During their Anime NYC industry panel, J-Novel Club announced 10 new light novel licenses. The full press release provided by J-Novel Club can be found below.

(New York City, NY – November 20, 2021) – J-Novel Club LLC is excited to announce the acquisition of multiple new titles following their latest industry announcement panel held on November 20, 2021 at Anime NYC. Ten new light novel licenses will be joining the J-Novel Club catalog with a digital launch on J-Novel Club’s website and app a few hours after the announcement panel has concluded.

Up first as their newest title is You Fuguruma’s Housekeeping Mage from Another World: Making Your Adventures Feel Like Home! Shiori has carved out a life for herself as a housekeeping mage. Alec is an A-class adventurer who is more than he seems. Both yearn for a place to belong, but will the scars of their pasts and the challenges of the present allow them to find it? This cozy slice-of-life J-Novel Heart title will have Part 1 ready to read later today!

Wouldn’t it be neat to wake up one day and have superpowers? One day, Andou Jurai and his friends awakened to just that! Life-or-death supernatural battles seemed inevitable…but then, nothing else happened!? What do you do with supernatural powers when your life is as commonplace as ever? Find out later today what Andou will do When Supernatural Battles Became Commonplace by Kota Nozomi launches with Parts 1 and 2 on J-Novel Club!

Prince Elliott accuses his fiancée Rachel of a crime she didn’t commit and throws her in prison. Little does he know, Rachel has already heard about his plans…and she is thrilled! Rachel can’t wait to laze about and live the slow prison life! Get ready for a high-energy prison comedy when Prison Life is Easy for a Villainess by Hibiki Yamazaki joins the J-Novel Heart lineup with Parts 1 and 2 in a couple of hours!

This next title is set in a universe where Japan has fallen apart and unknown enemies from a world of fantasy and magic threaten to eradicate Earth. It’s now up to Yu Ichinose and a mysterious elf girl to be the nation’s last hope. Featuring a unique blend of science-fiction and fantasy, Joe Takeduki’s Fantasy Inbound promises an exciting take on reverse isekai! Join in on this unforgettable zero-to-hero tale when Parts 1 and 2 launch later today!

Reincarnation in another world is not all sunshine and rainbows! After an entire class dies in a tragic bus accident, an evil god reincarnates them in a dangerous new world and arms them with powerful skills—but there’s a catch: All of the skills come with an unexpected twist…and some of them are deadly! It really is a dangerous journey when you go To Another World… with Land Mines! Mizuho Itsuki’s isekai adventure with a dangerous survival twist will be coming to J-Novel Club later today with Parts 1 and 2!

Forget Being the Villainess, I Want to Be an Adventurer! When Serephione meets the holy tiger Lou, she regains memories of her past life, learning she’s been reborn as the villainess of a fantasy book! To try to avoid her dark fate, she plans to be an adventurer, but what would happen when she diverges from the plot? You’ll be able to find out soon as this J-Novel Heart title from Hiro Oda will have Parts 1 and 2 available to read later today!

Rom-com lovers rejoice! J-Novel Club has another title ready to read later today for you with My Stepmom’s Daughter Is My Ex by Kyosuke Kamishiro! In what can only be called a folly of youth, Mizuto had a girlfriend towards the end of middle school. He is so thankful to have broken up with her but has his life turned upside down when his stepmom’s daughter turns out to be that exact same girl! Parts 1 and 2 of Volume 1 are sure to be hilarious reads!

Even the greatest of kings have secrets amongst their followers. A thousand years after King Arthur banishes the evil knight Sir Sid the Barbarian to an endless slumber, his kingdom faces a new threat causing Alvin, his descendent, to awaken this chivalry-disdaining prodigal for one last mission. Can this Magic Knight of the Old Ways (by Taro Hitsuji) unite and train an army of underdogs to survive the heat of battle? Volume 1 Parts 1 and 2 are online and ready to read today!

Fantastic world or not, heroics just aren’t for everyone. Sometimes, destiny is thrust upon you. And sometimes, if you happen to be an ice queen named Kanata Aldezia, you tell destiny to shove it: why rule over a church or devote your life to dangerous adventuring when there are cute, fluffy critters to tame and care for?! But in a world where one decision locks you in your job for life, is it really a good idea to say “Saint? No! I’m Just a Passing Beast Tamer!” This quest for cuteness by Inumajin will do its best to find out – and so can you, with Parts 1 and 2 available later today!

When overworked software engineer Eizo jumps in front of a truck to save a jellicle kitty-cat, he pays the ultimate price. However, as all cat lovers know, this cat is a deity willing to offer his savior a second life in a new world. But what to do? Avoid long hours at his desk for one. Maybe work with his hands? Have an adorable feline companion for another. And if she turns out to be a tiger-girl, all the better. But it’s important to be careful what you wish for, as a little modern knowledge can make the best swords in the land – just the thing to draw in throngs of impatient customers. My Quiet Blacksmith Life in Another World? Eizo can only hope. Readers are sure to reduce their own stress with this healing-type series by Tamamaru – starting with Parts 1 and 2, available later today.

