While I mostly enjoyed the anime series of WorldEnd my curiosity about whether the story was better in written form (whether the pacing issues and nebulous characterisation was better) eventually got the better of me and I decided to try out volume 1 of the light novel series. After devouring its pages the verdict is now in.
What is it about tragic magical girls? Magical Girl Raising Project was an anime I couldn't quite get into but the concept of a magical girl battle royal kind of appealed and so checking out the light novel made sense. Having tried the first volume, what are my thoughts?
Having loved book one and really enjoyed meeting the characters, seeing the world building and generally having a great time, I jumped on this series and read through volumes 2 - 4. Now the question is, do the follow ups pack the punch of the first volume?
Cute, Smart Girl Becomes Cute, Smart and Over-powered Girl? You would think there would be some cap on the number of stories of average Japanese teens dying tragically, meeting god and being reborn in another world, but no there is not. And I'm kind of happy about that. As much as some of these stories … Continue reading Didn’t I Say To Make My Abilities Average in the Next Life?! Light Novel Review Volume 1
First of all, no… I looked it up and the titles are just as long in the original Japanese language…. If you’ve been an otaku for a while, you’ve probably come across manga’s wordier cousin, light novels. These are essentially young adult or youth-targeted novels which may feature a few illustrations and have gotten a reputation for … Continue reading Why do Light Novels Have Such Ridiculously long titles, isn’t it kind of hard to remember and not really catchy marketing or maybe it’s a language thing and they’re shorter in Japanese?
The Endless Cycle of Rookie Mistakes I don't normally review volumes together unless they are clearly two parts of the same story with no resolution in between, however when I finished reading volume 5 of Goblin Slayer I was kind of at a loss as to what to write and so I simply stacked the … Continue reading Goblin Slayer Review Light Novel Volumes 5 + 6
And now the timeline makes sense. So I'm A Spider, So What has jumped back and forth between the events in the Great Elroe Labyrinth and the events surrounding Shun, the newly titled hero, through the previous volumes. While I always had a sense that the events from the spider's point of view were not … Continue reading So I’m A Spider, So What? Volume 4
Affiliate Link The higher the rise, the harder the fall. Bell's reputation took a serious hit at the end of volume 10. The people of Orario saw him stand between adventurers and monsters and in the end they now see him as someone who puts his own needs above protecting them from monsters. However it … Continue reading Is It Wrong To Try To Pick Up Girls in A Dungeon Review Light Novel Volume 11
Normally this is the time of week I'd have a light novel or manga review and I certainly have more than a few books stacked on my desk and ready for their reviews to be written or finalised. However, recently I was asked what I enjoyed about reading light novels and it made me start … Continue reading The Benefits and Pleasure of Reading Light Novels
Available on the Book Depository (Affiliate Link) It has been awhile since I've written a Natsume review and I've now got quite the stack of books to catch up on as I'm now at volume 17 and hungry for more. That said, I absolutely loved volume 13 (big surprise). I will admit, my most recent … Continue reading Natsume’s Book of Friends Volume 13 Review