Yen Press Licenses 13 New Manga, Novels & Art Books for November 2024

oshi no ko 1st illustration collection cover
© Aka Akasaka, Mengo Yokoyari

Yen Press has licensed thirteen new manga series and novels set for release in November 2024. The new licenses include nine manga series, two novels, and two art books. 

Among the highlighted titles include mono — the latest series from the creator of Laid-Back Camp, as well as the [Oshi No Ko] 1st Illustration Collection: Glare x Sparkle art book that compiles illustrations from the main manga series. 

Here are the full details for each of Yen Press’ latest licenses


Manga

Agents of the Four Seasons: Dance of Spring

Agents of the Four Seasons- Dance of Spring manga volume one cover
© Kana Akatsuki, NAPPA KOMATSUDA, Suoh

Story: Kana Akatsuki

Art: NAPPA KOMATSUDA

Character Design: Suoh

A manga adaptation of the latest light novel series from the author of Violet Evergarden

Synopsis

At first, there was only Winter. But this lonely existence was too much for it to bear, so Winter split off part of itself to bring forth Spring. But the earth wished for Summer and Autumn as well, and their creation marked the birth of the four seasons. The changing of seasons became a duty that fell upon humanity, and those tasked with the transition are known as “Agents of the Four Seasons.” This is the bittersweet story of Hinagiku and Sakura—the Agent of Spring and her devoted Guard, who set out on a journey to usher in Yamato’s first spring in ten long years.

Brunhild the Dragonslayer

brunhild the dragonslayer manga volume cover
© Yuiko Agarizaki, Takeru Kirishima, Aoaso

Story: Yuiko Agarizaki

Art: Takeru Kirishima

Character Design: Aoaso

The manga adaptation of the award-winning light novel series.  

Synopsis

Eden is a place of perfection, protected from outside harm by the silver dragon. In this idyllic land, the dragon raises a human girl found on the island’s shores as his own. But when the dragon’s life is mercilessly snuffed out by human machinations, the girl must choose whether to heed his dying wish and stay the course of righteousness…or walk a path of vengeance.

Dracula’s on the Night Shift

dracula's on the night shift manga volume one cover
© Satoshi Wagahara, Tsukumo Asakusa, Aco Arisaka

Story: Satoshi Wagahara

Art: Tsukumo Asakusa

Character Design: Aco Arisaka

Synopsis

Vampires, who cannot be exposed to sunlight, have been able to integrate into modern society by only going out at night. Yura Toraki is a vampire who works the graveyard shift at a convenience store in Ikebukuro. One day, he happens to save a woman named Iris, who turns out to be a member of an order of vampire exterminators! Before he knows it, Yura is living in the same apartment as his should-be nemesis!

I Picked Up This World’s Strategy Guide

i picked up this world's strategy guide manga volume one cover
© atchi ai

Story and Art: atchi ai

Synopsis

Sana is the hardworking daughter of a shop owner, and she often ventures out into the forest to gather the herbs needed for the restorative potions they sell. But on one trip, she happens to pick up a mysterious strategy guide for a game — and it’s filled with detailed information about her town, those around her, and even what’s yet to come! Except, the future may not be at all what she expects… With such a powerful—and dangerous—book in hand, what will Sana do?

The Teen Exorcist

the teen exorcist manga volume one cover
© Mitsuru Yuki, Shikiji Sorakura

Story: Mitsuru Yuki

Art: Shikiji Sorakura

Synopsis

Japan’s Heian Period. Masahiro serves as a royal diviner just like his grandfather, the legendary Abe no Seimei. His dream isn’t to follow in his grandfather’s footsteps, though — it’s to surpass him! During some intense training with his spirit companion, Mokkun, Masahiro notices an ominous presence targeting the princess…Can he protect the royal capital and escape from his grandfather’s shadow?!

