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Pre-order THE WAY OF SHADOWS: THE GRAPHIC NOVEL for some exclusive extras!

September 17th, 2014 Laura Posted in NEWS | No Comments »

There are no rewards without risks, and there are few greater risks than apprenticing yourself to the city’s most accomplished assassin.

To celebrate the upcoming publication of the graphic novel adaptation of Brent Weeks’s The Way of Shadows on October 7th, we’re offering two very special bonuses: an exclusive bookplate designed specifically for the graphic novel and a downloadable wallpaper for your computer!

To enter: pre-order the book from your favorite retailer and then complete this form on www.brentweeks.com to claim your prize. Supplies are limited so don’t delay!  This offer is only eligible to residents of the U.S., Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom.

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About The Way of Shadows:

For Durzo Blint, assassination is an art-and he is the city’s most accomplished artist.

For Azoth, survival is precarious. Something you never take for granted. As a guild rat, he’s grown up in the slums, and learned to judge people quickly – and to take risks. Risks like apprenticing himself to Durzo Blint.

But to be accepted, Azoth must turn his back on his old life and embrace a new identity and name. As Kylar Stern, he must learn to navigate the assassins’ world of dangerous politics and strange magics – and cultivate a flair for death.


We have a few announcements to make!

September 10th, 2014 Laura Posted in NEWS | 94 Comments »

If you follow us on Twitter, then you’ve heard about the latest additions to the Yen On family of light novels. If you missed the big news, let us catch you up!

No Game No Life

Yuu Kamiya

Meet Sora and Shiro, a brother and sister who are loser shut-ins by normal standards. But these siblings don’t play by the rules of the “crappy game” that is average society. In the world of gaming, the genius pair reign supreme, their invincible avatar so famous that it’s the stuff of urban legend. So when a young boy calling himself “God” summons the siblings to a fantastic alternate world, where war is forbidden, and all conflicts—even those involving national borders—are decided by the outcome of games, Sora and Shiro have pretty much hit the jackpot. But they soon learn that in this world, humanity, cornered and outnumbered by other species, survives within the confines of one city. Will Sora and Shiro, two failures at life, turn out to be the saviors of mankind? Let the games begin…!

Log Horizon

Mamare Touno / Illustration: Kazuhiro Hara

When 30,000 Japanese gamers are suddenly trapped in the online game world of “Elder Tale,” the realm of swords and sorcery that was up until yesterday very much a fantasy is now their cold, hard reality. Severed from their everyday lives, they’re faced with fighting monsters, eating food with no flavor, and being unable to die?! Amid the chaos in “Elder Tale” Akihabara, veteran gamer Shiroe locates his old friend Naotsugu and teams up with the beautiful female assassin Akatsuki, embarking on an adventure to change the world as they know it!

The Devil Is a Part-Timer!

Satoshi Wagahara / Illustration: 029 (Oniku)

After being soundly thrashed by the Hero, Emilia, the Devil King, Satan, and his general, Alciel 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?!

PandoraHearts ~ Caucus Race ~

Shinobu Wakamiya / Original story & illustration: Jun Mochizuki

In this first ever novelization based on the work of The New York Times-bestselling mangaka Jun Mochizuki, the elaborate, charming, and bittersweet world of PandoraHearts is woven into short stories that peer into the houses of the four great dukedoms and reveal yet more facets to the series’ beloved characters. Making each volume of this series even more special are the manga shorts drawn specially for the novelization by Jun Mochizuki herself!

 

 


San Diego Comic-Con 2014

July 24th, 2014 Laura Posted in BLOG, NEWS | 51 Comments »

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Yen Press is on site at the 2014 San Diego Comic-Con! Visit us at BOOTH #1116 to meet the staff and snag some cool free stuff including posters, buttons, and more! (We’re listed under Hachette Book Group in the guide in case you get lost.)

Brent Weeks, author of the bestselling Night Angel Trilogy, will be signing samplers of the upcoming graphic novel adaptation of THE WAY OF SHADOWS in the booth at 2:00 PM on Saturday.

We’re also selling books this year including several of our new July titles and raffling off a set of Reki Kawahara’s books for FREE!

We hope to see you there!


July 21st, 2014 Laura Posted in BLOG, NEWS | 4 Comments »

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We are looking for someone to join the awesome Yen Press team in New York. To apply to be an Associate Editor working mostly for the Yen On program, click here. We look forward to hearing from you!

