Yen Press Licenses Date-A-Live, Virgin Road Light Novels, and Seven Manga

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Today, during the Crunchyroll Virtual Convention, Yen Press announced the acquisition of two new light novel series as well as seven new manga. The one light novel series in particular, Date-A-Live, has been quite vocally requested for some time.

Light Novels

Virgin Road

処刑少女の生きる道(バージンロード) ―そして、彼女は甦る―

Story by Mato Sato, Art by Nilitsu

The Lost Ones are wanderers who come here from a distant world known as “Japan.” No one knows how or why they leave their homes. The only thing that is certain is that they bring disaster and calamity. The duty of exterminating them without remorse falls to Menou, a young Executioner. When she meets Akari, it seems like just another job…until she discovers it’s impossible to kill this girl! And when Menou begins to search for a way to defeat this immortality, Akari is more than happy to tag along! So begins a journey that will change Menou forever…

The series debuted in Japan July 12th, 2019. It currently has 4 volumes released. The author also wrote the series Usotsuki Senki, Meikyu wo Yuku.

According to the Amazon.co.jp listing, this was the first title to win the GA Bunko Grand Prize in seven years. From what I can find, the last work to do so was Danmachi.

Date-A-Live

デート・ア・ライブ

Story by Koushi Tachibana, Illustrations by Tsunako

Shidou Itsuka has a problem. The world has been racked by massive quakes of an unknown source for years now, though life goes on. Then one day, Shidou’s calm life ends forever when in the middle of a quake in his city, he meets a girl  who’s apparently a spirit-and the cause of all the destruction! When a team arrives to eliminate the threat, Shidou becomes embroiled in a war to protect these spirits-by making them fall in love with him?!

Fan demand for this series has been quite vocal for years. In Japan, the series is complete at 22 volumes. The series began its publication in Japan on March 18, 2011. There have been three anime seasons aired, with a fourth, based on the spin-off Date-A-Bullet, in production. There have also been video games and manga based on the series.

Manga

Do You Like the Nerdy Nurse?

Story and Art by Arata Kawabata

The beauty in the nurse’s office is a secret nerd (who doesn’t hide it very well). Nijiko Momoyama is the the newly appointed school nurse. But beneath her gorgeous façade lies an unmistakable love for all things geeky…!

Love and Heart

Story and Art by Chitose Kaido

Sure, university freshman Yagisawa has a lot on her plate, but the last thing she expected to add was a surprise male roommate! Handsome Haruma claims to be a childhood friend, but for some reason, Yagisawa doesn’t remember him at all, and his history isn’t the only oddity—disturbing things begin to happen and Yagisawa may really be in over her head!

Days on Fes

Story and Art by Kanato Oka

When high schooler Kanade Sora takes her classmate Otoha Yamana to their first rock festival, the experience is greater than they can even imagine. It’s a new life of rocking out!

The Girl Without a Face

Story and Art by Tearontaron

Her boyfriend thinks she’s the cutest girl around, but her expressions can be a bit hard to read…

I Can’t Reach You

Story and Art by Mika

The differences between Yamato and Kakeru couldn’t be more obvious. Yamato gets good grades, while Kakeru’s are less than average. And while Yamato is very attractive, Kakeru’s looks are perfectly average. Not a problem—unless you’re in love with your childhood best friend…How in the world can Kakeru make Yamato look at him when Yamato is completely out of his league?!

Play it Cool, Guys

Story and Art by Kokone Nata

Enter: a bunch of cool guys who look like they got that unapproachable swag. But let’s be real—that’s not the true them. They’re just a bunch of dorks who’ve got the act down pat. So sit back, grab some popcorn and enjoy watching a bunch of goofy guys try to look cool all day every day.

Penguin Gentlemen

Story and Art by Kishi Ueno

In a certain secret bar, the “Penguin Gentlemen” work, wearing their long tailed tuxedos. “You say it’s cute how penguins waddle around? Hmph. We’re not just cute! We’re dandy, sexy, and marvelous!”


So those were all the titles Yen Press announced today. What are your thought? Leave them in the comments.

(all synopsis for series were taken from the official Yen Press announcement)

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