Apparently, villains are in right now.
Earlier today, J-Novel Club announced that they acquired the global English digital rights to two new light novels. The publisher added the following to their lineup:
- My Next Life as a Villainess: All Routes Lead to Doom! by Satoru Yamaguchi and illustrator Nami Hidaka
- Apparently it’s My Fault That My Husband Has The Head of a Beast by Eri Shiduki and illustrator Kasumi Nagi
The first half of volume 1 for both titles are available for J-Novel Club subscribers, with the first eBook releases slated to ship in December. A free preview is available for all users via the J-Novel Club website.
My Next Life as a Villainess: All Routes Lead to Doom!
My Next Life as a Villainess: All Routes Lead to Doom! originally launched in 2014 on the Shōsetsuka ni Narō website. The ongoing series currently spans six volumes, with the seventh slated to hit stores on October 20.
The title spawned a manga adaptation by Yamaguchi and Hidaka in 2017. The series launched in the pages of Ichijinsha’s Comic Zero-Sum magzine, with one volume available at Japanese retailers.
J-Novel Club describes the title as:
After hitting her head particularly hard one day, Duke Claes’ daughter, Katarina, suddenly recalls all the memories of her past life: that of a teenage Japanese girl. Just before her untimely death, this girl recalls playing an otome game… that is exactly like the world she’s living in now!
She is now Katarina Claes, the antagonist of the otome game, who nastily hounded the protagonist until the end. Knowing all the possible outcomes of the game, she realizes that every single possible route ends with Katarina being murdered or exiled! In order to avoid these Catastrophic Bad Ends, she has to use her knowledge of the game and her own wiles, starting with breaking off this engagement with the prince…
Will Katarina survive while making her way through this world, where bad flags trip at every turn? Find out in this reverse-harem rom-com, led by everybody’s favorite villainess!
Apparently it’s My Fault That My Husband Has The Head of a Beast
Apparently it’s My Fault That My Husband Has The Head of a Beast is a two-volume series, which made its debut in 2016, under Ichijinsha’s main imprint. J-Novel Club describes the title as:
Love Is a Beastly Business!
Rumor has it that Princess Rosemarie is an antisocial shut-in, but the truth is far stranger. The young princess hides from the world because of a strange condition: whenever someone expresses a negative emotion, she sees their head transform into that of a fearsome beast.
It seems there’s no one in the dishonest world of courtly manners she can trust… until she meets Prince Claudio of Baltzar, whose features remain ever human. The two marry at once, but she learns too late that his human features aren’t thanks to a kindly nature. Claudio has become a very real beast, all because of Rosemarie’s accidental theft of his mana many years prior!
Claudio’s life and future are on the line until he gets his mana back — and Rosemarie would give anything to know how to do it. Will they break their mutual curse in time for Rosemarie to get home for tea, or will Claudio lose his temper first? Find out in this new romantic fantasy.
Source: J-Novel Club (Press Release)