Black Bullet Volume 5 Light Novel Review

Review of the light novel Black Bullet Volume 5 by Shiden Kanzaki

LIGHT NOVEL INFORMATION
TITLE: Black Bullet
AKA: ブラック・ブレット
AUTHOR: Shiden Kanzaki
ILLUSTRATOR: Saki Ukai
PUBLISHER (English): Yen On
RELEASE DATE (English): December 20, 2016
PURCHASE (Amazon Affiliate Link): http://amzn.to/2fyRDbD

From the back cover:

With the chaos of the Third Kanto Battle subsiding, peace is finally returning to the Tendo Civil Security Agency, and Rentaro, Kisara, Enju, and Tina are taking full advantage of the quiet. But when an old friend from Rentaro’s childhood reappears, their bright days turn suddenly dark–and Rentaro finds himself imprisoned for a senseless murder. He plans a desperate escape, but his enemies keep coming, and they are like nothing he’s ever fought before…

The Devil is a Part-Timer! Volume 6 Light Novel Review

Review of the light novel The Devil is a Part-Timer Volume 6 by Satoshi Wagahara

LIGHT NOVEL INFORMATION
TITLE: The Devil is a Part-Timer
AKA: Hataraku Maou-sama!, はたらく魔王さま!
AUTHOR: Satoshi Wagahara
ILLUSTRATOR: 029 (Oniku)
PUBLISHER (English): Yen On
RELEASE DATE (English): December 20, 2016
PURCHASE (Amazon Affiliate Link): http://amzn.to/2fqXTEU

From the back cover:

The fast-food joint that the Devil King calls his workplace has reopened, now with a hip café space upstairs–the perfect chance for the overlord of all demons to earn a few new certifications and work his way up to management. Meanwhile, Chiho, whose love for the Devil King remains doggedly unrequited, discusses ways with Emi to learn how to master the Idea Link, a skill that could let her telepathically communicate across worlds and call for help whenever she makes contact with a nefarious demon…or angel, for that matter. Suzuno steps up to serve as her teacher…but her choice of training areas (a public bath) leaves the others to question her sanity. It’s the sixth volume of this low-wage high fantasy, where soap bubbles fly and everyone may come out less than squeaky clean!

Upcoming Light Novel Releases for May 2017

These are the light novels releasing in the month of May, 2017.

May 4 2017

In Another World With My Smartphone Volume 2

In Another World with my Smartphone Volume 2

Undeterred by his untimely death on Earth, 15-year-old Mochizuki Touya continues to meander around in another world! After a series of misadventures, the young man has assembled a motley crew of adventurers including the timid mage Linze, the feisty brawler Elze, the ever-hungry samurai Yae, and even the young archer Yumina, heir to the Belfast throne. Together with his party (and a divine white tiger), Touya sets his sights on the horizon, heading for the demi-human kingdom of Mismede! But all is not what it seems… the beastman king issues a personal challenge, and a black-scaled dragon could soon spell out Touya’s doom! The curtains lift once again on an epic tale of sorcery, smartphone apps, and… gunblades?!

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May 6 2017

Arifureta Volume 1

Arifureta: From Commonplace to World’s Strongest Volume 1

Seventeen year old Hajime Nagumo is your average, everyday otaku. However, his simple life of pulling all-nighters and sleeping in school is suddenly turned upside down when he, along with the rest of his class, is summoned to a fantasy world! They’re treated like heroes and tasked with the duty of saving the human race from utter extinction. But what should have been any otaku’s wet dream quickly turns into Hajime’s nightmare. While the rest of his class are blessed with godlike powers, Hajime’s job, Synergist, only has a single transmutation skill. Ridiculed and bullied by his classmates for being weak, he soon finds himself in despair. Will he be able to survive in this dangerous world of monsters and demons with only a glorified blacksmith’s level of strength?

