Overlord Volume 7 Light Novel Review


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Review of the light novel Overlord Volume 7 Invaders of the Great Tomb by Kugane Maruyama

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): May 22, 2018
PURCHASE (Amazon.com): https://amzn.to/2KKWedZ
PURCHASE (Book Depository): http://bit.ly/2r2X0Gy

PUBLISHER (Japan): Enterbrain
RELEASE DATE (Japan): August 30, 2014
VOLUMES RELEASED (Japan to Date): 13 (most recent released April 27, 2018. Still Ongoing)
ANIME SERIES: 26 + 2 compilation movies. Cover Volumes 1-6. 3rd Season has just started

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Top 10 Light Novels in Japan for the week of June 25-July 1, 2018


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Here are the Top 10 Light Novels in Japan for the week of June 25-July 1, 2018

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10) 05,409 Rokujouma no Shinryakusha!? 29
aka Invaders of the Rokujouma
https://j-novel.club/s/invaders-of-the-rokujouma/
Licensed for English release by J-Novel Club. Up to Volume 14 has been released for eBook sale. On their website, they are releasing later volumes in installments.
The 12 episode anime is available on Crunchyroll & licensed by Sentai Filmworks. It covered volume 1-6 & part of 7

9) 06,767 Kishibe Rohan wa sakebanai ( collection of short stories)
-Kishibe Rohan wa sakebanai is from the jojo no kimyou na bouken ‘s manga.
aka Rohan Kishibe Does Not Shout: Short Story Collection 4th volume
The manga has 121 volumes in Japan. It is licensed for English release by Viz. Recent episodes of the anime adaptation can be viewed on Crunchyroll

8) 07,662 nijuurasen gaiden : nesshisen
Nesshisen is a side story for the Nijuurasen series, which is a yaoi series
No English license.

7) 07,819 Isekai Maou to Shoukan shoujo no dorei majutsu 10
aka How NOT to Summon a Demon Lord
https://j-novel.club/s/how-not-to-summon-a-demon-lord
Licensed for English release by J-Novel Club. Volume 4 releases July 23, 2018
Anime based on the series has just started airing & is streaming on Crunchyroll

6) 07,883 Hai to gensou no Grimgar level.13
aka Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash
https://www.novelupdates.com/series/grimgal-of-ashes-and-illusion/
Licensed for English release by J-Novel Club (eBook) & Seven Seas (Print). The manga is licensed by Yen Press
12 episode +1 OVA anime covered volumes 1-2 and streamed on Crunchyroll.

5) 09,360 Kono subarashii sekai ni shukufuku o! Extra Ano orokamono ni mo kyakkou o!
aka Konosuba: God’s Blessing on This Wonderful World! Extra, that fool is also in the spotlight! The Supporting Role can be Wonderful
No license for these spin-off novels.

4) 10,053 Mirai no Mirai
aka Mirai of the Future
https://myanimelist.net/anime/36936/Mirai_no_Mirai
Novelization of the upcoming anime film – releasing July 20, 2018

3) 10,188 Yoimonogatari
Monogatari Series
https://www.novelupdates.com/series/monogatari-series/
Licensed for English release by Vertical. Most recent English release is HANAMONOGATARI: Flower Tale
Out June 26. Anime series also available in English

2) 11,163 Re: Zero Kara Hajimaru Isekai Seikatsu Ex3
Licensed for English release by Yen On. Volumes 1 & 2 are available

1) 24,746 Kono subarashii sekai ni shukufuku o ! 14
aka Konosuba God’s Blessing on this Wonderful World!
https://www.novelupdates.com/series/kono-subarashii-sekai-ni-shukufuku-o/
Light Novels licensed in English by Yen On
Manga licensed in English by Yen Press
There is an anime adaptation. 20 episodes + 2 OVAs (Covered volumes 1-4). Licensed by Crunchyroll

Light Novel Releases for July 2018


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Here are the light novels being released in English for the month of July, 2018.
A slightly slower release month, with only 15 light novels being released. Maybe a chance to catch up on the backlog of light novels from previous months 😉

JULY 3, 2018
The Empty Box and Zeroth Maria Volume 3
Purchase (Amazon) – https://amzn.to/2KcfDUR
Purchase (The Book Depository) – http://bit.ly/2N6m5KS

JULY 4, 2018
Invaders of the Rokujouma Volume 14
Purchase (Amazon) – https://amzn.to/2Kpq5b3

