Strike the Blood Volume 7 Light Novel Review

Review of the light novel Strike the Blood Volume 7 Kaleid Blood by Gakuto Mikumo
Finally! Some reveals on the series’ biggest mysteries.

LIGHT NOVEL INFORMATION
TITLE: Strike the Blood
AKA: ストライク·ザ·ブラッド
AUTHOR: Gakuto Mikumo
ILLUSTRATOR: Manyako
PUBLISHER (English): Yen On
RELEASE DATE (English): September 19, 2017
PURCHASE (Amazon.com): http://amzn.to/2wkPvjy
PURCHASE (Book Depository): http://bit.ly/2FCFf6S

PUBLISHER (Japan): Dengeki Bunko (ASCII Media Works)
RELEASE DATE (Japan): April 10, 2013
VOLUMES RELEASED (Japan to Date): 18 (Most recent volume released November 10, 2017)
ANIME SERIES: 24 Episodes Series (October 2013-March 2014. Contained content from vols.1-6 + a side story)
2 OVA Episodes (November-December 2015. Might be original. Can’t find which volumes it covers)
8 OVA Episodes (November 2016-May 2017. Covers vol.9)

From the back cover:

Nagisa has collapsed! Kojou rushes to the hospital, but suddenly a mysterious girl appears, and she looks just like Avrora, the former Fourth Primogenitor. She backs Kojou into a corner–but is she the real Avrora? Through this encounter, Kojou regains his lost memories, what will he remember? Finally, Kojou’s past and the secrets of the Fourth Primogenitor are revealed!

Is It Wrong to Try to Pick-Up Girls in a Dungeon Volume 10 Light Novel Review

Review of the light novel Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon Volume 10 by Fujino Omori

LIGHT NOVEL INFORMATION
TITLE: Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon
AKA: Danmachi, Dungeon ni Deai wo Motomeru no wa Machigatteiru no Darou ka, ダンジョンに出会いを求めるのは間違っているのだろうか, Familia Myth
AUTHOR: Fujino Omori
ILLUSTRATOR: Suzuhito Yasuda
PUBLISHER (English): Yen On
RELEASE DATE (English): December 19, 2017
PURCHASE (Amazon.com): http://amzn.to/2y9TzAg
PURCHASE (Book Depository): http://bit.ly/2zoDlqv

PUBLISHER (Japan): GA Bunko (SOFTBANK Creative)
RELEASE DATE (Japan): May 14, 2016
VOLUMES RELEASED (Japan to Date): 13 (most recent releasing February 14, 2018)
ANIME SERIES: 13 episodes, covering volumes 1-5

From the back cover:

NOT THE REUNION THEY HAD HOPED FOR…

After encountering intelligent monsters in the Dungeon, Bell and Wiene share a tearful good-bye as Hestia Familia returns to the surface short one member. But not long after their parting, the Guild confirms the existence of armed monsters and immediately calls on Orario’s strongest to exterminate this threat. Bell is forced to make some of the hardest decisions of his life when he ends up being the only thing standing between a massacre of monsters and adventurers…!

Light Novel Releases for February 2018

Here are the light novels releasing during the month of February 2018.

FEBRUARY 1, 2018

Didn’t I Say to Make My Abilities Average in the Next Life? Volume 1 (eBook Release)

When gifted student Kurihara Misato dies right after her high school graduation, she meets God and has a peculiar request: to make her abilities average in the next life. But few things–especially wishes–ever go quite as planned. As she navigates her new life as a ten-year-old girl in a magic-filled world, she realizes God has a unique definition of average!

Purchase (Amazon.com) – http://amzn.to/2Fa7bPk

How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom Volume 5

A new nation, the Kingdom of Friedonia, is born and Souma becomes its new king. He broadcasts an educational program and is gradually working towards the enlightenment of his people when he makes a visit to Lagoon City, a city on the water which is ruled by Excel who has been appointed the Supreme Commander of the National Defense Force. There he finds Castor, the former General of the Air Force who Souma once defeated, waiting for him. When Castor becomes suspicious about his sudden visit, Souma reveals the National Defense Force’s top secret project?!
“You… What in the world have you created…?”
When Castor is struck dumb by the unimaginable sight he witnesses, what will the order Souma gives him be?!
The story moves on to the next stage! The fifth volume of the revolutionary transferred-to-another-world administrative fantasy!

