Demon King Daimaou Volume 1 Light Novel Review


Review of the light novel Demon King Daimaou Volume 1 by Shoutarou Mizuki.
Harry Potter goes to Hogwarts, and instead of joining Gryffindor, he’s told he will be the next Voldemort. And then he gets a harem. Yeah, that’s pretty much Demon King Daimaou.

LIGHT NOVEL INFORMATION
TITLE: Demon King Daimaou
AKA: Demon King Daimao, Ichiban Ushiro no Daimaou, いちばんうしろの大魔王
AUTHOR: Shoutarou Mizuki
ILLUSTRATOR: Souichi Itou
PUBLISHER (English): J-Novel Club
RELEASE DATE (English): July 2, 2017
PURCHASE (Amazon Affiliate Link): http://amzn.to/2rWTCPD

PUBLISHER (Japan): (Hobby Japan) HJ Bunko
RELEASE DATE (Japan): February 1, 2008
VOLUMES RELEASED (Japan to Date) 13 (Complete – Last volume published in March 2014)
ANIME SERIES: 12 Episodes airing April 2, 2010-June 18, 2010. Anime covered the first 5 volumes of the light novel series.

From the back cover:

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.

The Combat Baker and Automaton Waitress Volume 1 Light Novel Review

Review of the light novel The Combat Baker and Automaton Waitress Volume 1 by SOW.
An ex-soldier opens a bakery, but people are too afraid of him to buy his bread. So he hires a cute waitress with a big secret!
The English version is available exclusively via Bookwalker Global (https://global.bookwalker.jp/).

LIGHT NOVEL INFORMATION
TITLE: The Combat Baker and Automaton Waitress
AKA: Tatakau Panya to Automaton Waitress, 戦うパン屋と機械じかけの看板娘
AUTHOR: SOW
ILLUSTRATOR: Zaza
PUBLISHER (English): Bookwalker Global
RELEASE DATE (English): June 30, 2017
PURCHASE: http://bit.ly/2ttHQO6

PUBLISHER (Japan): (Hobby Japan) HJ Bunko
RELEASE DATE (Japan): April 1, 2015
VOLUMES RELEASED (Japan to Date): 6 (latest volume released December 29, 2016)
ANIME SERIES: None

From the back cover:

The war hero known as Silver Wolf – Lud Langart – pilots a humanoid assault weapon while he dreams of life as a baker. With the war over, Lud now peacefully runs his bakery, but thanks to his frightening scowl, he can’t sell a single loaf of bread. After posting an ad for a waitress in a last ditch effort to save his business, who should reply but a beautiful silver-haired, red-eyed young girl. What Lud doesn’t know is that this new waitress was born from Avei, his AI partner installed in the humanoid assault weapon he piloted during the war.

 

The light novel featured in this review is the official English release. The copy reviewed was provided by the publisher. No other money was provided. All opinions are my own and were not paid for.

 

Sound Euphonium Book 1 Light Novel Review

Review of the light novel Sound Euphonium Welcome to the Kitauji High School Concert Band by Ayano Takedo

LIGHT NOVEL INFORMATION
TITLE: Sound! Euphonium
AKA: 響け! ユーフォニアム, Hibike! Yūfoniamu, Hibike! Euphonium
AUTHOR: Ayano Takeda
ILLUSTRATOR: Nikki Asada (Cover Artist)
PUBLISHER (English): Yen On
RELEASE DATE (English): June 20, 2017
PURCHASE (Amazon Affiliate Link): http://amzn.to/2pUiqHu

From the back cover:

Finding herself, one note at a time…

After a terrible disappointment at the All-Kyoto Concert Band Competition, music has lost its spark for Kumiko. But her first year at Kitauji High School is a chance for a fresh start. So when it comes time to choose a club, she can’t resist joining the band again–even though they’re simply terrible. The strict new club director has promised to whip them into shape to reach Nationals, but the trouble runs deeper than just a lack of practice. Plus, the discord within the club tugs at Kumiko’s old insecurities. Will Kitauji High School find its rhythm before the competition? Will Kumiko?

