Juni Taisen Zodiac War Light Novel Review

Review of the light novel Juni Taisen Zodiac War by Nisioisin

TITLE: Juni Taisen Zodiac War
AKA: Juuni Taisen, 十二大戦
AUTHOR: Nisioisin
ILLUSTRATOR: Hikaru Nakamura
PUBLISHER (English): Viz Media
RELEASE DATE (English): October 10, 2017
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PUBLISHER (Japan): Shueisha
RELEASE DATE (Japan): May 19, 2015
VOLUMES RELEASED (Japan to Date): 2 (2nd volume released October 4, 2017)
ANIME SERIES: Just started airing. Available on Crunchyroll

From the back cover:

Twelve warriors enter a death match, but only one can survive to win the ultimate prize.

Rampage. Weep. Kill. Every 12 years, the 12 signs of the Chinese zodiac take the form of warriors and engage in the ultimate battle royal. They face one another in battles to the death, using all the powers of their star signs, and the sole survivor is granted the ultimate prize—a wish. Any wish.

Accel World Volume 10 Light Novel Review

Review of the light novel Accel World Volume 10 by Reki Kawahara
The short story volume of Accel World.

TITLE: Accel World
AKA: アクセル・ワールド
AUTHOR: Reki Kawahara
PUBLISHER (English): Yen On
RELEASE DATE (English): June 20, 2017
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PUBLISHER (Japan): Degeki Bunko (ASCII Media Works)
RELEASE DATE (Japan): December 10, 2011
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:

2046–Haruyuki, member of the reborn Nega Nebulus, is a new Burst Linker. Through hard work, he finally reaches level two–only to find himself with just eight burst points left!! With one wrong move, Haruyuki could lose access to Brain Burst forever…Refusing to take his friend’s points, Haruyuki turns to the Accelerated World “bouncer,” a mysterious person with the duel avatar Aqua Current.

One year later, the Black King, Kuroyukihime, is on a school trip in Okinawa! With nearly all Burst Linkers located in Tokyo, Kuroyukihime assumes she’ll have a relaxing vacation…until she’s suddenly challenged to a duel! Later, on a seemingly normal day, Haruyuki is issued a challenge…from a player in black, wielding two swords! Dive into Accel World’s past in this thrilling short story collection!

Bakemonogatari Volume 3 Light Novel Review

Review of the light novel Bakemonogatari Volume 3 by Nisio Isin

TITLE: Bakemonogatari
AKA: Monogagatari, 物語シリーズ
AUTHOR: Nisio Isin
PUBLISHER (English): Vertical Inc.
RELEASE DATE (English): April 25, 2017
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PUBLISHER (Japan): Kodansha
RELEASE DATE (Japan): December 4, 2006
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:

A class president among class presidents, a bespectacled model student who soars to the top of honors lists without fail, Tsubasa Hanekawa also happens to be a decent human being. True, she does have a habit of making single-minded assumptions, but they come from a good place and turn out to be fortuitous as often as not.

Loser extraordinaire Koyomi Araragi owes her his post of class vice president and a more significant debt of gratitude for her unstinting support during the darkest spring break of his life. All of it has blinded him to the possibility that his saintly classmate’s family situation might be no less adverse than that of his other lady friends.

Thus, at last, we face Hanekawa’s unlikely aberration in “Tsubasa Cat”—the concluding part of the legendary novel that captured the sensibilities of a new generation in the aught years and spawned an animated series that has won international popularity and acclaim—before the story continues with a Fake Tale…

My Youth Romantic Comedy is Wrong as I Expected Volume 3 Light Novel Review

Review of the light novel My Youth Romantic Comedy is Wrong as I Expected (Oregairu) Volume 3 by Wataru Watari

