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Yen Press announce new licenses at Sakura-Con 2017

Yen Press announce new licenses at Sakura-Con 2017
Andy Hanley
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While there was a smattering of news filtering out of Seattle's Sakura-Con over the weeknd, by far the busiest industry bees at the event were Yen Press, who had a whole smorgasbord of licenses to unveil at their panel. There's a lot to reel off here, so you might want to grab yourself a coffee.

Got one? Then let's dig into what they were offering up to the masses:

The Saga of Tanya the Evil - At the very edge of the front lines stands a young girl. She has golden hair, blue eyes, and pale, almost translucent skin. Her name is Tanya Degruechaff, and she will join the ranks of the Imperial Army's Military Mages to become one of the most feared figures in this new world…

Hot on the heels of the success of its anime adaptation, both the original light novel and manga adaptations of the series have been acquired for an English release.

Alongside this, the publisher's Yen On imprint continues to pick up new light novels, with the following announced at the panel:

Regarding Reincarnation as Slime - Living alone and never having had a girlfriend, 37-year-old Satoru Mikami is dissatisfied with how his life has turned out. But after dying at the hands of a robber, he awakens to a fresh start in a new world…as a slime monster.

So I'm a Spider, So What? - I used to be a normal high school girl but in the blink of an eye, I woke up in a place I'd never seen before and—and I was reborn as a spider?!

Other manga releases added to the company's releases plans are as follows:

Sword Art Online Alternative: Gun Gale Online - A spin-off to the massively popular story by Reki Kawahara, a new player steps onto the battlefields of the MMORPG Gun Gale Online! Pint-sized and dressed in pink, she's ready to blast her way to the very top!

Sword Art Online CaliburWhen the existence of Excalibur in ALO – and the fact that it hasn't been acquired yet! – is made known, it's only a matter of time before Kirito and friends embark on a quest to obtain the fabled blade!

Acca 13When political conspiracies abound, preserving the peace is no piece of cake. It's up to one deceptively aloof hero to sniff out corruption in this atmospheric thriller by Natsume Ono (House of Five Leaves, Ristorante Paradiso)!

One Week FriendsA boy notices his classmate is always alone. He starts hanging out with her only to discover that at the end of every week, she loses her memory. He resolves to befriend her each week.

A Polar Bear in LoveA polar bear falls in love with a seal, but the seal thinks the polar bear is trying to eat it!

The Monster Tamer GirlsTwo girls start attending a new school and find themselves responsible for the care and feeding of monsters!

Terrified Teacher at Ghoul SchoolHaruaki Abe is the kind of guy wouldn't say boo to a goose. But when he starts his teaching career at a high school full of creatures that go bump in the night, he soon discovers that his students have no such qualms, and they'll have him screaming “Eeeek!”

Though You May Burn to AshTo save his dying sister, Ryouma Shinomiya is willing to do anything. When an angel offers him a chance to change her fate, he accepts—only to find himself trapped in a twisted game of greed where the stakes are life and death!

Val x Love - High schooler Akutsu Takuma has learned to accept his lonely lot in life and is content surrounded by his studies, but when the god Odin taps him to save the world alongside nine Valkyries fueled by intimacy, Takuma can say good-bye to his solitary existence!

Graineliers - Rihito Takarai (Ten Count) pens anything but a garden-variety fantasy! In a world where the seeds of plants are imbued with power, the wheels of fate begin to turn for Luca, an illegal seed cultivator, when the government-sanctioned Graineliers come to take away his father, who in turn hands Luca a rare and powerful seed…!

Laid-Back Camp ΔTwo girls, one bike, one camp, one mountain. A heart-soothing story about camping that feels like you're on the slopes before you're even out the door!

Angel SlaughterMost girls waking up without any memory and meeting a serial killer would panic, but not Ray. In fact, far from being her biggest problem, killer Zack might just prove a convenient resource when it comes to finding a way out of the building in which they're both trapped!

Finally, alongside all of this, Yen Press also announced their plans to release Sword Art Online Artworks, a full-colour art book from illustrator for the light novel series abec.

There's certainly plenty to get your teeth into there, but which of these titles are you looking forward to? Let us know in the comments!

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