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)

Youkoso Jitsuryoku Shijou Shugi no Kyoushitsu e

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.

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

 

Light Novel Releases (May 28 Week)

This week we have 3 new series starting, and we also have 3 releases from ongoing series.

New Series

Kabukimonogatari

Volume: 1
Release date: May 29
Publisher: Vertical
Author: NISIOISIN
How far does one go to help a lost child? In the case of returning narrator Araragi, the answer is too far, across the veil of time. Dutifully (if unknowingly) following up on Hachikuji’s cheeky foreshadowing, he concerns himself with his young lady friend and her fate in this installment of the cult-hit series, heroically unable, once again, to find his own way home.

Thus the tale is also, or more so, about the journey itself, the dark honeymoon of a trip he takes into the past with the dweller in his shadow, Shinobu. Even among a cast that routinely disrespects chronology with their meta-commentary, she takes the cake, or the donut, by rewinding the clock for a perverse road movie, one that by and large goes nowhere, spatially.

It’s Kabuki not as in the theater, but with the character for “tilt”—as in a slanted attitude toward the world, the posture of a bohemian. Or, perhaps, of a legendary vampire who once sought death, and of a high school senior who once tuned out life doing their dandy best to attend to an embarrassing wealth of aberrations in a provincial town.

Purchase: Amazon


The Dark Maidens

Volume: 1
Release date: May 29
Publisher: Vertical
Author: Rikako Akiyoshi
In this Rashomon-style mystery story, each member of a high-school literature club presents her own version of the death of the group’s leader.

At a prestigious girl’s school, a student has died. Itsumi was the most beautiful, charismatic, and popular girl at St. Mary’s Academy for Girls. She was also the president of the exclusive and tight-knit Literature Club. One week after her death, the members of her beloved club gather in her memory. But as they each testify to what happened in the days leading up to the tragic event, their accusations turn shocking—

Why, and how, did Itsumi really die?

In this glittering and gripping murder mystery, everyone has their own motivations and version of the truth. In its portrayal of the alliances, treacheries, and invisible tensions between friends and frenemies, The Dark Maidens keeps readers guessing and shows that what is sweet can just as easily be poisonous.

Purchase: Amazon


Little Princess in Fairy Forest

Volume: 1
Release date: May 31
Publisher: Cross Infinite World
Author: Tsubaki Tokino
Little Princess in Fairy Forest is a breathtaking saga of a young princess, Lala, who must fight for her very existence with the last of her royal knights, Gideon Thorn. Her pursuer, the tyrannical Lord Designs Siegfried, will stop at nothing to wed Princess Lala and legitimize his reign—he’s already massacred the rest of the royal family.

Princess Lala and Gideon are doggedly pursued even as they flee into the Forbidden Forest, a land relegated to myth and legend because of dragons—the mortal enemies of knights. Join Lala and Gideon as they flee for their lives in an attempt to survive the traitor’s deadly machinations. Gideon is willing to do anything to protect his princess, even if it means engaging the mighty dragons in combat.

Purchase: Amazon


Ongoing Series

Arifureta: From Commonplace to World’s Strongest

Volume: 6
Release date: May 26
Publisher: J-Novel Club
Author: Ryo Shirakome
Hajime and his party are on the way to the Haltina Woods when they run into Heiligh’s princess, Liliana. What she reveals shocks Hajime. Aiko, the teacher that Hajime owes so much, has been kidnapped. Hajime decides to alter his plans and run to her rescue. However, in order to save her, he’ll need to first make it up the Divine Mountain. Awaiting him there is the toughest challenge he’s faced yet. A battle with God’s Apostle.

Purchase: Amazon


The Master of Ragnarok & Blesser of Einherjar

Volume: 2
Release date: May 28
Publisher: J-Novel Club
Author: Seiichi Takayama
A storm of threats… and a hail of marriage proposals!

With the defeat of the Hoof Clan’s patriarch Yngvi, Yuuto Suoh has sent a shockwave through the power balance of Yggdrasil.

Linnea proposes marriage to him, but he cannot hide his feelings for Mitsuki, who is waiting for him back in the modern world. In the midst of this dilemma, the young patriarch of the Lightning Clan Steinþórr suddenly appears during the victory celebration, leading to a touch-and-go confrontation with Yuuto. As the threat of war once again looms on the horizon, the twin princesses of the Claw Clan suddenly demand to become Yuuto’s wives, as well?!

Purchase: Amazon


How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom

Volume: 6
Release date: June 01
Publisher: J-Novel Club
Author: Dojyomaru
Souma has received an invitation from the godbeast, Mother Dragon, ruler of the land of dragons, the Star Dragon Mountain Range, to attend the Contract Ceremony, where contracts between knights and dragons are formed. When he arrives, Souma is guided by Mother Dragon to meet the flightless dragon Naden. Having found a special talent in Naden, who has always been taunted for her inability to fly, Souma tries to make her realize her own value, but, at the same time, Mother Dragon issues an oracle.

