Source: J-Novel Club

J-Novel Club announced that they acquired the global English digital rights to Kabayakidare and illustrator Koutaro Sugi’s Gear Drive light novels. The first half of the first volume is available to J-Novel Club members as of press time. A free preview is also available for all readers.

J-Novel Club Announces the Licensing of  “Gear Drive”

Once this twin-tailed terror shifts into gear nothing is gonna stop her!

SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS – July 5th, 2018 – J-Novel Club LLC is proud to announce the acquisition of “Gear Drive” from OVERLAP, Inc. The first half of volume 1 is available for members on to read today, plus a free preview for everyone else! The E-Book for volume 1 will go on sale in late August of 2018.

Gear Drive is based on a web novel of the same name, serialized on the Syosetsu ni Narou website, and its first volume was published as a light novel by Overlap earlier this year. Our heroine Anti Kythera might have ended up with some useless-seeming never-before-heard-of “magic” called “gearcraft” (whatever that is!) but with the encouragement of her parents and friends she’s gonna go off and be the best damn adventurer ever anyway! At least she can make a mean milkshake… right?

J-Novel Club Membership is only $4.50 a month for an annual membership, and gives you a new chapter a week from more than 20 ongoing series, including “Invaders of the Rokujouma!?”, “If It’s for My Daughter, I’d Even Defeat a Demon Lord”, “Arifureta: From Commonplace to World’s Strongest”, “Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash”, “The Faraway Paladin”, “In Another World With My Smartphone”, “How a Realistic Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom”, and many more!

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Gear Drive by Kabayakidare, Illustrations by Koutaro Sugi

はぐるまどらいぶ。  Worldwide English Digital Rights

Gear up for a magical new adventure!

In a world where magic abounds, 15-year-old Anti Kythera is the odd one out. No matter how hard she studies, she can’t even use the most basic of skills. Her only hope is her upcoming Skill Bestowal: a ceremony that can help even the chronically magicless discover their talent.

But what Anti receives is something completely new: Gearcraft, a skill that allows her to make and control golden gears!

What can a restaurant owner’s daughter, much less an aspiring adventurer, do with gears? As it turns out, quite a bit. But it’s going to take a little imagination, and a lot of effort, if she’s going to discover the secrets of this never-before-seen power.

Can Anti tame the tiara-shaped artifact that calls itself “Crown Gear”? Will she ever become as great as her idol, Purple Lightning? Join her as she gets into gear for a life of adventure!


Gear Drive Light Novel Volume 1 Cover