Outbreak Company Volume 1 Light Novel Review

Review of the light novel Outbreak Company -The Power of Moe- Volume 1 by Ichiro Sakaki

TITLE: Outbreak Company
AKA: Outbreak Company – Moeru Shinryakusha, アウトブレイク・カンパニー 萌える侵略者
AUTHOR: Ichiro Sakaki
PUBLISHER (English): J-Novel Club
RELEASE DATE (English): November 17, 2017
PURCHASE (Amazon.com): http://amzn.to/2fGOkQX

PUBLISHER (Japan): Kodansha
RELEASE DATE (Japan): December 2, 2011
VOLUMES RELEASED (Japan to Date): 18 (Finished) (Final volume released August 2, 2017)
ANIME SERIES: 12 episodes. Aired October-December, 2013 (Available on Crunchyroll)

From the back cover:

Well, Whaddya Know, Another Isekai Light Novel!

The year is 20XX, and Shinichi Kanou is a pretty typical otaku: he loves anime, manga, games, and light novels, but his devotion to the two-dimensional hasn’t always made him the most popular guy around.

What he doesn’t know is that Japan has discovered a portal to another world in the vicinity of Mount Fuji. The government sees a great chance to make a profit, if they can keep the secret long enough to corner the market on exports to the Holy Eldant Empire, their point of first contact with this new land.

The people of the Eldant Empire, though, only have eyes for one of Japan’s traditional exports: pop culture. When it quickly becomes evident that government bureaucrats and “Japanimation” don’t really mix, the bigwigs realize they’re going to need help bringing “otaku culture” to the Eldant masses.

Enter Amutech, a purveyor of “general entertainment” that’s secretly run by the Japanese government. Shinichi lands a job as the company’s general manager, whereupon he learns the state’s biggest secret. Now he finally has a chance to put his nerd know-how to good use spreading the otaku gospel in the Eldant Empire. And wait… he has to work with a half-elf maid, an empress, AND a female soldier to get the job done?

Nisemonogatari Volume 2 Light Novel Review

Review of the light novel Nisemonogatari Volume 2 (Fake Tale) by Nisioisin

TITLE: Nisemonogatari (The Monogatari Series)
AKA: Monogagatari, 偽物語 上
AUTHOR: Nisioisin
PUBLISHER (English): Vertical
RELEASE DATE (English): August 31, 2017
PURCHASE (Amazon.com): http://amzn.to/2vbzf0q
PURCHASE (Book Depository): http://bit.ly/2AdDoXx

PUBLISHER (Japan): Kodansha
RELEASE DATE (Japan): June 11, 2009
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:

Originally planned to be the series’ conclusion, “final” chapter “Tsukihi Phoenix” invites us back to the seemingly eventless country burg where supernatural afflictions abound and characters change their trademark hairstyles at the drop of a hat. Rest assured, dear reader, that the story continued in Japanese and will do so in translation.

In the first half of Fake Tale, lost soul Araragi helped resolve his bigger little sister Karen’s feverish run-in with a fraud. In this second half, he must attend to his littler little sister Tsukihi’s issues, but not before staging the Toothbrush Episode that the acclaimed anime adaptation’s viewers find quite memorable—whether they like to or not.

As fraught with ominousness as a dark empty street, as unexpectedly full of feeling as an acid-tongued girlfriend, as sidesplittingly funny as a horny retired jock, and (maybe even) as educational as college in the best MONOGATARI tradition, this volume also introduces us to “ghostbusters” Yozuru Kagenui and Yotsugi Ononoki.

Boogiepop Volume 1 Light Novel Review

Review of the light novel Boogiepop Volume 1 (Boogiepop and Others) by Kouhei Kadono.
This is the book most credited with starting the current age of Light Novels.

TITLE: Boogiepop
AKA: ブギーポップシリーズ
AUTHOR: Kouhei Kadono
PUBLISHER (English): Seven Seas
RELEASE DATE (English): Originally January 14, 2006
PURCHASE (Amazon.com): http://amzn.to/2ml2BJe

PUBLISHER (Japan): Dengeki Bunko (MediaWorks)
RELEASE DATE (Japan): February 10, 1998
VOLUMES RELEASED (Japan to Date): 21 (most recent volume released July 7, 2017)
ANIME SERIES: 12 episodes (aired January-March 2000) covered volume 1-3

From the back cover:

Who am I? My name is Boogiepop…

There is an urban legend that children tell about a shinigami that can release people from the pain they are suffering. This “Angel of Death” has a name–Boogiepop. And the legends are true. Boogiepop is real. When a rash of disappearances involving female students breaks out at Shinyo Academy, the police and faculty assume they just have a bunch of runaways on their hands. Yet Nagi Kirima knows better. Something mysterious and foul is afoot. Is it Boogiepop or something even more sinister…?

