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?
We’re back with the Summer 2019 Isekai Battle Royale! In the yellow corner is Isekai Cheat Magician and… wait, is that a tag team of two protagonists, one male and one female, getting sent to another world? Looks like they’re childhood friends and ordinary high schoolers who now have to survive in a fantasy world, but… Read More First Impression: Isekai Cheat Magician
Welcome back to the Summer 2019 Isekai Battle Royale! Our next contender is approaching… Entering the blue corner, he’s lean, he’s mean, and he’s fallen down the ravine, it’s Arifureta: From Commonplace to World’s Strongest! Here we have the protagonist whose entire class was summoned to another world, and of all the skills he could have… Read More First Impression: Arifureta: From Commonplace to World’s Strongest
Welcome, ladies and gentlemen, to the Summer 2019 Isekai Battle Royale! This season we have plenty of isekai and isekai-ish light novel adaptations throwing down for the title of Isekai of the Season, and it’s going to get wild! In the red corner, we have Demon Lord, Retry! (Japanese title: Maou-sama, Retry!) Here we have a protagonist who… Read More First Impression: Demon Lord, Retry!
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
The Light Novel Club returns with a tale of a missionary, sharing what he believes and loves with a new culture. Sure, the “missionary” is an otaku sharing anime, manga, and the like, and the “new culture” is a fantasy alternate world country, but don’t mind the details too much. TWWK and I take a… Read More BtT Light Novel Club Chapter 10: Outbreak Company Vol. 1
In a world of fantasy, a young boy, recovered from a carriage incident involving a demon, learns the way of magic from the wise man, Merlin, who once saved the land during a time of evil and war. Born into this world after apparently dying in a car accident on earth, Shin is anything but… Read More First Impression: Wise Man’s Grandchild
This week on the TangleCast, guest podcaster, Andrew, joins David, Peter, and our newest team member, Holly (Anime Pop Heart) to talk about the season’s most interesting isekai selection (sorry Sword Art Online): That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime. They discuss the significance of names, explain the awesomeness of Shizue, and try to… Read More TangleCast 41: That Time Isekai Got Reincarnated as Something Different
I hope that you all are reading along with us as we dive into the third selection of our light novel club, How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom! This isekai tale of smart, rational, hard-working young man swept into a kingdom and given its reigns has been a joy to read so far. Right from… Read More Light Novel Club Kindling: Family Is Irrational
We had so much fun doing a J-Novel Club selection for our last meeting, that we’re diving in and doing another one this time! But despite a similar name, this novel is no genderbending fantasy—we’re right square in isekai territory with our newest pick, How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom: “O, Hero!” With that… Read More Our Next Light Novel Club Selection Is…How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom!