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Yen Press Adds Gabriel Dropout, DanMachi: Sword Oratoria Manga, 2 More

Finally, western manga fans can meet secret best character Vigne.

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

  • Gabriel Dropout by Ukami
  • Hybrid x Heart by Masamune Kuji & Riku Ayakawa
  • Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? Sword Oratoria by Takashi Yagi (DanMachi: Sword Oratoria for short)
  • Re:ZERO -Starting Life in Another World-, Chapter 3: Truth of Zero (Re: Zero Kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu Dai-San-Shō: Truth of Zero) by Daichi Matsuse

All three titles will debut in North American retailers this October.

Gabriel Dropout kicked off in Kadokawa’s Dengeki Daioh magazine’s December 2013 issue. To date, four compiled volumes have been released, with the most recent hitting stores on January 10.

An anime adaptation is currently airing on Japanese TV. Masahiko Ohta (Himouto! Umaru-chan, Survival Game Club!) is helming the project at Doga Kobo, with Katsuhiro Kumagai (Luck & Logic) providing character designs. Takashi Aoshima (Himouto! Umaru-chan, Survival Game Club!) is in charge of series composition.

DanMachi: Sword Oratoria is a spinoff of Fujino Ōmori’s light novels of the same name (which Yen Press also holds the rights to). The title began publication in Gangan Joker in 2014, and currently spans seven collected volumes. The most recent book hit stores today.

An anime adaptation is currently in the works, and on track for an April 14 premiere. Youhei Suzuki (SHIMONETA: A Boring World Where the Concept of Dirty Jokes Doesn’t Exist, The “Hentai” Prince and the Stony Cat) will helm the series at J.C. Staff, with Shigeki Kimoto (Sky Girls) providing character designs. Hideki Shirane (Aria the Scarlet Ammo, Date A Live) is in charge of series composition. Keiji Inai (Karneval, Outbreak Company) will score the show’s soundtrack.

Re:ZERO -Starting Life in Another World-, Chapter 3: Truth of Zero is an ongoing series, which currently runs in the pages of Monthly Comic Alive magazine. The series, which is a sequel to the original Re:ZERO and Re:ZERO Chapter 2, began publication in 2015.

The Re:ZERO light novels received an anime adaptation in the Spring 2016 broadcast season. Masaharu Watanabe (Wakaba Girl) directed the project at White Fox, with Kyuta Sakai (Higurashi no Naku Koroni Kai, Steins;Gate) serving as character designer. Masahiro Yokotani (The Devil is a Part-Timer!, Free! – Iwatobi Swim Club) was in charge of series composition.

Hybrid x Heart adapts Masamune Kuji’s Hybrid×Heart Magias Academy Ataraxia (Masō Gakuen H×H) light novels. The ongoing series debuted in the pages of Kadokawa Shoten’s Comp Ace magazine in June 2015, and currently spans three collected volumes. The most recent book hit stores earlier today.

Hybrid x Heart received an anime adaptation in the Summer 2016 broadcast season. Hiroyuki Furukawa (My Wife is the Student Council President) directed the series at Production IMS, with Kana Miyai providing character designs. Yasunori Yamada (Karin, A Little Snow Fairy Sugar) was in charge of series composition.

Sources: Yen Press Blog [1] [2], Twitter (YenPress) [1] [2]

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