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Yen Press Announces New Light Novel Imprint 'Yen On'

by Dunois
Apr 19, 2014 11:42 PM | 83 Comments
North American published Yen Press announced a new light novel imprint, Yen On, at Sakura-Con 2014. According to Yen Press, the new imprint is exclusively aimed at bringing English editions of Japanese light novels. The imprint is slated to launch this Fall.

Alongside the launch of the new imprint, Yen Press also announced the launch of the following light novel titles:

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Toaru Majutsu no Index (A Certain Magical Index)
Dungeon ni Deai wo Motomeru no wa Machigatteiru no Darou ka (Is It Wrong To Try To Pick Up Girls In A Dungeon?)

Apart from these, Yen On will also feature other light novels from Yen Press's existing line-up such as Sword Art Online and Ookami to Koushinryou (Spice and Wolf).

Source: Yen Press Official Announcement

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I'm overjoyed that they decided to bring over Index but at the same time really worried. The index series is not as popular as SAO and in extension Accel world. They should have chosen a better timing like when season 3 comes or during the airing of railgun S. I just hope it does well enough to be considered a financial success. Wonder if I should buy two copies. One of myself and the other for a friend.

Apr 26, 2014 5:36 AM by FiveOVER

Yeah

Apr 23, 2014 1:30 PM by 4iwby

Mr_Gutts said:
need to catch with index before it gets deleted from baka tsuuki
Why dont you just download the pdfs?

Apr 23, 2014 11:00 AM by ssjokg

need to catch with index before it gets deleted from baka tsuuki

Apr 23, 2014 10:57 AM by Mr_Gutts

CreationBreaker said:
The issue with Index is that if they go with the release schedule they have for their other novels, it'll take over five years before they get to New Testament. In that time, 15+ more volumes of New Testament may be released (if Kamachi goes that far with NT)....

Well, I'll still buy 'em when they're out in stores and I'm glad that B-T is deciding to keep up the SS Volumes and New Testament on its site.

Five years looks good to me.Not great, just "not so bad".

And that is great news from BT.

Apr 22, 2014 3:42 AM by ssjokg

Just hope we get good quality translations. I remember reading the first volume of Shakugan no Shana and finding the quality unbearable. Some things don't translate well directly to English, and they don't pay close attention to the intensity of the words that they use.
That said, things are looking up for the possibility of Durarara, Baccano, Monogatari and Legend of the Legendary Heroes releases. Those are ones I want to see most, but there are a few others. Glad that Accel World is getting a release; I'll be buying that.

Apr 22, 2014 2:15 AM by smileyboyrocks

The issue with Index is that if they go with the release schedule they have for their other novels, it'll take over five years before they get to New Testament. In that time, 15+ more volumes of New Testament may be released (if Kamachi goes that far with NT)....

Well, I'll still buy 'em when they're out in stores and I'm glad that B-T is deciding to keep up the SS Volumes and New Testament on its site.

Apr 21, 2014 3:19 PM by Ashen_Miko

AICW said:
Light novels, light novels EVERYWHERE!

When are we gonna get translations of real novels? FFS, I'm still waiting for the third Yukikaze novel, "Unbroken Arrow" to come to the U.S.!


'real' novels get translated a heck of a lot more often than light novels do.

Apr 21, 2014 1:07 PM by kuuderes_shadow

Light novels, light novels EVERYWHERE!

When are we gonna get translations of real novels? FFS, I'm still waiting for the third Yukikaze novel, "Unbroken Arrow" to come to the U.S.!

Apr 21, 2014 12:11 PM by Banshee-IV

R4vel said:
I know that Baka-Tsuki already tl'd OreGairu vol. 6- , but I really hope they bring that one as well.


Given that Index was one of the fastest and most well-regarded translations on the site, I doubt Yen Press are paying much attention to that.

BUT OreGairu is not published by Kadokawa or Softbank or Square Enix, but by Shogakukan (as is Jinrui, which someone else mentioned). In other words the company that owns Viz Media. I would expect that, if anything, would be the main obstacle to Yen Press getting their hands on the series.

