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Yen Press to publish KonoSuba and Death March to the Parallel World Rhapsody!

Yen Press have announced that they’ve licensed both the manga and light novels for two fantasy rom-com world-jumping series. The first is a much anticipated one, KonoSuba -God’s Blessing on This Wonderful World!-, the original light novel written by Jitakukeibihei (a.k.a. Natsume Akatsuki), and the manga adaptation by Masahito Watari. The second is Death March to the Parallel World Rhapsody!, originally by Hiro Ainana, with the manga drawn by Megumu Aya. Both titles are from Fujimi Shobo, an imprint of Kadokawa Corporation, so they tie into Yen Press’ recent agreement to give majority ownership of their company to Kadokawa.

Akatsuki launched the KonoSuba light novels in 2013, with illustrations by The Devil is a Part Timer! High School! manga’s Kurone Mishima. Watari first published the manga adaptation in Kadokawa’s Monthly Dragon Age magazine in September 2014. The original light novel then inspired the winter 2015 anime series, with a second already in the works, and this description from the simulcast’s streamers Crunchyroll:

After a traffic accident, Kazuma Sato’s disappointingly brief life was supposed to be over, but he wakes up to see a beautiful girl before him. She claims to be a goddess, Aqua, and asks if he would like to go to another world and bring only one thing with him. Kazuma decides to bring the goddess herself, and they are transported to a fantasy world filled with adventure, ruled by a demon king. Now Kazuma only wants to live in peace, but Aqua wants to solve many of this world’s problems, and the demon king will only turn a blind eye for so long…

Death March to the Parallel World Rhapsody! began as a 2013 online series from Ainana, with Ayu’s manga following in Kadokawa’s Age Premium, before moving to Monthly Dragon Age when Age Premium ceased publication in July 2015. The story follows a computer programmer on a “death march” who awakes after a nap in another world one day. After a meteor shower bestows wealth upon him, he decides to head out sightseeing, beginning his “heartwarming, occasionally serious, and harem” adventure.

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