Yen Press Licenses New Titles for Fall 2023, Releases Reborn to Master the Blade Novels & Manga in Print

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© Hayaken, Nagu

Yen Press has acquired the license of five new titles, including the manga series I May Be a Guild Receptionist, but I’ll Solo Any Boss to Clock Out on Time, and two light novels under its Yen On imprint: If the Villainess and Villain Met and Fell in Love and A Misanthrope Teaches a Class for Demi-Humans.

Along with these three titles, Yen Press will also release the light novel and manga adaptation of Reborn to Master the Blade: From Hero-King to Extraordinary Squire in print, under its partnership with J-Novel Club. The on-sale date for the manga version will be announced at a later date. Every other title is scheduled to be released in October 2023.

Here are the full details for each of the company’s latest licenses: 


Reborn to Master the Blade: From Hero-King to Extraordinary Squire

Story: Hayaken

Novel Illustrations and original character designs: Nagu

Manga art: Moto Kuromura

The light novel and manga adaptation of Reborn to Master the Blade: From Hero-King to Extraordinary Squire will be released for the first time in print. The series inspired a 12-episode TV anime series from Studio Comet that aired from January 10, 2023 to March 28, 2023. Crunchyroll streamed the anime worldwide, outside of Japan, as it aired in Japan. 

The light novels were first published by Hobby Japan, under its HJ Bunko imprint, in November 2019. Nine volumes were released as of March 2023. Meanwhile, the manga series was first serialized in Hobby Japan’s Comic Fire magazine in December 2019 and has released four tankoubon volumes as of November 2022. 

Synopsis

Hero-King Inglis’s last wish is to live again as a warrior. But when he awakens, he realizes he’s been reborn as a girl to a noble family! When she’s rejected from the knighthood, she sets out to be the most extraordinary squire there ever was.

I May Be a Guild Receptionist, but I’ll Solo Any Boss to Clock Out on Time

Story: Mato Kousaka

Art: Suzu Yuuki

i may be a guild receptionist manga volume one cover
© Mato Kousaka, Suzu Yuuki

This is a manga adaptation of the light novel series of the same name. It was first serialized in Dengeki Daioh magazine on June 28, 2021. The original light novels were first published on March 10, 2021. 

Synopsis

Alina Clover signed up to be a receptionist for the Adventurers Guild thinking it would be her ticket to the good life. Unfortunately, her dream gig turns into an overtime nightmare whenever adventurers get stuck clearing a dungeon. To save herself from paperwork, Alina takes to beating down monsters herself to solve the problem! Now she just needs to keep her activities a secret…

If the Villainess and Villain Met and Fell in Love

Story: Don Haruna

Illustrations: Yomi Sarachi

if the villainess and villain met and fell in love light novel volume one cover
© Don Haruna, Yomi Sarachi

Synopsis: 

The awkward yet heartwarming love story of a scorned, incompetent villainess and an unapproachable, genius villain. 

Despite her noble status, Brigitte contracts with the weakest type of spirit—and on that very same day, the prince publicly breaks off their engagement. No one shows much sympathy toward the once haughty young lady—except for the duke’s son, Yuri, who attends the same magic academy. Yuri is feared for his incredible abilities and icy personality, but with him on her side, her fortunes might change…

A Misanthrope Teaches a Class for Demi-Humans

Story: Kurusu Natsume

Art: Sai Izumi

a misanthrope teaches a class for demi humans volume one cover
© Kurusu Natsume, Sai Izumi

Synopsis

I’m Rei Hitoma, a self-professed misanthrope, thanks to some past trauma. Just when I thought my new teaching job in the mountains would provide a chill, rejuvenating environment, it turns out that this school is actually for demi-humans who want to become full-fledged human beings! There’s a mermaid, a werewolf, a rabbit, and a bird…all of whom are now my charges. It’s my duty to teach them about humankind—and maybe in the process, I’ll learn a few things myself. This isn’t an alternate world or a case of reincarnation. It’s just the story of a teacher at a somewhat peculiar school, and his students who are striving to become human.


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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