TITLE: My Youth Romantic Comedy is Wrong as I Expected
AKA: Oregairu, Yahari Ore no Seishun Rom-Com wa Machigatteiru, My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU, やはり俺の青春ラブコメはまちがっている。
AUTHOR: Wataru Watari
PUBLISHER (English): Yen On
RELEASE DATE (English): September 19, 2017
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PUBLISHER (Japan): Gagaga Bunko (Shogakukan)
RELEASE DATE (Japan): November 20, 2011
VOLUMES RELEASED (Japan to Date): 12 (most recent released September 20, 2017)
ANIME SERIES: 26 episodes + 2 OVAs (covers volumes 1-11 of the light novels)

From the back cover:

Nothing ever changes. No friends, no girlfriends–nothing but a solitary life at school… So why is Hachiman so uncomfortable? Maybe it’s the fact that their club room is one girl short. There’s no way Yukino and Hachiman can solve the problems born from this chain of misunderstandings. The bittersweet time with Totsuka, preparing for battle with Zaimokuza, a secret side of Ms. Hiratsuka…and strip poker? Surrounded by characters sprinting headlong in the wrong direction, will the club ever return to normal?

The Rising of the Shield Hero Volume 7 Light Novel Review

Review of the light novel The Rising of the Shield Hero Volume 7 by Aneko Yusagi

TITLE: The Rising of the Shield Hero
AKA: Tate no Yuusha no Nariagari, 盾の勇者の成り上がり
AUTHOR: Aneko Yusagi
PUBLISHER (English): One Peace Books
RELEASE DATE (English): April 18, 2017
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PUBLISHER (Japan): MF Books (Media Factory)
RELEASE DATE (Japan): September 25, 2014
VOLUMES RELEASED (Japan to Date): 18 (most recent volume released July 25, 2017)
ANIME SERIES: In Production (most likely will premiere January 2018)
Check out the trailer for the anime here – https://youtu.be/gP4ZlVB3oEM

From the back cover:

Naofumi and his friends defeat the Spirit Tortoise after it rampages across the country. They leave in search of the other missing heroes and meet Ost along the way, who says she is one of the Spirit Tortoise’s servants. She tells Naofumi that the Spirit Tortoise is still alive and that someone is pulling the strings to use the tortoise to destroy the world! Can Naofumi protect those he loves from this new danger?

Infinite Dendrogram Volume 2 Light Novel Review

Review of the light novel Infinite Dendrogram Volume 2 by Sakon Kaidou.

TITLE: Infinite Dendrogram
AKA: <Infinite Dendrogram> , インフィニット·デンドログラム
AUTHOR: Sakon Kaidou
PUBLISHER (English): J-Novel Club
RELEASE DATE (English): August 29, 2017
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PUBLISHER (Japan): HJ Bunko (Hobby Japan)
RELEASE DATE (Japan): December 18, 2016
VOLUMES RELEASED (Japan to Date): 5 Volumes (most recent releases September 30, 2017)

From the back cover:

After an unexpectedly challenging journey, Ray and his party finally arrive at Gideon, The City of Duels.
The mere sight of the towering arenas and thriving fantasy townscapes is enough to instantly awe and enchant him. However — like anything that stands tall and proud — the city cast a great, dark shadow.
The name of this shadow is the Gouz-Maise gang — a loathsome band of cutthroats who turn their profit kidnapping children and demanding ransom.
Ray, wide-eyed and innocent, was blissfully unaware of just how cruel the hyper-realistic world of Infinite Dendrogram would become.

Upcoming Light Novel Releases for October 2017

Here are the light novels releasing in English during the month of October 2017.

OCTOBER 1, 2017

Bluesteel Blasphemer: Volume 3

Yukinari has created a viable system of agriculture for Friedland, and the town once reliant on their erdgod’s whims looks like it might finally be able to thrive on its own. Yuki seems content to settle down at his sanctuary along with Dasa, Berta, and Ulrike, the erdgod from Rostruch, when a unit of the Missionary Order arrives in town with mercenaries on their heels.

