Sword Art Online Volume 11 Alicization Turning Light Novel Review

Review of the light novel Sword Art Online Volume 11 Alicization Turning by Reki Kawahara
I have a rant at the end of this which contains spoilers. I do warn you, so feel free to watch up to that point.

TITLE: Sword Art Online
AKA: SAO, ソードアート・オンライン
AUTHOR: Reki Kawahara
PUBLISHER (English): Yen On
RELEASE DATE (English): August 22, 2017
PURCHASE (Amazon.com): http://amzn.to/2tzb9KP

PUBLISHER (Japan): Dengeki Bunko (ASCII Media Works)
RELEASE DATE (Japan): December 10, 2012
VOLUMES RELEASED (Japan to Date): 20 (most recent released September 8, 2017)
ANIME SERIES: 49 episodes + 1OVA + 1 Movie (A new season is currently in production)

From the back cover:

Two years into Kirito and Eugeo’s quest to reach the Central Cathedral, the pair have finally become elite disciples at the North Centoria Imperial Swordcraft Academy. Now all that’s left to do is train for the next tournament, build their relationships with their trainee pages, and do so without violating the Taboo Index. But just because this peaceful world is governed by law and order doesn’t mean evil can’t fester below the surface…and when it comes time to choose between the rules and what’s right, Kirito and Eugeo discover the darker secrets of the Underworld.

Juni Taisen Zodiac War Light Novel Review

Review of the light novel Juni Taisen Zodiac War by Nisioisin

TITLE: Juni Taisen Zodiac War
AKA: Juuni Taisen, 十二大戦
AUTHOR: Nisioisin
ILLUSTRATOR: Hikaru Nakamura
PUBLISHER (English): Viz Media
RELEASE DATE (English): October 10, 2017
PURCHASE (Amazon.com): http://amzn.to/2yhXQob

PUBLISHER (Japan): Shueisha
RELEASE DATE (Japan): May 19, 2015
VOLUMES RELEASED (Japan to Date): 2 (2nd volume released October 4, 2017)
ANIME SERIES: Just started airing. Available on Crunchyroll

From the back cover:

Twelve warriors enter a death match, but only one can survive to win the ultimate prize.

Rampage. Weep. Kill. Every 12 years, the 12 signs of the Chinese zodiac take the form of warriors and engage in the ultimate battle royal. They face one another in battles to the death, using all the powers of their star signs, and the sole survivor is granted the ultimate prize—a wish. Any wish.

Accel World Volume 10 Light Novel Review

Review of the light novel Accel World Volume 10 by Reki Kawahara
The short story volume of Accel World.

TITLE: Accel World
AKA: アクセル・ワールド
AUTHOR: Reki Kawahara
PUBLISHER (English): Yen On
RELEASE DATE (English): June 20, 2017
PURCHASE (Amazon.com): http://amzn.to/2pqBOvQ

PUBLISHER (Japan): Degeki Bunko (ASCII Media Works)
RELEASE DATE (Japan): December 10, 2011
VOLUMES RELEASED (Japan to Date): 22 (Volume 22 is being release November 10, 2017)
ANIME SERIES: 24 Episodes (covering volumes 1-4 with some material from Volume 10)

From the back cover:

2046–Haruyuki, member of the reborn Nega Nebulus, is a new Burst Linker. Through hard work, he finally reaches level two–only to find himself with just eight burst points left!! With one wrong move, Haruyuki could lose access to Brain Burst forever…Refusing to take his friend’s points, Haruyuki turns to the Accelerated World “bouncer,” a mysterious person with the duel avatar Aqua Current.

One year later, the Black King, Kuroyukihime, is on a school trip in Okinawa! With nearly all Burst Linkers located in Tokyo, Kuroyukihime assumes she’ll have a relaxing vacation…until she’s suddenly challenged to a duel! Later, on a seemingly normal day, Haruyuki is issued a challenge…from a player in black, wielding two swords! Dive into Accel World’s past in this thrilling short story collection!

Bakemonogatari Volume 3 Light Novel Review

Review of the light novel Bakemonogatari Volume 3 by Nisio Isin

TITLE: Bakemonogatari
AKA: Monogagatari, 物語シリーズ
AUTHOR: Nisio Isin
PUBLISHER (English): Vertical Inc.
RELEASE DATE (English): April 25, 2017
PURCHASE (Amazon Affiliate Link): http://amzn.to/2mGURxN
PURCHASE (Amazon.co.uk): http://amzn.to/2yZzNIN

PUBLISHER (Japan): Kodansha
RELEASE DATE (Japan): December 4, 2006
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:

A class president among class presidents, a bespectacled model student who soars to the top of honors lists without fail, Tsubasa Hanekawa also happens to be a decent human being. True, she does have a habit of making single-minded assumptions, but they come from a good place and turn out to be fortuitous as often as not.

