onimonogatari light novel review

Onimonogatari Light Novel Review


Review of the light novel Onimonogatari (Monogatari Volume 12) by Nisioisin
The volume where we get to hear Shinobu’s tale of her first visit to Japan.

📔LIGHT NOVEL INFORMATION
TITLE: Onimonogatari
AKA: Monogatari Series, 物語シリーズ, 囮物語
AUTHOR: Nisioisin
ILLUSTRATOR: VOFAN
PUBLISHER (English): Vertical
RELEASE DATE (English): October 30, 2018
PURCHASE (Amazon): https://amzn.to/2FWHQNc
PURCHASE (Book Depository): http://bit.ly/2y81vU1

PUBLISHER (Japan): Kodansha Box
RELEASE DATE (Japan): September 29, 2011
VOLUMES RELEASED (Japan to Date): 24 (most recent released June 14, 2018)
ANIME SERIES: 97 TV episodes. Kizumonogatari was adapted over 3 films

otorimonogatari light novel review

Otorimonogatari Monogatari Volume 11 Light Novel Review


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Review of the light novel Otorimonogatari (Monogatari Volume 11) by Nisioisin
Yeah, this one turned into more of a discussion video, but it’s still pretty much spoiler-free.

📔LIGHT NOVEL INFORMATION
TITLE: Otorimonogatari
AKA: Monogatari Series, 物語シリーズ, 囮物語
AUTHOR: Nisioisin
ILLUSTRATOR: VOFAN
PUBLISHER (English): Vertical
RELEASE DATE (English): August 28, 2018
PURCHASE (Amazon): https://amzn.to/2PBxYcc
PURCHASE (Book Depository): http://bit.ly/2Luin0L

PUBLISHER (Japan): Kodansha Box
RELEASE DATE (Japan): June 29, 2011
VOLUMES RELEASED (Japan to Date): 24 (most recent released June 14, 2018)
ANIME SERIES: 97 TV episodes. Kizumonogatari was adapted over 3 films

hanamonogatari light novel review

Hanamonogatari Light Novel Review


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Review of the light novel Hanamonogatari (Monogatari Volume 10) by Nisioisin
Another light novel in the Monogatari series. This time, it’s Suruga Kanbaru’s turn to act as narrator.

📔LIGHT NOVEL INFORMATION
TITLE: Hanamonogatari
AKA: 花物語
AUTHOR: Nisioisin
ILLUSTRATOR: VOFAN
PUBLISHER (English): Vertical
RELEASE DATE (English): June 20, 2018
PURCHASE (Amazon.com): https://amzn.to/2PdDzpX
PURCHASE (Book Depository): http://bit.ly/2IS8Gnn

PUBLISHER (Japan): Kodansha BOX
RELEASE DATE (Japan): March 30, 2011
VOLUMES RELEASED (Japan to Date): 24 (most recent released June 14, 2018)
ANIME SERIES: 97 TV anime episodes. 1 book was split into 2 films.

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Kabukimonogatari (Monogatari Vol.9) Light Novel Review


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Review of the light novel Kabukimonogatari (The Monogatari Series Volume 9) by Nisioisin

LIGHT NOVEL INFORMATION
TITLE: Kabukimonogatari
AKA: 傾物語, Monogatari Series
AUTHOR: Nisioisin
ILLUSTRATOR: VOFAN
PUBLISHER (English): Vertical
RELEASE DATE (English): May 17, 2018
PURCHASE (Amazon.com): https://amzn.to/2KvD8YI
PURCHASE (Book Depository): http://bit.ly/2HXBUQP

PUBLISHER (Japan): Kodansha BOX
RELEASE DATE (Japan): December 25, 2010
VOLUMES RELEASED (Japan to Date): 25 (most recent volume released June 14, 2018)
ANIME SERIES: 94 episodes + 3 movies (14 volumes adapted to date)

Nisemonogatari Volume 2 Light Novel Review

Review of the light novel Nisemonogatari Volume 2 (Fake Tale) by Nisioisin

LIGHT NOVEL INFORMATION
TITLE: Nisemonogatari (The Monogatari Series)
AKA: Monogagatari, 偽物語 上
AUTHOR: Nisioisin
ILLUSTRATOR: VOFAN
PUBLISHER (English): Vertical
RELEASE DATE (English): August 31, 2017
PURCHASE (Amazon.com): http://amzn.to/2vbzf0q
PURCHASE (Book Depository): http://bit.ly/2AdDoXx

PUBLISHER (Japan): Kodansha
RELEASE DATE (Japan): June 11, 2009
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:

Originally planned to be the series’ conclusion, “final” chapter “Tsukihi Phoenix” invites us back to the seemingly eventless country burg where supernatural afflictions abound and characters change their trademark hairstyles at the drop of a hat. Rest assured, dear reader, that the story continued in Japanese and will do so in translation.

