Simon and Schuster and Amazon, among other sites are listing Noble V: Greylancer by Hideyuki Kikuchi from Viz (presumably Haikasoru) May 21, 2013. It is a really early listing and the Haikasoru titles have tended to kind of shift as the dates get closer, but it seems pretty likely we’ll be getting the title. From what I can tell from other parts of the internet, the volume is some part of a spin-off of the more famous Vampire Hunter D. Not sure how the novels fit in with the others, and honestly not sure which of the spin-off volumes this is, as I can’t find anything with the exact title other than it being listed on sales sites.
Yen Press announced today at SDCC that they’re publishing Another by Yukito Ayatsuji. The ANN article and press release both say “novels” in the plural, so I’m assuming that they’ll be releasing one of the two bunkoban editions (as far as I can tell, the only difference between the two is the covers). It could also be that Yen Press has the sequel and/or spin-off, but as they have yet to be released, it’s much more unlikely.
The clincher here is that the novels will be digital only. If the digital versions sell well Yen Press has said they will think about a print release, but it seems unlikely at this time. There is no info yet about how the books will be distributed digitally, though as Yen Press seems to have a number of their books on different platforms, it seems likely we’ll at least see them on Kindle and Nook.
Vertical has posted a preview of their novel Parasite Eve on their site. Check it out!
Yen Press tweeted today that they have acquired the license to volumes 7-9 of the Spice & Wolf novels. They also announced that they will be speeding up the releases to 3 a year (over the previous 2 a year).
I’m assuming that this implies that the series is selling fairly well for Yen Press, as they wouldn’t license more of the series if it weren’t making money for them.
Vertical posted a picture of the cover of their upcoming novel, ENMA the IMMORTAL, by Fumi Nakamura. The book comes out next month. Here’s the summary Vertical posted: “This fantastic yarn spans decades of Japanese history, combining elements of samurai drama, featuring the legendary Shinsengumi, along with the swift and dramatic cultural revolution of the Meiji Era. Recently adapted into a comic by Dark Horse, ENMA is transmedia phenomenon in the making.”
The Haikasoru twitter account posted a link to a BBC documentary about Haruki Murakami (author of Kafka on the Shore, 1Q84, and many others). I have yet to watch it, but I’m sure it’s an incredible video. Fair warning that it is almost an hour long.
Watch it here, if you’re interested.