Re:Zero Volume 6 Light Novel Review

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Review of the light novel Re:Zero Starting Life in Another World Volume 6 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): February 27, 2018
PURCHASE (Amazon.com): http://amzn.to/2BoJHDw
PURCHASE (Book Depository): http://bit.ly/2n9TCbg

PUBLISHER (Japan) MF Bunko J
RELEASE DATE (Japan): March 25, 2015
VOLUMES RELEASED (Japan to Date) 16 (+3 Short Story Volumes +2 Side Story Volumes)
ANIME SERIES: 25 episodes (aired April-September 2016) Covers material from volumes 1-9

From the back cover:

Resets aren’t a promise things will get better…

After suffering terribly at the hands of Petelgeuse, the Archbishop of Sloth, Subaru has returned once more to the capital with his ability, Return by Death. Swearing revenge, he’ll need to find allies and borrow their strength to strike back at the Witch Cult and save Emilia. But how will he manage that when he has nothing to offer, powerless as he is…?

Nekomonogatari White (Monogatari Vol.8) Light Novel Review

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Review of the light novel Nekomonogatari White (Monogatari Volume 8) by Nisioisin

LIGHT NOVEL INFORMATION
TITLE: Nekomonogatari
AKA: Monogagatari
AUTHOR: Nisioisin
ILLUSTRATOR: Vofan
PUBLISHER (English): Vertical
RELEASE DATE (English): February 27, 2018

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PUBLISHER (Japan): Kodansha
RELEASE DATE (Japan): October 27, 2010
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:

Launching into new territory that the author hadn’t mapped out when he embarked on the series, NEKOMONOGATARI (White) tells the tale of heroine Tsubasa Hanekawa from her own perspective, in her own voice—if that can hold true for a damaged soul who, depending on who you’re asking, suffers from a split personality or a supernatural aberration.

The bone-chilling brokenness of her household, where father and mother and daughter keep three separate sets of cookware in the same kitchen and only ever prepare their own meals, and the profound darkness nurtured in the genius schoolgirl’s heart, come to life, if that is the word, through her self-vivisection.

As for our customary unreliable narrator, Araragi, we seem to learn revealing tidbits about him now that we have an outside view of him at last, while his lady friends Senjogahara, Hachikuji, et al, freed from his predilection for proudly inane banter, show subtly new faces to us via their female interlocutor. Welcome to the Second Season.

 


Top 10 Light Novels in Japan for the Week of March 19-25, 2018

Here are the Top 10 Light Novels in Japan for the week of March 19-25, 2018.

I also cover this list in video format. You can watch the video on YouTube.

#10

Isekai wa Smartphone to Tomo ni. Vol.12

Isekai wa Smartphone to Tomo ni. Vol.12

12,578 Copies Sold this week
aka In Another World With My Smartphone
https://www.novelupdates.com/series/in-a-different-world-with-a-smartphone/
Licensed for English release by J-Novel Club. Volume 7 released March 8, 2018
12 episode anime streamed on Crunchyroll. It covered volumes 1-3 of the light novel series.

What it’s about…

After a freak accident involving some lightning winds up zapping him dead, 15-year-old Mochizuki Touya wakes up to find himself face-to-face with God. “I am afraid to say that I have made a bit of a blunder…” laments the old coot. But all is not lost! God says that he can reincarnate Touya into a world of fantasy, and as a bonus, he gets to bring his smartphone along with! So begins Touya’s adventure in a new, anachronistic pseudo-medieval world. Friends! Laughs! Tears! Inexplicable Deus ex Machina! He sets off on a journey full of wonder as he absentmindedly travels from place to place, following whatever goal catches his fancy. The curtains lift on an epic tale of swords, sorcery, and smartphone apps!

Purchase the In Another World with My Smartphone light novels in English

#09

Shin Tenchi Muyou! Ryououki Gaiden: Tenchi Muyou! GXP Vol.16

Shin Tenchi Muyou! Ryououki Gaiden: Tenchi Muyou! GXP Vol.16

12,581 Copies Sold this week

What it’s about…

Seina Yamada may just be the unluckiest guy in the world. As Tenchi Masaki’s classmate, this walking time bomb seems to spread destruction and bad fortune wherever he goes. But when a suprise encounter with a beautiful woman leaves him with lipstick on his face and a Galaxy Police pamphlet, it seems his luck is about to turn around. Now, he has become a member of the GP Academy and is about to face the challenges of squaring off against space pirates, adapting to a new advanced society, and sneaking out after curfew with his friends.

#08

Log Horizon Vol.11

Log Horizon Vol.11

13,078 Copies Sold this week
https://www.novelupdates.com/series/log-horizon/
Licensed for English release by Yen On. 10 volumes have been release to date.
50 episode anime streamed on Crunchyroll and covered volume 1-10 of the light novels.
The manga is also licensed by Yen Press.

