Mikagura School Suite Volume 1 Light Novel Review

Review of the light novel Mikagura School Suite Volume 1 by Last Note

LIGHT NOVEL INFORMATION
TITLE: Mikagura School Suite
AKA: Mikagura Gakuen Kumikyoku, ミカグラ学園組曲
AUTHOR: Last Note
ILLUSTRATOR: Akina
PUBLISHER (English): One Peace Books
RELEASE DATE (English): August 29, 2017
PURCHASE (Amazon Affiliate Link): http://amzn.to/2u2ZBl4

PUBLISHER (Japan): Media Factory
RELEASE DATE (Japan): July 25, 2013
VOLUMES RELEASED (Japan to Date): 8 (last 1 published August 25, 2016)
ANIME SERIES: 12 episodes. Aired April-June 2015 (it sounds like the anime is inspired by the books, but is not a strict adaptation)

From the back cover:

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!

Konosuba Volume 3 Light Novel Review

Review of the light novel Konosuba God’s Blessing on This Wonderful World volume 3 by Natsume Akatsuki

LIGHT NOVEL INFORMATION

TITLE: Konosuba God’s Blessing on This Wonderful World

AKA: Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo! , この素晴らしい世界に祝福を!

AUTHOR: Akatsuki Natsume

ILLUSTRATOR: Kurone Mishima

PUBLISHER (English): Yen On

RELEASE DATE (English): August 22, 2017

PURCHASE (Amazon Affiliate Link): http://amzn.to/2vbneId

 

PUBLISHER (Japan): Kadokawa Sneaker Bunko

RELEASE DATE (Japan): March 1, 2014

VOLUMES RELEASED (Japan to Date): 12 (Most recent released August 1, 2017)

ANIME SERIES: 20 episodes + 2 OVAs (Covered volumes 1-4)

From the back cover:

After successfully saving the town from Mobile Fortress Destroyer, Kazuma is ready to sit back and enjoy the hero treatment: fame, fortune, and…criminal charges?! Now in hot water with the law, he has to find a way to clear his name with the help of Aqua, Megumin, and Darkness before the judge can sentence him to death. Darkness has a plan to buy more time, but will it be enough…? After all, in this wonderful world, who knows what’ll happen?

The Devil is a Part-Timer Volume 7 Light Novel Review

Review of the light novel The Devil is a Part-Timer Volume 7 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): April 18, 2017

PURCHASE (Amazon Affiliate Link): http://amzn.to/2mpy1Ja

 

PUBLISHER (Japan): Dengeki Bunko (ACII Media Works)

RELEASE DATE (Japan): February 10, 2013

VOLUMES RELEASED (Japan to Date): 17 (Last volume released May 10, 2017)

ANIME SERIES: 13 episodes (aired April-June 2013) Covered volumes 1-2

From the back cover:

A door-to-door fraudster arrives in the neighborhood, swindling Urushihara! Already strapped for cash, Maou visits the office to contest the transaction, only to find himself tongue-tied at their vehement refusal! Unable to face the heat, is Maou truly out forty-five thousand yen?! Not if the Hero has anything to say about it… Other adventures await Maou and the crew in this volume of short stories–from becoming new cat owners to a family shopping trip to the story of how Chiho met Maou.

Paying to Win in a VRMMO Volume 1 Light Novel Review


Review of the light novel Paying to Win in a VRMMO Volume 1 by Blitz Kiva.
When you have more money than you can spend in several lifetimes, there’s more than one way to become OP in a video game…

LIGHT NOVEL INFORMATION
TITLE: Paying to Win in a VRMMO
AKA: VRMMO wo Kane no Chikara de Musou suru, VRMMOをカネの力で無双する
AUTHOR: Blitz Kiva
ILLUSTRATOR: Kuwashima Rein
PUBLISHER (English): J-Novel Club
RELEASE DATE (English): February 16, 2017
PURCHASE (Amazon Affiliate Link): http://amzn.to/2g2cQj8

