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Jul 5, 2015 1:42 PM
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Publisher Yen Press announced via their panel at Anime Expo that their light novel imprint, Yen On, have licensed Baccano!, Yahari Ore no Seishun Love Comedy wa Machigatteiru. (My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU), and the sequel novel Another: Episode S for North American release. In addition to the light novels, it was also announced that Yen Press have acquired the manga adaptations Yahari Ore no Seishun Love Comedy wa Machigatteiru. @comic and Another 0.



In addition to these works, the publishing company announced multiple manga licenses, including:
  • Aoharu x Kikanjuu (Aoharu x Machine Gun)
    This survival game manga was announced to be adapted to a TV anime in February, and the first episode aired on July 3. Currently publishing in GFantasy, the series follows Yukki, the hentai mangaka; Matsuoka, the host; and Hotaru, the high school girl who dresses as a boy, and their new passion: survival games.

  • Aphorism
    Nara Shika High seems like an ordinary high school from the outside, but each day the students must fight for their very lives. Serialized in Gangan Online since May 2010, this supernatural shounen manga has thirteen volumes currently in-print as of March 2015.

  • Kamigoroshi-hime Zilch
    Another supernatural shounen manga, Demonizer Zilch has been serialized in Dragon Age magazine since September 2014. Created by Omamori Himari's mangaka, Milan Matra, the series follows second-year high school student Io Haruomi who gets caught up in the war between human and devil, after he crosses paths with the demonic girl, "Eda".

  • Taboo-Tattoo
    By newcomer Shinjirou, this action seinen manga began serialization in Comic Alive magazine in September 2014. A TV anime of the series was announced in January, and is expected to air sometime this year. The story revolves around Seigi, who is a middle-schooler and is trained in martial arts. After defending an old man who is being hassled by delinquents, Seigi receives an odd tattoo.

    Shounen Gangan series
  • Handa-kun
  • Kurenai Ouji
  • Kuro no Tantei (Black Detective)
  • Renaissance Eve
  • Saki
  • Shikabane Hime (Corpse Princess)

    Other series with anime adaptations
  • Log Horizon: Nishikaze no Ryodan (Log Horizon: The West Wind Brigade)
  • Saenai Heroine no Sodatekata (How to Raise a Boring Girlfriend)
  • Sekirei
  • Sword Art Online: Phantom Bullet
  • Sword Art Online: Mother's Rosario


Note: More Anime Expo licenses can be found in our Q3 Anime & Manga Licenses thread.
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Jul 5, 2015 1:46 PM
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Yesss baccano
definitely gonna collect that
Jul 5, 2015 1:47 PM
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Hells to the yeah! Oregairu!
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Jul 5, 2015 1:49 PM
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Happy to see that Yen Press have finally licensed the Oregairu novels. Will definitely be buying those when they're released. I'm disappointed that they didn't get Overlord though, but I'm grateful enough for Oregairu.
Jul 5, 2015 1:51 PM
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Very interested in the Baccano novel news. Pleasant way to see this during the weekends!
Jul 5, 2015 1:54 PM
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Oregairu (still buying JP versions as well), Sekirei, Saenai Heroine no Sodatekata, Saki, Shikabane Hime, Taboo-Tattoo and more SAO. Yen Press keep finding new ways of taking all my money! God bless you.

Shame no High School DxD LNs or Accel World dural Magisa Garden announcement though, yes I know I'm being greedy!

Yen Press still head and shoulders above all other manga publishers in the US/English speaking territories.
Jul 5, 2015 1:57 PM
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Yep saw Oregairu coming but did not expect Baccano! Will be buying both series.

Although I was disappointed by the lack of LN announcements. Hope there are more in the future.

I really hope they license Horizon. I know how terribly big those books are but I NEED THEM.
Jul 5, 2015 1:58 PM
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I Think these things will never happen in my country.. unless when I will be very old and I still doubt about it :/

Maybe internet will save me.
Jul 5, 2015 2:00 PM
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Baccano! coming out in English. Who would of thought that this day would come.
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Saw the OreGairu light-novel imprint coming a mile off, very glad that my prediction was spot on. I'd been praying for a Baccano release too, but didn't think they'd do it for a while.

