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Yen Press Licenses for October 2024 Release


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Today on X (formerly known as Twitter), Yen Press hosted their license announcement event in which they announced their latest license acquisitions for a October 2024 English release.


They made a total of seventeen announcements which include a mix of manga, light novels, a new boxset, and more! The titles are listed below alongside their creator(s) and summaries:

 

Audiobooks



Weathering with you audio book announcement

Story by Makoto Shinkai


Synopsis: Longing to escape his island home, a boy named Hodaka runs away during his first summer of high school to find a new life in Tokyo. As rain falls for days on end and Hodaka struggles to adjust, he meets a girl named Hina who holds a mysterious power: With a single prayer, she can part the clouds and bring back the sun. But her power comes at a price, and as the weather spirals further and further out of control, they must choose what future they truly want for themselves. Written

concurrently with production of the 2019 film Weathering With You, this novel

comes straight from director Makoto Shinkai, the mind behind 2016’s hit your

name.!



That time I got reincarnated a slime audio book announcement

Story by Fuse


Synopsis: Lonely thirty-seven-year-old Satoru Mikami is stuck in a dead-end job, unhappy

with his mundane life, but after dying at the hands of a robber, he awakens to a

fresh start in a fantasy realm...as a slime monster! As he acclimates to his goopy

new existence, his exploits with the other monsters set off a chain of events that

will change his new world forever!


Yen Press confirmed that the the voice cast of both of these titles will be announced at a later date.


 

Manga Boxset



Toilet Bound Hanako-kun newest boxset announcement

By AidaIro

A new deluxe collection of Volumes 11 through 20 of Toilet-bound Hanako-kun wrapped in one frightful package! Pick up where the first box set left off and follow Hanako, Nene, Kou, and company on their adventures, all the way until the beginning of the school festival. Don’t “stall” any longer and make room on your shelf for this supernatural selection!







 

Manga


Horimiya Volume 17 cover art with a woman on the left and a man on the right

Horimiya, Vol. 17: A Piece of Memories

Story by HERO, Art by Daisuke Hagiwara


Synopsis: School may have finished, but there is no end to the sweet “awww”-inspiring tale of Hori and Miyamura! Snapshots of Hori, Miyamura, and the gang’s lives; a brand- new story by the original author, HERO; and the Hori edition of the final story revealed at the 2021 traveling Horimiya exhibition have all been collected into this volume celebrating the original series’s finale!











86—EIGHTY-SIX: Operation High School cover art with a woman in the center and a man in the corner

86—EIGHTY-SIX: Operation High School

Art by Suzume Somemiya, Story by Asato Asato, Character Design by Shirabii, Mechanical Design by I-IV

The Republic of San Magnolia is enjoying peaceful days, having not been invaded by the neighboring empire’s Legion weapons. This is the story of Shin, Lena, and their friends as normal students attending Eighty-Six Private High School, where they’ll partake in club activities, the culture festival, a fireworks festival, and more! A story of heartwarming romance and glorious youth that could never have happened in the original 86 unfolds!


Yen Press confirmed this will be released in one omnibus




Blade & Bastard manga cover art with a woman warrior in the front with a sword and a hooded figure in the back

Blade & Bastard (manga)

Story by Kumo Kagyu, Art by Makoto Fugetsu, Character Design by so-bin

Synopsis: Deep in the unexplored reaches of the dungeon, a corpse is discovered—one that shouldn’t exist. After Iarumas is resurrected, his memories of life before death are gone, and he spends his days delving into the dungeon to retrieve the bodies of dead adventurers. Can they be revived like him? Or will God reduce them to piles of ash on the altar? Either way, Iarumas collects his finder’s fee. And though his skills earn him some grudging respect, he’s also scorned for his cold, utilitarian attitude. The living keep their distance—while Iarumas consorts primarily with the dead. That is, until he meets Garbage, a feral young swordswoman who’s the sole survivor of a massacred party. With Garbage by his side, Iarumas ventures deeper, scouring the dungeon for clues to his past, avoiding monsters, traps, and the inevitability of a permanent ashen demise.




Lycoris Recoil volume cover art with a woman in red in the left and a woman in blue on the right

Lycoris Recoil

Story by Spider Lily, Art by Yasunori Bizen

Synopsis: Japan—a nation where vicious crime and terror have been all but eliminated. And who keeps the peace? Cute schoolgirls, of course! Those uniformed youths you see on street corners and in stylish cafés may just be agents of Lycoris, with pistols in their purses and missions on their minds...













Is the Order a Rabbit? volume cover art with three girls sitting in a circle enjoying tea

Is the Order a Rabbit?

By Koi

Synopsis: Lured in by the promise of cute bunnies, Cocoa stops by Rabbit House Café for a drink—only to find out it’s the very place she’ll be living...?! Inside, she meets small-but-aloof Chino, militaristic Rize, calm and traditional Chiyo, and Sharo, a normal girl who overflows with elegance. Watch the girls’ friendship deepen as the café bursts with cuteness and laughter from all directions!












The Small-Animallike Lady Is Adored by the Ice Prince cover art showing a prince holding a princess

The Small-Animallike Lady Is Adored by the Ice Prince

Story by Hisui, Art by Mugi Sawai

Synopsis: I’m Liliana, the daughter of an earl, and I’m in a terrible bind. For some reason, when the “Ice Prince,” Prince William, hosted a party to find his bride, I was the lucky guest he chose to wed! Except...living a life as royalty is just about the last thing I want. So my goal is to break off my engagement—the sooner the better! But why is it that His Highness’s attitude only grows sweeter day by day...?









