No Game No Life Volume 5

No Game No Life Volume 5 Light Novel Review

Review of the light novel No Game No Life Volume 5 by Yuu Kamiya
The gaming siblings go up against god slayers and sleeping mermaids.

LIGHT NOVEL INFORMATION
TITLE: No Game No Life
AKA: NogeNora, ノーゲーム・ノーライフ
AUTHOR: Yuu Kamiya
ILLUSTRATOR: Yuu Kamiya
PUBLISHER (English): Yen On
RELEASE DATE (English): December 20, 2016
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From the back cover;

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?

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…”

Purchase Brave Chronicle Volume 1 from Amazon.com

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.

Purchase Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash Volume 1 from Amazon.com

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…

Purchase My Little Sister Can Read Kanji Volume 1 from Amazon.com

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…

Purchase Goblin Slayer Vol. 1 from Amazon.com

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…

Purchase Accel World Vol. 8 from Amazon.com

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…

Purchase The Asterisk War Vol. 2 from Amazon.com

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!

Purchase Baccano! Vol. 3 from Amazon.com

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…

Purchase Black Bullet Vol. 5 from Amazon.com

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!

Purchase The Devil is a Part-Timer Vol. 6 from Amazon.com

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…

Purchase The Irregular at Magic High School, Vol. 3 from Amazon.com

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!

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

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?

Purchase No Game No Life Vol. 5 from Amazon.com

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.

Purchase Sword Art Online Vol. 9 from Amazon.com

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.

Purchase Bakemonogatari Part 1 from Amazon.com

No Game No Life Volume 4 Light Novel Review

Light novel review of No Game No Life Volume 4 by Yuu Kamiya.
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From the back cover;

Having been transported to the world of Disboard, where everything is decided by games, Sora and Shiro (who together form the unstoppable gamer team ” “) are still winning. They’ve racked up an unbroken string of victories against opponents armed with all manner of magic and treachery. As the pair enjoy a well-deserved vacation in the Eastern Union, they’re approached by a Dhampir named Plum. Sora and Shiro prepare for battle, but this game is one of the very few they haven’t beaten and mastered–the game of love!


No Game No Life Vol.3 | Light Novel Review


 

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From the Back Cover:

One of the gamer siblings has vanished!

In the world of Disboard, everything is decided by games. And after rising to reign as the monarchs of the remnants of Disboard’s humans, gamer siblings Sora and Shiro have now wagered the fate of every human being alive on the outcome of a game against the Eastern Union! But immediately after making this wager, Sora disappears, leaving only a cryptic message behind. ” “, the legendary two-in-one gamer, has been torn asunder! What is Sora thinking? What will Shiro do? What will become of humanity? And what about the paradise of animal girls?!

In the third volume of the bestselling alternate-world fantasy series, it’s a risky showdown against the Werebeasts!


No Game No Life Vol. 2 | Light Novel Review

Review of the light novel No Game No Life Volume 2 by Yuu Kamiya.

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From the Back Cover:

The gamer siblings have their eyes on a new target–the land of the animal girls…
It’s gamer siblings vs. animal girls, but first there’s some angel trouble to deal with! After having been summoned to the world of Disboard, where a boyish god has declared that all conflicts must be resolved via games, the genius gamer siblings Sora and Shiro have ascended to rule over the strange world’s embattled humans. Now brother and sister must challenge the other races directly, and the games are afoot! Will Sora and Shiro be able to stand against the might of the angelic Flügel race? The next chapter in the hit fantasy series begins here!

No Game No Life, Volume 1 | Light Novel Review

Review of the light novel, No Game No Life, Volume 1, by Yuu Kamiya.

From the Back Cover:

Meet Sora and Shiro, a brother and sister who are loser shut-ins by normal standards. But these siblings don’t play by the rules of the “crappy game” that is average society. In the world of gaming, this genius pair reigns supreme, their invincible avatar so famous that it’s the stuff of urban legend. So when a young boy calling himself God summons the siblings to a fantastic alternate world where war is forbidden and all conflicts–even those involving national borders–are decided by the outcome of games, Sora and Shiro have pretty much hit the jackpot. But they soon learn that in this world, humanity, cornered and outnumbered by other species, survives within the confines of one city. Will Sora and Shiro, two failures at life, turn out to be the saviors of mankind? Let the games begin…!