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~HAPPY 2013~

After her holiday hiatus, Alexia Maccon is back in the pages of YEN PLUS, ringing in the new year with beautiful new cover art from Rem, four color pages, and the first chapter of Alexia’s third adventure in the Soulless series! Also rejoining us are the students of DWMA in SOUL EATER NOT! 20, the latest chapter straight from Japan! And! Maximum Ride and the flock (and their un-winged allies) take their first steps toward bringing down Itex, Will pursues his demonic quarry in The Infernal Devices, and Wisty faces The One in Witch & Wizard! And more! Enjoy reading this month’s issue of YEN PLUS!

*There is no information yet about the New Talent Search. When we have further details, we will let you know.

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    @jellorific Our objective with the Another and Erotic Bookstore releases is not to force the same to people buy digital and then repurchase the book again if it comes out in print. Releasing e-only books is something publishers of all kinds of books are doing as more and more people move toward reading e-books. If it’s something that our readers support, we see that as another opportunity to bring you great content in a new way. And if something like Another does well as a digital edition, there is a chance that we would consider a print edition for collectors and those who like physical book-reading. We aren’t trying to punish fans, we’re just trying something new.
    As I’ve said, even if you aren’t a fan of digital readers, you can still support the Another digital release by telling your friends, families, and librarians who ARE fans of digital readers to check out the novel.


    @Detrimont I know, it’s crazy huge, huh? The volumes of Episode 2 are a little shorter, though, so even though there are two-and-a-half volumes per omnibus, they aren’t quite as long as that first episode!


    Hey guys this is kind of random but I was just curious;

    If you guys choose a brand new Comic or Manga to publish, who designs the logo for it? Do the editors or does the creator of the comic itself design it?

    Sorry for the random question lol it was just something that was gurgling around my mind.


    @Kelly Whether we design a new logo depends on the series. Generally speaking the Japanese logo is usually created not by the artist of the series, but by the graphic designer who creates the final look of the cover. Some of the licensed series actually have English logos (Soul Eater, Highschool of the Dead, Jack Frost, Doubt, etc.) and in those cases we often keep the logo from the original. When we have to redesign a Japanese logo, our in-house design team makes a new logo with feedback from editorial.
    You should check out Wendy’s post on how the Alice in the Country of Hearts logo was designed! And while it’s not logo-specific, you might be interested to see the cover development of Thermae Romae~


    @Abby Oh wonderful! Thanks for directing me to these, that’s pretty cool. :)

    Thank you for letting me know. It’s something I’ve always been curious about.


    @Levani22 We will post more Umineko release dates for subsequent episodes as they are finalized~


    Alright ^^ . I can’t wait for VOL 2. If I’m lucky I might buy it on day 1. πŸ˜€


    @Abby The only thing I have to say to that is that other companies simultaneously release physical and digital copies of their books.. I’ve also read that nook, kindle, etc sales are going down, as people are indeed still going to continue buying physical books..


    @Abby I really wish Yen Plus would allow the reader to read more than the present and the last issue. Sometimes I get behind and it’s frustrating to be missing chapters. Also would it be possible for more manga/manhwa/non YA adaptation OEL manga to be added to the magazine? I don’t mind the novel adaptations, they’re okay. But I’m more inclined to purchase compiled volumes of original works from the magazine as opposed to YA novel adaptations and I find them more interesting to read. Also will Yen Press be releasing the Milkway Hitchhiking graphic novels in the near future? I really enjoy the series.


    @Jellorific, sorry interup you and Abby, but you must look at this in a different way.
    1) Abby, has said that this sometime new the company is trying. She may not even have a lot to say in it.
    2) You can also read ebooks via smartphone, computer, and any kind of tablet. Those have been selling and most of my friends read books via one of them.
    3) Think about it, there is many webcomic artists that let you read their works for free first, then sell it in book form later…
    psp wont let me type more…


    4) If it doesn’t get printed oh well. You are one against many people that will read the ebook.

    I agree with you full heartly, but YP is just trying something new and both of us are just gonna have to wait and hope for the better C:


    @Levani22 of course they’ll release the solution arcs, they are doing so with higurashi, so why wouldn’t they with Umineko?


    @Abby ……Hm I hope Umineko won’t ever become a digital copy. If that will be the case, I won’t be able to buy the uminekos anymore >< .


    Any news on Goong 13 onwards? It’s finally finished in Korea and I really want to have the rest on my shelves… <3 PS love you guys for finally releasing Chocolat 8!


    @Levani22 While we have plans to release all of our Square Enix titles digitally, we do not intend to cancel print publication. The only reason you don’t see dates up for the remaining episodes has to do with how we license and schedule titles. Once we have final dates on the next batch of books, they will be posted.


    @hackwolfin I imagine I’m not the only one against the digital release. I’m just more… vocal about it. Sure, new things are nice. Its probably good for the company. But as they open a door to new customers, they’re closing a door to some. Sure, there will be people that buy both, but there are also those that enjoy owning the book and sitting in a chair with it, turning the physical pages. Nothing can beat that, in my opinion. Even if I can read it on my phone, why bother? I’d rather read the actual book and add it to my shelf.


