Top 10 Light Novels in Japan for the Week of February 26-March 4, 2018

Here are the Top 10 Light Novels in Japan for the week of February 26-March 4, 2018.

A number of new titles on the list this week, but the top of the list remains mostly unchanged.

#10

Mahoutsukai de Hikikomori?

6,442 Copies Sold this week.
aka Shut-In Magician
https://www.novelupdates.com/series/shut-in-magician/
No English License
Amazon.co.jp does not list any other titles under this author – so appears to be a new writer.

What it’s about…

An Ojii-san (old man) was reincarnated thanks to a kind Goddess. He wished for a 「healthy body」. However, for some reason he received the cheat ability to use powerful magic instead! Even so, he rarely used the ability.
When he ―― Shiu, turned 11, the Goddess appeared and informed him ――。”Become an adventurer and enjoy life.” He went to the Royal Capital in order to become an adventurer, on his way there, he met a beast mount, Faris, who became his pet. From there he began his new life.
Shiu’s world broadened little by little as he took on requests at the Guild and interacted with different people at the Royal Capital ――。 Shiu, the boy with a truly powerful ability, starts his easy going life in a fluffy different world!

#09

Izakaya Bottakuri Vol.9

6,847 Copies Sold this week
aka Izakaya Rolling
No English License

What it’s about…

Not much information on the series. However, the last time it placed in the Top 10, one of my viewers, viridiian said, “It’s a bunch of short stories of two sisters taking over a bar after their parents pass away. Its’ main draw is the whole fluffy/iyashikei with food, but there’s also parts in later volumes dealing with stuff like the indoor smoking ban Japan has been considering recently, bad online reviews, a customer worried about care for their elderly parents etc.”

#08

Rokujouma no Shinryakusha!? Vol.28

6,849 Copies Sold this week.
aka Invaders of the Rokujouma
https://j-novel.club/s/invaders-of-the-rokujouma/
Licensed for English release by J-Novel Club. Up to Volume 10 has been released for eBook sale. On their website, they are releasing later volumes in installments.
The 12 episode anime is available on Crunchyroll & licensed by Sentai Filmworks. It covered volume 1-6 & part of 7

What it’s about…

Just starting high school, Koutarou is moving out on his own to take some of the burden off of his widower father. Lucky for him, he’s found a room at Corona House. It has a great landlord, it’s not too far from school, and best of all, it’s dirt cheap. It really is perfect… except for the strange girls that keep appearing to try and take it over! But even as room 106 turns into a battlefield, Koutarou isn’t willing to give up his apartment without a good fight. The invasion begins!

Purchase Invaders of the Rokujouma from Amazon.com

#07

Retsujou: Koizuki no Yukue

6,924 Copies Sold this week.
aka Fascination Love Moon’s Way (Be Boy Novels)
No English License

What it’s about… (Bad Google Translate Version)

People seeking a mistake of destiny, the highest dangerous Eros of the wolves. Popular ‘estrus’ series!
A witness of a wolf who has embraced the man ‘s mouth by his childhood friend, as if floating in the heat of estrus.
However, with a certain incident, Michiru turns into a white wolf.
Michiru who was supposed to be a normal human being was actually a wolf!
Michiru loses his memory and reason, before Mr. Nozomi, which is surprised, and he is moved by being driven by the instinct of a human wolf.
Furthermore, Oguini who protects people and wolf clans from ancient times has problematic as a dangerous molecule that can not control transformation ability …!
“I will not let you kill …. Even if I change it, I will absolutely protect you, because you are the only one of me.”

 

#06

Himajin, Maou no Sugata de Isekai e: Tokidoki Cheat na Burari Tabi Vol.6

7,197 Copies Sold this week.
aka Bored, Sacred, and Now a Devil
No English license for the light novel or manga

What it’s About…

The day when the grandiose online game “Grandia seed” ceased service, Yoshijo, who alone defeated the main boss and received cheat grade abilities, wakes up in an unfamiliar place. He realizes he is in the form of his own character, Kaivon, wearing equipment that causes him to be mistaken as a devil. Then Yoshiro ‘s second character, a beautiful elf named Ruie, appeared before him. Naturally, he is puzzled, but decides to stay with her as Kaivon. But gradually he becomes aware … … I am being handed down as mythological hero in this world! Kaivon with the ability of single boss capture cheat classes crashes through the world in the form of the demon king!

