AX Light Novel Announcements

Anime Expo 2018 happened on the previous weekend, and it was awesome to see all the new light novels announcements. Below I’m going to comment the titles that caught my attention, for good or bad.

J-Novel Club

Amagi Brilliant Park (MAL)

I mentioned this title on the post Top 3 Light Novels I Want, so as you can guess, I’m very happy with the announcement. The anime was great, I loved it’s humor and story, and I’m very curious about what happens after the ending of the anime. It has 8 volumes and is already finished!

Kokoro Connect (MAL)

Another Kadokawa title that is also already finished. I didn’t watch the anime, but I already heard about it, and the plot seems very interesting.

Yen Press

Bungo Stray Dogs (MAL)

I only watched the first one or two episodes of the anime, and although I didn’t continue, it did had a very interesting plot. I think I’ll have way more fun with the novels, so I’m going to give it a chance.

86 (MAL)

If I’m correct, this was considered the last year’s best new title. I’m interested on it, but I’m not so sure because of the racism present and how I’m going to actually enjoy it. But I’ll be paying attention to the reviews, for sure.

Penguin Highway and The Night is Young, Walk on Girl

These are not actually light novels, but regular novels, and this is actually what makes me interested on it, as I’ve never read a Japanese novel.

Seven Seas

Mushoku Tensei (MAL)

HELL YEAH! I’m actually surprised that it took that long for this title to be licensed, because it has to be one of the most requested series. The downside is that it’s only coming next year.

Classroom of The Elite (MAL)

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I’m a bit interested on it, and the reviews and ratings put it here in the end. I was interested on the anime when it aired, but didn’t watch it because I didn’t have time, and in the end, I forgot about it. Maybe now (next year) it’ll be time to read it.

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3 More Light Novels I Want in English

As an anime fan, it is common to watch a light novel based anime and end up wanting more. Unfortunately, many times we don’t get an English translation (official or not). I already posted 3 novels that I want a translation, and now I’m here with 3 more.

Gamers!

This anime was so fun. A lot of misunderstandings, funny situations, and characters that we can relate to. I’m very curious about how everything is going to be, and how they are going to fix all those misunderstandings.

You can buy the anime at Amazon

Saekano

With two anime seasons released, the show delivered a wonderful blend of story, service, characters and the doujinshi world. As I love this kind of story, about creators or the industry, I had a great time watching it, and I would like to see what’s happens next.

Eromanga-sensei

This is kind of a guilty pleasure, but again, it’s a light novel about light novel authors. With the English release of A Sister’s All You Need, hopefully some publisher will release Eromanga-sensei too.

First Impressions: Chio-chan no Tsuugakuro

This anime was not originally on my watchlist, but in the end I decided to give it a chance.

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The “dramatic extreme going to school comedy” manga follows the titular female high school student Chio Miyamo, and her adventures to commute to school every day. Chio runs in to problems both big and small, such as construction, a biker gang, a sudden urge to use the bathroom, and more.

The premise is very simple: Chio is a student who always has many obstacles when trying to get to school in time. It’s not much, really, but I guess for a comedy anime might be enough, or not.

At the first episode, we see two different occasions where Chio is having trouble trying to get to class in time, and how she reacts and what she does to try and arrive in time. So far both the situations and her reactions and plans were funny and made up for a good episode, although not comedy gold.

The animation, art style and voice are also good and fit the style of the anime very well.

While I had fun during the first episode, I’m still not sure if the title will be able to step up its comedy, and I fear that the novelty might wear off halfway through the season. But only time will tell. I had fun, but this title is not going to be a priority on my watchlist, and I suspect it’ll end up on my on hold list after a couple more episodes.

You can check for more information about it on Anilist. You can also follow me there!

First Impressions: Harukana Receive

Ok, you know why I’m watching this. You know why you are watching this. Beautiful girls playing beach volleyball and having fun.

The first that I can say about this title is that it looks damn beautiful. The art and animation are awesome and the character designs great, but it’s only fair as it’s an ecchi anime of cute girls playing beach volleyball, right?

