Light Novel Label

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Novel #-9

2D Dream Bunko (Nijigen Dream Bunko)

Japanese: 二次元ドリーム文庫

Publisher: Kill Time Communication

Links:

Official Site

2D Dream Novels (Nijigen Dream Novels)

Japanese: 二次元ドリームノベルズ

Publisher: Kill Time Communication

Links:

Official Site

2D EX Novels (Nijigen EX Novels)

Japanese: 二次元EXノベルズ

Publisher: Kill Time Communication

Links:

Official Site

2D Game Bunko (Nijigen Game Bunko)

Japanese: 二次元ゲーム文庫

Circulation: 2009/01 - ?

Publisher: Kill Time Communication

Links:

Official Site

Info:

Light novels based on bishoujo games. The label was founded in January 2009.

2D Game Novels (Nijigen Game Novels)

Japanese: 二次元ゲームノベルズ

Publisher: Kill Time Communication

Links:

Official Site

A

Novel A

AZ Bunko

Japanese: アズ文庫

Circulation: 2014/01 - ?

Publisher: East Press

Links:

Official Site

Info:

BL light novels. The label started on January 30th, 2014 with the release of 3 light novel volumes under this label. Light novels will be published under this label on the end of odd months, while works under AZ Novels will be published on the end of even months.

AZ Bunko White

Japanese: アズ文庫・ホワイト

Circulation: 2014/01 - ?

Publisher: East Press

Links:

Official Site

Info:

BL light novels. The label started on January 30th, 2014 with the release of the first light novel volume under this label. Light novels will be published under this label on the end of odd months, while works under AZ Novels will be published on the end of even months.

AZ Novels

Japanese: アズ・ノベルズ

Circulation: 2002 - ?

Publisher: East Press

Links:

Official Site

Info:

BL light novels.

AZ White

Japanese: アズ・ホワイト

Circulation: 2012/12 - ?

Publisher: East Press

Links:

Official Site

Info:

BL light novels. The label is described as a new feeling/sensation BL novels, and was started as the sister label of "AZ Novels" on its 10th anniversary. The label started on December 27th, 2012 with the release of the first light novel volume under it.

Alpha Light Bunko

Japanese: アルファライト文庫

Circulation: 2014/06 - ?

Publisher: AlphaPolis

Links:

Official Site

Info:

A light novel bunko label that publishes net novel works from the novel contribution site "Shousetsuka ni Narou" (小説家になろう) in book/paper format. The label started on June 12th, 2014 with the release of two light novel volumes.

AlphaPolis Bunko

Japanese: アルファポリス文庫

Circulation: 2006/10 - ?

Publisher: AlphaPolis

Info:

The label started on October 29th, 2006.

Aqua Bunko

Japanese: アクア文庫

Circulation: 2003/12 - 2007/06

Publisher: Oakla Shuppan

Links:

Official Site

Aqua Novels

Japanese: アクアノベルズ

Circulation: ? - 2010/04

Publisher: Oakla Shuppan (Okura Shuppan)

ArianRose

Japanese: アリアンローズ

Circulation: 2013/07 - ?

Publisher: Frontier Works

Links:

Official Site

Info:
A female oriented light novel label that focuses on fantasy where the girl plays an active role in a different world. The label started on July 12th, 2013 with the release of two light novel volumes. One or two light novel works are published under this label each month.

Arles Novels

Japanese: アルルノベルス

Circulation: ? - 2010/05

Publisher: One Two Magazine-Sha

Links:

Official Site

Asahi Aero Bunko

Japanese: 朝日エアロ文庫

Release Date: Quarterly (February, May, August, and November)
Circulation: 2014/11 - ?

Publisher: Asahi Shimbun

Links:

Official Site

Info:

An entertainment bunko label that deals with light works, and targets youth from their teens to their thirties. It focuses on light mystery, fantasy, and romance novels, and puts an emphasis on character traits. Asahi Aero Bunko follows the same trend as novels published under Kadokawa Bunko, Media Works Bunko, Fujimi L Bunko, and Shincho Bunko nex. The label started on November 20th, 2014 with the release of five light novel volumes. Two to four novel works will be released under the label every three months.

Asahi Bunko Sonorama Selection

Japanese: 朝日文庫・ソノラマセレクション

Publisher: Asahi Shimbun

Info:

Previously published by Asahi Sonorama.

Asahi Novels

Japanese: 朝日ノベルズ

Circulation: 2008/10 - ?

Publisher: Asahi Shimbun

Links:

Official Site
Asahi Shimbun's Asahi Novels page

Info:

Asahi Shimbun's light novel label that started on October 21st, 2008. Entertainment works of the following genres: SF, fantasy, romance, mystery, and horror.

Atomic Bunko

Japanese: あとみっく文庫

Circulation: 2009/07 - ?

Publisher: Kill Time Communication

Links:

Official Site

Info:

A little bit adult/ecchi light novels. The label started on July 23rd, 2009 with the release of the first light novel.

AuRoRa NoVeLs

Circulation: 1999/09 - 2000/09

Publisher: Oakla Shuppan

Avalon Novels

Japanese: アヴァロンノベルス

Circulation: 2015/07 - ?

Publisher: Hobby Japan

Links:

Official Site

Info:

Adult light novels aimed at adult men. Described as a little adult entertainment novel label. Adult web novel works from the novel contribution website "Nocturne Novels" (ノクターンノベルズ) are published in book/paper format under the "Avalon Novels" label with the addition of illustrations to them. (Nocturne Novels is an adult section of the novel contribution website "Shousetsuka ni Narou" (小説家になろう) that's aimed at adult male audience). The label started on July 23rd, 2015 with the release of one light novel volume.

Axis Label

Japanese: あくしずレーベル

Circulation: 2009/07 - ?

Publisher: Ikaros Shobo

Info:

A light novel label that makes the bishoujo and military its theme.

B

Novel B

B's-LOG Bunko

Japanese: B's-LOG文庫 (ビーズログ文庫)

Release Date: Monthly; 15th
Circulation: 2006/10 - ?

Publisher: Enterbrain

Links:

Official Site

B's-LOG general site

Info:

Light novels aimed at the otome. The light novels are published on the 15th of every month.

B's-LOG Bunko Alice

Japanese: B's-LOG文庫アリス (ビーズログ文庫アリス)

Release Date: Monthly; 15th
Circulation: 2015/04 - ?

Publisher: Enterbrain

Links:

Official Site

Info:

A light novel label that's aimed at the otome. The Alice in the label's name is derived from the Alice character from the "Alice in Wonderland". The label started on April 15th, 2015 with the release of four light novel volumes.

B-Boy Novels

Japanese: ビーボーイノベルズ

Publisher: Libre Shuppan

B-Boy Slash Novels

Japanese: ビーボーイスラッシュノベルズ

Publisher: Libre Shuppan

B-Prince Bunko

Japanese: B-PRINCE文庫 (ビープリンス文庫)

Circulation: 2008/04 - ?

Publisher: ASCII Media Works

Links:

Official Site

Info:

The number 1 BL (boys love) publisher Libre Shuppan, and the well-known entertainment novel publishing company MediaWorks started a new label for publishing BL(boys love) light novels. The label titled: "B-Prince Bunko" started on April 7th, 2008, with 5 novels published on that day.

Publication planning and editing is by Libre Shuppan, publication is by ASCII Media Works, and is sold through Kadokawa Group Publishing.

BZ Novels

Japanese: BZノベルス (ビーゼツト ノベルス)

Circulation: 2009/07 - ?

Publisher: Take Shobo

Info:

Takeshobo's light novel label which started on July 17th, 2009.

BasiL Novels

Japanese: BasiLノベルズ

Publisher: Dream Maker

Beginning Novels

Japanese: ビギニングノベルズ

Size: B6
Circulation: 2015/02 - ?

Publisher: Kill Time Communication

Links:

Official Site

Info:

Adult light novel label that's aimed at adult men. Adult web novel works from the novel contribution website "Nocturne Novels" (ノクターンノベルズ) are published in book/paper format under the "Beginning Novels" label with the addition of illustrations to them. (Nocturne Novels is an adult section of the novel contribution website "Shousetsuka ni Narou" (小説家になろう) that's aimed at adult male audience). The label started on February 3rd, 2015 with the release of two light novel volumes.

Birz Novels

Japanese: バーズノベルス

Circulation: 2006/11 - ?

Publisher: Gentosha

Info:

Light novel adaptations of manga.

Bishoujo Bunko

Japanese: 美少女文庫

Publisher: France Shoin

Links:

Official Site

Bishoujo Bunko Escale

Japanese: 美少女文庫えすかれ

Circulation: 2009/03 - ?

Publisher: France Shoin

Links:

Official Site

Info:

Adult light novels. A sister label of the Bishoujo Bunko label. The label's name is short for "Bishoujo Bunko Escalate" (美少女文庫エスカレート). Unlike the main label "Bishoujo Bunko", there's no challenging conditions and editing restrictions put on this label. Differences in the cover design makes it easy to distinct light novels from this label and Bishoujo Bunko's light novels. The label started on March 16th, 2009.

Bungeisha Peach Bunko

Japanese: 文芸社ピーチ文庫

Circulation: 2013/02 - ?

Publisher: Bungeisha

Info:
BL light novel label. The label started on February 25th, 2013 with the release of two light novel volumes.

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Novel C

CIAO Lululu novels

Japanese: CIAOルルルノベルズ

Circulation: 2010/11 - ?

Publisher: Shogakukan

Links:

Official Site

Info:

The label started on November 1st, 2010.

CITRUS NOVELS

Japanese: シトラスノベルズ

Circulation: 2007/09 - ?

Publisher: Ohzora Shuppan

Info:

BL novels.

Cecil Bunko

Japanese: セシル文庫

Publisher: Cosmic Shuppan

Links:

Official Site

Chara Bunko

Japanese: キャラ文庫

Publisher: Tokuma Shoten

Links:

Official Site

Charade Bunko

Japanese: シャレード文庫

Publisher: Futami Shobo

Links:

Official Site

Charade Pearl Bunko

Japanese: シャレードパール文庫

Circulation: 2007/10 - ?

Publisher: Futami Shobo

Links:

Official Site

Info:

BL bunko label. The label was established on October 2007 as Charade Bunko's sister label.

Chiffon Bunko

Japanese: シフォン文庫

Circulation: 2012/05 - ?

Publisher: Shueisha

Links:

Official Site

Info:

A romantic light novel label. The label started on May 18th, 2012 with the release of three light novel volumes.

Chocolat Bunko

Japanese: ショコラ文庫

Circulation: 2011/01 - ?

Publisher: Shinkosha

Links:

Official Site

Info:

BL light novels. The label started on January 10th, 2011 with the release of 5 volumes.

Chocolat Novels

Japanese: ショコラノベルス

Circulation: ? - 2010/12

Publisher: Shinkosha

Links:

Official Site

Info:

BL light novels. The label ended on December 10th, 2010 with the release of the last volume under this label.

Chocolat Novels Hyper

Japanese: ショコラノベルスハイパー

Circulation: ? - 2010/12

Publisher: Shinkosha

Links:

Official Site

Info:

BL light novels. The label ended on December 10th, 2010 with the release of the last volume under this label.

Ciao Novels

Japanese: ちゃおノベルズ

Circulation: 2008/08 - ?

Publisher: Shogakukan

Info:

Light novel adaptations of manga serialized in the manga magazine Ciao.

Cinderella Novels

Japanese: シンデレラノベルス

Release Date: Monthly
Circulation: 2015/07 - ?

Publisher: Hobby Japan

Links:

Official Site

Info:

Adult light novels aimed at adult women. Adult web novel works from the novel contribution website "Moonlight Novels" (ムーンライトノベルズ) are published in book/paper format under the "Melissa" label with the addition of illustrations to them. (Moonlight Novels is an adult section of the novel contribution website "Shousetsuka ni Narou" (小説家になろう) that's aimed at adult female audience). The label started on July 23rd, 2015 with the release of one light novel volume.

Cobalt Bunko

Japanese: コバルト文庫

Publisher: Shueisha

Links:

Official Site

Info:

Shueisha's light novel label that's aimed at teenage girls (shoujo novels).

