Yen Press Announces New KONOSUBA Spinoff Light Novels and More

Two new light novels and five new manga series are on the way


Yen Press came through with a big pile of announcements this week, including a new KONOSUBA light novel. Next up in English from author Natsume Akasuki and illustrator Kasumi Morino is KONOSUBA: An Explosion on this Wonderful World! Bonus Story: We are the Megumin Bandits, due out in print and digitally this August. 


Before we get into the full list of seven new titles—two light novels and five manga, all due out in August unless otherwise noted—here's the official description for this KONOSUBA bonus series:


The right magic words can stir a person’s soul. For Megumin, those words are “vigilante justice.” Join everyone’s favorite one-trick wizard, as well as Iris the Headstrong, Cecily the Problematic, and Yunyun…as they get a taste of the righteous bandit lifestyle! Evil aristocrats beware!


“For the sake of justice, there’s no line I won’t cross! No criminal act I won’t commit!”



The other novel announcement is the adaptation of Makoto Shinkai's 2013 anime film The Garden of Words. 




From director Makoto Shinkai comes the novel adaptation of his award-winning 2013 film Garden of Words, a moody drama about two lonely souls who meet in the garden of Shinjuku during rainy season and help each other “learn to walk again” in life.


Kicking off the manga announcements is author Taro Hitsuji and illustrator Yuzuriha's Last Round Arthurs, the first volume of which is now available. 




In all honesty, Rintarou's life is boring as hell. If you ask him, he was born into this world with too much talent. Everything goes too according to plan. His way of having fun? Joining forces with the weakest candidate, Luna Artur, in the upcoming battle to become King Arthur's successor—and save the world from impending doom.


The only problem? She's the scummiest of scum, pawning off her sacred sword and forcing her knight, Sir Kay, into some seriously skeevy cosplays! Or so he thinks—until a close encounter with death, when her true power astonishes all. Make way for an unexpected take on the age-old legends of King Arthur!


Then we have Sakurai Ato's Majo Raba Majo Reba.




Haruka Kuse sees Maruna Rinjou as his savior—he owes his life to her blood transfusion, after all. But what he never knew is that she’s actually a witch! Haruka wants to repay the favor somehow, and the answer is…crossdressing to help Maruna pass her magic exams?! 


Yoshino Satsuki's Yoshi no Zuikara: The Frog in the Well Does Not Know the Ocean.




A new story about one man’s creative struggles arrives courtesy of Satsuki Yoshino, author of Barakamon! Can a ten-year manga artist with experience only in the fantasy genre pivot to drawing a down-to-Earth story about regular folks? It’s sink-or-swim for Naruhiko Toono and his career!


Natsume Ono's ACCA: 13-Territory Inspection Department P.S.. 




Dive back into Natsume Ono’s world of clandestine intrigue and delectable eats! This spin-off puts the spotlight on the supporting characters seen throughout the original series—including the five chief officers of ACCA, Nino, and Mauve! Discover closely guarded secrets, hidden thoughts, and true feelings in the Dowa Kingdom.


And, last but not least, an omnibus edition of Magica Quartet and illustrator Hanokage's Puella Magi Madoka Magica. 




When a new girl joins her class, Madoka Kaname feels she recognizes the mysterious, dark-haired transfer student from one of her dreams...a dream where she is approached by a cat-like creature who offers Madoka an opportunity to change destiny. Madoka had always thought magic was the stuff of fantasy...until she sees the transfer student fighting with the very cat-being from her dream! And just like in Madoka's dream, the cat gives her a choice: Will Madoka become a Puella Magi in exchange for her dearest desire? What will be the cost of having her wish come true?




Joseph Luster is the Games and Web editor at Otaku USA Magazine. You can read his webcomic, BIG DUMB FIGHTING IDIOTS at subhumanzoids. Follow him on Twitter @Moldilox. 

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