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!

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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…

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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.

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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…

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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?

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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!

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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

 

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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