The Devil is a Part Timer Volume 9 Light Novel Review


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Review of the light novel The Devil is a Part-Timer Volume 9 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 19, 2017
PURCHASE (Amazon.com): http://amzn.to/2FVmYSG
PURCHASE (Book Depository): http://bit.ly/2puxUzw

PUBLISHER (Japan): Dengeki Bunko (ACII Media Works)
RELEASE DATE (Japan): August 10, 2013
VOLUMES RELEASED (Japan to Date): 18 + 2 side volumes (Latest volume released January 10, 2018)
ANIME SERIES: 13 episodes (aired April-June 2013) Covered volumes 1-2

From the back cover:

When Emilia the Hero is in danger, she finds an unlikely ally in the Devil King! Unfortunately, with Ashiya kidnapped by Gabriel, the team is seriously lacking in manpower. Maou and Suzuno partner up on a rescue mission, traveling undercover through Ente Isla, while a mysterious girl claiming to be Alas Ramus’s younger sister tags along. Meanwhile, Emi and Alas Ramus get caught up in the middle of Olba’s schemes. The barriers between angels, demons, and humans-and ideas about who’s good and who’s evil-come crashing down!


The Empty Box and Zeroth Maria Volume 2 Light Novel Review

Review of the light novel The Empty Box and Zeroth Maria Volume 2 by Eiji Mikage

LIGHT NOVEL INFORMATION
TITLE: The Empty Box and Zeroth Maria
AKA: Utsuro no Hako to Zero no Maria, Hakomari, 空ろの箱と零のマリア
AUTHOR: Eiji Mikage
ILLUSTRATOR: 415
PUBLISHER (English): Yen On
RELEASE DATE (English): February 27, 2018
PURCHASE (Amazon.com): http://amzn.to/2n5Xv1r
PURCHASE (Book Depository): http://bit.ly/2n8Ttp9

PUBLISHER (Japan): Dengeki Bunko (ASCII Media Works)
RELEASE DATE (Japan): September 10, 2009
VOLUMES RELEASED (Japan to Date): 7 (Complete. Final volume released June 10, 2015)
ANIME SERIES: None

From the back cover:

When your world comes crashing down around you…who can you turn to?

Nothing is more important to Kazuki Hoshino than his normal, everyday life. But his friends are accusing him of committing offenses he doesn’t remember, and his closest relationships are crumbling one by one. Soon, the life he knows will vanish forever.

If a box is involved, as he suspects, Maria is his most valuable ally…but how will he keep from losing her, too?


Top 10 Light Novels in Japan for the Week of March 5-11, 2018

#10

Isekai Nonbiri Nouka Vol.2

7,011 Copies Sold this week.
aka Farming Life in Another World
https://www.novelupdates.com/series/isekai-nonbiri-nouka/
No English License.

What it’s about…

Having died of sickness at the age of 39, Machio Hiraku is given the opportunity to go to another world. When asked what his wish is by God intending to give him strength, he requests to have a healthy body, offered a second wish, he chooses to live peacefully, a third wish to be able to know the local language, and for a final wish, to be able to be a farmer.

#09

Dungeon ni Deai wo Motomeru no wa Machigatteiru Darou ka Vol.13 Regular Edition

7,106 Copies Sold this week.
aka Is It Wrong to Try to Pick-Up Girls in a Dungeon?
https://www.novelupdates.com/series/dungeon-ni-deai-o-motomeru-no-wa-machigatte-iru-darou-ka/
Licensed for English release by Yen On. Volume 11 releases in English in April
13 episode anime covered volumes 1-5. Streaming on Crunchyroll

What it’s about…

In Orario, fearless adventurers band together in search of fame and fortune within the monstrous underground labyrinth known as Dungeon.

But while riches and renown are incentive enough for most, Bell Cranel, would-be hero extraordinaire, has bigger plans.

He wants to pick up girls.