#05

Imouto sae Ireba Ii. Vol.9

8,607 Copies Sold this week.
aka A Sister’s All You Need
https://www.novelupdates.com/series/imouto-sae-ireba-ii/
Licensed for release in English by Yen On. Volume 1 releases in May 2018
12 episode anime. Currently streaming on Crunchyroll. The anime covered volumes 1-3 with some material from volume 4

What it’s about…

Surrounded by many different kinds of companions, our protagonist: Hopeless siscon Hashima Itsuki.
1st class genius and lover, the high end unfortunate-beauty Kani Nayuta.
Troubled about love, troubled about friendships, troubled even in her dreams, victor of the 3 crowns Shirakawa Miyako.
Brutal tax sabre, Ōno Ashley.
Natural born illustrator, Puriketsu.
Each and every one as hesitant as the next, and each and every one dealing with their own headaches. This is a busy story of a group of bewildering characters that play games together, take trips together, and work together, never a single dull day.
Watching over them is the kind and thoughtful, completely perfect, superhuman little brother of Itsuki; Chihiro, with a huge secret of his own―.
From the author that brought you ‘Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai’ (‘Haganai’), Hirasaka Yomi has drawn the curtains for the latest youth love-comedy series!

#04

Kusuriya no Hitorigoto Vol.7

10,897 Copies Sold this week.
aka The Pharmacist’s Monologue
https://www.novelupdates.com/series/kusuriya-no-hitorigoto/
No English license.

What it’s about…

There is a certain large country in the central plains of the mainland. In the imperial court of its emperor, there is a girl. Her name is Maomao, a pharmacist from the prostitution quarter, currently working as a maidservant in the inner palace. The girl, surely not considered a beauty, is keeping a low-profile waiting for her contract to end. She was confident that she would not be made a “chosen/mistress” of the emperor. During that, she learned about the short lives of the children of the emperor. Maomao, hearing that the two surviving children are critically ill, begins to investigate the cause—.
Set in the middle ages of the East, the “Food Taster” girl continues to solve difficult cases in the imperial court one after another.

#03

Dungeon ni Deai wo Motomeru no wa Machigatteiru Darou ka Vol.13 Regular Edition

12,327 Copies Sold this week.
aka Is It Wrong to Try to Pick-Up Girls in a Dungeon?
https://www.novelupdates.com/series/dungeon-ni-deai-o-motomeru-no-wa-machigatte-iru-darou-ka/
Licensed for English release by Yen On. Volume 11 releases in English in April
13 episode anime covered volumes 1-5. Streaming on Crunchyroll

What it’s about…

In Orario, fearless adventurers band together in search of fame and fortune within the monstrous underground labyrinth known as Dungeon.

But while riches and renown are incentive enough for most, Bell Cranel, would-be hero extraordinaire, has bigger plans.

He wants to pick up girls.

Is it wrong to face the perils of Dungeon alone, in a single-member guild blessed by a failed goddess? Maybe. Is it wrong to dream of playing hero to hapless maidens in Dungeon? Maybe not. After one misguided adventure, Bell quickly discovers that anything can happen in the labyrinth–even chance encounters with beautiful women. The only problem? He’s the one who winds up the damsel in distress!

#02

Sword Art Online: Progressive Vol.5

15,564 Copies Sold this week.
Licensed for English release by Yen On
Previous 4 volumes already available in English
https://www.novelupdates.com/series/sword-art-online-progressive/
Anime used some material from Progressive Volume 1 for the Aincrad arc.

What it’s about…

“There’s no way to beat this game. The only difference is when and where you die…”

One month has passed since Akihiko Kayaba’s deadly game began, and the body count continues to rise. Two thousand players are already dead.

Kirito and Asuna are two very different people, but they both desire to fight alone. Nonetheless, they find themselves drawn together to face challenges from both within and without. Given that the entire virtual world they now live in has been created as a deathtrap, the surviving players of Sword Art Online are starting to get desperate, and desperation makes them dangerous to loners like Kirito and Asuna. As it becomes clear that solitude equals suicide, will the two be able to overcome their differences to find the strength to believe in each other, and in so doing survive?

