Yen Press Licenses 7 Manga & Light Novel Series for February 2024

if the villainess and villain met and fell in love manga volume one cover feature image
© Harunadon, Chill Ukai, Yomi Sarachi

Yen Press announced that it has licensed seven new titles for releases in February 2024, which includes three manga (Ako and Bambi, If the Villainess and Villain Met and Fell in Love, Whoever Steals This Book) and four novels (The Other World’s Books Depend on the Bean Counter, Miss Savage Fang, You Are My Regret, The Unimplemented Overlords Have Joined the Party!). In addition to these seven titles, Yen Press will release the print publication of the Black Summoner light novel under its JNC imprint.

Here are the details for Yen Press’s latest releases: 


Ako and Bambi

ako and bambi manga volume one cover

Story and art: HERO


When amateur novelist Bambi moves into a new, cheap place, he’s shocked to find it’s already occupied—by the ghost of a high school girl. With one amnesiac ghost girl, Ako, haunting the apartment, the stories practically write themselves! But as the days pass and they get closer, he starts wondering exactly who she is…and what she is to him.

From the author of Horimiya comes a sweet slice-of-life that transcends the boundaries of life and death!

If the Villainess and Villain Met and Fell in Love

if the villainess and villain met and fell in love manga volume one cover
© Harunadon, Chill Ukai, Yomi Sarachi

Original story: Harunadon

Art: Chill Ukai

Character Design: Yomi Sarachi


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

Eleven years ago, Brigitte, the heiress of the Meidell earldom, formed a contract with the weakest type of spirit. Since then, she’s been looked down on by all the other nobles, and her fiancé, the prince, even made a public spectacle of ending their engagement. The duke of the Water Clan’s son, Yuri, is her only classmate who seems unaffected by these rumors. Yuri is feared for his incredible abilities and icy personality, but with him on her side, Brigitte’s fortunes just might change….

Whoever Steals This Book

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© Nowaki Fukamidori, Kakeru Sora

Original Story: Nowaki Fukamidori

Art: Kakeru Sora


In a town where people live surrounded by books, there is a library overflowing with endless tomes—the Mikurakan. Its founder was Mifuyu’s great-grandfather, and her father is its manager…but Mifuyu herself hates books. One day, a collection of books is stolen, and a mysterious message is left behind: “Whoever steals this book shall be pursued by the flag of magical realism.” Thus, the town begins to shift into something out of a tale…and Mifuyu realizes she must venture into the worlds of stories to save her home!


The Other World’s Books Depend on the Bean Counter

the other world's books depend on the bean counter novel volume one cover
© Yatsuki Wakatsu, Kikka Ohashi

Original Story: Yatsuki Wakatsu

Illustration: Kikka Ohashi


Seiichirou Kondou is a 29-year-old accountant and major workaholic. When he’s accidentally transported to another world, not only does he demand a job, but he starts whipping the lackadaisical Royal Accounting Department into shape! When he gets in over his head and nearly dies from overwork, the handsome Commander Aresh steps in to save him, and the two develop a unique, physical relationship…as a form of medical treatment?!

Miss Savage Fang

miss savage fang novel volume one cover
© Kakkaku Akashi, Kayahara

Original Story: Kakkaku Akashi

Illustration: Kayahara


Mylene has it all: She’s the daughter of nobility, she boasts incredible aptitude with magic and the blade, and she possesses striking vermilion-tinged locks that signify she has been chosen by God. Yet this elegant warrior hides a shocking secret—inside her lurks the soul of the strongest mercenary in history, Savage Fang. In his past life, Savage Fang cut down countless foes of superior ability for his employers with nothing but cunning and strength. Now reborn as Mylene, this former sellsword will use her past experience and newfound powers to shape the world as she sees fit…even if she has to get her aristocratic peers involved along the way!

You Are My Regret

you are my regret novel volume one cover
© Shimesaba, Ui Shigure

Story: Shimesaba

Illustration: Ui Shigure


Yuzuru Amida is filled with regret. Although he fell in love with free-spirited Ai Mizuno in middle school, he never managed to tell her how he felt and they subsequently drifted apart. But when Yuzuru reunites with Ai by chance in the summer after his first year of high school, he realizes that his feelings for her haven’t changed in the slightest. As this pair of total opposites gets reacquainted, however, they sometimes butt heads and find themselves at odds with each other. When all is said and done, will they end up as friends…or something more?

The Unimplemented Overlords Have Joined the Party!

the unimplemented overlords have joined the party novel volume one cover
© Nagawasabi64, Kawaku

Original Story: Nagawasabi64

Illustration: Kawaku


Young gamer Shuutarou is among the lucky few chosen to playtest Eternity, the latest VRMMORPG, and he wastes no time in activating his unique dungeon creation skill…at the exact moment when the game glitches out! Now he and his fellow playtesters are trapped, and their very lives are at stake. Shuutarou happens to end up in the one area that has yet to be patched into the game: the final-boss lair where the six Evil Overlords lurk. They promptly declare him their master—and with Eternity’s strongest baddies on his team, Shuutarou is up for any adventures this new life will throw at him!

Black Summoner

black summoner light novel volume one cover
© Doufu Mayoi, Kurogin (DIGS)

Original Story: Doufu Mayoi

Illustration: Kurogin (DIGS)


Waking up in a strange new place with no memory of his past life, Kelvin learns that he’s bartered away those very memories in exchange for powerful new abilities during his recent transmigration. Heading out into a whole new world as a Summoner—with his first Follower being the very goddess who brought him over!—Kelvin begins his new life as an adventurer, and it isn’t long before he discovers his hidden disposition as a battle junkie!

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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