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New License Announcements and iPhone launch!

Thank you so much to those of you who turned out for our panel yesterday evening! We have some super-exciting things planned for next year, so let’s get right to it!
Regular visitors to our site are already aware of some of the projects we have coming up, but as a quick reminder:

  • The Innocent: Running monthly in Yen Plus online and available in bookstores November 2011
  • Highschool of the Dead Color Omnibus: Available November 2011, the first four volumes of HSOD remastered in full color and collected in a deluxe hardcover edition
  • Soulless: The Manga: The graphic novel adaptation of Gail Carriger’s bestselling “Parasol Protectorate” series is available beginning this month in Yen Plus! Look for the collected volume in March of next year
  • Interview with the Vampire: Claudia’s Story: A graphic novel retelling of Anne Rice’s classic vampire tale, told from the perspective of Claudia. Be sure to check the post below for the announcement made earlier this week and a first look at Claudia

All right, all right~ We won’t keep you in suspense any longer~
Brand-new titles coming in 2012 from Yen Press!

  • Durarara!! (Manga): When Mikado Ryuugamine moves to the big city, he encounters a number of strange characters on the streets of Ikebukuro. You can read the Durarara!! manga in January 2012!
  • Kore Wa Zombie Desu Ka? (Manga): Ayumu Aikawa is a high school zombie who inadvertently absorbs the powers of Haruna, a chainsaw-wielding magical girl, when she falls from the sky. Coming spring of 2012!
  • Olimpos: A beautifully-illustrated tale featuring the gods of Greek mythology. Yen will be releasing this two-volume series as a single-volume omnibus edition in spring of 2012
  • Kitty & Dino: An original picture book/graphic novel coming in April 2012! When a boy brings home a dinosaur egg, the family cat is less than thrilled with the new housemate. But as the little dinosaur grows, so does the friendship between this unlikely pair. Look for artist Sara Richard’s distinctive, flowing linework in Kitty & Dino next April!

In addition to our new series announcements, we are also pleased to announce the launch of the Yen Press iPhone app, available now! Now you can read some of your favorite Yen Press titles, including Highschool of the Dead, Yotsuba&!, Maximum Ride, and Nightschool, on your iPhone or iPod Touch! And through August 21, most FIRST VOLUMES ARE $2.99! In addition, we’re offering a special sneak peek of Gossip Girl, Psycho Killer available exclusively on the Yen Press app. Gossip Girl, Psycho Killer is a re-imagining of the original Gossip Girl, in which the girls aren’t just backstabbers in the social sense: they’re actually serial killers! HyeKyung Baek, illustrator of the Gossip Girl: For Your Eyes Only manga adaptation has created a special short manga based on the new novel, so be sure to download the app and check it out! First volumes $2.99! Awesome manga on the go! Free content! Go download it now!

Thanks again to everyone who’s stopped by to say hello! If you’re still at the con, be sure to come by booth #1116 to grab some free goodies!

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99 Responses to “New License Announcements and iPhone launch!”

  1. Hell yeah, Durarara!! and my brother will be pleased about KoreZom. Granted I’d prefer the DRRR novels, but beggers can’t be choosers. Thanks for being awesome YP~ ;D

  2. I was expecting a little more of the japanese releases. Durarararara is really great, i will certainly buy it. But Kore wa Zombie… Well, i’m not a big fan of this tittle. For Olimpos and Kitty Dino, i never heard about them… Though Olimpos can seems cool, i think i will pass.

    (iwillnotcommentaboutuminekoiwillnotcommentaboutuminekoiwillnotcommentaboutuminekoiwillnotcommentaboutumineko)

    But well, maybe we can have new releases announcements till the year’s end?

  3. jellorific Says:

    I am so sad.
    You took two great light novels, and went ahead and licensed their manga.
    Oh, yenpress.
    So silly.

  4. OMG!! DURARARA!! Okay, even if it’s not the Light Novels, I’m still so freakin’ HAPPY!! WILL BE GETTING!! Everything and anything Durarara!! shall be mine!! Thank you, Yen Press!! XDDDDD

  5. Well Kore Wa Zombie Desu Ka? and Durarara are definite pick ups for me. Thanks for bringing these series over.

  6. Uh, I don’t like any of new titles. I was hoping so much for Umineko.
    Why Kore wa Zombie? It isn’t that much popular…

  7. Oh, I’ve forgotten. What about other Higurashi arc?

  8. Well, good to see Durarara, thank you for this. But whyyyy noot Umineko? Despite so many requests:( Also, what about the next Higurashi arcs? I think they will be published just after the Atonement Arc, but will there be a longer skip between Atonement and first Kai arc?

