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
Harem romances are fairly common in anime and light novels. That is, many of these stories feature a male protagonist with several female love interests (only two love interests is merely a love triangle, not a harem). A harem story may or may not involve the guy marrying all the girls. I’m not a huge… Read More On Harem Romances
Over the past year, I’ve become something of a light novel addict. #BlameBtT. Inspired by what Frank has written about light novels, I thought it might be worthwhile to survey the light novel series I’m reading. With a couple exceptions, these are overall impressions of each series, not reviews of individual volumes. Since I can… Read More What Am I Reading & Should You Try It?
*Warning: presumptive spoilers for a future season of Sword Art Online Alicization* Lingering the background of Sword Art Online Alicization has been the question of the nature of the soul. Early in the anime, the story established that scientists had narrowed down the soul’s nature to a light-based phenomenon they call a fluctlight. These fluctlights… Read More Love Versus Materialism in Sword Art Online Alicization
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)
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!
Doing this light novel club on Beneath the Tangles has opened my eyes to the breadth of light novel choices out there. In fact, our light novel club prez, stardf29, is reading 100 light novels this years and tweeting about them on his Twitter account. After years of neglect, it seems that J-Novel Club, Seven… Read More And Our Next Light Novel Club Selection Is…True Tenchi Muyo! Vol 3 (Washu)