Episode 37 – October Light Novel Licenses

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Hello Light Novel Podcast listeners! In this episode, we are talking about the 13! light novel licenses that were announced in the past 2 weeks. There are new titles coming from Tentai Books, Cross Infinite World, Yen On, and J-Novel Club. Overall there is a decent variety with the usual Isekai and fantasy titles, but also some Yuri and Hard Sci-Fi! Hopefully there will be a title that you will be excited to read!


Yen Press Announces the Sword Art Online Platinum Collector’s Edition



Tentai Books License


Cross Infinite World Licenses




Yen On Licenses (including Haruhi Suzumiya news)


J-Novel Club Licenses


Episode 36 – Accel World

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Hello Light Novel Podcast listeners! In this episode we’re talking about the first 4 volumes of Reki Kawahara’s light novel series, Accel World! These are the books that were covered by the anime. There are plenty of spoilers, so be prepared. And, because it’s Reki Kawahara, we also get off topic talking a bit about Sword Art Online Progressive and Sword Art Online Alicization. So, if you’re not up to date with the SAO books, or the anime, beware of spoilers for those as well!


Sword Art Online: Progressive Light Novels Get Anime


“Kuma Kuma Kuma Bear” light novel will be getting a 4-koma slice-of-life manga spin-off


The Saint’s Magic Power is Omnipotent” light novel getting a spin-off manga

The Fallen Dog God -SLASHDØG-) light novel which shared the same universe with High School DxD series will be receving a manga adaptation.

Yen Press Announces the Digital Publication of The Intuition of Haruhi Suzumiya Simultaneous to the Japanese Release


Seven Seas Licenses A Tale of the Secret Saint


Cross Infinite World Licenses Reset! The Imprisoned Princess Dreams of Another Chance!


Yen Press Licenses Date-A-Live, Virgin Road Light Novels



English Title: Accel World

Japanese Title: アクセル·ワールド — “Accel World”

Author: Reki Kawahara — 川原礫

Illustrator: HiMA

Translator: Jocelyne Allen

Genre: Adventure, Sci-fi, Romance, Virtual Reality MMO

Original Run: February 2009 – ongoing

English Run: July 2014 – ongoing

Japanese Publisher: Dengeki Bunko (ASCII Media Works)

English Publisher: Yen On (Yen Press)

Amazon: https://amzn.to/37w21M3

Book Depository: http://tidd.ly/2e6e7d42

RightStuf: https://bit.ly/3niCrCA

Synopsis: Even in the future, all the advances and innovation in the world can’t change the dynamics of the school playground. And for Haruyuki Arita, a fat kid in junior high, that means he’s destined to always be at the bottom of the food chain, prime pickings for the school bullies. But when he encounters the beautiful Kuroyukihime, an avatar in the virtual world where he relaxes, Haruyuki’s life is turned on its head as he dives into Brain Burst, a mysterious computer program, and the Accelerated World with her help. And it’s in the Accel World that Haruyuki casts off his depressing reality and takes hold of the chance to become a Burst Linker, a knight to protect his princess!

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Episode 35 – Infinite Dendrogram Volumes 4-7

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Hello Light Novel Podcast listeners! Several months ago, we asked you what series we should do a follow-up episode to. It’s taken us a while, but we’re here with the first one, Infinite Dendrogram! This J-Novel Club series is a really strong entry into the whole VRMMO Light Novel scene. We’re discussing volumes 4 to 7. Volumes 4 and 5 were part of the recent anime adaptation, whereas volumes 6 and 7 start taking us beyond that material and building more of the world as well as introducing us to some new characters.


