What’s one step better for book lovers than to read a light novel? How about reading a light novel about a book lover? Our 14th selection in the Beneath the Tangles Light Novel Club is about precisely that topic! Ascendance of a Bookworm! is an isekai tale, but unique in many different ways. Here’s the… Read More Our Next Light Novel Club Selection Is… Ascendance of a Bookworm! Vol. 1
As we enter the classroom to discuss the thirteenth book in our light novel club, I see a solitary girl sitting on the far side of the room. Chairs and desks are stacked behind her, forming a shadowy backdrop, but she sits in the most lighted portion of the room, next to a window overlooking… Read More BtT Light Novel Club Chapter 13: My Youth Romantic Comedy Is Wrong as I Expected (Oregairu) Vol. 1
Hachiman Hikigaya is many things: a smart-mouth, kind soul, teen philosopher, and of course, loner of epic proportions. He’s one of anime’s great modern characters and perhaps the best reason to read the early volumes of My Youth Romantic Comedy Is Wrong as I Expected. With volume one serving as the current selection for our… Read More Light Novel Kindling: Happy Birthday to our Hero-gaya
You didn’t really think we’d skip this one, did you? I’m on the record, over and over and over again, in saying that Oregairu is my favorite anime series. In addition to writing some two dozen articles about it, Oregairu is the one show that’s pushed this video-shy guy to film himself and post on… Read More And Our Next Light Novel Club Selection Is… My Youth Romantic Comedy Is Wrong as I Expected (Oregairu) Vol. 1
Here it is! The Light Novel Club discussion featuring the longest and silliest title yet is upon us, and TWWK and JeskaiAngel have joined me in discussing this isekai title. With an anime adaptation coming this fall, now is the perfect time to take a look at what awaits us in FUNA’s not-so-average journey into… Read More BtT Light Novel Club Chapter 12: Didn’t I Say to Make My Abilities Average in the Next Life?! Vol. 1
I like it when isekai stories start with showing some of the life of the protagonist before he/she ends up in another world. Specifically, I like it when they show how their desires and regrets from their original life determine what they want from their otherworld adventures. In the case of our next Light Novel… Read More Light Novel Kindling: Wanting To Be Average
Somehow, the Light Novel Club has yet to cover an isekai with an overpowered protagonist, even though that is one of the most popular light novel story setups at the moment. Well, why not cover one next time? And let’s do a more lighthearted title, too, since we haven’t covered too many of those, either.… Read More And Our Next Light Novel Club Selection Is… Didn’t I Say To Make My Abilities Average In The Next Life?! (Vol. 1)
Welcome, dear readers, to the eleventh meeting of our Beneath the Tangles Light Novel Club. Up for discussion today is what is perhaps the least of the three True Tenchi Muyo! novels, but also the most satisfying in a number of ways. While Jurai and Yosho filled in important gaps that advanced the story of… Read More BtT Light Novel Club Chapter 11: True Tenchi Muyo! Volume 3 (Washu)
Over the last year I have been getting quite a bit into light novels. This led to me making a New Year’s resolution at the start of 2019 to read at least 100 novel volumes in the year. For the purpose of this challenge, any kind of novel counts towards the 100, not just light… Read More BtT Light Novel Club Chapter 10.5: A 100-Novel Challenge & Q&A!
So we’ve decided that the next Light Novel Club title will be the final volume of True Tenchi Muyo!, since it’s a great opportunity to finish off an entire series. That said, since I haven’t been reading this particular series, TWWK will be handling discussion on his own. So this is a great time to take a… Read More A Light Novel Club Special Chapter Approaches!