J-Novel Club Announces the Acquisition of Seventeen New Series at January 2024 Industry Livestream

© Kobato Wakasa, Harunohi Biyori

J-Novel Club announced the acquisition of multiple new series following their latest industry livestream held online on Twitch on January 19, 2024. Six new light novels and seven new manga will be joining the J-Novel Club catalog, with the majority of them receiving a digital launch on J-Novel Club’s website and app a few hours after the conclusion of the announcement stream. 

Here are the details for J-Novel Club’s latest light novel and manga licenses: 

Light Novels

I’m a Noble on the Brink of Ruin, So I Might as Well Try Mastering Magic 

i'm a noble on the brink of ruin so i might as well try mastering magic volume one English cover
© Nazuna Miki, Kabotya

Story: Nazuna Miki

Illustrations: Kabotya

Launching today with Parts 1 and 2 of Volume 1. 


What’s a guy to do when his life suddenly changes while innocently enjoying a nice, cold drink after work? And I mean really changes.

This middle-aged commoner now finds himself in the body of Liam Hamilton, the young son of a noble house teetering on the brink of collapse. Between his fervidly desperate father and his utterly apathetic brothers, the only bright side to his new situation is that Liam can finally try learning magic like he’s always wanted. Little does he know his hobby of choice may be about to turn his life upside-down yet again!

Will Liam be able to master the craft of magic? And will it be enough to save him from the shadow looming over his family…?

Zilbagias the Demon Prince: How the Seventh Prince Brought Down the Kingdom 

Zilbagias the Demon Prince: How the Seventh Prince Brought Down the Kingdom volume one English cover
© Tomoaki Amagi, Tsukasa Kiryu

Story: Tomoaki Amagi

Illustrations: Tsukasa Kiryu

Launching today with Parts 1 and 2 of Volume 1. 


The hero Alexander and his comrades unleash a daring raid on the Demon King’s castle, intent on assassinating him and bringing an end to the war against the darkness in one fell swoop. However, the raid goes awry when his party is effortlessly decimated by the Demon King’s overwhelming power.

But death is not the end of the road for Alexander, as he is reincarnated two years later as that very same Demon King’s son. With the memories of his past life still intact, he vows to use his miraculous second chance to continue fighting — this time destroying the demonic kingdom from within as the Demon Prince Zilbagias. It doesn’t take long for his mettle to be tested either, as passing as a young demon prince without blowing his cover proves to be quite a bit more challenging than he initially anticipated.

Heavenly Swords of the Twin Stars 

heavenly swords of the twin stars volume one English cover
© Riku Nanano, cura

Story: Riku Nanano

Illustrations: cura

Launching today with Parts 1 and 2 of Volume 1. 


In his past life, Chou Sekiei was the undefeated war hero Kou Eihou — no pressure, right? Now, a thousand years later, all he wants is to get a nice, cushy job as a civil official and build a quiet life for himself. Too bad that he still has fighting prowess he can’t explain. Too bad that as a child, he was taken in by a renowned general and trained alongside Chou Hakurei, famed for her talent and beauty. Too bad that he’s gotten into rescuing pretty (and pretty immature) merchant prodigies. Sekiei was really looking forward to some peace and quiet so he could kick back and read, but when the foreign nation of Gen launches an invasion that triggers war, he’s forced to put his books down. With the power of skills he’d hoped never to put to use again, Sekiei will once more have to make a name on the battlefield… Will he and his friends be enough to save their homeland?

A Livid Lady’s Guide to Getting Even: How I Crushed My Homeland with My Mighty Grimoires 

A Livid Lady's Guide to Getting Even: How I Crushed My Homeland with My Mighty Grimoires volume one English cover
© Hagure Metabo, Masami

Story: Hagure Metabo

Illustrations: Masami

A J-Novel Heart title launching today with Parts 1 and 2 of Volume 1. 


Elizabeth Leiston, daughter of the influential prime minister, is a picture-perfect lady on the path to becoming the future queen of the Kingdom of Haldoria. But her life takes a sudden turn for the worst when her fiancé makes a show of publicly calling off their engagement. Soon after, he throws her in jail and starts spreading nasty rumors about her.

The encouragement Elizabeth receives from her loyal waiting maid, Mireille, and her inner fury are all she needs to reconsider her goals. Why should she continue devoting herself to a country that doesn’t respect her when she can trample over it instead? She will get even with those who wronged her and bring down the damned kingdom, even if it’s the last thing she does! Luckily, Elizabeth is no damsel in distress and has seven powerful magic grimoires she won’t hesitate to use. Get ready because this ruthless lady is out for blood!

