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New Licenses Announced at the Inaugural Japan Expo USA

Japan_Expo_logo_2.svgThanks to everyone who stopped by the Yen booth at the inaugural Japan Expo USA last weekend. To those who couldn’t make it to the show, we announced several new and exciting licenses!

Bloody Brat, spun off from the New York Times bestselling manga hit Blood Lad, is a collection of short stories and four-panel comics by series creator Yuuki Kodama and artist Kanata Yoshino. In this hilarious behind-the-scenes trip, readers will discover the full extent of Staz’s anime/manga obsession, join Bell on her treasure-hunting travels, and much more! The Blood Lad anime has been licensed by Viz and is being simulcasted in North America this summer. Publication is scheduled for a March 2014 release.

Puella Magi Madoka Magica: The Different Story by series creator Magica Quartet and artist Hanokage is a spin-off series from the original world of the hit anime and manga Puella Magi Madoka Magica. In The Different Story, Kyouko and Mami take center stage, and the story follows an alternate chain of events. The first volume is also scheduled for release in March 2014.

Accel World by Reki Kawahara is the award-winning light novel series that follows a bullied middle schooler named Haruyuki Arita, who is introduced to Brain Burst, a secret program that can “accelerate” his real life…and a VRMMO (Virtual Reality Massively Multiplayer Online) Fighting Game as well.

Sword Art Online, also by Reki Kawahara, is the runaway best-selling light novel franchise that topped the category charts in 2012 in Japan and was adapted into the massively popular anime of the same name. Set in the year 2022, where a new VRMMORPG (Virtual Reality Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game) opens its virtual doors, allowing players to completely immerse themselves in the game world by manipulating their brain waves to create a wholly realistic gaming experience. In addition to the Sword Art Online light novels, Yen also will be releasing both the SAO Aincrad and SAO Fairy Dance manga arcs. Publication of the first novel and manga volumes is slated for early 2014.

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95 Responses to “New Licenses Announced at the Inaugural Japan Expo USA”

  1. i just have one question, where i can find the books when you start publish them?

  2. Why is Accel World the only title without a scheduled release time frame?

  3. I wouldn’t mind more Yumi Unita titles, next time. I have been supporting “Bunny Drop”. I hope other people have been supporting it, too.

  4. First time for me commenting here…But I just had to say that the licensing of the light novels Accel World and Sword Art Online totally got me drop my mouth. I did not expect it, at all.
    And here I am, throwing my money at the computer screen, screaming with shining eyes. 8D

    But like someone else asked, why is Accel World not having a scheduled time frame?

  5. You guys are awesome. I was sad to see that I nearly totally missed you. Hopefully next time I will catch you before you are packing up to leave. But thanks for the awesome stuff I got in the moment I was there. I love this Doubt standup. It’s so awesome.

  6. Are SAO and Accel World going to be printed or given the same treatment as Another?

  7. universalperson Says:

    Thank you so much for licensing The Different Story. I hope that you continue to bring us new Madoka Magica manga! (Even though the new manga isn’t even out in Japan yet…)

  8. I would buy the SAO and AW light novels if you do like a deal of SAO+AW volume 1 bundle for a good price.

  9. Thanks for getting SAO Yen Press. I wonder if the release of Sword Art Online LNs will include the release of Sword Art Online Progressive LN as well?

  10. Sword Art Online? When can I give you my money?


  12. Great to see SAO and Accel World light novels licensed! I’m going to second Jellorific’s question: will trees be made into books or will we be asked to settle for ephemeral electrons?

  13. please tell me the novels not gonna be only digital! novel is meant to be felt by you while reading!
    thank you anyway for SAO <3

  14. I’m still waiting for them to license the Monogatari series but I guess they don’t like money

  15. How many SAO volumes a year will you publish? The more the better.

  16. Yay, Different Story :D
    And like Shinobikens waiting for Monogatari novels. And for Baccano novels.

  17. Whoa! Can’t wait for the Accel World & SAO novels, that sounds too good to be true :O I’m also curious about the release date of Accel world, & if the novels will be only digital. I do hope that’s not the case.

