New Licenses Announced at the Innaugural 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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    i just have one question, where i can find the books when you start publish them?


    Why is Accel World the only title without a scheduled release time frame?


    I wouldn’t mind more Yumi Unita titles, next time. I have been supporting “Bunny Drop”. I hope other people have been supporting it, too.


    First time for me commenting here…But I just had to say that the licensing of the light novels Accel World and Sword Art Online totally got me drop my mouth. I did not expect it, at all.
    And here I am, throwing my money at the computer screen, screaming with shining eyes. 8D

    But like someone else asked, why is Accel World not having a scheduled time frame?


    You guys are awesome. I was sad to see that I nearly totally missed you. Hopefully next time I will catch you before you are packing up to leave. But thanks for the awesome stuff I got in the moment I was there. I love this Doubt standup. It’s so awesome.


    Are SAO and Accel World going to be printed or given the same treatment as Another?


    Thank you so much for licensing The Different Story. I hope that you continue to bring us new Madoka Magica manga! (Even though the new manga isn’t even out in Japan yet…)


    I would buy the SAO and AW light novels if you do like a deal of SAO+AW volume 1 bundle for a good price.


    Thanks for getting SAO Yen Press. I wonder if the release of Sword Art Online LNs will include the release of Sword Art Online Progressive LN as well?



    Richard J.

    Great to see SAO and Accel World light novels licensed! I’m going to second Jellorific’s question: will trees be made into books or will we be asked to settle for ephemeral electrons?


    please tell me the novels not gonna be only digital! novel is meant to be felt by you while reading!
    thank you anyway for SAO <3


    I’m still waiting for them to license the Monogatari series but I guess they don’t like money


    How many SAO volumes a year will you publish? The more the better.


    Yay, Different Story 😀
    And like Shinobikens waiting for Monogatari novels. And for Baccano novels.


    Whoa! Can’t wait for the Accel World & SAO novels, that sounds too good to be true :O I’m also curious about the release date of Accel world, & if the novels will be only digital. I do hope that’s not the case.


    Great news for all LN fans, going to buy both! Hope more Novels can be licenced, ty Yen!


    Thank you so much for Sao and Accel world! I love light novels, and i wish that the other manga/light novel publisher would publish more light novels! But anyway, i really hope you can publish ”Oda Nobuna” no yabou, or ”the ambition of Oda nobuna” in english. Yhea, and Problem children are coming from another world, aren’t they?,Baka and test, aria the scarlet ammo,Clannad, the world god only knows,the familiar of zero/zero’s familiar/zero no tsukaima (i know that wiz media (i think?) canceled it),Campione!, Shakugan no shana (i think wiz dropped that 2), date a live, C3 (cubexcursedxcurius) and denpa onna to seishun otoko… Sorry, i didn’t notice how many i listed up, lol. But i really want to have more light novel’s, i really love them… and it seems like no other manga/light novel publisher would do it, so i wanted to tell what i want from you, since all the other people does.. sorry, but some of the titles i don’t know the english name on, and sorry for my bad english… :)

    Joshua Stroud

    i hope the sao novels will be released very speedily and thanks for accel world to


    Great! How about obtain the license to the Kara no Kyoukai novels next? :)

    Oktavia von Seckendorff

    Did someone say Different Story?


    Oh, and I agree about the Baccano! novels. Alongside Spice & Wolf they’re pretty much the only light novels I’m interested in, and you already have those.


    Yess! Please publish more light novels! i love them! Please publish Toradora light novel, Haganai and High school dxd! I know that haganai and toradora manga was published by someone else, but i only knows that you and viz have done some light novels.. But i want more of them! I want to read more light novels, please do more of them! i liked that you publish haruhi and spice and wolf manga and LN’s, because then you please the manga fans too! sorry for bad english..


    Is there any chance of you guys publishing the From the New World novel by Yusuke Kishi?

    Ramzi Yassin

    Is there any chance of you guys publishing the From the New World novel by Yusuke Kishi?


    I hope you guys can license more light novels Hakomari would be awesome meanwhile I can manage with AC and SAO.


    please release SAO light novels faster. I am a fan of SAO and read all the light novels at baka tsuki but sadly it got abandoned and now… I was anticipating alicization chapter 13.


    hope you can release chapter 13 of SAO first 😛 i would very grateful to you.


    Sword Art Online *and* Accel World ? That’s really great. Thanks for getting them, I don’t care much about SAO, but I’m going to buy them both anyway.


    Yes, i love you yen press!
    By the way, i hope you can pick up angel beats manga (light novel?) too next time! if someone else already done that,, Lol

    Joshua Stroud

    @hello that is the reason why i want them to release the sao novels faster too and i will still buy them all. So please yenpress release them fast


    Yes, more light novels! Please publish ”Kore wa zombie desu ka?” or ”Is this a zombie?” Light novels next time!
    But please don’t give any of your new releases 2 different covers, please. i don’t like it…


    Please say it’s you who is gonna pick up Hataraku maou sama! Novel and manga? if it is, of course, i haven’t checked it 😛


    I love you! I will totally import them (I’m in Germany)!

    That’s wonderful news! My heart skipped a beat! ^__^


    Whoot! Bloody Brat~ Can’t believe no one’s talking about it in the comments. Instead they’re mostly talking about SAO. Come on! Bloody Brat needs some recognition too. Anyways, you guys are awesome! And I wish you guys the best in selling these LN’s and Manga :)


    Madoka Magica and light novels? Now we just need Madoka Magica’s light novel and everything will be alright.

    Thank you for bringing us the best material. Extremely gratefull for the light novels. We need more of these in our market :)


    Thank you!
    Please publish The Pet Girl of Sakurasou light novel,Yahari Ore no Seishun Love Come wa Machigatteiru (sorry, i don’t know the english name) light novel, baka and test light novel and kikou shoujo wa kizutsukanai (Unbreakable Machine Doll i think in english) light novel!


    I’m really happy that you’re publishing the light novels for SAO! I just wish you could do more light novels in the future,
    I hope you’ll do the novels for Kingdom Hearts
    Also for Brothers Conflict…. I really want to read that series(even though there’s already summaries of it) :(


    AW, SAO, Madoka! Best news I’ve seen all year! Thanks for making my day, Yen Press!


    I have some more stuff i want you to publish to!
    Absolute Duo
    Outbreak Company
    Kanojo ga Flag o Oraretara
    Seirei Tsukai no Blade Dance
    Madan no Ou to Vanadis
    and Mahou Sensou
    Sorry, i don’t have their english name, but i hope you can publish more light novels next year! i really love them, lol…

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