New Licenses Announced at the Inaugural Japan Expo USA

Japan_Expo_logo_2.svgThanks to everyone who stopped by the Yen booth at the inaugural Japan Expo USA last weekend. To those who couldn’t make it to the show, we announced several new and exciting licenses!

Bloody Brat, spun off from the New York Times bestselling manga hit Blood Lad, is a collection of short stories and four-panel comics by series creator Yuuki Kodama and artist Kanata Yoshino. 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! The Blood Lad anime has been licensed by Viz and is being simulcasted in North America this summer. Publication is scheduled for a March 2014 release.

Puella Magi Madoka Magica: The Different Story by series creator Magica Quartet and artist Hanokage is a spin-off series from the original world of the hit anime and manga Puella Magi Madoka Magica. In The Different Story, Kyouko and Mami take center stage, and the story follows an alternate chain of events. The first volume is also scheduled for release in March 2014.

Accel World by Reki Kawahara is the award-winning light novel series that follows a bullied middle schooler named Haruyuki Arita, who is introduced to Brain Burst, a secret program that can “accelerate” his real life…and a VRMMO (Virtual Reality Massively Multiplayer Online) Fighting Game as well.

Sword Art Online, also by Reki Kawahara, is the runaway best-selling light novel franchise that topped the category charts in 2012 in Japan and was adapted into the massively popular anime of the same name. Set in the year 2022, where a new VRMMORPG (Virtual Reality Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game) opens its virtual doors, allowing players to completely immerse themselves in the game world by manipulating their brain waves to create a wholly realistic gaming experience. In addition to the Sword Art Online light novels, Yen also will be releasing both the SAO Aincrad and SAO Fairy Dance manga arcs. Publication of the first novel and manga volumes is slated for early 2014.

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Joshua Stroud

how about you publishing the durarara light novels and the kore wa zombie desu ka light novels and the ben-to light novels and the r-15 light novels


on the Umineko book page, ep2 volume 2’s cover art is missing, even though the book is out, just letting you know


Please publish D.N.Angel. It would fit perfectly into your line up and would also make a great Yen Plus series. It also would make a great companion series with Black Butler and Pandora Hearts.


Any chance that Yen Press will pick up any of Yukiru Sugisaki’s works (older ones like DNAngel and newer ones like 1001 Knights)?


@Jill/Chary —

I find that to be highly improbable. Yukiru Sugisaki is practically notorious for not finishing works.

@YenPress —

Anyway, thanks for picking up Bloody Brat~! I love Blood Lad, so I can’t wait to get this one~~.
Also planning on picking up SAO and AW, and I have the first series of PMMM! so the chances of me picking up Different Story is pretty likely.


Are you going to publish Sword Art Online Progressive too? cause i’m probably going to throw my money on my monitor if you do.


if there are any higurashi or umineko LN’s, why not publish them?
But i dont know, lol


THANK YOU GUYS! I personally feel there were better LN’s to grab, content wise, BUT IF YOU WANT SALE YOU CHOSE CORRECTLY. lol. I’m always happy to see more Light novels and will be picking up both ASAP. KEEP’M COMIN!


SAO? Couldn’t find any objectively worse titles to publish? Well, admittedly, that would be close to impossible with SAO being the modern pinnacle of bad writing.


Yes, i cant wait for the LN’s!
Any way, there are som few more light novel and stuff i want you 2 publish!
Can you please rescue shakugan no shana, Ln and manga? Since it seems like Viz media dropped it, you know. It really pisses me off. Baka and test, The world god only knows and Haiyore nyarko san, LN and manga too please! I don’t think anybody have picking that up. And there is one more, but i don’t think you can publish it, but i ask anyway : I think that have come out a Fairy tail light novel with 4 short stories? And i know that kodansha,or whatever, have the right to FT? And i don’t think they publish Light novels… So if you can, can you please publish it?


Thanks for more light novels! I can’t wait for them!
But anyway, i have more light novels i want you to publish! Yhea, and the manga too.. But i am a lightnovel lover.
Please pick up Haiyore(LN and manga), Highschool dxd (LN and manga), publish Is this a zombie? light novel, and if you can pick up Shakugan no shana light novel to, that would be great! And the Index series (LN and M), Baka and test LN and M, Okami san and her seven companions LN and M,Date a live LN and M, and Devil is a part timer! LN and m…
I have now spammed yor site lol :p But thanks for all the light novels… Please pick up more!


Lol, sorry for spamming, but i forgot someone…and my pc is drunk :/
Campione Light novel and Manga
C3 (CubexCursedxCurious) Light novel and manga
Dantalian no Shoka LN and manga
Denpa onna to Seishun Otoko Ln and manga
Gekkou Ln and manga
Haken no Kouki Altina Ln and manga
Boku to Kanojo no Game Sensou LN and manga
Gakusen Toshi Asterisk LN and manga
Ichiban Ushiro no Daimaou LN and manga
Kamisama no memochou Ln and manga
Kyoukai Senjou no Horizon Ln and manga
Kami-sama no inai nichiyoubi Ln and manga
Kikou Shoujo wa Kizutsukanai LN and manga
Madan no Ou to Vanadis LN and manga
Utsuro no Hako to Zero no Maria LN and manga
Shissou Suru Shishunki no Parabellum LN and manga
Iris on Rainy Days LN and manga
Omae o Otaku ni Shiteyaru kara, Ore o Riajuu ni Shitekure! LN and manga
Sakurasou no Pet na Kanojo LN and manga
No Game No Life LN and manga
Monogatari Series LN and manga
Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei Ln and manga
Oda nobuna no yabou manga and light novel
Ok, i didn’t forgot ”few” but i found these on the internet, and i think they looked intresting, and some of them i watched the anime.. Sorry for bad english, and sorry for that i don’t have the english name’s… Well some of them are, but you get my drift xD


when is the SAO mangas going to be released, and if so what will the price be??

