J-Novel Club New Light Novels, Manga, and an Audiobook at Anime Expo

Seven light novel series, seven manga series, and one audiobook adaptation are joining the J-Novel Club library!

(Los Angeles, California – July 1, 2023) – J-Novel Club is excited to announce the acquisition of multiple new series following their latest industry panel held at Anime Expo 2023 on July 1, 2023. Seven new light novels and seven new manga will be joining the J-Novel Club catalog with almost all series receiving a digital launch on J-Novel Club’s website and app a few hours after the announcement panel has concluded. In addition, J-Novel Club announced that they will be producing one new audiobook series!

Announced New Light Novel Series:

Knight’s & Magic

By Hisago Amazake-no with Illustrations by Kurogin
ナイツ&マジック

Kurata Tsubasa is not your average citizen. Sure, he’s a genius programmer and software engineer, but as far as he’s concerned, his most important trait is that he’s a hardcore mecha nerd. So, what happens when you take that nerd and reincarnate him into a fantastic world of swords and sorcery? Well, you’d think he’d be disappointed…but this world has magical giant robots!

Obviously, Tsubasa—reborn as Ernesti Echevalier—now wants to devote his life entirely to these wondrous pieces of technology. But how exactly can young Ernie achieve his ultimate goal of getting his very own mech? He’ll have to rely on his imagination, uninhibited by the common sense of this new world, as well as his extreme dedication and focus! He also might just find help in the form of a rather interesting quirk…

Launching today with Parts 1 and 2 of Volume 1!

Back to the Battlefield: The Veteran Heroes Return to the Fray!

By Kiraku Kishima with Illustrations by peroshi
アラフォーになった最強の英雄たち、再び戦場で無双する!!

The century-long war with demons was finally brought to a close by seven young heroes who slew the demon lord, routed the demon army, and ultimately led humanity to victory. The heroes then went their separate ways, and the land has been at peace for twenty-five long years…until now.

Alan Granger, a former hero, enjoys a quiet life as a commander in the Royal Knights until the day he receives a report that shakes him to his core: the demon army has returned! He immediately knows what he must do—gather his old compatriots and face the demon army once again. But Alan and his friends are now all in their forties, while the demons are more powerful than ever. Do these veteran heroes have what it takes to leap back onto the battlefield and save the world a second time?

Launching today with Parts 1 and 2 of Volume 1!

Fiancée No More: The Forsaken Lady, the Prince, and Their Make-Believe Love

By Mari Morikawa with Illustrations by Bodax
婚約破棄のその先に~捨てられ令嬢、王子様に溺愛(演技)される~

Estelle Flozeth is the sister of a countryside earl, and her newfound ability to see others’ emotions through their mana has brought her nothing but trouble!

Her life drastically changes one day when her childhood friend and fiancé is swept away from her by the daughter of a capitalist. Heartbroken, Estelle attends a ball and winds up meeting Prince Arcrayne, a wicked man who soon finds out about her special power and decides he must have her for himself! To that end, he proposes to her and begins acting like a veritable Prince Charming, pretending he fell in love with her at first sight—a charade that might fool everyone else, but not Estelle and her perceptive powers. Yet in spite of everything, she gradually finds herself drawn to the prince…

Will their make-believe love blossom into the real thing? Find out in this reluctant Cinderella story fraught with political intrigue!

A J-Novel Heart title launching July 10 with Parts 1 and 2 of Volume 1!

My Magical Career at Court: Living the Dream After My Nightmare Boss Fired Me
from the Mages’ Guild!

By Shusui Hazuki with Illustrations by necömi
ブラック魔道具師ギルドを追放された私、王宮魔術師として拾われる~ホワイトな宮廷で、幸せな新
生活を始めます! ~

Magic is everything to Noelle. She loves it so much that she puts up with her horrible job at the Mages’ Guild to practice it. The hours are long, the pay is rock-bottom, and the boss is a nightmare! But as long as she has magic, she can withstand the hardships. At least, until the day she hears these dreaded words: “You’re fired.”

Noelle’s hometown in the outskirts of the kingdom doesn’t offer many alternatives for a career in magic—especially now that she’s been blacklisted from guild work! Just when it seems like all hope is lost, Noelle’s old friend Luke shows up to give her an opportunity she never could have imagined: a job as a royal court magician.

Now Noelle is living the dream, rubbing shoulders with the kingdom’s greatest magicians and showing off her skills. She has a beautiful new workplace and a generous new boss, but how will she cope with intense entrance exams, her marriage-obsessed mother, and the rules of etiquette? What awaits Noelle in her magical new career?

A J-Novel Heart title launching today with Parts 1 and 2 of Volume 1!

I Want to Escape from Princess Lessons

By Izumi Sawano with Illustrations by Miru Yumesaki
妃教育から逃げたい私

Duchess Leticia Dorman has been betrothed to Crown Prince Clarke since age seven. She was once a
rambunctious and free-spirited child, but the strict education she’s receiving to make her a fit future princess has really put a cramp in her lifestyle. Her only hope is that the prince might someday take an interest in someone else—so when Clarke shows up to a royal ball with an unknown woman at his side, Lettie is overcome with delight, presuming her dream has come true and her engagement has been broken off!