Sword Art Online: Progressive is a new version of the Sword Art Online tale that starts at the beginning of Kirito and Asuna’s epic adventure–on the very first level of the deadly world of Aincrad!

#01

No Game No Life Vol.10

38,402 Copies Sold this week.

No Game No Life


Licensed for release in English by Yen On. Volume 7 releases in English June 2018
12 Episode anime available to stream on Crunchyroll. Covered volumes 1-3.
No Game No Life Zero film – released July 2017, covered volume 6.

What it’s about…

Meet Sora and Shiro, a brother and sister who are loser shut-ins by normal standards. But these siblings don’t play by the rules of the “crappy game” that is average society. In the world of gaming, this genius pair reigns supreme, their invincible avatar so famous that it’s the stuff of urban legend. So when a young boy calling himself God summons the siblings to a fantastic alternate world where war is forbidden and all conflicts–even those involving national borders–are decided by the outcome of games, Sora and Shiro have pretty much hit the jackpot. But they soon learn that in this world, humanity, cornered and outnumbered by other species, survives within the confines of one city. Will Sora and Shiro, two failures at life, turn out to be the saviors of mankind? Let the games begin…

So those are your Top 10 Light Novels for February 26-March 4, 2018. See you next week!

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Ragnarok -The Bleeding Worlds Book 4- Cover & Release Date!

Hello my wonderful Readers! I know it’s been a long time coming, but I can finally give you a concrete release date for Ragnarok and reveal the cover!

First off, the release date is….

MAY 31, 2018

It will be available in eBook format from all major vendors. I’m hoping the print copy should be available that same day as well. If it isn’t, it will release within days after May 31.

Finally, the cover…

Thank you all for hanging in there and waiting for this book! I truly hope you will enjoy it and find it a satisfying end to The Bleeding Worlds!

Overlord Volume 6 Light Novel Review


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Review of the light novel Overlord Volume 6 The Men of the Kingdom Part 2 by Kugane Maruyama
A crazy ride of a volume with tons of action and twisted plots!

LIGHT NOVEL INFORMATION
TITLE: Overlord
AKA: オーバーロード
AUTHOR: Kugane Maruyama
ILLUSTRATOR: So-Bin
PUBLISHER (English): Yen On
RELEASE DATE (English): January 30, 2018
PURCHASE (Amazon.com): http://amzn.to/2Aq86tw
PURCHASE (Book Depository): http://bit.ly/2kihXhd

PUBLISHER (Japan): Enterbrain
RELEASE DATE (Japan): January 31, 2014
VOLUMES RELEASED (Japan to Date): 12 (Volume 13 is currently scheduled for April 27, 2018)
ANIME SERIES: 13 episodes + 2 compilation movies (covered volumes 1-3) A new season of the anime began January 2018

From the back cover:

The human realm of the kingdom is headed for its greatest disaster yet! After failing to prevent a daring raid on the Eight Fingers’ appalling brothel, the Six Arms are dying for a chance to defend their reputation as the criminal underworld’s strongest enforcers. These criminals are notorious for their brutality as much as their strength, meaning the only people who stand a chance against them are the legendary Blue Roses…and one polite, dignified butler. When these thugs make Sebas the first target of their revenge, they may get much more than they bargained for by inadvertently picking a fight with Ainz Ooal Gown!


Top 10 Light Novels in Japan for the Week of February 19-25, 2018

Here are the Top 10 Light Novels in Japan for the week of February 19-25, 2018.

#10

Maou Toubatsu shita Ato, Medachitakunai node Guild Master ni Natta Vol.3

7,061 Copies Sold this week.
aka After tormenting the Devil, I did not want to stand out, so I became a guild master
https://www.novelupdates.com/series/he-didnt-want-to-be-the-center-of-attention-hence-after-defeating-the-demon-lord-he-became-guild-master/
No English License

What it’s about…

The Kingdom of Albein was blessed with the appearance of the Miracle children, individuals with the greatest talents ever seen. Despite being around ten years old, with abilities dozens of times stronger than the average adventurer, they managed to reach a strength score that exceeded 100.000 points, granting them the SSS adventurer grade. With a mere party of five people, they defeated the Demon Lord regaining the kingdom’s peace.
After that journey, Dick Silver, the most balanced between them, racked his brain to not draw the public attention.
In the end, he decided to become the Guild Master of a suburban guild as a reward, becoming its 12th successor.
After five years he reached his aim and then became a regular of its own guild’s cafe.
But one day, as he was drinking at the bar as always, the daughter of a certain aristocrat came to pay him a visit…