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OCTOBER 3, 2017

Invaders of the Rokujouma!?: Volume 7

With the end of the year approaching, things are getting busy around Corona House. Even though it’s winter vacation, there’s a new play to get ready for, Koutarou has picked up a new part-time job that no one seems to know anything about, and Ruth has decided to take up martial arts training. Come January, preparations for “The Silver Princess and the Blue Knight, Part 2” kick into high gear, but when an old rival reappears dead set on revenge, Koutarou may be in for the trip of a lifetime.

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OCTOBER 7, 2017

Arifureta: From Commonplace to World’s Strongest Volume 3

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!?

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OCTOBER 10, 2017

Juni Taisen: Zodiac War

Twelve warriors enter a death match, but only one can survive to win the ultimate prize.

Rampage. Weep. Kill. Every 12 years, the 12 signs of the Chinese zodiac take the form of warriors and engage in the ultimate battle royal. They face one another in battles to the death, using all the powers of their star signs, and the sole survivor is granted the ultimate prize—a wish. Any wish.

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Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash Volume 3 (Physical Release)

“Choco. Wait, could it be that Choco…?”
Haruhiro and his comrades have become famous due to achievements no one expected from them. With his comrades more confident, Haruhiro is still agonizing over what to do when more experienced volunteer soldiers come to him. Among them is a girl whose name is still in Haruhiro’s memories.
At that same time, the town of Alterna moves to retake the Deadhead Watching Keep held by orcs. Looking to earn some of the reward money, Haruhiro’s party ends up joining their first raid alongside Renji and Choco.

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OCTOBER 13, 2017

The Faraway Paladin: Volume 3 Secundus

Will and his new allies at last set out for the Rust Mountains to face the dragon Valacirca. After a nostalgic reunion and an unexpected encounter, the curtain of battle must rise in the lost underground kingdom. What fate awaits the Faraway Paladin? The god of undeath is clear:
“I will say it once more. If you challenge him, you will die.”

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OCTOBER 17, 2017

The Rising of the Shield Hero Volume 09

“I will see to your punishment. Come at me!”

Yomogi, a female samurai, attacks Naofumi and his team. The Shield Hero, Naofumi, finds himself separated from his companions―and reduced to level one! With the help of Kizuna, one of the holy heroes from the new world, he is able to reunite with his friends.

Naofumi prepares to battle their enemy Kyo, but then Yomogi attacks, declaring she is acting on Kyo’s behalf. In the middle of battle, Naofumi notices something strange about her powerful weapon―but what is it?

Find out in volume nine of this otherworldly revenge fantasy!

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OCTOBER 19, 2017

How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom: Volume 4

After the war with the Principality of Amidonia comes to a close, provisional king Souma receives an unexpected message. It’s a request for annexation from his former enemies in the Principality. Facing a civil war and an invasion by other countries, the Principality now needs the Elfrieden Kingdom’s strength in order to fight back. Souma agrees to the annexation and summons those who play an important role in the defense of the Principality to Van for an awards ceremony, but the Princess of the Principality, Roroa, is hiding in with the mountain of gifts they give him?!

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OCTOBER 25, 2017

If It’s for My Daughter, I’d Even Defeat a Demon Lord: Volume 3

The skilled young adventurer, Dale, at last returns to his base of operations in the town of Kreuz after the long journey he took with his adopted daughter, the devil girl Latina. He feels a brief moment of relief when as he watches Latina greet Kenneth and Rita with a smile and start handing out souvenirs… but wait, what’s Helmine doing here?

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OCTOBER 27, 2017

In Another World With My Smartphone: Volume 5

The newly-crowned 16-year-old Grand Duke of Brunhild, Mochizuki Touya, is just starting to get the hang of managing a nation. What better way to christen his Duchy than to host a party with all the other royals in the region? Laughter! Fun! Pinball! But it’s not all fun and games, Touya’s search to uncover the truth behind the Phrase and Babylon bring him to the depths of the darkest forests, and the caps of the snowiest mountains. Not only that, but new territory means new responsibilities, and soon enough the eyes of the Vatican fall upon him. “Blasphemy!” they scream, “God is no old man, he is a magnificent being of light!” How will Touya react when even the Pope challenges the honor of the old man that gave him a new lease on life. The bells toll for a riveting tale of swords, sorcery, and… savage tribals?!