“A storm is approaching the Star Dragon Mountain Range.”

And so, Souma ends up confronting a calamity that transcends human knowledge?!

The revolutionary administrative fantasy series, volume six!

Purchase: Amazon

Light Novel Releases (May 21 Week)

This week we have 1 new series starting, and we also have 7 releases from ongoing series.

New Series

A Sister’s All You Need.

Volume: 1
Release date: May 22
Publisher: Yen On
Author: Yomi Hirasaka


Itsuki Hashima is a novelist who’s hopelessly enamored with the idea of little sisters and is constantly surrounded by colorful characters. A world class genius and love-guru who’s beauty almost seems a waste on her. A girl who’s constantly troubled by her friendships, love interests, and can’t even find refuge in her dreams. A ridiculously talented illustrator. Each of them have as many problems and worries as the next and they never have a dull day together as they play games, travel, and work together. From the same author of the famous I Don’t Have Many Friends, Yomi Hirasaka!

Purchase: Amazon


Ongoing Series

A Certain Magical Index

Volume: 15
Release date: May 22
Publisher: Yen On
Author: Kazuma Kamachi

 

Academy City’s peacekeeping forces are absent due to the Avignon invasion. In that now lawless land, shadowy groups start moving behind the scenes.
–Those acting for their own interests.
–Those who love the dark and revel in killing.
–Those trying to destroy others’ hope.
–Those standing up in defiance for those important to them.
–Those bringing the battle to the higher echelons.
–Those quelling rebellious elements.
–Those who would stop a rampage with violence.
In this city, which controls all of science, who will survive?

Purchase: Amazon


Death March to the Parallel World Rhapsody

Volume: 5
Release date: May 22
Publisher: Yen On
Author: Hiro Ainana

After rescuing Muno Barony from disaster, Satou and crew head for dwarf territory and rescue an Oracle priestess from the demons! But for some reason, the attacks just keep coming…

Purchase: Amazon


Infinite Dendrogram

Volume: 6
Release date: May 22
Publisher: J-Novel Club
Author: Sakon Kaidou

College will soon begin and set a limit on Reiji Mukudori’s free time. Bent on enjoying his last carefree days in Dendro to the fullest, Ray speaks to his party and makes plans to go to the beach. A nap at the inn to clear his mind leads to a rude awakening as he finds himself kidnapped by the influential cult-clan, The Lunar Society, and is personally approached by their spiritual leader and the last Superior of the kingdom — High Priestess, Tsukuyo Fuso.

With Ray caught in her web, this scheming fox of a woman begins to unfurl her nefarious scheme.

Purchase: Amazon


My Youth Romantic Comedy is Wrong as I Expected

Volume: 5
Release date: May 22
Publisher: Yen On
Author: Wataru Watari

 

Hachiman’s summer break is coming to a close, when Yui suddenly comes to visit his house. Not only that, but Totsuka has an invitation for him, as well as a request from a classmate–he even runs into Yukino’s sister at the fireworks festival! Hachiman is determined not to get close to anyone or have any expectations, but even this stubborn loner can’t ignore the changes occurring in his relationships with Yukino and Yui…

Purchase: Amazon


Overlord

Volume: 7
Release date: May 22
Publisher: Yen On
Author: Kugane Maruyama

 

A group of “workers” whose better judgement has been clouded by hopes and expectations have descended into the unknown depths of a mysterious tomb.
These trespassers include the small but elite team Foresight, the storied warriors of Heavy Masher, the crew lead by a legendary elder worker, Green Leaf, and the invincible swordsmen of Angel.
They are some of the best that can be hired, but as more and more vengeful residents of Nazarrick appear, will any make it out alive?

Purchase: Amazon


Strike the Blood

Volume: 9
Release date: May 22
Publisher: Yen On
Author: Gakuto Mikumo

 

Blue Elysium is a newly constructed, additional manmade isle off the Demon Sanctuary of Itogami Island: the latest, greatest resort, boasting pools, and an amusement park! Yaze schemes to invite Kojou and the others to the isle before its public opening, but somehow the “free” trip lands Kojou in a horrid part-time job.
Meanwhile, Sayaka Kirasaka, Shamanic War Dancer of the Lion King Agency, visits Blue Elysium as well. Her mission: to rescue the mysterious girl Yume, held captive inside a research facility. But, an unknown Attack Mage appears before Sayaka, a “Priestess of the Six Blades” using the same techniques as Yukina!

Purchase: Amazon


Arifureta: From Commonplace to World’s Strongest

Volume: 6
Release date: May 26
Publisher: J-Novel Club
Author: Ryo Shirakome

Hajime and his party are on the way to the Haltina Woods when they run into Heiligh’s princess, Liliana. What she reveals shocks Hajime. Aiko, the teacher that Hajime owes so much, has been kidnapped. Hajime decides to alter his plans and run to her rescue. However, in order to save her, he’ll need to first make it up the Divine Mountain. Awaiting him there is the toughest challenge he’s faced yet. A battle with God’s Apostle.