Important note: Please read the job descriptions carefully and confirm that you have the required experience, skills, and attributes before you apply!

The Yen Press Team


June titles and Bloody Cross Volumes 1-3 are now available digitally!

June 24th, 2014 Laura Posted in NEWS | 20 Comments »

Hey ebook fans, many of our June titles and the first three volumes of BLOODY CROSS are now available digitally! Purchase them for your e-reader today through the Yen Press App or from the following retailers:
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NEW LICENSE ANNOUNCEMENTS

June 13th, 2014 Steph Posted in NEWS | 117 Comments »

Though the weather outside the Yen offices is gloomy, dark, and spooky on this Friday the 13th, we have a feeling all you manga and light novel fans might just consider this your lucky day!

We know you’ve all been waiting patiently for word on the Kingdom Hearts series, and we’re happy to finally announce the next volumes of KINGDOM HEARTS 358/2 DAYS by Shiro Amano! Left alone to ponder the purpose of her existence and desperate for answers, Xion journeys alone to find out who—or what—she really is. But little do she, Roxas, and Axel know that her quest will lead to the close of one tale and the continuation of another… Find out how their story ends in the final two volumes of KH 358/2 Days due in late 2014!

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KINGDOM HEARTS II picks up where the previous volume left off with the Hollow Bastion Restoration Committee having discovered something that could help everyone in their quest to save the worlds: Ansem’s computer. But Sora, Goofy, and Donald are in for a surprise when the computer pulls them inside of it! The next omnibus installment is also just around the corner in winter 2014!

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SECRET is the latest psychological thriller by Yoshiki Tonogai of Doubt and JUDGE fame. When six survivors of a tragic bus accident are called into a meeting by their school’s appointed therapist, the last thing they expect is to be told that there are murderers in their midst! With this declaration comes an ultimatum: the murderers must repent their crimes and find some way to answer for them within one week, or the evidence of their sins will be given to the police. Is this a twisted joke or a haunting reality? And just who can you trust when everyone has a secret? If you can’t wait for the first volume to come out in early 2015, be sure to check out the latest digital chapters every month simultaneously with Japan!

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Now onto the new stuff. ;)

 

AKAME GA KILL!, written by Takahiro and illustrated by Tetsuya Tashiro, follows teenage country-bumpkin Tatsumi, who 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 beautiful and kindly Lady Aria, but just when his Capital dreams seem within reach once more, Lady Aria’s mansion is besieged by Night Raid—a team of ruthless assassins who target 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?! Expect the first volume out in early 2015!

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Though we’re certain this next title needs little introduction, SWORD ART ONLINE: PROGRESSIVE, written by Reki Kawahara and illustrated by abec, is a retelling and expansion on the events that took place during Sword Art Online: Aincrad. Expect the light novel and the manga adaptation illustrated by Kiseki Himura in 2015!

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KAGEROU DAZE, written by Jin and illustrated by Shidu, joins Shintarou Kisaragi, a NEET—person “Not in Education, Employment, or Training”—who has refused to leave the comfort of his room for two whole years. But Shintarou’s easy and solitary life is about to take an unexpected turn when his computer crashes and he is forced to venture into the world he was happy to shut out forever…and stumbles into the middle of a hostage situation! Find out what the world has in store for Shintarou in the original light novel and the manga adaptation illustrated by Mahiro Satou in early 2015!

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Our last treat on the list is one that we’re absolutely thrilled to announce! ABSOLUTE SOLITUDE is the latest light novel series announced by Reki Kawahara, the acclaimed author of the Sword Art Online and Accel World series. With illustrations by Shimeji, the novel will publish for the first time in Japan in the very near future, and we could not be more excited to be bringing this one to you right from the jump!

 

We hope that was enough good luck to get you through the rest of the day! Happy Friday the 13th!


Sakura-Con 2014: ANNOUNCEMENTS & NEW LICENSES!

April 19th, 2014 tania Posted in NEWS | 169 Comments »

YenOnSo we promised some major announcements today at Sakura-Con 2014, and call me biased, but I think we delivered!

As if our digital initiatives weren’t exciting enough, we’re delighted and excited to announce Yen On, a new imprint and program dedicated to bringing you fans English editions of the best light novels that Japan has to offer! We’re already a powerhouse when it comes to getting light novels out there, but now we’re going to build on the successes of hits like The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya and Spice & Wolf, and the upcoming blockbusters, Sword Art Online and Accel World, and bring you even more! Look for Yen On to launch this fall!

