Yen Press Licenses The Magical Girl and the Evil Lieutenant Used to Be Archenemies, SAO Alternative Clover’s Regret & More Titles for August 2024

Yen Press has announced the acquisition of 10 new manga and light novel titles, set for release all throughout August 2024. 

The new licenses include seven manga and three light novel series, including The Magical Girl and the Evil Lieutenant Used to Be Archenemies and Sword Art Online Alternative Clover’s Regret, among other titles. 

Here are the details for Yen Press’ latest licenses


Manga 

The Dark History of the Reincarnated Villainess Short Story Collection

the dark history of the reincarnated villainess short story collection volume cover
© Akiharu Touka

Story and Art: Akiharu Touka

Synopsis

In a world of her own creation, the lives of Konoha’s many characters are filled with the kind of cringey doom and gloom that only an adolescent mind can produce. But where’s the fun in that? Throwing in a pinch of crossdressing, a dabble of sickfics, and oh — a date with a fellow bookworm—really spices up the story! From ninjas to assassin butlers and yanderes, there’s never a dull moment in the many alternate universes Konoha Satou lives through as the most despicable villainess, Iana Magnolia!

Rejected by the Hero’s Party, a Princess Decided to Live a Quiet Life in the Countryside

Rejected by the Hero’s Party, a Princess Decided to Live a Quiet Life in the Countryside manga volume one cover
© Zappon, Mutsuki Higashioji, Yasumo

Story: Zappon

Art: Mutsuki Higashioji

Original Character Design: Yasumo

A prequel spinoff of light novel and manga series Banished from the Hero’s Party, I Decided to Live a Quiet Life in the Countryside

Synopsis

Before she reunited with Red in the frontier town of Zoltan, Rit was renowned as the brave warrior who helped the Hero’s party save her country from the demon king’s forces and the second princess of the Duchy of Loggervia, Rizlet. But after being suddenly exiled, Rit must embrace her new, untethered life as an adventurer traveling wherever the wind blows…though who knows where that journey will take her?! This is the story of Rit’s exploits across the continent of Avalon prior to finding Red!!

Riviere and the Land of Prayer

riviere and the land of prayer manga volume one cover
© Jougi Shiraishi, Neriume, Azure

Story: Jougi Shiraishi

Art: Neriume

Original Character Design: Azure

Synopsis

After Riviere saved her from dying on the street, MacMillia chose to start working as her new assistant! The enigmatic Riviere runs an antique shop, where she specializes in dispelling troublesome (and sometimes dangerous) curses. Magic, witches, prayers (and the curses they turn into) mean there’s never a dull day for these two!

In Another World, My Sister Stole My Name

in another world my sister stole my name manga volume one cover
© Kotoko, NiKrome

Story: Kotoko

Art: NiKrome

Synopsis

Through a handheld mirror connected to another world, college student Ichika befriends a boy named Cecil. But when the mirror disappears one day along with her older sister, Karen, Ichika thinks she’ll never see the two of them again…until a year later, when the mirror suddenly turns up and sends Ichika to the world on the other side! There, she finds a grown-up Cecil and her sister, who, for some reason, has become a saint named Ichika?!. After Karen has stolen her name and life, Ichika must forge her own destiny in this otherworldly, doting fantasy! 

Strategic Lovers

strategic lovers manga volume one cover
© Sanshokuamido

Story and Art: Sanshokuamido

Synopsis

Kouta Higashiyama’s father is the enormously wealthy founder of a corporate behemoth—but his mother was the man’s twenty-third mistress! He thought the issue of succession and inheritance had nothing to do with him. And it didn’t—until he was suddenly kidnapped as a candidate to be the next chairman and dropped in front of five beautiful girls, who are all in contention to become his lover…But is his whole life really about choosing whatever and whoever he wants? Or will Kouta himself be the one to be chosen…?

The Hachioji Specialty: Tengu’s Love

the hachioji specialty tengu's love manga volume one cover
© Tomo Nanao

Story and Art: Tomo Nanao

Synopsis

Upon his return to his hometown near Mt. Takao, the lonely youth Kotarou reunites with a tengu girl he used to know, Hime. To his shock, Hime decrees that they must wed! Intent on marrying Kotarou, will Hime be able to break down his walls and build a happily-ever-after with him?!

The Magical Girl and the Evil Lieutenant Used to Be Archenemies

the magical girl and the evil lieutenant used to be archenemies manga volume one cover
© Cocoa Fujiwara

Story and Art: Cocoa Fujiwara

The manga series is inspiring a TV anime adaptation in July 2024 from Bones

Synopsis

She’s a magical girl, sworn to fight for peace, love, and justice. He’s a lieutenant, born into a military family that serves an evil empire. And yet, it was love at first sight…From Inu x Boku SS creator Cocoa Fujiwara comes a four-panel comic about hostile enemies who won’t kill (and love) each other!

Light Novels

Sword Art Online Alternative Clover’s Regret

sword art online alternative clover's regret light novel volume one cover
© Soitiro Watase, Ginta, Reki Kawahara

Story: Soitiro Watase

Illustration: Ginta

Supervision: Reki Kawahara

A spinoff Sword Art Online series as reimagined by famed fantasy author Soitiro Watase. 

Synopsis

Asuka Empire. A Japanese-style VRMMO created by Akihiko Kayaba from a VR engine entitled “The Seed” — a game once played by Yuuki, Ran, and Merida of the Sleeping Knights that hides many stories. Two young women — warrior priestess Nayuta and ninja Koyomi, who became friends in-game — come across a mysterious priest named Yanagi. The elderly man tells them that he’s looking for a detective to solve a riddle with a one-million-yen reward. The girls are shocked by the outlandish sum for this peculiar request, and then they meet an equally peculiar young man, who claims to be able to do this job as well as any other detective.

With all his stat points invested in Luck, the man is useless in battle, but he does still seem to have some tricks up his sleeve, like that unbeatable drop rate for rare items… The mystery unfolds as two young girls and their dubious detective partner try to solve the case in this cutting-edge VRMMO world!

Hell Is Dark with No Flowers

hell is dark with no flowers light novel volume one cover
© Yoru Michio, Ruka Todo

Story: Yoru Michio

Illustration: Ruka Todo

Synopsis

Seiji Tohno sometimes sees the people around him as monsters. It is a curse that had driven him to a life of despair, living out of internet cafés with nowhere to call home…but all that changes one twilit evening when he stumbles across a huge European mansion. There, Seiji meets a bewitchingly beautiful boy dressed in a kimono with a white peony motif on the shoulder, who introduces himself as Shiroshi Saijou. This mysterious young man seems to know more about Seiji than he does himself, and before he knows it, Seiji has agreed to become Shiroshi’s assistant in exchange for room and board. Little does he know, however, this “proxy service,”’ as Shiroshi puts it, is none other than outsourced death! Sending monster-possessed sinners to Hell, will bring Seiji face-to-face with terrifying new creatures each and every day!

My First Love’s Kiss

my first love's kiss light novel volume one cover
© Hitoma Iruma, Fly

Story: Hitoma Iruma

Illustration: Fly

The bittersweet series is written by the author of Adachi and Shimamura

Synopsis

Takasora Hoshi’s life is upended when a girl from her class named Umi Mizuike and her mother temporarily move into her family’s cramped apartment. From the outset of this arrangement, Takasora finds herself annoyed by Umi’s behavior…and her good looks. And though the two girls initially agree to avoid interfering with each other’s lives, Takasora can’t help but start to wonder where Umi keeps wandering off to at night…


Source: press release


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