New Life+ Young Again in a New World

Review of the light novel New Life+ Young Again in a New World Volume 1 by Mine.
God needs a favor, and has decided Renya is just the man to get it done!

AKA: Nidome no Jinsei wo Isekai de, 二度目の人生を異世界で, Second Life in Another World, New Life Plus
PUBLISHER (English): J-Novel Club
RELEASE DATE (English): February 26, 2018

PUBLISHER (Japan): HJ Novels (Hobby Japan)
RELEASE DATE (Japan): November 22, 2014
VOLUMES RELEASED (Japan to Date): 17 (Most recent released October 21, 2017)

From the back cover:

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?

Light Novel Releases for March 2018

Here are all the light novels releasing during the month of March, 2018.

MARCH 1, 2018

Walking My Second Path in Life Volume 2
Princess Fie escaped her life as an unwanted second bride, and is now living a happy, cross-dressing life as Heath, a squire for the Royal Knights.

Now, it’s time for Fie’s northern squire dorm and the eastern dorm to compete with each other in a duel championship. However, their opponents are all the top winners from the entrance exam! Fie and her friends have been training hard, but will their efforts be enough to beat the squires of the eastern dormitory?

Volume 2 continues the adventures of the plucky, princess-turned-squire Fie in her quest to become a Royal Knight!
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MARCH 4, 2018

Invaders of the Rokujouma Volume 10
Koutarou and Clan are working their way back home from their interstellar adventure, but they have to make a pit stop about ten years off from their intended destination. As luck would have it, they encounter a young girl right after they land. Worried that she might have seen their spaceship in action, Koutarou decides to dig a little deeper. Things take an unexpected and heart-wrenching turn, however, when he realizes he has more in common with this girl than he initially thought.
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MARCH 6, 2018

Infinite Dendrogram Volume 5
Thanks to Ray and his allies, the chaos in the city of duels is gradually abating. However, Giga Professor Franklin is far too obsessed with victory to let it end so easily… “Plan C!” he cries, as he plays yet another ace up his sleeve. But as Franklin stands proud, watching Gideon — and the kingdom with it — face utter destruction, a certain man moves out to show the Giga Professor the true meaning of the word.
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MARCH 8, 2018

In Another World With My Smartphone Volume 7
16-year-old Mochizuki Touya has it all. Grand Duke of an upstart nation, inventor of goods ranging from hula hoop to caramelized popcorn, administrator of Babylon, and pilot of the Anti-Phrase Frame Gears. The western nations love him… but darker machinations unfurl in the far east. Yulong, the glorious Empire of Heaven, regards Touya with envious eyes, brazen enough to send assassins into Brunhild! To make matters worse, the mysterious young girl known as Sakura seems to have a connection with these dark assailants. In the background, dark forces gather. Something big approaches. Something far greater than anything Touya has ever faced before. Brace yourself… for a tale of swords, sorcery, and absolute calamity.
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MARCH 10, 2018

Arifureta From Commonplace to World’s Strongest Volume 5
With the addition of Kaori into their party, Hajime and his friends make for Myu’s hometown, the coastal city of Erisen. While crossing the Gruen Desert, they save a young Ankajian man, Bize, from a sandworm attack. Apparently, he was searching for a cure to the mysterious disease that has struck his people. His travels led him to conclude that a mineral known as stillrock held the key to saving his country, but it can only be found inside the Grand Gruen Volcano, a labyrinth far too dangerous for most. Hajime agrees to help Bize procure some, and the party begins their quest to conquer yet another labyrinth. But along the way, they meet a most unexpected foe…
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MARCH 16, 2018

Obsessions of an Otome Gamer Volume 1
Rejected by her first crush, Mashiro finds herself hooked on an unbeatable music-themed otome game. Her high school days are spent learning the wonders of music, obsessively trying to claim the romance ending with the handsome 2D character who stole her broken heart. On the way home from her college entrance exams she gets distracted by a billboard for the game’s remake and unexpectedly falls down a manhole and plunges to her death!

Mashiro finds herself reincarnated in a world bearing similarities to the otome game she was obsessed with. Only this time, she has no idea how to avoid the twists and turns of certain character routes, including the bad endings! Now, as a seven-year-old, she decides to walk the path of a pianist to embrace the musical world to its fullest, but no matter where she turns, she just can’t seem to escape triggering events and getting involved with troublesome yet handsome characters!

