I previously reviewed the anime of Black Bullet and I found it fairly problematic but enjoyed the underlying story. I decided to try the light novel to see if it left a better impression. The answer... well I'm still on the fence.
This one a novel I picked up off a recommendation from the Book Depository when there happened to be a sale and I had 10% off. I hadn't heard of the title or read anything about it. As a result, it ended up fairly low in my read pile and I passed over it a … Continue reading Arifureta: From Commonplace to World’s Strongest Light Novel Review – I Dare You To Call the Protagonist Overpowered
Bell's ascension to level two is big news. Now the anime did touch on this, but the reactions of other characters was not as pronounced and the whole levelling up thing didn't seem quite the big deal other than just another step on the road. The book spends a lot of time on Bell meeting with people who are reacting to the news and you really see the impact the news has on the town of Orario. This helps really flesh out the world this character is in and makes things seem just a little bit more authentic.
Set on a world colonised long ago and all but out of resources after a devastating war, there's a sense that everything here is coming to an end and the people are just going through the motions of living because there's nothing better to do. From a technological point of view there's a strange mix between old and new as there are weapons and machines left over from by-gone eras that are pretty fantastic, and then there are things more reminiscent of more of the 19th Century. The mix works well to create a world that feels fresh even while a lot of what it presents has been done before.
The Devil is a Part Timer is one of those rare comedy anime I fell in love with. It was even my very first series review on this blog. So now I've tried the light novel. What did I think? Review: I'm wondering how I would have taken to this book if I'd never seen … Continue reading The Devil is a Part Timer Volume 1 Light Novel Review
While I'm not the biggest manga reader, I was kind of looking forward to this one having read some fairly positive reviews. How does this gender bending tale of Alice in Wonderland go? Review: There's nothing overly original about reworking the classic Alice in Wonderland. Even Ouran High School Host Club had an Alice episode … Continue reading Are You Alice? Volume 1 Manga Review
Overview: Akatsuki is having a string of bad luck what with having had vampire powers forced upon him. Worse that he still has to brave the summer heat and sun to go and take make-up exams. And worse still, Himeragi, a middle school girl wielding a spear and a righteous attitude has just landed in … Continue reading Strike the Blood Volume 1 Light Novel Review
Overview: This is the story of Miko, a shrine maiden, who can't exactly see spirits even though her parents are both very good at banishing spirits. However, one day, when responding to a request from a friend, she attempts to banish Kagura, a demon who feeds off women, and she seals his powers, kind of. … Continue reading Demon Love Spell Volume 1 Manga Review
After enjoying the first volume of Grimgar and Fantasy and Ash I decided to just dive into this whole light novel thing and when the Book Depository had a bit of a sale, and I had a discount code, I ordered the first volume of a number of series just to try. Some were recommendations … Continue reading Death March to the Parallel World Rhapsody 1 Light Novel Review: And We’re Once Again Trapped in a Game