NisiOisin Novel Characters Appear in Crossover Monogatari Novel

Characters from various NisiOisin novels will appear in a new crossover book that Kodansha Box will publish. The short novel collection, titled Mazemonogatari (Mix Story), will be the first time that characters from other NisiOisin stories appear in the Monogatariseries.

NisiOisin is best known for writing the Monogatari and Zaregoto Series, both of which have been adapted into anime. He is also the author of the Boukyaku Tantei series, KatanagatariJūni Taisen, and other novels and short stories. The cover of Mazemonogatari shows 13 female characters from various NisiOisin works and features art by Monogatari series character designer Akio Watanabe.

The book is based on three short novels NisiOisin wrote that were given out to viewers of the Japanese theater release of the Kizumonogatari film trilogy. Those novels were divided into 12 chapters, with each chapter being given out to theater goers on a different week as a bonus item. In the bonus novels, characters from NisiOisin stories appear as guests and pay a visit to Monogatari protagonist Koyomi Araragi.

For the collected version of the short novels, NisiOisin has written three extra chapters, bringing the total number of chapters up to 15. The characters featured in the stories include: Kyoko Okitegami Boukyaku Tantei series); Jun Aikawa, Iori Mutō, and Shiogi Hagihara (Zaregoto Series); Nomi Chinō (Densetsu series); Mayumi Dojima (Bishōnen series); Kuroneko Byōinzaka (Sekai series); Risuka Mizukura (Shin Honkaku Mahō Shōjo Risuka); Princess Hitei (Katanagatari); and others.

Mazemonogatari will hit Japanese bookstores on February 6, 2019. The first printing of the deluxe edition will also come with a “special bromide.”

A crossover four-panel manga drawn by Shibamochi titled Seishun Kijinden! 240 Gakuen (Legend of Eccentric Youth! 240 Academy) launched in 2017, although it ended last November.

Source: LN-News

Hachinantte Sore wa Inai Deshou! Light Novels Get Anime

Kadokawa revealed on Friday that an anime adaptation of Y.A.’s Hachinantte Sore wa Inai Deshou! (The Eighth Son? That Can’t Be Right!) light novel series has been green-lit. The announcement did not reveal the format or debut date for the anime. The light novels’ illustrator Fuzichoco (R.O.D Rehabilitation) drew an illustration to celebrate the announcement.

The novels’ story begins with Shingo Ichinomiya, a normal, average employee for a trading company. He wakes up one day to find himself inhabiting the body of Wendelin — a five-year-old boy, and the eighth son of a destitute noble family in a fantasy world.

Y.A. began serializing the story on the Shōsetsuka ni Narō (Let’s Become Novelists) website in June 2013, and ended it in March 2017. Kadokawa began publishing the story in print volumes with illustrations by Fuzichoco in September 2015. Kadokawa published the 14th volume on September 25, and will ship the 15th volume on December 25.

Hiroki Kusumoto has been drawing a manga adaptation of the story on Kadokawa‘s ComicWalker website since 2015. Kadokawa published the manga’s fifth volume on March 22, and will ship the sixth volume on January 21.

Kadokawa published a “Volume 10.5” booklet of the light novel series with a drama CD in February 2017. The drama CD starred Takuma Terashima as Wendelin, Saori Hayami as Elise, Showtaro Morikubo as Erwin, Eriko Matsui as Iina, Asami Imaias Louise, and Yū Sanada as Inū.

Source: Comic Natalie

Sound! Euphonium Series Gets 2 New Novels

Author Ayano Takeda announced on Thursday that she is penning two new novels for her Sound! Euphonium novel series. The two novels, collectively titled Hibike! Euphonium – Kitauji Suisōgaku-bu, Ketsui no Saishū Gakushō (Sound! Euphonium – The Kitauji Concert Band’s Decisive Final Movement), are slated for April and May next year. The novels will cover protagonist Kumiko Ōmae’s third and final year of high school.

Takeda released the first Sound! Euphonium novel in 2013, and the first anime season adapts its story. She followed up the original novel with the Hibike! Euphonium 2 Kitauji Kōkō Suisōgaku-Bu no Ichiban Nagai Natsu (The Kitauji High School Concert Band’s Longest Summer) novel in March 2015, then the Hibike! Euphonium 2 Kitauji Kōkō Suisōgaku-Bu, Saidai no Kiki (The Kitauji High School Concert Band’s Worst Disaster) novel in April 2015, and then the Hibike! Euphonium 2 Kitauji Kōkō Suisōgaku-Bu no Himitsu no Hanashi (The Kitauji High School Concert Band’s Secret Story) short story collection in June 2015. Takeda released the two-part novel spinoff Rikka Kōkō Marching Band e Yōkoso! (Welcome to the Rikka High School Marching Band) in August and September 2016, focusing on the character Azusa Sasaki and Rikka High School (based on the real-life nationally renowned Tachibana High School Marching Band).

Takeda wrote a two-part sequel novel to her Sound! Euphonium novels subtitled “Haran no Dai-ni Gakushō” (The Turbulent Second Movement). The new story takes place during Kumiko’s second year. The story introduces new first year characters. The two volumes shipped in August and October 2017. The series also has three short story collection books.

The first 13-episode television anime series premiered in April 2015. The anime inspired the Gekijō-ban Hibike! Euphonium: Kitauji Kōkō Suisōgaku-Bu e Yōkoso “flashback” film in April 2016. The 13-episode Sound! Euphonium 2 sequel series premiered in October 2016.

