Knight's & Magic
Publisher: Hero Bunko (I know they do not have an affiliation with JNC, but hey, that's what Licensing Suggestions are for! ^_^)
A mecha otaku is reincarnated into another world as Ernesti Echevalier (Eru). In this world there exist huge humanoid weapons known as Silhouette Knight. Dreaming of piloting those robots, Eru, he dedicates himself since then to fulfill his longtime dream of building and piloting his own mecha, revolutionizing them in the process.
For every mecha lover, this series is for you! Forget about harems of girls, here we have harems of Giant Fighting Robots!
I watched the anime and it seemed nice, but after reading the fan translation I thought the adaptation was horrible lol
After reading the first 4 fan-translated volumes I found out how much content they cut in the anime...
The LN doesn't seem to have a good publishing schedule though, which is worrying:
- 2013: three volumes
- 2014: one volume
- 2015: one volume
- 2016: one volume
- 2017: two volumes
But I guess 2 volumes in 2017 might mean the author is picking up the pace again (like at the start).
I would really like to see this licensed some day.
Haven’t seen the anime but mecha Light Novel? Yes please! I feel like the anime was well received for what it was and this would do well too.
I loved this anime but absolutely adored the light novel, despite the numerous problems with the fan translation (seriously needed a better editor, preferably one who had a better understanding of English). I liked the story and characters so much that I bought the light novel in Japanese to use it to mine sentences for my Japanese language studies.
The rumour is that the publisher was seeking $10,000 per volume in licensing fees, which was why nobody has licensed it. Hopefully that's changed by now.
@guspaz What is a more typical price?
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@legitpancake I'm not sure what would be, but take into account that each volume ends up costing 7$ on Amazon. Let's be generous and say that Amazon only takes 1 dollar from that fee, with 6 going back to JNC. You'd need to sell like 1,750 copies just to make a 10k licensing fee back, then there's the translation and edition costs, I'm not exactly sure what's the current cost for Japanese to English translations, but for other languages I've seen a rate of 0.1-0.25 per word. I'll go with Seigensou's volume 1 word count of 63214 words according to the fan translator. That'd mean it would go from 6.3K$ to 15.8K$ for translation alone, let's go midway and say another 10K. That leaves a solid 3.5K sales in order just to make back the investment. I don't think we have definitive sales numbers from any JNC series right?? But going by how Sam has made comments that they'd need at least 3k guaranteed sales to justify a print edition, I'm pretty sure that new series don't make these numbers unless they are insanely popular. And don't get me wrong, I liked Knights & Magic, but it got bashed a lot back when it aired for its pacing.
It may be out of date, but Amazon used to pay a 70% royalty on the pre-tax amount, minus a few cents for the delivery fees. As a result, on a $7 book, I'd expect Amazon to take around $2.16 of that.
@paulnamida There is also the monthly Subscriptions to take account of. For that, we could take the number of Subscribers and multiply that by 5 to get how much money JNC gets from subscriptions (I did not count the extra cost of premium because I see that as buying one book per month and should be put into a different place).
Crunchyroll is simul-publishing the manga. They have 44 chapters out so far. I’m not finding them bundled into volumes yet. I didn’t even realize a LN was the original, I’d love to pick up that.