Light Novel Releases for July 2017

Here are the light novels releasing in July 2017!

June 30

The Combat Baker and His Automaton Waitress Volume 1

“The Combat Baker and His Automaton Waitress” is about an ex-soldier who moves to a rural town to open a bakery. While he has no problem baking delicious bread, this battle-scarred veteran discovers that his intimidating demeanor is scaring off potential customers. What good is having a bakery if you can’t sell a single loaf of bread?

Just when he’s ready to give up, a red-eyed, white-haired girl walks into his shop to ask for a job. Could hiring her save his bakery? Just who is this beautiful girl? Is she even human?!
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July 2

Demon King Daimao Volume 1

Far in the future, Japan has become a land ruled by magic and those who wield it. Akuto Sai arrives at Constant Magical Academy—the most prestigious magic school in the world—for his first year of high school. The only student to pass the Academy’s intense entrance exam, he has his sights set on become a High Priest, the most powerful and virtuous magician in the land. However, when he arrives at the Academy, his future occupation is prophesied to be… The Demon King?! Now Akuto is the number one target on campus, and he must navigate his way with the help of his friends—a troublesome delinquent, a beautiful observer android, an honor-bound class representative, and a mysterious girl from his past—through the seedy underbelly of the world’s premier magic academy.

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July 3

Invaders of the Rokujouma!? Volume 4

When Theia’s Blue Knight detects a strange anomaly near Earth, it looks like Koutarou and the others have a new kind of invader on their hands. Another princess from Forthorthe has come to sabotage Theia’s trial, but no one seems to be able to find her! The threat lingers as they get involved with the drama club and agree to help put on a very special play for the upcoming
cultural festival. And just how long can Yurika keep a you-know- what in room 106 a secret from Ruth?

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July 4

Occultic Nine Volume 1 (Paperback Release)

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?

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July 10

Infinite Dendrogram Volume 1

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?

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July 15

Bluesteel Blasphemer Volume 2

In Friedland, there’s a new god in town: Yukinari Amano, who now keeps the area safe from the terrible creatures that routinely attack it. In hopes of raising Friedland’s standard of living, Yuki decides to open trade negotiations with another village. However, this seemingly simple task leads to a shocking discovery: a human-erdgod symbiote! And as if that weren’t enough, a monstrous new threat is bearing down on Friedland while Yuki is away… What will the village do? It’s Volume 2 of the smash-hit guns-meet-swords action-fantasy, Bluesteel Blasphemer!

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July 21

Arifureta Volume 2

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.

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July 22

I Saved Too Many Girls and Caused the Apocalypse: Volume 4

Rekka may think he’s learned a valuable lesson about friendship and the people he loves, but putting it into practice wasn’t supposed to be the hard part! When Iris, Satsuki, and Harissa all ask him for a date on Sunday, it will put his wits to the test. But if he thinks his worst dilemma is figuring out which girl to spend his weekend with, he’s got another thing coming—more heroines! A new transfer student appears to have a mysterious connection to him, but someone—or something—is after her. And a strange phone call from Hibiki…leads to a treasure hunt?

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Mixed Bathing in Another Dimension: Volume 4: The Ancient Seawater Baths

To collect more goddess blessings and grow closer to defeating the demon lord, the hero Touya travels to Neptunopolis, a beautiful blue city by the harbor. Soon after arrival, he has a chance meeting with another hero, and then reunites with someone completely unexpected! Unforeseen events occur one after another, but our heroines don’t forget to change into swimsuits and splash around at the beach as well. Now then, will Touya’s Unlimited Bath have room for one more?

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July 25

Durarara Volume 7

“I’m not doing anything. All the Dollars did that together…”

The holiday isn’t over yet. The day after Izaya was stabbed, the scars of the recent incident are still fresh on the city. A pair of classmates wander the town together. A sister keeps an eye on the girl hanging around her brother. A girl tries to strengthen herself to kill the strongest man in town. A set of mischievous twins don’t bother to care about their brother. A Russian woman mourns her future. A yakuza clings to his past. A doctor who travels to enjoy his holiday with a recently-relaxed headless dullahan… Ikebukuro is going to be busy!

