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.

That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime Volume 1 Light Novel Review

Review of the light novel That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime Volume 1 by Fuse
A Japanese adult finds himself dying after being stabbed. Instead of going to Heaven, he…well, I bet you can guess 😉

LIGHT NOVEL INFORMATION
TITLE: That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime
AKA: Tensei Shitara Slime Datta Ken, 転生したらスライムだった件, Regarding Reincarnating to Slime, Slime Tensei, Tensei Slime
AUTHOR: Fuse
ILLUSTRATOR: Mitz Vah
PUBLISHER (English): Yen On
RELEASE DATE (English): December 19, 2017
PURCHASE (Amazon.com): http://amzn.to/2DslGS3
PURCHASE (Book Depository): http://bit.ly/2lXzfkc

PUBLISHER (Japan): GC Novels (Got a Chance Novels)
RELEASE DATE (Japan): May 30, 2014
VOLUMES RELEASED (Japan to Date): 12 Including Volume 8.5 ( Most recent released December 8, 2017)
ANIME SERIES: None

From the back cover:

Lonely thirty-seven-year-old Satoru Mikami is stuck in a dead-end job, unhappy with his mundane life, but after dying at the hands of a robber, he awakens to a fresh start in a fantasy realm…as a slime monster! As he acclimates to his goopy new existence, his exploits with the other monsters set off a chain of events that will change his new world forever!

Konosuba Volume 4 Light Novel Review

Review of the light novel Konosuba Volume 4 by Natsume Akatsuki

LIGHT NOVEL INFORMATION
TITLE: Konosuba God’s Blessing on This Wonderful World
AKA: Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo! この素晴らしい世界に祝福を!
AUTHOR: Natsume Akatsuki
ILLUSTRATOR: Kurone Mishima
PUBLISHER (English): Yen On
RELEASE DATE (English): December 19, 2017
PURCHASE (Amazon.com): http://amzn.to/2BfVCDS
PURCHASE (Book Depository): http://bit.ly/2j60Y0U

PUBLISHER (Japan): Kadokawa Sneaker Bunko
RELEASE DATE (Japan): May 01, 2014
VOLUMES RELEASED (Japan to Date): 13 (Most recent released December 1, 2017)
ANIME SERIES: 20 episodes + 2 OVAs (Covered volumes 1-4)

From the back cover:

Kazuma and crew have made it through the winter in one piece (for the most part), and they’re in dire need of a break…and for stressed and tired adventurers, there’s only one place to go-the hot springs! With open-air baths and beautiful mountain scenery, Arcanletia has everything they need for a relaxing vacation. Not only that, but rumor has it the Demon King’s army is avoiding the place. The reports also say it’s because Aqua’s Axis Church scared them off, but her loyal followers can’t be that bad, right…?

Yume Nikki I Am Not In Your Dream Light Novel Review

Review of the light novel Yume Nikki I Am Not in Your Dream by Akira
The cult video game is adapted into novel format!

LIGHT NOVEL INFORMATION
TITLE: Yume Nikki
AKA: Yume Nikki: Anata no Yume ni Watashi wa Inai, ゆめにっき —あなたの夢に私はいない, Dream Diary
AUTHOR: Akira
ILLUSTRATOR: Aco Arisaka
PUBLISHER (English): J-Novel Club
RELEASE DATE (English): January 7, 2018
PURCHASE (Amazon.com): http://amzn.to/2BGvmHv

PUBLISHER (Japan): PHP Institute
RELEASE DATE (Japan): August 2013
VOLUMES RELEASED (Japan to Date): 1
ANIME SERIES: None (Based on an indy game of the same name)

From the back cover:

Based on the cult hit game, the novelization of Yume Nikki follows a lonesome girl into the bizarre dreamscapes that await her when she falls asleep. Opening doors and wandering aimlessly, is she really as alone as she thinks?

The Saga of Tanya the Evil Volume 1 Light Novel Review

Review of the light novel The Saga of Tanya the Evil Volume 1 (Deus lo Vult) by Carlo Zen
The story of a child soldier who was possessed by a driven salaryman 😉

LIGHT NOVEL INFORMATION
TITLE: The Saga of Tanya the Evil
AKA: Youjo Senki, Yojo Senki, The Military Chronicles of a Little Girl, 幼女戦記
AUTHOR: Carlo Zen
ILLUSTRATOR: Shinobu Shinotsuki
PUBLISHER (English): Yen On
RELEASE DATE (English): December 19, 2017
PURCHASE (Amazon.com): http://amzn.to/2EDOnY6
PURCHASE (Book Depository): http://bit.ly/2Apnmqq

PUBLISHER (Japan): Enterbrain
RELEASE DATE (Japan): October 31, 2013
VOLUMES RELEASED (Japan to Date): 9 (most recent released January 12, 2018)
ANIME SERIES: 12 episodes

From the back cover:

High above the blood- and mud-soaked trenches, a young girl pits herself against army mages in high stakes aerial duels with bullets, spells, and bayonets. Her name is Tanya Degurechaff and she is the Devil of the Rhine, one of the greatest soldiers the Empire has ever seen! But inside her mind lives a ruthless, calculating ex-salaryman who enjoyed a peaceful life in Japan until he woke up in a war-torn world. Reborn as a destitute orphaned girl with nothing to her name but memories of a previous life, Tanya will do whatever it takes to survive, even if she can find it only behind the barrel of a gun!