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May 12 2017

How A Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom Volume 2

How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom: Volume 2

When Souma Kazuya was summoned to another world to become a hero, he didn’t go on an adventure, he became the king of Elfrieden and took to governing instead. Using knowledge from his old world, Souma began to push forward reforms every day, but eventually there came a time when he would have to face the general of the army, Georg Carmine, who refused to soften his rebellious stance. When the plans of the neighboring Principality of Amidonia get involved, things move from the political arena to the military one.

“Now, let the subjugation war begin!”

Will Souma be able to safely bring this war to a conclusion?!

This amazing transferred-to-another-world internal-politics fantasy series is on its second volume!

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May 14 2017

Bluesteel Blasphemer Volume 1

Bluesteel Blasphemer: Volume 1

Yukinari Amano loves guns. After reincarnating into another world, the young man goes on a journey with Dasa, the younger sister of the girl who gave him a second life. However, while on the road, the pair are attacked by a local deity—an “erdgod.” No normal person could possibly defeat one—so when Yukinari uses his knowledge of guns and newfound abilities to do the impossible, he becomes worshipped as the area’s new god himself!

Get ready for an alternate-reality, gun-and-sword-filled, action-packed adventure!

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May 20 2017

I Saved Too Many Girls and Caused the Apocalypse Volume 3

I Saved Too Many Girls and Started the Apocalypse Volume 3

Rekka has just finished another adventure and saved a new series of heroines. But when he gets back home, he finds a new girl who demands that he run away and marry her! When a disaster involving Harissa makes him realize how dangerous it is to be around him, he runs away with the new girl, Hibiki Banjo, leaving the other heroines behind. But how can Rekka fight when he’s cut off from all the girls he’s worked so hard to save?

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May 21 2017

My Little Sister Can Read Kanji Volume 3

My Little Sister Can Read Kanji: Volume 3

The 23rd century is back to normal: The prime minister is a 2D character again and kanji has been banished to the history books… Except for the appearance of the Special Cultural District that keeps up the old writing style and traditions, that is. But that shouldn’t affect Gin Imose’s life, after all. Until one day, he receives an email from someone who shouldn’t even exist… his long-lost blood-related little sister!

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May 23 2017

A Certain Magical Index Volume 11

A Certain Magical Index, Vol. 11

Now that the Daihasei Festival has ended, life returns to normal for the boy who knows nothing but misfortune, Touma Kamjiou. But in a stroke of unbelievably good luck, Kamijou manages to snag two tickets for a getaway overseas trip! He and the sister, Index, make their way to pearl of the Adriatic, Venezia, where maybe the two will even have romantic rendezvous and many heart throbbing events. But is everything really going Kamijou’s way, or is there something more to this too-good-to-be-true adventure…

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Death March to the Parallel World Rhapsody Volume 2

Death March to the Parallel World Rhapsody, Vol. 2

Satou has broken free of the demon’s labyrinth, rescuing Pochi, Tama, and Liza. And after liberating two more girls from slavery, he’s on his way to building an entire harem! But beautiful girls aren’t the only ones coming his way…

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My Youth Romantic Comedy is Wrong as I Expected Volume 2

My Youth Romantic Comedy Is Wrong, As I Expected, Vol. 2

As usual, Hachiman Hikigaya’s warped personality prevents him from having any enjoyable moments of youth. The days all the seem the same until suddenly, an ‘incident’ occurs in class. This is a problem that no one who had any semblance of a normal high school life could solve, but if it’s Hachiman, just maybe…

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Overlord Volume 4

Overlord, Vol. 4: The Lizardman Heroes

An army of death approaches a peaceful lizardman village–an army of undead deployed by Nazarick. Its commander is the Sovereign of the Frozen River Cocytus. The lizardman coalition shall face the Great Tomb of Nazarick. The weak are meat the strong shall eat in the merciless world that awaits in Volume 4.