#09

Shin Sangoku Shimai

7,251 Copies Sold this week
No English License

Same author as Oda Nobuna no Yabou
Appears to be a re-telling of the Three Kingdoms with a boy & his two sisters summoned back in time with the Boy taking the role of Liu Bei

#08

Genjitsu Shugi Yuusha no Oukoku Saikenki Vol.6

8,270 Copies Sold this week.
aka How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom
https://j-novel.club/s/how-a-realist-hero-rebuilt-the-kingdom
Licensed for English release by J-Novel Club. Currently Volumes 1-5 available

What it’s about…

“O, Hero!” With that cliched line, Kazuya Souma found himself summoned to another world and his adventure–did not begin. After he presents his plan to strengthen the country economically and militarily, the king cedes the throne to him and Souma finds himself saddled with ruling the nation! What’s more, he’s betrothed to the king’s daughter now…?! In order to get the country back on its feet, Souma calls the wise, the talented, and the gifted to his side. Five people gather before the newly crowned Souma. Just what are the many talents and abilities they possess…?! What path will his outlook as a realist take Souma and the people of his country down? A revolutionary transferred-to-another-world administrative fantasy series starts here!

#07

Seirei Tsukai no Blade Dance Vol.17

8,377 Copies Sold this week.
aka Blade Dance of Elementalers
https://www.novelupdates.com/series/seirei-tsukai-no-blade-dance/
No English license for the light novels or manga.
12 episode + 6 specials anime aired July-September 2014. Licensed in NA by Sentai Filmworks

In a world where elemental spirits are summoned, there exists a tournament that grants not only a single wish to its champion, but also blessing and protection to her home country. Therefore nations race to produce the next Ren Ashbell, “The Strongest Blade Dancer,” and only spirit elementalers, who are all pure young maidens, are able to qualify.

Sixteen-year-old Kamito Kazehaya, the only male spirit elementaler, is forced to attend Areishia Spirit Academy, where he meets other spirit contractors around his age. One of these is the red-haired Claire Rouge, who insists that Kamito become her contracted humanoid spirit. But Kamito cannot forget his one and only wish: to take back his former partner, Restia Ashdoll.

Join Kamito as he, with the help of his sword spirit Terminus Est, seeks to become the next champion in the upcoming Blade Dance of the Elementalers!

#06

29 to JK Vol.4

9,411 Copies Sold this week.
No English license for the Light Novel or Manga

Very little information in English.
Appears to be about a 29 year old man who is ordered by the president of his company to date a 15 year old girl (possibly the president’s granddaughter?) Is sold as a “forbidden age difference romantic comedy.”

#05

Oda Nobuna no Yabou Vol.20

9,611 Copies Sold this week.
aka Oda Nobuna’s Ambition
https://www.novelupdates.com/series/oda-nobuna-no-yabou/
No license for the light novels or manga
12 episode anime ranJuly-September 2012 & is licensed in NA by Sentai Filmworks

What it’s about…

Suddenly finding himself in the Sengoku era, regular high school student Sagara Yoshiharu is about to be killed in the battlefield. He is saved by none other than the man who later becomes the infamous Toyotomi Hideyoshi but at a cost to his life. With history completely changed because of Yoshiharu’s actions, he tries to make things right again but it seems that history is taking a different course than the one he learned in school. Oda Nobunaga is now a brilliant but young girl named Oda Nobuna. Yoshiharu starts working under her command to bring back history to its correct course and find his way back home to the present world.

#04

Imouto sae Ireba Ii. Vol.9

21,578 Copies Sold this week
aka A Sister’s All You Need
https://www.novelupdates.com/series/imouto-sae-ireba-ii/
Licensed for release in English by Yen On. Volume 1 releases in May 2018
12 episode anime. Currently streaming on Crunchyroll. Unknown how many volumes it covered.

