Re:Zero Volume 5 Light Novel Review

Review of the light novel Re:Zero -Starting Life in Another World- Volume 5 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): October 31, 2017
PURCHASE (Amazon.com): http://amzn.to/2x5LjnN
PURCHASE (Book Depository): http://bit.ly/2jd2Sx6

PUBLISHER (Japan) MF Bunko J
RELEASE DATE (Japan): October 25, 2014
VOLUMES RELEASED (Japan to Date) 13 (+2 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:

Subaru has really made a mess of things this time. After getting into a fight with the girl of his dreams, Subaru is stuck in the Karsten estate with Rem while Emilia heads home without him. Consumed by a sense of powerlessness, he spends his time desperately training–all the while wondering, “What’s the point?” Is there any reason for him to struggle at all? But while he grapples with his inner demons, the Witch Cult may no longer be content to sit back…

How Not to Summon a Demon Lord Volume 1 Light Novel Review

Review of the light novel How Not to Summon a Demon Lord volume 1 by Yukiya Murasaki
It’s like a more comedic/harem based Overlord. And, uh, more boobs and inappropriate fondling…

LIGHT NOVEL INFORMATION
TITLE: How Not to Summon a Demon Lord
AKA: Isekai Maou to Shoukan Shoujo no Dorei Majutsu, 異世界魔王と召喚少女の奴隷魔術, The King of Darkness Another World Story
AUTHOR: Yukiya Murasaki
ILLUSTRATOR: Takahiro Tsurusaki
PUBLISHER (English): J-Novel Club
RELEASE DATE (English): December 4, 2017
PURCHASE (Amazon.com): http://amzn.to/2AETgiU

PUBLISHER (Japan): Kodansha Light Novel
RELEASE DATE (Japan): December 2, 2014
VOLUMES RELEASED (Japan to Date): 8 (most recent volume released August 2, 2017)
ANIME SERIES: None

From the back cover:

In the MMORPG Cross Reverie, Takuma Sakamoto is so powerful that he is lauded as the “Demon Lord” by other players. One day, he is summoned to a world outside his own– but with the same appearance he had in the game! There, he meets two girls who both proclaim themselves to be his Summoner. They perform an Enslavement Ritual to turn him into their Summon… but that’s when Takuma’s passive ability Magic Reflection activates! Instead, it is the girls who become enslaved! Though Takuma may be the strongest Sorcerer there is, he has no idea how to talk with other people. It is here he makes his choice: to act based on his persona from the game!
“Amazing? But of course… I am Diablo, the being known and feared as the Demon Lord!”
So begins a tale of adventure with an earth-shakingly powerful Demon Lord (or at least someone who acts like one) taking on another world!

Kagerou Daze Volume 7 Light Novel Review

Review of the light novel Kageru Daze Volume 7 -From the Darkness- by Jin (Shizen No Teki-P)
This volume *finally* gives us some answers!

LIGHT NOVEL INFORMATION
TITLE: Kagerou Daze
AKA: Kagerou Days, Heat-Haze Daze, カゲロウデイズ
AUTHOR: Jin
ILLUSTRATOR: Shidu
PUBLISHER (English): Yen On
RELEASE DATE (English): July 25, 2017
PURCHASE (Amazon.com): http://amzn.to/2rMYZih
PURCHASE (Book Depository): http://bit.ly/2BDZO0C

PUBLISHER (Japan): KCG Bunko (Enterbrain)
RELEASE DATE (Japan): August 29, 2016
VOLUMES RELEASED (Japan to Date): 7 (Volume 8, the final volume, releases December 29, 2017)
ANIME SERIES: 12 episodes (named Mekakucity Actors) + 1 Film. A possible new anime project, titled Mekakucity Reload has been announced, but no further information has come out.

From the back cover:

Now you see her, now you don’t!
As a child, Tsubomi Kido rarely spoke. Just as she starts to find herself, with help from her older sister, tragedy strikes her home. When death approaches, Kido discovers the Kagerou Daze, where she meets a mysterious woman who grants her a powerful gift…or curse. In the outside” world of the present, the Mekakushi-dan gathers their combined strength to unravel the mystery that’s ensnared them all!

