Happy Friday the 13th! Hope you guys are enjoying it as much as I am because Yen Press has announced their new licenses! Some of which are literally making me jump out of my seat.
I’ll get the small bits out of the way first.
Yen Press has announced the latest volumes in the Kingdom Hearts manga series. They’ll be releasing volumes 4 and 5 of KH: 358/2 Days in late 2014. Kingdom Hearts 2 volume 3 will also be released in Winter 2014. The Kingdom Hearts manga series has always been on a slow run, but Yen Press might start picking up the pace especially when the release of Kingdom Hearts 3 is in sight.
Next is the release of a new series called Secret. The series follows the story of 6 youths who survived a tragic bus accident. All of them are called by their school’s therapist, but were met with the news that some of them are murderers. The murderers among the group have one week to repent for their sins, otherwise the evidence from their actions may be handed over to the authorities. This new psychological-thriller manga will be released in early 2015. Yen Press is also releasing the latest chapters on the same day as the Japanese release in their online anthology.
This news is slightly bigger than the previous two, especially since it’s about the Akame Ga Kill manga series being licensed! This manga series will also be getting an anime adaptation, as well as an announcement of a video game, in the future. Expect Yen Press to release the first volume in early 2015.
These last two announcements are what really have me hyped!
First off is that the Sword Art Online: Progressive series is being licensed! Both the light novels and manga adaptation! If you were a fan of the Aincrad Arc and were disappointed that it ended too soon, this will be your cure! The Progressive series is a reboot of the series (though not an official one), starting all the way back with the beginning of the Aincrad Arc. The story is retold with slight differences and more in depth stories, differing from the short stories of the original. Sword Art Online: Progressive will be hitting stores sometime in 2015.
Surprisingly, Yen Press has also announced that they got the license for Zettai Naru Kodoku (Absolute Null Isolator). This series was released along with Sword Art Online, before Reki Kawahara made his official debut and back when both series were only web novels. The light novel series recently released in Japan. Yen Press has no given date as to when they will release the series in North America. Yen Press also announced on their Twitter that the series will get a hardcover release.
Yen Press has finally heard and granted the wishes of its fans and have licensed the Kagerou Daze light novel and manga series!!! Despite how bad the anime has been lately, this news really is a refreshing one. The light novel is written by the official creator of Kagerou Project, Jin, with illustrations by co-creator, Shidu. The manga adaptation is illustrated by Mahiro Satou. If you want to know more about the series, check back on my previous article.
Yen Press might really become the next powerhouse in the otaku paperback industry. Light novels are a rarity in the North American venue, but following the success of series like Sword Art Online might better the chances of giving light novels a better image. What will they announce next? The Monogatari light novel series? It just doesn’t seem to be that far-fetched of an idea now.
Also for a heads up, Yen Press announced a while ago that they licensed the Certain Magical Index light novel series. So yay for that.
-Source: Yen Press
-Thanks for the tip about “Isolator”, Rage.