Infinite Dendrogram Volume 1 Light Novel Review


Review of the light novel Infinite Dendrogram Volume 1 by Sakon Kaidou.
The story of a boy exploring a VRMMO RPG. No, he isn’t trapped, nor has he been swept away to another world. He’s just playing a very realistic game. And it’s pretty good!

LIGHT NOVEL INFORMATION
TITLE: Infinite Dendrogram
AKA: <Infinite Dendrogram> , インフィニット・デンドログラム
AUTHOR: Sakon Kaidou
ILLUSTRATOR: Taiki
PUBLISHER (English): J-Novel Club
RELEASE DATE (English): July 10, 2017
PURCHASE (Amazon Affiliate Link): http://amzn.to/2rMTbpd

PUBLISHER (Japan): HJ Bunko (Hobby Japan)
RELEASE DATE (Japan): October 29, 2016
VOLUMES RELEASED (Japan to Date): 4 Volumes (most recent released July 1, 2017)
ANIME SERIES: None

From the back cover:

In the year 2043, Infinite Dendrogram, the world’s first successful full-dive VRMMO was released. In addition to its ability to perfectly simulate the five senses, along with its many other amazing features, the game promised to offer players a world full of infinite possibilities. Nearly two years later, soon-to-be college freshman, Reiji Mukudori, is finally able to buy a copy of the game and start playing. With some help from his experienced older brother, Shu, and his partner Embryo, Reiji embarks on an adventure into the world of Infinite Dendrogram. Just what will he discover and encounter in this game world known for its incredible realism and infinite possibilities?

Psycome Volume 2 Light Novel Review

Review of the light novel Psycome Volume 2 by Mizuki Mizushiro.
The teenage killers are sent to a punishing camp to help “reform” them.

LIGHT NOVEL INFORMATION
TITLE: Psycome
AKA: Psycho Love Comedy, サイコメ
AUTHOR: Mizuki Mizushiro
ILLUSTRATOR: Namanie
PUBLISHER (English): Yen On
RELEASE DATE (English): October 25, 2016
PURCHASE (Amazon Affiliate Link): http://amzn.to/2sGZXMB

PUBLISHER (Japan): Famitsu Bunko (Enterbrain)
RELEASE DATE (Japan): April 30, 2013
VOLUMES RELEASED (Japan to Date): 6 + 1 Volume of Short Stories (Complete – last volume published November 2014)
ANIME SERIES: None

From the back cover:

Kyousuke Kamiya has only just started to get used to his life in the blood-spattered hellscape that is Purgatorium Remedial Academy and its twisted version of school life. The architect of this series of gruesomely parodic extracurricular activities is the beautiful, charming Saki Shamaya–also known as the “Princess of Murder,” a serial killer responsible for twenty-one deaths!

Demon King Daimaou Volume 1 Light Novel Review


Review of the light novel Demon King Daimaou Volume 1 by Shoutarou Mizuki.
Harry Potter goes to Hogwarts, and instead of joining Gryffindor, he’s told he will be the next Voldemort. And then he gets a harem. Yeah, that’s pretty much Demon King Daimaou.

LIGHT NOVEL INFORMATION
TITLE: Demon King Daimaou
AKA: Demon King Daimao, Ichiban Ushiro no Daimaou, いちばんうしろの大魔王
AUTHOR: Shoutarou Mizuki
ILLUSTRATOR: Souichi Itou
PUBLISHER (English): J-Novel Club
RELEASE DATE (English): July 2, 2017
PURCHASE (Amazon Affiliate Link): http://amzn.to/2rWTCPD

PUBLISHER (Japan): (Hobby Japan) HJ Bunko
RELEASE DATE (Japan): February 1, 2008
VOLUMES RELEASED (Japan to Date) 13 (Complete – Last volume published in March 2014)
ANIME SERIES: 12 Episodes airing April 2, 2010-June 18, 2010. Anime covered the first 5 volumes of the light novel series.

From the back cover:

Far in the future, Japan has become a land ruled by magic and those who wield it. Akuto Sai arrives at Constant Magical Academy—the most prestigious magic school in the world—for his first year of high school. The only student to pass the Academy’s intense entrance exam, he has his sights set on become a High Priest, the most powerful and virtuous magician in the land. However, when he arrives at the Academy, his future occupation is prophesied to be… The Demon King?! Now Akuto is the number one target on campus, and he must navigate his way with the help of his friends—a troublesome delinquent, a beautiful observer android, an honor-bound class representative, and a mysterious girl from his past—through the seedy underbelly of the world’s premier magic academy.

The Combat Baker and Automaton Waitress Volume 1 Light Novel Review

Review of the light novel The Combat Baker and Automaton Waitress Volume 1 by SOW.
An ex-soldier opens a bakery, but people are too afraid of him to buy his bread. So he hires a cute waitress with a big secret!
The English version is available exclusively via Bookwalker Global (https://global.bookwalker.jp/).