I Don’t Want To Be the Dragon Duke’s Maid! Serving My Ex-Fiancé From My Past Life 

I Don't Want To Be the Dragon Duke's Maid! Serving My Ex-Fiancé From My Past Life volume one English cover
© Mashimesa Emoto, Masami

Story: Mashimesa Emoto

Illustrations: Masami

A J-Novel Heart title launching today with Parts 1 and 2 of Volume 1. 


On her sixteenth birthday, Viscountess Mille-Feuille Forêt Noire, a member of a long-lived race called dragonkin, remembers her previous life as the murdered fiancée of Dragon Duke Vacherin. She immediately vows never to get involved with him again and aspires to live a peaceful life by hiding what she knows, but after a twist of fate or two…she soon winds up the Dragon Duke’s personal attendant!

Past intrigue now begins to yield problems in the present. Who killed Mille-Feuille in her last life? How can she improve the lives of fellow dragonkin women? Is she in love with the Dragon Duke, or are her feelings just lingering attachment from their old romance? And how will this all affect her new relationship with her former fiancé? History may or may not repeat itself in this romantic fantasy!

After-School Dungeon Diver: Level Grinding in Another World 

After-School Dungeon Diver: Level Grinding in Another World volume one English cover
© Hitsuji Gamei, Karei

Story: Hitsuji Gamei

Illustrations: Karei

Launching today with Parts 1 and 2 of Volume 1. 


Why not unwind in another world once in a while? 

High schooler Kudo Akira happens upon the ability to travel between Japan and the fantastical world of Do-Melta. Not bound by any dire mission or duty, he leisurely enjoys exploring his way through the massive dungeon in the center of the world and all the trappings that come with it. The guild receptionist is trying to mooch off of him, his magic instructor has “rewards” for him, and he just might have some fun with a girl he saves…


A Late Start Tamer’s Laid-Back Life 

A Late Start Tamer’s Laid-Back Life manga volume one English cover
© Tachibana, Yuu Tanaka

Story and Art: Tachibana

Original Work: Yuu Tanaka

Based on the light novel series of the same name. Launching today with Chapter 1 of Volume 1. 


LJO – aka Law of Justice Online–is the newest full-dive VRMMORPG to hit the market, and office worker Yuta — or Yuto, as he goes by in the game—is ready to spend his whole vacation immersing himself in the experience. His dream is to become the strongest Tamer, commanding the most powerful monsters, and he’s even willing to shell out the cash to do so! But when he arrives in the world of LJO for the first time, Yuto is shocked to find that the special monster he planned to leave all the fighting to is…a monster dedicated to farming — without a shred of combat ability?

Despite it all, Yuto quickly decides that his adventures in this world will involve way less fighting epic battles and way more harvesting plants, as he prepares to take the game at his own pace and with his adorable, trusty companion by his side!

The Otome Heroine’s Fight for Survival 

the otome heroine's fight for survival manga volume one English cover
© Kobato Wakasa, Harunohi Biyori

Story and Art: Kobato Wakasa

Original Work: Harunohi Biyori

Based on the light novel series of the same name. Launching today with Chapter 1 of Volume 1. 


After losing her parents at a young age to a monster attack on their village, Alicia is sent to an orphanage, where she spends three miserable years being mistreated—and doing her best to smile through it all. After finally reaching her limit and running away, Alicia is attacked by a strange woman who wants to take the young girl’s place as the protagonist of something called an otome game. During the struggle, Alicia accidentally absorbs part of the woman’s memories and knowledge, transforming her from a scared child to a calculated young woman with a mission: to write her own destiny. Now adrift in an unforgiving world, Alicia vows to grow stronger by any means necessary. She’ll need all the might she can muster if she has any hope of changing her fate and fighting for survival.

The Invincible Summoner Who Crawled Up from Level 1 

the invincible summoner who crawled up from level one manga volume one English cover
© Rio Nanamomo, Arata Shiraishi

Story and Art: Rio Nanamomo

Original Work: Arata Shiraishi

Launching today with Chapter 1 of Volume 1. 


