Yen Press Announces July 2023 Manga, Light Novels, & Manhwa Releases

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© 暁なつめ・​三嶋くろね/​KADOKAWA/​このすば3製作委員会

Yen Press has announced the license of nine new titles that will be released in July 2023, as part of the publisher’s Summer 2023 lineup. The new releases consist of five new manga series, three light novels, and a manhwa, including new entries from The Devil Is a Part-Timer! and Konosuba: God’s Blessing on This Wonderful World!.   

Yen Press also announced that the first volume of Mokumokuren’s The Summer Hikaru Died will be available in print and digital format in July 2023.

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© Mokumokuren

Here are the details of each new release from Yen Press this coming summer: 


Our Last Crusade or the Rise of a New World: Secret File

Story: Kei Sazane

Art: Ao Nekonabe

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© Kei Sazane, Ao Nekonabe

Synopsis:

The first volume in a series of short stories set in the Our Last Crusade universe! Highlights include an anecdote about Nene, Mismis, and Risya having a sleepover in Iska’s room, plus the tale of Iska and Alice’s first encounter in their younger days.


The Devil Is a Part-Timer! Official Anthology Comic

Original Story: Satoshi Wagahara

Art: Akio Hiiragi

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© Satoshi Wagahara, Akio Hiiragi

Synopsis:

The Devil King and his friends take a look at a wedding venue, buy swimsuits, and…get washed up on a deserted island?! This collection of original comic stories, drawn by a lineup of artists and fans of the series, comprises episodes which may or may not have happened during the main story.


Konosuba: God’s Blessing on This Wonderful World! Fantastic Days

Original Story: Natsume Akatsuki

Character Design: Kurone Mishima

Art: Hirukuma

Original Concept: Sumzap

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Synopsis:

Follow Kazuma and his party as they help a team of aspiring dancers, fight a former general of the Demon King, and more in a series of adventures based on the Fantastic Days game, along with new, unique content!


Looks Are All You Need

Story: Ghost Mikawa

Art: necomi

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© Ghost Mikawa, necomi

Synopsis:

Ryouran High School is a private arts academy where geniuses in every field — music, dance, fashion—gather. But in reality, looks decide the students’ success, not talent. My sister, Shika Ikebukuro, is a shut-in who can’t do anything without her older brother, and I was sure that devastating lack of charisma would doom her. But I know a secret. Though you’d never guess it, behind her mask, the internet sensation VSINGER is none other than my sister, Shika! Her voice is one of a kind, but will it be enough to overcome Ryouran High’s entire social order?


Secrets of the Silent Witch

Original Story: Matsuri Isora

Character Design: Nanna Fujimi

Art: Tobi Tana

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© Matsuri Isora, Nanna Fujimi, Tobi Tana

Synopsis:

Monica Everett is the Silent Witch, the only mage in the world who can use unchanted magecraft. But underneath all the fancy titles…she’s also the shyest girl you’ll ever meet! In fact, she learned unchanted magecraft just so she wouldn’t have to speak in public. Monica may be talented, but she has zero confidence, and now she’s being tasked with infiltrating a prestigious academy and protecting the kingdom’s second prince! How will she survive?!


IMITATION

Story: Kyung-Ran Park

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© Kyung-Ran Park

Synopsis:

As a member of the obscure idol group Tea Party, Ma-Ha dreams of becoming a big star one day. Little did she know that she’d go viral so soon…by embarrassing herself on a popular talk show! But as the saying goes, there is no such thing as bad publicity…right?


My Mate Is a Feline Gentleman

Story: Arata Asanae

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© Arata Asanae

Synopsis:

When Toushirou is hired as a servant for diplomat Alex, he expects he will again be treated as a sex object and is afraid of the prospect of serving a beastman. But to his surprise, Alex is appalled by the treatment of omegas in Japan. No one has ever been so kind to Toushirou, and he finds his feelings begin to change…


Saint? Nope, Just a Monster Tamer Passing Through

Story: Inumajin

Art: iidatoy

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© Inumajin, iidatoy

Synopsis:

Kanata is a girl so gifted with magic that people swear up and down she’s the second coming of a saint. But when it comes time for her to choose a job, she settles on…Monster Taming? In truth, Kanata is the reincarnation of a friendless woman from the modern world. To make up for lost time, she sets off on a quest to gather as many fluffy creatures as she can get her hands on!


The Reformation of the World as Overseen by a Realist Demon King

Story: Ryousuke Hata

Art: Manatsu Suzuki

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© Ryousuke Hata, Manatsu Suzuki

Synopsis:

The seventy-second Demon King, Astaroth, has been reincarnated in a strange new land with a mission to unite the world under his banner and reform its chaotic ways. He is the youngest of the Demon Kings, and although his forces may be weaker than those of his rivals, he won’t hesitate to use all the means at his disposal to achieve victory. Wielding unheard-of resourcefulness and tactics, he’ll reshape the fate of all who live under his reign!


Yen Press has also announced that it has licensed the novelization of Makoto Shinkai’s Suzume, based on the film of the same name and written by Shinkai himself. It will be available in physical hardcover release and digital formats in July 2023. The anime film will be released globally in theaters in April 2023

Previous novelizations of Shinkai’s works have been released under the Yen On imprint, including Your name., The Garden of Words, 5 Centimeters per Second, and Children Who Chase Lost Voices

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© Makoto Shinkai

The Suzume novel is described as: 

Suzume Iwato lives with her aunt in a quiet port town in Kyushu, Japan. One day, on her way to school, she runs into a young man looking for a door and follows him to a ruin in the mountains. Standing alone amid the collapsed walls is a single old white door, and as if pulled by an invisible force, Suzume reaches out her hand to open it… Eventually, doors begin to open up one after another across Japan, and they must be closed before disaster crosses over from the other side. 


Source: press release

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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