Today's a good day. Gonna be a strain on my budget though. I've got about £60 worth of pre-orders stacked up already.
Jul 5, 2015 2:07 PM

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Oh my lord. Hell yeah.
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Another is must buy.
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Baccano and Oregairu NOVELS??? IM SO FUCKING HAPPY FINALLY!

Can't wait to pick these up!
Jul 5, 2015 2:26 PM
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danieltortoisee said:
Happy to see that Yen Press have finally licensed the Oregairu novels. Will definitely be buying those when they're released. I'm disappointed that they didn't get Overlord though, but I'm grateful enough for Oregairu.


You're jumping the gun way too quickly. Wait for the Overlord anime to air and for the hype/exposure to increase because anime is a much more accessible medium. I can almost guarantee you Overlord will get licensed. MMO genre is insanely popular here in the west, and as proof you can see it in how SAO, Log Horizon, and DanMachi got licensed.
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Admittedly, Baccano was of no surprise as links to the PDFs of fan translations were getting DMCA'd along with takedown requests to certain sites. Oregairu though was quite the surprise. I asked Yen Press though whether they will westernize the translations like they did with their other series. They said it's undecided, but if keeping the Japanese style is needed, then they will be flexible to change the status quo.
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Hooray for Yen Press !
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Calculus94 said:

You're jumping the gun way too quickly. Wait for the Overlord anime to air and for the hype/exposure to increase because anime is a much more accessible medium. I can almost guarantee you Overlord will get licensed. MMO genre is insanely popular here in the west, and as proof you can see it in how SAO, Log Horizon, and DanMachi got licensed.

I hope that's true, cos I really enjoyed what little of the novel I did read before the anime announcement. Even more so if Madhouse butcher the adaptation. But yeah, I'm probably jumping the gun way too quickly on that. As they have done with these acquisitions today, I'm sure they'll deliver again with Overlord and other popular/good LNs in due course (hopefully Rokka No Yuusha as well, assuming that does well).
Jul 5, 2015 2:36 PM

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the day sekirei gets licensed is finally here, shame its digitally only. It would've been nice to put it on the shelf next to the original japanese release
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Baccano and Oregairu ? Finally i'll have something new to buy aside from Index

But i can't help but wonder how are they gonna do with Oregairu. Watari always put tons of local references on each volume.
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Wow, Oregairu!!! Will definitely buy that one!!
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Oregairu was already translated so i couldnt care less...All the things should be licenced and translated to english...Its year 2015...
Jul 5, 2015 2:43 PM

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Oregairu finally gets an english release.
Jul 5, 2015 2:57 PM

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Dammit Yen Press... Stop making my "plan to buy" list even bigger!!
>tfw Youtube can't let me have nice things



Jul 5, 2015 2:58 PM
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Thank god they didn't license DxD.
Jul 5, 2015 3:05 PM

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Official Oregairu? FUCK YEAH. Purchasing that as soon as it hits the shelf.
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Ophis said:
Thank god they didn't license DxD.
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LastChapter said:
Admittedly, Baccano was of no surprise as links to the PDFs of fan translations were getting DMCA'd along with takedown requests to certain sites. Oregairu though was quite the surprise. I asked Yen Press though whether they will westernize the translations like they did with their other series. They said it's undecided, but if keeping the Japanese style is needed, then they will be flexible to change the status quo.
Sorry if it's a foolish question but what do you mean by westernize the translations?
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Ophis said:
Thank god they didn't license DxD.


Can't see it being unlicensed for much longer honestly.
Jul 5, 2015 3:23 PM

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Wow! I would love to read Baccano!! I hope they translate past the anime ASAP! It's a hit here.