PUBLISHER (Japan): HJ Bunko (Hobby Japan)
RELEASE DATE (Japan): February 28, 2014
VOLUMES RELEASED (Japan to Date): 6 (last one released September 30, 2015)
ANIME SERIES: None

From the back cover:

The fabulously wealthy heir to the Tsuwabuki Concern, Ichiro Tsuwabuki, has arrived inside the next generation virtual reality MMO, Narrow Fantasy Online. His cousin Asuha has asked for his help in finding someone inside the game, and he’s come to help her out.
Of course, while he’s happy enough to help his cousin out, Ichiro also cannot be satisfied with anything but total mastery of whatever he tries. He quickly proceeds to dominate the game world using his natural genius… and his wallet!

Upcoming Light Novel Releases for September 2017

Here are the light novels being released in September 2017

September 3, 2017

Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash Volume 5

“…So, this thing, what do you think it is?”
It has now been some months since the party came to the Wonder Hole. Haruhiro and his companions have been slowly but steadily improving their skills as they clear the labyrinth. One day, while exploring, they find a “hole” they’ve never seen before. A hole that, as far as they know… wasn’t there when they passed through the area three days earlier. It may lead to a new and unexplored area, which would be highly profitable for them if they are the first to set foot in it. Haruhiro is hesitant on whether to go inside or not, but Team Tokimune, a group known for being full of eccentrics, but still highly capable, appear and propose exploring it together.
The tale of adventure born from the ashes continues with new encounters.

Purchase – http://amzn.to/2wkLOub

September 4, 2017

Invaders of the Rokujouma!? Volume 6

Lately, Koutarou has been growing more and more suspicious of Kiriha. Claiming that she’s come to invade the surface is one thing, but what on earth is she doing helping the neighborhood association clean up the city? Is this all part of some nefarious plan? Or is there something else going on? When Koutarou works up the nerve to confront her about it, she responds by… asking him on a date?!

Purchase – http://amzn.to/2wLhuIt

September 12, 2017

Occultic;Nine Volume 2 (Physical Release)

What happens when eight eccentrics cross paths on a paranormal blog run by a high school NEET (Not in Education, Employment, or Training)? A whole lot of weird! Gamon Yuta runs an occult-related site he hopes will one day make him rich. But before his dreams can come true, strange things occur when the lives of these nine oddballs collide. Can they solve a case that transcends reality and could alter the very fabric of our world?

Purchase – http://amzn.to/2vcNocj

September 19, 2017

Accel World 11

The Acceleration Research Society, a mysterious organization maneuvering in secret, makes their headquarters at the top of Tokyo Midtown Tower, where the Archangel Metatron is enshrined. This completely invincible Legend-class Enemy guards the Society from all would-be attackers, and so the Seven Kings meet in order to devise some means to defeat the Enemy and the Acceleration Research Society along with it.

The secret plan they come up with necessitates that Silver Crow gain a new ability, Theoretical Mirror.

Although he’s been ordered to obtain this ability–which can withstand even the instant death of Metatron’s ultimate laser–abilities require action to trigger their manifestation, in contrast with the way Incarnate techniques are generated through the imagination. Thus, Haruyuki’s powerful imagination won’t help him this time!

While Haruyuki is stumped at how to even begin this difficult task, Ardor Maiden (a.k.a. Utai Shinomiya) begins relating a sad past…

Purchase – http://amzn.to/2x2nH0y

Baccano!! Volume 5

The immortal Elmer C. Albatross is a Smile Junkie who’ll do whatever it takes for his happy ending–despite not knowing the first thing about happiness. Three hundred years after the passengers of the Advena Avis parted ways, four of them have finally tracked Elmer to a village in Northern Europe where the inhabitants seem to be stuck in their old ways, fearing the visitors as “demons.” During their stay, the immortals encounter a strange girl, and their past catches up with them…

Purchase – http://amzn.to/2vODNw6

Black Bullet Volume 7

The Akasaka Palace reception hall is playing host to a summit welcoming the leaders of Japan’s five governmental Areas. The Seitenshi, host and head of Tokyo Area, greets her equivalents from Osaka, Sendai, Hakata, and Hokkaido, and few are willing to lend a sympathetic ear to her attempts at brokering peace.

