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Yen Press Releases Spice and Wolf, 'So I'm a Spider, So What?,' More Audiobooks

  • November 20, 2021
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Yen Press Releases Spice and Wolf, 'So I'm a Spider, So What?,' More Audiobooks

Yen Press announced during its panel at the Anime NYC event on Sunday that it will release audiobooks of the following light novels:

Yen Press describes Isuna Hasekura‘s Spice and Wolf light novel :

The life of a traveling merchant is a lonely one, a fact with which Kraft Lawrence is well acquainted. Wandering from town to town with just his horse, cart, and whatever wares have come his way, the peddler has pretty well settled into his routine—that is, until the night Lawrence finds a wolf goddess asleep in his cart. Taking the form of a fetching girl with wolf ears and a tail, Holo has wearied of tending to harvests in the countryside and strikes up a bargain with the merchant to lend him the cunning of “Holo the Wisewolf” to increase his profits in exchange for taking her along on his travels. What kind of businessman could turn down such an offer? Lawrence soon learns, though, that having an ancient goddess as a traveling companion can be a bit of a mixed blessing. Will this wolf girl turn out to be too wild to tame?

Hasekura published the Spice and Wolf novel series with illustrations by Jū Ayakura from 2006 to 2011. Yen Press published the 17th and final novel in North America in April 2016, and also published the manga adaptation. Hasekura began a sequel, Shinsetsu Ōkami to Kōshinryō Ōkami to Yōhishi (New Theory Spice & Wolf: Wolf & Parchment), in April 2016.

The novels also inspired two TV anime seasons directed by Takeo Takahashi and written by Naruhisa Arakawa. The first season aired in Japan from January to March 2008, and the second (Spice and Wolf II) from July to September 2009. North American anime distributor Funimation licensed both seasons.

A virtual reality anime followed the television anime and debuted in June 2019 for Oculus Rift, HTC VIVE, and Oculus Go Edition. A sequel debuted in December 2020.


Yen Press describes the So I’m a Spider, So What? light novel:

I used to be a normal high school girl but in the blink of an eye, I woke up in a place I’ve never seen before and—and I was reborn as a spider?! How could something that’s nothing more than a tiny spider (that’s me) possibly survive in literally the worst dungeon ever? Are there no rules? There should be some rules! Who the hell is responsible for this? SHOW YOUR FACE!

The novels are inspiried a television anime starring Aoi Yūki that premiered on January 8.

Baba launched the novel series on the “Shōsetsuka ni Narō” website in May 2015. Kadokawa published the 14th novel volume on January 9. The series ranked #2 on the list of best novels in the 2018 edition of Takarajimasha‘s Kono Light Novel ga Sugoi! (This Light Novel Is Amazing!) guidebook, and ranked #3 on the 2017 list.

Asahiro Kakashi‘s manga adaptation runs on Kadokawa‘s free manga website Young Ace Up, and Kadokawa published the ninth compiled book volume on October 10. The manga and novels have a combined 1.2 million copies in print.

AYen Press published the novels and the manga in English.


Yen Press publishes the Rascal Does Not Dream of Bunny Girl Senpai light novel and describes its story:

Bunny girls do not live in libraries. This is simply common sense. And yet, that’s exactly where Sakuta finds one in the wild. More bewildering is who the bunny girl is: Mai Sakurajima, a girl one year older than Sakuta, famous at their school for her acting career even though she’s currently on break. To top it all off, it seems like no one else in the library can see Mai at all, no matter what she does or…wears. Wanting to find out more about this mystery and maybe get a little closer to this beautiful upperclassman in the process, Sakuta launches an investigation to discover why an unforgettable bunny girl keeps becoming totally invisible.

Kadokawa published the first novel in the series, also titled Seishun Buta Yarō wa Bunny Girl-senpai no Yume wo Minai, in April 2014. Keeji Mizoguchi provides the illustrations. Tsugumi Nanamiya launched a manga adaptation of the first novel volume in the January 2016 issue of Dengeki G’s Comic magazine. Kadokawa published the first volume in October 2016. Tsukumo Asakusa launched a manga adaptation of the second novel, Seishun BUTA Yarō wa Puchi Devil-kōhai no Yume wo Minai (The Young Pig-Rascal Isn’t Dreaming of a Petit Devil Underclassman), in the May issue of Dengeki G’s Comic in March 2018.

The television anime of the novel series premiered in October 2018.

Source: Press release

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