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Kagerou Daze Volume 7

After escaping from a burning house, a younger Kido wanders into the Kagerou Daze itself, where she encounters Azami and is provided with a certain gift. Meanwhile, in the “outside” world, the entire Blindfold Gang finally gathers back together, standing up to unravel the mystery that’s caught all of them in its sights!

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No Game No Life Volume 6

One fateful day, the One True God Tet collapsed from hunger in the back alleys of Elche, only to be saved by Izuna. Tet recounts a story from 6000 years ago, about the Great War” that divided the heavens and tore the earth asunder. About the man who challenged the world and the girl who stayed by his side.

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Your Lie in April

THE POPULAR MANGA AND ANIME DRAMA COMES TO LIFE IN WORDS!

There’s not a competition that piano prodigy Arima hasn’t won since he started playing. His renditions are matchless in their precision. When he’s only eleven, however, his peerless fingers fall silent—right up there on stage.

Exploring the shock of the incident and its aftermath from his friends and rivals’ perspectives, A Six-Person Etude accompanies the boy’s halting efforts to pick himself up as an adolescent. Based on the hit series, these prose chapters expand on the original but form a coherent and hard-hitting tale of its own.

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July 26

The Faraway Paladin Volume 3 Primus

But order has not completely been restored to this faraway land; strange things are happening, starting with plants blooming out of season and dying at random. At Duke Ethel’s request, Will and Menel are off to investigate, not knowing that their journey will lead them to an ominous prophecy and the Rust Mountains, the capital of the dwarves.

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July 31

Akaoni Contract with a Vampire Volume 1

Locked in the back of a minivan headed for who knows where, Azusa Saito realizes she has been kidnapped. Just when she thinks there’s no hope for escape, she is rescued by a man with glowing red eyes. Or is she? Her supposed rescuer forces her to live in a town of vampires. There she learns the story of her kidnapper, a red-eyed vampire charged with the bothersome role of guarding her from enemy covens and from escaping. He is the dreaded Akaoni, the only vampire all other vampires tremble in fear of. Oddly, he doesn’t scare her though.
What will happen between a powerful, ostracized vampire who never drank blood and a girl who is hunted for her blood? Will love blossom between them when enemies abound within and without the coven? Find out in this thrilling shoujo light novel series!

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See you next month for more Light Novel releases!

Durarara!! Volume 5 Light Novel Review

Review of the light novel Durarara!! Volume 5 by Ryohgo Narita

LIGHT NOVEL INFORMATION
TITLE: Durarara!!
AKA: DRRR!!, デュラララ!!
AUTHOR: Ryohgo Narita
ILLUSTRATOR: Yasuda Suzuhito
PUBLISHER (English): Yen On
RELEASE DATE (English): November 15, 2016
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From the back cover;

Ikebukuro, Tokyo. All kinds of people are showing up to settle their scores with Izaya Orihara the information broker. A pair of foreigners who specialize in odd jobs. A runaway girl still looking for her Shizuo. A fellow dressed like a bartender who looks like he’s had better days. A womanizer set on getting his revenge against the Dollars. An underground doctor waiting for someone to come home. A class representative with a clueless classmate pal and a target on his back. And a headless rider who can’t help getting sucked into trouble. Question is, is this spring break something special, or is this just business as usual in Ikebukuro?

English Light Novel Releases for March 2017

March 3rd

My Little Sister Can Read Kanji: Volume 2

23rd century Japan… a land overflowing with moe, where little sister vs big sister vs childhood friend are the major questions of society… Or at least it was, until Gin and his sisters somehow changed the future! Now the prime minister is some old guy with glasses and all the signs are written in indecipherable kanji! This is bad! There’s got to be some way to change the future back to the way it should be!

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March 7th

Naruto: Sasuke’s Story: Sunrise

Sasuke, ally and friend to Naruto and brother to Itachi, hits the road to find the root of the evil Itachi faced in this sequel to Itachi’s story.

A new series of prose novels, straight from the worldwide Naruto franchise. Naruto’s allies and enemies take center stage in these fast-paced adventures, with each volume focusing on a particular clan mate, ally, team…or villain.