JULY 10, 2018
Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash Volume 7 (Print Release)
Purchase (Amazon) – https://amzn.to/2N360pm
Purchase (The Book Depository) – http://bit.ly/2MrREOc

JULY 12, 2018
In Another World With My Smartphone Volume 9
Purchase (Amazon) – https://amzn.to/2KrpqWx

JULY 15, 2018
The Magic in this Other World is Too Far Behind Volume 4
Purchase (Amazon) – https://amzn.to/2tHRiLO

JULY 17, 2018
Durarara!! Volume 10
Purchase (Amazon) – https://amzn.to/2N4YWZu
Purchase (The Book Depository) – http://bit.ly/2KqTQVF

Magical Girl Raising Project Volume 4
Purchase (Amazon) – https://amzn.to/2lAZ32e
Purchase (The Book Depository) – http://bit.ly/2yPGcKy

The Unwanted Undead Adventurer Volume 2
Purchase (Amazon) – https://amzn.to/2yL221N

JULY 20, 2018
Demon King Daimaou Volume 6
Purchase (Amazon) – https://amzn.to/2KbokPi

JULY 23, 2018
How NOT to Summon a Demon Lord Volume 4
Purchase (Amazon) – https://amzn.to/2tzyyyS

JULY 31, 2018
Dawn of the Mapmaker: The Surveyor Girl and the Forbidden Knowledge Volume 1
Purchase (Amazon) – https://amzn.to/2KqcK2m

So I’m a Spider, So What? Volume 3
Purchase (Amazon) – https://amzn.to/2tAYoSZ
Purchase (The Book Depository) – http://bit.ly/2KdGhgp

The Saga of Tanya the Evil Volume 3
Purchase (Amazon) – https://amzn.to/2N4ztiS
Purchase (The Book Depository) – http://bit.ly/2lELiQs

WorldEnd: What Do You Do at the End of the World? Are You Busy? Will You Save Us? Volume 1
Purchase (Amazon) – https://amzn.to/2KpU16Y
Purchase (The Book Depository) – http://bit.ly/2MvEm3x

Occultic;Nine Volume 3 (Print Release)
Purchase (Amazon) – https://amzn.to/2KmZ1cB
Purchase (The Book Depository) – http://bit.ly/2MnvWLa

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Top 10 Light Novels in Japan for the week of June 18-24, 2018


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Here are the Top 10 Light Novels in Japan for the week of June 18-24, 2018.
Quite a shuffle on the list this week, with seven new titles in the Top 10!

10) 06,480 Copies Sold Shin’yaku Toaru Majutsu no Index 20
A Certain Magical Index: New Testament
https://www.novelupdates.com/series/toaru-majutsu-no-index-new-testament/

9) 06,696 Copies Sold Houshin Engi : Shirube naki michi e
aka Hoshi Engi To the Path With No Guide
Novel adaptation of the Hoshin Engi Novels. The original manga, which ran 1996-2000 was released in English by Viz. A 26 episode anime based on the series aired in 1999 and was released in English under the name Soul Hunter. A new anime just aired starting in January and streamed on Crunchyroll

8) 06,982 Copies Sold Hai to gensou no Grimgar level.13
aka Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash
https://www.novelupdates.com/series/grimgal-of-ashes-and-illusion/
Licensed for English release by J-Novel Club (eBook) & Seven Seas (Print). The manga is licensed by Yen Press
12 episode +1 OVA anime covered volumes 1-2 and streamed on Crunchyroll.

7) 07,054 Copies Sold Genjitsushugi yuusha no oukoku saikenki 7 (realist hero)
aka How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom
https://j-novel.club/s/how-a-realist-hero-rebuilt-the-kingdom
Licensed for English release by J-Novel Club. Currently Volumes 1-6 available

6) 07,781 Copies Sold Sword Art Online Alternative Gungale Online 7
https://www.novelupdates.com/series/sword-art-online-alternative-gun-gale-online/
Series currently has an airing anime. It has been licensed for English release by Yen On. The first volume will release June 26. The series is written by Keiichi Sigsawa who is the author of Kino’s Journey.

5) 08,258 Copies Sold Mirai no Mirai
aka Mirai of the Future
https://myanimelist.net/anime/36936/Mirai_no_Mirai
Novelization of the upcoming anime film – releasing July 20, 2018
Same director as The Girl Who Leapt Through Time, Summer Wars, Wolf Children, and The Boy and the Beast.

