You may have heard recently that Japan’s Libre Inc. has made some changes to their English-language publishing arrangements. Many of you have reached out to us asking about future plans for Libre titles, while others have said some very nice things about SuBLime in the various forum discussions that have taken place. We’ve heard you all, and we thank you not only for your kind words and continued support but also for being so patient while you wait for updates.
Now to get to what you’re really here for! (I read your posts. I’m no fool! :D) Overwhelmingly, you have voiced your concern for Ayano Yamane’s Finder series, and SuBLime, Libre, and Sensei herself have heard you. We’re absolutely thrilled to tell you that SuBLime will indeed take over the publishing of the Finder series! And just so you don’t have to wait for the newest volume that is set to release in Japan, we’ve all agreed that we should release that volume first!
SuBLime has secured both print and digital rights for Finder and will release volume 8 in March of 2017. We will then rerelease the prior volumes, starting with volume 1 on May of 2017, continuing with a new volume every other month thereafter.
We’re also excited to announce that Yamane Sensei, along with her publisher Tokuma Shoten Publishing Co., has also given us the go ahead to release her Crimson Spell series digitally! The release date for these volumes will be forthcoming. (EDIT: To clarify, this means that all of Crimson Spell will have both a print and digital version.)
As for the rest of Libre’s catalogue of titles, we will be taking a look through what series remain unfinished. Although we wish we could rescue everything for you, that simply isn’t feasible. Feel free to mention in comments any series you feel should be top for consideration (remember that this is only for Libre Publishing titles). If we do decide to rescue any other titles, we’ll make an announcement at that time. Please understand that we cannot comment on rescue possibilities.
I would like to give a big thank you to Libre and to Sensei for working so quickly on this matter, allowing us to make this announcement in record time. And thank you, everyone, for your continued support! It’s because of you that we have been able to establish such great relationships with our Japanese partners, and we hope you’re as thrilled as we over this exciting announcement.
Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have to see if I can pry all these guys off of each other long enough to get production started. ;-)