Battle Divas Volume 1 Light Novel Review

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Review of the light novel Battle Divas Volume 1 The Incorruptible Battle-Blossom Princess by Kouka Kishine

LIGHT NOVEL INFORMATION

TITLE: Battle Divas

AKA: Senka no Maihime, 戦華の舞姫

AUTHOR: Kouka Kishine

ILLUSTRATOR: Nekonabeao

PUBLISHER (English): Sol Press

RELEASE DATE (English): April 30, 2018

PURCHASE (Amazon.com): https://amzn.to/2Krlouz

PUBLISHER (Japan): Overlap Bunko

RELEASE DATE (Japan): October 25, 2015

VOLUMES RELEASED (Japan to Date): 3 (Complete)

ANIME SERIES: None

Me, a Genius? I Was Reborn into Another World… Volume 1 Light Novel Review

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Review of the light novel Me, a Genius? I Was Reborn into Another World and I Think They’ve Got the Wrong Idea! Volume 1 by Nyun.

LIGHT NOVEL INFORMATION

TITLE: Me, a Genius? I Was Reborn into Another World and I Think They’ve Got the Wrong Idea!

AKA: Isekai ni Tensei Shitandakedo Ore, Tensai tte Kanchigai Saretenai?, 異世界に転生したんだけど俺、天才って勘違いされてない?, I Got Reincarnated And Mistaken As A Genius?

AUTHOR: Nyun

ILLUSTRATOR: Sakana

PUBLISHER (English): J-Novel Club

RELEASE DATE (English): April 5, 2018

PURCHASE (Amazon.com): https://amzn.to/2qBY6cX

PUBLISHER (Japan): Overlap Bunko

RELEASE DATE (Japan): August 25, 2015

VOLUMES RELEASED (Japan to Date): 3 (Finished. Last volume released August 24, 2016)

ANIME SERIES: None

Danmachi Gaiden Sword Oratoria Volume 2 Light Novel Review


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Review of the light novel Is it Wrong to Try to Pick-Up Girls in a Dungeon: On the Side Sword Oratoria Volume 2 by Fujino Omori

LIGHT NOVEL INFORMATION
TITLE: Is it Wrong to Try to Pick-Up Girls in a Dungeon: On the Side Sword Oratoria
AKA: Dungeon ni Deai wo Motomeru no wa Machigatteiru no Darou ka Gaiden Sword Oratoria, Danmachi Gaiden, ダンジョンに出会いを求めるのは間違っているだろうか外伝 ソード·オラトリア
PUBLISHER (English): Yen On
RELEASE DATE (English):
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PUBLISHER (Japan): GA Bunko
RELEASE DATE (Japan): June 15, 2014
VOLUMES RELEASED (Japan to Date): 10 (as of May 12, 2018)
ANIME SERIES: 12 episodes. Aired April-July, 2017. Covers Volume 1-4

Re:Zero Volume 6 Light Novel Review

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Review of the light novel Re:Zero Starting Life in Another World Volume 6 by Tappei Nagatsuki

LIGHT NOVEL INFORMATION
TITLE: Re:Zero Starting Life in Another World
AKA: Re:Zero kara Hajimaru Isekai Seikatsu, Re: Life in a different world from zero, Re:ゼロから始める異世界生活
AUTHOR: Tappei Nagatsuki
ILLUSTRATOR: Shinichirou Otsuka
PUBLISHER (English): Yen On
RELEASE DATE (English): February 27, 2018
PURCHASE (Amazon.com): http://amzn.to/2BoJHDw
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PUBLISHER (Japan) MF Bunko J
RELEASE DATE (Japan): March 25, 2015
VOLUMES RELEASED (Japan to Date) 16 (+3 Short Story Volumes +2 Side Story Volumes)
ANIME SERIES: 25 episodes (aired April-September 2016) Covers material from volumes 1-9

From the back cover:

Resets aren’t a promise things will get better…

After suffering terribly at the hands of Petelgeuse, the Archbishop of Sloth, Subaru has returned once more to the capital with his ability, Return by Death. Swearing revenge, he’ll need to find allies and borrow their strength to strike back at the Witch Cult and save Emilia. But how will he manage that when he has nothing to offer, powerless as he is…?

