Kodansha LIGHTNOVEL (Kodansha Ranobe Bunko)
Circulation: 2011/12 - ?
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.