Does Mashiro have any choice in where her new life will take her? Or is she en route to a horrifying ending manipulated by the original game world? Find out in this exciting shoujo light novel series that follows Mashiro’s life from elementary through high school. And just like an otome game, it will give readers the chance to choose which hero she ends up with and how their story unfolds in volumes focused on their route!
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MARCH 18, 2018

The Master of Ragnarok and Blesser of Einherjar Volume 1
Yuuto Suoh gets more than he bargained for when he joins his childhood friend Mitsuki Shimoya in testing out an urban legend. When he uses his phone to take a picture of himself with the local shrine’s divine mirror, he is whisked off into another world – one heavily steeped in the lore of the old Norse myths. Using his knowledge gained from school and from his solar-powered smartphone, he has the chance to bring the Wolf Clan, the same people who cared for him, to prominence, all while earning the adoration of a group of magic-wielding warrior maidens known as the Einherjar.
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MARCH 20, 2018

The Rising of the Shield Hero Volume 10
Finishing the battle with Kyo, Naofumi and his friends return safely to their world. The queen of Melromarc wishes to reward Naofumi for saving the world from the Spirit Tortoise.

“Then can I have my own land?”

After thinking about what he could do for his friend and partner, Raphtalia, Naofumi decides the best thing for their future would be the establishment of their own settlement–and he decides to build it on the ruins of Raphtalia’s old hometown! The start of a whole new chapter in our hero’s life begins here, in volume ten of this otherworld revenge fantasy!
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MARCH 23, 2018

Ao Oni Vengeance
A week after the first nightmare, Shun begs his classmates not to go anywhere near the abandoned mansion on the outskirts of town ever again, but the gears of fate seem to be turning against his will. They find themselves in the Jailhouse once more, and the man-eating monster that lives inside is happy to welcome them. Will they have the power to change anything? The game is the same, and the rules are simple: get caught and you’re dead. It’s time for round two in this lethal game of tag!
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MARCH 26, 2018

I Saved Too Many Girls and Caused the Apocalypse Volume 7
Rekka finds himself in another complicated situation when four new heroines need his help. Mio Kotozuka is a beloved pop star who’s had a very unusual encounter with a strange fan. Ellicia Otto, an orphan turned thief thanks to a peculiar power she has, is on the run from a powerful group of psychics after learning a dark secret. Zaia Gardendos Corona is an unlucky hero in need of some rescuing herself. And Lyun Sylpheed is a wind spirit who’s been driven from her home after a zombie-like epidemic sweeps the land. Rekka, meanwhile, is still just your average high school boy, but he’s going to have to figure out a way to save them all!
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MARCH 27, 2018

Durarara!! Volume 9
Izaya Orihara is used to getting his hands dirty, manipulating others for his so-called “love.” One day, it was bound to come back and bite him. Izaya gets kidnapped by a group called the Amphisbaena and finds himself in a dark place…
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The Irregular at Magic High School Volume 7
It’s time for the National Thesis Competition to take place in Yokohama but what was supposed to be a grand event for the participating students has been turned into a battlefield. A mysterious band of armed magicians and mechanized weapons have stormed in and it may be up to Tatsuya and the others to get everyone home safely!
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Magical Girl Raising Project Volume 3

No synopsis available.
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Re:Zero Starting Life in Another World EX Volume 2
The bestselling series from author Tappei Nagatsuki continues in this spin-off where some of your favorite characters capture the spotlight!

Long ago, in the kingdom of Lugunica, there was a great war between the royal military forces and the demihumans. A hero was born on that battlefield–the Sword Demon, Wilhelm Trias. This is the story of that legendary swordsman–and the woman he loved.
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The Saga of Tanya the Evil Volume 2
“Girl–this, this is war.”

After being reborn and becoming a magic wielding soldier in the Imperial Army, Tanya Degurechaff bemoans her fate of being placed at the very edge of the front lines instead of a comfy place in the rear. Swearing revenge on Being X, she plunges head-first into battle, dragging her subordinate along with her!
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So I’m a Spider, So What? Volume 2
After many trials and challenges, our reborn spider has become very good at fighting (and eating!) monsters. Getting a little full of herself, she’s rushed headlong into some unexplored area and now, she’s facing her worst enemy…a huge dragon!
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Spice and Wolf Volume 19
Blissful days continue for the ex-merchant and the wolf as they pass the days together in their mountain home. Ever since Col and Myuri set off on a journey of their own, the bathhouse has been a little shorthanded so a new hire was brought on. But this newcomer is a wolf, just like Holo and the problems with her joining the staff seem endless…
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Strangulation Kubishime Romanticist (Zaregoto Series)
The debut work from NISIOISIN, Zaregoto is NISIOISIN’s twist on the I-novel where his narrator reveals a mystery and tries desperately to not take part in what transpires over the work. Full of intriguing young characters and action filled drama, Strangulation and Decapitation are the basis for the modern light novel movement creating a new genre of literature for Japan’s X generation and beyond.