Loser extraordinaire Koyomi Araragi owes her his post of class vice president and a more significant debt of gratitude for her unstinting support during the darkest spring break of his life. All of it has blinded him to the possibility that his saintly classmate’s family situation might be no less adverse than that of his other lady friends.

Thus, at last, we face Hanekawa’s unlikely aberration in “Tsubasa Cat”—the concluding part of the legendary novel that captured the sensibilities of a new generation in the aught years and spawned an animated series that has won international popularity and acclaim—before the story continues with a Fake Tale…

My Youth Romantic Comedy is Wrong as I Expected Volume 3 Light Novel Review

Review of the light novel My Youth Romantic Comedy is Wrong as I Expected (Oregairu) Volume 3 by Wataru Watari

TITLE: My Youth Romantic Comedy is Wrong as I Expected
AKA: Oregairu, Yahari Ore no Seishun Rom-Com wa Machigatteiru, My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU, やはり俺の青春ラブコメはまちがっている。
AUTHOR: Wataru Watari
PUBLISHER (English): Yen On
RELEASE DATE (English): September 19, 2017
PURCHASE (Amazon Affiliate Link): http://amzn.to/2wssme1
PURCHASE (Amazon.co.uk): http://amzn.to/2hBI8hn
PURCHASE (Amazon.ca): http://amzn.to/2xKmQDX

PUBLISHER (Japan): Gagaga Bunko (Shogakukan)
RELEASE DATE (Japan): November 20, 2011
VOLUMES RELEASED (Japan to Date): 12 (most recent released September 20, 2017)
ANIME SERIES: 26 episodes + 2 OVAs (covers volumes 1-11 of the light novels)

From the back cover:

Nothing ever changes. No friends, no girlfriends–nothing but a solitary life at school… So why is Hachiman so uncomfortable? Maybe it’s the fact that their club room is one girl short. There’s no way Yukino and Hachiman can solve the problems born from this chain of misunderstandings. The bittersweet time with Totsuka, preparing for battle with Zaimokuza, a secret side of Ms. Hiratsuka…and strip poker? Surrounded by characters sprinting headlong in the wrong direction, will the club ever return to normal?

The Rising of the Shield Hero Volume 7 Light Novel Review

Review of the light novel The Rising of the Shield Hero Volume 7 by Aneko Yusagi

TITLE: The Rising of the Shield Hero
AKA: Tate no Yuusha no Nariagari, 盾の勇者の成り上がり
AUTHOR: Aneko Yusagi
PUBLISHER (English): One Peace Books
RELEASE DATE (English): April 18, 2017
PURCHASE (Amazon.com): http://amzn.to/2n4w20Z
PURCHASE (Amazon.co.uk): http://amzn.to/2yrOP8T
PURCHASE (Amazon.ca): http://amzn.to/2yrAARH

PUBLISHER (Japan): MF Books (Media Factory)
RELEASE DATE (Japan): September 25, 2014
VOLUMES RELEASED (Japan to Date): 18 (most recent volume released July 25, 2017)
ANIME SERIES: In Production (most likely will premiere January 2018)
Check out the trailer for the anime here – https://youtu.be/gP4ZlVB3oEM

From the back cover:

Naofumi and his friends defeat the Spirit Tortoise after it rampages across the country. They leave in search of the other missing heroes and meet Ost along the way, who says she is one of the Spirit Tortoise’s servants. She tells Naofumi that the Spirit Tortoise is still alive and that someone is pulling the strings to use the tortoise to destroy the world! Can Naofumi protect those he loves from this new danger?

Infinite Dendrogram Volume 2 Light Novel Review

Review of the light novel Infinite Dendrogram Volume 2 by Sakon Kaidou.

TITLE: Infinite Dendrogram
AKA: <Infinite Dendrogram> , インフィニット·デンドログラム
AUTHOR: Sakon Kaidou
PUBLISHER (English): J-Novel Club
RELEASE DATE (English): August 29, 2017
PURCHASE (Amazon Affiliate Link): http://amzn.to/2tzoser

PUBLISHER (Japan): HJ Bunko (Hobby Japan)
RELEASE DATE (Japan): December 18, 2016
VOLUMES RELEASED (Japan to Date): 5 Volumes (most recent releases September 30, 2017)

From the back cover:

After an unexpectedly challenging journey, Ray and his party finally arrive at Gideon, The City of Duels.
The mere sight of the towering arenas and thriving fantasy townscapes is enough to instantly awe and enchant him. However — like anything that stands tall and proud — the city cast a great, dark shadow.
The name of this shadow is the Gouz-Maise gang — a loathsome band of cutthroats who turn their profit kidnapping children and demanding ransom.
Ray, wide-eyed and innocent, was blissfully unaware of just how cruel the hyper-realistic world of Infinite Dendrogram would become.