Strike the Blood Volume 5 Light Novel Review

Review of the light novel Strike the Blood Volume 5 by Gakuto Mikumo.

LIGHT NOVEL INFORMATION
TITLE: Strike the Blood
AKA: ストライク・ザ・ブラッド
AUTHOR: Gakuto Mikumo
ILLUSTRATOR: Manyako
PUBLISHER (English): Yen On
RELEASE DATE (English): January 31, 2017
PURCHASE (Amazon Affiliate Link): http://amzn.to/2hSdU5x

PUBLISHER (Japan): Dengeki Bunko (ASCII Media Works)
RELEASE DATE (Japan): October 10, 2012
VOLUMES RELEASED (Japan to Date): 17 (most recent released June 9, 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:

Aya Tokoyogi and six other hardened magical criminals have broken out from imprisonment. Their goal–to completely erase the ‘Witch of the Void,’ Netsuke Minamaya, from existence. How these events will unfold in the Demon District will depend on the actions of the strongest vampire to ever exist, Kojou Akatsuki.

Arifureta Volume 2 Light Novel Review

Review of the light novel Arifureta Volume 2 by Ryo Shirakome.
A tale of dangerous labyrinths and big breasted bunny girls.

LIGHT NOVEL INFORMATION
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
ILLUSTRATOR: Takaya-ki
PUBLISHER (English): J-Novel Club
RELEASE DATE (English): July 21, 2017
PURCHASE (Amazon Affiliate Link): http://amzn.to/2sEQg1L

PUBLISHER (Japan): Overlap Bunko
RELEASE DATE (Japan): November 25, 2015
VOLUMES RELEASED (Japan to Date): 6 (most recent released May 24, 2017)
ANIME SERIES: None

From the back cover:

After being summoned to a new world and thrown down into the depths of hell, Hajime Nagumo met Yue and together they conquered the Great Orcus Labyrinth. The pair was planning on taking it easy on the surface for a little bit, but a meeting with the bunny girl Shia Haulia throws a wrench into those plans. She has the peculiar power to see the future, and according to her, Hajime’s the one saving her family in her visions! Hajime was planning on refusing, but it appears she might be able to help him on his quest to return home. And so, the adventure continues in Reisen Gorge.

In Another World With My Smartphone Volume 2 Light Novel Review

Review of the light novel In Another World With My Smartphone Volume 2 by Patora Fuyuhara.
Setting up house. Traveling to other countries. Clothes eating slimes…

LIGHT NOVEL INFORMATION
TITLE: In Another World With My Smartphone
AKA: Isekai wa Smartphone to Tomo ni, 異世界はスマートフォンとともに。, Isekai Smartphone, In a Different World with a Smartphone
AUTHOR: Patora Fuyuhara
ILLUSTRATOR: Eiji Usatsuka
PUBLISHER (English): J-Novel Club
RELEASE DATE (English): May 4, 2017
PURCHASE (Amazon Affiliate Link): http://amzn.to/2p10IkU

PUBLISHER (Japan): HJ Novels (Hobby Japan)
RELEASE DATE (Japan): August 22, 2015
VOLUMES RELEASED (Japan to Date): 9 (most recent volume release June 22, 2017)
ANIME SERIES: Currently Airing (4 episodes aired to date. Unsure how many volumes the anime will cover)

From the back cover:

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?!

Is it Wrong to Try to Pick-Up Girls in a Dungeon Volume 8 Light Novel Review

Review of the light novel Is It Wrong to Try to Pick-Up Girls in a Dungeon Volume 8 by Fujino Omori.
An installment consisting of a number of short stories about love and family, set against an invasion by a foreign nation.

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, Familia Myth
AUTHOR: Fujino Omori
ILLUSTRATOR: Suzuhito Yasuda
PUBLISHER (English): Yen On
RELEASE DATE (English): April 18, 2017
PURCHASE (Amazon Affiliate Link): http://amzn.to/2nCjXNv

PUBLISHER (Japan): GA Bunko (SOFTBANK Creative)
RELEASE DATE (Japan): June 12, 2015
VOLUMES RELEASED (Japan to Date): 12 (most recent released May 24, 2017)
ANIME SERIES: 13 episodes, covering volumes 1-5

 

From the back cover:

The Rakian Kingdom is on the march, a thirty-thousand-strong army headed by Ares, God of War. The target of their sudden invasion is none other than the world’s greatest metropolis, Labyrinth City Orario. As the armed menace approaches in thunderous lockstep, the city’s inhabitants can do nothing but…continue about their completely peaceful lives??? A prum proposes marriage, one sweet boy becomes a bodyguard, the city girl’s secret comes to light, while mortals and gods alike are swept up in romance–these are the ordinary days of timeless deities and their dazzling children in the fateful city of Orario!

