Shinchosha will be starting a new novel label on the 100th anniversary of the "Shincho Bunko" (新潮文庫) novel label.
Some info about the upcoming label:
Shincho Bunko nex
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.
Circulation: 2014/08 - ?
Though the label is illustrated but according to the following tweet from the official twitter account for the new label, the label is not a light novel label:
The first upcoming lineup contains various genres of mystery, SF, horror, fantasy, and youth novel. Works will be deployed in the same counter/shelf as the "Shincho Bunko" novels.
The first upcoming lineup, which will be released on August 28th, features works by popular light novel authors and illustrators:
●いなくなれ、群青 I 【著：河野裕／絵：越島はぐ】
●革命のリベリオン 第Ⅰ部 いつわりの世界 【著：神永学／絵：土林誠】
●レアリア I 【著：雪乃紗衣／絵：雪広うたこ】
Yuyuko Takemiya (author of: Toradora! and Golden Time)
Sai Yukino (author of Saiunkoku Monogatari)
En Mikami (author of Biblia Koshodou no Jiken Techou)
Hagu Koshijima (illustrator of Biblia Koshodou no Jiken Techou)
So, it's illustrated, and popular light novel authors are writing works for the first lineup, so is it a light novel label?
Well, it might be, some have mentioned that it might be a label that's somewhere between a general novel label and a light novel label, like the "Media Works Bunko
" novel label.
So, is it going to be added to the LNDB/ComiPedia websites?
Even though the publisher denies it's a light novel label, but if enough fans and light novel related websites mention works from this new upcoming label as light novels, then it most likely will be added.