Posted Apr 02, 2024 by Callista Gonzalez

Announcement Recap from Sakura-Con 2024

If you couldn't join us at Sakura-Con 2024, or missed our announcements on social media, here's a quick recap of the twelve new titles joining our lineup!



Story by Asato Asato, Illustration by Shirabii
They were in the midst of youth, even on the battlefield…Shin, Lena, and their friends experience brief moments of peace and happiness while facing certain death, enjoying a short break, plunging into battle once again, and setting foot in the frigid United Kingdom for the first time—sharing these moments with their comrades, friends, lovers, and family. Glimpse another side of 86—EIGHTY-SIX that will leave you wishing against all odds that more such instances will visit them again tomorrow. This volume contains various short stories previously uncollected or unpublished, now compiled into a single volume!

Pink & Habanero

By Mika Satonaka
“I want a boyfriend too!” When Mai, who has no experience talking to boys and even less with love, meets Kei Kurose when she starts high school, the wrong sort of sparks fly. Kei might be super good-looking—but he treats girls like trash. Mai has no patience for his rude attitude, but when she coincidentally discovers his secret part-time job, she might just have to learn to keep his trust?!  

Tougen Anki: Dark Demon of Paradise

By Yura Urushibara
Shiki Ichinose’s blood is Oni, and his father’s is Momotarou. Normally, those with Momotarou blood hunt the Oni—but Shiki’s father refused to kill him as an infant. Instead, he adopted Shiki and raised him despite the rebellious attitude and dangerous temper that come with Oni blood. When a member of the Momotarou Agency kills Shiki’s father, Shiki vows to avenge him. But as he hones his abilities and learns to control his Oni blood, will he be strong enough to survive the dangers waiting for him…?  

When the Villainess Seduces the Main Heroine

By Kasai Fujii
When the crown prince announces he’s breaking off his engagement to the infamous Akuya, his spurned fiancée wastes no time turning her seductive words of passion to her actual target—Sei, a commoner who worked her way up through the ranks with her wit and charm alone…and the very girl the prince dumped Akuya for! Sei’s about to get a taste of what a real lover is like in this steamy tale of two girls who traded in their Prince Charming for each other! 

Hero Syndrome

Story by Rei Ayatsuki, Illustration by riichu, Character Design by Gekidan Inu Curry (Doroinu)
Heroes bristle with the power that can protect and save everyone, and these young men and women battle monsters in their dreams, doing their glorious Goddess’s bidding… 
…never realizing that the monsters they fight are actually humans. 
Infested by the mysterious being known simply as the Goddess and transformed into unthinking creatures of havoc and slaughter, these heroes of destruction wage an endless war of blind justice. Only Charon, an elite unit led by a young man known as Azuma, stands a chance against these terrifying enemies. So what might happen when a young scientist named Kaguya who joins their ranks wants to save the heroes rather than defeat them…?

Even a Replica Can Fall in Love

Story by Harunadon, Illustration by raemz
When she doesn’t feel well, when there’s a test, when she doesn’t want to go to school…I take her place. I’m her replica. I’m not meant for anything else. But that changed when I fell in love. I wear my hair up so the boy I fell for knows it’s me. We skip school and promise to meet again tomorrow–and every day after. I’m her replica. Everything about me is borrowed and empty, but my heart is mine.


Victoria of Many Faces

Story by SYUU, Illustration by Nanna Fujimi
In an age when spies act behind the scenes in every land, Chloe spends her days successfully carrying out even the most difficult missions due to her unparalleled disguise skills and martial arts abilities. After the betrayal of her boss, she suddenly disappears—as Chloe plans to redo her life as the ordinary citizen Victoria in the neighboring kingdom of Ashberry, striving for a “normal” life. However, Victoria’s peaceful life is abruptly cut short as she begins to get involved with many people. In this new land, her experiences and abilities from her days as a spy come in far more useful than she ever expected! On the other hand, the second prince--and others--take an interest in Victoria’s strength, and the shadows close in on the woman with many faces…!


From Old Country Bumpkin to Master Swordsman: My Hotshot Disciples Are All Grown Up Now, and They Won’t Leave Me Alone

Story by Shigeru Sagazaki, Character Design by Tetsuhiro Nabeshima, Art by Kazuki Sato
“I recommended Master Beryl as the knights’ special instructor.” In a village in the remote countryside, Beryl Gardinant meticulously runs a fencing dojo. One day, he’s paid a visit by his former pupil Allusia, now grown into the kingdom knights’ commander, and Beryl decides to follow her to the royal capital to become a special instructor for the knights. As he’s pulled into reunions with his accomplished and eager apprentices, what does fate have in store for Beryl? 

Detroit: Become Human -Tokyo Stories-

By Quantic Dream
2038, Tokyo. Artificially intelligent androids have started production. Even smarter and more beautiful than regular people, they steadily replace humans in various roles. However, unlike in anti-android America, in Japan, the android idol Reina’s wild popularity seems to herald a bright future for her kind. Though, amid this, android “deviants” begin to appear, rejecting their duty for free will and real emotions. With a human girl as a thread, these deviants begin to spin a revolution in Japan.


Spring Storm and Monster

By Mitsubachi Miyuki
High school freshman Ranko Haruno’s sole desire in life is to keep her head down and get by with as little human interaction as possible. It’s working well until a random guy is literally hurled into her path (and knocked out when his head hits the wall). The one responsible? A guy she later finds out is her new stepbrother, Kaya Amamine…How exactly is she supposed to live with such a creepy jerk who seemingly has a penchant for violence?! 

The Three-Body Problem

Original Story by Cixin Liu, Illustrated by XuDong Cai, Adapted by Jim Cai, Twilight Lu, and Silver
Amid China’s Cultural Revolution in the 1960s, a covert military project establishes contact with Trisolaris, an alien planet on the brink of destruction. This sets into motion the Trisolarans’ long and menacing journey to invade Earth. Meanwhile, a secret society is formed by the world’s elite, broken into factions with differing motivations for aiding in the Trisolaran invasion—from saving the lives of their descendants to accelerating the destruction of humanity. Decades later, a group of scientists and a cunning detective investigate a series of mysterious suicides, leading to the discovery of this Earth-Trisolaran Organization. Humanity’s battle against its greatest threat has begun...


And joining Ize Press is...

Semantic Error

Adapted by Angy, Original Story by J. Soori
Computer science major Sangwoo Choo values reason, routine, and rules above all, so when the rest of his teammates fail to contribute to the group presentation, he doesn’t hesitate to cut everyone’s names from the project entirely—including design major Jaeyoung Jang, which ruins his plans to graduate and study abroad. Jaeyoung is more than happy to return the favor and strives to be the biggest thorn in Sangwoo’s side—but as they spend more time together, a strange attraction begins to develop between them... Will Sangwoo be able to debug this semantic error from his life?


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