Purchase: Amazon

 

Waiting on Wednesday (May 16)

I have to admit, this is a guilty-pleasure style Waiting on Wednesday. This time, a light novel that recently had an anime adaptation: A Sister’s All You Need, by Yomi Hirasaka (Author) and Kantoku (Artist). The Japanese title is Imouto sae Ireba Ii. I still don’t have watched the anime yet, as I’m waiting for a BD release, but I usually enjoy stories about authors, artists or about people in the anime industry, so I guess this one is for me :)

As always, you can buy or check more info on Amazon.

Itsuki Hashima is a novelist who’s hopelessly enamored with the idea of little sisters and is constantly surrounded by colorful characters. A world class genius and love-guru who’s beauty almost seems a waste on her. A girl who’s constantly troubled by her friendships, love interests, and can’t even find refuge in her dreams. A ridiculously talented illustrator. Each of them have as many problems and worries as the next and they never have a dull day together as they play games, travel, and work together. From the same author of the famous I Don’t Have Many Friends, Yomi Hirasaka!

Light Novel Releases (May 14 Week)

This week we have don’t have new series being released, unfortunately, but we have 3 releases from ongoing series.

Ongoing Series

Arifureta: From Commonplace to Worlds Strongest Vol. 2

Release date: May 15
Publisher: Seven Seas
Author: Ryo Shirakome

DOWN THE RABBIT HOLE

The Great Orcus Labyrinth lies vanquished–Hajime and Yue return triumphant to the surface. Unfortunately, it’s only the first step on a long journey back home to Earth, and there’s no rest for the weary. A bunny girl named Shea Haulia appears, declaring that she has seen the future: only Hajime can save her tribe from extinction! Hajime’s no hero, but maybe he’ll play the part, just this once…

Purchase: Amazon


Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash Vol. 6

Release date: May 15
Publisher: Seven Seas
Author: Ao Jyumonji

WHAT DO YOU MEAN, WE’RE TURNING BACK?

The Dusk Realm has begun to attract attention as a new hunting ground. However, all is not well–there’s been a rise in cultist and white giant activity, and massive new monsters have emerged! Together with Soma, the head of the Day Breakers, Haruhiro and the Tokkis get caught up in large-scale military offensive against the inhabitants of the Dusk Realm. Can they make it back to the Day Realm–and if the way is cut off, where will they go?

Purchase: Amazon


The Magic in this Other World is Too Far Behind! Vol. 2

Release date: May 17
Publisher: J-Novel Club
Author: Gamei Hitsuji

Finally striking out on his own, Suimei departs the castle and heads to the capital to join up with the local branch of the Adventurer’s Guild. He meets a beautiful and talented young woman there who’s received a strange bit of advice from the oracle. They both join up, and Suimei begins his new life as… a totally average mage in this world? What is he thinking? And what of Reiji, Mizuki, and Titania? How will any of them handle their first encounter with a real demon?

Purchase: Amazon

 

Waiting on Wednesday (May 2)

Another Waiting on Wednesday for you. This time with From Truant to Anime Screenwriter: My Path to “Anohana” and “The Anthem of the Heart”, by Mari Okada, a Japanese screenwriter. I’m not usually interested in non-fiction, especially autobiographies, but I’m kinda curious about this one. You can buy it on Amazon, of course.

From the writer of “Anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day” and “The Anthem of the Heart” comes the next expressive tale of the fight against one’s own demons.

Mari Okada grew up in rural Chichibu, a truant for most of her adolescent life. She observed school life from afar, often refusing to leave the confines of her room. But with the fateful encounter of a visiting school teacher, Okada found a way through the echelons of school using her untapped skill of turning words on a page into a unique voice that truly captured the essence of youthful spirit.

From her own personal desires to leave home and find a place in “the world outside,” Okada came face-to-face with her own anxiety and let her stories speak out on her behalf of her struggles to truly find peace with the world around her.

“From Truant to Anime Screenwriter: My Path to ‘Anohana’ and ‘The Anthem of the Heart'” is a gripping autobiography that details the not-so-succesful life of one of anime’s biggest

 

February New Light Novel Releases

This month we have 5 new light novel series being released, 4 by Seven Seas, and 1 by J-Novel Club.

Didn’t I Say To Make My Abilities Average In The Next Life?! (Feb. 1)

This one seems to be very interesting, as usually the main character of isekai novels is a guy. I’ll probably be buying it soon.
When gifted student Kurihara Misato dies right after her high school graduation, she meets God and has a peculiar request: to make her abilities average in the next life. But few things–especially wishes–ever go quite as planned. As she navigates her new life as a ten-year-old girl in a magic-filled world, she realizes God has a unique definition of average!Purchase: Amazon

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