe you’re not familiar with the name Takashi Nagasaki, but you sure should be! Nagasaki, the critically acclaimed co-author of Monster, 20th Century Boys, Master Keaton, Billy Bat, and Pluto, pens a grotesque thriller that will leave you begging for more! Starting May 1, digital chapters will be simultaneously published worldwide!
  • PandoraHearts ~odds and ends~ by Jun Mochizuki – If you love the cracking mind-warp that is PandoraHearts, you won’t want to miss this art book! Lavishly presented in hardback with a slipcase, Mochizuki’s darkly whimsical world comes to vivid life in this collection of over 120 color and black-and-white illustrations from PandoraHearts, Crimson-Shell, and more! Look for it in November 2014!
  • GOU-DERE SORA NAGIHARA by Suu Minazuki – No Yen list would be complete without a little raunch, am I right? In this hilarious fantasy romp out in November 2014, Shouta Yamakawa, a boy in love with his favorite demure manga heroine, Sora Nagihara, casually wishes she could be real…only to find himself staring into her eyes?! But Shouta soon realizes he got more than he bargained for ’cos this Sora turns out to be one bold, brazen babe!
  • LOVE AT FOURTEEN by Fuka Mizutani – Serialized in Hakusensha’s wonderful Rakuen Le Paradis anthology, LOVE AT FOURTEEN is a charming, bittersweet slice-of-life story about two very mature students in junior high falling in love like the teenagers they are. If you have a soft spot for subtle (not to mention adorable) romance, you’re going to have to read this in November 2014!
  • THE ANGEL OF ELHAMBURG by Aki – In this beautiful standalone volume, a close friendship between a king blessed by a strange angel and his knight begins to crumble under the weight of jealousy and contempt when a woman, and soon her child, comes between them. We love Aki with a burning passion here at Yen, so we’re beyond excited to be adding the gorgeousness of THE ANGEL OF ELHAMBURG to our Spring 2015 list!

Well, that really does do it for our Sakura-Con 2014 announcements! We’ll be sure to bring you more awesome next year!

If you’re at the con, do come by and say hello! We always love to meet our fans!


YEN PRESS at Sakura-Con 2014!

April 18th, 2014 tania Posted in NEWS | 5 Comments »

YenSakuraConWe’re not the most conventional of publishers, but even we have our traditions! And so, once again, the Yen Press team has descended on lovely Seattle, WA for Sakura-Con 2014 this weekend! You can find us at Booth #327/329, so come by and say hello!

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If you’ve ever been to a Yen Press panel or stopped by our booths over the years, you know we love swag! And we love giving it away even more! What con-goer doesn’t love the word FREE?!

Sakura-Con2014_5smSakura-Con2014_1smThis year, to get you hot about the first volume of High School DxD coming out next month, you can pick up one of these exclusive High School DxD eyeglass cleaners straight from Japan! (And yes, you naughty boys and girls, that’s just a sticker on Rias-senpai. You can see her in her full glory when you get her out of the plastic!)

Sakura-Con2014_2smWe’ll also have some (un)usual suspects hanging around the booth again this year! I spy Kyouko and Mami being awesome! Oh, Mokocchi’s already there too! She looks a little uncomfortable all by herself. Maybe you should drop by and keep her company?

Last but not least, you know we never go to a con without hot new licenses! And this year’s Sakura-Con presentation is gonna blow your mind at the Yen Press industry panel on Saturday at 1:30 PM in Panels 3 (4C-3)! You won’t want to miss it!!


Give our Square Enix simulpubs some simul-LOVE!

April 14th, 2014 tania Posted in NEWS | 9 Comments »

Soul Eater NOT! Chapter 35 SECRET Chapter 7

Did you know that today is an unofficial holiday in South Korea called Black Day? It’s a day for singles to commiserate about being single. But at Yen Press, we’re not commiserating about singles, we’re celebrating them!

Today, April 14th, marks the first worldwide digital simulpub chapter releases from Yen Press and Square Enix!

Wanna know what’s up down at the DWMA? Check out Atsushi Ohkubo’s Soul Eater NOT! Chapter 35 simultaneously with its Japanese release! Or if gory thrillers are more your bag, Chapter 7—the latest installment—of Yoshiki Tonogai’s Secret awaits!

So on this Black Day, grab a chapter from your favorite eBook retailer and join us in celebrating our singular simulpub releases! We promise you, there’s so much more to come!


GET READY FOR WORLD DOMINATION, SQUARE ENIX-STYLE!

March 24th, 2014 Laura Posted in BLOG, NEWS | 45 Comments »

 

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Perhaps some of you out there might remember a few key words from our panel at New York Comic-Con 2012—namely, Square Enix, English language manga, digital, and WORLDWIDE?

Well, I’m happy to say that wasn’t just a blip on your newsfeed! It’s taken a lot of work to get such an ambitious project off the ground, but thanks to the continuous efforts of our friends at Square Enix and a lot of people in the Yen office, that day is finally here!

