This past weekend at Anime NYC 2021, Yen Press had multiple announcements for upcoming print, digital, and audiobook releases. The full list of announcements can be found below!

License Announcements

Chitose Is in the Ramune Bottle

Art by Bobcat

Story by Hiromu

Character Design by raemz

As far as normies go, it’s hard to beat Saku Chitose. The most popular kid in his high school? Check. An ironclad reputation that can weather even vicious online attacks? Check. A friend group that’s as attractive on the outside as they are on the inside? Check. But when a teacher asks Saku to help reacclimate a student who been shut away in his room for months to school life, his perfect world will never be the same. What is this, some kinda normie harem story?

Chitose Is in the Ramune Bottle is a manga adaptation of the highly anticipated light novel series. The source material of this lovable comedy manga won the Shogakukan Light Novel Award for Excellence in Japan and appeals to fans of school-life stories, such as My Youth Romantic Comedy Is Wrong, As I Expected.

Hi, I’m a Witch, and My Crush Wants Me to Make a Love Potion

Story by Eiko Mutsuhana

Art by Kamada

Character Design by vient

“I want you to make me a love potion.” With that single sentence from the object of her affections, the Good Witch of the Lake’s crush ended in heartbreak. In a desperate bid to spend more time with him, she sends him on a wild-goose chase for ingredients…but when he starts visiting every day to take care of her, she may have gotten much more than she’s bargained for!

Hi, I’m a Witch, and My Crush Wants Me to Make a Love Potion is an absolutely adorable manga series based on a light novel told from the point of view of a shut-in witch who has a crush on a dreamy knight. This fantastic romantic comedy highly appeals to the large audience of shojo-fantasy-romance fans looking for another great read!

The Other World’s Books Depend on the Bean Counter

Art by Yatsuki Wakatsu

Story by Kazuki Irodori

Character Design by Kikka Ohashi 

Seiichiro’s always pulled his own weight, all day every day, for almost thirty years. Even when he gets stuck in a fantasy world because of some strange Saint-Summoning Ritual, he keeps on keeping on. It isn’t until he meets  Aresh, the Captain of the Knights, that realizes he may possibly want more out of life than his job. Can Seiichiro melt the heart of the infamous Ice Nobleman—or is he destined to be married to his work…forever?!

The ever-popular isekai genre has covered a lot of ground…but there have been very few works of isekai Boys Love published in English until now! The Other World’s Books Depend on the Bean Counter is filled with irresistible and unique elements for a Boys Love title, such as a quirky workaholic protagonist and a dashing fantasy love interest, that make this an enjoyable read to the many fans of the growing category.

The Bride of Demise

By Keishi Ayasato

Years ago, mysterious beings only known as kihei appeared without warning and overran the world. To confront this strange menace, the Twilight Academy was established to train students in black magic and how to battle the otherworldly invaders. Graduates of this school are no strangers to death, and many meet their doom while fulfilling their duty to protect humanity. Kou is just one more casualty in this war for survival…or so he thinks. Before he can even appreciate the fact that he’s still alive, a kihei pledges her loyalty to him and vows to stay by his side until the end of days, setting off a chain of events that can only lead down the road of madness and chaos. 

From Keishi Ayasato, the creator of Torture Princess: Fremd Torturchen, comes a new fantasy light novel series. Much like that series, The Demise of the Bride is a deep and dark tale that features illustrations as beautiful as the story itself.

Sasaki and Pichan

Story by Buncololi

Art by Kantoku

Even though Sasaki’s droll corporate life is constantly filled with work, it leaves him tired and unfulfilled at the end of every day. In search of some companionship to fill the emptiness in his life, he visits a pet shop on a whim, not realizing he’s about to change his life forever. After settling on an adorable bird and bringing it home…his new roommate reveals that it’s actually an incredible sage from another world who promptly bestows Sasaki with supernatural powers as well as the ability to cross between worlds. All Sasaki wants to do is use these newfound powers to live in peace and comfort, but there are more than a few colorful characters who might get in the way of that…

In the realm of light novels, two genres reign supreme—isekai and slice of life. Sasaki and Pichan is a fun mixture of both with a story that goes back and forth between the real and fantasy worlds, featuring an older salaryman protagonist unlike any other seen in a Yen On series!

See You Tomorrow at the Food Court

By Shinichiro Nariie

Wada is an honor student who keeps to herself and has an air of mystery around her. Yamamoto is an intimidating fashionista with dyed blond hair and a shortened skirt. Though this unlikely duo seem to have nothing in common, it’s only during their daily meetings at the food court that they can be themselves!

See You Tomorrow at the Food Court is a comedic work of slice-of-life manga surrounding the regular, everyday conversations between two unlikely friends. This fun and unique read is complete in a single volume from Yen Press.

Nights with a Cat

By kyuryuZ

When Fuuta comes home tired at night, all he wants to do is spend time with his new cat. All the mysterious habits and mannerisms of house cats are carefully reproduced in this relaxed and cute comedy about living with an adorable furball!

Nights with a Cat is a cute and quirky manga series following the everyday events of a man and his cat—a lovable series filled with adorable depictions of occurrences that any cat lover can relate to. In addition to appealing to readers of the growing category of cat manga, this series has all the charm of the most popular slice-of-life webcomics taking both the Western and Eastern worlds by storm.