Also hope TPP makes America a lucrative market for JP, and they would capitalize on that.
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Yayyy!! Will be adding AoHaru to my mangas >w<
And Will probably buy the Oregairu novels after I'v e watched the animes~
Jul 5, 2015 3:34 PM

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Holy fuck baccano in English, I'm so excited

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Jizzy, I know you have no idea how to argue for shit,

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Jizzy as you would call yourself because youre a dick The most butthurt award goes to you And clearly you havent watched that many shows thats why you cant determine if a show is unique or not Or maybe you're just a child who likes common stuffs where hero saves the day and guys gets all the girls. Sad taste you have there kid you came up to me in the first place making you look more like a kid who got slapped without me even knowing it and start crying about it to me

Jul 5, 2015 3:45 PM
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Cool, Yen press is the best.
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Based Yen Press.
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Jul 5, 2015 3:57 PM

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thank god i dont care how muc it will cost em im geting baccnao light novels!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Jul 5, 2015 4:04 PM

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Now I need to watch Baccano since the light novel is coming out. First Durarara and now Baccano. Im going to be broke.
Jul 5, 2015 4:19 PM

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Oh, so they are really licensing baccano? That novel doesn't work at all in japan, so very surprised. Among all the novel they licensed lately, that's by far the one whop sells the less I think. I honestly thought that this title would never be licensed due to this.

(BTW It sells so bad that we aren't even getting one new volume since almost two years currently, even though the story is almost at the end. Even hakomari fans didn't have toi wait that long for a new volume (well, haruhi fans had and still have it worse ^^" ) ).
Hope that the fact that they're licencing is going to be a bit of a incentive for Narita sensei to finally finish that series that he abandoned since almost two years to write stuff like durarara and fate/strange fake. We're at 21 volume and only lacking 3-5 to finish the story according to the author, so it would be nice. Waiting since October 2013 for the 22th volume is long.


As for Oregairu, now that's a series selling very well and which is also near its end. (Should have maybe 2 more volumes?).

Good news for both anyway. Yen press is really doing a great job to spread the LN in the west.

(and wow, they're licencing a lot of manga as well).
Jul 5, 2015 4:21 PM

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Yen press are doing some pretty awesome thing recently. Kizumonogatari is coming soon too!

Anime is good, fucking deal with it.
Jul 5, 2015 4:36 PM

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God...All this news recently are killing me!! From the One Punch Man to Tokyo Pops revivel to LOTGH geting licensed to Princes Jellyfish and now THISSSSS!!!
Guess I will need a part time job for this greatness...
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Baccano? Finally!
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Oregairu was already translated so i couldnt care less...All the things should be licenced and translated to english...Its year 2015...


With what? Yen would need a hella amount of money just to get the license in the first place. Also it takes a lot of money to print materials and to pay the translators. If manga/LNs were just as popular over here as they are in Japan then getting everything wouldn't be a problem, but anime/manga is a niche market here so to cover cost of license and print costs they slap a $12 price on their releases.

I'm glad some series I really enjoyed the past couple years have been popular enough to have official releases in the US. Only thing that hasn't yet is I think Akatsuki no Yona and the K manga/novels.
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AX has been wonderful this year with all the announcements. LoGH, Higurashi, Princess Jellyfish, Utena Bluray, the supposed localisation of MuvLuv VN, and now these two light novels. My wallet will be dead for a while.
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Well the light novel for Baccano should be 100x better than the anime so may buy it when it comes out.
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Hot damn yes! Thank you, Yen Press! This is a must-buy!

Even better news is that Yen Press will be keeping Oregairu's original English title, My Youth Romantic Comedy is Wrong as I Expected, not the SNAFU nonsense.
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I can die happily after reading OreGairu. Lol FINALLY!
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Good news, but Yen Press will take forever to reach the Volumes Nanodesu & Kyakka covered so far. Will still collect them though.

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Baccano + Oregairu = YES
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Well, YenPress isn't available in my country... So I feel sad about it.

But yeah, for WW its a good new. Hope it can make him open more chances to get the third season.
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Im definitely gonna buy Baccano's novels.



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Yen Press have been quite active in the licensing department lately. Good news for the fans of the series concerned.

As for me I might get Baccano as I haven't watched the anime but heard a lot of good stuff about that series.
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