What it’s about…

By its eleventh expansion pack, the massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) Elder Tale (エルダー・テイル Erudā Teiru) has become a global success, having a following of millions of players. However, during the release of its twelfth expansion pack: Novasphere Pioneers (ノウアスフィアの開墾 Nōasufia no Kaikon), thirty thousand Japanese gamers who are all logged on at the time of the update, suddenly find themselves transported inside the game world and donning their in-game avatars. In the midst of the event, a socially awkward gamer called Shiroe along with his friends Naotsugu and Akatsuki decide to team up so that they may face this world which has now become their reality along with the challenges which lie ahead.

Purchase the Log Horizon light novels in English

#07

Hai to Gensou no Grimgar Vol.12

Hai to Gensou no Grimgar Vol.12

13,154 Copies Sold this week
aka Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash
https://www.novelupdates.com/series/grimgal-of-ashes-and-illusion/
Licensed for English release by J-Novel Club (eBook) & Seven Seas (Print). Volume 8 releases in eBook in April 2018. The manga is licensed by Yen Press
12 episode +1 OVA anime covered volumes 1-2 and streamed on Crunchyroll.

What it’s about…

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.

Purchase the Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash light novels in English

#06

Saenai Heroine no Sodatekata Memorial Regular Edition

Saenai Heroine no Sodatekata Memorial Regular Edition

15,447 Copies Sold this week
aka How to Raise a Boring Girlfriend
https://www.novelupdates.com/series/saenai-heroine-no-sodatekata/
No English license for the light novels. The manga is licensed by Yen Press
25 episode anime had it’s 1st season licensed by Aniplex & 2nd season licensed by Amazon.com

A definitive “Saekano” fan book including unpublished novels, character commentary, rare illustrations and more!

What the series is about…

Main series description…
The life of Tomoyo Aki, a highschool otaku working part time to support his BD hoarding. With remarkable luck, he bumps head-first into, Megumi Katou, the most beautiful girl he has ever seen. Naturally, the meeting twists his life into a complicated torrent of relationships. Eriri Spencer Sawamura, his half-foreigner childhood friend who’s always valued her relationship with Tomoyo. Kasumigaoka Utaha, a cold, composed renowned literary genius who shoves everyone aside from our protagonist. What is this? An eroge introduction?
The tale of a small not quite doujin circle, but not quite indie studio’s journey through the tough territory of comiket and beyond.

#05

Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei Vol.24

Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei Vol.24

17,684 Copies Sold this week
aka The Irregular at Magic High School
https://www.novelupdates.com/series/mahouka-koukou-no-rettousei/
Licensed by Yen On. Volume 7 releasing March 27, 2018
26 episode Anime covered volume 1-7 excluding volume 5. Available on Crunchyroll

What it’s about…

Magic.
It is a product of neither legends nor fairy tales, but instead has become a technology of reality since a time unknown to people.
Supernatural power became a technology systematized through magic, while magic became a technical skill. A “Supernatural Power User” became a “Magic Technician”.
Magic Technicians (in short, Magicians) are nurtured through Magic High Schools and Universities.
This is a story about:
A defective elder brother and low achiever.
A perfect, flawless younger sister and high achiever.
After both siblings entered a Magic High School,
The stage of daily turbulence was unveiled —.

Purchase The Irregular at Magic High School light novels in English

#04

High School DxD Vol.25

High School DxD Vol.25

24,360 Copies Sold this week
https://www.novelupdates.com/series/high-school-dxd/
No English license for the light novels.
The manga is licensed for English release by Yen Press. Volume 10 released in December.
Anime adaptation – 36 episodes + 4 OVAs. Licensed in NA by Funimation. Available on Crunchyroll. The anime has covered volumes 1-7 & part of 8. The 4th anime season, High School DxD Hero is scheduled for an April 2018 release.

What it’s about…

Hyoudou Issei is a (perverted) high school boy. When he goes out on a date with his first girlfriend Amano Yuuma, he is killed by her. Her true identity is Raynare, a fallen angel sent by a secret society Grigori to eliminate dangerous divine weapons. Issei is reincarnated as a devil by his senpai Rias Gremory, a Duke of Hell. Issei serves as Rias’s low-rank devil and fights against the fallen angels.

#03

Rokudenashi Majutsu Koushi to Akashic Records Vol.11

Rokudenashi Majutsu Koushi to Akashic Records Vol.11

25,128 Copies Sold this week
aka Akashic Records of the Bastard Magical Instructor
https://www.novelupdates.com/series/akashic-records-of-the-bastard-magical-instructor/
No English license for the light novels.
The manga is licensed for English release by Seven Seas. Volume 3 releases in April.
Anime adaptation – 12 episodes. Licensed in NA by Funimation.

What it’s about…

Sisti attends a magical academy to hone her skills in the magical arts, and hopes to solve the mystery of the enigmatic Sky Castle. After the retirement of her favorite teacher, the replacement, Glen, turns out to be a tardy, lazy, seemingly incompetent bastard of an instructor. How was it that Glen was hand-picked by the best magician in the academy!?

