J-Novel Club Announces New Light Novel & Manga Licenses At Anime Boston 2022

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J-Novel Club announced that it has licensed some new light novel and manga titles at its Anime Boston industry panel on May 28, 2022. The digital eBook service also announced that they will be hosting another industry panel at this year’s Anime Expo in Los Angeles.  

Most of the new licenses already have their first parts or chapters posted on the J-Novel Club’s website. Subsequent chapters will be updated on a weekly schedule. 

The first new license is the light novel series Now I’m a Demon Lord! Happily Ever After with Monster Girls in My Dungeon by writer Ryuyu and illustrator Daburyu. Kadokawa Books first published the series in 2017. 

Kashi Kamitoma is the English translator and Adam Haffen is the editor. 

The light novel’s story is described as: 

Yuki finds himself reincarnated as a demon lord in another world, and he’s been put in charge of a dungeon to boot! Once Yuki accepts that his fate hinges on the dungeon’s survival in a world where powerful monsters roam free and danger lurks at every corner, he begins gathering allies and bolstering his defenses. Within a few days, he takes on a legendary dragon, an adorable pet slime, and a vampire girl, but despite all his precautions, life as a demon lord in a dungeon constantly under threat…is surprisingly mellow?

Of course, with such a colorful cast of characters (and possibly more on their way), Yuki’s bound to wind up in some trouble. Will he be able to pull off a reckless rescue mission? And how will he and his monster girls survive an invasion by a hostile human kingdom?! Join him as he juggles daily life, responsibilities as a freshly minted demon lord, and his growing family of monster girls and pets!

The manga adaptation of the Tearmoon Empire light novels has also been licensed, with the first chapter now available on J-Novel Club’s website. The time travel manga series was first serialized in Comic Corona magazine, with the story written by Nozomu Mochitsuki and illustrated by Mizu Morino

Tristan K. Hill is translating the manga into English, Samantha J. Moore is in charge of editing, and Meiru is doing the lettering. 

J-Novel Club describes the light novels as: 

The Tearmoon Empire has fallen. As the flames of revolution scour the land, the empire’s ever-selfish princess, Mia, is publicly executed by way of the guillotine…only to wake up in the past as her twelve-year-old self! The empire’s back, the revolution is a distant memory, and sweets are once again on the table! As the bloodstained diary she brought back with her proves, however, Mia’s memories of the future are by no means just a bad dream. All the horrors and indignities she experienced in that terrible timeline are bound to happen all over again… 

That is, unless she can shape herself up, recruit some allies, and exploit her knowledge of what’s to come to solve all of the empire’s problems before they spiral horribly (and lethally) out of control! Is Mia up to the lofty task of changing the future and saving her empire? Not even slightly, but it’s her only choice if she hopes to spare herself from a second gruesome end at the blade of the guillotine!

Another license from J-Novel Club is the first volume of Oversummoned, Overpowered, and Over It! light novels. The first two parts of the book are now available on their website. The light novel is written by Saitosa and illustrated by Tsugutoku. The two-volume series was published from 2019-2020. 

The company has also licensed the manga adaptation, with artwork being handled by Mukjojima Kanome. Three tankoubon volumes have been released so far and it was first serialized in MAGCOMI on July 30, 2020. 

Geirrlon Dunn is the translator for the light novels and Momo is the editor. For the manga version, Matthew Jackson is the English translator, Kai Kyou is the letterer, and Momo is once again the editor. 

The story is described as: 

Name’s Inori Takafuji. I’m not really much of a “go-getter,” if you catch my drift—sleep’s more my style—but getting summoned to another world kinda messed things up. Bit hard to chill when you’ve got a king in your face telling you there’s a bad guy you’ve gotta go slay or whatever, you know? Plot twist, though—it’s actually not so bad. Getting the hero treatment sounds pretty nice, right? But then it happens again! Some other clown summons me, I get my obligatory superpower, and off I go. And sure, that’s fine. It happens, sometimes you get isekai’d to the wrong place. But then it happens AGAIN! Someone ELSE summons me, I get ANOTHER superpower, and then I’m somewhere totally new. Repeat ad nauseam. All right, goddess, where to next? And lemme just say this—the next time I get summoned better be my last, because I am so over this!

Ichi Yukishiro’s The Skull Dragon’s Precious Daughter is another manga licensed from J-Novel Club. The first chapter from volume one can now be read on the website. Yukishiro first launched the adventure fantasy manga series on September 25, 2020 in MAGCOMI. 

Bénérice Vourdon is translating the manga into English, Kieran Redgewell is in charge of editing, and Cedric Macias is lettering the series. 