College is a whole new adventure, rife with challenges, opportunities, and cold-blooded killers.

Fresh from unmasking an assassin on a posh island paradise, Ii-chan is finally an ultra-cool college student–jaded, sarcastic, and not exactly consumed by academic ambition. Now more interested in angst and anomie than in catching killers, Ii-chan figures that danger is a thing of the past. Wrong! There’s a homicidal maniac loose in Kyoto, a perp with the soul of an artist whose talent is apparent in the inspired way he festoons his crime scenes with body parts.
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MARCH 31, 2018

Demon King Daimaou Volume 4
Akuto Sai’s life is about to get even more complicated. Junko Hattori invites him to visit her family home, without telling him that the occasion is an arranged marriage meeting — for an arranged marriage between Junko and Akuto! Meanwhile, an assassin comes to Constant Magical Academy, targeting the air-headed Keena, of all people. Who is behind this assassination order? And most importantly… how will Akuto react when he learns of this plot? Prepare to see a darker, angrier Akuto in Volume 4 of Demon King Daimaou!
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Sword Art Online Volume 12 Light Novel Review

Review of the light novel Sword Art Online Volume 12 Alicization Rising by Reki Kawahara
Deja Vu, we’re fighting our way up a tower…

TITLE: Sword Art Online
AKA: SAO, ソードアート·オンライン
AUTHOR: Reki Kawahara
PUBLISHER (English): Yen On
RELEASE DATE (English): December 19, 2017
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PUBLISHER (Japan): Dengeki Bunko (ASCII Media Works)
RELEASE DATE (Japan): April 10, 2013
VOLUMES RELEASED (Japan to Date): 20 (most recent released September 8, 2017)
ANIME SERIES: 49 episodes + 1OVA + 1 Movie (A new season is currently in production)

From the back cover:

After a brief respite, Kirito and Eugeo set off again to climb Central Cathedral-but the powerful Integrity Knights are not about to let them reach the top. Meanwhile, Kirito has learned the dark history of the Underworld and the true stakes of the battle they’re fighting, and every step toward Alice brings him closer to an impossible decision…

Top 10 Light Novels in Japan for the week of February 12-18, 2018

Here are the Top 10 Best Selling Light Novels for the week of February 12-18, 2018


Boukensha ni Naritai to Miyako ni Deteitta Musume ga S-Rank ni Natteta Vol.1

4,530 Copies Sold This Week
aka My daughter who went out to the capital wanting to become an adventurer was S rank

What it’s about… (Bad Google Translation version)


The strongest beautiful girl, appear!
A masterpiece of heart-to-world world fantasy, opening here!

“Become a novelist” Top annual general ranking top, topic’s popular work has become a wonderful one volume.
With popularity, comicalization is ongoing as well!

Angelin, a beautiful girl with the title of the highest guild «S rank», struggling day by day to eliminate demons of high rank.
She loves her foster father Bergriff from long ago!
Although taking a long vacation for a certain number of days in a certain day and planning to return to the father of his hometown, the existence of demons appearing one after another continues to keep hoarding home.

“When will I get to see my father … …!”

Heartful world foreign fantasy, which opens vividly the interactions between parents and children, friendship and powerful battle scenes, opens here!


Youkoso Jitsuryoku Shijou Shugi no Kyoushitsu e Vol.7.5

4,603 Copies Sold this week.
aka Classroom of the Elite
Anime adaptation 12 episodes aired July-September 2017 covered volumes 1-3 and used some material from 4.5. According to Reddit the anime made significant changes to the source material. Can be streamed via Crunchyroll
Currently no license for the light novel or manga English

What it’s about…

Koudo Ikusei Senior High School, a leading prestigious school with state-of-the-art facilities where nearly 100% of students go on to university or find employment. The students there have the freedom to wear any hairstyle and bring any personal effects they desire. Koudo Ikusei is a paradise-like school, but the truth is that only the most superior of students receive favorable treatment.

