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!

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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!

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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!

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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!

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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!!

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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!

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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?

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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…?

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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!

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English Light Novel Releases for December 2016

Hey Everyone! Here are the official English light novel releases you can look forward to in December (and there’s lots of them).

December 3, 2016

Occultic;Nine Volume 1

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Q: Do you believe in ghosts?
A: Of course not!

Yuta Gamon, a young boy who lives in Kichijoji, runs an occult blog called “Kirikiri Basara.” He spends his days dreaming of making a fortune off his affiliate links. What starts off as a tiny feeling that something’s wrong develops into a case that goes beyond imagining. Suddenly, Yuta brings together the fates of nine strangers.

Black magic, the afterlife, psychics, fortune-telling, other dimensions, prophecies, hypnosis, urban legends…

The world is filled with flim-flam!

This is first book in the Paranormal NVL Occultic;Nine series, from the mind behind Steins;Gate and Chaos;Child! Now a hit anime, too!

Purchase Occultic;Nine Volume 1 via Amazon.com

Brave Chronicle Volume 1

Brave Chronicle Volume 1

Meet Kurono Kokuya, a student in the lowest rank at Star Gate Academy — the world’s cutting-edge training facility for starcerers, the beings who use starcery to protect the Earth from otherworld invasions. His childhood friend Yukihime Yukigane just happens to be the world’s strongest starcerer, and she never lets him forget that fact. One day, their days of peace are interrupted by a powerful threat from another world. Kokuya and Yukihime stand on the front lines, risking their lives to protect those they love, but will they be able to defeat the Dark Lord Redge and his cruel minions?

“You promised, remember?”

“Fine, fine, I’ll protect the world with you…”

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My Big Sister Lives in a Fantasy World Volume 1

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One day out of nowhere, high schooler Yuichi Sakaki begins seeing words above people’s heads. It turns out to be the ability to see people’s true natures, which he names… Soul Reader!

(Actually, his big sister names it that.)

The next thing he knows, he’s surrounded by people with bizarre labels like “Zombie” “Vampire” and “Witch.” And before he can figure out what to do about that, he finds himself threatened by a beautiful girl, Natsuki, whose label is “Serial Killer”!

Fortunately, Yuichi is not unprepared. His big sister has been training him for this kind of thing all his life. The battle is about to unfold between the bloodthirsty killing machine… and the world’s strongest little brother!

Purchase My Big Sister Lives in a Fantasy World Volume 1 from Amazon.com

December 6, 2016

Naruto: Itachi’s Story, Vol. 2: Midnight

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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.

Together with his sworn friend Shisui, Itachi takes on a mission to assassinate a spy in the village in order to join the Anbu. The rivalry between the Uchiha clan and the village grows ever more fierce, until finally death comes for his friend. Despairing at both his clan and the village, Itachi heads into the tragic night with his new eye and a fatal resolve. The hope and the dreams he spoke of to his brother… The gentle yet cruel truth awaits.

Purchase Itachi’s Story Vol. 2 from Amazon.com

December 16, 2016

Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash Volume 1

Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash

Why are we doing this…?

When Haruhiro came to, he was in the darkness. Not knowing why was he here, or where “here” even was. With him were others who also remembered little more than their own names. What they found when they came out of the underground was a world that was “just like a game.” In order to survive, Haruhiro forms a party with others in the same situation as him, learns skills, and takes his first steps forward into the world of Grimgar as a trainee volunteer soldier.

Not knowing what awaits him… This is a tale of adventure born from the ashes.

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December 17, 2016

My Little Sister Can Read Kanji Volume 1

My Little Sister Can Read Kanji

The year is 2202, and Japan has become the land of moe. Aspiring author Gin Imose and his little sister Kuroha are traveling to TOKYO to meet with the world famous author, Gai Odaira. Kuroha is uninterested in his orthodox literary style, and amazingly is able to read ancient modern Japanese books written in kanji!

