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Digital Preview: AWKWARD by Svetlana Chmakova

May 1st, 2015 Laura Posted in NEWS | 6 Comments »

Cardinal rule #1 For Surviving School:
Don’t get noticed by the mean kids.

Cardinal Rule #2 for Surviving School:
Seek out groups with similar interests and join them.

From award-winning author Svetlana Chmakova comes a sweet story about making friends and surviving adolescence. We can’t wait for you to meet the students of Berrybrook Middle School and are thrilled to be publishing this heart-warming graphic novel this July.

Check out the first sixteen pages on Chmakova’s Tumblr, or become a fan of Awkward on Facebook to receive updates from the author and discuss this preview with other fans.

 

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New Licenses Announced at Sakura-Con 2015

April 9th, 2015 Laura Posted in NEWS | 73 Comments »

Last week at Sakura-Con we made several big announcements including the addition of these popular manga series to our list:

  • Akira Hagio’s Sakura no Himegoto: Aoi Narinomiya, the last daughter of a prestigious family, suddenly finds herself the “pet” of the rebellious Kei Katsurai in order to repay her grandfather’s debts!
  • Tsuyoshi Watanabe’s Dragons Rioting: After being diagnosed with a disease that makes sexual arousal fatal, and undergoing ten years of self-control training, Rintaro’s about to face his ultimate test—an all girls’ school.
  • Izumi Tsubaki’s Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-Kun: When Chiyo-chan decides to finally confess her feelings to her crush, the silent, strong Nozaki-kun, she knows rejection’s on the table…but getting recruited as a shoujo mangaka’s assistant?! Never in a million years!
  • Wataru Watanabe’s Yowamushi Pedal, about a team of bicycle racers: The road that lies ahead of a road racer is a long and hard one…but how much harder is it if you’re an otaku?! Join Onoda-kun and Team Sohoku on their race for cycling glory!
  • Olympus Knights and Pinakes’s Aldnoah Zero Season One: Years after a great war was waged between those who migrated to Mars and those who chose to remain on Earth, humanity hangs in the ravaged aftermath…

Additionally, as an extension of Yen Press’s digital partnership with Square Enix, we announced that we would be publishing worldwide in e-book format a number of Square Enix titles that have never before appeared in the English-language market. The first e-book titles to be published are:

  • Satsuki Yoshino’s Handa-Kun, a spin-off of the popular Bakaramon series: Handsome teenage calligrapher Seishuu Handa is admired by all his peers as the epitome of cool— too bad Handa-kun is really a pessimist who believes everyone hates him. A youthful comedy of misunderstandings unfolds!
  • Ato Sakurai’s Today’s Kerberos: The last thing Chiaki expects of a mysterious package from his father is for a girl to pop out—a girl with enough personality for three!
  • Dan Ichikawa’s Shut-In Shoutarou Kominami Takes on the World: Loner, coward, and all-around shut-in Shoutarou Kominami opens a care package from his mom expecting the usual. What he gets instead is a note cutting his allowance off! But how can Shoutarou, who hasn’t set foot out of his door in months, set himself up to find a job?!
  • Karino Takatsu’s Servant X Service: From the creator of Working!! comes a series full of four panel hijinks in the public service office building of scenic (and fictional)  Mitsuba, Hokkaido.
  • Tsumuji Yoshimura’s Unknown: Fortune favors the wise, but what happens when too much wisdom falls into the wrong hands? That’s where the “wisemen” come in.
  • Chisaki Kanai’s When a Magician’s Pupil Smiles: The story of a boy utterly devoid of emotion who must learn to what is means to feel alive. But he can’t do it alone…
  • Higasa Akai’s The Royal Tutor: The precocious Haine is ready to make his debut as a freshly minted royal tutor…but he’s going to have a lot more than tests to worry about, for his four new princeling wards seem intent on testing his patience instead!
  • Hanjiro Tsukioka and Hikaru Tanaka’s Scarlet Empire: Souzo Sagara, leader of the Sekihoutai…Kotetsu Miyasaka, Kendo student…Two different lives bound by the red string of fate, by the desire to protect and change the world, will transcend time itself to reveal a tale of the Bakumatsu era and modern youth.

Thanks to everyone who attended the panel on Saturday and came to see us at the booth! To see pictures from the show, visit us on Facebook.

 


Kagerou Daze at Sakura-Con and beyond!

April 3rd, 2015 Laura Posted in NEWS | 3 Comments »

This spring we’re celebrating the release of both the light novel and manga of Kagerou Daze! Based on the hugely successful Vocaloid project, this terrific series has become a major phenomena in Japan with sales exceeding 7,800,000 copies. We’re thrilled to be bringing this wonderful series to our readers. Look for the manga in stores on April 21st and the light novel on May 19th in print and digital formats.