Nekomonogatari White (Monogatari Vol.8) Light Novel Review

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Review of the light novel Nekomonogatari White (Monogatari Volume 8) by Nisioisin

LIGHT NOVEL INFORMATION
TITLE: Nekomonogatari
AKA: Monogagatari
AUTHOR: Nisioisin
ILLUSTRATOR: Vofan
PUBLISHER (English): Vertical
RELEASE DATE (English): February 27, 2018

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PUBLISHER (Japan): Kodansha
RELEASE DATE (Japan): October 27, 2010
VOLUMES RELEASED (Japan to Date): 23 (most recent released July 20, 2017)
ANIME SERIES: 94 episodes + 3 movies (14 volumes adapted to date)

From the back cover:

Launching into new territory that the author hadn’t mapped out when he embarked on the series, NEKOMONOGATARI (White) tells the tale of heroine Tsubasa Hanekawa from her own perspective, in her own voice—if that can hold true for a damaged soul who, depending on who you’re asking, suffers from a split personality or a supernatural aberration.

The bone-chilling brokenness of her household, where father and mother and daughter keep three separate sets of cookware in the same kitchen and only ever prepare their own meals, and the profound darkness nurtured in the genius schoolgirl’s heart, come to life, if that is the word, through her self-vivisection.

As for our customary unreliable narrator, Araragi, we seem to learn revealing tidbits about him now that we have an outside view of him at last, while his lady friends Senjogahara, Hachikuji, et al, freed from his predilection for proudly inane banter, show subtly new faces to us via their female interlocutor. Welcome to the Second Season.

 


Light Novel Releases for April 2018

Here are the light novels releasing during the month of April 2018.

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APRIL 2, 2018

Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash Volume 8

Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash Volume 8
Having overcome many trials and tribulations, Haruhiro and the others succeed in returning to Grimgar. However, though they have returned, they are a long way from the human sphere of influence. When Haruhiro and Yume go scouting, they’re lucky enough to encounter members of another party in the Day Breakers clan, the Typhoon Rocks. However, they engaged in a battle against groups of orcs and undead in order to accomplish a certain goal, and Haruhiro and Yume, along with the other four who were left behind, are caught up in the fighting.

In the world they’ve returned to, more comrades, encounters, and battles await. As the ashes dance, no one yet knows what lies waiting beyond the fantasy.

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APRIL 4, 2018

Invaders of the Rokujouma!?: Volume 11

Now that the invaders have come to an understanding of sorts, things are going smoother than ever in room 106. Spring is in the air—tulips, friendships, and potential romances are all about to burst into full bloom. Koutarou and the invading girls have never been happier together, but nothing lasts forever. Things turn dark quickly when they find out that they’re going to have to say goodbye to one of their own… and soon. Without even any time to prepare, will the bonds they all share be enough to pull them through?

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APRIL 5, 2018

Me, A Genius? I was Reborn into Another World and I Think They’ve Got the Wrong Idea! Volume 1

Me, A Genius? I was Reborn into Another World and I Think They’ve Got the Wrong Idea! Volume 1
Kouki has found himself reborn, together with many of his past-life memories, in an alternate version of Japan.

“There’s are no magic or elves?! Then what’s the point of being reborn in another world?” It seems a little disappointing at first, but somehow his childhood sketches inspire his mother to develop a revolutionary new theory that changes the world forever. This sets into motion a series of misunderstandings that has everyone believing that Kouki is the real genius behind all of the incredible new technology that his mother is rapidly developing.

As a result of his apparent genius, Kouki is forced to give up on his peaceful school life to attend the International Science and Technology Academy, where he meets a beautiful Canadian girl called Alice Alford, a robotics engineer named Shingo Saitou, and an expert on space exploration named Megumi Aikawa. Surely, he can’t still continue being mistaken for a genius while surrounded by these real geniuses?!

Every time Kouki uses his knowledge from his past life, it causes a new misunderstanding, and his ordinary life is gradually turning into an extraordinary life.