  18. Great news for all LN fans, going to buy both! Hope more Novels can be licenced, ty Yen!

  19. i wish Accel World manga would be published not just LNs

  20. Thank you so much for Sao and Accel world! I love light novels, and i wish that the other manga/light novel publisher would publish more light novels! But anyway, i really hope you can publish ”Oda Nobuna” no yabou, or ”the ambition of Oda nobuna” in english. Yhea, and Problem children are coming from another world, aren’t they?,Baka and test, aria the scarlet ammo,Clannad, the world god only knows,the familiar of zero/zero’s familiar/zero no tsukaima (i know that wiz media (i think?) canceled it),Campione!, Shakugan no shana (i think wiz dropped that 2), date a live, C3 (cubexcursedxcurius) and denpa onna to seishun otoko… Sorry, i didn’t notice how many i listed up, lol. But i really want to have more light novel’s, i really love them… and it seems like no other manga/light novel publisher would do it, so i wanted to tell what i want from you, since all the other people does.. sorry, but some of the titles i don’t know the english name on, and sorry for my bad english… :)

  21. Joshua Stroud Says:

    i hope the sao novels will be released very speedily and thanks for accel world to

  22. Joshua Stroud Says:

    can you publish the ben-to light novels please

  23. Great! How about obtain the license to the Kara no Kyoukai novels next? :)

  24. Oktavia von Seckendorff Says:

    Did someone say Different Story?


    Oh, and I agree about the Baccano! novels. Alongside Spice & Wolf they’re pretty much the only light novels I’m interested in, and you already have those.

  25. Yess! Please publish more light novels! i love them! Please publish Toradora light novel, Haganai and High school dxd! I know that haganai and toradora manga was published by someone else, but i only knows that you and viz have done some light novels.. But i want more of them! I want to read more light novels, please do more of them! i liked that you publish haruhi and spice and wolf manga and LN’s, because then you please the manga fans too! sorry for bad english..

  26. Is there any chance of you guys publishing the From the New World novel by Yusuke Kishi?

  27. Is there any chance of you guys publishing the From the New World novel by Yusuke Kishi?

  28. I hope you guys can license more light novels Hakomari would be awesome meanwhile I can manage with AC and SAO.

  29. And I was hoping for reprint of “Emma” by Kaoru Mori… :(

  30. please release SAO light novels faster. I am a fan of SAO and read all the light novels at baka tsuki but sadly it got abandoned and now… I was anticipating alicization chapter 13.

  31. hope you can release chapter 13 of SAO first :P i would very grateful to you.

  32. Sword Art Online *and* Accel World ? That’s really great. Thanks for getting them, I don’t care much about SAO, but I’m going to buy them both anyway.

  33. Yes, i love you yen press!
    By the way, i hope you can pick up angel beats manga (light novel?) too next time! if someone else already done that,, Lol

  34. please get the manga series UBEL BLATT

  35. Joshua Stroud Says:

    @hello that is the reason why i want them to release the sao novels faster too and i will still buy them all. So please yenpress release them fast

  36. Yes, more light novels! Please publish ”Kore wa zombie desu ka?” or ”Is this a zombie?” Light novels next time!
    But please don’t give any of your new releases 2 different covers, please. i don’t like it…

  37. Please say it’s you who is gonna pick up Hataraku maou sama! Novel and manga? if it is, of course, i haven’t checked it :P

  38. I love you! I will totally import them (I’m in Germany)!

    That’s wonderful news! My heart skipped a beat! ^__^

  39. Whoot! Bloody Brat~ Can’t believe no one’s talking about it in the comments. Instead they’re mostly talking about SAO. Come on! Bloody Brat needs some recognition too. Anyways, you guys are awesome! And I wish you guys the best in selling these LN’s and Manga :)

  40. Madoka Magica and light novels? Now we just need Madoka Magica’s light novel and everything will be alright.
    Thank you for bringing us the best material. Extremely gratefull for the light novels. We need more of these in our market :)

  41. Yay, but please don’t give them 2 different covers, please. I really don’t like it :P

  42. Thank you!
    Please publish The Pet Girl of Sakurasou light novel,Yahari Ore no Seishun Love Come wa Machigatteiru (sorry, i don’t know the english name) light novel, baka and test light novel and kikou shoujo wa kizutsukanai (Unbreakable Machine Doll i think in english) light novel!

