Clockwork Planet Volume 1 Light Novel Review

Review of the light novel Clockwork Planet Volume 1 by Yuu Kamiya & Tsubaki Himana

LIGHT NOVEL INFORMATION
TITLE: Clockwork Planet
AKA: クロックワーク・プラネット
AUTHOR: Yuu Kamiya & Tsubaki Himana
ILLUSTRATOR: Sino
PUBLISHER (English): J-Novel Club
RELEASE DATE (English): August 10, 2017 (eBook Version)
PURCHASE (Amazon Affiliate Link): http://amzn.to/2uCqb7M

PUBLISHER (Japan): Kodansha Lightnovel
RELEASE DATE (Japan): April 2, 2013
VOLUMES RELEASED (Japan to Date): 4 (most recent released December 29, 2015)
ANIME SERIES: 12 episode series (aired April-June 2017. Covered Volumes 1-3)

From the back cover:

From the author of No Game No Life!

–I know this is sudden, but the world had already collapsed long ago. Earth had died, but the entire planet was reconstructed and reproduced using clockwork – “The Clockwork Planet.”
One day, a black box suddenly crashed into the house of Naoto Miura, a high school failure, from above. Inside was– an automata girl.
“For me to be forced to sleep for as long as two hundred years from just one little fault, has the intelligence of humanity still yet to exceed even that of a flea?”

A gearhead fantasy meshed together by Yuu Kamiya and Tsubaki Himana!

The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya Light Novel Review


Review of the light novel The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya by Nagaru Tanigawa.
The story of a precocious girl in search of mystery and adventure. And the poor boy who she has dragged along with her.

 

LIGHT NOVEL INFORMATION
TITLE: The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya
AKA: Suzumiya Haruhi no Yūutsu, 涼宮ハルヒの憂鬱
AUTHOR: Nagaru Tanigawa
ILLUSTRATOR: Noiz Ito
PUBLISHER (English): Yen On
RELEASE DATE (English): April 1, 2009
PURCHASE (Amazon Affiliate Link): http://amzn.to/2vFTpms

PUBLISHER (Japan): Kadokawa Shoten
RELEASE DATE (Japan): June 6, 2003
VOLUMES RELEASED (Japan to Date): 11 (finished. Last volume was released May 2011)
ANIME SERIES: 24 Episodes + net episodes + a film (adapts vols.1-4 with material from vols.5&6)

From the back cover:

Haruhi holds the fate of the universe in her hands . . . lucky for you she doesn’t know it!

Meet Haruhi – a cute, determined girl, starting high school in a city where nothing exciting happens and absolutely no one understands her.

Meet Kyon ??- the sarcastic guy who sits behind Haruhi in homeroom and the only boy Haruhi has ever opened up to. His fate is now tied to hers.

Meet the S.O.S. Brigade – an after-school club organized by Haruhi with a mission to seek out the extraordinary. Oh, and their second mission? Keeping Haruhi happy . . . because even though she doesn’t know it, Haruhi has the power to destroy the universe. Seriously.

The phenomenon that took Japan by storm – with more than 4.5 million copies sold – is now available in the first-ever English edition.

Strike the Blood Volume 5 Light Novel Review

Review of the light novel Strike the Blood Volume 5 by Gakuto Mikumo.

LIGHT NOVEL INFORMATION
TITLE: Strike the Blood
AKA: ストライク・ザ・ブラッド
AUTHOR: Gakuto Mikumo
ILLUSTRATOR: Manyako
PUBLISHER (English): Yen On
RELEASE DATE (English): January 31, 2017
PURCHASE (Amazon Affiliate Link): http://amzn.to/2hSdU5x

PUBLISHER (Japan): Dengeki Bunko (ASCII Media Works)
RELEASE DATE (Japan): October 10, 2012
VOLUMES RELEASED (Japan to Date): 17 (most recent released June 9, 2017)
ANIME SERIES: 24 Episodes Series (October 2013-March 2014. Contained content from vols.1-6 + a side story)
2 OVA Episodes (November-December 2015. Might be original. Can’t find which volumes it covers)
8 OVA Episodes (November 2016-May 2017. Covers vol.9)

From the back cover:

Aya Tokoyogi and six other hardened magical criminals have broken out from imprisonment. Their goal–to completely erase the ‘Witch of the Void,’ Netsuke Minamaya, from existence. How these events will unfold in the Demon District will depend on the actions of the strongest vampire to ever exist, Kojou Akatsuki.

Arifureta Volume 2 Light Novel Review

Review of the light novel Arifureta Volume 2 by Ryo Shirakome.
A tale of dangerous labyrinths and big breasted bunny girls.

LIGHT NOVEL INFORMATION
TITLE: Arifureta From Commonplace to World’s Strongest
AKA: Arifureta Shokugyou de Sekai Saikyou, ありふれた職業で世界最強, From Common Job Class to the Strongest in the World
AUTHOR: Ryo Shirakome
ILLUSTRATOR: Takaya-ki
PUBLISHER (English): J-Novel Club
RELEASE DATE (English): July 21, 2017
PURCHASE (Amazon Affiliate Link): http://amzn.to/2sEQg1L

PUBLISHER (Japan): Overlap Bunko
RELEASE DATE (Japan): November 25, 2015
VOLUMES RELEASED (Japan to Date): 6 (most recent released May 24, 2017)
ANIME SERIES: None

From the back cover:

After being summoned to a new world and thrown down into the depths of hell, Hajime Nagumo met Yue and together they conquered the Great Orcus Labyrinth. The pair was planning on taking it easy on the surface for a little bit, but a meeting with the bunny girl Shia Haulia throws a wrench into those plans. She has the peculiar power to see the future, and according to her, Hajime’s the one saving her family in her visions! Hajime was planning on refusing, but it appears she might be able to help him on his quest to return home. And so, the adventure continues in Reisen Gorge.

