Arifureta Volume 2 Light Novel Review

Review of the light novel Arifureta Volume 2 by Ryo Shirakome.
A tale of dangerous labyrinths and big breasted bunny girls.

LIGHT NOVEL INFORMATION
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
ILLUSTRATOR: Takaya-ki
PUBLISHER (English): J-Novel Club
RELEASE DATE (English): July 21, 2017
PURCHASE (Amazon Affiliate Link): http://amzn.to/2sEQg1L

PUBLISHER (Japan): Overlap Bunko
RELEASE DATE (Japan): November 25, 2015
VOLUMES RELEASED (Japan to Date): 6 (most recent released May 24, 2017)
ANIME SERIES: None

From the back cover:

After being summoned to a new world and thrown down into the depths of hell, Hajime Nagumo met Yue and together they conquered the Great Orcus Labyrinth. The pair was planning on taking it easy on the surface for a little bit, but a meeting with the bunny girl Shia Haulia throws a wrench into those plans. She has the peculiar power to see the future, and according to her, Hajime’s the one saving her family in her visions! Hajime was planning on refusing, but it appears she might be able to help him on his quest to return home. And so, the adventure continues in Reisen Gorge.

In Another World With My Smartphone Volume 2 Light Novel Review

Review of the light novel In Another World With My Smartphone Volume 2 by Patora Fuyuhara.
Setting up house. Traveling to other countries. Clothes eating slimes…

LIGHT NOVEL INFORMATION
TITLE: In Another World With My Smartphone
AKA: Isekai wa Smartphone to Tomo ni, 異世界はスマートフォンとともに。, Isekai Smartphone, In a Different World with a Smartphone
AUTHOR: Patora Fuyuhara
ILLUSTRATOR: Eiji Usatsuka
PUBLISHER (English): J-Novel Club
RELEASE DATE (English): May 4, 2017
PURCHASE (Amazon Affiliate Link): http://amzn.to/2p10IkU

PUBLISHER (Japan): HJ Novels (Hobby Japan)
RELEASE DATE (Japan): August 22, 2015
VOLUMES RELEASED (Japan to Date): 9 (most recent volume release June 22, 2017)
ANIME SERIES: Currently Airing (4 episodes aired to date. Unsure how many volumes the anime will cover)

From the back cover:

Undeterred by his untimely death on Earth, 15-year-old Mochizuki Touya continues to meander around in another world! After a series of misadventures, the young man has assembled a motley crew of adventurers including the timid mage Linze, the feisty brawler Elze, the ever-hungry samurai Yae, and even the young archer Yumina, heir to the Belfast throne. Together with his party (and a divine white tiger), Touya sets his sights on the horizon, heading for the demi-human kingdom of Mismede! But all is not what it seems… the beastman king issues a personal challenge, and a black-scaled dragon could soon spell out Touya’s doom! The curtains lift once again on an epic tale of sorcery, smartphone apps, and… gunblades?!

Is it Wrong to Try to Pick-Up Girls in a Dungeon Volume 8 Light Novel Review

Review of the light novel Is It Wrong to Try to Pick-Up Girls in a Dungeon Volume 8 by Fujino Omori.
An installment consisting of a number of short stories about love and family, set against an invasion by a foreign nation.

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): April 18, 2017
PURCHASE (Amazon Affiliate Link): http://amzn.to/2nCjXNv

PUBLISHER (Japan): GA Bunko (SOFTBANK Creative)
RELEASE DATE (Japan): June 12, 2015
VOLUMES RELEASED (Japan to Date): 12 (most recent released May 24, 2017)
ANIME SERIES: 13 episodes, covering volumes 1-5

 

From the back cover:

The Rakian Kingdom is on the march, a thirty-thousand-strong army headed by Ares, God of War. The target of their sudden invasion is none other than the world’s greatest metropolis, Labyrinth City Orario. As the armed menace approaches in thunderous lockstep, the city’s inhabitants can do nothing but…continue about their completely peaceful lives??? A prum proposes marriage, one sweet boy becomes a bodyguard, the city girl’s secret comes to light, while mortals and gods alike are swept up in romance–these are the ordinary days of timeless deities and their dazzling children in the fateful city of Orario!

No Game No Life Volume 6 Light Novel Review

Review of the light novel No Game No Life Volume 6 by Yuu Kamiya
How did humanity survive the Great War? Which 2 individuals stood at the forefront of the movement to bring the war to an end. It’s Prequel Time!

