Anime Expo 2016: Yen Press Acquires Rokka – Braves of the Six Flowers Manga, 6 Others

So it’s a smokin’ parade of big orders and reindeer boys… got it.

… … … Yeah, I’ve got nothin’.

Earlier today, Yen Press announced that they licensed seven new titles. The company will add the following manga series to their catalog:

  • Big Order by Sakae Esuno –
  • The Isolator by Reki Kawahara (Sword Art Online) and illustrator Naoki Koshimizu – 2017
  • Rokka – Braves of the Six Flowers by Ishio Yamagata and illustrator Kei Toru –
  • Reindeer Boy by Cassandra Jean (Original English Manga) –
  • Murcielago by Kana Yoshimura – Spring 2017
  • Smokin’ Parade by Kataoka Jinsei and illustrator Kazuma Kondou (Deadman Wonderland) –

Yen Press also added the Ishio Yamagata and illustrator Miyagi’s original Rokka – Braves of the Six Flowers light novels.

Big Order Manga Cover 001 - 20160701

Big Order launched in the pages of Kadokawa Shoten’s Monthly Shōnen Ace in September 2011. The series currently spans nine collected volumes, with the most recent hitting on March 26. The title spawned a one-shot OVA in October 2015, as well as a 10-episode anime series that premiered in April.

The Big Order TV series was helmed by Nobuharu Kamanaka at studio asread, with Chika Kojima providing character designs. Katsuhiko Takayama (Aldnoah.Zero, Baka and Test – Summon the Beasts) was in charge of series composition for the project.

The Isolator Manga Cover 001 - 20160701

The Isolator is an adaptation of Kawahara’s The Isolator: Realization of Absolute Solitude novel series. The series began publication in Kadokawa’s Dengeki Daioh magazine, and currently spans one collected volume.

Yen Press also holds the domestic license to Kawahara’s original novels. The publisher released the first two volumes in North America. Yen describes the series as:

Minoru Utsugi, a teenager who lives a peaceful (if boring) life with his sister-in-law, finds his life changed when extraterrestrial contact grants his dearest wish, leaving him with the power of The Solitude. But the ability to realize absolute isolation only plunges Minoru into a battle he never wanted to fight. As his old life comes to an end, he steps into a new role…as the Isolator!

Rokka Brave of the Six Flowers Novel Cover 001 - 20160701

Rokka – Braves of the Six Flowers began publication under Shueisha’s Dash X Bunko imprint in August 2011. To date, six volumes of the series have been published, with the most recent hitting bookstores on July 24, 2015. The manga adaptation started publication in Super Dash & Go! in February 2012, and currently spans three collected volumes.

A 12-episode anime adaptation of Rokka – Braves of the Six Flowers hit the airwaves during the Summer 2015 broadcast season. Takeo Takahashi (Spice and Wolf) directed the series at Passione, while Sayaka Koiso (Rail Wars!) provided character designs. Tatsuhiko Urahata (DNA², NANA) wrote the show’s scripts. PonyCan USA currently holds the rights for the series in North America. They describe the story as:

Legend says, when the Demon God awakens from the deepest of darkness, the Goddess of Fate will summon Six Braves and grand them with the power to save the world. Adlet, who claims to be the strongest man in the world, is chosen as one of the “Braves of the Six Flowers,” and sets out on a battle to prevent the resurrection of the Demon God. However, it turns out that there are Seven Braves who gathered at the promised land…
The Seven Braves notice there must be one enemy among themselves, and feeling of suspicion toward each other spreads throughout the group, with Adlet being the one who gets suspected first and foremost.

Smokin Parade Manga Cover 001 - 20160701

Smokin’ Parade began publication in the pages of Kadokawa’s Monthly Shonen Ace magazine in August 2015. The series currently spans one collected volume, which hit retailers on March 23.

Yen Press describes the series as:

A string of grisly murders. A young man shouldering the responsibility of his family. When Youkuo Kakujou is dragged into an unimaginable conspiracy, he’ll experience the horrific underbelly of science first hand.

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