What’s one step better for book lovers than to read a light novel? How about reading a light novel about a book lover? Our 14th selection in the Beneath the Tangles Light Novel Club is about precisely that topic! Ascendance of a Bookworm! is an isekai tale, but unique in many different ways. Here’s the… Read More Our Next Light Novel Club Selection Is… Ascendance of a Bookworm! Vol. 1
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
Hachiman Hikigaya is many things: a smart-mouth, kind soul, teen philosopher, and of course, loner of epic proportions. He’s one of anime’s great modern characters and perhaps the best reason to read the early volumes of My Youth Romantic Comedy Is Wrong as I Expected. With volume one serving as the current selection for our… Read More Light Novel Kindling: Happy Birthday to our Hero-gaya
What I’ve noticed about so many anime fans is that they don’t have just a desire to consume, but also to create. Innovation runs through otaku veins, but without the proper skills, they’re left at a dead end, frustrated at the desire to create something of significance, but without the skillset to get there. I’m… Read More Sign Up for the “Novel Structure According to Harry Potter” Course with a Special Discount!
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?
You didn’t really think we’d skip this one, did you? I’m on the record, over and over and over again, in saying that Oregairu is my favorite anime series. In addition to writing some two dozen articles about it, Oregairu is the one show that’s pushed this video-shy guy to film himself and post on… Read More And Our Next Light Novel Club Selection Is… My Youth Romantic Comedy Is Wrong as I Expected (Oregairu) Vol. 1
*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