[OWLS Februry Blog Tour] The Fruits of Adoration

Hello and welcome back to my little comfy den. I hope you had a good start into 2019 and you were able to enjoy the OWLS posts of January. A new anime season started as well and I am looking forward to all the new announcements for visual & light novels in English. (Please.. just give me White Album 2 and Fullmetal Demon Muramasa..)

In February, we will be exploring love and romance. The word selected is “adore” because it has two main connotations: to be loved and respected or to feel worshipped. We will analyze characters that give us a feeling of admiration and explain why we love those characters. We will also be exploring different forms of love (familial, friendship, and even self-love) and how those types of love influence our lives.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

What a lovely topic we have for February. Don’t worry, OWLS isn’t sponsored by florists!

And what could be a better title to tackle than Grisaia no Kajitsu (The Fruit of Grisaia)! A visual novel trillogy which had an anime adaptation. I will mainly focus on the first game of the trillogy because this is where the meat is for the topic. The visual novel is available in English, so you can go for the full ride if you want.

The story starts with the protagonist Kazami Yuuji transfaring to Mihama Academy, a school for a selected few. It seems to look more like a prison than a normal school, but that may more in relation to thee hidden secrets of the 5 heroines. It should be obvious that Yuuji’s secret may just as big as theirs.

Grisaia follows the basic template of a story structure in a lot of visual novels (including everyone’s beloved Clannad). It starts with a rather long hilarious common route which then splits into the 5 different heroine routes and each goes through the romance and drama followed by the bad/happy end.

So, how does Grisaia fit into this topic? Well, each of the 5 heroine routes deals with the theme of wanting to be loved and wanting to love. Unfortunately, the anime rushed through some of the content so fast that everything except some of the basic ideas were left behind. It also changed some of the story parts completely to „fit“ into the anime. It simply doesn’t work to try to adapt a 50 hour+ visual novel into a 12 episode anime.

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I’ll go into the introduction of the heroines and about their character just based on the common route. I do this so that I can avoid the spoilers for the later parts of the story.

Michiru takes the role of the basic tsundere with blonde twintails. You know.. it’s not a real tsundere if there are no twintails.. in blonde. Ok, jokes aside, it becomes clear in like 5 seconds after her first appearance that this is just an act. And playing into the themes, it is an act to be more popular. Everyone loves tsundere girls, right?

Makina is the shy girl who has trouble speaking with people she just met. Over the course of common route she warms up to Yuuji and even develops quite a foul mouth which is often used for some high quality jokes. She simply wants the love she didn’t get.

Sachi, the maid who fulfills every request with 100% of her strength is another one of the messed up characters. She is the maid because a good girl listens to any request, right? No matter how weird, she fulfulls it.

Amane is the big sister character who is strangely fond of Yuuji. To the point that she breaks into his room only to find it empty. Her reason for trying so hard to give Yuuji some love comes from a bigger connection to him than we could expect from her introduction alone.

Yumiko the master of the box cutter, the master of the internet, the quiet girl who tries to keep the others at a distance. But her loneliness is obvious. It is nice to see her enjoying the fun times with the others throughout the story.

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The character routes are going into detail of how the heroines became the mess they are and what life took from them that they now seek or want to give to someone else. Grisaia is one of those visual novels that knows what it is, what it wants to be and how it is going to do it. Be it over the top comedy, heartwarming romance or tearjerking drama.. you get the full package with it.

The second game in the trillogy is telling the story of Yuuji’s past and the last game is wrapping things up. Overall, it was a really enjoyable ride and it is one of the visual novels that I recommend without a second thought.

This is it from me for this month and depending on the topic, I’ll be back next month.

If you haven’t checked out yesterday’s post from Aria make sure you do it!

Next up is Mel with something magical!

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[OWLS December Blog Tour] The Miracle(s) of World End

Greetings and welcome back! It’s the last month of the year with only a few more days until the dawn of the new year. With the remaining time of this year I would like to take on the story of a world after its end. It sounds weird for this month’s topic, but trust me… it will work out… probably.

