Boogiepop Volume 1 Light Novel Review

Review of the light novel Boogiepop Volume 1 (Boogiepop and Others) by Kouhei Kadono.
This is the book most credited with starting the current age of Light Novels.

TITLE: Boogiepop
AKA: ブギーポップシリーズ
AUTHOR: Kouhei Kadono
PUBLISHER (English): Seven Seas
RELEASE DATE (English): Originally January 14, 2006

PUBLISHER (Japan): Dengeki Bunko (MediaWorks)
RELEASE DATE (Japan): February 10, 1998
VOLUMES RELEASED (Japan to Date): 21 (most recent volume released July 7, 2017)
ANIME SERIES: 12 episodes (aired January-March 2000) covered volume 1-3

From the back cover:

Who am I? My name is Boogiepop…

There is an urban legend that children tell about a shinigami that can release people from the pain they are suffering. This “Angel of Death” has a name–Boogiepop. And the legends are true. Boogiepop is real. When a rash of disappearances involving female students breaks out at Shinyo Academy, the police and faculty assume they just have a bunch of runaways on their hands. Yet Nagi Kirima knows better. Something mysterious and foul is afoot. Is it Boogiepop or something even more sinister…?

Experience the story through several characters’ eyes as you piece together the true order of disturbing events, in this unforgettable prelude to the Boogiepop Phantom anime series!

Strike the Blood Volume 6 Light Novel Review

Review of the light novel Strike the Blood Volume 6 by Gakuto Mikumo

TITLE: Strike the Blood
AKA: ストライク・ザ・ブラッド
AUTHOR: Gakuto Mikumo
PUBLISHER (English): Yen On
RELEASE DATE (English): May 23, 2017
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PUBLISHER (Japan): Dengeki Bunko (ASCII Media Works)
RELEASE DATE (Japan): March 10, 2013
VOLUMES RELEASED (Japan to Date): 18 (Most recent volume is releasing 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:

When all the students depart for a school field trip to the mainland, Kojou is delighted to hear that he’ll finally get a chance to be free of observation for at least a little while, whereas Yukina has mixed feelings about the whole situation. But events move quickly when an alchemist by the name of Kou Amatsuka appears, with the goal of reviving the holy grail of alchemy–a liquid-metal life-form known as “Wiseman’s Blood.” As the crisis deepens, even Asagi becomes involved when this alchemist’s relic grows more and more uncontrollable. What can the world’s strongest vampire do?!

So I’m a Spider, So What? Volume 1 Light Novel Review

Review of the light novel So I’m a Spider, So What? Volume 1 by Okina Baba
Ever had someone say you need to do better in life or you’ll be reincarnated as a bug?
No? Well, someone should’ve told this girl…

TITLE: So I’m a Spider, So What?
AKA: Kumo Desu ga, Nani ka?, 蜘蛛ですが、なにか?
AUTHOR: Okina Baba
ILLUSTRATOR: Tsukasa Kiryu
PUBLISHER (English): Yen On
RELEASE DATE (English): November 21, 2017
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PUBLISHER (Japan): Kadokawa Books
RELEASE DATE (Japan): December 10, 2015
VOLUMES RELEASED (Japan to Date): 7 (most recent released October 10, 2017)

From the back cover:

I used to be a normal high school girl but in the blink of an eye, I woke up in a place I’ve never seen before and-and I was reborn as a spider?! How could something that’s nothing more than a tiny spider (that’s me) possibly survive in literally the worst dungeon ever? Are there no rules? There should be some rules! Who the hell is responsible for this? SHOW YOUR FACE!

Arifureta Volume 3 Light Novel Review

Review of the light novel Arifureta From Commonplace to World’s Strongest Volume 3 by Ryo Shirakome.
Arifureta’s third volume aims to fill the missing masochism component in Hajime’s harem.

