After expanding into the largely uncharted territory of light novel publication last year with their “Yen On” imprint and hit titles such as Sword Art Online and A Certain Magical Index, the English-language manga publisher Yen Press has once again expanded on the number of light novel titles they will be releasing throughout this new year, as today, they took to Twitter to announce three brand new additions to Yen On! imprint, as well as some new manga licenses.
Shiden Kanzaki and Saki Ukai’s dystopian science fiction series Black Bullet is the first of the new announcements; with Yen Press obtaining the rights to publish both the original light novel series and Hon Morino’s manga adaptation. A television anime adaptation of the novels aired in Japan last year.
The next light novel series to be licensed for an English-language release is Ryohgo Narita’s Durarara!, which will begin publication in July. Featuring the illustrations by Suzuhito Yasuda, this supernatural urban fantasy about criss-crossing lives in Ikebukuro has already seen a manga adaptation that was also released by Yen Press and a television anime series, with its sequel set to begin airing tomorrow.
The third and final addition to the “Yen On” imprint is another series that recently received the animation treatment; Gakuto Mikumo’s supernatural series Strike the Blood. Yen Press will be releasing both the original novel series, as well as the manga adaptation.
Moving on from light novels, their new manga acquisitions are dominated by a single franchise: Magica Quartet’s Puella Magi Madoka Magica series. First, they will be releasing afro’s 4-koma comedy spin-off Puella Magi Homura Tamura, as well as Golden Pe Done’s two volume series Puella Magi Madoka Magica: Homura’s Revenge.
When it comes to the three volumes of Hanokage’s adaptation of Puella Magi Madoka Magica The Movie: Rebellion though, Yen Press have revealed places to release the series as a single, hardcover omnibus edition!
Outside of Madoka Magica, Yen Press will also be releasing Rust Buster, a six-chapter long series from Yana Toboso, who is best known for her black comedy series Black Butler. In a school where the student population consists of both humans and vampires, the vampire son of the headmaster is tasked with protecting a human boy who can forsee when the end of the world will be. When two moons suddenly appear in the sky, the pair have to work together in order to save the one world where their races can co-exist.
Will you be buying any of these upcoming titles?