Crunchyroll streamed both seasons of the anime, as well as the OVA that was bundled with the seventh Blu-ray Disc volume of the first anime series. Ponycan USA released the first and second season on home video.

The second flashback film in the franchiseGekijō-ban Hibike! Euphonium: Todoketai Melody, opened in Japan in September 2017.

Naoko Yamada‘s Liz and the Blue Bird, the first of two new films, opened in Japan on April 21, and also opened with screenings by Eleven Arts in the United States on November 9. Hibike! Euphonium: Chikai no Finale(Sound! Euphonium The Movie: Oath’s Finale), the second planned film, will open on April 19 next year. Tatsuya Ishihara (both seasons of Sound! Euphonium) is directing that film.

Source: Ayano Takeda‘s Twitter account

Itai no wa Iya nano de Bougyoryoku ni Kyokufuri Shitai to Omoimasu Light Novel Gets TV Anime

Kadokawa announced on Thursday that Yuumikan‘s Itai no wa Iya nano de Bougyoryoku ni Kyokufuri Shitai to Omoimasu. (All points are divided to VIT because a painful one isn’t liked., literally “I Think I’d Like to Max Out All My Points on VIT Since I Don’t Like to be in Pain”) light novel series is inspiring an anime adaptation.

The novels’ story centers on Kaede Honjō, who is invited by her friend Risa Shiramine to play a virtual reality MMO game with her. While Kaede doesn’t dislike games, what she really, truly dislikes is being in pain. She creates a character named Maple, and decides to put all her points in VIT to minimize pain. As a result, she moves slowly, can’t use magic, and even a rabbit can get the best of her. But as it turns out, she acquires a skill known as “Absolute Defense” as a result of her pumping points into VIT, as well as a “Counter Skill” that works against special moves. Now, with her ability to nullify all damage, she goes on adventures.

Yuumikan began serializing the story on the Shōsetsuka ni Narō (Let’s Become Novelists) website in 2016, and is still releasing chapters of the story on the site. Kadokawa began releasing the story in print novel form with art by Koin in September 2017, and it will ship the fifth volume on December 10. Jirō Oimoto launched a manga adaptation in Kadokawa‘s Comp Ace magazine on May 26, and Kadokawa shipped the manga’s first volume on November 24.

Sources: Kadokawa Books, MoCa News

The Promised Neverland Manga Gets New Novel Spinoff

Shueisha‘s Jump j Books label revealed on Monday that Kaiu Shirai and Posuka Demizu‘s The Promised Neverland (Yakusoku no Neverland) manga will get a new novel titled Yakusoku no Neverland: Mama-tachi no Tsuisōkyoku (The Promised Neverland: Moms’ Song of Remembrance). Nanao is penning the novel, and it is slated to ship on January 4.

The manga focuses on Isabella, the “Mom” of the kids at Grace Field House, and Sister Krone. After the kids escape, Isabella stays behind and finds a piece of paper in the burning house. The paper reminds her of a boy who became her reason for aiming to be a Mom. Meanwhile, in her last moments, Sister Krone remembers her path in training to be a sister..

An earlier novel, Yakusoku no Neverland: Norman kara no Tegami (The Promised Neverland: A Letter from Norman), shipped in Japan on June 4.

Viz Media publishes the original manga in North America, and it describes the story:

Emma, Norman and Ray are the brightest kids at the Grace Field House orphanage. And under the care of the woman they refer to as “Mom,” all the kids have enjoyed a comfortable life. Good food, clean clothes and the perfect environment to learn—what more could an orphan ask for? One day, though, Emma and Norman uncover the dark truth of the outside world they are forbidden from seeing.

Shirai and Demizu launched the manga in Shueisha‘s Weekly Shonen Jump magazine in August 2016, and the series has entered its final arc as of September. Shueisha shipped the manga’s 11th compiled volume on November 2. The manga has more than 7 million copies in print worldwide, with more than 4.2 million copies in print in Japan.

The manga won the Best Shōnen Manga award at the 63rd Shogakukan Manga Awards in January, was nominated for the 11th Manga Taisho awards in January, and was nominated for the 22nd Annual Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize in February. The series also topped the 2018 edition of Takarajimasha‘s Kono Manga ga Sugoi!(This Manga Is Amazing!) guidebook’s list of manga for male readers last December.

The anime adaptation will premiere on January 10.

10 Best-Selling Light Novels of 2018

2018 is coming to a close, which means it’s time to obsess over Oricon‘s year-end best-sellers lists! Here are the 10 most popular light novel series based on sales from November 20, 2017 to November 18, 2018.

10. No Game No Life – 350,960 copies sold

No Game No Life

9. Sword Art Online – 371,626 copies sold

Sword Art Online

8. Classroom of the Elite – 393,949 copies sold

Classroom of the Elite

7. Sword Art Online: Progressive – 426,794 copies sold

Sword Art Online: Progressive

6. The Ryuo’s Work is Never Done! – 478,242 copies sold

The Ryuo's Work is Never Done!

5. That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime – 539,277 copies sold

Regarding Reincarnated to Slime

4. Re:Zero -Starting Life in Another World- – 619,031 copies sold


3. The Irregular at Magic High School – 626,952 copies sold

The Irregular at Magic High School

2. Konosuba – God’s Blessing on this Wonderful World! – 630,889 copies sold

Konosuba - God's Blessing on this Wonderful World!

1. Overlord – 807,693 copies sold