The manga series is described as: 

In the Forest of Scraps, a place where all manner of things are discarded, an old dragon sleeps away his final days—that is, until an abandoned child suddenly appears before him. The tiny human is Eve, and despite being only five years of age, she has somehow endured the many dangers that surround them. In an act of pity, the dragon decides to raise her as his own…but his time is still running out. After five years together, he takes his last breath, leaving his precious daughter on her own. Little does the dragon know, Eve is capable of more than he realizes, and their reunion may be sooner than he thinks… Hoping to improve Eve’s control over her magical abilities before his resurrected body gives out, the skull dragon sets out on an adventure with his reckless human daughter—but who knows what kind of trouble awaits them?

Another new license from J-Novel Club is Did I Seriously Just Get Reincarnated as My Gag Character?! light novel series. The series is a unique gender-bender isekai fantasy series that is written by Kanade Otonashi and illustrated by azutaro

Meteora is the translator for the light novels and Adam Haffen is the editor. 

The manga adaptation has also been licensed for the service, which was first launched in MAGCOMI on April 20, 2020. Kamuragi Amane is handling the artwork for the manga, Luce Aran is the translator, Viet Phuong Nguyen Vu (Mitach) is the letterer, and Haffen is the editor. 

The light novels and manga series are described as: 

Toru Aikawa is a university student who spends his days going through the motions of attending school and working at a local convenience store. The only time he really feels alive is when he’s playing the massive multiplayer VR game Real World Online. One day, he has a stroke of luck: he’s hit by a runaway bus and reincarnated as his game character. But something’s gone wrong… Instead of the invincible warrior he mains, he’s in the body of Nacht Schatten, the alluring dragon princess he made as a joke! Nacht’s build is anything but optimized—she would never survive in the cutthroat world of an isekai story! And more to the point, she’s a girl! But perhaps things aren’t as bad as they seem. Perhaps Nacht Schatten is more capable than she appears.

Tsukasa Hazumi’s The Wind That Reaches the Ends of the World manga series has also been picked up by J-Novel club. It was first serialized in MAGCOMI magazine on June 25, 2020. 

Adam Seacord is the translator for the manga, Callum May is the editor, and Arbash Mughal is the letterer. 

The manga’s story is described as:

A pair of mysterious and astute travelers ride their spryverns to all corners of this fantasy world! By order of the Sanctum, an international peacekeeping agency, Ral and Jilet cross many nations to edit the Pamphlet, a collection of regional myths and stories. Incredible discoveries await them at every destination, along with clues that may lead them toward the answer to their true quest. Dive into a sprawling, high fantasy adventure full of striking locations, mesmerizing creatures, and intriguing local legends!

The Rebuild World light novels is a post-apocalyptic cyberpunk series written by Nafuse and illustrated by Gin. It was first published in 2019 by Dengeki no Shinbungei. The first two parts of the first volume can now be read on J-Novel Club’s website. 

William Varteresian is translating the Rebuild World into English and NegativePrimes is editing the series. 

Rebuild World is described as: 

The pinnacle of human civilization has come and gone, leaving only ruins in its wake. Society and science now struggle to rebuild, rediscovering scraps of knowledge from powerful ancient artifacts that defy comprehension. These relics of the “Old World” can make the fortunes of those who find them—if ancient security systems and rogue bioweapons don’t kill the relic hunters first. Akira, a young street orphan, sets out to become one such hunter to escape his brutal life in the slums. Untrained, malnourished, and poorly armed, Akira would be lucky to make it back from the ruins alive—until an encounter with Alpha, a mysterious, ghostly woman, changes his fate forever. Alpha needs a hunter, and she’s willing to train Akira to get one. Will her support be enough to help a penniless kid from the slums climb to the top of a crushing and merciless world?

Isekai Tensei: Recruited to Another World is an action-adventure fantasy light novel series written by Kenichi and illustrated by Nem. It was first published on April 10, 2017 by MAG Garden Novels. The first three chapters of the series’ first volume are now available to be read on J-Novel club’s website. 

Andria Cheng-McKnight is the translator for the light novels and Momo is the editor. 

The series is described as: 

After waking up at his own funeral, Tenma Otori gets a second chance at life when a god from another world presents him with an enticing offer: if Tenma agrees to be reincarnated in order to save their dying world, the gods will bestow cheat abilities upon him. Tenma accepts, and is reborn in a lush fantasy world filled with demi-humans, magic spells and items, monsters, mysterious forests, and more! As he grows, more of his gods-given powers and abilities—including his unique power to befriend adorable monsters like slimes and baby wolves—are revealed to his adoptive parents, two former master adventurers, and his grandfather, a famous wizard. But one fateful day, three mysterious strangers shatter the tranquility of Tenma’s village by trying to kidnap him, and that’s where Tenma’s adventure really begins…

Source: J-Novel Club

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