But of course, to launch a new imprint, you need new titles, right?! Well, let’s see what you think of these!

  • ANOTHER by Yukito Ayatsuji – Not technically new or a light novel (you might see more of that!), but before and since publishing this deliciously spine-chilling horror tale digitally last year, we’ve gotten tons of requests for a print release. Well, we’re happy to say your prayers have been answered! Look for the hardcover omnibus print edition of ANOTHER hitting bookstores this October as part of the Yen On launch!
  • A CERTAIN MAGICAL INDEX by Kazuma Kamachi, art by Kiyotaka Haimura – I can’t tell you how thrilled we are to finally be bringing A CERTAIN MAGICAL INDEX to you guys! One of the most popular and acclaimed light novel series in Japan, INDEX is also one of our most requested titles! This winter, science and magic clash in Academy City, when one unlucky young man finds a mysterious nun in his room and gets landed in the middle of a war he never expected!
  • IS IT WRONG TO TRY TO PICK UP GIRLS IN A DUNGEON? by Fujino Omori, art by Suzuhito Yasuda – Like that title alone isn’t reason enough to check out this new breakout light novel series! Also known as DanMachi, Fujino Omori’s hilarious fantasy tale about a fateful encounter in the labyrinthine Dungeon between a hapless boy who wants to make a name for himself as an adventurer and a failed goddess rounds out the Yen On launch list this winter!

Whew! And that does it for our Sakura-Con announcements…PSYCH!

We wouldn’t leave our manga faithful hanging like that! On top of more light novels, we’re positively giddy with excitement to bring you…

  • KING OF EDEN by Takashi Nagasaki, art by SangCheol Lee – Maybe you’re not familiar with the name Takashi Nagasaki, but you sure should be! Nagasaki, the critically acclaimed co-author of Monster, 20th Century Boys, Master Keaton, Billy Bat, and Pluto, pens a grotesque thriller that will leave you begging for more! Starting May 1, digital chapters will be simultaneously published worldwide!
  • PandoraHearts ~odds and ends~ by Jun Mochizuki – If you love the cracking mind-warp that is PandoraHearts, you won’t want to miss this art book! Lavishly presented in hardback with a slipcase, Mochizuki’s darkly whimsical world comes to vivid life in this collection of over 120 color and black-and-white illustrations from PandoraHearts, Crimson-Shell, and more! Look for it in November 2014!
  • GOU-DERE SORA NAGIHARA by Suu Minazuki – No Yen list would be complete without a little raunch, am I right? In this hilarious fantasy romp out in November 2014, Shouta Yamakawa, a boy in love with his favorite demure manga heroine, Sora Nagihara, casually wishes she could be real…only to find himself staring into her eyes?! But Shouta soon realizes he got more than he bargained for ’cos this Sora turns out to be one bold, brazen babe!
  • LOVE AT FOURTEEN by Fuka Mizutani – Serialized in Hakusensha’s wonderful Rakuen Le Paradis anthology, LOVE AT FOURTEEN is a charming, bittersweet slice-of-life story about two very mature students in junior high falling in love like the teenagers they are. If you have a soft spot for subtle (not to mention adorable) romance, you’re going to have to read this in November 2014!
  • THE ANGEL OF ELHAMBURG by Aki – In this beautiful standalone volume, a close friendship between a king blessed by a strange angel and his knight begins to crumble under the weight of jealousy and contempt when a woman, and soon her child, comes between them. We love Aki with a burning passion here at Yen, so we’re beyond excited to be adding the gorgeousness of THE ANGEL OF ELHAMBURG to our Spring 2015 list!

Well, that really does do it for our Sakura-Con 2014 announcements! We’ll be sure to bring you more awesome next year!

If you’re at the con, do come by and say hello! We always love to meet our fans!


YEN PRESS at Sakura-Con 2014!

April 18th, 2014 tania Posted in NEWS | 6 Comments »

YenSakuraConWe’re not the most conventional of publishers, but even we have our traditions! And so, once again, the Yen Press team has descended on lovely Seattle, WA for Sakura-Con 2014 this weekend! You can find us at Booth #327/329, so come by and say hello!

