Crunchyroll Expo 2021 – KADOKAWA New Project Announcement – Notes

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What is KADOKAWA?

KADOKAWA, “formerly the Kadokawa Shoten Publishing Co., Ltd., is a Japanese publisher and division of Kadokawa Future Publishing based in Tokyo, Japan. It became an internal division of Kadokawa Corporation on October 1, 2013. Kadokawa publishes manga, light novels, manga anthology magazines such as Monthly Asuka and Monthly Shōnen Ace, and entertainment magazines such as Newtype. Since its founding, Kadokawa has expanded into the multimedia sector, namely in video games (as Kadokawa Games) and in live-action and animated films (as Kadokawa Pictures).” (Wikipedia) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kadokawa_Shoten

Learn more about their museum here: https://www.archdaily.com/959162/kadokawa-culture-museum-kengo-kuma-and-associates-plus-kajima-design 

New Project Announcement

KADOKAWA publishes about 5,000 books per year. The company licenses their comics and light-novels to their group company Yen Press. Knowing how large the English audience is for new content, KADOKAWA is aiming to start simultaneous distribution of titles in Japanese and English. They plan to start with publishing books, and soon move up to simul-pubs of serialized comic chapters. 

Light-novel works will start this form of distribution in October 2021 via their digital platforms. Please support these official releases!

Line-up of Comics Getting an Official English Translation

  • “I’m Quitting Heroing” [sic] 
  • “The Insipid Prince’s Furtive Grab for the Throne” 
  • “A Boy Raised by gods will be the strongest” 
  • “The 31st Consort” 
  • “My Little Sister Stole my Fiance” 
  • “The Lotus Eaters, Drunk and Sober” 
  • “Magic Stone Gourmet: Eating Magical Power Made Me the Strongest”

Quick Report of Light-Novels Getting an Official English Translation

  • “I’m Quitting Heroing” 
  • “The Insipid Prince’s Furtive Grab for the Throne” 
  • “Higehiro: After Being Rejected, I shaved and Took in a High School Runaway”

Big Campaign on BOOK☆WALKER (KADOKAWA ’s official eBook store & app for Manga/Light Novels)

  • KADOKAWA is opening an official Twitter account and Facebook page, “KADOKAWA digi-pub NEWS” to send out quick, official announcements on new releases, share messages from authors and editorial staff, announce giveaways/new episodes of comics, and so much more!
  • 50% coin back on first purchase 
  • Renewed app
  • Simil-pubs are coming
  • First 3 chapters of titles above are free until September 1st 
  • Use coupon code “theanimeman” for an additional 600 yen (about $6) off your first purchase!
  • Twitter Giveaway! (Image below)
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