#02

Re:Zero kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu Vol.16

Re:Zero kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu Vol.16

27,223 Copies Sold this week
aka Re:Zero Starting Life in Another World
https://www.novelupdates.com/series/rezero-kara-hajimeru-isekai-seikatsu/
Licensed for English release by Yen On. Volume 6 released February 27, 2018

What it’s about…

Suddenly, high school student Subaru Natsuki has been summoned to another world on the way back from the convenience store. With the biggest crisis of his life being summoned to another world, and with no sign of the one who summoned him, things become even worse when he is attacked. But when he is saved by a mysterious, silver-haired girl with a fairy cat, Subaru attempts to return the favor by helping her track down something that was stolen from her. When they finally manage to get a clue, Subaru and the girl are attacked and killed by someone. Subaru then awakens in the place he was summoned and notices he gained the ability “Returns by Death” and has become a helpless boy that only has the ability to rewind time to a certain point by dying. Beyond the despair, can he save the girl from the fate of death?

Purchase the Re:Zero light novels in English

#01

Date A Live Vol.18

Date A Live Vol.18

32,335 Copies Sold this week
https://www.novelupdates.com/series/date-a-live/
No English license
22 +2 OVA episode anime series. Licensed for NA release by Funimation. The anime covered volume 1-7 of the light novel series.

What it’s about…

April 10th. Yesterday was the last day of spring vacation, so starting this morning it was a school day. After being woken up by his cute little sister, Itsuka Shidou believed that it would be the start of another normal day. As for predicting the chance meeting with the girl who called herself a spirit……
Along with a sudden shockwave, the townscape vanished without a trace. In a corner of the street which had now become a crater, the girl was there.
“?You, have you come to kill me too?”
She is the disaster that will destroy humanity, a monster of unknown origin, and a being rejected by the world. There are only two ways to stop this girl: annihilation, and conversation. His little sister Kotori, wrapped in a military uniform, thus said to Shidou: “Since it’s like this, just go date her, and make the spirit fall for you!” “Wh.. whaaaaaaaat!?” Enter a new age of boy meets girl!!

Light Novel Releases for April 2018

Here are the light novels releasing during the month of April 2018.

I do a video version of this post that you can watch on YouTube.

APRIL 2, 2018

Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash Volume 8

Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash Volume 8
Having overcome many trials and tribulations, Haruhiro and the others succeed in returning to Grimgar. However, though they have returned, they are a long way from the human sphere of influence. When Haruhiro and Yume go scouting, they’re lucky enough to encounter members of another party in the Day Breakers clan, the Typhoon Rocks. However, they engaged in a battle against groups of orcs and undead in order to accomplish a certain goal, and Haruhiro and Yume, along with the other four who were left behind, are caught up in the fighting.

In the world they’ve returned to, more comrades, encounters, and battles await. As the ashes dance, no one yet knows what lies waiting beyond the fantasy.

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APRIL 4, 2018

Invaders of the Rokujouma!?: Volume 11

Now that the invaders have come to an understanding of sorts, things are going smoother than ever in room 106. Spring is in the air—tulips, friendships, and potential romances are all about to burst into full bloom. Koutarou and the invading girls have never been happier together, but nothing lasts forever. Things turn dark quickly when they find out that they’re going to have to say goodbye to one of their own… and soon. Without even any time to prepare, will the bonds they all share be enough to pull them through?

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APRIL 5, 2018

Me, A Genius? I was Reborn into Another World and I Think They’ve Got the Wrong Idea! Volume 1

Me, A Genius? I was Reborn into Another World and I Think They’ve Got the Wrong Idea! Volume 1
Kouki has found himself reborn, together with many of his past-life memories, in an alternate version of Japan.

“There’s are no magic or elves?! Then what’s the point of being reborn in another world?” It seems a little disappointing at first, but somehow his childhood sketches inspire his mother to develop a revolutionary new theory that changes the world forever. This sets into motion a series of misunderstandings that has everyone believing that Kouki is the real genius behind all of the incredible new technology that his mother is rapidly developing.

As a result of his apparent genius, Kouki is forced to give up on his peaceful school life to attend the International Science and Technology Academy, where he meets a beautiful Canadian girl called Alice Alford, a robotics engineer named Shingo Saitou, and an expert on space exploration named Megumi Aikawa. Surely, he can’t still continue being mistaken for a genius while surrounded by these real geniuses?!

Every time Kouki uses his knowledge from his past life, it causes a new misunderstanding, and his ordinary life is gradually turning into an extraordinary life.

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Strawberry Panic Volume 1

Strawberry Panic Volume 1
Welcome to the world of Strawberry Panic, where love is always in full bloom!
Strawberry Panic, the first yuri light novel in North America, is set at Astrea Hill, where three exclusive all-girl schools converge. At St. Miator Girl’s Academy, gentle breezes scatter cherry blossoms across its lush campus. Nagisa, a normal and cheerful high school student, is stunned when she meets Shizuma, the school’s top student, whose beauty takes her breath away. When Shizuma unexpectedly reciprocates Nagisa’s feelings, both love and wacky chaos soon erupt.