LIGHT NOVEL INFORMATION
TITLE: No Game No Life
AKA: ノーゲーム・ノーライフ, NGNL, NogeNora
AUTHOR: Yuu Kamiya
ILLUSTRATOR: Yuu Kamiya
PUBLISHER (English): Yen On
RELEASE DATE (English): July 25, 2017
PURCHASE (Amazon Affiliate Link): http://amzn.to/2qXrSXP

PUBLISHER (Japan): MF Bunko J (Media Factory)
RELEASE DATE (Japan): April 24, 2015
VOLUMES RELEASED (Japan to Date): 9 (most recent volume was released August 2016)
ANIME SERIES: 12 Episodes. Aired April 9-June 25, 2014. Covered volumes 1-3.
Movie covering volume 6 released July 2017

From the back cover:

Before Sora and Shiro set foot on Disboard, there was another remarkable duo!!

Tet, the One True God, takes a break to amuse himself among the mortals only to collapse on the streets of Elkia. When a familiar face finds him and lends a helping hand, the God of Play regales her with a tale from the Great War about a human man who challenged the world and a strange girl who sought to comprehend the human heart…

Let the games begin!

The Faraway Paladin Volume 2 Light Novel Review

Review of the light novel The Faraway Paladin Volume 2 by Kanata Yanagino

LIGHT NOVEL INFORMATION
TITLE: The Faraway Paladin
AKA: Saihate no Paladin, 最果てのパラディン
AUTHOR: Kanata Yanagino
ILLUSTRATOR: Kususaga Rin
PUBLISHER (English): J-Novel Club
RELEASE DATE (English): April 27, 2017
PURCHASE (Amazon Affiliate Link): http://amzn.to/2nqh9Uo

PUBLISHER (Japan): Overlap Bunko
RELEASE DATE (Japan): July 25, 2016
VOLUMES RELEASED (Japan to Date): 4 (Most recent released December 2016)
ANIME SERIES: None

From the back cover:

Will has come of age. As a sorcerer, warrior, and priest of Gracefeel, he departs the city and temple where he was raised on a journey to the north. It’s been two hundred years since the battle against the High King of the Eternals. Are there any humans left in this world and, if there are, will they accept Will with open arms, or see him as an enemy?

 

Infinite Dendrogram Volume 1 Light Novel Review


Review of the light novel Infinite Dendrogram Volume 1 by Sakon Kaidou.
The story of a boy exploring a VRMMO RPG. No, he isn’t trapped, nor has he been swept away to another world. He’s just playing a very realistic game. And it’s pretty good!

LIGHT NOVEL INFORMATION
TITLE: Infinite Dendrogram
AKA: <Infinite Dendrogram> , インフィニット・デンドログラム
AUTHOR: Sakon Kaidou
ILLUSTRATOR: Taiki
PUBLISHER (English): J-Novel Club
RELEASE DATE (English): July 10, 2017
PURCHASE (Amazon Affiliate Link): http://amzn.to/2rMTbpd

PUBLISHER (Japan): HJ Bunko (Hobby Japan)
RELEASE DATE (Japan): October 29, 2016
VOLUMES RELEASED (Japan to Date): 4 Volumes (most recent released July 1, 2017)
ANIME SERIES: None

From the back cover:

In the year 2043, Infinite Dendrogram, the world’s first successful full-dive VRMMO was released. In addition to its ability to perfectly simulate the five senses, along with its many other amazing features, the game promised to offer players a world full of infinite possibilities. Nearly two years later, soon-to-be college freshman, Reiji Mukudori, is finally able to buy a copy of the game and start playing. With some help from his experienced older brother, Shu, and his partner Embryo, Reiji embarks on an adventure into the world of Infinite Dendrogram. Just what will he discover and encounter in this game world known for its incredible realism and infinite possibilities?

Psycome Volume 2 Light Novel Review

Review of the light novel Psycome Volume 2 by Mizuki Mizushiro.
The teenage killers are sent to a punishing camp to help “reform” them.

LIGHT NOVEL INFORMATION
TITLE: Psycome
AKA: Psycho Love Comedy, サイコメ
AUTHOR: Mizuki Mizushiro
ILLUSTRATOR: Namanie
PUBLISHER (English): Yen On
RELEASE DATE (English): October 25, 2016
PURCHASE (Amazon Affiliate Link): http://amzn.to/2sGZXMB

PUBLISHER (Japan): Famitsu Bunko (Enterbrain)
RELEASE DATE (Japan): April 30, 2013
VOLUMES RELEASED (Japan to Date): 6 + 1 Volume of Short Stories (Complete – last volume published November 2014)
ANIME SERIES: None

From the back cover:

Kyousuke Kamiya has only just started to get used to his life in the blood-spattered hellscape that is Purgatorium Remedial Academy and its twisted version of school life. The architect of this series of gruesomely parodic extracurricular activities is the beautiful, charming Saki Shamaya–also known as the “Princess of Murder,” a serial killer responsible for twenty-one deaths!