Accel World Volume 8 Light Novel

Accel World Volume 8 Light Novel Review

Review of the light novel Accel World Volume 8 The Binary Stars of Destiny 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 20, 2016
PURCHASE (Amazon Affiliate Link): http://amzn.to/2fr5iUL

From the back cover;

Haruyuki’s desperate battle with his friend Takumu has taken him to the brink, and he finally activates the Destiny, a purified version of the notorious Armor of Catastrophe. It’s light versus dark as their fierce fight continues, and the stakes couldn’t be higher. If Haruyuki can’t rid his friend of the sinister ISS kit that’s infected him, Takumu could be lost to the darkness forever. And he just might take Haruyuki with him…

zaregoto decapitation kubikiri cycle volume 1 light novel review

Decapitation Kubikiri Cycle Vol.1 (Zaregoto) Light Novel Review

Review of the light novel Decapitation Kubikiri Cycle Volume 1 by Nisio Isin.
Twelve people trapped on an island. One has been decapitated, and one of them is the murderer!

LIGHT NOVEL INFORMATION
TITLE: Decapitation Kubikiri Cycle
AKA: Zaregoto, 戯言シリーズ
AUTHOR: Nisio Isin
ILLUSTRATOR: Take
PUBLISHER (English): Vertical Inc.
RELEASE DATE (English): January 24, 2017
PURCHASE (Amazon Affiliate Link): http://amzn.to/2hSafoq

From the back cover;

A dropout from an elite Houston-based program for teens is on a visit to a private island. Its mistress, virtually marooned there, surrounds herself with geniuses, especially of the young and female kind—one of whom ends up headless one fine morning.

The top-selling novelist year by year in his native Japan, prolific palindromic phenomenon NISIOISIN made his debut when he was only twenty with this Mephisto Award winner, a whodunit and locked-room mystery at once old-school and eye-opening. Previously published stateside by Del Rey, the translation has been retitled and revised just in time for the long-requested animated series based on illustrator take’s character concepts.

death march to the parallel world rhapsody volume 1 light novel review

Death March to the Parallel World Rhapsody Vol.1 Light Novel Review

Review of the light novel Death March to the Parallel World Rhapsody Volume 1 by Hiro Ainana
Another Isekai (other world) story where a modern Japanese game programmer gets dragged to a fantasy world filled with cute girls. There’s demons too, but hey, cute girls!
And I know this isn’t the first LN we’ve gotten before the anime, but it’s still rare, especially for Yen On.

LIGHT NOVEL INFORMATION
TITLE: Death March to the Parallel World Rhapsody
AKA: Death March kara Hajimaru Isekai Kyousoukyoku, デスマーチからはじまる異世界狂想曲
AUTHOR: Hiro Ainana
ILLUSTRATOR: Shri
PUBLISHER (English): Yen On
RELEASE DATE (English): January 31, 2017
PURCHASE (Amazon Affiliate Link): http://amzn.to/2i7NdJb

From the back cover;

Programmer Ichirou Suzuki is transported to another world. In a foreign land, he finds that life is an adventure that’s sometimes fun, sometimes serious, and full of girls!

 

i saved too many girls and caused the apocalypse volume 1 light novel review

I Saved Too Many Girls and Caused the Apocalypse Vol. 1 Light Novel Review

Review of the light novel I Saved Too Many Girls and Caused the Apocalypse Volume 1 by Namekojirushi
And over-the-top harem, adventure, comedy. BTW, I got it wrong in the video, there’s 16! volumes out in Japan.

