News: Yen Press Announces Yen On Imprint

Left to Right: DanMachi, A Certain Magical Index, Another

Left to Right: DanMachi, A Certain Magical Index, Another

Excerpt from yenpress.com:

So 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!

Yen Press has published light novel series such as Book Girl, Kieli, and Spice and Wolf, and has recently announced they will also be publishing Reki Kawahara’s Accel World and Sword Art Online as well. I’m quite pleased by the announcement of a print release for Another, and hope this can open the way for other Japanese novels to be translated in the future. The biggest surprise to me here though is the idea that Yen Press will be handling the behemoth of a series A Certain Magical Index (25 volumes… for the first series). It will be interesting to see what kind of release schedule they will take with that one.

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