Ramzi Yassin

The Monogatari Series, Dantalian no Shoka series, Kami-sama no inai nichiyoubi Series, Kamisama no memochou series, and index series are good. But Campione is no good (constant mouth rape), Sakurasou isn’t good either(terrible ending).


Thank you, i am really grateful for the light novels. Please publish more! But anyway, i think Danganronpa the animation (The anime is just finished) have a manga, and maybe a light novel? I would love you if you could publish it!


Yes! Thank for LN’s!
But anyway, can you please pick up Highschool dxd, Aria the scarlet ammo, shakugan no shana, and Zero no tsukaima light novels? I think that Shana, Highschool dxd, and devil is a part timer would sell pretty good. Lol, sorry for my bad english, but i hope know what i meant!


Thank You!
But can you please publish Durarara light novels? That would be great! And the index series! Light novel and manga! I really wanted light novels to be more popular.. I love them, and i think its a shame that they don’t sell so good.. I really wish it all wasn’t about the money… Like Viz media cancel wery many titles, like Shana, Zero no tsukaima and more… I really wish they was more popular!


Really glad to see some light novels being released! I’ll be picking up all the SAO ones for sure. Any chance of getting the Durarara novels? I loved that anime and there’s no indication of it continuing…
I’m hoping Accel World and SAO sell well for you so we can see more light novel releases in English 😀

Richard J.

So many wonderful light novel suggestions. I know I’d buy every volume for High School DxD and Shana without a problem.


Another madoka manga? well, why no consider releasing its novel adoption?
And I believe toaru series is a great series that can help publisher gain lots money.


*toaru series, just like haruhi, SAO, spice and wolf, had also been the champion of Kono Light Novel ga Sugoi!


Hey, yen!
If you looking for some other light novels who will sell, i recomend Highschool dxd! And maybe shakugan no shana.. But anyway, thanks for more light novels! i will buy them!


thank you for the light novels! Please publish more of them, i have some i want you to check out!
Devil is a part timer, is this a zombie?, Highschool dxd, A certain magical index, Familiar of zero/zero’s familiar (the light novel, since an other company realesed the manga) and Aria the scarlet ammo!
Yhea, in that would be great if you realesed the manga of it to.. for those who like manga 🙂


Is there any chance of the Progressive LNs being picked up. I’m sure a large number of us are highly interested in them.


So, how’s that release date for Accel World looking?

Sometime in 2014 at least?


I agree with this ones:

To aru Majutsu no Index
Monogatari series
Yahari Ore
Sakuraso na pet na kanojo


I’m happy there’s an amazing company publishing light novels! Please please license Brothers Conflict light novels and publish it in English. Us fans would be so grateful. Please consider it! Please!


I have Mixed feelings about the licencing for SAO and Accel World. on one hand i would love to have them on my shelf. on the other because of the licencing the translator group Baka-Tsuki will no longer be translating it so i can’t continue reading. anyway back to the point i was trying to say. it would be wonderful if yen press went to Baka-Tsuki and (with permission)used some of those translations. Baka-Tsuki’s translations are top notch from what i can see. As well as, they are already 5 books into Accel World and 12 into SAO. it would save Yen press’ time, money, and energy if they cooperated. also wondering when they plan to release Accel World novels. Any news on that?


Can’t wait for Accel World. Although, I’ll only start buying at Novel 5 because 1-4 is covered by the anime.

Which will be a looong waiting time sigh.


Lol, the amount of people hoping for fast translations are going to cry… judging by how fast they released the other L.N, they probably won’t catch up to the series until they’re completed.


I would love if any of these light novels could be picked up in the near future:
No Game No Life (5 published so far with anime on the way), Devil is a part-timer (10 published and anime already aired)
Maou na Ore to Fushihime no Yubiwa! (5 Published)


Also now that I think of it is it at all possible that you can have polls for which light novels to start publishing, or at least give us some options for choice of what is being published if it is limited to a finite amount. Which ultimately would work well for both Yen Press as well as the customers.

Gabby B.

Hey, first time posting a comment. But I would just love to say that i’m so excited that you guys posted some light novels and I’m so ecstatic to get some. But if you guys are starting to translate and publish light novels, can you guys pleeeeeaaaaaasssse do Brothers Conflict? There are other popular ones that everybody is asking for like Baka and Test, Haganai, Is This a Zombie, and Toradora. And I want those light novels to be published too, but my main priority is to read Brothers Conflict, I watched the anime and thoroughly loved it but I’m not really interested in the manga, I’m fascinated about the light novels. Oh, and there’s a second thing I wanted to add. Please, spread the word about LIGHT NOVELS to the other companies and such. For years, Otaku all over the world has been watching Anime and reading Manga, but none could ever really read the light novels because they are only really sold in Japan and they’re never translated. But now, following your guys example, may the light novels rise in popularity and set at the top of the bar, along with anime, manga, and song albums from the anime….
And this goes to everyone out there who sees this comment… SPREAD THE WORD OF LIGHT NOVELS!!!! I will not rest until they rise to the top and is normally sold in America along with the other merchandise….
P.S. If you agree with me, please contact me at

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