The War of Greedy Witches

the war of greedy witches manga volume one cover
© Homura Kawamoto, Makoto Shiozuka

Story: Homura Kawamoto

Art: Makoto Shiozuka

Synopsis

From the creator of Kakegurui comes an action-packed fantasy series featuring tournament-styled fights and witches! At the moment of her execution, the holy martyr of France, Jeanne d’Arc, is transported to a mysterious new world. There, she comes face-to-face with thirty-one heroic women who carved their names into the annals of history as “witches.” Now, with the thirty-two witches assembled, Walpurgisnacht can commence — and the deadly tournament that pits its competitors against each other in the name of their selfish wishes is about to get underway…

Praise Me When I’m a Good Boy

praise me when i'm a good boy manga volume one cover
© Yodaka Kuroi

Story and Art: Yodaka Kuroi

Synopsis

High school teacher Watanabe has a secret—behind closed doors, he’s actually a Sub. Enraged when his fiancée leaves him because of his nature, Watanabe hooks up with his former student, Izumi…who just so happens to ooze Dom energy, and is also looking for a place to stay. Where better than at his new Sub’s house? Which means Watanabe’s going to have to figure out how to survive round-the-clock orders, all so he can be praised like the good boy he’s desperately trying to be…

Mono

mono manga volume one cover
© Afro

Story and Art: Afro

The manga series is inspiring a TV anime adaptation from Soigne

Synopsis

From Afro, the creator of Laid-Back Camp, comes a new comedy adventure manga! The Photography Club is in danger of shutting down?! And the Cinema Club too?! Fret not, for they shall merge and become…Cinephoto Club! Now club members Satsuki, An, and Sakurako are asked to be the main characters for manga artist Haruno’s latest work that’s centered around action cameras. The girls head out to capture the lovely sights of Japan, experimenting with gadgets beyond photography and film equipment, and of course, chomping on the local delicacies along the way!

April Showers Bring May Flowers

april showers bring may flowers manga volume one cover
© Roku Sakura

Story and Art: Roku Sakura

Synopsis

Pessimistic high school student Hana Tabata doesn’t believe her life could ever be like that of a heroine from the shoujo manga she reads—she’s convinced she’s ugly, and she’s always alone. Still, she can’t help but imagine herself as a leading lady when she’s changing out flowers early one morning…until she’s caught in the act by her handsome classmate Yousuke Ueno! Hana can’t wrap her head around his kind words at first, but as they grow closer, she finds her life slowly beginning to change…

Novels

In a World of Lies, I Fell into an Unforgettable Love

In a World of Lies, I Fell into an Unforgettable Love novel cover
© Misaki Ichijo

Story: Misaki Ichijo

Synopsis: 

In his second year of high school, Makoto Tsukishima learns he has only twelve months left to live. Just as he decides to give up on confessing his feelings to the girl he likes, however, she invites him to join the film club. Soon, the two grow closer and begin to feel a connection, but time is running out for Makoto. Conflicted, yet determined to spare her the truth, it’s time for him to put a certain plan into action…

A story of hope connecting past and future from the author of Even If This Love Disappears Tonight.

Festival of Heresies

Festival of Heresies novel cover
© Rokakoen

Story: Rokakoen

Synopsis

There’s a reason Emi Shimamoto can’t find a job. For as long as she can remember, she’s been unable to tell the living from the dead. Resigned to yet another failure, she attends an interview with Moriya Foods, only to find herself strangely attracted to its young president and more determined than ever to get the position. Meanwhile, Emi’s brother senses that there is more going on with his sister than meets the eye, and he pays a visit to a certain agency that specializes in matters of the supernatural…

Art Books

[Oshi No Ko] 1st Illustration Collection: Glare x Sparkle

oshi no ko 1st illustration collection cover
© Aka Akasaka, Mengo Yokoyari

Original Story: Aka Akasaka

Art: Mengo Yokoyari

Description

Mengo Yokoyari, artist of the runaway success [Oshi No Ko], has compiled her illustrations into this extensive collection featuring the burning stars who light up the world of Japanese show business! This book features over 130 pieces, including full-color works, character design drafts, and drawings posted to social media—as well as comments and a discussion between the artist Mengo Yokoyari and author Aka Akasaka.

Candy: Shou Harusono Art Collection

Candy: Shou Harusono Art Collection cover
© Shou Harusono

Art: Shou Harusono

Description

Sugar and spice and everything nice—enjoy this delightfully delectable and sugary sweet amalgamation of gorgeous illustrations, rough sketches, exclusive bonus manga, and even an interview with Shou Harusono, the series creator of Sasaki and Miyano and Hirano and Kagiura!


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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