Is it wrong to face the perils of Dungeon alone, in a single-member guild blessed by a failed goddess? Maybe. Is it wrong to dream of playing hero to hapless maidens in Dungeon? Maybe not. After one misguided adventure, Bell quickly discovers that anything can happen in the labyrinth–even chance encounters with beautiful women. The only problem? He’s the one who winds up the damsel in distress!

#08

Bungou Stray Dogs: Dead Apple

7,329 Copies Sold this week.
Novelization of the theatrical feature film.
No English license for the novel.
The manga is licensed for English release by Yen Press. They are releasing volume 6 on April 10, 2018
The 24 episode anime is available for streaming on Crunchyroll.

What it’s about…

Kicked out of his orphanage and on the verge of starving to death, Nakajima Atsushi meets some strange men. One of them, Dazai Osamu, is a suicidal man attempting to drown himself in broad daylight. The other, bespectacled Kunikida Doppo, nervously stands by flipping through a notepad. Both are members of the “Armed Detective Agency” said to solve incidents that even the military and police won’t touch. Atsushi ends up accompanying them on a mission to eliminate a man-eating tiger that’s been terrorizing the population…

#07

Kyoukaisenjou no Horizon Vol.10 Part 3

8,051 Copies Sold this week.
aka Horizon in the Middle of Nowhere
https://www.novelupdates.com/series/kyoukai-senjou-no-horizon/
No English License for the Light Novels.
2 anime seasons – total of 26 episodes. Licensed for English release by Sentai Filmworks

What it’s about…

Kyoukai Senjou no Horizon chronicles the story of a futuristic civilization returned to Earth after constant warfare hindered them from traveling beyond the post-Apocalyptic Earth. At this stage, a small archipelago called the Divine States were the only hospitable land on Earth. In order to regain the space-faring technology they had lost after many years of war, they decided to recreate history with a book called the Testament as a guide.
It is the year 1648 in the Testament Era. Toori Aoi, Chancellor and Student Council President of the only academy on the airborne city-ship Musashi, faces the ten-year anniversary of the death of his childhood friend Horizon Ariadust in an accident. As he prepares to celebrate the occasion by proposing to P-01s (an automaton who looks exactly like Horizon) he discovers that his suspicion about P-01s’ appearance actually has a basis in truth; P-01s is in fact Horizon Ariadust, reborn into a robotic body. In addition to this, Horizon’s emotions had been stripped away and are now stored in eight powerful weapons called the Mortal Sin Armaments; which are now in the possession of key people in various established countries in the Divine States.
To retrieve the emotions of Horizon Ariadust, Toori Aoi along with his friends and allies begins a crusade against different obstacles as key events in history are recreated in a futuristic manner.

#06

Honzuki no Gekokujou: Shisho ni Naru Tame ni wa Shudan wo Erandeiraremasen Part 4 Vol.2

9,324 Copies Sold this week.
aka Ascendance of a Bookworm
https://www.novelupdates.com/series/ascendance-of-a-bookworm/
No English license for the novels.

What it’s about…

Urano, a bookworm who had finally found a job as a librarian at a university, was sadly killed shortly after graduating from college. She was reborn as the daughter of a soldier in a world where the literacy rate is low and books were scarce. No matter how much she wanted to read, there were no books around. What is a bookworm to do without any books? Make them, of course. Her goal is to become a librarian! So that she may once again live surrounded by books, she must start by making them herself.

#05

Sword Art Online: Progressive Vol.5

9,644 Copies Sold this week.
Licensed for English release by Yen On
Previous 4 volumes already available in English
https://www.novelupdates.com/series/sword-art-online-progressive/
Anime used some material from Progressive Volume 1 for the Aincrad arc.

“There’s no way to beat this game. The only difference is when and where you die…”

One month has passed since Akihiko Kayaba’s deadly game began, and the body count continues to rise. Two thousand players are already dead.

