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Give our Square Enix simulpubs some simul-LOVE!

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

Soul Eater NOT! Chapter 35 SECRET Chapter 7

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!


Enter for the chance to win Puella Magi Madoka Magica: The Different Story!

March 11th, 2014 Laura Posted in NEWS | 17 Comments »

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What’s your dearest wish?  Would it be to win a copy of Puella Magi Madoka Magica: The Different Story? Of course it is! 

Enter on Goodreads for the chance to win and this wish could come true!

ABOUT: Mami’s warm personality has made it difficult for her to adjust to her solitary life as a magical girl, where survival often takes precedence over kindness. When she meets Kyouko Sakura, a fellow lone wolf, she is excited at the prospect of working together with another magical girl and forging a friendship built on ultimate trust. But many are the sacrifices all magical girls must make, and the consequences of Kyouko’s choice are only just becoming clear to her. When the pain becomes unbearable, will Kyouko remain standing beside Mami as a force for the greater good…?

Look for Puella Magi Madoka Magica: The Different Story in stores on March 25th!

(Ends March 22nd. Open to residents of the United States and Canada only.)


Enter for the chance to win Sword Art Online (manga)!

February 27th, 2014 Laura Posted in NEWS | 10 Comments »

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Enter on Goodreads for the chance to win a copy of Sword Art Online: Aincrad (manga).

Forget the current console wars. Take your gaming to the next level with Sword Art Online where even the default difficulty can be deadly.

ABOUT: In the year 2022, gamers rejoice as Sword Art Online-a VRMMORPG (Virtual Reality Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game) like no other-opens its virtual doors, allowing players to take full advantage of the ultimate in gaming technology: NerveGear, a system that allows users to completely immerse themselves in the game world by manipulating their brain waves to create a wholly realistic gaming experience. But when the game goes live, the elation of the players quickly turns to horror as they discover that, for all its amazing features, SAO is missing one of the most basic functions of any MMORPG-a log-out button. Now trapped in the virtual world of Aincrad, their bodies held captive by NerveGear in the real world, users are issued a chilling ultimatum: conquer all one hundred floors of Aincrad to regain your freedom. But in the warped world of SAO, “game over” means certain death-both virtual and real…

Look for Sword Art Online: Aincrad (manga) in stores on March 25th!

(Ends March 15th. Open to residents of the United States and Canada only.)


Enter for the chance to win Bloody Brat!

February 20th, 2014 Laura Posted in NEWS | 6 Comments »

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Enter on Goodreads for the chance to win a copy of Bloody Brat.

Ten lucky winners will receive a copy of Bloody Brat, Vol. 1, and they’ll only have to give us their soul to do so….

Just kidding!  Seriously, all you have to do is go to Goodreads to enter for the chance to win. It’s that easy.

ABOUT THE BOOK: In this collection of short stories and four-panel comics, Blood Lad creator Yuki Kodama teams up with artist Kanata Yoshino to take us through the black curtain to explore the lives of Demon World Boss Staz and his crew. 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!

Look for Bloody Brat in stores on March 25th!

(Ends March 15th. Open to residents of the United States and Canada only.)


Roses are red, don’t be blue, we have new licenses for you!

February 14th, 2014 Steph Posted in NEWS | 47 Comments »

Happy Valentine’s Day, Yen Press fans! (Or S.A.D.—Singles Awareness Day—if you prefer to celebrate that~!)

A little blue birdie told me you were clamoring for new licensing announcements and were anxiously awaiting this post with bated breath and glee-glazed eyes…so without further ado, allow me to present our Valentine’s treats for you~~~

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Okay, yes, that was a lot of ado. But it is Valentine’s Day, and we’re sadistic like that. ;) Now it’s time to open up this box of goodness!

Like your chocolate extra dark and epic? We’ve got Übel Blatt by Etorouji Shiono! Übel Blatt is a medieval fantasy that follows Köinzell, a mysterious young swordsman with a past shrouded in darkness and conspiracy, as he sets out in search of revenge. To make things even more delectable, we’ll be putting out Übel Blatt as omnibus editions, so you’ll get twice the action in every volume! Übel Blatt omnibus 0—Japan’s Volumes 0 and 1—will be out in Fall 2014!

If you like your chocolate milky and sweet, we’ve got Barakamon by Satsuki Yoshino! Barakamon follows a handsome, young calligrapher who is forced to move to an island on the westernmost edge of Japan. A city boy through and through, “Sensei” will have much to learn from his colorful island neighbors! And for another bonbon to go with this new license, Barakamon was also recently green lit for an anime adaptation, yay! You can look forward to the first volume of Barakamon, presented in our signature larger trim size, in Fall 2014!

