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3:00 PM on 03.24.2014

Square Enix and Yen Press announce worldwide digital partnership

Yen Press and Square Enix just announced a partnership to put eBook versions of 175 manga titles online, giving the English-language versions of Square Enix's manga worldwide reach. Starting April 8, you'll be able to access ...

Brad Rice


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Japanator's 2013 Holiday Guide: Manga photo
Japanator's 2013 Holiday Guide: Manga
by Brad Rice

Black Friday has already come and gone, which means that the days are quickly counting down before you need a gift. Bookstores are still a viable retailer for manga, which saves you with that last-minute gift.

Are you standing in front of the aisle this very minute, unsure of what to buy? Don't worry, we've got you covered.

Manga makes a great gift (much better than anime or videogames) because you can easily add on based on how much you like the person. Secret Santa at your anime club? One volume. College buddy? Three volumes. Your significant other? A complete series.

Follow me after the jump, and we'll delve into all the titles you should buy this season.

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4:00 PM on 10.12.2013

NYCC 2013: Yen Press picks up High School DxD

Yen Press brought quite a few interesting announcements to New York Comic-Con this year. Their biggest license announcement was that they'll be bringing readers High School DxD, the manga adaption of the popular light novel s...

Ben Huber

12:00 PM on 08.27.2013

Haruhi manga is coming to an end!

It looks the like manga adaptation of beloved light novel, The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya will be coming to a close in September. The manga has been serialized in issues of Monthly Shonen Ace for the past eight years, as w...

Hiroko Yamamura

7:00 PM on 08.23.2013

JX: Yen Press gets SAO, Accel World, and more

Well what do you know, Yen Press has pulled an interesting wild card at the first Japan Expo USA, and it's another beacon of hope for people that wish to see more light novels in North America! To those that have been wishing...

Salvador G Rodiles

12:30 AM on 03.31.2013

Sakura-Con 2013: Get a load of Yen Press's newest goods

Sakura-Con is still going on as we speak, and Josh "Totsu" Totman is scouring the entire con like a beast! As he storms through the catacombs of Seattle's anime convention, JT has discovered Yen Press's latest annou...

Salvador G Rodiles

4:00 PM on 10.15.2012

NYCC '12: Yen Press adds Puella Magi spin-offs and more

If you thought that your Madoka fix has been quenched, think again! Yen Press is adding two Madoka Magica mangas in the form of Puella Magi Oriko Magica and Puella Magi Kazumi Magica. Both stories will most likely treat ...

Salvador G Rodiles

8:00 PM on 07.18.2012

SDCC '12: Yen Press nabs Welcome to the Erotic Bookstore!

While SDCC is over and people are focused on The Dark Knight Rises, there are still some bits of license news to catch up on. Notably, Yen Press announced a number of titles. I can't really tell you how Welcome to the Erotic ...

Brad Rice

10:00 AM on 04.11.2012

Yen Press steps up Spice and Wolf light novel releases

Translating light novels takes time, especially for small publishers. Up till now, Yen Press was only releasing two volumes of the original Spice and Wolf books a year, with the sixth volume planned for June 12, 2012. The com...

Bob Muir

6:00 PM on 04.08.2012

Yen Press grabs Umineko, Thermae Romae, and many more

Yen Press, who were also at Sakura Con this weekend, updated their website this morning with a long list of recently acquired licenses. Perhaps two of the most exciting additions to their line-up are Mari Yamazaki's award-win...

Michelle Rodanes

5:00 PM on 07.01.2011

A look at: Tale of the Waning Moon #2

Oh hey, it's Kristina with that yaoi stuff again! Yes, yes it is. Tale of the Waning Moon is a really fantastical manga series with stuff like cat boys and moon spirits that I'm not used to seeing in my boy-on-boy stories. It...

Kristina Pino







A look at: Higurashi When They Cry - Demon Exposing Arc photo
A look at: Higurashi When They Cry - Demon Exposing Arc
by OxKing

Serving as a side story to the main arcs in the Higurashi When They Cry manga, the Demon Exposing arc is a great read if you happen to be a huge fan of the series. Chocking up at only two volumes long, what seems like an unnecessary addition ends up bringing a new perspective to the series, moving it towards a location outside of the cursed village Hinamizawa and into the vast city full of new characters and new opportunities for its more intense scenes.

It may be a new location with a one-off character story, but rest assured: new fans of the series can enjoy this standalone horror thriller while the more experienced ones can take it as a supplement to the main plot and experience just how far the dreaded Oyashiro curse can reach its victims.