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My Big Sister Lives in a Fantasy World Volume 6

As the war for the Evil God’s vessels begins to escalate, an even more terrible threat comes to Seishin City. When Natsuki runs away, fearing for her life, Yuichi and his friends try to search for her. Their pursuit will lead them not only a new, deadly enemy… but a final understanding of how Yuichi came to have Soul Reader!

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OCTOBER 31, 2017

Re:ZERO -Starting Life in Another World-, Vol. 5

It’s been three days since Subaru and Emilia separated on the worst possible terms. Subaru has fled to Crusch’s mansion, letting Rem tend to him while his heart festers. Gloomy and distraught, Subaru ignores his instructions to stay put and returns to Roswaal’s manor. But what he finds when he arrives brings the spiral of death and despair even closer…

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Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? On the Side: Sword Oratoria, Vol. 4

After the tumultuous events in the Dungeon, Aiz has finally reached the vaulted Level 6! But in spite of this amazing news, the Sword Princess seems to be completely depressed. There are two reasons.

The first is that she finally managed to meet the white-haired boy again, but once more, he ran away from her with everything he had. The second is that the monster tamer she fought so hard against knew her name–a name that absolutely no one else should know, and yet…

Meanwhile, from the depths of the Dungeon comes a mysterious crystal ball that’s about to plunge both underground and surface worlds quietly into chaos!

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The Empty Box and Zeroth Maria, Vol. 1

Kazuki Hoshino leads the easy-going life of a typical high school student–until the appearance of a new girl in his class turns his world upside down! Introducing herself with a promise to “break” Kazuki is abnormal enough to make an impression, sure, but why does she seem so familiar…?

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Log Horizon, Vol. 9

When the Catastrophe hit, American Elder Tales player Leonardo was one of the many people trapped. Stuck on the Chinese server with none of his friends and surrounded by thousands of monsters, his situation is hopeless…until a headstrong girl comes to his rescue! Kanami, the former Debauchery Tea Party leader, recruits him for her party. Along with the hero Elias, the blank-faced healer Coppélia, and a strange white horse that can talk, the group resolves to travel to the Japanese server, the only place where the new expansion pack unlocked before the Catastrophe struck. The long trek eastward begins!

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Psycome, Vol. 5: Murder Machine and the Catastrophic Athletic Festival

Even cutthroat murderers have school athletics festivals! Aiming for the top place in the school’s first murderathon, Kyousuke and his classmates suffer through backbreaking conditioning. His life gets even more complicated when Renko’s mother, Reiko Hikawa, pays a visit. She gives the pair an ultimatum: if their class doesn’t win the athletics festival, Kyousuke and Renko can’t get married! Can he sort out his ambiguous feelings for Renko while surviving the upperclassmen’s bloodlust?

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your name. Another Side:Earthbound

Mitsuha is a young girl living in a rural town named Itomori and is fed up with her life. One day, her family and friends notice she’s suddenly acting strange. Little do they know, a high school boy from Tokyo named Taki Tachibana found himself randomly switching places with her when he fell asleep. But he has no clue how to act as a high school girl in an unfamiliar place! This is the story of the hit novel your name. from the perspective of Mitsuha’s friends and family as they deal with her strange new quirks–and avoid disaster.

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Infinite Dendrogram: Volume 3

The day after Ray and Hugo faced off against the vile Gouz-Maise Gang, the city of Gideon was far livelier than usual, brimming with excitement and anticipation for a certain event. As one would expect from a metropolis bearing the title of “city of duels,” the event was a match between two highly notable duelists: Figaro — the local hero — and Xunyu — one of the most powerful individuals from the far-east empire of Huang He. Both were Masters wielding the powers of Superior Embryos, and both would give their all to fight, make merry and emerge victorious. But a malicious plan unfurls itself in the shadows, who is it that seeks to strike the Kingdom of Altar at its most vulnerable? More importantly, who will survive the Clash of the Superiors?

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