In Another World With My Smartphone Volume 2 Light Novel Review

Review of the light novel In Another World With My Smartphone Volume 2 by Patora Fuyuhara.
Setting up house. Traveling to other countries. Clothes eating slimes…

LIGHT NOVEL INFORMATION
TITLE: In Another World With My Smartphone
AKA: Isekai wa Smartphone to Tomo ni, 異世界はスマートフォンとともに。, Isekai Smartphone, In a Different World with a Smartphone
AUTHOR: Patora Fuyuhara
ILLUSTRATOR: Eiji Usatsuka
PUBLISHER (English): J-Novel Club
RELEASE DATE (English): May 4, 2017
PURCHASE (Amazon Affiliate Link): http://amzn.to/2p10IkU

PUBLISHER (Japan): HJ Novels (Hobby Japan)
RELEASE DATE (Japan): August 22, 2015
VOLUMES RELEASED (Japan to Date): 9 (most recent volume release June 22, 2017)
ANIME SERIES: Currently Airing (4 episodes aired to date. Unsure how many volumes the anime will cover)

From the back cover:

Undeterred by his untimely death on Earth, 15-year-old Mochizuki Touya continues to meander around in another world! After a series of misadventures, the young man has assembled a motley crew of adventurers including the timid mage Linze, the feisty brawler Elze, the ever-hungry samurai Yae, and even the young archer Yumina, heir to the Belfast throne. Together with his party (and a divine white tiger), Touya sets his sights on the horizon, heading for the demi-human kingdom of Mismede! But all is not what it seems… the beastman king issues a personal challenge, and a black-scaled dragon could soon spell out Touya’s doom! The curtains lift once again on an epic tale of sorcery, smartphone apps, and… gunblades?!

Is it Wrong to Try to Pick-Up Girls in a Dungeon Volume 8 Light Novel Review

Review of the light novel Is It Wrong to Try to Pick-Up Girls in a Dungeon Volume 8 by Fujino Omori.
An installment consisting of a number of short stories about love and family, set against an invasion by a foreign nation.

LIGHT NOVEL INFORMATION
TITLE: Is It Wrong to Try to Pick-Up Girls in a Dungeon
AKA: Danmachi, Dungeon ni Deai wo Motomeru no wa Machigatteiru no Darou ka, ダンジョンに出会いを求めるのは間違っているのだろうか, Familia Myth
AUTHOR: Fujino Omori
ILLUSTRATOR: Suzuhito Yasuda
PUBLISHER (English): Yen On
RELEASE DATE (English): April 18, 2017
PURCHASE (Amazon Affiliate Link): http://amzn.to/2nCjXNv

PUBLISHER (Japan): GA Bunko (SOFTBANK Creative)
RELEASE DATE (Japan): June 12, 2015
VOLUMES RELEASED (Japan to Date): 12 (most recent released May 24, 2017)
ANIME SERIES: 13 episodes, covering volumes 1-5

 

From the back cover:

The Rakian Kingdom is on the march, a thirty-thousand-strong army headed by Ares, God of War. The target of their sudden invasion is none other than the world’s greatest metropolis, Labyrinth City Orario. As the armed menace approaches in thunderous lockstep, the city’s inhabitants can do nothing but…continue about their completely peaceful lives??? A prum proposes marriage, one sweet boy becomes a bodyguard, the city girl’s secret comes to light, while mortals and gods alike are swept up in romance–these are the ordinary days of timeless deities and their dazzling children in the fateful city of Orario!

No Game No Life Volume 6 Light Novel Review

Review of the light novel No Game No Life Volume 6 by Yuu Kamiya
How did humanity survive the Great War? Which 2 individuals stood at the forefront of the movement to bring the war to an end. It’s Prequel Time!

LIGHT NOVEL INFORMATION
TITLE: No Game No Life
AKA: ノーゲーム・ノーライフ, NGNL, NogeNora
AUTHOR: Yuu Kamiya
ILLUSTRATOR: Yuu Kamiya
PUBLISHER (English): Yen On
RELEASE DATE (English): July 25, 2017
PURCHASE (Amazon Affiliate Link): http://amzn.to/2qXrSXP

PUBLISHER (Japan): MF Bunko J (Media Factory)
RELEASE DATE (Japan): April 24, 2015
VOLUMES RELEASED (Japan to Date): 9 (most recent volume was released August 2016)
ANIME SERIES: 12 Episodes. Aired April 9-June 25, 2014. Covered volumes 1-3.
Movie covering volume 6 released July 2017

From the back cover:

Before Sora and Shiro set foot on Disboard, there was another remarkable duo!!

Tet, the One True God, takes a break to amuse himself among the mortals only to collapse on the streets of Elkia. When a familiar face finds him and lends a helping hand, the God of Play regales her with a tale from the Great War about a human man who challenged the world and a strange girl who sought to comprehend the human heart…

Let the games begin!