    “Having a physical copy shows that you have a collection in some sort, but when you pay for digital you are throwing your money in the trash bin.”

    “Physical, it’s the only reason I buy any anime or manga. I can easily download it but I want the physical copies to my shelf. Sometimes I don’t even open the packages…”

    “Physical, I can pirate the digital.”

    “Physical, no question”

    “Physical copies are more mentally stimulating.”

    “only releasing digital is going to cost them at least half of their sales. release both, make physical more expensive, include a digital copy in the physical”


    @jellorific I couldn’t agree with you more, that’s why I’m sad when manga go exclusive to digital. Its really hard to adore your collection through a computer.

    On another hand,since Yen Press has exclusive to Square Enix
    titles any chance we can get Zetsuen no Tempest licensed.


    Is it true that you’re going to publish both Surprise of Haruhi novels as one single volume?

    Please tell me that’s not true. Keep them separate, please.

    anna sky

    Hi again….^_^ is there anywhere to buy some of the goong books?? Im missing a few….but on amazon they r going for crazy amounts…like one I need is going for 75 bucks! Cry….any thoughts?? Thanks sooo much Abby. Have a great day.


    @anna sky There have been some delays in reprints, which is why people are trying to sell some volumes for astronomical prices. We are catching up on these reprints, and you should be seeing missing volumes of many series back in stock soon. Sorry for the inconvenience!


    I just want to say thank you for translating so many good mangas. You’re actually my favorite manga publishing company! I can’t wait to read some more from you. ^_^


    What’s this I hear about the last two Haruhi novels being combined? Does this apply to the paperback and hardcover versions?

    That’d be real shame. I really wanted to have two books with the two different covers.


    Is there a reason why Amazon does not have Watanagashi-hen? I want to collect Higurashi but I can’t skip the second arc >< (It has every arc other than Watanagashi.)


    @Levani22 The “official” Amazon listing does seem to be missing. We’re looking into it, and the issue should be resolved very soon. Sorry for the inconvenience, and thanks for supporting Higurashi~!

    just somebody

    Well I have to say that I’m with jellorific about ”Another”. I will buy the manga and novel (later), but only in the physical form, because I am a collecter and nothing can beat seeing the copy on the shelf. Just to bad to hear, that it’s going to be a paperback and not a hardcover :( I expected a similar hardcover edition like the one of ”High School of the Dead coloured Edition / Omnibus”, but I guess that my expectations were a bit to high… Still, I’m turning the back on the german publisher who already released Another and am going with Yen Press! :)

    To the other themes. I would also love to see B.O.D.Y. by Mimori Ao actually finished, since I bought all 10 Volumes from Viz Media and the ”great” publisher just thought of cancelling it without notice, after people like me spent 80 € on the books O_O” Why thank you Viz (meant ironical). But as much as I would love to buy and own the last 5 books or again all of them (all 15) I doubt that any other publisher will pick it up.

    I really hope to see the rest of the Goong Volumes / Omnibuses in the next months or at most next year. I hope that my waiting for 2 year now will pay off. And also please don’t forgett to reprint the 8th volume. I would surely pay 20 € for it but 100 € is just to much o_O”

    The only question that I have is: why are so few titles posted for every month of 2013 beginning with june? I know that Yen Press doens’t release much, but 6 – 8 manga are really just a handful. I hope that the lists get longer :)

    Also I have to make some advertisement here, since Raiders is so good and still to unknown O_O Firstly the drawings are amazing, the concept is insane and good and the series doesn’t drag at all with just 9 volumes. More people should check it out and maybe then, I’ll get to see the day of light of similar series.

    Also I have to say: My god, a big thank you for Nabari no Ou (which I started recently and will have all 13 released books in the next 2 months πŸ˜€ ), for Btooom, even more for Until Death do us Part (all of them are ordered and preordered) and especially for the gorgeous edition of Interview with a Vampire – Claudia’s Story. I read Anne Rice’s vampire chronicles as a teenager and what’s better than also having a manga of it!? Phu the hard cover edition of Claudia’s Story sure kicks ass. It’s big, has a silky boojacket (yes silky, you heard that right!), a wonderful red hardcover with nice golden writing on the spine, AMAZING artwork and the way tha pages are bound is excellent! Really high quality! More of such copies should be released! It’s an eye candy on the inside as well as on the outside! Thanks a million Yen Press!


    i remember reading some time back that yp was going to finish .hack//Link, it was in a magazine or something. But anyways, do you plan finish it? (single volumes please)
    also can you licence
    guilty crown
    star driver


    more OEL manga I like how your the USA’s only real manga magazine li those in japan keep it up but like more funny cheerful happy stories you all run a lot of dark manga not saying aren’t good but you all need a balance


    Thank you so much. I have waited amazon to update it since forever.(months actually.) I should have asked you guys much sooner πŸ˜€


    Any chance we’ll see the Soulless volumes published in hard cover down the road? Could make due with paperback but would LOVE something more sturdy!


    @Briann – Only the current issue and the previous month’s issue are available to Yen Plus subscribers. Older issues of the magazine are not available to read online.

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