  9. I would be happier if the Durarara and Kore Wa Zombie Desu Ka? licenses were for the light novels. I really want to see more light novels licensed.

    Aside from the Highschool of the Dead color omnis, nothing else really interested me. I hope there are more license announcements in the near future.

  10. Durarara and Kore wa Zombie desu ka?

    No baccano.
    no baccano.
    ;_________;

    Y-You guys should get licensing on Sasameke the sequel because it seems so boss and I own both novels on SSMK. <3333333

  11. The Mad Manga Massacre Says:

    On ANN there was announcement of an ios version of Yen Plus. when will some details on that be provided?

  12. At first I was like WTF over HoTD’s pricetag, but then I noticed the page count and the fact that it’s hardcover. Woah, that’s an impressive release! It’s not like HoTD deserves it, but it’s still really nice.

  13. Glad to see Durarara!! coming over here in some form, slightly disappointed it’s not the novels though. Oh well, there’s still hope for the future. There seems to be a trend of Yen licensing both the manga and the light novels for a series, so perhaps we might see the novels on a later date?

    I looked into Olimpos and was happily surprised it was a josei; I feel like not many joseis get licensed. Looking foward to getting it in the spring. :)

  14. C8 I am so ridiculously overjoyed to hear that Yen Press will release an English translation of Olimpos. I loved those books (I own both volumes in Japanese), just like the rest of Aki’s wonderful work. I can see it’s being overshadowed by the other two for now, but I really hope it picks up fans once it his the shelves! It’s gorgeous with charming characters and quite an unexpected storyline…<3<3

  15. Durarara!! Yay…
    Although I would greatly prefer the light novels…
    I’m still happy about it, though. I’m glad out requests really did reach Yen Press to some extent. :]]]
    Thank you, Yen Press.

  16. Wah manga instead of novels!
    Uuu uu uu Uuumineko?

  17. I’ve heard good things about Durarara, and it sounds intriguing. I’ll probably want to check it out.

  18. Thank you, thank you for Olimpos, can`t wait!

  19. Durarara!! :’D
    Arg, but just the manga! D’:

    I’m still terribly happy to be able to get an English edition of the manga, especially since it’s coming from one of my favorite companies. ?

    But I’ll be absolutely giddy if you release the light novels as well. They’re just infinitely more desirable to me and I would buy them in a heartbeat.

    In fact, I’d purchase anything by Ryohgo Narita, but this tops my list.

  20. formerroadie Says:

    why oh why can’t any of you manga publishers get us kindle volumes?! What the hell is taking so damn long?!

  21. Is there any chance Yen Press will license the Sunshine Sketch light novels? It looks like the English release of the manga has caught up with the Japanese release and the light novels would help to keep interest in the series going. Plus I’m sure they’d be a lot of fun to read.

    I’d edit them for free. No, really, a free copy of a finished light novel would be payment enough for me to edit any for free! (Saving money is easier than ever!)

  22. Oh my, I was hoping for an Umineko license…
    Darn it, I want it so badly. ;______;

    I didn’t hear many good things about the Durarara!! manga, so I most likely won’t buy it. I know a friend who loves the anime, so she’ll most likely buy it. I can just borrow hers, hehe. ?(???)? I’ll definitely buy the light novels, if they’ll ever get released.
    And I might check out Korean Zombie Deskcar. Haven’t watched the anime yet.
    Thanks Yen Press!

  23. cool list guys. :)

    would you ever consider liscensing the manga Sugar Sugar Rune? It’s kinda old but I really like it.

  24. Blazephantom Says:

    I was really excited to see Kore wa Zombie desu ka got licensed but I was hoping more for the light novels. Glad to see some other stuff got licensed. Maybe you guys can pick up the ore no imouto light novels. Now that would be really awesome if that happened.