Kirito and Asuna are two very different people, but they both desire to fight alone. Nonetheless, they find themselves drawn together to face challenges from both within and without. Given that the entire virtual world they now live in has been created as a deathtrap, the surviving players of Sword Art Online are starting to get desperate, and desperation makes them dangerous to loners like Kirito and Asuna. As it becomes clear that solitude equals suicide, will the two be able to overcome their differences to find the strength to believe in each other, and in so doing survive?

Sword Art Online: Progressive is a new version of the Sword Art Online tale that starts at the beginning of Kirito and Asuna’s epic adventure–on the very first level of the deadly world of Aincrad!

#04

No Game No Life Vol.10

17,216 Copies Sold this week.
https://www.novelupdates.com/series/no-game-no-life/
Licensed for release in English by Yen On. Volume 7 releases in English June 2018
12 Episode anime available to stream on Crunchyroll. Covered volumes 1-3.
No Game No Life Zero film – released July 2017, covered volume 6.

What it’s about…

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…

#03

Death March kara Hajimaru Isekai Kyousoukyoku Vol.13

22,434 Copies Sold this week.
aka Death March to the Parallel World Rhapsody
https://www.novelupdates.com/series/death-march-kara-hajimaru-isekai-kyusoukyoku-ln/
Licensed for English release by Yen On. 4th volume released January 31, 2018.
Anime currently ongoing on Crunchyroll.

29-year-old programmer Suzuki Ichirou finds himself transported into a fantasy RPG. Within the game, he’s a 15-year-old named Satou. At first he thinks he’s dreaming, but his experiences seem very real. Due to a powerful ability he possesses with limited use, he ends up wiping out an army of lizard men and becomes a high leveled adventurer. Satuu decides to hide his level, and plans to live peacefully and meet new people. However, developments in the game’s story, such as the return of a demon king, may cause a nuisance to Satou’s plans.

#02

Tensei shitara Slime Datta Ken Vol.12

37,477 Copies Sold this week.
aka That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime
https://www.novelupdates.com/series/tensei-shitara-slime-datta-ken-ln/
Licensed for English release by Yen On. Volume 2 releases April 24, 2018
An anime adaptation has been announced.

What it’s about…

Lonely thirty-seven-year-old Satoru Mikami is stuck in a dead-end job, unhappy with his mundane life, but after dying at the hands of a robber, he awakens to a fresh start in a fantasy realm…as a slime monster! As he acclimates to his goopy new existence, his exploits with the other monsters set off a chain of events that will change his new world forever!

#01

Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei Vol.24

52,275 Copies Sold this week.
aka The Irregular at Magic High School
https://www.novelupdates.com/series/mahouka-koukou-no-rettousei/
Licensed by Yen On. Volume 7 releasing March 27, 2018
26 episode Anime covered volume 1-7 excluding volume 5. Available on Crunchyroll

What it’s about…

Magic.
It is a product of neither legends nor fairy tales, but instead has become a technology of reality since a time unknown to people.
Supernatural power became a technology systematized through magic, while magic became a technical skill. A “Supernatural Power User” became a “Magic Technician”.
Magic Technicians (in short, Magicians) are nurtured through Magic High Schools and Universities.
This is a story about:
A defective elder brother and low achiever.
A perfect, flawless younger sister and high achiever.
After both siblings entered a Magic High School,
The stage of daily turbulence was unveiled —.

 


 

Goblin Slayer Volume 4 Light Novel Review

Review of the light novel Goblin Slayer Volume 4 by Kumo Kagyu

LIGHT NOVEL INFORMATION
TITLE: Goblin Slayer
AKA: ゴブリンスレイヤー
AUTHOR: Kumo Kagyu
ILLUSTRATOR: Noboru Kannatuki
PUBLISHER (English): Yen On
RELEASE DATE (English): December 19, 2017
PURCHASE (Amazon.com): http://amzn.to/2FXCv5j
PURCHASE (Book Depository): http://bit.ly/2zm0GZT