  43. Please publish Aria the scarlet ammo manga and light novel next time :D

  44. I’m really happy that you’re publishing the light novels for SAO! I just wish you could do more light novels in the future,
    I hope you’ll do the novels for Kingdom Hearts
    Also for Brothers Conflict…. I really want to read that series(even though there’s already summaries of it) :(

  45. AW, SAO, Madoka! Best news I’ve seen all year! Thanks for making my day, Yen Press!

  46. Hey, is there any chance you can publish A certain magical index series?? Light novel and manga?

  47. I have some more stuff i want you to publish to!
    Absolute Duo
    Outbreak Company
    Kanojo ga Flag o Oraretara
    Seirei Tsukai no Blade Dance
    Madan no Ou to Vanadis
    and Mahou Sensou
    Sorry, i don’t have their english name, but i hope you can publish more light novels next year! i really love them, lol…

  48. Official SAO light novel in English. Need to buy now. Reading off a wiki no good. NEED NOW.

  49. Any reason in particular for the price increase from January on? Pandora hearts’ page says that 11.99, then jumps up to 13.00…. Its kind of discouraging..

  50. Nice job can’t wait to buy both series. License Toaru No Index and I’m all set =)

  51. Joshua Stroud Says:

    how about you publishing the durarara light novels and the kore wa zombie desu ka light novels and the ben-to light novels and the r-15 light novels

  52. on the Umineko book page, ep2 volume 2′s cover art is missing, even though the book is out, just letting you know

  53. How do I buy books here?. any links for guide?
    Thank you

  54. Please publish D.N.Angel. It would fit perfectly into your line up and would also make a great Yen Plus series. It also would make a great companion series with Black Butler and Pandora Hearts.

  55. Any chance that Yen Press will pick up any of Yukiru Sugisaki’s works (older ones like DNAngel and newer ones like 1001 Knights)?

  56. @Jill/Chary —

    I find that to be highly improbable. Yukiru Sugisaki is practically notorious for not finishing works.

    @YenPress —

    Anyway, thanks for picking up Bloody Brat~! I love Blood Lad, so I can’t wait to get this one~~.
    Also planning on picking up SAO and AW, and I have the first series of PMMM! so the chances of me picking up Different Story is pretty likely.

  57. Really want to see a release date on the Accel World Light Novel. Ughhh.

  58. Will you guys please license Steins;Gate Boken no Rebellion!

  59. I would love if you could license Kiniro Mosaic

  60. Are you going to publish Sword Art Online Progressive too? cause i’m probably going to throw my money on my monitor if you do.

  61. Hey!
    if there are any higurashi or umineko LN’s, why not publish them?
    But i dont know, lol

  62. How about publish Higurashi and umineko Light novels 2? If there are any, i don’t know :p

  63. Kamisama no inai (sunday without god)
    and kamisama no memochou (heaven’s memo pad)
    Light novel please!

  64. I second the light novel request of Kamisama no inai nichiyoubi!

  65. I second on Umineko and Higurashi LN’s~! :D

  66. THANK YOU GUYS! I personally feel there were better LN’s to grab, content wise, BUT IF YOU WANT SALE YOU CHOSE CORRECTLY. lol. I’m always happy to see more Light novels and will be picking up both ASAP. KEEP’M COMIN!

  67. SAO? Couldn’t find any objectively worse titles to publish? Well, admittedly, that would be close to impossible with SAO being the modern pinnacle of bad writing.

