The story opens with our protagonist Dariel, a low-ranking soldier in the Demon King’s Army, in a bit of a bind. There has just been a major force restructuring and you know how those go—a pack of new officers come in with a load of bright ideas for how they’re going to whip this sorry… Read More First Impression: Chillin’ in my 30s after Getting Fired from the Demon King’s Army
An intro with awesome music reminds us of the backstory: Demon King Satan tried to conquer the fantasy world of Ente Isla, was defeated by the hero Emilia, and fled through a portal to another world—ours. In the present, a mysterious woman enters the demon king’s abandoned castle to…extract a bubble of light from a… Read More First Impression: The Devil Is a Part-Timer! Season 2
There’s a fantastic scene in volume three of Frieren: Beyond Journey’s End where the titular elf, facing a powerful enemy, reveals her ancient age. By this point, we as readers already know that Frieren is quite old (the book marks the passage of time in terms of years since the death of an elderly hero… Read More Frieren and the Time it Takes to Grow
The moon is surrounded by darkness. In a wooden house, an old priest from a fantasy religion is waiting and pondering. A small kid, his pupil, is going to sleep, while another cleric comes to visit and chat. Only the music tells us that something else is going on, though soon their internal monologues do… Read More First Impressions: Saiyuki RELOAD ZEROIN
Sometimes the first volume of a light novel stuns readers by circumventing expectations, either in how it both defies some traditional anime conventions and surpasses others, or by presenting a surprising story. In rare instances, a light novel will do both, which is precisely the case in volume one of The Executioner and Her Way… Read More Review: The Executioner and Her Way of Life, Vol. 1
This is the Holy Era, a 14th-century France-style fantasy kingdom. Before his daughter’s eyes, the king of Hortensia dies. He has been betrayed by Duke Rugis of Camellia, who has made a deal with dark forces from other world, a deal which allows him to become a wolf-like monster. At the same time, his warriors… Read More First Impression: Hortensia Saga
2020 might have not been a good year in many ways, but at least for light novels, it was a great year. The two might not be unrelated, either; I know that light novels have helped me through a lot of this year, and I bet plenty of other people found light novels to be… Read More Our Other Favorite Light Novels of 2020!