After losing his father in a tragic accident, Shinobu Iijima and his younger sister Megumi are taken in by their father’s old friend, Ayumu. Shinobu works hard in the hopes of starting a new life for himself. Megumi, and a mobile game called La Vita Online, are the only things keeping him afloat. One day, Ayumu reveals his true intentions of tearing Shinobu down and getting his hands on Megumi. But just after Shinobu learns that Ayumu deleted all of his game data in La Vita, their high-rise apartment catches on fire and Shinobu falls to his death, Megumi in tow. He wakes up in a strange new world… and realizes he’s been reincarnated into the world of La Vita Online. An announcement from the devs tells him that Ayumu is already there, and a countdown to Megumi’s arrival is ticking. Shinobu vows to protect Megumi after she arrives at any cost, even if it means he has to crawl his way up from level 1 to fend off all the other reincarnated players.

Death’s Daughter and the Ebony Blade

death's daughter and the ebony blade manga volume one Japanese cover
© Matsukaze Suiren, Maito Ayamine

Story and Art: Matsukaze Suiren

Original Work: Maito Ayamine

Based on the light novel series of the same name. Launching soon with Chapter 1 of Volume 1. 


Once upon a time, in a forgotten temple in the middle of a deep, dark forest, a god of death stumbles across a baby girl called Olivia and takes her in to raise as its own.

Under the death god’s tutelage, little Olivia spends her days studying to become a brilliant tactician and master of the blade. But her destiny changes irreversibly upon her fifteenth birthday. When the death god suddenly vanishes, Olivia must leave the forest and make for the battlefield!

But none of her books or drills have prepared her for other people—nor for the fearsome war between a mighty empire hellbent on uniting the continent and a kingdom struggling to maintain its autonomy as the last remaining holdout against the imperial conquest. What Olivia lacks in social skills she makes up for with martial prowess, and when she arrives on the scene, no one on either side will know what hit them. As she searches for her missing teacher and fends off the empire, the epic tale of Olivia and her ebony blade begins!

Goodbye, Overtime! This Reincarnated Villainess Is Living for Her New Big Brother

Goodbye, Overtime! This Reincarnated Villainess Is Living for Her New Big Brother manga volume one Japanese cover
© Cosaji, Chidori Hama

Story and Art: Cosaji

Original Work: Chidori Hama

A J-Novel Heart title launching soon with Chapter 1 of Volume 1. 


After being forced to work overtime for the umpteenth time in a month, Yukimura Rina drags herself home, exhausted and in need of some relaxation. She downloads an otome game, starts playing, and passes out…only to wake up as Ekaterina, the villainess of the game! Her new reality overwhelms her, but she soon recovers thanks to the care of her handsome, kind, and responsible new big brother, Alexei. There’s one little issue, though. If the game follows its original scenario, only the worst awaits her and her dearest brother!

Rina, or rather, Ekaterina, now has two goals: find a way to avoid doom, and protect her new big brother from the horrors of overwork!

The Banished Former Hero Lives as He Pleases

the banished former hero lives as he pleases manga volume one English cover
© Karasumaru, Shin Kouduki

Story and Art: Karasumaru

Original Work: Shin Kouduki

Based on the light novel series of the same name. Launching today with Chapter 1 of Volume 1. 


Stuck at a low level and lacking a god-given Gift, Allen is labeled a good-for-nothing and banished from the Duchy of Westfeldt. But little do they know, he’s actually the reincarnation of a hero from another world with powers from his past life! Allen yearns for a quiet life after growing tired of heroics, so he takes his banishment in stride. Yet his trip to the remote Frontier is interrupted when an assassin attempts to take his former betrothed’s life! What former hero worth his salt could stand idly by? So begins another unwanted chapter of excitement in Allen’s saga!

A Wild Last Boss Appeared! 

a wild last boss appeared manga volume one English cover
© Tsubasa Haduki, Firehead

Story and Art: Tsubasa Haduki

Original Work: Firehead

Based upon the light novel series of the same name. Launching today with Chapter 1 of Volume 1. 


Lufas Maphaahl rules the land of Mizgarz with an iron fist. Mankind stands no chance of prevailing against the most powerful being in the world and her army of loyal minions — until a band of heroes bests her in an epic battle, sealing her soul away for all eternity.

But this is just another day in Exgate Online. Lufas is a player’s avatar and a legend among fans. She even outshines the official last boss, the Devil King. So it’s no big deal to the boy behind Lufas when he logs off after his epic defeat—thankfully, it won’t really be eternity until he can play again. But he’s met by a strange offer, and when he accepts, he’s sucked into the game world and awakens…in Lufas’s body!

Two hundred years have passed since Lufas’s defeat, and Mizgarz now lives under the shadow of the Devil King. How will our hero fix his mess? And can he save the world from the one being he never subordinated: the last boss?

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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