What it’s about…

Surrounded by many different kinds of companions, our protagonist: Hopeless siscon Hashima Itsuki.
1st class genius and lover, the high end unfortunate-beauty Kani Nayuta.
Troubled about love, troubled about friendships, troubled even in her dreams, victor of the 3 crowns Shirakawa Miyako.
Brutal tax sabre, Ōno Ashley.
Natural born illustrator, Puriketsu.
Each and every one as hesitant as the next, and each and every one dealing with their own headaches. This is a busy story of a group of bewildering characters that play games together, take trips together, and work together, never a single dull day.
Watching over them is the kind and thoughtful, completely perfect, superhuman little brother of Itsuki; Chihiro, with a huge secret of his own―.
From the author that brought you ‘Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai’ (‘Haganai’), Hirasaka Yomi has drawn the curtains for the latest youth love-comedy series!

#03

Sword Art Online: Progressive Vol.5

24,409 Copies Sold this week
Licensed for English release by Yen On
Previous 4 volumes already available in English

Sword Art Online – Progressive


Anime used some material from Progressive Volume 1 for the Aincrad arc.

What it’s about…

“There’s no way to beat this game. The only difference is when and where you die…”

One month has passed since Akihiko Kayaba’s deadly game began, and the body count continues to rise. Two thousand players are already dead.

Kirito and Asuna are two very different people, but they both desire to fight alone. Nonetheless, they find themselves drawn together to face challenges from both within and without. Given that the entire virtual world they now live in has been created as a deathtrap, the surviving players of Sword Art Online are starting to get desperate, and desperation makes them dangerous to loners like Kirito and Asuna. As it becomes clear that solitude equals suicide, will the two be able to overcome their differences to find the strength to believe in each other, and in so doing survive?

Sword Art Online: Progressive is a new version of the Sword Art Online tale that starts at the beginning of Kirito and Asuna’s epic adventure–on the very first level of the deadly world of Aincrad!

#02

Dungeon ni Deai wo Motomeru no wa Machigatteiru Darou ka Vol.13 Regular Edition

25,025 Copies Sold this week.
aka Is It Wrong to Try to Pick-Up Girls in a Dungeon?
https://www.novelupdates.com/series/dungeon-ni-deai-o-motomeru-no-wa-machigatte-iru-darou-ka/
Licensed for English release by Yen On. Volume 11 releases in English in April
13 episode anime covered volumes 1-5. Streaming on Crunchyroll

What it’s about…

In Orario, fearless adventurers band together in search of fame and fortune within the monstrous underground labyrinth known as Dungeon.

But while riches and renown are incentive enough for most, Bell Cranel, would-be hero extraordinaire, has bigger plans.

He wants to pick up girls.

Is it wrong to face the perils of Dungeon alone, in a single-member guild blessed by a failed goddess? Maybe. Is it wrong to dream of playing hero to hapless maidens in Dungeon? Maybe not. After one misguided adventure, Bell quickly discovers that anything can happen in the labyrinth–even chance encounters with beautiful women. The only problem? He’s the one who winds up the damsel in distress!

#01

No Game No Life Vol.10

49,228 Copies Sold this week.
https://www.novelupdates.com/series/no-game-no-life/
Licensed for release in English by Yen On. Volume 7 releases in English June 2018
12 Episode anime available to stream on Crunchyroll. Covered volumes 1-3.
No Game No Life Zero film – released July 2017, covered volume 6.

What it’s about…

Meet Sora and Shiro, a brother and sister who are loser shut-ins by normal standards. But these siblings don’t play by the rules of the “crappy game” that is average society. In the world of gaming, this genius pair reigns supreme, their invincible avatar so famous that it’s the stuff of urban legend. So when a young boy calling himself God summons the siblings to a fantastic alternate world where war is forbidden and all conflicts–even those involving national borders–are decided by the outcome of games, Sora and Shiro have pretty much hit the jackpot. But they soon learn that in this world, humanity, cornered and outnumbered by other species, survives within the confines of one city. Will Sora and Shiro, two failures at life, turn out to be the saviors of mankind? Let the games begin…

New Life+ Young Again in a New World

Review of the light novel New Life+ Young Again in a New World Volume 1 by Mine.
God needs a favor, and has decided Renya is just the man to get it done!