Announced New Titles:

Housekeeping Mage from Another World: Making Your Adventures Feel Like Home! by You Fuguruma with Illustrations by Nama

Shiori is an average Japanese office worker who was suddenly teleported to another world. Four years later, she’s managed to carve out a niche for herself—as a housekeeping mage. Alec is an A-class adventurer, just returned from a long-term assignment. When his friend Zack, the local Guild Master, tempts him into going on a manticore hunt by promising to bring in a mage with special skills, what Alec finds is the last thing he could have expected.

On the outside, the two couldn’t be more different. Yet deep in their hearts, they each yearn for the same thing: a place to belong. In the face of old wounds, their dark pasts, and the everyday challenges any adventurer must overcome, will they find the courage to risk being hurt again?

A J-Novel Heart title launching today with Part 1 of Volume 1!

When Supernatural Battles Became Commonplace by Kota Nozomi with Illustrations by 029

Andou Jurai is a second-year highschooler with the mind of an eighth-grade edgelord. His self-indulgent fantasies and over the top antics make him a constant pain in the neck for his friends in the literary club…until, that is, they all suddenly awaken to spectacular supernatural powers! Their godlike abilities include stopping time, manipulating the elements, creating matter from nothing, subverting the very laws of reality, and…producing black fire that doesn’t burn. (Some superpowers are more godlike than others.)

Andou’s read enough comics to know what comes next: it’s only a matter of time before they’ll be dragged into life-or-death battles with the fate of the world itself at stake! The world, however, disagrees. There are no villains, no battles, no earth-shattering disasters—nothing whatsoever. Half a year later, the literary club finds themselves confronting a new question: what do you do with supernatural powers when your day to day life is as commonplace as ever?

Launching today with Parts 1 and 2 of Volume 1!

Prison Life is Easy for a Villainess by Hibiki Yamazaki with Illustrations by Tetsuhiro Nabeshima

Get ready for a high-energy prison comedy!

Prince Elliott is engaged to Rachel, the daughter of a duke, but he has his eyes set on someone else. He decides to break off their engagement by accusing Rachel of a crime she didn’t commit and throwing her in prison. Little does he know, Rachel has already heard about his plans…and she is thrilled! To her, prison sounds like a fun vacation with no lessons and no annoying servants. She is more than ready to laze about and live the slow life!

Surrounded by all the comforts she could want, Rachel thoroughly enjoys everything the dungeon has to offer while tormenting the prince however she pleases! Her free and merry prison life is just beginning!

A J-Novel Heart title! Launching today with Parts 1 and 2 of Volume 1!

Fantasy Inbound by Joe Takeduki with Illustrations by Shirabii

The world is in peril. Legends live, fairy tales walk, and fantasies become reality, threatening to turn Earth into a waking nightmare. When the flames of war reach Japan’s shores, the vestiges of a shattered nation fail to protect what remains of its people against an unknown enemy, and all seems lost. Those left behind and those that failed to flee now live in scattered communities among the remnants of a better time.

Yu Ichinose is just another survivor, a quiet, scrawny middle-schooler trying to get by. That is, until he finds his fate bound to a mysterious, elvish girl who seems to hold the key to hope. Now, the time has come to stand and take up the sword against sorcery. To become the hero who saves the world.

The time has come to awaken the Asura Frame.

Launching today with Parts 1 and 2 of Volume 1!

To Another World… with Land Mines! by Mizuho Itsuki with Illustrations by Neko Nekobyou

“Hey! I’m an evil god, but I’m not actually evil!”

Those were the first words I heard in the afterlife.

My name’s Naofumi Kamiya, and my entire class died in a tragic bus accident. The god told my classmates that he would transport all of us to a dangerous new world, but he created skills for us on request, so maybe he was actually a good god?

That’s what I thought at first, anyway. But when it sounds too good to be true, it probably is! I feel bad for my classmates who thought that gimmicky skills would make them invincible. I mean, the god did warn them that there were no cheat skills! Oh well. As for myself, I’m enjoying my life with my childhood friends, putting safety first and staying out of trouble. After all, this world might seem like a game, but it’s not. It’s reality.

Launching today with Parts 1 and 2 of Volume 1!

Forget Being the Villainess, I Want to Be an Adventurer! by Hiro Oda with Illustrations by Tobi

Serephione Granzeus is your average three-year-old girl…or so she thinks, until she meets Lou, the super-fluffy Holy Guardian White Tiger. Memories of her past life as a Japanese businesswoman come flooding back to her, and she realizes she’s part of a fantasy book she read before, but as the villainess. Yet her past life isn’t all that she remembers; she can recall her life as the original Serephione, and her sadness, and her pain…

After making a contract with Lou, she comes up with a plan to change the plot and avoid the villainess’s dark fate: become an adventurer and avoid everyone from the book! But the more she diverges from the plot, the more unpredictable the other characters become. How will she keep everyone from learning her secrets and spoiling her plans?