Tis the season where miracles happen. For December’s theme, we will be exploring faith in anime and pop culture. We will discuss some of the miracles that enter a character’s life during their darkest moments. Some of their questions we will explore is how does a “miracle” change a person’s life? How do we define miracles? Can miracles only happen due to a legend or a mystical being? Or do miracles happen every day, but we just don’t see it? We hope that you enjoy this holiday season! Happy Holidays! –  the OWLS Team ❤

What else could I pick besides World End (Shuumatsu Nani Shitemasu ka? Isogashii desu ka? Sukutte Moratte Ii desu ka?)? Nothing. I know, I am a bit of a weird person, but I just have a thing for this type of stories. Especially if we have the „miracle of a second chance in life“ not be so happy go lucky as someone would like to.

World End is a light novel written by Akira Kareno with illustrations by Ue. An anime adaptation covering the volumes 1 – 3 aired from April to June in 2017. The anime was a lovely adaptation with one of the very best versions of the classic song „Scarborough Fair“ sung by Tamaru Yamada.

What is World End about? The story is set 500 years after the end of the world. At least the end of the world on the surface of the planet. After a war and the appearance of seventeen beasts which destroyed the surface in a matter of weeks. The other races managed to be saved by a sage who used magic to lift masses of land into the air as floating islands. This brings us to the present day of the story and the protagonist Willem who is the last remaining human being. He was found on the surface in stone form and is now working odd jobs to pay off his debts.

He was offered a job by his friend and one of the people who found him. This is a job at a warehouse to keep weapons in check. To his surprise, the weapons are old weapons he knows wielded by fairies, young looking girls who can be seen as disposable tools to fight the beasts. The story has a strong theme of finding a place to call home and a reason to live.

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For me the miracle of this story isn’t as much in Willem surviving these 500 years as it lies within the little things that are portrayed in this melancholic tale. Forging bonds with different people and moving forward with this new life. Please don’t forget that Willem is not just out of place, he is also out of time. These are the real miracles for me. Miracles can be found everywhere. It’s not always this extremely huge something that happened that we can call miracle. And we can’t forget that it is also different for each person.

As much as Willem’s situation could be called a miracle, it can also be seen as a curse. Being freed from the petrification brings the sadness. He is the only one left. Everyone and everything he knew is gone. And the novel is doing a great job at showing his struggles with his day to day life at the warehouse. He was once a warrior he went to battle and left his family at home waiting for him to return… now he is the caretaker of the young girls who go to battle while he waits for their return.

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It’s nice to see a bit of a different take on the „everything has a price“ idea. Sure, it is easy to say that he may pay just a little bit in form of his debts and maybe his depression and struggles for being alive, but this is surely a huge price to pay. On the other hand, he is now surrounded by people who like him and he has a place to call home. So even the tragic things that happened invited something good.

 

Thanks for sticking until the end for this weird take of the miracle.

If you want more about miracles, please check out YumDeku’s previous OWLS post!

This concludes this month’s comfy holiday blog tour. Enjoy your New Year’s Eve and I hope we’ll see you next month and year again!

 

I wish you a nice start into 2019!

Winter 2019 Anime Previews

Greetings! The year is almost over and this means that the next anime season is ready to start. I’m just listing a few shows that got my attention one way or another.

http://anichart.net/Winter-2019 has the list for the upcoming shows.

Plan to watch

  • Boogiepop wa Warawanai – Old school light novel? Yup.
  • Date A Live 3 – Origami is back!
  • Kaguya-sama wa Kokurasetai – If they don’t screw it up, it will be fun.
  • Tate no Yuusha no Nariagari – I have yet to read the LN.. but the manga is good. Headpats ho!
  • Watashi ni Tenshi ga Maiorita! – Cute girls by Doga Kobo? Do you even have to ask?