LIGHT NOVEL INFORMATION
TITLE:
AKA: Nidome no Jinsei wo Isekai de, 二度目の人生を異世界で, Second Life in Another World, New Life Plus
AUTHOR: Mine
ILLUSTRATOR: Kabocha
PUBLISHER (English): J-Novel Club
RELEASE DATE (English): February 26, 2018
PURCHASE (Amazon.com): http://amzn.to/2rUsmD7

PUBLISHER (Japan): HJ Novels (Hobby Japan)
RELEASE DATE (Japan): November 22, 2014
VOLUMES RELEASED (Japan to Date): 17 (Most recent released October 21, 2017)
ANIME SERIES: None

From the back cover:

When death tapped Renya Kunugi on the shoulder, he smiled and went willingly. After enjoying a nice, long life of 94 years, he was looking forward to shutting his eyes for the last time. He was, therefore, understandably upset when he woke up again in an empty space, devoid of memories, with a young girl in a tunic rambling on and on about how she’s God. So, he did what any reasonable person would have done under those circumstances: he sent the girl flying with a kick to the face.

It turned out that the girl was indeed God, and she was in a pinch. She urgently needed someone to do some interdimensional Resource smuggling, and Renya fit the bill.

His mission: cross the boundary into another world, then chill for a few decades. God would handle the rest.

To sweeten the deal, she offered him an eighteen-year-old body and a whole laundry list of ludicrously powerful skills, yet he remained hesitant. Then, she mentioned the food — an exotic world comes with exotic delicacies — and this sealed the deal. The next thing he knew, he was standing in a foreign land, younger, stronger, and more clueless than ever. Will he survive this world? And more importantly, will the world survive him?

Light Novel Releases for March 2018

Here are all the light novels releasing during the month of March, 2018.

MARCH 1, 2018

Walking My Second Path in Life Volume 2
Princess Fie escaped her life as an unwanted second bride, and is now living a happy, cross-dressing life as Heath, a squire for the Royal Knights.

Now, it’s time for Fie’s northern squire dorm and the eastern dorm to compete with each other in a duel championship. However, their opponents are all the top winners from the entrance exam! Fie and her friends have been training hard, but will their efforts be enough to beat the squires of the eastern dormitory?

Volume 2 continues the adventures of the plucky, princess-turned-squire Fie in her quest to become a Royal Knight!
Purchase (Amazon.com) – http://amzn.to/2FA9z3i

MARCH 4, 2018

Invaders of the Rokujouma Volume 10
Koutarou and Clan are working their way back home from their interstellar adventure, but they have to make a pit stop about ten years off from their intended destination. As luck would have it, they encounter a young girl right after they land. Worried that she might have seen their spaceship in action, Koutarou decides to dig a little deeper. Things take an unexpected and heart-wrenching turn, however, when he realizes he has more in common with this girl than he initially thought.
Purchase (Amazon.com) – http://amzn.to/2CJnPU3

MARCH 6, 2018

Infinite Dendrogram Volume 5
Thanks to Ray and his allies, the chaos in the city of duels is gradually abating. However, Giga Professor Franklin is far too obsessed with victory to let it end so easily… “Plan C!” he cries, as he plays yet another ace up his sleeve. But as Franklin stands proud, watching Gideon — and the kingdom with it — face utter destruction, a certain man moves out to show the Giga Professor the true meaning of the word.
Purchase (Amazon.com) – http://amzn.to/2oyzbFv

MARCH 8, 2018

In Another World With My Smartphone Volume 7
16-year-old Mochizuki Touya has it all. Grand Duke of an upstart nation, inventor of goods ranging from hula hoop to caramelized popcorn, administrator of Babylon, and pilot of the Anti-Phrase Frame Gears. The western nations love him… but darker machinations unfurl in the far east. Yulong, the glorious Empire of Heaven, regards Touya with envious eyes, brazen enough to send assassins into Brunhild! To make matters worse, the mysterious young girl known as Sakura seems to have a connection with these dark assailants. In the background, dark forces gather. Something big approaches. Something far greater than anything Touya has ever faced before. Brace yourself… for a tale of swords, sorcery, and absolute calamity.
Purchase (Amazon.com) – http://amzn.to/2sYUnd1

MARCH 10, 2018

Arifureta From Commonplace to World’s Strongest Volume 5
With the addition of Kaori into their party, Hajime and his friends make for Myu’s hometown, the coastal city of Erisen. While crossing the Gruen Desert, they save a young Ankajian man, Bize, from a sandworm attack. Apparently, he was searching for a cure to the mysterious disease that has struck his people. His travels led him to conclude that a mineral known as stillrock held the key to saving his country, but it can only be found inside the Grand Gruen Volcano, a labyrinth far too dangerous for most. Hajime agrees to help Bize procure some, and the party begins their quest to conquer yet another labyrinth. But along the way, they meet a most unexpected foe…
Purchase (Amazon.com) – http://amzn.to/2HNsUhP