Experience the story through several characters’ eyes as you piece together the true order of disturbing events, in this unforgettable prelude to the Boogiepop Phantom anime series!

Strike the Blood Volume 6 Light Novel Review

Review of the light novel Strike the Blood Volume 6 by Gakuto Mikumo

TITLE: Strike the Blood
AKA: ストライク・ザ・ブラッド
AUTHOR: Gakuto Mikumo
PUBLISHER (English): Yen On
RELEASE DATE (English): May 23, 2017
PURCHASE (Amazon.com): http://amzn.to/2pkxNZW
PURCHASE (Book Depository): http://bit.ly/2hnJtsB

PUBLISHER (Japan): Dengeki Bunko (ASCII Media Works)
RELEASE DATE (Japan): March 10, 2013
VOLUMES RELEASED (Japan to Date): 18 (Most recent volume is releasing November 10, 2017)
ANIME SERIES: 24 Episodes Series (October 2013-March 2014. Contained content from vols.1-6 + a side story)
2 OVA Episodes (November-December 2015. Might be original. Can’t find which volumes it covers)
8 OVA Episodes (November 2016-May 2017. Covers vol.9)

From the back cover:

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

So I’m a Spider, So What? Volume 1 Light Novel Review

Review of the light novel So I’m a Spider, So What? Volume 1 by Okina Baba
Ever had someone say you need to do better in life or you’ll be reincarnated as a bug?
No? Well, someone should’ve told this girl…

TITLE: So I’m a Spider, So What?
AKA: Kumo Desu ga, Nani ka?, 蜘蛛ですが、なにか?
AUTHOR: Okina Baba
ILLUSTRATOR: Tsukasa Kiryu
PUBLISHER (English): Yen On
RELEASE DATE (English): November 21, 2017
PURCHASE (Amazon.com): http://amzn.to/2l0tDoI
PURCHASE (Book Depository): http://bit.ly/2zmvoQD

PUBLISHER (Japan): Kadokawa Books
RELEASE DATE (Japan): December 10, 2015
VOLUMES RELEASED (Japan to Date): 7 (most recent released October 10, 2017)

From the back cover:

I used to be a normal high school girl but in the blink of an eye, I woke up in a place I’ve never seen before and-and I was reborn as a spider?! How could something that’s nothing more than a tiny spider (that’s me) possibly survive in literally the worst dungeon ever? Are there no rules? There should be some rules! Who the hell is responsible for this? SHOW YOUR FACE!

Arifureta Volume 3 Light Novel Review

Review of the light novel Arifureta From Commonplace to World’s Strongest Volume 3 by Ryo Shirakome.
Arifureta’s third volume aims to fill the missing masochism component in Hajime’s harem.

TITLE: Arifureta From Commonplace to World’s Strongest
AKA: Arifureta Shokugyou de Sekai Saikyou, ありふれた職業で世界最強, From Common Job Class to the Strongest in the World
AUTHOR: Ryo Shirakome
PUBLISHER (English): J-Novel Club
RELEASE DATE (English): October 7, 2017
PURCHASE (Amazon Affiliate Link): http://amzn.to/2sEQg1L

PUBLISHER (Japan): Overlap Bunko
RELEASE DATE (Japan): February 25, 2016
VOLUMES RELEASED (Japan to Date): 6 (most recent released May 24, 2017)

From the back cover:

Meetings old and new await our hero, who has begun to walk down the path of the world’s strongest. Along with some farewells… After clearing the Reisen Labyrinth, Hajime and Yue welcome Shea into their party and make for the independent city-state of Fuhren. They get roped into helping the adventurer’s guild look for a certain missing person, leading to an unexpected reunion with someone Hajime thought he’d never see again. Shortly thereafter, Hajime has a run-in with one of the strongest creatures in the world, a black dragon. Does Hajime have the resolve to bear the burden of being the strongest!?

The Empty Box and Zeroth Maria Volume 1 Light Novel Review

Review of the light novel The Empty Box and Zeroth Maria Volume 1 by Eiji Mikage

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
PUBLISHER (English): Yen On
RELEASE DATE (English): October 31, 2017
PURCHASE (Amazon.com): http://amzn.to/2wmyUfy
PURCHASE (Book Depository): http://bit.ly/2zvQTkP

PUBLISHER (Japan): Dengeki Bunko (ASCII Media Works)
RELEASE DATE (Japan): January 7, 2009
VOLUMES RELEASED (Japan to Date): 7 (Complete. Final volume released June 10, 2015)

From the back cover:

Kazuki Hoshino treasures nothing more than his ordinary life, and March 2 should have been an ordinary day. The arrival of a transfer student, the mysterious Aya Otonashi, shouldn’t have shattered the world he knows. He’s never seen this girl before in his life, but she says she’s met him thousands of times–and declares war on him for a crime he can’t even remember… As the truth begins to unravel, nothing is as it seems, and at the heart of it all is a wish powerful enough to change everything…