Doki Doki News: Hosoda vs. Miyazaki, Chung Drops Your Name, and Guest Host Michelle Lee!

Our special month-long promotion of Doki Doki News continues with our fourth guest host! Today, Michelle Lee joins us as our newscaster. You’ll recognize her voice from Date A Live (Origami Tobiichi), Assassination Classroom (Sumire Hara), and Tokyo Ghoul (Kurona Yasuhisa), among other series. Follow Michelle on Twitter and Instagram, and please subscribe to us… Read More Doki Doki News: Hosoda vs. Miyazaki, Chung Drops Your Name, and Guest Host Michelle Lee!

Reader’s Corner: An Angry Royal Highness, Babysitting Yakuza, and Mysterious Maid

Gacha Girls Corps, Vol. 1 Gacha Girl Corps imagines that a gacha addict—in this case, series protagonist Heihachi—is isekai’d into his mobile game and discovers that his rolls might lead to collecting real characters in the form of cute but fierce young women. Based on a light novel, the premise is a simple but fun… Read More Reader’s Corner: An Angry Royal Highness, Babysitting Yakuza, and Mysterious Maid

Reader’s Corner: 86, After-School Hanako-kun, Batmanga, and Marie Kondo

86–Eighty-Six, Vol. 1 The recent anime adaptation piqued my curiosity about this series, and the first volume didn’t disappoint. A country steeped in racism and greed uses child soldiers from ethnic minorities (collectively dubbed the “Eighty-Six”) to fend off an endless robot army. The privileged Lena takes command of one such unit, Spearhead Squadron, and… Read More Reader’s Corner: 86, After-School Hanako-kun, Batmanga, and Marie Kondo

First Impression: Drug Store in Another World: The Slow Life of a Cheat Pharmacist

Long-time followers of Beneath the Tangles or my own blog Curiously Dead Cat may know that I have a thing for isekai. I will watch all but the trashiest and most offensive new releases if they include a poor(?) Japanese sap who gets whisked off to a fantasy setting and—oh, the horror!—finds himself or herself… Read More First Impression: Drug Store in Another World: The Slow Life of a Cheat Pharmacist

Reader’s Corner: Fly Me to the Moon, Love Me, Love Me Not, and Play it Cool, Guys

The Surprise of Haruhi Suzumiya While I started the Haruhi Suzumiya light novels long ago, it’s only since the announcement of Intuition that I decided to make my way through them all. And I’m glad I waited so long, for I can’t imagine being a fan and only getting one new novel in the thirteen… Read More Reader’s Corner: Fly Me to the Moon, Love Me, Love Me Not, and Play it Cool, Guys

First Impression: How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom

College student and aspiring bureaucrat Souma Kazuya is alone after the death of his last relative, his grandfather. Some of said grandfather’s advice to Souma was to start a family so he wouldn’t be alone. Change of scene: a fantasy world imperiled by monsters. The kingdom of Elfrieden resorts to a centuries-old hero summoning ritual,… Read More First Impression: How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom

Reader’s Corner: A Dissociated Haruhi, Reincarnated Dragon Hatchling, and (Already) Dead Detective

Farewell to My Alter A collection of one shots including the debut commercial work by Nio Nakatani, the writer of Bloom into You, Farewell to My Alter is one of the engaging volumes I’ve read in 2021, not least of which is because the stories contain twist endings. It’s like The Outer Limits or Twilight… Read More Reader’s Corner: A Dissociated Haruhi, Reincarnated Dragon Hatchling, and (Already) Dead Detective

Reader’s Corner: Kyle’s Little Sister, Saint Cecilia and Pastor Lawrence, and Guide to the Perfect Otaku Girlfriend

I Refuse to Be Your Enemy!, Vol. 6 This volume is a lovely conclusion to the reincarnated-as-a-villainess isekai story of Kiara. She was reborn into the world of a tactical RPG she played in her previous life (for a prime example of that kind of game, think Fire Emblem: Three Houses). Similar to a Fire… Read More Reader’s Corner: Kyle’s Little Sister, Saint Cecilia and Pastor Lawrence, and Guide to the Perfect Otaku Girlfriend

Light Novel Club Chapter 31: Bottom-Tier Character Tomozaki, Vol. 2

Welcome to our Light Novel Club discussion of Bottom-Tier Character Tomozaki, Vol. 2! We had a fun discussion of the first volume earlier, and with the anime adaptation giving this series some more attention, why not discuss the second volume? After all, this volume shakes up the story a bit and shows that there’s more… Read More Light Novel Club Chapter 31: Bottom-Tier Character Tomozaki, Vol. 2