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Strike the Blood Volume 6

Strike the Blood, Vol. 6

When all the students depart for a school field trip to the mainland, Koujou is delighted to hear that he’ll finally get a chance to be free of observation for at least a little while, while Yukina has mixed feelings about the whole situation. But events move quickly when an alchemist by the name Kou Amatsuka appears, with the goal of reviving the holy grail of alchemy–the liquid metal lifeform known as “Wiseman’s Blood.” As the crisis deepens, even Asagi becomes involved as this relic of alchemy grows more and more uncontrollable. What can the world’s strongest vampire do?!

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Your Name

Your Name

Mitsuha, a high school girl living in a rural town deep in the mountains, has a dream that she is a boy living an unfamiliar life in Tokyo. Taki, a high school boy living in Tokyo, dreams that he is a girl living in the mountains. As they realize they are changing places, their encounter sets the cogs of fate into motion. Written by director Makoto Shinkai, the work has become a global phenomenon!

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The Seven Deadly Sins

The Seven Deadly Sins (Novel): The Seven Scars Left Behind

The Seven Deadly Sins—a legendary order that once served the Kingdom of Liones as the mightiest of its Holy Knights—stand accused of treason and have fled the realm. Princess Margaret and young Gilthunder, the slain commander Zaratras’ son, know the terrible truth about the betrayal but dare not speak of it, not even to each other.

The aftermath of the event that shook Britannia comes to life in seven prose chapters that provide a superb introduction to the rich world of the original comic and satisfy longtime fans’ craving for more. Illustrated in a classic, warm style by the creator himself, Seven Scars They Left Behind walks the royal road of fantasy.

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May 26 2017

Mixed Bathing in Another Dimension Volume 3

Mixed Bathing in Another Dimension Volume 3

Touhou Houjou continues his journey in a fantasy world while somehow finding more uses for his power to freely summon a piping hot bath. After their ordeal in Hadesopolis, they meet a young girl named Rakti, who reveals herself as the Goddess of Darkness. Together they travel to the country of fire and blacksmiths, Hephaestusopolis. Touya sets off to collect more blessings from the goddesses and strengthen his power… but not without stopping to take a bath with some cute girls along the way!

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May 30 2017

The Disappearance of Hatsune Miku

The Disappearance of Hatsune Miku

An all-new, official Hatsune Miku light novel!
The Disappearance of Hatsune Miku is a new light novel based on Hatsune Miku―the singing, dancing, and gaming sensation that’s taken the world by storm! This self-contained, original novel was inspired by the Hatsune Miku song series of the same name, a collection of tracks so popular that they forced down the servers that hosted them, earning the name “The Disappearance of Hatsune Miku.” Soon after, Hatsune Miku grew into a huge multimedia phenomenon, with millions of fans worldwide.
Asano is a young university student tasked with testing out the technology department’s newest creation―the life-like android, Hatsune Miku. Although Hatsune Miku has a lot to learn, Asano comes to see her as more than merely a piece of tech and together the two learn what life and love is all about.
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See you all next month with the titles coming in June!

Rokka Braves of the Six Flowers Volume 1 Light Novel Review

Review of the light novel Rokka Braves of the Six Flowers Volume 1 by Ishio Yamagata.
A fantasy adventure series with this volume involving a locked room mystery twist!

LIGHT NOVEL INFORMATION
TITLE: Rokka Braves of the Six Flowers
AKA: Rokka no Yuusha, 六花の勇者
AUTHOR: Ishio Yamagata
ILLUSTRATOR: Miyagi
PUBLISHER (English): Yen On
RELEASE DATE (English): April 18, 2017
PURCHASE (Amazon Affiliate Link): http://amzn.to/2nCc4aU

From the back cover:

Seven heroes gather to save the world–but the legends spoke of only six.
Long ago, the Evil God was sealed at the edge of the continent, where it lies in slumber. Each time it awakens, it threatens to plunge the world into hell, and each time, six powerful warriors are chosen to seal it away again. But now, as the cycle begins anew, the Crest of the Six Flowers marks not six Braves…but seven. Hans, the mysterious assassin for hire. Mora, the elder of the All Heavens Temple. Chamo, the young but deadly Saint of Swamps. Nashetania, the princess, and Goldof, the knight yearning to win her heart. Fremy, the girl with a dark past. And Adlet, the boy with a dream. When the Braves of the Six Flowers realize one of their number is an impostor, hero will turn on hero in this exciting new series!