Probably if I like it

  • 5-Toubun no Hanayome – Romantic Comedy with fanservice and 5 girls sounds like my thing.
  • Circlet Princess – e-sport with cute girls and next generation augmented reality tech? Can’t be worse than…
  • Dororo – Fantasy + drama sounds cool.
  • Girly Air Force – Somehow reminds me of „Aoki Hagane no Arupejio„.
  • Kakegurui XX – Yeah.. I’ve watched the first season. The enjoyment dropped along the runtime. Let’s see if I’ll manage to finish this one.
  • Mob Psycho 100 2 – I wonder if I’ll get scammed into watching it.
  • Ueno-san wa Bukiyou – For the power of science!

I’ll give it a try

  • Domestic na Kanojo – I hope they’re making it not as boring as the manga.
  • Doukyonin wa Hiza, Tokidoki, Atama no Ue. – Cats are cute.
  • Mahou Shoujo Tokushusen Asuka – Mahou Shoujos with guns? Why not.
  • Pastel Memories – Please be better than Plastic Memories, please be better than … (Key Visual looks cute)

The winter season looks like a good season. I wonder if I should write an update-post about the shows that I’ve continued to watch and which ones I dropped. Well, we’ll see.


[OWLS November Blog Tour] Ef and Myself;Yourself

And here we are, almost at the end of this year which was a wild ride in terms of anime and light novels for me. But for this month’s blog tour I’ll pick two older titles that I can’t help but love. The topic is „thankful“ and I had a tough time to figure out how to tackle this one.

Here at OWLS, we are pretty thankful that we are able to come together as a community and share a love and appreciation for anime and manga. This month we will be showcasing our appreciation by giving a shout out post to our favorite manga artists, creators, production companies, and writers who produced some of our favorite works. We will be discussing our favorite works by these creators and our reasons as to why we appreciate them.

The first title I’ll pick is Ef: A Fairy Tale of the Two, a visual novel developed by Minori and written by Kagami Yuu and Mikage. The PC version is split into two parts called „Ef: The First Tale“ and „Ef: The Latter Tale“. The story was also adapted into an anime series with the title „Ef: A Tale of Memories“ and „Ef: A Tale of Melodies“ by the animation studio Shaft. A little fun fact.. Makoto Shinkai was the director for the opening of the visual novel.

I personally watched the anime first and then read the visual novel. And for the last few anime adaptations of visual novels that I’ve read… I was really disappointed. Yes, I’m still mad that Rewrite and Grisaia were so meh. But praise Shaft for delivering a great anime of a great visual novel.

So, what is Ef about? It’s a romance drama story about 5 couples with a little bit of a supernatural element on it. No, don’t worry. It’s not that we have the magical happy end because reasons. Surprisingly, only 3 out of the 5 male protagonists are high school students. There were flashbacks for the relationship between Himura Yuu and Amamiya Yuuko when they were in high school though. The stories of Himura and Kuze were my favorites. I don’t know if this is because these two guys are older than the others or if it is just because of the actual story.. maybe both?

And if I really had to summarize their stories with just a few words.. I’d say that it is about moving on and finding the will to live.

Himura’s story is about him being finally able to say what he wanted to say and move on. His relationship with Yuuko ended way too early in a tragic way and it is one of the main events that formed his later personality.

The story for Kuze is.. well, he has an terminal illness and was making sure to keep everyone at a distance and tie up a few loose ends so that he is ready for when his time comes. He was not willing to risk the medical treatment to give him more time which changed throughout the story thanks to him falling in love. It sounds not that interesting, but I really liked it.

There are 3 more stories for the remaining characters. I’m not going to talk about them because they don’t really offer anything beyond your normal teenage romance with a bit of drama. Don’t get me wrong, they are really well written and I enjoyed them, but that’s basically it for them.

And the very setup of these stories is, that these are told like they are a tale. See, in the beginning we have a conversation going on between Himura and Yuuko about the various people they met, how they were involved in their lifes and affected them, and this goes for all of them.

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Myself;Yourself

And here we are with the second title, which is also a visual novel with an anime adaptation. I have no idea how the VN is different from the anime because it is not available in English. So, I’ll mainly talk about the anime that was produced by Doga Kobo. I should also thank the company Regista who made the VN.