The Geek Ex-Hitman

By Ko-dai

The Oracle of Florence, Marco, is a legendary, peerless hitman feared throughout the Italian underworld, but now he’s trying to build a new reputation for himself—the biggest geek in Japan! After getting introduced to the joys of otaku culture while out on a hit, Marco quickly gets so sucked in that he sets down his bloodstained mantle and moves to Japan to peacefully enjoy his new lifestyle. But he’ll soon find that even after turning over a new leaf, there isn’t much he can do about how sinister he appears to other people—especially the government agent on his tail, Viviana, whose skills as a spy are surpassed only by her burning passion for yaoi and BL…!

The Geek Ex-Hitman is a series that combines comedy, action-packed crime, and otaku elements to make for one of the most hilarious premises seen in a manga to date! The fun fusion of crime and comedy appeals to readers of recent hit series, such as Love of Kill, Spy Classroom, and Spy x Family.

Magia Record: Puella Magi Madoka Magica Another Story

Created by Magica Quartet

Art by U35

Mami Tomoe is a veteran magical girl when it comes to fighting the witches of Mitakihara City, but the rise of mysterious entities known as “rumors” have brought her and her allies to a new battlefield: Kamihama City. Providing new insight into the world of Madoka Magica, this manga adapts the Another Story route from the hit mobile game Magia Record!

Magia Record: Puella Magi Madoka Magica Another Story is a manga adaptation of the Magia Record mobile game that focuses on the main cast of Puella Magi Madoka Magica, including the fan-favorite character Mami Tomoe. Between the November 2021 release of Puella Magi Madoka Magica: Wraith Arc and Magia Record: Puella Magi Madoka Magica Another Story, Yen Press is delivering great titles for longtime Puella Magi Madoka Magica fans eager for more content featuring iconic characters.

 

Audiobook Announcements

Spice and Wolf

Story by Isuna Hasekura

The life of a traveling merchant is a lonely one, a fact with which Kraft Lawrence is well acquainted. Wandering from town to town with just his horse, cart, and whatever wares have come his way, the peddler has pretty well settled into his routine—that is, until the night Lawrence finds a wolf goddess asleep in his cart. Taking the form of a fetching girl with wolf ears and a tail, Holo has wearied of tending to harvests in the countryside and strikes up a bargain with the merchant to lend him the cunning of “Holo the Wisewolf” to increase his profits in exchange for taking her along on his travels. What kind of businessman could turn down such an offer? Lawrence soon learns, though, that having an ancient goddess as a traveling companion can be a bit of a mixed blessing. Will this wolf girl turn out to be too wild to tame?

Spice and Wolf stands out as one of the most iconic light novel series to make its way to the Western world—a Yen Press classic that is remembered as one of the first light novels released by the prolific publisher. The audiobook adaptation of Spice and Wolf is scheduled to debut on March 15, 2022.

So I’m a Spider, So What?

Story by Okina Baba

I used to be a normal high school girl but in the blink of an eye, I woke up in a place I’ve never seen before andand I was reborn as a spider?! How could something that’s nothing more than a tiny spider (that’s me) possibly survive in literally the worst dungeon ever? Are there no rules? There should be some rules! Who the hell is responsible for this? SHOW YOUR FACE!

So I’m a Spider, So What? has been the breakout Yen On hit of 2021, a light novel series that has become immensely popular following the success of the hit anime adaptation. This fan-favorite isekai filled with comedy, action, and a whole lot of surprises is one of the brightest stars in the current generation of light novels, and it’s on track to be a future Yen On classic. The audiobook adaptation of So I’m a Spider, So What? is scheduled to debut on April 12, 2022.

Rascal Does Not Dream of Bunny Girl Senpai

Story by Hajime Kamoshida

Bunny girls do not live in libraries. This is simply common sense. And yet, that’s exactly where Sakuta finds one in the wild. More bewildering is who the bunny girl is: Mai Sakurajima, a girl one year older than Sakuta, famous at their school for her acting career even though she’s currently on break. To top it all off, it seems like no one else in the library can see Mai at all, no matter what she does or…wears. Wanting to find out more about this mystery and maybe get a little closer to this beautiful upperclassman in the process, Sakuta launches an investigation to discover why an unforgettable bunny girl keeps becoming totally invisible.

Rascal Does Not Dream of Bunny Girl Senpai stands out as one of this generation’s most beloved romance stories in the world of anime and light novels. This tale of attraction and magical realism took the anime world by storm when the show debuted in 2018, with the original light novel becoming equally popular in the English-speaking world following its Yen On release in 2020. The audiobook adaptation of Rascal Does Not Dream of Bunny Girl Senpai is scheduled to debut on June 14, 2022.

 

Digital Announcement

No Game No Life, Vol. 11 Digital Chapters

Digital Chapter Publication of No Game No Life will be simultaneous with the Japanese Release for No Game No Life, Vol. 11. No Game No Life, Vol. 11’s prologue will be available on November 25, 2021 exclusively on digital platforms, such as BOOK WALKER Global. The release schedule of later chapters will be announced at a later date.

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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