  25. [...] Comic-Con row yesterday, wh&#1077r&#1077 th&#1077&#1091 announced th&#1072t th&#1077&#1091’ve added 3 n&#1077w manga licenses: Durarara!! (Janauary 2012), Kore wa Zombie Desu ka? (spring 2012) &#1072n&#1281 Olimpos (a [...]

  26. Well, light novels are bad business. That’s why so few of them are licensed. They take very long to be published (translating and revisions take a LOT longer) and, eventually, their popularity fades in a few years, which leads to a lot of them being left unfinished. Leaving the hardcore fans very upset and feeling empty. Of YP licensed novels, I can only see them finishing the Haruhi ones, which are still somehow popular enough (and the japanese LN count is small enough). I love the Spice & Wolf novels. Personally, I enjoy them more than the Haruhi ones. But considering that the series has 16 total novels (with 1 epilogue novel on the way), and at the rate they are being released (2/year), there’s a very small chance it will be fully published in english. So yeah, light novels are tough sells. I can’t blame Yen Press for not licensing them. I will keep buying the S&W and Haruhi light novels.

    About the licenses. Man, slim pickings this year, huh. How the Kore Zombie anime and manga got licensed is beyond me. It’s even getting a 2nd season! What is Japan thinking? The disc sales must’ve been pretty good over there. If we’re talking about novel-inspired manga, the Oreimo manga might have been a bigger splash. Or heck, the Madoka manga sold like crazy in Japan, as well. Anyway.

    That HOTD omnibus is VERY enticing, if you’re a fan of the series. Not only is it colored, it’s actually cheaper than getting all four volumes separate. Sounds like a sweet deal. Won’t have to get vol. 4 now.
    I’ll give the Kore Zombie manga a chance. After all, I did watch the whole first season on crunchyroll. It was decent, not very good. Amusing. From what I’ve read, Ayumu is supposedly more assertive in the manga. I’ll check out the first volume, then see if I like it. Other than that, I’m not interested in any other new title for the moment.

  27. Not gonna pick up Durarara!! and Kore wa zombie desu ka? Holding out for the light novels, unless you tell me buying the manga will help the chances of you doing the novels…and i second ore no imouto light novels.

  28. [...] Yen Press announced three new manga titles: Durara!!, Kore wa Zombie desu ka?, and Olimpos. The first two are based on light novels (and Funimation just licensed the Korezom anime). Yen’s director of publishing Kurt Hassler mentioned at the beginning of the panel that they were working on a couple of light novel licenses, and since Yen often licenses manga and light novels in pairs, it’s reasonable to expect that these novels will be coming along shortly. Olimpos is based on Greek mythology, and Yen will publish the manga, originally two volumes, as a one-volume omnibus. Yen also announced an iPhone/iPod Touch version of its app, and to get people rolling, they are offering all volume 1s for $2.99, a steep discount from the regular digital price of $8.99. Yen has added quite a few Japanese titles to its app recently, so if you haven’t been there in a while, it’s worth giving it another look. Again, here’s coverage from ANN and Anime Diet. [...]

  29. Alex James Says:

    I am so Happy about both Licensings. But why not License the Novels for both of the Series as well?

  30. If the Durarara!! manga sells well enough, will you look at picking up the novels too?

    Will be picking up Olimpos too~

  31. chloes_fork Says:

    What quality paper will you be using for the Highschool of the Dead Color Omnibus? Will it be glossy (as I understand the Japanese editions were) or matte?

  32. You better buy the manga if you want the novels. I’ll be buying Durarara in 2 languages. Don’t mind at all.

  33. @ seny: Can’t afford to buy both. I shouldn’t even be buying what I am buying! (Student loans are murder.)

  34. Olimpos looks like a gorgeous addition to my manga collection. I’ll be sure to check it out.
    I guess I’m not the only one who was disappointed to find that the DRRR!! novels weren’t licensed.
    Yen Press, if you’re reading this, LICENSE THE DRRR!! NOVELS. WE’LL BUY THEM. (I know I will, and since there’s so much demand for them, I don’t see why others wouldn’t.)

  35. I already own all the four volumes of Durarara!! manga and I wouldn’t mind to get YP edition either if it means to bring the light novels. I’m not an English speaker to begin with but DRRR!! just worth every single penny <3

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  37. Why don’t you guys license Hatsune Mix by KEI?