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APRIL 7, 2018

If It’s For My Daughter I’d Even Defeat a Demon Lord Volume 5

If It’s For My Daughter I’d Even Defeat a Demon Lord Volume 5
Everything seems to be finally coming together for Latina and Dale. They live in a place where they feel like they belong, they’re surrounded by people they love, and Dale has finally asked for Latina’s hand in marriage.
Before long, though, the devil girl realizes what being the Eighth Demon Lord means: the other demon lords will stop at nothing to destroy her, and that will put everything she holds dear in peril as well. And to prevent that, Latina decides she must sacrifice herself.
However, as a first-rate hero and Latina’s retainer, Dale won’t let that happen, and he sets out to do what he must: eliminate the seven demon lords.

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APRIL 9, 2018

The Faraway Paladin Volume 4

The Faraway Paladin Volume 4
After returning from the battle at the Rust Mountains, what awaited Will was not a fairytale ending or another terrifying threat, but the commonplace events of his everyday life.

His friendship and a fierce battle with his dependable ally, the swordsman Reystov. An adventure in a snow-filled forest with the troubadour Bee. A battle with an ancient indomitable giant. And prayers and conversation with the god of the flame.

Penned by the Paladin, these are the stories of a single winter.

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APRIL 10, 2018

Accel World Volume 13

Accel World Volume 13
Finally, it seems Haruyuki (aka Silver Crow) is ready to take on Metatron–but first, he must prepare for his school’s cultural festival! Meanwhile, the duel avatar Magenta Scissor spreads chaos throughout the accelerated world…

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April 11, 2018

Arifureta Zero Volume 1

Arifureta Zero Volume 1
This is the story of what happened long before Hajime was summoned to Tortus. Oscar Orcus is considered a third-rate Synergist by most people. He spends his days peacefully, working so he can send money back to an orphanage. All that changes when the whirlwind that is Miledi Reisen storms into his life. Miledi sees the hidden potential in Oscar, and invites him on her journey to defeat the gods. Oscar wants no part of any journey, and he refuses. But Miledi is persistent, and the situation changes drastically when the orphanage he wants to protect is attacked. In the end, what will our unlikely hero decide?

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APRIL 16, 2018

Infinite Stratos Volume 1

APRIL 16, 2018
Infinite Stratos Volume 1
In a world of technological progress, females are the only ones who can pilot the most advanced military unit in history—the Infinite Stratos (IS). With this power, women have seized complete control of all political, social, and economic ventures; leaving men to the fringes of society, made to tend to the whims of their now, female overlords. That is until Orimura Ichika, the sole male found to have IS piloting ability, is thrust into the spotlight, and enrolled at the prestigious IS Academy. Stuck in the middle of a female-dominated population, Ichika sets out to prove men still have a place in this world. Little did he know, he is just the thing these women have been looking for.

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APRIL 17, 2018

Monster Girl Doctor Volume 2

Monster Girl Doctor Volume 2
Wherever the Monster Girl Doctor goes, monster girls will soon follow! Glenn and Saphee, along with Tisalia and her attendants, head to the harpy village high in the Vivre mountains, but it soon becomes clear that harpies won’t be his only patients. Besides a moody and flightless harpy, Glenn finds himself tending to a bedridden centaur and maybe even a destructive force of nature—not to mention fending off the attentions of a very assertive arachne. Can Glenn handle the wiles of these monstrous girls?

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APRIL 18, 2018

The Magic in this Other World is Too Far Behind! Volume 1

Suimei and two of his best friends find themselves mysteriously summoned to another world. There’s a cute princess, magic galore, a Demon Lord that needs to be defeated, and a world that needs to be saved—the works! Too bad Suimei isn’t interested. His friends are all too ready to play the parts of heroes, but Suimei just wants to get home. He has an advantage as a magician… but he’s in for a rude awakening when he finds out what actually passes for magic in these parts.

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APRIL 20, 2018

Outbreak Company Volume 3

Outbreak Company Volume 3
A SOCCER SHOCKER!

On the far side of a hyperspace tunnel in Mount Fuji’s “Sea of Trees” lies the Holy Eldant Empire, a fantasy world complete with dragons flying through the sky! Kanou Shinichi is General Manager of Amutech, a company that specializes in bringing otaku culture to other worlds, and he’s finding himself having some… unique personnel problems. Like the fact that his resident artist, Elvia, is a werewolf, so naturally she goes nuts at a certain “special” time of the month. And Brooke the lizardman is… well, he’s basically a lizard, man. Meaning Shinichi can never quite tell what he’s thinking.

What to do, what to do? Shinichi’s solution is one only an otaku could come up with: build a little team spirit… through sports! He plans to hold a game in front of the empress herself, but in a world rife with magic, there’s no way things will go quite how he expects.

Which side will succeed in this super soccer showdown?!