Lethal Dose of Love cover art which shows a man in a green jacket hunchec over

Lethal Dose of Love

By Yosumi

Synopsis: He’ll never forget him—his ex-classmate Yuu, that is. College student Ryousuke was absolutely devastated when Yuu confessed his feelings and then promptly disappeared from his life without waiting for a reply. After desperately searching for years, Ryousuke is overjoyed when they suddenly meet by chance. His happiness is soon eclipsed by the fact that Yuu walks off into the arms of another man...










I’ll Become a Villainess Who Goes Down in History: It Seems Turning into a High- Born Baddie Makes the Prince All the More Lovestruck cover which shows a woman in a red dress on the right and a woman in a purple dress i

I’ll Become a Villainess Who Goes Down in History: It Seems Turning into a High- Born Baddie Makes the Prince All the More Lovestruck

Story by Akari Hoshi, Art by Izumi Okido, Character Design by Jyun Hayase

Synopsis: “Screw all your lip service! I’ll go down in history as a villainess!”

Me, the same girl who hates all those prim and proper heroines, got reincarnated as the villainess in the world of my favorite fantasy dating sim! It’s my dream come true, so I’m going to leave my mark on history by becoming the world’s greatest villainess! But to do that, I’ll need to get a lot stronger and smarter. Just one problem—the harder I try to be evil, the harder the prince falls for me! At this rate, will I ever get to earn my place in history?!



The Guy She Was Interested In Wasn’t a Guy at All cover that shows a woman and a hooded figure sitting on a guitar amp

The Guy She Was Interested In Wasn’t a Guy at All

By Sumiko Arai

Synopsis: Fashionable and upbeat high schooler Aya falls head over heels for an employee at a local CD shop. He’s got an air of mystery about him, great style, and an impeccable music taste. Little does she know—this supposedly male employee is actually her female classmate Mitsuki! Mitsuki generally keeps to herself, but since her seat is right next to Aya’s, she can’t help but be extremely aware of the other’s crush. Revealing the truth is out of the question for Mitsuki—but perhaps getting closer to Aya wouldn’t be so bad....


Yen Press confirmed that the physical will be printed in the iconic green color


 

Light Novels



Reign of the Seven Spellblades: Side of Fire  Story which shows a knight pointing his sword engulfed with flames

Reign of the Seven Spellblades: Side of Fire

Story by Bokuto Uno, Illustration by Ruria Miyuki

Synopsis: Alvin Godfrey, a failure of a mage, entered Kimberly Magic Academy unsure of himself. Unable to cast a single spell, he was mocked by his peers. Yet he faced the darkness of Kimberly, made friends—and in time, became the student body president. Set five years prior to Reign of the Seven Spellblades, this is a scorching account of how Godfrey earned his famous nickname, Purgatory.









Kusunoki’s Garden of Gods cover which shows a man relaxing with a a white fox god entity next to them

Kusunoki’s Garden of Gods

Story by Enju, Illustration by ox

Synopsis: Deep in the countryside, Minato Kusunoki is left in charge of a terrifying house overflowing with evil spirits—or at least, it was full until his extraordinary ability cleared them all out! Instead, a procession of unique and peculiar gods is drawn to the comfort of the purified Kusunoki residence, and Minato spends his days relaxing in the company of his spiritual neighbors. What else lies in store for Minato as he lives peacefully surrounded by gods?








Love Is Dark cover that shows a man laying in the lap of a woman on a couch

Love Is Dark

Story by Ao Juumonji, Illustration by BUNBUN

 

Synopsis: Sosei Takarai just wanted to be a regular high schooler. He goes to school every day, hiding a job he doesn’t even enjoy, until the class idol, Asumi Shiramori, inexplicably asks him out. Sosei is over the moon, but with all his free time after school and on weekends taken up by his job, he barely gets to see Asumi, let alone go out on dates with her. Then one day, he spies his mysterious classmate Kuchina Hitsujimoto at his workplace. Why is she there? Sosei, after all, is as an assassin. His romantic entanglements are bittersweet and painful, and the closer Sosei gets to his dream of normality, the further away it seems. A dark rom-com about a boy who kills and a girl who takes lives with a touch.



The World Bows Down Before My Flames cover that shows a woman standing with her arms crossed infront of a burning building

The World Bows Down Before My Flames

Story by Hiyoko Sumeragi, Illustration by Pikazo Mika, Background Painting by mocha

Synopsis: Homura wants to set something, anything, on fire. She may finally get her chance when she’s summoned to another world that’s desperate enough to ask her for help! Along with a group of similarly offbeat high school girls who all have their own powers, Homura incinerates evildoers and reins in the chaos caused by the Demon Lord’s resurrection. What’s going to happen when she inevitably gets a little carried away? Will her flames of justice burn down the whole world?






In My Seventh Life, I Met a Monster Princess cover that shows a woman in a white and red dress

In My Seventh Life, I Met a Monster Princess

Story by sammbon, Illustration by nama2e

Synopsis: Hugo is stuck in a time loop, forced to relive the same life up until the moment he is slain by one of his relatives. But after swearing revenge on his murderous family during his seventh reset, he meets a beautiful girl. According to rumor, this girl is a monster in human flesh, but he agrees to become her servant all the same. The birth of their partnership heralds an intertwining of fates, and Hugo’s life will never be the same again...








 

About Yen Press, LLC


Yen Press, LLC, is a joint venture between Kadokawa Corporation and Hachette Book Group. Founded in 2006, Yen Press has quickly risen to become one of the largest and most prolific publishers of manga and original graphic novels in the North American marketplace and a driving force in the introduction of light novels and Japanese literature to new readers through its Yen On and Yen Audio imprints. For more information, visit www.yenpress.com.

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