4) 09,786 Copies Sold Isekai wa smartphone to tomo ni. 13
aka In Another World With My Smartphone
https://www.novelupdates.com/series/in-a-different-world-with-a-smartphone/
Licensed for English release by J-Novel Club.
12 episode anime streamed on Crunchyroll. It covered volumes 1-3 of the light novel series.

3) 12,486 Copies Sold Shin – Tenchi Muyou Ryououki (or Ryoh-ohki) gaiden (side story) Tenchi Muyou! GXP 17
https://www.novelupdates.com/series/tenchi-muyo-gxp/
There have been various anime, manga, and light novels. Most of the anime were licensed and released in English. Seven Seas has just started releasing the True Tenchi Muyo light novels. GXP is not licensed at this time.

2) 15,329 Copies Sold Kishibe Rohan wa sakebanai ( collection of short stories)
-Kishibe Rohan wa sakebanai is from the jojo no kimyou na bouken ‘s manga.
aka Rohan Kishibe Does Not Shout: Short Story Collection 4th volume
The manga has 121 volumes in Japan. It is licensed for English release by Viz. Recent episodes of the anime adaptation can be viewed on Crunchyroll

1) 16,932 Copies Sold Yoimonogatari
Monogatari Series
https://www.novelupdates.com/series/monogatari-series/
Licensed for English release by Vertical. Most recent English release is HANAMONOGATARI: Flower Tale Out June 26. Anime series also available in English

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Book Girl and the Suicidal Mime Light Novel Review


Review of the light novel Book Girl and the Suicidal Mime by Mizuki Nomura
First book in the Book Girl light novel series.

LIGHT NOVEL INFORMATION
TITLE: Book Girl
AKA: Bungako Shojo, 文学少女, Literature Girl
AUTHOR: Mizuki Nomura
ILLUSTRATOR: Miho Takeoka
PUBLISHER (English): Yen On
RELEASE DATE (English): July 27, 2010
PURCHASE (Amazon Affiliate Link): http://amzn.to/2fGl3cv

PUBLISHER (Japan): Famitsu Bunko (Enterbrain)
RELEASE DATE (Japan): April 28, 2006
VOLUMES RELEASED (Japan to Date): 16 (8 novels in main series, 4 short story volumes, 4 side story volumes)
ANIME SERIES: 4 OVA episodes, 1 Movie (The movie adapts v.5 of the light novel series, but the OVAs appear to be original stories)

From the back cover:

For Tohko Amano, a third-year high school student and self-styled “book girl,” being the head of the literary club is more than just an extracurricular activity. It’s her bread and butter…literally! Tohko is actually a literature-gobbling demon, who can be found at all hours of the day munching on torn out pages from all kinds of books. But for Tohko, the real delicacies are hand-written stories. To satisfy her gourmet tastes, she’s employed (rather, browbeaten) one Konoha Inoue, who scribbles away each day after school to satisfy Tohko’s appetite. But when another student comes knocking on the literary club door for advice on writing love letters, will Tohko discover a new kind of delicacy?

 

Rokka Braves of the Six Flowers Volume 1 Light Novel Review

Review of the light novel Rokka Braves of the Six Flowers Volume 1 by Ishio Yamagata.
A fantasy adventure series with this volume involving a locked room mystery twist!

Cho and I had a spoiler-filled conversation about Rokka at her website – https://englishlightnovels.com/2017/06/04/the-strongest-ln-editorial-in-the-world/

LIGHT NOVEL INFORMATION
TITLE: Rokka Braves of the Six Flowers
AKA: Rokka no Yuusha, 六花の勇者
AUTHOR: Ishio Yamagata
ILLUSTRATOR: Miyagi
PUBLISHER (English): Yen On
RELEASE DATE (English): April 18, 2017
PURCHASE (Amazon Affiliate Link): http://amzn.to/2nCc4aU

From the back cover:

Seven heroes gather to save the world–but the legends spoke of only six.
Long ago, the Evil God was sealed at the edge of the continent, where it lies in slumber. Each time it awakens, it threatens to plunge the world into hell, and each time, six powerful warriors are chosen to seal it away again. But now, as the cycle begins anew, the Crest of the Six Flowers marks not six Braves…but seven. Hans, the mysterious assassin for hire. Mora, the elder of the All Heavens Temple. Chamo, the young but deadly Saint of Swamps. Nashetania, the princess, and Goldof, the knight yearning to win her heart. Fremy, the girl with a dark past. And Adlet, the boy with a dream. When the Braves of the Six Flowers realize one of their number is an impostor, hero will turn on hero in this exciting new series!