This fateful encounter sets off a chain of events that could change the course of literary history. Could it be that, long ago, books could be about more than little sisters showing their panties and getting in compromising situations with their non-blood-related older brothers? Impossible! It’s hard to even imagine a Japan where everyone could read kanji and the Prime Minister was a 3D human being…

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December 20, 2016

Goblin Slayer, Vol. 1

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A young priestess has formed her first adventuring party, but almost immediately they find themselves in distress. It’s the Goblin Slayer who comes to their rescue–a man who’s dedicated his life to the extermination of all goblins, by any means necessary. And when rumors of his feats begin to circulate, there’s no telling who might come calling next…

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Accel World, Vol. 8

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Haruyuki’s desperate battle with his friend Takumu has taken him to the brink, and he finally activates the Destiny, a purified version of the notorious Armor of Catastrophe. It’s light versus dark as their fierce fight continues, and the stakes couldn’t be higher. If Haruyuki can’t rid his friend of the sinister ISS kit that’s infected him, Takumu could be lost to the darkness forever. And he just might take Haruyuki with him…

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The Asterisk War: The Academy City on the Water, Vol. 2

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Having formed their tag-team partnership, Ayato and Julis begin polishing their skills and their teamwork in preparation for the Festa. But soon Ayato meets another girl–Kirin Toudou. She has long, silver hair and a petite charm–and despite her thirteen years of age, she’s one of the strongest fighters of Seidoukan Academy. She seems to like Ayato, but that’s not going to stop her from challenging him to a duel…

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Baccano!, Vol. 3

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The year is 1931. A boy boards a train to visit his friend in New York. A woman in a jumpsuit boards a train to meet her employer in New York. And the conductor? He boards because it’s his job. If it had been any other day, they all would have gotten where they were going just fine. But it’s not any other day. The Rail Tracer is on the hunt. The gonzo tale of gangsters, immortals, and outrageous luck (both bad and good) speeds into its third volume!

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Black Bullet, Vol. 5: Rentaro Satomi, Fugitive

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With the chaos of the Third Kanto Battle subsiding, peace is finally returning to the Tendo Civil Security Agency, and Rentaro, Kisara, Enju, and Tina are taking full advantage of the quiet. But when an old friend from Rentaro’s childhood reappears, their bright days turn suddenly dark–and Rentaro finds himself imprisoned for a senseless murder. He plans a desperate escape, but his enemies keep coming, and they are like nothing he’s ever fought before…

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The Devil Is a Part-Timer, Vol. 6

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The fast-food joint that the Devil King calls his workplace has reopened, now with a hip café space upstairs–the perfect chance for the overlord of all demons to earn a few new certifications and work his way up to management. Meanwhile, Chiho, whose love for the Devil King remains doggedly unrequited, discusses ways with Emi to learn how to master the Idea Link, a skill that could let her telepathically communicate across worlds and call for help whenever she makes contact with a nefarious demon…or angel, for that matter. Suzuno steps up to serve as her teacher…but her choice of training areas (a public bath) leaves the others to question her sanity. It’s the sixth volume of this low-wage high fantasy, where soap bubbles fly and everyone may come out less than squeaky clean!

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The Irregular at Magic High School, Vol. 3

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The Nine School Battle. Ever year in mid-July, students from magic high schools all over the country gather to participate in fierce competitions of magical skill. Miyuki Shiba is among the members of the team First High will send to the battle. The magical skill of the competitors will be a huge factor, but there’s another one-the tuning of their CADs. Luckily, they’ve got someone with them who specializes in the field-Miyuki’s older brother Tatsuya. But when the Nine School Battle is targeted by a sinister group, all the talent in the world may not be enough to secure victory…

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Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?, Vol. 7

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Having triumphed in the War Game, Lilly, Welf, and Mikoto have forged new bonds with each other and with Bell, and the new-and-improved Hestia Familia is feeling distinctly more familial. But when Bell has to venture into the pleasure quarter of Orario to come to Mikoto’s aid, he’s soon tangled up in more intrigue than he bargained for. Ishtar Familia owns the night here, and none of Bell’s experience can prepare him for their courtesan wiles!

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No Game No Life, Vol. 5

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In the world of Disboard, everything is decided by games. Since arriving in this strange place, genius gamer siblings Sora and Shiro have risen to become king and queen of what’s left of Disboard’s humans. Their latest challenge is winning an unwinnable romance game against the races of Dhampir and Siren. To uncover the true strategy to beat this sadistic game of love, they head for the home of the angelic Flügel: the midair city of Avant Heim. But the Flügel are a hideously powerful race, created specifically to kill gods. Will things really go as planned?

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Sword Art Online Vol. 9

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Kirito awakens in a vast, fantastical forest filled with towering trees. In his search for clues to the truth of his surroundings, he encounters a young boy who seems to know him. He ought to be a simple NPC, but the depth of his emotions seem no different than a human. As they search for the boy’s parents, Kirito finds a peculiar memory returning to him. A memory from his own childhood, of this boy and a girl, too, with golden hair, and a name he should have never forgotten–Alice.

