In Another World With My Smartphone Volume 1 Light Novel Review

Review of the light novel In Another World With My Smartphone Volume 1 by  Patora Fuyuhara.
An apologetic God sends a Japanese boy who was accidentally killed to another world. But what is the boy’s one requested item to take with him? A smartphone of course!

LIGHT NOVEL INFORMATION
TITLE: In Another World With My Smartphone
AKA:Isekai wa Smartphone to Tomo ni. Isekai Smartphone, 異世界はスマートフォンとともに。
AUTHOR: Patora Fuyuhara
ILLUSTRATOR: Eiji Usatsuka
PUBLISHER (English): J-Novel Club
RELEASE DATE (English):  March 23, 2017
PURCHASE (Amazon Affiliate Link): http://amzn.to/2mcEloU

From the back cover:

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!

Re:Zero Volume 3 Light Novel Review

Review of the light novel Re:Zero Starting Life in Another World Volume 3 by Tappei Nagatsuki.

LIGHT NOVEL INFORMATION
TITLE: Re:Zero -Starting Life in Another World- Volume 2
AKA: Re: Life in a different world from zero, Re:Zero kara Hajimaru Isekai Seikatsu, 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): March 21, 2017
PURCHASE (Amazon Affiliate Link): http://amzn.to/2mcUIEL

From the back cover;

–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…?

The Rising of the Shield Hero Volume 6 Light Novel Review

Review of the light novel The Rising of the Shield Hero Volume 6 by Aneko Yusagi

LIGHT NOVEL INFORMATION
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
ILLUSTRATOR: Seira Minami
PUBLISHER (English): One Peace Books
RELEASE DATE (English): November 22, 2016
PURCHASE (Amazon Affiliate Link): http://amzn.to/2nMpYeG

From the back cover;

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?

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
PURCHASE (Amazon Affiliate Link): http://amzn.to/2mDTBM2

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?

The Faraway Paladin Volume 1 Light Novel Review

Review of the light novel The Faraway Paladin Volume 1 The Boy in the City of the Dead 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): February 2, 2017
PURCHASE (Amazon Affiliate Link): http://amzn.to/2jizkdb

From the back cover;

In a city of the dead, long since ruined and far from human civilization, lives a single human child. His name is Will, and he’s being raised by three undead: the hearty skeletal warrior, Blood; the graceful mummified priestess, Mary; and the crotchety spectral sorcerer, Gus. The three pour love into the boy, and teach him all they know. But one day, Will starts to wonder: “Who am I?”
Will must unravel the mysteries of this faraway dead man’s land, and unearth the secret pasts of the undead. He must learn the love and mercy of the good gods, and the bigotry and madness of the bad. And when he knows it all, the boy will take his first step on the path to becoming a Paladin.

“I promised you. It’s gonna take a while, but I’ll tell you everything. This is the story of the deaths of many heroes. It’s the story of how we died, and it’s the reason you grew up here.”

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!

Purchase My Little Sister can Read Kanji Volume 2 http://amzn.to/2lwqzPw

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!

Purchase Mixed Bathing in Another Dimension Volume 2 http://amzn.to/2ljXYKy

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!

Purchase I Saved Too Many Girls and Cause the Apocalypse Volume 2 http://amzn.to/2lentgw

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!

Purchase Accel World Volume 9 http://amzn.to/2l5fCAZ

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!!

Purchase Durarara!! Volume 6 http://amzn.to/2lwDdOq

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!

Purchase Kingdom Hearts the Novel http://amzn.to/2mqAFyG

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?

Purchase Log Horizon Volume 7 http://amzn.to/2kS2gfW

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…?

Purchase Re:Zero Volume 3 http://amzn.to/2mcUIEL

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!

Purchase In Another World With My Smartphone Volume 1 http://amzn.to/2mcEloU

Overlord Volume 3 Light Novel Review


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Review of the light novel Overlord Volume 3 The Bloody Valkyrie by Kugane Maruyama.
Ainz Ooal Gown faces rebellion in the Tomb of Nazarich. Does it mean his status as Overlord is threatened?

LIGHT NOVEL INFORMATION
TITLE: Overlord
AKA: オーバーロード
AUTHOR: Kugane Maruyama
ILLUSTRATOR: so-bin
PUBLISHER (English): Yen On
RELEASE DATE (English): January 31, 2017
PURCHASE (Amazon Affiliate Link): http://amzn.to/2i1UP4d

From the back cover;

Lord Ainz has made great progress moonlighting as the indomitable hero Momon, but what should be a moment of triumph is shattered–by news of rebellion. He vows to find out what has happened and to defend the honor of his guild and home–Ainz Ooal Gown.