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APRIL 24, 2018

The Asterisk War Volume 6

The Asterisk War Volume 6
At long last, the Phoenix Festa is over, and Julis invites Ayato to visit her home of Lieseltania. But as the king throws lavish parades and parties in their honor, Ayato comes to understand Julis’s concerns for her country. Meanwhile, the Witch of Solitary Venom sets her sights on the pair…!

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Baccano! Volume 7

Baccano! Volume 7
The year 1933.
Tim is a man who discarded his past but could never forget his brother. Dallas is just a thug, but he always wanted to protect his sister. A mysterious person named “Vino” is the absolute worst killer, yet he’s always loved his fiancee. Will the sun peek out from behind the clouds once the bloody rain stops?

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The Devil is a Part-Timer Volume 10

The Devil is a Part-Timer Volume 10
Maou and Suzuno traveled to Ente Isla to rescue Emi and Ashiya, but for some reason…the Devil King never recovered his powers! Still stuck in his human form with Acieth, how is Maou going to save anyone?

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I’ve Been Killing Slimes for 300 Years and Maxed Out My Level Volume 1

I’ve Been Killing Slimes for 300 Years and Maxed Out My Level Volume 1
After living a painful life as an office worker, Azusa ended her short life by dying from overworking. So when she found herself reincarnated as an undying, unaging witch in a new world, she vows to spend her days stress free and as pleasantly as possible. She ekes out a living by hunting down the easiest targets – the slimes! But after centuries of doing this simple job, she’s ended up with insane powers…how will she maintain her low key life now?!

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Konosuba God’s Blessing on This Wonderful World Volume 5

Konosuba God’s Blessing on This Wonderful World Volume 5
After Kazuma and crew’s less-than-relaxing vacation, Yunyun burst onto the scene with shocking news-the Crimson Magic Clan is in danger, and she wants to bear his children to save it! Kazuma returns with her to the village, but the situation isn’t quite what he expected…

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Reborn as a Vending Machine, I Now Wander the Dungeon Volume 1

Reborn as a Vending Machine, I Now Wander the Dungeon Volume 1
A middle-aged man with only one passion in his life meets a fitting end in a traffic accident. That’s where most stories would end, but instead, this is when his story begins when he’s reborn as what he admired the most in life–a vending machine! But his new lease on life(?) happens in the worst place possible–what can a vending machine do in a monster-infested dungeon when he can’t speak or even move on his own?

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Rokka Braves of the Six Flowers Volume 4

Rokka Braves of the Six Flowers Volume 4
The Braves of the Six Flowers forge ahead, struggling desperately to escape Tgurneu’s latest scheme and discover the imposter among them before it’s too late. But this time, the Braves have agreed to work with one of the fiend commanders…!

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Sword Art Online Volume 13

Sword Art Online Volume 13
After Kirito and Eugeo are separated in the Central Cathedral, Eugeo continues his quest alone-until he encounters a legendary hero he’s admired since childhood. Can Eugeo defeat him alone…?

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That Time I Got Reincarnated As a Slime Volume 2

That Time I Got Reincarnated As a Slime Volume 2
37-year-old Satoru Mikami got a new lease on life when he was reincarnated into another world…as a slime named Rimuru Tempest. But with the help of his wits, his newfound powers, and a little luck, he’s started building a cross-species village of goblins, direwolves, and dwarves! Rimuru doesn’t know it yet, but his arrival is bringing major changes to his new world…

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Perfect Blue Awaken from a Dream

Perfect Blue: Awaken from a Dream
For the first time in English, never-before-published stories from the Perfect Blue universe!
Delve deeper into the dark underbelly of super-stardom, where fame comes at a steep price. In this sequel anthology to the hit psychological thriller, Perfect Blue, creepy fans thrust their idols into struggles of life and death. Gruesome body switches, bloody fan letters, and a stalker in a terrifying rabbit costume–it’s a life of fame and misfortune that lies in wait for these hapless pop stars.

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Strangulation Kubishime Romanticist (Zaregoto Series)

Strangulation: Kubishime Romanticist (Zaregoto Series)
The debut work from NISIOISIN, Zaregoto is NISIOISIN’s twist on the I-novel where his narrator reveals a mystery and tries desperately to not take part in what transpires over the work. Full of intriguing young characters and action filled drama, Strangulation and Decapitation are the basis for the modern light novel movement creating a new genre of literature for Japan’s X generation and beyond.

It’s easy to love a person but difficult to continue doing so. Just as murdering a person is easy but continuing to do so is difficult. Unable, probably innately, to look away from the truth under any circumstances, a sincere, honest guy who’s lived thus far without grasping the notion of deceit—namely me—encountered in May a serial killer named Hitoshiki Zerozaki. He was a knife of a will, a knife of a dynamic, and a knife of nonsense.

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APRIL 29, 2018

New Life+ Young Again in Another World Volume 2

New Life+ Young Again in Another World Volume 2
Renya had a problem. It wasn’t the fact that he learned how to use magecraft; that was actually pretty awesome. The problem was that his mana pool proved to be abysmally small, and he could barely squeeze out a few orbs of light before running out of mana. So he decided to diligently practice the only spell he knew in the hopes that his mana pool would gradually improve.