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A look at: Cirque du Freak #9 photo
A look at: Cirque du Freak #9
by Kristina Pino

A little over two months ago I looked at volume eight of this series, and things were getting pretty good. For those of you who didn't read me then, cliff-notes: Darren, main character, meets a vampire and is turned into one to save his then best friend. Years have passed and he's roped up in some vampire war with other crazy monsters, while his lover from life before vampire-ness and ex best friend are tossed into the mix.

It sounds a bit exciting, doesn't it? I mean, maybe you're over vampires. But, then again, maybe you're not "over them" enough to not be intrigued by something else, like the great art style this manga series has or, as was mentioned in comments after my previous summary, the book series this story is adapted from.

Hit past the jump (warning: the summary/impression is kind of a huge spoiler) to read about volume nine!

[header image via Darren Shan Manga]

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A Look At: The Melancholy of Suzumiya Haruhi-Chan photo
A Look At: The Melancholy of Suzumiya Haruhi-Chan
by Tyler Jones

I like the idea of The Melancholy of Suzumiya Haruhi-chan. For those of you not aware, Haruhi-chan is the official Haruhi parody manga, consisting mostly of four panel comics. Each character is a slightly odder version of their standard counterpart. Haruhi is far more mischievous and constantly coming up with schemes at a rate that would put her other incarnations to shame. Yuki is obsessed with playing visual novels rather than reading literature.

I actually liked the depiction of Yuki so much that I imported the special edition of the first volume (which I can't read) back when it came out just to nab the included puchi-nendo-style figure that was included.

Today I'm taking a look at the second standalone volume, eager to read Haruhi-chan in English for the first time. Keep reading after the break to see how it is!

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9:00 PM on 05.03.2011

Yen Press announces Yotsuba& on the iPad!

Today, Yen Press announced via their Twitter that Yotsuba& will now be available for purchase on the iPad through their downloadable app. While the app itself is free, and looks to have a clean and modern interface, ...

Crystal White

6:00 PM on 04.11.2011

Viz nabs four Eisner nominations thanks to Naoki Urasawa

With San Diego Comic Con looming in the near future, that means it's time for comic's highest honors: the Eisner Awards. Nominations were recently announced, and Viz leads the manga publisher pack with four nominations, large...

Brad Rice



A look at: Cirque du Freak #8 photo
A look at: Cirque du Freak #8
by Kristina Pino

When I think of Cirque du Freak, the first thing that comes to mind is that odd-looking movie that sort of came and went, with John C. Reilly as one of the lead actors playing a vampire. Mr Reilly caught my attention, but "high school kid story" plus vampires/supernatural didn't exactly do it for me in 2009 after Twilight became a film epidemic from the previous year. This manga follows the story the Cirque movie did (the story precedes the film), which basically is: kid (Darren) meets vamp and gets turned into a vampire in exchange for saving his best friend, who then turns on him, and on top of it all is hunting to kill a "Vampaneze Dread Lord".

Sounds like a sticky situation, right? Hit past the jump to see how things are going eight volumes in!  

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5:00 PM on 03.07.2011

A look at Higurashi When They Cry #11

I had the great pleasure of giving a look at the previous volumes of the Higurashi When They Cry manga last week, an arc that spun a new outlook on what the Higurashi setting is capable of providing in way of interesting and ...

OxKing

11:00 PM on 02.28.2011

A look at Higurashi When They Cry #9-10

While the anime adaption of the visual novel Higurashi When They Cry gets a bad wrap because of its animation and horrendous English dub, I still highly regard the franchise as having one of the most thril...

OxKing

1:00 PM on 02.05.2011

A look at Pandora Hearts #4

To summarize the story so far in two long sentences, Pandora Hearts is a manga about 15 year old Oz Vessalius, who has been dumped into a legendary "broken toy chest" of a prison called The Abyss. He escapes after b...

