J-Novel Club gets two Ichijinsha ranobe licenses

Acquires Worldwide English Digital Rights to “My Next Life as a Villainess: All Routes Lead to Doom!,” “Apparently it’s My Fault That My Husband Has The Head of a Beast” light novels

J-Novel Club, a legal way to read light novels, adds more titles in their library available to its members. The two titles, brought to readers worldwide through an arrangement with publishing giant Kodansha, bring their twists on the romance genre.

The press release sent to us is as follows:

SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS — September 27th, 2018 — J-Novel Club LLC is proud to announce the acquisition of “My Next Life as a Villainess: All Routes Lead to Doom!” and “Apparently it’s My Fault That My Husband Has The Head of a Beast” Ichijinsha, by arrangement from Kodansha Ltd., Tokyo. The first half of volume 1 for both series is available for members on j-novel.club to read today, plus a free preview for everyone else! The E-Books for volume 1 will go on sale in early December of 2018.

My Next Life as a Villainess: All Routes Lead to Doom!

乙女ゲームの破滅フラグしかない悪役令嬢に転生してしまった by Satoru Yamaguchi / Illustrations by Nami Hidaka

After hitting her head particularly hard one day, Duke Claes’ daughter, Katarina, suddenly recalls all the memories of her past life: that of a teenage Japanese girl. Just before her untimely death, this girl recalls playing an otome game… that is exactly like the world she’s living in now!

She is now Katarina Claes, the antagonist of the otome game, who nastily hounded the protagonist until the end. Knowing all the possible outcomes of the game, she realizes that every single possible route ends with Katarina being murdered or exiled! In order to avoid these Catastrophic Bad Ends, she has to use her knowledge of the game and her own wiles, starting with breaking off this engagement with the prince…

Will Katarina survive while making her way through this world, where bad flags trip at every turn? Find out in this reverse-harem rom-com, led by everybody’s favorite villainess!

Summarizing the synopsis, I can see that this is another take on the isekai genre, only that this time it’s in an otome game setting and that its focus is on the side of the antagonist.

Apparently it’s My Fault That My Husband Has The Head of a Beast

旦那様の頭が獣なのはどうも私のせいらしい by Eri Shiduki / Illustrations by Kasumi Nagi

Love Is a Beastly Business!

Rumor has it that Princess Rosemarie is an antisocial shut-in, but the truth is far stranger. The young princess hides from the world because of a strange condition: whenever someone expresses a negative emotion, she sees their head transform into that of a fearsome beast.

It seems there’s no one in the dishonest world of courtly manners she can trust… until she meets Prince Claudio of Baltzar, whose features remain ever human. The two marry at once, but she learns too late that his human features aren’t thanks to a kindly nature. Claudio has become a very real beast, all because of Rosemarie’s accidental theft of his mana many years prior!

Claudio’s life and future are on the line until he gets his mana back — and Rosemarie would give anything to know how to do it. Will they break their mutual curse in time for Rosemarie to get home for tea, or will Claudio lose his temper first? Find out in this new romantic fantasy.

This ain’t Beauty and the Beast but it looks like it in a way. Don’t get me wrong, the synopsis attracted my interest.

A J-Novel Club Membership is only $4.50 (around Php240 — click to see conversion) a month for an annual subscription (around Php2,900) including weekly releases of more than 25 ongoing series such as “How NOT to Summon a Demon Lord”, “Infinite Dendrogram”, “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”, among others. If you are keen on reading ranobe all day, any day, this is a great deal.