For those of you attending Sakura-Con this week, stop by our booth (#226) to pick up a Kagerou Daze poster and a sampler to bring home with you!

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Pre-order at the following retailers or wherever books are sold.

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Yen Press at Sakura-Con 2015!

April 2nd, 2015 Laura Posted in NEWS | 6 Comments »

Convention season is just getting started, and we’re headed to our first show of the year! Join us this weekend in Seattle for Sakura-Con 2015.

For those of you in attendance, we hope you’ll come to the Yen Press panel on  Saturday at 3:30 in Panels 3, room 4C-3.

Our booth number is #226. Like last year, we’ll have stand-ups of some of your favorite Yen Press characters to take pictures with and a ton of swag to take home with you. We’ve got buttons! We’ve got posters! We’ve got samplers and more from series such as Big Hero 6, Kingdom Hearts, Akame Ga Kill, Kagerou Daze, Karneval, Final Fantasy, and The Devil is a Part-Timer. So stop by, say hello, and pick up a snazzy McRonald’s visor like the one our designer Andy Swist is modeling for us.

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See you at the show!

 


Enter on Goodreads for the chance to win Sword Art Online: Progressive, Vol. 1!

March 19th, 2015 Laura Posted in NEWS | 7 Comments »

Kawahara_SwordArtOnlineProg_v1_ProseCover_TPIt’s dangerous to go alone. Take one of these. We’re very pleased to be publishing volume 1 of Sword Art Online: Progressive this month. Happy questing!

Enter on Goodreads for the chance to win a copy of Sword Art Online: Progressive, Vol. 1!

About the story: One month after Akihiko Kayaba’s game of death began, the death toll  continues to rise, two thousand players having already lost their lives to the ultra-difficult VRMMO world of Sword Art Online. On the day of the strategy meeting to plan out the first-floor boss battle, Kirito, a solo player who vows to fight alone to get stronger, runs into a rare, high-level female player. She gracefully dispatches powerful monsters with a single rapier that flashes like a shooting star in the night…

This volume contains three stories, including “Aria of a Starless Night,” which details how Kirito came to be called the Black Swordsman, and “Rondo of a Fragile Blade,” the tragic tale of a young blacksmith that takes place before the second-floor boss fight.


Enter on Goodreads for the chance to win copy of THE DEVIL IS A PART-TIMER!

March 18th, 2015 Laura Posted in NEWS | No Comments »

Wagahara_DevilPartTimerV1_TPWelcome to McRonalds. How can we help you today? How about one fresh serving of world conquest and our feature menu item of the month: THE DEVIL IS A PART-TIMER!

Enter on Goodreads for the chance to win copy of THE DEVIL IS A PART-TIMER. 

About the story: After being soundly thrashed by the hero Emilia, the Devil King and his general beat a hasty retreat to a parallel universe…only to land plop in the middle of bustling, modern-day Tokyo! Lacking the magic necessary to return home, the two are forced to assume human identities and live average human lives until they can find a better solution. And to make ends meet, Satan finds gainful employment at a nearby fast food joint! With his devilish mind set on working his way up the management food chain, what will become of his thirst for conquest?!

(Contest ends March 23rd. Open to US residents only.)


Enter on Goodreads for the chance to win a copy of A Certain Magical Index, Vol. 2!

February 4th, 2015 Laura Posted in NEWS | 21 Comments »

MAGICALINDEXV2Hey Index fans, how are you liking the story thus far? Get ready for more action from Academy City in the second installment of A Certain Magical Index—out this month!

Enter on Goodreads for the chance to win a copy of A Certain Magical Index, Vol. 2.

About the story: A certain unlikely hero…

In Academy City, where superhuman abilities are scientific reality, Touma Kamijou is trying to reconstruct a life for himself, but that’s easier said than done with a girl by his side with the arcane knowledge of 103,000 grimoires rattling around in her brain…

Now seemingly inextricably caught up in a world where magic is reality, Kamijou learns that a certain shrine maiden is being held captive in one of Academy City’s cram schools. Can Touma ally himself with a sorcerer who has on more than one occasion tried to do him in? The only thing we knows for sure is that he really does have rotten luck…

(Ends February 23rd. Open to US residents only.)


Enter on Goodreads for the chance to win Barakamon, Vol. 3!

January 30th, 2015 Laura Posted in NEWS | 1 Comment »

Yoshino_Barakamon_V3Brrr, it’s cold outside! With all this snow on the the ground, an island vacation sure sounds nice right now. It’s a good thing there is a new volume of Barakamon to look forward to and warm our spirits in February.

