Durarara!! Novels, Black Bullet Manga and More Licensed by Yen Press


Earlier today, Yen Press, a manga and graphic novel publishing company, announced on its official Twitter account that they have acquired the licenses to publish 5 manga and 3 light novels in English. The publisher will release the manga for RustblasterMahou Shoujo Homura★Tamura and  Gekijouban Mahou Shoujo Madoka★Magica: Shinpen – Hangyaku no Monogatari. While they will be publishing the manga and light novel version for Black Bullet and Strike the Blood. The light novel version for Durarara!! has also been licensed.

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Yana Toboso (KuroshitsujiKakumeiki Valvrave Anthology Comic) published the manga as a debut work, Rustblaster, on October 18, 2005 to March 18, 2006 under Square Enix’s Monthly GFantasy magazine. It has one compiled manga volume with six chapters that was released on May 27, 2006. The manga has also a Drama CD adaptation.

Yen Press announced that the manga will be available in English on August 2015.

Synopsis of Rustblaster manga from Yen Press:

Millennium Academy is–a school where elite vampires are trained to maintain balance in a world where humans and vampires, who possess far greater physical strength than their human counterparts, coexist. And commuting to this school is Aldred, the most distinctly un-vampire-like vampire to be found in the entire institution. But when Al encounters Kei, a human transfer student to the school, their destinies become intertwined, and the fate of their world as they know it comes to lie in their hands!

Mahou Shoujo Homura★Tamura is one of the twelve parts of the Manga Time Kirara★Majica manga anthology, a spin-off series for Gen Urobuchi (Fate/ZeroSuisei no Gargantia) and Hanokage’s Mahou Shoujo Madoka★Magica series. afro (Aldnoah.Zero Anthology Comic) written and illustrated the spin-off manga story. It has one compiled manga volume and was shipped on October 26, 2013.   Mahou Shoujo Homura★Tamura Manga Volume 1_Haruhichan.com_

The English publisher announced that they will publish the manga on August 2015.

Synopsis of Mahou Shoujo Homura★Tamura from Yen Press:

The life of a magical girl isn’t all fighting witches and collecting grief seeds. When they aren’t kicking butt, Homura Akemi and her friends face the same trials as normal high school girls! In this four-panel comedy, glimpse a sillier side of the girls from the bestselling Puella Magi Madoka Magica series!

Another part of the Manga Time Kirara★Majica manga anthology, Gekijouban Mahou Shoujo Madoka★Magica: Shinpen – Hangyaku no Monogatari (Puella Magi Madoka Majica: Homura’s Revenge/Rebellion), was written by Gen Urobochi and illustrated by Hanokage. The manga was published on Nov 12, 2013 to Jan 10, 2014 with three compiled manga volumes.

The English version of the manga will be out on June 2015 as a 3-in-1 hardcover omnibus.

Synopsis of Puella Magi Madoka Majica: Homura’s Revenge from Yen Press:

If Madoka Kaname had known of the tragic transformation that would mark the end of her magical-girl journey, how would her story have unfolded? In this telling of her story, Madoka remembers the outcomes of her previous timelines–but so does Kyubey. Even with the knowledge of her previous lives, can Madoka outmaneuver Kyubey and avoid her fate?

Black Bullet is a sci-fi action light novel series written by Shiden Kanzaki (Koi no Cupid wa Handgun wo Buppanasu.) and illustrated by Saki Ukai (Next Life). The light novel began has seven compiled novel volumes as of April 10, 2014.

It has a five-volume manga adaptation illustrated by Hon Morino. It was published under Dengeki Maoh magazine on August 27, 2012 to June 27, 2014. The manga has four compiled volumes as of June 27, 2014.

The series received a 13-episode anime adaptation produced by Kinema Citrus (Barakamon, Yuyushiki) and Orange (Neppuu Kairiku Bushi RoadGinga Kikoutai Majestic Prince). It aired on April 8, 2014 to July 1, 2014.

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Black Bullet‘s English licensed novel will be released on August 2015 while the manga has no announced release date yet.

Synopsis of Black Bullet from Yen Press:

The future–where a terrible battle against a parasitic virus called “Gastrea” has been fought, and lost. Humanity is cornered, and lives in despair. Rentaro and Enju face constant danger in their work as a team anti-Gastrea specialists known as “Civil Security.” If the daily fight against oblivion weren’t enough, they’ll soon face a threat that could destroy all of Tokyo…

Mikuto Gakuto (Asura Cryin’Dantalian no Shoka) wrote and Manyako (Argent CarrèreNingyoutsukai) illustrated the action, ecchi, supernatural light novel, Strike the Blood, on May 10, 2011. It has 11 compiled light novel volumes and the latest volume was released on September 10, 2014.

The light novel had a manga adaptation illustrated by TATE. It was published in Dengeki Daioh magazine on June 27, 2012. It has five compiled manga volumes since September 27, 2014.

An anime adaptation was produced by Silver Link (Non Non Biyori, Watashi ga Motenai no wa Dou Kangaetemo Omaera ga Warui!) and Connect (Bonjour♪Koiaji PâtisserieImawa no Kuni no Alice). It has 24 episodes and it aired on October 4, 2013 to March 28, 2014.   Strike the Blood Anime Visual_Haruhichan.com_

The manga for Strike the Blood will be available in English on October 2015 while the light novel will be available on September 2015.

Synopsis of Strike the Blood from Yen Press:

High school student Kojo Akatsuki may not seem like anything special, but there is a rumor going around that he is the Fourth Progenitor—a powerful vampire thought only to exist in legend. But if that legend were true, it could have devastating consequences for the Itogamijima special zone for demons. Enter Yukina Hirameki who’s sworn duty is to watch over Koj…or kill him if necessary.

Ryohgo Narita (Baccano!Fate/strange Fake) wrote the light novel for Durarara!! while Suzuhito Yasuda (Yozakura QuartetKamisama Kazoku) served as the illustrator. The novels were published on April 10, 2004 to January 10, 2014 with 13 compiled light novel volumes.

There are 8 manga adaptations for the series. The main manga adaptation was published in Square Enix’s Monthly GFantasy magazine on June 18, 2009 to April 18, 2011. It has 4 compiled manga volumes and Yen Press published them all in English.

Durarara!! received an anime adaptation produced by Brains Base (Natsume YuujinchouKuragehime) and aired on January 8, 2010 to June 25, 2010 with 24 episodes. A three split-cour sequel was announced to be released. The first cour was titled as Durarara!!x2 Shou and will start airing today, January 10, 2015. The second part was titled as Durarara!!x2 Ten and will air on July 2015. The third part was titled as Durarara!!x2 Ketsu and will air on January 2016.

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Yen Press will release the novel version of the series on July 2015.

Synopsis of Durarara!! from Yen Press:

The Ikebukuro district in Tokyo is full of interesting people. A boy longing for the extraordinary. A hotheaded punk. An airheaded pseudo stalker. An information broker who works for kicks. An underground doctor who specializes in truly desperate patients. A high school student infatuated with a monster. And a headless rider on a pitch-black motorcycle. Their story may not be a heartwarming one, but as it turns out, even weirdos like these sometimes fall in love.

Source – Yen Press’ Official Website, Official Twitter Account