Yen Press NYCC licence roundup
Date: 2014 October 11th Saturday [10:07] | Posted By: Eeeper
Yen Press announce their 2014/2015 licences at New York Comic Con.
At NYCC yesterday, Yen Press announced a mixture of new licences and licence rescues. One of which is a long sought old fan favourite. While they may start coming out in the last quarter of the year , Otaku News advises that fans keep an eye on their favourite retail shops and online retailers and Yen's official site for final release dates.
First up is Chūya Kogino's manga adaptation of Kazuya Kamachi's A Certain Magical Index. Yen Press starts publishing the light novel series sometime this quarter and the manga adaptation will ship after that. From Yen Press description:
Some guys get all the luck. And then there's Touma Kamjou-he gets NONE of the luck. He might live in Academy City, a place full of more super powered students than you can shake a stick at, but his only superpower is his supernatural lack of ability. All Kamijou wants is to keep a low profile, but when a nun named Index comes into his life, it gets more complicated and more dangerous than ever!
First Love Monster by Akira Hiyoshimaru is now on its third volume. Yen describes it as:
When fifteen-year-old Kaho Nikaidou leaves her sheltered home to start life anew in a Tokyo high school dormitory, the last thing she expects is to nearly get hit by a truck! Saved in the nick of time by a handsome stranger, Kaho falls head over heels for him and, after finally tracking him down, boldly confesses her feelings. Turns out Kaho's mystery savior, Kanade, is the son of Kaho's new landlord! The handsome object of Kaho's affection agrees to go out with her, but her newfound bliss is short-lived when it turns out that her new boyfriend...is a fifth-grader?!
Trinity Seven by Kenji Saitou and Akinari Nao (Psycho Busters) has already started streaming its anime version on Crunchyroll and Yen have licensed the now nine volume strong original manga. From Yen:
Arata Kasuga transfers to the Royal Biblia Academy to solve the mystery of the destruction that is ravaging the world and-more importantly-has stolen his cousin Hijiri from him. It's a tough road that lies ahead of Arata, but nothing's impossible when you have seven beautiful girls-each a master of her own magical art - at your side!
Chaika - The Coffin Princess has one of the more fantastical storylines in a manga and Yen have picked up the manga version of the light novel series. Crunchyroll has both the original series and its follow up streaming on their site right now. Shinta Sakayama's manga version is described thus:
Five years of inconceivable peace after two hundred years of war leaves erstwhile soldier Tooru Acura without a job or meaning in life-until he saves a mysterious sorceress with a coffin on her back. But when the coffin-wielding, silver-haired Chaika Trabant hires Tooru and his sister, Akari, to accompany her on a death-defying journey, Tooru's life of mind-numbing, meaningless peace is about to end!
Akira Hiramoto's Prison School sounds interesting. From Yen:
Hachimitsu Private Academy was a revered and elite all-girls' boarding school on the outskirts of Tokyo...once upon a time. But with the new school year comes a revision to school policy: Boys are to be admitted into the student body for the first time ever. But on his first day at Hachimitsu, Kiyoshi Fujino discovers that he's one of only five boys enrolled at the school. Their numbers overwhelmed by the thousand girls in the student body, is it heaven or hell that awaits these five (un)fortunates?!
Yen will also publish Awkward by Svetlana Chmakova. Chmakova's earlier work Dramacon was a big hit for defunct publisher TOKYOPOP. From Yen:
Penelope–Peppi–Torres, a shy new transfer student, wants nothing more than to fit in ans find a place among her fellow artistically inclined souls. The last thing she wants is to stand out. So when she bumps-literally-into quiet, geeky, friendly but friendless Jamie Thompson and is teased as the "Nerder's Girlfriend," Peppi's first embarrassed instinct is to push him away and run. Though she later feels guilty and wants desperately to desperately to apologize for the incident, Peppi always ends up chickening out. She has no reason to speak to him anyway, until she ends up bumping–figuratively–into Jamie again! Will these two opposites ever see eye-to-eye, let alone become friends?
Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? by Kunieda is based on a light novel series by Fujino Omori. Here's the plot from Yen:
Bell Cranel is just trying to find his way in the world. Of course, in his case, the "world" is an enormous dungeon filled with monsters below a city run by gods and goddesses with way too much time on their hands. He's got big dreams but not much more when a roll on the random encounter die brings him face-to-face with the girl of his dreams-but what's an amateur adventurer got to offer a brilliant swordswoman? And what if the lonely goddess who sponsors his solo adventuring gets jealous...?!
Kaori Yuki's (Fairy Cube, Godchild, Angel Sanctuary) Alice in Murderland sounds nutty and fun. Yen says:
The Mad Tea Party...To members of the elite house of Kuonji, a clan whose name has incredible pull all over the world, this monthly gathering is the only tried and true (not to mention mandatory) family tradition. But one such family reunion brings with it some unexpected and horrific news for the nine Kuonji siblings, and it comes straight from the lips of their mother Olga. To become the next head of their illustrious family, the siblings must fight each other to the death! As chaos erupts, Stella, the fourth daughter, loses it, and suddenly a whole new Stella, complete with blonde hair and blue dress, comes out to play?!
Finally, Yen announced that they had licence-rescued Kaoru Mori's (A Bride's Story) beloved Emma. Originally licensed by now defunct publisher CMX Manga in 2006, the series had been getting harder to find from second hand sellers online. Nozomi Entertainment has both the DVD of the anime for sale and has the first two episodes streaming on Youtube. Ten volumes long originally, Yen will be releasing it in 2-in-1 hardcover omnibus editions, which will be a total of five volumes. From Yen:
Calling upon his inimitable former governess one day, young aristocrat William Jones is startled to find his knock on her door answered by an astute, bespectacled maid-Emma. From that moment forward, the two are drawn to each other and slowly but surely grow ever closer. But as the love between Emma and William builds, so too do the obstacles that threaten to keep them apart. For in Victorian London, some things are simply not done, and marrying outside of one's social class just happens to be one such taboo! Set against a backdrop of Victorian England that comes to life with painstaking detail, Kaoru Mori's Emma is a period classic that is not to be missed!