Myself;Yourself is a weird beast for me. I like it so much more than I should, but when I’ve first watched this anime I couldn’t help but have a really soft spot for it. Hold it dear, embrace it, and never let go of it. Maybe it’s because it is one of the rare anime that actually has the topic of suicide which is rather rare.

The story follows Sana, who comes back to his old hometown after many years. When he comes back he meets his old friends, meets new people and sees how much has changed in the town and also how the people he knows and loved changed over the last few years. There is quite a bit of drama going on, but it comes to an end with a happy end.

Sana has a problem with seeing blood, especially if it is caused by a blade. The reason for this is rather simple. He tried to kill himself. The reason for it was really intense bullying. And after waking up in the hospital, he tried to move on and so he decided to move back to his old hometown.

On paper, this is shouldn’t be more than your typical romance drama show, but yeah.. for me it’s much more than this. Maybe it’s also once again about characters moving on, growing up, progressing, you name it? I wonder if I have a soft spot for these stories.

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I know it’s about being thankful (I am, really!) but it is really hard to pick a single person for these two titles.. so my gratitude goes to all of the people involved with these works. Be it the source material, the adaptations for different mediums, music, and so on.

Extra: Linkin Park

Here is a little extra that fits here as well. It’s about music. It is about one of the bands that had a huge influence on the development of my taste for music. I am still listening to Hybrid Theory and Meteora to this date. Unfortunately, I am one of those people who is part of the „Their old style was better!“ faction. I’ve stopped listening to new tracks around the album Minutes To Midnight. The change of style wasn’t to my liking anymore. But when it comes to the old songs, I’m all in! May Chester rest is peace.

 

If you haven’t read Fred’s post yet, give it a shot.

Next up is Scott on the 28th.

[OWLS October Blog Tour] Wonderful Everyday ~Diskontinuierliches Dasein~

I think it should be obvious, but I’ve joined the Blogging Crew „OWLS“. We’ll conquer the floating islands across the different skydoms, enjoy the fun times, and suffer together during the UnF party! Ok, I got a bit offtopic here, so let’s get down to this month’s theme „grotesque“.

In honor of Halloween, we will explore what we find vile and ugly in pop culture.  For this month’s topic, OWLS bloggers will be exploring characters or aspects of the grotesque in a piece of media and how it is a metaphor or allegory for society, human nature, or some other philosophical or humane idea.

I decided to write about Wonderful Everyday ~Diskontinuierliches Dasein~ (I’ll call it simply SubaHibi), a visual novel by KeroQ. It’s available in English on Steam.

This is a 18+ Visual Novel which includes themes of suicide, psycho horror, and murder. Not for the faint of heart.

Down the Rabbit Hole

Long story short: SubaHibi is one hell of a visual novel and it’s impossible to talk about it in length without spoiling it. This is why I’m only going to talk about the first two chapters Down the Rabbit Hole I and Down the Rabbit Hole II.

Nothing is what it seems to be in the beginning. SubaHibi is utilizing suspense, mystery, detective, and horror while unfolding the complex world of philosophy in a 6 chapter long visual novel. There is also a lot of Wittgenstein, classic literature, and references to pop culture.

The first chapter is intentionally poorly written. Most of it is slice of life with snarky comments from Yuki and how she is teasing her friends. We are also introduced to Zakuro, a rather quiet girl who starts living with Yuki. Ayana who knows a lot more about what is going on than she admits, the Wakatsuki twins aka Yuki’s childhood friends, and Takuji.

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The sudden shifts in tone are something that took me more than once by surprise. This is also the first time that a normal visit in an amusement park that kept me on the edge of my seat. And the end of the first chapter is something out of a dream.. or you may call it illusion. But this brings a certain question up.. what is real and what is not?

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In Down the Rabbit Hole II, Yuki meets a girl named Zakuro who she can’t really remember even though Zakuro seems to know Yuki. The next day the starts with a weird atmosphere hanging over the school and it is revealed that Zakuro killed herself. This triggers the real plot of this chapter and introduces us to the now completely different Takuji. His personality changed a lot due to the suicide.

