Noticing that most of the latest and hottest light novels in Japan just weren’t getting English releases for international fans, Sam Pinansky founded the J-Novel Club, which launched with its first batch of chapters in October. The company’s original aim was to release new novels in weekly installments for members worldwide, on their website and app for iOS and Android. But now they’ve teamed up with publishers Seven Seas, the J-Novel Club will be bringing us print editions of their titles, starting with Occultic;Nine and Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash.
As each volume was completed, J-Novel Club already planned to release them as collected eBooks on retailers such as Amazon, iBooks, and Kobo. Premium members will still be able to own their choice of any one of these digital volumes each month, but it’s great to see that the club’s reaching out to get more physical releases overseas too. The first volumes of Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash and Occultic;Nine will ship on June 6th and July 4th respectively, and retail for US$13.99.
In partnership with publishers Hobby Japan and OVERLAP, and with J-Novel Club holding all worldwide digital rights, Occultic;Nine and Grimgar are listed on the J-Novel Club website as follows:
by Chiyomaru Shikura with illustrations by pako
Q: Do you believe in ghosts?
A: Of course not!
Yuta Gamon, a young boy who lives in Kichijoji, runs an occult blog called “Kirikiri Basara.” He spends his days dreaming of making a fortune off his affiliate links. What starts off as a tiny feeling that something’s wrong develops into a case that goes beyond imagination. Suddenly, Yuta brings together the fates of nine strangers. Black magic, the afterlife, psychics, fortune-telling, other dimensions, prophecies, hypnosis, urban legends… The world is filled with flim-flam!
This is the first book in the Paranormal NVL Occultic;Nine series, from the mind behind Steins;Gate and Chaos;Child! An anime adaptation is airing and streaming worldwide Fall 2016.
Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash
by Ao Jyumonji with illustrations by Eiri Shirai
Why are we doing this…?
When Haruhiro came to, he was in the darkness. Not knowing why was he here, or where “here” even was. With him were others who also remembered little more than their own names. What they found when they came out of the underground was a world that was ‘just like a game.’ In order to survive, Haruhiro forms a party with others in the same situation as him, learns skills, and takes his first steps forward into the world of Grimgar as a trainee volunteer soldier.
Not knowing what awaits him… This is a tale of adventure born from the ashes.
J-Novel Club membership costs US$4.50 a month or $54 a year, and subscribers will be given access to a chapter a week across all titles in the J-Novel Club library. The first part of each novel will be free to anyone who wants a taster of the service, but all subsequent chapters require membership to read. Other perks include access to a members-only forum, and if you’d like to step it up to Premium Membership, the deal gets even sweeter. For $10.95 each month or $120 for a year, you receive a free, finalised eBook each month in addition to all regular membership benefits.
For any further info you might want or need, head over to the J-Novel Club’s FAQ section. You can also give them a follow on Twitter. We’re excited to see where this project goes from here, because we’d noticed the gaping hole in the worldwide light novel market too. Now, all we need to do is sit back and watch our latest reading roll in.