In the first half of Fake Tale, lost soul Araragi helped resolve his bigger little sister Karen’s feverish run-in with a fraud. In this second half, he must attend to his littler little sister Tsukihi’s issues, but not before staging the Toothbrush Episode that the acclaimed anime adaptation’s viewers find quite memorable—whether they like to or not.

As fraught with ominousness as a dark empty street, as unexpectedly full of feeling as an acid-tongued girlfriend, as sidesplittingly funny as a horny retired jock, and (maybe even) as educational as college in the best MONOGATARI tradition, this volume also introduces us to “ghostbusters” Yozuru Kagenui and Yotsugi Ononoki.

Nisemonogatari Volume 1 Light Novel Review

Review of the light novel Nisemonogatari Volume 1 by Nisioisin

LIGHT NOVEL INFORMATION
TITLE: Nisemonogatari (The Monogatari Series)
AKA: Monogagatari, 偽物語 上
AUTHOR: Nisioisin
ILLUSTRATOR: VOFAN
PUBLISHER (English): Vertical
RELEASE DATE (English): June 27, 2017
PURCHASE (Amazon.com): http://amzn.to/2oBVecc
PURCHASE (Book Depository): https://www.bookdepository.com/Nisemonogatari-1-Nisioisin/9781942993988/?a_aid=jrstone

PUBLISHER (Japan): Kodansha
RELEASE DATE (Japan): September 2, 2008
VOLUMES RELEASED (Japan to Date): 23 (most recent released July 20, 2017)
ANIME SERIES: 94 episodes + 3 movies (14 volumes adapted to date)

The light novel featured in this review is the official English release and was purchased with my own money. All opinions are my own and were not paid for.

From the back cover:

Unlike ne’er-do-well former vampire Araragi, his two younger sisters Karen and Tsukihi, who attend a private junior high, are little balls of energy and charisma that their peers look up to. That the “ka” in Karen and “hi” in Tsukihi are both written with the character for “fire” isn’t the only reason they’ve come to be known as the Fire Sisters.

Karen is the brawn and Tsukihi the brains of a vigilantism that the pair sees not merely as defending justice but as justice itself. They can’t encounter a harmful fad without trying to hunt down a specific source that had a motive for spreading it. In their big brother’s humble opinion, there is something fake and precarious about it all.

In this first of two parts, the immediate sequel to the legendary BAKEMONOGATARI plunges us into the middle of summer vacation in the mostly peaceful rural town where the series is set. As our hero and narrator can say from experience, however, teenagers with too much free time on their hands can get stung pretty badly.

Taking a Deeper Look at Bakemonogatari

Hello All!

When I was just getting started on this road of light novel fandom, there was a website I found which made my life so much easier/better. That website was English Light Novels .com.

Now, I’ve mentioned this website before. A few months ago, I participated in a joint article where myself and several others did a brief overview of titles we would recommend to people who were new to light novels.

After that article, the owner of the site, Cho, asked if anyone would be further interested in contributing articles in the future. I had a great experience with the newbies article, and honestly, felt indebted to Cho’s website, so I volunteered. What came out of it were two articles I’m proud to have created/contributed to.

My articles dealt with two books; the recent Vertical Inc. release of Bakemonogatari and its prequel,  Kizumonogatari.

Themes of Love and Loss in Bakemonogatari

For my first article, I tore into the deeper themes in Bakemonogatari.

After doing spoiler-free reviews for a year-and-a-half, it was gratifying to dig into the meat and bones of a book instead of leaving so much unsaid (I could do this in my reviews, but I mean them to help readers find new books, not spoil them). There was a freedom in truly expressing what the book meant to me and what I took away from it.

If you’re interested, you can read the article at this link – Love and Loss in Bakemonogatari.

Which Came First, the Bake or the Kizu?

The second article was a joint effort by Cho and I.

In Japan, where the Monogatari series was first released, Bakemonogatari came first, with Kizu, a prequel, releasing second. In English, the release order was reversed. The books are starkly different from each other, something Cho demonstrated in her component of the article. For my part, I theorized why the change was made for English audiences.

To read that article, follow this link – Which Came First, the Bake or the Kizu?

I’m proud of what Cho and I produced. I’d really appreciate it if you visited the site and showed those articles some support (admittedly, I’m late in posting this article myself). I’m looking forward to contributing to Cho’s site in the future.

Let me know what you thought of the articles!

All the best,

JR