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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Light Novel Releases: June 15 Week

This week we have 5 releases from ongoing light novel series.

Ongoing Series

The Magic in this Other World is Too Far Behind!

Volume: 4
Release date: July 15
Publisher: J-Novel Club
Author: Gamei Hitsuji

Suimei continues on his journey towards the Nelferian Empire, now with Lefille in tow. He has to add her new “problem” to his growing to-do list, but it won’t be the only thing he’s worried about by the time they get to the capital city. A strange military figure doesn’t seem to take kindly to their presence there. Meanwhile, Reiji, Mizuki, and Titania’s demon subjugation is put on temporary hold for an emergency rescue mission. They’ll make an interesting discovery or two along the way. And just where is Felmenia in all of this?

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Durarara!!

Volume: 10
Release date: July 17
Publisher: Yen On
Author: Ryohgo Narita

 

Ikebukuro, Tokyo. The Dollars and anyone associated with them have been disappearing one after the other. Is it because those who once called themselves comrades have decided to strike off on their own? Maybe it’s because of a plot concocted by the adults of the Awakusu Group, the black market dealers, and the information brokers?

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Magical Girl Raising Project

Volume: 4
Release date: July 17
Publisher: Yen On
Author: Asari Endou

 

The violence continues in the 4th installment of Magical Girl Raising Project. Numbers dwindle as alliances grow. Do these girls have what it takes to win it all!?

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The Unwanted Undead Adventurer

Volume: 2
Release date: July 17
Publisher: J-Novel Club
Author: Yu Okano

Rentt Faina has achieved Existential Evolution, evolving from a Skeleton into a Ghoul. His next objective: rising the ranks and becoming a Copper-class adventurer! But to do so, Rentt must face his next greatest challenge… A written test?!

Using his years of wisdom and the help of two companions, Rentt tackles the challenge head-on. But the worst is yet to come as Rentt finds himself in yet another pickle as he tries to prove his innocence to none other than trusted guild member, Sheila, as she raises concerns over his potential involvement in a recent string of adventurer disappearances.

On his journey, he accepts a new quest, leading him to a new area that pits him face-to-face with a mighty monster of the bog! Will Rentt make it out alive to prove his uninvolvment in the disappearances and retrieve a highly-valued medicinal herb? Or is this the second end to the fate of our hero as we know him?

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Demon King Daimaou

Volume: 6
Release date: July 21
Publisher: J-Novel Club
Author: Shoutarou Mizuki

Constant Magical Academy has a new transfer student named Keina Doronz. Not only does she have almost the same name as Akuto’s friend Keena, but she also has an identical bird-shaped hairpiece — the same one that Akuto bought for a crying girl when he was a child. Who’s the real girl from his memory? To make things more confusing, this unknown girl is demanding that Akuto take her on a date!

Hilarity and magic school shenanigans ensue when Keina joins Keena, Junko, Korone, and Fujiko as they circle around our favorite hapless Demon King, Akuto Sai.

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Light Novel Releases: June 24 Week

This week we have 4 new series starting, and we also have 5 releases from ongoing series.

New Series

Hanamonogatari

Volume: 1
Release date: June 26
Publisher: Vertical
Author: NISIOISIN

Our sorry hero, his reformed girlfriend, and the amnesiac class president have all graduated from their high school out in the boondocks, and self-described Sapphist and ex-basketball ace Kanbaru, retired by reason of an “injury,” is starting her senior year and the narrator of this volume—her voice far more introspectivethan the smutty jock’s we thought we knew.

Bereft of the company of her beloved mentors, the only other person around her with any working knowledge of aberrations the junior Ogi Oshino, apparently a relative of the Hawaiian-shirted folklorist, she feels a bit alone and blue, and sick with dread that the devil residing in her left arm courtesy of the Monkey’s Paw might act up again while she sleeps.

Investigating a rumor that she fears might lead back to her, the former star ends up peering into an abyss of negativity called Roka—a “wax flower” to take the characters’ meaning. Trapped in a pit the like of which could only be escaped by the one girl who was able to pull off slam-dunks in her basketball nationals, can the penitent Kanbaru, however, still be aggressive?

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Light Novel Releases (June 10 Week)

This week we have 1 new series starting, and we also have 6 releases from ongoing series.

New Series

Didn’t I Say To Make My Abilities Average In The Next Life?!

Volume: 1
Release date: June 12
Publisher: Seven Seas
Author: FUNA
When she turns ten years old, Adele von Ascham is hit with a horrible headache – and memories of her previous life as an eighteen-year-old Japanese girl named Kurihara Misato. That life changed abruptly, however, when Misato died trying to aid a little girl and met god. During that meeting, she made an odd request and asked for average abilities in her next life. But few things – especially wishes – ever go quite as planned.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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!!

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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?

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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!

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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?

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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.

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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!