No Game No Life Volume 6 Light Novel Review

Review of the light novel No Game No Life Volume 6 by Yuu Kamiya
How did humanity survive the Great War? Which 2 individuals stood at the forefront of the movement to bring the war to an end. It’s Prequel Time!

LIGHT NOVEL INFORMATION
TITLE: No Game No Life
AKA: ノーゲーム・ノーライフ, NGNL, NogeNora
AUTHOR: Yuu Kamiya
ILLUSTRATOR: Yuu Kamiya
PUBLISHER (English): Yen On
RELEASE DATE (English): July 25, 2017
PURCHASE (Amazon Affiliate Link): http://amzn.to/2qXrSXP

PUBLISHER (Japan): MF Bunko J (Media Factory)
RELEASE DATE (Japan): April 24, 2015
VOLUMES RELEASED (Japan to Date): 9 (most recent volume was released August 2016)
ANIME SERIES: 12 Episodes. Aired April 9-June 25, 2014. Covered volumes 1-3.
Movie covering volume 6 released July 2017

From the back cover:

Before Sora and Shiro set foot on Disboard, there was another remarkable duo!!

Tet, the One True God, takes a break to amuse himself among the mortals only to collapse on the streets of Elkia. When a familiar face finds him and lends a helping hand, the God of Play regales her with a tale from the Great War about a human man who challenged the world and a strange girl who sought to comprehend the human heart…

Let the games begin!

The Faraway Paladin Volume 2 Light Novel Review

Review of the light novel The Faraway Paladin Volume 2 by Kanata Yanagino

LIGHT NOVEL INFORMATION
TITLE: The Faraway Paladin
AKA: Saihate no Paladin, 最果てのパラディン
AUTHOR: Kanata Yanagino
ILLUSTRATOR: Kususaga Rin
PUBLISHER (English): J-Novel Club
RELEASE DATE (English): April 27, 2017
PURCHASE (Amazon Affiliate Link): http://amzn.to/2nqh9Uo

PUBLISHER (Japan): Overlap Bunko
RELEASE DATE (Japan): July 25, 2016
VOLUMES RELEASED (Japan to Date): 4 (Most recent released December 2016)
ANIME SERIES: None

From the back cover:

Will has come of age. As a sorcerer, warrior, and priest of Gracefeel, he departs the city and temple where he was raised on a journey to the north. It’s been two hundred years since the battle against the High King of the Eternals. Are there any humans left in this world and, if there are, will they accept Will with open arms, or see him as an enemy?

 

Light Novel Releases for August 2017

Here are the upcoming light novels being released in August 2017
A very busy month for light novel releases! Twenty titles are coming out in August, with a few new series starts and many continuations of A list tiles.

August 3, 2017

How a Realist Hero Saved the Kingdom Volume 3

With the subjugation of the Principality of Amidonia accomplished, Souma, the provisional king, begins the post-war cleanup process with his next move, Project Lorelei. It is an entertainment program that uses the Jewel Voice Broadcast. It was originally only thought that this program would amuse the people of the Kingdom, but it is being broadcast in occupied Van, too. What does Souma hope to accomplish with that…?! Then, when Souma takes some time off to rest in the capital of Amidonia, Van, with Juna and Tomoe, he encounters Jeanne Euphoria, the younger sister of the Empress of the Gran Chaos Empire.
What sort of “negotiation” does the “realistic” Jeanne, who supports her idealistic sister, have in store for Souma…?! The revolutionary transferred-to-another-world administrative fantasy is now on it’s third volume!

Purchase – http://amzn.to/2u32dRL

Invaders of the Rokujouma!? Volume 5

Harumi has a special favor to ask Yurika concerning Koutarou, but Yurika will have her own set of relationship problems when a new transfer student shows up at school the next day. The new girl—Aika Maki—is an acquaintance of hers, but she’s not the old cosplay friend everyone seems to think she is. If what Yurika says is true, Maki is the evil magical girl that she’s been trying to warn the others about all along. The biggest danger now may be that no one believes her.

Purchase – http://amzn.to/2gLoy1d

August 8, 2017

Grimgar of Fantasy & Ash Volume 2 (Paperback Release)

“…We can’t abandon him. Or rather, I don’t think we should.”

Haruhiro and the others who were taken away to the unfamiliar world of Grimgar have now gained experience and are finally maturing as volunteer soldiers. In order to bring things up a level, they’ve traveled to a new dungeon, the Cyrene Mines, but this is also the place where Merry, the newest addition to their party, once lost her comrades.