Comic Novels

Publisher: Square Enix

Info:

Light novels based on manga are published under this label.

Cosmic Bunko α (Cosmic Bunko Alpha)

Japanese: コスミック文庫α (コスミック文庫アルファ)

Release Date: Monthly
Circulation: 2015/06 - ?

Publisher: Cosmic Shuppan

Info:

A character light novel label that's aimed at women. Various genre of mystery, fantasy, comedy, ... are published under the label. It started on June 18th, 2015 with the release of two light novel volumes.

Cross Novels

Japanese: クロスノベルス

Publisher: Kasakura Shuppansha

Links:

Official Site

Crystal Bunko

Publisher: Seibido Shuppan

C★NOVELS Bibliotheque

Publisher: Chuokoron-Shinsha

Links:

Official Site

C★NOVELS Fantasia

Japanese: C★NOVELS ファンタジア

Publisher: Chuokoron-Shinsha

Links:

Official Site

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Novel D

DMC NOVELS

Circulation: 2007/06 - ?

Publisher: Ichijinsha

Info:

Novel adaptations of bishoujo games and role-playing games.

Daria Bunko

Japanese: ダリア文庫

Publisher: Frontier Works

Daria Series

Japanese: ダリアシリーズ

Circulation: 2013/09 - ?

Publisher: Frontier Works

Links:

Official Site

Info:

BL light novels.

Dash X Bunko (Dash X Label)

Japanese: ダッシュエックス文庫

Release Date: Monthly; 25th
Circulation: 2014/11 - ?

Publisher: Shueisha

Links:

Official Site

Info:

A light novel label that targets males from their mid teens to their twenties. The label publishes original light novels that contains various genres of: fantasy, science fiction, mystery, romance, history, horror, etc... Published "Dash X Bunko" light novel works will have various adaptations, such as manga adaptations in Shueisha's Jump manga magazines, anime adaptations, deployment of mediamix works/projects, and movie adaptations. Light novel works will also be delivered in e-book format. The label started on November 21st, 2014 with the release of four light novel volumes.

Dear+ Bunko

Japanese: ディアプラス文庫

Publisher: Shinshokan

Dengeki Bunko

Logo

Japanese: 電撃文庫

Publisher: ASCII Media Works

Links:

Official Site

Dengeki Bunko's movie official site

Info:

Shounen light novels (mainly aimed at male otakus).

Publication:

  • A/B Extreme
    • Author: Takahashi Yashichirou
    • Illustrator: Kaneda Eiji
  • Akuma no Mikata
    • Author: Ueo Hisamitsu
    • Illustrator: Fujita Kaori
  • Allison
    • Author: Sigsawa Keiichi
    • Illustrator: Kuroboshi Kouhaku
  • Aruhi, Bakudan ga Ochitekite
    • Author: Furuhashi Hideyuki
    • Illustrator: Higa Yukari
  • Astral
    • Author: Imada Takafumi
    • Illustrator: Tomozo
  • Asura Cryin'
    • Author: Mikumo Gakuto
    • Illustrator: Watanuki Nao
  • BACCANO!
    • Author: Narita Ryohgo
    • Illustrator: Enami Katsumi
  • Bokusatsu Tenshi Dokuro-chan
    • Author: Okayu Masaki
    • Illustrator: Torishimo
  • Called Gehenna
    • Author: Mikumo Gakuto
    • Illustrator: Shinobu Shouryuu
  • COOLDOWN
    • Author: Date Masanori
    • Illustrator: Ogata Kouji
  • Criss Cross Konton no Maoh
    • Author: Takahata Kyouichirou
    • Illustrator: Kigawa Rin
  • Crystal Communication anata no kamisama wa imasuka
    • Author: Akatsuki Yukiya
    • Illustrator: Poporucha
  • Custom Child
    • Author: Kabei Yukako
    • Illustrator: Suzuki Jirou
  • E.G. Combat
    • Author: Akiyama Mizuhito
    • Illustrator: ☆Yoshimiru
  • Etsusa Oohashi Series
    • Author: Narita Ryohgo
    • Illustrator: Yasuda Suzuhito
  • Gaikotsu Knife de Jump
    • Author: Achi Tarou
    • Illustrator: Miya Sumi
  • Gakkou wo Deyou!
    • Author: Tanigawa Nagaru
    • Illustrator: Aonama Massao
  • Gekitsui Majo Himika
    • Author: Oginome Yuki
    • Illustrator: Konoe Ototsugi
  • Gin-iro no Olynssis
    • Author: Amamiya Hitomi
    • Illustrator: Hirai Hisashi
  • Ginga Kankou Ryokan Sora no Yu he Irasshai!
    • Author: Arai Ryuji
    • Illustrator: Misakura Nankotsu
  • Gokudo-kun Manyuki Gaiden
    • Author: Nakamura Usagi
    • Illustrator: Kirishima Takeru
  • Goreitoushi Okki Den
    • Author: Domon Hiroyuki
    • Illustrator: ☆Yoshimiru
  • Grow Lanser
    • Author: Takase Mie
    • Illustrator: Urushihara Satoshi
  • Gunparade March
    • Author: Sakaki Ryousuke
    • Illustrator: Kimura Junko
  • Guns Heart
    • Author: Takami Kazuyuki
    • Illustrator: Aoiro Koto
  • Hanbun no Tsuki ga Noboru Sora
    • Author: Hashimoto Tsumugu
    • Illustrator: Yamamoto Keiji
  • i.d.
    • Author: Mikumo Gakuto
    • Illustrator: Miyamoto Kazuo
  • Infinity Zero
    • Author: Arisawa Mamizu
    • Illustrator: Ninomiya Hajime
  • Inside World
    • Author: Suoh Tsukasa
    • Illustrator: Morikura En
  • Inukami!
    • Author: Arisawa Mamizu
    • Illustrator: Wakatsuki Kanna
  • Irisu no Niji
    • Author: Nanatuki Takafumi
    • Illustrator: Hirano Katsuyuki
  • Iriya no Sora, UFO no Natsu
    • Author: Akiyama Mizuhito
    • Illustrator: Komatsu Eiji
  • Itsumo Dokodemo Nin 2 Ninja
    • Author: Achi Tarou
    • Illustrator: Miya Sumi
  • Kaguya Nikki ~GIRL meets BOY from AKITSUSHIMA~
    • Author: Hibiki Tensei
    • Illustrator: Azuma Masakadu
  • Kaleidoscope no Mukougawa
    • Author: Miki Yuuei
    • Illustrator: Puyo
  • Kamisama no Memo-chou
    • Author: Sugii Hikaru
    • Illustrator: Kishida Meru
  • Kamisu Reina series
    • Author: Mikage Eiji
  • Kanashimi Kimera
    • Author: Rairaku Rei
    • Illustrator: Yanagihara Mio
  • Kanojo wa Kisei Shijo
    • Author: Ueno Yuu
    • Illustrator: Akaza
  • Kare to Kanojo to Shoukan Mahou
    • Author: Kohduki Tsukasa
    • Illustrator: BUNBUN
  • Kashimashi ~Girl Meets Girl~
    • Author: Komao Mako
    • Illustrator: Katsura Yukimaru
  • Kazuki no Umi ni Sasayaku Jumon
    • Author: Amamiya Ryou
  • Kekkaishi no Fuga
    • Author: Minase Hazuki
    • Illustrator: Naruse Hirofumi
  • Kiiri
    • Author: Kabei Yukako
    • Illustrator: Taue Shunsuke
  • Kikai Jikake no Jaki Tsukai
    • Author: Kadono Kouhei
    • Illustrator: Ogata Kouji
  • Kindan no Tenki Yohou
    • Author: Yamashita Sadamu
    • Illustrator: Maruto!
  • Kino no Tabi -the Beautiful World-
    • Author: Sigsawa Keiichi
    • Illustrator: Kuroboshi Kouhaku
  • Kirin wa Ichizu ni Koi wo Suru
    • Author: Shimura Kazuya
    • Illustrator: Shiina Yuu
  • Kishin Shinsen
    • Author: Izumi Makoto
    • Illustrator: Yasuda Suzuhito
  • Kiseki no Hyougen
    • Author: Yuki Mitsutaka
    • Illustrator: KEI
  • Koutei Penguin ga Tonda Sora
    • Author: Saiki Ryuji
    • Illustrator: K Aniki
  • Kurogane Communication
    • Author: Akiyama Mizuhito
    • Illustrator: Takuma Tomomasa
  • Kyou Kagaku Hunter REI
    • Author: Nakazato Yuji
    • Illustrator: Obata Takeshi
  • Kyuukanchou no Deka
    • Author: Achi Tarou
    • Illustrator: Suzuki Yuka
  • Kyuuketsuki no Oshigoto
    • Author: Suzuki Suzu
    • Illustrator: Katase Yuu
  • LAST KISS
    • Author: Satou Kei
    • Illustrator: Takanashi Hitsuji
  • Mamoru-kun ni Bangaihen de Shukufuku wo!
    • Author: Iwata Hiroki
    • Illustrator: Satou Toshiyuki
  • Mamoru-kun ni Megami no Shukufuku wo!
    • Author: Iwata Hiroki
    • Illustrator: Satou Toshiyuki
  • Missing
    • Author: Kouda Gakuto
    • Illustrator: Midorikawa Shin
  • MM
    • Author: Yoshida Chikashi
    • Illustrator: 3
  • Ocharaka Ekimae Gekijou
    • Author: Achi Tarou
    • Illustrator: Suzuki Yuka
  • Omoi wa Itsumo Senkou Hanabi
    • Author: Isshiki Ginga
    • Illustrator: Yui
  • Onegai☆Teacher
    • Author: Zappa Gou
    • Illustrator: Uon Taraku, Gouda Hiroaki
  • Onegai☆Twins
    • Author: Zappa Gou
    • Illustrator: Uon Taraku, Gouda Hiroaki
  • Onmyou no Miyako
    • Author: Watase Souichirou
    • Illustrator: Tajima Sho-U (vol 1), Saino Wataru (vol 2-)
  • Ookami-san to Series
    • Author: Okita Masashi
    • Illustrator: Unaji
  • Ookami to Koushinryou
    • Author: Hasekura Isuna
    • Illustrator: Ayakura Juu
  • Ore-sama wa Waruga Kid
    • Author: Achi Tarou
    • Illustrator: Tomozo
  • Orusu Banshee
    • Author: Ogawa Masatake
    • Illustrator: Tobe Sunaho
  • Over The Horizon
    • Author: Tachibana Satsuki
    • Illustrator: Takashina Asahi
  • Owari no Chronicle
    • Author: Kawakami Minoru
    • Illustrator: Satoyasu
  • Raiko ni Omakase!
    • Author: Arai Ryuji
    • Illustrator: Mercy Rabbit
  • Raimuiro Senkitan amanohara gakkyuu nisshi
    • Author: Akahori Satoru
    • Illustrator: Watanabe Mayumi
  • Shakugan no SHANA
    • Author: Yashichiro Takahashi
    • Illustrator: Noiji Ito
  • Shigofumi ~Stories of Last Letter~
    • Author: Amamiya Ryou
    • Illustrator: Poko
  • Shinigami no Ballad
    • Author: Hasegawa Keisuke
    • Illustrator: Nanakusa
  • Starship Operators
    • Author: Mizuno Ryou
  • Strawberry Panic!
    • Author: Kimino Sakurako
    • Illustrator: Takumi Namuchi
  • Tarot no Goshujin-sama
    • Author: Nanae Hirotaka
    • Illustrator: Yuki Rin
  • Torikagosou no Kyou mo Nemutai Juunintachi
    • Author: Kabei Yukako
    • Illustrator: Tekuno Samata
  • Ultimate Girl ouka harukaze kyodai otome!
    • Author: Take Seiichi
    • Illustrator: Hamamoto Ryusuke
  • Umibe no Usagi
    • Author: Suzuki Suzu
    • Illustrator: Katase Yuu
  • Undead★Banisuta!
    • Author: Suzuki Suzu
    • Illustrator: Kana Tarou
  • Under Rug Rocking
    • Author: Nase Itsuki
    • Illustrator: Kazuto Izumi
  • Valkyrja no Kikou
    • Author: Yuki Rin
    • Illustrator: Miyamura Kazuo
  • Vamp!
    • Author: Narita Ryohgo
    • Illustrator: Enami Katsumi
  • Wagaya no Oinari-sama
    • Author: Shibamura Jin
    • Illustrator: Houden Eizou
  • Wakakusa Yakyuubu Kyousoukyoku
    • Author: Isshiki Ginga
    • Illustrator: Misuzu Aki
  • Watashitachi no Tamura-kun
    • Author: Takemiya Yuyuko
    • Illustrator: Yasu
  • Wizard's Brain
    • Author: Saegusa Reiichi
    • Illustrator: Sumi Keiichi
  • Words Worth no Houkago
    • Author: Sugihara Tomonori
    • Illustrator: Kosumi Yuuchi
  • Yume Miru Neko to Kanojo no Yukue
    • Author: Suoh Tsukasa
    • Illustrator: Morikura En
  • Yurayura to Yureru Umi no Kanata
    • Author: Kondou Nobuyoshi
    • Illustrator: Ebine
  • Yuuutsu Android
    • Author: Mashima Makoto
    • Illustrator: Kouhii

Dengeki G's Bunko

Japanese: 電撃G's文庫

Publisher: MediaWorks

Info:

What's published under this label are light novels for males that are based on bishoujo games.

