Official English releases of FFVII novels: Available soon!

by October 19, 2018 2 comments

For many years English-speaking fans have had to rely on unofficial translations in order to enjoy the contents of two Final Fantasy VII novels:

On the Way to a Smile: Final Fantasy VII


Final Fantasy VII: Lateral Biography Turks -The Kids Are Alright-“.

Thanks to Yen Press however, English translations of both of these novels will very soon be available in official capacity! Read below for stats on these books. As the reader can see, the full title for “The Kids Are Alright” has been changed slightly for the English release.


Final Fantasy VII: On the Way to a Smile

Release date: October 30, 2018

Price: $14.00 US /$18.50 CAN

Paperback: 192 pages

Official Yen Press Article

The cover sports slightly more stylized font compared to the Japanese version. The title and sub-title have also switched places. See the Japanese cover for comparison.

The book is available for pre-order on a number of sites though notably Barnes & Noble is the only site to include a 10% discount that lets you buy the book for $12.60 rather than the standard $14.00.



Final Fantasy VII: The Kids Are Alright: A Turks Side Story

Release date: January 22, 2019

Price: $14.00 US / $18.50 CAN

Paperback: 256 pages

The cover for the English release has not yet been finalized but we can be pretty certain it won’t sport the now discarded “Lateral Biography Turks” part of the title.

Official Yen Press Article

Same as with On the Way to a Smile, you can pre-order this book on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and a few other places.




Both novels primarily take place between Meteorfall, the end of the original Final Fantasy VII, and the beginning of the movie Advent Children. For anyone who wishes to expand their knowledge on this era of FFVII’s timeline these books are a must-have!


Many thanks to the forum members of The Lifestream for keeping everyone up to date ever since the first announcements of these translations by Yen Press.



  1. cold_spirit
    #1 cold_spirit 19 October, 2018, 19:22

    What a surprise it was to find out these novels would be receiving an official English translation. I had given up hope years ago! Super excited to add these to my FFVII shelf.

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  2. MasterMarkus
    #2 MasterMarkus 17 November, 2018, 03:24

    ‘we can be pretty certain it won’t sport the now discarded “Lateral Biography Turks” part of the title.’

    And thank goodness for that, considering how much of an Engrish mess of a title that is.

    Either way, I wasn’t expecting this, but maybe use FFVII fans can expect some of these little extra things considering the upcoming remake…

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