Konosuba Volume 4 Light Novel Review

Review of the light novel Konosuba Volume 4 by Natsume Akatsuki

LIGHT NOVEL INFORMATION
TITLE: Konosuba God’s Blessing on This Wonderful World
AKA: Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo! この素晴らしい世界に祝福を!
AUTHOR: Natsume Akatsuki
ILLUSTRATOR: Kurone Mishima
PUBLISHER (English): Yen On
RELEASE DATE (English): December 19, 2017
PURCHASE (Amazon.com): http://amzn.to/2BfVCDS
PURCHASE (Book Depository): http://bit.ly/2j60Y0U

PUBLISHER (Japan): Kadokawa Sneaker Bunko
RELEASE DATE (Japan): May 01, 2014
VOLUMES RELEASED (Japan to Date): 13 (Most recent released December 1, 2017)
ANIME SERIES: 20 episodes + 2 OVAs (Covered volumes 1-4)

From the back cover:

Kazuma and crew have made it through the winter in one piece (for the most part), and they’re in dire need of a break…and for stressed and tired adventurers, there’s only one place to go-the hot springs! With open-air baths and beautiful mountain scenery, Arcanletia has everything they need for a relaxing vacation. Not only that, but rumor has it the Demon King’s army is avoiding the place. The reports also say it’s because Aqua’s Axis Church scared them off, but her loyal followers can’t be that bad, right…?

Yume Nikki I Am Not In Your Dream Light Novel Review

Review of the light novel Yume Nikki I Am Not in Your Dream by Akira
The cult video game is adapted into novel format!

LIGHT NOVEL INFORMATION
TITLE: Yume Nikki
AKA: Yume Nikki: Anata no Yume ni Watashi wa Inai, ゆめにっき —あなたの夢に私はいない, Dream Diary
AUTHOR: Akira
ILLUSTRATOR: Aco Arisaka
PUBLISHER (English): J-Novel Club
RELEASE DATE (English): January 7, 2018
PURCHASE (Amazon.com): http://amzn.to/2BGvmHv

PUBLISHER (Japan): PHP Institute
RELEASE DATE (Japan): August 2013
VOLUMES RELEASED (Japan to Date): 1
ANIME SERIES: None (Based on an indy game of the same name)

From the back cover:

Based on the cult hit game, the novelization of Yume Nikki follows a lonesome girl into the bizarre dreamscapes that await her when she falls asleep. Opening doors and wandering aimlessly, is she really as alone as she thinks?

The Saga of Tanya the Evil Volume 1 Light Novel Review

Review of the light novel The Saga of Tanya the Evil Volume 1 (Deus lo Vult) by Carlo Zen
The story of a child soldier who was possessed by a driven salaryman 😉

LIGHT NOVEL INFORMATION
TITLE: The Saga of Tanya the Evil
AKA: Youjo Senki, Yojo Senki, The Military Chronicles of a Little Girl, 幼女戦記
AUTHOR: Carlo Zen
ILLUSTRATOR: Shinobu Shinotsuki
PUBLISHER (English): Yen On
RELEASE DATE (English): December 19, 2017
PURCHASE (Amazon.com): http://amzn.to/2EDOnY6
PURCHASE (Book Depository): http://bit.ly/2Apnmqq

PUBLISHER (Japan): Enterbrain
RELEASE DATE (Japan): October 31, 2013
VOLUMES RELEASED (Japan to Date): 9 (most recent released January 12, 2018)
ANIME SERIES: 12 episodes

From the back cover:

High above the blood- and mud-soaked trenches, a young girl pits herself against army mages in high stakes aerial duels with bullets, spells, and bayonets. Her name is Tanya Degurechaff and she is the Devil of the Rhine, one of the greatest soldiers the Empire has ever seen! But inside her mind lives a ruthless, calculating ex-salaryman who enjoyed a peaceful life in Japan until he woke up in a war-torn world. Reborn as a destitute orphaned girl with nothing to her name but memories of a previous life, Tanya will do whatever it takes to survive, even if she can find it only behind the barrel of a gun!

