Yen Press Announces 6 New Light Novel Licenses

Yen Press Announces New Light Novel Licenses

Many of the titles achieved high-rankings on this year’s Kono Light Novel ga Sugoi!

Today, Friday July 3, 2020, Yen Press took to the Anime Expo Lite Twitch stream to reveal a number of newly acquired titles. Many of the titles are notable as they placed in the most recent edition of Kono Light Novel ga Sugoi. In fact, two of the announced titles placed number 1 on their respective lists.

The World’s Finest Assassin, Reincarnated in a Different World as an Aristocrat

世界最高の暗殺者、異世界貴族に転生する

Written by Rui Tsukiyo with illustrations by Reia

When a great assassin is reborn in another world, he finds himself the heir to a long line of killers from the shadows. With both his modern-day knowledge and experience and the special magic and techniques of this new world, he could very well become the most unstoppable assassin in history…!

This quirky isekai light novel series follows a reincarnated assassin who is tasked with killing the hero of another world. As an unconventional story told from the point of view of an anti-hero, this series appeals to fans of recent light novel hits such as The Genius Prince’s Guide to Raising a Nation Out of Debt. (Source YP)

There are currently 4 volumes released in Japan


The Place Promised in Our Early Days

雲のむこう、約束の場所

by Makoto Shinkai

At the end of World War II, Japan was split and a great tower was erected that reached the skies. For three friends, Hiroki, Takuya, and Sayuri, memories of their summer spent together would stay with them forever. During that precious time, the three promised to one day travel to the tower in the skies on the wings of a white plane — to finally see its brilliance and the surrounding land of Ezo — but when Sayuri suddenly disappeared from their lives, the promise that once was made was broken. Though time continues to pass, will the three ever meet again some day?


The Angel Next Door Spoils Me Rotten

お隣の天使様にいつの間にか駄目人間にされていた件

Written by San Saeki with illustrations by Hazano Kazutake

Amane lives alone in an apartment, and the most beautiful girl in school, Mahiru, lives just next door. They’ve almost never spoken—until the day he sees her in distress on a rainy day and lends her his umbrella. To return the favor, she offers him help around the house, and a relationship slowly begins to blossom as the distance between them closes…  

The Angel Next Door Spoils Me Rotten is a school-life romance story, a category that has had a resurgence in popularity in the world of light novels. A series that tells the tale of a boy who finds himself in a budding relationship with the most popular girl in school, this series appeals greatly to fans of Bottom-Tier Character Tomozaki. (source YP)

Currently 2 volumes released in Japan.


Unnamed Memory

Written by Kuji Furumiya, with illustrations by Chibi

“As long as you’re the master of that sword and I’m a witch, someday you’ll have to kill me for real.”

As a child, Oscar, Crown Prince of Farsas, had been cursed to be childless. At the age of 20, he paid a visit to Tinassha, the strongest witch in the continent, to break the curse. He came back bringing Tinassha along as his protector, and in the one year until his contract with her expired, he got embroiled into her past, and an even greater destiny. (Source NU)

Currently 5 volumes released in Japan.


King of the Labyrinth

迷宮の王

Written by Shien Bis, with illustrations by Yoko Meguro

On the tenth floor of the labyrinth awaits the minotaur. Many brave adventurers have challenged this great beast, all have thoroughly failed. “More!” Demands the powerful monster. “Send me more powerful opponents!” This creature blindly pursues strength at any cost. Perhaps it will even grow strong enough to surpass the rules of the labyrinth itself! Can any adventurer hope to stand against such a mighty creature?

An unconventional story that is told from the point of view of a powerful dungeon monster, King of the Labyrinth is an intriguing light novel series that puts a twist on the popular genre of dungeon-crawling fantasies such as Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? (Source YP)

There are currently 3 volumes released in Japan


Reign of the Seven Spellblades

七つの魔剣が支配する

Written by Bokuto Uno, with illustrations by Ruria Miyuki

Spring. In the prestigious magic school of Kimberly, this year ushers in another wave of new students. Clothed in black robes with a white cane and sword strapped to the hip, within his chest he hides pride and a mission.

As the sakura flutter in full bloom, the budding magicians are welcomed by a parade of magic creatures. However, they were allowed only a moment of leisure. An underground labyrinth that swallows up students on whim, upperclassmen that resemble monsters, and a faction that opposes human rights for demi-humans. While trying to survive in an ominous and terrifying place with his companions, Oliver forms a connection with a single girl with a Japanese sword strapped to her hip, the samurai girl Nanao. The story where their two swords clash, begins now.

There are currently 6 volumes released in Japan


In addition to the light novels, fans of Overlord, particularly the anime, might be interested in the three volume artbook series Yen Press licensed.

Overlord: The Complete Anime Artbook

By Hobby Book Editorial Department

A deep dive into the planning and making of the hit anime adaption of Overlord reveals delicately crafted settings and the incredible detailed outfits and accessories that breathed life into everyone’s favorite cast of not-so-good guys!

This series of artbooks features hundreds of illustrations—character designs and concept art that went into the production of all three seasons of the Overlord anime series. Also included are interviews and commentary from the production staff.

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