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Strawberry Panic Volume 1

Strawberry Panic Volume 1
Welcome to the world of Strawberry Panic, where love is always in full bloom!
Strawberry Panic, the first yuri light novel in North America, is set at Astrea Hill, where three exclusive all-girl schools converge. At St. Miator Girl’s Academy, gentle breezes scatter cherry blossoms across its lush campus. Nagisa, a normal and cheerful high school student, is stunned when she meets Shizuma, the school’s top student, whose beauty takes her breath away. When Shizuma unexpectedly reciprocates Nagisa’s feelings, both love and wacky chaos soon erupt.

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APRIL 7, 2018

If It’s For My Daughter I’d Even Defeat a Demon Lord Volume 5

If It’s For My Daughter I’d Even Defeat a Demon Lord Volume 5
Everything seems to be finally coming together for Latina and Dale. They live in a place where they feel like they belong, they’re surrounded by people they love, and Dale has finally asked for Latina’s hand in marriage.
Before long, though, the devil girl realizes what being the Eighth Demon Lord means: the other demon lords will stop at nothing to destroy her, and that will put everything she holds dear in peril as well. And to prevent that, Latina decides she must sacrifice herself.
However, as a first-rate hero and Latina’s retainer, Dale won’t let that happen, and he sets out to do what he must: eliminate the seven demon lords.

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APRIL 9, 2018

The Faraway Paladin Volume 4

The Faraway Paladin Volume 4
After returning from the battle at the Rust Mountains, what awaited Will was not a fairytale ending or another terrifying threat, but the commonplace events of his everyday life.

His friendship and a fierce battle with his dependable ally, the swordsman Reystov. An adventure in a snow-filled forest with the troubadour Bee. A battle with an ancient indomitable giant. And prayers and conversation with the god of the flame.

Penned by the Paladin, these are the stories of a single winter.

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APRIL 10, 2018

Accel World Volume 13

Accel World Volume 13
Finally, it seems Haruyuki (aka Silver Crow) is ready to take on Metatron–but first, he must prepare for his school’s cultural festival! Meanwhile, the duel avatar Magenta Scissor spreads chaos throughout the accelerated world…

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April 11, 2018

Arifureta Zero Volume 1

Arifureta Zero Volume 1
This is the story of what happened long before Hajime was summoned to Tortus. Oscar Orcus is considered a third-rate Synergist by most people. He spends his days peacefully, working so he can send money back to an orphanage. All that changes when the whirlwind that is Miledi Reisen storms into his life. Miledi sees the hidden potential in Oscar, and invites him on her journey to defeat the gods. Oscar wants no part of any journey, and he refuses. But Miledi is persistent, and the situation changes drastically when the orphanage he wants to protect is attacked. In the end, what will our unlikely hero decide?

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APRIL 16, 2018

Infinite Stratos Volume 1

APRIL 16, 2018
Infinite Stratos Volume 1
In a world of technological progress, females are the only ones who can pilot the most advanced military unit in history—the Infinite Stratos (IS). With this power, women have seized complete control of all political, social, and economic ventures; leaving men to the fringes of society, made to tend to the whims of their now, female overlords. That is until Orimura Ichika, the sole male found to have IS piloting ability, is thrust into the spotlight, and enrolled at the prestigious IS Academy. Stuck in the middle of a female-dominated population, Ichika sets out to prove men still have a place in this world. Little did he know, he is just the thing these women have been looking for.

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APRIL 17, 2018

Monster Girl Doctor Volume 2

Monster Girl Doctor Volume 2
Wherever the Monster Girl Doctor goes, monster girls will soon follow! Glenn and Saphee, along with Tisalia and her attendants, head to the harpy village high in the Vivre mountains, but it soon becomes clear that harpies won’t be his only patients. Besides a moody and flightless harpy, Glenn finds himself tending to a bedridden centaur and maybe even a destructive force of nature—not to mention fending off the attentions of a very assertive arachne. Can Glenn handle the wiles of these monstrous girls?

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APRIL 18, 2018

The Magic in this Other World is Too Far Behind! Volume 1

Suimei and two of his best friends find themselves mysteriously summoned to another world. There’s a cute princess, magic galore, a Demon Lord that needs to be defeated, and a world that needs to be saved—the works! Too bad Suimei isn’t interested. His friends are all too ready to play the parts of heroes, but Suimei just wants to get home. He has an advantage as a magician… but he’s in for a rude awakening when he finds out what actually passes for magic in these parts.