J-Novel Club Announces New Titles and Physical Releases

Seven Seas Licenses Two New Light Novel Titles


English Title: Infinite Dendrogram

Japanese Title: インフィニット·デンドログラム — “Infinite Dendrogram”

Author: Sakon Kaidou — 海道左近

Illustrator: Taiki — タイキ

Translator: Andrew Hodgson, Nick Nomura

Genre: Sci-fi, Fantasy, Virtual Reality, MMO Isekai

Original Run: October 2016 – ongoing

English Run: July 2017 – ongoing

Japanese Publisher: HJ Bunko (Hobby Japan)

English Publisher: J-Novel Club

Amazon: https://amzn.to/3aIG3aq

Book Depository: http://tidd.ly/7f26e12c

RightStuf: https://bit.ly/359Y5lG

Synopsis: In the year 2043, Infinite Dendrogram, the world’s first successful full-dive VRMMO was released. In addition to its ability to perfectly simulate the five senses, along with its many other amazing features, the game promised to offer players a world full of infinite possibilities. Nearly two years later, soon-to-be college freshman, Reiji Mukudori, is finally able to buy a copy of the game and start playing. With some help from his experienced older brother, Shu, and his partner Embryo, Reiji embarks on an adventure into the world of Infinite Dendrogram. Just what will he discover and encounter in this game world known for its incredible realism and infinite possibilities?

Episode 34 Anime Expo Lite and Twitter Licensing Announcements

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Hello Light Novel Podcast listeners! On this episode we are discussing the recent light novel licenses that were announced on Twitter and during the Anime Expo Lite online event. In total, twenty-two light novel series/spin-offs/one-shots were announced! Prepare to hear the tortured cries of your wallet! The light novel announcements came from Cross Infinite World, Seven Seas, Yen On, and J-Novel Club.

For the complete list with synopsis of each series, check out these articles on EnglishLightNovels.com

New Cross Infinite World License Past Life Countess, Present Life Otome Game NPC?!


New Light Novel Licenses from Seven Seas


Yen Press Licenses Several Manga and Light Novel Spin-Offs


Yen Press Announces 6 New Light Novel Licenses


J-Novel Club Announces New Light Novel and Manga Licenses


TITLES ANNOUNCED (sorted by publisher)


Past Life Countess, Present Life Otome Game NPC?! 


Muscles Are Better Than Magic!

Failure Frame: I Became the Strongest and Annihilated Everything With Low-Level Spells

Berserk of Gluttony

Ride Your Wave


A Certain Magical Index SS

Goblin Slayer Side Story II: Dai Katana

The World’s Finest Assassin, Reincarnated in a Different World as an Aristocrat

The Place Promised in Our Early Days

The Angel Next Door Spoils Me Rotten

Unnamed Memory

King of the Labyrinth

Reign of the Seven Spellblades


The Bloodline

My Instant Death Ability is So Overpowered, No One in This Other World Stands a Chance Against Me!

WATARU!!! The Hot-Blooded Fighting Teen & His Epic Adventures in a Fantasy World After Stopping a Truck with His Bare Hands!! 

A Lily Blooms in Another World

Mapping: The Trash-Tier Skill That Got Me Into a Top-Tier Party

The Sorcerer’s Receptionist

Black Summoner

Holmes of Kyoto


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Episode 33 My Next Life as a Villainess: All Routes Lead to Doom!

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Hello Light Novel Podcast listeners! On this episode we are discussing the series, My Next Life as a Villainess: All Routes Lead to Doom. This series is being released in English by J-Novel Club. They initially released it as a digital-only series, but with its growing popularity and now an anime, it is getting a print release. A series featuring an adorably dense main character who discovers she has been reborn as the villainess character in her favorite otome game! We’re covering the first two volumes of the series which is the first arc and is the material the anime is covering.


Justus R. Stone






My Anime List Manga store now carrying light novels from Yen On

Main story of Stike the Blood to end in Volume 22

Reincarnated as a Sword Gets a Spin-Off Manga

‘She professed herself pupil of the wise man.’ MMO Isekai Novels Get TV Anime

New J-Novel Club Light Novel Licenses



TITLE: My Next Life as a Villainess All Routes Lead to Doom

Get it from Amazon: https://amzn.to/30Sy2eG

Get it from Book Depository: http://tidd.ly/2345f432

Get it from RightStuf: http://shrsl.com/11gf6-1eu6-hq2lo4_1-1

English Title: My Next Life as a Villainess: All Routes Lead to Doom!

