Yen Press, LLC announced a slate of upcoming releases that includes manga (Banished from the Hero’s Party, I Decided to Live a Quiet Life in the Countryside and From the Red Fog) and light novels (Demon Lord 2099 and Chitose-kun Is in the Ramune Bottle). All announced titles are scheduled for January 2022 release.
Banished from the Hero’s Party, I Decided to Live a Quiet Life in the Countryside (manga)
Original Story by Zappon
Art by Masahiro Ikeno
Character Design by Yasumo
Despite being the bearer of the powerful Divine Blessing of the Guide, Red has been banished from the Hero’s party. Listless, he decides to head to the frontier and hatches a plan to spend his days working an easy apothecary job. Thus begins his new life!
Banished from the Hero’s Party, I Decided to Live a Quiet Life in the Countryside is a manga adaptation of the slice-of-life fantasy light novel, one of the latest fan favorites in a growing genre. An anime adaptation of Banished from the Hero’s Party, I Decided to Live a Quiet Life in the Countryside has been announced for an October 2021 release.
From the Red Fog
Story & Art by Mosae Nohara
England at the end of the nineteenth century. A string of gruesome incidents all lead back to a single boy who was born into a world where chaos, order, wealth, and poverty are all deeply intertwined. Guided by a deep solitude, what fate awaits him in the end?
From the Red Fog is a dark and compelling manga series with an art style that is as beautiful as it is unsettling. As a story that takes place in nineteenth-century England, From the Red Fog appeals to fans of historical fiction as well as those who have a taste for psychological horror manga, such as recent hits like Can’t Stop Cursing You and Your Turn to Die.
Demon Lord 2099 (light novel)
Story by Daigo Murasaki (紫 大悟)
Illustration by Kureta (クレタ )
Fused Era Year 2099—Shinjuku. The dazzling prosperity of this massive city-state conceals a lurid darkness just beneath its surface. It is here—in this megalopolis that represents the pinnacle of human development—where the legendary Demon Lord Veltol makes his second coming. To rule this brave new world, he will have to take hold of the future for himself!
Demon Lord 2099 is a riveting light novel series, filled with cyberpunk action and imaginative illustrations, that combines fantasy and science fiction. It stands out as a rising star in the world of light novels, having already won the prestigious Fantasia Grand Prize in its short time in circulation.
ELN Notes: Japanese title is 魔王２０９９. There are currently 2 volumes available in Japan. It is the only published work by the author available on amazon.co.jp. The artist has done a bunch of light novel work including The Otherworlder, Exploring the Dungeon which Yen Press previously licensed.
Chitose-kun Is in the Ramune Bottle
Story by Hiromu (裕夢 )
Illustration by raemz
As far as normies go, it’s hard to beat Saku Chitose. The most popular kid in his high school? Check. An ironclad reputation that can even weather vicious online attacks? Check. A group of friends who are as attractive on the outside as they are on the inside? Check. But when a teacher asks Saku to help a student who has been shut away in his room for months reacclimate to school life, his perfect world will never be the same. What is this, some kinda normie harem story?
Chitose-kun Is in the Ramune Bottle is one of the most frequently requested and highly anticipated light novel releases of the year. This romantic comedy series won the Shogakukan Light Novel Award for Excellence in Japan and appeals to fans of school-life stories, such as My Youth Romantic Comedy Is Wrong, As I Expected.
ELN Notes: The Japanese title is 千歳くんはラムネ瓶のなか. There are currently 6 volumes available in Japan. It took the Number 1 spot on the Bunko list in the latest Kono Light Novel ga Sugoi. It is the author’s only published work listed on amazon.co.jp. The illustrator has some other works on amazon, but none that have been licensed for English release.
About Yen Press, LLC
Yen Press, LLC is a joint venture between Kadokawa Corporation and Hachette Book Group. Founded in 2006, Yen Press has quickly risen to become one of the largest and most prolific publishers of manga and original graphic novels in the North American marketplace and a driving force in the introduction of light novels and Japanese literature to new readers through its Yen On and Yen Audio imprints. For more information, visit http://www.yenpress.com.