  68. Yes, i cant wait for the LN’s!
    Any way, there are som few more light novel and stuff i want you 2 publish!
    Can you please rescue shakugan no shana, Ln and manga? Since it seems like Viz media dropped it, you know. It really pisses me off. Baka and test, The world god only knows and Haiyore nyarko san, LN and manga too please! I don’t think anybody have picking that up. And there is one more, but i don’t think you can publish it, but i ask anyway : I think that have come out a Fairy tail light novel with 4 short stories? And i know that kodansha,or whatever, have the right to FT? And i don’t think they publish Light novels… So if you can, can you please publish it?

  69. Thanks for more light novels! I can’t wait for them!
    But anyway, i have more light novels i want you to publish! Yhea, and the manga too.. But i am a lightnovel lover.
    Please pick up Haiyore(LN and manga), Highschool dxd (LN and manga), publish Is this a zombie? light novel, and if you can pick up Shakugan no shana light novel to, that would be great! And the Index series (LN and M), Baka and test LN and M, Okami san and her seven companions LN and M,Date a live LN and M, and Devil is a part timer! LN and m…
    I have now spammed yor site lol :p But thanks for all the light novels… Please pick up more!

  70. Lol, sorry for spamming, but i forgot someone…and my pc is drunk :/
    Campione Light novel and Manga
    C3 (CubexCursedxCurious) Light novel and manga
    Dantalian no Shoka LN and manga
    Denpa onna to Seishun Otoko Ln and manga
    Gekkou Ln and manga
    Haken no Kouki Altina Ln and manga
    Boku to Kanojo no Game Sensou LN and manga
    Gakusen Toshi Asterisk LN and manga
    Ichiban Ushiro no Daimaou LN and manga
    Kamisama no memochou Ln and manga
    Kyoukai Senjou no Horizon Ln and manga
    Kami-sama no inai nichiyoubi Ln and manga
    Kikou Shoujo wa Kizutsukanai LN and manga
    Madan no Ou to Vanadis LN and manga
    Utsuro no Hako to Zero no Maria LN and manga
    Shissou Suru Shishunki no Parabellum LN and manga
    Iris on Rainy Days LN and manga
    Omae o Otaku ni Shiteyaru kara, Ore o Riajuu ni Shitekure! LN and manga
    Sakurasou no Pet na Kanojo LN and manga
    No Game No Life LN and manga
    Monogatari Series LN and manga
    Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei Ln and manga
    Oda nobuna no yabou manga and light novel
    Ok, i didn’t forgot ”few” but i found these on the internet, and i think they looked intresting, and some of them i watched the anime.. Sorry for bad english, and sorry for that i don’t have the english name’s… Well some of them are, but you get my drift xD

  71. when is the SAO mangas going to be released, and if so what will the price be??

  72. Ramzi Yassin Says:

    The Monogatari Series, Dantalian no Shoka series, Kami-sama no inai nichiyoubi Series, Kamisama no memochou series, and index series are good. But Campione is no good (constant mouth rape), Sakurasou isn’t good either(terrible ending).

  73. Thank you, i am really grateful for the light novels. Please publish more! But anyway, i think Danganronpa the animation (The anime is just finished) have a manga, and maybe a light novel? I would love you if you could publish it!

  74. Yes! Thank for LN’s!
    But anyway, can you please pick up Highschool dxd, Aria the scarlet ammo, shakugan no shana, and Zero no tsukaima light novels? I think that Shana, Highschool dxd, and devil is a part timer would sell pretty good. Lol, sorry for my bad english, but i hope know what i meant!

  75. Thank You!
    But can you please publish Durarara light novels? That would be great! And the index series! Light novel and manga! I really wanted light novels to be more popular.. I love them, and i think its a shame that they don’t sell so good.. I really wish it all wasn’t about the money… Like Viz media cancel wery many titles, like Shana, Zero no tsukaima and more… I really wish they was more popular!

  76. AyanamiReign Says:

    Really glad to see some light novels being released! I’ll be picking up all the SAO ones for sure. Any chance of getting the Durarara novels? I loved that anime and there’s no indication of it continuing…
    I’m hoping Accel World and SAO sell well for you so we can see more light novel releases in English :D

  77. So many wonderful light novel suggestions. I know I’d buy every volume for High School DxD and Shana without a problem.

