Solo Leveling is one of those stories that knew exactly what it wanted to be and didn't really try to pretend to be anything else. We go from zero to hero with a character and learn more about a world where hunters a needed and gates and dungeons appear in cities around the world. Basically, this one is a lot of fun. Be sure to read the full review.
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
Durarara!! Volume 1 Light Novel Review - We join Mikado as he moves to Tokyo and ends up seeking out some thrills, and finding them.
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.