Light Novel Series Debuting in April 2020

Hey there light novel fans! Time for our monthly look at the series making their debut in English. This month there are five titles coming out, and they’re from a mix of companies. J-Novel Club still holds the most, with three, but Seven Seas and Yen On each have titles premiering this month. And they’re titles with some substantial hype!

The Tales of Marielle Clarac

As a plain, unassuming noble's daughter, Marielle doesn't stand out in high society. Imagine her surprise when she receives a marriage proposal from the sought-after Simeon, second-in-command of the Royal Order of Knights! Simeon, the heir to an earldom, is highly accomplished in scholarly and military arts--and he's gorgeous. So why did he propose to such an unremarkable noblewoman? Despite being a target of envy and scorn, Marielle is happy. After all, Simeon seems to be exactly her type: a dashingly handsome man with glasses who appears gentle on the outside, but who has a dark and scheming side! Welcome to Marielle's world, where people aren't always what they seem--and a prim, proper exterior can hide the heart of a sly and devious fangirl!

Volume 1 (ebook)
Amazon -- iBook -- Kobo -- Google Play -- Bookwalker
Released April 6, 2020 -- ASIN: B0849ZC2PJ

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Isekai

Traveling to another world, either by accident, magic summoning, death, cruel twist of fate, on a research assignment, or just on vacation, means dealing with a whole lot of change all at once. In this compilation, the authors of the SAKKA KEIHAN writing circle explore the ins and outs of what to expect when you've been transported to another plane of existence.

Six different short stories cover the authors' ruminations on how to get by in these other worlds, whether you're headed over voluntarily or finding yourself just trying to survive.

You'll probably want to bring a towel; things are going to get slimy. Don't think it'll save you from a fireball, however.

Amazon -- iBook -- Kobo -- Google Play -- Nook -- Bookwalker
Releasing April 14, 2020 -- ASIN: B084RQ722G

Adachi and Shimamura

The yuri light novels about a sweet romance between high school girls–soon to be an anime series!

Adachi is skipping class when she first meets fellow truant Shimamura in the gym loft, and just like that, a friendship is born. Except now Adachi’s having dreams about kissing her, and she doesn’t know what that means, but she’s pretty sure it’s not something you do with a friend. What are these strange feelings she has when she thinks of Shimamura? And is it possible Shimamura feels the same way?

Volume 1 (ebook)
Amazon -- iBooks -- Kobo -- Google Play -- Bookwalker
eBook Releasing April 16, 2020 -- ASIN: B084JQVG5J

Volume 1 (paperback)
Amazon -- Barnes and Noble -- Book Depository -- Rightstuf
Releasing June 02, 2020 -- ISBN-13: 978-1645055358

The Extraordinary, the Ordinary, and SOAP!

Lucia Arca was an ordinary, unremarkable laundrymaid in the royal palace. Even her unique magical power, Soap, was boring: it simply created soap bubbles that removed stains. But when she learned one day that Soap could also calm and stop rampaging monsters, the king decreed that Lucia must join the Sacred Maiden and her companions on their quest to cleanse the land and save the world.

On a mission to save the world alongside the Sacred Maiden, the famed Dragonslayer, a prodigy magician, and other great heroes, what is an ordinary laundrymaid like Lucia to do?

But she learns that even extraordinary heroes are ordinary people, in their own way. A heart-warming romantic comedy featuring an ordinary but earnest heroine!

Volume 1 (eBook)
Amazon -- Apple Books -- Google Play -- Kobo -- Nook -- Bookwalker
Released April 27, 2020 -- ASIN: B0859842DM

Rascal Does Not Dream of Bunny Girl Senpai

Bunny girls do not live in libraries. This is simply common sense. And yet, that’s exactly where Sakuta runs into one. Wanting to find out more about the mystery surrounding this bunny girl and maybe get a little closer to her in the process, Sakuta launches an investigation to figure out what’s causing her to be invisible to everyone around them.

Volume 1 (paperback, ebook)
Amazon -- Barnes and Noble -- Book Depository -- Rightstuf
Releasing April 21, 2020 -- ISBN-13: 978-1975399351

So which of these series are you intending to pick up, and why have they interested you?

As always, remember if you want to see all the light novels releasing during the month of April, check out our PreOrders page

See you next month with more new releases!


Justus R. Stone has been running a light novel dedicated YouTube channel since 2014. He’s also the founder of the Light Novel Podcast, one of the first English language podcasts dedicated to Light Novels. In addition to his love of Japanese light novels, he is also the author of his own light novel-inspired series, The Bleeding Worlds.

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