Nisemonogatari Volume 1 Light Novel Review

Review of the light novel Nisemonogatari Volume 1 by Nisioisin

TITLE: Nisemonogatari (The Monogatari Series)
AKA: Monogagatari, 偽物語 上
AUTHOR: Nisioisin
PUBLISHER (English): Vertical
RELEASE DATE (English): June 27, 2017
PURCHASE (Book Depository):

PUBLISHER (Japan): Kodansha
RELEASE DATE (Japan): September 2, 2008
VOLUMES RELEASED (Japan to Date): 23 (most recent released July 20, 2017)
ANIME SERIES: 94 episodes + 3 movies (14 volumes adapted to date)

The light novel featured in this review is the official English release and was purchased with my own money. All opinions are my own and were not paid for.

From the back cover:

Unlike ne’er-do-well former vampire Araragi, his two younger sisters Karen and Tsukihi, who attend a private junior high, are little balls of energy and charisma that their peers look up to. That the “ka” in Karen and “hi” in Tsukihi are both written with the character for “fire” isn’t the only reason they’ve come to be known as the Fire Sisters.

Karen is the brawn and Tsukihi the brains of a vigilantism that the pair sees not merely as defending justice but as justice itself. They can’t encounter a harmful fad without trying to hunt down a specific source that had a motive for spreading it. In their big brother’s humble opinion, there is something fake and precarious about it all.

In this first of two parts, the immediate sequel to the legendary BAKEMONOGATARI plunges us into the middle of summer vacation in the mostly peaceful rural town where the series is set. As our hero and narrator can say from experience, however, teenagers with too much free time on their hands can get stung pretty badly.

The Ryuo’s Work is Never Done Volume 1 Light Novel Review

Review of the light novel The Ryuo’s Work is Never Done by Shirow Shiratori
The tale of a Shogi master and his loli harem.

TITLE: The Ryuo’s Work is Never Done
AKA: Ryuuou no Oshigoto!, りゅうおうのおしごと!
AUTHOR: Shirow Shiratori
PUBLISHER (English): Bookwalker
RELEASE DATE (English): October 24, 2017
PURCHASE (Bookwalker):

PUBLISHER (Japan): GA Bunko (SB Creative)
RELEASE DATE (Japan): September 15, 2015
VOLUMES RELEASED (Japan to Date): 6 (most recent released July 14, 2017)
ANIME SERIES: Upcoming. Premieres January 2018

From the back cover:

Latest series from Shirow Shiratori, the author of “No-Rin”! A comedy about a live-in apprentice who won’t take “no” for an answer and the most intense Shogi matches this century, all supervised by “Saiyuki”, Osaka’s young professional Shogi team!!

Open front door, and there’s a grade school girl sitting there–.
“I’m here to be your apprentice, as you promised!”
Claiming the Shogi World’s strongest title, “Ryuo”, at the age of 16, Yaichi Kuzuryu comes home to find a 3rd grade girl waiting for him, Ai Hinatsuru. A nine-year-old.
“Come again? …… Apprentice? Huh?“
“…… Don’t you remember?”
He did not, but that’s how the two came to share the same roof. Yaichi’s spirit was oncthe verge of breaking, but Ai’s unyielding enthusiasm reignites the fire within him–.


The light novel featured in this review is the official English release and was provided for review by the publisher. All opinions are my own and no other money was exchanged.

Anime Supremacy Light Novel Review

Review of the light novel Anime Supremacy by Mizuki Tsujimura.
A love letter to anime fans and in particular those fans who become involved in the anime industry.

TITLE: Anime Supremacy
AKA: ハケンアニメ!

AUTHOR: Mizuki Tsujimura
PUBLISHER (English): Vertical
RELEASE DATE (English): October 3, 2017

PUBLISHER (Japan): Magazinehouse
RELEASE DATE (Japan): August 2014
VOLUMES RELEASED (Japan to Date): 1 (standalone novel)

From the back cover:

Japanese animation—the globally acclaimed, family-friendly theatrical features are the exception rather than the rule for a TV-oriented industry that has been pushed into late-night slots in an era of fragmented audiences. When only three titles among fifty might turn a profit, topping the charts is hardly an overambitious aim.
Yet as three women, a producer, a director, and an animator, survive in a business infamous for its murderous schedules, demoralizing compromises, and incorrigible men, moments of uplift emerge against all odds—and how. More than just a window into an entertainment niche, here’s a kickass ode to work.


The copy for this review was provided by the publisher. No other money was exchanged and all opinions are my own.

Overlord Volume 5 Light Novel Review

Review of the light novel Overlord Volume 5 The Men of the Kingdom Part 1 by Kugane Maruyama.