Dengeki Game Bunko

Japanese: 電撃ゲーム文庫

Publisher: ASCII Media Works

Info:

Light novel label that has light novels based on video and PC games published under it.

Dolce Novels

Japanese: ドルチェノベルズ

Circulation: 2011/12 - ?
Release Date: Monthly; 15th

Publisher: Movic

Links:

Official Site

Info:

BL light novels. The label is described as a "new boy's love novel meets girl". The label started on December 15th, 2011 with the release of the first two light novel volumes under this label. The light novels are released on the 15th of every month.

E

Novel E

EDEN Novels

Japanese: エデンノベルズ (EDENノベルズ)

Circulation: 2010/07 - ?

Publisher: Mag Garden

Info:

Light novel series that are serialized online on Yahoo! Comic's free web comic magazine EDEN & Blade Comic Archive, which Mag Garden established on September 18th, 2009, are published under the "EDEN Novels" label. The label started on July 14th, 2010 with the release of the first collected volumes.

ELO NOVELS

Japanese: イーエルオーノベルズ

Circulation: 2010/06 - ?

Publisher: Oaks

Links:

Official Site

Info:

OKS's adult light novel label. The label started on June 18th, 2010.

EX Novels

Japanese: EXノベルズ

Circulation: 2000/12 - 2005/01

Publisher: Square Enix

Info:

A novel label that centered on horror and fantasy works. In April 2005 a succession label titled "Square Enix Novels" started, which in turn was renewed in 2009 and became the "GanGan Novels" label.

Earth Star Novel

Japanese: アース・スターノベル

Size: B6
Release Date: Monthly; 15th
Circulation: 2014/12 - ?

Publisher: EARTH STAR Entertainment

Links:

Official Site

Info:

A light novel label that publishes web novel works from the novel contribution website "Shousetsuka ni Narou" (小説家になろう) in tankoubon format. Described as a dramatic fantasy novel label for adults (assumed readership of twenties to fourties). The label started on December 12th, 2014 with the release of two light novel volumes. Two light novel volumes will be released on a monthly basis.

Echikawa Bunko

Japanese: えちかわ文庫

Circulation: 2014/05 - ?

Publisher: Kaiousha

Info:

Adult bishoujo light novel label that's aimed at adult males. The label started on May 17th, 2014 with the release of two light novel volumes.

Eternity Books Blanc (Eternity Books Shiro)

Japanese: エタニティブックスBlanc (エタニティブックス・白)

Publisher: AlphaPolis

Links:

Official Site

Info:
A romance novel label that's aimed at adult females. The color of the logo of this label is white (doesn't contain any sexual content).

Eternity Books' logo has different colors according to the existence of sexual content:
- Red logo color: lots of sexual content.
- Rose logo color: mild sexual content.
- White logo color: no sexual content.

Eternity Books Rose

Japanese: エタニティブックスRose (エタニティブックス・ロゼ)

Publisher: AlphaPolis

Links:

Official Site

Info:
A romance novel label that's aimed at adult females. The color of the logo of this label is rose (contains mild sexual content).

Eternity Books' logo has different colors according to the existence of sexual content:
- Red logo color: lots of sexual content.
- Rose logo color: mild sexual content.
- White logo color: no sexual content.

Eternity Books Rouge (Eternity Books Aka)

Japanese: エタニティブックスRouge (エタニティブックス・赤)

Publisher: AlphaPolis

Links:

Official Site

Info:
A romance novel label that's aimed at adult females. The color of the logo of this label is red (contains lots of sexual content).

Eternity Books' logo has different colors according to the existence of sexual content:
- Red logo color: lots of sexual content.
- Rose logo color: mild sexual content.
- White logo color: no sexual content.

Eternity Bunko Aka

Japanese: エタニティ文庫・赤

Publisher: AlphaPolis

Links:

Official Site

Info:
A romance novel label that's aimed at adult females. The color of the logo of this label is red (contains lots of sexual content).

Eternity Books' logo has different colors according to the existence of sexual content:
- Red logo color: lots of sexual content.
- Rose logo color: mild sexual content.
- White logo color: no sexual content.

Eternity Bunko Rose

Japanese: エタニティ文庫・ロゼ

Publisher: AlphaPolis

Links:

Official Site

Info:
A romance novel label that's aimed at adult females. The color of the logo of this label is rose (contains mild sexual content).

Eternity Books' logo has different colors according to the existence of sexual content:
- Red logo color: lots of sexual content.
- Rose logo color: mild sexual content.
- White logo color: no sexual content.

Eternity Bunko Shiro

Japanese: エタニティ文庫・白

Publisher: AlphaPolis

Links:

Official Site

Info:
A romance novel label that's aimed at adult females. The color of the logo of this label is white (doesn't contain any sexual content).

Eternity Books' logo has different colors according to the existence of sexual content:
- Red logo color: lots of sexual content.
- Rose logo color: mild sexual content.
- White logo color: no sexual content.

Ever Princess

Japanese: エバープリンセス

Release Date: Monthly; 25th
Circulation: 2014/09 - ?

Publisher: Oakla Shuppan

Info:

A female oriented teens love and otome-kei light novel label. The label started on September 25th, 2014 as a re-birth of the "Ever Romance" label with the release of three light novel volumes.

Ever Romance

Japanese: エバーロマンス

Release Date: Monthly; 25th
Circulation: 2013/07 - 2014/08

Publisher: Oakla Shuppan

Links:

Official Site

Ever Romance editorial department blog

Info:

A light novel label for women, and written by Japanese female authors, where Japanese women are the heroes. The label started on July 25th, 2013 with the release of two light novel volumes, and ended on August 25th, 2014. The otome-kei label "Ever Princess" is a re-birth of the "Ever Romance" label.

E☆2 Snack Novels

Japanese: E☆2スナックノベルス

Circulation: 2008/12 - ?

Publisher: Mediation

Links:

Official Site

Info:

Published by Mediation, and sold by Asuka Shinsha. Started on December 20th, 2008.

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Novel F

FC Lululu novels (Flower Comics Lululu novels)

Japanese: FCルルルnovels (FCルルルノベルス, フラワーコミックスルルルnovels)

Circulation: 2009/12 - ?

Publisher: Shogakukan

Links:

Official Site

Info:

Light novel adaptations of shoujo manga series. The label started on December 24th, 2009.

FC α Lululu novels (Flower Comics α Lululu novels)

Japanese: FCαルルルnovels (フラワーコミックスαルルルnovels)

Circulation: 2011/11 - ?

Publisher: Shogakukan

Links:

Official Site

Info:

The label started on November 10th, 2011.

Famitsu Bunko

Logo

Japanese: ファミ通文庫

Publisher: Enterbrain

Links:

Official Site

Serialization:

  • Emma
  • Yoshinaga-san chi no Gargoyle

Famitsu Bunko SP

Japanese: ファミ通文庫SP (ファミ通文庫スペシャル)

Circulation: 2007/01 - ?

Publisher: Enterbrain

Links:

Official Site

Info:

Famitsu Bunko special entertainment book. Publications are in the mook form of the B6 size. Every bound volume has feature articles focused on one light novel series.

Feather Bunko

Japanese: フェザー文庫

Circulation: 2011/11 - ?

Publisher: Ringo Promotion

Links:

Official Site

Info:

A light novel label that takes web novels (net novels), adds illustrations, converts them to books, and publishes them. The label mainly scouts popular net novel works from the novel contribution site "Shousetsuka ni Narou" (小説家になろう). The label started on November 10th, 2011 with the release of four light novel volumes.

Filia Bunko

Japanese: フィリア文庫

Publisher: Frontier Works

Links:

Official Site

Fleur Bunko Bleu Line (Fleur Label Bleu Line)

Japanese: フルール文庫 ブルーライン

Circulation: 2013/09 - ?

Publisher: Media Factory

Links:

Official Site

Info:

BL light novels that are serialized online on the web novel magazine fleur (under the Bleu Line) are published in paper form under this light novel label. It started on September 13th, 2013 with the release of two light novel volumes under the label. The label is aimed at adult women.

Fleur Bunko Rouge Line (Fleur Label Rouge Line)

Japanese: フルール文庫 ルージュライン

Circulation: 2013/09 - ?

Publisher: Media Factory

Links:

Official Site

Info:

Light novels containing romance between men and women that are serialized online on the web novel magazine fleur (under the Rouge Line) are published in paper form under this light novel label. It started on September 13th, 2013 with the release of two light novel volumes under the label. The label is aimed at adult women.

Four Bunko

Japanese: フォア文庫

Publisher: Iwasaki Shoten; Doshinsha; Kin no Hoshisha; Rironsha

Links:

Official Site

Info:

A label of children's novels. The "Four" in the label's name comes from the 4 publishers that are in cooperate publication of novels under this label.

Freedom Novel

Japanese: フリーダムノベル

Circulation: 2013/02 - ?

Publisher: Ringo Promotion

Links:

Official Site

Info:

A light novel label that takes web novels (net novels), adds illustrations, converts them to books, and publishes them. The label publishes net novel works from the novel contribution site "Shousetsuka ni Narou" (小説家になろう). The label started on February 26th, 2013 with the release of three light novel volumes.

Fujimi Dragon Book

Japanese: 富士見ドラゴンブック

Publisher: Fujimi Shobo

Info:

Shounen light novels.

Fujimi Fantasia Bunko

Logo

Japanese: 富士見ファンタジア文庫

Publisher: Fujimi Shobo

Links:

Official Site

Fujimi L Bunko

Japanese: 富士見L文庫

Release Date: Monthly; 15th
Circulation: 2014/06 - ?

Publisher: Fujimi Shobo

Links:

Official Site

Info:

Entertainment novel label that's aimed at an adult female audience (no adult content), and contains fantasy, gothic, mystery, etc... works. The label is mentioned as "Romance again for the literature girl who became an adult". The stories don't stick to the literature and light novel frameworks. The "L" in the label's name is an initial for "Literature" and "Light Novel". The label started on June 14th, 2014 with the release of 5 volumes.

Fujimi Mystery Bunko

Logo

Japanese: 富士見ミステリー文庫

Circulation: 2000/11 - 2009/03

Publisher: Fujimi Shobo

Links:

Official Site

Info:

Shounen light novels.

Fujimi Shobo Novels

Japanese: 富士見書房ノベルス

Circulation: 2014/03 - ?

Publisher: Fujimi Shobo

Info:

A light novel label that publishes web novel works from the novel contribution website "Shousetsuka ni Narou" (小説家になろう) in tankoubon format. The label started on March 17th, 2014 with the release of one light novel volume.