Kristina Pino



A look at Black God #11 photo
A look at Black God #11
by Crystal White

This volume of Black God starts off with Mikami and Excel escaping from an apartment building only to run into Saishu from the Shishigami tribe. What occurs next is an violent fight between Saishu and Mikami, spanning several pages and with blood spurts all over with Excel cries on the ground. Near the end of the fight, Saishu has severed the muscles in Mikami's arms, and proceeds to rip off her shirt and grope her, and implies that he will rape her in order to break her down. Suddenly, the contract between Excel and Mikami kicks in and needless to say, Saishu and his cronies get a beat down, while Excel regains her memories. Later, Excel and Mikami agree to continue their contract so that Mikami might avenge her old contractee. After the fight, the story suddenly cuts to Kuro and Keita enduring their training together under Namu in order to open up their tera lines and make them more powerful as a contract team. The two have extreme difficulty doing this and Namu implies that there needs to be love between the two for there to be any progress. Keita considers this begrudgingly but starts to sympathize with Kuro and the two share a few sweet moments. The two continue their training until Aragi arrives, and begins to attack the pair, wishing to kill Keita and being ordered to take Kuro back to his organization. Aragi mercilessly attacks the two and begins choking them to death, informing them that whoever survives the longest he will let live. Kuro decides to try and bite her own tongue off so that Keita will live longer and be spared, when suddenly a mysteriously bright figure appears.

Hit the jump to see my impressions on Black God #11 and where I'd like to see the series go from here!

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Interview: Yen Press isn't apprehensive on mature manga photo
Interview: Yen Press isn't apprehensive on mature manga
by Brad Rice

One of my biggest obsessions in recent years has been Yen Press' Sundome. It's a fantastic title that's well worth your read, but the big thing about it is the title walks the borderline between story and porn. As a result, the title lands in the 16+ section, rather than relegating itself to the "adult" section of many shadier stores.

So, I spent a few minutes chatting with Kurt Hassler, the head of Yen Press, about Sundome and what it takes to market a mature title in a mainstream market. It's a short interview, but should provide you with some good insight on what the mature market is like.

If you've got any questions for us or Kurt to answer, send them along, and we'll include some insight in our editorial at the end of the week.

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1:00 PM on 11.08.2010

Yen Press looking for new creative talent to make manga

For all of you locked away in Artist's Alley, dreaming of hitting it big one day? Envious of the folks working on titles like Twilight, Nightschool and Maximum Ride? Well, now you can join that pool of talent by applying to Y...

Brad Rice

4:00 PM on 10.12.2010

NYAF '10: Yen Press debuts on the iPad!

Getting to the rest of our NYAF/NYCC coverage, one of the announcements to come out of the convention was that Yen Press is debuting on the iPad with its own reader. Currently, they've gone ahead and launched with the titles ...

Brad Rice

7:00 AM on 09.13.2010

No More Apples: Spice and Wolf novels ending soon

It is a sad day for medieval economists, apple vendors, and animal-eared girl fetishists all over, as it seems that everyone's favorite apple-wolf-goddess-merchantry novel series, Spice & Wolf, will be meeting its time &q...

Josh Tolentino

7:00 PM on 07.26.2010

SDCC 10: Yen Press licenses Highschool of the Dead

Time to play wrap-up con! Over at San Diego Comic Con, Yen Press announced that they're licensing the hit manga Highschool of the Dead, coming hot on the heels of the anime license by Sentai Filmworks. Awesome. They'll be bri...

Brad Rice

4:00 PM on 07.26.2010

Yen Plus launches online version with free issue

After meeting an untimely end that so many print publications seem to be facing these days, Yen Plus has now relaunched online. To celebrate the new format choice, publisher Yen Press is offering free access to the August iss...

Bob Muir

12:40 PM on 05.07.2010

The Summer of Haruhi Suzumiya promotion announced

Bandai Entertainment, Crunchyroll, and Yen Press are getting together to premiere The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya movie on May 21st at the Viz Cinema at NEW PEOPLE, in San Francisco. Cristina Vee, who you know as “...

Dale North



Yotsuba & Magazines photo
Yotsuba & Magazines
by Ben Huber
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Yen Plus moving out of print, into online market photo
Yen Plus moving out of print, into online market
by Brad Rice

After two years in the print market, Yen Press monthly manga anthology, Yen Plus, is going out of print. The magazine will continue to survive online, according to the latest update by the company. Honestly, I'm not terribly surprised by this, as maintaining a large magazine like that must be difficult, especially when it's primarily a marketing tool for the company.

There's no exact word on what their online format will be, but I can only presume that it'll look something like Viz's SigIKKI platform or even along the line of any of the scanlation sites out there. Whatever the method, it's the best direction for Yen Press. It lowers their overhead, and gives them an online option to counter scanlators.

This also opens up options for adding in more of Yen Press' content, such as light novels or any of their other comics properties. It'll be interesting to see just how they move into the digital marketplace, but it should be an exciting prospect. Maybe they'd even start offering their wares on Kindle, iPad and other places?

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