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I Want to Bite You

2 November, 2009 (11:13) | Light Novel, News | By: admin

ANN reports that:

DMP announced the license for the I Want to Bite You (Kamitsukitai) BL novel by Isaya Takamori with illustrations by Chigusa Kawai with a release in mid-2010 under their Doki Doki label.

The Disappearance of Suzumiya Haruhi Film

8 October, 2009 (16:21) | anime, News | By: admin

ANN reports that The Disappearance of Suzumiya Haruhi film will open in theaters in Spring 2010. It will be based on the fourth book in the light novel series by Nagaru Tanigawa.

The Suzumiya Haruhi light novel series is being released in English through Little, Brown and Company, and the manga series is being released through Yen Press (both divisions of Hachette Book Group). The first anime series is available from Bandai Entertainment.

Loups-Garous Anime Film

7 October, 2009 (19:03) | anime, Light Novel, News, release dates | By: admin

Either Haikasoru’s licensing of Loups-Garous was highly felicitous or they had an inside line on the news that Loups-Garous is being adapted into an anime film to be released in 2010. Bandai Visual, Kitty, Kinoshita Koumuten, Dentsu, and Mixi are co-producing the film which will be animated by Project I.G. and Transarts.

Check the ANN article for more info. Click here for the official website.

The translated novel will be available in stores under the Haikasoru label in January 2010. Author Natsuhiko Kyogoku had two previous works, Mouryou no Hako and Requiem from the Darkness turned into anime series last year and in 2003 respectively. His first novel, The Summer of the Ubume, the first book in the Kyougokudou series (which also includes Mouryou no Hako) is available in English from Vertical.

More Crunchyroll Announcements

2 October, 2009 (13:08) | anime, News | By: admin

Crunchyroll will be streaming Nogizaka Haruka no Himitsu 2 ~Purezza~, the second season of Nogizaka Haruka no Himitsu, based on the light novel series by Yuusaku Igarashi.

Here’s the Crunchyroll blurb:

Picking up where we left off from the first season, we’ll be able to follow Yūto and Haruka through more adventures together! This fan-favorite will launch every Monday at 1 pm PST.

For those who have never seen this show or know what its about, here’s the breakdown:
Yūto Ayase attends Hakujō Academy, a private high school in Japan. His classmate, Haruka Nogizaka, is not only very attractive, but is intelligent and rich, garnering her the title as the school’s idol. However, one day when Yūto’s friend asks him to return a book to the library, he unexpectedly stumbles across Haruka and her deepest, darkest secret—she is an otaku!!

Promising to keep her secret hidden, Yūto and Haruka become close friends, helping Haruka with her secret hobby and developing their relationship together. Season two of NOGIZAKA HARUKA NO HIMITSU 2 ~PUREZZA~ picks up where we left off in the first season, making for a romantic-comedy adventure that everyone is sure to enjoy!

* Due to licensing restrictions, NOGIZAKA HARUKA NO HIMITSU 2 ~PUREZZA~ will be available in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia, and New Zealand.

No word yet on whether they also have the license for the first season.

I also somehow forgot to mention that Crunchyroll has seasons 1 & 2 of Asura Cryin’ last time (I know, I’m missing a lot). There are just so many light novel adaptations these days! Anyway, it’s based on the light novel series by Gakuto Mikumo.

Here’s the schedule:

Asura Cryin’ Season 1 – All episodes will be available to Premium Members on Wednesday, 9/30 at 7pm PST. Non-members will have access to episodes 1-7 on Wednesday, 9/30 at 7pm PST while episodes 8-13 will be available on Wednesday, 10/7 at 7pm PST.

Asura Cryin’ Season 2 – simulcasts Wednesdays, 7pm PST (starting 9/30 tomorrow!)

Here’s a brief synopsis:

Protagonist Tomoharu Natsume is a high school student living by himself. At first glance, he seems to be a normal high school student. However, unlike others, he has a ghost friend Misao Minakami that only he can see. On the day he moved, he was entrusted with a silver trunk by a mysterious woman. That night, he was attacked by a shrine maiden. Tomoharu was about to face the hidden truth of the world.

Enjoy the show!

*This is available in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, and Ireland. Sorry to those who live elsewhere.

New Crunchyroll Simulcast “Tatakau Shisho: The Book of Bantorra”

1 October, 2009 (14:13) | Uncategorized | By: admin

Crunchyroll has announced that Friday at 7:30 a.m. it will begin simulcasting the Tatakau Shisho: The Book of Bantorra anime based on the light novel series by Ishio Yamagata.

In a world where the dead are transformed into books…

When a person dies, the body is divested of the soul, and when the soul departs from its body, it is crystallized into a book. Written in that book are all the memories of that soul’s life. For anyone who touches that book, the dead person’s past can be relived….

It is in the Library of Bantorra, created by Bantorra, the God of the Past, that all excavated books are stored. It is run by an elite organization known as the Armed Librarians. Under the direction of Acting Chief Librarian Hamutz Meseta, all Armed Librarians possess an extraordinary combination of encyclopedic knowledge and fighting skill. For this reason, it is said, the Armed Librarians are the most difficult profession to enter in the world.

It joins other Crunchyroll-hosted streaming anime adaptations of light novels, Yokuwakaru Gendai Maho by Hiroshi Sakurazaka (All You Need is Kill, Slum Online) and children’s novels Kemono no Sou-ja Erin by Nahoko Uehashi (Moribito: Guardian of the Spirit).