  78. Another madoka manga? well, why no consider releasing its novel adoption?
    And I believe toaru series is a great series that can help publisher gain lots money.

  79. *toaru series, just like haruhi, SAO, spice and wolf, had also been the champion of Kono Light Novel ga Sugoi!

  80. Hey, yen!
    If you looking for some other light novels who will sell, i recomend Highschool dxd! And maybe shakugan no shana.. But anyway, thanks for more light novels! i will buy them!

  81. Please please please realese Is this a zombie light novel! PLEEAAASSEE?

  82. thank you for the light novels! Please publish more of them, i have some i want you to check out!
    Devil is a part timer, is this a zombie?, Highschool dxd, A certain magical index, Familiar of zero/zero’s familiar (the light novel, since an other company realesed the manga) and Aria the scarlet ammo!
    Yhea, in that would be great if you realesed the manga of it to.. for those who like manga :)

  83. Is there any chance of the Progressive LNs being picked up. I’m sure a large number of us are highly interested in them.

  84. So, how’s that release date for Accel World looking?

    Sometime in 2014 at least?

  85. I agree with this ones:

    To aru Majutsu no Index
    Monogatari series
    Yahari Ore
    Sakuraso na pet na kanojo

  86. I’m happy there’s an amazing company publishing light novels! Please please license Brothers Conflict light novels and publish it in English. Us fans would be so grateful. Please consider it! Please!

  87. I have Mixed feelings about the licencing for SAO and Accel World. on one hand i would love to have them on my shelf. on the other because of the licencing the translator group Baka-Tsuki will no longer be translating it so i can’t continue reading. anyway back to the point i was trying to say. it would be wonderful if yen press went to Baka-Tsuki and (with permission)used some of those translations. Baka-Tsuki’s translations are top notch from what i can see. As well as, they are already 5 books into Accel World and 12 into SAO. it would save Yen press’ time, money, and energy if they cooperated. also wondering when they plan to release Accel World novels. Any news on that?

  88. @JayDen – The AW novels will begin publishing in July 2014.

  89. Can’t wait for Accel World. Although, I’ll only start buying at Novel 5 because 1-4 is covered by the anime.

    Which will be a looong waiting time sigh.

  90. Lol, the amount of people hoping for fast translations are going to cry… judging by how fast they released the other L.N, they probably won’t catch up to the series until they’re completed.

  91. I would love if any of these light novels could be picked up in the near future:
    No Game No Life (5 published so far with anime on the way), Devil is a part-timer (10 published and anime already aired)
    Maou na Ore to Fushihime no Yubiwa! (5 Published)

  92. Also now that I think of it is it at all possible that you can have polls for which light novels to start publishing, or at least give us some options for choice of what is being published if it is limited to a finite amount. Which ultimately would work well for both Yen Press as well as the customers.

  93. @m – Yup. July.

  94. Did the obtain the complete licensing including all the arcs?

  95. Hey, first time posting a comment. But I would just love to say that i’m so excited that you guys posted some light novels and I’m so ecstatic to get some. But if you guys are starting to translate and publish light novels, can you guys pleeeeeaaaaaasssse do Brothers Conflict? There are other popular ones that everybody is asking for like Baka and Test, Haganai, Is This a Zombie, and Toradora. And I want those light novels to be published too, but my main priority is to read Brothers Conflict, I watched the anime and thoroughly loved it but I’m not really interested in the manga, I’m fascinated about the light novels. Oh, and there’s a second thing I wanted to add. Please, spread the word about LIGHT NOVELS to the other companies and such. For years, Otaku all over the world has been watching Anime and reading Manga, but none could ever really read the light novels because they are only really sold in Japan and they’re never translated. But now, following your guys example, may the light novels rise in popularity and set at the top of the bar, along with anime, manga, and song albums from the anime….
    And this goes to everyone out there who sees this comment… SPREAD THE WORD OF LIGHT NOVELS!!!! I will not rest until they rise to the top and is normally sold in America along with the other merchandise….
    P.S. If you agree with me, please contact me at

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