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BAKEMONOGATARI, Part 1: Monster Tale

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There’s a girl at their school who is always ill. She routinely arrives late, leaves early, or doesn’t show up at all, and skips gym as a matter of course. She’s pretty, and the boys take to whispering that she’s a cloistered princess. As the self-described worst loser in her class soon finds out, they just don’t know what a monster she is.

So begins a tale of mysterious maladies that are supernatural in origin yet deeply revealing of the human psyche, a set of case files as given to unexpected feeling as it is to irreverent humor. So begins the legendary novel that kicked off the MONOGATARI series, whose anime adaptations have enjoyed international popularity and critical acclaim.

This first of three parts introduces Senjogahara and Hachikuji, and fans of the blockbuster prequel KIZUMONOGATARI will be delighted to meet their favorite crazies again: the weirdly reliable narrator Araragi, class president among class presidents Hanekawa, shady problem-solver Oshino, and a certain pale, blonde former vampire.

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English Light Novel Releases for November 2016

So instead of just posting my weekly light novel reviews, I thought I’d also begin a regular series detailing the light novel releases for each month. These are of official English releases of light novels licensed from Japan.

November 1, 2016

Naruto: Itachi’s Story, Vol. 1: Daylight

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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.

Uchiha Itachi, four years of age. With the hell of war burned into his eyes, the boy makes a resolution: he will rid this world of all violence. The birth of Sasuke, meeting his friend Shisui, the academy, genin, chunin, and then the Anbu—Itachi races down the path of glory toward his dream of becoming the first Uchiha Hokage, unaware of the darkness that lies ahead…

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Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? Sword Oratoria, Vol. 1

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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…

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November 8, 2016

Seraph of the End: Guren Ichinose: Catastrophe at Sixteen Volume 3

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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.

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November 15, 2016

A Certain Magical Index, Vol. 9

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The Daihasei Festival–a huge athletics festival attended by every school in Academy City, where the superpowered students attending these institutions gather to compete in a wide variety of competitions. And of course, Touma Kamijou is participating. His terrible luck is still in full effect–he’s gnawed on by a famished Index, castigated by a representative of the festival management committee, and zapped mid-competition by none other than Mikoto Misaka. But Academy city’s about to have a much bigger problem–and her name is Oriana Thomson.

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Durarara!!, Vol. 5

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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?

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Log Horizon, Vol. 6

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The unthinkable has happened–murder in the city of Akiba. The Libra Festival’s events have left Akatsuki dispirited. Despairing and confused, she wanders the city in search of the murderer and a chance to gain the power and recognition she craves–but feelings alone will not be enough. A new chapter in the Log Horizon epic begins!

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Re:ZERO, Vol. 2

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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?

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Legend of the Galactic Heroes, Vol. 3: Endurance

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It’s the master tactician of the ruthless Galactic Empire versus the Free Planets Alliance in Japan’s greatest space opera epic!

In the thirty-sixth century, humanity has conquered the galaxy and colonized countless star systems. The Galactic Empire, modeled along Prussian lines, and the democratic Free Planets Alliance are at war, and the fate of every human being in the universe hangs in the balance. This classic Japanese space opera, adapted into a legendary anime, is finally available in English for the first time.

A grand scheme for retaking Iserlohn is delivered to Reinhard, who with renewed determination seeks to become ruler of the galaxy and to fulfill the oath he made with a dear, departed friend. But what are the aims of Phezzan, the third force at work behind the scenes? Meanwhile, no sooner is Yang breathing a sigh of relief when Julian returns from his first combat mission than he is summoned to an inquest and departs for the capital of the alliance. As if waiting for this opportunity to strike, however, the imperial military’s fortress appears right at the gates of Iserlohn. The battle between two gigantic fortresses begins!

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November 22, 2016

The Isolator, Vol. 3: The Trancer

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Having successfully helped destroy two of the evil Ruby Eyes, Minoru, the Isolator, is recruited by the Syndicate, a secret organization dedicated to their eradication. He teams up with Suu Komura, the Refractor, a young girl said to be the Syndicate’s most powerful member, to attack a secret stronghold of the Ruby Eyes. Their target is the most fearsome opponent they’ve ever faced: the Liquidizer, but their enemy is not what they expected…

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The Rising of the Shield Hero Volume 06

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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?

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