The conference falls into chaos, the Seitenshi shocked that someone leaked out a state secret. The fallout soon brings the two Areas down the path to all-out war with each other–just as the Seitenshi vanishes from the palace!

Purchase – http://amzn.to/2fVNdQG

Death March to the Parallel World Rhapsody Volume 3

Twenty-nine year old Satou just closed his eyes for a brief nap at work, but when he opened them, he found himself in a game-like alternate world. Fortunately, thanks to some excellent luck, his level is high, and his wallet is full.

After successfully saving the elf girl Mia from the evil Zen, he’s set off to accompany her back to her village. Satou is enjoying his break from work and touring a brand-new world, but such a journey couldn’t possibly end without a little adventure, right?

Purchase – http://amzn.to/2wdnhXn

Is it Wrong to Try to Pick-Up Girls in a Dungeon Volume 9

Having reached a new level of the Dungeon, the Colossal Tree Labyrinth, Bell meets a dragon girl named Wiene who can speak human language. Once he learns she has come under attack from humans and monsters alike, he vows to protect her. This decision brings chaos to the capital as the two navigate ruthless hunters, the irremediable strife between monsters and humans, and the plans of the Guild’s true leader. The bizarre situation shakes humans, monsters, and deities to the core in volume nine!

Purchase – http://amzn.to/2uTKJZQ

Overlord Volume 5

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!

Purchase – http://amzn.to/2vTq4SX

Strike the Blood Volume 7

Nagisa has collapsed! Kojou rushes to the hospital, but suddenly a mysterious girl appears, and she looks just like Avrora, the former Fourth Primogenitor. She backs Kojou into a corner–but is she the real Avrora? Through this encounter, Kojou regains his lost memories, what will he remember? Finally, Kojou’s past and the secrets of the Fourth Primogenitor are revealed!

Purchase – http://amzn.to/2wkPvjy

My Youth Romantic Comedy is Wrong as I Expected Volume 3

Nothing ever changes. No friends, no girlfriends–nothing but a solitary life at school… So why is Hachiman so uncomfortable? Maybe it’s the fact that their club room is one girl short. There’s no way Yukino and Hachiman can solve the problems born from this chain of misunderstandings. The bittersweet time with Totsuka, preparing for battle with Zaimokuza, a secret side of Ms. Hiratsuka…and strip poker? Surrounded by characters sprinting headlong in the wrong direction, will the club ever return to normal?

Purchase – http://amzn.to/2wssme1

September 23, 2017

I Saved Too Many Girls and Caused the Apocalypse Volume 5

After everything Rekka and the girls have been through and with summer fast approaching, Iris thinks its time for a beach vacation. And not just any beach vacation, mind you. An intergalactic one that will take them to a bright blue planet of endless oceans and perpetual summer. But the waters—and the secrets—run deep here on Berano. After a group of space pirates shows up to crash their vacation, Rekka will find himself wrapped up in a conspiracy involving the treasure of a mermaid princess.

Purchase – http://amzn.to/2wspDS9

September 26, 2017

Anime Supremacy!

The novel follows people in the anime industry who are working on two series that will air in the same cour (quarter of the year): one is a legendary director’s anime that is nine years in the making, and the other is an anime from a promising new director. An animator who is the topic of conversation online and a government worker on a sightseeing trip get involved with these projects.

Three talented women come together to take on the hegemony that is the Japanese animation industry. Told through the eyes of three characters Kayako, Kazuna and Hitomi, a producer, an animator and a director will make their marks on this beloved but very rigid industry by challenging one of the biggest names in the business.