MARCH 16, 2018

Obsessions of an Otome Gamer Volume 1
Rejected by her first crush, Mashiro finds herself hooked on an unbeatable music-themed otome game. Her high school days are spent learning the wonders of music, obsessively trying to claim the romance ending with the handsome 2D character who stole her broken heart. On the way home from her college entrance exams she gets distracted by a billboard for the game’s remake and unexpectedly falls down a manhole and plunges to her death!

Mashiro finds herself reincarnated in a world bearing similarities to the otome game she was obsessed with. Only this time, she has no idea how to avoid the twists and turns of certain character routes, including the bad endings! Now, as a seven-year-old, she decides to walk the path of a pianist to embrace the musical world to its fullest, but no matter where she turns, she just can’t seem to escape triggering events and getting involved with troublesome yet handsome characters!

Does Mashiro have any choice in where her new life will take her? Or is she en route to a horrifying ending manipulated by the original game world? Find out in this exciting shoujo light novel series that follows Mashiro’s life from elementary through high school. And just like an otome game, it will give readers the chance to choose which hero she ends up with and how their story unfolds in volumes focused on their route!
Purchase (Amazon.com) – http://amzn.to/2GPbJeO

MARCH 18, 2018

The Master of Ragnarok and Blesser of Einherjar Volume 1
Yuuto Suoh gets more than he bargained for when he joins his childhood friend Mitsuki Shimoya in testing out an urban legend. When he uses his phone to take a picture of himself with the local shrine’s divine mirror, he is whisked off into another world – one heavily steeped in the lore of the old Norse myths. Using his knowledge gained from school and from his solar-powered smartphone, he has the chance to bring the Wolf Clan, the same people who cared for him, to prominence, all while earning the adoration of a group of magic-wielding warrior maidens known as the Einherjar.
Purchase (Amazon.com) – http://amzn.to/2GKXuaC

MARCH 20, 2018

The Rising of the Shield Hero Volume 10
Finishing the battle with Kyo, Naofumi and his friends return safely to their world. The queen of Melromarc wishes to reward Naofumi for saving the world from the Spirit Tortoise.

“Then can I have my own land?”

After thinking about what he could do for his friend and partner, Raphtalia, Naofumi decides the best thing for their future would be the establishment of their own settlement–and he decides to build it on the ruins of Raphtalia’s old hometown! The start of a whole new chapter in our hero’s life begins here, in volume ten of this otherworld revenge fantasy!
Purchase (Amazon.com) – http://amzn.to/2sV06AN
Purchase (Book Depository) – http://bit.ly/2ESQSGD

MARCH 23, 2018

Ao Oni Vengeance
A week after the first nightmare, Shun begs his classmates not to go anywhere near the abandoned mansion on the outskirts of town ever again, but the gears of fate seem to be turning against his will. They find themselves in the Jailhouse once more, and the man-eating monster that lives inside is happy to welcome them. Will they have the power to change anything? The game is the same, and the rules are simple: get caught and you’re dead. It’s time for round two in this lethal game of tag!
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MARCH 26, 2018

I Saved Too Many Girls and Caused the Apocalypse Volume 7
Rekka finds himself in another complicated situation when four new heroines need his help. Mio Kotozuka is a beloved pop star who’s had a very unusual encounter with a strange fan. Ellicia Otto, an orphan turned thief thanks to a peculiar power she has, is on the run from a powerful group of psychics after learning a dark secret. Zaia Gardendos Corona is an unlucky hero in need of some rescuing herself. And Lyun Sylpheed is a wind spirit who’s been driven from her home after a zombie-like epidemic sweeps the land. Rekka, meanwhile, is still just your average high school boy, but he’s going to have to figure out a way to save them all!
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MARCH 27, 2018

Durarara!! Volume 9
Izaya Orihara is used to getting his hands dirty, manipulating others for his so-called “love.” One day, it was bound to come back and bite him. Izaya gets kidnapped by a group called the Amphisbaena and finds himself in a dark place…
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The Irregular at Magic High School Volume 7
It’s time for the National Thesis Competition to take place in Yokohama but what was supposed to be a grand event for the participating students has been turned into a battlefield. A mysterious band of armed magicians and mechanized weapons have stormed in and it may be up to Tatsuya and the others to get everyone home safely!
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Magical Girl Raising Project Volume 3

No synopsis available.
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Re:Zero Starting Life in Another World EX Volume 2
The bestselling series from author Tappei Nagatsuki continues in this spin-off where some of your favorite characters capture the spotlight!