Purchase (Amazon.com) – http://amzn.to/2BCX6YT

FEBRUARY 2, 2018

Outbreak Company Volume 2

IS THAT REALLY A SPY?!

It’s already been a few months since Shinichi came to Eldant, where dragons are commonplace and magic is real. His job is simple: spread otaku culture to the masses of this other world.

But of course, things aren’t that easy (are they ever?). Eldant is in a state of war, and war includes espionage… so how will Shinichi and company deal with a spy in their midst?

Add that to his growing suspicions about his own government’s motives, and Shinichi definitely has his hands full. Heavy is the head that wears the otaku crown…

Purchase (Amazon.com) – http://amzn.to/2rBhfyK

FEBRUARY 4, 2018

Invaders of the Rokujouma Volume 9

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, and the girls of room 106 are scrambling in preparation for it. It’s not all fun and games, however, because not everyone seems to be able to admit their true feelings. Ruth receives a strange message from her parents back home in Forthorthe, leaving her with an important decision to make about her future. And on top of everything else, she seems to be getting closer and closer to figuring out what happened to
Koutarou while he was away.

Purchase (Amazon.com) – http://amzn.to/2DGmfae

FEBRUARY 6, 2018

Arifrueta From Commonplace to World’s Strongest Volume 1 (Print Release)

The bestselling fantasy light novel comes to print for the first time!
Seventeen-year-old Hajime Nagumo is your average, everyday otaku. However, his simple life of pulling all-nighters and sleeping in school is suddenly turned upside down when he, along with the rest of his class, is summoned to a fantasy world! They’re treated like heroes and tasked with the duty of saving the human race from utter extinction. But what should have been any otaku’s paradise quickly turns into Hajime’s nightmare.
While the rest of his class are blessed with godlike powers, Hajime’s job, Synergist, only has a single transmutation skill. Ridiculed and bullied by his classmates for being weak, he soon finds himself in despair. Will he be able to survive in this dangerous world of monsters and demons with only a glorified blacksmith’s level of strength?

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Purchase (Book Depository) – http://bit.ly/2rz5Zmy

Perfect Blue: Complete Metamorphosis

Kirigoe Mima is in the third year of her career as a pure and innocent pop idol. Feeling like something big needs to change, she plans to give her image a major update. When the new Mima is revealed–complete with a sexy outfit and a risqué photo book–one of her most obsessive fans refuses to accept her transformation. To restore Mima to the innocent girl of her debut, he puts a terrifying plan to action that throws her life into chaos and mortal peril.

Purchase (Amazon.com) – http://amzn.to/2rBi8Y6
Purchase (Book Depository) – http://bit.ly/2F9dzGp

FEBRUARY 15, 2018

Clockwork Planet Volume 3

“—Are you telling me that it’s an enormous electromagnet?!” In the wake of rescuing the mindcontrolled AnchoR, moments later, Naoto and Marie come to a rude awakening over a crucial element of the behemoth’s design: its natural ability to disrupt clockwork technology! Caught between a desperate Tokyo Military and a doomsday weapon stronger than even they anticapted, the two geniuses are facing their greatest crisis yet! The third volume of the gear fantasy by Yuu Kamiya x Tsubaki Himana x Sino!!

Purchase (Amazon.com) – http://amzn.to/2DvMEUV

FEBRUARY 19, 2018

How Not to Summon a Demon Lord Volume 2

After being summoned to another world that resembled the video game Cross Reverie, Takuma Sakamoto accidentally ended up with two girls as his slaves: the Pantherian, Rem, and the Elf, Shera.
Takuma, under the guise of his screenname Diablo, came to this world a powerful Sorcerer, just like his avatar in the game. Along with the two girls and Emile, a devilishly handsome Warrior, they managed to protect the town of Faltra from the looming threat of invasion by the malevolent Fallen.
But that peace they brought upon the town did not last long.
The Kingdom of Greenwood, a country of Elves, makes a troubling demand: if their princess isn’t returned to her rightful home within the time allotted, then the Kingdom will declare war on Faltra—
And it’s up to Diablo and the others to prevent a war with the Elves!
So begins the second volume of an adventure with an earth-shakingly powerful Demon Lord (or at least someone who acts like one) taking on another world!