LIGHT NOVEL INFORMATION
TITLE: The Combat Baker and Automaton Waitress
AKA: Tatakau Panya to Automaton Waitress, 戦うパン屋と機械じかけの看板娘
AUTHOR: SOW
ILLUSTRATOR: Zaza
PUBLISHER (English): Bookwalker Global
RELEASE DATE (English): June 30, 2017
PURCHASE: http://bit.ly/2ttHQO6

PUBLISHER (Japan): (Hobby Japan) HJ Bunko
RELEASE DATE (Japan): April 1, 2015
VOLUMES RELEASED (Japan to Date): 6 (latest volume released December 29, 2016)
ANIME SERIES: None

From the back cover:

The war hero known as Silver Wolf – Lud Langart – pilots a humanoid assault weapon while he dreams of life as a baker. With the war over, Lud now peacefully runs his bakery, but thanks to his frightening scowl, he can’t sell a single loaf of bread. After posting an ad for a waitress in a last ditch effort to save his business, who should reply but a beautiful silver-haired, red-eyed young girl. What Lud doesn’t know is that this new waitress was born from Avei, his AI partner installed in the humanoid assault weapon he piloted during the war.

 

The light novel featured in this review is the official English release. The copy reviewed was provided by the publisher. No other money was provided. All opinions are my own and were not paid for.

 

Sound Euphonium Book 1 Light Novel Review

Review of the light novel Sound Euphonium Welcome to the Kitauji High School Concert Band by Ayano Takedo

LIGHT NOVEL INFORMATION
TITLE: Sound! Euphonium
AKA: 響け! ユーフォニアム, Hibike! Yūfoniamu, Hibike! Euphonium
AUTHOR: Ayano Takeda
ILLUSTRATOR: Nikki Asada (Cover Artist)
PUBLISHER (English): Yen On
RELEASE DATE (English): June 20, 2017
PURCHASE (Amazon Affiliate Link): http://amzn.to/2pUiqHu

From the back cover:

Finding herself, one note at a time…

After a terrible disappointment at the All-Kyoto Concert Band Competition, music has lost its spark for Kumiko. But her first year at Kitauji High School is a chance for a fresh start. So when it comes time to choose a club, she can’t resist joining the band again–even though they’re simply terrible. The strict new club director has promised to whip them into shape to reach Nationals, but the trouble runs deeper than just a lack of practice. Plus, the discord within the club tugs at Kumiko’s old insecurities. Will Kitauji High School find its rhythm before the competition? Will Kumiko?

Re:Zero Volume 4 Light Novel Review

Review of the light novel Re:Zero Starting Life in Another World Volume 4 by Tappei Nagatsuki

LIGHT NOVEL INFORMATION
TITLE: Re:Zero Starting Life in Another World
AKA: Re:Zero kara Hajimaru Isekai Seikatsu, Re: Life in a different world from zero, 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): June 20, 2017
PURCHASE (Amazon Affiliate Link): http://amzn.to/2pqJmib

PUBLISHER (Japan) MF Bunko J
RELEASE DATE (Japan) June 24, 2014
VOLUMES RELEASED (Japan to Date) 13 (+2 Short Story Volumes +2 Side Story Volumes)

From the back cover:

At long last, Subaru can finally enjoy a breather…until an envoy visits to discuss the royal selection. Determined to help Emilia win the throne, Subaru accompanies her to the capital, but Emilia herself stubbornly refuses his assistance. As the tension grows between the royal candidates, so does the friction in the pair’s relationship. Has Subaru’s devotion gone too far?

If It’s For My Daughter, I’d Even Defeat a Demon Lord Vol.1 Light Novel Review

The pull-on-your-heartstrings tale of an adventurer and the young devil girl he adopts as his daughter.
Review of the light novel If It’s For My Daughter I’d Even Defeat a Demon Lord Volume 1 by CHIROLU.

LIGHT NOVEL INFORMATION
TITLE: If It’s For My Daughter, I’d Even Defeat a Demon Lord
AKA: Uchi no Musume no Tame Naraba, Ore Moshikashitara Maou mo Taoserukamo Shirenai, うちの娘の為ならば、俺はもしかしたら魔王も倒せるかもしれない。, UchiMusume
AUTHOR: Chirolu
ILLUSTRATOR: Truffle
PUBLISHER (English): J-Novel Club
RELEASE DATE (English): June 20, 2017
PURCHASE (Amazon Affiliate Link): http://amzn.to/2p7GtDf

From the back cover:

Dale is a cool, composed, and highly skilled adventurer who’s made quite a name for himself despite his youth. One day on a job deep in the forest, he comes across a little devil girl who’s almost wasted away. Unable to just leave her there to die, Dale takes her home and becomes her adoptive father.
Devil or not, Latina is beyond adorable, and the adventurer soon finds himself head over heels with being a parent. But why was she out in the forest to begin with, and why does she carry the mark of a criminal?