This chapter turns into a detective story with a lot of suspense to keep you on the edge of your seat and a decent amount of psycho horror to fix your craving for the horror genre. I have read a lot of visual novels and light novels, and I can tell you that the writing in SubaHibi is definitely on another level. The mystery is a lot more of philosophical nature and finding the truths might not give you always the same answer.

It is up to Yuki to figure out what the hell is going on, but it is not just about Zakuro’s suicide. There are more deaths involved, shady ghostlike creatures, and The End Sky. Takuji is talking about a prophecy of the apocalypse and Zakuro’s death was the start.

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It is not that rare to see paranoia used in a horror story, but you don’t often see the birth of a cult out of the fear and how the fragile mind of a human works. You start to believe in something even though you would’ve never believed in it. Horror, traumatic experiences, and a series of events are truly powerful when it comes to change a human being.

The highlight of the second chapter is without a doubt the ending. It wasn’t hard to figure out who the culprit was, but it was one hell of a time to see how it was done and how the other mysteries may have a different answer depending on your philosophical views, beliefs, and life experience. So this is nothing more than the start and nothing less than a wonderful visual novel.

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And once again, I realised that I have so much trouble trying to avoid the land of spoiler.

If you haven’t read Takuto’s OWLS post on Magical Girl Raising Project then give it a read. MGRP was a surprisingly entertaining anime and it improved some parts of the light novel as well.

Next up is good old Lita on the 27th.

 

~ Nyanpasu

Catching up on „The Devil is a Part-Timer“ (Novel)

Greetings,

just like my title suggests I’ll be talking about the fun cast of The Devil is a Part-Timer. I’m more or less reading a couple of volumes back to back before I’ll switch to How A Realist Hero Rebuilt The Kingdom (volume 7). And while I’m reading this fun light novel I’m always thinking about the down to earth and solid development of the relationships between the different characters.

I’ll take especially a look at Emi Yusa (the Hero), Sadao Maou (The Devil King), and Chiho Sasaki (High School Girl & Workmate of Maou) since they are the main 3 characters (in volume 1). I know I know, I should show some love for Ashiya / Alciel.. he is good husband material. That’s enough love for him.

Emi starts as the arch enemy of Maou and is driven by her desire for vengeance. She hates Maou because he is the reason why her father died in the events of Maou’s invasion of Ente Isla, Emi’s home world. One of the more simple and strongest things about their relationship how it changes over time but still stays true to this very root of vengeance. This becomes more complicated later on when Maou and Emi are forced to pull on the same strand for the sake of taking care of [spoiler].

Maou who was once trying to conquer Ente Isla and tasting defeat by the hands of mankind and the Hero is now trying to live in modern Japan while working at McRonalds. Once feared as the cruel Devil King, now looked up to by Chiho and respected by other people he knows for his hardworking personality. It’s really fun to see the struggle of Emi and also Suzuno when it comes to how Maou was as the Devil King in Ente Isla and how he is now in Japan. And the question is often.. is it okay to kill him in this new world where he lives peacefully and even keeps them safe from the invaders of Ente Isla?

Chiho, our cute normal girl, who fell in love with Maou always brings a smile to my face. Her good natured personality, her innocent and how she wears her emotions on her face makes it easy for everyone to see how she feels. And even Maou knows that she loves him, but he sees her as his younger workmate and friend. I’m curious to see how Maou will respond in the future of the story or if Chiho will find another one. I think it’s also really nice to see that Emi and the others are not erasing Chiho’s memories of them but try to keep her safe when she’s involved in their own mess.

At the end of the day, almost all of the character development and also the development of their relationships takes place over a long time. This is why usually the „heroine of the volume“ ideas are failing. And there are a lot of light novels and manga that are going for this as well but after the heroine of the volume was introduced, their development comes to a halt. This is really sad.

I’m not going to talk about other things that may spoiler the story. Well, maybe in the future with a spoiler warning. In the meantime, I’m going to enjoy their bickering and how they will grow. Maybe I’ll talk about How A Realist Hero Rebuilt The Kingdom in the future as well.