Enter on Goodreads for the chance to win a copy of Barakamon, Vol. 3!

About the story: What?! The car’s GPS only shows the road…!!

Kawafuji, the only friend of handsome young calligrapher Seishuu Handa, has come to visit the island…!! However, the lack of cell phone signal and any useful landmarks is preventing the two of them from meeting up!! Also, why has Kousuke Kanzaki, who beat out Seishuu for an award (in the “Second-Place Calligraphy Incident”), come along for the ride…? There’s a storm brewing in the third volume of this sophisticated (?), heartwarming island comedy!!

(Ends February 23rd. Open to US residents only.)


Enter on Goodreads for the chance to win a copy of Akame ga Kill!

January 15th, 2015 Laura Posted in NEWS | 9 Comments »

Takahiro_AkameGaKill_V1_FINALDo you think you have what it takes to become one of Night Raid’s elite members? We’ll find out soon! We’re less than a week away from the publication of an exciting new series, Akame ga Kill! Look for it online and in stores on January 20th!

Enter on Goodreads for the chance to win a copy of Akame ga Kill!

About the story: Teenage country bumpkin Tatsumi dreams of earning enough money for his impoverished village by working in the Capital–but his short-lived plans go awry when he’s robbed by a buxom beauty upon arrival! Penniless, Tatsumi is taken in by the lovely Lady Aria, but just when his Capital dreams seem in reach yet again, Lady Aria’s mansion is besieged by Night Raid–a team of ruthless assassins who targets high-ranking members of the upper class! As Tatsumi is quick to learn, appearances can be deceiving in the Capital, and this team of assassins just might be…the good guys?!

(Ends January 25th. Open to US residents only.)


New licenses for the new year!

January 9th, 2015 Laura Posted in NEWS | 132 Comments »

Wow! What an exciting year 2014 was! We hope you’ll join us in making 2015 even better and brighter. To start things off, let’s celebrate with some new licenses! How’s that sound?

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RUST BLASTER (manga) by Yana Toboso

Millennium Academy is–a school where elite vampires are trained to maintain balance in a world where humans and vampires, who possess far greater physical strength than their human counterparts, coexist. And commuting to this school is Aldred, the most distinctly un-vampire-like vampire to be found in the entire institution. But when Al encounters Kei, a human transfer student to the school, their destinies become intertwined, and the fate of their world as they know it comes to lie in their hands!

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PUELLA MAGI HOMURA TAMURA (manga) by Magica Quartet

The life of a magical girl isn’t all fighting witches and collecting grief seeds. When they aren’t kicking butt, Homura Akemi and her friends face the same trials as normal high school girls! In this four-panel comedy, glimpse a sillier side of the girls from the bestselling Puella Magi Madoka Magica series!

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PUELLA MAGI MADOKA MAGICA: HOMURA’S REVENGE (manga) by Magica Quartet

If Madoka Kaname had known of the tragic transformation that would mark the end of her magical-girl journey, how would her story have unfolded? In this telling of her story, Madoka remembers the outcomes of her previous timelines–but so does Kyubey. Even with the knowledge of her previous lives, can Madoka outmaneuver Kyubey and avoid her fate?

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BLACK BULLET (light novel and manga) by Shiden Kanzaki, Saki Ukai

The future–where a terrible battle against a parasitic virus called “Gastrea” has been fought, and lost. Humanity is cornered, and lives in despair. Rentaro and Enju face constant danger in their work as a team anti-Gastrea specialists known as “Civil Security.” If the daily fight against oblivion weren’t enough, they’ll soon face a threat that could destroy all of Tokyo…

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DURARARA!! (light novel) by Ryohgo Narita, Suzuhito Yasuda

The Ikebukuro district in Tokyo is full of interesting people. A boy longing for the extraordinary. A hotheaded punk. An airheaded pseudo stalker. An information broker who works for kicks. An underground doctor who specializes in truly desperate patients. A high school student infatuated with a monster. And a headless rider on a pitch-black motorcycle. Their story may not be a heartwarming one, but as it turns out, even weirdos like these sometimes fall in love.

STRIKE THE BLOOD (light novel and manga) by Gakuto Mikumo, Manyako

High school student Kojo Akatsuki may not seem like anything special, but there is a rumor going around that he is the Fourth Progenitor—a powerful vampire thought only to exist in legend. But if that legend were true, it could have devastating consequences for the Itogamijima special zone for demons. Enter Yukina Hirameki who’s sworn duty is to watch over Koj…or kill him if necessary.