Having entered a new realm within the digital marketplace with their announcement in April that they'd be releasing light novel The Combat Baker and His Automaton Waitress digitally, global digital manga and light novel service BookWalker have now announced another new title which they'll be publishing on their platform themselves.
The light novel series unveiled by the service is The Ryuo's Work is Never Done! (currently a working title for the English translation of the series), a shogi-based series which currently runs to six books in Japan and currently has an anime adaptation project green-lit.
Here's how BookWalker themselves describe the series:
"The Ryuo’s Work is Never Done!" (working title) is about a teenage boy named Yaichi Kuzuryuu who happens to be the strongest shogi player in history, holding the top title of “Ryuo”(Dragon King). One fateful day, shogi-loving elementary student, Ai Hinatsuru, appears before him claiming that he promised to be her master. But was such a promise really ever made? Thus began their master and disciple relationship!
Who can match their level of intensity and passion for shogi?
The first volume of the series is currently set for an English release on the BookWalker platform in autumn 2017.
There's no confirmation on the exact terms of BookWalker's access to the series, but if it follows the same model as The Combat Baker and His Automaton Waitress, then the series will be released on the service with an exclusivity window in place, with BookWalker are funding the English translation of this title while the original publisher (SB Creative on this occasion) retains the rights to that English localisation for them to do as they wish with.
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In the meantime, you can read the news on the BookWalker web site.