But yes, there’s a story going on, rivalry, new friendships possibly, and plenty of character development that may happen. With the MCs cousin not playing anymore and the MC getting involved with a way better duo that seems to have story with her cousin, I think there’ll be enough to keep us interested and to have good episodes where development actually happens.

I didn’t watch Haikyu, mainly for two reasons: it’s already too long to start now, and it’s about boys. But Harukana Receive comes to fill this space with a cute girls version of it.

There’s no hiding in what made me want to watch this anime, but after watching the first episode, I’m happy to think that it’ll be more that an ecchi cute-girls-doing-cute-things anime.

You can check for more information about it on Anilist. You can also follow me there!

Spring 2018 wrap-up

This season had some interesting titles, but with my college program starting, I couldn’t watch as many as I would like. In the end, I settled for one new title, and two continuations.

Sword Art Online Alternative: Gun Gale Online (MyAnimeList)

I didn’t watch the original SAO, but when this was announced it got my attention. I had fun watching it, and I recommend it if you have spare time. Now that I finished it, I think it’s entertaining and interesting, but nothing special.


Shokugeki no Souma: San no Sara – Toutsuki Ressha-hen (MAL)

Although at the beginning I though this story arc was a little too over the top, I still enjoyed watching it a lot. In the end, it was kind of more-of-the-same, but we learned a bit more about the characters backgrounds, and we saw some development too. And of course, the battles are still fun to watch. It’s only a shame that the season ended without finishing the story arc.


Boku no Hero Academia 3rd Season (MAL)

This is one of my favorite recent anime, and I doubt there’s any anime fan that doesn’t know about it. I’ve seen many different opinions on this season, but I really had fun watching it and on my opinion it was a good season overall. Maybe not as great as the previous ones, but the story and the character development that we had along the season, and the last few episodes were SO GOOD that compensated it’s faults, at least for me.

Do you agree/disagree with my opinions or have any recommendation from this season? Leave a comment, I’ll appreciate!

Library Haul: July 4, 2018

Yesterday I went to another Toronto Library branch, the Bloor/Gladstone Library. I’ve never been there, and I really liked, because it looks beautiful and they have a lot of comic books and manga. Back in Brazil I never though someday I would be borrowing manga and comics from a library.

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The manga is Delicious in Dungeon, published by Yen Press. I’ve been interested in it for some time, and now it’s finally time to check if it’s good.

When young adventurer Laios and his company are attacked and soundly thrashed by a dragon deep in a dungeon, the party loses all its money and provisions…and a member! They’re eager to go back and save her, but there is just one problem: If they set out with no food or coin to speak of, they’re sure to starve on the way! But Laios comes up with a brilliant idea: “Let’s eat the monsters!” Slimes, basilisks, and even dragons…none are safe from the appetites of these dungeon-crawling gourmands!


Next I have volumes 3 and 4 of Sex Criminals. I have read the first couple volumes a while ago, and I can guarantee that IT IS SO MUCH FUN! The idea is really strange and sounds absurd, but hey, give it a try. Besides being really funny, it also has a lot of depth about sexuality and relationships.

Suzie’s just a regular gal with an irregular gift: when she has sex, she stops time. One day she meets Jon and it turns out he has the same ability. And sooner or later they get around to using their gifts to do what we’d ALL do: rob a couple banks.


I also borrowed the first two volumes of Bee And Puppycat for my wife, as she wanted to read it for a long time, and she is reading comics to practice her English skills and increase her vocabulary.

A quirky new take on the magical girl genre with Bee, the forever unemployed main character who can’t seem to figure out life, and the mysterious PuppyCat, a stray…whatever it is…that she stumbled across who has a powerful secret.

Watching Now

Last week I got addicted to Kim’s Convenience, a show about a Korean family that runs a convenience store in Toronto.

I’ve watched the first episode a few months ago during my flight to Toronto, and although I’ve liked it at that point, it didn’t catch me. But this week I watched a few more episodes with my wife, and I’m totally hooked. Sadly, we already watched everything and have to wait for season 3 😕

I also started watching Yuru Camp, an anime about… Camping. I’ve watched the first 3 episodes and so far I’m enjoying it a lot. It’s so cozy and heartwarming! As for cartoons, I’m enjoying the new Ducktales, and did catch up with Steven Universe (OMFG WHAT WAS THAT EPISODE!!!)