Monster Girl Doctor Volume 1 Light Novel Review

Review of the light novel Monster Girl Doctor Volume 1 by Yoshino Origuchi

LIGHT NOVEL INFORMATION
TITLE: Monster Girl Doctor
AKA: Monster Musume no Oisha-san, モンスター娘のお医者さん, Doctor for Monster Girls
AUTHOR: Yoshino Origuchi
ILLUSTRATOR: Z-ton
PUBLISHER (English): Seven Seas
RELEASE DATE (English): December 19, 2017
PURCHASE (Amazon.com): http://amzn.to/2pXyPwf
PURCHASE (Book Depository): http://bit.ly/2zkVKT9

PUBLISHER (Japan): Dash X Bunko
RELEASE DATE (Japan): June 24, 2016
VOLUMES RELEASED (Japan to Date): 3 (Most recent released June 23, 2017)
ANIME SERIES: None

From the back cover:

MONSTER GIRLS FIND THIS DOCTOR’S TOUCH IRRESISTIBLE…

Along with his lamia assistant Sapphee, Dr. Glenn runs a medical clinic in the town of Lindworm where monsters and humans coexist. His reputation for responding to the daily medical visits of monster girls is unparalleled. Whether being proposed to by a centaur injured in battle, palpating the gills of a shy mermaid, or suturing the delicate wounds of a feisty flesh golem, Dr. Glenn responds to his patients with as much professional grace as he can muster. Yet when an unsavory character seeks to steal a harpy egg, it’s Dr. Glenn who must call on his adoring monster girl patients to come to his aid.

An all-new light novel series for fans of Monster Musume and Monster Girl Encyclopedia!

Infinite Dendrogram Volume 3 Light Novel Review

Review of the light novel Infinite Dendrogram Volume 3 by Sakon Kaidou
Superiors Clash! But in the background, a greater battle waits…

LIGHT NOVEL INFORMATION
TITLE: Infinite Dendrogram
AKA: <Infinite Dendrogram> , インフィニット·デンドログラム
AUTHOR: Sakon Kaidou
ILLUSTRATOR: Taiki
PUBLISHER (English): J-Novel Club
RELEASE DATE (English): October 31, 2017
PURCHASE (Amazon.com): http://amzn.to/2w1lelR

PUBLISHER (Japan): HJ Bunko (Hobby Japan)
RELEASE DATE (Japan): March 31, 2017
VOLUMES RELEASED (Japan to Date): 5 Volumes (most recent released September 30, 2017)
ANIME SERIES: None

From the back cover:

The day after Ray and Hugo faced off against the vile Gouz-Maise Gang, the city of Gideon was far livelier than usual, brimming with excitement and anticipation for a certain event. As one would expect from a metropolis bearing the title of “city of duels,” the event was a match between two highly notable duelists: Figaro — the local hero — and Xunyu — one of the most powerful individuals from the far-east empire of Huang He. Both were Masters wielding the powers of Superior Embryos, and both would give their all to fight, make merry and emerge victorious. But a malicious plan unfurls itself in the shadows, who is it that seeks to strike the Kingdom of Altar at its most vulnerable? More importantly, who will survive the Clash of the Superiors?

Light Novel Releases for January 2018

Here are the light novels being released during the month of January, 2018

JANUARY 4, 2018

Invaders of the Rokujouma Volume 8.5
With the civil war now in full swing, Alaia and her allies mount a resistance to try and retake their beloved country. History seems to be unfolding all according to the legend, except for one major problem. The Blue Knight is still missing. In his stead, Koutarou and Clan find themselves in the center the chaos, trying to keep history from going too far off the rails so they can eventually get back home to their own place and time. Will they be able to save Forthorthe and themselves?
The 10th book in the Invaders of the Rokujouma!? series!
Purchase (Amazon.com) – http://amzn.to/2l58aaT