Japanese Title: 乙女ゲームの破滅フラグしかない悪役令嬢に転生してしまった… — “Otome Game no Hametsu Flag shika nai Akuyaku Reijou ni Tensei shite shimatta…” — “Bakarina”

Author: Satoru Yamaguchi — 山口 悟

Illustrator: Nami Hidaka — ひだかなみ

Translator: Shirley Yeung

Genre: Comedy, Video Game Isekai, Romance, Otome

Japanese Publisher: Ichijinsha Bunko Iris (Ichijinsha)

English Publisher: J-Novel Club

SYNOPSIS: After hitting her head particularly hard one day, Duke Claes’ daughter, Katarina, suddenly recalls all the memories of her past life: that of a teenage Japanese girl. Just before her untimely death, this girl recalls playing an otome game… that is exactly like the world she’s living in now! She is now Katarina Claes, the antagonist of the otome game, who nastily hounded the protagonist until the end. Knowing all the possible outcomes of the game, she realizes that every single possible route ends with Katarina being murdered or exiled! In order to avoid these Catastrophic Bad Ends, she has to use her knowledge of the game and her own wiles, starting with breaking off this engagement with the prince… Will Katarina survive while making her way through this world, where bad flags trip at every turn? Find out in this reverse-harem rom-com, led by everybody’s favorite villainess!

ANIME SERIES: Yes – Covered Volumes 1-2 

MANGA: Yes. Licensed for English release by Seven Seas – https://amzn.to/2NZ1YQW

Episode 32 Interview: Alex From Tentai Books

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Hello there Light Novel Podcast listeners! Welcome to another episode. This time the Light Novel Podcast is chatting with special guest, Alejandro de Vicente, the owner of new light novel licenser, Tentai Books.
We discuss what brought him to light novels, the light novel scene in Spain (where he lives), the two titles he’s launching with (more details below!), and what the future might hold for his company.
If you’ve wanted to know a little more about what it takes to get started in licensing light novels for English release, this is the podcast to listen to!



There’s no way a side character like me could be popular, right?

Amazon: https://amzn.to/3ekb8Cw

There’s no way a side character like me could be popular, right? Volume 1 Cover

“I just love you sooooooo much, Senpai!”
My name is Tomoki Yuuki, a second-year high school student. I’d say I’m a fairly normal student, save for the fact that everyone avoids me like the plague because I apparently look like I’m out for blood. Ike Haruma is the only one who doesn’t steer clear of me. He’s your typical ‘perfect guy’ in every sense; the protagonist with no real flaws that you see in any given story.
Life at school was continuing on as usual… until one day, Haruma’s super popular little sister confesses to me out of the blue?! Though she later clarifies that her feelings toward me are anything but romantic and that she has an ulterior motive, I end up accepting my new role as ‘fake boyfriend’ as a favor to Haruma.
Believe it or not, the moment I start going out with her, Haruma’s idol-tier childhood friend and my super hot teacher get involved with me too!
Wait a minute. This can’t be a dream rom-com scenario setting itself up for me, can it?! I mean, there’s no way a side character like me could be popular, right?

Welcome to the Diner of the Exiled

Release Date TBA

Welcome to the Diner of the Exiled Volume 1 Cover

Leave everything to the strongest cook of them all!
Backstabbed by those he considered friends, Dennis has been exiled from one of the strongest guilds around: The Silver Wings Battalion. He doesn’t think much of it, though, as he was dying to use his Level 99 cooking skills anyway. That’s why he decides to leave the city behind and open up a diner in the countryside.
While pursuing his dream, Dennis meets Atrielle, a girl exiled from her noble household and relegated to slavery until he saves her.
The pair open the diner together, and their first client is… an exiled knight from a different guild? How peculiar. But she is not the only customer; a cocky mage and a drastically overworked yet underpaid sage become regulars as well.
The knight brings trouble to the diner at times, but Dennis’s cooking skills and beloved butcher knives cut through trouble and hunger alike!
Thus begins the legend of Dennis and his diner, the talk of the town!