She wastes no time retreating to an easygoing countryside life, but her newfound peace is cut short when the prince shows up and claims she’s still his fiancée! Clarke is determined to win Lettie over and marry her, while Lettie is determined to resist his charms and escape! Who will emerge victorious in this heart-pounding battle of wills?

A J-Novel Heart title launching today with Parts 1 and 2 of Volume 1!

The Retired Demon of the Maxed-Out Village

By Akinosuke Nishiyama with Illustrations by TAa
カンスト村のご隠居デーモンさん ~辺境の大鍛冶師~

After hearing there’s a demon lurking in a village near the border, Albrea, the kingdom’s strongest knight, sets out to slay the monster. When she arrives in town, however, she quickly discovers that all is not as it seems. It turns out the humble town of Montt has a lesser-known nickname—the Maxed-Out Village—and the mighty demon is a retired old man! Montt is also inhabited by a stew-loving demonic sword that likes to take the form of a young girl, a money-grubbing witch, and a drunken priest known as the Holy Fist… Just what are so many of the kingdom’s greatest defenders doing in such a remote town?

Through her encounter with the kindly old demon and the rest of the Maxed-Out Village, Albrea will learn what it truly means to be a knight!

Launching today with Parts 1 and 2 of Volume 1!

8th Loop for the Win! With Seven Lives’ Worth of XP and the Third Princess’s Appraisal Skill, My Behemoth and I Are Unstoppable!

By SkyFarm with Illustrations by teffish
ループ 8 周目は幸せな人生を~7 周分の経験値と第三王女の『鑑定』で 覚醒した俺は、相棒の
ベヒーモスとともに無双する~

Master swordsman, sage, dragon knight… Remille can’t believe his ears when the princess lists off his possible futures. Born to a lesser noble house, he’s never been anything but a low-level adventurer. In fact, he’s lived that same life seven times—always forming an adventuring party with his friends at age fifteen, and always giving his own life to save theirs three years later. But not this time. The eighth loop is going to be different.

After his most recent death reveals his friends’ treachery, Remille finally takes a different path that leads him to Princess Ciel, wielder of the powerful Eye of Appraisal that can judge anyone’s true potential. Will her wild claims about Remille’s future come to pass? With her guidance, can he really become a great sage or a rider of dragons? Is the adorable catlike familiar he’s tamed in past lives really a mighty behemoth, the strongest of the magical beasts? And will he really be able to escape the deadly destiny that’s claimed his life seven times already…?

Launching today with Parts 1 and 2 of Volume 1!

Announced New Manga Series:

An Archdemon’s (Friend’s) Dilemma: How to Love a Crybaby Knight (Manga)

By Momo Futaba with Original Work by Fuminori Teshima, Original Character Designs by Hako Itagaki
悪友の俺がポンコツ騎士を見てられないんだが、どう世話を焼きゃいい

Archdemon Zagan hires his unsavory friend, the sorcerer known as Purgatory Barbatos, to guard Archangel Chastille Lillqvist from the shadows. Barbatos takes to watching over the girl—which really means watching her constantly screw things up, trust people she shouldn’t, and inevitably bawl her eyes out. But something about Chastille and her waterworks may just have a special effect on the sourpuss
sorcerer…

The tale of this odd couple begins after the seventh volume of An Archdemon’s Dilemma: How to Love Your Elf Bride!

Launching today with Chapter 1 of Volume 1!

I’ll Never Set Foot in That House Again! (Manga)

By Jirou Yuuki with Original Work by Milli-gram and Original Character Designs by Yukikana
二度と家には帰りません!

Chelsea lives at the abusive hands of her mother and younger twin sister’s daily torment. But on her twelfth birthday, the Appraiser Glen visits her father’s barony and tells her she has a never-before-seen Skill—[Seed Creation]! Desiring to study this newfound special ability, Chelsea is whisked away to the Royal Research Institute. Her life then drastically improves, from being treated worse than dirt to being presented with her own living quarters and even personal maids! But her sister Margaret isn’t happy with this sudden change at all…

Based upon the light novel series of the same name!

Launching today with Chapter 1 of Volume 1!

The Conqueror from a Dying Kingdom (Manga)

By Muramasa Sabiku with Original Work by Fudeorca and Original Character Designs by toi8
亡びの国の征服者

After a life seemingly devoid of meaning, a man reincarnates in a new world as Yuri Ho. Immersed in novel experiences and embraced by parents who shower him with unprecedented affection, his will to live grows like never before. The future that lies before him is a peaceful existence on his father’s ranch, breeding and raising birds to be ridden by warriors fighting distant wars.

His new home, the Shiyalta Kingdom, has enjoyed peace and prosperity for centuries, shielded by friendly nations that, like Shiyalta itself, were established following the collapse of a once-great empire. It seems no threat can compromise this idyllic lifestyle.