At the same time, he decided that some physical training was in order, and set out to train in the conveniently large stretch of nothingness north of town. It was there that he ran into a rather strange character, who proposed a trade — item for item — to which he eventually agreed.

When Renya returned to town, he found that Shion had accepted a mission in his absence. Renya’s Party had their first job, and it was a big one: raid and destroy the newly-discovered dungeon near town, a cooperative effort between multiple parties.

But being a party of newcomers, Renya’s troupe was not well-received by some of their peers. Renya could not be bothered to ease the tension either, and the meeting ended with a pact of mutual non-cooperation. Nevertheless, a mission was a mission, and they would see it through. With animosity thick in the air, the parties headed off. Would they survive their dungeon raid? And before that, would they survive each other?

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APRIL 30, 2018

Mia and the Forbidden Medicine Report

Mia and the Forbidden Medicine Report
During an age of magic, Mia Baumann is born in a prosperous country where the greatest fear is illness. Ever since her sick mother was wrenched away from her and locked behind the walls of the Sanatorium, Mia fought to get accepted by the prestigious Royal Academy as a Pharmacology student in order to find a cure for her disease.
Demon Claw and Angel Tears are the two malevolent diseases that ravaged Isea Kingdom after they conquered the small island nation of Radius. The first is highly infectious and its victims are quarantined; the second drives mages insane.
After admission to the academy, the unthinkable happens—Mia forms a cross-department research team with the nobleman law student Felix, the valedictorian medical student Henrik, and the bear-like mage Mathias. However, there are others who will do anything to stop the team from discovering the dark secrets behind these two diseases.
Find out if Mia will stand her ground despite bullying, isolation, and magic attacks, to unveil the deeply hidden truth in this mystery shoujo light novel!

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The Master of Ragnarok and Blesser of Einherjar Volume 1 Light Novel Review

Review of the light novel Master of Ragnarok and Blesser of Einherjar Volume 1 by Seiichi Takayama

LIGHT NOVEL INFORMATION
TITLE: The Master of Ragnarok and Blesser of Einherjar
AKA: Hyakuren no Haou to Seiyaku no Valkyria, 百錬の覇王と聖約の戦乙女
AUTHOR: Seiichi Takayama
ILLUSTRATOR: Yukisan
PUBLISHER (English): J-Novel Club
RELEASE DATE (English): March 17, 2018
PURCHASE (Amazon.com): http://amzn.to/2GKXuaC

PUBLISHER (Japan): HJ Bunko
RELEASE DATE (Japan): July 31, 2013
VOLUMES RELEASED (Japan to Date): 14 (Volume 15 releases March 30, 2018)
ANIME SERIES: Announced – Currently in production

From the back cover:

Some urban legends are best left untested!

Yuuto Suoh gets more than he bargained for when he joins his childhood friend Mitsuki Shimoya in testing out an urban legend. When he uses his phone to take a picture of himself with the local shrine’s divine mirror, he is whisked off into another world – one heavily steeped in the lore of the old Norse myths. Using his knowledge gained from school and from his solar-powered smartphone, he has the chance to bring the Wolf Clan, the same people who cared for him, to prominence, all while earning the adoration of a group of magic-wielding warrior maidens known as the Einherjar.

Top 10 Light Novels in Japan for the Week of March 12-18, 2018

Here are the Top 10 Light Novels in Japan for the week of March 12-18, 2018.

#10

Horizon in the Middle of Nowhere Volume 10 Part 3 Cover

Kyoukaisenjou no Horizon Vol.10 Part 3

7,547 Copies Sold this week.
aka Horizon in the Middle of Nowhere
https://www.novelupdates.com/series/kyoukai-senjou-no-horizon/
No English License for the Light Novels.
2 anime seasons – total of 26 episodes. Licensed for English release by Sentai Filmworks

What it’s about…

Kyoukai Senjou no Horizon chronicles the story of a futuristic civilization returned to Earth after constant warfare hindered them from traveling beyond the post-Apocalyptic Earth. At this stage, a small archipelago called the Divine States were the only hospitable land on Earth. In order to regain the space-faring technology they had lost after many years of war, they decided to recreate history with a book called the Testament as a guide.
It is the year 1648 in the Testament Era. Toori Aoi, Chancellor and Student Council President of the only academy on the airborne city-ship Musashi, faces the ten-year anniversary of the death of his childhood friend Horizon Ariadust in an accident. As he prepares to celebrate the occasion by proposing to P-01s (an automaton who looks exactly like Horizon) he discovers that his suspicion about P-01s’ appearance actually has a basis in truth; P-01s is in fact Horizon Ariadust, reborn into a robotic body. In addition to this, Horizon’s emotions had been stripped away and are now stored in eight powerful weapons called the Mortal Sin Armaments; which are now in the possession of key people in various established countries in the Divine States.
To retrieve the emotions of Horizon Ariadust, Toori Aoi along with his friends and allies begins a crusade against different obstacles as key events in history are recreated in a futuristic manner.