A J-Novel Heart title launching today with Parts 1 and 2 of Volume 1!

My Stepmom’s Daughter Is My Ex by Kyosuke Kamishiro with Illustrations by TakayaKi

Ah, high school. Is there any better place to start fresh after a horrible middle school relationship? Nope! Not unless your ex ends up at the same school as you and is now your stepsibling. What was supposed to be a sanctuary of peace where I could avoid ever seeing her again has become a living nightmare! Everywhere I look, I see her—in my house, in my school, in my class. There’s no escape! She even claims that she’s the older sibling. Like hell she is!

But I won’t lose to her. After all, I’m the older brother in this new family situation. That’s right, we’re family now. No matter how much we may have thought we loved each other before, we saw one another’s true colors and realized we weren’t meant for each other. That’s why even though we may keep up a buddy-buddy sibling act for the sake of our parents, things will never go back to the way they used to be.

Launching today with Parts 1 and 2 of Volume 1!

Magic Knight of the Old Ways by Taro Hitsuji with Illustrations by Asagi Tosaka

A long, long time ago, in the era of legends, there was a knight known as Sir Sid the Barbarian who pledged his sword to the Holy King Arthur. Unparalleled in strength, he was the greatest magical knight of his time, but also a disgrace to the name of chivalry. His evil deeds were countless, and eventually he met his end at the hands of his own king…or so the story goes. Now a thousand years have passed, and Sid is summoned from his eternal slumber by Alvin, a descendent of Arthur and a prince who knows the truth about Sir Sid the Lightning Knight. Honoring his ancient pact, Sid rises from the grave to help Alvin save the kingdom from impending peril and become the new instructor to Alvin’s class of fellow aspiring knights. As danger lurks in the shadows, Sid must train this class of underdogs to rely on more than just their magical fairy swords and teach them the old ways of the magic knights.

Launching today with Parts 1 and 2 of Volume 1!

Saint? No! I’m Just a Passing Beast Tamer! by Inumajin with Illustrations by Falmaro

There are all sorts of Professions in this world, from Magician to Fencer, from the lowly Beast Tamer to the mighty Hero. Every adult has their own, which they can never change as long as they live. Kanata Aldezia is an icy and mysterious beauty, a fighter, and a genius without peer. Today is her Selection Ceremony: the day when a child must decide their Profession from those chosen for them by the gods. Everyone is eager to see what Profession Kanata will choose. There is even speculation that she will be the one chosen as Saint, destined to lead the Holy Church.

But Kanata has a secret. There is something she must obtain at any cost. Something more precious to her than her own life—her quest for the fluff! Kanata loves fluffy fluffy critters more than anything, and would go to any lengths to pet their soft fluffy fur. Saint? No! She’s just a passing Beast Tamer!

Launching today with Parts 1 and 2 of Volume 1!

My Quiet Blacksmith Life in Another World by Tamamaru with Illustrations by Kinta

Eizo is a middle-aged, overworked software engineer who loves cats. One night after working late, he saves an injured cat from a speeding truck. The cat survives, but Eizo does not… Luckily, that cat turns out to be a god-like being who offers him a second chance in another world! Eizo decides that he wants a slower life, one where he can live off the things he creates with his own hands. So, why not become a blacksmith? He does have one other stipulation: a cat companion for his quiet life. These requests are granted, and Eizo is whisked away to a new world and imbued with blacksmithing knowledge. He soon finds out that his abilities are above average—in fact, his new skills are so overpowered that they’re like cheats. On top of that, his cat companion turns out to be a half-tiger girl! Eizo’s blades soon garner attention, and he realizes that he can turn the tides of battle with his forge and hammer. With so much commotion in store, will Eizo truly be able to enjoy a quiet life?

Launching today with Parts 1 and 2 of Volume 1!

About J-Novel Club

J-Novel Club is a digital and physical publishing company started by translators and fans like you! By focusing on digital releases and providing a membership service to let people read our books as they are being translated, our goal is to build a growing community of readers so that more releases can be officially licensed and translated. With the addition of the J-Novel Heart and J-Novel Pulp imprints, the company hopes to appeal to even more audiences worldwide. Since 2016, J-Novel Club has digitally published over 800 volumes and physically printed over 125 volumes of different series to enjoy.

About The Author Varun Gupta

Varun Gupta is an analyst residing in Minnesota. While his professional interests have led him on the path to the business world, he has always had an immense love of animation and comics. An obsessive manga collector, he spends his free time attempting to read through his massive backlog of series, hoping to one day finish them all. Will he succeed in his perilous quest? Probably not, but at least he’s having fun doing it!

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