Futami Blueberry

Japanese: 二見ブルーベリー

Circulation: 2005/07 - 2006/05

Publisher: Futami Shobo

Links:

Official Site

f-Clan Bunko

Japanese: f-Clan文庫 (エフ-クラン文庫)

Circulation: 2011/10 - 2012/04

Publisher: Mikasa Shobo

Links:

Official Site

Info:

A light novel label that's aimed at females. The label's light novels do not only have romance, protagonists are not necessarily girls, are not surrounded by pretty characters, and have fantasy, mystery, sci-fi, etc. genres. The writers to this label are not only those that have been active in the field of girl oriented light novels, but also has authors who wrote children's literature and general literature. The slogan of the label is "not only love bonds, to give shape to free imagination!". The label started on October 17th, 2011 with the release of four light novel volumes. The label ended with the release of two light novel volumes on April 18th, 2012.

f-LAPIS LABEL

Japanese: f-ラピス

Circulation: 2005/09 - 2007/10

Publisher: Printemps Shuppan

Info:

BL light novels.

G

Novel G

G-type Novels

Circulation: 2003/02 - 2009/03

Publisher: Core Magazine

Links:

Official Site

GA Bunko

Japanese: GA文庫

Circulation: 2006/01 - ?

Publisher: SOFTBANK Creative

Links:

Official Site
GA Bunko blog

Info:

A light novel label that's aimed at males from their teens to their twenties.

GC Novels

Japanese: GCノベルズ (ジーシーノベルズ)

Circulation: 2014/05 - ?

Publisher: Micro Magazinesha

Links:

Official Site

Info:

Popular web novels are published in paper format under this label. GC Novels stand for "Got a Chance Novels". The label started on May 30th, 2014 with the release of two light novel volumes.

GFantasy Novels

Japanese: Gファンタジーノベルズ

Publisher: Square Enix

Info:

Light novel adaptations of manga from GFantasy magazine.

GUSH Bunko

Japanese: ガッシュ文庫

Publisher: Kaiousha

GUSH Novels

Japanese: ガッシュノベルズ

Circulation: 2013/09 - ?

Publisher: Kaiousha

Info:

BL light novel label. Started on September 19th, 2013 with the release of the first light novel volume under the label.

Gabriella Bunko

Japanese: ガブリエラ文庫

Circulation: 2014/07 - ?

Publisher: Sankosha

Links:

Official Site

Info:

Adult romance light novels aimed at females. The label started on July 25th, 2014 with the release of two light novel volumes. The label is a renewal/re-naming of the "Media Soft Grace Bunko" label.

Gagaga Bunko

Japanese: ガガガ文庫

Publisher: Shogakukan

Links:

Official Site

Info:

Shounen light novels. Entertainment novel bunko for boys.

Gagaga Bunko R (Revival)

Japanese: ガガガ文庫R (リバイバル)

Circulation: 2008/05 - ?

Publisher: Shogakukan

Links:

Official Site

Info:

Shounen light novels. Gagaga Bunko's sub light novel label. Started in May 2008, on Gagaga Bunko's first anniversary. The light novel label is intended for re-publication of works from the "Super Quest Bunko" label.

Game City Bunko

Japanese: GAMECITY文庫

Circulation: 2007/12 - 2009/03

Publisher: Koei

Links:

Official Site

Info:

Long, entertainment novels that are aimed at readers in their teens to their twenties. it includes the following genres: "historical fantasy," "romantic fantasy for women."

Game Novels

Japanese: ゲームノベルズ

Publisher: Square Enix

Info:

Light novels based on games are published under this label.

GanGan Novels

Japanese: ガンガンノベルズ

Circulation: 2009/07 - ?

Publisher: Square Enix

Info:

Abbreviated as GN. A light novel label that started on July 22nd, 2009. Light novels serialized online on Square Enix's free web magazine GanGan Online are published under this label. Its the succession label of the Square Enix Novels label.

Publication:

  • Ketsuraku Fetishism
    • Author: Ism Hino
    • Illustrator: Sadoru Chiba
  • Stand by me,Stand by you.
    • Author: Go
    • Illustrator: Tatsukichi

Genki Novels

Publisher: Movic

Links:

Official Site

Info:

BL novels.

Genrou Fantasia Novels

Japanese: 幻狼ファンタジアノベルス

Release Date: Monthly
Circulation: 2008/08 - 2012/08

Publisher: Gentosha

Links:

Official Site

Info:

Gentosha's light novel label that centers on science fiction and fantasy novels. The label started in August 2008 with its novels being released on a monthly basis. It ended in August 2012.

Gentosha Rutile Bunko

Japanese: 幻冬舎ルチル文庫

Publisher: Gentosha

Links:

Official Site

Info:

BL novel label. Starting from May 2008 the publication turned to monthly, with novels being published on the 15th of every month.

Gentosha Rutile Bunko L

Japanese: 幻冬舎ルチル文庫L

Circulation: 2014/07 - ?

Publisher: Gentosha

Info:

BL light novel label. Masterpiece works that were published under the "Lynx Romance" light novel label, are published under the "Gentosha Rutile Bunko L" label in bunkobon format. The label started on July 15th, 2014 with the release of three light novel volumes.

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Novel H

HJ Bunko

Japanese: HJ文庫

Circulation: 2006/07 - ?

Publisher: Hobby Japan

Links:

Official Site

HJ Bunko Blog

Info:

The light novel label started on July 1st, 2006. Light novels aimed at young adult male audience, and published on the 1st of every month.

HJ Bunko G

Japanese: HJ文庫G

Circulation: 2007/10 - ?

Publisher: Hobby Japan

Info:

A sub-label of HJ Bunko. The "G" in the title stands for "game". The light novels first published under this label were novel adaptations of Tabletalk RPGs (TRPG).

HJ Novels (Hobby Japan Novels)

Japanese: HJノベルス

Circulation: 2014/11 - ?

Publisher: Hobby Japan

Links:

Official Site

Info:

A light novel label that's aimed at a male readership. Web novel works from the novel contribution website "Shousetsuka ni Narou" (小説家になろう) get published in tankoubon format under the label. The label started on November 22nd, 2014 with the release of one light novel volume.

Hakusensha My Bunko

Japanese: 白泉社My文庫

Circulation: 2001/09 - 2002/07

Publisher: Hakusensha

Info:

A light novel label which started in 2001 and ended in 2002. A total of 9 light novel volumes were published under this label. The published works were in the broad mystery genre.

Hana to Yume Novels (Hana to Yume Comics Special Hana to Yume Novels, HC Special Hana to Yume Novels)

Japanese: 花とゆめコミックススペシャル 花とゆめノベルズ

Circulation: 2014/06 - ?

Publisher: Hakusensha

Info:

Novel adaptations of shoujo manga from the shoujo manga magazine Hana to Yume.

Hanamaru Bunko

Japanese: 花丸文庫

Publisher: Hakusensha

Links:

Official Site

Hanamaru Bunko Black

Japanese: 花丸文庫BLACK

Circulation: 2008/05 - ?

Publisher: Hakusensha

Hanamaru Novels

Japanese: 花丸ノベルズ

Publisher: Hakusensha

Links:

Official Site

Harlequin Lovesick

Japanese: ハーレクイン・ラブシック

Circulation: 2014/08 - ?

Publisher: Harlequin Enterprises

Links:

Official Site

Info:

The label publishes BL light novels that are translations of overseas MM (Male/Male, gay romance) novels, and reprints of old BL novels. The label is geared towards ladies. It started in August 2014 with the release of novels in digital format, and starting from October 25th, 2014 novels are also released in paper format.

Harvest Novels

Japanese: ハーヴェストノベルズ

Publisher: Harvest Shuppan

Links:

Official Site

Hayakawa Bunko FT

Japanese: ハヤカワ文庫FT

Publisher: Hayakawa Shobo

Hayakawa Bunko JA

Japanese: ハヤカワ文庫JA

Publisher: Hayakawa Shobo

Hero Bunko

Japanese: ヒーロー文庫

Circulation: 2012/09 - ?

Publisher: Shufunotomosha

Links:

Official Site

Info:

A light novel label where popular novels of the free online publishing website "Shousetsuka ni Narou" are published in paper format and are illustrated. The label is aimed at boys, and is described as a label where ordinary males become heroes, and as a label that shows males' dreams. The label started on September 28th, 2012 with the release of two light novel volumes.

Hianti Novels

Japanese: キャンティノベルズ

Publisher: Eagle Publishing

Links:

Official Site

Info:

Novels based on boy's love games.

Hianti Plus

Japanese: キャンティプラス

Publisher: Eagle Publishing

Links:

Official Site

Info:

Original novels where "boy's love" is the main theme.

Holly Novels

Publisher: Souryuusha

Honey Bunko

Japanese: ハニー文庫

Circulation: 2014/03 - ?

Publisher: Futami Shobo

Links:

Official Site

Info:

A light novel label that's described as a dense love otome label, and romance between men and women as its theme. The label started on March 10th, 2014 with the release of four light novel volumes.

Houbunsha KR Bunko

Japanese: 芳文社KR文庫

Circulation: 2007/03 - 2007/10

Publisher: Houbunsha

Info:

The light novel works published under this label are novel adaptations of 4-panel manga serialized in Houbunsha's moe 4-panel Kirara manga magazines. The label was started in March 2007, and ended in October 2007.

Hug Novels

Japanese: Hugノベルズ

Circulation: 2008/03 - ?

Publisher: Mediation

Links:

Official Site

Info:

Mediation's BL novel label. Issued by Mediation, and sold through Asuka Shinsha.

Hug Novels Bunko

Circulation: 2008/07 - ?

Japanese: Hug Novels文庫 (Hugノベルズ文庫)

Publisher: Mediation

harvest more

Circulation: 2010/06 - ?

Publisher: Harvest Shuppan

Info:

Adult light novel adaptation of bishoujo games. The label started on June 15th, 2010.

heroine select

Japanese: ヒロインセレクト

Circulation: 2010/02 - ?

Publisher: Paradigm

Info:

Anthology novel series were heroines are given more attention are published under this light novel label. The label started on February 25th, 2010 with the release of the first volume of a novel anthology adaptation of the bishoujo game Little Busters!.

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Novel I

IKEBOKU BOOKS

Circulation: 2007/04 - 2010/04

Publisher: Harvest Shuppan

Info:
Light novels based on bishoujo games.

Ice Bunko

Japanese: アイス文庫

Circulation: 2001/03 - 2005/05

Publisher: Oakla Shuppan

Ichijinsha Bunko (Ichijinsha Pocket edition)

Japanese: 一迅社文庫

Release Date: Monthly; 20th
Circulation: 2008/05 - ?

Publisher: Ichijinsha

Links:

Official Site

Ichijinsha Bunko's Editorial Department Blog

Info:

Ichijinsha's shounen light novel label that started on May 20th, 2008. Publication of light novels is scheduled on the 20th of each month. Its sister label is Ichijinsha Bunko Iris.

Ichijinsha Bunko Iris

Japanese: 一迅社文庫アイリス

Release Date: Monthly; 20th
Circulation: 2008/07 - ?

Publisher: Ichijinsha

Links:

Official Site

Ichijinsha Bunko Iris's Editorial Department's Blog

Info:

Ichijinsha's shoujo light novel label that began on July 19th, 2008. The girl's light novels contain: novel adaptations of popular manga from Comic Zero-Sum magazine, novel adaptations of popular games, original girl's novels that focus on fantasy, and original yuri light novels.

Its Ichijinsha Bunko's sister label. Publication of light novels is scheduled on the 20th of each month.

Ichijinsha Bunko Iris NEO (Iris NEO)

Japanese: 一迅社文庫アイリスNEO (アイリスNEO)

Circulation: 2015/11 - ?

Publisher: Ichijinsha

Links:

Official Site

Info:

A light novel label that publishes romance fantasy web novel works from the novel contribution website "Shousetsuka ni Narou" (小説家になろう) in book/paper format. The label started on November 4th, 2015 with the release of two light novel volumes.

integral

Japanese: インテグラル

Circulation: 2005/03 - ?

Publisher: Jive

Links:

Informational Site

Info:

A TRPG light novel label. The label launched in March 2005 as "Jive TRPG Series" (ジャイブTRPGシリーズ), but its title was changed to "INTEGRAL" in July 2007.