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APRIL 20, 2018

Outbreak Company Volume 3

Outbreak Company Volume 3
A SOCCER SHOCKER!

On the far side of a hyperspace tunnel in Mount Fuji’s “Sea of Trees” lies the Holy Eldant Empire, a fantasy world complete with dragons flying through the sky! Kanou Shinichi is General Manager of Amutech, a company that specializes in bringing otaku culture to other worlds, and he’s finding himself having some… unique personnel problems. Like the fact that his resident artist, Elvia, is a werewolf, so naturally she goes nuts at a certain “special” time of the month. And Brooke the lizardman is… well, he’s basically a lizard, man. Meaning Shinichi can never quite tell what he’s thinking.

What to do, what to do? Shinichi’s solution is one only an otaku could come up with: build a little team spirit… through sports! He plans to hold a game in front of the empress herself, but in a world rife with magic, there’s no way things will go quite how he expects.

Which side will succeed in this super soccer showdown?!

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APRIL 24, 2018

The Asterisk War Volume 6

The Asterisk War Volume 6
At long last, the Phoenix Festa is over, and Julis invites Ayato to visit her home of Lieseltania. But as the king throws lavish parades and parties in their honor, Ayato comes to understand Julis’s concerns for her country. Meanwhile, the Witch of Solitary Venom sets her sights on the pair…!

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Baccano! Volume 7

Baccano! Volume 7
The year 1933.
Tim is a man who discarded his past but could never forget his brother. Dallas is just a thug, but he always wanted to protect his sister. A mysterious person named “Vino” is the absolute worst killer, yet he’s always loved his fiancee. Will the sun peek out from behind the clouds once the bloody rain stops?

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The Devil is a Part-Timer Volume 10

The Devil is a Part-Timer Volume 10
Maou and Suzuno traveled to Ente Isla to rescue Emi and Ashiya, but for some reason…the Devil King never recovered his powers! Still stuck in his human form with Acieth, how is Maou going to save anyone?

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I’ve Been Killing Slimes for 300 Years and Maxed Out My Level Volume 1

I’ve Been Killing Slimes for 300 Years and Maxed Out My Level Volume 1
After living a painful life as an office worker, Azusa ended her short life by dying from overworking. So when she found herself reincarnated as an undying, unaging witch in a new world, she vows to spend her days stress free and as pleasantly as possible. She ekes out a living by hunting down the easiest targets – the slimes! But after centuries of doing this simple job, she’s ended up with insane powers…how will she maintain her low key life now?!

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Konosuba God’s Blessing on This Wonderful World Volume 5

Konosuba God’s Blessing on This Wonderful World Volume 5
After Kazuma and crew’s less-than-relaxing vacation, Yunyun burst onto the scene with shocking news-the Crimson Magic Clan is in danger, and she wants to bear his children to save it! Kazuma returns with her to the village, but the situation isn’t quite what he expected…

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Reborn as a Vending Machine, I Now Wander the Dungeon Volume 1

Reborn as a Vending Machine, I Now Wander the Dungeon Volume 1
A middle-aged man with only one passion in his life meets a fitting end in a traffic accident. That’s where most stories would end, but instead, this is when his story begins when he’s reborn as what he admired the most in life–a vending machine! But his new lease on life(?) happens in the worst place possible–what can a vending machine do in a monster-infested dungeon when he can’t speak or even move on his own?

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Rokka Braves of the Six Flowers Volume 4

Rokka Braves of the Six Flowers Volume 4
The Braves of the Six Flowers forge ahead, struggling desperately to escape Tgurneu’s latest scheme and discover the imposter among them before it’s too late. But this time, the Braves have agreed to work with one of the fiend commanders…!

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Sword Art Online Volume 13

Sword Art Online Volume 13
After Kirito and Eugeo are separated in the Central Cathedral, Eugeo continues his quest alone-until he encounters a legendary hero he’s admired since childhood. Can Eugeo defeat him alone…?

