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!

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.

 

Book Girl and the Suicidal Mime Light Novel Review


Review of the light novel Book Girl and the Suicidal Mime by Mizuki Nomura
First book in the Book Girl light novel series.

LIGHT NOVEL INFORMATION
TITLE: Book Girl
AKA: Bungako Shojo, 文学少女, Literature Girl
AUTHOR: Mizuki Nomura
ILLUSTRATOR: Miho Takeoka
PUBLISHER (English): Yen On
RELEASE DATE (English): July 27, 2010
PURCHASE (Amazon Affiliate Link): http://amzn.to/2fGl3cv

PUBLISHER (Japan): Famitsu Bunko (Enterbrain)
RELEASE DATE (Japan): April 28, 2006
VOLUMES RELEASED (Japan to Date): 16 (8 novels in main series, 4 short story volumes, 4 side story volumes)
ANIME SERIES: 4 OVA episodes, 1 Movie (The movie adapts v.5 of the light novel series, but the OVAs appear to be original stories)

From the back cover:

For Tohko Amano, a third-year high school student and self-styled “book girl,” being the head of the literary club is more than just an extracurricular activity. It’s her bread and butter…literally! Tohko is actually a literature-gobbling demon, who can be found at all hours of the day munching on torn out pages from all kinds of books. But for Tohko, the real delicacies are hand-written stories. To satisfy her gourmet tastes, she’s employed (rather, browbeaten) one Konoha Inoue, who scribbles away each day after school to satisfy Tohko’s appetite. But when another student comes knocking on the literary club door for advice on writing love letters, will Tohko discover a new kind of delicacy?

 

Clockwork Planet Volume 1 Light Novel Review

Review of the light novel Clockwork Planet Volume 1 by Yuu Kamiya & Tsubaki Himana

LIGHT NOVEL INFORMATION
TITLE: Clockwork Planet
AKA: クロックワーク・プラネット
AUTHOR: Yuu Kamiya & Tsubaki Himana
ILLUSTRATOR: Sino
PUBLISHER (English): J-Novel Club
RELEASE DATE (English): August 10, 2017 (eBook Version)
PURCHASE (Amazon Affiliate Link): http://amzn.to/2uCqb7M

PUBLISHER (Japan): Kodansha Lightnovel
RELEASE DATE (Japan): April 2, 2013
VOLUMES RELEASED (Japan to Date): 4 (most recent released December 29, 2015)
ANIME SERIES: 12 episode series (aired April-June 2017. Covered Volumes 1-3)

From the back cover:

From the author of No Game No Life!

–I know this is sudden, but the world had already collapsed long ago. Earth had died, but the entire planet was reconstructed and reproduced using clockwork – “The Clockwork Planet.”
One day, a black box suddenly crashed into the house of Naoto Miura, a high school failure, from above. Inside was– an automata girl.
“For me to be forced to sleep for as long as two hundred years from just one little fault, has the intelligence of humanity still yet to exceed even that of a flea?”

A gearhead fantasy meshed together by Yuu Kamiya and Tsubaki Himana!

The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya Light Novel Review


Review of the light novel The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya by Nagaru Tanigawa.
The story of a precocious girl in search of mystery and adventure. And the poor boy who she has dragged along with her.

 

LIGHT NOVEL INFORMATION
TITLE: The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya
AKA: Suzumiya Haruhi no Yūutsu, 涼宮ハルヒの憂鬱
AUTHOR: Nagaru Tanigawa
ILLUSTRATOR: Noiz Ito
PUBLISHER (English): Yen On
RELEASE DATE (English): April 1, 2009
PURCHASE (Amazon Affiliate Link): http://amzn.to/2vFTpms

PUBLISHER (Japan): Kadokawa Shoten
RELEASE DATE (Japan): June 6, 2003
VOLUMES RELEASED (Japan to Date): 11 (finished. Last volume was released May 2011)
ANIME SERIES: 24 Episodes + net episodes + a film (adapts vols.1-4 with material from vols.5&6)

From the back cover:

Haruhi holds the fate of the universe in her hands . . . lucky for you she doesn’t know it!

Meet Haruhi – a cute, determined girl, starting high school in a city where nothing exciting happens and absolutely no one understands her.

Meet Kyon ??- the sarcastic guy who sits behind Haruhi in homeroom and the only boy Haruhi has ever opened up to. His fate is now tied to hers.

Meet the S.O.S. Brigade – an after-school club organized by Haruhi with a mission to seek out the extraordinary. Oh, and their second mission? Keeping Haruhi happy . . . because even though she doesn’t know it, Haruhi has the power to destroy the universe. Seriously.

The phenomenon that took Japan by storm – with more than 4.5 million copies sold – is now available in the first-ever English edition.

Strike the Blood Volume 5 Light Novel Review

Review of the light novel Strike the Blood Volume 5 by Gakuto Mikumo.

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): January 31, 2017
PURCHASE (Amazon Affiliate Link): http://amzn.to/2hSdU5x

PUBLISHER (Japan): Dengeki Bunko (ASCII Media Works)
RELEASE DATE (Japan): October 10, 2012
VOLUMES RELEASED (Japan to Date): 17 (most recent released June 9, 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:

Aya Tokoyogi and six other hardened magical criminals have broken out from imprisonment. Their goal–to completely erase the ‘Witch of the Void,’ Netsuke Minamaya, from existence. How these events will unfold in the Demon District will depend on the actions of the strongest vampire to ever exist, Kojou Akatsuki.