Purchase (Amazon.com) – http://amzn.to/2DE85q1

FEBRUARY 20, 2017

Occultic;Nine Volume 3

From the mind behind Steins;Gate, Chaos;Head, Robotics;Notes, and Chaos;Child! Now a hit anime, too!

–Q: Do you believe in ghosts?

A: Of course not!

Yuta Gamon, a young boy who lives in Kichijoji, runs an Occult-related blog called “Kirikiri Basara”. He spends his days dreaming of making a fortune off his affiliate links. Suddenly, Yuta’s blog brings together the fate of nine strangers, as what starts off as a tiny feeling that something’s wrong develops into a case that goes beyond imagination. Black magic, the afterlife, psychics, fortune-telling, other dimensions, prophecies, hypnosis, urban legends… The world is filled with flim-flam! The third book in the Paranormal NVL Occultic;Nine series.

Purchase (Amazon.com) – http://amzn.to/2n6KtQF

Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash Volume 5 (Print)

MYSTERY IN THE DEPTHS!

Months have passed since Haruhiro and company began their campaign to tame the labyrinth known as the Hole of Surprises. Delving ever deeper, they discover a dangerous new path, unmapped by any adventurers before them. Tackling this challenge means an alliance with Team Tokimune–the most eccentric party in all of Alterna. Riches and drama await as Haruhiro’s journey continues!

Purchase (Amazon.com) – http://amzn.to/2FscJEH
Purchase (Book Depository) – http://bit.ly/2EnPQ6j

FENRUARY 26, 2018

[New Life+] Young Again in Another World: Volume 1

When death tapped Renya Kunugi on the shoulder, he smiled and went willingly. After enjoying a nice, long life of 94 years, he was looking forward to shutting his eyes for the last time. He was, therefore, understandably upset when he woke up again in an empty space, devoid of memories, with a young girl in a tunic rambling on and on about how she’s God. So, he did what any reasonable person would have done under those circumstances: he sent the girl flying with a kick to the face.

It turned out that the girl was indeed God, and she was in a pinch. She urgently needed someone to do some interdimensional Resource smuggling, and Renya fit the bill.

His mission: cross the boundary into another world, then chill for a few decades. God would handle the rest.

To sweeten the deal, she offered him an eighteen-year-old body and a whole laundry list of ludicrously powerful skills, yet he remained hesitant. Then, she mentioned the food — an exotic world comes with exotic delicacies — and this sealed the deal. The next thing he knew, he was standing in a foreign land, younger, stronger, and more clueless than ever. Will he survive this world? And more importantly, will the world survive him?

Purchase (Amazon.com) – http://amzn.to/2rUsmD7

FEBRUARY 27, 2018

A Certain Magical Index Volume 14

No Synopsis was provided.

Purchase (Amazon.com) – http://amzn.to/2n51smr
Purchase (Book Depository) – http://bit.ly/2BoWMwJ

The Empty Box and Zeroth Maria Volume 2

No Synopsis Provided

Purchase (Amazon.com) – http://amzn.to/2n5Xv1r
Purchase (Book Depository) – http://bit.ly/2n8Ttp9

Is It Wrong to Try to Pick-Up Girls in a Dungeon? On the Side: Sword Oratoria Volume 5

After the massive battle on the 59th floor, Loki Famila makes their return. However, along the way their progress is halted by the appearance of an Irregular and they make camp on the 18th floor. There, Aiz faces an unexpected and sudden reunion with a certain white-haired boy that a certain young elf couldn’t be less excited to see. The other adventurers are all curious, hoping to find out more about the fastest growing adventurer in history but Lefiya has other ideas…

Purchase (Amazon.com) – http://amzn.to/2F7rixi
Purchase (Book Depository) – http://bit.ly/2F6BMNA

Log Horizon Volume 10

Almost a full year has passed since Shiroe and the others found themselves stuck in Elder Tales. Most of the Akiba residents have grown accustomed to the new world–though, they still don’t want to be there. Minori delivers Shiroe a letter from Roe2, his sub-character from the test server. He suspects she’s someone who might be able to explain exactly why the Catastrophe happened and for what purpose.

