Sword Art Online Volume 12 Light Novel Review

Review of the light novel Sword Art Online Volume 12 Alicization Rising by Reki Kawahara
Deja Vu, we’re fighting our way up a tower…

LIGHT NOVEL INFORMATION
TITLE: Sword Art Online
AKA: SAO, ソードアート·オンライン
AUTHOR: Reki Kawahara
ILLUSTRATOR: ABEC
PUBLISHER (English): Yen On
RELEASE DATE (English): December 19, 2017
PURCHASE (Amazon.com): http://amzn.to/2GJVhfM
PURCHASE (Book Depository): http://bit.ly/2zB7tQx

PUBLISHER (Japan): Dengeki Bunko (ASCII Media Works)
RELEASE DATE (Japan): April 10, 2013
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:

After a brief respite, Kirito and Eugeo set off again to climb Central Cathedral-but the powerful Integrity Knights are not about to let them reach the top. Meanwhile, Kirito has learned the dark history of the Underworld and the true stakes of the battle they’re fighting, and every step toward Alice brings him closer to an impossible decision…

Accel World Volume 12 Light Novel Review

Review of the light novel Accel Word Volume 12 by Reki Kawahara

LIGHT NOVEL INFORMATION
TITLE: Accel World
AKA: アクセル·ワールド
AUTHOR: Reki Kawahara
ILLUSTRATOR: Hima
PUBLISHER (English): Yen On
RELEASE DATE (English): December 19, 2017
PURCHASE (Amazon.com): http://amzn.to/2opHEdS
PURCHASE (Book Depository): http://bit.ly/2AnM4Y1

PUBLISHER (Japan): Degeki Bunko (ASCII Media Works)
RELEASE DATE (Japan): August 10, 2012
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:

PREPARE FOR A FULL DIVE!

A new hotshot Burst Linker appears, taking down Silver Crow. Haruyuki, still struggling to obtain the Theoretical Mirror ability, sees Wolfram Cerberus as a roadblock in his larger quest to become stronger and defeat the Archangel Metatron. He soon meets Chocolat Puppeteer, a duel avatar made out of…chocolate?! With her help, will Silver Crow finally grow into the fighter all seven Legions need to successfully carry out their mission against Metatron?

Re:Zero EX Volume 1 Light Novel Review

Review of the light novel Re:Zero EX Volume 1 The Dream of the Lion King by Tappei Nagatsuki
Spin-Off from the Re:Zero light novel series. These side novels feature secondary characters filling in backstory. For this volume, it focuses on Crusch Karsten & her vassal Ferris

LIGHT NOVEL INFORMATION
TITLE: Re:Zero Starting Life in Another World EX The Dream of the Lion King
AKA: Re:Zero kara Hajimaru Isekai Seikatsu Ex Shishi Ou no Mita Yume, Re:ゼロから始める異世界生活Ex 獅子王の見た夢
AUTHOR: Tappei Nagatsuki
ILLUSTRATOR: Shinichirou Otsuka
PUBLISHER (English): Yen On
RELEASE DATE (English): November 21, 2017
PURCHASE (Amazon.com): http://amzn.to/2E5XFk1
PURCHASE (Book Depository): http://bit.ly/2sbYtyb

PUBLISHER (Japan): MF Bunko J (Media Factory)
RELEASE DATE (Japan): June 25, 2015
VOLUMES RELEASED (Japan to Date): 2 (of these spin-offs. Last was released December 25, 2015)
ANIME SERIES: None for the spin-offs. For the main series – 25 episodes (aired April-September 2016) Covers material from volumes 1-9

From the back cover:

Their dream for the future was born long ago…

During the royal selection, Duchess Crusch Karsten declared her plans for the Dragonfriend Kingdom of Lugunica: to destroy the covenant with the Dragon and rebuild the nation stronger than before. But where did her radical vision come from? Why does she want to change her country so badly? The answer lies in her past…

This collection of short stories chronicles Crusch’s growth into a nobelduchess vying for the crown, her vassal Ferris’s struggles with knighthood and family, and their love for the warm-hearted you prince who inspired them both.

Mixed Bathing in Another Dimension Volume 1 Light Novel Review

Review of the light novel Mixed Bathing in Another Dimension Volume 1 by Nagaharu Hibihana
The story of a boy in another world, looking to have baths with beautiful girls.

