NEW YORK, NY (12/20/21)— Yen Press, LLC announced a slate of upcoming releases that includes manga (Magical Explorer; The Girl I Saved on the Train Turned Out to Be My Childhood Friend; Studio Apartment, Good Lighting, Angel Included; Shadows House; and Mato Seihei no Slave) and a novel (Yokohama Station SF National). All announced titles are scheduled for June 2022 release.

Magical Explorer (manga)

Story by Iris

Art by Yukari Higa

Character Design by Noboru Kannatuki

Living in the world of MagicalExplorer, the legendary erotic game, sounds like a dream. Problem is, I reincarnated not as the lady-killer protagonist with his overpowered cheat skills, but as his unlucky comic-relief best friend!

Magical Explorer is a manga adaptation of an isekai light novel series published by Yen On. As a fantasy series that has elements of comedy and romance and that makes references to the fan-favorite visual novel gaming genre, Magical Explorer is a manga series that appeals to a wide audience.

The Girl I Saved on the Train Turned Out to Be My Childhood Friend (manga)

Story by Kennoji

Art by You Midorikawa

Character Design by Fly

When high schooler Ryou Takamori steps in to save a girl on a crowded train, he never expected her to be his childhood friend Hina Fushimi. Though the two of them sit next to each other in class, they haven’t spoken since middle school—but this heroic act may give Hina the push she needs to shorten the distance between them!

The Girl I Saved on the Train Turned Out to Be My Childhood Friend is a manga adaptation of the slice-of-life romance novel by Kennoji, the author of Hazure Skill: The Guild Member with a Worthless Skill Is Actually a Legendary Assassin, with character designs by Fly, the renowned illustrator widely known for Bottom-Tier Character Tomozaki. The series has become a hit with fans of school-life romances, such as My Youth Romantic Comedy Is Wrong, As I Expected.

Yokohama Station SF National

Story by Yuba Isukari

Art by Tatsuyuki Tanaka

This follow-up volume to the science fiction hit sheds light on the history of Yokohama Station and people all across Japan through a series of short stories. “Kyoto” tells the tale of a struggle against the information warfare of the station monitoring systems. “Gunma” details the collapse and reconstruction of Yokahama Station. In “Kumamoto,” people tolerate violence and mistreatment in exchange for safety from the looming threat of the station. Finally, “Iwate” follows a spy’s escape to an unknown region of the north.

Yokohama Station SF National is the highly anticipated follow-up to Yokohama Station SF, a critically acclaimed Japanese science fiction novel that stood out as one of the most beloved Yen On releases of 2021. Yokohama Station SF National dives deeper into the compelling world established in the first volume through a series of short stories in the point of view of several different characters.

Studio Apartment, Good Lighting, Angel Included

Story and Art by matoba

Tarou Tokumitsu is a high schooler living all alone, when he encounters a pure and kind girl named Towa on his balcony. But who is she, really…? Matoba, author of As Miss Beelzebub Likes, brings you the latest cute and innocent romantic comedy!

Studio Apartment, Good Lighting, Angel Included is the latest manga series from matoba, the creator of the adorable As Miss Beelzebub Likes. This ongoing supernatural story is a welcome addition to the collection of fans of sweet romantic comedies, especially those who fell in love with the As Miss Beelzebub Likes manga and anime.

Shadows House

Story and Art by Somato

Shadows House—a strange mansion that receives no callers, inhabited by a race of faceless shadows who play at being aristocrats and are waited on hand and foot by “living dolls,” who also serve as their masters’ faces. What goes on inside this enigmatic manor is anyone’s guess, but soot and shrieks billow up from within…

Shadows House is a stylish yet cute manga series with elements of mystery and an appealing European aesthetic, very much in-line with the tastes of Black Butler and The Splendid Work of a Monster Maid fans. This compelling supernatural manga was adapted into an anime that began airing in April 2021.

Mato Seihei no Slave

Story by Takahiro

Art by Yohei Takemura

Otherworldly spaces known as “demon cities” appeared in various parts of Japan, and those who partook in the “peaches” growing there gained unique abilities—but only if they’re girls. One day, a down-in-the-dumps high school boy named Yuuki Wagura suddenly gets lost at the entrance of a demon city. There, he meets Kyoka Uzen, the beautiful leader of the seven programs of “Magical Defense Corps,” who orders him to become her slave?!

Mato Seihei no Slave is the latest work from Akame ga KILL! author Takahiro, a sexy and intense manga series that was made popular from its digital serialization on the Shonen Jump+ manga app. An announcement has been made for an anime adaptation of Mato Seihei no Slave scheduled for future release.

About Yen Press, LLC

­­Yen Press, LLC is a joint venture between Kadokawa Corporation and Hachette Book Group. Founded in 2006, Yen Press has quickly risen to become one of the largest and most prolific publishers of manga and original graphic novels in the North American marketplace and a driving force in the introduction of light novels and Japanese literature to new readers through its Yen On and Yen Audio imprints. For more information, visit







About The Author Varun Gupta

Varun Gupta is a BI Engineer that works in the entertainment industry. Throughout his entire life, Varun has 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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