Purchase (Amazon.com) – http://amzn.to/2n5UE8F
Purchase (Book Depository) – http://bit.ly/2rwt5Kt

Psycome Volume 6

The school festival has arrived, and the students of Class A are putting together a maid cafe. Renko Hikawa returns to the school after collapsing in her fight against Kyousuke at the athletics festival, and she’s looking forward to a school life even more enjoyable than before. When Renko’s parents visit for the festival, they’re even more determined to put an end to the relationship between their daughter and Kyousuke–by demanding him to drop out of school! With both the school’s deadly exams and Renko breathing down his neck, will Kyousuke finally sort out his feelings for the Murder Maid?

Purchase (Amazon.com) – http://amzn.to/2E496FG
Purchase (Book Depository) – http://bit.ly/2n7mLnZ

Re:Zero Starting Life in Another World Volume 6

After suffering terribly at the hands of the Archbishop of Sloth Petelgeuse, Subaru has returned once more to the capital with his ability, Return by Death. Swearing revenge, he’ll need to find allies and borrow their strength to strike back at the Witch’s Cult and save Emilia. But how will he manage that when he has nothing to offer, powerless as he is…?

Purchase (Amazon.com) – http://amzn.to/2BoJHDw
Purchase (Book Depository) – http://bit.ly/2n9TCbg

Clockwork Planet Volume 1 (Print Release)

From the creator of No Game, No Life comes an all-new steampunk light novel series that inspired an anime!
The Earth has died, but the entire planet has been reconstructed using gears and clockwork. One thousand years later, a mysterious black box crashes into the house of a high school gearhead named Naoto Miura, a machine otaku who is obsessed with tinkering. The box contains the broken body of an automaton girl. When Naoto repairs the automaton and she becomes his clockwork companion, Naoto’s world will never be the same again.

Purchase (Amazon.com) – http://amzn.to/2Bndw7I
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Nekomonogatari (White) (Delayed from January)

Launching into new territory that the author hadn’t mapped out when he embarked on the series, NEKOMONOGATARI (White) tells the tale of heroine Tsubasa Hanekawa from her own perspective, in her own voice—if that can hold true for a damaged soul who, depending on who you’re asking, suffers from a split personality or a supernatural aberration.

The bone-chilling brokenness of her household, where father and mother and daughter keep three separate sets of cookware in the same kitchen and only ever prepare their own meals, and the profound darkness nurtured in the genius schoolgirl’s heart, come to life, if that is the word, through her self-vivisection.

As for our customary unreliable narrator, Araragi, we seem to learn revealing tidbits about him now that we have an outside view of him at last, while his lady friends Senjogahara, Hachikuji, et al, freed from his predilection for proudly inane banter, show subtly new faces to us via their female interlocutor. Welcome to the Second Season.

Purchase (Amazon.com) – http://amzn.to/2AlTgWV
Purchase (Book Depository) – http://bit.ly/2Am4lHB

Nekomonogatari Black Light Novel Review

Review of the light novel Nekomonogatari (Black) by Nisioisin
The events of Golden Week are finally revealed!

LIGHT NOVEL INFORMATION
TITLE: Nekomonogatari Black
AKA: Monogagatari, 偽物語 上
AUTHOR: Nisionisin
ILLUSTRATOR: VOFAN
PUBLISHER (English): Vertical
RELEASE DATE (English): December 8, 2017
PURCHASE (Amazon.com): http://amzn.to/2hVtJsX
PURCHASE (Book Depository): http://bit.ly/2DuBjnL

PUBLISHER (Japan): Kodansha
RELEASE DATE (Japan): July 29, 2010
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:

Following up on the high note of family ties on which the previous installment concluded, but preceding it chronologically, we find Araragi and his little sister Tsukihi, the heroine of the last volume, in full sibling rivalry mode as they bicker about love. The conversation that cannot end unfolds in its unabashed original glory herein.

Like KIZUMONOGATARI, which delved into our narrator’s disastrous spring break, Cat Tale (Black) is a prequel about another catastrophe, mentioned often yet never recounted even in a foregoing chapter dedicated to Miss H.: namely, the model student’s rampage over Golden Week, a string of holidays starting at the end of April.