Haruhiro thought their exploration would go easily, but one member of the party is unexpectedly separated from the rest, and they are all attacked by the famous giant kobold, Death Spots.

With new trials to overcome, the tale of adventure born from the ashes enters its second chapter!

Purchase – http://amzn.to/2vf3ROp

August 10, 2017

Clockwork Planet Volume 1

From the author of No Game No Life!

–I know this is sudden, but the world had already collapsed long ago. Earth had died, but the entire planet was reconstructed and reproduced using clockwork – “The Clockwork Planet.”
One day, a black box suddenly crashed into the house of Naoto Miura, a high school failure, from above. Inside was– an automata girl.
“For me to be forced to sleep for as long as two hundred years from just one little fault, has the intelligence of humanity still yet to exceed even that of a flea?”

A gearhead fantasy meshed together by Yuu Kamiya and Tsubaki Himana!

Purchase – http://amzn.to/2uCqb7M

August 11, 2017

In Another World With My Smartphone Volume 4

16-year-old Mochizuki Touya marches across the blazing desert sands toward the Burning Kingdom of Sandora. His goal? The Second Babylon. But once again, his journey is not so simple. The land is fraught with danger, and the cryptic words of an ancient doctor echo in the back of his mind. The Phrase rear their ugly heads, the dimensional boundary of the world begins to strain, and the mysterious monochrome boy, Ende, appears once more to puzzle Touya and friends. To make matters worse, a government starts to crumble, falling on the cusp of a military coup! Can Touya and his ever-growing band of adventurers stand against the combined forces of chaotic fate? Or will he finally meet his match? The curtains rise once more on a tale of swords, sorcery, and unnecessary housing renovations.

Purchase – http://amzn.to/2vbsQT2

August 18, 2007

Paying to Win in a VRMMO Volume 4

Iris has accept Nem’s challenge for a fantasy fashion battle, and the day is drawing near. There’s only one condition: Ichiro’s not allowed to help in any way! As Iris strains to find the inspiration (and the funds) to conquer a professional designer, other players appear with an intent to influence the competition from behind the scenes!

Purchase – http://amzn.to/2uC9ycb

August 19. 2017

My Big Sister Lives in a Fantasy World Volume 5

Between a secret battle to reassemble a dismembered evil god and a threat from destiny-altering beings waiting in the wings, the world’s strongest little brother seems to have enough on his mind. But there’s even more waiting in store for Yuichi Sakaki, and things are about to get more chaotic by the week. Soon, a yakuza gang is stalking his little sister, a demon doll is stalking Aiko, an overzealous archer is stalking him… and that’s only the beginning!

Purchase – http://amzn.to/2u31jof

August 22, 2017

The Asterisk War Volume 4

Ayato’s weakness–the time limit on his power–has been discovered. As he and Julis concoct a new strategy, they make contact with the Tyrant, Dirk, who has information about his sister Haruka. There, Ayato learns the shocking truth, just in time for the semifinals…!

Purchase – http://amzn.to/2vbwJHg

A Certain Magical Index Volume 12

September 30th. As the seasons change in Academy City, so do the seasonal clothes. Mikoto Misaka, talented esper student of the elite Tokiwadai Middle School that stands above the hustle and bustle of the city, waits in front of the concert hall for her companion. But…he never arrives. There is no trace at all of that young man who was supposed to show up to accept his punishment game. Mikoto sighs as she cradles her too-thin schoolbag and the violin case she’d been holding all the while but now–

When Touma Kamijou and Mikoto Misaka finally cross paths, the school comedy that revolves around a punishment game will begin!

Purchase – http://amzn.to/2u35mAL

The Devil is a Part-Timer Volume 8

Emi’s going to Ente Isla with Alas Ramus! Still in Japan, Maou decides to get his driver’s license for his work at MgRonald, but he can’t help worrying when Emi’s return date passes without her arrival. After his apprehension causes him to bomb his exam, the Devil King meets a strange pair strangely unsuited to Japan… Could they know something about Emi?!

Purchase – http://amzn.to/2vb4zfz

Goblin Slayer Volume 3

With the arrival of autumn comes the Harvest Festival, and everyone is in a celebratory mood. Dwarf Shaman, Priestess, and even Female Knight help with preparations for the revelries, but Guild Girl has her eyes fixed on an even greater prize – a date with Goblin Slayer! With no goblins around, the awkward adventurer has no reason to refuse, but where does that leave his old friend Cow Girl…? Emotional entanglements are in the air, but Goblin Slayer senses some menace lurking behind these seemingly peaceful days…

Purchase – http://amzn.to/2usV79O

The Irregular at Magic High School Volume 5

After the conclusion of the Nine School Competition, summer arrives in force, bringing with it that most precious salvation for students – vacation! Shizuku invites Tatsuya, Miyuki, and their friends to her family’s island villa for a bit of fun in the sun, but all of this is just a pretext to set the perfect, tropical stage for Honoka. Meanwhile, the ace of Third High, Masaki, entertains Kichijouji at home, unaware of his partner’s struggle…or jealousy. Shun finds himself playing bodyguard to a beautiful foreigner, and Emi is cornered for a secret she can’t reveal at any cost. The one who’s got it toughest, though, is Mayumi who’s desperate to find the next student council president before time runs out!