JANUARY 5, 2018

In Another World With My Smartphone Volume 6
16-year-old Mochizuki Touya continues everyday life in his new world, well aware that it could all come tumbling down at any moment. He’s the budding administrator of Babylon, the fledgling grand duke of Brunhild, and now he’s a… mecha pilot? Desperate to find a way to halt the incoming Phrase onslaught, Touya makes a mad dash for the Hangar of Babylon, hoping it can give him the edge he needs. What he finds is the Frame Gear, an ancient humanoid fighting machine! Join Touya and his ever-growing band of wives as they tap into their mechanical sides. All systems standby for a tale of swords, sorcery, and oversized wrenches.
Purchase (Amazon.com) – http://amzn.to/2AqGRiE

JANUARY 6, 2018

Ao Oni (Delayed from December)
Shun is the new kid in school, but he’s already managed to attract the attention of the school bully, who’s now making his life a living hell. It doesn’t seem like things could get any worse, until the night he finds himself and a group of his classmates inside a creepy, abandoned mansion known as the Jailhouse. They quickly start to hear strange sounds and see weird things, but everything escalates when they realize they can’t get out. Once they’re trapped inside, a blue, unnaturally large figure chases after them. Is it a new species? Or is it the ghost of their old classmate who died in an accident? Nobody knows, but one thing is for certain… If it catches them, they’re dead! The scariest game of tag in history begins!
Purchase (Amazon.com) – http://amzn.to/2zlNe4t

JANUARY 7, 2018

Yume Nikki: I Am Not In Your Dream (Delayed from December)
Based on the cult hit game, the novelization of Yume Nikki follows a lonesome girl into the bizarre dreamscapes that await her when she falls asleep. Opening doors and wandering aimlessly, is she really as alone as she thinks?
Purchase (Amazon.com) – http://amzn.to/2BGvmHv

JANUARY 9, 2018

Infinite Dendrogram Volume 4
The city of duels is suddenly besieged by one of the Dryfe Imperium’s Superiors. Mr. Franklin, the Giga Professor. Both admirably cunning and incorrigibly heinous, the sadistic scientist sets his sights on throwing Gideon into utter Pandemonium. As luck would have it, Ray, Marie, and Rook are caught right in the middle of his malicious machinations. Though outmatched, outnumbered and outsmarted, the knights and Masters of The Kingdom of Altar don’t hesitate to retaliate. They have the spirit, no doubt, but will it be enough to defeat the mastermind of Franklin’s Game?
Purchase (Amazon.com) – http://amzn.to/2AEGYty

JANUARY 10, 2018

If It’s For My Daughter, I’d Even Defeat a Demon Lord Volume 4
“I’ve never thought of you as a replacement for my father.”

After Latina tells him about her real feelings on the night of the Ahmar festival, Dale is driven into a deep depression by his beloved daughter’s “rebellious phase.” It takes a talk with his “big bro” Kenneth for him to see what her words really mean… but how will he respond?

To make matters even more complicated, Latina receives a confession of love from Rudolph, her childhood friend. Love is hard, but this is getting out of hand!

Whatever happens, though, one thing is sure: the relationship between guardian and adoptive daughter is going to change in a big way, and there’s no turning back.
Purchase (Amazon.com) – http://amzn.to/2Bu4q9r

JANUARY 18, 2018

Paying to Win in a VRMMO Volume 6
The account hack has been resolved, but the fallout isn’t over. Pony Entertainment has begun to sink its hooks into Narrow Fantasy Online, threatening the Thistle Corporation’s independence. When Ichiro himself is arrested for unauthorized access of the company’s servers, he finds himself in a dilemma that even money can’t solve!
Purchase (Amazon.com) – http://amzn.to/2iFHwIE

JANUARY 28, 2018

Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash Volume 7
Having escaped the Dusk Realm, Haruhiro and the party enter another world that is not Grimgar, one where the sun never rises. Even with no information to go on, Haruhiro still must lead his comrades. Fortunately, they discover a town where the residents of this new world live and they are able secure their safety for the time being. However, the environment is harsh and there are still a mountain of problems left to deal with. What’s more, they have no leads on the all-important method for returning to Grimgar.

