Seven Seas to Publish Physical Copies of Select J-Novel Club Titles

Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash
Today saw a big announcement of interest to Light Novel fans! J-Novel Club has made a deal with Seven Seas Entertainment that will see two of J-Novel Club’s titles printed into physical releases!

The initial run will be of Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash and Occultic;Nine.

I’ve reviewed Grimgar and think it’s a fantastic series. I know a lot of fans who expressed a desire to read it, but were hesitant because of it being a digital only release. But no longer!

The first volume of Grimgar will be released in June, followed by Occultic;Nine volume 1 in July. No confirmed timeline as to how quickly following volumes will be released, but J-Novel Club is already releasing the volume twos of these books digitally only three months after the first volumes.

The books are priced at $13.99/US and $15.99/CAN.

English Light Novel Releases for February 2017

Another month, more light novels being released in English. Here are the light novels to look forward to reading in February 2017

February 2, 2017

The Faraway Paladin Volume 1

The Faraway Paladin Volume 1: The Boy in the City of the Dead

In a city of the dead, long since ruined and far from human civilization, lives a single human child. His name is Will, and he’s being raised by three undead: the hearty skeletal warrior, Blood; the graceful mummified priestess, Mary; and the crotchety spectral sorcerer, Gus. The three pour love into the boy, and teach him all they know. But one day, Will starts to wonder: “Who am I?”
Will must unravel the mysteries of this faraway dead man’s land, and unearth the secret pasts of the undead. He must learn the love and mercy of the good gods, and the bigotry and madness of the bad. And when he knows it all, the boy will take his first step on the path to becoming a Paladin.

“I promised you. It’s gonna take a while, but I’ll tell you everything. This is the story of the deaths of many heroes. It’s the story of how we died, and it’s the reason you grew up here.”

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Mixed Bathing in an Alternate Dimension

Mixed Bathing in Another Dimension Volume 1: The Hero of the Unlimited Bath

“How am I supposed to fight with this?!” After being summoned into another dimension as one of the five heroes destined to defeat a demon lord, Toya Hojo awakens his hero power only to discover that… it’s an unlimited bath?

He was blessed with the power to create a bath that can be accessed anywhere, which seems to spell doom for his quest to defeat the demon lord. As he recovers from his shock, Toya slowly discovers the unique features of his power, which allow him to use it in ways he’d never dreamed of…

But will he ever get any bath time with Haruno Shinonome, the beautiful girl who was also summoned along with him?!

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February 21, 2017

Sword Oratoria Volume 2

Is it Wrong to Try to Pick-Up Girls in a Dungeon? On the Side: Sword Oratoria Volume 2

A room bathed in crimson red blood, the air choked with the smell of iron, and a shattered skull atop a dead adventurers corpse…

Thanks to Aiz and crew, the tumultuous events of Monsterphilia ended without incident, and they were finally able to relax-but only for a moment. Soon, they find themselves embroiled in a suspicious case of murder. As they begin to investigate, the ladies soon realize that they’re getting involved with a killer that’s more horrifying than they thought.

“What, is this…?”

In the midst of all this, they find a mysterious jewel that may connect to everything else. These events taking place above and below the surface will rock Orario to its core as the darkness lurking in the city bursts forth!

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Psycome Volume 3

As the final exams for parole draw near, suddenly a transfer student appears! And the newcomer is none other than Kyousuke’s little sister, Ayaka Kamiya! Ayaka could not be happier with this reunion but Kyousuke is terrified. What’s more, he soon finds out that for the sake of meeting her beloved brother, Ayaka committed attempted murder. Considering Ayaka’s mental state, Kyousuke resolves himself to protect her from the pack of killers he calls classmates. But, if someone, let’s say Renko, were to find out that Kyousuke’s most important ‘Ayaka’ is his sister, there’ll be hell to pay… Facing dangers left and right, Kyousuke will have to be more resourceful than ever to get himself-and his sister-out in one piece.

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A Certain Magical Index Volume 10

A Certain Magical Index Volume 10

Seven days have passed since the start of the Daihasei Festival, one of the biggest events of Academy City. Everyone is participating–Seiri Fukiyose is helping coordinate the games, Komoe Tsukuyomi dresses for the part as she cheers for her students, and of course, famous Mikoto Misaka is blowing away the competition. Even Kamijou has appearances!

But a shadow has fallen across the celebrations: The Croce di Pietro. This magical artifact threatens the livelihoods of everyone Kamijou holds dear so he dashes off to try and bring Academy City back from the brink. But Oriana Thompson, the magician known as Route Disturb, and the Roman Catholic Church are determined to bring the bastion of science to its knees. Kamijou is going to need all the help he can get-and some luck for once wouldn’t hurt!

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Konusuba God's Blessing on this Wonderful World Volume 1

Konosuba: God’s Blessing on this Wonderful World! Volume 1 Oh! My Useless Goddess

Game loving shut-in Kazuma Sato’s life as a young schoolboy in Japan abruptly comes to an early end…or at least it was supposed to. When he opens his eyes, though, he sees a beautiful goddess that offers him a once in an after-lifetime chance to be reborn in a parallel world. The catch is that the world is violent and threatened by a growing evil! Fortunately, he can choose any one thing to bring with him. So he chooses the goddess, Aqua! And so his adventure with his gorgeous companion begins–if he could just get enough money and food to survive, keep his goddess out of trouble, and avoid grabbing the attention of the Demon King’s army!