Long ago, in the kingdom of Lugunica, there was a great war between the royal military forces and the demihumans. A hero was born on that battlefield–the Sword Demon, Wilhelm Trias. This is the story of that legendary swordsman–and the woman he loved.
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The Saga of Tanya the Evil Volume 2
“Girl–this, this is war.”

After being reborn and becoming a magic wielding soldier in the Imperial Army, Tanya Degurechaff bemoans her fate of being placed at the very edge of the front lines instead of a comfy place in the rear. Swearing revenge on Being X, she plunges head-first into battle, dragging her subordinate along with her!
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So I’m a Spider, So What? Volume 2
After many trials and challenges, our reborn spider has become very good at fighting (and eating!) monsters. Getting a little full of herself, she’s rushed headlong into some unexplored area and now, she’s facing her worst enemy…a huge dragon!
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Spice and Wolf Volume 19
Blissful days continue for the ex-merchant and the wolf as they pass the days together in their mountain home. Ever since Col and Myuri set off on a journey of their own, the bathhouse has been a little shorthanded so a new hire was brought on. But this newcomer is a wolf, just like Holo and the problems with her joining the staff seem endless…
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Strangulation Kubishime Romanticist (Zaregoto Series)
The debut work from NISIOISIN, Zaregoto is NISIOISIN’s twist on the I-novel where his narrator reveals a mystery and tries desperately to not take part in what transpires over the work. Full of intriguing young characters and action filled drama, Strangulation and Decapitation are the basis for the modern light novel movement creating a new genre of literature for Japan’s X generation and beyond.

College is a whole new adventure, rife with challenges, opportunities, and cold-blooded killers.

Fresh from unmasking an assassin on a posh island paradise, Ii-chan is finally an ultra-cool college student–jaded, sarcastic, and not exactly consumed by academic ambition. Now more interested in angst and anomie than in catching killers, Ii-chan figures that danger is a thing of the past. Wrong! There’s a homicidal maniac loose in Kyoto, a perp with the soul of an artist whose talent is apparent in the inspired way he festoons his crime scenes with body parts.
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MARCH 31, 2018

Demon King Daimaou Volume 4
Akuto Sai’s life is about to get even more complicated. Junko Hattori invites him to visit her family home, without telling him that the occasion is an arranged marriage meeting — for an arranged marriage between Junko and Akuto! Meanwhile, an assassin comes to Constant Magical Academy, targeting the air-headed Keena, of all people. Who is behind this assassination order? And most importantly… how will Akuto react when he learns of this plot? Prepare to see a darker, angrier Akuto in Volume 4 of Demon King Daimaou!
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Sword Art Online Volume 12 Light Novel Review

Review of the light novel Sword Art Online Volume 12 Alicization Rising by Reki Kawahara
Deja Vu, we’re fighting our way up a tower…

LIGHT NOVEL INFORMATION
TITLE: Sword Art Online
AKA: SAO, ソードアート·オンライン
AUTHOR: Reki Kawahara
ILLUSTRATOR: ABEC
PUBLISHER (English): Yen On
RELEASE DATE (English): December 19, 2017
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PUBLISHER (Japan): Dengeki Bunko (ASCII Media Works)
RELEASE DATE (Japan): April 10, 2013
VOLUMES RELEASED (Japan to Date): 20 (most recent released September 8, 2017)
ANIME SERIES: 49 episodes + 1OVA + 1 Movie (A new season is currently in production)

From the back cover:

After a brief respite, Kirito and Eugeo set off again to climb Central Cathedral-but the powerful Integrity Knights are not about to let them reach the top. Meanwhile, Kirito has learned the dark history of the Underworld and the true stakes of the battle they’re fighting, and every step toward Alice brings him closer to an impossible decision…