Apr 21, 2014 7:35 AM by kuuderes_shadow

phoenixalia said:
Tengai said:
Light novels are not my thing though.

phoenixalia said:
So will this only have LNs aimed at males?

I guess there isn't enough of a market for LNs targeting females like Saiunkoku Monogatari, Earl and Fairy and the like. :/

What a shame...

Ah well, more reason to hurry up and learn Japanese.


How to speak it is kinda easy to learn, but how to write it is a nightmare!!!!


More than writing, I want to learn how to speak and read it. I'm learning right now and if its easy enough, I can understand 40% of what's going on in a manga. But LNs are full of kanji and much harder to read. :/


How to read it is kinda hard too. Well, good luck!!

Apr 21, 2014 5:54 AM by Tengai

Slicer22 said:
ssjokg said:
ChronosXIII said:
I just hope they get to Sword Art volume 13 in the next two years...

Alicization is SO MUCH better than Mother's Rosario and Phantom Bullet and whatever crap happened in between. Ugh, gonna have to wait forever just to continue the story where Baka-Tsuki took it down.

I dont know about that.Alicization was the first arc I took long breaks between chapters.


When i was reading the Sword Art Online novels i read up till the first novel of the Alicization arc (as far as it was translated then) and i found the first book of the Alicization arc to be pretty boring and i have unfortunately not caught up since then so i do not know if it gets better but i did not think much of the first one of the arc.
I liked the world of the "game",how and what the "NPCs" are but I wasnt interested in the story.

Apr 21, 2014 5:43 AM by ssjokg

ssjokg said:
ChronosXIII said:
I just hope they get to Sword Art volume 13 in the next two years...

Alicization is SO MUCH better than Mother's Rosario and Phantom Bullet and whatever crap happened in between. Ugh, gonna have to wait forever just to continue the story where Baka-Tsuki took it down.

I dont know about that.Alicization was the first arc I took long breaks between chapters.


When i was reading the Sword Art Online novels i read up till the first novel of the Alicization arc (as far as it was translated then) and i found the first book of the Alicization arc to be pretty boring and i have unfortunately not caught up since then so i do not know if it gets better but i did not think much of the first one of the arc.

Apr 21, 2014 5:08 AM by DragoonDeus

I don't really care for Index at all but I suppose this is good news, if this works/sells it means more LN will have a chance of getting an official traslation :)

Apr 21, 2014 4:56 AM by Animefanx3

ChronosXIII said:
I just hope they get to Sword Art volume 13 in the next two years...

Alicization is SO MUCH better than Mother's Rosario and Phantom Bullet and whatever crap happened in between. Ugh, gonna have to wait forever just to continue the story where Baka-Tsuki took it down.

I dont know about that.Alicization was the first arc I took long breaks between chapters.

Apr 21, 2014 3:21 AM by ssjokg

This is awesome and cool to see they picked up Index.

Happy to see we're getting a lot more stuff localized, games, manga, anime, etc. have been coming over a lot more it feels like in comparison to years before.

Apr 21, 2014 3:01 AM by Ragix

AlphaDelta said:
CinnamonHime said:
I wish that they'd release Oreimo or Marimite!


Dark Horse Comics have already licensed Oreimo, manga wise. So far they have released 4 volumes.


Yeah, but the art style is so awful that I just can't read it :P

Apr 21, 2014 2:55 AM by CinnamonHime

One of the best news for LN fans. I know that Baka-Tsuki already tl'd OreGairu vol. 6- , but I really hope they bring that one as well.

Apr 21, 2014 1:52 AM by R4vel

CinnamonHime said:
I wish that they'd release Oreimo or Marimite!


Dark Horse Comics have already licensed Oreimo, manga wise. So far they have released 4 volumes.

Apr 21, 2014 1:45 AM by AlphaDeltaZeta

i kinda let out an inhuman noise as i saw this, thinking "what if index"

AND THERE IT IS

MAMA HEAR ME NOW, IT'S HAPPENIN'!

Apr 21, 2014 12:46 AM by grymdylan