The Great Ninja War has ended, but to untangle the mystery that remains, Sasuke sets out on a journey—a journey that he hopes will allow him to atone for his sins. During his travels, those ninja faithful to the avenger Sasuke bring about tragedy. Meanwhile danger closes in on the villages of Konoha, Kiri, and Kumo, where red eyes burn with hatred. What is the future Sasuke stares down?

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March 15th

Mixed Bathing in Another Dimension: Volume 2: The Fervent Sand Baths

Volume 2 of the series continues with the adventures in the desert!

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March 17

I Saved Too Many Girls and Caused the Apocalypse: Volume 2

Rekka has somehow managed to survive that crazy day, and tries to settle down into a new daily life with Satsuki, Iris, and Harissa, but he doesn’t even get a moment’s chance to catch his breath! Yet again, he’s thrown into stories where he has no choice but to rescue the damsel in distress, this time in a village closed off beneath the surface of the Earth!

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March 21st

Accel World Volume 9

“I will never forgive you. I will kill you. I will continue to kill you until all your Burst Points are gone and you vanish from the accelerated world.”

Having turned into Chrome Disaster once more, Haruyuki slaughters with the force of a vengeful god the avatars who made Ash Roller suffer. And then he fuses completely with the Armor of Catastrophe, down to his deepest depths. Silver Crow soars above the accelerated world, seeking out enemies to destroy. For his next target, he turns the spearhead of his hatred toward the creators of the ISS kit, the Acceleration Research Society.

A berserker no one can control. Before this raging figure, a long avatar stands to block his way. His name: Green Grandé. The absolute defense of the Green King, bearer of the most powerful shield, the Strife, collides fiercely with the madness of the cursed avatar! The conclusion to the Armor of Catastrophe arc!

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Durarara!! Volume 6

After being framed by Izaya and forced to become fugitive on the run, Shizuo. Forced to rethink his position and circumstances, Mikado. Only now realizing the predicaments of his friends, Masaomi. Unaware of everything going on as she flees her house, Anri. Events going far beyond anything she could have imagined, Akane. Unable to conceal her excitement at coming into contact with the Black Rider, a girl. Continuing to wait anxiously at home, Shinra. Scheming so everything goes his way, Aoba. Working towards enacting his revenge on the Dollars, Chikage. And lastly, the person who will save the Headless Rider is–Ikebukuro is warping again today in the next installment of Durarara!!

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Kingdom Hearts the Novel

On the Destiny Islands, three children–Sora, Riku, and Kairi–are living out their peaceful, carefree lives while yearning for whatever lies beyond the great ocean. But one night, an unexpected disaster takes place, and the three are torn from each other and their island home. Meanwhile, at Disney Castle, Donald Duck and the other castle residents are in an uproar upon discovering King Mickey has suddenly gone missing. When fate brings them together, Sora, Donald, and Goofy set out on a grand Disney adventure to find their friends!

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Log Horizon Volume 7

Shiroe left Akiba in search of 8,000,000,000,000 gold coins, setting off for the vast north lands. But, what he found there was a warning of a large scale raid about to occur.

In Akiba’s unstable situation, Shiroe’s chosen raid members include the galactic idol Tetora, the leader of Silver Sword who refused to take part in the round table council, Massachusetts, and the man he defeated in Susukino who still hates him, Demiquas.

…Is everything really going to be alright?

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Re:Zero Volume 3

–Let’s get this story moving. Alongside the people most important to him, a boy goes out to meet the same sunrise once more. Strengthening his resolve, Subaru returns to his first day in the mansion. Repeating his loop in the Roswaal household armed with his memories, Subaru attempts to only make the optimal decisions to avoid another tragedy, but his fear and obsession with evading death and failure are slowly warping him. While Subaru slowly falls apart trying to save everyone…who will save Subaru…?

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March 23rd

In Another World With My Smartphone: Volume 1

After a freak accident involving some lightning winds up zapping him dead, 15-year-old Mochizuki Touya wakes up to find himself face-to-face with God. “I am afraid to say that I have made a bit of a blunder…” laments the old coot. But all is not lost! God says that he can reincarnate Touya into a world of fantasy, and as a bonus, he gets to bring his smartphone along with! So begins Touya’s adventure in a new, anachronistic pseudo-medieval world. Friends! Laughs! Tears! Inexplicable Deus ex Machina! He sets off on a journey full of wonder as he absentmindedly travels from place to place, following whatever goal catches his fancy. The curtains lift on an epic tale of swords, sorcery, and smartphone apps!

