J-Novel Club Licenses Seven New Light Novels & Manga, Produces Arifureta Audiobook Adaptation

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On its latest industry Twitch livestream held on March 3, 2023, J-Novel Club has announced the license acquisition of six new light novels series and one manga title. All series (with the exception of Make It Stop! I’m Not Strong… It’s Just My Sword!) will be digitally released today on J-Novel Club’s website and app, shortly after the live stream ends. 

In addition, J-Novel Club announced that they will be producing a new audiobook series based on Ryou Shirakome and Takayaki’s Arifureta: From Commonplace to World’s Strongest light novels. The audiobook adaptation will be produced by J-Novel Club, with recording being handled by Sound Cadence Studios. More information on the audiobook will be announced at a later date.

Here are the full details of J-Novel Club’s light novel and manga digital releases: 

Light Novels

Earl and Fairy (J-Novel Heart)

earl and fairy volume one light novel cover
© Mizue Tani, Asako Takaboshi

Story: Mizue Tani 

Art: Asako Takaboshi 


Lydia Carlton is a fairy doctor who can see and communicate with fairies. When she embarks on a journey overseas to visit her father in London, she’s kidnapped by a young man named Edgar Ashenbert who introduces himself as an earl and requests Lydia’s aid in searching for a treasured sword that will prove his status. Although she finds his story dubious, Lydia agrees to work with him—if only because he’s her first real client. Meanwhile, rumors of a heinous burglary abound, and the culprit seems to bear an uncanny resemblance to Edgar…

Magic Stone Gourmet: Eating Magical Power Made Me the Strongest 

magic stone gourmet light novel volume one cover
© Ryou Yuuki, Chisato Naruse

Story: Ryou Yuuki 

Art: Chisato Naruse


Following a mysterious gacha pull, an unlucky soul is reborn into a fantastical world as the young Ein Roundheart. He possesses a skill that allows him to break down poisonous substances—which is nowhere near as cool as his little brother’s flashy combat skill! Ein does his best, but even so, his father and stepmother bypass him to proclaim their youngest son the heir to the household. And things only get more complicated from there. 

On the heels of a fateful encounter with a young girl named Krone, Ein and his mother are shunned by the family and decide to take refuge in her home kingdom…where Ein is suddenly declared the crown prince! This marks the beginning of a whole new life for Ein, and he’s out to prove that he’s worthy of the crown.

Fake Saint of the Year: You Wanted the Perfect Saint? Too Bad! (J-Novel Heart)

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© kabedondaikou, Yunohito

Story: kabedondaikou 

Art: Yunohito 


After yet another late night of playing his favorite dating sim, Fudou Niito—a self-proclaimed lazy NEET—suddenly wakes up to find himself inside the game! Stranger still, he hasn’t been reincarnated as the main character, Verner, or as his beloved waifu, Eterna… Instead, he’s Ellize, the absolutely awful fake saint who stole Eterna’s rightful place and made her life a living hell!

And so, Niito now has one goal: change the story to ensure the game’s tragic heroine finally gets the happy ending she deserves! To do that, he’ll have to play matchmaker for Verner and Eterna while also boosting the saint’s popularity! Can this imposter scheme his way into a happy future for his favorite character?

Villainess Level 99: I May Be the Hidden Boss but I’m Not the Demon Lord (J-Novel Heart)

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© Satori Tanabata, Tea

Story: Satori Tanabata 

Art: Tea 


Yumiella Dolkness is your run-of-the-mill villainess in an otome RPG—except for the fact that she’s also secretly the overpowered hidden boss. But Yumiella wasn’t always Yumiella, you see. In her past life, she was nothing more than an introverted college student and devout gamer. So when she realizes that she’s been reincarnated as a hidden boss, she’s determined to steer clear of the protagonists and avoid her demise at their hands. All she wants is a nice, quiet life. Too bad when her gamer instincts kick in, Yumiella can’t just ignore her awesome stats… A girl’s gotta grind!

So, with plenty of time on her hands before starting life at the academy, she gets a little carried away and maxes out her level at 99. And when everyone else finds out, they get the wrong idea about her power—now they think she’s the Demon Lord! Is this OP villainess strong enough to win back the peaceful life she always wanted?!

Only the Villainous Lord Wields the Power to Level Up 

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© Waruiotoko, raken

Story: Waruiotoko 

Art: raken


Ryuichi Hasegawa, the top player in a strategic medieval RPG, is granted a special “bonus” by the developer and reincarnated into the game world—not as the protagonist, but as the villainous lord Erhin Eintorian who dies in the prologue!

This means Erhin’s survival is a race against time, for his domain is set to be invaded by a hostile foreign power in just one day. In order to save himself, Erhin must use the leveling system that only he can access and his knowledge of the game to prepare his forces. The only hitch, of course, is that there’s no way a villainous lord left a functioning military at his disposal! Can Erhin forestall the tragic fate scripted for him, or is he doomed to play out his own demise?

Make It Stop! I’m Not Strong… It’s Just My Sword!Launches March 10, 2023

i'm not strong its just my sword light novel volume one cover
© Manzi Mazi, Kabotya

Story: Manzi Mazi 

Art: Kabotya  


Crow Titus is the greatest hero in the land. He’s gallant, brave, and adored by all—the perfect warrior. Or he would be if not for one minor detail: it’s all an act! He’d like nothing more than to take it easy and live a quiet life, preferably with an above-average girlfriend and a significant amount of wealth.

Unfortunately, his cursed blade takes control of his body in its quest for its favorite meal—souls. But thankfully, it prefers to feast on the wicked. So in order to keep his curse a secret (and his sword satiated), Crow must keep up the act as a hero and slay the dangerous aetherborn that have been plaguing humanity for a thousand years. Otherwise, his sword might turn its hunger on the innocent and turn Crow into a mass murderer!


Dragon Daddy Diaries: A Girl Grows to Greatness  

dragon daddy manga volume one cover
© Kaziya, Ameko Kaeruda, Sencha

Story: Kaziya 

Original Work: Ameko Kaeruda 

Character Designs: Sencha


An immensely powerful and ancient dragon, once worshiped as a god by humans but now only a myth in their eyes, wakes up one day to find a human girl poking around his lair. The infant is barely old enough to say her own name, but is quite confident in calling the dragon “Daddy”! Bewildered by the unexpected visitor, the dragon soon learns that returning her to human civilization isn’t going to be an option…not yet, anyway.

He quickly decides to raise the girl himself, determined to give her a happy life that will lead her back to human society when she is older—surely a simple task for a legendary being such as himself. All he needs to do now is find a place for her to sleep. And figure out where he is going to get clothes for her. And…wait, what do humans eat again?

Source: press release 

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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