Episode 31 New Light Novel Licenses from April 2020

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Hello there Light Novel Podcast listeners! Welcome to another episode. This time the Light Novel Podcast is covering the new licenses for English release that were announced at the end of April. There are titles from J-Novel Club, Seven Seas, Cross Infinite World, and Tentai Books! In total, ten new light novel series were announced!


Justus R. Stone






A Wild Last Boss Appeared!
Licensed by J-Novel Club
Amazon: https://amzn.to/2SZOTtq

Deathbound Duke’s Daughter
Licensed by J-Novel Club
Amazon: https://amzn.to/2LseAOQ

Hello, I am a Witch and My Crush Wants me to Make a Love Potion
Licensed by Cross Infinite World
Amazon: https://amzn.to/2LsejM4

I’m in Love with the Villainess
Licensed by Seven Seas
Amazon: https://amzn.to/3bse668

The Saint’s Magic Power is Omnipotent
Licensed by Seven Seas
Amazon: https://amzn.to/3cxnTZR

The Sorcerer King of Destruction and the Golem of the Barbarian Queen
Licensed by Seven Seas
Amazon: https://amzn.to/3dD8Pda

There’s no way a side character like me could be popular, right?
Licensed by Tentai Books
Amazon: https://amzn.to/2WUgPQw

Trapped in a Dating Sim: The World of Otome Games is Tough for Mobs
Licensed by Seven Seas
Amazon: https://amzn.to/2LpSTPt

Welcome to the Diner of the Exiled!
Licensed by Tentai Books
Release TBA

Wild Times with a Fake Fake Princess
Licensed by J-Novel Club
Amazon: https://amzn.to/2WSfbid

Episode 30 Strike the Blood

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Hello there Light Novel Podcast listeners! Welcome to another episode. This time the Light Novel Podcast is covering the series, Strike the Blood! This ongoing magical-high school series featuring teens with super-powers granted either through magic or vampirification has inspired numerous seasons of anime, several manga adaptations and spin-offs, and countless pieces of merchandise. Yeah, it’s pretty popular! But is it really a vampire series? Or is it a shounen power series masquerading as a monster series?


Re:Zero getting a mobile video game

Bottom-Tier Character Tomozaki is getting a spin-off manga

Magic User: Reborn in Another World as a Max Level Novels Get Manga

86 Getting an anime

New Sorcerous Stabber Orphen Anime Gets 2nd Season

Combatants Will Be Dispatched getting an anime

How NOT to Summon a Demon Lord Anime Gets 2nd Season in 2021

Konosuba ends with volume 17

The Devil is a Part-Timer ends with volume 21

Cross Infinite World Licenses The Weakest Manga Villainess Wants Her Freedom!


TITLE: Strike the Blood
Get it from Amazon: https://amzn.to/2yLVOz0
Get it from Book Depository: https://bit.ly/2KZEv0p
Get it from RightStuf: https://bit.ly/3d4X92y

JAPANESE TITLE: ストライク・ザ・ブラッド
AUTHOR: Gakuto Mikumo — 三雲 岳斗
ILLUSTRATOR: Manyako — マニャ子
PUBLISHER (English): Yen On
TRANSLATOR: Jeremiah Bourque
RELEASE DATE (English): September 2015

SYNOPSIS: He never asked for this power. Kojou Akatsuki used to be an ordinary high school boy–but that was before he became the Fourth Primogenitor, the most powerful vampire of all time. Worse–he doesn’t even remember how it happened. Middle schooler Yukina Himeragi, meanwhile, is the Attack Mage sent to observe him–and to stop him if he gets out of control. But was it really a good idea to send a cute girl to observe a massively powerful vampire boy whose abilities activate whenever he gets aroused? And on an artificial island populated with all manner of demonic individuals, each with their own designs on the Fourth Primogenitor–?

PUBLISHER (Japan): Dengeki Bunko (ASCII Media Works)
RELEASE DATE (Japan): May 2011
VOLUMES RELEASED (Japan to Date): 21 (as of January 2020):
ANIME SERIES: Yes – https://amzn.to/35a2CT8
MANGA: Yes. Licensed for English release by Yen Press – https://amzn.to/2yNByNp

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