The protagonist Kiyotaka Ayanokouji is a student of D-class, which is where the school dumps its “inferior” students in order to ridicule them. For a certain reason, Kiyotaka was careless on his entrance examination, and was put in D-class. After meeting Suzune Horikita and Kikyou Kushida, two other students in his class, Kiyotaka’s situation begins to change.


Saikyou no Kanteishi tte Dare no Koto? Vol.3

5,496 Copies Sold this week
aka Who is the Strongest Appraiser?
No License for English

What it’s about… (bad Google translation version)

Men’s high school students start living in a different world!

Yumi Kugimiya of a boys high school student suddenly moved to another world.
The place which was getting lost in the dungeon is called “the crimson wildcat (Scarlet · link)”
To be protected by adventurers.

I got the strongest skill (skill) of the appraisal system [the eyes of God] when it metastasized, but do not do that to such a thing!
It felt that he liked the original cooking skill and fine work and fell into the honor cooking charge,
Grabbing the stomachs of people around you, producing things not in the other world, or wasteful use of cheat abilities on parade!
While getting angry with various kinds of efforts, I am enjoying a different world life!

Sandwich in croquette, handmade mayonnaise etc.
Delicious Slow Life Opening !!


Tatoeba Last Dungeon Mae no Mura no Shounen ga Joban no Machi de Kurasu Youna Monogatari Vol.4

5,511 Copies Sold this week
aka A story such as a boy in the village before the last dungeon lives in the early stages
No English license for the light novel or manga

What it’s about… (bad Google translation version)

A boy in a remote neighborhood village, Connon village Lloyd longed for a soldier who read in a story, decided to go to the kingdom and become a soldier. The villagers who worried about the weakest Lloyd in the village oppose, but with permission of the village head, they depart for the kingdom. In the kingdom he was preparing for a military academy admission test while living in the house of the witch Marie who is the disciple of the village chief.


29 to JK Vol.4

5,759 Copies Sold this week
No English license for the Light Novel or Manga

What it’s about…

Very little information in English.
Appears to be about a 29 year old man who is ordered by the president of his company to date a 15 year old girl (possibly the president’s granddaughter?) Is sold as a “forbidden age difference romantic comedy.”


Dungeon ni Deai wo Motomeru no wa Machigatteiru Darou ka Vol.13 Limited Special Edition

6,174 Copies Sold this week
aka Is It Wrong to Try to Pick-Up Girls in a Dungeon?
Licensed for English release by Yen On. Volume 11 releases in English in April
13 episode anime covered volumes 1-5. Streaming on Crunchyroll

What it’s about…

In Orario, fearless adventurers band together in search of fame and fortune within the monstrous underground labyrinth known as Dungeon.

But while riches and renown are incentive enough for most, Bell Cranel, would-be hero extraordinaire, has bigger plans.

He wants to pick up girls.

Is it wrong to face the perils of Dungeon alone, in a single-member guild blessed by a failed goddess? Maybe. Is it wrong to dream of playing hero to hapless maidens in Dungeon? Maybe not. After one misguided adventure, Bell quickly discovers that anything can happen in the labyrinth–even chance encounters with beautiful women. The only problem? He’s the one who winds up the damsel in distress!


Ookami to Koushinryou Vol.20

7,623 Copies Sold this week
aka Spice & Wolf
25 Episode anime + 1 OVA & 2 Specials. Licensed in English by Funimation
Licensed for English release by Yen On

What it’s about…

A young travelling merchant, Kraft Lawrence has become accustomed to days of roaming and trading, with few companions. Or so it was until one peculiar day where the trader finds a young, naked, wolf-like girl asleep in his wagon.

The beautiful girl, calling herself Holo, claims to be a local wolf deity worshipped by locals as the God of Good Harvest. Year after year, she ensured they would reap a good harvest, but she has since grown tired of fulfilling the wishes of the ungrateful locals.

Holo ends up striking a deal with Kraft: if he helps her escape the villagers, she will gladly help him in his merchant endeavours. Together, they roam from town to town in search of business, and Kraft realizes both the ups and downs of travelling with a haughty and shrewd wolf goddess.


Netgame no Yome wa Onna no Ko ja Nai to Omotta? Vol.16

9,683 Copies Sold this week
aka And you thought there is never a girl online?
No license for the light novels
The 12 episode anime was licensed by Funimation

What it’s about…

After mustering up the courage to propose to a girl in an online game, naïve otaku Hideki “Rusian” Nishimura is devastated when she flat out rejects him. To make matters worse, the girl reveals that she is actually an older man in real life. With his dreams crushed and his heart broken, Rusian comes to an abrupt decision in the midst of his raging fit: he will never trust another girl in an online game again.