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#09

Bungo Stray Dogs Dead Apple light novel cover

Bungou Stray Dogs: Dead Apple

9,369 Copies Sold this week
Novelization of the theatrical feature film.
No English license for the novel.
The manga is licensed for English release by Yen Press. They are releasing volume 6 on April 10, 2018
The 24 episode anime is available for streaming on Crunchyroll.

What it’s about…

Kicked out of his orphanage and on the verge of starving to death, Nakajima Atsushi meets some strange men. One of them, Dazai Osamu, is a suicidal man attempting to drown himself in broad daylight. The other, bespectacled Kunikida Doppo, nervously stands by flipping through a notepad. Both are members of the “Armed Detective Agency” said to solve incidents that even the military and police won’t touch. Atsushi ends up accompanying them on a mission to eliminate a man-eating tiger that’s been terrorizing the population…

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Volume 1 / Volume 2 / Volume 3 / Volume 4 / Volume 5 / Volume 6 / Volume 7

#08

Watashi, Nouryoku wa Heikinchi de tte Itta yo ne! Vol.7

9,500 Copies Sold this week.
aka Didn’t I Say to Make My Abilities Average in the Next Life?
https://www.novelupdates.com/series/i-said-make-my-abilities-average/
Licensed for English release by Seven Seas. Volume 1 has been released in eBook format, with a print release coming in June.

What it’s about…

When Viscount Ascham’s House’s eldest daughter, Adele von Ascham, became 10 years old, she remembered everything with an intense headache.
Her previous self, Kurihara Misato, 18 years old Japanese, lost her life when trying to help a young girl, and then she met God…
A somewhat capable person burdened by the many expectations of the surrounding people, Misato, who couldn’t live as she wanted, pleaded to God.
“In the next life, please make my abilities average!”
Yet, somehow the story is wrong!
The girl with 3 names, being careful to not accidentally become a S-rank hunter, lives normally.
I mean, I’m just an average, common girl. No, seriously.

Purchase the Didn’t I Say to Make My Abilities Average in the Next Life? Light Novel in English:

Volume 1 / Volume 2 / Volume 3 / Volume 4

#07

Death March to the Parallel World Rhapsody Volume 13 Cover

Death March kara Hajimaru Isekai Kyousoukyoku Vol.13

9,780 Copies Sold this week.
aka Death March to the Parallel World Rhapsody
https://www.novelupdates.com/series/death-march-kara-hajimaru-isekai-kyusoukyoku-ln/
Licensed for English release by Yen On. 4th volume released January 31, 2018.
Anime currently ongoing on Crunchyroll.

What it’s about…

29-year-old programmer Suzuki Ichirou finds himself transported into a fantasy RPG. Within the game, he’s a 15-year-old named Satuu. At first he thinks he’s dreaming, but his experiences seem very real. Due to a powerful ability he possesses with limited use, he ends up wiping out an army of lizard men and becomes a high leveled adventurer. Satuu decides to hide his level, and plans to live peacefully and meet new people. However, developments in the game’s story, such as the return of a demon king, may cause a nuisance to Satuu’s plans.

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Volume 1 / Volume 2 / Volume 3 / Volume 4 / Volume 5

#06

No Game No Life Volume 10 Cover

No Game No Life Vol.10

11,028 Copies Sold this week.
https://www.novelupdates.com/series/no-game-no-life/
Licensed for release in English by Yen On. Volume 7 releases in English June 2018
12 Episode anime available to stream on Crunchyroll. Covered volumes 1-3.
No Game No Life Zero film – released July 2017, covered volume 6.

What it’s about…

Meet Sora and Shiro, a brother and sister who are loser shut-ins by normal standards. But these siblings don’t play by the rules of the “crappy game” that is average society. In the world of gaming, this genius pair reigns supreme, their invincible avatar so famous that it’s the stuff of urban legend. So when a young boy calling himself God summons the siblings to a fantastic alternate world where war is forbidden and all conflicts–even those involving national borders–are decided by the outcome of games, Sora and Shiro have pretty much hit the jackpot. But they soon learn that in this world, humanity, cornered and outnumbered by other species, survives within the confines of one city. Will Sora and Shiro, two failures at life, turn out to be the saviors of mankind? Let the games begin…

Purchase the No Game No Life light novels in English:

Volume 1 / Volume 2 / Volume 3 / Volume 4 / Volume 5 / Volume 6 / Volume 7

Purchase the No Game No Life anime on Blu-ray

#05

That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime Volume 12 Cover

Tensei shitara Slime Datta Ken Vol.12

14,113 Copies Sold this week
aka That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime
https://www.novelupdates.com/series/tensei-shitara-slime-datta-ken-ln/
Licensed for English release by Yen On. Volume 2 releases April 24, 2018
An anime adaptation has been announced.

