Top 5 Newly Acquired Manga & Light Novels from Yen Press

Whether you were lucky enough to attend SakuraCon this year or not, anime and manga fans were treated to numerous announcements about newly-acquired titles and upcoming seasons of our favorite anime.

If you happened to miss all the crucial Yen Press announcements in a sea of tweets and TikTok videos, fear not, because we’ve scoured all those Twitter threads to highlight the top new Yen Press acquisitions from SakuraCon.

Join us today on Honey’s Anime, as we talk about the Top 5 Newly Acquired Manga & Light Novels from Yen Press!

5. Bocchi the Rock!

After rocketing to the top of almost everyone’s anime lists in the Fall 2022 season (thanks to the fantastic adaptation by CloverWorks), Yen Press has announced that they’ve acquired the license to translate Bocchi the Rock!’s manga for English audiences.

The manga takes the form of a yonkoma (four-panel) manga and follows the eponymous Bocchi (real name, Gotou Hitori), a highly relatable high school guitarist with crippling anxiety. Desperate to fulfill her dreams of playing in a band, she’ll need to step outside her comfort zone, make new friends, and rock out!

4. Honey Trap Shared House

  • Authors: Kuji Masamune (Story), Kouzuki Kouichi (Art)
  • Genres: Action, Adult, Comedy, Ecchi, Harem, Romance, Shounen
  • Published: Yen Press

From the artist behind Masou Gakuen HxH (Hybrid x Heart) comes a hilariously smutty adult comedy about spies, cohabitation, and crafting the perfect ‘Honey Trap’!

Hayato prides himself on being one of the world’s toughest spies, never falling for beautiful women or enemy agents. But when the fate of two warring nations is at stake, he enters into the “Honey Trap Shared House”, where he re-discovers his first love, Serafi.

In Honey Trap Shared House, the first person to fall in love loses—and the fates of two nations are at stake as each spy uses their most cunning tricks to seduce their rival!

3. See You in My 19th Life

  • Authors: Lee Hye
  • Genres: Comedy, Drama, Josei, Mystery, Romance, Slice of Life
  • Published: Ize Press

Manhwa fans rejoice, because Ize Press has returned with four announcements, one of which we’re covering today! See You in My 19th Life reached staggering success in Korea and has a Netflix K-Drama already in the works for Spring 2023!

See You in My 19th Life follows Jieum, a woman who has reincarnated through eighteen different lives, remembering all her past knowledge and bonds. When her last life is tragically cut short by an accident, she sets about to rekindle her last romance—but this time around, the knowledge and actions from her previous life might be the biggest challenge she’s ever faced!

2. The Red Thread

  • Authors: Lazysheep (Story), Haruyama Hibiko (Art)
  • Genres: Drama, Romance, School Life, Tragedy, Yaoi
  • Published: Yen Press

For all our readers that feel the need to torture their emotions, we have The Red Thread, a new Boy’s Love (BL) acquisition based on the Thai novel of the same name, and the live-action drama adaptation “Until We Meet Again.”

Dean and Pharm have never met each other, but are inexplicably drawn together, feeling a turmoil of positive and negative emotions that they can’t quite describe. Is it possible that they’ve been linked together by the mystical red thread of fate, joining their souls across different lives?
And will this be a romantic dream come true or just a tragic nightmare in the making?

1. Guild no Uketsukejou desu ga, Zangyou wa Iya nanode Boss wo Solo Toubatsu Shiyou to Omoimasu (I May Be a Guild Receptionist, But I’ll Solo Any Boss to Clock Out on Time)

  • Authors: Kousaka Mato
  • Genres: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy
  • Published: Yen Press

After receiving huge attention in Japan, and even taking home the Gold Prize in the 27th Dengeki Novel Prize of 2020, debut novelist Kousaka Mato’s quirky take on fantasy worlds will finally see an English release with Yen Press adapting the light novels of Guild no Uketsukejou desu ga, Zangyou wa Iya nanode Boss wo Solo Toubatsu Shiyou to Omoimasu (I May Be a Guild Receptionist, But I’ll Solo Any Boss to Clock Out on Time).

Better known by the shorthand Guild Receptionist, this novel series stars Alina—a receptionist for the usual Adventurer’s Guild we see in practically every fantasy series. But have you ever stopped to think about how awful and time-consuming that job must be? And what about the overtime?!

Desperate to avoid drowning in paperwork, Alina sneaks out on her own quests to solo boss monsters and get home on time—she’ll just have to face terrifying monsters and somehow keep her escapades a secret, of course!

Final Thoughts

Sadly we don’t have time to go through all thirty-plus acquisitions from Yen Press, which included four new manhwa, and a bunch of different manga and novels, including the announcement of the extremely long-awaited Gimai Seikatsu (Days with My Stepsister), from the author of Tomodachi no Imouto ga Ore ni Dake Uzai (My Friend’s Little Sister Has It In For Me!).

Of course, we’re sure to be reviewing many of these titles as they release throughout this year and into 2024, so keep an eye out for our thoughts about the latest manga and light novels releasing! As always, thanks for reading!

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Author: Brett Michael Orr

I'm a writer, gamer, and reviewer of manga & light novels, from Melbourne, Australia. When I'm not creating a new world, I'll be absorbed in a good JRPG, watching some anime, or reading up a storm!

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