Light Novel Club Chapter 34: Sword Art Online Progressive, Vol. 1

Yo! In my admittedly limited experience, Sword Art Online seems to be one the most polarizing anime around. People are either “We hates it, Precious!” or “It’s awesome!” Nobody ever says “Sword Art Online? What’s that?” Well, after the original light novel became a series (one which is up to twenty-two volumes now), author Reki… Read More Light Novel Club Chapter 34: Sword Art Online Progressive, Vol. 1

First Impression: Banished from the Hero’s Party, I Decided to Live a Quiet Life in the Countryside

Once known as Gideon, knight and elder brother of the divinely appointed Hero Ruti, the man using the alias Red is now living as a lowly D-rank adventurer out in the distant, rural frontier, far from the war against the Demon Lord that’s consuming the continent. Ares the mage (a strikingly Hamaan-esque character with the… Read More First Impression: Banished from the Hero’s Party, I Decided to Live a Quiet Life in the Countryside

Reader’s Corner: Return from Death, Dahlia in Bloom, and Fullmetal Alchemist: A New Beginning

The Reincarnated Princess Spends Another Day Skipping Story Routes, Vol. 1 This is another reincarnation-type isekai of the reborn-as-an-otome-game-rival variety. The catch is that in the original game (which was also an isekai), all the love interests are train wrecks. The narcissist and the masochist are creepy enough, but they seem positively tame compared to… Read More Reader’s Corner: Return from Death, Dahlia in Bloom, and Fullmetal Alchemist: A New Beginning

Reader’s Corner: Solo Leveling, Horimiya, and Love in Focus

My Best Friend’s Little Sister Has it in for Me, Vol. 1 Ten or fifteen years ago, I was involved in a roleplay writing community. For those that haven’t participated before, the idea is that an admin sets up a scenario (sometimes quite intricate) and players join as characters, taking turns posting paragraphs from their… Read More Reader’s Corner: Solo Leveling, Horimiya, and Love in Focus

Reader’s Corner: Star Wars Rebels (Vol. 2), Junji Ito’s Smashed, and an Animal Crossing Manga

Spy Classroom, Vol. 1 Spy Classroom is an oddity among light novels: a spy thriller, one clearly taking inspiration from sources like James Bond and Mission: Impossible. And it’s got the best kind of plot twists: the super satisfying ones that you don’t see coming but that in hindsight make you facepalm and say, “Of… Read More Reader’s Corner: Star Wars Rebels (Vol. 2), Junji Ito’s Smashed, and an Animal Crossing Manga

Tangles Writers Do Not Dream of Bunny Girl Senpai, Arc 1: Acknowledging Who You Are

It’s been three years now since Rascal Does Not Dream of Bunny Girl Senpai aired, but the series is experiencing a revival as of late—at least when it comes to our site. I’ve been rewatching the anime and posting screencaps on Instagram; we’re discussing the second light novel in the series, Rascal Does Not Dream… Read More Tangles Writers Do Not Dream of Bunny Girl Senpai, Arc 1: Acknowledging Who You Are

Reader’s Corner: The Way of the Househusband, Her Royal Highness Seems to be Angry, and a Daughter Returning as an S-Rank Adventurer

Maison Ikkoku Collector’s Edition, Vol. 5 Having watched (and loved) the Maison Ikkoku series first, I’ve been struck upon this reading of the manga that the pacing is quite different. The length of time it takes for Kyoko and Godai to grow as individuals and grow closer together is what creates both the frustration and… Read More Reader’s Corner: The Way of the Househusband, Her Royal Highness Seems to be Angry, and a Daughter Returning as an S-Rank Adventurer

Reader’s Corner: Fly Me to the Moon, Meikyuu, and Star Wars: The High Republic: The Edge of Balance

Fly Me to the Moon (Tonikawa), Vol. 7 To no one’s surprise, this lovely manga continues to be sweet and hilarious. Highlights this time include Tsukasa making Nasa do his homework to watch Avengers: Endgame, and the fourth wall-breaking line, “I hope she never reads this manga…” Of note, I felt like this volume had… Read More Reader’s Corner: Fly Me to the Moon, Meikyuu, and Star Wars: The High Republic: The Edge of Balance

Reader’s Corner: Unwanted Undead Adventurer, Love Me Love Me Not, and the Return of Bleach

Bleach: Special One-Shot Bleach is a polarizing show for many fans, whether bys the way the anime ended in filler episodes or because of the shounen tropes in the manga that don’t always work out. I for one am a fan of the series, so I was excited that a one-shot was released, featured on… Read More Reader’s Corner: Unwanted Undead Adventurer, Love Me Love Me Not, and the Return of Bleach