And last but not least, if you want to have your chocolate and eat it too (?), you can soon indulge in Accel World, the manga! Illustrated by Hiroyuki Aigamo, this adaptation of Reki Kawahara’s popular light novel series brings the adventures of Haruyuki and Kuroyukihime in the Accelerated World to a whole new medium! You’ll be able to snatch up the first volume of the Accel World manga in—you guessed it—Fall 2014!

Whew! I hope this announcement hit the sweet spot for you guys! Now if you’ll excuse me, there’s some more chocolate over there, calling my name… Until next time!

 


Enter for the chance to win Wolf Children: Ame & Yuki!

February 12th, 2014 Laura Posted in NEWS | 9 Comments »

Hosoda_WolfChildren_HC_V1Did you know that Yen Press is on Goodreads? Did you know that Goodreads members can enter for the chance to win FREE books and manga too? If you didn’t, don’t miss out a minute longer! Sign-up on Goodreads, and you’ll be able to enter their Goodreads First Reads program! Ten lucky winners will receive a copy of Wolf Children: Ame & Yuki.

Enter on Goodreads for the chance to win a copy of Wolf Children: Ame & Yuki.

ABOUT THE BOOK: When Hana falls in love with a young interloper she encounters in her college class, the last thing she expects to learn is that he is part wolf. Instead of rejecting her lover upon learning his secret, she accepts him with open arms. Soon, the couple is expecting their first child, and a cozy picture of family life unfolds. But after what seems like a mere moment of bliss to Hana, the father of her children is tragically taken from her. Life as a single mother is hard in any situation, but when your children walk a fine line between man and beast, the rules of parenting all but go out the window. With no one to turn to, how will Hana survive?

Look for Wolf Children: Ame & Yuki in stores on March 25th!

(Ends March 15th. Open to residents of the United States and Canada only.)


So Long, Farewell, YEN PLUS!

December 12th, 2013 JuYoun Posted in NEWS | 51 Comments »

It’s been five years since YEN PLUS first began, but though this marks an ending to this particular iteration of the magazine, it doesn’t mark the ending of Yen Press’s mission of getting great content to the fans. We’d like to thank all of our readers for supporting YEN PLUS—to those of you who subscribed to our digital magazine and those of you who were with us from the very print beginnings: Thank you so very much!! We wouldn’t have made it this far without you, and we hope you will continue on with us as we embark on greater, more exciting ways of getting you more great content every month!

In the last issue of YEN PLUS, Tailor’s true motives regarding Noh-A’s parents are finally revealed in the latest two chapters of JACK FROST. Speaking of great reveals, the truth behind Mortmain’s plans with Tessa and who Tessa really is, is also revealed in the latest chapter of THE INFERNAL DEVICES! And when Max and the flock awaken in the latest chapter of MAXIMUM RIDE, they’re in for an icy cold surprise! And don’t count the NOT! girls out yet—they’re up to their usual antics again in the next two chapters of SOUL EATER NOT! There’s all this and even more so dive on in to the final pages of YEN PLUS!!

 


Your wish has been granted: Void’s Enigmatic Mansion is here!

December 6th, 2013 Laura Posted in NEWS | 12 Comments »

Kim_Void_EbookChp1The enigmatic mansion on 6 Roland Street belongs to one Mr. Void, who resides on the seventh floor. Unbeknownst to the rest of the tenants in Void’s mansion, their greatest wishes could be granted. And as the stories of the residents intertwine, they soon learn that what they desire is not always what is best…

We’re thrilled to be able to bring you the digital serialization of Void’s Enigmatic Mansion! Chapters 1-3 are available now from your favorite ebook retailers with forthcoming chapters to be released monthly, simultaneously with the Korean publication.

This is an exciting new series full of mystery and dark, supernatural grit. Plus, the full-color artwork by HeeEun Kim is absolutely GORGEOUS. Here’s a teaser:

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November’s YEN PLUS has arrived!

November 12th, 2013 JuYoun Posted in NEWS | 31 Comments »

With this month’s cover comes the last installment of The Dark-Hunters: Infinity! When Nick finally discovers what Coach Devus is plotting, as well as his weakness, can he finally take down the coach with a little help from his friends? Be sure to check out this last chapter and be on the lookout for The Dark-Hunters: Infinity, Vol. 2 heading to stores in December 2013!!

But that’s not all! In the latest chapter of The Infernal Devices, Tessa learns the truth about her parents, Will continues on his journey to save her, and Jem makes a final decision…! Meanwhile, Max and the flock are in for an icy cold surprise—but what else is new for a group of genetic experiments trying to save the world from the South Pole?! And speaking of colds, Tsugumi is down for the count in the latest chapter of Soul Eater NOT! Luckily (?) she’s got two very caring friends competing to nurse her back to health! We’ve got another chapter of Soul Eater NOT and even more in store for you in this month’s issue of Yen Plus—including some very important news! So be sure to read the editor’s letter as you dive in to the latest chapters of all your favorite series!