TITLE: Arifureta From Commonplace to World’s Strongest
AKA: Arifureta Shokugyou de Sekai Saikyou, ありふれた職業で世界最強, From Common Job Class to the Strongest in the World
AUTHOR: Ryo Shirakome
PUBLISHER (English): J-Novel Club
RELEASE DATE (English): October 7, 2017
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PUBLISHER (Japan): Overlap Bunko
RELEASE DATE (Japan): February 25, 2016
VOLUMES RELEASED (Japan to Date): 6 (most recent released May 24, 2017)

From the back cover:

Meetings old and new await our hero, who has begun to walk down the path of the world’s strongest. Along with some farewells… After clearing the Reisen Labyrinth, Hajime and Yue welcome Shea into their party and make for the independent city-state of Fuhren. They get roped into helping the adventurer’s guild look for a certain missing person, leading to an unexpected reunion with someone Hajime thought he’d never see again. Shortly thereafter, Hajime has a run-in with one of the strongest creatures in the world, a black dragon. Does Hajime have the resolve to bear the burden of being the strongest!?

Nisemonogatari Volume 1 Light Novel Review

Review of the light novel Nisemonogatari Volume 1 by Nisioisin

TITLE: Nisemonogatari (The Monogatari Series)
AKA: Monogagatari, 偽物語 上
AUTHOR: Nisioisin
PUBLISHER (English): Vertical
RELEASE DATE (English): June 27, 2017
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PUBLISHER (Japan): Kodansha
RELEASE DATE (Japan): September 2, 2008
VOLUMES RELEASED (Japan to Date): 23 (most recent released July 20, 2017)
ANIME SERIES: 94 episodes + 3 movies (14 volumes adapted to date)

The light novel featured in this review is the official English release and was purchased with my own money. All opinions are my own and were not paid for.

From the back cover:

Unlike ne’er-do-well former vampire Araragi, his two younger sisters Karen and Tsukihi, who attend a private junior high, are little balls of energy and charisma that their peers look up to. That the “ka” in Karen and “hi” in Tsukihi are both written with the character for “fire” isn’t the only reason they’ve come to be known as the Fire Sisters.

Karen is the brawn and Tsukihi the brains of a vigilantism that the pair sees not merely as defending justice but as justice itself. They can’t encounter a harmful fad without trying to hunt down a specific source that had a motive for spreading it. In their big brother’s humble opinion, there is something fake and precarious about it all.

In this first of two parts, the immediate sequel to the legendary BAKEMONOGATARI plunges us into the middle of summer vacation in the mostly peaceful rural town where the series is set. As our hero and narrator can say from experience, however, teenagers with too much free time on their hands can get stung pretty badly.

The Ryuo’s Work is Never Done Volume 1 Light Novel Review

Review of the light novel The Ryuo’s Work is Never Done by Shirow Shiratori
The tale of a Shogi master and his loli harem.

TITLE: The Ryuo’s Work is Never Done
AKA: Ryuuou no Oshigoto!, りゅうおうのおしごと!
AUTHOR: Shirow Shiratori
PUBLISHER (English): Bookwalker
RELEASE DATE (English): October 24, 2017
PURCHASE (Bookwalker):

PUBLISHER (Japan): GA Bunko (SB Creative)
RELEASE DATE (Japan): September 15, 2015
VOLUMES RELEASED (Japan to Date): 6 (most recent released July 14, 2017)
ANIME SERIES: Upcoming. Premieres January 2018

From the back cover:

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


The light novel featured in this review is the official English release and was provided for review by the publisher. All opinions are my own and no other money was exchanged.

Anime Supremacy Light Novel Review

Review of the light novel Anime Supremacy by Mizuki Tsujimura.
A love letter to anime fans and in particular those fans who become involved in the anime industry.

TITLE: Anime Supremacy
AKA: ハケンアニメ!

AUTHOR: Mizuki Tsujimura
PUBLISHER (English): Vertical
RELEASE DATE (English): October 3, 2017

PUBLISHER (Japan): Magazinehouse
RELEASE DATE (Japan): August 2014
VOLUMES RELEASED (Japan to Date): 1 (standalone novel)

From the back cover:

Japanese animation—the globally acclaimed, family-friendly theatrical features are the exception rather than the rule for a TV-oriented industry that has been pushed into late-night slots in an era of fragmented audiences. When only three titles among fifty might turn a profit, topping the charts is hardly an overambitious aim.
Yet as three women, a producer, a director, and an animator, survive in a business infamous for its murderous schedules, demoralizing compromises, and incorrigible men, moments of uplift emerge against all odds—and how. More than just a window into an entertainment niche, here’s a kickass ode to work.


The copy for this review was provided by the publisher. No other money was exchanged and all opinions are my own.