Occultic;Nine Volume 1 Light Novel Review

Review of the light novel Occultic;Nine Volume 1 by Chiyomaru Shikura

LIGHT NOVEL INFORMATION
TITLE: Occultic;Nine
AKA: オカルティック・ナイン, Occultic Nine
AUTHOR: Chiyomaru Shikura
ILLUSTRATOR: Pako
PUBLISHER (English): J-Novel Club (eBook) / Seven Seas (print)
RELEASE DATE (English): December 3, 2016 (eBook) / July 3, 2017 (print)
PURCHASE eBook (Amazon.com): http://amzn.to/2fpbRXR
PURCHASE PRINT (Amazon.com): http://amzn.to/2zJ4lym
PURCHASE PRINT (Book Depository): http://bit.ly/2jbQMRF

PUBLISHER (Japan): Overlap Bunko
RELEASE DATE (Japan): August 25, 2014
VOLUMES RELEASED (Japan to Date): 3
ANIME SERIES: 12 episodes (aired October-December 2016)
VISUAL NOVEL: Also adapted by 5pb into a visual novel which released November 9, 2017 for PS4 & PS VITA

From the back cover:

An all-new supernatural light novel series that inspired a hit anime!

What happens when eight eccentrics cross paths on a paranormal blog run by a high school NEET? 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?

Accel World Volume 11 Light Novel Review

Review of the light novel Accel World Volume 11 The Carbide Wolf by Reki Kawahara
After the short story volume, we return to the main story with Silver Crow seeking a new ability in order to take on the Accelerated World Research Society.

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): September 19, 2017
PURCHASE (Amazon.com): http://amzn.to/2x2nH0y
PURCHASE (Book Depository): http://bit.ly/2jyR0Sb

PUBLISHER (Japan): Degeki Bunko (ASCII Media Works)
RELEASE DATE (Japan): April 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:

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…

The Devil is a Part-Timer Volume 8 Light Novel Review


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Review of the light novel The Devil is a Part-Timer Volume 8 by Satoshi Wagahara
After the short story volume, we jump right back into the main story. And wow, what a pivotal volume this one turned out to be!

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): August 22, 2017
PURCHASE (Amazon.com): http://amzn.to/2vb4zfz
PURCHASE (Book Depository): http://bit.ly/2iA9K3f

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

From the back cover:

For the Hero, whose mission is to slay the Devil King, Emilia Justina appears to have gone soft. She travels to Ente Isla with Alas Ramus to sort through her thoughts and investigate what’s happened there since she went to Japan. The gang expects to see Emi again soon, but she never returns! Meanwhile, Maou (the Devil King) is studying for his driver’s license, trying not to fret over the Hero’s disappearance. On the way to his exam, he meets a strangely familiar pair…Could they know something about Emi?!


Nisemonogatari Volume 2 Light Novel Review

Review of the light novel Nisemonogatari Volume 2 (Fake Tale) by Nisioisin

LIGHT NOVEL INFORMATION
TITLE: Nisemonogatari (The Monogatari Series)
AKA: Monogagatari, 偽物語 上
AUTHOR: Nisioisin
ILLUSTRATOR: VOFAN
PUBLISHER (English): Vertical
RELEASE DATE (English): August 31, 2017
PURCHASE (Amazon.com): http://amzn.to/2vbzf0q
PURCHASE (Book Depository): http://bit.ly/2AdDoXx

PUBLISHER (Japan): Kodansha
RELEASE DATE (Japan): June 11, 2009
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:

Originally planned to be the series’ conclusion, “final” chapter “Tsukihi Phoenix” invites us back to the seemingly eventless country burg where supernatural afflictions abound and characters change their trademark hairstyles at the drop of a hat. Rest assured, dear reader, that the story continued in Japanese and will do so in translation.

In the first half of Fake Tale, lost soul Araragi helped resolve his bigger little sister Karen’s feverish run-in with a fraud. In this second half, he must attend to his littler little sister Tsukihi’s issues, but not before staging the Toothbrush Episode that the acclaimed anime adaptation’s viewers find quite memorable—whether they like to or not.

As fraught with ominousness as a dark empty street, as unexpectedly full of feeling as an acid-tongued girlfriend, as sidesplittingly funny as a horny retired jock, and (maybe even) as educational as college in the best MONOGATARI tradition, this volume also introduces us to “ghostbusters” Yozuru Kagenui and Yotsugi Ononoki.