Seraph of the End Guren Ichinose Catastrophe at Sixteen volume 3 Light Novel Review

Light novel review of Seraph of the End Guren Ichinose Catastrophe at Sixteen volume 3 by Takaya Kagami
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From the back cover;

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.

Yen On Licenses Magical Girl Raising Project & Sound Euphonium

At the beginning of the week, Yenpress teased on Twitter that to give Americans something to be thankful for during their Thanksgiving, Yen would announce some new titles.

That announcement came today, and they’re bringing us two new light novels!

Magical Girl Raising Project

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From Wikipedia;

A popular social game known as the Magical Girl Raising Project has the ability to grant players a 1 in 10,000 chance to become a real life magical girl. Each of the magical girls possess unique abilities and earn Magical Candies by protecting people and performing good deeds. However, at some point, the administration has decided that sixteen magical girls in a certain city is too many, announcing they will cut the number in half by having the magical girl with the fewest Magical Candies each week lose their powers. However, as the rules of the game become more twisted, the girls eventually find themselves dragged into a life or death battle against each other.

Sound Euphonium

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From Anime News Network;

Kumiko Oumae is looking for a new beginning at Kitauji High School, distant from most of her middle school peers. She befriends Hazuki Katou and Saphire “Midori” Kawashima and joins the Music Club with them, a past-time from her junior high days. There she continues to play euphonium and encounters Reina Kousaka, a figure from her past she didn’t expect to meet again. As the club works tirelessly to achieve it’s goals, the two girls awkwardly dance around each other, each wanting to know the other more.

No release dates yet, though YenPress’ tweet said Magical Girl Raising Project would arrive Summer 2017. They didn’t give an approximate release for Sound Euphonium.

Re:Zero Volume 2

Re:Zero Volume 2 Light Novel Review

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From the back cover;

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?

J-Novel Club Licenses Two New Light Novels

I haven’t mentioned much about the newest provider of English light novels. Their business model is very different from any other company currently releasing these books. They work off a subscription model where customers are provided with weekly chapters of ongoing translations. Once a full volume is translated, the general public can pick them up as ebooks.

The company has been moving ahead with a number of recent acquisitions and yesterday they announced two more.

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The Faraway Paladin: The Boy in the City of the Dead

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.”

 

 

 

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“How am I supposed to fight with this?!” After being summoned into another dimension as one of the five heroes destined to defeat a demon lord, Toya Hojo awakens his hero power only to discover that… it’s an unlimited bath? He was blessed with the power to create a bath that can be accessed anywhere, which seems to spell doom for his quest to defeat the demon lord. As he recovers from his shock, Toya slowly discovers the unique features of his power, which allow him to use it in ways he’d never dreamed of… But will he ever get any bath time with Haruno Shinonome, the beautiful girl who was also summoned along with him?!

 

 

 

Sword Art Online Progressive Volume 1

Sword Art Online Progressive Volume 1 Light Novel Review

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From the back cover;

“There’s no way to beat this game. The only difference is when and where you die…”
One month has passed since Akihiko Kayaba’s deadly game began, and the body count continues to rise. Two thousand players are already dead.
Kirito and Asuna are two very different people, but they both desire to fight alone. Nonetheless, they find themselves drawn together to face challenges from both within and without. Given that the entire virtual world they now live in has been created as a deathtrap, the surviving players of Sword Art Online are starting to get desperate, and desperation makes them dangerous to loners like Kirito and Asuna. As it becomes clear that solitude equals suicide, will the two be able to overcome their differences to find the strength to believe in each other, and in so doing survive?
Sword Art Online: Progressive is a new version of the Sword Art Online tale that starts at the beginning of Kirito and Asuna’s epic adventure–on the very first level of the deadly world of Aincrad!

Sword Oratoria Volume 1: Is it Wrong to Try to Pick-Up Girls in a Dungeon On the Side Light Novel Review

Light novel review of Is it Wrong to Try to Pick-Up Girls in a Dungeon (DanMachi) On the Side Sword Oratoria Volume 1 by Fujino Omoti
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From the back cover;

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…

 


Black Bullet Volume 4

Black Bullet Volume 4 Light Novel Review

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From the back cover;

One of the giant Monoliths that protects Tokyo Area from the virally superpowered Gastrea creatures has been destroyed. And right on schedule, the Stage Four Gastrea Aldebaran leads an invading army of the monsters into the city. The elite self-defense forces are sent to face them, and the terrible sounds of war echo across a newly christened battlefield–but soon a tense silence falls. What is it that appears before the eyes of Rentaro and his friends? The near-future thriller of post-apocalyptic survival continues!