New Haikasoru Title: The Stories of Ibis

30 September, 2009 (12:10) | Light Novel, News, release dates | By: admin

Reader kelakagandy has alerted us to the fact that Haikasoru will also be releasing The Stories of Ibis by Hiroshi Yamamoto in March 2010. This title also sounds really interesting. Here’s the description from the Simon & Schuster site:

In a world where humans a minority and androids have created their own civilization, a wandering storyteller meets the beautiful android Ibis. She tells him seven stories of human/android interaction in order to reveal the secret behind humanity’s fall. The story takes place centuries in the future, where the diminished populations of humans live uncultured lives in their own colonies. They resent the androids, who have built themselves a stable and cultural society. In this brutal time, our main character travels from colony to colony as a “storyteller,” one that speaks of the stories of the past. One day, he is abducted by Ibis, an android in the form of a young girl, and told of the stories created by humans in the ancient past.

The stories that Ibis speaks of are the 7 novels about the events surrounding the announcements of the development of artificial intelligence (AI) in the 20th to 21st centuries. At a glance, these stories do not appear to have any sort of connection, but what is the true meaning behind them? What are Ibis’ real intentions?

Haikasoru Makes Announcements, Spicy Wolf Meets Controversy

28 September, 2009 (19:02) | Uncategorized | By: admin

There’s a bit of new licensing news from the New York Anime Festival. ANN reports that Haikasoru confirms that it will be releasing Loups-Garous by Natsuhiko Kyogoku (Requiem from the Darkness) in January 2010 and Slum Online by Hiroshi Sakurazaka (All You Need is Kill and Yokuwakaru Gendai Maho) in March 2010 which were previously mentioned here. I think this is the first mention that they will also be releasing The Next Continent by Issui Ogawa (The Lord of the Sands of Time) in May 2010.

Speaking of Yokuwakaru Gendai Maho, the anime adaptation of the light novels was simulcast on Crunchyroll and can still be legally viewed there for those interested. (BTW, Light Reading has no affiliation with Crunchyroll.)

Viz has also announced their license of Library Wars: Love & War by Kiiro Yumi, the shoujo manga version of the Library Wars (Toshokan Sensou) novels by Hiro Arikawa for release in June 2010. Library Wars also has a shounen manga adaptation. It was adapted into an anime in 2008.

In other news, Yen Press has stirred up a lot of controversy in the fan community with their new cover of the first Spice and Wolf paperback novel. The original cover art will be available as a limited edition slip jacket available in the December issue of Yen Plus magazine which is good news for subscribers and a bit pricey for non-subscribers. However, Yen Press’s Publishing Director, Kurt Hassler, has stated that they are currently investigating other ways to make the cover available to non-subscribers.

Check out the two covers here and make your feelings known. A lot of people have stated that they understand the need for a new cover, but are dissatisfied with this cover image in particular. Yen Press’s reasoning for the change is sound. Light novels are not achieving adequate sales with the current small percentage of anime and manga fans who buy them so publishers must look to the regular reading population to take up the slack. In that end, they have to make their books appealing to those who would not generally pick up a novel sporting a manga illustration on the cover. It’s all about marketing. Currently, the hot trend for young adult covers are ones that sport a photograph, like the new Spice and Wolf cover. Now, whether they will be successful in this gamble and profit accordingly will, much like the deals the main characters make in the Spice and Wolf novels, ultimately be decided by market forces.

Slum Online, 12 Kingdoms 4, New Release Dates

21 September, 2009 (15:38) | Light Novel, News, release dates | By: admin

Haikasoru has updated their website with excerpts from their novels so if you haven’t checked it out yet, now’s a good time. Otsuichi’s horror story collection, Zoo, is out in stores as is Usurper of the Sun by Housuke Nogiri. Haikasoru will be releasing Slum Online by Hiroshi Sakurazaka (All You Need is Kill) on March 16, 2010. So if you enjoyed All You Need is Kill you probably also want to check this out. Also coming out next March is Twelve Kingdoms: Skies of Dawn, the fourth book in the series, from Tokyopop. For BL readers, Juné has a new novel, The Selfish Demon King, which will be released on December 16th.

Del Rey’s Soryuden 1 (6/22/10), Zaregoto 2 (6/22/10), and The Case of the Dragon Slayer (6/28/11) also have new release dates. The release date of Miyuki Miyabe’s The Book of Heroes has been pushed back to 1/19/10.

Twelve Kingdoms Still Coming Out

15 September, 2009 (15:28) | Light Novel, News | By: admin

Many apologies for this very, very, very late update (lots of distracting real life nonsense going on). But as two readers in our last post already pointed out (Thank you Anna and kelakagandy!!!), Tokyopop will continue releasing the Twelve Kingdoms novels in English.

Twitter announcement

ICv2 article

So let’s look at that as a silver lining.

No More English Twelve Kingdoms?

2 September, 2009 (12:34) | Cancellations, Light Novel, News | By: admin

As you probably already know, Kodansha has dropped all of its licenses with Tokyopop, which means that unless picked up by other publishers, any ongoing series will not continue to be published. While this is rather distressing as someone who has been buying several of those series, what does that mean for the English-language light novel world. Not much. Oh, well, there’s one big thing . . .

Twelve Kingdoms is a Kodansha title.

If you’re a fan of good fantasy and were buying or thinking of buying the series, now’s the time to pick up the first three volumes because whether we’ll see the rest of the titles out in English is anyone’s guess right now. Since all three volumes out so far are standalone, the lack of the rest of the volumes should only mar your enjoyment in that you will be unable to read the further adventures. The fact that the series did seem to sell decently well for Tokyopop is a point in its favor, so it’s possible that Kodansha could continue releasing it themselves or through Del Rey (which, after all, is a major book publisher). However, everything at this point is just speculation.