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English Light Novel Releases for November 2016

So instead of just posting my weekly light novel reviews, I thought I’d also begin a regular series detailing the light novel releases for each month. These are of official English releases of light novels licensed from Japan.

November 1, 2016

Naruto: Itachi’s Story, Vol. 1: Daylight

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A new series of prose novels, straight from the worldwide Naruto franchise. Naruto’s allies and enemies take center stage in these fast-paced adventures, with each volume focusing on a particular clan mate, ally, team…or villain.

Uchiha Itachi, four years of age. With the hell of war burned into his eyes, the boy makes a resolution: he will rid this world of all violence. The birth of Sasuke, meeting his friend Shisui, the academy, genin, chunin, and then the Anbu—Itachi races down the path of glory toward his dream of becoming the first Uchiha Hokage, unaware of the darkness that lies ahead…

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Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? Sword Oratoria, Vol. 1

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Aiz Wallenstein, the Sword Princess, is known as one of the most powerful warriors from one of the most powerful groups in the city of Orario: Loki Familia. With them, she ventures into the deepest parts of the labyrinthine Dungeon beneath the city, stalking the monstrous denizens that lurk there and vanquishing them with the blazing light of her sword. But when she meets a certain white-haired boy, the encounter will change both of them forever…

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November 8, 2016

Seraph of the End: Guren Ichinose: Catastrophe at Sixteen Volume 3

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Not only Guren but his closest allies among the Imperial Demons have accepted forbidden power, and the merciless Hiragi Clan orders them to go after its once-favorite but treacherous daughter Mahiru. The vampires, however, are ready to show that no human faction stands a chance against them.

Christmas is finally here, an apocalyptic time of year for all good boys and girls.

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November 15, 2016

A Certain Magical Index, Vol. 9

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The Daihasei Festival–a huge athletics festival attended by every school in Academy City, where the superpowered students attending these institutions gather to compete in a wide variety of competitions. And of course, Touma Kamijou is participating. His terrible luck is still in full effect–he’s gnawed on by a famished Index, castigated by a representative of the festival management committee, and zapped mid-competition by none other than Mikoto Misaka. But Academy city’s about to have a much bigger problem–and her name is Oriana Thomson.

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Durarara!!, Vol. 5

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Ikebukuro, Tokyo. All kinds of people are showing up to settle their scores with Izaya Orihara the information broker. A pair of foreigners who specialize in odd jobs. A runaway girl still looking for her Shizuo. A fellow dressed like a bartender who looks like he’s had better days. A womanizer set on getting his revenge against the Dollars. An underground doctor waiting for someone to come home. A class representative with a clueless classmate pal and a target on his back. And a headless rider who can’t help getting sucked into trouble. Question is, is this spring break something special, or is this just business as usual in Ikebukuro?

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Log Horizon, Vol. 6

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The unthinkable has happened–murder in the city of Akiba. The Libra Festival’s events have left Akatsuki dispirited. Despairing and confused, she wanders the city in search of the murderer and a chance to gain the power and recognition she craves–but feelings alone will not be enough. A new chapter in the Log Horizon epic begins!

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Re:ZERO, Vol. 2

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Breaking free of his death loop in the royal city, Subaru awakes in an opulent mansion, being tended to by the twin maids Ram and Rem. After sustaining terrible injuries, he has been taken to the home of the Margrave Roswaal, Emilia’s guardian. The two maids, along with the young librarian Beatrice, are the sole guardians of the mansion’s forbidden library, but their quiet, peaceful days come to a violent end when another cycle of death begins! Subaru is the only one who remembers the time he’s spent with the people he cares about, but will he be able to save them?

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Legend of the Galactic Heroes, Vol. 3: Endurance

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It’s the master tactician of the ruthless Galactic Empire versus the Free Planets Alliance in Japan’s greatest space opera epic!