Re:Zero Volume 4 Light Novel Review

Review of the light novel Re:Zero Starting Life in Another World Volume 4 by Tappei Nagatsuki

LIGHT NOVEL INFORMATION
TITLE: Re:Zero Starting Life in Another World
AKA: Re:Zero kara Hajimaru Isekai Seikatsu, Re: Life in a different world from zero, Re:ゼロから始める異世界生活
AUTHOR: Tappei Nagatsuki
ILLUSTRATOR: Shinichirou Otsuka
PUBLISHER (English): Yen On
RELEASE DATE (English): June 20, 2017
PURCHASE (Amazon Affiliate Link): http://amzn.to/2pqJmib

PUBLISHER (Japan) MF Bunko J
RELEASE DATE (Japan) June 24, 2014
VOLUMES RELEASED (Japan to Date) 13 (+2 Short Story Volumes +2 Side Story Volumes)

From the back cover:

At long last, Subaru can finally enjoy a breather…until an envoy visits to discuss the royal selection. Determined to help Emilia win the throne, Subaru accompanies her to the capital, but Emilia herself stubbornly refuses his assistance. As the tension grows between the royal candidates, so does the friction in the pair’s relationship. Has Subaru’s devotion gone too far?

If It’s For My Daughter, I’d Even Defeat a Demon Lord Vol.1 Light Novel Review

The pull-on-your-heartstrings tale of an adventurer and the young devil girl he adopts as his daughter.
Review of the light novel If It’s For My Daughter I’d Even Defeat a Demon Lord Volume 1 by CHIROLU.

LIGHT NOVEL INFORMATION
TITLE: If It’s For My Daughter, I’d Even Defeat a Demon Lord
AKA: Uchi no Musume no Tame Naraba, Ore Moshikashitara Maou mo Taoserukamo Shirenai, うちの娘の為ならば、俺はもしかしたら魔王も倒せるかもしれない。, UchiMusume
AUTHOR: Chirolu
ILLUSTRATOR: Truffle
PUBLISHER (English): J-Novel Club
RELEASE DATE (English): June 20, 2017
PURCHASE (Amazon Affiliate Link): http://amzn.to/2p7GtDf

From the back cover:

Dale is a cool, composed, and highly skilled adventurer who’s made quite a name for himself despite his youth. One day on a job deep in the forest, he comes across a little devil girl who’s almost wasted away. Unable to just leave her there to die, Dale takes her home and becomes her adoptive father.
Devil or not, Latina is beyond adorable, and the adventurer soon finds himself head over heels with being a parent. But why was she out in the forest to begin with, and why does she carry the mark of a criminal?

Magical Raising Project Volume 1 Light Novel Review

Magical Girls go Battle Royale style in this review of the light novel Magical Girl Raising Project Volume 1 by Asari Endou.

LIGHT NOVEL INFORMATION
TITLE: Magical Girl Raising Project
AKA: Mahou Shoujo Ikusei Keikaku, 魔法少女育成計画
AUTHOR: Asari Endou
ILLUSTRATOR: Marui-no
PUBLISHER (English): Yen On
RELEASE DATE (English): June 20, 2017
PURCHASE (Amazon Affiliate Link): http://amzn.to/2oiSEg6

From the back cover:

Sugar and spice–but not playing nice!

The hit smartphone game Magical Girl Raising Project is not only free, but one in tens of thousands of players will win real-life powers. In N City, sixteen of these lucky girls help the city’s citizens–until upper management announces that each week, the least productive magical girl will lose her gifts. But this is no ordinary contest, and as the rules become increasingly sadistic, the competition to keep their powers becomes a vicious battle for the girls’ very lives…

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?!
A Bookwalker Global Exclusive

Purchase – http://bit.ly/2ttHQO6

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.

Purchase – http://amzn.to/2rWTCPD

 

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?

Purchase – http://amzn.to/2r3gTjS

 

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?

Purchase – http://amzn.to/2shbxkB

 

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?

Purchase – http://amzn.to/2rMTbpd

 

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!

Purchase – http://amzn.to/2swYGum

 

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.

Purchase – http://amzn.to/2sEQg1L

 

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?

Purchase – http://amzn.to/2rDDXRy

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?

Purchase – http://amzn.to/2siGX7S

 

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!

Purchase – http://amzn.to/2r7hI6d

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!

Purchase – http://amzn.to/2rMYZih

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.

Purchase – http://amzn.to/2qXrSXP

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.

Purchase – http://amzn.to/2r37yIN

 

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.

Purchase – http://amzn.to/2rN7yd8

 

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!

Purchase – http://amzn.to/2sPQTIm

 

See you next month for more Light Novel releases!