PUBLISHER (Japan): GA Bunko
RELEASE DATE (Japan): January 13, 2017
VOLUMES RELEASED (Japan to Date): 6 (Volume 7 releases March 14, 2018)
ANIME SERIES: An anime has been announced & is in development

From the back cover:

Even adventurers want a change of pace every now and then. Priestess stays behind for once, Cow Girl visits town without any work, Guild Girl takes a rare day off, and High Elf Archer reminisces about old adventures instead of looking for a new one. But evil doesn’t take vacations. Goblin Slayer, Spearman, and Heavy Warrior are teaming up, but is this irregular party good enough to battle demons?!

Top 10 Light Novels in Japan for the Week of February 26-March 4, 2018

Here are the Top 10 Light Novels in Japan for the week of February 26-March 4, 2018.

A number of new titles on the list this week, but the top of the list remains mostly unchanged.

#10

Mahoutsukai de Hikikomori?

6,442 Copies Sold this week.
aka Shut-In Magician
https://www.novelupdates.com/series/shut-in-magician/
No English License
Amazon.co.jp does not list any other titles under this author – so appears to be a new writer.

What it’s about…

An Ojii-san (old man) was reincarnated thanks to a kind Goddess. He wished for a 「healthy body」. However, for some reason he received the cheat ability to use powerful magic instead! Even so, he rarely used the ability.
When he ―― Shiu, turned 11, the Goddess appeared and informed him ――。”Become an adventurer and enjoy life.” He went to the Royal Capital in order to become an adventurer, on his way there, he met a beast mount, Faris, who became his pet. From there he began his new life.
Shiu’s world broadened little by little as he took on requests at the Guild and interacted with different people at the Royal Capital ――。 Shiu, the boy with a truly powerful ability, starts his easy going life in a fluffy different world!

#09

Izakaya Bottakuri Vol.9

6,847 Copies Sold this week
aka Izakaya Rolling
No English License

What it’s about…

Not much information on the series. However, the last time it placed in the Top 10, one of my viewers, viridiian said, “It’s a bunch of short stories of two sisters taking over a bar after their parents pass away. Its’ main draw is the whole fluffy/iyashikei with food, but there’s also parts in later volumes dealing with stuff like the indoor smoking ban Japan has been considering recently, bad online reviews, a customer worried about care for their elderly parents etc.”

#08

Rokujouma no Shinryakusha!? Vol.28

6,849 Copies Sold this week.
aka Invaders of the Rokujouma
https://j-novel.club/s/invaders-of-the-rokujouma/
Licensed for English release by J-Novel Club. Up to Volume 10 has been released for eBook sale. On their website, they are releasing later volumes in installments.
The 12 episode anime is available on Crunchyroll & licensed by Sentai Filmworks. It covered volume 1-6 & part of 7

What it’s about…

Just starting high school, Koutarou is moving out on his own to take some of the burden off of his widower father. Lucky for him, he’s found a room at Corona House. It has a great landlord, it’s not too far from school, and best of all, it’s dirt cheap. It really is perfect… except for the strange girls that keep appearing to try and take it over! But even as room 106 turns into a battlefield, Koutarou isn’t willing to give up his apartment without a good fight. The invasion begins!

Purchase Invaders of the Rokujouma from Amazon.com

#07

Retsujou: Koizuki no Yukue

6,924 Copies Sold this week.
aka Fascination Love Moon’s Way (Be Boy Novels)
No English License

What it’s about… (Bad Google Translate Version)

People seeking a mistake of destiny, the highest dangerous Eros of the wolves. Popular ‘estrus’ series!
A witness of a wolf who has embraced the man ‘s mouth by his childhood friend, as if floating in the heat of estrus.
However, with a certain incident, Michiru turns into a white wolf.
Michiru who was supposed to be a normal human being was actually a wolf!
Michiru loses his memory and reason, before Mr. Nozomi, which is surprised, and he is moved by being driven by the instinct of a human wolf.
Furthermore, Oguini who protects people and wolf clans from ancient times has problematic as a dangerous molecule that can not control transformation ability …!
“I will not let you kill …. Even if I change it, I will absolutely protect you, because you are the only one of me.”