  38. @chloes_fork The interior pages are a little bit glossy, like what you’d see in a DC or Marvel graphic novel. We just got samples of the cover in yesterday, and it looks SO NICE! Spot gloss on matte! Hope you guys are as excited as we are to see the finished book!

  39. I agree, that even though it isn’t the light novels (because I did want those SO bad!!) I’m still going to buy DRRR!!’s manga. I want to support DRRR!!’s release in the U.S. in any way I can. If I don’t, there will be no future in it’s light novels, and I don’t want to imgaine that!! x]]]
    As for Kore wa Zombie Desu ka?, I have heard about it, and same thing goes for it’s light novels. May pick up a copy when it goes on sale!! Also Olimpos is BEAUTIFUL~!! I want it now!! x]]]

  40. I think it’s kind of hilarious that everyone’s opinion boils down to “Yeah, Durarara!!–wait, it’s not the LN?!” I wonder if Yen was expecting this reaction when they announced the manga license?

    Don’t get me wrong, I’m definitely buying the manga (especially since there’s no way I’m getting the DVDs now– too expensive), but I would still like the light novels too. And I’m betting from how much they’re being requested, that announcement can’t be far behind… ;)

  41. Yay, thank you, thank you, thank you for Olimpos! It’s such a gorgeous manga. I’m just wondering, will the omnibus include the color pages?

  42. I’m very excited about “The Innocent”. The artwork and story line are both amazing and I can’t wait until November. Thank you.

  43. I’m interested in Durarara and Olimpos. :o It would be nice if light novels get popular eh?

  44. Oooh, that sounds really nice, Abby. Really looking forward to that omnibus!

  45. sevenseasfan Says:

    yey Kore Wa Zombie Desu Ka :D sooo gonna be getting that and HOTD colour thingy 8D

  46. @Alex Yes, our OLIMPOS omnibus will preserve the original color pages (and we’ll probably be including the unused cover as an insert as well)!

  47. i am back, YP

    first, drrr light novels then I will be happy
    second baccano but it’s a little maturer so I’m not counting on it
    and for GREATER JUSTICE UMINEKO please

  48. Tania, thank you for the reply! That sounds great, I’m really looking forward to it <3

  49. @Kohii
    Ah, I wish light novels would be more popular. I don’t like Spice & Wolf or Haruhi, but I love Book Girl–such great stories there. I really hope Yen Press will be able to bring all the Book Girl stories to North America.
    I’ll be looking forward to any other light novels licensed though. Perhaps if the Durarara manga does well, they’ll look into the light novels for that series? Personally I’d like to see more light novels that don’t already have an anime for them, though.

  50. Olimpos is extremely beautiful o___o
    I might just have to check it out and see if I should buy it [:

    Other than that, I wanted more manhwa to be licensed, but I suppose you’re working on that. Still, I’m very excited about the the progress in new licenses!!

  51. I am very happy to seevthat my favorite manga publishers are having something of Durarara!!, but I’m a bit sad that it’s not the original light novels :(

  52. Also, can you please lisencd the Baccano! Series?! It’s created by the same person that made Durarara, and also has some light novels.
    SO PLEASE PUBLISH THE DURARARA LIGHT NOVELS!!! Most of the manga and light novels I buy are all from your company, so please, don’t stop being awesome!!
    From your supporter, Shayna

  53. @Cholisose
    Spice & Wolf is soo good though.
    I wonder if they could come up with a system where they make Light Novels by how many are ordered, so theres less risk in them not selling well after making so many, i’d pay extra for them even!

    Also i noticed you only have up to like vol. 7 of Spice & Wolf with scheduled releases, you’re not gonna stop less then half way right? Same with Usagi Drop, even if you’re unhappy with the ending, you won’t just stop half way right? lol

  54. @Kohii: Yeah, I’m gonna avoid that sort of negative thinking and just assume both Spice and Wolf/Book Girl will be finished in their entirety. I think it’s plenty possible, even most likely.