Purchase – http://amzn.to/2igS9k8

September 30, 2017

So I Became the Secretary of a Hero! Volume 1

Paralegal Aki Konishi returns to her apartment after work to find a tall, dark, and handsome man claiming her little sister is his bride…before leaping out the window with her in his arms! Aki pursues the kidnapper through a rift he opened in the fabric of reality in a desperate attempt to save her sister.

Along the way, Aki encounters a dashing hero, a manly mage, and a handsome priest who unwittingly drags her into their battle against the Dark Lord, but what can a normal office worker do to help a hero and his team? Become the hero’s secretary, of course! Will Aki ever be able to save her sister from the Dark Lord? Find out in this exciting new fantasy light novel with a secretary twist!

Purchase – http://amzn.to/2vTxc3r

I’ll be back next month with more new light novels!

How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom Volume 2 Light Novel Review

Review of the light novel How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom Volume 2 by Dojyomaru.
While the first volume focused on economics and food, this one devotes itself to war!

LIGHT NOVEL INFORMATION
TITLE: How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom
AKA: Genjitsu Shugi Yuusha no Oukoku Saikenki, 現実主義勇者の王国再建記, Re:CONSTRUCTION THE ELFRIEDEN KINGDOM TALES OF REALISTIC BRAVE, A Realist’s Kingdom Reform Chronicles
AUTHOR: Dojyomaru
ILLUSTRATOR: Fuyuyuki
PUBLISHER (English): J-Novel Club
RELEASE DATE (English): May 12, 2017
PURCHASE (Amazon Affiliate Link): http://amzn.to/2oWpe4A

PUBLISHER (Japan): Overlap Bunko
RELEASE DATE (Japan): September 21, 2016
VOLUMES RELEASED (Japan to Date): 4 (most recent volume released June 25, 2017)
ANIME SERIES: None

From the back cover:

When Souma Kazuya was summoned to another world to become a hero, he didn’t go on an adventure, he became the king of Elfrieden and took to governing instead. Using knowledge from his old world, Souma began to push forward reforms every day, but eventually there came a time when he would have to face the general of the army, Georg Carmine, who refused to soften his rebellious stance. When the plans of the neighboring Principality of Amidonia get involved, things move from the political arena to the military one.

“Now, let the subjugation war begin!”

Will Souma be able to safely bring this war to a conclusion?!

This amazing transferred-to-another-world internal-politics fantasy series is on its second volume!

Bakemonogatari Volume 2 Light Novel Review

Review of the light novel Bakemonogatari Volume 2 by Nisio Isin

LIGHT NOVEL INFORMATION
TITLE: Bakamonogatari
AKA: Monogagatari, 物語シリーズ
AUTHOR: Nisio Isin
ILLUSTRATOR: VOFAN
PUBLISHER (English): Vertical Inc.
RELEASE DATE (English): February 28, 2017
PURCHASE (Amazon Affiliate Link): http://amzn.to/2jDwm2u

PUBLISHER (Japan): Kodansha
RELEASE DATE (Japan): December 4, 2006
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:

Bakemono, literally “altered thing,” which translates as “monster.” Monogatari, literally “thing narrated,” which translates as “tale.” Combined into a neologism by he of the reversible nom de plume, they yield BAKEMONOGATARI, the monster tale that kicked off a series whose anime adaptations have enjoyed international popularity and critical acclaim.

A self-described loser, Koyomi Araragi is struggling at a prep school that he should never have gotten into. He has all but quit caring, but as a senior, he faces the chilling scenario of not being able to graduate. It’s time to cram, but the supernatural aberrations that keep on popping up in his provincial town won’t let him be.

Previously, our hero turned into a vampire and back, gained an acid-tongued girlfriend, and couldn’t find his way home thanks to a lost child. In this second of three parts, which introduces Suruga Kanbaru and Nadeko Sengoku, he becomes embroiled in a case that riffs on a classic English story from 1902.