April 8, 2014 is not only the day that the Soul Eater NOT! anime starts airing in Japan (Yay!), but it’s also the day—no spit-takes please—we begin globally distributing Square Enix’s English language manga catalogue!

So what exactly does this mean for all you crazy, wonderful manga fans out there? No matter where you are in the world, as long as you have access to the Internet and e-tailers, you’ll be able to buy official English-language ebook editions of around 175 Square Enix titles! On top of that, future volumes of those series will release simultaneously in print AND digital! 

Fans, this April’s not gonna be the cruelest month (sorry, T.S. Eliot). It’s gonna be the COOLEST month! Starting with Atsushi Ohkubo’s Soul Eater, Yana Toboso’s Black Butler, and Yoshiki Tonogai’s Doubt on April 8, you’ll see new series like Hiromu Arakawa’s Fullmetal Alchemist, Jun Mochizuki’s PandoraHearts, Ryukishi07′s Higurashi WHEN THEY CRY, and Hiroshi Takashige and DOUBLE-S’s Until Death Do Us Part added to the roster every week of the month!

Oh, and you know those awesome color pages that you can only get by buying the Japanese manga anthologies? The ones that almost never make it into the collected print volumes of a series in Japan or anywhere else? Well, they’ll be in our digital releases as a special treat!

And as if all of that wasn’t enough, we’re going back to our pioneering ways! Hold onto your Soul hats and bunny heads, ‘cos we’re launching a simultaneous serialization program with Square Enix, starting off with our old friend Soul Eater NOT! and Yoshiki Tonogai’s creepy new survival horror series complete with scary rabbits, Secret! So on April 8, you’ll be able to individually purchase all the chapters that haven’t yet been collected and published in volume format for both of these series. And on April 14, you’ll be able to buy the latest chapter of each series in English on whatever device you choose from anywhere in the world (with an internet connection, of course)!

Forget April showers, Yen Press and Square Enix are gonna be bringing you a flood…of manga!


Enter for the chance to win Puella Magi Madoka Magica: The Different Story!

March 11th, 2014 Laura Posted in NEWS | 16 Comments »

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What’s your dearest wish?  Would it be to win a copy of Puella Magi Madoka Magica: The Different Story? Of course it is! 

Enter on Goodreads for the chance to win and this wish could come true!

ABOUT: Mami’s warm personality has made it difficult for her to adjust to her solitary life as a magical girl, where survival often takes precedence over kindness. When she meets Kyouko Sakura, a fellow lone wolf, she is excited at the prospect of working together with another magical girl and forging a friendship built on ultimate trust. But many are the sacrifices all magical girls must make, and the consequences of Kyouko’s choice are only just becoming clear to her. When the pain becomes unbearable, will Kyouko remain standing beside Mami as a force for the greater good…?

Look for Puella Magi Madoka Magica: The Different Story in stores on March 25th!

(Ends March 22nd. Open to residents of the United States and Canada only.)


Enter for the chance to win Sword Art Online (manga)!

February 27th, 2014 Laura Posted in NEWS | 9 Comments »

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Enter on Goodreads for the chance to win a copy of Sword Art Online: Aincrad (manga).

Forget the current console wars. Take your gaming to the next level with Sword Art Online where even the default difficulty can be deadly.

ABOUT: In the year 2022, gamers rejoice as Sword Art Online-a VRMMORPG (Virtual Reality Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game) like no other-opens its virtual doors, allowing players to take full advantage of the ultimate in gaming technology: NerveGear, a system that allows users to completely immerse themselves in the game world by manipulating their brain waves to create a wholly realistic gaming experience. But when the game goes live, the elation of the players quickly turns to horror as they discover that, for all its amazing features, SAO is missing one of the most basic functions of any MMORPG-a log-out button. Now trapped in the virtual world of Aincrad, their bodies held captive by NerveGear in the real world, users are issued a chilling ultimatum: conquer all one hundred floors of Aincrad to regain your freedom. But in the warped world of SAO, “game over” means certain death-both virtual and real…

Look for Sword Art Online: Aincrad (manga) in stores on March 25th!

(Ends March 15th. Open to residents of the United States and Canada only.)


Enter for the chance to win Bloody Brat!

February 20th, 2014 Laura Posted in NEWS | 6 Comments »

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Enter on Goodreads for the chance to win a copy of Bloody Brat.

Ten lucky winners will receive a copy of Bloody Brat, Vol. 1, and they’ll only have to give us their soul to do so….

Just kidding!  Seriously, all you have to do is go to Goodreads to enter for the chance to win. It’s that easy.

ABOUT THE BOOK: In this collection of short stories and four-panel comics, Blood Lad creator Yuki Kodama teams up with artist Kanata Yoshino to take us through the black curtain to explore the lives of Demon World Boss Staz and his crew. In this hilarious behind-the-scenes trip, readers will discover the full extent of Staz’s anime/manga obsession, join Bell on her treasure-hunting travels, and much more!