LIGHT NOVEL INFORMATION
TITLE: I Saved Too Many Girls and Caused the Apocalypse
AKA: Ore ga Heroine wo Tasukesugite Sekai ga Little Apocalypse!?, Ore ga Heroine wo Tasukesugite Sekai ga Little Mokushiroku!?, 俺がヒロインを助けすぎて世界がリトル黙示録!?
AUTHOR: Namekojirushi
ILLUSTRATOR: Nao Watanuki
PUBLISHER (English): J-Novel Club
RELEASE DATE (English): January 6, 2017
PURCHASE (Amazon Affiliate Link): http://amzn.to/2hSkBoe

From the back cover;

Rekka Namidare was a normal boy until his sixteenth birthday. Then a girl suddenly appears from his future, warning him that he’ll somehow start an interstellar war!

It turns out Rekka hails a special bloodline that’s destined to get caught up in all kinds of trouble. Whenever a story’s heroine is in dire need, Rekka will be given one last chance to save her. And in the future, Rekka will have saved so many girls that their jealous love for him will cause the apocalypse!

Taking a Deeper Look at Bakemonogatari

Hello All!

When I was just getting started on this road of light novel fandom, there was a website I found which made my life so much easier/better. That website was English Light Novels .com.

Now, I’ve mentioned this website before. A few months ago, I participated in a joint article where myself and several others did a brief overview of titles we would recommend to people who were new to light novels.

After that article, the owner of the site, Cho, asked if anyone would be further interested in contributing articles in the future. I had a great experience with the newbies article, and honestly, felt indebted to Cho’s website, so I volunteered. What came out of it were two articles I’m proud to have created/contributed to.

My articles dealt with two books; the recent Vertical Inc. release of Bakemonogatari and its prequel,  Kizumonogatari.

Themes of Love and Loss in Bakemonogatari

For my first article, I tore into the deeper themes in Bakemonogatari.

After doing spoiler-free reviews for a year-and-a-half, it was gratifying to dig into the meat and bones of a book instead of leaving so much unsaid (I could do this in my reviews, but I mean them to help readers find new books, not spoil them). There was a freedom in truly expressing what the book meant to me and what I took away from it.

If you’re interested, you can read the article at this link – Love and Loss in Bakemonogatari.

Which Came First, the Bake or the Kizu?

The second article was a joint effort by Cho and I.

In Japan, where the Monogatari series was first released, Bakemonogatari came first, with Kizu, a prequel, releasing second. In English, the release order was reversed. The books are starkly different from each other, something Cho demonstrated in her component of the article. For my part, I theorized why the change was made for English audiences.

To read that article, follow this link – Which Came First, the Bake or the Kizu?

I’m proud of what Cho and I produced. I’d really appreciate it if you visited the site and showed those articles some support (admittedly, I’m late in posting this article myself). I’m looking forward to contributing to Cho’s site in the future.

Let me know what you thought of the articles!

All the best,

JR

Is it Wrong to Try to Pick-Up Girls in a Dungeon? Vol.7 Light Novel Review


Review of the light novel Is it Wrong to Try to Pick-Up Girls in a Dungeon Volume 7 by Fujino Omori
In this volume we explore the underbelly of Orario, the red light district! Prostitution, human trafficking, and…cute fox girls?

LIGHT NOVEL INFORMATION
TITLE: Is it Wrong to Try to Pick-Up Girls in a Dungeon
AKA: DanMachi, Dungeon ni Deai wo Motomeru no wa Machigatteiru no Darou ka, ダンジョンに出会いを求めるのは間違っているのだろうか
AUTHOR: Fujino Omori
ILLUSTRATOR: Suzuhito Yasuda
PUBLISHER (English): Yen On
RELEASE DATE (English): December 20, 2016
PURCHASE (Amazon Affiliate Link): http://amzn.to/2fyTBsP

From the back cover;

Having triumphed in the War Game, Lilly, Welf, and Mikoto have forged new bonds with each other and with Bell, and the new-and-improved Hestia Familia is feeling distinctly more familial. But when Bell has to venture into the pleasure quarter of Orario to come to Mikoto’s aid, he’s soon tangled up in more intrigue than he bargained for. Ishtar Familia owns the night here, and none of Bell’s experience can prepare him for their courtesan wiles!