What makes licensing LNs so hard compared to Manga / Anime?



  • @timmaaah
    Well, in general, anything that can be considered erotica (YA or higher) has been having issues on Amazon and other online retailers in the US.
    I remember an article about English-speaking erotica authors (especially indie ones) complaining about Amazon lowering their discoverability.
    So, yeah, there are issues regarding potentially-sexually works on every platform and media lately.


  • Premium Member

    @bloodygaikotsu Basically this is what I was trying to get at. While the manga on many of these titles have made it through licensing there still seems to be a big barrier in the way when it comes to the light novels. Don't know why but there is.



  • @lighthawk96
    Well, not like Manga is completely unscathed either, remember when many of Seven seas titles were removed/rejected by various digital retailers over the content?


  • Premium Member

    @timmaaah JK haru and DxD are really different, first JK Haru is a one shot (seem like there's a vol 2 but it's in self publication) while H DxD is 20+ you can take the trouble and extra effort for one vol that will likely stay digital only for ever but publishing a big serie will only be more trouble with each vol.
    Also the public they target are totally different JK Haru is targeting mostly adulte and older teen to which there no real problem selling erotic novel, while DxD target mostly teenage boy to which it's way more controversial to sell erotic story.
    Plus "JK haru is a sex worker in an other world" clearly state what you can expect to see in it, while "Highschool DxD" doesn’t tell much. Which mean that if someone complain about buying an erotic novel without knowing:
    -if the title speak of sex worker you can tell them there stupid (in a more polite way).
    -if the title speak of highschool it's more difficult. You could end up with a controversy cause by angry parents and thoose are never good for business.


  • Premium Member

    @raitoiro I was only really addressing this point

    "Some titles like “Highschool DxD” are considered too, how should I put it, close to a whole other genre all together to get licensed here in the English-speaking world. If you’ve seen the anime then you know where I’m coming from on this one."

    The point is that he was saying that DxD is closer to porn than the fantasy/action genre that it is, which i disagree with. To be hones DxD is rather tame from the 19 volumes of the fan translation that i have read. How not to summon a demon lord goes way further than DxD does on the ecchi scale, but still has the same target audience age range.


  • Premium Member

    @raitoiro
    I totally agree with how you put that.


  • Premium Member

    @timmaaah I was mostly contesting the the comparaison between "H DxD" and "JK Haru" because they're totaly different things.
    A comparaison with "How not to summon a demon lord" is way better, at least for the genre because unlike "How not ...", "H DxD" is way too long, the publisher is problematic and the adaptation cover way to much material, plus 19 vol of fantrad even badly done is still a problem.


  • Premium Member

    @raitoiro Exactly my point.
    I was making the point that the fact that the story is a bit ecchi isn't the reason it isn't getting licenced... There are many other reasons, but the genre isn't the reason.