Black Bullet, Volume 1 | Light Novel Review

Review of the Light Novel Black Bullet, Volume 1, by Shiden Kanzaki.

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The future–where a terrible battle against a parasitic virus called “Gastrea” has been fought…and lost. Humanity is cornered and lives in despair. Rentaro and Enju face constant danger in their work as a team of anti-Gastrea specialists known as “civil security officers.” As if the daily fight against oblivion weren’t enough, they’ll soon face a threat that could destroy all of Tokyo…

Accel World, Volume 4 | Light Novel Review

Review of Vol. 4 of Reki Kawahara’s light novel series, Accel World, Flight Toward A Blue Sky.

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Seiji Nomi is a mysterious new student whose skillful use of Brain Burst abilities in the real world has boosted him to astonishing heights of achievement (not to mention astonishing heights of jerkitude). When Haruyuki’s wings are stolen by Seiji’s cunning and ability, Haruyuki suffers a crushing defeat. Stripped of his greatest ability, will Haruyuki ever be able to rise again…?

Durarara!! Volume 1 | Light Novel Review

Review of Volume 1 in the light novel series, Durarara!! by Ryohgo Narita.

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The Ikebukuro district in Tokyo is full of interesting people. A boy longing for the extraordinary. A hotheaded punk. An airheaded pseudo-stalker. An information broker who works for kicks. An underground doctor who specializes in truly desperate patients. A high school student infatuated with a monster. And a headless rider on a pitch-black motorcycle. Their story may not be a heartwarming one, but as it turns out, even weirdos like these sometimes fall in love.

Sword Art Online, Volume 4 | Light Novel Review

Review of Reki Kawahara’s light novel, Sword Art Online Volume 4, Part 2 of the Fairy Dance storyline.

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Kirito plunges into a suspicious new VRMMORPG called ALfheim Online to rescue Asuna, who never returned from Sword Art OnlineALO offers many features to entertain players in the wake ofSAO: ultra-high-end graphics, action-heavy gameplay, a choice of fairy races, and a next-generation flight engine. Playing as a spriggan, Kirito heads for the location of Asuna’s prison–the top of the World Tree, the final destination of every player in the game! Along the way, Kirito nearly falls to a plot hatched by the enemy salamanders, just barely surviving the ordeal with the help of a sylph named Leafa and his Navigation Pixie, Yui. But just as Kirito and Leafa make it to the foot of the World Tree, the end of their quest in sight, each realizes the other has a very big secret…

 

Spice & Wolf, Volume 1 | Light Novel Review

Review of the light novel Spice & Wolf, Volume 1, by Isuna Hasekura.

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The life of a traveling merchant is a lonely one, a fact with which Kraft Lawrence is well acquainted. Wandering from town to town with just his horse, cart, and whatever wares have come his way, the peddler has pretty well settled into his routine-that is, until the night Lawrence finds a wolf goddess asleep in his cart. Taking the form of a fetching girl with wolf ears and a tail, Holo has wearied of tending to harvests in the countryside and strikes up a bargain with the merchant to lend him the cunning of “Holo the Wisewolf” to increase his profits in exchange for taking her along on his travels. What kind of businessman could turn down such an offer? Lawrence soon learns, though, that having an ancient goddess as a traveling companion can be a bit of a mixed blessing. Will this wolf girl turn out to be too wild to tame?

No Game No Life, Volume 1 | Light Novel Review

Review of the light novel, No Game No Life, Volume 1, by Yuu Kamiya.

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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…!

Accel World Volume 3 | Light Novel Review

Review of the light novel Accel World Volume 3, The Twilight Marauder, by Reki Kawahara.

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His life completely transformed since meeting Kuroyukihime, the most beautiful girl in school, Haruyuki has grown up into a magnificent knight, fat and bullied though he might be.
As the season turns to spring, a strange new student appears before Haruyuki and his friends, now in eighth grade. This mysterious seventh-grader has mastered the art of using Brain Burst in everyday life, despite being curiously absent from the Duel-matching list.
With Kuroyukihime away on a field trip for the ninth grade class, this new member of the student body, in the guise of a warped duel avatar called Dusk Taker, steals “something precious” from Haruyuki with overwhelming force. Cast once again to the bottom rungs of the school-hierarchy ladder, Haruyuki is driven into a corner, and his only course of action is–?!