 

#06

Himajin, Maou no Sugata de Isekai e: Tokidoki Cheat na Burari Tabi Vol.6

7,197 Copies Sold this week.
aka Bored, Sacred, and Now a Devil
No English license for the light novel or manga

What it’s About…

The day when the grandiose online game “Grandia seed” ceased service, Yoshijo, who alone defeated the main boss and received cheat grade abilities, wakes up in an unfamiliar place. He realizes he is in the form of his own character, Kaivon, wearing equipment that causes him to be mistaken as a devil. Then Yoshiro ‘s second character, a beautiful elf named Ruie, appeared before him. Naturally, he is puzzled, but decides to stay with her as Kaivon. But gradually he becomes aware … … I am being handed down as mythological hero in this world! Kaivon with the ability of single boss capture cheat classes crashes through the world in the form of the demon king!

#05

Imouto sae Ireba Ii. Vol.9

8,607 Copies Sold this week.
aka A Sister’s All You Need
https://www.novelupdates.com/series/imouto-sae-ireba-ii/
Licensed for release in English by Yen On. Volume 1 releases in May 2018
12 episode anime. Currently streaming on Crunchyroll. The anime covered volumes 1-3 with some material from volume 4

What it’s about…

Surrounded by many different kinds of companions, our protagonist: Hopeless siscon Hashima Itsuki.
1st class genius and lover, the high end unfortunate-beauty Kani Nayuta.
Troubled about love, troubled about friendships, troubled even in her dreams, victor of the 3 crowns Shirakawa Miyako.
Brutal tax sabre, Ōno Ashley.
Natural born illustrator, Puriketsu.
Each and every one as hesitant as the next, and each and every one dealing with their own headaches. This is a busy story of a group of bewildering characters that play games together, take trips together, and work together, never a single dull day.
Watching over them is the kind and thoughtful, completely perfect, superhuman little brother of Itsuki; Chihiro, with a huge secret of his own―.
From the author that brought you ‘Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai’ (‘Haganai’), Hirasaka Yomi has drawn the curtains for the latest youth love-comedy series!

#04

Kusuriya no Hitorigoto Vol.7

10,897 Copies Sold this week.
aka The Pharmacist’s Monologue
https://www.novelupdates.com/series/kusuriya-no-hitorigoto/
No English license.

What it’s about…

There is a certain large country in the central plains of the mainland. In the imperial court of its emperor, there is a girl. Her name is Maomao, a pharmacist from the prostitution quarter, currently working as a maidservant in the inner palace. The girl, surely not considered a beauty, is keeping a low-profile waiting for her contract to end. She was confident that she would not be made a “chosen/mistress” of the emperor. During that, she learned about the short lives of the children of the emperor. Maomao, hearing that the two surviving children are critically ill, begins to investigate the cause—.
Set in the middle ages of the East, the “Food Taster” girl continues to solve difficult cases in the imperial court one after another.

#03

Dungeon ni Deai wo Motomeru no wa Machigatteiru Darou ka Vol.13 Regular Edition

12,327 Copies Sold this week.
aka Is It Wrong to Try to Pick-Up Girls in a Dungeon?
https://www.novelupdates.com/series/dungeon-ni-deai-o-motomeru-no-wa-machigatte-iru-darou-ka/
Licensed for English release by Yen On. Volume 11 releases in English in April
13 episode anime covered volumes 1-5. Streaming on Crunchyroll

What it’s about…

In Orario, fearless adventurers band together in search of fame and fortune within the monstrous underground labyrinth known as Dungeon.

But while riches and renown are incentive enough for most, Bell Cranel, would-be hero extraordinaire, has bigger plans.

He wants to pick up girls.