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February 25, 2017


Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash Volume 2

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Occultic;Nine Volume 2

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February 28, 2017

Bakemonogatari Volume 2

Synopsis not available yet.

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bakemonogatari volume 1 light novel review

Bakemonogatari Volume 1 Light Novel Review

Review of the light novel Bakemonogatari Volume 1 by Nisio Isin.
The Monster Tale begins. Weaving folklore, myth, and legend with acrobatic dialogue and unique characters.

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TITLE: Bakemonogatari
AKA: 化物語
AUTHOR: Nisio Isin (NisiOisin)
PUBLISHER (English): Vertical Inc. (
RELEASE DATE (English): December 20, 2017
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From the back cover;

There’s a girl at their school who is always ill. She routinely arrives late, leaves early, or doesn’t show up at all, and skips gym as a matter of course. She’s pretty, and the boys take to whispering that she’s a cloistered princess. As the self-described worst loser in her class soon finds out, they just don’t know what a monster she is.

So begins a tale of mysterious maladies that are supernatural in origin yet deeply revealing of the human psyche, a set of case files as given to unexpected feeling as it is to irreverent humor. So begins the legendary novel that kicked off the MONOGATARI series, whose anime adaptations have enjoyed international popularity and critical acclaim.

This first of three parts introduces Senjogahara and Hachikuji, and fans of the blockbuster prequel KIZUMONOGATARI will be delighted to meet their favorite crazies again: the weirdly reliable narrator Araragi, class president among class presidents Hanekawa, shady problem-solver Oshino, and a certain pale, blonde former vampire.

No Game No Life Volume 5

No Game No Life Volume 5 Light Novel Review

Review of the light novel No Game No Life Volume 5 by Yuu Kamiya
The gaming siblings go up against god slayers and sleeping mermaids.

TITLE: No Game No Life
AKA: NogeNora, ノーゲーム・ノーライフ
AUTHOR: Yuu Kamiya
PUBLISHER (English): Yen On
RELEASE DATE (English): December 20, 2016
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From the back cover;

In the world of Disboard, everything is decided by games. Since arriving in this strange place, genius gamer siblings Sora and Shiro have risen to become king and queen of what’s left of Disboard’s humans. Their latest challenge is winning an unwinnable romance game against the races of Dhampir and Siren. To uncover the true strategy to beat this sadistic game of love, they head for the home of the angelic Flügel: the midair city of Avant Heim. But the Flügel are a hideously powerful race, created specifically to kill gods. Will things really go as planned?

My Little Sister Can Read Kanji Volume 1

My Little Sister Can Read Kanji Volume 1 Light Novel Review

Review of the light novel My Little Sister Can Read Kanji Volume 1by Takashi Kajii.
A satirical light novel about moe taken to world conquering extremes.

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TITLE: My Little Sister Can Read Kanji
AKA: Boku no Imouto wa Kanji ga Yomeru, SisKan, 僕の妹は漢字が読める
AUTHOR: Takashi Kajii
ILLUSTRATOR: Haruki Minamura
PUBLISHER (English): J-Novel Club (
RELEASE DATE (English): December 17, 2016
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From the back cover;

The year is 2202, and Japan has become the land of moe. Aspiring author Gin Imose and his little sister Kuroha are traveling to TOKYO to meet with the world famous author, Gai Odaira. Kuroha is uninterested in his orthodox literary style, and amazingly is able to read ancient modern Japanese books written in kanji!

Sword Art Online Alicization Beginning

Sword Art Online Vol. 9 Alicization Beginning Light Novel Review

Review of the light novel Sword Art Online Volume 9, Alicization Beginning, by Reki Kawahara.
This is it SAO fans! Where the light novel series goes beyond the anime and the start of a 10 book storyline – the Alicization arc!

TITLE: Sword Art Online Volume 9 Alicization Beginning
AKA: ソードアート・オンライン, SAO
AUTHOR: Reki Kawahara
PUBLISHER (English): Yen On
RELEASE DATE (English): December 20, 2016
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From the back cover;

Kirito awakens in a vast, fantastical forest filled with towering trees. In his search for clues to the truth of his surroundings, he encounters a young boy who seems to know him. He ought to be a simple NPC, but the depth of his emotions seem no different than a human. As they search for the boy’s parents, Kirito finds a peculiar memory returning to him. A memory from his own childhood, of this boy and a girl, too, with golden hair, and a name he should have never forgotten–Alice.

Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash Volume 1

Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash Volume 1 Light Novel Review

Review of the light novel Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash Volume 1 by Ao Jyumonji.
A fantasy light novel that offers its own take on the Trapped in Another World genre.

TITLE: Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash
AKA: Hai to Gensou no Grimgal, Hai to Gensou no Grimgar, 灰と幻想のグリムガル
AUTHOR: Ao Jyumonji
PUBLISHER (English): J-Novel Club (
RELEASE DATE (English): December 16, 2016
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From the back cover;

Why are we doing this…?

When Haruhiro came to, he was in the darkness. Not knowing why was he here, or where “here” even was. With him were others who also remembered little more than their own names. What they found when they came out of the underground was a world that was “just like a game.” In order to survive, Haruhiro forms a party with others in the same situation as him, learns skills, and takes his first steps forward into the world of Grimgar as a trainee volunteer soldier.

Not knowing what awaits him… This is a tale of adventure born from the ashes.