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Novel J

Cocktail Kiss Bunko (Cocktail Kiss Label)

Japanese: カクテルキス文庫

Circulation: 2014/08 - ?

Publisher: Julian

Links:

Official Site

Info:

BL light novels. The label started on August 18th, 2014 with the release of two light novel volumes.

JUMP jBOOKS

Japanese: JUMP jBOOKS

Publisher: Shueisha

Links:

Official Site

Jam Novels

Japanese: Jamノベルズ

Circulation: 2005/12 - 2006/12

Publisher: Shinpusha

Info:

BL and yuri light novels.

Jam Plus Novels

Japanese: Jamプラスノベルズ

Circulation: 2006/06 - 2006/06

Publisher: Shinpusha

Info:

BL and yuri light novels.

Jewel Books

Japanese: ジュエルブックス

Circulation: 2014/06 - ?

Publisher: ASCII Media Works

Links:

Official Site

Info:

An otome-kei light novel label that's aimed at adult females, and contains H/adult drawings. The label started on June 25th, 2014 with the release of two light novel volumes.

Joy Novels Simulation

Japanese: ジョイ・ノベルス・シミュレーション

Publisher: Jitsugyou no Nihonsha

Juliet Bunko

Japanese: ジュリエット文庫

Circulation: 2012/04 - ?

Publisher: Inforest

Links:

Official Site

Info:

A renewal of the light novel label Sarasa Bunko. The label is described as a love and romance for the maiden. Light novels are published under this label on a monthly basis (on the 15th). The label started on April 16th, 2012 with the release of 4 light novel volumes.

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Novel K

KA Esuma Bunko

Japanese: KAエスマ文庫

Circulation: 2011/06 - ?

Publisher: Kyoto Animation

Links:

Official Site

Info:

A light novel label that's published by the animation production company Kyoto Animation. The label's light novel volumes are not sold in usual bookstores, but through the store and online store Kyoani Shop!, Kyoto Animation's goods dealer, and Lawson's store terminals "Loppi". The label started on June 1st, 2011 with the release of the first two light novel volumes under this label.

KC Novels

Japanese: KCノベルス

Circulation: 2007/02 - 2010/09

Publisher: Kodansha

Info:

Shounen and shoujo light novels.

KCG Bunko

Japanese: KCG文庫

Circulation: 2011/10 - ?

Publisher: Enterbrain

Links:

Official Site

Info:

A light novel label that's aimed at teens. The theme of the light novel works are protagonists who persevere and do their best, which will arise the readers' sympathy. The label aims at junior high and senior high students who graduated from reading children's books. KCG Bunko's light novel volumes are simultaneously published as e-books and in paper format. E-books are sold through the e-book delivery platform for smartphones "BOOK☆WALKER" and through the popular e-book site for mobile phones "Chokuyomi". Paper format light novels are released to bookstores (the paper format light novels are published by Enterbrain, and sold through Kadokawa Group Publishing). The label is edited by "Kadokawa Contents Gate" (KCG is abbreviation of Kadokawa Contents Gate). The label started in October 2011 with the delivery through BOOK☆WALKER on October 27th, 2011, the official release through bookstores on October 29th, 2011, and the delivery through Chokuyomi on November 1st, 2011.

KTC Bunko

Japanese: KTC文庫

Circulation: 2013/05 - ?

Publisher: Kill Time Communication

Info:
The label started on May 31st, 2013.

Kadokawa Beans Bunko

Logo

Japanese: 角川ビーンズ文庫

Publisher: Kadokawa Shoten

Links:

Official Site

Kadokawa Shoten's site for Beans Bunko

Info:

Shoujo light novels.

Serialization:

  • Saiunkoku Monogatari

Kadokawa Books

Japanese: カドカワBOOKS

Size: Duodecimo/Twelvemo
Release Date: Monthly; 10th
Circulation: 2015/10 - ?

Publisher: Fujimi Shobo

Links:

Official Site

Info:

A light novel label that focuses on the publication of web novel works in paper format with the addition of illustrations to them. It also publishes light novel adaptations of games. Entertainment fiction works will be published under the label, especially web novels from UGC websites such as "Shousetsuka ni Narou" (小説家になろう). The label started on October 10, 2015 with the release of six light novel volumes.

Kadokawa Bunko CrossLove

Japanese: 角川文庫クロスラブ (角川文庫<クロスラブ>シリーズ)

Circulation: 2013/11 - ?

Publisher: Kadokawa Shoten

Links:

Official Site

Info:

An erotic love light novel label that's aimed at women. The label started on November 22nd, 2013 with the release of two light novel volumes.

Kadokawa Gin no Saji Series

Japanese: カドカワ銀のさじシリーズ

Circulation: 2008/07 - ?

Publisher: Kadokawa Shoten

Links:

Official Site

Info:

The fantasy novel label which both children and adults can enjoy. The older sister label of the Kadokawa Beans Bunko label. The label was announced on the Kadokawa Beans Bunko website in June 2008, and started in July 4th, 2008 with the release of two volumes.

Kadokawa Ruby Bunko

Japanese: 角川ルビー文庫

Publisher: Kadokawa Shoten

Links:

Official Site 1
Official Site 2

Kadokawa Shoten's site for Ruby Bunko

Info:

BL light novels.

Kadokawa Sneaker Bunko

Logo

Japanese: 角川スニーカー文庫

Publisher: Kadokawa Shoten

Links:

Official Site

Official Cellular Phone Site

Kadokawa Shoten's site for Sneaker Bunko

Info:

Shounen light novels.

Publication:

  • Mushiuta (Mushi-Uta)
    • Author: Iwai Kyouhei
    • Illustrator: Ruroo
  • Mushiuta bug (Mushi-Uta bug)
    • Author: Iwai Kyouhei
    • Illustrator: Ruroo
  • Suzumiya Haruhi
  • Trinity Blood

Karen Bunko

Japanese: KAREN文庫

Circulation: 2007/06 - 2008/10

Publisher: Nihon Bungeisha

Links:

Official Site

Info:

BL light novel label.

Kodansha BOX

Japanese: 講談社BOX

Publisher: Kodansha

Links:

Official Site

Info:

From the publisher: "We are launching the world's greatest brand-new label "KODANSHA BOX". Spot the silver box! Novel, comic, non-fiction - no one knows what will pop out!"; "Everything is Boxed, KODANSHA BOX".

According to Kodansha, this label will have novels and manga published under it.

Kodansha BOX BOX-AiR

Japanese: 講談社BOX BOX-AiR

Circulation: 2012/03 - ?

Publisher: Kodansha

Links:

Official Site

Info:

Winner works of "BOX-Air Shinjinshou" are published in tankoubon form under this label. The label started on March 1st, 2012 with the release of the first tankoubon under this label.

Kodansha BOX POWERS

Japanese: 講談社BOX POWERS

Circulation: 2010/11 - ?

Publisher: Kodansha

Links:

Official Site

Info:

Winner works of the "Kodansha BOX Shinjinshou Powers" and works serialized in the digital literary magazine "BOX-AiR" are published in tankoubon form under this label. The label started on November 1st, 2010 with the release of the first tankoubon under this label.

Kodansha BOX POWERS BOX

Japanese: 講談社BOX POWERS BOX

Circulation: 2010/11 - ?

Publisher: Kodansha

Links:

Official Site

Info:

Winner works of the "Kodansha BOX Shinjinshou Powers" and works serialized in the digital literary magazine "BOX-AiR" are published in tankoubon form under this label. The label started on November 1st, 2010 with the release of the first tankoubon under this label.

Kodansha LIGHTNOVEL (Kodansha Ranobe Bunko)

Japanese: 講談社ラノベ文庫

Circulation: 2011/12 - ?

Publisher: Kodansha

Links:

Official Site

Info:

A light novel label that's aimed at males in their mid-teens to the first half of their twenties (males from 15 to 25 years old). Publishes light novels of various genres: fantasy, school setting, mystery, romance, history, horror, etc. Kodansha was recruting for editors to start publishing male oriented light novels since early 2010. Fujishima Kousuke designed the character mascot "Ranobe-chan" (ラノベちゃん) for this label. The slogan of the label is "ranobe, started", by this slogan Kodansha means to emphasize its start in the ranobe market whereas Shogakukan's Gagaga Bunko, which was started in 2007, was a re-entry into the ranobe market since Shogakukan's Super Quest Bunko label got suspended in 2001. The label started on December 2nd, 2011 with the release of 8 light novel volumes.

Kodansha Novels

Japanese: 講談社ノベルス

Publisher: Kodansha

Links:

Official Site

Info:

Kodansha publishes novels and light novels under this label.

Kodansha Taiga

Japanese: 講談社タイガ

Release Date: Monthly; 20th
Circulation: 2015/10 - ?

Publisher: Kodansha

Links:

Official Site

Info:

A novel bunko label that's aimed at novel fans in their twenties and thirties. It was launched as a sibling of the "Kodansha Novels" label. Works will be distributed both in paper format and online (e-book). About four books will be published every month around the 20th. The label started on October 20th, 2015 with the release of four novel volumes.

Konami Novels

Japanese: コナミノベルス

Circulation: 205/08 - ?

Publisher: Konami Digital Entertainment

Kono Light Novel ga Sugoi! Bunko

Japanese: このライトノベルがすごい!文庫

Circulation: 2010/09 - ?

Publisher: Takarajimasha

Links:

Official Site

Info:

The Japanese publishing company Takarajimasha, which publishes the light novel guide book "Kono Light Novel ga Sugoi!", started publishing light novels under the light novel label "Kono Light Novel ga Sugoi! Bunko", with the first light novels published under this label on September 10th, 2010.

Kousai Bunko Pinky Teens♥Novels

Japanese: 光彩文庫ピンキーティーンズ♥ノベルズ

Circulation: 2002/10 - 2003/03

Publisher: Kousai Shobo

Info:

Its a label of shoujo novels which had a pornographic element added to it. It adopted the same cover designs of the comic imprint "Kousai Comics Pinky Teens". The label started in October 2002, and ended in March 2003.

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LAPISmore

Japanese: ラピスmore

Circulation: 2005/09 - 2007/10

Publisher: Printemps Shuppan

Info:

BL light novels.

LaLa Novels (Hana to Yume Comics Special LaLa Novels, HC Special LaLa Novels)

Japanese: 花とゆめコミックススペシャル ララノベルズ

Circulation: 2008/04 - ?

Publisher: Hakusensha

Info:

Novel adaptations of shoujo manga from the shoujo manga magazines Lala and Lala DX.

LaLuna Bunko (La Luna Bunko)

Japanese: ラルーナ文庫

Release Date: Monthly; 20th
Circulation: 2015/08 - ?

Publisher: Sankosha

Info:

BL light novel label. The label started on August 20th, 2015 with the release of two light novel volumes.

Lapis Bunko (Lapis Label)

Japanese: ラピス文庫

Circulation: 1997/05 - 2005/07

Publisher: Printemps Shuppan

Links:

Official Site

Info:

BL light novels.

Leaf CV Novels

Japanese: リーフCVノベルズ

Publisher: Leaf Shuppan

Leaf Novels

Japanese: リーフノベルス

Publisher: Leaf Shuppan

LiLik Bunko

Japanese: LiLiK文庫 (リリ文庫)

Circulation: 2010/04 - ?

Publisher: Taiseisha

Info:

BL light novel label. The label was established on April 12th, 2010.

Line Novel

Japanese: LINEノベル

Circulation: 2013/12 - 2013/12

Publisher: Kodansha

Links:

Official Site

Info:

LINE NOVEL is a novel service for smartphones by Line Corporation in partnership with Kodansha, which offers original novels written by professional authors that can be read online for free. Winners of the "First LINE NOVEL Prize" (第1回LINEノベル大賞) were published in book/paper format, under the "Line Novel" label, and e-book format. Four light novel volumes were published in book format, under the "Line Novel" label, on December 20th, 2013.

Lovers Bunko

Japanese: ラヴァーズ文庫

Publisher: Take Shobo

Lovers Bunko GREED

Japanese: ラヴァーズ文庫GREED

Circulation: 2008/04 - ?

Publisher: Take Shobo

Lululu Bunko

Japanese: ルルル文庫

Publisher: Shogakukan

Links:

Official Site

Info:

Shoujo light novels.