What it’s about…

Lonely thirty-seven-year-old Satoru Mikami is stuck in a dead-end job, unhappy with his mundane life, but after dying at the hands of a robber, he awakens to a fresh start in a fantasy realm…as a slime monster! As he acclimates to his goopy new existence, his exploits with the other monsters set off a chain of events that will change his new world forever!

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Volume 1 / Volume 2 / Volume 3

#04

Goblin Slayer Side Story Year One Volume 1 Cover

Goblin Slayer Gaiden: Year One

15,329 Copies Sold this week
aka Goblin Slayer Side Story Year One
Licensed in English by Yen On. No release date yet. Yen Press is releasing the manga adaptation in English via simulpup.

What it’s about…

This book is the tale of a man that will come to be known as Goblin Slayer.
It has been 3 days since his big sister passed away. And so he decided to move on. A goblin attack left a young boy mourning for his village and his beloved sister. Five years later in a frontier town’s adventurer’s guild, a visiting young man became an adventurer. It’s also then that a young woman who had lost her home village 5 years prior reunites with her once childhood friend. At the lowest rank, the young man that just became a fresh recruit prepares his equipment and heads toward a goblin infested cave.
This is a tale of a man who came to be known as Goblin Slayer. The story before the adult dark fantasy “Goblin Slayer”. Kagyu Kumo presents his newest work “Goblin Slayer Gaiden: Year One”.

(with thanks to Jean-Luc Chartier for the translation)

#03

Goblin Slayer Volume 7 Cover

Goblin Slayer Vol.7

20,734 Copies Sold this week
https://www.novelupdates.com/series/goblin-slayer/
Licensed for release in English by Yen On. 4 Volumes released to date. Volume 5 is slated to release in September. Yen Press is also releasing the manga adaptation
An anime has been announced.

What it’s about…

A young priestess has formed her first adventuring party, but almost immediately they find themselves in distress. It’s the Goblin Slayer who comes to their rescue–a man who’s dedicated his life to the extermination of all goblins, by any means necessary. And when rumors of his feats begin to circulate, there’s no telling who might come calling next…

Purchase the Goblin Slayer light novels in English:

Volume 1 / Volume 2 / Volume 3 / Volume 4 / Volume 5

#02

The Ryuo’s Work is Never Done Volume 8 Cover

Ryuuou no Oshigoto! Vol.8

34,570 Copies Sold this week
aka The Ryuo’s Work is Never Done
https://global.bookwalker.jp/de23be2c95-bbac-4cce-9177-50a9dc26073c/
licensed in English by Bookwalker (exclusive to them, in eBook format only)
12 episode anime currently airing. Streaming on Crunchyroll.

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 on the verge of breaking, but Ai’s unyielding enthusiasm reignites the fire within him–.

#01

The Irregular at Magic High School Volume 24 Cover

Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei Vol.24

56,604 Copies Sold this week
aka The Irregular at Magic High School
https://www.novelupdates.com/series/mahouka-koukou-no-rettousei/
Licensed by Yen On. Volume 7 releasing March 27, 2018
26 episode Anime covered volume 1-7 excluding volume 5. Available on Crunchyroll

What it’s about…

Magic.
It is a product of neither legends nor fairy tales, but instead has become a technology of reality since a time unknown to people.
Supernatural power became a technology systematized through magic, while magic became a technical skill. A “Supernatural Power User” became a “Magic Technician”.
Magic Technicians (in short, Magicians) are nurtured through Magic High Schools and Universities.
This is a story about:
A defective elder brother and low achiever.
A perfect, flawless younger sister and high achiever.
After both siblings entered a Magic High School,
The stage of daily turbulence was unveiled —.

Purchase The Irregular at Magic High School light novels in English:

Volume 1 / Volume 2 / Volume 3 / Volume 4 / Volume 5 / Volume 6 / Volume 7 / Volume 8 / Volume 9

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The Devil is a Part Timer Volume 9 Light Novel Review


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Review of the light novel The Devil is a Part-Timer Volume 9 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): December 19, 2017
PURCHASE (Amazon.com): http://amzn.to/2FVmYSG
PURCHASE (Book Depository): http://bit.ly/2puxUzw

PUBLISHER (Japan): Dengeki Bunko (ACII Media Works)
RELEASE DATE (Japan): August 10, 2013
VOLUMES RELEASED (Japan to Date): 18 + 2 side volumes (Latest volume released January 10, 2018)
ANIME SERIES: 13 episodes (aired April-June 2013) Covered volumes 1-2

From the back cover:

When Emilia the Hero is in danger, she finds an unlikely ally in the Devil King! Unfortunately, with Ashiya kidnapped by Gabriel, the team is seriously lacking in manpower. Maou and Suzuno partner up on a rescue mission, traveling undercover through Ente Isla, while a mysterious girl claiming to be Alas Ramus’s younger sister tags along. Meanwhile, Emi and Alas Ramus get caught up in the middle of Olba’s schemes. The barriers between angels, demons, and humans-and ideas about who’s good and who’s evil-come crashing down!