 

Song I’m listening while writing: Winter’s Gate by Insomnium

~ Nyanpasu still lacking his Kaos

More Than Just A Harem

Hello hello my lovely dear reader, welcome back to my little post where I’ll talk about one of my favorite light novels of all time and also one of the two that is doing the harem genre the best out of all the other ones that I’ve read. I’m talking about Invaders Of The Rokujouma?. If you’re curious about the second light novel that I was talking about it is How A Realist Hero Rebuilt The Kingdom, but I’ll leave this one for another post in the future.

Rokujouma (I’m just way too lazy to use the full name all the time) tells the story of Koutarou who decided to start living on his own. He moves into the apartment complex „Corona House“ Room 106. To his misfortune (or fortune?) he finds out that a bunch of supernatural and otherwordly are after his room for various reasons. Now they are stuck together and are forced to live in that room.

While the idea of the beginning of the story sounds fun and entertaining, it offers so much more the more you read. We’re introduced to the core characters in the very first book and we learn the reason why they are invading this room. In a way, they are enemies in the very beginning which changes over the course of the story. And this is what makes Rokujouma so different from most other harem light novel/manga. We don’t meet the girl at the beginning of her story arc and she won’t fall for the protagonist by the end of it. Takehaya, the author, takes time to develop the relationships and the feelings for the characters which helps a lot to make their bonds stronger and it also lets me care more about them in general.

Luckily we see different kinds of relationships and interactions between Koutarou and the Invaders early on. Not everyone is fighting all the time, but Koutarou fights a lot of Theia in the beginning and thanks to this it shows the change in their relationship even stronger compared to the others. Enmity was the main force in the beginning, it changed to respect and friendship, and then turned into love.

I’m not sure if I should say something about it or not, but since a lot of people are going crazy over fanservice for whatever reason.. be happy. Rokujouma has almost no fanservice except the beach episode (volume 2) and a bit of teasing Theia early on (mainly volume 1).

There is another point that plays a big role in Rokujouma. It is the writing in itself, especially the more emotional scenes. The sense of sadness, fear, helplessness, happiness, and love is spot on. It may be sometimes a little bit cheesy but it never goes overboard with it.

My 3 favorite volumes to this date are volume 7.5, 8.5, and 10.

You can find the English release of Rokujouma on Amazon, Kobo, etc. A big thanks to J-Novel Club for releasing the books. You should really give it a try.

~ Nyanpasu who still needs more Kaos

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I Like Badminton But Not Hanebado

Greetings my lovely readers,

today I want to take a look at the „famous“ sport anime about badminton which is airing in the summer season of 2018. It’s Hanebado, a great looking and well animated show. But if we look past the visual aspects of the show, it quickly falls apart and it becomes clear that this one is just a bad melodramatic story that could be put on the same page of r/im14andthisisdeep.

The problem of this show lies with the characters and their relationships. I know that you need rivals for a sport anime to work but this does not mean that everyone has to be a prick. I enjoy a good show if there are rivals with a healthy relationship (Hi @ Harukana Receive for doing this right) but I find it really hard to watch Hanebado when everyone is just an asshole for no reason other than „this is deep and they are rivals“.

I played both tennis and badminton in a club for many years but you just don’t see such a shitshow in reallife. We should also take a look at the teacher/coach because they are just as bad as the all the pricks of this show. Our coach never ignored it when there was trouble between the peoples back in the club simply because it would affect the team in a negative way. Seeing the Angry Chick shouting all day long and being angry for no reason other than „I have to get stronger“ annoys the hell out of me. She should be the first one to be put in place by the teacher for harming the team.

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Speaking of Angry Girl.. it’s new to me that you can have PTSD just because you lost in a match, seriously. Another girl that annoys me is Ayano’s best friend who is forcing her into the club just because Ayano has talent even though she doesn’t want to join. And no, having talent is not a reason to be forced into the club. And no, having talent doesn’t mean she has to be forced into this shit just because it is for the greater (lol) good. This puts Ayano’s best friend on the same level as every other prick of this show.

