During the Virtual Crunchyroll Expo panel on Saturday, Kadokawa announced to speed up its e-book translation and distribution, starting with seven of its manga, followed by three newly licensed light novels in October. The company noted previously it used to take 6-12 months to publish English versions of its titles.
Simulpubs is the name for their push to release many of their manga with the Japanese release via Book Walker Global and other digital outlets. As for light novels, as soon as they’re translated, they plan to start delivering them chapter by chapter. .
Kadokawa’s simulpub project will begin with the following titles:
- A Boy Raised by Gods Will Be The Strongest (manga) – Art: Toya Kuno, Original Work: Ryosuke Hata, Character Design: fame.
- I’m Quitting Heroing (Manga) – Art: Nori Kazato, Original Work: Quantum, Character Design: Hana Amano
- Magic Stone Gourmet: Eating Magical Power Made Me The Strongest (Manga) – Art: Kenji Sugawara, Original Work: Ryou Yuuki, Character Design: Chisato Naruse
- My Little Sister Stole My Fiancé: The Strongest Dragon Favors Me And Plans To Take Over The Kingdom? (Manga) – Art: hi8mugi, Original Work: Ten Kashiwa, Character Design: COMTA.
- The 31st Consort (Manga) – Art: Tsubasa Nanaki, Original Work: Momotomoe, Character Design: Nanao Yamashita,
- The Insipid Prince’s Furtive Grab for The Throne (Manga) – Art: Yukino Amagai, Original Work: Tanba, Character Design: Yunagi
- The Lotus Eaters, Drunk and Sober (Manga) – Art: Mizutaki, Original Work: ZUN
- Higehiro: After Being Rejected, I Shaved and Took in a High School Runaway (*the official title name to be determined) (Light novel) – Author: Shimesaba, Artist: Booota
- I’m Quitting Heroing * (Light novel) – Author: Quantum, Artist: Hana Amano
- The Insipid Prince’s Furtive Grab for The Throne * (Light novel) – Author: Tanba, Artist: Yunagi
Kadokawa stated the number of titles it plans to add to this simulpub program “is expected to exceed 100 titles soon.” Kadokawa added the tiles will also be available at a few other online stores.
The publisher has also revealed a campaign where fans can download the first three chapters of the seven manga above for free, now through September 1, 2021.