  55. Olimpos!? Best thing YenPress has decided to liscence!! ;w; But won’t it be too difficult to understand for new Aki readers? Olimpos is the most physiological and philosophical Aki manga to date…

    Though the art is fantastic /shot

    I do hope the omnibus version will include pictures of the limited edition Animate covers though.. Maybe, possibly…

  56. reiayanamiismaiwaifu Says:

    If this is a little personal a simple “sorry, I cant give away that information” will do.
    but I’ve wondered for the longest time. How much does licensing a manga cost? I get the cost can vary depending on popularity but a rough estimate?
    Also can the cost vary depending on the country you selling it too? countries like Poland, Russia, Finland, Sweden dont really seem to have much a of manga/anime fanbase yet they have alot of manga that isnt published in English. Also countries like Germany, France and Italy [although they seem to have alot of fans there] look as though they dont have as many as in the United States but there are loads of Manga that is licensed in French and German that isnt in English and with French only really France and part of Cannada can read it but English is spoken in the UK, singapore, US most of Canada and understood by most of India does the fact that more people can read the English translation put the price up at all?
    again. sorry if this is a personal but I cant help but wonder

  57. I hope manga sales of the Durarara manga don’t influence whether or not the light novels get picked up. I will not buy the Durarara manga, but I will buy the light novels. I don’t like to double dip on formats when it comes to a ‘franchise’.

    All this hype about Olimpos has got me intrigued. It definitely did get sidelined by the announcement of the Durarara and Korean Zombie Deskcar (I like that XD) mangas.

  58. @tania

    Will you guys be publishing K-ON’s two new manga? After Kakifly ended the series with the fourth volume, he made another two. One that focuses the main cast in college and the other where Ui, Azusa, and Jun take up the light music club.

    Also, have you guys considered publishing VOCALOID-related manga? Like Hatsune Mix by KEI… Since Miku is making her debut in the States, I’d say it’d be perfect timing.

  59. @reiayanami… As you expected, that’s not something we can discuss. Sorry!

  60. cool list guys.

    would you ever consider liscensing the manga Sugar Sugar Rune? It’s kinda old but I really like it.
    http://photo.goodreads.com/books/1177608461l/717201.jpg
    yes? no? i’d really wanna see it in print again

  61. oh! oh! this is such good news!! except, why the manga? i would MUCH prefer the light novels of both korezom and drrr, i love those series. but, this is a step in an AWESOMELY right direction haha. also, i would like to mention that i would love it if yen picked up the baka and test light novels, i don’t know about anyone else…. :)

  62. On the Durarara!! manga page, it says K-On! Volume 1 instead of Durarara!! Volume 1. I know its a typo, but it steal frightens me. XD

  63. @FH14 Good catch! That’s what I get for copying and pasting!

  64. Quite like Durarara. Good license.

    I know this isn’t neccessary but:
    please license Deadman Wonderland and Future Diary.
    I want the rest of the series! :|
    Just had to get that out the way lol.

  65. oh yay! really excited for the upcoming 2012 year! :D Durarara! i really hope you guys pick up the light novels too~

  66. Im very exited for the announcements! :D
    I am wondering if you can licence “Kingdom Hearts” and “Aion” because Tokyo Pop is dead now.
    I am also wondering if you can also licence the “Parasite Eve” manga?
    Here is info on the manga and maybe it can help licence it.
    http://parasiteeve.wikia.com/wiki/Parasite_Eve_(manga)

  67. @ Abby: Are there any light novel annoucements coming up or more manga licenses?

  68. I had never heard of Olimpos but after googling it, it looks quite interesting! (and with gorgeous art) Plus I’ve always been a major sucker for anything to do with Greek mythology, so I’m really looking forward to this one coming out~~~

  69. Thannks for the omnibus HOTD! PS- What was the contest that was announced at the panel for possible tixs to NY Anime Con?

  70. I can’t find any information on Olimpos, I hope the page for it goes up soon before my interest in it wanes…yeah my attention span is bad like that >.<

  71. By the way Abby, (and everyone else at Yenpress) I also would love to see more light novel announcements. :) *nudge nudge* *wink wink*

  72. Light novel announcements would be cool, but i’d like faster light novel releases, maybe followed by a new series once one was completed, i’m worried i’m gonna not be as into spice & wolf after the 6 month delay from book to book, might cause less sales as well :3

  73. Hey, are you guys gonna be keeping the title Kore Wa Zombie Desu Ka?, or are you gonna translate it into Is This A Zombie? Like funimation is doing?

