Although the focus on our site is anime, our staff loves to dive into other types of Japanese media, like games, visual novels, and live-action films. And now, we’re jumping into another anime-related medium: the light novel! Throughout this year, a group of us will be reading through light novels and discussing them. We invite you to join us as we open Beneath the Tangles Light Novel Club!
Unfamiliar with what a light novel is? They are simply novels, but also distinct due to the audience (adolescents), inclusion of manga-style illustrations, and serialization. Many have become the basis for anime series (ex. Sword Art Online, Re:Zero, Oregairu).
We’ll be taking on one of the most beloved light novels for our first chapter of the Light Novel Club: Spice and Wolf. The story, which has also been animated and also reworked into a manga, describes the encounter between Lawrence, a young merchant in an agrarian, European-like world, and Holo, a wolf deity, and traces their travels together.
So how can you participate? Just read along! We’ll be posting our thoughts for volume one on April 6th. If you finish by then, you can comment on that post or through our Facebook or Twitter accounts. We are absolutely excited to know your thoughts as we jump into this famed series. Come be a part of our club, won’t you?