Lululu Bunko Special

Japanese: ルルル文庫スペシャル

Circulation: 2007/12 - ?

Publisher: Shogakukan

Links:

Official Site

Info:

Shoujo light novels.

Luna Novels

Japanese: ルナノベルズ

Circulation: 2009/12 - 2012/09

Publisher: Movic

Links:

Official Site

Info:

BL novels for adults. The label started on December 10th, 2009. The label ended in September 2012.

Lynx Romance

Japanese: リンクスロマンス

Publisher: Gentosha

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M Novels (Monster Novels)

Japanese: Mノベルス (モンスターノベルス)

Release Date: Monthly; 30th
Circulation: 2015/03 - ?

Publisher: Futabasha

Links:

Official Site

Info:

Web novel works from the novel contribution website "Shousetsuka ni Narou" (小説家になろう) are published in book/paper format under the "M Novels" label with the addition of illustrations to them. The label started on March 30th, 2015 with the release of one light novel volume.

MEGA-MIX Novels

Japanese: MEGA-MIX NOVELS

Publisher: Take Shobo

Links:

Official Site

MF Books

Japanese: MFブックス (エムエフブックス)

Release Date: Monthly; 25th
Circulation: 2013/08 - ?

Publisher: Media Factory

Links:

Official Site

Info:

Entertainment light novel label that's aimed at males in their thirties and fourties. The label started on August 23rd, 2013 with the release of three light novel volumes. Works will be published on the 25th of every month. The label is a joint project/collaboration between Media Factory and Frontier Works.

MF Bunko DA VINCI

Japanese: MF文庫ダ・ヴィンチ

Release Date: Bi-monthly (Even)
Circulation: 2008/06 - ?

Publisher: Media Factory

Info:

A sub label of MF Bunko (MF文庫). Publishes works that were serialized in the literary magazine "Da Vinci" (ダ・ヴィンチ), and in the ghost story literary magazine "yoo" (幽).

MF Bunko DA VINCI MEW

Japanese: MF文庫ダ・ヴィンチMEW (MF文庫ダ・ヴィンチミュー)

Release Date: Bi-monthly (Odd); 25th
Circulation: 2015/02 - ?

Publisher: Media Factory

Info:

A character literary series that has a "job" theme, where the protagonists work in various professions. It's aimed at females from their twenties to their forties. The label started on February 25th, 2015 with the release of four volumes. Starting from the second release/issue on March 25th, 2015, volumes will be released on the 25th of odd months.

MF Bunko J

Japanese: MF文庫J

Publisher: Media Factory

Links:

Official Site

MF Bunko J Mobile

Info:

A sub label of "MF Bunko" (MF文庫). A light novel label that's aimed at a male audience.

Mag-Garden Novels

Japanese: マッグガーデンノベルス

Circulation: 2004/08 - ?

Publisher: Mag Garden

Info:

Mostly novel adaptations of manga works from Comic Blade magazine.

Mahou no Island Bunko

Japanese: 魔法のiらんど文庫

Circulation: 2007/10 - ?

Publisher: ASCII Media Works

Links:

Official Site

Info:

Japan's first cellular novel bunko label. From ComiPress:

On June 12, a business tie-up between the #1 cellular phone novel website Mahou no Island and MediaWorks (the publisher of the #1 light novel label Dengeki Bunko) was formed. As a result, a new bunko label titled Mahou no Island Bunko (temporary title) will start in fall 2007.

This bunko will feature novels from Mahou no Island's extensive line-up, and will be published by MediaWorks every month. The price will be between 530-570 yen for each book.

Manga Time KR Novels

Japanese: まんがタイムKRノベルス

Circulation: 2012/04 - ?

Publisher: Houbunsha

Info:

The label started on April 28th, 2012.

Maruchi Bunko (Multi Bunko)

Japanese: まるち文庫

Circulation: 2010/12 - ?

Publisher: Paradigm

Links:

Official Site

Info:

Original work anthology novels based on bishoujo games. The light novel series are written in a light-hearted style. The label started on December 23rd, 2010.

Mary Rose Label (Mary Rose Bunko)

Japanese: マリーローズ文庫

Circulation: 2011/10 - ?

Publisher: Cosmic Shuppan

Info:

Described as romance novels for the dreaming otome, and love and fantasy for the little adult. The light novel label started on October 20th, 2011 with the release of the first two light novel volumes under this label.

Media Soft Grace Bunko

Japanese: メディアソフトグレース文庫

Circulation: 2014/05 - 2014/06

Publisher: Sankosha

Links:

Official Site

Info:

Adult romance light novels aimed at females. The label started on May 24th, 2014 with the release of two light novel volumes. The label's name was changed into "Gabriella Bunko" starting from the July 25th, 2014 lineup of two light novel volumes. The June 25th, 2014 lineup of two light novel volumes were the last volumes released under the "Media Soft Grace Bunko" label name.

Media Works Bunko

Japanese: メディアワークス文庫

Release Date: Monthly; 25th
Circulation: 2009/12 - ?

Publisher: ASCII Media Works

Links:

Official Site

Info:

A novel label that's aimed at a general audience. The label started on December 16th, 2009.

Megami Bunko

Japanese: メガミ文庫

Circulation: 2004/12 - 2011/04

Publisher: Gakken Publishing

Links:

Official Site

Info:

The label started with its focus on the novel-ization of anime. More works including original work titles have been published under this label starting from the label's renewal on July 31st, 2008. The label ended with the release of the last light novel volume on April 1st, 2011.

Melissa (Ichijinsha Melissa)

Japanese: メリッサ (一迅社メリッサ)

Circulation: 2015/05 - ?

Publisher: Ichijinsha

Links:

Official Site

Info:

A dense love romance light novel label. Adult web novel works from the novel contribution website "Moonlight Novels" (ムーンライトノベルズ) are published in book/paper format under the "Melissa" label with the addition of illustrations to them. (Moonlight Novels is an adult section of the novel contribution website "Shousetsuka ni Narou" (小説家になろう) that's aimed at adult female audience). The label started on May 2nd, 2015 with the release of three light novel volumes.

Minori Bunko

Japanese: みのり文庫

Circulation: 2009/07 - ?

Publisher: Harvest Shuppan

Links:

Official Site

Info:

Harvest Shuppan's light novel label for the publication of light novels based on console games. The light novels are aimed at a teenage readership. The label started on July 15th, 2009 with the release of the first light novels.

MitsuNeko Bunko

Japanese: 蜜猫文庫

Release Date: Bi-monthly (Even); 22nd
Circulation: 2014/02 - ?

Publisher: Take Shobo

Links:

Official Site

Info:

An erotic love light novel label that's aimed at women. The label started on February 22nd, 2014 with the release of two light novel volumes. Two light novel volumes will be released on the 22nd of even months.

MitsuYume Bunko

Japanese: 蜜夢文庫

Release Date: Bi-monthly (Odd)
Circulation: 2015/05 - ?

Publisher: Take Shobo

Links:

Official Site

Info:

Described as a true romance novel label that's aimed at adult women. The label started on May 22nd, 2015 with the release of two light novel volumes. Two light novel volumes are released on odd months.

Moe Moe Bunko

Japanese: 萌え萌え文庫

Circulation: 2011/04 - ?

Publisher: NO17

Info:

A light novel label that's aimed at a male audience from male students in junior and senior high schools to males in their thirties (males in their teens to their thirties). The label started on April 22nd, 2011 with the release of the first light novel volume under this label.

Moegi Bunko

Japanese: もえぎ文庫

Publisher: Gakken Publishing

Links:

Official Site

Moegi Bunko Purely

Japanese: もえぎ文庫ピュアリー

Circulation: 2007/03 - 2010/02

Publisher: Gakken Publishing

Links:

Official Site

Info:

Shoujo novel label. BL and Otome system novels are published under this label.

Moegi DX

Japanese: もえぎDX

Circulation: 2009/06 - ?

Publisher: Gakken Publishing

Monochrome Romance

Japanese: モノクローム・ロマンス

Circulation: 2013/02 - ?

Publisher: Shinshokan

Info:

BL light novels. The label started on February 9th, 2013 with the release of two light novel volumes under it.

Monster Bunko

Japanese: モンスター文庫

Release Date: Monthly; 30th
Circulation: 2014/07 - ?

Publisher: Futabasha

Links:

Official Site

Info:

Net novel works from the novel contribution site "Shousetsuka ni Narou" (小説家になろう) are published in book/paper format under the "Monster Bunko" label with the addition of illustrations to them. Themes include battle, harem, SF, robots, military, ... The label started on July 30th, 2014 with the release of three light novel works.

μNOVEL

Japanese: ミューノベル

Release Date: Bi-monthly (Even)
Circulation: 2015/10 - ?

Publisher: Mainichi Shimbun Publishing

Links:

Official Site

Info:

A light novel label that's aimed at adults in their thirties and fourties. New light novel works will be published alongside republication of popular works in a new edition with a new combination of writer and illustrator. The label started on October 27th, 2015 with the release of three light novel volumes. Three to four light novel volumes will be published on even months.

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NMG Bunko

Japanese: NMG文庫

Circulation: 2013/03 - ?

Publisher: Oakla Shuppan

Links:

Official Site

Info:

A light novel label that's aimed at males, and consists of writers from various media. "NMG" is an abbreviation of Novel, Manga/Movie/Music, and Game. The label started on March 19th, 2013 with the release of three light novel volumes.

NOVELiDOL

Japanese: ノベライドル

Circulation: 2015/05 - ?

Publisher: Discover 21

Links:

Official Site

Info:

A character novel label with diverse genre. The label started on May 23rd, 2015 with the release of five light novel volumes.

Nagomi Bunko

Japanese: なごみ文庫

Circulation: 2007/11 - ?

Publisher: Harvest Shuppan

Links:

Official Site

Info:

Unlike Harvest Shuppan's Harvest Novels label, which is adult oriented, Nagomi Bunko is Harvest Shuppan's light novel label for general readers. The light novels are based on bishoujo games.

Neo Game Bunko

Japanese: ネオゲーム文庫

Circulation: 2012/09 - ?

Publisher: Shinkigensha

Info:

Light novel adaptation of games. A cooperation between Shinkigensha and Group SNE (a company that produces TRPG, trading card games, ...). The label started on September 8th, 2012 with the release of the first light novel volume.

Neosbooks Blossomside

Japanese: ネオスブックス ブロッサムサイド

Circulation: 2013/11 - ?

Publisher: Shinkigensha

Links:

Official Site

Info:

A fantasy romance light novel label aimed at women. The label started on November 11th, 2013 with the release of three light novel volumes.

Noche Books (Noche)

Japanese: ノーチェブックス (ノーチェ)

Circulation: 2014/02 - ?

Publisher: AlphaPolis

Links:

Official Site

Info:

Erotic romance fantasy light novels aimed at women. Described as "sweet and naughty love stories for adult women." The label started on February 14th, 2014 with the release of two light novel volumes.

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Opal Bunko

Japanese: オパール文庫

Circulation: 2014/04 - ?

Publisher: Printemps Shuppan

Links:

Official Site

Info:

H (ero) romance light novels for adult females. The light novels are referred to as "Joshi Roma Kei" (woman romance system) novels. It's published by Printemps Shuppan, and sold through France Shoin. The label started on April 4th, 2014 with the release of three light novel volumes.

Otomate Novel (Otomeito Novel)

Japanese: オトメイトノベル

Size: Duodecimo/Twelvemo
Release Date: Monthly; 20th
Circulation: 2015/05 - ?

Publisher: Hifumi Shobo

Info:

Novelization of female oriented romance games (otome games) that are released under the female oriented romance game (otome game) brand Otomate. The label started on May 20th, 2015 with the release of two light novel volumes.

Otome BL Bunko

Japanese: 乙女・BL文庫

Circulation: 2012/04 - ?

Publisher: NO17

Info:
A light novel label aimed at females in their teens to their thirties. Original light novels are published under this label. The label started on April 27th, 2012 with the release of the first light novel volume under this label.

