Yen Press has announced that it has licensed the K-ON, Suzumiya Haruhi-chan, and Delicious Foods manga series along with the Bungaku Shoujo light novel series. Surprisingly, the light novel will release before each of the manga series in July. The first volume of each manga will appear in October and Novemeber (respectively).
I’m really pumped about Bungaku Shoujo. I read some of it already and thought it was great. I’m sure a lot of people are a little iffy (well if you didn’t care about the series to begin with, you probably weren’t upset) because of the whole Spice and Wolf fiasco but I have faith. My Spice and Wolf novel finally arrived from RightStuf and I am just too excited to start reading it. The dust jacket is great too. But I’m sure that the Spice and Wolf deal was a lesson for Yen Press too. What they did makes sense to me. I just talked to someone over at Tokyopop and they aren’t continuing a bunch of series because they weren’t profitable (GOSICK, luckily, will be returning this March). If the alternate cover would help the series sell then that is what everyone really wants right? The series to continue? Well I’d be more worried about releasing a series of 4komas. As far as I know they haven’t been doing that good over here. But we can hope that K-ON’s fanbase is bigger than Hidamari’s. (it is)