There are other points that are making this a bad show for me, but I’ll just say something that is good about this anime. It’s the quality of the animation and how good the matches are. It looks so good which is even more frustrating when everything else is just annoying and ruins the fun.

Feel free to give Hanebado: Everyone Is An Asshole The Animation a try.

 

~ Nyanpasu who needs more Kaos.

Titles I want to see announced at Anime Expo

Greetings,

Anime Expo is around the corner (it starts tomorrow as of this writing) and the big publishers are there with some new titles for us. I’ll split this list into a very short Visual Novel section and then into a much larger Light Novel section.

Visual Novels I want to see announced

Sakura no Uta written by Sca-Ji who is known for the VN „Wonderful Everyday – Discontinuous Existence“.

Summer Pockets the new VN by Key which is written by Hasama, Imashino Rio, Kai, and Nijima Yuu.

White Album 2 written by Maruto Fumiaki, who is also known for his Saekano light novel series.

Houkago no Futekikakusha written by Takehaya, yes the Takehaya who writes the Invaders of the Rokujouma?! light novel series!

Full Metal Demon: Muramasa is a older VN by Nitroplus. We just need more Nitroplus in general.

 

Light Novels I want to see announced

Date A Live sounds like a dream but I am allowed to dream, right?

Chivalry of a Failed Knight is as far as I know a title that quite a few people would love to see

Horizon in the Middle of Nowhere is probably the only title that I’d say is almost impossible to get based on the number of pages each book has. I just want to see this one released in English.

Classroom of the Elite got a huge boost thanks to the anime adaptation and I hope that this one will be picked up.

Heavy Object written by Kazuma Kamachi, the writer of „A Certain Magical Index“. It’s a story filled with GIANT ROBOTS! (more or less)

Shinwa Densetsu no Eiyuu no Isekaitan doesn’t seem impossible. And a hero being transported to another world again just to learn that many many years passed since he was there for the first time.

Isekai Meikyuu no Saishinbu wo Mezasou has an incredible cover art. I’d buy it just for the cover.

Wortenia Senki would be one of the isekai stories that is putting it’s money on warfare.

Yobidasareta Satsurikusha has an interesting start. It could be a title that people would enjoy reading.

More slice of life/comedy in general is something I really want to see.

 

And with this, my little list of titles I want to see announced is complete. There are obviously a lot more titles that deserve a release in the west but I’m confident that we’ll see more and more titles in English. The growth of the English light novel market is nice and I’m looking forward to where this is going.

 

 

A list of light novels I love

Nyanpasu~

I’m still alive, not dead yet, and back to write on this blog. Why? I don’t know myself. Let’s kick this comeback off with a „toplist“. Why a toplist? I don’t know. Maybe I just want to make a list because I’m tired of seeing lists made by people who don’t know the actual light novel. It’s even worse when they are making recommendations of light novels that they haven’t read and at best know a bad adaptation (looking at you DanMachi). Oh, I’m not talking about the taste of people making these lists. I don’t care about what people like and what not, because everyone has their own taste. But it makes no sense to me to recommend something that the person doesn’t know.

Anyways, let’s start.

 

Goblin Slayer

Goblin Slayer is a very entertaining light novel that combines a RPG like world, gore, solid action with tactics, magic, gore, gore, gore with some blood, and something that another light novel whose name I won’t write is using to make people look bad and fails with it every single time. Goblin Slayer is not for the faint of heart if you can’t stomach gore, blood, and rape.

In this story we follow the main character Goblin Slayer on his journey to kill goblins. A lot of goblins. Is he the hero in a shining armor? No. Is he the weird adventurer to kill goblins like this despite not being a newbie? Yes. Does it make sense in the story? Yup, don’t worry about it. The characters are entertaining and their dynamics are fun to read. There’s an upcoming anime for Goblin Slayer and I can say that I’m looking forward to it.

 

My youth romantic comedy is wrong as I expected

Now, here comes a big one. A pure slice of life / drama story with well written characters and a protagonist who is quite self-destructive. We all know the high school club stories that are about nothing, music, or a dictator destroying the universe if she gets bored. So, what makes OreGairu different? Well, it’s the characters dealing with their down to earth problems,  not being understood, and not being able to convey what you actually meant. It may sound boring but just add a lot of sarcasm to it and you are ready to enjoy this delicious cocktail.

