J-Novel Club announced on Saturday that it has licensed the following five light novel series:
- Sai Sumimori and illustrator Ichijirushi's Middle-Aged Businessman Makes a Name for Himself in Another World Thanks to Goddess Power (Arafō Eigyōman, Isekai ni Tatsu! Megami Power de Jinsei Nidome no Nariagari)
- Ryota Hori and illustrator bob's Record of Wortenia War (Wortenia Senki)
- Iori Miyazawa's Side-By-Side Dreamers (Soine Dreamer)
- Hiironoame and illustrator Siso's Seriously Seeking Sister! Ultimate Vampire Princess Just Wants Little Sister – Plenty of Service Will Be Provided (Tonikaku Imōto ga Hoshii Saikyō no Kyūketsuki wa Mujikaku Gohōshichū)
- Hiroyuki Morioka and illustrator Toshihiro Ono's Crest of the Stars and Banner of the Stars (Seikai no Monshō)
J-Novel Club also announced it will release Ascendance of a Bookworm in print starting this fall and An Archdemon's Dilemma – How to Love Your Elf Bride in print this fall or winter. The company will also release Full Metal Panic! in triple-volume hardcover omnibus editions starting in late 2019 or early 2020, and will release Animeta! and Marginal Operation in print later this year or early next year.
Middle-Aged Businessman Makes a Name for Himself in Another World Thanks to Goddess Power centers on Shōzō Onigawara, whose life completely changes after me meets a goddess one day. He used to have no real potential at work, but after meeting her he moves up the corporate ladder, gets married, and has three daughters. One day, all five family members are transported to another world, and Shōzō must find a way to provide for and protect his family. He joins a small adventurer's guild with a plan of making the guild more successful using the business skills he cultivated in Japan and the power he obtains from the goddess.
J-Novel Club will start releasing the series "soon."
J-Novel Club describes Record of Wortenia War:
Ryoma Mikoshiba, an ordinary high-schooler adept at martial arts, one day finds himself summoned to another world. The ones who summoned him, the O'ltormea Empire, cite the fact that 'when those summoned kill another living being, they can absorb a fraction of their strength and make it their own' as their reason. But upon learning the empire uses those they summon to strengthen themselves by foul means, Ryoma is consumed by hatred and slays an important member of the O'ltormean court. Attempting to escape the Empire's borders while keeping his identity a secret, he is accosted by two twin sisters— one golden-haired, the other silver-haired— in a meeting that sets the gears of fate in motion. The curtain rises on a record of the wars of a young supreme ruler in this other world fantasy!
Volume 1 Part 1 is available now on J-Novel Club for free. Hobby Japan published the novels' 12th volume in Japan on March 22.
J-Novel Club describes Side-By-Side Dreamers:
Saya Hokage, a high school girl who is unable to sleep due to insomnia, encounters Hitsuji Konparu, a girl who can put anyone to sleep as a "lover" in a dream. When Hitsuji's senpai – Ran Aizome – sees potential in Saya, she ends up joining them and their group of Sleepwalkers. As it turns out, unbeknownst to the common citizens in their town, a battle has been unfolding between the Suiju – beings that possess people's spirits in the land of sleep – and the Sleepwalkers, who have the power to move about freely in their dreams. Sleeping together as a team, Saya and her newfound group are doing a good job hunting Suiju. That is, until an unexpected darkness comes along… Will the girls be able defend humanity's sleep?
Volume 1 Part 1 is available now on J-Novel Club for free. Hayakawa Publishing published the one compiled novel volume in Japan in July 2018.
Seriously Seeking Sister! Ultimate Vampire Princess Just Wants Little Sister – Plenty of Service Will Be Provided centers on Ristia, a vampire princess who goes to the human world to find a little sister.
J-Novel Club will start releasing the series "soon."
J-Novel Club describes Crest of the Stars:
In the far-distant future, mankind has traversed the stars and settled distant worlds. But no matter how advanced the technology of the future becomes, it seems the spacefaring nations cannot entirely shed their human nature. Jinto Lin finds this out the hard way when, as a child, his home world is conquered by the powerful Abh Empire: the self-proclaimed Kin of the Stars, and rulers of vast swaths of the known universe. As a newly-appointed member of the Abh's imperial aristocracy, Jinto must learn to forge his own destiny in the wider universe while bearing burdens he never asked for, caught between his surface-dweller “Lander” heritage and the byzantine culture of the Abh, of which he is now nominally a member. A chance meeting with the brave-but-lonely Apprentice Starpilot Lafier aboard the Patrol Ship Goslauth will lead them both headfirst down a path of galaxy-spanning intrigue and warfare that will forever change the fate of all of humankind.
Volume 1 Part 1 is available now on J-Novel Club for free, and more parts are available for members. J-Novel Club plans to release the series in print in triple-volume hardcover omnibus editions starting in 2020.
Tokyopop previously published the three-volume Crest of the Stars novel series in English, but J-Novel Club will release the series with new translations. Banner of the Stars picks up three years after Crest of the Stars. Morioka published the sixth volume in the series last year. The volume was the first new installment in the series in five years.
Morioka's novels were adapted into three anime television series, an original anime video project, and various spinoffs.