Kadokawa press release announced on Tuesday, Jan 11, 2022, the first three light novel series that will be published as part of its new ‘simulpub’ program, which aims to speed up e-book translation and distribution.
The three light novels in the lineup are:
- First part of Higehiro: After Being Rejected, I Shaved and Took in a High School Runaway by author Shimesaba and artist booota (Jan 11, 2022)
- First chapter of The Insipid Prince’s Furtive Grab for The Throne by author Tanba and artist Yunagi (Jan 31, 2022)
- First Part of I’m Quitting Heroing by author Quantum and artist Hana Amano(February TBD)
Higehiro or Hige o Soru. Soshite Joshi Kōsei o Hirou is a Japanese romantic comedy light novel series written by Shimesaba and illustrated by booota. It was serialized online between March 2017 and August 2018 on Kadokawa’s user-generated novel publishing website Kakuyomu.
It was later published by Kadokawa Shoten with five volumes between February 2018 and June 2021 under their Kadokawa Sneaker Bunko imprint.
A manga adaptation with art by Imaru Adachi has been serialized in Kadokawa Shoten’s shōnen manga magazine Monthly Shōnen Ace since November 2018. It has been collected in six tankōbon volumes.
An anime television series adaptation by Project No.9 aired from April to June 2021.
The Insipid Prince’s Furtive Grab for The Throne light novel series by author Tanba and artist Yunagi launched in 2019.
I’m Quitting Heroing: Next Gig Is at the Demon Queen’s Castle is a Japanese fantasy light novel series written by Quantum and illustrated by Hana Amano. It began serialization online in January 2017 on Kadokawa’s user-generated novel publishing website Kakuyomu.
It was later published by Fujimi Shobo with three volumes since December 2017 under their Kadokawa Books imprint. A manga adaptation with art by Nori Kazato has been serialized online via Kadokawa Shoten’s Young Ace Up website since May 2018 and has been collected in five tankōbon volumes.
Both the light novel and manga are licensed in North America by Kadokawa. An anime television series adaptation by EMT Squared is scheduled to air from April 2022.
During the Virtual Crunchyroll Expo panel in August, Kadokawa announced to speed up its e-book translation and distribution, starting with seven of its manga, followed by three newly licensed light novels.
The company noted previously it used to take 6-12 months to publish English versions of its titles.
With simulpub, they aim to release many of their manga with the Japanese release via Book Walker Global and other digital outlets.
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.
Source: Kadokawa Press Release