J-Novel Club Licenses Five New Light Novel & Manga Titles

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Digital publisher J-Novel Club has announced that it has licensed five new light novel and manga titles on its Twitch livestream and Twitter account on October 12, 2022. 

The new licenses consist of three new manga and two light novel series. All titles will be released digitally with their first parts or chapters between Wednesday and Thursday each week. 

J-Novel Club will also have a booth and industry panel at this year’s AnimeNYC, which is scheduled to take place at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center from November 18 to November 20, 2022. 

Here are the full details for each new license: 


The first new release is the manga adaptation of Yura Kyose’s Lady Rose Just Wants to Be a Commoner light novel series. It is released under the J-Novel Heart imprint and was first serialized in Flos Comic on May 28, 2018. The manga is illustrated by Yura Kiyose, with Kooriame and Hidakanami credited as the original writer and artist respectively. 

Esther Sun is the translator for the manga series, with Nicholas Rose assisting as editor and Camilla L. working as editor. 

J-Novel Club describes Lady Rose Just Wants to Be a Commoner as: 

When Felicia Schwarose’s engagement to the crown prince is broken off due to false charges, you’d expect her to be torn to pieces…but instead she’s jumping for joy! She may have been reincarnated as the protagonist of an otome game, but she wants nothing to do with high society. Thus, she becomes Fii Crow, a humble commoner earning her daily bread at a village bakery. All’s well that ends well? Not yet—the game’s love interests just won’t leave her alone! Can Fii clear up misunderstandings, avoid triggering romantic (and dangerous) events, and get everyone out of her hair so she can live the peaceful commoner life of her dreams? Witness the story of a former noblewoman who won’t sit by and wait for happiness to come riding in on a white horse!


Haibara’s Teenage New Game+ is a romance light novel series written by Kazuki Amamiya with illustrations by Gin. The first volume was published on December 1, 2021 under Hobby Japan’s HJ Bunko imprint. 

Esther Sun is translating the series and Casey Print is serving as the editor. 

J-Novel Club describes the light novels as: 

We all have embarrassing memories or deep regrets from high school, right? Socially anxious college senior Natsuki Haibara sure does. When he thinks back on that time of his life, all he has are fleeting fantasies of a happy adolescence that could have been. Imagine his bewilderment and surprise, then, when he inexplicably finds himself seven years in the past—one month before his first year of high school! Can Haibara avoid his previous mistakes, make his way to the top of the school social pyramid, and end up with the girl of his dreams? Or will he be forced to relive three years of solitude as the most hated guy in school? He’ll need all the help he can get in order to succeed, from a workout regimen to online how-to guides, a childhood friend, and plenty of sheer willpower. Watch as Haibara takes a second shot at his teenage years!


Namo’s The Coppersmith’s Bride is a romantic comedy manga series that was first launched in Enterbrain’s Harta seinen magazine on May 15, 2020. 

Alyssa Niioka is the English translator for the manga, Megan Turner is the editor, and MACARAN is the letterer. 

The manga series is described by J-Novel Club as: 

Shiina, a freshman in college, is enjoying a cozy life in Niigata Prefecture dating her coppersmith boyfriend, Shuu. She’s grown used to the rhythmic sound of his hammer, inwardly dubbing him the “smithing nut” for his obsession with hunkering down in the workshop, even on his days off. What she’s not ready for is a sudden proposal out of nowhere! Barely out of high school, is she ready for the next step? And more importantly, can she really hack marrying into a prestigious smithing family?


The manga adaptation of the Young Lady Albert Is Courting Disaster light novels will also be released for the first time in English. Tsukasa Satsuki is handling the artwork for the manga series while Saki and Haduki Futaba are credited as the original writer and illustrator respectively. It was first serialized in B’s-LOG Comic and Flos Comic on June 5, 2018. 

The English translator is Nikolas Stirling, while Dawn Davis is serving as editor and Elena Pizarro is assisting as letterer. 

J-Novel Club describes the manga as: 

Meet Mary Albert, daughter of a rich and powerful duke. With her neat silver ringlets and impeccable manners, she’s the perfect young lady. But Mary harbors an unusual ambition—her own downfall! On the day of her school entrance ceremony, Mary realizes she’s living in an otome game she played in her past life. Not only that, but she’s the villainess, destined to torment the heroine, be expelled from noble society, and end her story in ruin. Most would do anything to avoid such a miserable fate, but not Mary! She cheerfully dives into the wicked role she was born to play, setting a course for catastrophe. However, not all goes to plan. Despite her best efforts to bully and harass the heroine, Alicia, the gentle girl seems blind to Mary’s intentions, even coming to see her as a friend. What must our villainess do to achieve her dreams of doom?!


These Legs Don’t Lie! Harumi-san’s Legacy as the Strongest Mimic is a light novel written by Tsuyoshi Fujitaka and illustrated by Yuunagi. The single physical volume was first published on April 16, 2018, collecting 35 chapters in total. 

The light novel started out as a web novel on Shousetsu ni Narou on May 21, 2017 for two story arcs, before concluding with a total of 28 web chapters on September 10, 2017. Japanese publisher Earth Star Entertainment released a new illustrated version of the series on April 16, 2018 under its Earth Star Novels label.

Kevin Chen is the translator for the light novel and Maral RahmanPour is the editor. 

J-Novel Club describes These Legs Don’t Lie! Harumi-san’s Legacy as the Strongest Mimic as: 

Harumi can’t remember much, like who she is or where she came from, but one thing’s for certain… She’s somehow been reborn as a treasure-chest-shaped monster—a mimic! And no sooner than she gets her bearings, she gets unceremoniously dumped into a labyrinth full of other monsters and told she must survive for at least five days. Between treasure-hungry adventurers murdering their way through the labryinth and monsterous rivals joining the fray, that won’t be an easy task for a newborn mimic! But although it seems like Harumi’s received the short end of the reincarnation stick, she has an invaluable asset on her side. They say that Helen of Troy’s face launched a thousand ships, and, well…it looks like Harumi’s legs can do the same!


Source: J-Novel Club

William Moo is a freelance writer who has previously written for OTAQUEST and MANGA.TOKYO. He also contributes work to the website Yatta Tachi. He enjoys watching lots of anime every season and reading from time to time. You can follow him on Twitter @thewriterSITB.
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