The Empty Box and Zeroth Maria Volume 2 Light Novel Review

Review of the light novel The Empty Box and Zeroth Maria Volume 2 by Eiji Mikage

LIGHT NOVEL INFORMATION
TITLE: The Empty Box and Zeroth Maria
AKA: Utsuro no Hako to Zero no Maria, Hakomari, 空ろの箱と零のマリア
AUTHOR: Eiji Mikage
ILLUSTRATOR: 415
PUBLISHER (English): Yen On
RELEASE DATE (English): February 27, 2018
PURCHASE (Amazon.com): http://amzn.to/2n5Xv1r
PURCHASE (Book Depository): http://bit.ly/2n8Ttp9

PUBLISHER (Japan): Dengeki Bunko (ASCII Media Works)
RELEASE DATE (Japan): September 10, 2009
VOLUMES RELEASED (Japan to Date): 7 (Complete. Final volume released June 10, 2015)
ANIME SERIES: None

From the back cover:

When your world comes crashing down around you…who can you turn to?

Nothing is more important to Kazuki Hoshino than his normal, everyday life. But his friends are accusing him of committing offenses he doesn’t remember, and his closest relationships are crumbling one by one. Soon, the life he knows will vanish forever.

If a box is involved, as he suspects, Maria is his most valuable ally…but how will he keep from losing her, too?


Goblin Slayer Volume 4 Light Novel Review

Review of the light novel Goblin Slayer Volume 4 by Kumo Kagyu

LIGHT NOVEL INFORMATION
TITLE: Goblin Slayer
AKA: ゴブリンスレイヤー
AUTHOR: Kumo Kagyu
ILLUSTRATOR: Noboru Kannatuki
PUBLISHER (English): Yen On
RELEASE DATE (English): December 19, 2017
PURCHASE (Amazon.com): http://amzn.to/2FXCv5j
PURCHASE (Book Depository): http://bit.ly/2zm0GZT

PUBLISHER (Japan): GA Bunko
RELEASE DATE (Japan): January 13, 2017
VOLUMES RELEASED (Japan to Date): 6 (Volume 7 releases March 14, 2018)
ANIME SERIES: An anime has been announced & is in development

From the back cover:

Even adventurers want a change of pace every now and then. Priestess stays behind for once, Cow Girl visits town without any work, Guild Girl takes a rare day off, and High Elf Archer reminisces about old adventures instead of looking for a new one. But evil doesn’t take vacations. Goblin Slayer, Spearman, and Heavy Warrior are teaming up, but is this irregular party good enough to battle demons?!

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!


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?

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
PURCHASE (Amazon.com): http://amzn.to/2GJVhfM
PURCHASE (Book Depository): http://bit.ly/2zB7tQx

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…

Accel World Volume 12 Light Novel Review

Review of the light novel Accel Word Volume 12 by Reki Kawahara

LIGHT NOVEL INFORMATION
TITLE: Accel World
AKA: アクセル·ワールド
AUTHOR: Reki Kawahara
ILLUSTRATOR: Hima
PUBLISHER (English): Yen On
RELEASE DATE (English): December 19, 2017
PURCHASE (Amazon.com): http://amzn.to/2opHEdS
PURCHASE (Book Depository): http://bit.ly/2AnM4Y1

PUBLISHER (Japan): Degeki Bunko (ASCII Media Works)
RELEASE DATE (Japan): August 10, 2012
VOLUMES RELEASED (Japan to Date): 22 (Volume 22 is being release November 10, 2017)
ANIME SERIES: 24 Episodes (covering volumes 1-4 with some material from Volume 10)

From the back cover:

PREPARE FOR A FULL DIVE!

A new hotshot Burst Linker appears, taking down Silver Crow. Haruyuki, still struggling to obtain the Theoretical Mirror ability, sees Wolfram Cerberus as a roadblock in his larger quest to become stronger and defeat the Archangel Metatron. He soon meets Chocolat Puppeteer, a duel avatar made out of…chocolate?! With her help, will Silver Crow finally grow into the fighter all seven Legions need to successfully carry out their mission against Metatron?

Re:Zero EX Volume 1 Light Novel Review

Review of the light novel Re:Zero EX Volume 1 The Dream of the Lion King by Tappei Nagatsuki
Spin-Off from the Re:Zero light novel series. These side novels feature secondary characters filling in backstory. For this volume, it focuses on Crusch Karsten & her vassal Ferris

LIGHT NOVEL INFORMATION
TITLE: Re:Zero Starting Life in Another World EX The Dream of the Lion King
AKA: Re:Zero kara Hajimaru Isekai Seikatsu Ex Shishi Ou no Mita Yume, Re:ゼロから始める異世界生活Ex 獅子王の見た夢
AUTHOR: Tappei Nagatsuki
ILLUSTRATOR: Shinichirou Otsuka
PUBLISHER (English): Yen On
RELEASE DATE (English): November 21, 2017
PURCHASE (Amazon.com): http://amzn.to/2E5XFk1
PURCHASE (Book Depository): http://bit.ly/2sbYtyb

PUBLISHER (Japan): MF Bunko J (Media Factory)
RELEASE DATE (Japan): June 25, 2015
VOLUMES RELEASED (Japan to Date): 2 (of these spin-offs. Last was released December 25, 2015)
ANIME SERIES: None for the spin-offs. For the main series – 25 episodes (aired April-September 2016) Covers material from volumes 1-9

From the back cover:

Their dream for the future was born long ago…

During the royal selection, Duchess Crusch Karsten declared her plans for the Dragonfriend Kingdom of Lugunica: to destroy the covenant with the Dragon and rebuild the nation stronger than before. But where did her radical vision come from? Why does she want to change her country so badly? The answer lies in her past…

This collection of short stories chronicles Crusch’s growth into a nobelduchess vying for the crown, her vassal Ferris’s struggles with knighthood and family, and their love for the warm-hearted you prince who inspired them both.