pretty boy detective club volume 1 light novel review

Pretty Boy Detective Club Volume 1 Light Novel Review

Review of the light novel Pretty Boy Detective Club Volume 1 The Dark Star That Shines for You Alone by Nisioisin. 

Review is of the official English release from Vertical. 

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LIGHT NOVEL INFORMATION

Japanese Title: 美少年探偵団 — Bishonen Tanteidan

Author: Nisioisin – 西尾 維新

Illustrator: Kinako – キナコ

Publisher (English): Vertical

Translator: Winifred Bird

Release Date (English): September 29, 2020

Publisher (Japan): Kodansha Taiga

Release Date (Japan): October 2015

Volumes Released (Japan to Date): 11

Anime Series: In production. 2021 release

Manga: Yes. Licensed for English release by Vertical

Synopsis:

From the renowed author NISIOISIN, the creator of BAKEMONOGATARI, Zaregoto Series and KATANAGATARI.
Comes a new, innovative mystery series, Pretty Boy Detectives Club!

Mayumi Dojima, a second-year student at the exclusive Yubiwa Academy middle school, has lost something – a star she glimpsed just once, ten long years ago. But help is on the way, in the form of the unofficial, secretive, and thoroughly mysterious Pretty Boy Detective Club! Rumored to solve problems within the school (most of which they themselves may well have created) for reasons aesthetic rather than financial, these five gorgeous boys sweep Mayumi into their world of excitement, danger, and overwhelming beauty. So begins the thrilling new mystery series from renowned author NISIOISIN!

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The Eminence in Shadow Volume 1 Light Novel Review

Review of the light novel The Eminence in Shadow Volume 1 by Daisuke Aizawa. 

Review is of the official English release from Yen On (Yen Press). 

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LIGHT NOVEL INFORMATION

Japanese Title: 陰の実力者になりたくて! — “Kage no Jitsuryokusha ni Naritakute!”

Author: Daisuke Aizawa – 逢沢大介

Illustrator: Touzai – 東西

Publisher (English): Yen On (Yen Press)

Translator: Kristi Fernandez

Release Date (English): July 28, 2020

Publisher (Japan): Enterbrain

Release Date (Japan): November 2018

Volumes Released (Japan to Date):  3

Anime Series: None

Manga: Yes. Not Licensed for English Release

Synopsis:

One big fat lie and a few twisted truths

Even in his past life, Cid’s dream wasn’t to become a protagonist or a fi nal boss. He’d rather lie low as a minor character until it’s prime time to reveal he’s a mastermind…or at least, do the next best thing-pretend to be one! And now that he’s been reborn into another world, he’s ready to set the perfect conditions to live out his dreams to the fullest. Armed with his overactive imagination, Cid jokingly recruits members to his organization and makes up a whole backstory about an evil cult that they need to take down. Well, as luck would have it, these imaginary adversaries turn out to be the real deal-and everyone knows the truth but him!

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There’s No Way a Side Character Like Me Could Be Popular, Right? v.1 Review

Review of the light novel There’s No Way a Side Character Like Me Could Be Popular, Right? by Sekaiichi

Review is of the official English release from Tentai Books.

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LIGHT NOVEL INFORMATION

Japanese Title: 友人キャラの俺がモテまくるわけないだろ? — “Yujinchara no Ore ga Motemakuru Wakenaidaro?”

Author: Sekaiichi 

Illustrator: Tomari – トマリ

Publisher (English): Tentai Books

Translator: Alejandro de Vicente Suárez

Release Date (English): May 29, 2020

Publisher (Japan): Overlap

Release Date (Japan): July 25, 2019

Volumes Released (Japan to Date): 3

Anime Series: None

Manga: None

Synopsis: “I just love you sooooooo much, Senpai!”

My name is Tomoki Yuuki, a second-year student in high school. I’d say I’m a fairly normal student, save for the fact that everyone avoids me like the plague because I apparently look like I’m out for blood. Ike Haruma is the only one that doesn’t steer clear of me. He’s your typical ‘perfect guy’ in every sense; the protagonist with no real flaws that you see in any given story.

Life at school was going on as usual… until one day Haruma’s super popular little sister confesses to me out of the blue?! Though she later clarifies that her feelings toward me are anything but romantic and that she has an ulterior motive, I end up accepting my new role as ‘fake boyfriend’ as a favor to Haruma.

Believe it or not, the moment I start going out with her, Haruma’s idol-tier childhood friend and my super hot teacher get involved with me too!

Wait a minute, this can’t be a dream rom-com scenario setting itself up for me, can it?! I mean, there’s no way a side character like me could be popular, right?

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Kuma Kuma Kuma Bear Volume 1 Light Novel Review

Review of the light novel Kuma Kuma Kuma Bear by Kumanano. 

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LIGHT NOVEL INFORMATION

Japanese Title: くま クマ 熊 ベアー 

Author: Kumanano – くまなの

Illustrator: 029 

Publisher (English): Seven Seas

Translator:  Jan Cash & Vincent Castaneda

Release Date (English): May 7, 2020

Publisher (Japan): PASH! Books (Shufu to Seikatsusha)

Release Date (Japan): May 29, 2015

Volumes Released (Japan to Date): 16

Anime Series: In Production

Manga: Yes. Licensed by Seven Seas – https://amzn.to/2DY1lW4

Synopsis: A bouncy light novel series about a girl transported to her favorite video game world with her magical bearsuit equipped

Fifteen-year-old Yuna prefers staying home and obsessively playing her favorite VRMMO game to doing anything else, including going to school. When a strange new update gives her a one-of-a-kind bear outfit that comes with overpowered abilities, Yuna is torn: the outfit is unbearably cute, but too embarrassing to wear in-game. But then she suddenly finds herself transported into the world of the game, facing down monsters and magic for real, and the bear suit becomes the best weapon she has!