  74. Really happy to see that Yenpress is licensing the Durarara manga. I’ve taken a good interest into the series, and the announcement of it is one of good timing. I might give Olimpos a try though, the concept of it is quite intriguing.

    However I have to agree with the others. A few more light novels would be nice to have translated, specifically in my mind Baccano (Since the anime left so much out, it would be nice to read), and then the No. 6 light novels with it’s upcoming popularity. Of course, the manga of either is nice too, but… I’m just throwing out ideas.

  75. Are you guys still open up for 07-Ghost? I know it’s been heavily requested at the moment. The only English publisher right now is Chuang Yi and many of us in the West will have to import their mangas if no Western English publisher picks up 07-Ghost. ;___;

  76. I’ll add my two cents as well and request more light novels. I’d love to see a great series like Baccano or Toradora.

    But honestly, any good novel will do. I’m not picky. ;)

  77. I forgot to add some others… Fate/Stay Night, Axis Powers Hetalia. Since Tokyopop has closed in the US, it’d be nice if you guys can license these~

  78. I really want Kore wa Zombie desu ka? now. :D DD
    I’d like to see Baccano!, too. (Still so excited for Durarara!!) And while we’re on the subject, please take RG Veda and Legal Drug (now that it’s no longer on hiatus.) by CLAMP from TokyoPop (now that TokyoPop is shutting down). Both are so amazing, and with X/1999, Cardcaptor Sakura, Magic Knight Rayearth, and Gate 7 being newly released soon, I so want to complete my CLAMP collection. :]]]

  79. Hello guys, I’m glad you got the licence of Durarara!! although as pratically everybody else, I would have enjoyed the novel much more, but actually I have to agree with Shaku. If you’re not going to licence more light novels, isn’t it possible to get the releases a bit faster ? Actually, when I count that six year or more are going to be needed to release a whole serie (I’m following Haruhi, Spice & Wolf and Book girl), it really makes me sad. Of course you wouldn’t be able to release one each two or three months, but even one each four months would already be better, and then perhaps shorten it to three months afterward. Anyway, I’m gonna keep hoping this to happen.
    (Sorry for my english if there are mistakes, I’m french. And as I am, and that we pratically don’t have any light novels in our country, I’m really glad you have some.)

  80. I second 07-ghost. I hate chuang yi, would love a Yen Press version since your quality is so good. Pity Mr Hassler hates license rescuing things though…

  81. I beg of you, please license Kuragehime.

  82. @HurdyHurr, Hetalia is a pretty good sell among fujoshi. It is sure to get licensed. Probably by YP or Seven Seas.

  83. @Shaku

    You lose interest waiting for a book in six month intervals? Wow, you wouldn’t have lasted waiting for the Harry Potter books then. xD; I started reading them at the end of 99 and had to wait until 2007 for it to be completed, and I never lost interest.

    I find the idea of getting a new Spice&Wolf every six months a real treat, really. I’m not used to getting to have TWO installments of a series I like in the same year. xD Hehe.

    Anyway, thanks Yenpress for all the hardwork. <3

  84. I’m sooo glad to see the Durarara!! Manga got picked up :) But, as about half the other posters have stated, I would LOVE even MORE to see the Durarara light novels if you guys can get them. I’d buy both the manga and the LN, and probably other copies of the LN for gifts b/c I can think of so many friends that love to read who would love that series, but they don’t like manga or anime so they’re missing out!

  85. CosplayGamer Says:

    i See all this talk about the Durarara!! Light Novels and got me thinking, You guys should bring over Pandora Hearts: Caucus Race (It’s the Novel) and vol 8.5 of Pandora Hearts (Guide book~) would be cool too… Oh and Rolan the Forgotten King Novels would be also cool to read! in other words you guys should bring over more Novels to read

    (I have all these books in Japanese and i can’t even read them :/ its such a shame y’know? (Is a big Jun Mochizuki fan~!))

  86. I thoroughly and wholeheartedly second everything CosplayGamer just said. I’d love to read the Pandora Hearts novel, as well as the guidebook. And the Rolan books, too! These all sound spectacular.