In the thirty-sixth century, humanity has conquered the galaxy and colonized countless star systems. The Galactic Empire, modeled along Prussian lines, and the democratic Free Planets Alliance are at war, and the fate of every human being in the universe hangs in the balance. This classic Japanese space opera, adapted into a legendary anime, is finally available in English for the first time.

A grand scheme for retaking Iserlohn is delivered to Reinhard, who with renewed determination seeks to become ruler of the galaxy and to fulfill the oath he made with a dear, departed friend. But what are the aims of Phezzan, the third force at work behind the scenes? Meanwhile, no sooner is Yang breathing a sigh of relief when Julian returns from his first combat mission than he is summoned to an inquest and departs for the capital of the alliance. As if waiting for this opportunity to strike, however, the imperial military’s fortress appears right at the gates of Iserlohn. The battle between two gigantic fortresses begins!

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November 22, 2016

The Isolator, Vol. 3: The Trancer

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Having successfully helped destroy two of the evil Ruby Eyes, Minoru, the Isolator, is recruited by the Syndicate, a secret organization dedicated to their eradication. He teams up with Suu Komura, the Refractor, a young girl said to be the Syndicate’s most powerful member, to attack a secret stronghold of the Ruby Eyes. Their target is the most fearsome opponent they’ve ever faced: the Liquidizer, but their enemy is not what they expected…

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The Rising of the Shield Hero Volume 06

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After their battle with Glass, Naofumi and the other heroes have a meeting with the queen and Naofumi is shocked to learn about the seven star heroes. Still reeling from this revelation, more drama unfolds on the islands before Naofumi and his party can return to Melromarc. He meets Rishia, who is betrayed by Itsuki and his party members. Naofumi sympathizes with her and invites her to join his party. Eventually, Naofumi discovers that she has a talent for magic, but before they can develop her powers, they are needed elsewhere. A massive monster bearing the appearance of a giant tortoise must be defeated. The monster is so powerful that even the mightiest adventurers cannot defeat him―so what hope is there for Naofumi?

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Durarara!! Volume 4 Light Novel Review

Light novel review of Durarara!! Volume 4 by Ryohgo Narita
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From the back cover;

“Do you enjoy being the Black Rider who’s been spotted all over Ikebukuro over the past few years now? Why is it that you’re riding such a dangerous bike all over the place? Are you aware that you’re violating the law?!”
Ikebukuro, Tokyo. A place full of fires waiting to be lit and plenty of people ready to light a match: Twins who are the perfect opposite of each other. An idol who’s nothing like her older brother. A girl with a crush on her senior in the Dollars. And a headless rider with a bounty on her…uh, head. Keeping the peace is probably not gonna happen.


Durarara!! Volume 3 Light Novel Review

Light novel review of Durarara!! Volume 3 by Ryohgo Narita.
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From the back cover;

“Could you kill someone? Working as an information broker in Shinjuku, just toying with all those people… But could you, Izaya Orihara, kill someone? Directly, by your own hand? Not stabbing someone with your knife just right to keep them from dying while you keep dodging the question, I mean. Well, whatever… In the end, you’re the kind of guy who uses other people to do your dirty work. You’re hilariously cowardly.”
Tokyo, Ikebukuro. Loads of baggage from the past are starting to turn up: A boss trying to escape the past. A pair of high school girls with consciences. A boy unaware of his friend’s feelings for him. A man planning a takeover. A boy who uses information to manipulate others. And a headless rider on a pitch-black motorcycle–all headed on a collision course that will decide who will overcome their past and who will become nothing more than a memory…


Durarara!! Volume 2 | Light Novel Review

Review of the light novel, Durarara!! Volume 2 by Ryohgo Narita.

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From the Back Cover:

Ikebukuro has a slashing problem.

Ikebukuro, Tokyo. A place where the clumsy and inept at love gather. A high school girl worried about her status. A third-rate magazine reporter covering the Ikebukuro beat. A teacher suspected of sexual harassment. A thug wearing a yellow bandanna, who is said to be the toughest around. A young man who deals in all manner of sensitive information. And a headless rider on a coal-black motorcycle. As these individuals and more are drawn into a whirl of unlucky incidents, Ikebukuro itself will begin to crumble…!