Is it wrong to face the perils of Dungeon alone, in a single-member guild blessed by a failed goddess? Maybe. Is it wrong to dream of playing hero to hapless maidens in Dungeon? Maybe not. After one misguided adventure, Bell quickly discovers that anything can happen in the labyrinth–even chance encounters with beautiful women. The only problem? He’s the one who winds up the damsel in distress!

#02

Sword Art Online: Progressive Vol.5

15,564 Copies Sold this week.
Licensed for English release by Yen On
Previous 4 volumes already available in English
https://www.novelupdates.com/series/sword-art-online-progressive/
Anime used some material from Progressive Volume 1 for the Aincrad arc.

What it’s about…

“There’s no way to beat this game. The only difference is when and where you die…”

One month has passed since Akihiko Kayaba’s deadly game began, and the body count continues to rise. Two thousand players are already dead.

Kirito and Asuna are two very different people, but they both desire to fight alone. Nonetheless, they find themselves drawn together to face challenges from both within and without. Given that the entire virtual world they now live in has been created as a deathtrap, the surviving players of Sword Art Online are starting to get desperate, and desperation makes them dangerous to loners like Kirito and Asuna. As it becomes clear that solitude equals suicide, will the two be able to overcome their differences to find the strength to believe in each other, and in so doing survive?

Sword Art Online: Progressive is a new version of the Sword Art Online tale that starts at the beginning of Kirito and Asuna’s epic adventure–on the very first level of the deadly world of Aincrad!

#01

No Game No Life Vol.10

38,402 Copies Sold this week.

No Game No Life


Licensed for release in English by Yen On. Volume 7 releases in English June 2018
12 Episode anime available to stream on Crunchyroll. Covered volumes 1-3.
No Game No Life Zero film – released July 2017, covered volume 6.

What it’s about…

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…

So those are your Top 10 Light Novels for February 26-March 4, 2018. See you next week!

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Ragnarok -The Bleeding Worlds Book 4- Cover & Release Date!

Hello my wonderful Readers! I know it’s been a long time coming, but I can finally give you a concrete release date for Ragnarok and reveal the cover!

First off, the release date is….

MAY 31, 2018

It will be available in eBook format from all major vendors. I’m hoping the print copy should be available that same day as well. If it isn’t, it will release within days after May 31.

Finally, the cover…

Thank you all for hanging in there and waiting for this book! I truly hope you will enjoy it and find it a satisfying end to The Bleeding Worlds!

Overlord Volume 6 Light Novel Review


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Review of the light novel Overlord Volume 6 The Men of the Kingdom Part 2 by Kugane Maruyama
A crazy ride of a volume with tons of action and twisted plots!

LIGHT NOVEL INFORMATION
TITLE: Overlord
AKA: オーバーロード
AUTHOR: Kugane Maruyama
ILLUSTRATOR: So-Bin
PUBLISHER (English): Yen On
RELEASE DATE (English): January 30, 2018
PURCHASE (Amazon.com): http://amzn.to/2Aq86tw
PURCHASE (Book Depository): http://bit.ly/2kihXhd

PUBLISHER (Japan): Enterbrain
RELEASE DATE (Japan): January 31, 2014
VOLUMES RELEASED (Japan to Date): 12 (Volume 13 is currently scheduled for April 27, 2018)
ANIME SERIES: 13 episodes + 2 compilation movies (covered volumes 1-3) A new season of the anime began January 2018

From the back cover:

The human realm of the kingdom is headed for its greatest disaster yet! After failing to prevent a daring raid on the Eight Fingers’ appalling brothel, the Six Arms are dying for a chance to defend their reputation as the criminal underworld’s strongest enforcers. These criminals are notorious for their brutality as much as their strength, meaning the only people who stand a chance against them are the legendary Blue Roses…and one polite, dignified butler. When these thugs make Sebas the first target of their revenge, they may get much more than they bargained for by inadvertently picking a fight with Ainz Ooal Gown!