However, when the effects of a neighboring kingdom’s war throw Yuri’s family into crisis, he finds himself unable to stand by and watch.

Based upon the light novel series of the same name!

Launching today with Chapter 1 of Volume 1!

Hell Mode: The Hardcore Gamer Dominates in Another World with Garbage Balancing (Manga)

By Tetta Enji with Original Work by Hamuo and Original Character Designs by Mo
ヘルモード ~やり込み好きのゲーマーは廃設定の異世界で無双する~

Kenichi Yamada, a single, 35-year-old businessman, has spent the majority of his adult life playing every MMORPG to hit the market. Tired of the constant cycle of repetitive, newbie-centric gameplay, he is immediately drawn in by the promise of a new game that, on top of being never-ending, offers up a “Hell
Mode”—a difficulty level that makes it nigh impossible to level up but also promises uncapped growth potential.

Upon selecting the newly released Summoner class, Kenichi finds himself reborn as Allen, an infant in a serf family, with nothing but his wits and old memories to guide him.

Allen works diligently to level himself up despite Hell Mode requiring vast amounts of experience between levels. In doing so, he hopes to uncover the secrets the Summoner class holds. All the while, he dedicates himself to freeing his new family from serfdom.

Based upon the light novel series of the same name!

Launching today with Chapter 1 of Volume 1!

My Daughter Left the Nest and Returned an S-Rank Adventurer (Manga)

By Kyu Urushibara with Original Work by MOJIKAKIYA and Original Character Designs by toi8
冒険者になりたいと都に出て行った娘がSランクになってた-黒髪の戦乙女-

Retired adventurer Belgrieve thought he was done with excitement…but his peaceful life is upended when he discovers a baby abandoned in the nearby woods. As her adoptive father, he teaches his new daughter Angeline everything he knows about the adventuring life—a past he had thought long forgotten after he lost his leg in battle.

Angeline idolizes her father and wants to follow in his footsteps, so she leaves home for the big city. As the years pass, she ascends the ranks, eventually becoming renowned as an S-Rank adventurer: the Black-Haired Valkyrie. But it turns out that being the best comes with its own struggles, and she can barely catch her breath between battling fiends. With everyone turning to her for rescue, can Ange get out ahead of each new disaster and finally reunite with her beloved dad?

Based upon the light novel series of the same name!

Launching today with Chapter 1 of Volume 1!

This Art Club Has a Problem! (Manga)

By Imigimuru
この美術部には問題がある

Hi, my name is Usami Mizuki. I’m a second year member of the art club at Tsukumori Junior High, and I need to vent: this club has a problem!


Why the heck isn’t anyone besides me taking this seriously?! The club president doesn’t do anything but sleep all the time, Cole-chan never even shows up, and Uchimaki-kun—oh, don’t get me started on him. All he does is draw and obsess over his “2D waifus.” What is this, the manga club?! Hmph, whatever. Not like I care. Sigh. He’s talented enough to win awards with a little effort—but uhm, don’t…don’t tell him I said that, though…

Agh! Just how am I supposed to keep this club going?! Help me!

Launching today with Chapter 1 of Volume 1

The Frontier Lord Begins with Zero Subjects: Tales of Blue Dias and the Beastkin Alna (Manga)

By Yumbo with Original Work by Fuurou and Original Character Designs by Kinta
領民0人スタートの辺境領主様 ~青のディアスと蒼角の乙女~

After decades of war, Dias returns home as a hero and is rewarded with his own domain. When he arrives at his new lands, however, they turn out to be little more than endless grassy plains without even a single subject.

Literally put out to pasture, Dias is stumped as to how to live any life other than a soldier’s. But when a horned girl named Alna crosses his path, Dias takes his first steps to being the lord of a not-so-empty frontier.

Launching today with Chapter 1 of Volume 1

Announced New Audiobook Series:

Ascendance of a Bookworm

By Miya Kazuki with Illustrations by You Shiina
本好きの下剋上~司書になるためには手段を選んでいられません~

A certain college girl who’s loved books ever since she was a little girl dies in an accident and is reborn in another world she knows nothing about. She is now Myne, the sickly five-year-old daughter of a poor soldier. To make things worse, the world she’s been reborn in has a very low literacy rate and books mostly don’t exist. She’d have to pay an enormous amount of money to buy one.

Produced by J-Novel Club with recording done by Sound Cadence Studios! Narrated by Reba Buhr, the English VA of Myne!

About J-Novel Club
J-Novel Club (JNC), a Kadokawa group company, is responsible for some of the best English-language production of Japanese light novel content worldwide. It prides itself on high-quality books in digital and print, curated close to Japan’s own production timelines, providing weekly digital output of light novels and manga in parts, as whole eBooks, for rental, and more. JNC is responsible for bringing English-speaking audiences titles like Ascendance of a Bookworm, In Another World With My Smartphone, Full Metal Panic!, and Slayers.

Providing the best reading experience in digital and in print for the fan community is at JNC’s heart

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