And yeah, I screwed up the subtitle of this arc in the video. I recorded it at 1:30am, please cut me some slack 🙂


TITLE: Overlord AKA: オーバーロード

AUTHOR: Kugane Maruyama


PUBLISHER (English): Yen On

RELEASE DATE (English): September 19, 2017


PUBLISHER (Japan): Enterbrain

RELEASE DATE (Japan): December 28, 2013

VOLUMES RELEASED (Japan to Date): 12 (Most recent volume released September 30, 2017)

ANIME SERIES: 13 episodes + 2 compilation movies (covered volumes 1-3) A new season of the anime is set to begin in January 2018

From the back cover:

In the kingdom of Re-Estize, a sinister organization known as the Eight Fingers holds sway of the criminal underworld. Ainzs orders Sebas to infiltrate the capital to gather intel on this shadowy group sucking the marrow from the kingdom’s bones. At the same time, a young soldier named Climb struggles to hone his skills to better serve the “Golden Princess” while the once great warrior Brian returns home a broken man… Against the backdrop of an ancient city fraying at its edges, three men will challenge the corruption of the vicious Eight Fingers!

Sword Art Online Volume 11 Alicization Turning Light Novel Review

Review of the light novel Sword Art Online Volume 11 Alicization Turning by Reki Kawahara
I have a rant at the end of this which contains spoilers. I do warn you, so feel free to watch up to that point.

TITLE: Sword Art Online
AKA: SAO, ソードアート・オンライン
AUTHOR: Reki Kawahara
PUBLISHER (English): Yen On
RELEASE DATE (English): August 22, 2017

PUBLISHER (Japan): Dengeki Bunko (ASCII Media Works)
RELEASE DATE (Japan): December 10, 2012
VOLUMES RELEASED (Japan to Date): 20 (most recent released September 8, 2017)
ANIME SERIES: 49 episodes + 1OVA + 1 Movie (A new season is currently in production)

From the back cover:

Two years into Kirito and Eugeo’s quest to reach the Central Cathedral, the pair have finally become elite disciples at the North Centoria Imperial Swordcraft Academy. Now all that’s left to do is train for the next tournament, build their relationships with their trainee pages, and do so without violating the Taboo Index. But just because this peaceful world is governed by law and order doesn’t mean evil can’t fester below the surface…and when it comes time to choose between the rules and what’s right, Kirito and Eugeo discover the darker secrets of the Underworld.

Juni Taisen Zodiac War Light Novel Review

Review of the light novel Juni Taisen Zodiac War by Nisioisin

TITLE: Juni Taisen Zodiac War
AKA: Juuni Taisen, 十二大戦
AUTHOR: Nisioisin
ILLUSTRATOR: Hikaru Nakamura
PUBLISHER (English): Viz Media
RELEASE DATE (English): October 10, 2017

PUBLISHER (Japan): Shueisha
RELEASE DATE (Japan): May 19, 2015
VOLUMES RELEASED (Japan to Date): 2 (2nd volume released October 4, 2017)
ANIME SERIES: Just started airing. Available on Crunchyroll

From the back cover:

Twelve warriors enter a death match, but only one can survive to win the ultimate prize.

Rampage. Weep. Kill. Every 12 years, the 12 signs of the Chinese zodiac take the form of warriors and engage in the ultimate battle royal. They face one another in battles to the death, using all the powers of their star signs, and the sole survivor is granted the ultimate prize—a wish. Any wish.

Accel World Volume 10 Light Novel Review

Review of the light novel Accel World Volume 10 by Reki Kawahara
The short story volume of Accel World.

TITLE: Accel World
AKA: アクセル・ワールド
AUTHOR: Reki Kawahara
PUBLISHER (English): Yen On
RELEASE DATE (English): June 20, 2017

PUBLISHER (Japan): Degeki Bunko (ASCII Media Works)
RELEASE DATE (Japan): December 10, 2011
VOLUMES RELEASED (Japan to Date): 22 (Volume 22 is being release November 10, 2017)
ANIME SERIES: 24 Episodes (covering volumes 1-4 with some material from Volume 10)

From the back cover:

2046–Haruyuki, member of the reborn Nega Nebulus, is a new Burst Linker. Through hard work, he finally reaches level two–only to find himself with just eight burst points left!! With one wrong move, Haruyuki could lose access to Brain Burst forever…Refusing to take his friend’s points, Haruyuki turns to the Accelerated World “bouncer,” a mysterious person with the duel avatar Aqua Current.

One year later, the Black King, Kuroyukihime, is on a school trip in Okinawa! With nearly all Burst Linkers located in Tokyo, Kuroyukihime assumes she’ll have a relaxing vacation…until she’s suddenly challenged to a duel! Later, on a seemingly normal day, Haruyuki is issued a challenge…from a player in black, wielding two swords! Dive into Accel World’s past in this thrilling short story collection!