Seven Seas Entertainment Licenses Life with an Ordinary Guy Who Reincarnated into a Total Fantasy Knockout Manga & More Series

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© Yuu Tsurusaki, Shin Ikezawa

Seven Seas Entertainment has announced the license acquisition of five new manga series debuting in English for the very first time. They include Life with an Ordinary Guy Who Reincarnated into a Total Fantasy Knockout, The Knight Captain is the New Princess-to-Be, Cat on the Hero’s Lap, Soara and the House of Monsters, and Homunculus

Here are the full details for each new manga license: 


The first new manga license from Seven Seas is the isekai comedy series Life with an Ordinary Guy Who Reincarnated into a Total Fantasy Knockout, written by Yuu Tsurusaki and illustrated by Shin Ikezawa. The series has also inspired a 12-episode anime adaptation that aired from January 12, 2022 to March 30, 2022 on Crunchyroll. 

The manga was first launched by Cygames and Shogakukan in Cycomi magazine on November 18, 2019. It is published under the Cycomi x Ura Sunday imprint and has released seven tankoubon volumes in total as of June 2022. An eighth volume is scheduled to be released on November 17, 2022. 

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© Yuu Tsurusaki, Shin Ikezawa

The first volume will be released for the first time in North America in September 2023 and will be available on print and digital platforms as single volume editions.

Seven Seas describes the synopsis of Life with an Ordinary Guy Who Reincarnated into a Total Fantasy Knockout as: 

Tachibana Hinata and Jinguji Tsukasa are two young men who have been friends since childhood. After a disaster of a singles mixer, they’re sent flying into another world by a mysterious being–and now Tachibana is a beautiful blonde girl! When Jinguji angrily demands that they be returned home and go back to normal, they get cursed, and the only way out is for them to go on a quest and defeat the demon king. But…now the two friends can’t stop thinking about how hot the other is. Will they save the world before their lifelong bromance becomes a romance?


Seven Seas has also licensed Yasuko Yamaru’s The Knight Captain is the New Princess-to-Be shoujo manga series. The romantic comedy tale follows a dashing royal bodyguard who pretends to be engaged to her childhood friend, the prince. 

The Knight Captain is the New Princess-to-Be was first published in Hakusensha’s LaLa shoujo manga magazine on February 22, 2020. Three tankoubon volumes have been released as of June 2022. Comico also publishes the manga in English as Grand Master Knight Has Become the Princess through its Pocket Comics website and app. 

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© Yasuko Yamaru

The first volume of the series will be released in August 2023 as single volume editions. An eBook version will also be made available on various digital platforms. 

The manga is described by Seven Seas as: 

Christina, a.k.a. “Lady Chris,” was born into a noble family and treated more or less like a boy growing up. Now a young woman, she’s not only captain of the imperial guards–she personally protects Prince Leonardo, who has been a dear friend since childhood. When Leo’s father, the king, demands that Leo find a suitable girl to marry, he says that he’s already found one: Chris! Chris is shocked, but figures that Leo doesn’t really love her like that; it’s probably just some ploy to keep his father happy. She decides to play along, but as the charade goes on, she starts to wonder if maybe her princely pal does see her as more than a friend.


Another new manga acquisition is Cat on the Hero’s Lap, written by Kousuke Iijima and illustrated by Shiori. It is described as a hilarious fantasy adventure tale about a hero and his favorite cat on his lap. 

The series was first launched in Shogakukan’s Manga ONE app and Ura Sunday website on June 26, 2021. Three tankoubon volumes have been released as of October 2022.

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© Kousuke Iijima, Shiori

Volume one will be released sometime in November 2023 and be available on print and digital platforms as single large-trim editions.

Seven Seas describes the story of Cat on the Hero’s Lap as: 

The hero Ledo and his companions have a mission: defeat the Demon Lord once and for all. Aina is a formidable fighter, taking down foes with only her fists and feet; Grace the wizard harnesses powerful magic to blast away enemies in their path. Meanwhile, Ledo faces an unexpected challenge in their quest: a big, fluffy cat has taken a liking to him, following the party wherever they go…and jumping into Ledo’s lap whenever it’s free, even in the heat of battle! Everyone knows you can’t just dump a cat off your lap in good conscience. If Ledo pushes this sweet kitty away while it’s happily making biscuits, will he be any better than the monsters he’s trying to fight? A swords and sorcery story for fans of cats and comedy!


Hidenori Yamaji’s Soara and the House of Monsters will also be released for the first time in English. This delightful and intricately illustrated fantasy tale follows a girl who was raised to fight monsters, but starts building comfortable homes for them instead.

The series was first launched in Shogakukan’s monthly Shounen Sunday S and Sunday Webry website on November 25, 2021. A single tankoubon volume has been released as of May 12, 2022, with a second volume due for release on November 10, 2022. 

Soara and the House of Monsters manga volume one cover
© Hidenori Yamaji

The first volume will be released in October 2023 on both print and digital formats as single large-trim editions. 

The synopsis of Soara and the House of Monsters is described by Seven Seas as: 

Soara is a young orphan girl who was raised by knights and trained to battle the monsters that constantly attacked their kingdom. But by the time Soara is ready to join the fight herself, peace has been declared and her blade is no longer needed. Searching for a new home and a new purpose, Soara stumbles across Krik the dwarf, leader of the Monster Architects. Suddenly, instead of fighting monsters, Soara finds herself working with Krik to build comfortable homes for them! In the process, will she discover a new home and family for herself?


Hideo Yamamoto’s Homunculus will also be released by Seven Seas for the first time in English. The supernatural horror manga inspired a 2021 live-action Netflix film adaptation directed by Takashi Shimizu. Yamamoto has also created the Ichi the Killer and Voyeur manga series. 

Homunculus ran in Shogakukan’s Weekly Big Comic Spirits seinen magazine from March 17, 2003 to February 21, 2011. 15 tankoubon volumes have been released in total. 

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© Hideo Yamamoto

The first two volumes will be released as an oversized omnibus edition in June 2023. The entire series will be available as five large-trim omnibus paperbacks.

Seven Seas describes the synopsis of Homunculus as: 

Nakoshi Susumu, age 34, is living out of his car. Between spending his days with the homeless and his nights in his vehicle, he has little to his name–but not so little that he’ll agree to be the subject of a scientific experiment. An unnerving medical student is stalking him and offering to pay Nakoshi a significant sum to test trepanation: the ability to draw out a sixth sense by drilling into the skull. Nakoshi refuses. When Nakoshi’s beloved car is towed, though, he finally agrees to cash and the operating table. At first, the experiment seems to bear no fruit, and Nakoshi’s life is unchanged. That is, until Nakoshi realizes his vision has warped in his left eye…showing him the twisted homunculus inside every human.


Source: Seven Seas Entertainment

William Moo is a freelance writer who has previously written for OTAQUEST and MANGA.TOKYO. 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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