Hachiman the protagonist is a flawed, self-destructive, cynical high school kid who is forced to join the Service Club. The club president Yukino is just as cynical as he is. The last one of the trio is Yui, the outgoing person who is hanging around the cool kids just to start visit the club more often. Watching these characters grow and handle the different requests for the club is fun and sometimes depressing.

 

The Faraway Paladin

What if you combine the reincarnation isekai with a classic fantasy story like Lord of the Rings? You’ll probably get this one. The Faraway Paladin is a huge epic fantasy saga set in a world with different gods, a big focus on faith, magic, swords, and everything else you can think of. The memory of the past live is nothing more than a reminder of how William’s life used to be and what he has to do so that he won’t go back to it. The first volume shows us the raising of William and the second volume sends him out into the world.

This story is a great magic system that makes sense and is actually easy to understand. The source of William’s strength, his motivation, and his goals are nothing out of this world. The characters are well written and don’t fall in your typical trops. This book was teaching me something very important.. don’t trust an elf when it comes to time. There is action, a lot of it and it is great. Pump iron and believe in your muscle.

 

Infinite Dendrogram

In my opinion the best VRMMO story that I’ve ever read. No death game or transported to another world that is just like the game you played before. It’s a game and you can log out. There are quite a lot of mysteries behind the Game „Infinite Dendrogram“ in the story and I’m sure we’ll get to this in the future. This story has great comedy, action, Nemesis, Gacha, Bear puns, and everything else you could wish from a story with a VRMMO setting.

Imagine a game world that is permanent. No respawning NPCs and no quests to come back to later. If a quests pops up you can either do it or never be able to do it again. NPC A dies? Well, that’s it then. No respawn and other NPCs will mourn. This game is like a real world and less of a game. But if the player who dies ingame will just get a 24h timeout and be able to come back later. For the people of the game world the player is simply „on the other side“. This alone is quite interesting. Every player aka Master gets an embryo that is developing based on the psyche of the master. I was asking myself so often what type of person a player is in reallife based on their embryo.

 

The Empty Box and The Zeroth Maria

A dark mystery with well used timeloop twist and the pure-white sweetness of despair. I’m not kidding here, this story is dark, it is serious, and it doesn’t have the comic relief to give you a break from the suffering. Time travel and a timeloop is nothing new but to have a story that is using the timeloop like this is rare. The book jumps between the different iterations just to tell you enough that you need to know at the moment. You’ll go back and forth to learn more and more about what is going on while you try to figure out what is causing the timeloop. We see the mental breakdown of characters and the reason behind it.

The characters are well written and the mystery keeps you hooked. I was going back to certain loops because I was fooled by the author into seeing something that wasn’t what I thought it would be. It’s very entertaining in a way but on the other side it can be hard to read because it is quite heavy.

 

Invaders of the Rokujouma?!

The battle between different beings for a single room in a comfy apartment complex. Ghosts, magical girls, aliens, underground people, and a normal high school boy are fighting over the room. Rokujouma has a huge cast of likeable characters, a lot of comedy, and action. This will turn into a harem but it is different from the usual „new girl shows up > protagonist saves the day > girl falls for him“ pattern. How is it different? Rokujouma introduces all of the main characters in the very first volume and is giving them time to grow. It has some of the best character development you can find in any harem story. The characters are introduced as your typical character trope but they grow, develop, and become much more than this.

The start of the story is rather simple as the different people are after that room. The ghost is waiting for her parents to come home, the magical girl wants to defend it from the evil magical girls who are after the magic power in it, the aliens are there for a trial, and the underground person wants to use it as a base of operatian for the invasion of the surface. Everyone is having their own share of problems and troubles.

 

And this is a list of light novels that I love. There are many others that I haven’t listed here. Anime Expo is around the corner and I’m really hoping that we’ll get some nice announcements for some new licenses.