They question whether they will they be able to go home, and if the real home that sometimes flashes through their minds is actually some other place entirely. With many feelings in their hearts, Haruhiro and the others proceed to explore the new world. As they wander through the ashes, what lies ahead for them?
Purchase (Amazon.com) – http://amzn.to/2AqaBfq

JANUARY 30, 2018

Death March to the Parallel World Rhapsody Volume 4
When Satou and his party cross into the famously unsafe Muno Barony, they find ramshackle villages, fortresses inhabited by the souls of the dead, and all manner of unrest. Amid the chaos, Satou meets a girl who happens to be the Baron’s daughter and stumbles across a conspiracy…
Purchase (Amazon.com) – http://amzn.to/2kgfHqH
Purchase (Book Depository) – http://bit.ly/2BEs2sY

My Youth Romantic Comedy is Wrong As I Expected Volume 4
It’s summer break, and Hachiman is continuing his leisurely life of solitude-until Miss Hiratsuka forces the Service Club back together to volunteer at a campground. For some reason, Hayama, Miura, and their crew of normies are there, too… Thus begins a compulsory, youthful season of fireworks, tests of courage, nighttime conversations, and bathhouse incidents, with no escape for Hachiman. Summer is indeed a minefield for the loner…
Purchase (Amazon.com) – http://amzn.to/2iFjZrh
Purchase (Book Depository) – http://bit.ly/2BurAg5

Overlord Volume 6
After weathering several setbacks and attacks, the Eight Fingers criminal organization is not about to simply sit back and watch quietly. To retaliate, they’ve dispatched the infamously brutal enforcers, the Six Arms. Rushing out to meet them in battle is the adamantite-rank adventurer party, the Blue Roses, led by Lakyus herself.
Purchase (Amazon.com) – http://amzn.to/2Aq86tw
Purchase (Book Depository) – http://bit.ly/2kihXhd

Strike the Blood Volume 8
When Kojou Akatsuki went to visit his sister in the hospital in middle school, he met a vampire named Avrora. Once he learned she was the key to saving Nagisa’s life, he helped Avrora escape. Now, the weapons dealer Zacharias is telling him to hand over Avrora in order to rouse the fourth primogenitor! As Zacharias’s plans plunge Itogami Island into peril, the fourth primogenitor finally awakens…
Purchase (Amazon.com) – http://amzn.to/2ADH44t
Purchase (Book Depository) – http://bit.ly/2kjd4nP

Nekomonogatari (White)
Officially the start of Monogatari’s second arc, Nekomonogatari (White) is written in Hanekawa’s perspective. It is the first story in the series that’s told from a different perspective than Araragi. After months since her last time turning into Black Hanekawa, Hanekawa finds a new oddity problem in the form of a white tiger that burns down buildings she had slept in the night before. The tiger is an oddity Hanekawa accidentally produced herself after years of domestic abuse that kept her from having her own room.
Purchase (Amazon.com) – http://amzn.to/2AlTgWV
Purchase (Book Depository) – http://bit.ly/2Am4lHB

Magical Girl Raising Project Volume 2 Light Novel Review

Review of the light novel Magical Girl Raising Project Volume 2 (Restart Part 1) by Asari Endou

The series about Magical Girls killing Magical Girls returns!

LIGHT NOVEL INFORMATION

TITLE: Magical Girl Raising Project

AKA: Mahou Shoujo Ikusei Keikaku, 魔法少女育成計画

AUTHOR: Asari Endou

ILLUSTRATOR: Marui-no

PUBLISHER (English): Yen On

RELEASE DATE (English): November 14, 2017

PURCHASE (Amazon.com): http://amzn.to/2BjrHv7

PURCHASE (Book Depository): http://bit.ly/2pbDtGb

PUBLISHER (Japan): Takarajimasha

RELEASE DATE (Japan): November 9, 2012

VOLUMES RELEASED (Japan to Date): 11 (most recent released December 10, 2016)

ANIME SERIES: 12 episodes covering volume 1