Yesterday I also started watching the last season of The Americans, one of the best TV shows I’ve watched these last few years. If you didn’t watch it yet, please do it! After I finish i, I plan on watching Glow’s 2nd season, quick premiered on Netflix last Friday. And with my wife, I’m starting Ozark. I’ve been curious about it since the first trailer, but never watched it.

And you, what are you watching right now? Leave a comment!

Light Novel Releases (June 3 Week)

This week we have 1 new series starting, and we also have 4 releases from ongoing series.

New Series

Napping Princess

Volume: 1
Release date: June 05
Publisher: Yen On
Author: Kenji Kamiyama


When Kokone sleeps she dreams of Heartland, a place full of technology and warring machines, where she’s the Princess Ancien who possesses magical powers. But when events in her dreams and real life start to intersect, Kokone has to run from bad guys in both worlds. Will her dreams provide a way out, or get her into deeper trouble…? The light novel of Napping Princess will be available May 2018!

Purchase: Amazon


Ongoing Series

Demon King Daimaou

Volume: 5
Release date: June 03
Publisher: J-Novel Club
Author: Shoutarou Mizuki

Akuto has awakened as the Demon King, and has declared that he will kill the gods. Flying on the back of his dragon Peterhausen, he soars into the sky above Constant Magical Academy to face thousands of troops — including Eiko Teruya and his good friend Junko Hattori. He’s also opposed by his friend Hiroshi Miwa who, unbeknownst to the world, is secretly the anti-magical supersuit-wearing hero known as “Brave.” Akuto has Fujiko and his horde of demon beasts on his side, but will it be enough? Meanwhile, Keena seems to hold the key to Boichiro’s appearance, and to the greatest mystery of all: the future of humanity.

Purchase: Amazon


Invaders of the Rokujouma!?

Volume: 13
Release date: June 05
Publisher: J-Novel Club
Author: Takehaya

After Theia receives a distressing message about her mother in Forthorthe, she’s forced to make what could be a life-changing choice. Does she rush home to be with her family in a time of need, or does she stay on Earth to complete her trial with the friends and the boy she’s come to love so dearly? Nothing is simple, however, when it comes to the politics of a galactic empire. The trouble runs deeper than it seems. Koutarou is reunited with a few old friends, one of which he’s not too happy to see.

Purchase: Amazon


Me, a Genius? I Was Reborn into Another World and I Think They’ve Got the Wrong Idea!

Volume: 2
Release date: June 07
Publisher: J-Novel Club
Author: Nyun

Kouki Arakawa has been reborn in a Japan that’s unlike the one we know, and everyone seems to have gotten the idea that he’s a genius.

When Kouki and his friends decide to spend their summer vacation visiting a lunar base, Kouki inadvertently unlocks the secrets of an ancient alien civilization without realizing he’s about to once again change the world forever. As the nations of the world become increasingly fearful of Kouki, it’s only a matter of time before the world’s leaders try to take control of him and his friends.

In an all-out effort to protect her son’s freedom, Miki decides it’s time to execute Project Ark. “Just think of it as a slightly unconventional holiday villa.”

Now Kouki’s the messiah in another world?! Kouki continues to go from one misunderstanding to another in volume 2 of this insane sci-fi comedy!!

Purchase: Amazon


I Saved Too Many Girls and Caused the Apocalypse

Volume: 8
Release date: June 09
Publisher: J-Novel Club
Author: Namekojirushi

Rekka is still striving to help Mio, Ellicia, Corona, and Lyun, but things are only getting more complicated. When Mio starts to get her memories back, she reveals an ominous prophecy that really ups the ante on resolving these girls’ stories. The fate of Earth is at stake if Yang gets his way, but Earth isn’t the only place in danger. Can Rekka save both his world and the spirit world at the same time? Or will this be the first time he can’t achieve a happy ending for everyone?

Purchase: Amazon