Closing out what has come to be known as the “First Season” of the series, this episode of ’GATARI, as rich as ever in silly banter and poignant profundities, richer than usual in snide meta comments about the anime, will make you laugh and cry, or just put a grownup smile on your face, maybe, but is guaranteed to stay with you forever.

That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime Volume 1 Light Novel Review

Review of the light novel That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime Volume 1 by Fuse
A Japanese adult finds himself dying after being stabbed. Instead of going to Heaven, he…well, I bet you can guess 😉

LIGHT NOVEL INFORMATION
TITLE: That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime
AKA: Tensei Shitara Slime Datta Ken, 転生したらスライムだった件, Regarding Reincarnating to Slime, Slime Tensei, Tensei Slime
AUTHOR: Fuse
ILLUSTRATOR: Mitz Vah
PUBLISHER (English): Yen On
RELEASE DATE (English): December 19, 2017
PURCHASE (Amazon.com): http://amzn.to/2DslGS3
PURCHASE (Book Depository): http://bit.ly/2lXzfkc

PUBLISHER (Japan): GC Novels (Got a Chance Novels)
RELEASE DATE (Japan): May 30, 2014
VOLUMES RELEASED (Japan to Date): 12 Including Volume 8.5 ( Most recent released December 8, 2017)
ANIME SERIES: None

From the back cover:

Lonely thirty-seven-year-old Satoru Mikami is stuck in a dead-end job, unhappy with his mundane life, but after dying at the hands of a robber, he awakens to a fresh start in a fantasy realm…as a slime monster! As he acclimates to his goopy new existence, his exploits with the other monsters set off a chain of events that will change his new world forever!

Konosuba Volume 4 Light Novel Review

Review of the light novel Konosuba Volume 4 by Natsume Akatsuki

LIGHT NOVEL INFORMATION
TITLE: Konosuba God’s Blessing on This Wonderful World
AKA: Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo! この素晴らしい世界に祝福を!
AUTHOR: Natsume Akatsuki
ILLUSTRATOR: Kurone Mishima
PUBLISHER (English): Yen On
RELEASE DATE (English): December 19, 2017
PURCHASE (Amazon.com): http://amzn.to/2BfVCDS
PURCHASE (Book Depository): http://bit.ly/2j60Y0U

PUBLISHER (Japan): Kadokawa Sneaker Bunko
RELEASE DATE (Japan): May 01, 2014
VOLUMES RELEASED (Japan to Date): 13 (Most recent released December 1, 2017)
ANIME SERIES: 20 episodes + 2 OVAs (Covered volumes 1-4)

From the back cover:

Kazuma and crew have made it through the winter in one piece (for the most part), and they’re in dire need of a break…and for stressed and tired adventurers, there’s only one place to go-the hot springs! With open-air baths and beautiful mountain scenery, Arcanletia has everything they need for a relaxing vacation. Not only that, but rumor has it the Demon King’s army is avoiding the place. The reports also say it’s because Aqua’s Axis Church scared them off, but her loyal followers can’t be that bad, right…?

Yume Nikki I Am Not In Your Dream Light Novel Review

Review of the light novel Yume Nikki I Am Not in Your Dream by Akira
The cult video game is adapted into novel format!

LIGHT NOVEL INFORMATION
TITLE: Yume Nikki
AKA: Yume Nikki: Anata no Yume ni Watashi wa Inai, ゆめにっき —あなたの夢に私はいない, Dream Diary
AUTHOR: Akira
ILLUSTRATOR: Aco Arisaka
PUBLISHER (English): J-Novel Club
RELEASE DATE (English): January 7, 2018
PURCHASE (Amazon.com): http://amzn.to/2BGvmHv

PUBLISHER (Japan): PHP Institute
RELEASE DATE (Japan): August 2013
VOLUMES RELEASED (Japan to Date): 1
ANIME SERIES: None (Based on an indy game of the same name)

From the back cover:

Based on the cult hit game, the novelization of Yume Nikki follows a lonesome girl into the bizarre dreamscapes that await her when she falls asleep. Opening doors and wandering aimlessly, is she really as alone as she thinks?