Otomitsu Milky Bunko (Otomitsu Milky Label)

Japanese: 乙蜜ミルキィ文庫

Circulation: 2013/11 - ?

Publisher: Libre Shuppan

Links:

Official Site

Info:

An otome-kei and teens love (TL) light novel bunko label. Intensely romantic light novels aimed at adult women are published under the label. It started on November 14th, 2013 with the release of three light novel volumes.

Otona Bunko

Japanese: オトナ文庫

Circulation: 2014/09 - ?

Publisher: Paradigm

Links:

Official Site

Info:

Adult light novels that are aimed at an adult male readership. The label started on September 12th, 2014 with the release of two light novel volumes.

Overlap Bunko

Japanese: オーバーラップ文庫

Circulation: 2013/04 - ?

Publisher: OVERLAP

Links:

Official Site
Overlap Bunko Public Relations Office

Info:

Described as an entertainment light novel label. The label is scheduled to start on April 25th, 2013, and will publish works of various genres: School-life, Fantasy, Love & Battle, ... Some light novels published under the light novel label MF Bunko J are moving to the Overlap Bunko label.

Overlap Novels

Japanese: オーバーラップノベルス

Circulation: 2015/05 - ?

Publisher: OVERLAP

Links:

Official Site

Info:

A light novel label that publishes web novels from the free online publishing website "Shousetsuka ni Narou" in paper format, and original novel works. The label is aimed at adults. It started on May 25th, 2015 with the release of two light novel volumes.

Ovis Novels

Japanese: オヴィスノベルズ

Publisher: Akane Shinsha

Links:

Official Site

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PASH! Books

Japanese: PASH!ブックス

Size: Duodecimo/Twelvemo
Circulation: 2015/03 - ?

Publisher: Shufu to Seikatsusha

Info:

A light novel label that's aimed at a female audience. Web novel works from the free online publishing website "Shousetsuka ni Narou" are published in paper format, with the addition of illustrations to them, under this label.

Palette Bunko

Japanese: パレット文庫

Publisher: Shogakukan

Links:

Official Site

Info:

The label was suspended in January 2007 (last light novels that were published under this label was in December 2006).

Paradigm Novels

Japanese: パラダイムノベルス

Publisher: Paradigm

Platinum Bunko

Japanese: プラチナ文庫

Circulation: 2003/03 - ?

Publisher: Printemps Shuppan

Links:

Official Site

Info:

BL light novels. The label started on March 10th, 2003.

Platinum Bunko Alice

Japanese: プラチナ文庫アリス

Circulation: 2009/04 - ?

Publisher: Printemps Shuppan

Info:

BL light novels. A new "Platinum Bunko" series that's described as gorgeous fairy tales for the otome (maiden). The label started on April 10th, 2009.

Platinum Bunko Tsuya

Japanese: プラチナ文庫 艶

Circulation: 2009/11 - ?

Publisher: Printemps Shuppan

Info:

Dark and adult BL novels are published under this label. The label started on November 10th, 2009.

Ponican Books Light Novel Series

Japanese: ぽにきゃんBOOKSライトノベルシリーズ

Release Date: Monthly; 3rd
Circulation: 2013/12 - ?

Publisher: Pony Canyon

Links:

Official Site

Info:

The label started on December 3rd, 2013 with the release of 6 light novel volumes. Light novels are published on the 3rd of every month.

Poplar Pocket Bunko

Japanese: ポプラポケット文庫

Circulation: 2005/10 - ?

Publisher: Poplar Sha

Info:

Foundation of Poplar Pocket Bunko: 29/10/2005

Premiere Cecil Bunko

Japanese: プレミア・セシル文庫

Circulation: 2008/10 - ?

Publisher: Cosmic Shuppan

Links:

Official Site

Info:

A label that publishes 2 novel volumes in one volume. Started on October 18th, 2008.

Priere Label (Priere Bunko)

Japanese: プリエール文庫

Circulation: 2013/04 - ?

Publisher: Taiseisha

Links:

Official Site

Info:
Light novels aimed at the otome. The label is described as an otome-kei romance label, and started on April 20th, 2013 with the release of three light novel volumes.

Priscilla Books

Japanese: プリシラブックス

Circulation: 2013/08 - ?

Publisher: Shinchosha

Links:

Official Site

Info:

Publishing Link's original digital novels are published in paper format under Shinchosha's romance light novel label "Priscilla Books". The label is aimed at adult females. It started on August 22nd, 2013 with the release of two light novel volumes.

Prism Bunko

Japanese: プリズム文庫

Publisher: Oakla Shuppan

Links:

Official Site

Prism Romance

Japanese: プリズムロマンス

Circulation: 2011/05 - ?

Publisher: Oakla Shuppan

Links:

Official Site

Info:
BL light novel label. The label started on May 23rd, 2011 with the release of the first two light novel volumes.

Puchipara Bunko (Petitpara Bunko, PP Bunko)

Japanese: ぷちぱら文庫

Circulation: 2010/09 - ?

Publisher: Paradigm

Links:

Official Site

Info:

Adult light novels based on adult bishoujo games. The label started on September 30th, 2010.

Puchipara Bunko Creative (Petitpara Bunko Creative, PP Bunko Creative)

Japanese: ぷちぱら文庫Creative

Circulation: 2011/02 - ?

Publisher: Paradigm

Links:

Official Site

Info:

An original adult light novel label that's aimed at adult males. Unlike the Puchipara Bunko label, which has light novel works based on games, the Puchipara Bunko Creative label has original light novel works published under it. The label started on February 10th, 2011.

Puchipara Bunko Gimmicks (Petitpara Bunko Gimmicks, PP Bunko Gimmicks)

Japanese: ぷちぱら文庫ギミックス

Circulation: 2012/12 - ?

Publisher: Paradigm

Links:

Official Site

Info:

An adult light novel label that's aimed at adult males. The label started on December 21st, 2012 with the release of the first light novel volume.

Pumpkin Novels

Japanese: パンプキンノベルズ

Publisher: Eagle Publishing

Links:

Official Site

Info:

Novels based on PC bishoujo games.

Pumpkin Original

Japanese: パンプキンオリジナル

Publisher: Eagle Publishing

Links:

Official Site

Info:

Original novels where the "bishoujo" is the main theme.

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Ranobest

Japanese: ラノベスト

Circulation: 2014/12 - ?

Publisher: Bestsellers

Info:

Novelization of anime and games in bunko format. The label started on December 22nd, 2014 with the release of one light novel volume.

Ray Books

Circulation: 2012/08 - ?

Publisher: Shufunotomosha

Info:

A light novel label aimed at females that publishes youth, romance, and mystery novels from the net. Novel works that are posted online by users of Japan's largest novel and comic contribution community E★EVERYSTAR (E★エブリスタ) are published in paper format under this imprint. The label was named after the women's fashion magazine "Ray". The label started on August 29th, 2012 with the release of three light novel volumes.

Ray Bunko

Japanese: Ray文庫

Circulation: 2012/11 - ?

Publisher: Shufunotomosha

Info:

A light novel label aimed at females that publishes youth, romance, and mystery novels from the net. Novel works that are posted online by users of Japan's largest novel and comic contribution community E★EVERYSTAR (E★エブリスタ) are published in paper format under this imprint. The label was named after the women's fashion magazine "Ray". The label started on November 29th, 2012 with the release of two light novel volumes.

Real Dream Bunko

Japanese: リアルドリーム文庫

Circulation: 2008/06 - ?

Publisher: Kill Time Communication

Links:

Official Site

Info:

Adult light novel label. Described as a sensual novel label.

Regalo Series

Japanese: レガロシリーズ

Circulation: 2007/08 - ?

Publisher: East Press

Links:

Official Site
Regalo Series blog

Info:

Character light novels aimed at girls.

Regalo Series

Japanese: レガロシリーズ

Circulation: 2007/08 - ?

Publisher: East Press

Links:

Official Site
Regalo Series blog

Info:

Character light novels aimed at girls.

Regina Books

Japanese: レジーナブックス

Publisher: AlphaPolis

Links:

Official Site

Info:

A "new feeling" fantasy novel label that's aimed at females. Four light novel volumes are released on a monthly basis.

The motif in the logo decides the trend of the novel:
- A wing in the logo: different worlds trip.
- A sword in the logo: swords and magic/sorcery.
- A pink ring in the logo: romance (without sexual content).
- A red ring in the logo: romance (with sexual content).

Regina Bunko

Japanese: レジーナ文庫

Circulation: 2013/07 - ?

Publisher: AlphaPolis

Links:

Official Site

Info:

A fantasy light novel label that's aimed at females. The label started on July 12th, 2013 with the release of two light novel volumes. Two light novel volumes are released on a monthly basis.

Right Novel

Circulation: 2015/01 - ?

Publisher: Discover 21

Links:

Official Site

Info:

The label started on January 16th, 2015 with the release of one light novel volume.

Role & Roll Books

Japanese: ロール&ロールブックス

Publisher: Shinkigensha

Rose Key Bunko

Japanese: ローズキー文庫

Circulation: 2011/08 - ?

Publisher: Brite Shuppan

Links:

Official Site

Info:

BL light novel label. The label started on August 24th, 2011 with the release of the first two light novel volumes.

Rose Key Novels

Japanese: ローズキーノベルズ

Circulation: 2010/08 - ?

Publisher: Brite Shuppan

Links:

Official Site
Rose Key Novels' Editorial Department Blog

Info:

BL light novel label. The label started on August 23rd, 2010 with the release of 4 light novel titles.

Royal Kiss Bunko (Royal Kiss Label)

Japanese: ロイヤルキス文庫

Circulation: 2013/11 - ?

Publisher: Julian

Links:

Official Site

Info:

Otome and teens love light novel label. The label started on November 18th, 2013 with the release of two light novel volumes.

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SAMURAi Bunko

Japanese: SAMURAi文庫

Circulation: 2014/02 - ?

Publisher: Samurai Creative

Links:

Official Site

Info:

A light novel label that's aimed at teenage boys. The label started on February 6th, 2014 with the release of the first light novel volume. Light novels are published by Samurai Creative, and sold through Impress Communications (インプレスコミュニケーションズ).

SELEN NOVELS

Circulation: 2013/02 - ?

Publisher: Ichijinsha

Info:

Adult light novels for adult males. The label started on February 1st, 2013 with the release of the first light novel volume.

SPARK NOVELS

Circulation: 2009/11 - ?

Publisher: Shodensha

Links:

Official Site

Info:

Shodensha's BL novel label. The label started on November 24th, 2009.

Saga Forest

Japanese: サーガフォレスト

Size: Duodecimo/Twelvemo
Release Date: Monthly; 15th
Circulation: 2015/06 - ?

Publisher: Hifumi Shobo

Info:

A light novel label that publishes web novels from the free online publishing website "Shousetsuka ni Narou" in paper format with the addition of illustrations. The label started on June 15th, 2015 with the release of one light novel volume.

Saibunkan Novels

Japanese: 彩文館ノベルズ

Circulation: 2009/10 - ?

Publisher: Saibunkan Shuppan

Info:

The label started on October 24th, 2009.

Sakura no Mori Bunko

Japanese: 桜ノ杜ぶんこ

Circulation: 2012/01 - ?

Publisher: Hifumi Shobo

Links:

Official Site

Info:

The label started on January 5th, 2012 with the release of two light novel volumes. Some light novels are based on RPG games.

Sarasa Bunko

Japanese: さらさ文庫

Circulation: 2011/07 - 2011/09

Publisher: Mediax

Links:

Official Site

Official Blog

Info:

An otome system light novel label. Love and fantasy light novels for the otome are published under this label. The label started on July 15th, 2011 with the release of the first four light novel volumes. The label ended on September 15th, 2011 with the release of the last two light novel volumes. In April 2012 the label got renewed with the start of the light novel label Juliet Bunko.

Seikaisha Bunko

Japanese: 星海社文庫

Circulation: 2011/01 - ?

Publisher: Seikaisha

Info:

A male oriented light novel label which started on January 11th, 2011. Light novels published under this label are mostly based on visual novels (e.g. Higurashi no Naku Koro ni and Fate/Zero). Some manga and non-fiction works were also published under this label.