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If you’ve ever been to a Yen Press panel or stopped by our booths over the years, you know we love swag! And we love giving it away even more! What con-goer doesn’t love the word FREE?!

Sakura-Con2014_5smSakura-Con2014_1smThis year, to get you hot about the first volume of High School DxD coming out next month, you can pick up one of these exclusive High School DxD eyeglass cleaners straight from Japan! (And yes, you naughty boys and girls, that’s just a sticker on Rias-senpai. You can see her in her full glory when you get her out of the plastic!)

Sakura-Con2014_2smWe’ll also have some (un)usual suspects hanging around the booth again this year! I spy Kyouko and Mami being awesome! Oh, Mokocchi’s already there too! She looks a little uncomfortable all by herself. Maybe you should drop by and keep her company?

Last but not least, you know we never go to a con without hot new licenses! And this year’s Sakura-Con presentation is gonna blow your mind at the Yen Press industry panel on Saturday at 1:30 PM in Panels 3 (4C-3)! You won’t want to miss it!!


Give our Square Enix simulpubs some simul-LOVE!

April 14th, 2014 tania Posted in NEWS | 11 Comments »

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Did you know that today is an unofficial holiday in South Korea called Black Day? It’s a day for singles to commiserate about being single. But at Yen Press, we’re not commiserating about singles, we’re celebrating them!

Today, April 14th, marks the first worldwide digital simulpub chapter releases from Yen Press and Square Enix!

Wanna know what’s up down at the DWMA? Check out Atsushi Ohkubo’s Soul Eater NOT! Chapter 35 simultaneously with its Japanese release! Or if gory thrillers are more your bag, Chapter 7—the latest installment—of Yoshiki Tonogai’s Secret awaits!

So on this Black Day, grab a chapter from your favorite eBook retailer and join us in celebrating our singular simulpub releases! We promise you, there’s so much more to come!


GET READY FOR WORLD DOMINATION, SQUARE ENIX-STYLE!

March 24th, 2014 Laura Posted in BLOG, NEWS | 51 Comments »

 

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Perhaps some of you out there might remember a few key words from our panel at New York Comic-Con 2012—namely, Square Enix, English language manga, digital, and WORLDWIDE?

Well, I’m happy to say that wasn’t just a blip on your newsfeed! It’s taken a lot of work to get such an ambitious project off the ground, but thanks to the continuous efforts of our friends at Square Enix and a lot of people in the Yen office, that day is finally here!

April 8, 2014 is not only the day that the Soul Eater NOT! anime starts airing in Japan (Yay!), but it’s also the day—no spit-takes please—we begin globally distributing Square Enix’s English language manga catalogue!

So what exactly does this mean for all you crazy, wonderful manga fans out there? No matter where you are in the world, as long as you have access to the Internet and e-tailers, you’ll be able to buy official English-language ebook editions of around 175 Square Enix titles! On top of that, future volumes of those series will release simultaneously in print AND digital! 

Fans, this April’s not gonna be the cruelest month (sorry, T.S. Eliot). It’s gonna be the COOLEST month! Starting with Atsushi Ohkubo’s Soul Eater, Yana Toboso’s Black Butler, and Yoshiki Tonogai’s Doubt on April 8, you’ll see new series like Hiromu Arakawa’s Fullmetal Alchemist, Jun Mochizuki’s PandoraHearts, Ryukishi07′s Higurashi WHEN THEY CRY, and Hiroshi Takashige and DOUBLE-S’s Until Death Do Us Part added to the roster every week of the month!

Oh, and you know those awesome color pages that you can only get by buying the Japanese manga anthologies? The ones that almost never make it into the collected print volumes of a series in Japan or anywhere else? Well, they’ll be in our digital releases as a special treat!

And as if all of that wasn’t enough, we’re going back to our pioneering ways! Hold onto your Soul hats and bunny heads, ‘cos we’re launching a simultaneous serialization program with Square Enix, starting off with our old friend Soul Eater NOT! and Yoshiki Tonogai’s creepy new survival horror series complete with scary rabbits, Secret! So on April 8, you’ll be able to individually purchase all the chapters that haven’t yet been collected and published in volume format for both of these series. And on April 14, you’ll be able to buy the latest chapter of each series in English on whatever device you choose from anywhere in the world (with an internet connection, of course)!

Forget April showers, Yen Press and Square Enix are gonna be bringing you a flood…of manga!