In Another World With My Smartphone Volume 1 Light Novel Review

Review of the light novel In Another World With My Smartphone Volume 1 by  Patora Fuyuhara.
An apologetic God sends a Japanese boy who was accidentally killed to another world. But what is the boy’s one requested item to take with him? A smartphone of course!

LIGHT NOVEL INFORMATION
TITLE: In Another World With My Smartphone
AKA:Isekai wa Smartphone to Tomo ni. Isekai Smartphone, 異世界はスマートフォンとともに。
AUTHOR: Patora Fuyuhara
ILLUSTRATOR: Eiji Usatsuka
PUBLISHER (English): J-Novel Club
RELEASE DATE (English):  March 23, 2017
PURCHASE (Amazon Affiliate Link): http://amzn.to/2mcEloU

From the back cover:

After a freak accident involving some lightning winds up zapping him dead, 15-year-old Mochizuki Touya wakes up to find himself face-to-face with God. “I am afraid to say that I have made a bit of a blunder…” laments the old coot. But all is not lost! God says that he can reincarnate Touya into a world of fantasy, and as a bonus, he gets to bring his smartphone along with! So begins Touya’s adventure in a new, anachronistic pseudo-medieval world. Friends! Laughs! Tears! Inexplicable Deus ex Machina! He sets off on a journey full of wonder as he absentmindedly travels from place to place, following whatever goal catches his fancy. The curtains lift on an epic tale of swords, sorcery, and smartphone apps!

Re:Zero Volume 3 Light Novel Review

Review of the light novel Re:Zero Starting Life in Another World Volume 3 by Tappei Nagatsuki.

LIGHT NOVEL INFORMATION
TITLE: Re:Zero -Starting Life in Another World- Volume 2
AKA: Re: Life in a different world from zero, Re:Zero kara Hajimaru Isekai Seikatsu, 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): March 21, 2017
PURCHASE (Amazon Affiliate Link): http://amzn.to/2mcUIEL

From the back cover;

–Let’s get this story moving. Alongside the people most important to him, a boy goes out to meet the same sunrise once more. Strengthening his resolve, Subaru returns to his first day in the mansion. Repeating his loop in the Roswaal household armed with his memories, Subaru attempts to only make the optimal decisions to avoid another tragedy, but his fear and obsession with evading death and failure are slowly warping him. While Subaru slowly falls apart trying to save everyone…who will save Subaru…?

The Rising of the Shield Hero Volume 6 Light Novel Review

Review of the light novel The Rising of the Shield Hero Volume 6 by Aneko Yusagi

LIGHT NOVEL INFORMATION
TITLE: The Rising of the Shield Hero
AKA: Tate no Yuusha no Nariagari, 盾の勇者の成り上がり
AUTHOR: Aneko Yusagi
ILLUSTRATOR: Seira Minami
PUBLISHER (English): One Peace Books
RELEASE DATE (English): November 22, 2016
PURCHASE (Amazon Affiliate Link): http://amzn.to/2nMpYeG

From the back cover;

After their battle with Glass, Naofumi and the other heroes have a meeting with the queen and Naofumi is shocked to learn about the seven star heroes. Still reeling from this revelation, more drama unfolds on the islands before Naofumi and his party can return to Melromarc. He meets Rishia, who is betrayed by Itsuki and his party members. Naofumi sympathizes with her and invites her to join his party. Eventually, Naofumi discovers that she has a talent for magic, but before they can develop her powers, they are needed elsewhere. A massive monster bearing the appearance of a giant tortoise must be defeated. The monster is so powerful that even the mightiest adventurers cannot defeat him―so what hope is there for Naofumi?