  87. I’m not sure whether this is the correct channel for this. If it’s not, I apologize, but here goes. Getting straight to the point, could you guys perhaps consider translating Atsuko Asano’s series of Japanese light novels titled ‘NO. 6′ into English? To summarize, it’s a science-fiction/dystopian tale featuring two male leads whose fated meeting with each other changed their lives. I believe the Japanese editions were published by Kodansha between October 2003 and June 2011 in Japan with a total of 9 volumes. I have been looking all over and was very disheartened to find out there are currently no English editions in existence although the novels have (surprisingly) been translated to French. To my intimate knowledge, there are quite a considerable demand for the English-translated versions by fans especially due to the recently aired and (during the creation of this post) still ongoing anime series done by Studio Bones. I am also one of those desperate fans hoping the English edition would see the light of day. There is a very passionate fan base surrounding this series. I am certain many would be more than eager to lap up the copies in a heartbeat if only the books were made available. Nothing may come out of this, and I realize light novels are a hard sell, but I guess I have nothing to lose by giving this a shot.

    Thank you for sparing your time to read this and again, I sincerely hope you will give this request some consideration. =)

  88. License more stuff. Flat, Gagoze, Necromanesque, or something.

  89. I have to echo all the Baccano demand here! especially for the light novels. it’s a wonderful series that garnered universal critical acclaim, with a great, loyal fan following. please consider it XD

  90. awesome! can’t wait for durarara!! :D

    ps. Please license the To aru majutsu no index novels and/or manga, I LOVE that series <3

  91. Nice release Yen Press, I think its great that so many loved series are getting a chance to be adapted for the fans.

    It would also be awesome if you were to release Baccano as light novels, I know I as along with many others would be day one buyers, all that would have to be done is the translation really and if it was a matter of marketing I would use a plain ,but nice cover with the Baccano logo and sub title to also appeal other novel readers instead of just fans.

    That way fans and the rest of the world would be pleased by the appearance and give the book a try, I know many occasions where readers would turn down something just because it had anime covers. The novel already has a great and mature story to grasp the general audience so it would only need to have a general cover like maybe a satin or ornamented one instead. Again, please if you’re reading my comment take this into consideration if you plan to release because it has great potential.

  92. I’m really surprised you guys have not picked up Hetalia: Axis Powers. Seeing as Hetalia is a really popular series. There are so few copies of it out there it’s running 300 Dollars for most new copies and even beyond that. I know as a big Hetalia fan I sit here actually tempted to spend my 300 bucks from work to get this manga and more fans are drooling at the thought of someone actually picking up the license. While the DVD series is nice, fans would love the manga too. It’s a hilarious series and seeing as it was one of Tokyopops most popular Manga’s that actually made it into the New York’s Manga ranking I’m surprised no one has taken it.

  93. Would be more interested in the DRRR!! and Baccano! light novels, even if you released them every 6 months like S&W.

    …Waiting forever for S&W. ;_;

  94. Gosh, two light novel series I wanted to read, but only the Manga? WHYY?! xD. Atleast the Durarara!! LN’s? I know a bunch of people who would read them. :) Namely moi. xD

  95. I love that the DRRR!! manga is licensed, but would definitely buy the light novel instantly! Want to read it so bad. ;o;

  96. I’m so excited for Olimpos! I’ve been waiting for Aki-sensei’s works to be published in English, I’m such a big fan.

  97. Thank you so much for licensing Olimpos, I would love it if you guys can license other works by Aki too, such as Aruosumente and Angel’s Doubt! :D

  98. >Sees Durarara!!
    >”Yen Press”
    >Thinks its the novels
    >Gets excited
    >Notices it says (manga) beside it.
    >Fuck.
    >Fail on Yen Press’ part.

    The light novels are a ton better than the manga. The art in the manga is so awful, it hurts to read it. People would like the novel series. I mean, you guys dole out Haruhi novels every few months(one of my favorite series), so I think you could shell out another novel series: Durarara!!. The novels get way better from volume 6 on, and it would bring you in a ton of dough. And the good thing is, it won’t be a rehash for those in America, that have seen the anime on [Adult Swim]. It is changed slightly, but novels 1-3(what is in the anime), is still a good read, and worth buying. Just saying lol.

  99. Please license Deadman Wonderland and Future Diary. These series are too good to be unfinished!!!

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