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Deathbound Duke’s Daughter Volume 1 Light Novel Review

Review of the light novel Deathbound Duke’s Daughter Volume 1: Erika Aurelia and the Seafarer’s Ruins by Terasu Senoo.

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LIGHT NOVEL INFORMATION

Japanese Title: 死にやすい公爵令嬢 — “Shini Yasui Kōshaku Reijō to Shichi-nin no Kikōshi”

Author: Terasu Senoo — 瀬尾照

Illustrator: Munashichi — 六七質

Publisher (English): J-Novel Club

Translator: Roy Nukia

Release Date (English): June 27, 2020

Publisher (Japan): M Novels (Futabasha)

Release Date (Japan): July 12, 2017

Volumes Released (Japan to Date): 2

Anime Series: None

Manga: None

Synopsis: One evening in early spring, eight-year-old Erika Aurelia realizes she’s the detestable little villainess from an otome game called Liber Monstrorum: The Winter Maiden and the Phantasmic Beasts. As if that wasn’t bad enough already, Erika’s role in the game is to pester the main character… and then die in order to kick off a mysterious series of events! These incidents are different in each love interest’s route, and seven routes means seven deaths to avoid. Not one to throw in the towel, Erika knows she must take action to destroy her death flags—and since her life is on the line, there’s no time to lose! Her very first death flag is set to rise after she meets two noble children from a prominent magician’s house. In order to prevent the resulting incidents, the Gold Rush Murders, she arms herself with her brother’s expensive(!!!) magical items and heads into the ancient Seafarer’s Ruins. But things don’t quite go according to plan…

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Tearmoon Empire Volume 1 Light Novel Review

Review of the light novel Tearmoon Empire Volume 1 by Nozomu Mochitsuki . 

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LIGHT NOVEL INFORMATION

Japanese Title: ティアムーン帝国物語 — “Tearmoon Teikoku Monogatari”

Author: Nozomu Mochitsuki — 餅月望

Illustrator: Gilse

Publisher (English): J-Novel Club

Translator: David Teng

Release Date (English): February 24, 2020

Publisher (Japan): TO Books

Release Date (Japan): June 10, 2019

Volumes Released (Japan to Date): 5 (as of October 2020)

Anime Series: None

Manga: Yes. Not licensed for English release

Synopsis: Surrounded by the hate-filled gazes of her people, the selfish princess of the fallen Tearmoon Empire, Mia, takes one last look at the bleeding sun before the guillotine blade falls… Only to wake back up as a twelve-year-old! With time rewound and a second chance at life dropped into her lap, she sets out to right the countless wrongs that plague the ailing Empire. Corrupt governance? Check. Border troubles? Check. Natural calamities and economic strife? Check. My, seems like a lot of work. Hard work and Mia don’t mix, so she seeks out the aid of others, starting with her loyal maid, Anne, and the brilliant minister, Ludwig. Together, they strive day and night to restore the Empire. Little by little, their tireless efforts begin to change the course of history, pushing the whole of the continent toward a new future. And why did the selfish princess have a change of heart, you ask? Simple—she didn’t. She’s just terrified of the guillotine. They hurt like hell, and Mia hates pain more than work.

Review of the light novel My Next Life as a Villainess: All Routes Lead to Doom Volume 2 by Satoru Yamaguchi. Review is of the official English release from J-Novel Club (J-Novel Heart). Check it out on Amazon: https://amzn.to/2yk6TaR Or... Get it from Book Depository: http://tidd.ly/2345f432 Get it from RightStuf: http://shrsl.com/11gf6-1eu6-hq2lo4_1-1 LIGHT NOVEL INFORMATION Japanese Title: 乙女ゲームの破滅フラグしかない悪役令嬢に転生してしまった… -- "Otome Game no Hametsu Flag shika nai Akuyaku Reijou ni Tensei shite shimatta..." -- "Bakarina" Author: Satoru Yamaguchi -- 山口 悟 Illustrator: Nami Hidaka -- ひだかなみ Publisher (English): J-Novel Club (J-Novel Heart) Translator: Shirley Yeung Release Date (English): February 8, 2019 Publisher (Japan): Ichijinsha Bunko Iris (Ichijinsha) Release Date (Japan): September 19, 2015 Volumes Released (Japan to Date): 9 Anime Series: Yes. Covered Volumes 1-2 with additional material from short story volumes Manga: Yes. Released in English by Seven Seas https://tidd.ly/3i5u0Xw

My Next Life as a Villainess Volume 2 Light Novel Review

Review of the light novel My Next Life as a Villainess: All Routes Lead to Doom Volume 2 by Satoru Yamaguchi. 

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LIGHT NOVEL INFORMATION

Japanese Title: 乙女ゲームの破滅フラグしかない悪役令嬢に転生してしまった… — “Otome Game no Hametsu Flag shika nai Akuyaku Reijou ni Tensei shite shimatta…” — “Bakarina”

Author: Satoru Yamaguchi — 山口 悟

Illustrator: Nami Hidaka — ひだかなみ

Publisher (English): J-Novel Club (J-Novel Heart)

Translator: Shirley Yeung

Release Date (English): February 8, 2019

Publisher (Japan): Ichijinsha Bunko Iris (Ichijinsha)

Release Date (Japan): September 19, 2015

Volumes Released (Japan to Date): 9

Anime Series: Yes. Covered Volumes 1-2 with additional material from short story volumes

Manga: Yes. Released in English by Seven Seas https://tidd.ly/3i5u0Xw