Seikaisha FICTIONS

Japanese: 星海社FICTIONS

Circulation: 2011/04 - ?

Publisher: Seikaisha

Info:

The light novel label started on April 14th, 2011.

Seishinsha Bunko

Publisher: 青心社文庫

Publisher: Seishinsha

Links:

Official Site

Shincho Bunko nex

Japanese: 新潮文庫nex (新潮文庫ネックス)

Circulation: 2014/08 - ?

Publisher: Shinchosha

Links:

Official Site

Info:

A character's literature where the theme is a fusion between "character" and "story". The lineup is described as a next generation lineup and consists of original stories. The label was launched on the 100th anniversary of the "Shincho Bunko" label. It started on August 28th, 2014 with the release of 6 light novel volumes.

Shounen Champion Novels

Japanese: 少年チャンピオン・ノベルズ

Circulation: 2014/02 - ?

Publisher: Akita Shoten

Info:

Light novel adaptations of manga serialized in the manga magazine Shounen Champion.

Shueisha Orange Bunko

Japanese: 集英社オレンジ文庫

Circulation: 2015/01 - ?

Publisher: Shueisha

Links:

Official Site

Info:

An entertainment novel label that's aimed at women, and focuses on fantasy, mystery, science fiction, romance, romantic comedy, ... The label specializes in "light literature" and "character novel", and its keywords are "charming hero", and "immersive feeling to the story". It started on January 20th, 2015 with the release of five light novel volumes.

Shy Bunko

Japanese: SHY文庫

Circulation: 2012/10 - ?

Publisher: Taiyou Tosho

Links:

Official Site

Info:

BL light novels. The label started on October 6th, 2012 with the release of 5 light novel volumes.

Shy Novels

Japanese: SHYノベルス (シャイノベルス)

Publisher: Taiyou Tosho

Smash Bunko

Japanese: スマッシュ文庫

Circulation: 2010/03 - ?

Publisher: PHP Institute (PHP Kenkyuujo)

Links:

Official Site

Info:

PHP Institute's light novel label which started on March 10th, 2010. Its advertising slogan is: "Miracle Shot of Love and Friendship". The label is described as a super light new dimension light novel label that's loaded with illustrations, and focuses on three major themes: "Friendship", "Love", and "Happiness".

Sofgare Novels

Japanese: ソフガレノベルズ

Publisher: Softgarage

Sohgeisha Clear Bunko

Japanese: 創芸社クリア文庫

Circulation: 2012/01 - ?
Release Date: Monthly; 15th

Publisher: Sohgeisha

Links:

Official Site
Official Blog

Info:

A light novel label that's aimed at males. Abbreviated as SCB. Light novels are released on the 15th of every month. The label started on January 16th, 2012 with the release of two light novel volumes.

Sohgeisha Crystal Books

Japanese: 創芸社クリスタルブックス

Size: Duodecimo/Twelvemo
Circulation: 2015/03 - ?

Publisher: Sohgeisha

Info:

The label started on March 30th, 2015 with the release of one light novel volume.

Sonorama Bunko

Japanese: ソノラマ文庫

Publisher: Asahi Sonorama

Links:

Official Site

Info:

After Asahi Sonorama got dissolved, the light novel label was succeeded by Asahi Shimbun's Asahi Bunko Sonorama Selection.

Sonorama Novels

Japanese: ソノラマノベルス

Publisher: Asahi Shimbun

Info:

Previously published by Asahi Sonorama.

Sonya Bunko

Japanese: ソーニャ文庫

Circulation: 2013/02 - ?

Publisher: East Press

Links:

Official Site

Info:

An otome sensuality light novel label. The label started on February 20th, 2013 with the release of 4 light novel volumes.

Square Enix Novels

Japanese: スクウェア・エニックス・ノベルズ

Circulation: 2005/04 - 2009/11

Publisher: Square Enix

Info:

Abbreviated as SEN. Square Enix's light novel label which succeeded the "EX Novels" label. While EX Novels had 1-2 works published per month, the publication pace of this label was just a few per year (between 2-6 works per year). The label was succeeded by the "GanGan Novels" label.

Style-F

Circulation: 2007/06 - 2010/06

Publisher: Fujimi Shobo

Links:

Official Site

Info:

The light novel label was started in June 2007. The novels are not released in bunko format, don't contain illustrations, and are released in softcover. The target age is higher than the target age of Fujimi Fantasia Bunko and Fujimi Mystery Bunko. The label ended in June 2010.

Super Dash Bunko

Japanese: スーパーダッシュ文庫

Publisher: Shueisha

Links:

Official Site

Info:

Shueisha's light novel label that's aimed at teenage boys (shounen novels).

Super Quest Bunko

Japanese: スーパークエスト文庫

Circulation: 1992/04 - 2001/11

Publisher: Shogakukan

Info:

A fantasy light novel label that's aimed at boys. Works published under this label were mostly based on anime, manga, and games. Gagaga Bunko R was started in May 2008 for the republication of works from this label.

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T-Line Novels

Japanese: T-LINEノベルズ

Release Date: Monthly
Circulation: 2015/02 - ?

Publisher: Tatsumi Shuppan

Links:

Official Site

Info:

An entertainment literature label that's described as being like a light novel label but isn't a light novel label. The works are located on the boundary line between light novels and general literature novels, and are regarded as "entertainment literature". Works that are on the line of these two is the notion of "T-Line". T-LINE stands for "Tatsumi Literature Nova for Entertainment". A variety of genres are published: sci-fi, fantasy, horror, mystery, detective fiction, action, ... The label started on February 6th, 2015 with the release of three light novel volumes. Three novel volumes are published on a monthly basis.

Teddy Bunko

Publisher: TIS

Thanatos Bunko

Japanese: タナトス文庫

Circulation: 2009/09 - ?

Publisher: Take Shobo

Links:

Official Site

Info:

The label is described as being gothic, dark, and deep love. Light novels published under this label are not only adult stories but are also serious romantic love stories (deep love romance stories). The label started on September 26th, 2009.

Tiara Bunko (Tiara Label)

Japanese: ティアラ文庫

Release Date: Monthly; 3rd
Circulation: 2009/06 - ?

Publisher: Printemps Shuppan

Links:

Official Site

Info:

An "otome system & adult" light novel label that's aimed at adult women. It contains many lovely males, adult's romantic love, and adult scenes. It's published by Printemps Shuppan, and sold through France Shoin. The label started on June 3rd, 2009 with the publication of the first light novels.

Tokuma Dual Bunko

Japanese: 徳間デュアル文庫

Circulation: 2000/08 - 2010/12

Publisher: Tokuma Shoten

Links:

Official Site

Tokuma Dual Bunko's releases

Info:

A light novel label which started on August 2000, and centers on science fiction. The label is aimed at a male audience. It ended with the release of the last light novel volumes under it on December 10th, 2010.

Tokuma Novels Edge

Japanese: トクマ・ノベルズEdge

Circulation: 2005 - 2012/02

Publisher: Tokuma Shoten

Links:

Official Site

Info:

The label started in 2005, and ended on February 20th, 2012.

Tull Kiss Bunko (Tull Kiss Label)

Japanese: チュールキス文庫

Circulation: 2015/10 - ?

Publisher: Julian

Links:

Official Site

Info:

Described as a little extreme modern otome novel label. The label started on October 5th, 2015 with the release of two light novel volumes.

TwinTail Novels

Japanese: ツインテールノベルズ

Circulation: 2007/08 - ?

Publisher: GoodsTrain

Links:

Official Site

Info:

A light novel label that started on August 24th, 2007. Publication by Saibunkan Shuppan, and planning/editing by GoodsTrain.

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VA Bunko

Japanese: VA文庫

Circulation: 2008/10 - ?

Publisher: Visual Art's

Links:

Official Site

Paradigm's special VA Bunko page

Info:

Visual Art's Pocket Edition. The Japanese visual novels publishing company "Visual Art's" entered the light novel industry with the start of the light novel label "VA Bunko". VA Bunko's light novels are based on games that were published under Visual Art's game brands. The light novels are published by Visual Art's and sold through the Japanese publisher Paradigm. The label started on October 31st, 2008.

VG Bunko

Japanese: VG文庫

Release Date: Monthly; 5th
Circulation: 2015/08 - ?

Publisher: PHP Institute (PHP Kenkyuujo)

Links:

Official Site

Info:

A light novel bunko label that specializes in "Vocaloid" and "game". The label started on August 7th, 2015 with the release of three light novel volumes. Starting from November 2015, one light novel volume is published on a monthly basis.

Vanilla Bunko

Japanese: ヴァニラ文庫 (Vanilla文庫)

Circulation: 2012/10 - ?

Publisher: Harlequin Enterprises

Links:

Official Site

Info:

Sexy and romantic light novel label for the otome. The publication of the light novel volumes started in October 2012 in e-book format.

Variant Novels

Japanese: ヴァリアントノベルズ

Circulation: 2015/11 - ?

Publisher: Take Shobo

Links:

Official Site

Info:

An adult light novel label that's aimed at adult men. Adult web novel works from the novel posting website "Nocturne Novels" (ノクターンノベルズ) are published in book/paper format under the "Variant Novels" label with the addition of illustrations to them. (Nocturne Novels is an adult section of the novel posting website "Shousetsuka ni Narou" (小説家になろう) that's aimed at an adult male audience). The label started on November 2nd, 2015 with the release of one light novel volume.

Village Books edge

Japanese: ヴィレッジブックスedge

Publisher: Village Books

Links:

Official Site

Virgin Novel (Virgin☆Bunko)

Japanese: ヴァージン☆文庫 (ヴァージン文庫)

Circulation: 2011/06 - ?

Publisher: Oaks

Links:

Official Site

Oaks Virgin Novel info page

Info:

An adult light novel label that's aimed at adult males. The label started on June 18th, 2011 with the release of the first two light novel volumes under this label.

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WIT NOVEL

Circulation: 2013/05 - ?

Publisher: WIT STUDIO

Info:

Published by the animation studio WIT STUDIO, and sold through Mag Garden. The label started on May 31st, 2013 with the release of one light novel volume.

White Books

Japanese: ホワイトブックス

Circulation: 2015/08 - ?

Publisher: Hakkou Shuppan

Info:

A light novel label that's aimed at men in their twenties and thirties. The label started on August 7th, 2015 with the release of one light novel volume.

Wings Bunko

Japanese: ウィングス文庫

Publisher: Shinshokan

Wings Novel

Japanese: ウィングス・ノヴェル

Release Date: Monthly
Circulation: 2015/07 - ?

Publisher: Shinshokan

Info:

The label started on July 25th, 2015 with the release of one light novel volume.

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X Bunko TEEN'S HEART

Publisher: Kodansha

Links:

Official Site

Info:

All series were concluded and publication ended in March, 2006.

X Bunko white heart

Japanese: X文庫ホワイトハート (X文庫 white heart)

Publisher: Kodansha

Links:

Official Site

Info:

Shoujo and BL novels.

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Young GanGan Novels

Japanese: ヤングガンガンノベルズ

Circulation: 2008/02 - ?

Publisher: Square Enix

Info:

Light novel adaptations of manga from Young GanGan magazine.

Yuri-Hime Novel

Japanese: 百合姫ノベル

Circulation: 2012/03 - ?

Publisher: Ichijinsha

Info:

Yuri light novels. Light novels serialized in the yuri manga magazine "Comic Yuri Hime" are published under this label. The label started on March 17th, 2012 with the release of the first light novel volume.

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ZETA Bunko (ZE-TA Bunko, Z Bunko)

Japanese: ゼータ文庫

Circulation: 2006/01 - 2007/03

Publisher: Take Shobo

Links:

Official Site

Info:

Boy's light novel label. Unlike Take Shobo's previous label "Gamma Bunko", only original work were published under the Zeta Bunko label (no novel adaptations of anime, manga, or PC games).

Zero-Sum Novels

Japanese: ゼロサムノベルズ

Circulation: 2005/07 - ?

Publisher: Ichijinsha

Info:

Novel adaptations of manga from Comic Zero-Sum.

ZigZag Novels

Japanese: ZIGZAG NOVELS

Publisher: Leaf Shuppan

Links:

Official Site