Purchase – http://amzn.to/2u2gv3f

Konosuba Volume 3

It’s been nearly a year since Kazuma and his useless goddess began their life in another world. After saving the town of Axel from the Mobile Fortress Destroyer, Kazuma is arrested for teleporting a time bomb to the house of a lord. Thanks to Aqua’s unhelpful testimony, Kazuma is sentenced to die…again!

Purchase – http://amzn.to/2vbneId

Rokka Braves of the Six Flowers Volume 2

After discovering the seventh Brave and escaping her trap, the newly assembled Braves of the Six Flowers set off to fight the Evil God–only to find yet another Brave! With the clock ticking until the Evil God awakens, the seven set off into the Howling Vilelands with the impostor in their midst. A fiend appears, telling Mora her time is short. Not only that, but a commander of the fiends suddenly appears before the Braves. Could the seventh have something to do with it? Amid the chaos, a fierce battle begins!

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Sword Art Online Volume 11

It’s been two years since Kirito entered another mysterious fantasy world and met the boy named Eugeo. At the Northern Centoria Master Swordsmanship Academy, the two of them have advanced to become upper rank trainee swordsmen. Now they spend their days training, aiming to one day earn the rank of Integrity Knight, the greatest peacekeepers in the human world. Soon, appropriate for their new ranks, both Kirito and Eugeo are assigned apprentices and they all deepen their bonds while perfecting their bodies and minds. But suddenly, an evil rears its head and threatens their peaceful lives. Eugeo tries to draw his sword to fight but he finds himself helpless as a message appears in words he can’t read. They say–SYSTEM ALERT.

Purchase – http://amzn.to/2tzb9KP

If It’s For My Daughter I’d Even Defeat a Demon Lord Volume 2

“Dale, Dale! It’s the ocean! Can we go?!”
“Calm down, Latina.”
It’s been two years since the adorable child Latina was saved by first-rate adventurer Dale, and things are going well.
Dale decides to return to his home village, Tisrow, and brings Latina along on his journey. Normally mature for her age, the devil girl is surprisingly worked up about her first trip, and the two set out full of excitement.

What kind of things will Latina get to see, and can she possibly get ANY cuter? She better not, or Dale’s heart won’t be able to take it!

It’s time for If It’s for My Daughter Volume 2!

Purchase – http://amzn.to/2tzip9S

August 28, 2017

Demon King Daimaou Volume 2

Ever since the Demon King prophecy, Akuto Sai has had nothing but bad luck. He’s still having trouble controlling his magic, and to make matters worse, he yet again ended up blowing off Junko Hattori’s clothes. While attempting to train his mind through meditation, he finds an ancient treasure map. Not wanting to deal with yet another distraction from his studies, he tries to keep the map a secret, but to no avail. Once the map leaks out, the school breaks out in chaos as the students try to find the lost treasure.

Purchase – http://amzn.to/2t9zpnB

August 29, 2017

Nisemonogatari Volume 2

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.

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Mikagura School Suite Volume 1

Eruna Ichinomiya is preparing to enter high school, but there’s just one problem―none of the schools interest her! The uniforms are all too boring, until she discovers Mikagura Academy. After Eruna miraculously passes the entrance exam, she discovers that Mikagura Academy isn’t a typical school. Mikagura Academy only allows students to form culture-themed school clubs, participation in those clubs is compulsory, and there is a battle system where students must compete with each other as representatives of their clubs. Now Eruna must discover her own power and win her first battle!

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Infinite Dendrogram Volume 2

After an unexpectedly challenging journey, Ray and his party finally arrive at Gideon, The City of Duels.
The mere sight of the towering arenas and thriving fantasy townscapes is enough to instantly awe and enchant him. However — like anything that stands tall and proud — the city cast a great, dark shadow.
The name of this shadow is the Gouz-Maise gang — a loathsome band of cutthroats who turn their profit kidnapping children and demanding ransom.
Ray, wide-eyed and innocent, was blissfully unaware of just how cruel the hyper-realistic world of Infinite Dendrogram would become.

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