Years later, Rusian is now in a guild with three other players, one of whom possesses a female avatar by the name of “Ako.” Ako is deeply in love with Rusian and wants to marry him. Although he entertains the possibility that she might be a guy, Rusian accepts her proposal, claiming that her gender doesn’t matter as long as she is cute in the game. However, after a discussion between guild members that led to all of them having an offline meeting, Rusian finds out that Ako, along with the other members, are not just girls, but also his schoolmates.


Dungeon ni Deai wo Motomeru no wa Machigatteiru Darou ka Vol.13 Regular Edition

64,319 Copies Sold this week
aka Is It Wrong to Try to Pick-Up Girls in a Dungeon?
Licensed for English release by Yen On. Volume 11 releases in English in April
13 episode anime covered volumes 1-5. Streaming on Crunchyroll


Sword Art Online: Progressive Vol.5

65,785 Copies Sold this week
Licensed for English release by Yen On
Previous 4 volumes already available in English
Anime used some material from Progressive Volume 1 for the Aincrad arc.

What it’s about…

“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!

Accel World Volume 12 Light Novel Review

Review of the light novel Accel Word Volume 12 by Reki Kawahara

TITLE: Accel World
AKA: アクセル·ワールド
AUTHOR: Reki Kawahara
PUBLISHER (English): Yen On
RELEASE DATE (English): December 19, 2017
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PUBLISHER (Japan): Degeki Bunko (ASCII Media Works)
RELEASE DATE (Japan): August 10, 2012
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:


A new hotshot Burst Linker appears, taking down Silver Crow. Haruyuki, still struggling to obtain the Theoretical Mirror ability, sees Wolfram Cerberus as a roadblock in his larger quest to become stronger and defeat the Archangel Metatron. He soon meets Chocolat Puppeteer, a duel avatar made out of…chocolate?! With her help, will Silver Crow finally grow into the fighter all seven Legions need to successfully carry out their mission against Metatron?

Re:Zero EX Volume 1 Light Novel Review

Review of the light novel Re:Zero EX Volume 1 The Dream of the Lion King by Tappei Nagatsuki
Spin-Off from the Re:Zero light novel series. These side novels feature secondary characters filling in backstory. For this volume, it focuses on Crusch Karsten & her vassal Ferris

TITLE: Re:Zero Starting Life in Another World EX The Dream of the Lion King
AKA: Re:Zero kara Hajimaru Isekai Seikatsu Ex Shishi Ou no Mita Yume, Re:ゼロから始める異世界生活Ex 獅子王の見た夢
AUTHOR: Tappei Nagatsuki
ILLUSTRATOR: Shinichirou Otsuka
PUBLISHER (English): Yen On
RELEASE DATE (English): November 21, 2017
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PUBLISHER (Japan): MF Bunko J (Media Factory)
RELEASE DATE (Japan): June 25, 2015
VOLUMES RELEASED (Japan to Date): 2 (of these spin-offs. Last was released December 25, 2015)
ANIME SERIES: None for the spin-offs. For the main series – 25 episodes (aired April-September 2016) Covers material from volumes 1-9

From the back cover:

Their dream for the future was born long ago…

During the royal selection, Duchess Crusch Karsten declared her plans for the Dragonfriend Kingdom of Lugunica: to destroy the covenant with the Dragon and rebuild the nation stronger than before. But where did her radical vision come from? Why does she want to change her country so badly? The answer lies in her past…

This collection of short stories chronicles Crusch’s growth into a nobelduchess vying for the crown, her vassal Ferris’s struggles with knighthood and family, and their love for the warm-hearted you prince who inspired them both.

Mixed Bathing in Another Dimension Volume 1 Light Novel Review

Review of the light novel Mixed Bathing in Another Dimension Volume 1 by Nagaharu Hibihana
The story of a boy in another world, looking to have baths with beautiful girls.

TITLE: Mixed Bathing in Another Dimension
AKA: Isekai Konyoku Monogatari, 異世界混浴物語
AUTHOR: Nagaharu Hibihana
ILLUSTRATOR: Masakage Hagiya
PUBLISHER (English): J-Novel Club
RELEASE DATE (English): February 2, 2017

PUBLISHER (Japan): Overlap
RELEASE DATE (Japan): March 25, 2015
VOLUMES RELEASED (Japan to Date): 5 (Most recent released July 25, 2017)

From the back cover:

“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?!