LIGHT NOVEL INFORMATION
TITLE: Mixed Bathing in Another Dimension
AKA: Isekai Konyoku Monogatari, 異世界混浴物語
AUTHOR: Nagaharu Hibihana
ILLUSTRATOR: Masakage Hagiya
PUBLISHER (English): J-Novel Club
RELEASE DATE (English): February 2, 2017
PURCHASE (Amazon.com): http://amzn.to/2ivHaDc

PUBLISHER (Japan): Overlap
RELEASE DATE (Japan): March 25, 2015
VOLUMES RELEASED (Japan to Date): 5 (Most recent released July 25, 2017)
ANIME SERIES: None

From the back cover:

“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?!

Strike the Blood Volume 7 Light Novel Review

Review of the light novel Strike the Blood Volume 7 Kaleid Blood by Gakuto Mikumo
Finally! Some reveals on the series’ biggest mysteries.

LIGHT NOVEL INFORMATION
TITLE: Strike the Blood
AKA: ストライク·ザ·ブラッド
AUTHOR: Gakuto Mikumo
ILLUSTRATOR: Manyako
PUBLISHER (English): Yen On
RELEASE DATE (English): September 19, 2017
PURCHASE (Amazon.com): http://amzn.to/2wkPvjy
PURCHASE (Book Depository): http://bit.ly/2FCFf6S

PUBLISHER (Japan): Dengeki Bunko (ASCII Media Works)
RELEASE DATE (Japan): April 10, 2013
VOLUMES RELEASED (Japan to Date): 18 (Most recent volume released November 10, 2017)
ANIME SERIES: 24 Episodes Series (October 2013-March 2014. Contained content from vols.1-6 + a side story)
2 OVA Episodes (November-December 2015. Might be original. Can’t find which volumes it covers)
8 OVA Episodes (November 2016-May 2017. Covers vol.9)

From the back cover:

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!

Is It Wrong to Try to Pick-Up Girls in a Dungeon Volume 10 Light Novel Review

Review of the light novel Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon Volume 10 by Fujino Omori

LIGHT NOVEL INFORMATION
TITLE: Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon
AKA: Danmachi, Dungeon ni Deai wo Motomeru no wa Machigatteiru no Darou ka, ダンジョンに出会いを求めるのは間違っているのだろうか, Familia Myth
AUTHOR: Fujino Omori
ILLUSTRATOR: Suzuhito Yasuda
PUBLISHER (English): Yen On
RELEASE DATE (English): December 19, 2017
PURCHASE (Amazon.com): http://amzn.to/2y9TzAg
PURCHASE (Book Depository): http://bit.ly/2zoDlqv

PUBLISHER (Japan): GA Bunko (SOFTBANK Creative)
RELEASE DATE (Japan): May 14, 2016
VOLUMES RELEASED (Japan to Date): 13 (most recent releasing February 14, 2018)
ANIME SERIES: 13 episodes, covering volumes 1-5

From the back cover:

NOT THE REUNION THEY HAD HOPED FOR…

After encountering intelligent monsters in the Dungeon, Bell and Wiene share a tearful good-bye as Hestia Familia returns to the surface short one member. But not long after their parting, the Guild confirms the existence of armed monsters and immediately calls on Orario’s strongest to exterminate this threat. Bell is forced to make some of the hardest decisions of his life when he ends up being the only thing standing between a massacre of monsters and adventurers…!

Nekomonogatari Black Light Novel Review

Review of the light novel Nekomonogatari (Black) by Nisioisin
The events of Golden Week are finally revealed!

LIGHT NOVEL INFORMATION
TITLE: Nekomonogatari Black
AKA: Monogagatari, 偽物語 上
AUTHOR: Nisionisin
ILLUSTRATOR: VOFAN
PUBLISHER (English): Vertical
RELEASE DATE (English): December 8, 2017
PURCHASE (Amazon.com): http://amzn.to/2hVtJsX
PURCHASE (Book Depository): http://bit.ly/2DuBjnL

PUBLISHER (Japan): Kodansha
RELEASE DATE (Japan): July 29, 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:

Following up on the high note of family ties on which the previous installment concluded, but preceding it chronologically, we find Araragi and his little sister Tsukihi, the heroine of the last volume, in full sibling rivalry mode as they bicker about love. The conversation that cannot end unfolds in its unabashed original glory herein.

Like KIZUMONOGATARI, which delved into our narrator’s disastrous spring break, Cat Tale (Black) is a prequel about another catastrophe, mentioned often yet never recounted even in a foregoing chapter dedicated to Miss H.: namely, the model student’s rampage over Golden Week, a string of holidays starting at the end of April.

Closing out what has come to be known as the “First Season” of the series, this episode of ’GATARI, as rich as ever in silly banter and poignant profundities, richer than usual in snide meta comments about the anime, will make you laugh and cry, or just put a grownup smile on your face, maybe, but is guaranteed to stay with you forever.