J-Novel Club Announces Thirteen New Titles at Anime Expo Event

This past weekend J-Novel Club took part in the Digital Anime Expo event, known as Anime Expo Lite, to announce a selection of new Light Novel and Manga titles; with highlights including Slayers and Record of Wortenia War.

A full breakdown of what was announced during the streaming event, as well as availability on the digital platform of J-Novel Club, can be found below:

Light Novel:

A Lily Blooms in Another World: Miyako Florence isn’t sad when her fiancé breaks off their engagement after two years. It’s all according to plan! Whisked to the world of her favorite otome game, Miyako frees herself from a dull noble to pursue her true soulmate: the game’s villainess Fuuka Hamilton. Part 1 available on J-Novel Club.

Black Summoner: Waking up in a strange new place with no memory of his past life, Kelvin learns that he’s bartered away those very memories in exchange for powerful new abilities during his recent transmigration. Heading out into a whole new world as a Summoner — with his first Follower being the very goddess who brought him over! Volume 1 Part 1 and Volume 1 Part 2 available on J-Novel Club.

The Bloodline: A boy fated to a short lifespan. A girl of royalty possessed of eternal youth. Publishing first on J-Novel Club.

Holmes of Kyoto: Half a year after moving to Kyoto, high school girl Aoi Mashiro brings her late grandfather’s old scrolls to Kura, an antique store nestled in Kyoto’s Teramachi-Sanjo shopping arcade, for an appraisal. One thing leads to another, and she winds up working there part-time. The manager’s son, Kiyotaka Yagashira—nicknamed the “Holmes of Kyoto”—is uncannily perceptive, and together, they solve strange cases relating to the antiques brought to them by clients. Volume 1 Part 1 and Volume 1 Part 2 available on J-Novel Club.

Mapping: The Trash-Tier Skill That Got Me Into a Top-Tier Party: Note Athlon was really looking forward to becoming an adventurer with his best friend (and crush) Miya. That is, until he drew Mapping—a rare skill with practically no purpose. In other words, it’s trash. This kicks off a vicious spiral for Note, who plummets further and further into the depths of self-loathing despair when Miya leaves him. Volume 1 Part 1 and Volume 1 Part 2 available on J-Novel Club.

My Instant Death Ability is So Overpowered, No One in This Other World Stands a Chance Against Me!: Awaking to absolute chaos and carnage while on a school trip, Yogiri Takatou discovers that everyone in his class has been transported to another world! He had somehow managed to sleep through the entire ordeal himself, missing out on the Gift — powers bestowed upon the others by a mysterious Sage who appeared to transport them. Volume 1 Part 1 and Volume 1 Part 2 available on J-Novel Club.

Slayers: Beautiful and brilliant sorcerer girls just can’t have nice things, huh? All I wanted to do was swipe a little bit of bandit treasure. Now suddenly I’m being chased around by icky trolls, nasty demons, mean mummies, and brooding golem bad boys. And for what? A tiny little artifact that can bring about the end of the world? Hah! I’ll show them there’s a reason you don’t cross Lina Inverse… Volume 1 Part 1 available on J-Novel Club.

The Sorcerer’s Receptionist: In a world of everyday magic, Nanalie has always dreamed of becoming a receptionist at the prestigious Sorcerer’s Guild. To achieve her goal, she needs to attend a magic school full of princes and the daughters of nobles. Determined to prove that a commoner can be the number one student, she must compete with Rockmann, the son of a duke. Volume 1 Part 1 and Volume 1 Part 2 available on J-Novel Club.

WATARU!!! The Hot-Blooded Fighting Teen & His Epic Adventures in a Fantasy World After Stopping a Truck with His Bare Hands!!: It’s a wonderful day for Wataru Ito, high school student, master martial artist, honorable and humble teenager, and all-around awesome guy. During his daily run to school he happened to get hit by a large truck barreling around a corner. Not that this is the kind of event that would be the end of the likes of Wataru, of course, but when a truck runs into you, you get sent to another world. That’s just the way things are sometimes. Volume 1 Part 1 and Volume 1 Part 2 available on J-Novel Club.


Black Summoner: “If you truly want to get stronger, you have to challenge and defeat those stronger than yourself.” While being transmigrated to another world, Kelvin bartered away his memories for a collection of powerful new abilities. Setting out on the ultimate adventure as the world’s strongest Summoner — with his first Follower being the very goddess who brought him over! — he soon discovers his true nature as a battle junkie. Volume 1 Chapter 1 available on J-Novel Club.

I Love Yuri and I Got Bodyswapped with a Fujoshi!: A romantic comedy manga series featuring Reiji Yoshida, a yuri otaku who loves yuri more than anything! But a vengeful ghost bodyswaps him with Mitsuru Hoshina, a fujoshi who is obsessed with boys’ love! Volume 1 Chapter 1 available on J-Novel Club.

Mapping: The Trash-Tier Skill That Got Me Into a Top-Tier Party: Note used to dream of becoming a top-tier adventurer, but now he spends his days drinking away his profits at the local tavern and reminiscing about the past. Funny a boy with the Mapping ability could get so lost, huh? That’s right. Note’s dreams of becoming a big name in adventuring died the day he pulled the infamous trash-tier skill Mapping. Volume 1 Chapter 1 available on J-Novel Club.

Record of Wortenia War: High-schooler Ryoma Mikoshiba finds himself summoned to another world by the warmongering O’ltormea Empire. But Ryoma is no ordinary school boy – he has both talent and training in martial arts. Using his skills in martial arts to escape captivity and swearing revenge on the country that summoned him, Ryoma finds himself in a world where he can become stronger by absorbing the life force of whomever he slays – a world that fits his talents to a bloody T. Volume 1 Chapter 1 available on J-Novel Club.

All of the titles listed above have currently only been announced for digital availability, with the first chapter being available to read on the J-Novel Club platform, and physical availability for each of the titles has yet to be mentioned. Further information on each of these titles can be found through the official J-Novel Club website.

About Scott Emsen
Scott is the Founder and Executive Editor of AnimeBlurayUK but in the past he has produced content for ZOMGPlay, Rice Digital and Funstock and was once a Community Moderator for the Nokia N-Gage forums. Based in the UK, he loves anything related to Games & Anime and in In his spare time you'll mostly find him playing on one of his many gaming consoles; namely the Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 4.

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