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That Time I Got Reincarnated As a Slime Volume 2

That Time I Got Reincarnated As a Slime Volume 2
37-year-old Satoru Mikami got a new lease on life when he was reincarnated into another world…as a slime named Rimuru Tempest. But with the help of his wits, his newfound powers, and a little luck, he’s started building a cross-species village of goblins, direwolves, and dwarves! Rimuru doesn’t know it yet, but his arrival is bringing major changes to his new world…

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Perfect Blue Awaken from a Dream

Perfect Blue: Awaken from a Dream
For the first time in English, never-before-published stories from the Perfect Blue universe!
Delve deeper into the dark underbelly of super-stardom, where fame comes at a steep price. In this sequel anthology to the hit psychological thriller, Perfect Blue, creepy fans thrust their idols into struggles of life and death. Gruesome body switches, bloody fan letters, and a stalker in a terrifying rabbit costume–it’s a life of fame and misfortune that lies in wait for these hapless pop stars.

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Strangulation Kubishime Romanticist (Zaregoto Series)

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.

It’s easy to love a person but difficult to continue doing so. Just as murdering a person is easy but continuing to do so is difficult. Unable, probably innately, to look away from the truth under any circumstances, a sincere, honest guy who’s lived thus far without grasping the notion of deceit—namely me—encountered in May a serial killer named Hitoshiki Zerozaki. He was a knife of a will, a knife of a dynamic, and a knife of nonsense.

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APRIL 29, 2018

New Life+ Young Again in Another World Volume 2

New Life+ Young Again in Another World Volume 2
Renya had a problem. It wasn’t the fact that he learned how to use magecraft; that was actually pretty awesome. The problem was that his mana pool proved to be abysmally small, and he could barely squeeze out a few orbs of light before running out of mana. So he decided to diligently practice the only spell he knew in the hopes that his mana pool would gradually improve.

At the same time, he decided that some physical training was in order, and set out to train in the conveniently large stretch of nothingness north of town. It was there that he ran into a rather strange character, who proposed a trade — item for item — to which he eventually agreed.

When Renya returned to town, he found that Shion had accepted a mission in his absence. Renya’s Party had their first job, and it was a big one: raid and destroy the newly-discovered dungeon near town, a cooperative effort between multiple parties.

But being a party of newcomers, Renya’s troupe was not well-received by some of their peers. Renya could not be bothered to ease the tension either, and the meeting ended with a pact of mutual non-cooperation. Nevertheless, a mission was a mission, and they would see it through. With animosity thick in the air, the parties headed off. Would they survive their dungeon raid? And before that, would they survive each other?

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APRIL 30, 2018

Mia and the Forbidden Medicine Report

Mia and the Forbidden Medicine Report
During an age of magic, Mia Baumann is born in a prosperous country where the greatest fear is illness. Ever since her sick mother was wrenched away from her and locked behind the walls of the Sanatorium, Mia fought to get accepted by the prestigious Royal Academy as a Pharmacology student in order to find a cure for her disease.
Demon Claw and Angel Tears are the two malevolent diseases that ravaged Isea Kingdom after they conquered the small island nation of Radius. The first is highly infectious and its victims are quarantined; the second drives mages insane.
After admission to the academy, the unthinkable happens—Mia forms a cross-department research team with the nobleman law student Felix, the valedictorian medical student Henrik, and the bear-like mage Mathias. However, there are others who will do anything to stop the team from discovering the dark secrets behind these two diseases.
Find out if Mia will stand her ground despite bullying, isolation, and magic attacks, to unveil the deeply hidden truth in this mystery shoujo light novel!

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The Master of Ragnarok and Blesser of Einherjar Volume 1 Light Novel Review

Review of the light novel Master of Ragnarok and Blesser of Einherjar Volume 1 by Seiichi Takayama

LIGHT NOVEL INFORMATION
TITLE: The Master of Ragnarok and Blesser of Einherjar
AKA: Hyakuren no Haou to Seiyaku no Valkyria, 百錬の覇王と聖約の戦乙女
AUTHOR: Seiichi Takayama
ILLUSTRATOR: Yukisan
PUBLISHER (English): J-Novel Club
RELEASE DATE (English): March 17, 2018
PURCHASE (Amazon.com): http://amzn.to/2GKXuaC

PUBLISHER (Japan): HJ Bunko
RELEASE DATE (Japan): July 31, 2013
VOLUMES RELEASED (Japan to Date): 14 (Volume 15 releases March 30, 2018)
ANIME SERIES: Announced – Currently in production

From the back cover:

Some urban legends are best left untested!

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.