Look for Bloody Brat in stores on March 25th!

(Ends March 15th. Open to residents of the United States and Canada only.)


Roses are red, don’t be blue, we have new licenses for you!

February 14th, 2014 Steph Posted in NEWS | 46 Comments »

Happy Valentine’s Day, Yen Press fans! (Or S.A.D.—Singles Awareness Day—if you prefer to celebrate that~!)

A little blue birdie told me you were clamoring for new licensing announcements and were anxiously awaiting this post with bated breath and glee-glazed eyes…so without further ado, allow me to present our Valentine’s treats for you~~~

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Okay, yes, that was a lot of ado. But it is Valentine’s Day, and we’re sadistic like that. ;) Now it’s time to open up this box of goodness!

Like your chocolate extra dark and epic? We’ve got Übel Blatt by Etorouji Shiono! Übel Blatt is a medieval fantasy that follows Köinzell, a mysterious young swordsman with a past shrouded in darkness and conspiracy, as he sets out in search of revenge. To make things even more delectable, we’ll be putting out Übel Blatt as omnibus editions, so you’ll get twice the action in every volume! Übel Blatt omnibus 0—Japan’s Volumes 0 and 1—will be out in Fall 2014!

If you like your chocolate milky and sweet, we’ve got Barakamon by Satsuki Yoshino! Barakamon follows a handsome, young calligrapher who is forced to move to an island on the westernmost edge of Japan. A city boy through and through, “Sensei” will have much to learn from his colorful island neighbors! And for another bonbon to go with this new license, Barakamon was also recently green lit for an anime adaptation, yay! You can look forward to the first volume of Barakamon, presented in our signature larger trim size, in Fall 2014!

And last but not least, if you want to have your chocolate and eat it too (?), you can soon indulge in Accel World, the manga! Illustrated by Hiroyuki Aigamo, this adaptation of Reki Kawahara’s popular light novel series brings the adventures of Haruyuki and Kuroyukihime in the Accelerated World to a whole new medium! You’ll be able to snatch up the first volume of the Accel World manga in—you guessed it—Fall 2014!

Whew! I hope this announcement hit the sweet spot for you guys! Now if you’ll excuse me, there’s some more chocolate over there, calling my name… Until next time!

 


Enter for the chance to win Wolf Children: Ame & Yuki!

February 12th, 2014 Laura Posted in NEWS | 9 Comments »

Hosoda_WolfChildren_HC_V1Did you know that Yen Press is on Goodreads? Did you know that Goodreads members can enter for the chance to win FREE books and manga too? If you didn’t, don’t miss out a minute longer! Sign-up on Goodreads, and you’ll be able to enter their Goodreads First Reads program! Ten lucky winners will receive a copy of Wolf Children: Ame & Yuki.

Enter on Goodreads for the chance to win a copy of Wolf Children: Ame & Yuki.

ABOUT THE BOOK: When Hana falls in love with a young interloper she encounters in her college class, the last thing she expects to learn is that he is part wolf. Instead of rejecting her lover upon learning his secret, she accepts him with open arms. Soon, the couple is expecting their first child, and a cozy picture of family life unfolds. But after what seems like a mere moment of bliss to Hana, the father of her children is tragically taken from her. Life as a single mother is hard in any situation, but when your children walk a fine line between man and beast, the rules of parenting all but go out the window. With no one to turn to, how will Hana survive?

Look for Wolf Children: Ame & Yuki in stores on March 25th!

(Ends March 15th. Open to residents of the United States and Canada only.)


So Long, Farewell, YEN PLUS!

December 12th, 2013 JuYoun Posted in NEWS | 51 Comments »

It’s been five years since YEN PLUS first began, but though this marks an ending to this particular iteration of the magazine, it doesn’t mark the ending of Yen Press’s mission of getting great content to the fans. We’d like to thank all of our readers for supporting YEN PLUS—to those of you who subscribed to our digital magazine and those of you who were with us from the very print beginnings: Thank you so very much!! We wouldn’t have made it this far without you, and we hope you will continue on with us as we embark on greater, more exciting ways of getting you more great content every month!

In the last issue of YEN PLUS, Tailor’s true motives regarding Noh-A’s parents are finally revealed in the latest two chapters of JACK FROST. Speaking of great reveals, the truth behind Mortmain’s plans with Tessa and who Tessa really is, is also revealed in the latest chapter of THE INFERNAL DEVICES! And when Max and the flock awaken in the latest chapter of MAXIMUM RIDE, they’re in for an icy cold surprise! And don’t count the NOT! girls out yet—they’re up to their usual antics again in the next two chapters of SOUL EATER NOT! There’s all this and even more so dive on in to the final pages of YEN PLUS!!